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photo of Kode9 by Philip Skoczkowski
Kode9's first solo album is out now on Hyperdub, the record label he runs. He describes it like this:
The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.MEANWHILE, Kode9 is now out on a DJ tour that starts in Montreal tonight (11/11) and hits Cielo in Manhattan on 11/16 with Kiva & Francois K, zips directly to LA for a gig at Airliner, and then comes right back to NYC for a late night 11/20 party in Brooklyn at Palisades with M.E.S.H. and Geng. All dates are listed below.
Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9's recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape 'Memories of the Future' (2006) and 'Black Sun' (2012)
Yet 'Nothing' is haunted both by The Spaceape's presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on 'Third Ear Transmission', a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on 'Void', whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and 'Nothing Lasts Forever' which closes the album with a 9 minute silence.
In 2016, in collaboration with simulation artist Lawrence Lek, Kode9 will tour a live A/V set which revolves around a evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the 'Nøtel', whose corporate logo features on the album's cover. The project explores a post-scarcity world in which the only thing in short supply is humans. The performance guides the audience on a first-person tour through the uncanny architecture of the Nøtel. In sprawling chambers deep within slick glass corridors, they encounter warped spaces, quantum clouds, gravitational pools, dancing voids and holograms of the dead.
M.E.S.H. also performs two days later at MoMA PS1 in with Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey, part of Sunday Sessions at the Long Island City venue...
Sunday Sessions: Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey, Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, U.S. PremiereHecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, the album, was released earlier this year.
Sunday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
With James Hoff; Bill Kouligas; TCF; M.E.S.H, Aleksandra Domanovic and Harm van den Dorpel
Sunday Sessions presents the U.S. premiere of Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, as part of a program organized by Bill Kouligas, founder PAN, Berlin. Collaborators since 2010, acclaimed sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey are interested in sound and its material effects. Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera brings together two discrete solo works to form a mutant configuration in which Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey's 2010 performance piece GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and Hecker's own 3 Channel Chronics installation from that same year. The resulting work is a multipart hybrid in which heavily distorted fragments of Leckey's narrative are interspersed with Hecker's synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns.
This Sunday's 'Sunday Session' at PS1 is called "1+2+3: Solos, Duos, and Trios for Greater New York" and includes Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics), David Grubbs (guitar), Eli Keszler (drums, percussion, and electronics), Okkyung Lee (cello), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and C. Spencer Yeh (violin and voice).
Listen to a track from Kode9's new album with all of his tour dates listed below...
photo: Cat Power at Station to Station in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cat Power (solo), Willy Mason @ Webster Hall
Cat Power's had a lot of interesting styles over the years, but it's always nice when she gets back to the stripped-down sounds of her early material. That's the mode we'll see her in tonight at this solo show.
Chelsea Wolfe, Wovenhand @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chelsea Wolfe's new album Abyss it's out now and it's her heaviest yet. Her tour with the great Wovenhand hits NYC for two shows, this being the second.
L7, Fort Lean @ Warsaw
L7 are finally back since breaking up in the early 2000s, and going by their other recent reunion shows they're still total rock stars. This is their second of two nights in NYC.
Lou Barlow @ Rough Trade
One of the original sensitive indie rock dudes, Lou Barlow bares all on his new, mostly acoustic album, Brace the Wave. Hopefully we'll get some Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, too.
Christian Mistress, High Spirits, Savage Master, Python @ Saint Vitus
Christian Mistress and High Spirits are two comparatively newer bands who take most of their influences from '70s/'80s hard rock and metal and do a lot of justice to that era. Tonight's show should be a lot of fun.
Tashi Dorji, Elisa Ambrogio, Okkyung Lee + C. Spencer Yeh @ Palisades
Avant-guitarist Tashi Dorji comes to NYC tonight in support of his newest album, Appa, and it's an especially good bill with Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio. Her recent solo album on Drag City is really good stuff.
Scream, Urban Waste, Ache @ Bowery Electric
While Scream may be best known to most people as the band Dave Grohl drummed for before Nirvana, they were a great hardcore band in their own right and chances to see them these days are pretty rare.
Travi$ Scott @ Gramercy Theatre
Longtime Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott finally put out his own debut album this year, and he's celebrating with three sold-out release shows at Gramercy Theatre. This is the last one, and a special guest is promised.
The Wonder Years (acoustic) @ Rough Trade
The Wonder Years' new album No Closer to Heaven pushes the boundaries of pop punk about as far as they can go without losing the thrill that's specific to that genre. They'll play two full-band NYC shows in the fall, but tonight they celebrate the new LP with this acoustic in-store.
Say Lou Lou, Phoebe Ryan @ Bowery Ballroom
Swedish/Australian sisterly duo -- Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, both models and daughters of The Church's Steve Kilbey -- make slick, Euro-style dancepop that sometimes (like on the Lindstrom-produced "Games for Girls") is pretty fun.
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photo: Blonde Redhead at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Blonde Redhead, Caveman, Talk in Tongues @ Webster Hall
Indie vets Blonde Redhead have made dream pop, noise rock, electronic pop, and more in their 20+ year career, and they continue to be great, both in the studio and on stage. Tonight's their second of two hometown NYC shows on their current tour.
No Joy, EZTV, Advaeta @ Baby's All Right
No Joy's new album, More Faithful, is a great example of the possibilities still open within the shoegaze genre, making for an extremely satisfying listen. Live, they still turn things up to tinnitus-levels. Bring earplugs to this record release show.
Leon Bridges @ Bowery Ballroom
Looking and sounding like he was transported straight from 1961, Leon Bridges has made a helluva "classic" R&B style record with Coming Home, his debut album.
Creepoid, Ecstatic Vision @ Mercury Lounge
This is a great double bill of two Philly bands with brand new albums: shoegazers Creepoid (Collect Records) and heavy psych rockers Ecstatic Vision (Relapse).
Azealia Banks @ The Westway
After a long delay, Azealia Banks finally put out her debut album last year and it was well worth the wait. Tonight she plays this late show at The Westway, which is part of their weekly Westgay party and also an unofficial Pride Week event.
Highs, Ayer, Chaos Chaos, Frances Rose, Summer Heart @ Pianos
Göteborg, Sweden's David Alexander has been releasing records as Summer Heart since 2009 and he's got an airy, melodic style that isn't too far away from fellow Swedes The Radio Department or The Legends.
Olga Bell @ South Street Seaport (Pier 15)
CANCELED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS:
Dirty Projectors member and very accomplished solo artist Olga Bell presents her Russian song cycle, Krai, once again in NYC tonight. This show's part of the free River to River festival.
Toys That Kill, Shellshag, Benny the Jet Rodriguez, Nato Cole & the Blue Diamond Band, Hatrabbits @ Acheron
Toys That Kill is one of the many projects of melodic punk great Todd Congelliere (who's also in Underground Railroad to Candyland, who have a new album this year), and they're currently, and Todd also sometimes plays in Benny the Jet Rodriguez who TTK are currently touring with. Locals Shellshag are always worth catching too.
Everclear, Toadies, Fuel, American Hi-Fi @ Irving Plaza
Toadies have been up to some cool stuff lately, and while we can't exactly say the same about the rest of the lineup, at least this isn't the worst '90s nostalgia show of the year.
Colleen, Katya Mihailova @ Subculture
French multi-instrumentalist Cecile Schott, aka Colleen, released the excellent art pop album, Captain of None, this year on Thrill Jockey. Tonight she brings her first US tour in eight years to NYC.
C. Spencer Yeh (SOLO VOICE I-X) @ Artists Space Books & Talks
Burning Star Core's C. Spencer Yeh celebrates the recent release of Solo Voice I - X, hiss first LP devoted entirely to the voice. This is a free show
Jim Adkins (of Jimmy Eat World), Small Time @ The Space
While Jimmy Eat World's later stuff hasn't been so hot, there's no denying they've got a few essential records of '90s/early '00s emo. Frontman Jim Adkins is currently on a solo tour, and it doesn't hit NYC but if you have a car this show's not too far.
Ask Me Another w/ Patrick Stewart @ The Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features the man you may know as Jean-Luc Picard, Professor X or Time Warner Cable's worst enemy, Patrick Stewart.
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by Ian Chainey
The prolific Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet have crossed paths before, cutting the EP The Invisible Curse last year which received the wink-wink Soundcloud tag of 'power ballad.' Their newest collaboration is The Abyss, out on Erstwhile Records and available at Jason Lescalleet's Discogs store. For this album, both droners sink their teeth into something darker. Or, at least, that's the spin I put on it. That filtered-through-the-self reaction is one quality making drone unique and fascinating to those who regard it as more than a wall of noise. Good drone, the stuff we have here, is like an executable program rather than a concrete statement of purpose. It'll swallow what you're feeling, run it though its internal workings, and spit something out that tells you as much about yourself as the artists that made it.
The nine minute preview we've received of the near-50 minute "The Echo Of Your Past," a cut culled from the second of The Abyss's two discs, opens with a deep bass rumble, sounding like a plane damned to taxi for eternity. It's an expansive tone, something of a sound engineering marvel. More abstractly, it's like Drumm and Lescalleet uncovered the pitch of a planetary body grinding against dark matter. But, like good drone, it operates under the idea that there's an infinite amount of infinity within every nook and cranny. Phantom tones rise and fall in the background before another set of machinery starts crunching away in the sample's middle. From there, "The Echo Of Your Past" modulates into a stinging major chord.
So. . . what does it mean? Is it Proustian recall in slow motion? Is it a way to engage with the fact that recorded sound is always in the past, never in the present or future? Or is it just meant to inspire whatever it inspires, a brief detour to mindfully explore our existence, a pursuit we usually avoid while attending to self-imposed day-to-day tasks? As music's mood ring, drone would probably just answer, "Yes. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees." Drumm and Lescalleet do a great job providing the right confines for that Q&A.
Kevin and Jason will celebrate the new album with a release show on September 4 at Trans-Pecos with support from violinist C Spencer Yeh. $10 at the door gets you in.
In addition to The Abyss, Kevin Drumm will release Trouble via Editions Mego on October 13 which the label has tagged as one of his quietest albums. You can hear a sample here. And Jason Lescalleet dropped Much to My Demise this year, the album that he toured to support in April.
You can hear "The Echo Of Your Past" below.
Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson does a lot of collaborating, in addition to his own records and playing on other peoples. One of his many projects is Oso Blanco, an avant garde quartet that also features trumpeter Nate Wooley, violinist C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core) & drummer Ryan Sawyer. You can check out video of Oso Blanco playing live at Union Pool back in 2011 below, and you can see them live in person Monday (8/25) at Baby's All Right. Also on the bill are Samara Lubelski (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Chelsea Light Moving) playing solo, and James Hoff. Tickets are on sale.
The Baby's All Right show is the day after Arcade Fire's three-night run at Barclays Center. Colin Played on Reflektor and has played live with them before... maybe he'll make an appearance at these shows? We shall see. The only other date on Colin's schedule is playing the Rewire Festival in the Netherlands in November.
Live video of Oso Blanco below..
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee is about to kick off a residency at East Village avant-garde artists' space The Stone, which runs from May 6 to 11. She's got some excellent guests appearing throughout the residency, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson (5/6), no wave veteran Ikue Mori with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (5/7), Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (5/7), Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (5/9), Wake Up Awesome collaborator C. Spencer Yeh (5/10), two Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore collaborators -- Bill Nace & Chris Corsano (5/10), and more. Full schedule below.
Okkyung Lee also takes part in Hardcore Activity in Progress (part of Red Bull Music Academy) which happens on May 16 at the Knockdown Center in Queens with Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Bastard Noise, The Thing, clipping., Yoshiko Ohara, Gnaw and more. Tickets for that are still available.
Meanwhile, you can catch Ikue Mori at The Stone tonight (5/1) with Annie Gosfield (10 PM set), later this month on 5/21 with Susie Ibarra, and next month (6/11) with Nels Cline.
Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...
Experimental musician Jason Lescalleet released the impressive Big Black-referencing album Songs About Nothing back in 2012, and he's following it with a new album, Much to My Demise, this year via Kye Records. A description reads:
Recorded and constructed solely with analog sources, 'Much To My Demise' showcases the result of a three month process in which pre-recorded reels of tape were transported outdoors, buried in soil and encouraged to corrode. The reels were then excavated, and their resultant signals transferred and edited to form an apparitional triptych of faded gesture and mood.You can listen to a 7+ minute excerpt of one of its tracks, "The Tragedy of Man," below.
Jason also has some dates coming up this month, including a NYC show happening on April 18 at Issue Project Room. For that show, Jason will be presenting a series of films he's curated, featuring videos by Aaron Dilloway, C Spencer Yeh, Adel Souto and others. No advance tickets, they'll be available at Anthology's box office, which opens 30 minutes prior to the show. The list of all tour dates and more info on the IPR show below.
All Jason Lescalleet dates are listed, with the song stream and IPR info, below...
Jack White at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert @ Town Hall
The new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which takes place in NYC's '60s folk music scene, screens at this year's NY Film Festival, and today there's a celebration happening at Town Hall. The film's music will be performed by a number of huge guests, including Jack White, Patti Smith , Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, and more.
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert.
Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Celestial Shore @ Knitting Factory
This is the second time Darwin Deez and Caged Animals have toured together this year, and this is the final stop for this round of dates. Celestial Shore open.
Guitar Wolf, The Coathangers, Coward @ Santos Party House
Over from Japan for Goner Fest, zombie-fighting garage rocker Guitar Wolf pulls into town tonight with tourmates The Coathangers. It doesn't get much more rock n' roll than this.
The Dodos, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With their fifth album out this summer, The Dodos are relative indie vets at this point, having honed their anthemic, rhythmically-charged sound into well-oiled -- and still enjoyable -- machine. Loop pedal master Dustin Wong opens the show and tickets are still available.
Dope Body, Guardian Alien, PC Worship @ Glasslands
Baltimore noise rockers Dope Body were already in NYC twice this month, having opened for Scout Niblett a couple weeks ago and for Fucked Up last night, and tonight they headline a show here at Glasslands. Opening are two local noisemakers, Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox) and PC Worship.
Electric Six, My Jerusalem, Les Sans Culottes @ Bowery Ballroom
Detroit's Electric Six have been making tongue-in-cheek, id-overload, disco party rock for over a decade. They'll release their ninth album, Mustang, on October 8.
Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea @ Output
It's a Hessle Audio label night at Output with the same lineup that played the venue back in April. If you haven't already, check out Ben UFO's Fabriclive.67 mix.
John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn & more @ Le Poisson Rouge
Avant-sax great John Zorn continues his run of Zorn@60 concerts with two shows (6:30 and 10 PM) tonight with some pretty exciting guests, including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk). And Marc Ribot will be at the early show.
Lea Bertucci, C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, I'd M Theft Able, Thomas Dexter @ Silent Barn
It's a night of experimental music at Silent Barn, including Lea Bertucci (for whom the show is a record release), violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and more.
Chick Corea @ Blue Note
Jazz fusion pianist Chick Corea, known for collaborations with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and others, wraps up his 6-night run at The Blue Note tonight.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
This is the last night of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and is a party for the season premiere of terrific FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, which Mirman is on. Tonight will also feature appearances by fellow cast members Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and a host of surprise guests.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Union Hall
Meanwhile over at Union Hall, the EMCF is hosting Creaghead & Company, which they playfully note, "Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway." Tonight's show is with Myq Kaplan, Ken Reid, Mike Drucker, James Adomian, and Aparna Nancherla.
Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
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by Andrew Sacher
In June 2013, ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut New York present PAN_ACT, a multi-faceted series of performances, talks, and installations exploring parallel strategies in conceptual art, underground dance, and experimental music. Curated by ISSUE Project Room's Lawrence Kumpf and Berlin-based designer and founder of the PAN label Bill Kouligas, PAN_ACT presents a diverse array of artists working in Berlin, London, Boston, and New York, drawn largely from the PAN roster. Sixteen events span multiple venues including ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, as well as collaborative presentations with MoMA PS1, The Bunker, Mutual Dreaming, Make Music New York, NPR Music, and Non-Event (Boston).The PAN_ACT festival described above kicked off in NYC last Friday (6/14), and it's continuing through Saturday, June 29. It's already included a number of forward-thinking events throughout the week, and there's even more coming up, including...
Tonight (6/21) at Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place in Brooklyn), LA experimentalist Joseph Hammer, Athens producer Jar Moff (who worked on RVNG's Harald Grosskopf - Re-Syntheist project), and German minimalist producer Thomas Brinkmann are teaming up to perform solo sets. Tickets are available.
Tonight (6/21) at K&K Super Buffet (341 St Nicholas Ave in Queens), The Bunker is throwing a late (11 PM - 6 AM) party with Downwards label head Regis, UK-based ambient artist Lee Gamble, art pop beatmaker Laurel Halo (live), veteran electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman (live), and PAN label head Bill Kouligas (live). Tickets for tonight's show are available. Flyer below.
Saturday (6/22) at Issue Project Room, Resident Advisor is presenting a show with IPR's 2013 artist-in-residence Ben Vida, London's Helm, and composer Jefre Cantu-Ledesma performing with collaborator/filmmaker Paul Clipson. Tickets for that one are on sale.
Saturday (6/22) at 285 Kent, Resident Advisor and NYC party Mutual Dreaming are teaming up for a late show (10 PM - 4 AM) with live sets by Detroit techno vet/Juan Atkins associate Terrence Dixon and abstract hip hop collaboration Sensational & Koyxen, plus DJ sets by Berlin's Call Super and DJ Richard. Tickets for that one are available. Show flyer below.
PAN_ACT also includes the first installment of this year's Warm Up at MoMA PS1, which happens on June 29 with Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, Heatsick, Koyxen, and Bill Kouligas. Tickets for that one are still available.
More info at Issue Project Room's site. Full upcoming PAN_ACT schedule and flyers below...
Ed Askew's new self pic (via)
'60s folk survivor Ed Askew, who lives in NYC and has been playing here and recording a lot in recent years, will holding a residency at Zebulon every Monday in November. The shows happen on November 5 with Gary Higgins and Vaudville; November 12 with Yva Las Vegas, Supercute, and Pull My Daisy; November 19 with David Garland, Glenn Jones, and C Spencer Yeh; and November 26 with Federico Ughi Quartet, Federico Ughi/Tyler Evans Duo, and Hearsay & Hyperbole.
An Ed Askew song stream and all dates in list format are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: oOoOO - "NoWayBack" (Ft. Butterclock) (MP3)
Sam Mickens w/ Zac Pennington at Ecstatic Music Festival (more by David Andrako)
Late last year, Sam Mickens announced a split 7" with Voice on Tape due out "winter 2011/2012." That 7" still hasn't been released but you can stream Sam's contribution HERE. However, he did release a single last week, "One Final Round"/"To Victory or Death," which you can stream and purchase at his bandcamp. The songs have a traditional ballroom pop feel led by organic pianos and horns, until halfway through "To Victory or Death," when the band kicks it up into a double time punk beat.
Sam Mickens, who performed Saturday night as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, has a few more upcoming NYC shows this month. He'll premiere his "Micropatronage" piece with a string quartet at Roulette on February 16 with Jim Staley and Zeena Parkins and Loren Mazzance Connors (whose new album, A Fire, was scheduled to come out this week but has since been delayed). Tickets are on sale now. Sam will then play the same venue on Feburary 18 when he hosts a live taping of ESP TV, which is also part of Roulette's Experimental Love Festival along with C. Spencer Yeh, Little Women, Grasshopper, MV Carbon, and Amanda Long. The event was curated by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie. Tickets are on sale now.
Sam Mickens will also celebrate his 30th birthday at Shea Stadium on February 23 with performances by Sam Mickens Ecstatic Showband & Revue (who recorded the new 12") and Sam Mickens Fourth World (feat. members of Deerhoof, Extra Life, and Cuddle Magic). The bill also includes White Ring and Mirror Mirror.
Speaking of oOoOO's EP, Our Living is Killing Us (due April 10 via Tri Angle), Stereogum recently premiered the first track, "NoWayBack," which features vocals from collaborator Butterclock. Her airy vocals and oOoOO's beatwork bring to mind some of Grimes' downtempo material and its easily oOoOO's best track yet. Grab an MP3 of the song above and stream it below.
All dates and stream below...
by Andrew Frisciano
The on-again, off-again rain on Sunday didn't cancel the 17th annual WBAR-B-Q, but it did move the show inside to Barnard's LeFrak Gym, a bit different aesthetically from the lush spring greenery outside but serviceable enough. It helped that the lineup had a focus on experimental noise and noise-inspired acts - every act I saw had the reverb and distortion keyed up, so the added resonance of the hall wasn't really an issue.
The show kicked off with Prince Rama,
U.S. Girls and Think About Life, all of whom went on before I got there a little after 2pm. By then the free food was gone too, but the cotton candy machine and sno-cones were stocked all day.
On the center stage, Baltimore's Lower Dens (with guitarist Jana Hunter) played floating, moody distorted rock; drone violinist and loopmaster Burning Star Core/C Spencer Yeh serenaded (with huge bass drops) along the back wall; and Blues Control performed effects-heavy keyboard-and-tape jams.
The room looked fairly empty for most of the day (being a huge gym), but by the time Cold Cave went on people were on their feet and dancing. New member Jennifer Clavin (ex-Mika Miko) played keys and stepped in for vocals, and the band was off after a short-ish, no-encore set. Twin Stumps and their crazily enthused frontman set up on the floor across the gym and kept the show going with dissonant, pointed punk. Liturgy closed the show, but I took off before they played.
It was the second free show of the weekend for Cold Cave, who played the HEALTH-headlined NYU Solar One show the day before (which I heard also had plenty of room for people to move around). They play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday with Cult Of Youth, Beaut, Max (reading), Mike Goodstein (WFMU) and DJ Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better). Tickets are still on sale.
More pictures from Barnard and a video of HEALTH at Solar One are below...
Sunday, September 6th @ 8:00pm ISSUE Project Room presents, in the courtyard of the Old American Can Factory: Jandek with Ryan Sawyer, Susan Alcorn, Shahzad Ismaily + Ryan Sawyer, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley Trio - TICKETS are on sale. I wonder if it will be funkier than last time (when Issue Project Room was at a different location) (maybe if there's a time after this, it will be in a different location again).
DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Blue Tears (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - One Block Wonders (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Mini-Mythomania (Edited by C Spencer Yeh) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Tail & Mane (MP3)
"Cryptacize is former Kill Rock Stars artist, Nedelle Torrisi, plus Chris Cohen of The Curtains/ex-Deerhoof and Michael Carreira. Mythomania is their second album - out now on Asthmatic Kitty. Cryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment."Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (aka Owen Ashworth) released two albums earlier this year -- a singles collection, Advance Base Battery Life, and his fifth LP, VS. Children, both on Tomlab. "Old Panda Days," from the former, and "Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm," from the latter, are posted above.
Ashworth is currently on a summer-long North American tour, which has been fleshed out with a full schedule, listed below. He'll be playing Friday, July 3rd at the Market Hotel with Katie Eastburn and tourmates Cryptacize.
Unlike his recent European tour, which featured CFTPA as a four-piece band, these Casiotone dates will be solo. Sets will include "selections from Vs. Children & Advance Base Battery Life plus reworked olden times CFTPA classics in solo formation."
Cryptacize's new album Mythomania was released on April 21st. Three tracks off that album, and one made "mini", are available for free above. Buy it HERE.
Ashworth (Casiotone) recently posted a Myspace note about his tour plans for the fall, with info on how you can get him to play your town. That's posted below, with all tour dates and a selection of videos from his June 27th tourstop in KY, and some Cryptacize videos, below...
"For 4 years now Wham City has been organizing the WHARTSCAPE. What started as a summer warehouse party turned into a much bigger, multi-day outdoor festival with thousands of bands, performers, and folks traveling to Baltimore from all across the US and Europe.More info and full, 140 band lineup below...
Since, we organize this festival out of pocket and in our spare time, it is important for us to keep it comfortable and enjoyable for us to do. One thing we talked about at the end of last year's festival was shrinking it down slightly and having it feel more community based and familiar.
This year isn't focused around headliners, but mainly performers and friends that make up the community we tour, work and live in.
We are also greatly reducing the number of MEGA-PASSES (the 3 day pass ticket that grants you entry to every show and every day).
ONLY 300 Mega-Passes will be sold; this is the only guarantee that you can see all the shows.
Tickets will be sold to the individual shows, but it is strongly suggested that you buy a Mega-Pass, as it saves you money and assures you take in the entire poo-poo.
Whartscape will take place July 10-11-12 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art Studio Center Parking Lot, and Load of Fun.
We will begin selling tickets at 12 Noon, Monday, June 29th.
photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano
Sonic Youth ended the second night of 2009's No Fun Fest with a seated set of distorted guitar noise and drums. Instead of Lee Ranaldo (who was busy at Cannes?), guitarist Bill Nace performed with the band. (No Mark Ibold either.) The noise shifted from heavy chords, made by drum stick on guitar, to strangely tender sustained feedback and sample-and-hold-esque, skittish riffs. Like a standard SY set, Steve Shelley's tom-heavy drums weighted the action and marked changes in movements. His pummels echoed the intro to "Wipe Out" as the three others on stage took to twisting SY's sonic palette into a No Fun appropriate adventure. After one 20-minute-or-so sustained set, the musicians left the stage. A brief encore continued in the same vein. Kim Gordon intoned into the microphone ("I don't want to leave you behind," I think), causing not a few crowd-members to peak up with hopes of some classic or The Eternal material. No such luck. After four more minutes of music, the band left for good.
Radio23.org, who streamed the SY set and other parts of the fest live, tweeted, "I think we can excuse the Youth as no one else has delved into short-form improv so far... We liked the 3min30sec encore :)" Other bands on the night's bill included Blank Dogs, Mattin, C Spencer Yeh, and Pedestrian Deposit. Hearts Arena wrote...
Pedestrian Deposit: Most thrilling set of the fest so far. Even the dillweeds in the audience were quieted by the end of this. Pedestrian Deposit explores and exploits the frayed edges of sound and texture, wherever they find them on the spectrum. Moving with aplomb from penetrating high ends to heaving silences pulled back from the edge of explosive noise and percussion and then off to the final gorgeous tones of the cello. Soft landing. Everybody in that room knew that something special had just happened. Me, ecstatic.TripWire said....
Yellow Tears was the unexpected surprise of the night, winning over everyone in the room with their meticulosuly warped sample manipulations and sounds. Out of all the bands, here's one that took the twenty minute time slot and really found inspiration, breaking into sweat and taking off their shirts, and getting genuinely into it. The stage was illuminated by a single bright red light bulb. The best part of the set was the member who kept striking a large scrap of metal and sending it through various effects processors, throwing it onto the ground and making a spectacle yet wrenching some pretty freaking insane and wicked sounds from it. Their energy was welcome and the crowd response was thunderously approving from the sold-out crowd. A dude on the L train was raving about them on the way back, displaying the record he bought of theirs; I have a feeling he's not the only one.Bardo Pond played a set right before Sonic Youth, and a few others played the second night too. Who was your favorite? Review and pictures from Night One, HERE. More pictures and videos from Night Two, below...
NYC's very own critically-acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae will perform at NYC's New Museum on Friday, May 1st along with "the soul-inspired hip-hop of Derrin Maxwell and the gritty, heavily-fried underground funk of 3beanstew." Tickets are on sale.
That show is part of the museum's Get Weird series. A week later (Friday, May 8th), Get Weird hosts the Younger Lovers (featuring Brontez Purnell of Gravy Train!!!!) and Gamma Rays. Tickets are on sale.
During the No Fun Fest, taking place May 15th-17th at the MHoW, the New Museum will partners with Rhizome and the No Fun to present "No Fun 2009: Infinite Sound and Image" on Saturday, May 16th. The live-music and silent film screening includes Jim O'Rouke (a man with many credits including Sonic Youth and producing Wilco), Robert Beatty (of Hair Police and Three Legged Race), Sarah Lipstate (of Noveller), and C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core). Noveller and C. Spencer Yeh both also make separate NFF appearances. Tickets for the New Musem show are on sale. Full program details are below.
The museum combines its Get Weird music series and its Younger Than Jesus exhibit (artists less than 33 yrs old) and gets a show with BARR/Brendan Fowler and MEN on Friday, June 12th. Tickets are on sale for that too.
All details, with more upcoming New Museum music events (including Nick Hallett performing Meredith Monk, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others) below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - "Swedish Couch" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh & Greg Kelley - "Track One" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh & Greg Kelley - "Track Two" (MP3)
Tony Conrad & Keiji Haino
Experimentalists collide when Keiji Haino and Tony Conrad team up for a show at The Studio At Webster Hall on April 25th (tonight), one of only three US shows for the duo. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Full tour dates are below.
Although the duo has not recorded anything, Keiji Haino recently dropped a new record under the moniker The Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo, on the Japanese label Full Design Records on February 11. A collection of live material from a batch of 2005 shows in Yokohama, the record is currently available to us yankees here.
Opening The Studio show will be another violinist of the avant-garde persuasion, C Spencer Yeh, who recently dropped two collaborative LPs: Cincinatti with noise technician John Wiese (available on CSY's label, DroneDisco) and New York Nuts and Boston Beans with Paul Flaherty and Greg Kelley (available here). April 25th will be the only solo show for CSY over the next few weeks, but he does have dates as part of a duo (with Michael Johnsen) and a trio (with Rafael Toral & Trevor Tremaine). One of those trio dates will take place in NYC in the next few weeks, as part of the No Fun Fest featuring headliner Sonic Youth.
Hopefully SY's Lee Ranaldo gets his long lost Fender Mustang back by then.
The guitar (pictured above) was stolen from Lee in July 1999. Then, last week, someone unknowingly bought it on eBay, and before even receiving it (he still hasn't received it as of this post), the buyer coincidentally was "just looking at Sonic Youth´s guitars", and recognized the guitar that he had just bought as Lee's stolen guitar.
He posted his story in a thread (that is currently 35 pages long) on Offsetguitars.com. Lee was then contacted, offered the guitar back (at the eBay auction cost) and accepted. In another coincidence, the buyer lives in the Netherlands and Sonic Youth is in Europe this week. Unfortunately the guitar didn't arrive from seller to buyer in time for the buyer to hand it to Lee in person, but...
"So my brother, a friend and me went to Dusseldorf yesterday to see Sonic Youth. We spent the whole afternoon in museums to see the Sonic Youth exhibition, which was really great. I can recommend it to anyone with the possibility of going there. It made me want to start reading William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg immediately.Awesome story. (thx Raymond)
The concert was supposed to start at 20:30 and we arrived at that time, we figured it probably wouldn´t start until 22:00 or so as that´s what we´re used to. Surprisingly, they started exactly on time so I missed a chance to get onto the balcony for special guests. So we watched the gig among the ´common´ people , which wasn't so bad, though it´s sometimes hard to stand the smell of those puny creatures. Tongue The concert was amazing, as usual with these guys, they played a normal set but when it was over it felt like they had only played for 15 minutes. The highlight for me was Kim´s singing, her voice sounds better than ever. The new songs (I think they played 4) sounded good too, but I can´t comment on the specific songs as I don´t know the titles.
After the gig was over I pushed my way up to the front row and called the guitar tech, Eric Baecht, he came up to us, gave me a mastery bridge (from one of Lee´s guitars, he even included the allen wrench keys!) on which Lee had written a thank you note, along with a couple of picks with Sonic Youth prints on them. Can´t wait to try it on my Jazzmaster! Eric then told me to wait for him to finish clearing the stage and took us to the backstage where I met Lee. We had a little chat about the guitar, Mark Ibold also showed up briefly. I met Eric again who told us we can get on the guest list for any SY gig in the future (!!!). I also spotted Thurston but he left quite early , Kim was there the whole time, didn´t see Steve.
So my friends and me hung out at the bar for a while feeling quite awkward and trying to think of something to talk to Lee about without sounding cliché but it seemed impossible so we left soon after. It was a bit of shame because they´re really kind and approachable people, but I just didn´t know what to talk about.
After all we had a great day and I´m looking forward to going to their gigs in the future. For free! HA! Plus I won´t have to worry about the show being sold out or anything." [Sauerkraut the guitar finder]
Speaking of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will perform as part of a trio with saxophonist Daniel Carter and Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas) at Union Pool on May 2nd, with Trevor Dunn's Madlove, and Pink Noise. Madlove recently announced the release of their new album, White With Foam on Ipecac Records.
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...
Photos by Lori Baily
Monday, December 1, 2008More info and tickets for that are HERE. More pictures of Friday's show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn (11/7), below...
Film Screenings & Events
Thurston Moore Introduces Early Music Videos by David Bowie
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Held in celebration of the recent gift from the David Bowie Archive of music videos to the Museum, this program presents a special selection of works by the celebrated musician, actor, and producer. Bowie, who began playing the saxophone when he was thirteen years old, worked as a commercial artist before studying mime and, later, playing in bands. In 1969 he co-founded Beckenham Arts Lab in South London, a crucible for experimentation that hosted artist studios, poetry readings, and events such as light shows, theatrical and dance performances, and puppet shows. For several of his videos, Bowie collaborated with the photographer and filmmaker Mick Rock, best known for his photos of 1970s glam and punk icons including Iggy Pop, Queen, the Ramones, Lou Reed, and the Sex Pistols. Thurston Moore, of the "No Wave" band Sonic Youth, provides commentary throughout the program.