Entries tagged with: David Pajo
David Pajo looking positive in the hospital (via Instagram)
Slint's David Pajo (aka Papa M) has apparently attempted suicide, but thankfully has survived. Message boards started to get busy with rumors last night after Pajo posted a suicide note
which you can read in full below that claims his wife was having an affair and leaving him, not allowing him to see his children, and that he had no choice but to hang himself.
EMS reportedly intervened in time and reports started to circulate this morning that he is in the hospital and expected to be okay. The above photo that was just posted to his Instagram (where he previously posted a link to the suicide note after posting a series of family-related pictures) seems to confirm the same.
David, we love you, and our thoughts are with you and your family.
If you're thinking about suicide, please know it is never the answer. Where there is life, there is hope.
If you are thinking of suicide, please call:
Suicide Helpline: 1800 - SUICIDE
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-827-7571
National Suicide Hotline: 1-888-248-2587
UPDATE: At the risk of further offending anyone, we removed the reprinted note that was below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Union Pool, 12/8/2012
Yeah Yeah Yeahs teamed with Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic (a new side project from Tunde of TV on the Radio) and a DJ set from Creep at Union Pool last night (12/8). Yes, the room was absolutely minuscule for a band of the YYY's size, but the occasion was to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, specifically via Waves 4 Water (follow that link to donate if you can). The YYYs were a quartet for the evening, adding collaborator David Pajo to the mix on that rainy Saturday.
More pics from Union Pool are below, including one of the setlist (which included the new song "Despair" presumably from their forthcoming LP).
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
Wu Lyf at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Wu Lyf's new LP is making some year-end lists and if you haven't already, you can catch the World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation on the road in the new year. The "satanist" band will head down-under for a set of dates in late January/early February, but will return for a stint in the US in April including a pair of NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/26 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/27. Tickets for both shows go on AMEX presale at noon tomorrow (12/14) with regular sale hitting on Friday.
Wu Lyf recently recorded a KEXP performance which you can watch below. The session includes a cover of Papa M's "Krusty", but did not include their cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game". A video of them playing that live is in this post too though, with all tour dates (not counting Coachella?), below...
Nick Zinner at MoMA last year (more by Chris La Putt)
Not to be confused with events co-organized by the Boredoms, last year 40 drummers got together at the Hudson Hotel's Good Units, and this year the same group is organizing a string party...
We're doing it again and we're doing it big! Last year, 40 Drummers was more epic than we had ever imagined. With original music composed by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Hisham Akira Bharoocha & Ben Vida (Soft Circle) from 40 Drummers, performed by 41+ uber-talented musicians, this year's is no doubt going to be just as awesome as the last. We're talking 41 STRINGS - that's violins, violas, cellos, electric & acoustic guitars, upright bass, electric bass, on top of synth and drums.No word on the personnel at 41 Strings, but we do know that David Pajo will be one of the axe-slingers. The show goes down at 8PM on Wednesday, May 11th (again) at Good Units. RSVP at RSVP@Loomstate.org (yes, this happens in the Hudson Hotel and is somehow related to the Loomstate clothing company). Flyer below.
Super rad lighting works by Yoshi Sodeoka, mixed by E*Rock and produced by Dawn of Man, and also by Ernesto Klar will be candy for your eyes. Kanon Organic Vodka and wine from The Naked Grape will take care of the rest.
In related news, Nick Zinner laid down fretwork for the new Santigold track "Go" which features guest vocals from Karen O and which was produced by Q-Tip AND Switch and which debuted on Jay-Z's blog recently. Listen to the song below.
And in other Nick Zinner news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist is currently showcasing his photographic work at Anastasia Photo through June 4th.
That song stream and the flyer is below.
New personnel change: Dave Pajo is tagging out, folks.
Dave has decided to step out of the spotlight for a spell, and will no longer be touring with Interpol.
We're all friends. It's just an Out-of-the-hotel, Into-the-home sorta thing.
He's going to be missed to be sure. Aside from being an exceptional musician, Pajo is a wonderful person to be around.
He's sharp as a tack and funny as all get-out.
Anyway, if you saw us perform recently, I'm sure you'll agree - we were lucky to have him.
Dave wanted to speak to you personally, so please see below for a note from the man himself.
And now for the good news:
We have tapped our friend Brad Truax to perform bass duties effective immediately.
Brad is the man. His musical resume includes work with a horde of awesome bands: Home, Soldiers of Fortune, Gang Gang Dance,
The Broke Revue, Animal Collective, Cass McCombs, White Magic...
He's got taste and he's got chops. And that's what we want.
Our next gig, and our first with Truax, will be in Hamburg on March 3rd. So hop on over to Germany and come down say hi.
We look forward to seeing every last one of you in the coming months.
"I would like to announce that I will no longer be performing live with Interpol on their upcoming campaign. I'll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons--it's really as simple as that!
I would like to thank Paul, Daniel, Sam, Brandon, everyone in the crew, and all of the Interpol fans for the remarkable support and patronage they have shown me during my time with them. I feel a tremendous amount of love and respect for everyone involved and will genuinely miss them.
I will continue to record and perform music, with bands as well as solo, I just won't be touring as much.
I am truly grateful for the experience and look forward to enjoying Interpol in the future, as a fan and friend.
Walk in light, walk in darkness.
February 20, 2011"
Interpol in Rochester, NY, June 21st (via)
Interpol debuted new songs and their new lineup (with David Pajo on bass and Brandon Curtis on keys) last night, Monday, June 21st, at Rochester, NY's Water Street Music Hall. Their short tour continues to Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and then NYC for the Creators show at Milk Studios on Saturday, June 26th.
Interpol's new record comes out September 14th on Matador.
A video from the show and its setlist (which had three new songs, including the released "Lights") are below...
Hey gang,Enough said?
We'd like to take a moment to introduce you to our new editions:
Two fresh faces who will be joining us live on our upcoming tours.
On Bass: Dave Pajo
Pajo has a vast body of work. He was the guitarist for Slint. He has recorded as Papa M and Ariel M. And he has worked with Tortoise, Will Oldham, Zwan, and numerous other artists. So, you know....do the math.
On Keys and Vox: Brandon Curtis
Curtis is a member of the Secret Machines. Enough said.
We are very excited and honored to be working with such talented individuals.
Come and see why.
The For Carnation are a post-rock band from Louisville, Kentucky who formed in 1994. The band was formed by Brian McMahan, who is the only constant group member. McMahan's previous band Slint hinted at the distinctive sound and sombre aesthetic he would create in the For Carnation. To date they have released an EP and two albums: Fight Songs (Matador Records, 1995), Marshmallows (Matador, 1996), and The For Carnation (Touch and Go Records, 2000). Fight Songs and Marshmallows were compiled into one record, Promised Works, and released by Runt in 1997. Promised Works was re-released by Touch and Go Records in 2007. The band has included Doug McCombs and Johnny "Machine" Herndon of Tortoise, Todd Cook (Shipping News) as well as Britt Walford and David Pajo of Slint.The For Carnation are on for TONIGHT (12/17), when the team up with Mountains at Knitting Factory. Tickets are still available. The band recently played a show at ATP's 10th anniversary, as well as a prior warm up show in their native Louisville. No word on if Dave Pajo will he in the house for the show, like he was for ATP.
by Benjamin Lozovsky
Four distinctly non-metal acts came together to celebrate the upcoming release of Until The Light Takes Us, a much-anticipated documentary on the Norwegian Black Metal scene written and directed by Brooklynites Aaron Aites and Audery Ewell. Aites and Ewell made themselves available for the whole show, amiably speaking to fans about the film and taking pictures in front of promotional gear sporting a pixilated harbinger of doom. The event felt less like a release party than a gathering of friends to show support however. Despite moving to Norway while making the film, Aites still has plenty of Brooklyn-informed leanings, and he tapped friend and collaborator Kyp Malone (the two play in local band Iran together) to perform with his Rain Machine project. It ended up being just Malone solo, as he performed songs from the project's self-titled debut album with just a plaintive (and at times shattering) guitar and his quivering, unpredictable vocal charms.
Malone might have a future, although maybe just a small one, in comedy or motivational speaking; he filled up the awkward pauses of a quiet audience with deadpan cracks and mildly inspirational calls to move about, if not at this show, then perhaps sometime in the future.
Dave Pajo, playing as Papa M, was probably the only musical participant that had delved into metal material in the past, but on this night he performed his critically revered post-rock album Live From a Shark Cage. Or at least part of it, because after 5 or 6 numbers, the band left the stage. His ambient, textural guitar lines grew slowly as he looped percussive guitar bits underneath the ambling melodies that joined to form a more grand harmonic synthesis. He too had his peoples out in force, as co-members of his new band Yeah Yeah Yeahs Nick Zinner and Brian Chase showed up to cheer on their collaborator and friend. Pajo plays the album again at ATP's 10th Anniversary Festival in England in December, and he'll assist Zinner and Co in performing their breakthrough debut Fever To Tell at the same event.
Overall, it was very subdued night, with only one out of the four acts even rocking a drum kit on stage. That was Soft Circle, who mixed reverb-heavy, almost surfer guitar sounds with punishing krautrock and dance punk beats, courtesy of drummer (and layering whiz) Hisham Akira Bharoocha. But after listening to all that black metal, can you really blame Aites and Ewell for toning it down a notch on this night? There will be plenty of time for bleeding ears once the movie is released. Catch it in New York starting December 4th at the Cinema Village.
Kevin Barker was the first of four on the bill. We missed him, but more pictures from the rest of the show below...
A pale and heavily photoshopped David Pajo returns from church
As previously discussed, Until The Light Takes Us is the much talked about documentary chronicling the Norwegian Black Metal scene, which after months of anticipation, is FINALLY getting a theatrical release in NYC on Dec 4th (you can catch it at Cinema Village). Featuring a killer lineup of interviewees (Fenriz, Hellhammer, Frost, Abbath, Harmony Korine, and even the elusive and now free Vark Vikernes himself) as well as a soundtrack with many faves of different genres (Darkthrone, Mayhem, Ulver, Thorns, Enslaved, Boards of Canada, Black Dice, Sunn 0))), Múm, many others), fans of all types of music should be able to follow the fascinating story behind one of the most extreme musical scenes in modern history.
Maybe all of the years of research put into the documentary has burned the filmmakers out on buzzing guitars, pained vocals and frost-bitten blasts though, because they recruited bands of a different sort for their release party at Knitting Factory TONIGHT (11/18): Papa M, Rain Machine, Soft Circle, and Devendra Banhart collaborator Kevin Barker. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below.
The director of Until The Light Takes Us Aaron Aites and Rain Machine aka Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio) are in a band together, Iran, who currently have no US dates lined up. Rain Machine have a total of four.
Papa M, aka David Pajo (who is also now in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), will be showcasing all of his 1999 LP Live From A Shark Cage at the show as one of only two US dates (the other is in San Francisco on 12/20), with a third date as part of the previously discussed and sold out Ten Years of ATP show in Minehead. Pajo is also prepping to release his new LP, Evila, which is set to blast off in early December. Full tour dates are below.
Kevin Barker, who has also been known to collaborate with Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Vashti Bunyan, and Antony and the Johnsons among many others, has one other date on his calendar, Dec 20th at The Stone. His new album You and Me is out now digitally and features many of those same people as guest musicians.
The movie trailer and party flyer with Papa M dates and a video of Pajo covering "Where Eagles Dare" by The Misfits, below..
"To celebrate the Yeah Yeah Yeahs coming up to ten years of being a band and also of course our 10th birthday- at Ten Years Of ATP the band will play a special performance of debut album Fever To Tell as the first part of their show. This is unique to ATP and will not be what they are performing on the rest of their tour."Ten Years of ATP", taking place in Minehead in December, is sold out.
In other news we're very happy to confirm that David Pajo's Papa M performance will consist of the 1999 classic Live From A Shark Cage album (another ten year anniversary!)." [ATP]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing a Verizon DROID launch party at Angel Orensanz in NYC on Friday (11/6). It's free, but you need to go through some hoops to get tickets.
"met jack white for the first time tonight at the dead weather show." -David Pajo
"It's only fitting that it was a gloomy and rainy on the night of the first ever public performance by music supergroup The Dead Weather. And while the cold clammy weather was bummer for those hovering by the entrance of the Bowery Ballroom in hopes of snagging an extra ticket to the sold out performance, for the lucky folks who made it inside the outlook was positive.Crystal Stilts opened last night's show with a short set right at 9:00.
Judging from the pre-show audience chatter it seemed as though the major draw of the night was to see Jack White strut his stuff with his new side project, but as soon as the band came out on stage and started in on the first rock-fueled tune, all eyes were on frontwoman Alison Mosshart.
Known as the female half of the rock duo The Kills, Mosshart is familiar with being in the (shared) spotlight. But where The Kills's energy comes from the push and pull between Mosshart and her bandmate Jamie Hince, the dynamic of the Dead Weather is hinged upon Mosshart's role as the ferocious, fearless leader and the rest of the band acting as her dutiful, capable soldiers."
[The Modern Age]
By 10:05, The Dead Weather were on stage and playing. Before the two-song encore that would end their hour-or-so (12 songs total?) headlining set, Jack White came out from the drums (his main instrument in this band) and played a song (as everyone hoped he would) on guitar. He also sang a bunch, mostly while playing drums.
More pictures from the show, and some videos, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
In summer 2008, drummer Matt Schulz announced that he would be leaving Enon to pursue other interests. Afterwards he joined Holy Fuck as a touring member. Enon will tour for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009 with a replacement drummer before Schulz's replacement will be announced in early 2009. [Wikipedia]Enon currently has three scheduled dates. One is at the Bell House tonight, Thursday, April 9th, with These Are Powers and The Forms. Tickets for the show are on sale (or get them at the door). All dates below.
These Are Powers also played the Bell House on January 23rd - one of the band's many 2009 shows. Check out their new video for song "Blue Healer," below.
Enon's last record was 2007's Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds, on Touch & Go. That label, recently downsized, is home to Slint and Dead Child - two bands that feature guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Pajo, who announced in March on his Myspace that he "just started playing with the YEAH YEAH YEAHS and will be jamming with them on their their upcoming tour." He's currently tweeting about the band's London rehearsals. YYYs perform on SNL this Saturday (4/11).
Crystal Antlers' full-length Tentacles came out on Touch & Go on April 7th, and they just released a new video for their song "Andrew." Touch & Go writes, "The video was directed by Michael Reich of Videothing.com and will tie-in to a feature film that the band will be releasing later this year." Check it out below. Crystal Antlers is currently on tour, with its own pair of NYC dates coming up in May (one of which is at the Bell House).
Enon tour dates (with Bell House flyer) and These Are Powers and Crystal Antlers videos below...
"Due to illness - the final 3 shows have been cancelled! More info to come on refunds, rescheduling, etc." That sucks. Affected dates below...
David Pajo is actually out on tour with Gene Ween which means you can catch him opening the show Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and again the day after that at Highline Ballroom. Tonight/Sunday Gene doesn't have a show though, and David is using his day off to headline the Knitting Factory's Old Office space. Men and Women, Hard Bop and 1200 Trees are also on the bill. In related news, David is putting out a Misfits cover record. He explains...
I'll explain more after the record comes out, but basically I recorded a bunch of misfits songs at a friend's house with a radio shack mic duct taped to a cymbal stand into one of those 70s handheld cassette recorders (back when they had huge hands). it sounded like shit. I was recording the songs to get warmed up (I was about to start work on what became the PAJO record). I usually pick a songwriter that I like and learn some of their songs to get into the mindset. who better than glenn danzig?!Angelfuck is streaming at MySpace. All dates below...
this was in 2004. I forgot all about it but somehow that tape circulated. chan marshal told me she heard it at a photo session a few years ago. it moved to the west coast. it had kids, formed governments, started revolutions. my friend dirk asked me if he could release it on vinyl.
hellz yeh, I replied.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Dead Child - "Sweet Chariot" (MP3) from Attack, out now on Quarterstick.
Sometimes you just want to forget about texture, subtlety, beauty, and building momentum and you just want to pummel someone over the head. Repeatedly. In a good way. I am pretty sure that's how David Pajo must have felt when he and some of his comrades from the mighty Slint decided to give birth (sorry, couldn't resist) to Dead Child. Think 80s thrash, Maiden, The Sword. Dead Child is:
Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise)Members of Slint AND Lords in the same band. Ouchie. Their tour started last night in Kentucky, and tickets are on sale for two upcoming NYC shows. All dates below....
Tony Bailey (Lords)
Todd Cook (Slint)
Dahm (Phantom Family Halo)
Michael McMahan (Slint)