Entries tagged with: Double Dagger
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
Double Dagger bid the world adieu in 2011, but have left the world with a pair of parting gifts. The Baltimore band will release their final LP 333, on Record Store Day (April 20) in conjunction with a new documentary on the band If We Shout Loud Enough. Also be on the lookout for video from their final live shows featuring appearances from Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Thank You, Wye Oak, and many more.
Teaser trailer for the documentary below...
Dan Deacon at Ecstatic Music Fest (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon has released "Lots", the first single from the Baltimore-an's debut LP for Domino Records America, due on August 27/28. In preparation, Deacon has will play a few dates around the states as well as in Europe, including a stop at River Rocks at Pier 84 on July 12th for a FREE show with John Maus and recently added opener Roomrunner. All Dan Deacon dates are listed below. All River Rocks shows are listed HERE.
If you can't wait to get your fix of the noisy-skronk of Roomrunner then head by Cake Shop on June 15th. There the ex-Double Dagger band will team with the also great Dope Body, Zulus, Guardian Alien and Lushes. Full set of Roomrunner dates are listed below along with a stream of their recent EP.
Speaking of John Maus, he's preparing to release A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material on July 13th via Ribbon Music. The record features tracks that date back as far as 1999, and you can check out one track "Mental Breakdown" below. Order your copy via the label. the first 500 come in a rare translucent pink.
A listing of all tour dates and some streams are below.
DOWNLOAD: Roomrunner - "Disintegrate" (MP3)
Does Denny Bowen think he's Dave Grohl? The former Double Dagger (RIP) drummer is back with a new project called Roomrunner and much like Grohl on that first Foo Fighters LP, Bowen handles all of the instrumentation. Roomrunner is a bit removed from Foo Fighters musically, but does touch on melodic-punk anchored by noisy XL-riffs much like Nirvana or Melvins. Check out "Disintegrate" from the self-titled cassette above (stream all of it below) and stream "Super Vague" from the EP of the same name (due on 5/12) below. Both releases come courtesy of Fan Death.
Roomrunner is also hitting the road for a string of East Coast dates that will include Saturday at Shea Stadium (3/3) with Lanterns, Liquor Store, PC Worship, and Sleepies. All tour dates and streams below....
I've had the pleasure of catching the crazy dudes in Double Dagger on occaision over the years, and it looks like I will have one more shot before they call it quits. Yes, Double Dagger is ending, but not without a string of select dates in late October that will include Death By Audio on 10/20 with AIDS Wolf and Zomes. The tour, which kick-off 10/12 and end 10/21, is bookended by two dates in their hometown of Baltimore.
Full statement and those tour dates below.
Glasslands will host a headlining set from Zanzo (aka Hisham Baroocha of Soft Circle with Rob Lowe of Lichens) and additional performances from Thank You and Daniel A.I.U. Higgs TONIGHT (1/25). Entry will cost you a paltry $7, and the show starts at 8:30.
The show will double as a record release party for Thank You, as their new LP Golden Worry is out today via Thrill Jockey. Download "1-2-3 Bad" above and check out a video for "Birth Reunion" below. In early Feb, Thank You will hit the road in support of the LP, tagging Death By Audio on February 12th as part of that jaunt. Double Dagger is also part of the show, and will play NYU with Fucked Up the day before. Full Thank You tour sked is below.
Tonight at Glasslands is one of two NYC shows scheduled for Lungfish member Daniel A.I.U. Higgs in the near future He'll also play Issue Project Room on 2/26 with Heresy of the Free Spirit ("Jozef Van Wissem and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists Che Chen (violin, bowed rewap, bass recorder, percussion and tape machine) and Robbie Lee"). Tickets are on sale.
In addition to both of the previously mentioned shows, Daniel Higgs has announced that he has joined on as a member of Skull Defekts. Higgs will appear on the band's forthcoming LP Peer Amid due via Thrill Jockey on 2/15. Check out the first track "Fragrant Nimbus" available for download above/streaming below. The band will follow up the release of the LP with US dates in late March and April with Zomes, including April 3rd at Littlefield in Brooklyn.
That Skull Defekts song stream, the Thank You video, and all tour dates are below.
Fucked Up at Purchase Fall Fest (more by Kellyann Petry)
Fucked Up will play NYU's Kimmel Center on February 11th with DD/MM/YY, Double Dagger and No One and the Somebodies for the "F*cking Valentine's Day Show". "Come and join us for a celebration of a terrible holiday in the best way we know how: moshing & cupcakes. Yes, there will be cupcakes." $5 for NYU students, $7 for non-NYU, and "Tickets for NYU students will be going on sale at the Skirball Box Office (Ticket Central) or online via NYU HOME at the end of January. Tickets for non-NYU students will be available the DAY OF THE SHOW at ticket central, and please arrive at the box office before 8pm."
That brings the total number of scheduled North American dates for Fucked Up to two once you add in their appearance at Chaos in Tejas. They also have a couple of shows scheduled in Australia.
Maybe the lack of dates is due to frontman Damian Abraham's hectic schedule as new host for The Wedge on MuchMusic... The Wedge is the Canadian channel's alternative/indie show that features live performances, music video, and interviews and will be resurrected with Abraham as its mouthpiece on January 26th at 10 PM EST (sorry, for Canadians only). After catching Damian as the host of festivities up at NXNE in Toronto over the summer, I have no doubt he is the right man for the job.
All tour dates, and some videos below.
Peelander-Z @ Santos in 2009 (more by Gabi Porter)
tonight in NYC
* MGMT @ Fordham
* Sean Bones (afternoon) @ Pianos
* Amazing Baby (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stagger Back Brass Band @ Union Pool
* Suzanne Vega & friends @ City Winery
* Johann Johannsson, Lichens @ Littlefield
* Light Pollution, Memoryhorse @ Under 100
* Kuroma, Bell, Picture Picture @ Glasslands
* Henry Kaiser, Cookie The Clown @ The Stone
* Fountains of Wayne, The Candles @ Maxwell's
* Truck America @ Full Moon in Big Indian, NY
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ Apollo Theater
* Kate Nash, Supercute! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John Doe & Exene Cervenka @ Concerts in the Studio
* The Joy Formidable, The Dig (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Styrenes, Tyvek, Pink Reason, Kohoutek @ Cake Shop
* The Gamut, Daughters of the Sun, Vampire Hands @ Zebulon
* Echo & The Bunnymen & Hatcham Social @ Irving Plaza
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo & Alan Licht) @ Thirty Days NY
* The Binary Marketing Show, Magnetic Island @ Fort Useless
* The Willowz, The Naked Hearts, Cults (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Album Leaf, Sea Wolf, Gregory & The Hawk @ Bowery Ballroom
* Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Anamanaguchi (early) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile @ Nokia Theatre
* Future Islands, Double Dagger, Lower Dens, Light Asylum @ Death By Audio
* Sam Buck Rosen, Delicate Steve, Beauty Feast, Strange Shapes @ Glasslands
* Bad Credit No Credit, Laura Stevenson & the Cans,Air Waves,Kate Ferencz @ Coco66
* King Django Sextet, Glen Adams & Jammyland All-Stars, Shems Disciples, The Equilibrians @ Knitting Factory
The Styrenes are celebrating 35 years. They played Death By Audio last night, and end a two week tour at Cake Shop this evening with Tyvek playing right before them. Tyvek list no other dates at the moment. Kohoutek and Pink Reason are also on the bill.
You might have caught Light Asylum open for LCD Soundsystem recently. Tonight they're on a strong bill with both Future Islands and Double Dagger at Death By Audio.
Today is Free Comic Book Day
It's also First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.
Sean Bones plays in the afternoon (3pm) at Pianos today.
Speaking of Cokie the Clown, Bamboozle Fest is happening in NJ.
Spring Food and Craft Market at Brooklyn Lyceum.
Alan Licht and Lee Ranaldo play as Text of Light with a light show by Gary Panter and Joshua White.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's tag sale is happening.
Some live Shellshag (who played Mercury Lounge the other night) videos below...
Dan Deacon's Top 10 albums of 2009 (via)
1. Double Dagger - More
2. Lightning Bolt - Earthy Delights
3. Health - Get Color
4. Ducktails - Landscapes
5. Pictureplane - Dark Rift
6. Javelin - Jamz N Jemz
7. DD/MM/YYYY - Black Square
8. Black Dice - Repo
9. Lucky Dragons - Dream Island Laughing Language
10. Ed Schrader - The Choir Inside
Screaming Females @ The Yard - 8/29/09 (more by Sarahana)
Screaming Females just played a show with the So So Glos on Wednesday night at The Bell House. Did you go? How was it? Earlier in the month the NJ-based band's drummer Jarrett Dougherty posted a list of his favorite albums of 2009. Check out what he wrote, below...
"For 4 years now Wham City has been organizing the WHARTSCAPE. What started as a summer warehouse party turned into a much bigger, multi-day outdoor festival with thousands of bands, performers, and folks traveling to Baltimore from all across the US and Europe.More info and full, 140 band lineup below...
Since, we organize this festival out of pocket and in our spare time, it is important for us to keep it comfortable and enjoyable for us to do. One thing we talked about at the end of last year's festival was shrinking it down slightly and having it feel more community based and familiar.
This year isn't focused around headliners, but mainly performers and friends that make up the community we tour, work and live in.
We are also greatly reducing the number of MEGA-PASSES (the 3 day pass ticket that grants you entry to every show and every day).
ONLY 300 Mega-Passes will be sold; this is the only guarantee that you can see all the shows.
Tickets will be sold to the individual shows, but it is strongly suggested that you buy a Mega-Pass, as it saves you money and assures you take in the entire poo-poo.
Whartscape will take place July 10-11-12 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art Studio Center Parking Lot, and Load of Fun.
We will begin selling tickets at 12 Noon, Monday, June 29th.
Ninjasonik @ MHOW Jan 2009 (more by Zach Stern)
Just down the street from the Danbro Studios Warehouse in the Bushwick/East Williamsburg part of Brooklyn is a (new-ish?) loft space called The Jungle (286 Meserole St) which has hosted some events in the past, and which is scheduled to host a big show that caught our eye on Saturday, August 22nd. Bands listed (though not totally confirmed) include Ponytail, Japanther, The DeathSet, Double Dagger, Team Robespierre, Ninjasonik, Juiceboxxx, Cerebral Ballzy, Boogie Boarder and Snakes Say Hiss.
The most unconfirmed band on that bill is Ponytail, who are more-officially playing a summer show with Mission of Burma and Fucked Up at the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 12th (or are they?). The Waterfront show is a few days before Ponytail go out on tour with Yeasayer (dates below).
Many of those other bands have other NYC shows scheduled sooner too. On June 28th, Studio B will host a day party with Team Robespierre, Ninjasonik, Hearts Revolution, Anamanaguchi and others. Japanther, Ninjasonik and Deathset will be at Lit Fuse Cyclery (409 Willoughby, Brooklyn) for a show on July 4th. Then, Ninjasonik and Japanther team up again for a show at the Whitney on July 11th.
Yeasayer is playing a free show in Manhattan over the summer. All/more tour dates for everyone, below...
photos by Anna Scialli
Dan Deacon played NYU's Kimmel Center Thursday, April 2nd, with openers Future Islands, Teeth Mountain and Miracles of Modern Science. The show was the first of his extensive, Bromst-supporting spring tour. At it, Deacon performed with "a full 14 piece live ensemble similar to the one that performed with him at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple back in Dec. but with different members." [full line-up below]
As previously reported, Dan + Ensemble swing back around to NYC for two days in mid-May. The first of those is a Friday, May 15th Todd P show with Teeth Mountain and Double Dagger (venue tba). The second is Saturday, May 16th at Bowery Ballroom. For those who didn't get tickets to the sold out Saturday night show, a second, late set has just been added. Tickets for that set go on sale Tuesday, April 7th at noon. For those gigs, Dan's tourmates will split opening duties - Teeth Mountain play the 8pm set and Future Islands open the midnight show.
More NYU pictures and two videos, and the DD ensemble line-up, below...
photos by Lori Baily
Vivian Girls were the last-minute/secret early-opener. More pictures from Friday night's show below...
"The art made by Baltimore artist Dan Deacon is about community and how to organize and inspire it. From founding a now well-known art collective (Wham City), to organizing and running an annually sold-out DIY music festival (Whartscape), to conceiving, planning and curating a massive 60 person/30 band tour (Baltimore Round Robin Tour), it's clear to see that community and bringing people together is the major theme of his work. Bromst is the embodiment of that way of thinking.Dan Deacon plays a $3.00 show in Brooklyn on January 30th and the "Brooklyn vs. Baltimore Marathon" now also has Woods and Blank Dogs on the bill (previously their spots were marked "special guest"). The location is
For the last three years Dan Deacon has been working on Bromst. Fusing together the growing intensity of his live performances with his background in electro-acoustic composition, the outcome is a collection of pieces that are intense and epic and at the same time down to earth and welcoming. Bromst embodies the same energy and excitement as Spiderman of the Rings, however the craftsmanship and composition on Bromst have a wider scope and richer palette.
Unlike the completely electronic Spiderman of the Rings, the instrumentation on Bromst is a mixture of acoustic instruments, mechanical instruments, samples and electronics. The player piano, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, live drums, winds and brass give Bromst a much richer tone than his previous work. The intricate and complex parts, skillfully executed by the performers, are woven together into a rich, dense, noisy dance pop that has become Dan Deacon's signature sound." [PR]
Dan Deacon will also play Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan on May 16th with Double Dagger and Teeth Mountain. The date is presumably part of a bigger tour that is still TBA. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday at noon.
Bromst will be released on March 24, 2009 by Carpak Records. Listen to the track "Get Older" at Imeem. Full tracklist below.
Even sooner (Jan 27 via Carpark), you can get your hands on a Dan Deacon / Adventure split 7". The cover of that one is a composite image of Dan Deacon and Benny Adventure. It's got 4 tracks. They are listed below.
Dan also appears on a new Free Yr Radio benefit compilation that is exclusive to Insound. Other bands on the album include !!!, Chairlift, Yeasayer, White Williams, No Age, Mudhoney, King Khan, The Secret Machines, The Walkmen, Tokyo Police Club and Jamie Lidell. Exact songs are also listed below.
Last but not least, Dan is/was looking for interns who can transcribe sheet music...
I'm preparing the scores for 15 of my compositions that are being printed in early March. I'm already insanely busy so I'm seeking 2 or 3 interns to help me with the process. It pays $15 an hour and should be around 20 hours total. I need people to help clean up the MIDI files and transcribe parts from the program Reason and bring them into the program Sibelius.UPDATE: All known tour dates HERE (including a second one at Danbro).
Some dates, tracklists and cover art, below...
On December 11th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Dan Deacon will unveil his new live set, which features a 15 piece live ensemble performing material from his forthcoming album, Bromst, which will be released on Carpark on March 24, 2009. Deacon plans to tour with an ensemble in 2009 in support of the new record. In addition to the songs with the ensemble, Deacon will still perform a few songs solo and there will be a few other surprises at this show as well. The evening will also feature sets from the always incredible Dirty Projectors and So Percussion.Coincedentally, four members of So Percussion are also in the ensemble which also includes members of Ponytail and the dude Adventure.
Sometimes BV-writer Andrew Frisicano saw So Percussion at Glasslands during CMJ. He said, "Headliner, So Percussion, a group that doubles as the rhythm section for Signal (who performed Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians' Sept 13 and 14 at LPR) played a set of engaging, adventurous percussion pieces. The band changed instruments with each song, showcasing a number of intriguingly applied timbres. Its opening tune was comprised of mostly metallic sounds (paint cans, metal scraps); other pieces included a snare and live-radio composition and Reich piece 'Drumming,' performed with sticks on bongos."
I took the pictures in this post at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November. A couple more of those, a list of who is in Dan's ensemble, and all tour dates, below...