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Published: 2008/12/29

Benevento, Russo and The Slip

On December 27, 2001 Marc Friedman (The Slip), Joe Russo and Marco
Benevento (then of the Jazz Farmers) shared the stage at New York’s
Knitting Factory Old Office. The gig marked the first time Russo and
Benevento performed together at the Knitting Factory, the room where the
paired performers would soon make their name as Organ and Drums and,
eventually, the Benevento/Russo Duo. Six years and a day later the group
returned to the Knitting Factory one final time for a series of Led
Zeppelin covers as part of Bustle in Your Hedgerow (recent New Groove of the Month
BuzzUniverse also played throughout the night in the venue’s Tap Bar). As
previously reported, the Knitting Factory will close its doors and
relocate to Brooklyn after New Year’s Eve.
On Saturday, Benevento and Russo also opened for The Slip at Boston’s

Paradise Rock Club. The gig was The Slip’s first proper club gig since
mid-2007 and, as off press time, the trio’s only confirmed tourdate. As
expected, the group built most of its set around tracks from 2006’s
Eisenhower like ‘Airplane/Primitive,’ ‘Even Rats’ ‘Children of
December’ and a show-closing ‘Paper Birds,’ but the group did occasionally
look back with ‘Get Me With Fuji,’ a rare ‘Autobody Experience’ and a
reworked version of ‘Weight of Solomon.’ Benevento also look the stage
with the group to play keyboards on ‘If One of Us Should Fall.’
The Slip will perform with Nathan Moore as Surprise Me Mr. Davis at New

York’s BB King Blues Club on New Year’s Eve. The Duo will round out the
late-night bill.

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