Entries tagged with: Growing
"In the land of free-form radio (aka WFMU), he's known for Kenny G's Hour of Pain. On the Internet he's the mastermind behind the treasured online behemoth, UbuWeb. Join us for a very special evening in which Kenneth Goldsmith curates personal favorites from his website and visually spins them into spontaneous freeform gold. Local bands Growing (Vice Records) and Blues Control (Siltbreeze) will add a touch of controlled chaos to the already unpredictable mix. After the show there will be a mandatory DJ de-brief in the gallery."That WFMU-related Growing/Blues Control event takes place, tonight, August 16th, at the Walter Reade Theater. It will cost you to get in, and is 21+. More info at the link (doors at 8:15). They say there's also an afterparty with a DJ set by Marty Mcsorley and free drinks right after the show.
Kind of in competition with that is another WFMU-related event happening tonight over at Solar One...
Join DJ Trent as he freaks out to his two favorite movies:A video of Blues Control soundchecking earlier today, below...
1) David Byrne's TRUE STORIES, starring John Goodman and Byrne, with music by Talking Heads, exploring the changing world of central Texas in 1986
2) Daft Punk's INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM, an insane anime adventure into the year 5555 set to Daft Punk's "Discovery," possibly the best album ever made.
Since both movies are set to music (but avoid the awful cliches associated with, you know, musicals) it will also be a dance party with $2 Brooklyn Beer all night long. If you can't make it in person, join the fun from home with live audio/video broadcasts at 91.1fm and wfmu.org.
Wolf Eyes @ McCarren Pool's last show - August 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Wolf Eyes, Black Dice and Growing will be playing a Wednesday, July 7th show at Secret Project Robot. Already 300+ people have confirmed on the gig's Facebook page, so getting there early is probably a good idea. Wolf Eyes and Black Dice don't appear to have any other shows scheduled at the moment.
Growing, whose only other scheduled show is ATP in the UK in December, just released a new album, Pumps, in April on Vice Records. Two tracks from that are above. VBS.TV interviewed the band about their history and live show. That's below with a flyer and more videos...
With Growing's new Vice Records LP PUMPS due this week, the trio will celebrate with a US tour that will kick off with an album release party at Coco66 on Tuesday, 4/6. Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), Luke Roberts and The Monroe Indians will provide support along with DJ sets from Ron Morelli, Josh Wildman, and Taka Hiro.
The new album PUMPS is the first for Growing as a trio, and was recorded at The Ocropolis, aka Oneida's Brooklyn studio. The LP also marks their debut for Vice Records, who currently have the album up for preorder. Two tracks from that album are free downloads above. Cover art and tracklist below.
Growing recently made two videos, as well as a gang of video vignettes in celebration of PUMPS. One video, "Mind Eraser" is only available with purchase of the LP, but you can dig on all of the rest of the vids/vignettes (some of which are possibly NSFW?) below. All tour dates down there too...
Pierced Arrows, the garage punk trio from former Dead Moon members Fred and Toody Cole, are putting out their second LP, Descending Shadows, on February 2nd through Vice Records. The album artwork is posted above, as is the first single "Paranoia." The song's video is below.
Pierced Arrows are touring North America this February and March, including some dates with Lullabye Arkestra (whose recent album Threats/Worship is out on Vice). The bands play NYC-area shows on March 5th at Mercury Lounge and March 6th at Maxwell's. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale Wednesday at noon. Mercury Lounge tickets go on sale AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Vice Records also recently signed BK band Growing, for a new record, Pumps, that's coming out April 6th.
Work on PUMPS began March 2009 at Ocropolis Studio in Brooklyn and was painstakingly arranged and mixed over a period of nine months. In between bouts of working at the studio, 2009 found Growing touring Japan and Italy for the first time, concluding the year with a second appearance at All Tomorrow's Parties and joining Fuck Buttons for a national US tour. 2010 tour dates to be announced soon."Hormones" off that record is posted above.
The very cool album art for the new Growing, and all Pierced Arrows tour dates (and video) below...
It's hard to find time to discover new music at Fun Fun Fun Fest because so many bands I already like play (and many of them at the same time), but exploring can still be done, sometimes accidentally and especially in the early hours. That's when I came across Austin's The Black and White Years (who I have since found out were just in NYC for CMJ) (they played Bowery Ballroom on 10/20). The impressive voice of their mustached frontman Scott Butler channels David Byrne and other greats. They have the new wave sound of Devo, and the legendary Ohio band's good looks too.
Before their set was finished I headed to the appropriately named Black stage (aka where Danzig would play later) to see some of Philly hardcore band Reign Supreme who were thrilled to be playing on such a big stage at such a big festival. They sounded good despite the early hour and having just lost their drummer (he quit) (their manager or someone was filling in), especially to the five-or-so floor punchers who must have gotten a good night's sleep the night before.
From there I walked around the grounds a little. The festival, in addition to having four stages of music, has plenty of things to look at and spend money on (food, posters, glass pipes, etc) scattered throughout the park (not the least of which was the mechanical bull which I featured prominently in the pictures of Day One). Then I caught some of Texas post-rock band (think Explosions in the Sky) This Will Destroy You, but not for long because that's about the time it started to rain. The rain didn't stop me from getting soaked for almost the entire rest of the day, but at this early point I decided to take shelter at least until Fuck Buttons came on.
I hoped/thought the rain would stop actually, if not for Fuck Buttons, then definitely for Mika Miko who were up after them. Everyone was optimistic that it was going to pass quickly, but it never really did until right before the end of the day (before Danzig went). I watched Fuck Buttons from various angles, trying to stay dry and get used to getting wet. Read all about their recent NYC show with Growing (who also played Sunday at the fest, but before I got there) HERE. More pictures from Sunday below...
words & photos by Jake Forney
Monday's show was a display of the full spectrum of showmanship, from milking the crowd to ignoring it. Openers These Are Powers found all three members nearly equal in enthusiasm, vocalist/noise-maker Anna Barie only barely distinguishing herself as the front-person of the group. Bassist Pat Noecker (formerly of Liars) marched along to his riffing on his modified bass, often in the upper register, leaving much of the low-end to drummer/sampler Bill Salas. Of the three bands, they were the most pop-oriented, playing the only set that was not non-stop from start to finish, but had distinct beginnings and ends of songs. Their forward-driving beats have an undeniable dance-ability, getting even a half-full room to move a bit. Their next NYC show is this Friday with three bands from China.
Growing, also of New York, presented a complete about-face. The trio took the stage, each behind a table with their respective pedals. Aside from guitarists Joe Denardo and Kevin Doria rocking back and forth to their delay-drenched loops, the band remained relatively stagnant. The crowd however, did not. The beats blasting out of the Ampeg onstage rivaled the PA for anyone within the first ten rows. In response to the music, the crowd sometimes limply nodded heads or draped limbs, though other times the Ballroom could have been mistaken for a nightclub, hands in the air, and yes, even some grinding was witnessed. As the last loop faded and the lights went up, newest member Sadie Laska simply looked at the crowd and raised one eyebrow with a small grin and then exited the stage.
Headliners Fuck Buttons presented a high-energy mixture of the two openers in demeanor. The set, primarily their new album Tarot Sport, didn't take long to get the now packed room moving again with the heavy club beat of album-opener "Surf Solar." Each track was surprisingly spot-on to the recording, the only variations were nuanced changes - sometimes sooner, but more often later in a song than on the album. Standing at opposite ends of a folding picnic table, the British duo, Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, kept an eye towards the crowd. They read the room for the right time to push the scale of things from grand to epic, or to take it away, fading the beat into a static of chords, produced from a collection of small keyboards and pedals housed in suitcases. Their teamwork was evident too, simple nods led to the next transition, most evident during the encore of "Sweet Love for Planet Earth" off last year's Street Horrrsing.
It's hard to deny the grandeur of Tarot Sport. And even harder when you can feel the floor shake when they unleash the gnarliest synth drones from small, modified kids' toys. The effect is akin to the visual of the movie 300, except Fuck Buttons has nuance and adrenaline-laced buildups where the movie has cheese and abdominals.
DOWNLOAD: Girls - Lust for Life (MP3)
Happy Monday. I'm still wiped out from this past post-CMJ Halloween World Series weekend, but three notable indie rock tours hit town tonight (11/2) (the night the Yankees might win it all in Philadelphia). Luckily all three tours include at least two NYC-area chances to to see the bands, though some will be harder to get tickets for than others.
First up is Girls.
Owens and White first united as roommates in San Francisco, but their lives couldn't have started out more differently. While White was playing in punk bands in his parents' Santa Cruz garage and going to recording school, Owens was growing up as part of the Slovenian sect of the Children of God cult, where secular music was forbidden unless one of the cult's adults decided to indulge the younger members' desire to learn the occasional Beatles or 1960s folk tune. [SFBG]Touring behind their great new True Panther/Matador "album", Girls are now in demand. They probably could have added a 2nd NYC show to their itinerary, but instead they kept it modest. They'll play a single show at Maxwell's in Hoboken (tonight), and then one at Bowery Ballroom (11/6), both of which are with Real Estate and completely sold out.
For those counting, Pitchfork recently gave the Girls album a 9.1. Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors are the only two albums that got higher ratings from the website this year, and only three other "Best New" albums got as high as a 9.0 in 2009. Those are Grizzly Bear, the Flaming Lips, and the new... Fuck Buttons.
Fuck Buttons' "Tarot Sport" was released on October 20th via ATP Recordings. The band kicked off their tour in support of it last night (11/1) in Northampton, MA. Tonight, 11/2, the show is at Bowery Ballroom.
I think they're also back on November 27th to play Market Hotel though that show has disappeared from existence... maybe just temporarily because tickets are still available for tonight's Bowery show. Growing play on all dates, and These are Powers also open tonight. Updated dates below.
These Are Powers also play Glasslands with Soft Circle and three bands from China on November 6th (more about that later), and a Cinema 16 show at Galapagos on November 21st ("we will be performing a live, original score for PSAs from the 50s and 60s").
Finally, speaking of cinema, UK band Noah and the Whale screened a movie upstairs at Pianos last night. Today (11/2), they kick off a three night run at Mercury Lounge. Robert Francis opens all three shows, and each night has a different first-of-three opener. Tonight it's Alex and Janel. Tuesday is Essie Jain. Wednesday is Sharon Van Etten. Tickets are still available for all three shows. Video from a recent BBC Radio 1 live session, below...
Growing is going on tour with Fuck Buttons in November. All the dates haven't been announced yet, but we know that they will be at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on November 2nd (tickets on sale @ noon), Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 8th, Market Hotel in Brooklyn on November 27th, and some other places. All known dates below...
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
by Black Bubblegum
Growing at ATP NY (more by Zach Dilgard)
Growing and their bleeps, blorps, and bloops will team up with the killer guitar loop-stravaganza of The Psychic Paramount for a show at Death By Audio on June 26th, one of a pair of NYC shows for Growing. The gigs will serve as a warm-up for the band that recently became a trio (Sadie Laska of IUD is now a member of Growing) before they head out to jolly ol' England in the tail end of July.
The What Cheer? Brigade is a rowdy 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI. We play Luddite Hardcore, loud, mobile music requiring no electricity. We are a party band, and our sound incorporates elements of the following musical traditions: Bollywood, Balkan, New Orleans, Samba, and punk...In short, WCB is a band in the high school drum major sense, similar to their west coast counterparts Extra Action Marching Band, playing loud originals as well as covers such as Salt n Pepa's "Push It" and The "$25K Pyramid Theme" in the video below. The band also has a few MP3s for stream and download. Their Brooklyn show is one day before they play the 2009 Whartscape Festival in Baltimore.
All dates and videos below...
P.S.1 has announced the lineup for its annual series of Saturday afternoon dance parties in Long Island City. Last year's program featured live music and DJ sets by James Murphy, James Chance & the Contortions and Tony Conrad to name a few.
This year, we get the Arthur Russell ensemble Arthur's Landing, Talibam! and The Phenomenal Handclap Band (on the same bill), Xeno & Oaklander, Growing, Glenn Branca and more. Full schedule, and more info, below...
Pitchfork: Obscure Band You'd Like to See Become More Popular?Guest Species in the Conference House (aka Jim Lohman) and Black Dice open for The Butthole Surfers tonight/Friday (12/12) at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Other shows coming up for Black Dice: The Netmage Festival in Bologna, Italy on January 24th (with Growing), and September 12th at Kutscher's for ATP NY.
Gang Gang Dances's Brian DeGraw: The Present.
GGD's Liz Bougatsos: Guest Species in the Conference House.
GGD's Josh Diamond: Hmm, I'd have to go with three: the Present, our new drummer's other band. They are amazing, and made an amazing record recently. Black Dice, I know you know who they are, but they should be huge and don't seem to get the props they deserve as true innovators, and everything they make continues to get better and better, what is it, for over 12 years now. Growing, amazing new record, and their live show keeps getting more and more insane.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Vitamin X - "Deal With It" w/ John Brannon of Negative Approach (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Vitamin X - "You Suck" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hooded Menace - "Grasp Of The Beastwoman" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mammoth Grinder - "God is Stuck in a Black Hole" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Saros - "Reversion" (MP3)
Cattle Decapitation live @ Gilman, photo by Taija Lynn
Cattle Decapitation have announced dates in support of their new record, The Harvest Floor due on 1/20/09. Supported by Psyopus, Book Of Black Earth, and Gigan, full tour dates are below, but no NYC just yet.
Adding insult on top of insult to injury, Maryland Death Fest have added powerviolence bad-asses Despise You (with Phil Vera of Crom), as well as grinders Pigsty. This is on top of Mayhem, Bolt Thrower, Enslaved and soooo many others... Unfortunately, Repulsion have cancelled their appearance.
Need a fix of fun, skull-splitting hardcore? Vitamin X have dropped their new record, Full Scale Assault on Tankcrimes and it is one awe-inspiring slab of lightning riffery and old-school hardcore punk produced by none other than Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios. Sporting ultra-suh-weeeet artwork by John Baizley of Baroness, the band has been kind enough to drop off a pair of MP3s from the record... check out "Deal With it" featuring John Brannon of Negative Approach and "You Suck" downloadable above and pick up the album here.
How many times has a headliner you dug dropped off a bill, and you were actually pleased with the results? In a bit of shuffling, Doomriders have dropped off their bill with Tombs at Union Pool on 12/20 (frown), BUT Bloodhorse (who are working on a new record), Keelhaul(!), and Acid Tiger (Ben from Cave-in, Converge) have been added! So Keelhaul in NYC, huh? Exciting, and it sounds like they have more than just the show on their agenda...
We are going to Brooklyn to record another cd with Andrew Schneider in December. Yee haw.-[Keelhaul myspace]NOICE! Meanwhile, look for Tombs to play a show at Death By Audio on Dec 6th, play a few shows opening for Don Caballero at both Maxwell's and Europa, and embark on a short tour in the new year with Dysrhythmia. Full Keelhaul and Tombs dates are below.
Doomers My Dying Bride have revealed details of their new album, For Lies I Sire due in 2009 via Peaceville! Spanning nine tracks and recorded with producer Mags, vocalist Aaron Stainhorpe recently discussed the new record with Beyond The Dark Horizon.
Saros, the Bay Area blackened prog metal band contructed from members of the almighty Weakling and Amber Asylum, will drop their new album Acrid Plains on Profound Lore 2/17/09. Album art is below and check out the new MP3, "Reversion" available for download above.
Mammoth Grinder are scheduled to rage through the tri-state in the new year. The trio will be in town on Jan 3rd to double up.. playing shows at ABC No Rio (matinee) AND The Charleston (night) in support of their long-player Rage & Ruin and No Results 7" due together on Assassinated Records. Alternating between thundering doom and crusty hardcore, check out heavily doom-oriented "God is Stuck in a Black Hole " from Rage & Ruin, downloadable above.
Gracial death-doomers Hooded Menace are responsible for the massive Fulfill The Curse on Razorback Records. It's out NOW and it's absolutely frightening.. highly reccomended for fans of Coffins and death-doom in particular. Check out the track "Grasp Of The Beastwoman" from Fulfill The Curse and pray for your own safety that these Finns never make it to the US... it'll be a massacre.
More news on Intronaut, Pelican, The Sword, Krallice, Saint Vitus, Total Fucking Destruction and more as The Week In Metal continues...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Growing - Live at ATP (MP3, MEDIAFIRE)
Boris @ Webster Hall (more by Jason Bergman)
As someone anonymously pointed out in the Maxwell's show post, Boris are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 12/3, this time with Clouds and Growing. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets for their 11/9 Maxwell''s show are also still available.
The Maxwell's show is before Boris's tour with Nine Inch Nails. The Brooklyn date is one of four shows that Boris has lined up with Growing after the NIN tour. It's possible Clouds are playing those other three post-NIN shows too, but that information hasn't been released yet. Stay tuned for updates.
In typical Boris style, the band released a new probably limited live album? I think... well.. does anyone speak Japanese?
Clouds also shared a NYC bill with Boris when they played Webster Hall back in July. Torche played that show too and that's who Clouds is going back out on tour with later this month. All dates for everyone below...
DOWNLOAD: Hot Chip - Wrestlers (MP3)
photos by Gabi Porter
Hot Chip are on a North American tour that started at San Diego's Street Scene, hit Treasure Island in San Francisco, stopped at ACL in Austin and visited Pop Montreal on Wednesday. BrookynVegan Mike was at that show and said...
As the lights dimmed and dance music started blazing over the PA, Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle danced on stage first. He grabbed the microphone and began speaking fluent French to the Montreal audience which only increased the excitement to the already hot crowd. This was my first time seeing Hot Chip and they were fantastic. The bass was so heavy that it made my nostrils shake. They changed the arrangements of some of their bigger hits, like "Boy From School" and "Over and Over," but they were fun and the audience at it up.From Canada, Hot Chip and their tour-mates Growing made there way to NYC and played shows at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday night. The pictures in this post are from the Friday show (10/3).
The tour ends this Saturday October 11th with one more NYC show Hot Chip are playing with M.I.A. and N.E.R.D., courtesy of Diesel. More pics from Terminal 5 below...
words by Montreal's BrooklynVegan Mike, photos by Zach Dilgard
Growing (Joe Denardo and Kevin Doria) are an experimental/drone duo originally from Seattle that have relocated to Brooklyn. Growing's music resides on a very specific plane that embraces intense rhythmic patterns and quirky experimentation. Ranging between pedal-heavy loop collages and electronic ambient explorations, they are equally at home opening for Boris (as they did in April) as they are opening for Hot Chip, which is what they're doing on their next tour that hits Pop Montreal October 1st and NYC two and three days later.
Like Boris, their catalog is incredibly varied. Their new record for The Social Registry, All The Way, is an unrelenting panorama of looped effects and mesmerizing drone at very determined pacing. The new single, "Wrong Ride" (video below), sounds like the soundtrack to a nitrous high under a radiator. I haven't stopped listening to All The Way since it dropped a couple weeks ago and I'm looking forward to their next live show.
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
British experimentalist Alexander Tucker kicked off ATP day two (9/20) with looping pedals and acoustic instruments (cello, guitar). A very interesting artist to start my day with and worth further investigation.
Growing and their effects-laden noise drones sounded great on stage two, though sometimes I find it hard to watch a knob-twiddling live show.
Probably my biggest surprise of the day was The Drones who were urgent, angular, and punky. I was familiar with some of their work through a certain Vegan pal of mine. I will be familiar with more and won't miss them next time they make it to NYC (Philly, Richmond & DC have the chance over the next three days).
FUCKED UP played here last night:
Yeasayer & No Age play on a car-sponsored NYC roof tonight (9/13).
Lightning Bolt, Growing, Krallice + "HUGE secret guests" are playing a Todd P show in Brooklyn today. More details below...
Hot Chip @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Bao Nguyen)
In addition to the music making partnership of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin, the band will be adding a live drummer on these dates. The drummer, Leo Taylor has played with the bands Zongamin and Gramme and is sure to add another dimension to their already pulsating, propulsive, and unequivocally fun live shows.Growing will be opening both shows at Terminal 5 in October. Tickets are still on sale. All dates and openers below...
by Black Bubblegum
Boris @ Knitting Factory (amy.bee)
July 10th At Webster Hall. That's your THIRD chance in under a year for these Japan natives. Tickets go on sale Sat 4/26 at noon. Hopefully we can look forward to more blistering solos from Kurihara to counter those blistering solos from Wata.
Prefixmag recently posted an interview with Atsuo.
In related news, Boris's labelmates and drone-doom predecessors Earth are playing a show at the Knitting Factory that you can get into for FREE! Similar to the Boris promotion earlier in the year, here are the deets:
photos by Zach Dilgard
Growing opened for Boris at Knitting Factory in NYC last night (March 4, 2008. A couple more pictures below....
by Black Bubblegum
Boris will make you "Smile".... that's the name of their new record (out April 29) and they are ready to celebrate its release with a limited edition 'Statement' 7" (with exclusive b-side "Floorshaker"). In addition, The dudes/lady are offering a great deal to NYC fans! Buy any two Boris albums (including sunn0))) & Boris "altar", "Pink", "Akuma No Uta", "Amplifier Worship", "Absolutego") at either Mondo Kim's or Other Music, and receive a FREE ticket to their March 4th show at the Knitting Factory with Growing! You can still purchase tickets too. Order the new 7" at Southern Lord. All dates, and Smile's tracklising, below....
The Annex is advertising tonight's show as "730p Safari So Good/8:15p Mike Bones/9p Special Guest!!!/10p Growing" (Social Registry bill). Anyone know who the special guest is? Mike Bones' tour dates say he is playing with Sian Alice Group (a UK group also on Social Registry). Maybe they are the guest for whatever reason.
Growing's friends and fellow noise-niks Sightings are also playing a show tonight (Feb 13), but in Brooklyn - at Union Pool with True Primes, Sabir Maten, Andrew Barker, and Hill Greene. Growing are also opening for Boris March 4th at Knitting Factory. A bunch of tour dates and videos below....