aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Dungen and Frank Garvey
Posted by dav at 2005 October 2 04:26 PM
File under: Art

Mie and I went to the Independent last night for the Dungen show. Wow. They opened up with what were my two favorite songs from their album, the title track Ta Det Lugnt and the first track, Panda. At first that disappointed me as they seemed to be just warming up with them and I was thinking I'd have preferred to hear them later when they were in full groove, but I ended up far far from disappointment. The show was an incredible psychedelic guitar romp. It was like Pink Floyd doing Jethro Tull at some points. And all in Swedish. Don't miss them if they come to your town (hint, it helps to achieve a carefully orchestrated lack of sobriety). After the show was over, the audience called for an encore and after a short bit the band came back out and said "we're sorry, we don't have any more songs, but we just wanted to come out and say 'Thank you'," and then the bassist took photos of the crowd. It was a very warm genuine moment.

Update: My friend Paul found a good streaming video of Dungen's live performance at KCRW.

Photo by jodivestar

Earlier in the evening we met Todd and Heidi out for dinner at a new Thai place called Osha, and then an art exhibit at Varnish. This is the same gallery Six Apart used for their MT 3.0 Launch Party, but that wasn't the only familiar thing about it. It was an art opening for Children's Crusade, Frank Garvey's apocalyptic carnival paintings and robot freaks. This morning I searched my archives and realized I've seen his work before and blogged about it back in 2002.


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