Entries tagged with: Dean and Britta
"RIP beloved friend. I just can't believe you are gone. Will miss you terribly" - Britta Phillips
"So sad that friend #ScottHardkiss has passed on! His music and vivid memories will stay in my heart! #RIP" - Josh Wink
"Very sad to hear Scott Hardkiss has left us" - Optimo
"RIP Scott Hardkiss who made some of my all time favorite techno records and helped change music." - Tricia Romano
"Rest in Power @scotthardkiss ...you live thru your legacy #rip" - KingBritt
"RIP Scott Hardkiss a pioneer a legend a visionary man! My prayers go out to his loved ones and family!" - Junior Sanchez
"Scott Hardkiss (Scott Friedel), a San Francisco DJ who played a key role in the development of America's rave scene in the 1990s, has died, Big Shot magazine reported yesterday. The cause of death was not specified. Friedel was 43." [Philip Sherburne, SPIN]Super sad news today about Scott, who, though he has tweeted since, on March 20th posted one final Facebook message that read "Friends...how many of us have them? Friends...ones we can depend on?" Rest in Peace friend.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Dean & Britta, The War on Drugs and Wormburner played the Shine a Light Music Festival at Mulcahy's in Wantaugh, NY on July 21. Presented by The Tommy Brull Foundation the festival supports Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program dedicated to children and adults with special needs who reside within the Town of Hempstead. (More info about it is in this Newsday article.) The show was notable as a mini Luna reunion with guitarist Sean Eden joining Dean & Britta on-stage. (That band played their last show at Bowery Ballroom in 2005.) Their set included such Luna favorites as "Tiger Lily," "23 Minutes over Brussels," and "Moon Palace." A video of the band playing "Tiger Lily" is below. NYC Taper was there too and you can download the entire Dean & Britta (and Sean) set over his way.
Dean says he's done with doing Galaxie 500 shows (at least in NYC)... is it too soon for a real Luna reunion? More pictures of all three bands and the video of "Tiger Lily" are below.
Dean Wareham at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
As mentioned, Dean Wareham is touring this summer and coming to NYC for a 'Galaxie 500 show' at Le Poisson Rouge on July 20. Since posting that show, LPR's website has noted that it will be his final 'Galaxie 500 show' in NYC. Tickets for that show are still available.
Dean and Britta also have another NYC area show the day after the LPR show, which happens in Wantagh, NY (near Jones Beach) at Mulcahy's Pub on July 21 with The War On Drugs. it's a benefit show billed as the "SHINE A LIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL," in support of the Tommy Brull Foundation. Deer Tick played a similar show at the venue last summer, and like that show, this one will also be supported by Wormburner. Tickets for the Mulcahy's Pub show are on sale now.
You can also catch The War On Drugs play a free show in NYC next month when they join Guided by Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Cloud Nothings for a free Central Park Summerstage show on July 7 as part of CBGB Festival. They also play the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ.
All dates are listed below...
Dean (& Britta) at Maxwell's (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Late-breaking Northside Fest news: Red Baraat, Dean & Britta, Mas Ysa, and Hume will play a free show on Saturday, June 16 at the Heineken Stage at McCarren Park. Kind of an odds-n-sods sods bill... but it is FREE. Bands start at 3PM. Schedulue is below.
It is one of two Northside shows happening in McCarren Park this weekend, though the other isn't free. As mentioned, of Montreal, Jens Lekman (solo acoustic), The Thermals, and Beach Fossils play there tonight (6/15) and tickets are still available.
Hume, who this week went from having one show at Death By Audio to no NYC shows, to now-two NYC shows, also plays the official BV showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg TONIGHT (6/15) with Frankie Rose, Caveman, and Fort Lean. Tickets for that show are still available or you can try to get in with your Northside Badge.
Dean & Britta also have other upcoming shows, including a ''Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500' show at LPR on 7/20 and a 13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests performance at The Met on 10/6. All Dean Wareham dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: TEEN - Better (MP3)
Brooklyn's TEEN formed about a year and a half ago, started by Katherine Lieberson (aka Teeny) who used to be in Here We Go Magic, and her sister Lizzie plus pal Jane Herships. The band, expanded since, released the Doodz EP online last year and have now signed with Carpark who will release their debut album, In Limbo, this fall.
The album was mixed by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and while there are bits of the Velvet Underground (and their descendants) as well as nods to girl group pop and post punk to be heard, though those descriptors don't do them justice. (Neither does their name.) In Limbo genuinely has it's own thing going and sound sound quite like anything else at the moment. You can download opening track "Better" at the top of this post and stream it at the bottom of this post. There's a video for the song -- repurposed from Kevin Bacon's cheesy '80s bike flick Quicksilver -- which you can watch at the bottom of this post, along with a video for another album track, "Roses and Wine," as well.
TEEN have a few shows scheduled in the NYC area: July 20 at Le Poisson Rouge, opening for "Dean & Britta do Galaxie 500" (tickets on sale); the next day (July 21) at Union Pool (with Bubbles and Test House) as part of the free Summer Thunder series, and then opening for Ariel Pink at Webster Hall on September 14 (tickets on sale 6/8).
Dean at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Like he's done in years past, Dean Wareham has scheduled a few 'Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500' shows for 2012. One of those shows is in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on July 20 with TEEN. Tickets are on sale now.
Dean & Britta are also bringing their 13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests performance to The Met on October 6 in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Tickets for that are on sale now.
All dates and some videos from Dean's Galaxie 500 show at the Bell House in 2011 below...
"Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street's re-occupation of space in downtown Manhattan."
Lou Reed & Patti Smith scheduled to play on Saturday, December 17th - the THREE MONTH ANNIVERSARY of Occupy Wall St., the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi - the act that sparked the Arab Spring.Head over to Sixth Avenue and Canal St. and tune in to WBAI. Here's what to wear.
Dean & Britta, Titus Andronicus and others will be performing in the WBAI studios - creating a soundtrack for the protesters to listen to on radios. Full performance schedule below. It's unclear who will actually be performing/speaking at the actual event (Lou Reed at both? Patti Smith at just the actual event?).
Dean (& Britta) at Maxwell's (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Dean Wareham continues his juggling act of playing Galaxie 500 songs one night (like he did at Maxwell's recently) and 13 Most Beautiful... songs the next (both with Britta Philips taking different roles). The pair play Hanover, Germany on Saturday 4/8, and after a couple days in South America, return to Europe before heading back to the US for some dates.
Those US dates include The Bell House on June 17th, where Dean will play the Galaxie 500 set. Tickets are on sale and if you have missed recent Galaxie 500 shows, Wareham suggests you make it this time: "We won't be playing this show of Galaxie 500 songs again soon in the NYC area". All tour dates and some videos below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: What made you want to revisit the Galaxie 500 catalog now?Dean Wareham and band (Britta included) played another excellent set of Galaxie 500 songs at Maxwell's in Hoboken last night (1/13). Their friend and collaborator Cheval Sombre opened the show (Britta on drums and then bass for two songs included). A picture of the set list (Galaxie's 'Ceremony' New Order cover included), with more pictures from the show, below...
Dean: We did one show of all-Galaxie 500 songs at a Spanish festival about a year ago, and it sounded really good. I came home and the CDs were all being re-released, and I thought now that I have re-learned the songs I might as well go play them -- while I can still hit all the notes. [Critic] Michael Azzerad asked me if I had dropped the key on any of the songs to do that, but I have managed to get there without resorting to that.
Oh Land @ Rebel NYC (more by David Andrako)
You've been following the CMJ adventures of multiple BV contributors for two weeks now, including the day by day reviews from Rachel Kowal. Before too much more time passes, here is the conclusion of Rachel's week (with the end of day four and all of day five), and assorted pictures from four other shows all rolled into one big post. Check it all out, below....
Dean Wareham playing Galaxie 500 8/18 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Damon & Naomi will take the stage of Knitting Factory TONIGHT (10/29) with Magik Markers, supporting Masaki Batoh of Ghost. The show is not the first time that members of Ghost and 2/3 of Galaxie 500 have shared the same stage, and based on their recorded/live history, it most likely will not be the last (especially since they are both scheduled to play Northampton, MA one day later). All dates below.
Damon & Naomi, both ex-Galaxie 500, meanwhile have not been participating in the "Dean plays Galaxie 500" shows that their ex-bandmate Dean Wareham has been doing, like at Bowery Ballroom on 10/22 during CMJ:
"Headliner Dean Wareham sat poised to play an exclusive set of music from the Galaxie 500 catalogue, encircling the 90's dream-pop band's fans with memories and treating them to a set of classics like "4th of July", "Flowers", "Blue Thunder" and "When Will You Come Home". Sans original band mates, Wareham invited bassist Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), drummer Jason Lawrence (Dean & Britta) and guitarist Matt Sumrow (HeaveN) to play with him for the sold-out stint, which was as warm, subtle and pretty as the band's music".-[Sonic Diet]The Bowery show was one of three shows on 10/22 for Dean & Britta , who brought said project to Bowery Electric as the surprise guest for the Village Voice/Red Eye day show in addition to their previously discussed performance "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" at NYU's Skirball Center. Crushable was there:
"In a Q&A after the show, Dean and Britta explained that with hundreds of tests to choose from they wanted to compose for people who were part of Warhol's daily life -- and not folks who merely stopped in at the Factory once or twice (this is why we don't get any score for Bob Dylan's test, grr). Among the 13 compositions are videos for Billy Name, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Paul America and Nico.If you missed Dean Wareham "plays Galaxie 500" at the Bowery show, no worries. He'll be back in NYC to presumably play the same set (or similar) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/17. Tickets are still available.
The songs are dense and beautiful, some have lyrics and some are purely instrumental. It was fascinating to see both product and inspiration at the same time. There was something so raw and almost intrusive about the experience, and I imagine that's just how Andy Warhol would have wanted it."
All dates and some videos below...
Dean & Britta played Galaxie 500 in August (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 is already happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December. Turns out, Dean and friends (Britta, etc.) will be doing the same thing much sooner as part of CMJ. The new show takes place at Bowery Ballroom where they did the Galaxie 500 thing previously, one night after the same show at Rock Shop. Catch them at Bowery Ballroom again on Friday, October 22nd, on an eclectic bill with Crocodiles, Wakey! Wakey!, Brian Bonz & The Major Crimes, James Vincent McMorrow and Young Buffalo. Tickets are on sale now (you can also try and get in with your CMJ badge).
And actually, Dean & Britta do a "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" set earlier that same night (10/22) at NYU's Skirball Center. Tickets for that are up too. That makes at least two CMJ shows for Dean and Britta who were part of our own CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom in 2007.
For Crocodiles this gig comes a few days before they kick off a tour with Golden Triangle at Maxwell's.
Recent live videos are below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"Dean Wareham just played ALL the hits. Perfect set. The Rock Shop is the best new ny show space I have been to in a looong time." - Erik
"Sometimes living in ny rules. Seeing Dean Wareham do Galaxie 500 songs at The Rock Shop to a crowd of under 75 people. This show space rules" - Erik
Dean Wareham (with Britta Phillips) played a secret show at Rock Shop last night (8.18), as a prelude to "the Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500" series of shows that continue at Bowery Ballroom tonight with Crystal Stilts. Bowery is, much like Rock Shop was, sold out. Pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show are in this post.
The pair have quite a few shows on their docket for the coming months, though some fall under the guise of "plays Galaxie 500", others as "13 Most Beautiful..." shows and some under the "regular" Dean & Britta tag. A show that falls under the first category is a recently announced show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Dec 17th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale Friday 8/20 at noon.
Full tour dates for the forthcoming Dean & Britta trek (that extends far into the new year) and what version of Dean & Britta you can expect at the show, as well as a recent video taken of them performing at East Village Radio and another from the Phoenicia porch show, with the setlist and more pictures from Rock Shop, below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Weekend - End Times (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weekend - All American (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Procedure Club - Feel Sorry for Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Procedure Club - Rather (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: No Joy - No Joy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - Someday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Games - Everything is Working (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Trees - Dream Talkin (MP3)
Weekend @ Cake Shop
I hope you all survived the insanity that was last week. Thankfully, this week is not quite as action packed but still a lot of cool stuff going on. Let's get to it.
Lovers of shoegazy noisepop will want to be at Silent Barn tonight (8/18) for a pretty killer quadruple bill at which earplugs are definitely recommended. San Francisco's Weekend and New Haven, CT's Procedure Club are both signed to Slumberland Records. Weekend are pretty clean-cut looking dudes who make a dark-edged squall that shows a direct through-line from Joy Division to Jesus and Mary Chain to Ride and beyond. I caught them last night at Cake Shop and despite a few microphone problems I thought they were pretty good. Loud. Really loud. The band have already released singles on Transparent and Mexican Summer -- download tracks from those at the top of this post -- and the Slumberland album, Sports (is the title perhaps a tip of a hit to fellow Bay Area musician Huey Lewis?), is out in November. Weekend also play Death by Audio tomorrow (8/19) tomorrow night with sonic compatriots A Place to Bury Strangers.
Procedure Club, meanwhile, are more on the bedroom pop side of things. Their album, Doomed Forever, came out in June and is a pretty low fi affair, but the songwriting begins to shine through the cacophony on repeated listens. Check out two tracks from the album above, and there's a video for "Rather" at the bottom of this post.
As for the rest of the Silent Barn bill, there's LA/Montreal duo No Joy who I've written about before (but still haven't seen) and are possibly the loudest band on a very loud night. The band's debut 7" is out now on Mexican Summer (grab the b-side above) and is recommended to those whose taste leans towards the sludgy side of things. No Joy are also playing the Death by Audio show with APTBS and Weekend tomorrow night, and will then head out on tour with Dungen, and those tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Rounding out the show are Fredericksburg, VA's Ceremony who crib more than a little from JAMC (and Medicine and The Radio Dept.), though their album, Rocket Fire, has some nice moments on it -- you can download an MP3 of "Someday" at the top of this post.
Dean and Britta
Dean Wareham kicks off his "Plays Galaxie 500" tour tonight at the Rock Shop, and he'll do it again tomorrow night at Bowery Ballroom with Crystal Stilts opening. Both shows are sold out so I won't go on and on here, but I'm looking forward to this trip down Memory Lane. Hopefully he'll pull out some of my favorites ("Strange," "Parking Lot," "Oblivious"). Dean talked to the AV Club about the difficulties of rearranging the songs for his current band:
AVC: You play with four people now instead of three.Dean & Britta, meanwhile, have a new album, 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, which they'll be touring in the fall. (NYC's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on 10/22.) All Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 tour dates (including the Music Hall of Willimsburg one that was just added in December) , HERE, and video of the original band doing "Strange" is at the bottom of this post.
DW: We like four people, because I listen to the records, and there's generally two guitars, because there's an overdub on each track. Or sometimes Matt [Sumrow] plays keyboards; he switches back and forth. I think it sounds fuller with the live guitar. When I go back and look at the old Galaxie 500 live recordings, sometimes Kramer would get onstage with us and play a few songs. It sounded a little fuller. There are times when it works great as a three-piece, too.
AVC: Does touring the Galaxie songs as a four-piece involve some rearranging?
DW: It involves some rehearsing. The songs are more difficult to play than I remember. I listened to the live Galaxie 500 album from Copenhagen, and I realized that's at the end of a tour, after we had been touring for a couple of months and had gotten pretty good at it. In terms of chord structure, the songs are incredibly simple. For example, a song like "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste" is only one chord, but there's a whole lot going on in it.
AVC: Peter Buck talks about how hard it was late in R.E.M.'s career to relearn some of their early songs. Because they didn't know what they were doing at first, it's incredibly difficult to replicate.
DW: On "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste," when I was going over my guitar solo, I had no idea what I was doing and I was completely lost. Then I'm like, "How did I do that?"
AVC: It's hard to stumble into the same thing twice.
DW: Well, obviously I don't have to replicate it note-for-note. Mind you, I've got fans who get mad if I play "Snowstorm" and I do the solo with the fuzz pedal instead of the wah-wah. "What! How could he do that?"
And a few more picks, day-by-day of shows that weren't covered above.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18
Family Trees, who probably own a Galaxie 500 record or two, play their dreamy folk pop to Pianos tonight opening for Julian Lynch and Family Portrait. Check out Family Tree's lovely "Dream Talkin'" at the top of this post.
Air Waves, The Beets, Easter Vomit and Rifle Recoil play a benefit for Yellow Fever's Jennifer Moore at Death by Audio.
Sunday in Phoenicia, NY
Dean Wareham (with help from Britta) is about to kick off the first dates of his upcoming sorta-tour where he'll be "playing Galaxie 500". The August 19th Bowery Ballroom show, and the secret show at The Rock Shop on August 18th, have both sold out, but Dean has added yet another NYC show happening on December 17th at Music Hall of Williamsburg (four months after the Bowery show for those counting). It's also billed as "Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500" and Tickets go on sale Friday, August 20th at noon.
Updated tour dates, and a video from Sunday's free porch show in Phoenecia (where Dean & Britta performed with Jonathan Donahue & Grasshopper of Mercury Rev), below...
We're not 100% who's playing The Rock Shop on August 18, but I couldn't help notice that the date is the day before Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 songs at Bowery Ballroom and that opener Tyburn Saints recently posted a Galaxie 500 video to their facebook page. $5 Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Dean & Britta play a free show this Sunday in Phoenicia, NY.
Dean, Naomi & Damon (Galaxie 500)
Following the re-release of Galaxie 500's three classic albums on Domino and 20-20-20, Dean Wareham will perform a set of Galaxie 500 songs, backed by the Dean & Britta band (featuring Britta Phillips, drummer Anthony LaMarca and guitarist Matt Sumrow). Galaxie 500 formed in Cambridge, MA in 1987 and recorded three studio albums (Today, On Fire and This Is Our Music). They met with much acclaim in their short time together but disbanded in 1991. Wareham went on to form Luna.That's the official description of the event that Dean Wareham is bringing to various states across the country before the end of the year. Two of the shows will be opened by Crystal Stilts including August 20th at the Troc in Philly (tickets on sale) and August 19th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC (tickets on sale).
The Bowery Ballroom show is one of two Dean and Britta have scheduled in NYC at the moment. The other is the previously mentioned "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" show happening at NYU on October 22nd. They also have other Andy Warhol tour dates scheduled in support of the July 2th release of that CD too. More info and all dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Dean & Britta - Making Me Smile (MP3)
"Sing Me To Sleep" is a really fun compilation of lullabies and popular songs re-imagined as lullabies by some of today's best indie artists including: Dean & Britta, Tanya Donelly, The Leisure Society, The Rest, Telekinesis, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Real Tuesday Weld, Snowbird, Neil Halstead, and many more. All proceeds from this wonderful album are donated to The Valerie Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. It's a beautifully produced album for indie-hipsters young and old.Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies came out in May on American Laundromat Records (the first pressing came with a bonus 7" with a song by Sigur Rós). Check it out if you can, it's a great compilation (for adults at least - I haven't tested it with kids!)
Coming up, Joe's Pub will be hosting a June 13th show for the album with contributors Tanya Donelly, backed by a jazz ensemble, Jenny Owen Youngs and Julie Peel. This all-ages, kid-friendly (with face painting, free souvenirs and door prizes) starts at noon. Tickets are on sale.
Songs from the record (including Stars cover of the Smith's "Asleep") are streaming, and the Dean & Britta track is available above. Tracklist for the CD and show flyer are below...
"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann
Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)
Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)
Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.
No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...
photos by Lori Baily
An excellent show! Silver Apples was just Simeon with oscillators and synths and beats and it was incredible. -justinpaszul
Silver Apples: chillwave originators??!? -WIZARDISHUNGRY:
Oneida jamming with Silver Apples. Lower East Side is ready for liftoff. -MaxBurke
Silver Apples @ Abrons Arts Center
It's not every day you have the opportunity to step into the 5th dimension (and hitting up one of those smokey Chinatown mall raves that are all the rage lately doesn't count.) However, if you happened to find yourself at Brooklyn's Coco66 last night to see electronic-psych pioneers the SILVER APPLES, chances are you felt like you were visiting the other side...That's a review of Silver Apples' show on Sunday, May 16th at Coco66. It was one of two shows for the legendary project, the other being a Friday, May 14th gig as part of the Joshua Light Show Fest at Abrons Arts Center. At that show he shared a bill (and stage for a few songs) with BK psych-rockers Oneida. Behind them, Joshua Light Show projected trippy visuals, which you can see for yourself in the pictures and videos below.
Before a fawning and awe-inspired crowd, esteemed godfather of experimental electronics and surviving member of legendary psych duo Silver Apples, Simeon Coxe III greeted us with waves and smiles. And then came the oscillations we had all been waiting for! Promptly making the magic happen on his historic, eponymously named, personally devised synthesizer, The Simeon, Coxe performed a handful of Silver Apples/Contact-era favorites ("A Pox on You," "Seagreen Serenades," "Oscillations"), as well as a healthy dose of newer, nerve-perking vibrations. Transcendental, dance-inducing, and euphoric, last night's mystical Silver Apples set truly had us seeing stars. [Opening Ceremony]
Pictures and video below...
Dean @ LPR (more by Chris La Putt)
Abrons Art Center hosts The Joshua Light Show In Residence May 12 - 15, 2010: Four evenings of live music and visuals featuring Spectrum, Dean & Britta, Silver Apples, Oneida, Woods, MV & EE, Steve Moore, and itsnotyouitsme. Tickets $15 advance/$20 door.
Silver Apples will also play a 2nd show in Brooklyn on May 16th.
Dean & Britta also play as part of an expensive benefit at Central Park Summerstage on June 8th (which Ben Gibbard & St Vincent have since been added to), and they'll be doing a "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" show at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on October 22nd (possibly part of CMJ).
Spectrum also plays Knitting Factory on May 19th.
Joshua Light Show behind Yo La Tengo @ Roseland Ballroom last September
The iconic Joshua Light Show, led by multimedia artist Josh White, remains one of the most visible proponents of the psychedelic lightshow discipline popularized in the 1960s as a means to enliven the experience of live music -- an experimental cinematic medium that is also essential to the visual culture of rock. Artist and curator Nick Hallett has selected four evenings of incredible musical artists, including Silver Apples aka Simeon Coxe (who performed with the original Joshua Light Show at Bill Graham's Fillmore East on a bill with no less than The Fugs and Norman Mailer) and pioneering English electronic musician Sonic Boom and his band Spectrum, sharing an evening with Dean & Britta. Younger talent, culled mainly from Brooklyn's ultravivid music scene, rounds out this mini-festival, focusing on visionary, visual music.Besides those bands, the four-night mini-fest at Abrons Art Center, which runs May 12th-May 15th includes MV+EE on a bill with Woods, Oneida with the aforementioned Silver Apples, and itsnotyouitsme with Steve Moore.
Tickets to all four shows are on sale.
A video of Joshua Light show at work and the schedule are below...
Gainsbourg is playing two nights at Brooklyn's Bell House tonight (1/19) and tomorrow (1/20). Both are sold out. The opener for the first night is pop duo Dean and Britta; the second night's is Francophilic Brooklyn band Dinosaur Feathers (who have other dates, below, and their debut due this March). She plays Philadelphia's Theater of Living Arts on Friday, January 22nd, and then NYC's Hiro Ballroom (with no opener announced) on Saturday, January 23rd. Tickets for the Hiro show are still on sale.
Gainsbourg is on the lineup for Coachella in April. She recently cancelled some of her non-NYC shows (like Montreal and Toronto scheduled for the end of the month) due to scheduling conflicts. Those are expected to be rescheduled.
Charlotte isn't the only member of the Gainsbourg/Birkin family in the news. As previously mentioned, Jane Birkin (her mother) is playing in NYC in February. And a biopic about her father Serge, titled Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque, comes out tomorrow in France (no US screenings scheduled as of yet, though it screens in the UK in September). The trailer for that (NSFW) and all Charlotte Gainsbourg and Dinosaur Feathers tour dates are below...
Field Music didn't make it, but there was a special reunion set by Pulsars, followed by the super duper Wye Oak who played before special guest Rumours last night at The Bell House in Brooklyn (12/3).
As advertised (at the last minute anyway), Rumours was a Fleetwood Mac cover band. Cover song experts Loser's Lounge made up the band and a rotating cast of singers came to the stage to play individual tunes. Those vocalists included Dave Hill dueting with Erika from Au Revoir Simone, Will Sheff dueting with Beth Wawerna, Matthew Caws, Britta, Sharon Van Etten, Wye Oak, and many more. The show was in honor of Bell House booker Skippy. Well, it was his birthday party, and he even came out to help perform "I Don't Wanna Know" with Mia Riddle. The full setlist (which did not include AC Newman or Eugene Mirman - both must be out of town) with a couple of videos below...
DOWNLOAD: My Robot Friend - Misfits Fight Song (MP3)
My Robot Friend...
Double Feature Records presents Soft-Core, the first US release by My Robot Friend. My Robot Friend is a musical and performance art project born from the ashes of the late '90s NYC band Princess, which almost signed on to the legendary label Too Pure (P.J. Harvey, Stereolab) but broke up just in time. My Robot Friend performs in an elaborate light-up suit while interacting with illuminated objects, wireless video cameras and pyrotechnics. Think lovechild of a three way between Devo, Laurie Anderson....and a robot."Soft-Core" is actually My Robot Friend's third album, and anyone that spent any time at Luxx or exploring the electroclash scene probably recognizes that robot suit.
My Robot Friend (who has been known to cover Luna's "23 Minutes In Brussels") is appearing Friday, October 2nd show at 92YTribeca. Also on the bill are Cheval Sombre (with special guests), and DJing by Dean Wareham, who started the new Double Feature label with partner Britta Phillips. It makes one curious about the "special guests" that'll be appearing (yes, Dean & Britta will be there). Tickets are on sale.
Cheval Sombre, also on their label, opened for the Dean & Britta at LPR in June. At that show, the pair announced that it'd be their last non-Warhol show in the US for the year, but they played a regular set in Rochester last weekend (and will do one in San Francisco in October). Plus their New Years Eve show at Southpaw is still technically in 2009...
A My Robot Friend video below...