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Marcus Forealius



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I was rejoicing inside when I found out the closing on my first home was not going to be happening as planned this past weekend, which freed up my Saturday night ha.

I always get a kick out of Grand Buffet, always smiling the whole time those guys are up on stage. I didn't catch their entire set, but was grateful to see the 4 or 5 songs that I saw them rock.

Such a fantastically put together show, I could definitely see this growing into a festival, battle against Deer Tick or not.

Loved hearing the new HOB Vol 2 material live. Furious raps over furious beats. Worth the price of admission just to see B. and Sage up on stage together, such incredible chemistry. Whether it's a mixtape or an album, a tag team has to happen sometime.

For me it was really cool to see Sage playing on stage with his guitarist from the Gimme Fund from back in the day. My first Sage show was the Fuck Clear Channel tour and I recall some discussion of that situation at the time. Glad to see things have since been smoothed over. That new song was incredible, another fun journey through time.

After all that I still found myself thinking the next morning how much goddamn money that big Whole Foods bag of organic broccoli must have cost. I usually break off the stalks when I buy broccoli there.
Post Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:29 am
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My post tour recap is posted up w/ pictures and links ova hea:
http://bdolan.net/us-church-tour-recap-notes-from-the-pulpit/

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Marcus Forealius wrote:
I still found myself thinking the next morning how much goddamn money that big Whole Foods bag of organic broccoli must have cost. I usually break off the stalks when I buy broccoli there.


Hahaaaaa. Yes. I don't remember how much it cost. I just charge it to the game.
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futuristxen wrote:
I kind of want to go to the Boston one because I like the lineup better.


Dag. The only difference is that the Providence show had additional performers (Me, Juan Deuce & Falside.) Too bad you missed it. The Providence show blew Boston out of the water.

Time to bring this bitching line-up to the UK.
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Unfortunately I didn't make it out to either place. And now I live in Oklahoma. My life's a bit upside down these days.
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Understood. There's a lot of that going around these days.
Post Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:17 pm
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I will be coming to the show in Brighton tonight, and I'm bringin five people with me, promises to be a good night. Damn excited!!!
Post Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:51 am
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There have been a lot of great reviews on this UK run. I'm not sure if I caught them all, but here's a review of the Reading show:

http://www.theplayground.co.uk/review/review.php?revID=840


The Church of Love and Ruin has to be one of the most bizarre and unique live performance showcases I have ever seen. In the words of its curator, US rapper B Dolan, ‘I wanted to create something people would remember forever’. It was one of the most eclectic combinations of entertainment you are likely to find. From DJs to rappers, and marching bands to burlesque dancers, The Church of Love and Ruin is a non-stop ride of surprises and deviants.

Opening the show was a DJ set from producer Dan Le Sac, known best for his work with poet emcee Scroobious Pip. This was a chance for Dan to show off his own tastes and production genius with a number of his favourite hip-hop records and dumbfounding remixes from Dizzee Rascal to Black Sabbath. A true crowd-pleaser that definitely opened the crowd up to what was about to happen next.

As it was, the next act was What Cheer? Brigade, a 20+ piece marching band with trumpets, drummers and two tuba players that could barely fit on the stage. The band went through a tight rendition of well-known hip-hop tracks and would come to be the centre point of the whole show by making cameo appearances through all the other acts performances.

Next, it was time for something completely different. Madge Of Honour was a burlesque dancer and personal friend of curator B Dolan. Performing a five-minute striptease that brought every male member of the crowd rushing forward to whoop and cheer her at every step. Although strip-teasing at a concert is seldom seen, there is no-where else where the dancer is given the full reign of the stage to show what she can do.

After everyone had a chance to calm down, it was time for Vockah Redu & The Cru, a New Orleans bounce act whose entire job was to party. And party they did! Playing to a backing track of New Orleans bounce records, emcee Vockah Redu brought the energy levels in the room to fever pitch while occasionally his Cru would break into an explosive dance routine throughout. Capped off when the What Cheer? Brigade took to the stage once more to join him in a rendition of DJ Kool’s ‘Let Me Clear My Throat’.

Finally, it was time for the head honcho to grace the stage. B Dolan rallied up the crowd with fearless banter while gracing a cardinal’s uniform for the occasion. His brand of hard-hitting hip-hop had the crowd eating out of his hand from the start. Occasionally breaking into fearsome spoken word tirades about those that had irked him the most over the years.

But there was still time for one more. US lyrical genius Sage Francis joined this tour for only two performances and his first UK show in years. A rare honour to have him there and the crowd was well aware of how special this show was. Playing some of his finest work and getting into the spirit of the Church’s crowd interaction by slow dancing with a member of the audience far beyond the point of comfort. An emotional and up-lifting performance saw him tackle his own demons as well as society’s in a full on assault of rhythm and rhyme. Briefly joined by Dolan to perform as their supergroup Epic Beard Men. A heartfelt performance from one of the true masters of spoken word

But before we could leave, B Dolan had one more surprise up his sleeve as he invited all those that had performed that night to the stage to join him as he and the What Cheer? Brigade capped off the show in style. As the rapper and marching band joined forces to give us just one more slice of insanity to send us away.

A great and fulfilling piece of entertainment that has to be seen to be believed. Hopefully not for the last time on our shores either.
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Here's a great write-up that Specialist put in another thread but as it's in regard to the Church of Love & Ruin I figured it should be here as well.

Specialist wrote:
Just got back to my desk after Bestival, so thought I'd post a bit of a roundup for those who couldn't make it or are interested.

B Dolan didn't make his spoken word set on Saturday at the ampitheatre - a beautiful little stage set up in a clearing in the woods up on a slope high above the festival site. Scroobius Pip did a spoken word version of Let Em Come and compared a few really good speakers. It was a shame B didn't make it - there was no announcement about why, but these things happen at festivals.

Sunday night was the final night of the festival, and Sage and B Dolan were due to play the Swamp Shack, a tent outside the main arena, near the campsites, after an evening that had included Bat For Lashes, Sigur Ros, Spiritualised and Stevie Wonder. Sage was first on, eventually coming on at 00.15. The tent was pretty full and rowdy by this stage, we'd all had quite a bit to drink during the day, and straight from the off Sage seemed really pumped up for his set, and the crowd responded well. Loads of people were smoking inside the tent, and the air was thick with it. I know how you guys feel about smoking in venues and the effect it has on your vocal chords, so thanks for sticking with it. I told a couple of guys to put theirs out, but it was a losing battle!

I can't remember the exact setlist, but as he'd said previously, Sage did a lot of stuff from Personal Journals early in the set, opening with Crackpipes and throwing in Broken Wings, Climb Trees and Inherited Scars. We were also treated to Escape Artist, Sea Lion, Jah Didn't Kill Johnny, Agony, Slow Down Ghandi, Makeshift Patriot, if my tired sun-beaten memory serves House Of Bees, with B Dolan, and Damage before Sage finished with The Best Of Times, quite apt for the ending to a truly memorable festival.

B Dolan came straight on and did Still Here, King Bee, Which Side Are You On, 2BAD and Film The Police from House of Bees Vol2, nearly smashed the roof off the tent with Marvin, and included Earthmovers, Economy Of Words (striking a chord by dedicating it to everyone who's skint), Kitchen Sink, his Justin Timberlake spoken word piece, the MIA/50 ways mash up, and finally calling up What Cheer for an epic take on Border Crossing.

The rest of the Church Of Love And Ruin was just indescribably bizarre and amazing, and it kept the tent full and rowdy right til the end, which must have been not far short of 4am. After four days' drinking and walking around in the hot sun, I was a broken man by this stage, and the volume and feedback in the tent left my ears ringing for two days, but it was well worth it.

I hope you guys got a chance to look around the Bestival site and enjoyed it. It's a really beautiful setting and the crowd had really got into the spirit of the fancy dress Wildlife theme. Having done a UK festival together, would you now consider playing at the big daddy of the European festival circuit - Glastonbury? That really would be special. I've been going to UK festivals every summer for about 15 years now and have seen most of the biggest and best bands in the world, but never thought I'd see Strange Famous acts at one. This really topped it all for me. Thanks for coming.


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Damn. I'm glad things went well for the most part, but sad I missed out on what sounds like an absolutely epic tour. Round three, then. How was the Isle of Wight, by the way? Worth visiting?
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