March 19, 2011 – 3:28 am

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Baltimore 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Ottobar, Baltimore, MD; April 10, 2010. Very good soundboard.

The Japanese Acid Mothers Temple do not make music for easy listening. At their most melodic, it’s likely to be a droning sound that careens right through your skull. The group or collective might have been seen as a psychedelic band when they started in 1995 but here, it’s a mix of hardcore, free jazz or just plain noize. The (anxiety-ridden) tight riffs, the barrage of sounds and the droning clatter - all might well signal the end of the world as we know it. Which is probably what the victims of oppression in the Middle East and earthquake victims (Japan, China and New Zealand) feel. But in all these, a glimmer of hope as Tsuyama Atsushi intones, “We shall… overcome.”

And for those who can, in your own countries, donate to a charity that is sending aid to Japan and/or any of the afflicted places.

Of the Acid Mothers Temple, this is what mainstay Kawabata Makoto said:

AMT is primarily improvised, but we do have some pieces which are like jazz in that they have a theme. To me, improvisation means an act that simultaneously combines composition, arrangement and performance. I believe that this is the true and original form that music once took. I believe also that music has its own autonomy, and particularly in a live situation it is important that we respect this autonomy and not try to restrain the music. The day, the place, the audience - as long as these three elements exist then a performance can never be repeated, nor is there any necessity to do so. Even for our pieces which have a theme, we have no idea where they will go once we’ve finished playing that theme portion.
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Thanks to ZaPenguin who taped the show and shared the tracks on Dime. This is what ZaPenguin wrote: “I got this SBD (soundboard) feed in Baltimore (major props to the sound guy, whose name may very well be Brian but don’t quote me on this)… and sink our teeth into some fresh Mothers, with no distracting audience chatter or bar noises!” ZaPenguin also noted: “The bass flutters in and out a bit during the louder sections of Pink Lady - it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on here… but it’s not too terribly distracting… Track 210 might be an Electric Light Orchestra cover… any setlist help would be really appreciated.”

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Disc 1 [35:35]
Track 101. Soundcheck [4:18] (6.9MB)
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Track 102. Infinite Intro Jam [12:36] (20.6MB)
Track 103. Mellow Jam [7:49] (12.5MB)
Track 104. Tsuyama’s Recorder Dream [2:08] (3.4MB)
Track 105. Avant-Jazz Jam/Douchebag [8:44] (14.0MB)

Disc 2 [58:23]
Track 201. Tuning Tsuyama’s Mouth [0:55] (1.5MB)
Track 202. More Deconstructions About Devolvement and Food [3:51] (6.1MB)
Track 203. We Shall (Hung) Overcome [0:54] (1.4MB)
Track 204. Pink Lady Lemonade [14:12] (23.3MB)
Track 205. From 0 to ‘The End [7:00] (11.2MB)
Track 206. Pink Lady Lemonade [7:47] (12.4MB)
Track 207. Cometary Orbital Drive/Speed Guru [19:14] (31.5MB)
Track 208. Audience Asks For More [2:03] (3.2MB)
Track 209. Band Prepares For More [0:29] (786k)
Track 210. From Infinity Approaching Zero: The Asymptotical Curve of Asymptomatic Ennui (A Human Condition) featuring an Asymbolic Vocal Interlude and Variations on Trans-Metaphoric Solitary Ruminations and Illuminations Therein, Thereof, Thereafter, and Therefore; as Collectively Understood and Individually Re-realized by Four Asymmetrical Yet Equovically Equal Musicians Live On Stage in Baltimore City [1:57] (3.1MB)
Track 211. outro ? (2.6MB)

Tsuyama Atsushi - monster bass, voice, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi - synth, guitar, voice, dancin’ king
Shimura Koji - drums, latino cool
Kawabata Makoto - guitar, voice, speed guru

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  1. 2 Responses to “ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE - BALTIMORE 2010”

  2. hey bigo, i’ve heard good things about amt. i’ll check this out! i think, they played here a couple years ago.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 19, 2011

  3. many thanks!

    By phil on Aug 18, 2014

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