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Preview Thu Apr 01 2010

Tobacco, Hood Internet @ Empty Bottle 4/3

Tobacco Maniac Meat cover.jpg

If you're already a fan (or really even just intrigued) by Pittsburgh-based Black Moth Super Rainbow, you'd best get your tickets and your dancing shoes ready for this weekend's Tobacco show at the Empty Bottle. Tobacco (a DJ pseudonym so tightly guarded one wonders if he puts it down on his taxes) made a fine name for himself with BMSR — but this DJ likes his air of mystery and that's best a one-man show. With less than a handful of dates left on his tour, Tobacco's latest album Maniac Meat (due out 5/25, Anticon) and his past work with BMRC gained the attention of perennial music mixer Beck who guests on the track "Fresh Hex". Replete with a "swampy analog aesthetic", Maniac Meat is truly dark and nasty when it comes right down to it. Gritty, glitchy, screaming with cymbal rings and squeedly synth guitar, Tobacco's songs would make a great soundtrack to your favorite kick boxing movie or maybe some sort of ridiculous parkour video. (Which isn't really so surprising given T's adolescent interest in freestyle BMX.) This is a mixer who loves his vocoder, a scratcher who likes to sniff (at least when it comes to album art). In the intimate, setting of the Empty Bottle, I couldn't imagine a stage more set for auditory magic.

[MP3] Tobacco - "Sweatmother" from Maniac Meat

There will of course be a troop of Hood Internet fans at the Bottle who had no idea who this Tobacco fella is, but just keep in mind that the duo have been sharing van space with big T since SXSW and a little might have rubbed off either way. Nearing the end of their tour together, and standing firmly on the Hood's home turf, the evening will either be the sonic equivalent cat fights and hair pulling or inside jokes and flour bombs. Just you wait.

Tobacco plays the Empty Bottle on Saturday, April 3rd. The Hood Internet and DoyleFrancisDoyle open. Music starts at 10pm. Tickets are $10. The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave.

 
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some asshole / April 1, 2010 9:16 PM

BMRC?

anne / April 2, 2010 9:45 AM

Ha, you caught me! My brain switched from BMSR to BRMC mid-acronym. All better now.

bbg / April 2, 2010 9:50 AM

BMSR is Pittsburgh-based, not Philly based. I would looooooove if they spent any time in Philly.

Anne / April 2, 2010 10:19 AM

Ha - That other P-town.

eric / April 2, 2010 11:48 AM

I saw Tobacco at the Empty Bottle last year (with one of the Hood Internet dudes, actually). Good times.

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