Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the Triple Rock, 6/26/10
|Photo courtesy of the artist|
"We. Are. Ready." With that Miss Pussycat began the night with her brilliant puppet show, her face attached to a little puppet body making introductions and throwing it off to a tiger kitty and white elephant just about to practice their party magick. "How 'bout we make some secret pizza right now?" "OK, go ahead and cast the spell!" "Pizza pizza pizza pie, effin' hexin' me of my, jungle mungle really high." And wizbang! Albino elephant and tiger kitty are up to their ears in secret pizza. Three cops died. You have to be there, I think. The effect Miss Pussycat's puppet show has on a crowd of twenty- and thirtysomethings is incredible and inspiring, a vibe so beautifully, childishly enthralled the closest analogue would be seeing your first Children's Theatre production in elementary school or playacting in the woods. In our fast-paced and regurgitative culture these moments seem so hugely lost that when they do occur, you're feeling it for days. It's something I think we require now more than ever, a salve and balm for our burned-out brains.
Following the puppet show (one final note on that: at the end of all of her performances the puppet stage becomes a talking puppet, something so genius and meta and surprising maybe we should invent an award for it) Quintron got behind the mobster Cadillac that serves as his central console where a Hammond and a Rhodes reside, wearing his usual uniform of mechanic jumpsuit, a shimmering bandana around his neck, and began a four-minute industrial introduction leading straight into Too Thirsty 4 Love's "Waterfall". (I took a video of their intro, but didn't post it because Miss Pussycat politely asked everyone to refrain from recording any portion of their show, which is understandable. You have to be there, and it's misrepresentation otherwise.)
Personal bias: The same as everyone's.
The crowd: Minneapolitan (staid)
Overheard in the crowd: "Dude she's nippin' out so hard!"
Random notebook dump: Elephant gets stopped for party magick, makes a deal for party pizza - kitty cat ripped the cops head off! Kitty in jail for 15 yrs :(