July 26, 2010

Judi Chicago, Noot d’Noot

Filed under: Atlanta music — Frederick Noble @ 12:04 pm Share RSS

First, the usual disclaimer about the quality of these photos. A) I don’t believe clarity = quality. I want the image to convey the feeling of the event, not just the reflection of light off the surface. B) I’d rather enjoy the show than constantly fiddle with the camera. C) I hate using a flash.

But I have to say even I am disappointed by this particular batch. 1) It was hot as a goddamn oven at The Earl for this show. It is likely my sweat-drenched hands smudged the camera lens at some point. 2) I cannot stand still at a Judi Chicago show. Even when I try the people around me constantly bump into me with their booty shaking. It’s a fucking dance riot.

OK, on with the show.

So I heard Travis, 1/3 of Judi Chicago, is moving to NYC. Not that I would’ve missed the show anyhow, but knowing this would be the last one for a while I actually bought tickets in advance, even an extra ticket in case it sold out and a friend wanted to go. Fortunately it wasn’t packed, at least at the start of the evening, because if there had been one more body-heat-generating person in the room the EMT’s would’ve been hauling people away in ambulances.

Judi ChicagoJudi Chicago started off with more energy on stage than the crowd could absorb, but soon the excess turned to success and the fans started shaking, shimmying, jumping, and gyrating despite the heat.
Judi Chicago
Judi ChicagoIt’s rock, it’s electronic, it’s dance, it’s punk – but most importantly it’s got irresistable hooks. The sound is upbeat, but the lyrics are rich in black humor, a contrast I particularly enjoy. Live, they swap instruments, charge into the crowd, roll around on the floor, sweat and smile and dance. It’s a show.
Judi Chicago
Judi Chicago
They invited Noot d’Noot to join them for the last couple of songs, a bunch of them piling on stage for the grande finale, Fun City, which slowly built layer upon layer of sound and intensity until it popped like the Hindenburg. Fan-damn-tastic.
“That song alone was worth ten dollars,” said degenerate CD.
Judi Chicago
Yet in the midst of this there are still those people who will not dance. Who the fuck are you, Sir Nose?
Judi Chicago
If you’re not enjoying the show, why are you in my way? If you’re not dancing, why are you up front? I don’t get it.

I took a break between bands and found the front room much more tolerable, then walked out the door to find that even at midnight it was almost unbearable outside.

In the back, Noot d’Noot tried to keep the energy going with their mix of funk, African and Latin grooves. The crowd ate it up.

Noot d'Noot
Noot d'Noot
Noot d'Noot
Noot d'Noot
I wasn’t willing to push my way through the mob to get photos of the horn section. The floor was slick with sweat and spilled drinks and condensation raining from the A/C vents but still the crowd didn’t stop moving.
Noot d'Noot
By the end of the show I was drenched head to toe, but still smiling ear to ear.
It’s absurd the level of talent we have in this town. Thank you, Atlanta.

Say What?


  1. dont worry.. all my photos turned out the same! Great Minds!!

    Comment by Derek — July 26, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  2. crappy pics no matter what rationalization you want to come up with. And your so negative about how other people enjoy or not enjoy the experience. Maybe you should hire a photographer so you can get pictures worth looking at and you can enjoy the show without being a bitch. Just a thought

    Comment by michael brewer — July 26, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  3. This is the best insult you can come up with? C’mon, I’ve seen better flames on elementary school PTA pages.
    I’ve been providing crappy pictures and lousy reviews of Atlanta bands for more than 15 years. I have insulted fans, friends, bands, venues, or even just random strangers, often without even trying. And the best you can say is “maybe you should hire a photographer?” For a site that is absolutely free and free of ads? You, sir, are a paragon of human evolution. Thank you for your keen observation. Let me know when you get your professional photographs of local bands online so I can return the compliment.
    Frederick Noble

    Comment by Frederick Noble — July 26, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

  4. From my vantage point at Judi Chicago, you appeared to be enjoying the show without being a bitch, Frederick. Can’t remember the last time I saw you smile so much throughout a show. Lordy, that was fun! I think the pics captured the mood for those of us who were shaking it up front.

    Comment by Suellen — July 26, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  5. What is with people in the front not dancing? How is it even possible to not dance at a Judi Chicago/Noot show?

    Comment by Jennifer — July 27, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  6. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by John Robinson, Judo Chicagi. Judo Chicagi said: Hyper-real review with pics (sweaty ones) from our nova-hot show with @nootDnoot and Gnosis last Friday: http://is.gd/dMnRb [...]

    Pingback by Tweets that mention Hyper-real review with pics (sweaty ones) from our nova-hot show with and Gnosis last Friday: -- Topsy.com — July 27, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  7. “What is with people in the front not dancing?”

    Man purse+turtleneck=there’s your answer.

    Comment by fallex — July 27, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  8. I think that’s just an Izod and a camera strap, but I could be wrong.

    Comment by Frederick Noble — July 27, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

  9. [...] Here a great write up from the long running esteemed publication Degenerate Press. [...]

    Pingback by Judi Chicago » Some recent live reviews and photos… — August 3, 2010 @ 10:19 am

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