Entries tagged with: Bastard Noise
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
"Regis = the one techno act that can get diehard Napalm Death fans dancing. Or at least nodding their heads agreeably." - Self Titled Mag
"Glenn Branca walking the floors of Hardcore Activity In Progress with a scowl and a plastic bag is the most perfect thing." - David Marek
"I'm right between Napalm Death and Gunplay performing at the same time at this @rbma Hardcore event at Knockdown. IT'S REAL WEIRD AND GREAT" - Laura Sterritt
Wolf Eyes / Gunplay / Tim Hecker @ Knockdown Center - 5/16/14
"Tomorrow i will see Gunplay and Napalm Death in the same show, i don't rly even know what that means," wrote one fan on Twitter. Somewhere, the shadowy curating hand at Red Bull Music Academy smiled. Mission accomplished.
Hardcore Activity in Progress was one of the latest monster showcases put on by RBMA, working under the record store geek conceit of musical extremes. Kicking off last Friday, May 16 at the Knockdown Center, the show playfully yo-yoed the crowds' expectations, covering more miles than the previous Drone Activity in Progress held last year. The fest swung from dynamic end points; quiet to loud, soothing to loud, measured to holy crap this is loud (they luckily were giving out earplugs that they warned everyone to wear). Sure, there were times when the twine was twisted: For one, OCD category adherents might've been flummoxed by the lack of objective hardcore on the bill, beyond the prior incarnation of Bastard Noise. ("This is our hardcore," said the website, using the same argumentative logic as, "Well, it's how I feel. . .") Then, the proximity of the stages created a timbre pile-up that would've excited the spirits of Luigi Russolo and John Cage, but seemed to irritate critics. The NY Times review reads:
the sound at the Knockdown Center was basically garbage: echoey, booming, diffuse, nonsensical. It also wasn't great at last year's Red Bull Music Academy event in the same space, "Drone Activity in Progress," but that concert had a few other things going for it -- the novelty of the just-opened space, and the music itself, drone and noise and power-electronics, either carefully conceived or more energetic. Anyway, on Friday, some good sets -- by the Thing and Ms. Lee, for instance -- were impeded by poor acoustics or competing rackets coming from nearby. And some bad sets were made worse.Add in the inclement weather and the venue's libation ban (the same venue as the recent M.I.A. & A$AP Ferg show), and one could see the bipolar goal as needlessly frustrating.
But, it's hard to damn ambition. The fact one could walk a few steps from the drone terror of the ex-Khanate pain-incarnate that's Gnaw to solo cellist deconstructionist Okkyung Lee was kind of neat in the same way an eclectic mixtape is neat. Granted, in the 21st century, with all of recorded history at our fingertips, the ping-pong effect is lessened due to everyone's general familiarity with other styles. The genre islands have been subsumed by the sea change. But, still, one appreciated the otherworldly jolt every so often: Hey, there's Lubomyr Melnyk wielding his complex continuous music theory on piano, creating a near-literal river of notes. And there's grindfathers Napalm Death destroying unprotected eardrums with unhinged aggression. In fact, the latter's classic "You Suffer" kind of summed it all up: You suffer/ But why? Those that took the show as some greater statement about contemporary art were missing the point. Modern classic and harsh noise rap! Drone and jazz! Gunplay and Tim Hecker! GUNPLAY AND TIM HECKER!
Those were the moments that made it worthwhile.
Pictures from the event (though unfortunately none of Regis or clipping. who we missed) are in this post and continue below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We ran down all the 2014 Red Bull Music Academyevents yesterday, and one we wanted to shed a little bit more light on is the incredible Hardcore Activity in Progress show that will be going down at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are on sale now.
"Hardcore" here doesn't imply the genre -- ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker is billed alongside grindcore legends Napalm Death, while noise originals Wolf Eyes cozy up with Bible On the Dash having Gunplay. ("This is our hardcore" says RBMA.) In fact, hardcore is one of the few genres left off the bill, which looks to be one hell of an eclectic night. Regis will provide techno, and Bastard Noise will provide insanity.
Red Bull Music Academy hosted Drone Activity in Progress at the Knockdown Center last year, and as anyone who went knows, it was a blast, with dozens of experimental electronic artists split across a number of stages throughout the cavernous venue. That night featured Vatican Shadow, Body/Head, Pete Swanson, Alberich, Pharmakon and many more -- for those who attended, it was surely one of the more memorable shows of last year. All the stops were pulled out, and I imagine that will be the case for Hardcore Activity in Progress.
The Knockdown Center is a little ways out there, so hopefully they'll be running a shuttle like they did last time. Full lineup and flyer below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.
RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.
Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Bastard Noise at Death by Audio in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC's noise and experimental music festival Ende Tymes just announced the lineup for its fourth annual festival which, as in previous years, will be going down at Silent Barn and Outpost Artist Resources. Ende Tymes will run from May 8 through May 11, so prepare yourself to venture to outersound via four days of really, really loud.
The lineup includes long-running noise/powerviolence/experimental/etc band Bastard Noise, former Yellow Swans member Pete Swanson, noise/ambient electronic master Kevin Drumm, a duo set from Metalux member MV Carbon and Body/Head member Bill Nace, a duo set from Zaimph's Marcia Bassett and Chelsea Light Moving member Samara Lubelski, Japan's
Full lineup below...
Merchandise at Mouse Trap in Chicago last month (more by Jimmy Forabi)
Merchandise's Children of Desire has been on heavy rotation since the LP dropped a few months ago via Katorga Works (download it for free). When not on the road, the band has been busy releasing tons of videos from the effort, including the recently released "Time." That video, along with some streams and more videos from the album are available below.
The only East Coast dates that Merchandise have scheduled at the moment are a few in their native Florida. One of those shows is the impeccably curated 305 Fest featuring names like Bastard Noise, Iron Lung, Dropdead (who played Europa recently), Torche, Floor, Mauser, Full of Hell, Black Mayonnaise, Fistula, and so many more. Full lineup is below and tickets for the fest are on sale.
All Merchandise dates, videos, streams, and the 305 Fest lineup is below...
Eric Wood of The Bastard Noise at DBA (more by BBG)
With all of the back and forth recently between Bastard Noise and Akron/Family, regarding the MiTB Skull art being used by Akron/Family on a shirt, it might be easy to forget why it was an issue in the first place; The Bastard Noise is an important and pioneering band. Now currently in a new incarnation with Aimee Artz on vocals/noise, Eric Wood's evolving vision has included elements of hardcore, powerviolence, jazz, noise, and experimentalism, but never at the expense of interesting songwriting.
We sat down with Eric Wood to ask him a few questions about his his response to Akron/Family and the cricism he received, his current projects and the future of the band. The results of our conversation is below.
Aaron Kenyon with a current project, Djam Karet
Aaron Kenyon, a founding member of Man is The Bastard, has weighed in on the controversial appropriation of the iconic skull logo by Akron/Family, and his views differ from that of his ex-bandmates. Check out Kenyon's statement below.
If you missed it, Man is the Bastard member Eric Wood initially made his thoughts known via Facebook which in turn led to ex-member Israel Lawrence weighing in and a public response from Akron/Family as well.
In semi-related news, Disney will no longer carry a highly-controversial t-shirt that molds the iconic Joy Division Unknown Pleasures album cover into a Mickey Mouse silhouette. Band members fell on both sides of the fence on this issue, with Peter Hook commenting to the LA Times that it was "flattering" and drummer Stephen Morris commenting that it was "horrible" and he was "quite angry".
Aaron Kenyon's statement on Man in the Bastard, below..
Bastard Noise at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Isreal Lawrence of ex-Man Is The Bastard fame is in contact with Akron/Family regarding the logo issue and is writing about it publicly in a MiTB open group on Facebook. Though Akron/Family has thus far chose to not make a public statement, in a note to Lawrence, A/F bassist Miles admits that his band "clearly 'stole'" the logo as well as the Crass circle, but that it was a tribute (which Lawrence admits did occur to him). Lawrence seems to understand, but suggests Akron/Family stop avoiding the issue publicly. Read it all below.
In possibly more important news, The Bastard Noise have shared a split with Actuary, one of a few Pro-Noise releases currently available at their bandcamp. Stream that below and download them for free at their site.
The offending shirt (left) with the offended party (right) (more Bastard Noise photos)
Eric Wood doesn't like Akron/Family too much, judging by his comment that band is "SCAB FUCKING MAGGOTS !" The Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise/Charred Remains honcho recently discovered the above shirt design (on sale now) that blatantly takes the MiTB/BN skull logo and adds Crass-style typography. Eric Wood has not taken this lightly, asking his fans to attack the group on their Facebook page. Wood himself has also taken to their Facebook page, though his comments have been deleted/disabled.
O.K. TO ALL OF YOU AMAZING REAL "SKULL SERVANTS" : SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED TO THE AKRON FAMILY group page - COMMENTING HAS BEEN DISABLED SO SOMEONE SAW IT ALL !!! I LOVE YOU ALL ! THANK YOU so very much !!!!Check out screenshots of some of Eric Woods (classic) comments on Akron/Family below. So far Akron Family, who just played 285 Kent, have not officially responded.
words & photo by BBG
After a three days of mayhem (pictures from day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and day 3 HERE) featuring sets from Neurosis, Doom, Lack of Interest, Voivod, Extortion, Aura Noir, and tons of notable others, Maryland Deathfest came to a close on Sunday with another full of performances capped by a headlining outdoor set from the reactivated Coroner, their first US appearance in 20 years.
Later that night, the true close to MDF was led by Ghost, whose set was tight and fun visually, but did not impress me as much as the hype suggests (decide for yourself on June 1st at the Studio). The remainder of my day was filled with pretty much every other band on the bill, except for Visceral Disgorge and Doubled Over who I missed in favor of much needed meals. My favorites of the day go to the foul death metallers Dead Congregation and Repugnant, the always awesome Citizens Arrest (who play Europa with another MDF alum, Tragedy, tonight), the energetic Skinless and the over the top goregrind of Last Days of Humanity.
Coroner's setlist and more pictures from the final day of Maryland Deathfest 2011, which includes pictures of Oak, Night Bringer, Bad Acid Trip, Gravehill, Malignant Tumour, Dead Congregation, Nokturnel, Repugnant, Orange Goblin, Citizens Arrest, Skinless, Bastard Noise, Nuclear Assault, Wormed, and Last Days of Humanity, are below...
Two outdoor tents, a club, and a theater hosted 26 bands. Perhaps by design, the premises lacked alcohol (except for the theater). So bad behavior was scarce. Fans happily bounced from venue to venue, queuing for some bands (Wormrot, Floor, Atheist, Obituary, Morbid Angel), and eating burgers from the Grill 'Em All trucks. To order the Witte Burger (beef, bun, cream cheese, deep-fried bacon, beer-and-Sriracha-soaked onions, malt vinegar aioli), my friend Robert merely pointed several feet away, where Dave Witte himself was standing.Saturday (3/5) was the left coast's turn for Scion Rock Fest 2011. The one day, multiple venue festival relocated to Pomona, CA this year, and housed legendary names like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, Agalloch, and many more alongside names of tomorrow and underground favorites like Bastard Noise, Anaal Nathrakh, Floor, Wormrot, and many more.
Kvelertak were supposed to play too. but their passports and visas were stolen at the airport moments before they boarded the plane to the US. As a result, they'll also miss some days of the Weedeater/Zoroaster tour, but should "be in the states by Friday" (3/11). That means they should have no trouble making it to SXSW where they're on board to play Full Metal Texas. The band was replaced in Pomona by Black Cobra.
More pictures and some videos from Scion Rock Fest 2011, below...
Bastard Noise at Death By Audio (more by BBG)
Scion has posted the official Scion Rock Fest 2011 lineup which is identical to the lineup posted yesterday, and they promise that more additions are still on the way, RSVP for the free March 5th Pomona, California event will be open soon.
The poster and initial lineup, along with updated Nails dates (they are playing Scion, MDF and Union Pool), below...
Yob at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more)
Scion has confirmed exclusively to LA Weekly that they will be bringing their metaltastic Rock Fest this year to Southern California.Rumors circulated right around the announcement of Scion Rock Fest 2010 that Morbid Angel would play that year's show. Glad to hear that those were (somewhat) true. Hopefully Morbid Angel schedule some shows outside of California too.
"Scion's major event of the year," confirms their publicist, "is a huge metal festival with four stages and 30 bands. We did the first in Atlanta and the second in Columbus [check out part one and and two of our pics & review]. It's always a mix of legendary bands, important bands and up-and-coming bands, representing all the areas of underground metal. And like all the stuff we do it's all ages and free."
"What no one knows yet," he continues "is the next one will be on March 5, 2011 in Pomona. We're taking over the Fox Theater and the Glass House and building two more stages nearby."
Headlining the Scion Rock Fest in the LA area will be death metal royalty Morbid Angel with their first US show in six years (and as of now, the only scheduled US date in 2011)
...Founding member guitarist Trey Azagthoth, regarded by many as the greatest death metal guitarist of all time, will be at the helm along with bassist David Vincent (member 1986-1996 & 2004 - present) and Destructhor (member since 2008).
The Scion Rock Fest will include 26 bands on four stages (including The Fox Theater, The Glass House and two outdoor stages). -[LA Weekly]
One of the bigger names at Scion Rock Fest in 2010 was Shrinebuilder. Don't forget that half of Shrinebuilder, Scott Kelly and Wino, are going on a solo tour in February. Tickets are still on sale for the February 12th Mercury Lounge show which now looks like this:
Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) 11:30You can also catch all of Liturgy (who played Scion Rock Fest 2010) on January 14th At Silent Barn with Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos, PAK, and Diablo, January 27th at Union Pool with Naam, Yr Youth, and Arms, February 10th at Glasslands with Extra Life, Lichens, and Chaos Majik, and February 25th At Monster Island Basement with Talk Normal and Nat Baldwin. More local metal shows are listed in the latest edition of Evillive.
Wino (of Saint Vitus) 10:30
Man's Gin (of Cobalt) 9:30
Hunter Hunt-Henrix (of Liturgy) 8:30
The PRP is also reporting a rumored list of other artists playing Scion Rock Fest 2011. I can confirm that at least half of a dozen of those are true. That list is reprinted below...
words and photos by BBG
Since I was too busy air-guitarin' out at Floor at Europa/Jucifer at Union Pool on Saturday (6/26), Bastard Noise at Cake Shop just wasn't in the cards for the evening. So of course, there was no other recourse but to make sure to catch the band when they played Death By Audio on Monday (6/28) with Child Abuse. Unfortunately, I missed the openers, but managed to slide in time to catch Child Abuse wreck it with their noise-damaged rock/metal/punk.
After an extended changeover in the ten million degree heat, Bastard Noise took to the stage to pummel the crowd with their signature bass-riffy, noise-punctuated set. Videographer scuffles aside (one decided it would be a good idea to stand front and center on top of a pair of cinder blocks, arms outstretched - he was met with an angry mob), their set was fantastic. Bassist Eric Wood riffs on his bass better than most on the guitar, mixing chords with solos and keeping it thoroughly technical yet brutal. W. T. Nelson adds noise squelches, texture, and synthy elements aplenty from atop his hospital gurney/noise laboratory.
Tons more pics from the show, and some videos are below...
The Bastard Noise at MHOW (more by Lori Baily)
As previously discussed, The Bastard Noise are playing a NYC show at Cake Shop with Anal Cunt on June 26th as part of a June campaign following their appearance at Chaos in Tejas. As also previously mentioned, a second NYC date seems to be scheduled for June 28th. No venue announced yet for that, and no word yet on what the band's live lineup will be on the east coast, though Chaos In Tejas's lineup is confirmed to be Wood, Connell and Nelson.
The NYC shows are dedicated to Lee Altomare, who recently passed on after complications during surgery, and whose band The Communion are scheduled to open both of them:
WE ARE DEDICATING OUR NEW YORK CITY SHOWS IN JUNE TO OUR FALLEN BROTHER LEE ALTOMARE(R.I.P.)AND HIS BAND THE COMMUNION - WE REALIZE HIS DEAR FAMILY AND BANDMATES ARE DEALING WITH THE UNTHINKABLE AS WE ALL ARE. FOR ME(WOOD), LEE WAS A TRUE BROTHER AND REAL SUPPORTER AND SO PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC AND LIFE IN GENERAL. HE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAD KNOW HIM ALL MY LIFE AFTER ONLY KNOWING HIM DAYS. BROTHER, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED AND NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. CONNELL/NELSON/WOOD - THE BASTARD NOISEThe future of the Communion is still unknown, though all dates are still listed at their MySpace.
As previously discussed, the alter ego of The Bastard Noise, Man Is The Bastard, have unearthed unreleased tracks intended for releases with Spazz and Despise You from twelve years ago.
Full tour dates and some videos are below...
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Surprise! After a few CDs made their way into record stores accidentally (I am told) Twilight, the Blake Judd/Wrest project that now features N. Imperial (Kreig), Aaron Turner (Isis), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Sanford Parker (Minsk) is out NOW on CD via Southern Lord! The record was engineered by Sanford Parker, who also contributed synths, and features eight tracks with Robert Lowe (Lichens) contributing vocals to three of them. No official word on a release date for the LP, but get out and order a copy... I think I may enjoy it more than the new Nachtmystium. Speaking of the new Nachtmystium, Stereogum recently premiered the keyboard heavy "No Funeral" from the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. Dig on that above.
Call me obsessed, but the new Black Breath, Heavy Breathing, is on serious rotation lately- much like their previous EP Razors To Oblivion was last year. The new LP has Kurt Ballou's dirty little fingers all over it, bringing their rich early Swedish death metal meets hardcore sound to life, as exhibited in "Children of The Horn" available above. Get Heavy Breathing now via Southern Lord. Black Breath will open the BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live Converge extravaganza at Santos Party House on 5/6 along with Touche Amore and Lewd Acts. Make sure and get their early (their live show is worth it), and get your tickets in advance (it WILL sell out). Seriously brutal and fun stuff... you gotta love a band that screams "reject Christ, spit on the cross" at the top of their lungs. Or am I alone on that one?
Though it only lasts two tracks (but conversely- 35 minutes), the new EP from Altar of Plagues, Tides, is every bit as powerful as White Tomb, one of my favorite LPs of last year. AoP's new Tides EP is currently up for pre-order via Burning World Records (cop it), but until that package arrives, make sure and dig on "Atlantic Lights" from the EP (50% of the record!) , which makes it's world premiere here!
An LP from last year that was just too good to be free was Celeste's Misanthrope(s). With a potent mix of black metal, furious hardcore, and even melody, it was a seriously underrated record that deserved much more attention than it got. Even though Misanthrope(s) is barely in the rear view, the band has released their new LP, Morte Nee(s) for FREE download (get it above). Make sure and order a copy of the LP for yourself via Denovali as well though, it's one to keep for posterity.
Richmond's Inter Arma totally floored me at The Charleston with their furious mix of black metal, southern stoner style and Neurosis-style imperial riffage. Besides being a jawdropping live band, Inter Arma has also put together a pretty memorable record as well in the form of Sundown, out soon on Forcefield Records. Featuring members of another great Richmond band, Bastard Sapling, check out the band when they hit the road in July, but until then, check out Sundown!
A darkness has settled over the land... details on Watain's new album have been revealed! Entitled Lawless Darkness, the effort was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden, and is due on June 7 with the below cover art and the tracklisting as listed down below. The release follows their picture disc EP Reaping Death which quickly disappeared, though the CD single is currently available.
That Watain cover, plus news on Blood Revolt (Primordial + Revenge), Loss, Man Is The Bastard, Hail of Bullets, Woe, a new Inquisition LP, and more as Short Wave Warfare continues....
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.
In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).
The full (and intimidating) list is below...
DOWNLOAD: Bastard Noise - "Mutant World Of Shame / Underworld" (MP3)
The Bastard Noise from No Fun Fest at MHOW (more by Lori Baily)
Thrones, aka Joe Preston, is confirmed for an NYC show on Feb 19th at The Stone. No word if the show is part of a greater East Coast tour. Joe Preston's first and only LP as Thrones, A Day Late And A Dollar Short, was released in 2005 on Southern Lord.
Thrones shared the stage with Bastard Noise last year during night one of No Fun Fest at MHOW (day 2 pics). That band is currently putting the finishing touches on a new full length entitled A Culture of Monsters, has a new split LP entitled The Red List out on CD via 20 Buck Spin and vinyl Deep Six Records, sharing billing with the unrelenting powerviolence of The Endless Blockade. Download the new Bastard Noise track "Mutant World Of Shame / Underworld" above.
The Red List marks a huge turning point for US noise legends Bastard Noise.... Recalling their seminal past ties with Man Is The Bastard, ...the exemplary bass-playing ("four steel girders") of Eric Wood certainly recalls MITB in their heyday, with recent addition and master drummer/percussionist Danny Walker (Intronaut/Phobia) providing the perfect foundation for Wood's brutal technicality. Long-time Bastard Noise/MITB member W.T. Nelson keeps the custom-built electronics sound of the band planted firmly in the present.The Endless Blockade contribute ONE 14+ minute track (not fourteen one minute tracks), "Deuteronomy", as well as a pair of remixes from their Primitive LP by Noah Creshevsky and The Rita. The Canadian band is also prepping a split with Unearthly Trance, a new 12" EP, a discography CD, and a record with side project Slaughter Strike. They also have some planned dates with the great Hatred Surge in Texas, including an appearance at SXSW....
by Black Bubblegum
Amber Asylum (photo by Taija Lynn)
Neurosis. Weakling. Noothgrush. Graves At Sea. Saros. Swans. Ludicra. Members of some seriously heavy bands have contributed to the Bay Area beast known as Amber Asylum. But towering stacks and bowel-shaking riffs aren't at the root of their heaviness, it's a much deeper source that draws from chamber music, post-rock, dark ambient, and the avant-garde.
Amber Asylum is the brainchild of Kris T. Force, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and collaborator with Neurosis, Matmos, Swans, and many many others. Over the years, AA has featured a revolving door of collaborators (including Steve Von Till and John Cobbett). For their new album, Force collaborated with Leila Abdul-Rauf (Saros, Bastard Noise), Jackie-Perez Gratz (Giant Squid, Grayceon), Eric Wood (Bastard Noise), and Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush, Graves at Sea), in addition to guests Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune) and Jarboe. Amber Asylum's new album, Bitter River, is out now at the Profound Lore site (and coupled with the new Saros for a discount), but the band has dropped off a pair of tracks from their upcoming LP for download above.
With a rap sheet like that, you can bet that Amber Asylum's collaborators are busy with their other projects.
Giant Squid and Grayceon are hitting the eastern shores this August, and have lined up a date at Union Pool on August 12th with the mighty Hull (who recently dropped Sole Lord). Full tour dates are below. Giant Squid's new Matt Bayles (Minus The Bear, Mastodon) produced effort, The Ichthyologist, is out now independently. Pick it up through the band, and download one of those tracks above.
As we discussed back in November, Saros recently released their new album Acrid Plains via Profound Lore (get that here) and have a few dates lined up of the west coast including one with Yob (who released a new song and has a record coming). Full tour dates are below, download "Reversion" from Acrid Plains above.
Tour dates for Saros and Giant Squid, as well as Amber Asylum and Giant Squid videos are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Lori Baily
"LOUDER!" "TURN IT UP!"
After leaving Melvins at Webster Hall on Friday (May 15, 2009), where the thundering basstones of Trevor Dunn were vibrating my chest, it was a little odd that the sounds emanating from British power electronic terrorists Grey Wolves over at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, were comparatively silent. As their No Fun Fest set went on, the volume would increase from "mildly harsh" to "razor sharp", but one thing stayed constant: the squalls of caustic harsh noise squelching out of the PA.
Sound fun? It was. Behind that backdrop, Grey Wolves spewed caustic lyrics about hate, terrorism, and a desire to "fuck the pain way", and not like Peaches sang playfully in 2000. In between the confrontational lyrics, the vocalist sneered and grabbed his crotch, but not in the Jackson Family manner, the kind that would make your mother call the po-po. Intense, immense, a tad shocking, and completely enjoyable.
After Grey Wolves, my journey into the Melvins past would continue with their ex-bassist Joe Preston and his solo project Thrones. With a looping pedal, drum machine, and some sort of vocal harmonizer (anyone know?), Joe churned out compelling and doomy rhythms, leads, and everything in between, making for a fascinating one man show. I had originally thought that the Wolves In the Throne Room/A Storm Of Light show coming up with Krallice at The Studio @ Webster (5/26, tickets here) was the definite winner of the NYC shows on that tour, but after seeing Thrones on Friday, its a toss up... unless I make it to Coco66 on 5/21 to catch him with Blues Control, then I may go see him again with WITTR at Europa on 5/22 (tickets here)
The last act for the evening was Bastard Noise, the noise project of fallen powerviolence legends Man Is The Bastard. I caught a few songs from the noise-terrorists, enough to see Eric Wood thrashing around like a madman and require another listen from their awesome new album Rogue Astronaut.
How were all the acts who came before them? For poor Raglani, it was his last with his gear. Pictures and video from the whole night below...
tonight in NYC
* THIS WEEK IN INDIE
* Melvins @ Webster Hall
* Queensryche @ Nokia Theatre
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
* Bill Frisell Trio @ Village Vanguard
* Local Correspondents Festival @ Bar 4
* Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Jalopy Theater
* Danielson, Dan Zimmerman @ Mercury Lounge
* Rodriguez, The War on Drugs @ Bowery Ballroom
* John Prine, Justin Townes Earl @ Beacon Theatre
* Sam Mickens Ecstatic Showband and Revue @ Zebulon
* McCoy Tyner Trio w/ Ravi Coltrane @ The Allen Room
* So Cow, Guilty Faces, Dinowalrus, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
* Azita, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Bear in Heaven @ Bruar Falls
* Rooftop Films Kickoff w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Open Road Rooftop
* Monster Magnet, Bang Camaro, Black Water Rising @ Gramercy Theatre
* Oakley Hall side project, James F!*#% Friedman, Arboretum @ Coco 66
* Dan Deacon ensemble, Future Islands, Teeth Mountain @ 979 Broadway Backyard
* John Medeski w/ Tisziji Munoz, Don Pate & Bob Ra-kalam Moses @ Issue Project
* NY Gypsy Fest w/ Slavic Soul Party, Scott Kettner's Forro Brass Band @ LPR
* NYC Popfest: The Radio Dept, Cats On Fire, Liechtenstein, Tartans @ Don Hill's
* Skeletonbreath, Drink Up Buttercup, Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ Southpaw
* Marc Ribot: Los Cubanos Postizos, Cotito, La Cumbiamba eNeYe @ LePoissonRouge
* UI w/ Nadia Sirota, Chiara Quartet, itsnotyouitsme, Nico Muhly @ Galapagos
* No Fun Fest w/ Bastard Noise, Thrones, Grey Wolves, Xeno & Oaklander, Carlos Giffoni, Chris Corsano, Axolotl, Raglani, Noveller @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fever Ray, Dead Weather, and other tickets went on sale today.
As mentioned before, Wordless Music is presenting a gig on Sunday, May 17th (this weekend) with ensemble Signal. They'll be performing music by Philip Glass. That show'll be one of the best chances to catch Glass' work in the near future. Tickets are still on sale. - AF
Video of Bastard Noise performing @ 924 Gilman St below...
(album artwork features a painting by John Fahey)As previously announced, Sonic Youth is headlining one of the three No Fun Fest nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May. Here is the three-day breakdown:
Sonic Youth's 16th album, 'The Eternal', will be released on double vinyl, compact disc, and digital album by Matador Records on June 9. Produced by John Agnello and the band, 'The Eternal' not only marks Sonic Youth's return to the independent label sphere (titles on their own SYR label excepted) after a long association with Geffen, but more importantly, ranks as one of their more inspired efforts in a 28 year career.
Recorded through November and December of last year at the band's Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, NJ, 'The Eternal' features many firsts for a Sonic Youth album, including a number of shared vocals between Kim, Thurston, and Lee, and the studio debut of former Pavement/Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold, a member of Sonic Youth's touring band for the past few years.
No Fun Fest 5/15/2009 (tix)
Bastard Noise / Thrones / Grey Wolves / Xeno and Oaklander / Carlos Giffoni / Chris Corsano / Axolotl / Raglani / Noveller / DJs: Greh Holger, Steve Lowenthal
No Fun Fest 5/16/2009 (tix)
Sonic Youth / Bardo Pond / Rafael Toral with C. Spencer Yeh, Trevor Tremaine / Sons of God / Pedestrian Deposit / Blank Dogs / Yellow Tears / Mattin / Pulse Emitter / DJs: Invernomuto, DJ JONBENET
No Fun Fest 5/17/2009 (tix)
Merzbow / Skullflower / Con-Dom / Black Pus / Emeralds / Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler / Cold Cave / Jazzfinger / Conrad Schnitzler Con-Cert / DJs: Mike Bernstein,CG Warrior
All SY tour dates and the new album tracklisting below...
No Fun Fest 2009. May 15,16,17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Daily Schedule,ticket info/prices will be announced by January 12.Full lineup below...