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September 2, 2014
"I wonder how guarded these drug amnesty bins will be at electric zoo?
Cause I want one." - Brian Christopher
As you probably heard on the news, NYC EDM festival Electric Zoo, went down without a single reported overdose over the weekend. This may have been in part due to their major effort to educate people and stop drugs from getting in, and maybe.... thanks to the drug amnesty bins that were placed on premises. I wonder if anyone really dropped anything in to one of those. More pictures like the two above by Scott Lynch, at Gothamist.
Electric Zoo was not without its problems though. Its third and final day was shut down early due to fear of rain. Many have taken to Facebook to voice their frustration, where so far all the fest has said is: "Many of our fans have asked about refunds for today's show. We appreciate your patience. More info will be posted soon".
One angry comment on their page has been liked over 450 times, and reads:
Today was my fiancé and I's 2 year anniversary. If it weren't for our good friends, you'd have ruined it. Thanks for nothing. And if you delete this comment, I'll make it a review. Also: your security is horrid. Imbeciles in red shirts roving around looking for people stumbling over themselves (i.e. everyone dancing). You made my fiancé go to the medical tent (front for the NYPD) and detained her for over and hour in handcuffs without asking me (her fiancé), what the situation was. She had only had two drinks, but tripped on the ledge of the barrier at GRiZ while walking backwards. You bruised both her arms (we have pictures!) and only released her after finding out I was in the military. Your red shirts went from telling me to "Go f!%# myself to thanking me for my service." Awful. Shame on all of you.---
Billboard points out:
There were about six hours of music remaining when the event was called off, and organizers emphasized there would be no re-entry. Sunday's storms passed within an hour, leading many fans to lambast organizers on social media for jumping the gun, especially as the Made in America festival soldiered on just two hours south in Philadelphia. But the risk of pushing through the inclement weather was probably too high. (Remember what happened at the Hudson Project in July.)
Still, eager to make the most of the long weekend, many of the DJs who were scheduled to play Sunday night -- Kaskade, Bingo Players, Fedde le Grand -- took to Twitter to assure fans they were in talks with city clubs to play make-up sets. Slake, a relatively new venue near Penn Station, scooped the most impressive last-minute party lineup with a bill that included What So Not, Chase and Status, Heroes x Villains, Milo & Otis, LOUPVCK, Netsky, Mat Zo, Alex English, and more. Tickets reportedly sold out in less than 30 minutes. Elsewhere, Fedde le Grand performed at Pacha and ATB played club Marquee.
Made In America 2014 Philly (via Stephanie Pratt)
It would have been ironic if Kings of Leon didn't get to headline Made in America fest in Philly over Labor Day weekend. They cancelled a bunch of dates leading up the fest due to injury, but promised to be better in time for the Philadelphia show. Luckily (for Kings of Leon fans), they did get to play, despite the fest almost pulling an Electric Zoo and shutting down due to rain on Sunday.
Made in America kicked everyone out around 6:30pm on Sunday, but were letting everyone back in an hour later. Spoon, Girl Talk, Pharrell, Gareth Emory, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon all still got to play, though with slightly different set times than originally planned.
Did you go to Made In America Philly (or LA) this year? How was it?
Watch a video of Kanye's full set from the first day of the festival, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome / Big Ups @ South Street Seaport - 8/29/14
After Joanna Gruesome's tour with Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything hit Shea Stadium on 8/26 (pics), they made their way back to NYC for a free show at the South Street Seaport on Friday (8/29), the final Seaport Music Festival show of the summer. (Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth were in Asbury Park that night.) Opening this one was NYC's Big Ups, who look and sound right out of the '90s with influences that don't go too far beyond that era's Dischord and Touch & Go bands, and a wild frontman who does the sound justice.
Joanna Gruesome's set, though it was on a much higher stage for a much more spread out crowd than their Shea set a few days earlier, was just as enjoyable in this environment as it was in that one. And really for both bands the crowds were about as good as they could be at a place like the South Street Seaport: crowded in right up to the front of the barrier.
More pictures from the show, below...
Gogol Bordello at MHOW in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
It's become a tradition for Gogol Bordello to play NYC's Terminal 5 on New Year's Eve, but this year the gypsy punk crew will be in Philly hat night instead. However, the following Friday and Saturday (January 2 and 3), they'll be at the NYC venue for a two-night stand. Tickets for those shows, including a 2-day pass option, go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon. AmEx presales for the individual shows start Wednesday (9/3) at noon. There's also an ongoing presale for the NYC dates and other US dates using the password: puravida.
All dates are listed below...
by Ian Chainey
In 2013, long-running Japanese punks Forward cancelled their US tour. Many were bummed. However, now it seems a North American trek will be a reality. The Burning Spirits-bred band are making the trip over at the end of October and will play places like Los Angeles, Austin (Fun Fun Fun Fest), and Philadelphia with support from Portland's Long Knife. The tour also includes two back-to-back NYC dates: November 16 at the Acheron with Portland d-beaters (and Tragedy-related) Warcry and local ragers Ajax and November 17 at Saint Vitus with Warthog -- who released the seriously punishing Prisons this year -- and the always-busy La Misma. Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now. No advance tickets for the Acheron show at the moment. The full list of dates appears below.
Forward were formed from members of Death Side and Insane Youth. They released a split with Teargas this year titled Burning Spirits 2014, following up their 2012 run that consisted of LP War Nuke And Death Sentence and EP Devil's Cradle. They also have one of the great Facebook About sections: "we are forward from japan, we speak little english so fuck you." Tourmates Long Knife, who have something of a Poison Idea streak, appear to be working on a new LP. They've also released the Possession 7" this year.
All of the dates along with streams from Forward and Long Knife appear below.
by Zach Pollack
Iasos' Celestial Soul Portrait cover art
New-age musician Iasos has been churning out dreamy, celestial material since 1975. The Alexandroupolis, Greece-born ambient auteur immigrated to the United States at four-years old, with his family, and they briefly settled in New York City before moving upstate. Iasos made a post-college, cross-country move to California in 1968 to focus on music, which he began to perform with his group the Nova Shadow Quartet while in school. He struggled for years trying to form ensembles that might be able to recreate the music he heard in his head. Iasos released his debut effort, called Inter-Dimensional Music Through Iasos, in 1975 via his own Inter-Dimensional Music label. He's gone on to release 14 albums (most via IDM), and last year saw compilation Celestial Soul Portrait come out via Chicago's incomparable Numero Group. You can stream Celestial Soul Portrait (via Rdio) in this post.
Iasos live is an extremely rare occurrence, but when it does happen, his shows are one-to-two-hour multimedia experiences complete with self-designed visuals. NYC can experience this while celebrating the arrival of Fall at Baby's All Right on September 23 as part of the venue's first annual "Autumnal Equinox Celebration." The evening also features drink specials, the restaurant will have a special menu, and Prince Rama will DJ the afterparty. Today only (9/2), advance tickets are just $10 and will jump to $20 after Midnight.
Then on September 25 at Body Actualized Center, Iasos will be holding a workshop titled "Using Sound for Light-Body-Activation & Healing." The artist offers further explanation:
Iasos takes you on a "guided tour" of many different ways that sound & music can be used for healing, alignment, and consciousness evolution. Iasos first gives a conceptual overview of the basic principles of "how sound healing works" and "how sound can induce increased coherence & beneficial energetic change"- and then, as he explains each concept, he will play recordings of his music that demonstrate that particular concept. The event then provides a wide range of examples, each of which is both intellectual (talking / left-brain-conceptual) and experiential / intuitive (actually listening & experiencing the sounds : right-brain-intuitive).The workshop is on a sliding scale, $3 - $15 ("as each can afford"). More info on the workshop is here. Flyer for the Baby's show and a stream of Celestial Soul Portrait, below...
by Bill Pearis
No Joy @ BKNB 8/30/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
No Joy were in NYC over the weekend, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday night as part of a lineup that included Black Pus (Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt), Cousin Brian, and Flagland. Set against projections of (the reunited) Blood Brothers live footage, the Montreal group peppered their set with new material -- it's been about a year and a half since Wait to Pleasure -- along with songs from their two albums and EPs. Volume has always been in their arsenal, but No Joy seemed extra vociferous on Saturday and was easily the loudest set I've personally heard at BKNB. Perhaps they're just gearing up to compete in the loudness wars with soon-to-be tourmates Deafheaven. That tour kicks off in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 14 (sold out).
New York will get yet another chance to see No Joy as they'll play Mercury Lounge on September 15, the day after the MHOW show. That one is with their MTL pals Tonstartssbandht and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Wednesday (9/3) at noon. Updated tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Mitchell Wojcik
Restorations will release their third album, LP3, on October 28 via SideOneDummy, and today they've revealed the artwork, tracklist, and video for its first single "Separate Songs," which is all below. From the sound of the new single, Restorations are continuing to hone their style of gruff, songwriter punk (think Lawrence Arms, Gaslight Anthem, Menzingers, etc), and this one sounds like one of their strongest singles yet.
Restorations have also announced a tour, which includes a run with The Smith Street Band that hits NYC on November 8 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the new video, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
Queen of Rockabilly and all-around cool lady, Wanda Jackson will be touring this fall, including a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on November 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/3) at noon. All dates, and a couple classic Wanda television performance videos, below...
by Ian Chainey
Faith No More recently hinted there was more on the way. Now, it's fact. After signing on for their first live date of 2015 at Australia's Soundwave Festival, the Mike Patton-led group announced there will be a new LP released next year, as well, reports Rolling Stone. The currently-title-less full-length, to be released on Reclamation Recordings, will be the band's first in nearly 18 years. And to give fans a taste of what's to come, the single "Motherfucker," which the band has played live, will hit shelves in a limited run for Record Store Day's Black Friday event (11/28). A digital version of the single will follow soon after than on December 9.
Along with the new tunes, the accompanying PR blast mentions worldwide tour dates to come. Well, you might as well start getting your kids ready for the possibility of that tour: Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are putting out a Faith No More-themed collection of lullabies. The label have given other heavies the nighty-night treatment, including Slayer and Iron Maiden. The set will be out on September 16 through Roma Music Group. Alas, it doesn't include "Jizzlobber," but "Epic" is there, allowing you the opportunity to win Parent of the Year by flopping around like a fish out of water. Explaining that reference won't make you feel old at all.
Check out a lullabized version of "Falling to Pieces" below...