Entries tagged with: Craig Wedren
Hunx as Gayracula
All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...
In this fiercely divided election year, The Citizens Band is releasing Grab A Root and Growl, a musical call to action for those discouraged by the increasingly vitriolic campaigns across the country. Over 16 tracks of classic interpretations and original songs, the band declares war on apathy, and seeks to remind the country why democracy matters.The Citizens Band currently has snippets of Grab A Root and Growl streaming at their webstore, where shockingly you can preorder your copy as well. In addition to the upcoming release on this election year, Citizens Band will also take to the streets with shows in NY and LA in the coming months. Look for the band to play Los Angeles on 9/19 at Avalon and a four day residency in NYC at Abrons Arts Center 0n 10/24 - 10/27 (tickets). The Abrons Art Center site lists members of The Citizens Band (including Karen Elson, Zoe Kravitz, Nina Persson, Rain Phoenix and many many others), but not contributor Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think, etc). No word on if he'll be in attendance at the NYC or the LA dates.
While we're on the subject of Dischord Records alumni, a reminder that the members of Ian Svenonious' great late-'90s mod band Make-Up will reunite to play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on 9/23. In addition, the band will also play a one-off date in their homebase of DC at The Black Cat on September 20 (tickets).
Your donations will offset the upcoming costs of editing, animation, graphics, mastering, color correction, sound editing, travel and more. We have a daunting task ahead of us--and yet we're so passionate about telling this story that we're anxious to share it with the world as soon as we can. We hope SALAD DAYS will see a Q3 2013 release and we have high hopes for its festival run. Thanks in advance for your support--we can't do it without you!Best of luck to Salad Days who is currently at close to 6k of their 32k goal with 29 days left to go. Head below for a video on the project and to kickstarter to contribute.
by Andrew Sacher
Craig Wedren/St. Vincent
You've already heard more than half of the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me (due out 8/14 via Concord, but up for pre-order on iTunes now), which features mostly indie rock bands offering their takes on songs from throughout Fleetwood Mac's expansive career. Today we premiere another song from this collection -- Craig Wedren (of Shudder to Think and Baby) and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) tackling "Sisters of the Moon," a Stevie Nicks-penned standout off 1979's Tusk, with co-production from Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio). The two artists' shared love of off-kilter distortion come together nicely to turn one of Fleetwood Mac's dreamier songs into something entirely new. The first part of the song prominently features Craig singing lead, and a bit more than halfway through, Annie takes over with some heavily processed vocals and gives the song a complete 180. Have a listen for yourself by streaming the cover below.
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
After the breakup of his arty post-hardcore band Shudder to Think, Craig Wedren formed the much poppier project, the bubblegum-y Baby, under which he released a self titled LP on his own Nerveland Recordings in 2004. In place of the dissonant riffing of Shudder to Think, Baby favored upbeat synths and big pop choruses. Craig is reissuing that album next week (6/19) and it will contain unreleased songs and demo versions. You can pre-order the album now on Amazon. The song "Get Your Body," which you can stream below, will also be featured on the upcoming DVD release of Wanderlust, which Craig scored. You can also hear two other tracks from that album, "Unreal" and "Giddyup," both of which are downloadable above.
In related news, the new Baby website will go live Tuesday (6/12) morning. And also, there will be a Baby mixtape released on July 2 with covers of Beatles, Duran Duran, The Clash, War, Joni Mitchell songs and more.
As mentioned, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall with Jherek Bischoff, who plays with Parenthetical Girls and The Dead Science. He's teaming up with Wordless Music Orchestra and an incredible list of guest vocalists from his upcoming album, which comes out this February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah, and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls. Tickets are still on sale now.
Speaking of Parenthetical Girls, their tour began last night (12/1) at Glasslands with Gauntlet Hair, Dinowalrus, and Eraas. If you missed it, they'll also be in NYC this Friday (12/3) at Santos Party House with YACHT and Midnight Magic (tickets).
As previously mentioned, Brassland Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a label and debuted a new/old track every day of November via various methods including Soundcloud. None of those tracks can be heard in the player that's embedded below. Those include "Spinney" by This is the Kit (who are opening for the National at Beacon Theater on 12/17) and "Secret of the Machines (instrumental)" by Jherek Bischoff. The latter also features drums by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and will have vocals by Caetano Veloso in its album version.
As previously announced, the 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival, presented by New York City's Merkin Concert Hall in association with New Amsterdam Records, is a showcase of imaginative collaborations between more than 150 genre-pushing composers, songwriters and performers who represent a new generation of artists combining diverse influences and techniques to explore the intersection of classical and pop music. All concerts will include premieres. The festival opens with a free seven-hour marathon on January 17, 2011, and continues with 13 additional concerts until March 28, 2011. All concerts will take place at Merkin Concert Hall.The Ecstatic Music Festival 2011 is almost here. Subscriptions and single show tickets are on sale. The full updated schedule (tUnE-yArDs, So Percussion, Dan Deacon, Craig Wedren, ACME, Nadia Sirota, Buke & Gass, Doveman, Owen Pallett, Bang On A Can All-Stars, and more included), and a trailer, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Forms - Steady Hand w/ Pattern Is Movement's Andrew Thibaldeux (MP3)
The Forms, who we interviewed a few short months ago, have a double LP due on February 15th via Triple Down Records/Threespheres, with the CD coming through Ernest Jenning. Half of their release is their new Derealization EP which includes revisited/remixed works and features appearances from Matt Beringer (The National), Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), as well as members of Pattern Is Movement, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent and others.
The 2-disc set will also include the band's earlier Steve-Albini-produced opus, Icarus. Download "Steady Hand", a fresh look at "Bones" from Icarus above, and stream it below where you'll also find the full EP tracklist. EP opener "Fire to the Ground" with Matt Berninger has especially been stuck in my head since listening recently.
The Forms are scheduled to play NYC at Cameo Gallery on Saturday (12/18), one of a few dates that the band has on their schedule that includes a Boston date with The Dismemberment Plan. That Boston show is the day before The Dismemberment Plan plays to a sold-out Webster Hall in NYC twice (1/29 and 1/30).
The Dismemberment Plan have also added dates to their reunion tour which now includes three DC dates and a March one in Seattle.
All tour dates and some videos below...
Craig on stage with Shudder To Think... sort of (more by Justina Villanueva)
Craig Wedren will joining Greg Dulli on his upcoming solo tour, Wedren's first solo tour as a one-man show. Craig will have a tour-only LP on sale for the trip, and plans to have new LPs recorded in the coming "school year." Wedren has also been keeping busy as of late scoring shows like United States of Tara and Hung.
All dates, and a recent video, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Corey Dargel & Co.
The final show of the monthly Archipelago music series at Galapagos will take place Friday, May 21st (tonight). Singer/composer Corey Dargel is using the show as a release party for his new record, Someone Will Take Care of Me, out May 25th on New Amesterdam. That double album includes two song cycles, Thirteen Near-Death Experiences and Removable Parts, which he'll be performing songs from at the show with the help of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), pianist Kathleen Supove and drummer David T Little. The two songs are from the record (one from each work).
Also performing at the concert will be American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and singer Craig Wedren (from Shudder to Think), who will be debuting songs by composer Jefferson Friedman. The three have worked together in the past - videos from their performance of Friedman's song cycle On in Love at Miller Theatre in 2009 are posted below.
Friends-Tickets are on sale ($5 off with code "NEWAM"). BrooklynVegan also has a pair of tickets to give away. Details on the give-away, videos and more info on the show are below...
please join me on Fri, May 21 for a rare and awesome evening of new music that will blow minds.
For the last year or so, composer Jefferson Friedman and I have been collaborating on a song cycle which fuses/abuses classical and vocal music, essentially smashing both traditions wide open and shooting the whole thing on an orchestral rocket to the moon. I'll be singing with ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), and we'll be premiering 3 new pieces in addition to the 3 we debuted last year.
Hope to see you listening.
by Andrew Frisicano
There were (more) strings at September 25th's inaugural show for the Archipelago music series, which happens at Galapagos one Friday a month through next May. Like the Undiscovered Islands fest in May, the shows will be featuring music that crosses boundaries between classical, indie, etc. (and like that fest, it's also being set up by the New Amsterdam label.)
The full schedule is below. It's full of treats (like a way-off show with music by Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond in April). The first show featured violist Nadia Sirota and percussion quartet Line C3. Coincidentally, Worden and Nadia will both be playing with the Dessner Bros.' BAM Next Wave show, The Long Count, at the end of October.
Both acts on the first night performed works by Nico Muhly (Line C3 did "Ta and Clap," written by Nico for them in 2004, and he joined Nadia for his piece "Keep in Touch," which features a vocal sample from Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons). Nadia & Nico actually discuss their collaborations in an episode of New Amsterdam's Podcast series.
Speaking of New Amsterdam, they also have a CMJ showcase coming up with Cantaloupe Records at (Le) Poisson Rouge on October 21st. Tickets are on sale. That will feature the music of David Lang and Julia Wolfe (Bang on a Can co-founders) and performances by NOW Ensemble, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and more. Clips of the Lang-scored film (Untitled) will be screened between performances (the soundtrack of which will be out October 13th).
Full details on the Archipelago series below...
photos by Justina Villanueva
Shudder to Think had many different lineups while they were active from 1986-1998. Staying consistent with that, they've had varying lineups during this 2007-2009 reunion period as well. Frontman Craig Wedren has also has had many different musical projects since 1998, projects that maybe better represent where he is now than the one he just got back together. One of those solo-like projects, which he has performed with at Le Poisson Rouge and Joe's Pub in recent times, is a collaboration with the mini orchestra ACME.
With that background in mind, maybe last night's show wasn't actually too peculiar. First, Shudder to Think guitarist Nathan Larson wasn't at the show. The official reason was that he was busy with his other band (and wife in) A Camp. Oddly, A Camp doesn't/didn't have any shows scheduled, and Nathan has been a part of the reunion since the start. Second, after a first set of Shudder to Think songs, Craig switched the format of last night's show and actually did bring out, and perform with, ACME. Craig explained that he actually wrote the songs with Jefferson Friedman while STT was still together, so it still counted. None of this made it a bad, possibly final, show... just sayin'.
Shudder's last drummer Kevin March was the drummer last night (as he has been for
the whole part of the reunion), and Shudder bassist Stuart Hill was nowhere to be found (same for the whole reunion). The show opened with old songs like A Vampire's Proposal, Lies About the Sky, and About Three Dreams and then seemed to segue into Pony Express material (still no Nathan).
But then came a surprise. Chris Matthews who was the original Shudder guitar player even before Nathan joined the band, came on stage for two songs, one being Red House, the other being Day Ditty (both songs he originally played in). The other guitarist in last night's band is the new guy who has been there since 2007. After the ACME bit they came back to rock again.... Overall they played for around two hours. Other songs included Gang of $, Lies About the Sky, Nine Fingers, She's A Skull, No Rm. 9 Kentucky, Love Catastrophe, X-French T-Shirt, and Hit Liquor... full setlist in the comments.
Hit Liquor is one of many songs that appears on the new Shudder To Think live album being released by Team Love soon. You can grab that track for free HERE.
Pattern is Movement and Blame the Patient opened the Bowery show. More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: Shudder to Think - Hit Liquor (live) (MP3)
Shudder to Think @ Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously mentioned, Shudder to Think are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (9/2) with Pattern Is Movement and Blame The Patient. Tickets are still available, and I have a pair to giveaway (details below). Why should you go to this show? Two good reasons are:
- Bowery Ballroom is smaller than Webster Hall
- This will be the last Shudder to Think show.... for now anyway, or for the foreseeable future, or possibly forever (they won't commit to that last part, but they say they have no plans at the moment to keep it going.) (I obviously feel insecure about repeating the claim, but the email was titled "Shudder To Think Play Final Show in NYC on Sept 2")
Shudder To Think @ Webster Hall, Oct 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
In the fall of 2008, ten years after the band's breakup, ...Shudder To Think embarked on a limited number of tour dates during which the band delivered some of the most compelling and potent shows of their career... The best of the band's live shows can be found on Shudder To Think's new album Live From Home to be released via Team Love on September 15.And with that live album comes ANOTHER live date for NYC (yay!), Sept 2nd at Bowery Ballroom. Amex Presale kicks off at noon TODAY (7/15), with gen pop getting a crack at 'em at noon 7/17. No more Shudder dates to report at the moment, though STT front-man Craig Wedren has a show scheduled at Joe's Pub on August 4th. At that one he'll be playing with The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). Not only does that sound like a bill straight out of the Worldless Music Series, it is a bill straight out of the Wordless Music Series.
Team Love, the NYC-based label that was co-founded by Conor Oberst (and who are releasing the new Shudder album) are also the people that released Craig's 2005 solo album.
Live From Home cover art and full track-listing, along with a message from Craig about the album, is below..
Shudder to Think (Craign Wedren) @ Webster Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
"I'm so excited to break out of a traditional band scenario for the Wordless show. For the last few years it's felt like strings in the daytime (composing film scores), and RAWK at night (performing in bands). I've been looking forward to blurring, bending, and ultimately burning those boundaries and just smooshing it all together live for some time now, and the Wordless show -along with an orchestral song cycle Jefferson Friedman (TFG-Total Fuggin Genius) and I have been writing (which is being performed the night before at Columbia University's Miller Hall) is the first chance
I've had to do it.
For the Wordless show, I'll be singing with The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), as well as members of my band. We'll be performing some amazing muzix by Jefferson Friedman, Louis Andriessen, me, Shudder To Think, and John Cage.
Time to crack it open. Do come."
Shudder to Think @ the Baltimore Virgin Fest (more by Bao Nguyen)
Every show we've ever played in NYC has some surreal brain-Polaroid attached to it: 1st time playing CBGB, 1st show after I went into remission, last show with Shudder To Think, 1st show with Boy George in the house, etc. I also have perfect memories of historical shows by other bands at Webster Hall (then The Ritz) in the late-eighties, including one that Nathan and I attended in '87, where a then-unknown Guns N Roses played for about 200 people, after which I vowed never to wear underpants again, such was the sheer force their tawdry excellence.This Saturday: Shudder to Think is playing Webster Hall. Hot Chip is playing Terminal 5. Common and NERD are playng Roseland. Fleet Foxes are playing Grand Ballroom. Jenny Lewis is at the Apollo. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are at the WaMu Theater at MSG. Stereolab is at Irving Plaza. Glasvegas is at Mercury Lounge. The Kills are at MHOW. Crystal Stilts/Cause Co-Motion/Tyvke is at Death By Audio. Etc...
We at Shudder To Think are fairly certain that the combination of all of the above (history, location, no underpants) will make for a fucking amazing show on Saturday.
DOWNLOAD: The Dead Science - Throne of Blood (The Jump Off) (MP3)
The Dead Science have left Seattle to tour in support of their new album Villainaire, out now on Constellation. Tonight (10/1) you can catch them at Knitting Factory in NYC. Extra Life, Aa & Vakashi Sensei are also on the bill.
Incorporating contemporary R&B drum sounds and structures within their aesthetic has beefed up The Dead Science, to the point where they sound like a pimped-out post-hardcore band on Villainaire. As a singer, Mickens' airy, soaring delivery borders on falsetto, much like his friend and vocal collaborator, Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think). [Eye Weekly]Maybe Craig Wedren will make an appearance tonight at the Knit. And speaking of Shudder to Think, their first official NYC reunion show is this Saturday at Webster Hall. It's still not sold out. The Dead Science open for Shudder to Think when they play Seattle on October 30th.
And speaking of good friends of the Dead Science, The Parenthetical Girls are in town just one day later (Thursday) to play a show at Cake Shop. By then the Dead Science will have reached Philly though. They should have toured together! All Dead Science (not to be confused with Dear Science) tour dates below...
THE CITIZENS BAND presents "The Panic is On" - Sept. 7th / 8th / 9th @ SpiegeltentThe good news: Nina, Becky and Amanda. The bad news: neither CB regulars Craig Wedren or Angela McCluskey appear in this show.
Visionary musical troupe The Citizens Bandare taking over the Spiegeltent for a three-night extravaganza. The Citizens Band is a sexy, ribald musical troupe renowned for their dazzling song and dance performances. "The Panic Is On," their sixth original show in three years, finds the troupe trapped in a makeshift bomb shelter, where they're forced to find common ground and hope in a terror filled world. Performing a spirited mix of classic songs and original compositions, they ponder such issues as fear mongering, war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty and their own dreams for political change. These shows also mark the troupe's debut performance with director Gordon Greenberg (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, Assisted Loving), and features special guests Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls.
Craig is probably too busy working with Nina's husband.
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Got there early&saw a bit of Andrew Bird and checked out Shudder to Think because we were interested..then went off to get a good spot for She&Him..ahhhhh Zooey Deschanel&M. Ward were great&one of her backup singers sang a song of her own for a bit,apparently people thought lil wayne was in the audience(ummm it wasn't him)&yelled "we want weezy" during the performance. A lot of people were throwing the beach balls around&I really wanted to punch someone because it kept landing on my head(Kate counted 11 times that it hit her in the head)...I really wanted to deflate it&rip it to shreds...as soon as everyone walked off stage people began to push because they wanted to be up front for Lil Wayne"Interested is better than not interested. Unfortunately there is very little out there in terms of actual reviews of Shudder To Think's first official reunion performance that took place at the Baltimore Virgin Fest this past weekend. Spin has about a minute of video, the Baltimore Sun thinks Craig's name is Chris, and the Washington Post points out that they were playing to many "teenagers who were staking out prime spots for the Paramore/Taking Back back-to-back".
You can read about their last (unofficial) reunion shows that took place earlier this year. And you can check them out for yourself later this year. Tickets are still on sale for a show at Webster Hall. All tour dates HERE. More Baltimore pics below...
Shudder To Think @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
As previously reported, "Shudder to Think officially back together, playing Virgin Fest". Add Chicago, Ontario, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans, LA, San Francisco and NYC to that list...
The Dead Science
The Dead Science will soon release a record:
We are extremely excited and proud to announce that our new record, Villainaire, will be released amongst the dog days of this summer by Montreal-based Constellation Records. Precisely, it will drop August 26th in Europe(Happy Birthday Branford Marsalis!) and September 2nd in the USA.(Happy Birthday Salma Hayek!)The Dead Science are also playing Knitting Factory Wednesday with Kyp Malone. All tour dates below....
It features appearances by a bevy of our rad and sweet friends, including Craig Wedren,(Shudder to Think) Katrina Ford(Celebration) and Morgan Henderson.(of The Blues Brothers, Past Lives)
With Nathan Larson also on the bill Monday night, rumors are swirling about another Shudder to Think impromptu reunion. What are the odds on that?And in case you missed it, a video from the Bowery show is below....
The odds are 99.999999 %. It looks like me, Nathan and Kevin March, who was our last drummer, are going to do some Shudder to Think songs. Stuart Hill, our bass player, is not going to do it; I think he has officially hung up his spurs. But we'll try him again in a few months if we keep doing shows. But we're not advertising this show as Shudder to Think because we're wading one toe at a time back into that ocean. I mean, we're very happy with where our friendships are; the music still feels fresh. We played a show a few months ago and it was great; it was very familial and we want to continue in that spirit and see where it takes us. But this seems like a great occasion to play some Shudder to Think songs because we are all pretty much on board about Obama and it gives it a little extra purpose and excitement.[Gothamist spoke to Craig right before the show about that and other stuff]
photos by Chris La Putt
Stella Hosted, Nina Persson, Alberta Cross, OK Go & Joan as Policewoman played
Paul Rudd also showed up at the event. More photos & videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Craig Wedren - Poolkiss (MP3)
Craig Wedren & Angela McCluskey @ Ars Nova, Dec 1, 2007 (CRED)
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* Exodus & Goatwhore @ BB King's
* Death Vessel & Thao Nguyen @ Knitting Factory
* Barack Rock hosted by Stella w/ Craig Wedren, OK GO & more
* The Slits play Webster Hall for Chloe Sevigney (RSVP may be necessary)
Craig Wedren, Stella and the rest of the cast of tonight's sold-out Barack Rock show at Bowery Ballroom reminded me to remind you to get up and vote tomorrow. In honor of that, Craig gave us a brand spankin' new MP3 that you can download at the top of this post, and Dangle & Junior of Reno 911 recorded some special video messages that you can watch below. What else?