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by Andrew Sacher

Rhyton

Rhyton returned this week with their newest album, Kykeon, on Thrill Jockey. Made up of three great players in the Brooklyn experimental scene -- David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of No Neck Blues Band), Rob Smith (of Pigeons) and Jimy SeiTang (ex-Psychic Ills) -- Rhyton are well equipped to take on ideas as ambitious as the ones on Kykeon. Of its six songs, four pass the seven-minute mark and only one is under four, and they're all instrumental passages through Middle Eastern melodies and psychedelic rock. In terms of other modern stuff, Grails comes to mind as a comparison, and fans of that band would likely dig this. But really any fans of tripped-out extended jams should check this out. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify and stream one track below.

At the moment, Rhyton have four shows scheduled including one in Hudson, NY tonight (11/21) and two upcoming dates in their hometown of NYC. The first is this Sunday (11/23) at Trans-Pecos with Fadensonnen (with special guests Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Kevin Shea and Brian Sullivan) and Key of Shame (also No Neck-related). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Their next local show happens December 10 at Union Pool with two other local psych bands, Weird Owl and Prince Rupert's Drops (tix at door).

All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...

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videos by Maks Suski

Silent Barn

As mentioned, Silent Barn has a new Bushwick location (603 Bushwick Ave) after being forced to move out of their 915 Wyckoff Ave location, and they opened the doors for the first time at the new spot on Sunday (12/30). The show was with Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, and Good Willsmith. You can watch videos of the latter three artists, plus a tour/walkthrough video of the new venue, below. And if you'd like to help out, they're looking for volunteers.

Silent Barn has other upcoming shows including one on January 10 with Ed Askew, D. Charles Speer, Tamble Tamble, (of Guardian Alien) and Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht). The flyer for that show is below.

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Howlin

Though it might be invite/contest-only, as you can see on Living Room's website, Howlin Rain are playing an acoustic show there at 7pm TONIGHT (2/6). Their tour which is now with D. Charles Speer & The Helix instead of Soliders of Fortune who cancelled, begins at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (2/7) and hits Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (2/8).

As usual, since it's a Monday, the Living Room also hosts The Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost followed by the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump and Tony Mason.

There's also an interesting show happening at Cake Shop which is right next door.

Howlin Rain's new album The Russian Wilds is out Valentine's Day, 2012. That's the cover art above.

The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
The Hold Steady

Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.

For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.

Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:

"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."
He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.

Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...

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DOWNLOAD: D. Charles Speer & The Helix - "Freddie's Lapels" (MP3)

Note: The below picture of D. Charles Speer's is not anatomically accurate.
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D. Charles Speer kicked off a solo tour last night (March 22) at Bruar Falls that continues tonight in Philadelphia with a show at Kung Fu Necktie. The solo dates (below) are in celebration of Speer's new "traditional Greek" solo record Arghiledes out now on Thrill Jockey.

"'Arghiledes' is a brilliant homage to Greek Rebetiko music of the early 20th century by No Neck Blues Band's David Shuford aka D. Charles Speer. It's his 2nd solo LP under this moniker and a deeply researched, beautifully executed effort replete with in depth sleeve notes and paste-on cover. Coming from a Blues playing American of Greek descent, the project reflects the syncretic nature of Rebetiko music, itself made up of the many disparate elements which formed Greek urban folk music (European music, Greek Orthodox ecclestiastical chant, Byzantine music and the modal traditions of Ottoman art music and café music) of this era." [SKVOT Pop]
Watch/listen to Speer playing "Markos's Cave" from the solo album below.

After playing those East Coast dates through the beginning of April, Speer will link back up with his band The Helix to prep for a pair of NYC shows: 4/16 supporting Come at The Bell House (tickets), and 4/21 with Endless Boogie at Glasslands (tickets).

Just four days before the Bell House show, D. Charles Speer & The Helix will welcome their new LP Leaving the Commonwealth via Thrill Jockey. You can download the lead track "Freddie's Lapels" above and check out a live video of the band performing "Razorbacked" below with all tour dates...

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