Entries tagged with: Dan Friel
by Andrew Sacher
Jeff Rosenstock spent the late '90s through 2004 leading ska punks Arrogant Sons of Bitches, and the following ten years leading Bomb the Music Industry (and sporadically re-activating ASOB), and now he's officially gone solo. His new solo album, We Cool?, comes out next week (3/3) via Side One Dummy, and it's currently streaming in full.
Jeff's a veteran artist with a devoted following, and those fans have probably already heard this album by now, but if you've still yet to dive into Jeff's work this isn't a bad place to start. It stands on its own as a solid album, even outside of the context of his previous bands, and it's a surprisingly modern-sounding record. If you didn't know Jeff's been doing this for over 15 years, you'd think he was another indie-punk breakout alongside Joyce Manor and Lemuria. Take a listen to the whole thing below, via Spin.
Jeff's about to go on a stacked tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Chumped, which hits NYC on 3/20 at Warsaw (tickets), but he'll be playing the city sooner than that. All five boroughs of it.
To celebrate the record, Jeff's doing a run of five free all ages shows in one day (March 8), beginning in Staten Island at 10 AM, then hitting Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and ending in Manhattan at 9 PM. Here's his schedule:
10:00AM - Staten Island Artists Building Corporation - Staten IslandAnd for the real superfans: Jeff's giving out wristbands at the first four shows, and the first 25 poeple to show up to the fifth show with all four wristbands gets a limited poster designed by Jeff.
1:30PM - Rough Trade - Brooklyn
3:00PM - Trans Pecos - Queens
with Dan Friel and Laura Stevenson
6:00PM - Rodrigue's Coffee House at Fordham - The Bronx
with Doubting Thomas Cruise Control
9:00PM - Babycastles - Manhattan
with Chris Gethard and Spraynard
After the AJJ/SSB/Jeff/Chumped tour, Jeff and Chumped will do a run of dates themselves including Absury Park's Asbury Lanes on April 26 (tickets). All dates are listed, with the new album stream and 5 boroughs flyer, below...
Parquet Courts in Bed Stuy in June (more by Joe McCabe)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Parquet Courts, Blues Control,PC Worship @ Webster Hall
Parquet Courts have had a busy year, releasing two very good albums, staying on tour pretty much constantly, and forming a noise project with members of PC Worship (who open tonight). They cap off the year tonight with their biggest hometown show yet, which is sold out.
Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), Kuroma @ Baby's All Right
Of Montreal are gearing up to release a new album early next year but frontman Kevin Barnes may well play some of it tonight at this solo show. MGMT-related band Kuroma opens.
Russian Circles, Mutoid Man @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a killer double bill for fans of heavy music with post-rock crushers Russian Circles and the Converge/Cave In-related Mutoid Man, who have some of the elements of their main bands but trim all fat and just have a good time.
James Murphy (DJ set), Tim Sweeney, Mike Simonetti, Cooper Saver @ Output
Party like it's 2002: James Murphy will be spinning with his pal Tim Sweeney making Output feel a little like The Plant Bar (ok maybe not) with help from former Italians Do It Better domo Mike Simonetti (who just started a new label).
The Thurston Moore Band @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Thurston's current band has him backed by an excellent lineup that includes his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums and My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and their new album is his most Sonic Youth-sounding material since The Eternal.
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx, Cameron Hull, Mazed (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Inactive for a while, Suckers are reforming to say goodbye to a venue they've played many times over the years: Glasslands, which closes at the end of the month. Also on the bill: DOM who reinvented themselves a while back (swapping guitars for synths), and neo-new-wave band Future Punx.
Pharmakon, Marshstepper, Puce Mary, Aischrolatreia Ligature, Penchant @ Saint Vitus
This is a great bill with the Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper whose live show includes blood, nudity and must be seen live if you want any real idea of what it's like. On top of that, there's Pharmakon (headlining) and Puce Mary, who both make eardrum-damaging PE/industrial/noise with wild vocals, and ex-The Men project Ligature.
Centro-Matic, Elephant Micah @ Rough Trade
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds. All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus...after this tour. These shows may be your last chance to see them in NYC.
Dan Friel, Peter Kerlin's Octet, Charles Waters (Trio), Matt Nelson @ Trans-Pecos
With what kind of looks like table at a Silicon Valley flea market, Dan Friel coaxes strange sounds out of his homemade electronics. He headlines tonights experimental line-up of music.
Trey Anastasio Band @ Beacon Theatre
There's been no lack of Phish shows in NYC in the past year, and tonight their guitarist Trey Anastasio returns with the other band he leads for the first show in a two-night run. Both are sold out.
Bilal, Dragons of Zynth, DJ Rashad "Tumblin' Dice" Smith @ Brooklyn Bowl
Bilal balances the line between accessible neo-soul and the more psychedelic side of it, and he does it well. If you were confused, opener DJ Rashad "Tumblin' Dice" Smith is not to be confused with the late DJ Rashad.
Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).
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Protomartyr at DbA during CMJ (via @brooklynvegan)
Note for Nov: we are having our final show on 11/22 and we will be releasing the schedule for this month bit by bit as to keep everyone on their toes, we will be open every night, just dont wanna give away all the fun. stay tuned, and if you are wondering about playing one of these shows, im sorry but the schedule is full. thanks for all the wonderful years!Recent notable shows have included a packed week of CMJ (including Porches, the Burger Records showcase, and Wreckless Eric), 24 hours of drone, JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet, and last night's A Place To Bury Strangers show (photos coming soon).
As of today (10/28), 14 of the 22 final November shows are listed, though many of them just include secret guests (obvious candidates who haven't played there recently include Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall). The last two nights are "Top Secret." Speedy Ortiz, Hunters, Fiasco, Coasting, Pampers, Pujol, Tyvek, Shellshag, and many more are among those already listed. They knocked out the wall dividing the main room and the bar room, so crazy shows are a little more comfortable now. Most of these last shows do not have advance tickets, so if you're going to one of the more notable ones, be sure to get there early. (Last night's APTBS show sold out around 10 PM.) Check out the full posted schedule, including the Dirty On Purpose Reunion (11/1), the Halloween show with Aa, Liturgy and two nights of Oozing Wound, below...
Chicago experimentalists Dead Rider (ex-US Maple), have added some fall dates in support of their recent album Chills on Glass. The tour will include a stop in NYC at Baby's All Right on September 10, where they'll have quality support from Dan Friel and Advaeta. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Check out full tour dates for Dead Rider, along with the crazy video for "Blank Screen," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Post rock pioneers Trans Am released their tenth album, Volume X, this week (5/20) via Thrill Jockey and have just given video treatment to one of its singles, "I'll Never." The song's a vocoder-led ballad with repeated refrains of "Come a little bit closer" and "I'll never get over you" and there's a kitschy intimacy in the video (based on this video) to match. See for yourself -- it premieres in this post and can be watched below.
The band also begin their previously announced tour in DC tonight (5/22) and come to NYC on Friday (5/23) at Knitting Factory with Dan Friel and Chron Turbine. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated tour dates are listed, with the new video, below...
As mentioned, Brooklyn-based duo Eaters' debut album is due out this month via Driftless / Dull Tools. If you dig synthy, soundtracky music (John Carpenter, Goblin) or darkwave, you should check them out. You can stream "Far" below, and the LP is available for preorder now.
Around the time of the album's release, Eaters will take their table full of gear and cram it in the van for a short Northeast / Midwest tour that kicks off in Brooklyn on April 17 at Glasslands. The show has strong support from former Parts & Labor member and keyboard wiz Dan Friel and powerhouse duo Yvette, with Future Punx on DJ duty. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A week or so after this show, Dan Friel opens for Trans Am at Knitting Factory on April 23. Yvette's only other show is April 11 at Stony Brook University.
All Eaters dates are listed below...
Post rock pioneers Trans Am are set to release their tenth album, Volume X, on May 20 via Thrill Jockey. There's been no music released from it yet but that's the cover art above and you can check the tracklist below. You can pre-order it now in a few different packages.
Around the same time as the record's release, Trans Am will be going on tour, including a stop at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on May 23. Dan Friel is also on the bill and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Chris Brokaw at LPR in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Brokaw, of Come, Codeine and more, kicked off a solo tour in Chapel Hill last night (3/2), and he'll be coming to NYC for FOUR shows here. First, he'll open Bob Mould's Workbook shows at City Winery on March 7 & 8. In Chris' words, "Bob and I have shared stages together for over 20 years now (!?!) and it's always a great pleasure." Those are both sold out.
After that, he's got two not-sold-out headlining shows, including Union Pool on March 13 and Death by Audio on March 14. The Union Pool show is with DJ Jonathan Toubin and "VERY SPECIAL GUESTS" who Union Pool's site bills as "Bill O'Reilly Orgasm." The DbA show meanwhile, is with long-running guitar experimenter Jeff Barsky, aka Insect Factory, who will be collaborating with Chris at the show. Also on that bill is Parts & Labor's Dan Friel, Wavepool and 10000 Idiots. And the day after the DbA show Chris will play a TBA show in Scarsdale, NY which isn't too far from here in case four NYC shows isn't enough for you.
All dates are listed, with streams from Chris Brokaw and Insect Factory, below...
Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.
BRMC @ T5 earlier this year (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Buke and Gase, Patrick Higgins, Mivos Quartet @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental pop duo Buke & Gase make their own instruments (bass/uke and guitar/bass, get it?) and they also make some really interesting sounds with them. They headline this bill at LPR tonight, which doubles as a release party for the new Patrick Higgins double-LP.
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts tonight. You might consider checking out the talk with Boardwalk Empire star, Deerhoof fan and generally intense dude Michael Shannon who will also perform with his indie rock band Corporal.
California X, Turnip King, Body Parts, Total Slacker (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Equal parts sludge, punk, and indie rock, Amherst's California X simply rock, and as great as their record is, they're a band you really have to see live. Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King open and they're worth catching too.
What Cheer? Brigade, Ski Lodge, Caged Animals @ Cheap Storage
Go for the very catchy indie pop sounds of Ski Lodge and Caged Animals, stay for Providence, RI's 19-piece brass band What Cheer?
Oneida, Dump @ Glasslands
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida are always worth seeing, and tonight is with Dump (aka James McNew of Yo La Tengo).
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Jacques Demierre & Vincent Barras @ Issue Project Room
PR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with Chicago Saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld @ Mercury Lounge
Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre violinist Sarah Neufeld released her new album of instrumental compositions, Hero Brother, and will be playing selections from that tonight.
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. Tonight's the final night, sold out.
Blondie, X @ Roseland Ballroom
These two classic punk bands have been on tour together for a while, and tonight they pass through Blondie's hometown for a Roseland Ballroom show. Blondie have a new record on the way, so expect some stuff from that, in addition to tons of classics.
Dan Friel, Bambara, Psychic Blood, Bennio Qwerty @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Bambara get loud, and they're about to head out on a European tour with a couple likeminded bands (A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ) but before that they play one last hometown show at Shea tonight. Also on the bill are Brooklyn's Bennio Qwerty and Mass' Psychic Blood, who have a similar taste for loud, raging rock, and ex-Parts & Labor member Dan Friel.
Pictureplane @ Mishka Store (350 Broadway)
He opens for Girl Talk Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl, but you can catch Travis Egedy even sooner and for free in a store this early evening (the event runs 7-10pm)
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Space at Westbury
This is the first show for Bowery Presents' latest venue, The Space at Westbury, and features a nostalgic '90s evening of alt-rock favorites.
Dave Hill (via his @instagram)
Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Walter Schreifels, Brooke Van Poppelen, T. Berry @ Union Hall
Dave Hill pulls double duty tonight as host and leader of house band Valley Lodge at this evening of "comedy, music and gunplay." Todd Barry and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, etc) are among the guests. Tickets are still available.
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).The filmmakers screen archive excerpts and talk with Richard Boch (Mudd Club) and Pat Irwin (Raybeats, B52's). 7PM.
Ceramic Dog (w/ Marc Ribot) @ Union Pool
Marc Ribot is a man of many projects. He's a well-known Tom Waits collaborator, and lately he's been doing some gigs with John Zorn. Tonight he takes his power trio Ceramic Dog to Union Pool.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Restavrant @ Warsaw
Denim, leather, garagey riffs and sneery attitude is what's in store tonight with BRMC.
Herbie Hancock @ The Capitol Theatre
Jazz/fusion legend Herbie Hancock has been a master of the keys for decades, and he's got plenty of great diverse material to pull from, making this NYC-area show a sure-to-be interesting night.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and tonight they'll be performing their 1980 album, Gaucho, in full plus "selected hits."
Foster Care, Teenager, Raccoon Fighter, Slothbear @ Cake Shop
One of NYC's best garage punk bands, Foster Care headline this show tonight but don't miss Toronto's awesome Teenanger who have previously toured with METZ.
Weird Owl, Ancient Sky, The Nuclears @ Death By Audio
NYC psych band Weird Owl are set to pop out their new album, Healing, via TeePee records and tonight's the record release show. Just know that whenever you tell someone you're going to see Weird Owl, expect "Eat It" or "Like a Surgeon" jokes.
Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese concludes her four-night run at Gramercy.
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by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.
In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...
Danny Brown at Knitting Factory in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Peter Murphy @ The Belmont in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Owen Cohen @ Pianos
* The Tony Show @ UCB East
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Sinkane (DJ) @ Union Pool
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
* Danny Brown, Kitty @ Irving Plaza
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Terminal 5
* The Veils, Lantern @ Bowery Ballroom
* L.A. Guns, Splinter @ Bowery Electric
* Rihanna, A$AP Rocky @ Barclays Center
* Jadakiss, AZ, Smif N Wessun @ Stage 48
* Lazurite, Picastro, Max Alper @ Big Snow
* Spin Doctors, James Maddock @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brazos, Companion, Cat Martino @ Cameo Gallery
* Japanther, Tweens, Grand Rapids @ Shea Stadium
* Implodes, The Phantom Family Halo @ Death By Audio
* Arum Mae, The Binary Sea, Celine Du Terte @ Maxwell's
* Boris, Stephen Brodsky, Amen Dunes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Peter Murphy plays Bauhaus, Ours, Loudboy @ Webster Hall
* Nat Osborne Band, Rocket and the Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* The Nepotist, Katie Buchanan, Roofer's Union @ Cake Shop
* Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch, Noveller @ Mercury Lounge
* Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, David Huntsberger @ The Bell House
* Little Boots, Avan Lava, Feathers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* "Beginnings" w/ Sam Seder, JJ Sedelmaier, Parquet Courts, Dan Friel @ UCB East
* Wakey! Wakey!, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mia Dyson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* R.A. the The Rugged Man, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Julian Rhine @ Highline Ballroom
* Belle Mare, Andy Schuman & Darkhorse, Idgy Dean, Precious Bones, Colleen Sturtevant @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mykki Blanco, LE1F, Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, The Peronists, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, papercutz @ Glasslands
Tonight at UCB East is a live taping of the "Beginnings" podcast where comedians and musicians talk about how they got their start. Appearing tonight are Sam Seder (Bob's Burgers), J.J. Sedelmaier (Beavis & Butthead) Parquet Courts and musical guest Dan Friel.
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Kirin J Callinan just released a video for his new track "Embracism," which leads you through his morning routine. You can watch the NSFW clip below.
Thundercat released another song from his upcoming LP, Apocalypse, called "Oh Sheit It's X," which was co-produced by Flying Lotus. FlyLo and Thundercat both just played Terminal 5 last night (5/6) and the night before that. Listen to the new song below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Bill Pearis
photo by Joe Perez
As mentioned, Dan Friel released his new album, Total Folklore, back in February on Thrill Jockey. Dan just made a video for album track "Velocipede" that in a seemingly cinéma vérité style, sees a forest in a new light (and weird color scheme). It matches pretty perfectly with Dan's blown-out synthesizer style. We've got the premiere of the video which you can watch below.
Dan's only live date is part of the upcoming 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival. He plays April 26 in BAM's Rose Cinemas with "video synthesizer by Todd Bailey" which sounds pretty trippy. Tickets to 4/26 (headlined by Solange) are still available.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Dan Friel - Total Folklore
Dan Friel of the now-defunct Parts & Labor has been continuing to play a ton of solo shows in NYC since that band's demise and, after recently signing with Thrill Jockey (which he released the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP on in 2012), he announced that he'll release his first full length for the label, Total Folklore, on February 19. So far, Dan has let loose two tracks from the album, "Ulysses" (short edit) and "Valedictorian," and if you're a fan of buzzsaw distorted synths, you should check these out. You can download them both above or stream them and check out the full tracklist below. That's the album's awesome cover art (designed by Maya Hayuk) above.
Dan will celebrate the album with a release show the day it comes out (2/19) at Knitting Factory with a solid lineup of likeminded experimental musicians Guardian Alien, Yvette, and DJ set from ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's Dan's only announced date at the moment.
Streams and tracklist below...
Fucked Up @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Fucked Up just finished playing Warsaw, a one-off show here in NYC. Well, turns out it was a two-off, as the Toronto band are the secret headliner's at Saturday night's (12/22) grand finale of Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Williamsburg. You may remember Fucked Up played Brooklyn Night Bazaar last year, headlining the night BrooklynVegan curated. Saturday's show is all ages, totally free, and open to the public. Other bands on the Gothamist-presented bill are Tiny Victories, Dan Friel, Dead Stars, and Screamin' Rebel Angels. This weekend's pop-up restaurant on the mezzanine is by Bushwick locavore pizza folk Roberta's.
The Bazaar has been operating at one-in, one-out capacity for most of their weekends and though lines have moved at a steady gate, FU is definitely the biggest band to play there this year, so get there early. Doors are at 6 PM, bands start around 6:30. Again, it's FREE.
by Klaus Kinski and Kurt Braunohler
This installment of Klaus Kinski Bugging Funny People He Adores For Their Top 10 Favorite Things of 2012 brings us face to face with the great comedic tornado that is Kurt Braunohler. Kurt entered a cherished spot in my heart chambers many many years ago when I first saw him performing with Kristen Schall somewhere. Since then I've seen him do stand-up and sketch type stuff alone or with Kristen no less than 70 million times and he has never, ever, never ever not brought his A-Game to the stage (a favorite bit, btw). His resume is extensive. Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV on Bob's Burgers (FOX), Chelsea Lately, Delocated (Adult Swim), John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life.
As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year" Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall, but only because his comedy partner (Schall) is pretty famous. And who can forget the awesome web series Penelope: Princess of Pets? Or the fact that he hosted Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal for 7 years? Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!
Kurt's list of favorite albums from this year, brought to life with my htmling and youtube embeddings, as well as a list of upcoming Kurt tour dates (no NYC), are yours to enjoy. BELOW.
Devendra Banhart at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A bunch of artists, including Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Devendra Banhart, Oorutaichi, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Dan Friel, and Mrs. Adam Schatz are getting together to play a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit show in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/1) at Public Assembly in the front room. In addition to those performances, there will also by DJ sets by Dapwell of Das Racist and Ghostdad of Win Win. There's a $5-$20 donation at the door for entry and all proceeds go to Renegade Sandy Relief, "a direct action relief initiative for the hardest hit victims of Hurricane Sandy," founded by iO Tillett Wright, Holly Miranda, and Lane Sanders (owner of The Drink).
Head over after our free screening of the Comedy at Knitting Factory.
Devendra Banhart was supposed to open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, but that show was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and the venue is working to reschedule it but no new date has been announced yet.
The flyer for tonight's show is below...
Titus Andronicus at House of Vans in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus are gearing up to release their great new record, Local Business, next week (10/23) via XL. You've probably already downloaded one of the leaks of the album or streamed it on NPR by now so we know you'll be rushing to your local record store to pick up a copy the day it drops and their tour simultaneously starts. But one day before that, Titus will play an extremely intimate record release show in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium (10/22) with Dan Friel and Liquor Store. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/16) at noon via Brown Paper Tickets. The show is sure to sell out so act quick.
An updated list of dates and some song streams from the new album are below.
Yesterday, we mentioned that Thrill Jockey Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of it are hosting a show at Webster Hall on September 15 with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy. and D. Charles Speer. That show is actually just one in a series of 20th anniversary shows the label are putting on around the country, including a much smaller one in NYC at Death by Audio on September 14 with White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever (who also plays DbA on Friday, 7/20), Dan Friel, and Rhyton. Tickets for the Death by Audio show and the Webster Hall show are on sale now.
In addition to the shows, the label will also celebrate their anniversary with newly commissioned silk screened posters, like this one and this one, and 2-minute video shorts, like the one by Ashby Lee Collinson that you can watch below. They've also asked a number of comedians, including Fred Armisen, to write two jokes (one clean and one dirty) and Thrill Jockey will be recording reactions to the jokes and pressing them on limited edition vinyl.
In related news, experimental duo Matmos (aka M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel), who are playing some of the anniversary shows including the Webster Hall one, have just recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and they'll put out their first release for the label, the Ganzfeld EP, on October 15.
All currently known Thrill Jockey 20th anniversary shows (more TBA) are listed below with lineups...
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.
The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.
by Andrew Sacher
Buke and Gase at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
After tonight's show, Father Murphy, who are here from Italy, head out on tour with Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (which hits Bowery Ballroom this Friday 5/4). Their album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier who is one third of, but not the drummer of, Les Bonhommes (that also features William Kuehn from Rainer Maria).
Other performances throughout the week include former Parts & Labor noisemaker Dan Friel and Bunnybrains on 5/4; a Tonic reunion featuring Mephista with John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO and more; Extra Life's Charlie Looker, Greg Fox, & Jamie Saft and Glass Ghost on 5/11, gonzo drummer Greg Fox and Hubble on 5/12, a powerhouse grouping of Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet on 5/13, and Matana Roberts and Ches Smith on 5/15, among others.
Buke & Gase don't actually play any of the shows they curated but they do play the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry fest on May 4 at BAM.
The second half of May at the Stone is curated by Gyan Riley.
Check out the full schedule below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Andrew Sacher
Tim Harrington @ Death by Audio 3/31/2012
All ages Williamsburg venue Death by Audio celebrated its fifth anniversary last month with sets by Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav, playing solo), Free Paint (Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Flying's Sara Magenheimer), Grooms, and Neckbeard Telecaster. Check out more pictures from the anniversary party below. Meanwhile, they have a number of solid upcoming shows this month and next, which are highlighted in this post.
This Wedneday (4/18), Brooklyn's Hunters will play the venue. We profiled them when they toured with The Kills and Jeff the Brotherhood, after releasing a James Iha-produced, Nick Zinner-mixed EP, which you can stream/purchase at bandcamp. The bill also includes Oakland bands Sister Fucker and Generation, and Brooklyn-via Oakland band Buddy Bag.
Parts & Labor (who are on hiatus) member Dan Friel plays the venue on April 25 and again on May 2. The 5/2 show is with ex-Parts & Labor member Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller, who can also be found at Glasslands on Thursday (4/19) with Lotus Plaza and Disappears (tickets). Dan Friel also plays The Stone on May 4 at 8 PM before Bunnybrains plays at 10 PM. All Dan Friel dates are listed below.
The next night, May 12, pg.99 offshoot Pygmy Lush, who opens for Young Widows at Saint Vitus on 4/23, plays with PC Worship, Horse Lords, and Spa Castles. You can catch PC Worship at DBA again on May 25 with Psychic Ills and Ex Cops.
Toronto garage punks Teenanger, who will be in the Northeast US to open for Ty Segall and White Fence in Philly (5/18), will stick around to play Death by Audio in Brooklyn one day later (5/19) with Family Curse.
More pics and dates below...