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Death by Audio’s final month: tributes, video & more

Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
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Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
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Death by Audio closed last weekend after seven years in existence. We said our goodbyes already, but we thought we’d offer up a roundup of our coverage and other tributes to the space.

Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace’s final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.

This Sunday’s New York Times offers a photo feature from DbA’s final night.

Writer Noah Kardos-Fein who plays in Yvette and was at most of DbA’s final shows (Yvette played one too), wrote a very nice piece for WNYC:

Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home – indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.

You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you’d get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night – some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It’s also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.

Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)
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Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:

The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could’ve gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their’s said they just had to play in. It’s a shame to lose something like that because it can’t be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could’ve imagined it would’ve lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I’m happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.

Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.

Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up

And this was Death by Audio’s final word, via Twitter:

Death by Audio’s final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr,  Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon,  Les Savy FavTy Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twiceFuture Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen MenScreaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn’t like). 

For those who’ll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA’s back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s courtyard on December 6 as part of an “indie arcade” curated by MAGFest and American University’s Game Lab.

We’ve got all of Death by Audio’s last month’s shows listed, along with video from many of them, below…

Lightning Bolt @ DbA (last-ever band to play, 11/22)

WOODS @ DEATH BY AUDIO 11.6.14

JEFF the Brotherhood @ DbA 11/22

APTBS @ DbA 11/22

Metz – Death By Audio 11/21

Parquet Courts @ Death by Audio 11/3 (Full Set)

Protomartyr @ Death by Audio 11/21

Tyvek @ Death by Audio 11/3

Dan Deacon – Learning to relax @ Death by Audio 11/13

Prince Rama – 15 Minute Exorcise @ Death by Audio 11/13

Pujol @ Death by Audio 11/9 (Full Set)

Yvette @ Death by Audio 11/15 (Full Set)

Nots @ Death by Audio 11/21 (Full Set)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ Death by Audio 11/9 (Full Set)

Future Punx @ DbA 11/17

Priests @ DbA 11/17

Grooms @ Death by Audio 11/22

DEATH BY AUDIO’s FINAL MONTH (November 2014)
11/22: Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, JEFF the Brotherhood, Grooms
11/21: METZ, Protomartyr, NOTS, Sleepies
11/20: Thee Oh Sees, Natural Child, Jack Name, Skimask
11/19: Thee Oh Sees, Dope Body, Roomrunner, Guerilla Toss, Junkyard
11/18: Future Islands, The Immaculates, DJ Dog Dick, Adam Schatz & The Farewell to Death by Audio Suite
11/17: Future Punx, Preists, Downtown Boys, Pink Wash, B Boys
11/16: Fiasco, Sediment Club, Michael Jordan, Large Lady
11/15: Les Savy Fav, Yvette, Big Ups, Ovlov
11/14: Ty Segall, Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, RIPS
11/13: Dan Deacon, Prince Rama, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Mr. Transylvania
11/12: Pygmy Shrews, Mike Berdan, Pleasure Industry
11/11: Speedy Ortiz, Hunters, Palehound, Bong Wish
11/10: Pampers, Honey, New England Patriots, Nandas
11/09: Screaming Females, Pujol, Shellshag, Ted Leo
11/08: White Mice, Doomsday Student, Child Bite, Burnt Skull, Necking
11/07: Excepter, Music Blues, The Dreebs, Running, Dog
11/06: Woods, Nonhorse, Lame Drivers, Woolen Men
11/05: Black Pus, Ryan Sawyer, Skimask, Lair, Bugs & Rats
11/04: Coasting, Reading Rainbow, The Ar-Kaics, Roya
11/03: Parquet Courts, Tyvek, Taiwan Housing Project, Ivy
11/02: Deerhoof, Father Murphy, Dan Friel, Palberta
11/01: Dirty on Purpose, Sisters, French Miami, Darlings
10/31: Aa, Justin Frye, Chat Logs. Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II, Alien Whale
10/30: Liturgy, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, Oozing Wound
10/29: Purling Hiss, Meatbodies, Yonatan Gat, Dream Police
10/28: The Memories, The Chickenhawks, Milk Dick, Jupiter Boys
10/27: A Place to Bury Strangers, Broken Water, Gold Dime, White Suns
10/26: Beech Creeps, Sauna Heat, Juniper Rising, Nine of Swords + 24 hour drone marathon w/ Will Sheff, Greg Fox, Excepter, Oliver Ackerman, Travis Johnson, more
10/25: Porches, TOPS, Lydia Ainsworth, Regal Degal (CMJ)
10/24: Protomartyr, Creepoid, Love as Laughter, Eaters
10/23: White Reaper, Meatbodies, Girlpool, Las Rosas, John Wesley Coleman, LA Witch
10/22: Jeff Rosenstock, The Bennies, Tweens, Dan Potthast
10/21: Wreckless Eric, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

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