Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, etc.) and Dan the Automator (Dr. Octagon/Kool Keith, Deltron 3030, Handsome Boy Modeling School, etc.) have a new collab project called Crudo, and they're making their first-ever live appearance next Thursday, May 22, at the Great American Music Hall.
Originally deemed a "secret" show to precede their "official" world debut at the Sasquatch Festival on Saturday the 24th -- they're playing the "Wookie Stage" at that Washington State fest -- the GAMH gig gives the City first dibs on hearing just what these two iconoclasts have cooked up. Peeping Tom, the previous Patton/Dan collab (with Kid Koala, Amon Tobin, and the Roots' Rahzel), shifted from trip-hop chillers to rawkin' killers without a moment's warning, so Crudo could be just about anything: jokey sci-fi-cartoon electro, avant-thrash with raps about obscure Roman senators, or fizzling bleeps and car-crash beats and grunts that sound like a cow being anal-probed by Venusians.
To unshroud the mystery a little bit, we contacted Patton's regular PR queen, who in turn contacted Mike's manager, and he described Crudo thusly: "Avant-garde hip-hop is a great description -- more hip-hop than Peeping Tom, but quirky and electronic as well."
So there's a teaser for you. In the meantime, peep the video for Peeping Tom's song "Mojo." --John Graham