Entries tagged with: Free Blood
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have noticed in today's What's Going On (11/18), there's a few Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits going on in NYC today.
There's one going down in both rooms at Public Assembly, which started at 1:30 PM and is continuing into the evening. If you head down there now, you can still catch sets by Wojick, Zula, The Veda Rays, Their Planes, Backwords, Pessanger Peru, Cool Serbia, Ski Lodge, and Slowdance. Admission is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to NY Cares. Those who bring three canned food items or one hygiene product will get one free Brooklyn Brewery Beer. The full schedule and more info is below.
Union Pool has one dubbed, "From Brooklyn with Love," starting at 5 PM with sets by Wild Yaks, Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah and the Night, and The Monte Vista. Admission is a minimum of $20 and all proceeds goes to World Cares. "Big drink specials come to those who donate." The lineup is below.
There's also a Thanksgiving-themed benefit for Far Rockaway going down tonight at The Dalloway (525 Broome St) with DJ sets by Tanlines and Victor Vasquez (aka Kool AD of Das Racist). That party is hosted by Patricia Field, Erin O'Connor, Alana Zimmer, Jaquelyn Jablonski, Sara Blomqvist, Harry Brant, Scoot McNairy, Jeremy Kost, and Va$htie. It begins at 7 PM. Show flyer below.
Later this month, there will be a Sandy benefit at Pianos on November 29 with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth, Zambri, Grooms, and DJ sets by Will Shortz between sets. Tickets ($12 minimum) are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook.
Other upcoming Sandy relief benefits include Holly Herndon, Ducktails, and Oneohtrix Point Never at MoMA PS1, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and more at MSG, EDM for Sandy Relief at Gramercy, and more. The Bell House has a lot of benefits coming up too.
Show flyers, lineups and more, below...
Donations at Coney Island (more by Nick Childers)
From Brooklyn, With Love is a "collective of North Brooklyn businesses" who have taken to organizing drives and benefits for those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy. With more than 65 business on board to help, the collective have organized dinners, donation drives (like tonight/Tuesday at Rodeo Bar) and in the case of one business, a pair of music-related Hurricane Sandy relief events.
Union Pool in Williamsburg will host a Hurricane Sandy benefit mixer tonight (11/14), featuring DJ sets from Ryan Sawyer (LoneWolf), Adam Wills (Bear in Heaven) "and perhaps a secret surprise musical performance". A $15 minimum donation gets you in, and the venue will have food, drink specials and much more. Come discuss current future outreach events and stay for the drinks and entertainment.
In addition, Union Pool will also host a live event scheduled for for Sunday (11/18) featuring 10 bands. Kicking off at 5PM, the night will be headlined by Wild Yaks and feature performances from Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah & The Night and The Monte Vista. A $20 minimum donation is required at the door, with "big drink specials" coming to those who donate. All proceeds will go to World Cares Center.
Head below for set times and more details on that one and other upcoming events...
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
Tunde Adebimpe with TVOTR at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The free summer shows at Union Pool continue Saturday (8/6). When we first announced the Summer Thunder series, Saturday's lineup was TBA. It's since been confirmed that Stabbing Eastward (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio and Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs), Path of Least Resistance (with Sean Kennerly of Samiam) and Wilder Zoby will play the Brooklyn venue on Saturday. The FREE event kicks off at 4PM and will also have "TOO MUCH FREE JAMESON" (note capital letters).
In other Union Pool Summer Thunder Series news, the 9/24 lineup, which initially listed Lord & Master with Special Guests, now lists Test House, Free Blood (featuring John Pugh formerly of !!!), and Devin, Gary, & Ross, who have a new album out on Pete Nolan's (of Spectre Folk) label Arbitrary Signs.
Updated Summer Thunder schedule below and all dates...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Tôg - Sansen (MP3)
Tôg @ 3pm in Austin
Wandering around Austin's East Side last week, I happened across Norway's Tôg (pronounced Toog) who were playing in the lot ajacent to Cheer Up Charlies. I'm not sure that 3pm under the hot sun was the appropriate introduction to the swirly dancepop (sung in their native tongue) this septet makes, but they held their own and were pretty entertaining. Check out their single "Sansen" -- a hit in Norway -- at the top of this post.
I have a feeling Tôg will be more at home for their upcoming string of NYC dates, all of which are at night: Wednesday (3/23) at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home, then Friday (3/25) at Cake Shop with Religious to Damn, and Saturday (3/26) at Death by Audio with Caves, Free Blood and Publicist. They're playing Washington DC as well.
All 2011 tour dates for Tôg, plus a couple videos, are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Gone Completely (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Concretes - Good Evening (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Concretes - All Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Concretes - All Day (Juuso Pikanen remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weird Wives - EP (mediafire Zip link)
There is a whole of good stuff going on this weekend, so let's get to it. Everyone really needs to go out and see Chicago's Disappears, who play tonight (1/19) at Union Pool and tomorrow (1/20) at Cake Shop. The band's new album, Guider, just came out yesterday and is their second in less than a year. It's 31 minutes of awesome, piledriving, motorik psych-punk. Check out "Superstition" above to get a taste, plus "Gone Completely" from their first album, Lux.
As great as their records are, Disappears really need to be experienced live. These guys lock into a groove and step on the gas and the audience hangs on for the ride. Their show last summer at Union Pool knocked me for a loop. And as previously mentioned, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley is filling in on drums which is an added bonus.
Opening the Union Pool show tonight is Prolix, which is Tunde of TV on the Radio and drummer Ryan Sawyer. The Cake Shop show has Soft and The Sundelles. I can't recommend seeing one of these two shows -- or both -- more highly.
As of right now, there's only about three Vaccines songs to be heard (videos for a couple of them at the bottom of this post) but the band has just announced details of their debut album, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, which is out March 21 in the UK. (U.S. date TBA.) If you like early '60s rock n' roll and the Pixies, the Vaccines might just be for you. Personally... I'm curious enough to go see them this week and hope that the live experience will make me see what folks I know at The Fly and NME are so excited about.
What else? Sweden's The Concretes play Bowery Ballroom this Saturday (1/22). The band's new album, WYWH ("Wish You Were Here"), is their second since Victoria Bergsman's departure, though 2007's Hey Trouble didn't get released in the U.S. The album finds the band toying with dance grooves, albiet in a very understated way. It's a nice little record and you can download two tracks and a remix at the top of this post.
Opening are fellow Friendly Fire recording artists Acrylics whose debut album, Lives and Treasure, is out March 1. The album is pretty mellow, which showcases the band's songwriting talents. I miss the more electrified line-up Acrylics sported two years ago but there is no denying the songs. Also playing are Hooray For Earth who are taking a break from recording their debut album to tour with The Concretes.
UPDATE: Weird Wives have cancelled their tour.
You may recognize these guys as most of them are in Surfer Blood. But don't go expecting super-catchy indie rock jams. Weird Wives are loud skronky shouty thrash. You can download an EPs' worth of songs at the top of this post.
That's the big stuff in TWII world. Here are few more worthy shows, day-by-day, of things not listed above.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death put on a pretty rockin' set last night at Glasslands opening for Smith Westerns. Tonight they open for Captain Shafts at Pianos. They're also going to play a free in-store at Co-Op 87 tomorrow (1/20) at 6PM.
Cloud Nothings and Toro Y Moi at Mercury Lounge.
The Drums, Guards and The Hairs (Kevin of Knight School's new band) at Studio at Webster Hall, the $25 ticket benefits former Hot Rod Circuit drummer Dan Duggins who is recovering from a stroke.
Canadian dance band Shout Out Out Out Out spent their Halloween down in Asheville, North Carolina. The occasion was MoogFest where they played along with Jonsi, Hot Chip, and many others (but not Devo)...
"Moogfest promoter and creator Ashley Capps put paid attendance at between 7,000 and 8,000 people nightly, which was near capacity. "It's been a thrilling experience," said Capps, who also promotes the massive Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. "With anything like this, you see things you want to improve and make changes on."Devo also cancelled their NYC show that was supposed to happen over the weekend at Hammerstein Ballroom, and their upcoming performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest (Devo are out out out of fun fun fun) (yeah yeah yeah) (sorry sorry sorry).
Friday's show cancellation by the legendary electropop band Devo "had an impact" at other Moogfest shows that night, Capps said. Fans instead poured into the Civic Center for a performance by rapper Big Boi, followed by the band MGMT. The arena was jammed for both shows." [Citizen Times]
Shout Out Out Out are now on a tour back north and will stop in NYC for two shows starting with Tuesday, November 2nd, at Le Poisson Rouge with Free Blood, and then Wednesday at Glasslands with Jacques Renault (the show was moved from Coco66).
All dates, and a video tour diary SOOO has been keeping, below...
Williamsburg venue Union Pool will be hosting Summer Thunder, a series of four free outdoor afternoon shows on the second Saturdays of June, July, August and September. The first is Saturday, June 12th with Free Blood, Hidden Fees, TV Baby and Aleister X.
I'm told that Hidden Fees is a...
"Disco" band spearheaded by Ivan Sunshine (Ghost Exits/Vietnam/Love As Laughter) and Tom Gluibizzi (Original guitarist from Psychic Ills). The band is somewhere between a 7 and 12 piece depending on the event (saturday airs on the 12-piece side) with Chris Anderson (Ghost Exits) and Shannon Funchees (!!!/Light Asylum) singing, three percussion players, Doug Pressman aka Record Grouch playing guitar, old drummer from Love As Laughter playing drums, sax player, keyboard player"It should be a free one today (the website says it starts at 3).
UPDATE: The 9/11 lineup is: Growing(Vice Records) Highlife(Social Registry) Coconuts(No Quarter) Warm Ghost(GeoNorth) McDonalds David Poh
A flyer with details on all the shows is below...
by Bill Pearis
Paris-via-London artist Dan Black caused a stir (on the internet at least) in 2008 with "HYPNTZ," his inventive cover of The Notorious BIG's "Hypnotize" (mixed with Rihanna's "Umbrella") -- which later got him in trouble with Biggie's estate over use of the lyrics. So Dan wrote his own rhymes, and the song reappeared a year late as "Symphonies," which has one of the more expensive-looking (and admittedly cool) videos of the last year (and a remix by Kid Cudi). You can watch it below. Some are calling him the male La Roux and that's not too-far off the mark, with production that is super-slick, but pretty clever at times too. Maybe you saw him at CMJ last year?
Black's debut album, ((un)), came out last summer in the UK and gets a belated Stateside release on February 16 and will be playing a few select North American shows in support, including a late show at Mercury Lounge on February 18 with Free Blood. Tickets are on sale.
A few videos below, including the original "HYPNTZ" and CMJ 2009 footage, and all Dan Black North American tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dinosaur Feathers - Early Morning Risers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Betty Wang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Acrylics - Molly's Vertigo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Vacation (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Portrait - Mega Secrets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez - Bad Day (MP3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
It's hard to believe online indie record store Insound has been around for ten years. Actually it's just hard to believe 1999 was a decade ago, but the calendar says it's so. Insound is also based out of NYC, so we're lucky enough to be invited to their 10 year birthday party tonight (8/27) at Brooklyn Bowl featuring a hard-to-pass-up line-up of local talent: Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate and at least one band yet-to-be-announced (sort of). $10 gets you in the door and there's free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 6 - 9.
Another very good option in Williamsburg tonight (8/27) is happening at Glasslands, featuring Effi Briest, Mahogany, and Free Blood (but not Deradoorian). The all-girl Effi Briest are in the same spooky, rhythm-heavy realm as the Life Without Buildings or the Slits (and maybe just a little Siouxsie). They've got a split 7" with Telepathe that's out now and they're working on their debut album as we speak. Mahogany, whose new line-up now (nine-strong according to their Myspace) seems to have been nailed down with the addition of former Dirty on Purpose bassist DJ Boudreau, will hopefully be playing some new material as it's been three years since their fantastic Connectivity. Free Blood bring a surprising amount of heat for such a minimal sound, thanks to the chemistry between ex-!!! John Pugh and Madeline Davy. And rounding out the bill are (The) Tony Castles who share a member with Boogie Boarder and are about to hit the studio with Jake Aron (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Acrylics).
This weekend is the After the Jump Festival which happens Friday - Sunday at Gowanus art space/venue Littlefield. ATJ is a group of bloggers that puts on events throughout the year, but this is the third year for their multi-day event and every night is pretty solid featuring some of the best new bands in NYC and a few from out of town. The full schedule and flyer is at the bottom of the post but I'll highlight a few from each night.
Friday (8/28): I have yet to see sound-collage dance act Javelin but I do like their records and am curious to see how they pull it off live. It's also their last show possibly November, so get in while you can. You can also catchy buzzy Florida band Holiday Shores (more on them below), indie pop royals My Teenage Stride, and the beachy Dinosaur Feathers.
Saturday (8/29): Philly's Free Energy (not to be confused with Free Blood) are a lot of fun if you have no problem with early '80s stadium rock or silly outfits. Despite a feeling I should know better, their live show and giant hooks won me over. Also: the Tom Waits-meets-garage-rock of Wild Yaks and the clattering, poppy Drink Up Buttercup. The night ends as a dance party with just-added Ninjasonik and the wacky Das Racist.
Sunday (8/30): Two of my favorite new NYC bands are playing on the early side. I've written a little bit about Acrylics before, but I've caught them three times over the summer and have been more impressed each time. "Molly's Vertigo," which you can download at the top of this post gives you a good idea of their sound, which is sort of '80s-ish with a dusty Southwest vibe, which maybe makes them a bit like the Rosebuds or Mirage-era Fleetwood Mac. Vocalists Molly Shea and Jason Klauber nail the harmonies and they've got an excellent pedal steel player. They're on at 8PM, don't miss them. Right before Acrylics are Hospitality, who I've written about before, are very charming live and don't play often enough. I haven't managed to catch them since May and am hoping for lots of new songs Sunday.
You can still buy discounted $25 passes for the whole shebang until Friday (8/28) morning. Individual tickets are $10 are night. There's also free beer each night from 6 - 7PM. Again, the whole After the Jump Fest schedule is below.
Holiday Shores @ Pianos in June (more by Tim Griffin)
More weekend recommendations. Fellow Brooklyn blogger Chocolate Bobka has put together a solid show at Cameo on Saturday night, with four bands that genuinely compliment each other. My previously-mentioned qualms with their vocals aside, Beach Fossils are hard to dislike and a lot of fun live. I've also been listening to the Holiday Shores (who also play the ATJ Fest the night before) dreamy, melodic debut, Columbus'd The Whim, a lot recently. It's a nice end-of-summer record. Connecticut's Sore Eros are pals with Kurt Vile and Gary War; and Washington DC's Family Portrait are part of the Underwater Peoples scene... Real Estate comparisons aren't entirely inappropriate and you can check out their song "Mega Secret" at the top of this post.
And also Saturday, there's an early show (7PM) at Glasslands featuring Phantogram, a duo who, for lack of a better term, are kind of trip-hoppy but in a '00s sort of way (breakbeats but no John Barry or Morricone samples). Chilled, atmospheric, but still danceable. Their debut album, Eyelid Movies, is a pretty good listen. Also playing are Savoir Adore who I've probably written about enough lately, and Darwin Deez.
Full After the Jump Fest schedule, some Flyers and music videos below...
Two not-shows in one day. First Bowery listed Pissed Jeans at Mercury Lounge (not happening), and now I've found out that (Angel) Deradoorian is no longer playing Glasslands on August 27th. She canceled, though they say she'll make it up by playing the venue in November. Effie Briest and Tony Castles are still on the August show though, and Free Blood and Mahogany have also since been added which makes it a pretty solid bill all around.
Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon) for the Dirty Projectors shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in November. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Building in the inaugural success of 2008, Famous Friends, a New York-based promotion company, in conjunction with Noise Problem, a leading multi-faceted music agency, are pleased to announce the line up for The Second Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). Spanning two stages, indoor and out, BEMF will be headlined by The Juan Maclean (live) and also feature Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic as well as dozens of other DJs and performers.The fest will take place at Brooklyn's Old American Can Factory. Tickets are currently on sale through PayPal. Lineup and more info on the fest, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)
The Journal of Popular Noise is a semi-annual audio magazine inspired by the traditions of pop music, printed periodicals, and the delight of a finely crafted artifact.The Journal's fifth three-7" collection ships out August 1st (there'll also be a zine edition, with additional photos and writing). On Tuesday, July 7th, JPN will have a release party at Santos Party House with contributors Andrew W.K., in his first "spoken word" performance, and comedy duo Walker & Cantrell, as well as TV Baby and Jayson Green. Tickets are on sale.
Within the package are 3 issues, each in the form of 7" vinyl records. Every issue conforms to the same prescribed editorial structures but is composed by a different artist or group. This set contains issues 13-15 featuring (respectively) Andrew W.K., Ian Svenonius, and Walker & Cantrell. The packaging folds out to a beautiful letter-pressed poster containing information about the Journal, the musicians, and the compositional process.
The one contributor not at the party, Ian Svenonius, is represented above with his song "Let's All Dream." The track finds Svenonius with Felt Letters, a band with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Tom Bunnell.
At the core of the Journal are the "prescribed editorial structures" dictated by founder and editor Byron Kalet. The structures in question come as a diagram that maps out different points of repetition, tension and dynamics for the artists. As far as graphic notation goes, the map is fairly tame, and the notes make clear that the artists are free to interpret the instructions as they wish.
As a result, the score, which is included in the packaging, ends up providing an alternate way to interpret the music. The listener tries to trace the songs back to the cryptic picture. It should be said, the records come packaged in one ingeniously folded piece of letter-pressed card stock, which manages to delicately cradle the three discs and allow easy access to the liner notes inside.
The three contributions in these new issues weigh heavily on "spoken word" -- and past releases are a mixed bag of styles. The Spring/Summer '08 edition brought together the moody rock of Past Lives, the found sound of Bora Yoon + Ben Frost, and the catchy J-pop of Na + Junko, all working under the same guidelines.
We asked Byron Kalet to explain the motivation behind the sets and give a bit of background on the magazine...
photos by Zach Dilgard
Sunday's free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College featured performances by Gang Gang Dance, Free Blood, Soft Circle, PackFM, Acrylics, and more. More pictures below...
WBAR-B-Q 2008 (via Flickr)...
WBAR Barnard College Radio presents... 16TH ANNUAL WBAR-B-Q!!!Gang Gang Dance was scheduled to play a European tour in February, until being forced to cancel because of a fire that destroyed all the band's gear. Sine then, GGD's Lizzi Bougatsos curated and DJed a Sessions at Santa's show on March 3rd, and the group played a show at the MoMA the next night (video below).
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
DOORS @ 11 AM
Join WBAR Radio for their all-day event celebrating their sweet sweet 16!
FREE ADMISSION, ALL AGES, BBQ FOOD, OPEN TO PUBLIC
at Lehman Lawn, Barnard College - 117th and Broadway, 1 train to 116th st
For info call 212.854.6538 or visit www.wbar.org
Last year's free, all-day WBAR fest was headlined by Japanther.
Video of Gang Gang Dance at the MoMA party, and all tour dates below...
School of Seven Bells @ Mercury Lounge (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The 'Oscillations' show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 16th looks pretty hot. School of Seven Bells (Ghostly, dude from Secret Machines), Free Blood (DFA/Rong Music, dude from !!!), and Juan Maclean (DFA, Special live acid set, dude from Six Finger Satellite) are all playing live. Justin Miller is DJing between sets. $10 tickets are on sale.
Fujiya and Miyagi are playing Le Poisson Rouge February 17th, but so far not with School of Seven Bells, even though the two bands are going on tour together. SOSB also have some European shows lined up with Bat For Lashes All dates below...
Todd Barry @ the Bell House - Dec 15, 2008 (by nariposa)
today in NYC
* Todd Barry @ Comix
* Gregg Allman @ Blender Theater
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* The Sundelles @ Union Pool
* Free Blood, The Present, Silk Flowers & Weekend @ Death By Audio
* Lucinda Black Bear, The Antlers & Sharon Van Etten @ Cake Shop
* model Jamie Bochert & her boyfriend's band Pagoda @ The Annex
Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk was born today in 1975.
The Present is Rusty Santos>'s band. Rusty produced albums for Animal Collective, Panda Bear and others.
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
The Journal of Popular Noise comes to Santos to celebrate their newest release! For this newest issue, the evening (Dec 15, 2008) will feature performances from$10 for everyone else. Free Blood also plays a show tonight, Wednesday November 12th, @ 205. PWRFL Power was among those who performed (with Friendly Fires and others) at the BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos during CMJ. More pictures from that quirky-entertaining performance, and tour dates, below...
SHY CHILD, FREE BLOOD, PWRFL POWER
free with RSVP to first 100 who RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
TJM @ Bowery Ballroom
"Dressed in a dark blazer and white pants (after Labor Day, mind you!), John MacLean looked more like a professor than a dance-rocker. Perhaps his fashion sense is a remnant from his days teaching English in New Hampshire? Following a set from Chairlift, a Brooklyn-based trio whose career received a kick-start after Apple licensed "Bruises" for an iPod commercial, their fleeting allusions to Television and Bjork were bulldozed by The Juan MacLean's dance floor pastiche and their fondness for disco, house, and techno. Though MacLean's vocals sounded a little off at times (probably due to technical problems), when he's not singing and playing keyboards, he's constantly adding hand percussion and tweaking gizmos that give his music an interesting effect. Most notably, the icy vocal of singer/keyboardist Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) is a perfect yin to MacLean's yang. Their union shined on "Give Me Every Little Thing," a throbbing, squelchy, funky number laden with Theremin. Thankfully void of needless irony, it tipped its hat to Parliament-Funkadelic. Along the way, they dropped "Happy House," the first single from their forthcoming album, The Future Will Come, and it was a definite highlight. If tonight's performance is any indication, the future for The Juan MacLean looks very bright." [BigShotMag]The Bowery Ballroom show (10/18) happened a few days before the DFA CMJ showcase at Santos that Juan also played....
The Juan Maclean came on late closing out the DFA showcase...around 12:45- 1? John/Juan the man and his trusty troupe, including Nancy Whang and ex-!!! drummer Jerry Fuchs, brought dance chaos to the cold concrete floor of Santos. He oscilalted between a smorgasbord of samplers, tambourines, and modern electronic gadgets....and tastetested a track from upcoming album, The Future Will Come. Crazed lights and lasers added to the otherworld sci-fi vibe (that and the pills that were going around)... -FaithFree Blood (featuring ex-!!!'s John Pugh) was also on the Santos bill.
More pictures from both Juan Maclean shows below...
Yacht @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
pop experimentalists YACHT (a.k.a. Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans) have just signed with DFA to release their new single, "Summer Song," available now digitally via itunes and on 12" vinyl. The single comes with two other sparkling fresh tracks: "I'm In Love With A Ripper (Party Mix)" and "It's Boring/You Can Live Anywhere You Want."Yacht's lablemate Free Blood play a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (Aug 22, 2008). Pink Skull and Professor Murder are also on the bill. Check out Yacht's new video for "Summer Song" below...
Keep a lookout for YACHT's forthcoming full-length, See Mystery Lights, out in 2009 on DFA
Fader's Top 15 Hot Chip Remixes*
15. Kate Nash, "Mouthwash"Hot Chip have a new video, a new album coming out, and some U.S. shows scheduled. The Hot Chip afterparty in NYC is happening at Studio B. The rest of Fader's list below...
14. Neon Neon, "Trick for Treat"
13. Kraftwerk, "Aerodynamik"
12. Free Blood, "Quick and Painful"
11. The Aliens, "Robot Man"
10. Kraftwerk, "La Forme"
Pylon @ Earl Club, Atlanta, GA - Nov 1, 2007 (CRED)
Subject: we play with PYLON!Pylon played Mercury Lounge last night. Sound Bites was there,
normally we're not all like, "come to our show" but this one is different, tomorrow, Thursday, Nov - 8, we play with one of our all time favorite bands, Athens GA's own PYLON! We're psyched to be sharing the stage with these sweet southern folks! It should be an all around awesome night, Free Blood is playing and Hugo from Gang of 4 is going to play records!
DO NOT MISS!
THURSDAY, NOV. 8TH
WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC HALL (????? - VOMIT) (OLD NORTH SIX)
DJS ANDREW BUTLER AND HUGO BURNHAM
9PM, $12/$14 DAY OF SHOW
PS. dont forget your snapcase tixxxxxx!
...Pylon may not have made an album since 1990's Chain, but it was apparent they've still got the chops. Drummer Curtis Crowe and bassist Michael Lachowski, in particular, don't seem to have missed in beat -- nothing sluggish or sloppy about their playing. And Randall Bewley's wiry guitar lines still sound fresh. In fact, Pylon felt more of the moment than nine-tenths of the bands who have been aping post punk sounds since it came back in fashion five years ago.... [Sound Bites]Pylon also played Atlanta on November 1st (the picture above), Brooklyn tonight (see above also), and have one more scheduled show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on November 10th.
Before there was the "next Seattle" craze that led the music industry drooling in the direction of Chapel Hill, there was Athens, Ga. And before Athens' R.E.M. became a household acronym, there was R.E.M.'s favorite band, Pylon. [Independent Weekly]Download Pylon's whole April 4th show @ Southern Shelter. Gyrate (the DFA reissue) ("on CD for the first time") is out now.