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Daniel Lanois: Show Preview 

Tuesday, Nov 11 2014

Daniel Lanois is best known as a world-class producer. His credits include pop-progressive luminaries (U2, Peter Gabriel) and Americana masters (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris). Given this stylistic range, one might expect the Canadian musician's latest album, Flesh and Machine, to combine contemporary culture's fetishistic fascination with all things cyborg with something a little more rootsy, human. That's not exactly the case. Despite Lanois' ostensible musical sojourns to the mountains and the sea ("Forest City," "Aquatic"), the plains of the North American Midwest ("Sioux Lookout"), and the spiritual hinterlands of a mythical India-Jamaica ("Tamboura Jah"), this disc is mechanical in the robotic sense. Less groove-dreamy than stainless-steel ambience, the tunes seem designed for computer programmers out for a wild night on the town, clicking buttons on iPhone games while calculating in their heads the next algorithm that will not only verify but monetize the existence of God — which should draw a solid crowd of the Nü Nerd populace of San Francisco to this Monday night show.

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