The Portable Shrines collective was blessed to witness Ya Ho Wha 13′s performance at the Nectar Lounge in Seattle 12.15.08, Emeralds opening, and at the Doug Fir Lounge 12.16.08, Eternal Tapestry bringing forth Spirit first. The trio also played at Slim’s down in SF 12.18.08, with the Holy Wooden Shjips opening, and in LA 12.19.08 at the fitting Spaceland with the Moon Upstairs and the drone duo Robedoor setting the mood. There have been no reports of the two cali shows, and we are anxiously awaiting accounts from our southern brothers and sisters. Portable Shrines deeply wanted to follow Ya Ho Wha 13 down the coast but alas, the maya swallowed us and we need to make a living. If only the Source Family could take us into the fold and put us to work at the restaurant, but sadly those days are over.
Opening with the Star Exercise and following through with a hypnotic set Ya Ho Wha 13 held rapt the audience that came to check them out. There seemed to be a strange effect on women, both shows attended had seductively dancing ladies at the front of the stage…the charismatic spirit of Father Yod was present and effecting all. At the Seattle show this member of Portable Shrines had a moment of entrancement focused upon the crash cymbal of Octavius Aquarian, truly mind blowing. Before the Seattle gig the trio became lost on the streets and missed sound check, and the sound did seem a bit uneven. Nevertheless the show was rapturous. The Portland show was just as amazing, the sound richer at the Doug Fir with the more organic setting and a better mix. The band seemed more relaxed and flowed with the jams a bit more, bringing the attending collective again into a meditative state.
We suggest you to listen to Yahowa 13: Penetration: An Aquarian Symphony at the Anthology Records site. And please check out the book and video about the Source Family and Father Yod.