photos by Kevin Burke
On my way to see Papadosio and Consider the Source at the Haunt in Ithaca, NY on Sunday, February 10th, I was reminiscing about the first time I saw Papadosio. About 2/3 of the way to Ithaca, I noticed a NY State Trooper pulling a U-turn behind me as I passed him. It was also this time when I noticed my driver side headlight was out. Had I realized that my registration expired two days earlier, I would have passed on the show. Being thisclose made it impossible to resist finishing the trip. After ticketing me I took a more roundabout route that would avoid any future conversations with officers.
I was happy to arrive in time to catch the latter half of Consider the Source ‘s set. They have an incredible raw energy performing live. The barrage of sound from the stage assaulted my senses, they build into a frenzied jam to finish the set. Gabriel Marin’s guitar face is one of the best I’ve seen.
Enjoying the set right behind me was none other than Jeff Bujak and his assistant/hoop goddess Jen Dulong. Also present for the show were Eli, Chuck and Rob from Dopapod, who had recently played with Papadosio on the tour and have had a great series of shows with the band, including an incredible New Years Eve show two months ago.
Papadosio began and the dancing began with it. I like to juggle at shows and Papadosio provides a great backdrop of music for me to juggle to. With undulating layers of synths and moody textured tones, Papadosio improvised and pushed the boundaries of their sound. While I recognized some of the songs, a few off of the new album T.E.T.I.O.S I was not familiar with. Ending with “All I Knew”, they played it perfectly. It was a truly beautiful song and was a great way to end the evening, albiet with a stop to pick up a headlight for my car.