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Elysian Fields @ The Owl 10/31/2015
Elysian Fields

NYC group Elysian Fields played the first two of their 20th anniversary shows over weekend, the second of which happened on Halloween at new Brooklyn venue The Owl Music Parlor (which is owned by the band). In addition to core members Oren Bloedow (guitar, vocals) and Jennifer Charles (vocals, small percussion) Elysian Fields were joined by Jamie Saft (keys), Ben Perowsky (drums) and Danton Boller (bass) along with special guests Joan "As Policewoman" Wasser (violin), Antony colaborator Maxim Moston (violin) and Daniel Carter (trumpet, sax). The Owl is a tiny spot and the room was packed (we spotted Jim Thirlwell in the house) with the guest violinists performing from seats in the front row.

The show opened with Jennifer coming down the center aisle enshrouded with a cloak pulled tight over her face and an old craggly walking stick, saying some very bizarre, scary and, at times, hilarious things while the band improvised and vamped some appropriately scary music. (Saft getting especially out there sounding like Sun Ra on his synthesizer.) The set began almost entirely in the dark but before the second song Oren threw a few switches and on popped blue and red house lights. Elysian Fields performed their great 2000 album Queen of the Meadow, in full, plus B-sides and tracks from the band's never-released second album (which was produced by Steve Albini).

The band's seven-show 20th anniversary run continues on Saturday (11/7) at Le Poisson Rouge where they'll perform 2005's Bum Raps and Love Taps. After that are four more shows at The Owl. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Elysian Fields' Halloween show are in this post.

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Yo La Tengo in 2015

Yo La Tengo, who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, will release a new album, Stuff Like That There, on August 28 via Matador. Reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar, the Hoboken legends are also revisiting the Fakebook concept, mixing covers (Hank Williams, The Cure, Lovin' Spoonful, Antietam), redoing a few of their own songs, and recording a couple new ones as well. You can stream a couple songs from the LP below.

The band, who recently played a Cake Shop anniversary show as Condo Fucks, will be on tour this fall, most of it in an acoustic setup, with Ira on acoustic guitar, Schramm on electric, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass. They've just added a NYC date to the acoustic tour, happening October 10 at Kings Theatre with special guest Nick Lowe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM but you can get them early via the BrooklynVegan presale which begins Thursday (6/18) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.

Before that Yo La Tengo, along with Taylor Ho Bynum, Daniel Carter, Susie Ibarra and Tony Maimone, will be performing as The Little Black Egg Big Band at Red Hook's Pioneer Works on June 28. Oren Ambarchi will open the Pioneer Works show. Tickets are on sale, and here's a little more info:

Named for Georgia Hubley's rarely performed solo guitar project Little Black Egg, the expanded Little Black Egg Big Band features Hubley and her Yo La Tengo compatriots Ira Kaplan and James McNew, joined by bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more TBA.
All tour dates are listed, along with new album art/tracklist and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo ready new LP, touring, including Kings Theatre (w/ BV presale) ++ Little Black Egg Big Band show"

by Andrew Sacher

Josephine Foster - 'I'm A Dreamer'

Colorado folk singer Josephine Foster has been making bare, 60s/70s-style folk for over a decade now, having last released her album I'm A Dreamer in late 2013 via Fire Records. No less impressive than the albums that preceded it, Josephine's wide vocal range is still the star here and thanks to her choice to still sound like she has little more than a mic in the middle of the room, her songs stay haunting and raw. This record's certainly gone a little unfairly overlooked, and if you've yet to hear it, you can stream it in full on RDIO and listen to the title track below.

Josephine is continuing to support the album on a tour with past collaborator and husband Victor Herrero, which began in Baltimore last night (1/15). That tour brings Josephine and Victor to Brooklyn for two shows here, including one at Issue Project Room on January 22 and one at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on January 30 (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). The Trans Pecos show is one of the Northern Spy-presented shows, and also features Blood Warrior (aka Greg from O'Death), The Kinematics and Ancient Ocean + Daniel Carter. More info at the Facebook event.

That Issue Project Room show is with '60s-era folk legend Ed Askew, whose sound (and the sound of his contemporaries) was likely influential on Josephine Foster. Tickets for that all-around great lineup are on sale now. You can also catch Ed playing a FREE Brooklyn show a few days later at Union Pool on January 25. That one's an afternoon show starting at 4 PM.

All Josephine Foster dates are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Josephine Foster released 'I'm A Dreamer,' playing shows w/ Victor Herrero (one w/ Ed Askew who also plays Union Pool)"

Luke Temple

While he's spent the last few years concentrating on Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple recently returned to solo mode with Good Mood Fool which was released a couple weeks ago via Secretly Canadian. On it, he bathes in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe. You can check out the video for "Florida" and a couple other tracks below, and the whole record can be heard via Spotify.

Temple is currently finishing up a short East Coast tour with his band that includes Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost, Here We Go Magic), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors) and Brian Betancourt (Hospitality). He'll then head to Europe but on his return he's doing a December residency at Union Pool, playing the first three Tuesdays of the month. He's gathered some pretty impressive talent to open on the nights:

DECEMBER 3 (tickets)
MEMS (5) - (Ofir Ganon and Greg Sarnier of Deerhoof)
CHRIS BEAR (of Grizzly Bear)

DECEMBER 10 (tickets)
SAM OWENS (of Celestial Shore)
STEVE MARION (of Delicate Steve)

DECEMBER 17 (tickets)
ADAM SCHATZ (of Man Man, Landlady, etc)
RYAN SEATON (of Callers)

As a unifying theme, all of the sets during the residency will be improvised. No word on advance tickets just yet. Ticket links above. All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below.

Continue reading "Luke Temple released new LP (streams), doing guest-filled NYC "improvisational" residency in December & other dates"

HWBMB at their first show, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

As mentioned, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, a newish project from TVotR's Tunde Adebimpe and drummer Ryan Sawyer, will release their debut EP on October 1 via their own ZNA Records. You can stream a track from that below.

In celebration of the EP, the group have an October residency at Brooklyn's Union Pool, playing every Sunday of the month. It's where the band made their live debut when they opened for Yeah Yeah Yeah's Hurricane Sandy relief benefit last December. They've also invited friends to open:

10/6: Little Shalimar and a quartet of Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Demian Richardson, and David Moss

10/13 : Leverage Models and Invisible Familiars

10/20: Soft Location and Abdoulaye Diabaté/Banning Eyre

10/27: William Tyler

No advance tickets for any of the residency shows. Check out a flyer for the residency and the song stream below.

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by Bill Pearis

people at Zebulon for an El Guincho show in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)

Rumors have been floating around for a while, but now it's official: Williamsburg venue Zebulon, which has always been a great place for world music and jazz, as well as local and touring bands (including being the home of Grizzly Bear's first show in 2004) for about a decade (and almost never charged admission), will be closing its doors for good after their show this Sunday (12/9). The press release (via Zebulon's facebook) reads:

On Sunday, Dec 9 Zebulon will be closing its doors after ten exciting years of pioneering music and arts. Williamsburg has changed significantly since we opened, and unfortunately it is no longer possible today to continue the business in the manner in which it was conceived. Nevertheless, it's been a great run. We are proud to have given many celebrated artists a chance to play in an intimate setting or develop their sound in readiness for a larger audience. Zebulon has employed and supported struggling artists and their families, connected them to a wider musical community in New York and given them a stage on which to experiment. This is our final week so if you haven't been down in a while, please come and say hello/wave goodbye, and pay your respects to this gem of an institution. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for news of our next endeavors and adventures!
Major bummer for the neighborhood. The block Zebulon is on (Wythe between Metropolitan and N. 3rd) has changed drastically in the last two years: the bike club/repair shop, such a fixture for longer than I've lived in the neighborhood ('98),  is now a surf shop, and long-running diner Relish is now an very busy (and overpriced) Mexican place. Zebulon was the last holdout on the block from the early '00s Williamsburg expansion and will be sincerely missed.

The schedule of upcoming shows for Zebulon's final week (including Mike Wexler, Colin Stetson, Hubble and more) is below.

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