December 9, 2013
by Doug Moore
Notekillers @ Trans Pecos on Saturday (via @northernspyrecs)
A few weeks back, we mentioned that Todd P has established a new, legal/up-to-code venue called Trans-Pecos in the former Silent Barn space at 915 Wyckoff Ave; the venue officially opened its doors with a Northern Spy Records-curated Gnaw/Notekillers/Psalm Zero show last week. (NSR will host a weekly show series every Thursday at the venue.) Trans-Pecos still doesn't have much of an official web presence, but a number of shows have been announced for the spot on top of the aforementioned Pop. 1280/Ukjah Drag/Herzog Rising/Nick Klein show this Thursday (12/12). Here's a rundown.
All of the following have $8 covers and will open their doors at 8 PM, except where noted...
This Wednesday (12/11), Dreams West will play with Only Edges and LAMPGOD & **L_RD//$M$.
On Friday (12/13), noted Rhode Island IDM crafter The Range (who recently released a new album) will play with Zeljko McMullen, Michael Beharie, and Diamond Terrifier. The door charge goes up to $10 for this one.
On Saturday (12/14), the aforementioned Peter Kerlin Octet/Sunwatchers/Platinum Vision lineup will be joined by all-girl Japanese rockers Hard Nips (who are nonetheless based in Brooklyn) in the headlining slot.
The ensuing Friday (12/20), avant-garde ensemble Zs (whose Sam Hillmer put out a sax-based solo record in the spring) play with Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori and DJ Bubbles.
Finally, on January 3 (1/3), Kayo Dot will join Hospital Productions noise artist Lussuria and Jeremiah Cymerman for the first edition of a monthly series curated by Psalm Zero bandmates Andrew Hock (of Castevet) and Charlie Looker (ex-Extra Life).
If you're curious about what Trans-Pecos has done with the former Silent Barn space, check out this Bedford and Bowery writeup. Flyer for Thursday's Pop. 1280 show is below...
Toronto trio Magneta Lane have been making catchy pop/rock for 10 years now, most recently on their Witchrock EP, which came out back in February and you can stream below. The band also just made a video for that EP's "Lucky" and you can watch that below too.
The band are on a quick trip through the Northeast which includes two NYC shows this week: Wednesday (12/11) at Pianos with Bluffing, Weekender, The Teen Age and The Hairs, and then Thursday (12/12) at Grand Victory with Annie Activator, Incircles and The Breaking Sounds. All dates are listed below.
Photos by Greg Cristman
Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery
The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.
The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:
Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.
Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)
UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)
U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)
HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)
by Doug Moore
Morbid Saint at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Classic-era thrashers Morbid Saint are responsible for one of the most vicious thrash albums of the style's heyday in 1988's Spectrum of Death. Their reunited incarnation also played one of the best non-marquee sets of MDF 2012, noticeably outdoing a certain other band with "Morbid" in their name who played the same day. The same year's Relapse vinyl reissue of Spectrum of Death was enough of an event that two members of Locrian saw fit to include it in their BV best-of lists that year. I often find myself skeptical of '80s-era metal bands who still play live, but this reunion has been nothing but gravy so far.
Morbid Saint played NYC once early in 2012, but haven't otherwise been in the area since their MDF appearance. They're now got a few shows scheduled for 2014 (and more TBA), including a return to NYC on February 1, when they'll hit Saint Vitus Bar for a show with Seeds of Perdition, Stychnia, and Condition Critical. (They're also playing a one-off in their hometown of Sheboygan, Wisconsin on 12/21.) If you enjoy thrash at all and missed these guys in 2012, I strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to catch them -- outside of certain efforts by Slayer and Dark Angel, '80s-era thrash doesn't get much more intense than this. Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now.
All currently known dates are listed, along with a stream of Spectrum of Death, below...
Rhye have had a good but relatively quiet year, celebrating the release of their smooth pop debut LP Woman with a few elaborate live shows, but no major tours, and time taken off for Rhye's Robin Hannibal to focus on Quadron and for Milosh to focus on his solo career. The duo (and presumably their ace live band) have now announced just a few more shows happening in 2014, including one in NYC on February 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the video for "3 Days," below...
Officially first class: Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche is still working on his new album, but he does have music coming out before that. He collaborated with fellow musician Kato Ådland on the score to Norwegian drama The Sleepwalker which is out January 14. It's mostly instrumental but Sondre sings on two tracks. You may remember that he also did the score/soundtrack for Dan in Real Life a few years ago. The Sleepwalker film will makes its U.S. debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival which happens Jan. 16 - 26 in Park City, Utah.
Sondre splits his time between Bergen, Norway and Brooklyn, and he's got some shows coming up in his North American hometown in a couple months at Rough Trade NYC on February 21 & 23. Hopefully their sound issues will be fixed by then. Tickets to those two shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon. They are his only announced North American shows at present.
More Lerche news. The singer's likeness is being used on an official Norwegian postage stamp. It's part of a series based on Norwegian Popular Music. You can see that at the top of this post. And lastly, Sondre revealed on Facebook that his favorite album of 2013 was My Bloody Valentine's mbv. He also made a "40 Songs from 2013" that, while no specific order was given, includes songs by Julia Holter, King Krule, The Pastels, Prefab Sprout, Arcade Fire, David Bowie and more. You can check it out below....
photos by Kevin Yatarola
Champagne Jerry and Adam Horovitz @ Joe's Pub, NYC (12/7/2013)
Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) continued his monthly Joe's Pub appearances over the weekend (12/7) as part of the rollout for his upcoming album, For Real You Guys. In conjunction with this past Saturday's show, CJ is releasing the new single "Yo Kev!," which amazingly features Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, who also performed with CJ at the show where the song was debuted and the video first screened. That video now makes its online premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.
The softball-themed video, which was directed by Jason Cacioppo and shot it in September in Williamsburg, stars Ad-Rock, Champagne Jerry, Jerry's DJ and producer Max Tannone, downtown legend and everyone's favorite host Murray Hill as the coach, House of Larreon fashion designer, visual artist and performer Larry Krone, ex-Isotoners and performer Jim Andralis, Eben Burr, artist Cycle, Morningwood/Wallflowers/Exclamation Pony member Peter Yanowitz, fashion model Lisa Davies, Mia Juhng, writer and journalist Ada Calhoun, Babe the Blue Ox's Eddie Gormley, and legendary graffiti artist, graphic designer and creator of the Champagne Jerry logo Cey Adams.
Rolling Stone caught the Joe's Pub show, which saw a Beastie Boy in one of NYC's most intimate venues, and they wrote:
As the cavernous bass tones and rugged drums of "Yo Kev!" kicked in, Champagne Jerry and Ad-Rock traded rhymes onstage, with the latter clad in a baseball cap and t-shirt baring the slogan "Referee." While Jerry's rhymes included the boast "all of Taylor Swift's songs are about me," the Beastie Boy dropped scattershot lyrics that featured him bragging how he "pop bottles so hard got carpel-tunnel" and included references to all-day brunch and the chicken-tastic Brooklyn food spot Pies 'n' Thighs. The video to the song, which has the characters playing ball in a rough and tumble environment, also had its world premiere.Pictures of the show are in this post too. Check out more, along with the new video, below...
by Bill Pearis
PSB @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Public Service Broadcasting's Inform - Educate - Entertain was one of 2013 quirkier pleasures, mixing motorik grooves and dance rhythms (also: banjos) with found sound dialogue pulled from old educational films. Their live show takes it one step further, with projections to go along with every song, and all onstage banter coming via more old dialogue samples. It's kinda the complete package.
PSB have just released a special UK edition of their album that comes with a live DVD, and you can check out auto-oriented "Signal 30" from it below. The band were in NYC for CMJ (including being the capper to our epic 14-hour Saturday party), and will be back for a bigger North American tour in 2014 that will include a stop at SXSW (and Savannah Stopover) and another visit to NYC at Mercury Lounge on March 1. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon.
All dates are listed, plus the live video, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Iron Reagan at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
Iron Reagan, the thrashy hardcore punk band made up of Municipal Waste's Phil Hall and Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour members Ryan Parish and Paul Burnette, will be releasing a split with Exhumed, with whom Iron Reagan just kicked off a tour. The split's due out on January 7, but you can now hear Iron Reagan's contribution "Mini Lights," which we premiered on Invisible Oranges today. It rips, of course. Give it a listen below.
Last we heard from Iron Reagan they earned 30th on Decibel's best of 2013 list with their debut full-length Worse Than Dead, but before that it was announced that Iron Reagan would be touring with GWAR and playing the Invisible Oranges sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash, the two-day Baltimore party for the label that Iron Reagan calls home. In addition to the tours with Exhumed and Gwar, Iron Reagan will fit in a couple of dates with Mammoth Grinder and Power Trip. The GWAR/Iron Reagan tour hits NYC on 12/27 at Irving Plaza (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Power Trip and Iron Reagan don't share a bill in NYC, but Power Trip will be here for their own show on January 15 at Saint Vitus with Suburban Scum and Manipulate, so there's no shortage of crossover thrash around these parts any time soon. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.
Listen to "Mini Lights" and check out all of Iron Reagan's and Power Trip's tour dates below...
2 Chainz and Pusha T, who appear on each other's 2013 albums, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and My Name Is My Name, respectively, will be joining forces for a 2014 North American tour. R&B singer August Alsina opens on all dates. The tour kicks off in Boston and then hits NYC the next day at Roseland Ballroom on February 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with some streams, below...