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Live From New York

Meredith Monk, Richard Thompson, Wu Man and Bonerama

By Published: November 12, 2009
As usual, Bonerama mixes hearty New Orleans funk with what can only be described as classic rock covers. Paramount amongst these were Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" and "The Ocean," goring woolly mammoths both. This is a band that can close its extended two hour-plus set (they were going to play two halves but, after a brief band conference, decided that they just couldn't halt their momentum) with a crazily veering version of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," and still have its intricacies merge into the general funky headbang revelry. Then, their thooming "War Pigs," courtesy of Black Sabbath, confirmed a particular fetish for English rock, married to their core Crescent City jumping. Bonerama might aim their entertaining essence right at the gut, but there's no shortage of jazz-infused dexterity when it comes to the soloing, particularly in the hands of howling guitarist Bert Cotton and the often electronically-augmented 'boner Mark Mullins.

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