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The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer 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.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, and the new incarnation of Swans played their first NYC show since reformation at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday night, 10/8. They were joined by tour-mate Baby Dee and recent addition Ben Frost as support. The show was one of two NYC dates on a larger tour for the reactivated post-punk/noise/industrial pioneers (previous shows included Pop Montreal and the Black Cat in DC). Swans played their 2nd NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (sans Ben Frost, avec Baby Dee). Both NYC shows sold out in advance. The Brooklyn gig featured an afterhours party with Sasha Grey, Caleb (Sacred Bones), and DJ JonBenet (Prurient, Cold Cave) on the lower level. That drew its own separate crowd in addition to the post-show revelers.
Ben Frost's opening set was particularly impressive, mixing guitar acrobatics and laptop scientifics that took full use of the considerable soundsystem. It was a fantastic set; I normally have a hard time enduring solo laptop-musician/DJ sets, but watched the entire thing. Unfortunately I missed all of Baby Dee.
Swans blasted on stage with the opening thump of "No Words/No Thoughts", before transitioning into a bit of a reworked version of that song. Their set was overwhelmingly heavy with material from the incredible new My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (five of the eight tracks), but the band made stops by their earliest works too ("Sex, God, Sex" from Children of God, "Your Property" from Cop, "I Crawled" from Young God EP). Moving, crushing, beautiful, and magnetic, Michael Gira and Co delivered one of my favorite performances at a space that has hosted its share of memorable moments: Neurosis, sunn o))), Sleep, and Throbbing Gristle.
Don't believe the hype though; it wasn't quite as overwhelmingly loud as you have been lead to believe... not that it matters either way. It was/is always more about electric performance and there is no doubt that Swans delivered on a Friday night on a quiet street in Brooklyn.
More pictures and video from the Brooklyn show, with the Swans setlist, below..
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Day three/Friday of Pop Montreal (check out days one and two) was colder and, thankfully, dryer than Thursday. But a canceled day party at the Notman House and some overlap at the other day party at Divan Orange made for a quiet afternoon.
The night started in earnest at Place des Arts to catch Zola Jesus. It was a really spacious concert hall and Nika Roza Danilova paced from one side of the stage to the other, dramatically swaying back and forth. She owned the stage and her backing band sounded good in a space where it would seem easy for the sound to get lost.
Then a walk along Rue Ste-Catherine back to the National to catch Baby Dee and Swans. Baby Dee's Baroque pop consisted of her on harp and an accompanying violinist and cellist. Between hushed songs and awkward "hee, hees" at the audience applause, Baby Dee led the audience in some purposeful artist bashing. She mentioned how you never hear crowds show their out and out dislike for someone's music. So, the entire crowd was led in a chant of "You stink and your music stinks." It was reprised at the end of the set as well. "Just don't do that with (Swans') Michael Gira," she warned the crowd. "You need to do that to someone with lower self-esteem."
For Swans, ten minutes of loud, deep strings on tape gave way to each musician taking the stage, first Shearwater's Thor Harris on percussion and finally the rest of the band and lastly, Gira. He stood stoically and surveyed the crowd and as the noise began to swell he donned his guitar and rocked back and forth before the band broke into blaring instrumental, face-melting, rock mode. Even with earplugs it was deafening. It was mesmerizing and devastating and sounded great in such a cozy, old theater like the National. "Holy shit, I still can't hear!" said one kid as he bounded out of the venue before the set was over. He was certainly not alone and any questions about the reboot of the band were settled.
From there it was up Boul. St-Laurent to the packed, hot and sweaty Barfly to catch Montreal's No Joy. I arrived early to find Toronto's Little Girls rocking away. Their set of self-described minimalist post-punk culminated with lead singer Josh McIntyre knocking his keyboard onto the ground and then standing on it as his bandmates thrashed around him. Shoegazy with indecipherable lyrics that bled into hazy guitars and bass, No Joy was a solid set though one gets the feeling that dark, sweaty clubs is where these songs sound best. The same would go for Little Girls.
More pictures from the whole day below...
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]
Swans have never been one to do it half assed. The influential noise/post-punk band will play two NYC shows in October (not long after their appearance at Pop Montreal). In addition to the 10/8 show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the band will play a show one day later, Oct 9th, at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Manhattan show go on AMEX presale at noon on Wed (5/12) and at noon on Fri (5/14) for general sale. Baby Dee opens both dates.
Michael Gira at The Stone (more by Lori Baily)
We knew that it was coming, but now we have a New York City date. The much discussed Swans reunion show will take place on 10/8 with Baby Dee at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a Haunting The Chapel/The Blackened Music Series/The Issue Project Room joint production.
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10AM. The show takes place a few days after Swans play Pop Montreal, one of two festivals that Swans have announced with the second being Supersonic in the UK in October 2010. More dates TBA.
UPDATE: It looks like tickets go on sale Friday now, and the Brooklyn show takes place one day after a show at Bowery Ballroom.
Pop Montreal 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
POP Montreal, sort of like the CMJ of Montreal, but less industry-like, returns for the 9th time from September 29th to October 3rd. Check out the sneak peak of their intial lineup below...
"There were some truly hair-raising moments at the Baby Dee show last night, and I don't raise my hair for just anything. A real NYC thrill!" - Curtis Eller
"Just got back from a great show honoring Baby Dee at Joe's Pub - an amazing array of singers including a 9 year old girl - cool!" - Judith Z. Miller
"We Sing Baby Dee, was amazing. Thank you to all who came!" - sxip shirey
Baby Dee @ The Delancey in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baby Dee played two shows last week, on February 4th and 5th. The first was a variety night dedicated to her music at Joe's Pub (a few tweeted reviews above, videos of the show are below). The second was a set at the Stone. Coming up, Baby Dee has another NYC show, this time at Santos Party House on Saturday, April 10th. Tickets are on sale.
As previously mentioned, Baby Dee has a new record coming out March 23rd on Drag City. The album, A Book of Songs for Anne Marie, came out previously in 2004, but this release is a new version produced and arranged by Maxim Moston from Antony and the Johnsons. She has recorded with Andrew W.K. too (who played at the Baby Dee Joe's Pub show last Thursday, and who's at Joe's Pub again with Gonzales this Thursday) - that album currenlty has no name or release date.
Baby Dee has a wide-ranging tour of Europe that starts at the end of February. After that, there's a monthlong North American tour in April, which the Santos show is a part of.
Videos and all tour dates are below...
* Toby Driver photo by Gemma Fleming
Toby Driver is an "other". Not like Benjamin Linus or one of the Dharma Initiative, but in that his artistic endeavors Kayo Dot and Maudlin of The Well exist in the in-between, and outside. Driver's current project, Kayo Dot, is prepping to release their fourth album Coyote via Hydra Head on April 6th. On Coyote, elements of goth, avant-jazz, prog, ambient, and the kitchen sink meld with the avant-garde, making for an intensely fascinating and eclectic listen.
Driver was recently asked to curate the month of February at The Stone, John Zorn's non-profit club in the East Village. We sat down to ask Driver about some of the bands he chose which include solo sets from members of Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Extra Life, and Bloody Panda in addition to Baby Dee, Oxbow, Gnaw, and a full performance by his own band doing Coyote from start to finish, and the recent resurrection of Maudlin of The Well.
Full interview and Stone schedule, below....
by Andrew Frisicano
Andrew W.K. w/ Fucked Up in Brooklyn on November 5th (more by Jake Forney)
One of the best kept secrets in the entertainment industry, Jonté is known to the stars as a virtuoso choreographer, able to bring out the beast in his clientelle, which includes Beyonce Knowles among others. As a solo act, he brings it on all fronts, executing the freshest moves while spitting the fiercest vocal heard. His unique urban fem style is shattering culture barriers and leaving liberation in its wake. - Santos websiteJonté and a crew of Santos regulars that include Cherie Lily, Bad Brilliance, Narcissister and DJs Roxy Cottontail and Andrew W.K. will be at the club for a party on Thursday, January 28th. Tickets are on sale. We have two pairs of tickets to give away (one of which comes with a bottle of champagne signed by Andrew W.K.). Details are below.
As previously mentioned, Andrew W.K. has quite a bit going on in the coming months. He appears at Joe's Pub on February 11th as part of Gonzales' residency there. He'll be answering your questions at Santos on February 23rd (the same day he releases a new album), and he'll be on Warped Tour this summer.
Andrew W.K. produced a new album for performance artist/cabaret singer/songwriter Baby Dee, though not her next upcoming record A Book of Songs for Anne Marie, which comes out March 23rd on Drag City (pushed back from its original January release date). An album and book with the same name was released by Dee in 2004, but Dee points out "this is a new version of the album, now produced and arranged by Maxim Moston from Antony and the Johnsons." The album Andrew worked on does not yet have a name or release date. He has also played as part of Baby Dee's band in the past,
On February 4th Andrew will be part of "We Sing Baby Dee! #3," a night at Joe's Pub organized by composer Sxip Shirey and dedicated to "Interpretations of the songs of Baby Dee." Also performing will be Corn Mo, Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch, Curtis Eller, Aimee Curl, Lance Horne, Mathew and Sarah, Philip Raia and Lila, "a special guest appearance by 9 year old singer Frankky Lou Hightower from Kansas City" and Baby Dee herself. Tickets are on sale.
Baby Dee will also be performing at The Stone the next night (2/5) with cellist Matthew Robinson. Baby Dee will be touring extensively this February and March in Europe and April and May in North America.
All tour dates, contest info and videos are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Botanica frontman/keyboardist Paul Wallfisch has taken over booking Thursdays upstairs at the Delancey, effectively creating one of the very few "must-see" nights anywhere in the New York rock scene, especially considering that for the time being it's free. Simply put, New York hasn't had a consistent home for intelligent, challenging rock and rock-related music since Tonic closed two and a half years ago. With this new series, playfully titled Small Beast, Wallfisch aims to change that. Typically, he starts the evening solo on piano, perhaps introducing a guest or two and then bringing up the night's featured artist or artists." [Lucid Culture]Last night's bill (1/29) also featured Erik Sanko (Skeleton Key), Little Annie (who released an album with Paul last year and sang with him at this show), and Baby Dee (currently signed to Drag City and who has shared the stage with Little Annie before). Andrew WK, like he's also done before, sat in as part of Baby Dee's band for the show.
More pictures from the night below...
January, 29 2009 08:00 PM - Main Floor: SMALL BEAST PARTY w/ Erik Sanko, Baby Dee, ANDREW WK & Little AnnieBaby Dee is headlining the free show and will be joined by Little Annie and Andrew WK. Andrew WK interviews Baby Dee in the videos below...
@ The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, New York City, New York 10002 - FREE
Thur., Jan. 29 Main Floor: SMALL BEAST CURATED BY PAUL WALLFISCH [EVERY THURSDAY] MUSIC SALON Presenting an eclectic mix of the world's most creative performers and songwriters !THIS WEEK features ERIK SANKO[from SKELETON KEY!] and very special guests BABY DEE / ANDREW WK / and LITTLE ANNIE FREE!!!!!8 pm doors SELECT OPEN BAR at 12 am!!!
When Baby Dee insists that her life is "incredibly boring," one has to wonder what she's comparing it to. After all, the fifty-something, classically-trained musician has ridden a large tricycle across Europe while playing the harp, has been an elevator operator, a construction worker, a go-go girl, and for a while a circus freak - billed as a "bilateral hermaphrodite" - at Coney Island.Baby Dee plays with Dorit Chrysler at Knitting Factory in NYC on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...
"It was lovely there," she recalls of Coney Island. "That whole venture was about turning the tables on people. I'd been living in that transitional hell of being gawked at in public. The sideshow taught me that when you're on stage -- or up high on a tricycle -- you can get away with things that could get you killed anywhere else." [GayWired]
HIGHLIGHTS:(LE) POISSON ROUGE, the awkwardly named new 800-capacity music venue ("multimedia art cabaret") opening where The Village Gate used to be in the West Village has revealed their floor plan. Click HERE for a larger version.
* 158 Bleecker btwn Thompson & Sullivan in Greenwich Village
* 800-capacity flexible performance space (250 seated)
* 130-capacity attached, soundproof lounge bar
* 28' x 21' fixed corner stage w/ various staging additions
* 16' dia. portable, trundled round stage
* acoustic engineering by John Storyk/WSDG (Electric Lady Studios, etc)
* 2 cinema-sized screens with Meyer 5.1 Surround Sound
* 23' dia. hardwood sprung dance floor
* 9' Concert Grand piano
* 2 elevated VIP Opera Boxes and 2 private entrances
* full catering kitchen, concert bar menu, and daytime lounge menu
* restrooms in 2 areas at opposite ends of the venue
* furnished green room with en suite bathroom, shower & tour office
"The adjoining lounge will be open during the day as a café, and at night as a secondary bar and event space." The full June schedule is also pasted below....
DOWNLOAD: Baby Dee - Teeth Are the Only Bones That Show (MP3)
I was happy to find out that Baby Dee is playing Joe's Pub again in February. And even better: the show is part of a North American full-band tour. It made me feel better for missing the (solo) show she just played there at the end of December. Band members will be John Contreras (a cellist that plays with Current 93, Calexico and others), Alex Neilson (a drummer who has played with Will Oldham, Jandek, Isobel Campbell and many more), Emmet Kelly (guitarist - The Cairo Gang), and Paul Oldham (Will's brother). All dates below.....
I just realized that the Little Annie & Baby Dee show is tonight at Joe's Pub. Of course the show starts in 2 hours, so you probably won't go if you're reading this, but I thought I would finally stop procrastinating and mention it (and them) at least anyway.
"Baby Dee is an internationally traveled singer, pianist, harpist, songwriter and performer. Dee claimed New York City as home for decades, but now resides in her hometown of Cleveland, OH." I think it was Baby Dee's connection to Antony that first led me to her, and I was definitely excited when I first found out that Drag City was putting out her new album. Then I was even more excited when I found out who else was involved...
Produced by Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney (who also perform on the record), Safe Inside the Day is a record with that blends the Old World with new pop sensibilities. She is also helped by contributions from Andrew WK, Robbie Lee, Max Moston (Antony and the Johnsons), William Breeze (Psychic TV), John Contreras (Current 93), James Lo (Chavez) and Lia Kessel.The record comes out January 22nd. I have a copy, and while certainly not bad, it unfortunately hasn't excited me to the levels the description first did. I'm not done giving it a chance though, and I'm upset that instead of seeing the show tonight, I'm just typing about it.
Little Annie is also connected to Antony - he produced her last album called Songs From the Coalmine Canary which featured the song "Strange Love" which was used in a Levi's commercial and went on to win "Best Use of Music in Advertising" at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. And like Baby Dee, Little Annie also has a new album coming out (Feb. 2008). It's a partnership with Paul Wallfisch called When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos - described as a "cycle of songs by Frank Sinatra, Leon Russell, Tina Turner, Jacques Brel, Candi Staton, Michael Legrand and U2." Annie & Paul will also be touring together in 2008.