Posted in music | tour dates on December 7, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Julian Koster - White Chistmas (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Koster - Jingle Bells (MP3)

Julian Koster @ Bell House in March (more by Tim Griffin)
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Music Tapes' Julian Koster is on the road with his 2009 Caroling Tour, which kicked off Saturday, December 5th in Georgia. The revised schedule for the trip is posted below. Its NYC portion will be happening on December 16th and 17th. E-mail to get on the list for the exact location and time of the shows. For more info (including a note about posting things online about the shows) and to offer financial support, visit

Two Xmas tracks off Koster's The Singing Saw at Christmastime are posted above.

Another holiday happening that's already underway is "Eternal Christmas: A Yuletide Dreamland", an art exhibit/show space presented by Flaming Fire at 525 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn. It began over the weekend (12/4) and runs through January 5th (12-8 daily, 12-11 Thurs-Sun, $5 suggested donation). The art work tackles "the mythological and cultural roots of the winter season." The installations' "house band" will be Brooklyn's Lydsod, and the schedule includes a performance by Dewanatron (who opened for Music Tapes in March). More info is below.

Both schedules and Julian Koster singing saw videos are below...

Julian Koster & Badger - Singing Saw - 6/16/09 Secret Squirrel, Athens Ga

Julian Koster & Ian - Let It Snow - 6/16/09 Secret Squirrel, Athens Ga

Julian Koster & Ian - Singing Saw - 6/16/09 Secret Squirrel Athens Ga

Music Tapes - 2009/10 Confirmed Caroling Path
12/5 - Atlanta / Rome, GA
12/6 - Nashville, TN (early) / Louisville, KY
12/7 - Indianapolis, IN (early) / Champaign, IL
12/8 - Chicago, IL
12/9 - Kalamazoo, MI (early) / Detroit, MI (and area)
12/10 - Toledo, OH (early) / Cleveland, OH
12/11 - Buffalo, NY (early) / Geneseo, NY
12/12 - Ithaca, NY (early) / Monterrey, MA / Easthampton & Northampton, MA (late-night)
12/13 - Boston, MA (and area)
12/14 - Providence, RI (and area)
12/15 - Riverside, CT / Purchase, NY / Marlboro, NY
12/16 - New York City, NY
12/17 - New York City, NY (and area)
12/18 - Manalapan, NJ (early) / Philadelphia, PA
12/19 - Baltimore, MD (early) / Washington, DC
12/20 - Eagle Rock, VA (early) / Lynchburg, VA
12/21 - Chapel Hill, NC / Raleigh, NC
12/22 - Athens, GA


525 Atlantic
525 Atlantic

Eternal Christmas info

For her first major New York City exhibition, controversial Chicago visual and sound artist Camilla Ha has collaborated with NYC arts collective Flaming Fire for a large-scale interactive arts installation called "Temple of the Dying King", encompassing three hand-sculpted interior room environments. Each room explores the Jungian and metaphysical roots of the holiday season:

The Grandmother Room, Dark Night Room, and White Glitter Room - Into Light, with original handcrafted interiors made of recycled/sustainable material containing new paintings, sculpture by Ha, and sound art by Flaming Fire.

In the curated art room, original works by Alyssa Wentz, Dame Darcy, the Dewanatron, and Flaming Fire will be featured, including the interactive Flaming Fire Illustrated Bible Project, currently holding more than 3,000 original works of art by professional artists, children, prisoners, and people from all walks of life. Visitors will be provided art supplies and encouraged to create original compositions, which will be uploaded to the Illustrated Bible Project's official website.

Every Thursday through Sunday evening, NYC avant-garde ensemble Lydsod (Flaming Fire, Smack Dab) will create live collaborative recordings with members of Flaming Fire and local Brooklyn artists and residents that will be engineered and mixed by music producer JZ Barrell and released in 2010 as a document of theart-gallery space. Performances will be visually recorded and played at the space throughout the day, and selected performances will be available for viewing on the official event website. Other performers throughout the month include Flaming Fire, Dame Darcy, Anna Copa Cabana, Dust Dive Flash, Ivory Coasts, MV Carbon, SprayPaint Star, the Jupiter Deluxe, Jared Whitham, and others. On Sunday afternoons from 4-5:30, the Eternal Christmas gallery will host a reading series, featuring local authors such as John Wray and Michael Leviton. Events at the Eternal Christmas gallery will be updated on the events page.

Eternal Christmas: A Yuletide Dreamland - 2009/10 ScheduleWed Dec 9 2009 - 5:30p Flaming Fire Fitness band, Dewanatron, Lydsod HOLIDAY HAPPENING on Atlantic Avenue!
Thu Dec 10 2009 - 8:00p Dust Dive Flash (Laura Ortman), Lydsod
Fri Dec 11 2009 - 8:00p - Ivory Coasts, MV Carbon, Lydsod
Sat Dec 12 2009 - 12:00 - 5:00 PM "Childrens Afternoon" Bring your kids and spend a family friendly afternoon in a Yuletide Dreamland: all exhibits will be open to explore, activities will include art workshops for kids of all ages, participatory story readings, and much more. Free holiday treats will be served."
Fri Dec 18 2009 - 8:00p Flaming Fire, Lydsod
Sat Jan 2 2010 - 9:00p The Jupiter Deluxe, SPRAY PAINT STAR



Comments (16)

that show at the bell house must have been miserable. sitting on the floor listening to "Mr. look-at-me-and-see-how-quirky-I-am" play with himself. ugh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:01 PM

Anon - I heard what you were saying. You know nothing of his work! How you got to comment on anything is totally amazing!

Julian is one of the most interesting musicians I've ever heard and without question the most fascinating person I've ever got the chance to meet. I'm psyched as hell he is coming to carol at my apartment.

Posted by tomw | December 7, 2009 1:15 PM

1st picture - Fuck, that looks not only gay as hell, but fucking boring as a mo-fo..

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:19 PM

look at all those a-holes sitting on the floor like a bunch of kids eating it up. act like men and not be so limp wristed. that pic is so embarassing and ridiculous.

snap out of it people and grow some nuts: you're adults

Posted by freddie mercury | December 7, 2009 1:22 PM

jeez... BV commenters are some of most insecure losers on the face of earth... If its not your thing move on... save your 'roid rage for the Danzig posts or something

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:26 PM

Julian's schtick gets him more pussy than Tiger Woods.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:36 PM

get these faggots out of my neighborhood!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:46 PM

Look at the mouth-breathing tool in the brown snow hat pretending to be enthralled by this ridiculous performance.

And then look at the cocker-spaniel-haired girl wondering if she will ever find a real man at a show like this.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 1:53 PM

Go listen to Slayer - Reign in Blood ...beaaatchezzzz.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 2:03 PM


JESUS..these comments have me laughin so hard at work!!!!!!

but yeah..that looks boring as SHIT!

oh man...jesus...

"Look at the mouth-breathing tool in the brown snow hat pretending to be enthralled by this ridiculous performance."

oh man!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 3:00 PM

Half those kids were there hoping for a Mangum sighting anyway. They deserve to sit through an hour of solo musical sawing.

Painstakingly twee or not, Julian Koster is pretty cool creative guy. I think he was of the major galvanizing forces that made Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control as innovative as they were. He was the Brian Jones of the E6. Perhaps he's a bit indulgent with the musical saw tours, but I think he gets a pass.

And Slayer is stupid.

Posted by burnd | December 7, 2009 3:09 PM

"[Julian Koster] was the Brian Jones of the E6"

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 3:24 PM

my guess is the negative commenters are all the same dude...
not a whole lot of folks would really waste time with that much vitriol over someone as innocuous as Julian Koster... much for holiday spirit...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 3:30 PM

shut the hell up 3:30. you're probably the guy in the brown hat

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 5:34 PM

Just an FYI- not that any of you assholes asked- that part was only a short bit of an otherwise interesting the show. But yes, that part was quite boring.

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