When I walked in, Anika was DJ-ing. She’s been on a whirlwind tour of New York, spinning at a different venue each night for the past two weeks (our favorite was at the dance-crazed Trophy Bar). She said she enjoyed it a “hell-a-lot,” and even tried to prolong her stay, but other cities beck and call (London to record, Austin for SXSW, and then New York again).  Also: what’s the deal with those airline tickets? Can’t schedule, can’t re-schedule. And when you do, you’re in an X-rayed video.

The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette” song was on, which I love because it makes me think that someone was sitting there, on the leatherette, and they just moved over to make some room for me.  They were also probably wearing leather, because its messed up to wear jeans or some woolen plaid skirt when you’re sitting on a leatherette. And, you know, from leather to sex it takes just one sentence. Yeah, that’s what that song is about.

[Beans - Live

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My friend Adrienne introduced me to Beans; he was impeccably dressed, bow-tie and fedora. My throat dried a little, I was muttering: “it’s an honor, hello,” as I’ve been a big fan of his lyrical stylings for a wee bit over ten years, first through Antipop Consortium and then later with his solo albums. Beans, one of the pioneers of arrhythmic lyric flows that need every heart pill just to keep one in check, combined with the live, syncopated beats by E. Blaize for Antipop (and on the new album a cornucopia of every flavor of beat makers), influenced what is blazing hot now, just to name two Aarab Muzik and Odd Future (who were seen that very night on the Jimmy Fallon show), was right in front of me. Wow, then. I asked if he was excited, to which he replied that he was slightly nervous, all the while affable, chatting with three people at once, his handshake focused and his eyes firm. I asked him what kind of films he liked, in part because it’s a cool thing to know and in other because my first question was going to be about the books he reads but the Self Titled Magazine article already addressed that very question. He replied, “Noir, dark, mysteries.”

[Edan + Paten Locke - Live

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Next on stage, Edan and Paten Locke, who have previously shared the stage with Antipop Consortium, and perhaps Beans as well. The duo were full of ideas during their hour long set that was serious and accomplished, playful, with a banjo solo/trying to rhyme/dance over songs without any semblance of beat, and included a spat with the lighting and sound engineer about the brightness of lights (at which point the lights went dark on stage for a duration of a song or two, it felt intimate as people were trying to provide make shift lights with their phones and cameras, this in turn allowed them to run up on stage). Anyway, they were destined to take their due time on stage.

[ Edan + Paten Locke - Live

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Beans went on to a packed, anticipating audience, starting with a couple, brilliant Antipop songs and transitioning to tracks off of the new, solo album “End It All”. On stage, he was supported by That Kid Prolific and two female dancers in long, slinky, striped shirts that rose up with hoods to cover half of their faces, an Alex Wang-like interpretation of a burka.

I was reminded of his style while watching Inception, not the movie itself reminded me, but the idea behind it, the layering within what is accepted to be reality or a “finished product” in general as that film wove the dreams within dreams. Beans takes finished lyrics and expands their dimensions to create a higher order.

[Beans - Live

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Beans was thanking friends at the end, and a lot of them were present; High Priest was standing next to me, and afterwards, rounds of drinks were being quickly dispersed and the man of the night was receiving the well-earned congratulations.

[Beans - Live

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For all of the videos from this show go to our http://YouTube.com/sentimentalistmag channel.

 
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