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October 20, 2014
Brooklyn's Issue Project Room will be closing in 2015 for renovations to its Boerum Place theater. One of the final events before it closes will be a special IPR benefit on December 9, featuring electronic duo Matmos performing scenes from Robert Ashley's groundbreaking television opera Perfect Lives which ran from 1978 - 1983. Tickets are available now for IPR members and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (10/22). It's Matmos' only show on their schedule. Here's a little bit more about the performance:
Perfect Lives (1978-83) is Robert Ashley's opera "about" bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love, adolescent elopement, et al, in the American Midwest. One of the definitive text-sound compositions of the late 20th century, it has been called a comic opera about reincarnation. Originally commissioned by the Kitchen in the early 80s, Ashley's Perfect Lives, the opera for television is widely considered the precursor of music-television and a masterpiece of the American vernacular. A Spanish-language adaptation of Perfect Lives, Vidas Perfectas, was commissioned by ISSUE Project Room in 2012 and later staged as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.The Matmos performance even takes place just after the Kim Gordon & Loren Connors show at Issue Project Room on 12/3 with Gary War. Tickets for that show go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/24).
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
As mentioned, BrooklynVegan is returning to Baby's All Right for our free day parties during CMJ on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25).... like 4 days from right now. We already told you the Friday (10/24) party would have Protomartyr, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and now we're thrilled to announce the full lineup:
FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!It kicks off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA), and a set by Dilly Dally, the Toronto lo-fi rock band who only have a few tracks out, but they all sound very promising.
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
Noon is also when Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).
Then it's the UK's The Wytches who recently released their debut LP on Partisan which is a little psych and a little garage.
By the time the Wytches get off stage, we'll start handing out complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages while supplies last.
Complimentary Sailor Jerry will still be flowing and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.
Then it's the sarcastic and smart post-punks Protomartyr, followed by lushly arranged emo band The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die.
Then the volume gets turned up for Canadian punks Single Mothers, who finally put out their debut LP after some delay this year, and Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks will wrap up the day on an equally loud note. Hopefully nobody rips down the ceiling this time!
Again, the show is totally free (no badge required). RSVP here. 21+ to enter.
King Gizzard (more by P Squared)
Listen to some of the Friday artists below...
Acclaimed Mekons documentary Revenge of the Mekons premiered a year ago at NYC Doc fest and is now getting a proper release. It'll screen in NYC at Film Forum from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 with daily showtimes at 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now. The October 29 7:15 PM screening will feature a Q&A with the Mekons' Jon Langford and Steve Goulding and director Joe Angio. Later that night, Langford will play the afterparty at The Bell House (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to attend both. Details below.
Some of the other Film Forum screening have special guests too. The October 30 9:30 PM screening features a Q&A with the Langford and Angio, and the 7:15 PM screenings on November 1, 3 & 4 will be introduced by The Hold Steady's Craig Finn.
Trailer for Revenge of the Mekons and contest details, below..
Brooklyn neo-wavers Future Punx will release a new EP, titled I'm So Inspired, which will be out via Dull Tools on November 11. (The title track has been a live set highlight for some time.) They've also just made a video for "Spike Train," their contribution to the new LAMC split 7" with Parquet Courts. You can watch that below.
Future Punx also have a few CMJ shows, including the Oh My Rockness CMJ Kickoff party which happens tonight (10/20) at Baby's All Right with Doprah and headliner Tom Vek (tickets). The full schedule of their fest shows:
WED 10/22 @ CAKE SHOP NYC (5:30 PM) | Terrorbird day partyFuture Punx will also be going on a tour in November. Those dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
THU 10/23 - NYC CMJ (evening) @ The Silent Barn | Dull Tools showcase
SAT 10/25 - NYC CMJ (10:30 PM) @ Pianos | Birddog Promo showcase
Zola Jesus at Webster Hall last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola Jesus concluded the US leg of her tour at Webster Hall last night (10/19), and she's got another (much smaller) NYC show happening later this week. She'll perform live at 'Urban Outfitters Afterfest presents MAKING TIME' at Le Bain at The Standard on Friday (10/24). In addition to her set, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P and Sammy Slice will all DJ. The show goes from 10 PM to 4 AM and is free with RSVP.
That's the first of two shows that DJ Dodger Stadium (the duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) have in NYC this week. The other is the Windish CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Brooklyn Bwol with Blue Hawaii, Team Spirit, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ariel Pink's new album, pom pom, is out November 18 via 4AD and he's just shared a second track from it, "Black Ballerina." It's one of the more curious songs on the LP while still being stick-in-your-head catchy. You can stream it below.
Having debuted many of pom pom's songs at a very late night NYC show recently, Ariel's gearing up for a proper tour in early 2015, including his biggest NYC show yet: Terminal 5 on February 25. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (10/24) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.
The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.
All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...
by Klaus Kinski
I heard a funny ebola joke. But you probably won't get it.
While ebola mania has Americans rapt with fear, the reality is that the chances of it becoming a real, widespread epidemic here is basically nil. As far as viruses go, ebola is pretty terrifying and I can see why people would be freaking out and why the news media would use it as fodder to scare the shit out of us. But it's not an airborne virus like the flu; you have to physically come in contact with it. And according to Dr. Jon LaPook over at CBS, "Every single Ebola outbreak in Africa over the past 40 years has been brought under control with standard infectious disease measures -- basically, isolating infected patients and tracking down their contacts." So once a case is identified, measures are taken to ensure it gets isolated. At least, that's what we hope will happen.
The real urgency simply isn't here on American soil; it's in Africa where they do not have the infrastructure to adequately deal with viral epidemics like this. There, it is much harder to contain and much easier to spread. Right now, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis in Africa. 80% of their funding comes from private donors, and what better way to contribute than with an awesome benefit show with awesome talent at an awesome venue? On Wednesday November 19 Irving Plaza will host and MSF/DWB International Fundraiser to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The event will be hosted by Klaus favorites Greg Barris and Jena Friedman and will feature appearances from Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo. Many, many more acts will be added to the bill. Onsale date/time are still TBD as well but should be available via Livenation soon, but mark your calendars and keep your eyes on BV for updates.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for a show benefiting another good cause. Seth Herzog (Fallon, 'Sweet,' Comedy Central, NatGeo), Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1, Conan), Damien Lemon (Half Hour, Guy Code), Dan Soder (Conan, Guy Code, O&A) and Michelle Wolf (Late Night w/ Seth Meyers), and The Amigos Band will convene at the Bell House on Thursday (10/23) to raise money for 'Stand Up for Rockaway,' the organization still helping the Rockaways rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Use code "ROCKAWAY" when buying tickets to get $10 off.
You can also catch Greg Barris during CMJ at Union Hall on Friday (10/24) for a special edition of his "Hearts of Darkness" show, featuring Shonali Bhowmik, Corn Mo, Larry Murphy, The Forgiveness, and "surprise guests!" Tickets are on sale and you can use your CMJ badge if you have one.
Thurston Moore Band (photo by Bebe Labree Besch)
Thurston Moore releases his Sonic Youth-y new solo album, The Best Day, this week via Matador (stream it), and he's now made a video for the 8+ minute opening track, "Speak to the Wild," which was directed by Santiago Mostyn. You can check that out below.
As discussed, Thurston will be on tour with Parquet Courts/PC Worship spinoff PCPC and that tour hits NYC on Tuesday (10/21) at Saint Vitus (during but not part of CMJ) and Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade (right after CMJ). Both shows are sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets to the Rough Trade show. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Contest details, with the new video and full list of dates, below...