Entries tagged with: Bo Ningen
Bo Ningen @ BV CMJ 2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
CMJ 2014 is now just a fading handstamp on our inner wrist (and maybe a slight ring in our ears). We've posted photos from our various parties and other shows we caught but we thought, before we put the fest to bed entirely, we'd pick our favorite performers from the week. This year, it just ended up that many of the bands we were looking forward to (and often had play our shows for that reason) were the ones who wowed us the most. Here's our Top 11 bands from CMJ 2014 (in alphabetical order):
Amason: This supergroup of Swedes, featuring members of Dungen, Miike Snow, and Little Majorette, made their NYC debut as part of a "It's a School Night" party hosted by onetime KEXP DJ Chris Douridas. Bowery Hotel is way swanky and the whole thing felt very LA to me (though I haven't been on the West Coast in 10 years). Amason's sound is rooted in piano-driven '70s MOR and the whole thing could've gone the wrong way, but their skilled musicianship and songwriting won out. Even through bad sound and squalls of unintended feedback, they were terrific. Sometimes middle of the road is right where you wanna be. [Bill Pearis]
Beach Slang: Beach Slang are already my personal favorite new band of this year, and their set at our official showcase only confirmed that even more. More so than any band I saw at CMJ, they had a huge chunk of the crowd who knew every word -- even when James Snyder stepped away from the mic -- and their first EP came out six months ago. The band, whose lineup includes former members of Weston, NONA and Ex Friends, play huge guitar rock anthems that recall The Replacements, Jawbreaker, and yes, early Goo Goo Dolls, but once you dive into their lyrics, earworm melodies and thrilling live show you won't be thinking about comparisons. [Andrew Sacher]
Bo Ningen: I don't have the stamina or zeal that most CMJ show-goers do so I limited my 2014 CMJ experiences to about 8 hours of the BV day and night shows on Saturday at Baby's. I am not as much of a music buff as some BV staffers, so I go into these shows completely without prejudice or preference. The highlight of the entire day for me was Bo Ningen. Shrouded in a dense fog and backed by lighting that was either a dull glow or a seizure inducing, blinding strobe, Bo Ningen blasted through a set that was a cross between Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, early Dungen, and the Boredoms with a dash of anabolic steroids and bi-polar disorder. When silhouetted, Bo Ningen cast a surprisingly intimidating presence with their long hair, ankle length 'skirts,' and frenzied stage acrobatics. Their set was deafening and frenetic but, at the same time, completely cohesive and compelling. And loud. And at times frightening and, when accompanied by brutal strobe lighting, panic-inducing. Within their cacophony, there was definitely a musical structure but it merely held everything together by a thread and gave everything such a loose and frenetic tone. I found the Bo Ningen experience to exhilarating, scary, profound and absolutely unique. [Klaus Kinski]
Cayetana: I hadn't seen Cayetana since before their debut album had come out, and they were good then but this time they were better in every way. Part of it is that it's nice to see them now that I'm familiar with the songs and it was nice to be surrounded by a crowd who also was, but the band is also noticeably tighter and more confident. It can be cliche to say they "get better every time," but Cayetana definitely do and at this rate their future looks very bright. [AS]
Dilly Dally @ BV CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dilly Dally: Toronto's Dilly Dally were one of the bands we were excited to see, and even as early as noon on a Friday they exceeded expectations. Their sound is great, and not easily pigeonholed. Singer Katie Monks has a voice that can turn into a roar at any given moment, but they're not really a heavy band -- it's more mid-tempo indie rock. That said, they're no slackers on stage either. They're clearly a band who's locked in and look like they belong up there. Only a few Dilly Dally songs have come out so far, but if that set is anything to go by, they may have a pretty promising album on their hands. [AS]
Fat White Family: Fat White Family are the only band on this list I saw twice at CMJ this year -- and within 10 hours at the same venue no less -- and they killed it both times. The Fat Whites look like genuinely gross dudes and they like to remove layers of clothing during their sets (which is all part of the appeal), but they're also excellent, wild performers. Crowd involvement is a part of it up front, and frontman Lias Saoudi often ends up in the audience, but even from the back of the room they're a sight to see. As far as their sound goes, it's kinda like if the Brian Jonestown Massacre had a little more Stooges in them and were on even more drugs. It's great stuff. [AS]
Girlpool: I caught Girlpool twice last week, and they were one of the few bands I deliberately watched a full set of, versus cutting out partway through, which is what usually happens as a photographer at festivals like CMJ. Their lyrics ring true, and are particularly satisfying delivered in catchy harmonies and minimally backed with just guitar and bass. [Amanda Hatfield]
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizrd: Along with Girlpool, these Australians probably played the most shows during CMJ. It felt like everywhere I went, there was the 'Giz knocking people's socks off, sometimes through sheer momentum and frenetic energy. With with three guitarists, two drummers, two singers and the occasional flute (some of these duties overlapped), they were a psych-garage semi with no brakes down a steep incline. Was there more than one song or just one really long insane one? I can't remember but it's an awesome blur. [BP]
Protomartyr: Total bias alert: Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right will be my #1 Album of 2014 by a longshot. (Any band that sounds like Mark E Smith fronting a garage Chameleons...but from Detroit, is going to do it for me.) So it may not surprise you that I saw all four of their CMJ shows, all of which were great for different reasons: they played two new songs at Knitting Factory; tailored lyrics of "Tarpeian Rock" to be about BV comments section at our day party at Baby's; inspired a crazy pit at Death by Audio; and just basically blew the lid off Cake Shop where frontman Joe Casey admitted "First time I was at Cake Shop they served Sparks. I got really drunk and yelled at Sean Lennon." [BP]
Tweens: Garage pop trio Tweens aren't the most innovative songwriters, but what they lack in originality they make up for in pure energetic delivery. It's almost impossible to be bored at a Tweens show -- the trio speed through songs and both the band and the crowd are on a total rush. They're tight, they sound full, and they put a lot of power into those sugary songs. I loved them at SXSW earlier this year, but this one blew that away. [AS]
Ultimate Painting @ Rough Trade 10/25/2014 (via @soundbitesnyc)
Ultimate Painting: There's a reason bands have been aping The Velvet Underground's style for 40 years -- done right it always sounds great. Ultimate Painting do it very right. Jack Cooper (Mazes) and James Haore (Veronica Falls) embrace their full-sleeve influences (with dashes of early Creation and Flying Nun records) with songs that would've held up back in the day too. While their album is great, hearing and seeing that guitar interplay live is a total jolt of electricity. At their Cake Shop show on Thursday, they even dared to cover The Beatles ("If I needed Someone"), making it their own, too. [BP]
Who were your favorite CMJ bands this year?
Beverly / Fat White Family
For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).
With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown.
UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.
Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.
At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.
At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.
Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.
Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.
Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.
Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).
Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.
Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
Titus Andronicus (more by Mimi Hong)
The lineup for the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All Right was already announced, and now we're excited to announce MOST of the lineup for our free Saturday day party at Baby's All Right (which is in three days from now):
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!Like on Friday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA),
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
Headlining the show is one of the most consistently great bands in the area, Titus Andronicus. It's their only CMJ show this year and going by other recent shows, we can probably expect to hear new material.
White Fence at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
There's also psych rockers/Ty Segall associates White Fence, indie pop band Beverly (whose album but not live show includes Frankie Rose on drums), promising Nashville poppy punk band Bully, and the young but talented beyond their years Austin band Residual Kid.
TWO MORE BANDS will be announced tomorrow.
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
At noon, like the day before, Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).
Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages will also be flowing while supplies last, and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.
We're also at at Baby's All Right for our free Friday day party with Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr and more; and our official showcase on Saturday night with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Listen to some stuff from the artists playing the Saturday day party below...
NOTE: You can also see our events with RSVPs & tickets HERE
Pity Sex at last year's BrooklynVegan show at Baby's (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)
Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box, BV is co-presenting the FREE No Sleep Records showcase which begins at 6 PM. That show includes a lineup of mostly post-hardcore and punk with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps for Travelers. Those who show up early will get a free No Sleep vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies).
Walter Schreifels w/ Quicksand in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
On Thursday (10/23) at the Acheron, BV is co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase which begins at 7 PM. That one features Self Defense Family, post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) with his new band The Dead Heavens, and Deep Pockets. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted too.
Twin Peaks at Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
On Friday (10/24) afternoon at Baby's All Right, we're throwing our first of two free BrooklynVegan day parties. Friday's lineup includes Twin Peaks, Single Mothers (their only CMJ show), The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches and Dilly Dally (their first NYC show). That goes from noon-7 PM, will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and Bell's Brewery will be there too with multiple varieties of the craft beer available to purchase and a free keg while it lasts. It's 21+ and again, it's free (RSVP).
The second free BV day party happens Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with 9 more bands including Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Girlpool and many more, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts.
The Jazz June
And lastly, the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday night (10/25) at Baby's All Right, starting at 7 PM. This one includes veteran emo band The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang (ex-Weston), Cayetana and France's Sport, with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo spinning between sets. It's the only chance to catch all of those bands (except Cayetana who have one more show) at CMJ this year. Tickets are available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.
Hope to see you at one. (Or all!) More flyers below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
OBN IIIs in Austin in January (more by Tim Griffin)
We just posted a list of 10 NYC artists we think are worth catching this week at CMJ, but CMJ is also a great time to check out bands from other cities and countries passing through for the multi-venue music fest. Hundreds of artists will be here for shows over the next five days (10/21-25), so if you're feeling overwhelmed about who to see we've narrowed things down to a list of 20 we think you should check out. Of course we'd love for you to come to the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Baby's on Saturday night (10/25) with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport, but we talked a lot about those bands here and decided to highlight 20 different ones here. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from all the bands (except Slowdive who are on Rdio) which you can stream below.
Our picks are below...
UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
flyer by Kevin Showkat
This year BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's All Right for our annual free day parties on Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th during CMJ, from noon-7pm each day. Bands will be announed next week (though we already revealed Protomartyr, King Gizzard and Bo Ningen). Meanwhile RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter.
UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Sailor Jerry returns as a sponsor and of course that also means free tattoos and complimentary beverages throughout the day. Stay tuned for exact details.
We're also happy to welcome Bell's Brewery as an official BrooklynVegan show sponsor. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase, and we'll have a free keg while it lasts at noon each day.
Bo Ningen @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Bo Ningen and Savages are old pals, with Jehnny Beth singing on "Nichijyou" from Bo's second album and then again on "CC" on this year's III. A video for that song, directed by Aephie Huimi Chen, has just been released. Whether it's the relentless pounding of the song, or the imagery of singer Taigen Kawabe wandering around in a cave, the countryside and a junkyard, it's pretty intense. Watch it below.
As mentioned, Bo Ningen will be in NYC for CMJ next week where they're playing five shows as of now, including the BrooklynVegan free day party on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right. The rest of the day show lineup will be revealed soon, and we'll also be at Baby's that night for our official CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex and more (tickets). Our Friday day party, with Protomartyr and more TBA, is at Baby's too. Here's all of Bo Ningen's CMJ shows:
Oct 21, 6pm - Tell All Your Friends PR showcase @ Baby's All RightBefore CMJ, Bo Ningen will in NYC this weekend, playing Union Pool on Thursday (10/16) opening for Xylouris White. Tickets are on sale now.
Oct 22, 12.10am - NME (headline) @ Glasslands
Oct 24, 11.30pm - The Deli magazine Showcase @ Pianos
Oct 25 (afternoon), Brooklyn Vegan Showcase @ Baby's All Right
Oct 25, 8.15pm - Austin Psychfest @ Rough Trade
Xylouris White is the duo of Dirty Three's Jim White and Cretan folk musician George Xylouris. Their debut album, Goats, is out today (10/14) via Other Music. The mix between Xylouris' traditional lute style and White's avant leanings is pretty interesting. You can stream opening cut "Pulling the Bricks" (and a Rdio stream of the whole LP) below. The Union Pool show is part of Xylouris White's US tour (Bon Ningen also opens in Providence, RI) and all dates are listed below.
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.
Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.
Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).
Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.
Bo Ningen @ Studio at Webster Hall in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Wuxia rock practitioners Bo Ningen were performing their high-flying musical acrobatics here in NYC not that long ago. They've recently announced they'll be back this fall to open for UK dancerockers Kasabian on their upcoming tour. That tour hits NYC on September 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
After the Kasabian tour, Bo Ningen will also play New Orleans' Voodoo Fest and maybe in between they'll play NYC again (maybe CMJ) in between? All known tour dates are listed below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
House of Flying Hair: Bo Ningen @ The Studio at Webster Hall 5/2/2014
London-via-Japan quartet Bo Ningen played their final of three NYC shows on Friday night (5/2) with an explosive set at The Studio at Webster Hall. Like at Rough Trade last week, these guys defy pigeonholing -- and sometimes gravity -- with a mix doom riffs, proggy time changes, shoegaze effects and flying hair. To make things even more surreal, there was a guy in clown makeup dancing right up front. Pictures from their set are in this post and if you're at Austin Psych Fest this weekend, don't miss them on Sunday.
The clown guy wasn't the only wacky audience member of the evening. During openers Yvette's equally intense set some guy was doing some serious interpretive dance. That or mosh are your best alternative's to the duo's highly technical, occasionally abrasive, industrialized postpunk. Armed with a battery of effects pedals, guitars sound like synthesizers and machine part, and drums double as bass. They're really unlike any other NYC band at the moment, though I bet they're Big Black fans. Catch 'em if you can -- their next NYC show is May 27 at Baby's All Right with Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat and Tonstartssbandht (tickets).
Pics from Yvette's set, and more from Bo Ningen, are below...
by Bill Pearis
Bo Ningen @ Rough Trade, 4/27/2014 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
London-via-Japan quartet Bo Ningen were here over the weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Friday (4/25) and a free Rough Trade in-store Sunday afternoon (4/27). I caught the Rough Trade show and if I had to describe them in five words it would be "what the hell was that?" In a good way. Or, what if a Chinese wuxia film was a Japanese doom/shoegaze/prog/psych/punk band? Insane playing, jumps from the drumkit, flying hair that at times seemed to be a special effect --- it was definitely a good alternative to coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Bo Ningen have since added another NYC show to their tour before they head to this weekend's Austin Psych Fest. They'll play Studio @ Webster Hall on Friday (5/2) with Yvette, which should make for an exciting double bill. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Bo Ningen's new album, III, is out May 20 (they were selling it at the merch table yesterday). Remaining tour dates are listed, along with video from Knitting Factory, below...
Frenetic Japanese group Bo Ningen are releasing their new album, III, on May 20. The first single from it is "DaDaDa" and the video for that makes its premiere in this post. Says director Kenichi Iwasa:
To capture the energy the band generate when they perform was very challenging. Bo Ningen are my good friends and I have played with them many times as a musician. That experience and watching their live performance so many times has given me a deep understanding of what they are. They are individually interesting and very different, I ask them to express with their body how they would transfer their sound into body movement without instruments.As mentioned, Bo Ningen's post-Coachella tour brings them to NYC for two shows: April 25 at Knitting Factory (tickets) and a free afternoon in-store at Rough Trade on April 27.
You can check out Bo Ningen's "DaDaDa" video below...
Bo Ningen @ SXSW 2014 (photo via @8boyboy8)
By the second song, "Haken," the band was furiously bouncing around the stage in unison to its roller-coastery waves of reverberating guitar noise and pulsating rhythms. Singer/bassist Taigen Kawabe led the charge with a manic, sometimes cackle-like vocal style and dramatic, wild-eyed gestures that included a tear through the middle of the crowd near the end of the set. - [Minnesota Star Tribune]One of the most talked-about bands at SXSW this year was Japanese band Bo Ningen, due in no small part to their wild, guitar-swinging, in-your-face shows. The band will release their new album, III, via Stolen Recordings on May 20. (The record does not have last year's collaboration with Savages' Jhenny Beth but she is on another song, "CC.") You can stream "DaDaDa" from it below.
For those who weren't in Austin (or those, like me, who managed to miss them there), Bo Ningen will be back over for Coachella and then touring after. Those dates include two in NYC: April 25 at Knitting Factory and a free afternoon in-store at Rough Trade on April 27. No word on tickets for the Knit show just yet.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
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Fierce Japanese post-rockers Bo Ningen released their second album, Line at the Wall, last fall on UK label Stolen Recordings. (You can stream it below.) One of the tracks, "Nichijyou," has was released as a single with additional vocals from Jhenny Beth of Savages which definitely cranks the intensity level on the already blistering track. The video for the song premiered today on The Quietus and you can watch it below.
As we told you earlier in the week, Savages will be here in March for two shows: Bowery Ballroom on March 18 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 19. Tickets to both shows go sale Friday (1/18) at noon.