Entries tagged with: Fugazi
'Anna Nicole' kicks off BAM's 2013 Next Wave Fest...
BAM has announced the 2013 Next Wave Festival which runs from September 17 - December 22. The line-up features a diverse range of programming including opera, theater, music and dance. This year's fest kicks off with the US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole which has performances at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from September 17 - 28:
The 2013 Next Wave Festival launches with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and New York City Opera co-production of Anna Nicole, an opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas based on the flamboyant life and tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith.Other highlights include... the New York premiere of Jem Cohen's "We Have an Anchor" at BAM Harvey Theater from September 26 - 28:
DIY auteur and consummate independent filmmaker Jem Cohen (Museum Hours, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke) collaborates with a supergroup of acclaimed musicians-- Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), plus guest vocalist Mira Billotte (White Magic)--in this cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton.And there's "21c Liederabend, op. 3" featuring compositions by compositions by new-music's finest: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.
There's also Questlove with "Electronium: The Future Was Then," which happens at Howard Gilman Opera House on October 25 & 26:
Following the success of Shuffle Culture (2012 Spring Season), BAM welcomes back Questlove with Electronium: The Future Was Then, a freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979. Questlove will be joined on stage by artists including Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon, and others to be announced. In Electronium, seminal electronic and archival recordings will be paired with modern riffs on classic electronic music models such as Busoni's New Esthetic in Music and Pierre Schaffer's Cinq Etudes--in addition to music from technological innovators such as Bob Moog, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton.Choreographer Bill T. Jones will have the New York premiere of his colaborative work, A Rite at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from October 3 - 5:
Coinciding with the centenary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, director Anne Bogart and choreographer Bill T. Jones present the collaborative work A Rite. A true dance-theater piece, A Rite examines the revolutionary score through the lens of our present cultural moment, incorporating the writings of physicist Brian Greene, musicologist Severine Neff, and Jonah Lehrer's bestselling book Proust was a Neuroscientist. The cast of dancers and actors blend seamlessly--from a discourse on the piece and its controversial reception to large group dances that reflect Nijinsky's famous steps--all set to a deconstruction of the score that ranges from a modern recording to an old crackling one to a section sung by the cast.Then there's Gary Lucas - "The Edge of Heaven" at October 4 & 5 at BAM Fisher:
Acclaimed American guitarist and songwriter Gary Lucas returns to BAM with a live performance of his album The Edge of Heaven (2010), a series of Chinese pop tunes from the 1930s, arranged and performed with a blues inflection. Those songs were made famous by two of the biggest music and film stars--Bai Kwong and Chow Hsuan--in an era when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East. The Edge of Heaven album reached number one on the World Music charts in Canada and was chosen as one of the Best Discs of the Year by the French newspaper Libération. Featuring Lucas, his band Gods and Monsters, and two female vocalists--Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin-- from Shanghai, the cabaret-style performance received standing ovations in 2011 at both the 64th Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the 28th Nijmegen Music Meeting.And also post-classical string quartet ETHEL who are premiering their new work Documerica on October 2 at BAM Harvey Theater.
Season tickets to BAM Next Wave go on sale June 10 to Friends of BAM and June 17 to the general public. Tickets to individual performances of Anna Nicole, The Blue Dragon, and We Have An Anchor go on sale August 5 to Friends of BAM and August 12 to the general public. Everything else goes on sale August 26 to Friends of BAM and September 3 to the general public.
There's lots more than this happening at BAM Next Wave and the rundown of all this season's programming is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Washington, DC's Deathfix, the new project of Brendan Canty (of Fugazi, Rites of Spring), Rich Morel (of Blowoff with Bob Mould), Devin Ocampo (of Smart Went Crazy, Faraquet, Medications) and Mark Cisneros (of Medications), who we caught at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012, are set to release their self titled debut album on February 18 via Dischord Records, the home of most of the members' past projects. The members may all have backgrounds in heavier bands, but from the sound of the album's single, "Transmission," Deathfix are pulling from the lofty harmonies and melodic ramblings of '60s psychedelia. They even break out into a Stoogey sax solo at one point. Pretty great stuff. You can stream that track below.
Deathfix will support the new record with a tour that brings them to NYC on March 16 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at 10 AM.
A list of all tour dates and that song stream below...
"Strike Debt" - outside LPR - 11/15/2012 (photo by Lee Ranaldo)
Jeff Mangum and Guy Picciotto at LPR - 11/15/12 (via Kevin Bannon)
Jeff Mangum was one of the many notable artists to play the Occupy Wall Street-related show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (11/15), along with Lee Ranaldo (who took one of the pictures above), Guy Picciotto, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, and others. The show was an Occupy Wall Street benefit to raise money for Strike Debt. If you weren't at the show, did you stream it live? You can check out a video of Jeff Mangum and Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi) playing Tall Dwarfs track, "Sign the Dotted Line," below. That's a picture of Jeff and Guy from the show above.
As mentioned, Jeff Mangum is going on a tour in 2013 which comes close to NYC on three separate occasions. Tickets for his show in Poughkeepsie go on sale today at 11 AM. Tickets for his Hartford, CT show are on sale now. The tour also hits Hamilton College Chapel in Clinton, NY on 2/14, but ticket info for that show has not been posted.
Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, known for their energetic live performances. A part of the D.C. hardcore punk scene, Rites of Spring increased the frenetic violence and visceral passion of hardcore while simultaneously experimenting with its compositional rules. Lyrically, they also shifted hardcore into intensely personal realms and, in doing so, are often considered the first "emo" band, but Rites of Spring itself rejects any association between themselves and emo genres. -[Wikipedia]
Emo is a bit of a dirty word for the great Rites of Spring, who fused hardcore with melody and clean vocals across a pair of releases (an LP and a 7") before their dissolution. Members of the band famously went on to do lasting work in bands like Silver Jews and Fugazi in the years following, but Rites of Spring had already left its indelible mark.
Now in the grand tradition of the recent Lungfish and Void LPs, comes Rites of Spring's six-song demo remastered from the original tapes, available via Dischord Records on 10". Some history behind the release:
Before they even played a show -- the band recorded a six-song demo tape at Inner Ear with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye... After the dissolution of their previous band, Insurrection, in 1983, Canty, Picciotto, and Fellows joined with Faith guitarist Eddie Janney and began writing new songs. Unfortunately, just as they became ready to play out, Fellows announced plans to relocate to Los Angeles, effectively ending the band before it even got started. Before the bassist departed, the group decided to go to Inner Ear to document the handful of finished songs that they had written. At this point, not only had they never played a show, Rites of Spring hadn't even settled on a name (on the tapes, Zientara listed the sessions as Insurrection II)...Stream the first track to emerge from the Rites of Spring demo below, the demo of "By Design," alongside the tracklisting and album art. Look for it via Dischord Records on October 23.
The sessions were notable for being the first time that anybody had heard Picciotto sing. At the time, few bands had access to a PA system during practice and the volume of the other instruments often blotted out vocals. Shortly after tracking was completed, Fellows hit the road and the recordings were mixed in his absence, hence the Beatles-inspired "Mike Fellows is dead," gag at the end of "By Design." ...there was no plan to officially release the recording, so the completed songs were dubbed onto cassette tapes and given out to friends, who passed them along to others... These six songs capture Rites of Spring in its earliest stages. Once the band started playing out, the songs gained velocity and intensity (see the 7-minute plus version of "End on End" that closes their LP), but many of the elements that defined their music - frenzied energy, sharp melodies, and introspective lyrics -- were already very much in place.
"Salad Days: The HarDCore Punk Revolution" will be the most comprehensive, honest and insightful look at the DC punk scene from the early 1980s to the decade's end. The film will include exclusive archival photographs, concert footage and interviews with dozens of bands, artists, label owners, zine publishers and others who helped mold and nurture DC's underground community during this inspired decade of music.Featuring appearances from names like Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye, and more, the documentary is scheduled for a 2013 release. Check out a pair of teasers from the movie below and look out for it next year.
In related news, as discussed Bad Brains: Band in DC, a documentary that details the band's roots in the DC hardcore scene and beyond, played at SXSW last week. So far, no plans to screen it in NYC but you can catch the band at one of two now-sold-out NYC shows.
The Irving Plaza show will ALSO feature an appearance from DC's Scream who played a show at Knitting Factory in 2010.
Bad Brains are also playing Bonnaroo this year.
Ted Leo at Shea in November (more by Guy Eppel)
According to Ted, there are only a few tickets left for the Maxwell's show and they're going fast. He also mentions that a "*Special Very Exciting* GUEST" will be there. Who do you think it is? If you're going, please say hi to this person who tweeted at Ted that they're "going alone so a 'hi' would make their night."
Comedian Kurt Braunohler opens both shows. I wonder if he'll also end up at Maxwell's at all this week for Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows. I wonder if Ted will? Say "hi" to Kurt too if you go.
Obits open the Bell House show and will also play NYC during a short run of dates in March with UK band Fists at Cake Shop on March 17. Tickets are on sale now (yes, advanced tickets for Cake Shop!). All dates are listed below.
Ted's other band, Citizens Arrest, had to cancel their ABC No Rio show which would have went down this past Saturday (12/17) but Omegas, Mind Eraser, and Night Birds still played the venue. Check out pics from that show HERE.
All dates below...
Fugazi by Jem Cohen
After letting audio tapes for more than 800 shows languish in a closet for years, Fugazi has begun putting them all on its Web site, with the first batch of 130 shows going up next Thursday.The Fugazi Live Series is now in beta and officially launches on December 1st.
In keeping with its commercial principles of low prices and trust in fans, the shows' suggested price is $5 each, with a sliding scale of $1 to $100, for the cheap or the philanthropic.
As a career-spanning archival project, the Fugazi Live Series has few equals, putting the band in the unlikely company of acts like the Grateful Dead and Phish. And for Dischord, Fugazi's self-run label, it has taken more than two years and tens of thousands of dollars, said Ian MacKaye, one of Fugazi's two singer-guitarists and a co-founder of Dischord.
Joe Lally of Fugazi fame, who now lives in Rome, recently finished a batch of dates in Japan and South America, but will head back to the red, white & blue for a round of dates that will kick off in Austin at Fun Fun Fun Fest on 11/5. From there, the tour will eventually make its way up north and east to to places like Chicago, Canada, and NYC before terminating with a "homecoming" show at Black Cat in DC. Most shows are with Helen Money who maybe you recently caught with Shellac. The NYC show hits Knitting Factory on 11/17 with Appomattox also on the bill, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...
Joe Lally's latest wholly-Italian-sourced LP Why Should I Get Used To It is out now via Dischord Records. Stream portions of it at the Dischord site. You can listen to the title track, along with a live video and all dates, below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano
The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...
Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black FlagNo, that's not a list of what happened in a weird dream last night. That is the LINEUP of a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Michael Azerrad's "classic history of the '80s indie underground", Our Band Could Be Your Life (a book everyone reading this site should probably own!)
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
To quote show co-presenter Tiger Mountain Presents, "some of the best bands in contemporary indie music will play songs by each of the 13 bands in the book."
"For years, all kinds of people -- musicians, people who run labels, concert promoters, journalists, whatever -- have told me that they've been very inspired by Our Band Could Be Your Life and the bands it profiles, which is incredibly gratifying and totally unexpected," says Azerrad. "The tenth anniversary of the book was a great occasion for the current generation of bands to celebrate these pioneers."More bands & guest hosts TBA. Tickets are $25 & go on sale Friday, 3/11 at noon.
Meanwhile the book will also be the topic of a panel discussion at SXSW that Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs (who is also playing the festival) will speak on.
Delicate Steve and Wye Oak are going to SXSW too. Wye Oak can be found at the BV/KF/Partisan day party at Swan Dive on Friday, 3/18. Wye Oak will also play Bowery Ballroom as part of a tour in April.
St. Vincent plays Big Black. I just felt like saying it again!
by Klaus Kinski
As we pointed out, Them Crooked Vultures were the musical guest on SNL last Saturday (two nights before they played Roseland Ballroom as part of a short tour). What we haven't mentioned is the skit that Vultures drummer Dave Grohl also participated in during the course of the Superbowl-eve show. I'm talking about the Fred Armisen-penned ode to hardcore set at a wedding with Bill Hader and Ashton Kutcher rounding out a four piece Fred Armisen-as-dad-of-the-bride band that proceeded to destroy everything in sight.
What people may not have noticed at the time was how elaborate an homage to 80s hardcore the skit was. Not only did the sketch hilariously caricature and encapsulate the anti-authoritarian, anti-meathead-letterman mentality the bands of that era railed against, but the wedding party's name "Cadena - Norton" is, presumably, a shout out to Black Flag's Dez Cadena and Husker Du's Greg Norton. The band was named Crisis of Conformity (Earth Crisis, Corrosion of Conformity). They broke up in 1983 (just like Minor Threat). Its members are also a serious tip of the hat to that 80s era scene. The skit's line-up featured Steve (Steve Hansgen of Minor Threat), Greg (Greg Ginn of Black Flag) (or maybe Greg Norton) (or was it Greg Hetson of the Circle Jerks), Lyle (Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat, Samhain), and Ian (Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Fugazi, Egg Hunt). Such a dense homage in such a short set could only have spawned from the mind of Fred Armisen (whose own credits also include Trenchmouth). However, theatrically, the skit wasn't without it's minor faults. As Tom Scharpling succinctly pointed out in a recent tweet, "Remember when hardcore guitarists acted like they were in Warrant? Aston Koocher does." Check out the video with the full lyrics below...
DOWNLOAD: Vic Chesnutt - Chain (MP3)
"This fall Vic Chesnutt will embark on a six-week North American tour in support of At the Cut, the Athens, GA-based singer-songwriter's latest effort. The touring band features Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion, all of whom collaborated with Chesnutt on the new album which is out September 22 on Constellation Records."A track from the new record is posted above.
Vic Chesnutt's North American tour will be coming to NYC for a show on Monday, October 26th at the Bowery Ballroom and another the next night (10/27) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both go on AmEx presale Wednesday, July 29th at noon. General sale starts Friday, July 31st at noon. Clare and The Reasons open both gigs.
New album artwork, tracklist and info on the new record, with all tour dates, below...
Resolutely independent filmmaker Jem Cohen (Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument) and special guests musician Ian MacKaye (Evens, Fugazi, Minor Threat) and John Cohen (That High Lonesome Sound, There Is No Eye) present an evening of screenings and discussion exploring folk, punk and underground filmmaking as forms of homemade expression.That event, "Film and the Folk/Punk Connection," is tomorrow (Wednesday, July 15th) at IFC Center 7:30pm. Tickets are available.
Among the films shown as part of the evening are John Cohen's 1963 music documentary That High Lonesome Sound; Jem Cohen's Nice Evening, Transmission Down, a portrait of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous; a short film of Patti Smith's cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; never-before-seen outtakes from Jem's Fugazi film Instrument; and other surprises.
It's the first of three-part series with Jem Cohen at IFC. The second event, which includes Cohen's "documentary musical hallucination" Empires of Tin, will be on Tuesday, August 11th. The last, "Shorts, Rarities and Things to Come," will take place on Thursday, September 3rd.
More info on the event, plus an interview with Jem about his Fugazi documentary, Instrument, below...
DOWNLOAD: Glorytellers - Awake At The Wheel (MP3)
Those dates are in addition to a number of Farina solo gigs scheduled for Europe in April, and a number of spring/summer dates Joe Lally has on his own - playing his songs as part of a trio. Full schedules below.
This is not the first time Joe Lally and Glorytellers have toured. They last visited NYC in May 2008 for a show at the Knitting Factory.
All tour dates and some live videos below...
by Black Bubblegum
Fugazi @ Gilman 1988 (acrofish)
Alternative Tentacles released a trailer for their upcoming documentary of the legendary punk venue 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA. Check it out down below. For those of you east-coasters who aren't up on Gilman, here's a little bio courtesy of the world's most accurate encyclopedia:
The 924 Gilman Street project, alternately the Alternative Music Foundation, is the Berkeley, California street address and official business name of the all-ages, non-profit, collectively organized music club usually referred to by its fans simply as "Gilman.".... On December 31, 1986, the club held its first show. Since then, 924 Gilman Street has been one of the longest-running independent music venues in the United States..... 924 Gilman... was started in part because of the lack of punk venues in the San Francisco Bay Area during this era, particularly all-ages venues.Pretty much every major punk/hardcore act has passed through Gilman and some of it's regulars, like Green Day, Rancid, & AFI, went on to become major arena-filling acts.
Fugazi went on to break up which I'm really only mentioning so I can remind you again that you can catch one of their members live in NYC tonight (May 27).
The documentary trailer, and info on Jello Biafra's 50th birthday party, below.....
Joe Lally in Bloomington, May 19, 2008 (ipicktherecords)
Gothamist: Your newest album is called Nothing is Underrated, which seems to me to be open to a lot of different interpretations.Joe Lally was in Fugazi. Geoff Farina was in Karate and is now in Glorytellers. Glorytellers came out with an album this year too. Joe Lally and Glorytellers are on tour together. They play Knitting Factory in NYC tonight (May 27, 2008). Read more about the tour in the Gothamist interview. All tour dates below...
Joe Lally: Indeed, it is.
Gothamist: Do you have an interpretation of your own?
Joe Lally: For me I guess it's coming from more than just a few places. But I suppose with the pace of the world and how much - especially here in the U.S. - people feel like they have to be accomplishing. And it's really not just here in the U.S.; it's about the mind and what we feel we have to accomplish to feel satisfied and what allegedly makes us happy. I don't know; it just sort of came down at some point to the idea that doing nothing is underrated. Being silent and going to a quiet place where creativity can come from... It's a number of things; it's hard to say that it came from this and therefore it's that.
DOWNLOAD: Bob Mould - Stupid Now (new MP3)
Bob Mould -- the Husker Du and Sugar pioneer -- is preparing the release of his seventh solo album, 'District Line.' After last year's dance floor-savvy Blowoff project with D.C. house head Richard Morel, Mould seems to be making a return to his roots of hook-driven guitar grooves. Written and recorded in D.C., Mould is again joined by Brendan Canty of Fugazi fame for percussive duties. The LP isn't due until February, but you can snag an MP3 of the lead single, 'The Silence Between Us,' on Spinner.And you can snag another MP3 from the new album at the top of this post. "Please listen to me" and download that one now.
In March Bob is going on tour. Tickets are on sale for a March 13th show at Irving Plaza. All dates below...
Best known for his darkly humorous, stop-motion, animated films that touch on themes of love, death, salvation, and the underworld, filmmaker Brent Green performs live this evening, narrating a series of new and recent films which will be screened alongside a live musical score performed by three extraordinary musicians: Jim Becker (Califone), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Wilco, Freakwater). A self taught artist from Pennsylvania, Green writes, directs, builds, and narrates his short film animations, combining handcrafted figures with drawings and found props to create haunting, atmospheric backdrops for his alluringly twisted stories. For this evening Brent will premiere several new films and screen related recent works, including Old Country Songs, Louisville/Gravity, Walt Whitman?s Brain, Carlin, and Paulina Hollers. [February 13th @ The Kitchen in NYC]Jim Becker and Brent Green are also performing together in Houston, at Sundance, and in Saratoga, CA. All dates below....
Bring your questions regarding the parallels between the worlds of independent music and book publishing, sustainable models for truly independent companies, and anything else that’s on your mind.ALSO: Evens are on tour, Joe Lally is going on tour, Q & Not U are looking for live footage, and President (Harris ex-Q and Not U) is playing with Antelope (Dischord Records) at Glasslands in Brooklyn on November 27th. All tour dates below....
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2007