Entries tagged with: Ed Schrader
The first time I met Future Islands was at the now defunct Baltimore DIY space Jesus Camp in 2010. I was playing a show with Adventure and Moss of Aura, the solo project of Gerrit Welmers from Future Islands. I still vividly remember the audience's unplanned yet naturally synchronized sway when Deem, from Moss of Aura's "Still Parade", started playing. Frontman Samuel Herring was in attendance on crutches, recovering (as he reminded me last week) from an injury sustained in the middle of performing as part of a live Dan Deacon show in Europe. Herring still finished the show.
The first time I actually saw Future Islands perform was a few months later. I played a show with them when they came through my hometown on tour with Lower Dens. Ask any fan or friend of Future Islands about them and you'll consistently hear the same two words: honest and hardworking. The hardworking part isn't supernatural — they were already four-year road warriors by that point. It's the confident honesty that's so special. Everyone in the audience felt like Herring was sharing a piece of time with just them, even if it was just for a moment. Sweat dripping, eyes locked. Each live song was a real performance without feeling calculated. To be so genuinely engaging in a live setting is hard work. I've been a fan ever since.
Jump forward 4 years to their (very) sold-out show at Doug Fir in Portland, OR on 4/5. The night was a Baltimore lovefest, with the bubbly-ambient drones of Jason Urick kicking it off and the frenetic Ed Schrader's Music Beat playing next. Which reminds me: go see Ed Schrader's Music Beat immediately — total surprise of the night.
Denny Bowen (formerly of Double Dagger, currently of Roomrunner) is on live drums for Future Islands this tour. The stoic precision of Bowen, Welmers, and bassist William Cashion provided excellent contrast to the tirelessly raw and off-the-wall Herring. The set was an equal mix of old and new, hitting on the inevitable "Seasons (Waiting On You)" and "Tin Man" but also bringing some tenderness to more restrained tracks like "Little Dreamer" and "A Song For Our Grandfathers." During their encore, a cadre of fans rushed the stage mid-song to dance along.
Future Islands "Vireo's Eye", live in Portland
After witnessing their live set, it should be obvious to even the freshest Letterman fan that their success is anything but a flash in the pan. If you get a chance to see them live, don't hesitate - they are on top of their shit and it's a thrill to watch.
At Coachella this weekend and next, their tour hits a sold out Webster Hall in NYC on April 30. They played Bowery Ballroom earlier in the trek. The band also just announced they'll appear on TV again, this time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat continues touring with Future Islands, but also plays Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on June 13. They also just released a brand new track from their new album Party Jail which comes out via Infinity Cat on May 20. You can listen to "Televan" below.
All dates are also listed with more pictures and video from the Portland show, 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...
Dan Deacon @ Merkin Concert Hall (more by David Andrako)
Like he did recently at Merkin Concert Hall (and Carnegie Hall), Dan Deacon plays another "non-dan deacon" show with his ambient project, Pardalince Bird at 285 Kent TONIGHT (4/5). The show is with Ramble Tamble, Dan Friel, Doomsday Student (members of Arab on Radar), and Ed Schrader's Music Beat. More details below.
According to his website, Pardalince Bird is "that tape of 'sad songs' that was meant to be out ages ago" that he'll eventually be recording. Other Dan projects in the works include "a lighting system with Capser Electronics", and "the STINT RIDDLER set (ambient and noise pieces)."
Lemonade have a new album coming out next month and a tour with Neon Indian set to kick off later this month. Before that tour kicks off, the band will play a hometown show in Brooklyn on Friday (4/6) at 285 Kent with a pretty solid local bill including LE1F and Megafortress. The bill also includes DJs Lil Internet, Rem Koolhaus and Deanieman. More details below.
Lemonade are also playing the 'Audiophile' show at Brooklyn Museum with Small Black on June 21 that Tanlines were originally listed on, but are not in fact playing.
All dates and show details below...
photos by Sarahana
Future Islands @ Bowery Ballroom
Released in October, Future Islands' third album, "On the Water," features cellos, violins and acoustic percussion -- along with background sounds captured outdoors at a North Carolina waterfront. The natural world also features heavily in the album's song titles, including "The Great Fire," "Give Us the Wind" and the title track.Future Islands are officially in their native Baltimore after concluding their US tour in support of Over The Water over the weekend. Falling toward the end of those dates was Bowery Ballroom on 12/1 which also featured tourmates Ed Schrader's Music Beat as well as Zomes. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Add to that songs such as "Before the Bridge" and "Tybee Island," and there seems to be an elemental theme. But Cashion says "On the Water" is not a concept record.
"This is a group of songs that work well together as an album," he says. "But there was no underlying concept we were discussing when we wrote it. I feel like it takes a certain kind of band to make a true concept record. I'm not sure we're that kind of band." [expressnightout]
Future Islands' US tour kicked off in late October and also included stops at Hopscotch, FYFest, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. The band has a couple days off now, but will play a pair of UK dates at the end of this week including ATP's Nightmare before Christmas. They'll then return to tour Europe in Feb/March next year.
In related news, Doe Paoro released a cover of Future Islands' "Little Dreamer" which you can stream, with all dates and more pics from Bowery, below...
Dan Deacon @ FYF Fest 2011 (more by Nathanael Turner)
Jeffrey Lewis, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, and Emperor X play a show that starts at 8pm at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (9/21). Dan Deacon then takes over the club for a late Wednesday night show that starts at 11pm. It's a one-off for Dan who will hit the road proper in late October, playing both solo and Wham City comedy shows through 11/19, and then again for a few days at the beginning of December.
The "Wham City Comedy Tour 2011" hits 285 Kent in Brooklyn on 11/18, right before the tour ends back in Baltimore. What is the Wham City Comedy Tour? Well, "Their two-hour bat-shit variety show covers experimental theater, performance art, video, and stand-up." You might have caught it when it came to NYC in 2010. Video trailer (and dates) below.
Last week Dan reissued some stuff...
Deacon dug into the vaults and reissued two of his early LPs, Meetle Mice and Silly Hat Vs. Eagle Hat, on double LP via Carpark Records on Sept. 13. Also, limited cassette versions of Meetle, Silly as well as Spiderman of the Rings and Bromst will be issued and made available at shows and on the Carpark online shop. In October, Carpark will also reissue Spiderman of the Rings on LPAll dates are listed below...
photos by Nathanael Turner
Future Islands @ FYF Fest
Future Islands play this weekend's Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC on 9/10, and after a few weeks away from the road, will kick off a US tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan that will last them into the first week of December. NYC has a date to call their own that falls toward the end of said tour, at Bowery Ballroom on December 1st. They're headlining (!) with Ed Schrader's Music Beat opening. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
The tour kick off happens exactly two weeks after On the Water, the band's latest full-length from Thrill Jockey, hits store shelves (October 11) Check out the video for "Balance" below.
Future Islands joined several other notables over Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles at FYFest. A recap of the festival that took place on 9/3 is on the way, but for now bask in the mayhem that took place during Future Islands' set (the fest's break out performance according to Lady Gunn). More pictures, the video and all dates below...
The show is a broad hybrid of things, over 20 acts of stand-up, skits, music, and a very broad "other."That description of the Wham City City Comedy Tour comes from a SPIN review of the Baltimore show. The tour ends in NYC at Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery tonight (11/20). Todd P's full listing for the show, below...
Kizer, playing the archetypal patient, but being asked to peer into his doctor's very, very exposed asshole.
Avant-garde musician/David Bowie impersonator/internet talk show host Ed Schrader singing a busted-up song about "kids jail" involving kids meeting various forms of execution.
Dan Deacon reworking the audio from a particularly choice segment of The Wizard of Oz backed by a building, anxious bassline to an effect as sinister as it is funny.
Performance artistist/ventriloquist April Camlin having a few very heavy existential moments: "What happens to me when we die?" asks her dummy.
Truth be told, the Wham City comedy tour is full of a ton of bleak, cutting stuff. Maybe that's another misconception about the group: that it's full of cartoon people that live cartoon lives. Watching nearly all of them do comedy, you can't shake the feeling that, funny or not, the collective's stacked with some seriously cynical people.
Hi Friends! This is Seth from Dufus. I'm writing this to inform you ofGet your $10 tickets at the door Saturday night. Flyer below...
the completion of Dufus. We're planning our last show on September
25th at Cakeshop, NYC. This will also be a CD release (with FREE CDS!) and our 13th Anniversary Celebration.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Please donate to the cause so we can finish the album... It's mostly recorded but needs mixing, mastering and
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grant." Plus if you donate you get prizes! Here's the site...
Also on the bill for this night will be...
Ed Schrader (recently signed to Load Records
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"Dan Deacon & Dustin Wong absolutely murdered it tonight at Cake Shop "Silence like the wind overCakes me, 5 yr anniversary!"" -corygreenwell
Dan Deacon @ Cake Shop on May 27th (via Youtube, below)
Dan Deacon played one of the last shows of Cake Shop's five-year-anniversary month on Thursday, May 27th. Also at the gig were Height, Eternal Summers, Big Troubles and Dustin Wong. A YouTube slideshow of pictures from the show is posted below.
Dan Deacon and his friends at Wham City have posted details on this year's Whartscape Festival in Baltimore on July 22-25. Confirmed acts include Wye Oak, Deakin, Javelin, Lightning Bolt, No Ave, Talk Normal, Zach Hill, Arab on Radar, Xiu Xiu, Yip Yip, Dan Deacon Ensemble and Ponytail (Beach House was intially listed but has since been removed). More bands are TBA. Tickets go on sale at WhamCity.com and Baltimore's True Vine Records on June 15th.
For Arab on Radar, this is yet another date to add to the list of reunion gigs they have scheduled in July, August and September.
Wye Oak are also playing Siren in July.
Deakin (ex-Animal Collective) will hopefully schedule a NYC show one day soon.
The full Whartscape lineup and pictures from the Cake Shop show are 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
John Wesley Harding @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Of Montreal @ Santos Party House
* Asobi Seksu (acoustic) @ Joe's Pub
* Olof Arnalds @ Rockwood Music Hall
* John Zorn Improv Benefit @ The Stone
* Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rocco Deluca @ Terminal 5
* Let's Paint TV w/ John Kilduff @ Issue Project Room
* Jason Anderson, Twice as Bright @ Pete's Candy Store
* Little Boots, Yes Giantess, Plastiscines @ Bowery Ballroom
* Box Elders, Woven Bones, Tanks Amigo @ Monster Island Basement
* Miike Snow, Jack Penate, Phil and the Osophers @ Mercury Lounge
* Sleepy Sun, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Weird Owl @ Union Pool
* Ed Schrader, Adventure, Infinity Window, DJ Dog Dick, NT @ Glasslands
* Ida Maria, LadyHawke, Frankmusik, Semi Precious Weapons @ Irving Plaza
* White Suns, Chaos Majik, Little Big, Buckets of Bile, Invisible Circle @ DBA
* Sam Mickens, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Katie Eastburn @ Cake Shop
* Rhett Miller, Jim Ward, Mia Riddle & Her Band @ The Bell House
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders w/ special guests @ LPR
The Flaming Lips are on the Colbert Report tonight.
Miike Snow and Jack Penate play for a second night, this time with Phil and the Osophers, at Mercury Lounge.
Asobi Seksu play a "special acoustic" show at Joe's Pub before their upcoming tour.
Little Boots, who last visited NYC in May, plays Bowery Ballroom with Yes Giantess and Plastiscines. Earlier in the night she might be playing Irving Plaza with Perez LadyHawke, Frankmusik and Semi Precious Weapons, but NOT Ida Maria.
Olof Arnalds performs at Rockwood Music Hall with a grand piano accompanying her. It's her second of three shows while she's back in town. Jim Campilongo & Adam Levy Guitar Duo are at the same venue earlier in the night.
Box Elders, Woven Bones and Tanks Amigo play Monster Island Basement. A video Bill took at last night's Box Elders show at Cake Shop, below...
In case you missed it, Pavement is getting back together.
Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers (who play three days later at Webster Hall) perform with Jim Ward (of Sparta) and Mia Riddle & Her Band at The Bell House.
John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders is back on stage. Tonight guests at (Le) Poisson Rouge include Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), Eugene Mirman, David Gates, Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth and the Catapult), John Roderick (The Long Winters) and Jon Auer (The Posies).
Rodrigo y Gabriela play Terminal 5 with Rocco Deluca. Video of them covering Metallica's "Orion" below...
John Kilduff's Let's Paint TV is at the Issue Project Room. See a video of the show below.
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Bao Nguyen
Some people waited in the rain, some grabbed their wrist band and ran home, one person I saw even constructed a counterfeit entry pass out of tape and markers for fear of getting shut out. Others just walked right in. Whatever your experience, if you made it to the August 2nd Jelly NYC Pool Party show, it was worth the mess. The decision to call off the event's East River State Park/Williamsburg Waterfront location was made by the State Parks Dept. around 3pm, a fact that highlights a point made earlier in week by the Times -- that putting on outdoor concerts in NYC is often a bureaucratic and logistical nightmare.
Nonetheless, the show was moved to the nearby Brooklyn Bowl - a recently opened nearby venue - and doubled into a late and early show (both still all-ages). At 10:45pm I walked up to the Brooklyn Bowl without a wristband and by 11pm I was inside. I hear it wasn't as easy for those who opted for the 6:00pm show, though the late show was still packed.
After an opening set by a DJ/guitarist laying Eastern-sounding scales over looped beats, Ed Schrader, another opening act, took the stage armed with just a floor tom and his voice. Ed pointed his unhinged gaze, vaguely reminiscent of Charles Manson, at the audience and ably pounded the drum while delivering lines about "beautiful transvestites in the rain." The tunes were energetic and immediate -- enough so that some crowdmembers caught on to the repetitive hooks and sang along.
The headliners, a triple bill of Deerhunter, No Age and Dan Deacon (without his ensemble), managed to fit a full two hour, "round robin" set into the late show, which finished just shy of 2am. They traded off single songs at first (one Deerhunter, one No Age, one Deacon, etc..), then after two or so go-arounds, played songs in pairs. The latter set-up eased the jolting shifts in energy, and was more forgiving to Deerhunter, who was by far the most subdued of the three.
More than once, Dan Deacon's mountainous beats gave way in deadening fashion to a florid but not as physically propulsive Deerhunter jam. While his songs were up, Deacon engaged in his usual audience participation games (which hopefully get some kind of update if they come back again). Those included touching your neighbor's head, group miming, and a "London Bridge"-like chain of people that snaked across the Bowl and gave a nice tour of the space's different rooms. He remarked that it'd most likely be his last NYC show this year, and paused one song mid-beat to make an announcement about not running across the stage.
The groups collaborated at the beginning and end (with some touches in between) and celebrated the finale of a long day by throwing their instruments and whatever else (I think I saw a tour manager) into the crowd. They all milled around afterward to chat and give out high fives.
This was a review of the late show. More pictures from the early show below...
Polvo @ Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (iPhone pic by windupgodzilla)
Like Friday's free Polvo & Obits show, today's free Dan Deacon, Deerhunter & No Age Pool Party show has been moved from the Williamsburg Waterfront to Brooklyn Bowl due to rain. Doors are at 6pm, sets will start at 7pm. Full lineup ("Special round robin set including Ed Schrader, White Rainbow, Infinite Body"). FREE. ALL AGES. First come, first served.
"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.
by Andrew Frisicano
Andrew WK takes to the stage of Santos Party House, the club he partially owns, this Thursday, May 28th for a show with Cherie Lily, Height with Friends, Ed Schrader, DJ Dog Dick, Ana Lola Romanhas and host Aleister X. Also appearing will be Julia, Samuel and Bad Brilliance. Tickets are on sale.
That event is a release party of sorts for the first record from Andrew WK's Skyscraper Music Maker label. That compilation, DAMN! The Mixtape Vol. 1, released on May 25th, features "Andrew's work as a producer for Skyscraper Music Maker artists, Bad Brilliance, Aleister X, and more." Check out a streaming sample at RCDLBL, and a trailer for it, along with the video for Bad Brilliance's "It's So Fun" (remixed by AWK), below.
This September, Skyscraper Music Maker (with its partner Cargo Records) will release Andrew WK's new record, 55 Cadillac, a disc of solo piano improvisations. There's an advertisement/preview video for the disc, also below.
Just a few days ago, Andrew WK started his own Twitter, and already he's been dropping news bits (and trying to get people to call him). Along with more prosaic observations about pizza and dusty Diet Coke, Andrew announced that his 2006 overseas-only album, delayed previously because of contractual obligations, will finally be see US release, as well as new disc(?) Young Lord. He writes, "Close Calls With Brick Walls is coming in the winter and Young Lord is next!"
Andrew WK is releasing material sooner than that even. Nardwuar, the Canadian music personality, is putting out a 7-inch on June 23rd called A Wild Pear! split between his own band, The Evaporators, and Andrew WK. The CD release party for that EP is part of a larger Andrew WK summer Canadian tour coming in June. That tour includes Sled Island Fest in June, and more shows with The Evaporators (who killed it at SXSW this year). All dates below.
Non-Canadians get Andrew WK love this summer too, as his new TV show, DESTROY BUILD DESTROY, is premiering on Cartoon Network on June 20th. The program is "a game show involving teenagers and 100 foot high explosions, quadruple wide fire-balls, and the will to create from the ashes!" Check out a preview for that below.
All above mentioned videos, show posters, and a "Learn How to Play Andrew WK songs" clip hosted by WK himself, below...
Ed Shrader & Dan Deacon @ Ridgewood Temple (April 17, 2008 (Jonny Leather)
....Moments before Deacon's exhilarating performance--which got someone as tightly wound as myself to dance--four Hispanic dudes entered the venue. Before that moment, I had felt like my companion and I were the ones who didn't fit in, but these guys in their expensive baggy clothes obviously weren't part of the intended clientele or demographic for this event.I missed all of that because I was at the Cloud Cult show at Union Hall instead. As far as I know, nothing was stolen from there, but I did overhear some stock tips that turned out bad, and I almost got hit in the toe with a bocce ball (just kidding).
Naturally, I was prejudiced against them, suspect of their motives for entering into this hipster Temple party. With the crowd, in tight, circled around Deacon, the party began, with everyone in the place dancing along. Even these "thugs" were dancing and seemed to be enjoying it.
Of course they were into it. We were easy prey. The geeky, scrawny white kids--many of which looked ridiculous--had their backs were turned, allowing these "thugs" to easily rummage through our bags that we naively expected to be safely stashed. My lady and I had let down our guards, in order to loosen up and have fun, but also because of our unwillingness to hold prejudiced feelings towards people based solely on how they looked. Though we were naïve enough to set down our bags, we kept a watchful eye on the culprits. Those watchful eyes watched those young assholes steal all of her cash (leaving her without a dime for food for the entire rest of the month) and a credit card. We acted just in time to grab our bags before they made with the big heist. The thief who had stolen my friend's money had his hand on my camera bag, while we plucked it away without confrontation.
We quickly made our way to security to warn of the theft that had been taking place. The culprits were fully aware that they had been caught, and quickly made their way to an escape. While the security staff could have easily taken action and saved a lot of kids from the disappointment of losing a lot of money and valuables, they decided to let the thieves pass by unquestioned..... [Jonny Leather - NY PRESS]