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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Destruction Unit @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7/3/14
Destruction Unit are in town for their label Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend in NYC which so far has included two NYC shows. First they played The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday night (7/3) and then a daytime show on the Fourth at Silent Barn. As we guessed, they're also sticking around for a third show TONIGHT (7/7) at Baby's All Right which has now been officially announced and also features White Hills and Ancient Ocean. Tickets for tonight's show are available. Show flyer below.
Destruction Unit don't really have "off nights" as far as I've seen, but Thursday's show was definitely an "on night." The band played with minimal lighting save for a projector coating the members with the lines from their optical illusion-inducing album cover and the occasional flashing of bright whites. Their show is as much a physical thing as it is a sonic assault, with guitarists Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa waving their guitars in the air and singer/guitarist Ryan Rousseau delivering all attitude and manic aggression. The three guitars are all out in space, piling on endless layers of psychedelic atmospheres, as the bassist and drummer keep the band locked in, driving, and somewhat grounded on earth. It was the kind of set that in just about a half hour inspired fist pumping, headbanging, and moshing, as well as total spacing and tripping out.
Probably the most likeminded artist to Destruction Unit at the Studio show was the first band, Brooklyn's Honey. They also mixed psychedelia and punk, but were more psychedelic in a '60s throwback way with a ton of acid-soaked wah pedal guitar solos. They were great. Then came The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform who have been playing a lot lately (and will again soon), and gave another of their short-but-sweet sets of mechanic noise with Michael Berdan's deranged-hardcore-frontman-style delivery. Direct support was an ambient set from Coil/Psychic TV's Drew McDowall. Pictures of all four sets from the Studio show are in this post.
Destruction Unit at Silent Barn - 7/4/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The next day Destruction Unit helped celebrate America's independence as part of an all-day show at Silent Barn that also featured Mutual Benefit, Potty Mouth, a solo set from Lauren of Worriers, and a bunch more. They went on early (around 6 PM) and it was bright as day in Silent Barn with the venue's back window open, but D Unit were just as much a thrill to watch in the light as they were in the previous show's darkness. The way they jam on their songs makes every Destruction Unit show a different one, and they change up the setlist too (the Silent Barn show opened with "Evil Man" which I hadn't heard them play in a while). Once again it was guitars everywhere, both literally and sound-wise, and still a treat even if you had seen them 17 hours earlier.
Marshtepper at Palisades (via Ric Leichtung)
Much later that night (around 1 AM), D Unit members Jes Aurelius and Nick Nappa graced new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades with a set from their Marshstepper project. Jes and Nick provided an electronics/noise set but more than anything else the show was performance art that included a nude man writhing on the ground and lots of blood. One person called it one of the weirdest shows they'd ever been to and another said seeing it was possibly the best idea ever.
Then on Sunday, D Unit drummer Andrew Flores took his Jock Club project to Bossa Nova Civic Club for a late show with Bookworms, Soren and Encapsulate. Anyone catch that one?
Like we said above, you can get tickets to catch D Unit in NYC again tonight (7/7). More pictures from the Studio show below...
The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.
If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)
Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.
Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.
There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.
Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.
You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.
There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.
Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)
UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.
Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.
If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.
A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.
Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.
Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.
For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.
For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).
And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.
Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.
Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...
Destruction Unit at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ascetic House is an ever-evolving group of people collaborating with each other. It started off as a handful of us, but it's grown to include people in different cities and countries. I'd say the main tenet of Ascetic House is experimentation, whether it's with music or literature or video or technology or even lifestyle. It's kind of hard to put a description to, but for the most part it's a collective of people experimenting with different things. [Jes Aurelius to AdHoc]Arizona psych rippers Destruction Unit had announced what appeared to be a one-off NYC show happening at The Studio at Webster Hall on July 3 with Drew McDowall, Alberich and Uniform (tickets), but now it's been revealed that the band, some of its members' side projects, and the Ascetic House label they're associated with are actually hanging around in NYC for a long Independence Day weekend. Destruction Unit will celebrate America's independence by playing another, smaller (and sweatier) show at Silent Barn on the fourth, and several other Ascetic House-presented shows will go down between 7/4 and 7/7 too.
Among the D Unit-related projects that will be making appearances over the weekend are Jes Aurelius' Marshstepper project, who will be part of a bill at Palisades on 7/4 with Person of Interest, Jerome, Outmode and Rosemary Arp (tickets). On 7/6 at 538 Johnson there's an early (7 PM) show with L.O.T.I.O.N., Saran Man, Ligature (ex-The Men, currently Warthog, Foreplay), Mercury Living, Appetite and Moil (tix at door), and a FREE late show (10 PM) at Bossa Nova Civic Club (1271 Myrtle Ave) with Jock Club (D-Unit drummer Andrew Flores), Bookworms (L.I.E.S.), Soren (mem Rosenkopf) and Encapsulate.
Lastly, there's also a show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with "Lucifers Stoned Disciples" and three TBA openers. We can't find any evidence of a band with that name, any guesses on who it might be?
All Destruction Unit dates are listed, with the full lineups and flyers for Ascetic House's Independence Day Weekend, and some streams, below...
by Doug Moore
Night Sins at Rituals, November 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
We've mentioned recently that Philly goth/post-punk troupe Night Sins will hit the road with Youth Code in about a week. In anticipation of the tour, we're debuting the video for "To London or the Lake," the first single from their upcoming second album of the same name, which will drop early in 2014 via Avant!/Ascetic House.
Despite the song title, this video is all about Philly -- it's comprised mostly of grainy black-and-white shots of the city's skyline, interspersed with clips of the band bumming around the streets and a young couple getting sexy in a drained pool. (Perhaps the same drained pool that Mac and Charlie get trapped in during that one episode of Always Sunny?) The clip has a gritty, first-year-of-art-school feel that perfectly matches the track itself, which is the real star here. It's a gloomy but propulsive cut that falls comfortably into the 80s post-punk kingdom carved out by Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division/New Order, The Mission (who play tonight), and so forth. And man, that drum sound!
Check out the video, along with their full tour schedule with Youth Code, below.
Merchandise at WIERD, September 2012 (more by Phil Maler)
Freelance writer and DJ Maria Sherman gave us a list of her favorites of 2012, including top shows and her favorite label. Check out her list below.
On that list is Merchandise's performance at 538 Johnson, one of the few early performances to feature now-permanent drummer Elsner Nino (also of Shoxx). The new-look Merchandise will perform twice at 285 Kent this week, including tonight's show WITH Night Sins, Pharmakon, Herzog Rising AND Shoxx.
Maria Sherman's Best of 2012 and a video of Merchandise from 538 Johnson earlier this year, below...