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NY Ear & Eye Fest II – shows & record fair this weekend @ KF, DBA & 92Y Tribeca (also screening ‘I Need That Record’)

by Andrew Frisicano

Ear and Eye Festival

NY EYE & EAR FEST II – JULY 9 – 12, 2009!
Knitting Factory & 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan & Death By Audio in Brooklyn
Pendu presents: NY Eye & Ear Fest II … a massive 4-day New Music and Arts Fete showcasing some of the most exciting bands, artists, and filmmakers currently living and working here in NYC. In addition, NYE&E assembles a Record Fair featuring NYC-based Record Labels and Vendors selling LPs, CDs, 7”s, cassettes, lathes, comics, zines, stickers, and art prints.

The fest is a part II to the December event of the same name. The Fest’s four days of music kick off at the Knitting Factory on July 9th. The bands there include Grooms, Liturgy and Love Like Deloreans (to name a few) with headliners Nymph and Neg-Fi. The fest returns to the Knit on Friday, July 10th, for a show with Magik Markers, Child Abuse and more. In addition to the venue’s two floors of music, its already-creepy basement will be turned into a “Video Art Installation and a 7-hour Continuous Drone Room.”

The Fest then switches to the 92YTribeca on Saturday for a concert and a free record fair. Also at 92Y will be a program called “Women of NYCinema,” with films and music from Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller), Liz Wendelbo, Rachel Blackwell and Dirty Churches. The vendors range from big names like Matador Records to the recently featured Journal of Popular Noise to notable jazz label ESP-Disk.

The fest’s final, fourth day moves to Brooklyn for a closing party at Death by Audio. That lineup includes Murdertronics, Team Robespierre, Talibam!, Total Abuse and Drunkdriver.

Tickets for Thursday, Friday, and a variety of Saturday packages are available.

Separate from the festival, on Thursday, July 9th the 92YTribeca will screen filmmaker Brendan Toller’s I Need That Record, a documentary about the problems facing record stores around the country. It will be the NYC premiere of the movie that was getting some attention already all the back on Record Store Day 2008. The movie includes interviews with Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye, Mike Watt, Chris Frantz and more. Toller will be on hand for the showing. Tickets are on sale.

More details on the film (with video trailer) and the Ear and Eye Festival, below…

Fest info

The inaugural NY Eye & Ear Festival in December 2008 was an incredible success! A big thanks goes out to everyone who attended (especially those who bought records). Thanks goes out to all of the amazing music that is being packaged and created here in New York… Cheers to all the bands and labels who participated. In some ways this seemed an impossible feat to accomplish. 13 bands played on the first day and then a nearly unheard of 23 bands the next? On top of that, 39 NY record labels were represented together in the same room as the bands (which made for a tight fit). Well it happened. It worked, and more than that, it was AWESOME! Hope you come out to the next one in July. Bigger and better, onward and on.

NYE&E FEST is curated by Todd Pendu of the Pendu Organization, a nonprofit arts and cultural organization based in Brooklyn, NY. *Email NYE&E: info(at)
The NY EYE & EAR FESTIVAL has been praised by the Village Voice as being “a first of its kind” and Arthur Magazine describes it as “a giant, swarming, lovingly handpicked showcase of grassroots cultural production in New York”.

DAY 1 – Thurs, July 9
Knitting Factory, Manhattan (all 3 floors)
NYE&E will take over all 3 floors of the Knitting Factory in Manhattan. The top 2 floors will host 14 Music Performances with DJs playing music between sets. The basement will be transformed into a Video Art Installation and a 7-hour Continuous Drone Room.

RADIO23.ORG will be BROADCASTING from the Stage 1 LIVE to wherever you are; Tune In 7PM e.s.t. !!

Doors @ 6pm
DJ’s: Nate Rulli, Josh Druckman, Marty McSorley
>>> STAGE 1
_1:30am Nymph Neg-Fi
12:30am Begushkin
11:30pm Religious To Damn
10:30pm Love Like Deloreans
_9:30pm Grooms
_8:30pm Hunters
_7:30pm Blondes
>>> STAGE 2
_1:00am Neg-Fi
12:00am Liturgy
11:00pm Mike Wexler
10:00pm N. Antolik
_9:00pm George Steeltoe Ensemble
_8:00pm Best Hits
_7:00pm Dinowalrus
7Hr-Continuous Drone + Video Art Installation in the basement.
Rebecca Gaffney
Harrison Owen
Peru Ana Ana Peru

1am – 2am
12pm – 1am
Mathew Morandi
11pm – 12pm
Jesse Gelaznik
10pm – 11pm
Bob Bellerue
9pm – 10pm
Anthony Saunders
8pm – 9pm
Rust Worship
7pm – 8m
Christian Science Minotaur

DAY 2 – Fri, July 10
Knitting Factory, Manhattan (all 3 floors)
NYE&E will take over all 3 floors of the Knitting Factory in Manhattan. The top 2 floors will host 14 Music Performances with DJs playing music between sets. The basement will be transformed into a Video Art Installation and a 7-hour Continuous Drone Room.

RADIO23.ORG will be BROADCASTING from the Stage 1 LIVE to wherever you are; Tune In 7PM e.s.t. !!

Doors @ 6pm
DJ’s: Steve Lowenthal, Jane Tesco, Veronica Vasicka
>>> STAGE 1
_1:30am Magik Markers
12:30am Chaw Mank (mems of Mouthus & Sightings)
11:30pm Led Er Est
10:30pm Telecult Powers
_9:30pm Further Reductions
_8:30pm Key To Shame (mems of Sightings & NNCK)
_7:30pm Skin Drink
>>> STAGE 2
_1:00am SSPS
12:00am Child Abuse
11:00pm Mazing Vids
10:00pm Mirror Mirror
_9:00pm Ana Lola Roman
_8:00pm Hallux
_7:00pm Towering Heroic Dudes
7Hr-Continuous Drone + Video Art Installation in the basement.
Leia Caldoran
Alison Childs
Jordan Levine

1am – 2am
12pm – 1am
11pm – 12pm
Slasher Risk
10pm – 11pm
Ala Muerte
9pm – 10pm
Fluorescent Vibes
8pm – 9pm
Mi Or and the Pedestals
7pm – 8m
Don Sigal
DAY 3 — Record Fair + Film + Bands —>

Sat, July 11
92Y Tribeca, Manhattan
NYE&E will take over 92Y Tribeca Cultural and Community Center with a FREE-ADMISSION Record Fair involving 30+ NYC DIY record labels and vendors. In addition to the
Record Fair and Music Performances there will also be Film Screenings in the beautiful 72-seat 92Y Theatre with the debut of a new Pendu-curated film series entitled Women of NYCinema.

Record Fair opens at 4pm.
Films start at 4:30pm.
Bands begin at 9pm.

DJ’s: Pieter Wierd, Jeralyn
_1:00am Blacklist
12:30am Martial Canterel
12:00am John Wiese
11:30pm Freshkills
11:00pm Infinity Window
10:30pm Living Days
10:00pm Axolotl
_9:30pm Island’s Eyelids
_9:00pm Grasshopper

Pendu presents:
“Women of
featuring filmworks by:
Sarah Lipstate
Liz Wendelbo
Rachel Blackwell w/ Dirty Churches performing a live score

Films begin @ 4:30PM.
FREE-ADMISSION RECORD FAIR featuring 37 NYC-based DIY Vendors and Record Labels from 4PM – 12AM!
featuring Abandon Ship Records, Amish Records, AnarchyMoon Recordings, Anathema Sound, Arbitrary Signs, Baked Tapes, Cinders Gallery, Cryptic Carousel, Damage Rituals Cassettes, Death By Audio Records, Digital Cassette Records, Dœs Are, ESP-Disk’, Esto Perpetua Records, Fingered Media, Heat Retention Records, Hospital Productions, Impose Records, Infinite Limbs, Journal of Popular Noise, Little Fury Things, Matador Records, Misc Music, Missing Finger Records, No-Core, Noiseville Records, Obsolete Units, Opposite Records, Our Mouth Records, Pendu Sound Recordings, Secret Project Robot, Serenta, Showpaper, Speed Tapes, Tesco USA, Tingle Fingers, Wierd Records (scroll down for more info)

DAY 4 – Sun, July 12
Death By Audio, Brooklyn
NYE&E will travel to Brooklyn and take over Death By Audio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a finale party.

Doors @ 6pm
12:00am Murdertronics
11:30pm Team Robespierre
11:00pm Talibam!
10:30pm Total Abuse
10:00pm Drunkdriver
_9:30pm Pygmy Shrews
_9:00pm Opponents
DJ’s: Paul Haney (THD, Rust Worship), Kassjamps Sound System (Andy + Sarah of Slasher Risk)

On Saturday, July 11, the NYE&E Festival will host a Record Fair for NYC-based DIY Vendors and Record Labels at 92Y Tribeca. Entrance to the Record Fair is FREE to the public from 4pm – 12am.

Participating Record Labels/Vendors:
more to be announced…
Abandon Ship Records
Amish Records
AnarchyMoon Recordings
Anathema Sound
Arbitrary Signs
Baked Tapes
Cinders Gallery
Cryptic Carousel
Damage Rituals Cassettes
Death By Audio Records
Digital Cassette Records
Dœs Are
Esto Perpetua Records
Fingered Media
Heat Retention Records
Hospital Productions
Impose Records
Infinite Limbs
Journal of Popular Noise
Little Fury Things
Matador Records
Misc Music
Missing Finger Records
Noiseville Records
Obsolete Units
Opposite Records
Our Mouth Records
Pendu Sound Recordings
Secret Project Robot
Speed Tapes
Tesco USA
Tingle Fingers
Wierd Records


New York Premiere: Thu, Jul 9, 8 pm
Join guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller in person for the New York premiere of I Need That Record, a documentary feature examining why over 3,000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Featuring interviews with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ian Mackaye of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat, activist/author Noam Chomsky, Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Lenny Kaye guitarist of the Patti Smith Group, Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club, guitar composer Glenn Branca, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, Pat Carney of the Black Keys, punk author Legs McNeil, rock photographer Bob Gruen, BP Helium guitarist from Of Montreal, and several indie record stores across the country.

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