Entries tagged with: Amen Dunes
Swedish pop act Miike Snow kick off their upcoming North American tour with a record release show for their new album iii on 3/3 at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. That show has sold out and they have added another NYC date, this one the next day (3/4) at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Tickets for the Warsaw show go on sale Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Both of these shows are presented by Governors Ball who will have Miike Snow playing the fest in June. Updated dates are listed below.
In other news, Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt, in collaboration with German artist Sarah Ortmeyer, will be part of an event called "Valium Valentine" which happens at MoMA PS1 on February 14. Here's what it's all about:
Throughout the six-hour musical performance Mr. Wyatt is joined by male guest musicians for an improvised durational piece. Creating an emotional peak at the top of every passing hour, female singers each perform a song that Mr. Wyatt has composed especially for the occasion. In her artistic practice Sarah Ortmeyer often explores moments of ritualized happiness. For VALIUM VALENTINE she transforms the VW Dome into a planetarium of egg-shaped stars within a set that is as romantic as it is sad.This six-hour event is from noon - 6 PM and guests include Hisham Bharoocha, Heather Goldin of Beau, Damon McMahon (aka Amen Dunes), Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Empress Of, Zanna Van Vorstenbosch, Charli XCX and Nick Zinner. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ryley Walker at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Ryley Walker recently recorded a Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard where he covered four very different tracks. One is an instrumental take on one of the best Grouper songs, "Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping." Ryley says:
All time greatest tune. Gave it a shot with just guitar. Really a massive fan of Grouper. Lyrics and arrangements are always fascinating. Every record she sets the bar higher. Listened to this song in particular a hundred times.He also offers renditions of Cass McCombs' "Robin Egg Blue," Tortoise-related Chicago jazz band Isotope 217's "Real MC's" ("One of my most favorite bands ever. Chicago's greats," Ryley says), and Amen Dunes' "Everybody Is Crazy." All four are worth hearing, and you can do so at Aquarium Drunkard.
Ryley was also announced as support on the recently-added second leg of Deer Tick's upcoming acoustic tour. The first leg is with Mutual Benefit. Neither hits NYC, but the run with MB comes close (Albany, Hartford, etc). Updated dates are listed below.
HIghlights include Tigue (who were also just announced for Ecstatic Music Festival) and Alpenglow on 12/3; Arc Waves, Katie Von Schleicher (who was also just announced for Invisible Familiars' Ace Hotel residency) and Cantina on 12/7, Psychic Twin and Jen Goma (ASDIG, TPOBPAH, People Get Ready) on 12/10; and Cuddle Magic, Booker Stardrum and Ryan Dugre on 12/14.
The final show (unless they add more before the year ends) is a Joni Mitchell tribute on December 17, curated by TEEN (who are also performing) with Jen Goma, Damon McMahon (aka Amen Dunes), Xander Duell, Miles Francis, Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Aerial East, Noah Hecht and Ryan Dugre. It's a suggested $5-10 donation, space is limited and entry is based on a first come first serve basis.
Full December schedule with more info below...
by Bill Pearis
Some of you may remember arty NYC band Inouk who were around in the early/mid '00s and were fronted by brothers Alexander and Damon McMahon. When the band called it quits, Damon went solo as Amen Dunes and Alexander struggled with a few demons. Having made it through the other side, Alexander now makes music as Xander Duell and released Experimental Tape No 2, Vol. 1 back in 2011. For his proper studio debut album, Wade Laiste (out now via Swedish label Ingrid), he brought in his brother Damon as producer and the record also features musical/studio contributions from Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt. Bowie's clearly an influence here but it has its own weird, off-kilter charms. You can stream the whole album, via Rdio, below.
Xander Duell will celebrate Wade Laiste's release tonight (9/24) at Elvis Guesthouse. It's pretty great bill, especially given how small EG is, with TEEN, Luke Temple and White Bike also playing, and Prince Rama as DJs. Tickets are on sale and flyer for the show is below.
As previously discussed, Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring this year, including a NYC show at Terminal 5. If you want to see them somewhere a little more up close and personal, you're in luck, because the band added another NYC show for October 1 at Warsaw. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.
Since we last spoke, Amen Dunes were added to the Terminal 5 (9/29) show, which is still on sale. No opener announced for Warsaw yet. Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Prurient at Output earlier this month (more by Maria Jose Govea)
Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) recently announced a tour opening for Godflesh for late summer/early fall, but Dominick will be playing shows sooner than that under his Vatican Shadow moniker. Those shows include a Nothing Changes party in NYC on June 14 at Home Sweet Home with Shifted, 400PPM and Dual Action. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Vatican Shadow dates are listed below.
Prurient is also on a few festivals in addition to that Godflesh tour, including Hopscotch and Pop Montreal, and he was recently added to Pitchfork's NXNE show. The rest of that lineup is Vince Staples, Majical Cloudz, Tink, Jessica Pratt, Amen Dunes, Container, Sannhet, Rabit and Hvad.
The tour with Godflesh hits NYC on 9/15 at Warsaw, also with Regis on the bill. Tickets are still available. All Prurient and Vatican Shadow dates, with a stream from Prurient's new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, below...
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.
Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.
by Andrew Sacher
Jessica Pratt's new bare-bones folk album On Your Own Love Again (out now on Drag City) is one of the best of its kind in a while, and she's finally expanded her tour to include her first NYC show here since its release. After a couple US dates with Panda Bear, she'll hit Brooklyn's Union Pool on May 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/4) at noon.
Check out her recent NPR Wold Cafe Next session, and listen to album highlight "Greycedes," with her full list of dates, below...
photo: Iceage at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Iceage singer Elias Bender Ronnefelt's other band Marching Church already scheduled a few spring US dates, and now Iceage have announced a full international tour surrounding those. The new dates bring the Danish punks to NYC on June 16 at 315 Ten Eyck in East Williamsburg. That show and many others are with Australian punks Low Life, and making it an even better bill, NYC's Amen Dunes are on this one too. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (3/4) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, the Marching Church dates include NYC shows on April 3 at a TBA Brooklyn location with Drew McDowall and April 4 at Acheron with Cheena. Tickets for both are still available. Marching Church also recently made a video for "Hungry For Love," which you can watch below.
photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:
SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).
The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.
Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.
These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.
Updated lineup below...
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...
The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.
They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.
In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.
And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.
Mission Creek Festival lineup below...
photos by Sean Madden
"Last night was really incredible for us...much luv to all you who came out, and to our friends @kevinmorby & Nude Beach, thank you xx" - Amen Dunes
".@AmenDunes delivered a trance like performance tonight at @BoweryBallroom. Beautiful stuff!" - Will Oliver
Amen Dunes / Kevin Morby
Brooklyn psych outfit Amen Dunes came to Bowery Ballroom last night (1/22) with Kevin Morby and local power-poppers Nude Beach in support of his new Cowboy Worship EP. Last night's show was a one-off in his hometown, but Amen Dunes is heading out on a longer tour this spring and you can check out the dates for that below. Were you there? What did you think? Pictures are in this post.
Nude Beach also have other dates coming up, including two shows in NYC. As discussed, they're playing the first of the three Don Giovanni showcases at Knitting Factory on February 6 with Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait and host Chris Gethard (tix), and coming to Bell House on April 3 with White Hills (tix).
More pictures from last night, and the list of Amen Dunes dates, below...
photo: Nude Beach at 4Knots 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's raucous power-pop band Nude Beach released their latest album, 77, last October via Don Giovanni and they've now dropped a new single culled from the 77 sessions, the shimmering and carefree "Been Waitin'." Listen below.
They've also got a handful of dates coming up, and play their hometown a few times during the run. The first is this Thursday (1/22) at Bowery Ballroom as an opener on the previously discussed Amen Dunes / Kevin Morby show. Tickets are still available. Then, as mentioned, they play the first night of the three Don Giovanni showcases at Knitting Factory on February 6 with Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait and host Chris Gethard. Tickets for that one are still available too.
Lastly, they've got a newly-announced show happening at Bell House on April 3 with White Hills. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (1/23) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In news related to this Thursday's show, Amen Dunes just released the new Cowboy Worship EP through Sacred Bones Records which includes reworked versions of four songs from last year's Love, one from 2011's Through Donkey Jaw, and a cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" featuring Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg, ex-The Men, also of Uniform). Listen to that one below.
Also, Kevin Morby's band with Cassie Ramone, The Babies, have a new digital single out on Woodsist with two previously-unreleased b-sides. Listen to one of those, "Got Old," below.
As for noisy psych rockers White Hills, they also have a number of dates coming up in addition to that Bell House show with Nude Beach. Their tour includes stops at ATP Iceland, Primavera Sound and another NYC show happening at Mercury Lounge on March 10 with Australia's The Black Ryder. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for Nude Beach and White Hills, as well as the Nude Beach, Amen Dunes and Babies song streams, below...
intro by Bill Pearis
Klaus Johann Grobe
Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.
The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.
Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.
Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...
Kevin Morby put out his second solo album, Still Life, this year which is another fine showcase for his songwriting talent and his appealingly weathered voice. It's maybe a little closer in vibe with what he did in The Babies than his excellent, mellow solo debut. You can stream it via Spotify below. Though he lives in Los Angeles these days, Kevin makes it back to NYC fairly often, and has played here a few times this year, most recently during CMJ. You can catch him again when he opens for Amen Dunes at Bowery Ballroom on January 22. Tickets are still available. Before that, Kevin will open for Strand of Oaks in Chicago on January 17. Those are his only listed dates at the moment.
Amen Dunes' new album, Love, makes Kevin's Top 10 LPs of 2014 which we've got in this post. He's also got his old bandmates Woods, Frankie Cosmos, and more. You can check that out, including Kevin's commentary and a choice lyrical quote from each, below.
Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.
The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.
Amen Dunes at Rough Trade in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn psych band Amen Dunes put out their excellent Love LP earlier this year on Sacred Bones, and they've now announced what will be their biggest headlining show in their hometown yet. They'll hit Bowery Ballroom on January 22 with support from Babies frontman/ex-Woods member Kevin Morby, who also has a new record out. (Maybe you caught either Amen Dunes or Kevin Morby at CMJ?) Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/7) at noon.
It's Amen Dunes' only announced US date at the moment (possibly more TBA?) but they'll be on a European tour this month. Kevin also has a few shows with Angel Olsen and Strand of Oaks, separately. All currently known dates are listed, with videos from both artists' new LPs, below...
Ryley Walker at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Psych folk singer Ryley Walker won us over when he came to NYC earlier this year to open for Cloud Nothings. Not only are his guitar skills impeccable, but he's super funny between songs and got the whole crowd loving him. He's back for CMJ this week and has a few shows scheduled:
10/22 Baby's All Right (day show) w/ Girlpool, Caveman, Wampire, Splashh, Celestial Shore, Icewater, White Reaper, J Ferndanez, Ronald Paris, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tonstartssbandht, Sunflower Bean, Ultimate PaintingThe two day shows are both free and tickets are on sale now for the Rough Trade show.
10/24 Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade (night show) w/ Kevin Morby (full band), Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Twin Peaks, Springtime Carnivore, Modern Vices, Geronimo Getty
10/25 Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos w/ Water Liars, Springtime Carnivore, The Wytches, Spookyland, Little May
Ryley put out his newest album, All Kinds of You, earlier this year. Stream that in its entirety along with a just-released cover he did of Amen Dunes (who play their own CMJ show at Trans Pecos on on 10/24), with his full list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Honey at The Studio at Webster Hall in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Honey are a new-ish band (with ex-members of Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes and Stupid Party) that have been playing around their hometown a good deal lately. You may have caught them recently with Destruction Unit, Crystal Stilts or The Men. They take the swirling riffs and wah-pedal freakouts of late '60s psychedelic rock, and inject it with garage punk energy that has made their shows something you can zone out to but also something you can bang your head to. They recently mentioned on their website that a debut album is on the way, and you can get a taste of that now from the single "Born." Listen below.
Honey's next show is opening the final free Summer Thunder show of the summer in Union Pool's backyard this Saturday (8/30) afternoon (2 PM start). It's headlined by J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam group Heavy Blanket, which should be a great fit. Hopefully this goes better than last year's Heavy Blanket show at Summer Thunder.
Flyer for Saturday's show and song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.
In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching
I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.
Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.
Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.
Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.
A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...