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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 8, 2003


By Laurence J
Daily Arts Writer

Any clubgoer knows
that a solid dose of ener-
gy is needed to propel a
live music experience to
new heights. Naturally
injecting exhilarating
energy into the room
every time they take the
stage is Toronto's the
New Deal, a trio that
blurs the distinct line
between man and
Seamlessly melding
the live musicianship of
the improvisational scene
with the heart-pumping
intensity of an electronic
DJ, the New Deal create
a dynamic mixture of
house and breakbeat with
enough funk and jazz
influences to satisfy any-
one who yearns for both
soul and power in their
music. The New Deal
brings this exciting con-
coction to the Blind Pig
with opener prog-
funksters Drums and
Tuba this Friday.

While loungy, Gone
Gone Gone is plenty
upbeat. The title track
will no doubt be a staple
of the live set on par with
"Technobeam" while
"Episode 7" sounds like
something out of a future
"Mission: Impossible"
movie. "A Little While
Longer" is the closest
thing drum and bass can
come to melodic.
Fans of the jam band
scene will undoubtedly
recognize the New Deal
as a staple of festivals
and other late-night
musical bills. While the
Disco Biscuits are more
of a rock band, their
electronic-based jams
are much more repeti-
tive than the New
Deal's. A band like Par-
ticle lack the dynamics
that gives the New Deal
its depth. This band
thrives on improvising
as a constant ensemble;
the lack of noodly solos
giving their marathon
sets more attitude.
An ability to turn on
both electronic and
organic beat junkies, as
well as infiltrate the
turntables of urban



Ar t01yor runirversity roucrtironr

I Just met a boy named Menachem.

'Desdemona' revamps
Shakespeare plays


Courtesy ofSounU+Ligh

Isn't that Rudy from the Fat Albert gang?


By Sarah Peterson
Daily Fine Arts Editor
Out of the darkness rises one lone-
ly note. Then, in a flurry of arms,
faces and combined harmonies, the
lights are brought up and a triangle
of tragedy is illuminated. In one cor-

Hitting the road in sup-
port of its sophomore LP Gone Gon
bassist Dan Kurtz says going
through the process of record- The
ing the album has "widened my
perspective of what the New De
Deal (Kurtz, along with drum- Friday at
mer Darren Shearer and key- At the B
boardist Jamie Shields) is
capable of. It's totally a departure from wh
recorded in the past."

e Gone, Gone Gone Gone is certainly more subdued tion of th
than what the band churns out in its live shows North Am
New while still maintaining a steady intensity from about his
beginning to end. As Kurtz puts it, "It's impossible already p
eal to create a successful record going balls-to-the- Area: One
9:30 p.m. walls throughout." One of the album's best tunes is ance head
Blind Pig the funky "Don't Blame Yourself," featuring guest favorite C
female vocals from Feist, known for her work with have pleni
hat we've Broken Social Scene. "I Feel Love" builds a warm the next b
steady groove and concludes with a euphoric riff. and Ibiza's

lounges begs the ques-
e New Deal's future in clubs outside
erica. Dan Kurtz is cautiously optimistic
band's prospects abroad. But having
layed in the electronic tent of Moby's
Festival and with an upcoming appear-
Lining the opening night of the critics
MJ Festival in New York, the New Deal
ty to of reason to expect that they'll be
big thing at places like London's Fabric

ner, Juliet prepares
and her bosom
with Romeo's
dagger. In the
other, Othello
gravely stands
over the mur-
dered Desde-
mona, and in the
center, Con-
stance, a doctoral
student struggling

to shatter her life
Oct. 9-11 at 8p.m.
and Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.
$8 Students
$15 Adults
At the Trueblood



ABC's 'It's All Relative'
a relatively new sitcom

By Kevin Hollifield
For the Daily
Take equal parts "All in the Family"
and "Will & Grace," neglect quality
and let the cliches fly. The result is
ABC's "It's All ...._m......__
Relative," the fla- It's All
vor of humor RelatAll
without the carbs a
of biting social MWe sdaytat
commentary. 8:30 p.m.
Lenny Clarke ABC
("The Job") leads
this no name cast as "Mace" O'Neil, a
predictable, Irish-Catholic, bar-own-
ing, Republican, poor man's Colin

Quinn. His son Bobby (Reid Scott) is
engaged to Liz (Maggie Lawson), who
he met on a ski trip. He is a bartender
who went to junior college; she goes to
Harvard. Just for good measure, she
has two gay fathers.
In the pilot, the parents of the two
crazy lovebirds finally meet. Liz's
dads go "undercover" to the O'Neils'
bar as straight dock workers and the
forced jokes fly. While this show is
somewhat humorous, it is by no means
appointment TV, just an amusing
waste of a half hour.
In an effort to regain middle-Ameri-
can family ratings, ABC has countless
interchangeable fighting in-law shows
this season. Not to be outdone, "It's
All Relative" offers several of the

to find herself, stands behind the
desk that encompasses the entirety of
the last 10 years of her life. As the
play unfolds, the bond between the
three women unfolds.
Ann-Marie MacDoanald's "Good-
night Desdemona (Good Morning
Juliet)" is a play full of witticism in
blank verse. When Constance, a stu-
dent convinced that Shakespeare
stole the plot lines of both "Romeo
and Juliet" and "Othello," and by
the deletion of the wise fool turned
both stories from comedies into
tragedies, is sucked into both plays,
her presence keeps both women
alive, unbottling a slue of absurd sit-
uations. While the focus of the play
is two of Shakespeare's most tear-
wrenching tragedies, when death is
deleted the laughter caused by the
clever creation and deliverance of
the dialogue is at points almost
unbearable. Underneath the good
humor though, is a touching story of

Courtewy of Universiy Productions
Thanks, Mom. But I'm not hungry.
one woman's self realization and the
two fictitious characters who, in
being saved from death, teach the
main character about life.
From the chorus who serve as both
banner bearers and background music
to the strong and sweet Constance,
the play is solid from the time the
actors take the stage to their final
bow. When doing Shakespeare, dia-
logue can sometimes get lost in trans-
lation, but the members of this cast
move between their lines in Old Eng-
lish and their lines spoken in modern
tongue seamlessly. By the end, it
seems more natural to hear dialogue
spoken in verse. Also, the set, props,
lighting and costumes all add to the
fantastical atmosphere of the play.
The cast of "Goodnight Desde-
mona (Good Morning Juliet)" will
return to the stage of the Trueblood
Theatre this weekend for their last
four performances and in the opinion
of this wise fool, it is an experience
not to be missed.


Courtesy ofA
From the set of "Frasier" ... a sitcom you won't be able to find in three weeks.

classic sitcom stereotypes: the slow-
witted guy, the wife who continually
puts her husband in his place, the
effeminate homosexual and the wise-
cracking sister.
The show is forced at times and may

offend both sides of the ideological
spectrum Obviously ripping off
Archie Bunker, both in characters and
in title, "It's All Relative" works better
than saying what it really is: "Thirty
minutes till 'The Bachelor."'



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