Entries tagged with: Andrew WK
Emily Wells is moving up in the world and headlining Bowery Ballroom on 4/9. Tickets on sale at noon.
Esperanza Spalding is playing Webster Hall on 4/21. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets for the Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames show at Webster Hall are on sale at noon.
Yellow Ostrich, Grimes and New Build tickets go on sale too.
Primus Gramercy tickets are on sale too.
Andrew W.K. at LPR (more by Erik Erikson)
Andrew WK will embark on a 10th anniversary tour of his fuel-injected party favorite I Get Wet which he'll be performing at the shows in full, in order and for the very first time.
The tour kicks off in Vancouver (home of Andrew collaborator Nardwuar) in early March, hits SXSW, and eventually makes its way back to NYC on April 2nd at Webster Hall. Ticketing information is forthcoming, so get ready to PARTY and don't forget to wash your whites on hot (or maybe not at all). All dates are lised below.
Andrew WK recently performed with an orchestra at LPR and before Turbonegro at his own club Santos Party House. He also recently released a video with Nardwuar's band the Evaporators. you can watch that video HERE. Other vidoes and all tour dates below...
photos by Erik Erikson
Andrew WK performed with the Calder Quartet Sunday night at Le Poisson Rouge (1/8). The show featured some of his own compositions reworked specially for the evening, in addition to classical compositions by Bach, Cage, Riley, and Glass. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Andrew WK appears in a new video with The Evaporators called "I Hate Being Late (When I'm Early)". THe track is featured on the forthcoming Busy Doing Nothing" comp LP out March 6 on Nardwuar/Mint Records. Check out the video for that track (which features Narduwar The Human Serviette himself) below alongside pictures from LPR...
Andrew WK at Santos Party House last month (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Andrew W.K. is doing a bunch of things this week to celebrate the holidays. He'll be playing a solo show on Friday (12/30) at Ollie's Point in Amityville, NY with Iron Chic. Tickets are still available.
He'll also hosting a live video chat TONIGHT (12/28) on Stickam. Tune in at 9 PM EST.
Andrew is playing with the Calder String Quartet, who he has played with in the past at Le Poisson Rouge on January 8. The show will include "classical compositions and Andrew performing his own songs with the Calder Quartet, arranged specially for the occasion." Tickets are on sale now.
Some Andrew WK holiday videos below...
photos by Jonathan McPhail
Turbonegro's new frontman Tony Sylvester @ Santos Party House
Turbonegro played a sold-out Santos Party House on 11/18, a one-off appearance in celebration of the World Snowboarding Championships. The show was preceeded by an invite only party at the venue featuring the night's host Andrew WK performing with his band in the much smaller basement space. Here are pictures from both.
More pictures, along with video from the raucous Turbonegro show including the band's cover of Negative Approach's "Nothing", below...
Andrew W.K., in his snowboarding and general party outfit (more by Chris Doss)
Manhattan club co-owner Andrew W.K. is going to enter the realm of Brooklyn DIY for a special show on 11/13....
UPDATE: The show billing has changed and now it just says Andrew WK is DJing. Here is what it is now:
Saturday November 13th @ 285 KENT AVE
:: BABYCASTLES, DEATH BY AUDIO, & TODD P present
:: Andrew WK
:::: So Percussion & Calder Quartet
:::::: Tristan Perich
| 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $tba | all ages
9pm - 1am @ 285 KENT (South 2nd & Kent Avenue)Tickets will be available at the door for the night of experiemental electronic sounds, classical music and partying hard.
?? So Percussion and Calder Quartet
???? Diamond Terrifier ( Zs solo )
?????? DJ Andrew WK
Premiering new music by Tristan Perich and Daniel Wohl.
Then five days later, before Andrew hypes the Turbonegro crowd at Santos on 11/18, he'll host a pre-party in the same venue...
The World Snowboarding Championship in association with Innovation Norway, Visit Oslo and Santos Party House will be hosting the international launch party for WSC 2012 on November 18th. This special reception is a pre-cursor to the WSC which will go down Feb 10th-19th 2012 in Oslo, Norway (the world's winter capital and coolest destination for snowboarding in Europe). It will be hosted by none other than world ambassador of rock and the man behind Santos, Andrew W.K.. W.K. will also perform the official theme song to WSC 2012 "Go Go Go Go" live for the first time ever as well as premiere the video to the song. The song personally shouts out some of the top international snowboarders in the world today including Mark McMorris (Canada), Tyler Flanagan (USA), Kazuhiro Kokubo (Japan) and Peetu Piiroinen (Finland) and is packed with the energetic and frenetic signature style that W.K. is known for.Unfortunately the pre-party (6-8pm) featuring free drinks and that short AWK performance is invite only, but we have two pairs of tickets you can win. Details on how to enter the contest are at the bottom of this post.
Tickets are still available for the public Turbonegro portion happening later in the night.
Contest details and a couple of videos below....
Turbonegro will reunite to play Santos Party House on 11/18, as part of the World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) kick-off party with host Andrew W.K. Tickets are on sale. The band, who recently parted ways with long-time vocalist Hank von Helvete, will be sporting the following lineup: Tony Sylvester, Happy-Tom, Euroboy, Pål Pot Pamparius, Rune "Rune Rebellion" Green, Tomas Dahl.
Here's what those involved have to say about it:
"This is just unbelievable," says Andrew W.K., co-owner of Santos Party House, and the entertainment beacon of the WSC. "We're hosting the first TURBONEGRO concert in the USA with their new singer and it's a dream come true for me, Santos, and New York City in general. Making it all part of the WSC opening party just takes it over the top! It's going to be unreal. TURBONEGRO are one of my favorite bands of all time, and so many other people around the world have been looking forward to their return. Santos and I are thrilled to be involved in this important event."So far, the show seems to be a single, one-off US reunion show and their first US date since Coachella 2009. We'll let you know if that changes, but until then enjoy some Turbonegro videos below.
TURBONEGRO says: "We are super stoked to be involved in the World Snowboarding Championships, which we know will be the most rock'n'roll sports event ever."
WSC CEO, Henning Andersen says: "It was Happy Tom from TURBONEGRO that connected us with Andrew W.K. in the first place. Now Turbonegro supports the WSC with an exclusive US gig at Santos Party House. It almost feels too good to be true! Making this happen in New York helps us pay respect to the origin of our sport. Our heritage is American board sports and the great lifestyle that comes with it."
Youth of Today at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
After many years away from the road, Youth of Today will return to play a free CMJ show at Santos Party House in NYC on Saturday, 10/22. This is the same show that Trash Talk & Kylesa are playing, not to mention AraabMUZIK, Action Bronson, Mr. Motherfuckin eXquire, Main Attrakionz and many others for what will be an eclectic mix of stoner, hardcore, and hip hop. Converse's "True Til Def" will be hosted by the venue's own Andrew WK and is open to the 21+ public, but RSVP is required. Full lineup and flyer for the show is below.
Trash Talk also plays at least two other CMJ shows.
Converse lineup and flyers below...
Santos Party House is excited to collaborate with Saks Fifth Avenue to bring a unique party experience to Fashion's Night Out for the first time. For one night only, Santos will re-create its distinct nightclub experience on the 7th floor of Saks, complete with raised DJ booth, disco ball, sparkling mirror, lights, and a custom version of Santos' mammoth sound system designed by Jim Toth.Fashion's Night Out is Thursday (9/8). Later that night the actual Santos hosts its first Shortcuts party with Spaceghostpurrp, ASAP Rocky, Das Ractist (DJ) and more.
To truly complete the experience however, Santos will be pulling the finest tastemaker DJs from its network of friends and family. No genre will be left untouched, and our enigmatic leader himself, ANDREW W.K., will be making an show-closing appearance himself on the main stage!
Floor 1:6-8p Alex Pasternak (Lemonade)8-10p Prince Language (No Comprendo)
Floor 2:5-9p David Osborne
Floor 3:Santos Approved Curated Playlists!
Floor 7:6-7p Tony Touch (FunkboxNYC)
7-8p Venus X & $hayne (GHE20G0TH1K)
8-9p Tim Barber (TinyVices.com)
9-10p Andrew W.K.
Floor 8:6-10p Johnny Mischeff + Guests
The crash scene (via subewl)
WEST GOSHEN, Pa. - Fox 29 News has learned that Ryan Dunn of MTV's "Jackass" series died in an early morning crash Monday in Chester County, Pa.Ryan Dunn, or whoever runs the unconfirmed @ryandunntv Twitter, posted a picture of Ryan and two friends drinking late last night. It was Ryan's final Tweet (though oddly enough another unconfirmed, but "official" Twitter page - that doesn't have many followers, says that Ryan Dunn posted at 10:30 AM today). RIP Ryan Dunn. We all thought you were invincible.
Police in West Goshen confirmed a fatal accident occurred but were not immediately releasing any other details.
The crash occurred in West Goshen Township and kept Route 322 closed between New Street and Pottstown Pike for much of the morning. Motorists were advised to use Ashbridge Street to avoid the closure before the road reopened around 9:30 a.m.
Fox 29 News spoke to the mother of "Jackass" star Bam Margera, who said she has been told Dunn, 34, was killed in the wreck.
Margera's mother also said an unidentified second person died in the crash, which happened around 3 a.m. She said she did not know who was driving the car, and there may have been a third occupant.-[Fox 29 Philadelphia]
Ryan has a brand new show called G4's Proving Ground which just premiered on June 14th. To promote it he posted a "Celebrity Playlist" to YouTube. Watch the promo, posted 18 days ago, and other videos below...
After a successful batch of dates with Swans last year and a recent European jaunt with Current 93, Baby Dee will get back on the road for a set of U.S. dates in May, including a NYC show at Joe's Pub on May 10.
The short tour is in promotion of the new LP Regifted Light, which is out now via Drag City. Produced, mixed, and featuring Andrew WK, the LP contains twelve new tracks, two of which are streaming at Baby Dee's site. The Quietus spoke to Dee and asked things like "How much influence did Andrew WK have as a producer?" Dee said:
Andrew really wanted it to be live and spontaneous and moving, and anyone who's recorded lots, what you really want to avoid is 'well, let's go back and take it from the B section, or fix this or fix that or listen to this take and listen to that take...' and we didn't do any of that. I didn't like the idea of doing that and Andrew didn't like the idea of doing that, so we did it without doing any of that kind of thing. Which was great fun, but the only reason we could get away with it was because Andrew is so good at what he does.Check out a "commercial" for the album, a video and all tour dates below...
He's the one who mixed it and did the edits and all that, and he's so good at that that he could listen to us do two takes and say, well, I can work with that. We don't need to do anything more. And he could commit to taking what we did and making a recording out of that, no matter what. And he has the chops to be able to do that, so that made it a lot easier, because even though it was huge fun and very spontaneous, I think it was a lot of work for him. Because it doesn't sound like something done in somebody's house, it sounds really produced, I mean it's really symphonic, and that's all because Andrew's so good.
DOWNLOAD: Win Win - Releaserpm ft. Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Win Win - Interleave ft. Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor (MP3)
Win Win, a new crew featuring Devlin, XXXChange, and Ghostdad, have a self-titled LP due via Vice Records on Feb 15th. The LP features many guest shouts over its 15 songs including Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance (check out "ReleaseRPM" and its remix above and below), Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (check out "Interleave" above and below), Matt Sweeney, Spank Rock, Andrew WK, and many others. Lizzie and Alexis will also be on hand to perform live with Win Win at their record release party at the Andrew WK co-owned Santos Party House on 2/15. The free show will take place downstairs at Santos while Odd Future is on the first floor ("limited tickets available at the door" for the sold out show).
Alexis Taylor also has a gig of his own scheduled a few days later. He'll bless the 1's and 2's at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/19.
Alexis Taylor has also been keeping busy with another new project...
"There are many surprising things indeed to be discovered in the course of listening to Start and Complete, the new album from About Group (out APRIL 26, 2011 on Domino Records), but perhaps none more so than the beautifully unorthodox genesis of the band itself.An About Group video trailer with full album tracklist, with a whole bunch of Win Win stuff, below...
Comprising Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized) and Pat Thomas, who has played with the likes of Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley and others, the band originally formed to make a record of improvised music for the Treader label in 2009, having never played together as a whole before the day it took them to make their first album. After a clutch of live performances (supporting Gang Gang Dance, playing Ornette Coleman's Meltdown Festival and even Glastonbury, among others) they regrouped to record this album. [Domino Records]
photos by Chris Doss
"It was all worth it to see DMC, Andrew WK and a yeti-dressed Tim Harrington on stage together singing "Walk This Way."More picture and video proof of three of Sunday's special guests (Run wasn't there) (actually four - that's Cherie Lily playing with AWK), below...
Watching that. Then turning around and seeing the Manhattan skyline over the East River. And seeing the hundreds of people sitting in the grass behind the tents. Then walking home to my apartment. And realizing that this is something real that has actually happened. It's hard to be mad at the pretentiousness of a crowd, or peoples' ignorance (heard a dude say "Who is that guy?" when Tim Harrington came out. Made me giggle.) when this is a world where things like this can happen" [Times Ain't That Rough]
C93's David Tibet with Sasha Grey
S&S: Are you interested in the occult or any other mystical systems? Have you ever experimented with sex magick?Back in September it was announced that there would be a series of Current 93 shows in April and May in London & NYC. Well, NYC didn't happen, but London did just get two:
Sasha Grey: Thanks to Jimmy Paige and C93, I became quite fascinated with the writings of Aleister Crowley, and later LaVey. I am sex magic.
S&S: You recently collaborated with David Tibet on Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain. What was it like working with him?
Sasha: We have an interesting relationship as our lives are drastically different, but there's definitely a subconcious connection that happens between us. I recorded my vocals literally in a few hours, and I was, and still am quite self concious about my music yet I still immensly enjoy the process.
"I and all of C93 want to thank everyone who attended the two concerts in London; without you we are nothing. We also want to thank Comus, Simon Finn, Nurse With Wound, Rameses III and These New Puritans for appearing. We were absolutely astounded by all their sets.Andrew WK was there, and I'm sure he will be again when the NYC shows actually do happen. That's because David has also announced that "C93 will be playing two or three nights at Santos Party House in NYC [Andrew's club], probably some time between 10-20 October. More details soon. These will be our only US shows this year." Stay tuned for more details.
Personally, I wish to thank all of C93: Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Keith Wood, James Blackshaw, Stephen Emmel, William Breeze, Baby Dee, Michael Cashmore, Eliot Bates, John Contreras, Andrew Liles, Sarah Dietrich and Alex Neilson. To have Bill Fay appear with us was an experience that was so meaningful for us all; Bill Fay is Divinity! And thank you Sebastian Horsley for introducing us on both nights--I love you!" [David Tibet]
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Deradoorian - High Road (MP3)
Dirty Projectors @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Between their set at Coachella and schedule of summer festivals (plus a September show at Terminal 5), the members of Dirty Projectors have found some time for solo shows around NYC.
Frontman Dave Longstreth DJs at Above the Auto Part Store's Haiti benefit on May 2nd along with Bjork, Battles' Tyondai Braxton and others. Todd P reminds us that "tix @ RECORD GROUCH RECORDS / OLD MADE VINTAGE | 1pm-7pm daily | 441 METROPOLITAN AVE @ MEEKER, BKLYN, NY | 908.246.1512"
Singer/multi-instrumentalist Angel Deradoorian joins Roadside Graves, Mon Khmer and a solo Andrew W.K. for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit at Santos Party House on Monday, May 3rd. Tickets are on sale. Her solo shows (not counting karaoke) have been semi-rare since the release of her solo EP, The Mind Raft.
Bass player Nat Baldwin has a show (solo bass with voice usually, or with a band) in Connecticut on April 20th, then a short tour planned for May 18th-22nd. That ends with a performance at Issue Project Room on May 22nd with peace, loving and banjoist Woody Sullender. Tickets are on sale. His third and most recent LP, Most Valuable Player, came out in 2008.
Nat Baldwin tour dates and videos are below...
photos by Gabi Porter
Troma leader Lloyd Kaufman, The Toxic Avenger, Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, Our Lady of PMS, illustrator Tara Mcpherson, "Medical Marijuana activist and werewolf" Adam Green, and "Sexpert and Troll-Museum curator" Reverend Jen were the guests of Oderus Urungus at the MF Gallery in Brooklyn Friday night. The event streamed online though I tried to watch it for a bit and the UStream video quality was too low to be able to enjoy it. On Saturday Kembra Phaler and Andrew WK were among the guests. Dusen Dusen reports...
"i walked in as kembra phaler and oderus were finishing up their previous set, singing "take my breath away" or some other 80s jam that i cant remember. she was all dressed up in her usual garb (paint), but with clothes, which was weird...The pictures from the first night continue below....
...they pretty much got drunk and treated andrew wk like a piano bar. they sang songs by billy joel, the eagles, the beatles, and closed with john lennon's "give peace a chance," but instead "give crack a chance." the crack rock got tethered to my chair and it hit me in the back of the head at least 3 times. "
Generation Records (210 Thompson St. in NYC) has one of the busier Record Store Days this Saturday (4/17), with live sets from Cymbals Eat Guitars, Black Wine (ex-The Ergs/Hunchback who play April 25th at Mercury Lounge), Walter Schreifels (ex-Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand) and The Budos Band and DJing from Andrew WK, at 2pm.
UPDATE: Walter had to cancel due to volcano.
Space in the store is limited (to say the least), so getting there early is recommended. Though stores generally can't guarantee which Record Store Day records that'll have in stock, one of the released singles is going to be a Budos Band/Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings split with a cover of "Day Tripper" and from Sharon's new record, "Money." Both Sharon and Budos have some other NYC shows coming up too.
Cymbals Eat Guitars go on to open for Los Campesinos on their upcoming tour. Both bands play a sold-out Maxwell's show later on April 17th. And they have an April 22nd show at Irving Plaza, which you can still get tickets for. All dates below.
CEG just wrapped their tour with Bear in Heaven with an April 9th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their encore from that show, all dates and past Generation Records in-stores are below...
photos by Samantha Marble
DOWNLOAD: Gators! - Dinner With the Band theme song (MP3)
The Sword @ IFC House in Austin
IFC House at SXSW this year was a venue dedicated to all things IFC. Bands performed in front of video cameras for webcasts and possible IFC channel tv coverage. They had everyone there from Neon Indian to Broken Social Scene to The Sword who played a show in conjunction with a Dinner With The Band party at the venue. Chef & DWTB show host Sam Mason, and show creators Greg and Darin Bresnitz, were among those in attendance at the packed metal and food event. Pictures from that show are above and below.
The IFC Channel's rock 'n roll cooking show, Dinner With the Band, kicks off its official first season, with ten new artists, on Tuesday, April 27th (it then airs on the cable channel every Tuesday at 10:30pm). That's still two weeks away, but another party in the show's honor will happen at Santos Party House in NYC tonight (4/12). The free event will feature DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone and Vega, and live performances by Gators! (they wrote the show's theme song - MP3 above), Bad Brilliance, and CX Kidtronik. Andrew WK, along with Sam and Thu Tran, host the night which simultaneously celebrates Thu's IFC show "Food Party" (whose new season starts in two weeks too). "There will be FREE Thu Tran inspired munchies, beer and Sam Mason signature cocktails from 7-8PM". The flyer, along with more pictures from the Austin show, below...
Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer's new project with Seattle musician/busker Jason Webley, NYC composer Sxip Shirey and other artists know for their vaudevillian and just general wacky ways. They'll be hitting the road this April, May and June. The show travels Europe and North America, and includes a six-night run at NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre from June 8-13. Ticket info coming soon.
The album is co-produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, and is out now in a bunch of different packages (including an 11 million dollar offer to travel the world from Himalayas and Antarctica to Western Massachusetts). The concept behind the project is that the two Evelyns are a ("fictional"?) pair of conjoined twins.
EVELYN and EVELYN NEVILLE are a songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion. The sisters are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver.Songs are streaming on the project's Myspace.
Born September 11, 1985 on a small farm on the Kansas-Colorado border, the Evelyns have traveled the greater part of North America performing with "Dillard & Fullerton's Illusive Traveling Show". Their unique musical style is inspired by their many eclectic influences - from 80's music to showtunes, Joy Division to the Andrews Sisters.
The sisters currently reside in Walla Walla, Washington. They are fluent in chicken and their favorite colors are purple and yellow.
The record's extensive list of guests and all tour dates (with details on how to hook the touring band of 5 people up with lodging and food) are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Cold Cave @ Market Hotel during CMJ (more by Leia Jospe)
Cold Cave and a surprise headliner will top a free concert on Saturday, April 24th at Solar One (same location as the annual CitySol, 23rd Street at East River) as part of NYU Earth Week. Also on the bill are lightly orchestral, layered pop band North Highlands and echo\y, tuneful Oberhofer. The show starts at 4pm and Andrew WK DJs between bands. The headliner will be announced the day of the show.
Columbia University is hosting a show with Of Montreal, Wiz Khalifa and Ghostface Killah the same day.
Also NYU-related is the annual Strawberry Festival on Friday, April 30th, noon to 4pm, outdoors on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd and 4th Sts. The show (an "NYU only event") includes music from Hop Along, Little Lungs, Fiasco, Screaming Females and Japanther.
photos by Leia Jospe
Preparations for GWAR's CRACK-A-THON continue as another round of celebrity-esque guests have been announced. Sources revealed that host Oderus Urungus will be joined by legendary weirdo, filmmaker, and founder of Troma Films, Lloyd Kaufman, who will of course be accompanied by mutant mop-wielder and star of stage and screen, The Toxic Avenger. Also fresh on the block of unwitting victims/guests is New York artist Joe Simko and cyber-warlord Mecronos of the band Dethrace. These guests will be joining the first confirmed guest Andrew W.K. and the many other yet-to-be-confirmed sort of stars that are rapidly turning the CRACK-A-THON into the most fudge-packed event since the Buddy Ebsen roast!One of Gwar's announced Crack-a-thon guests, Andrew WK, actually played right before them at MWTX on Saturday, March 20th. For Andrew, that performance was just an hour or two after he played before Voivod at the BrooklynVegan party. Stay tuned for more Crack-a-thon announcements. More pictures from Gwar's Austin show, below...
All the fun starts on April 10th, when the MF Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. hosts the CRACK-A-THON kickoff party, which will feature an exhibit of prints of both classic GWAR art and other hideous visions created by some of the artists of Slave Pit Inc, the company responsible for bringing the world GWAR, the X-Cops, and numerous other side projects to ridiculous to mention in this press release. This print series is being created exclusively for MF Gallery and will also be available for purchase online at MFGallery.net. The evening shall be capped off with the music of Mecronos' band, Dethrace, and homeless animal rights activist and avowed organ-grinder Chippy the Chippopotamus!
All of this is just a lead-up to the actual First Annual (even though that is impossible) GWAR CRACK-A-THON, Oderus Urungus' desperate attempt to raise funds to pay off the heaping crack-debt he owes to underground mogul Sleazy P. Martini. Starting at 7:00 pm on April 16th, anyone with internet access will be able to witness all of the shenanigans, via a live broadcast from the MF Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. For those of you in the area, reserve your seats NOW to be in the live studio audience with a ten-dollar pledge!
Will Sheff & Roky Erickson
"Welcome to Montreal -- how do you like the Weather?" - Martin Cesar, Think About Life.
After three lovely days of sunny, mild weather, the skies went grey and cold for the last day of SXSW, Saturday, March 20th, with temperatures dropping to around 45 degrees. Almost no one seemed prepared for it, judging by the throngs of under-dressed shivering all over town. With a lot of the Austin venues being outdoor, it especially hurt. Our final party of a very busy week of parties was a free badge-less official SXSW event that we did with the M for Montreal folks, at the two-stage Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room & Bourbon Rocks). The main stage was outside -- under a tent, which helped just a little -- and while temperatures were low, spirits were high and it was maybe the most fun I had all week.
My favorite set of the day came early. Think About Life are so much fun live, so much genuine positivity, it's hard to be in a bad mood with them on stage. An instant hangover cure. I think this was the first time a lot of the audience had ever seen them play, if the number of people who asked me who they were was any indication. At one point singer Martin Cesar left the stage as if their set was over, only to appear in the middle of the crowd dancing, hyping people up. That they didn't do "Johanna" is my only complaint. NYers can see them on April 27 when Think About Life play Mercury Lounge. It's part of a fairly extensive U.S. tour, do go see them.
I was also super-pumped to see The Besnard Lakes whose new album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is pretty fantastic. Specifically, I wanted to hear its epic opener, "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," and have it knock me back. Like a lot of Montreal bands, The Besnard Lakes' line-up ebbs and flows. Theirs does so around the core of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. I've seen them seven strong before, but here they were a lean mean quartet and did not disappoint. They're on tour in May, including a 5/28 show at Bowery Ballroom.
Another set I knew would be fun was Montreal's Duchess Says who played one of our CMJ day parties last year. While their more aggressive take on Devo-style protopunk is fun, it's all about singer Annie Claude who looks very cute and innocent... until the music starts. She shrieks, jumps in the audience, tackles people, pulls them to the floor, and causes general mayhem. It's more mischief than menace though. There are lots of other singers who do similar things, but never anything quite like her. After you've seen them once, part of the fun is watching other people experience them for the first time. The inside room was packed to the gills (it was warmer there). My favorite part of the show had her sitting down in the middle of the audience, methodically pulling people down with her, draping their arms over her into a giant pile of people. There's video at the bottom of this post.
The other major highlight for me was Roky Erickson with Okkervill River. I'd never seen him before and this was certainly a great live introduction to someone whose music I've loved for a long time. Will Sheff produced Roky's new album (first in 14 years) and Okkervill was his backing band on it, so the set was tight, rocking and just sounded fantastic. Roky was in great form too, and we got a few 13th Floor Elevators nuggets in there, as well as "Starry Eyes," one of my favorites of his solo material. They tour in May including a show at Webster Hall.
And there was lots more: the great Wye Oak kicked off the party with a lovely set despite cold fingers; Jason Collett was a class act with superbly-crafted country-pop (see video of his set below); Crystal Antlers filled in for BEAST who couldn't make it; Andrew WK was in full Meatloaf mode with a set of piano ballads; Plants and Animals were lush and harmony-laden; metal legends Voivod showed they've still got it; and a percussion-heavy set from L.A.'s Local Natives was probably the biggest draw of the day -- they were excellent.
Somehow I entirely missed sets by Holy Fuck (who I heard were great) and Suckers (who I've seen before many times here in NYC). A last minute addition, Nardwuar was there too, providing funny, heavily-researched band introductions as only he can. It was a great, if cold, day. Stay tuned for his video interview of Will and Roky.
Thanks to everyone who helped put this all together, and to our sponsors. More pictures and videos from the whole day below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Collaborations were the order of the day on Big Ears' Saturday, March 27th schedule (day two). At 1pm, the 802 Tour - Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and Sam Amidon with violist Nadia Sirota - performed songs written by each. The National's Dessner brothers and drummer Bryan Devendorf joined for a selection of full-band Doveman songs, and the finale was a clamoring, epic version of the folk song "The Two Sisters" arranged by Nico (part of the percussion included Nico combing Thomas's hair). Sam played his own set with help from Thomas one day earlier, and later Saturday night.
Before that, the day started with Andrew W.K.'s Q&A-heavy lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art (he played a set of music the night before) and a Bang on a Can All-Stars set that included works by Dave Longstreth, both at noon. Dirty Projectors performed later in the day (3:45pm) at Tennessee Theatre on a bill that also included DJ/Rupture and William Basinski who went on at the same time as Liturgy (who played at the Big Ears Annex at 2pm and then again at Pilot Light at midnight).
Clogs took the stage at the Bijou Theater with guests as well. Rumors of a solo set by Sufjan Steven circulated, but he only played one of his own songs, "Barn Owl Night Killer," on piano. Clogs were also assisted by Shara Worden, Aaron Dessner and Calder Quartet. Matt Berninger was delayed en route to Knoxville, so he didn't make his duet on "Last Song," for which main Clog Padma Newsome filled in. That wasn't the actual last song - new-album closer "We Were Here" was, which featured Sufjan on vocals and banjo along with Shara Worden and guitar by Aaron Dessner. A similar show happened in Brooklyn a few days earlier.
The Saturday headliners - Vampire Weekend and Joanna Newsom - both played to sold out crowds (Vampire Weekend at the sprawling, ornate-adorned 1600 seat Tennessee Theater with opener Abe Vigoda). Joanna Newsom's set was opened by Fred Armisen aka Jens Hannemann, a master of "complicated drummer technique." Armisen also joined her set for one song to play awkward and out-of-place cowbell.
At the Tennessee, the night ended with Terry Riley's Autodreamagraphical Tales - music from Bang on a Can over Terry reading from his actual dreams (Eastern religion and weed popped up frequently) - and In C, led by BoaC's Evan Ziporyn and featuring the rest of Bang on a Can All-Stars as well as Calder Quartet, Clogs, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Gyan Riley, and Terry on voice. The open-ended song stretched to an hour, canceling out any chance to catch late night sets from Javelin and Gang Gang Dance. Gang Gang was stil going when I arrived, but the club shut down the power mid-song and flipped on the lights promptly at 3am, sending everyone home.
A recap of Friday is HERE. More pictures and videos from Saturday are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Sam Amidon, accompanied by Thomas Bartlett, ushered in the first show of the 2010 Big Ears Festival at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Friday (3/26) with "Wild Bill Jones," his own version of the Appalachian folk song, punctuated with a piercing scream half-way through. "These are all folk songs, some from around here," said Sam, which was the right thing to say at the KMA, an institution whose collection and staff brims with East Tennessee pride. After a welcome by festival organizer Ashley Capps (whose AC Entertainment also organizes Bonnaroo) and co-curator Bryce Dessner, Calder Quartet and violinist Iva Bittova led the audience through the folk-inspired world of Bartok, Janacek and guitarist/composer Fred Frith.
A little after 7pm at the gorgeous Bijou Theatre (est. 1909), Terry Riley and his quartet - consisting of his son Gyan on classical guitar, Tracy Silverman on electric violin and Ches Smith on drums and marimba - played a series of extended ragas and genre-morphing songs. By midnight, an ecstatic crowd of all ages filled the hall for the xx. Just a few hours before, University of Tennessee basketball advanced to the NCAA Elite 8, and the partly collegiate crowd carried the celebratory mood to the gig. Some danced in front of their seats or in the aisles, and cheered in anticipation - in one opera box, an exhibitionist couple shared a drunken embrace dangerously close to the railing. Clandestine cigarettes were smoked as the xx performed their moody rock alongside minutely choreographed stage lights.
The earlier jj were even more laid back than the xx, with a sole singer, Elin Kastlander, standing before video projections that included an Italian soccer game, romps on the beach by Elin and co-member Joakim Benon, and whales and other nature scenes. We also got to see Elin roll a big blunt on screen, which might speak to her onstage ambivalence and generally lackluster approach. She did pick up an acoustic guitar once, as did her blond gentleman collaborator, Joakim, for a few numbers. With the music on autopilot, everything else - from the canned "native" beats to the narcissistic video - seemed to follow suit.
The first act had much better luck: Nosaj Thing's post-apocalyptic electronica, riddled with blippy bullets and ghostly echoes, destroyed the darkened theater. The xx gig was one of of the fest's sold out gigs (the others are currently Vampire Weekend and Joanna Newsom) but those with all-access Inner Ear passes ($250 now, but cheaper if you bought earlier) had no trouble finding front-row first-come, first-served seats if they showed at least 15 minutes before doors. The passes are pricey, but a good deal even if you make it to only 1/3rd of the 30-some shows at the fest.
A few blocks away, Andrew WK and the Calder Quartet finished their set with a cover of John Cage's 4'33" - or as Andrew put it "Johnny Cage! Fatality! Mortal Kombat!" The room was divided between those trying to rebel ("Play music!"), those trying to explain the piece ("It's supposed to be people talking"), those shushing, and those just enjoying the spectacle. Andrew returned for an encore of "Party Hard" (piano, voice and crowd participation) and brought out Calder's Eric Byers for a Bach cello piece, accompanied by an interpretive dance by Andrew WK (think "an impressionistic karate kid") dedicated to the late Merce Cunningham.
The compact nature of the participating venues in downtown Knoxville (one mid- and one large-size theater and a handful of smaller club-like spaces) gives Big Ears an intimate feel, and the festival's musicians - most recognizably, Sufjan Stevens, though his only performance is in a supporting role with Clogs (The BQE is being screened too) - can be seen hopping from venue to venue along with the fans.
The difficult decisions of Big Ears day one - Dutch post-punks the Ex against newcomers the xx - only intensify as the festival progresses, with the headliners like Joanna Newsom, Vampire Weekend and composer in residence Terry Riley all going head to head on Saturday.
More pictures and video from Big Ears day one are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
After spending four days in Austin for SXSW, my personal MtyMx experience started with an all-day trip from Austin to Monterrey on Sunday. I arrived to see Andrew W.K.'s set that night, the after-party at the Garage, and Monday from first to last band (minus the comedy set with Dan Deacon, though there are pictures of him too). I'm now writing this from Tennessee where the Big Ears Fest is about to begin. Stay tuned for reports about that, and check out my pictures from the festival in Mexico, with captions, below...