On May 31, Town Hall hosted “A Night in Slovenia” featuring artists of Slovenia, which seemed to be put on a segment of the Slovenian board of tourism. (In the middle of the show was a raffle for tickets to Slovenia). Naturally the night showcased popular and presumably representative Slovenian artists. To my growing impatience, almost all of them heavily featured accordions — that is until the decidedly accordion-free industrial behemoths Laibach played, which begs the question, who in their right mind would book Laibach to represent their country in a celebration of culture and art? I for one, would not, that is if I intended to stay in the Slovenian tourism business.
This Laibach show at town Hall has to go up there with one of the weirder shows I have attended as of late. The largely unwitting audience consisted of people of all stripes, old, young, babies, etc so I thought three lines into the Laibach set, the place would clear out. Along with lead vocals that could peel paint over punishing dirge-like music the show was accompanied by, putting it mildly, bizarre projections. I was chuckling to myself as I sat by a couple, probably in their 70s that were clearly not amused; but with the composure of caged eagles took the aural and visual beating like champs.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2008/20080618/Laibach-Anglia.mp3|titles=Anglia (Live)|artists=Laibach]
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