Entries tagged with: A Place to Bury Strangers
by Bill Pearis
still from 'Goodnight Brooklyn'
Basically from the moment Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio announced that they were closing, DbA's Matt Conboy began filming. With cinematographer Jonathan Yi, editor Andrew Ratzlaff, producer Amanda Schultz, and a large camera crew, they shot shows, behind the scenes stuff, interviews with staff and friends, everything, right to the end. (BV contributor Ebru Yildiz did the still photography.) The result is new documentary Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio which will make its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. It's one of ten films selected (from over 1000 entrants) in this year's Documentary Feature Competition. Here's the official synopsis:
From 2005 to 2014 Death By Audio served as a venue for underground music, art and a non-traditional living environment. Founders: Oliver Ackermann, Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy, endure the challenges of hosting hundreds of people a night with looming threats of building department or police raids. Under ironic circumstances, we follow them through the last days as they navigate a billion dollar company moving into their building and the associated threats and intimidation to keep residents in fear of reprisals.Ty Segall is one of the film's executive producers, and he's in front of the camera too, as one of the interviewees. Also talking on camera are DbA runners Conboy, Oliver Ackermann and Edan Wilber, as well as Stephanie Gross, Brian Chippendale, Mark Kleback, Dan Deacon, Michael Azerrad and -- full disclosure -- this writer. They haven't announced SXSW screening dates, so stay tuned.
by Bill Pearis
APTBS' Dion Lunadon atop the crowd at Death by Audio's final night
Market Hotel's long-awaited reopening happens this weekend with a two-night celebration: Friday (1/22) with VIA APP, Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher, and Malory; and Saturday (1/23) with Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Pill and just-announced "special guest" headliners A Place to Bury Strangers. Both nights are $10 at the door. Be prepared to trudge through the snow, though. Flyers for both reopening parties are below.
In other news APTBS bassist Dion Lunadon (who also plays in Flowers of Evil and spent time in New Zealand band D4) is set to release his debut single as a solo artist. 'Com/Broke' will be released as a 7" single on February 19 via Infinity Cat. You can check out the A-side which is a fierce punk burner -- listen below.
Dion has a few solo shows coming up in NYC: January 26 at Berlin with Stuyedeyed; then Palisades on February 4 with Steep Leans, Sun Voyager, Magic Shoppe, and Warcries (tickets); and then he'll open for Ty Segall and The Men at Webster Hall on February 28 (tickets). Flyer for the Palisades show is below.
The 2016 Festival Nrmal takes place March 12 & 13 at Deportivo Lomas Altas in Mexico City. (That's right before SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Slowdive, Deerhunter, Battles, Health, Empress Of, Low, Acid Mothers Temple and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below...
Dog Island is a new NYC band with Little Big League / Japanese Breakfast singer/guitarist Michelle Zauner, Moon singer and A Place to Bury Strangers collaborator Alanna Nuala Higgins, and drummer Kat Casale. They haven't released any recordings yet, but they do have some shows coming up.
One is the first of DIIV's three shows at the soon-to-be open Market Hotel (3/3). Tickets for that one are on sale now. Before that, they play Silent Barn on Thursday (1/14) with Fern Mayo, T-Rexstasy and Cutters. Tickets for that one are on sale too.
PLUS: new remix series launched
photo: Dave Harrington w/ Darkside in 2014 (more by PSquared)
To celebrate the holidays, Darkside's Dave Harrington is kicking off a 12 Days of Remixes series, which includes remixes and edits of Beyoncé, Nils Frahm, Tyondai Braxton, Empress Of, Steve Reich, and more. He says, "I'll be sharing all of the un-released remixes and edits I've made and have been playing in my DJ sets over the last couple years." The first is out today and it's Dave's take on Michael Jackson's "Human Nature." Listen below.
The series leads up to December 13, the day Dave Harrington & friends do their second annual Holiday Spectacular at Le Poisson Rouge. The show will have a house band backing Antlers frontman Peter Silberman, Yeasayer co-frontman Anand Wilder, A Place to Bury Strangers frontman Oliver Ackerman, Bear In Heaven frontman Jon Philipot, Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks, Tanlines' Jesse Cohen & Eric Emm, Olga Bell, Sam Cohen, Holly Miranda, Tim Mislock (Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Antlers), Jen Goma (A Sunny Day In Glasgow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, and more vocalists singing their renditions of holiday songs. Tickets are available, and all proceeds will go to the Harlem School of The Arts.
Some of the house band members are also playing Nicolas Jaar's label Other People's residency at Trans-Pecos this month.
Full LPR show lineup and that MJ remix below...
It's that time of year again. Like "All I Want is Christmas is You," holiday shows in NYC are omnipresent. We've already posted about NYC Hanukkah shows, now here's a roundup of just about everything else.
Darlene Love is playing four "Love For the Holidays" shows like last year at BB King Blues Club on December 20, 26, January 2 and 16 (tickets). Another Phil Spector associate, Ronnie Spector, is doing her annual Christmas shows this year at City Winery on December 22-23 (tickets).
India Arie is doing a Christmas show at Irving Plaza on December 15 with Johnathan Reynolds, and tickets for that show are on sale now.
There are also plenty of options for your holiday burlesque needs. Le Poisson Rouge is doing a few Christmas burlesque shows: Burlesque-A-Pades: Sleigh Ride on December 12 (tickets) and It's A Hot Pink Christmas on December 20 (tickets). Elsewhere: The burlesque troupe Wasabassco is putting on a late "Holiday Season Spectacular" at City Winery (tickets). Wassabasco will also be at Bell House on December 4 for a 70's themed Christmas show (tickets).
Mariah Carey is doing a run of holiday shows again this year at the Beacon Theatre on December 8-18 , and tickets for that are on sale now. For slightly less moolah and slighty less actual Mariah, there's a FREE Mariah Carey-themed party called "Party Like It's 1999: All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Edition." at The Bell House on December 5. Meanwhile, Union Hall is also doing a Holiday Pop Singalong on December 18 that promises to feature Mariah prominently, along with Bowie, Bieber, Wham! and more (tickets).
Speaking of The Bell House, they might be the kings of holiday shows. (Makes sense: the place is the ski lodge of NYC music venues.) Look at all these: Buzzfeed's Kwanzaa Show on December 5, which is a sold-out taping of Buzzfeed's "Another Round" podcast with musical accompaniment by Jean Grae. The next night (12/6) is "Landlady Holiday Spectacular," with people like Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim and more, which features live music and production of Landlady's holiday play Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story (tickets).
Lots and lots more holiday shows are listed below...
APTBS @ Capitol Theatre in May (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on the road with old Death by Audio pals Grooms, and will play Salt Lake City on Thursday. The tour wraps in NYC in a couple weeks, and they've added a second show at Saint Vitus. The first is 10/9 with Grooms and Scully and the new 10/10 show is with Sannhet and Pawns. Tickets for both shows are on sale.
APTBS will then rest up for a couple weeks before heading off to Europe. All dates are listed below.
photo: A Place to Bury Strangers @ Levitation Austin 2015 (via Facebook)
A Place to Bury Strangers are slaves to the road this year, having toured for most of 2015 so far and will continue to do so. They've just announced a fall tour with their old Death By Audio roommates Grooms which concludes here in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM.
You can also catch them in NYC before that, as they play the first night of the Gigawatts Festival at The Wick on July 24 with Black Lips, Liturgy and lots more. Tickets for Gigawatts are still available, and we're also giving away a pair of festival passes. All APTBS dates are listed below.
In other news, the band have given their song "Fill the Void" (from this year's Transfixiation) to Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington to remix, who strips it down, morphing it into a sinister beast. You can stream that below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Jane's Addiction / ATPBS @ Capitol Theatre 5/19/2015
Maybe they're older; maybe they don't care as much; maybe they were stoned. Theatrics (or lack thereof) aside, Jane's Addiction are still rock stars of the highest caliber, and they're not about to let you forget it.Jane's Addiction just finished a four-show swing through the NY area with Brooklyn noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers that included shows at Brooklyn Bowl (5/13), NJ's Starland Ballroom (5/15), Huntington, NY's The Paramount (5/19) and Port Chester's Capitol Theatre (5/19). We've got pictures from the Cap show in this post.
Always one for flamboyance, Farrell donned a flamingo jacket as the group -- whose ever-evolving lineup has settled on Farrell, Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and bassist Chris Chaney -- kicked off the show with the lumbering bass of Nothing's Shocking opener "Up the Beach." Navarro's guitar caught fire on the expansive "Ocean Size," from which Farrell segued into an anecdote about his father being from Bensonhurst before the punk-rock kick of "Had a Dad." - [Village Voice]
All four shows were part of Jane's Addition's Nothing's Shocking tour where the band play that classic 1988 album in full. They also encored with a handful of non-Shocking hits, that came with a troupe of dancers, some of whome hung above the stage -- Jim Rose-style -- from hooks in their skin. It was just like the old days of Lollapalooza. The review quoted above was from the Brooklyn Bowl show which happened the same night as the big RBMA-ified Nothing Changes show at Output across the street. Perry Farrell stopped by Output to take in some Pharmakon and Prurient after Jane's show was over.
photos by P Squared Photography
Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).
Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.
Brooklyn's annual Gigawatts Festival returns this year with a lineup that's bigger and more impressive than ever. The fest happens July 24-26 at The Wick & The Well, and artists playing include Black Lips, Braid, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Swearin', Beach Slang, Cheap Girls, Chumped, Anamanaguchi, Pile, Ava Luna, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Potty Mouth, Mannequin Pussy, Heaven's Gate, Honduras, Laura Stevenson, Dan Friel and still more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting today (5/13) at noon. To get tickets in the presale, use the password: savetheclocktower.
Check out the full day-by-day lineups below...
APTBS @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)
A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on tour in Europe (they play Amsterdam tonight) but will be back in North America next month for Levitation fest in Austin. Shortly after that, they'll play a homecoming show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 16 with Sleepies, Pill, and Bambara. That show is free and if you'd like to skip the line you can RSVP.
The band, whose new album Transfixiation came out earlier this year, have added a few more shows as well, including a few opening slots on the Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking tour, including the four NY-area dates. Tickets for the NYC proper show (Brooklyn Bowl on May 13) just went on sale.
All tour dates are listed, along with live video of APTBS performing "Now It's Over" live on KEXP, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn duo Tanlines will release their new album, Highlights, on May 19 via True Panther. The first single from the album is "Slipping Away," a very catchy pop song that you can download via Tanlines' website and stream below.
Tanlines will play a pair of Highlights release shows on both coasts: May 14 at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and May 18 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are currently on AmEx presale and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/6) at noon. Ticket info TBA for LA.
If you're not aware, singer Jesse Cohen also has an entertaining podcast, "No Effects," and this week's episode features an interview with A Place to Bury Strangers frontman and Death by Audio pedal guru Oliver Ackermann. You can stream that below as well.
The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...
by Bill Pearis
APTBS @ MHOW, 2/17/2014
A Place to Bury Strangers' new album Transfixiation is out this week and they've just released a video for "We've Come So Far." The video was filmed live at Death by Audio on November 22, which was both the last night of the DIY venue and APTBS' frontman (and DBA co-owner) Oliver Ackermann's birthday. The video was directed by his DbA co-owner Matt Conboy. Says Ollie:
The fact that we were losing our home [Death By Audio], that it was the last show and APTBS were playing seemed like too good of an opportunity to turn down. We filmed their set and I felt like we were able to capture the spirit of that moment: this weird, dark form of celebration and catharsis. By the end of the night I think everybody felt like they really got something out of their system.You can watch the video below.
Last night A Place to Bury Strangers celebrated Transfixiation's release, a few blocks from DbA's address, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was their typically awesome sensory overload of strobes, smoke machines, projections and white noise. For their encore, they played a down-and-dirty set on the floor by the sound booth. Cool show. It was the kickoff to their tour and all dates are listed below.
Also celebrating a new album was Grooms, who also played DbA's final night and whose great new album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair (the last album recorded at Death by By Audio) is also out this week. Playing as a three-piece, the new songs sounded great: Steve Levine is a hell of a drummer (in addition to being a funny guy) and Jay Heiselmann used a variety of effects to make his guitar sound like keyboards (the new album takes Grooms into new territory), leaving most of the more normal guitar parts to frontman Travis Johnson.
Opening the night was Baltimore's fun Ed Schrader's Music Beat, who are on the first leg of APTBS' tour. If you follow Ed on Instagram, you know he has an obsession with Frasier, and the band's new tour t-shirts mimic the sitcom's logo, but with Baltimore's skyline in place of Seattle's. You can buy them online too.
All APTBS tour dates are listed, along with the "We've Come So Far" video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Grooms' drummer Steve Levine (left) on 'Better Call Saul' series premiere
While some folks were watching The Grammys, others tuned into AMC for the series premiere of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. Set in the '00s before Saul became Saul or met Walter White, the show (well, first episode at least) is a little lighter in tone than Breaking Bad but to call it a comedy would be incorrect. I thought it was great. Many of the laughs in the first episode come from twin skateboarding scam artists, Lars and Cal, who Saul enlists for help. Lars is played by Steve Levine who also spends time as drummer for Brooklyn indie rock outfit Grooms. His twin brother Daniel plays Cal. AMC is re-airing the Better Call Saul premiere tonight (2/9) at 9 PM, immediately followed by the second episde at 10 PM.
With Season 1 in the can (and the fate of Lars and Cal unknown at this point), Steve Levine's immediate future will be spent with Grooms, whose terrific new album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair is out next week (2/17). Stream the title track below. They'll play a joint NYC record release show with A Place to Bury Strangers at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and tickets are still available.
A Place to Bury Strangers' new album, Transfixiation, is out next week as well. Weirder, tighter and more varied than anything they've done to date, while still sounding like APTBS, I think it's also the band's best yet. You can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR.
by Bill Pearis
photo:::APTBS @ DBA's final show (more by PSquared)
As mentioned, A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms are having a dual record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17, which is also the actual date both albums are out. Ed Schrader's Music Beat is also on the bill and tickets are still available. APTBS have released a second track off Transfixiation, the sprawling "We've Come So Far," and you can stream that below.
Grooms, meanwhile, have shared the title track from their forthcoming album, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, which is one of the catchiest songs on a very good record. You can stream that below as well.
The MHOW show is Grooms' only announced show, but is the start of APTBS' upcoming tour. Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be joining them for other dates on the tour too, as will Creepoid. All tour dates are listed below.
intro by Bill Pearis
APTBS @ final DbA show (more by PSquared)
We've been asking all manner of music-related folks for 2014 Top 10 lists. Most have championed things that are awesome and here's one that does that too, but in a bittersweet way. A Place to Bury Strangers frontman Oliver Ackermann was one of the people behind Death by Audio, both the DIY showspace that closed last month and the effects pedal company that has now relocated. Fittingly his list is titled "10 Best Things That Ended in NYC in 2014." You can check that out below.
In non-ending APTBS news, they will release their new album Transfixiation on February 17 via Dead Oceans. It's messier and more experimental than we've heard them do before and is all the better for it. The LP also has its share of rippers as well, like the bass-driven first single "Straight." Since we last posted, the band have released a video for that, directed by Brook Linder. It's a headtrip of spooky imagery and VHS tape distortion. You can check that out below too.
A Place to Bury Strangers will celebrate their new record on Transfixiation's release date (2/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Grooms, whose new album is also out that day. Tickets are still available. Updated tour dates are listed with all the other stuff mentioned here, below...
intro by Bill Pearis
Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)
Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.
Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.
Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...
by Bill Pearis
Flowers of Evil
As mentioned, Brandon from Crocodiles will be DJing tonight at Baby's All Right as part of Kanine Records' holiday party which is free with RSVP. Brandon will also be playing at Baby's tonight too as part of Flowers of Evil which also features members of A Place To Bury Strangers, SISU, and Young Boys. Despite the makeup of the band being all from groups you could get away with calling JAMC-esque, Crocs says Flowers of Evil are "probably not what you'd expect it to be." They're the final band of the evening, preceded by Beverly, Public Access TV and Jamaica Queens. DJs (which include Kip from TPOBPAH, Lio from Kanine, and me) start at 7 PM and bands begin at 8 PM.
Crocodiles, meanwhile, will say farewell to the soon-to-close Glasslands on Sunday (12/14) with Cassie Ramone, Birds of Maya offshoot Spacin' and Brandon's wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls on DJ duty. Tickets for that are still available.
And lastly, Charles from Crocodiles and WARTIME gives us his Top 10 of 2014, which is a list of shows he saw. Check that out below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
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.
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)
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
tonight we bid farewell to our good friends and neighbors @DeathbyAudio, have a great last night homies! #ripdba
-- Glasslands (@glasslands) November 22, 2014
And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:
Thank you to everyone and anyone that played a show, attended a show, helped us out or supported us in any way
-- Death By Audio Shows (@DeathbyAudio) November 24, 2014
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 Fav, Ty Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twice) Future Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen Men, Screaming 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...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Lightning Bolt / APTBS / JEFF @ DbA's final night
When Lightning Bolt's set ended at around 2 AM Saturday night (11/22), the floor of Death by Audio was littered with beer cans and ripped-up issues of Vice magazine. Their set, which was the last to ever be played at DbA, was one of the wildest I've ever seen at the now-closed DIY showspace. It was a turbulent sea with constant crowdsurfers. I saw many smiling sweaty people afterwards with blood all over their tshirts. (There was also a kid on top the crowd eating a burrito which was amazing.) Among those on top the crowd: DbA co-founder Edan Wilber who was wearing a homemade shirt that read "START YOUR OWN FUCKING SHOWSPACE." The crowd would not let him down, and much like Ty Segall a week before, he had a massive grin plastered to his face. It was a perfect way (and the perfect band) for DbA to go out.
Admittedly, the final night didn't start off quite as perfectly. The line for the final show started forming around 3 PM and by 5 PM was at Kent -- which was usually the cutoff point for who got in on the previous nights -- and it eventually went past Glasslands. (They did give away free hot chocolate for folks in line.) The paid list for friends and family (which, I won't deny, included the guy writing this) was big, and there was also the problem of rampant space-holding by folks in line.
The main space was full of folks that looked like DbA regulars to me by the time openers Grooms took the stage, and what weird vibes there were lifted when they started to play. (Grooms have basically practiced at DbA since they began as Muggabears and have played there many many times over the last seven years.) Singer Travis Johnson was definitely holding back tears at first and gave a nice tribute to the space and Edan: "If more people cared as much about music and as little about actually making money as Edan, the world would be a better place." Guitarist Jay Heiselmann, meanwhile, may hold the record for most shows at DbA's final stand, having also played with Roya, The Immaculates, French Miami, and Fuckton. The night also marked the return of original member Emily Ambruso who is apparently back in the band these days.
Next up were Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood who played in their original Jake-and-Jamin two-piece configuration as a throwback to their first-ever NYC show... which was at DbA. (A lot of bands' first shows were at DbA.) They are basically DbA family and it would've been more of a surprise if they didn't play. Not that I dislike the expanded lineup, but Jake and Jamin are such a killer locked groove, they don't need others so much. They were great on Saturday and the pit rivaled Lightning Bolt's with people banging into each other in the crowd and on top. When their set ended and the crowd screamed for more, Jake reminded folks "opening bands don't do encores!"
Oliver Ackermann and his birthday pie
Irony of ironies, Saturday was also the birthday of Death by Audio owner / pedalmaker / bartender Oliver Ackermann who also fronts noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. He was presented with candle-covered pies right before APTBS' set and the whole place sang "Happy Birthday." It was a nice moment. He blew out the candles and the band started the set which was white noise sensory deprivation with smoke machines, strobes, and lasers on full blast. The only time I saw a member of the band during their set was when bassist Dion Lunadon leapt onto the crowd still playing his bass.
There was a dance party in "The Ranch" in the back and people just hung out and talked till basically the sun came up. (I left about 5 AM.) Thanks again to Edan, Matt and Oliver and everyone else who worked there and made it special.
Matt Conboy and Edan Wilber post-show
More pics from Death by Audio's final show, plus video of all four bands' sets (via unARTigNYC), below...
DbA's Edan Wilber crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.
Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...
by Bill Pearis
A Place to Bury Strangers @ DbA, 10/27/2014 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
A Place to Bury Strangers will release their new album, Transfixiation, on February 17 via Dead Oceans. The first single is "Straight" which adds a little bluesy funk to the band's signature noisy style. You can stream it below. You can also watch a teaser for the album that was filmed at APTBS' show at Death by Audio last month that ended with Oliver Ackerman's guitar jammed in DbA's drop ceiling. That's below too.
Lately, Oliver Ackerman can be found tending bar in "The Ranch" -- aka Death by Audio's back space, now open for the Death by Art installation -- which is where the DbA pedal shop was before the space announced it was closing for good. (It's relocated elsewhere temporarily till they find a more permanent space.) APTBS are for sure the band most synonymous with Death by Audio -- will they make room to play their one more time? There's only four nights left, all of which remain "Top Secret!"
After DbA closes, life will go on for A Place to Bury Strangers (obviously) with the new album and a lengthy 2015 tour that kicks off at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17. Tickets for that show will be available soon.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art, tracklist and teaser video, below...