LaundroMatinee's Video Sessions

Season 2012 Episode 02.09.12


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NOMO consistently achieves a remarkable feat, even as their sound evolves from one outstanding album to the next, from the horn-driven, Afrobeat revivalism of their 2004 self-titled to their name-making New Tones to the totally groundbreaking sounds of Ghost Rock and Invisible Cities: they make intricate, intelligent noise that wholly translates to an indefatigable live show, ready for the dancefloor, the Saturday nights and the all hours parties. NOMO are a sprawling set of wildly gifted players and muli-intstrumentalists known for crafting their own instruments (NPR has done several features on Bergman and co.'s homemade instruments, such as their vast output of kalimbas, as well as various pedals, noise boxes and a thrift store brainwave scanner played on Ghost Rock's "Brainwave"). They truly are a melting pot, a collection born at the University of Michigan thanks to a mutual adoration of jazz and Fela Kuti and immeasurable, far-reaching influences. They toured incessantly across North America and Europe behind NewTones, Ghost Rock and Invisible Cities and have played SXSW, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, Hopscotch, Bumbershoot, Montreal Jazz, Chicago Jazz and dozens of other lauded festivals.moreless

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