Entries tagged with: Guardian Alien
Liturgy as a full band in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You may know that NYC black metal "transcendentalists" Liturgy have been touring as a duo with a drum machine, but they'll be reuniting with their masterful drummer Greg Fox (and bassist Tyler Dusenbury) for their first tour as a four-piece in a while. It's a short tour in the fall surrounding their appearances at Midpoint Music Festival and Pygmalion Music Festival, and about a month before that, Liturgy will play a hometown show at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works on August 23 (159 Pioneer St) with two Flenser-signed artists, Wreck & Reference (who have a new record out) and White Suns (ditto), and more TBA.. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (7/1) at midnight. All dates are listed below.
The band are also reissuing their 2009 debut, Renihilation, on August 26 via Thrill Jockey, so stay tuned for that.
In related news, Greg Fox also has upcoming dates with his other projects, including an ongoing Guardian Alien tour in Europe and many shows in NYC. He'll play in Zs when they open the previously discussed Arto Lindsay show at LPR on 7/22, which Bigyuki also opens (tickets). Then, Guardian Alien plays Trans Pecos on August 1 with Good Willsmith. Both Guardian Alien and Greg solo play Hudson, NY's BasilicaSoundScape, and Greg plays another solo show in NYC on 9/24 at Roulette with Battle Trance. All of Greg's various dates are listed below.
Watch a full band live video of Liturgy from 2011, with those lists of dates, below...
White Lung at FFF Fest 2013 (more by 2013)
Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape already announced a great initial lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter and more, and the fest has now added more impressive names including Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (who has a new solo LP, Music for Heart and Breath), Vancouver punk annihilators White Lung (whose singer Mish Way is also doing a reading), a reading from Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, Endless Boogie, Guardian Alien (whose drummer Greg Fox will also play a solo set), Emily Reo, and visual artist Sterling Ruby. Tickets, including single day passes and weekend passes, are on sale now.
In related news, White Lung's tour with Pop. 1280 hits NYC for two shows next week (6/25-26).
Still more artists for Basilica TBA. Updated flyer below...
King Khan at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Governors Ball @ Randall's Island
NYC's Governors Ball continues to grow and rival the other major US festivals. It continues today for its second of three days with a ton of great artists including Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Deafheaven, Diarrhea Planet, and plenty more.
Hamilton Leithauser, Wyatt Cenac, San Fermin @ BAM
Part of BAM's RadioLoveFest, this is WNYC's "Soundcheck" evening that mixes performance and conversation, with comedian Wyatt Cenac, former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, and artpop combo San Fermin.
This American Life: One Night Only @ BAM
Perhaps NPR's most popular program, Ira Glass' storytelling showcase does something it's never attempted before: an evening of journalism presented as radio drama. Featuring a mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with stories from Mike Birbiglia, SNL's Sasheer Zamata, songs from Stephin Merritt, and more.
Classixx, BAIO @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the official Governors Ball afterparties, it's a solid double-bill of pop-friendly dance acts.
DIANA, Las Rosas, Empress Of (DJ set), Special Guest @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Gorilla Vs. Bear and Forest Family present tonight's BKNB line-up, headlined by a mystery headliner. Who could it be?
Needles and Pizza, Quitty & The Don'ts, Katterwhaul, Semi Femme @ Cake Shop
This show marks the debut of Semi Femme, the new band from ex-Orca Team (and recent NYC transplant) frontman Leif Anders. Unlike his old band, Semi Femme are decidedly more dark and postpunky.
Yonatan Gat, State Champion, Bueno, Scupper @ Death by Audio
Yonatan Gat of Monotonix celebrates the release of his solo debut EP, Iberian Passage which was inspired by Brazilian cult band Os Mutantates and the improvisational spirit of Miles Davis
Angel Haze, The Death Set, Bad Rabbits @ House of Vans
Rapper Angel Haze's debut album Dirty Gold is pretty good, but her live shows and freestyles are where it's at, so tonight should be a blast. Don't miss dancepunks The Death Set either.
Earlwolf (feat. Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt), The Internet @ Irving Plaza
The Odd Future guys are still putting on memorable hip hop shows, and if you don't think their schtick is up yet, you should dig the craziness that is about to ensue.
Bill Orcutt, Glenn Jones, Mark McGuire, Matthew Mullane, Anthony Pasquarosa @ Issue Project Room
Tonight's a showcase of acoustic guitar talent presented by label e Vin Du Select Qualitite.
King Khan & The Shrines, Red Mass, Vomit Squad @ MHOW
An excellent, all-Canadian garage-pysch-soul double bill with the wild and awesome King Khan & the Shrines, plus Montreal true believers Red Mass. This is their second of two NYC shows.
Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton @ Rough Trade (early nad late)
Andrew Bird's new band The Hands of Glory is an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." Tonight they play two Rough Trade shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM) with Tift opening the first and Alan opening the second.
Janka Nabay, Guardian Alien, Sunwatchers @ Secret Project Robot
Bubu musician Janka Nabay headlines this highly ecclectic bill also featuring Greg Fox's avant garde combo Guardian Alien and drony horn ensemble Sunwatchers.
Meyhem Lauren, Buckwild @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Meyehm Lauren & Buckwild just put out the killer Silk Pyramids LP which sounds straight out of the '90s and is hard as hell. It features some other local faves including Action Bronson, Heems and Troy Ave. Hopefully at least one of them shows up for this.
O'Death, VietNam, Shilpa Ray, Fletcher C. Johnson @ The Wick
It's a varied bill at The Wick with dark alt-country/bluegrass band O'Death, long-running NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray, and guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C Johnson.
Summer Thunder w/ Pissed Jeans, Cold Fronts @ Union Pool
Summer Thunder is back at Union Pool for another sunny season of free outdoor daytime shows. This should be a wild one, as it's headlined by beer-flinging punks Pissed Jeans. The fun starts at 2 PM but don't expect bands to go on till later.
Chimurenga Renaissance, Smoota @ Union Pool
Shabazz Palaces member Tendai ("Baba") Maraire now also has another group, Chimurenga Renaissance, who make out-there rap not unlike Shabazz.
Concrete Mascara, Swallowing Bile, Aischrolatreia, Swollen Organs, Penchant, :M:, Vat, Nick Klein @ Trans-Pecos
Sonic masochists can get a fix of bloody eardrums with a night of noise and power electronics at Trans Pecos, with eight acts--six from NYC--and a DJ set going late into the night.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Anwar Sadat, the Louisville band not the Egyptian president, are a heavy, discordant post-punk trio with short, angry songs that never forget the "punk" in "post-punk." Think Big Black/The Jesus Lizard meets Wire, and you might get an idea. Or for something more modern, they also sound like a crazier Iceage. Their most recent album, Gold, came out last year via Sophomore Lounge -- it's 8 songs in under 15 minutes, and can be streamed in full below or downloaded (name your price) at bandcamp.
The band is currently on a tour which wraps up in NYC this weekend with two shows, both with excellent lineups. FIrst, they'll hit Bowery Electric on Saturday (3/29) with Patrick Higgins (of Zs), Algis Kizys (ex-Swans) (who will be joined by Norman Westberg [currently of Swans], Vincent Signorelli [Unsane, Foetus] and Lynn Wright) and Fangs (aka Sonic Youth/Swans producer Martin Bisi joined by members of Phantom Family Halo and Eula). Tickets for that show are available.
Then they play Death by Audio on Sunday (3/30) with noise crew Vaz, Greg Fox's insane drum-driven Guardian Alien, and shoegazy punks The Library Is On Fire.
All remaining dates are listed, with the LP stream and a live video, below...
by Doug Moore
Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.
--Vampillia band bio
Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?
Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.
UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.
Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.
Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
photos by Alex Broadwell
Future Islands @ Bowery Ballroom 2/6/2014
Samuel Herring has an incredible voice. It's belting, cathartic, and registers as almost inhuman. The combination of this powerful tone and lyrics that center around anger and heartbreak can be a bit overwhelming. It rides the line between confessional and personal. I wonder how much confession is too much? Though the band is mesmerizing, the crowd may not always be able to enter this inviolate space.With their 4AD debut imminent, Baltimore's Future Islands played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (2/6) with former Wham City cohorts Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Guardian Alien (a last-minute sub for Lonnie Walker). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The energy level of the band is out of this world. Herring is constantly dancing, twisting, and contorting himself around the microphone, making it nearly impossible to look away from him. Other band members are so still and expressionless that there's somehow a balanced atmosphere. The keyboard builds a great sense of atmosphere and the beat is subtler than most dance music, but still manages to work its way into the body. Usually crowds are split between dancers and the too serious or too shy. But everyone seemed to brought together in the spirit of letting loose at the sound of Herring's voice. - [Audiofemme]
by Doug Moore
Pontiak at Austin Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Virginian psych rockers Pontiak are releasing their newest effort, INNOCENCE, this week (1/28) via Thrill Jockey (pre-order). We're premiering the band-made music video for "Wildfires," its second single, below -- frontman Van Carney strums the comparatively restrained tune out in a dingy motel room, while all three members of Thrill Jockey labelmates/Brooklyn locals Guardian Alien putter around in the background. (Guardian Alien's new album, Spiritual Emergency, comes out 1/28 as well.)
Pontiak will also be kicking off their month-long North American tour in support of the album this week. The tour concludes with a NYC date at Union Pool on March 6. No ticket sale yet, but keep an eye out.
Watch the "Wildfires" video and check out the full run of dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent officially closed its doors for good after last night's show (1/19), the last of four epic final shows that the venue hosted. First was last weekend's Laurel Halo / Autre Ne Veut / etc show, and this past weekend were the final three: Dan Deacon/etc on Friday, Deafheaven/etc on Saturday, and last night's with Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien and LODRO.
The show was a great way for the venue to go out -- celebratory, but also representing what the venue was always about, and why it will be so sorely missed. Three local bands who have called the venue home multiple times in its three-year existence (with the bands they were in last night as well as other various projects), returned to bid it farewell -- DIIV, Guardian Alien, and LODRO. But in addition to being a vital part of Brooklyn's local scene, 285 has also been a spot for bigger out of town bands to get crazier, sweatier, and more intimate with their fans while they were in town for other shows. Fucked Up did just that in 2011 when they played 285 after opening for Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5, so they were warmly welcomed back, and their Canada neighbors White Lung (who could probably headline the venue at this point) fit the spirit of the bill perfectly too.
crowd at 285 Kent last night (via Kari)
Anyone who's seen Fucked Up knows Damien Abraham likes to talk on stage, and last night he dedicated much of that to commemorating 285 Kent. "Of all the amazing venues we've played, this is by far the fucking coolest," he said at one point. He also encouraged the crowd saying you could do any of this, start a venue, form a band, book shows, do it yourself. Maybe in 2014 the possibilities of DIY seem more obvious than the days of Black Flag or something, but it's still inspiring to hear a band you look up to break down the fan/band/industry barriers and preach that to their fans. Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band. 285 Kent's shows are all ages shows.
DIIV (via @chchchavez)
Most of my good memories about 285 Kent involve the fact that you felt like you could have fun there, not just be part of a group of people standing around. I still scratch my head a bit at how mosh pits ever break out to DIIV at any show, but at 285 they always seem to, and it actually does feel right. Especially last night, when they were sandwiched between the ferocious punk of White Lung and Fucked Up.
White Lung's sets rarely cross the 20-minute mark, but last night's felt especially short (possibly shortened by their broken kick pedal) yet just as wild as usual. Their newer songs sound great, and when they played material off of Sorry, the crowd truly lost it. Fucked Up's set raged as always too. And though you can usually see through it when a band pretends they're doing an unplanned encore, it seemed legitimately spontaneous when Fucked Up discussed things on stage for a bit and then got the crowd rowdier than they'd been all night for the last-ever song played at 285 Kent, a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop." Internet hate for all the 285 Kent commemoration often drops the line, "It's not CBGB," but hey, at least we went out with a Ramones song.
A couple more pics below...
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...
Tavito Nanao is a singer-songwriter that represents the new flow of music in Japan. He has led the Japanese music scene since his debut with many controversial works including the 3-disc "911FANTASIA," in which he depicted the world since Apollo 11's landing on the moon to 2051, many years after the Iraq War. He also continues to surprise audiences with his one and only live performances. Overground, he is known as a gifted melody-maker, while underground, he organizes one of the largest improvisation events in Japan. The Hyakunin-kumite ("karate kata with 100 people") event, in which Nanao goes one-on-one in improvisation with all performers of the night, is a very popular event that attracts audiences by the thousand each time.What do Dirty Projectors, Foxygen, and Guardian Alien all have in common? Well, current or former members of each band are sharing a stage with Japanese singer/songwriter Tavito Nanao for his first two NYC shows next week. Diane Coffee (the project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, who was also a voice actor on "Kim Possible" as a child), and Deradoorian (former Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian) will be playing with Nanao for his NYC debut at Pianos on October 29.
Then Eartheater (aka Alexandra Drewchin of Greg Fox's band, Guardian Alien, who have an A/V show coming up), will be joining him for his second-ever NYC show at Cake Shop on October 30 with Greg Barris and The Forgiveness and Bodega Bay. Tickets to the Pianos show are on sale now, but no advance tickets for the Cake Shop show. Check out the flyer for both below.
For Diane Coffee, the Pianos show is the first date on their tour which runs through late November. All dates on that tour are listed below. It's also the day (10/29) that their debut album, My Friend Fish, is being released via Western Vinyl. You can stream that album's single, "Hymn," which is a similar type of psychedelia to Foxygen, below.
Meanwhile, Foxygen play their second of two NYC shows tonight (10/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are sold out.
All Diane Coffee tour dates are listed, along with videos and more, below...
By Doug Moore
Guardian Alien at Cameo, 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
So this is a novel show: the UK promoter Fat Out Til You Pass Out (awesome) has put together a NYC date featuring local, experimentally-minded musicians collaborating with British visual/video artists. Of particular musical note are Guardian Alien (featuring former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), and Bloody Panda frontwoman Yoshiko Ohara. Ala Muerte and Dreamboat Crusaderz round out the bill. The show will be at Silent Barn on October 29.
Here's what the Fat Out performances will entail, per the press release:
Guardian Alien vs. Positively DestructiveIn related -- and oddly similar -- news, Fox's old band Liturgy will be playing a Halloween show at 285 Kent. That show will also be an off-kilter collaboration; Liturgy will be working with noted soundtrack composer and John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth; the show is being billed as a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on Halloween. You can get tickets here. Thrill Jockey labelmates The Body also have a Halloween show in the works. There's many other Halloween options too.
Guardian Alien (Thrill Jockey) will be collaborating with Positively Destructive, a collective who look for ways to alter the audience's perception of how they experience a live show. Psychedelic visuals and interactive installations combined with the psychic meditation of Guardian Alien's music this performance will end the night with a very psychedelic trip.
Yoshiko Ohara vs. Video Jam
Bloody Panda's Yoshiko Ohara will be undergoing the challenge of a VideoJam. VideoJam are a collective based in Manchester who team up film makers and musicians and then get the musicians to score the films live. Yoshiko will be scoring a film by NYE Best called Shatterlands. Yoshiko will be following her VideoJam with her own material.
Ala Muerte vs. Khom
Ala Muerte creates oscillating drone that becomes more profound and intoxicating with each loop, featuring angelic vocals and treated guitars and when joined by the visual mastermind that is James Robinson (KHOM) you will leave this performance being completely absorbed and entranced.
Dreamboat Crusaders vs. The Volkov Commanders
Paring up Dreamboat Crusaderz and The Volkov Commanders is going to create a performance beyond any earthing's comprehension. The elaborate, heavily layered soundscapes of Dreamboat Crusadersz mixed with the alien ideas of the Volkov Commanders, this performance will explore galaxies of the unknown.
Check out a Guardian Alien video below...
by Bill Pearis
SISU, the solo project of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu (the live band also features DDG guitarist Jules), are one of the many bands here for CMJ. They've added shows to their busy week, now with five total (plus a radio appearance), including one tonight:
10/16 - WED 9:45pm - Brooklyn, NY - The FlatWe should note that the Saturday Fader Fort happens at Eventi Hotel in Chelsea and not at Converse Rubber Tracks (where the 10/17 & 10/18 Fader Fort dates are happening.) Sandra will also be one of the guest judges at Saturday's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl.
10/17 - THU 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
10/18 - FRI 5:00pm - WNYU 89.1 FM
10/18 - FRI 10:00pm - New York, NY - The Delancey
10/19 - SAT 2:15pm - New York, NY - FADER Fort
10/19 - SAT 10ish - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
If you haven't heard SISU's new album, Blood Tears, it's an alluring mix of gothy postpunk and shoegaze styles that doesn't timestamp itself to a particular year. You can stream a couple tracks off the record below and hear the whole thing via Spotify. SISU also just recorded a faithful cover of Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs nugget "If You Don't Cry" and we've got the premiere of that in this post.
SISU's full CMJ schedule (including the other bands at their shows) are listed, plus the Magnetic Fields cover and a few other streams, below...
by Doug Moore
"Like Noisem or Slutvomit (who also have a sweet record out this year), Oozing Wound juices up their thrash with ingredients from newer, scarier parts of the metal world. Where Noisem draws on death metal and Slutvomit borrows from black metal, these guys thicken their brew with sludge. The effect is like Slayer on an all-hamburger diet, or like High on Fire with a far larger thrash component. Incidentally, High on Fire is one of the three bands they list as an influence on their FB; the other two are Black Sabbath and...the Carpenters. Very funny, guys."Be sure to check out the whole spiel over at IO. Retrash comes out on 10/15 through Thrill Jockey (who are really digging into this metal stuff these days); preorder it here.
Oozing Wound are also gearing up for a run of East Coast/Midwestern North American dates. The tour hits New York City twice: first at Death By Audio on 10/30 with shoegaze trio The Dreebs, the gothy Pop 1280, and no wavers Sediment Club, and then again at Secret Project Robot on 11/3 with Guardian Alien (aka former Liturgy drummer Greg Fox), Skimask, and Child Abuse (who also play this week). No advance tickets for those shows.
Stream Oozing Wound's "Call Your Guy", watch a video of a second song ("Welcome to the Spaceship, Motherfucker"), and check out the full run of dates below...
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
If you're not getting out of the city for the long Independence Day Weekend, there are lots of options for those sticking around.
Like last year, the Macy's Fireworks ("inspired and directed by Usher") happen on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them (9:20 PM) fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV. Brooklyn gets the shaft again.
The Statue of Liberty also reopens after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy last fall.
While on the subject of NYC Independence Day traditions, there's always the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Noon.
For afternoon options, if you're not invited to a friend's backyard barbeque, you could head to Rockaway to Roberta's-related Rippers where they're hosting an afternoon of grilled food, surf and quality indie rock. You can catch Friend Roullette, Celestial Shore, pow wow!, Hippy and The Library is on Fire. The party is free but donations are suggested for still-needed Hurricane Sandy relief. 1 PM - 8 PM. Flyer is below.
Silent Barn, meanwhile, has an afternoon show with Thrill Jockey recording artist Glenn Jones, whose new album, My Garden State, was recently released on the label. The show also features D. Charles Speer & the Double Helix, and Pork Chop Willie. 3 PM, $10.
A nice late afternoon option is Ex Cops who will be playing the kickoff to the Museum of Modern Art's "MoMA Nights" series. The event happens in the Sculpture Garden and goes from 5:30 PM to 8PM. Free with Museum admission.
Moving into the evening, Roberta's Pizza will be throwing a nighttime bash at The Knockdown Center (where they just held a few Tiki Disco parties), with Endless Boogie, 1-800 Band and Dirty Fences playing live. Pizza, beer, rock music, what more do you need? 8PM, $5. Flyer is below.
The Fourth of July also means The Feelies, who start a three-night run at their hometown venue of choice, Hoboken's Maxwell's. These will surely be bittersweet, as the club is closing its doors at the end of the month. No surprise, all three shows are sold out. For those going, expect marathon sets and lot of covers. If you're going on Thursday, the show doesn't start till 10 PM, after the fireworks.
If there wasn't enough explosions over Manhattan for ya, the boom will come to 285 Kent with shoegazey metal courtesy Deafheaven and Marriages which is being presented by InvisibleOranges. Aun and Theologian also play, and Shaun from Weekend is your evening's DJ. Doors are at 10 PM and tickets are still available.
Not only will Shea Stadium be celebrating our country's birthday, but it's their birthday too (yeah). The Bushwick venue turns five and the birthday bash is headlined by The Shea Stadium All-Stars, featuring members of So-So Glos, Guardian Alien and Titus Andronicus. You can stream them covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" at Soundcloud and that probably gives you a good indication of what to expect. White Bike and Pregnant also play. $5 at the door, 6 PM.
Mike Simonetti (aka co-founder of Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire) will be DJing Output's weekly INPUT party that day, but in honor of the Fourth of July, it's going to be a free BBQ on the roof (aka Canopy Bar) that starts at 3 PM. Also on the bill is Lamin Fofana and Max McFerren (who has releases on Lamin Fofana's Sci-FI & Fantasy label). The party is rain or shine. Flyer below.
For a completely different kind of night, there's Midsummer Night's Swing in Damrosch Park, near Lincoln Center. Tonight's event is billed as "Battle of the Bands," pitting The George Gee Swing Orchestra against Mora's Modern Rhythmists. If you don't know how to swing, there are dance lessons (6:30 PM) before the concert begins (7:30 PM). Tickets are still available.
Not that far away in Philadelphia, The Roots are throwing their annual 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and more.
Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Did we miss anything big? Flyers below...
Javelin will be back with their second album, Hi Beams, on March 5 via Luaka Bop. Unlike their first album which the band made themselves on the cheap with a computer, Hi Beams was recorded at Machine With Magnets studio in Pawtucket, RI using vintage equipment, real microphones and the like. Was it worth it? Check out "Nnormal" from it below.
You can hear some other new songs, probably, when the band starts playing shows again next month. A proper tour starts around the album's release date, but there's a few East Coast shows before that, including one at Shea Stadium on February 1 with Guardian Alien and Life Size Maps. Advance tickets for that show are available.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the new song stream.
by Andrew Sacher
Dan Friel - Total Folklore
Dan Friel of the now-defunct Parts & Labor has been continuing to play a ton of solo shows in NYC since that band's demise and, after recently signing with Thrill Jockey (which he released the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP on in 2012), he announced that he'll release his first full length for the label, Total Folklore, on February 19. So far, Dan has let loose two tracks from the album, "Ulysses" (short edit) and "Valedictorian," and if you're a fan of buzzsaw distorted synths, you should check these out. You can download them both above or stream them and check out the full tracklist below. That's the album's awesome cover art (designed by Maya Hayuk) above.
Dan will celebrate the album with a release show the day it comes out (2/19) at Knitting Factory with a solid lineup of likeminded experimental musicians Guardian Alien, Yvette, and DJ set from ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's Dan's only announced date at the moment.
Streams and tracklist below...
Psychic Ills play Knitting Factory tonight (11/9), a sort of warm-up shot before the pair head to the far east for a Chinese tour (!). Tickets are still available for the shindig that will also feature appearances from Guardian Alien and Starring. After a few weeks away from the road following their Chinese tour, look for the band to split to the West coast to play LA, SF and finally the Sacred Bones five year anniversary show in the Mojave desert alongside labelmates Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth among others. (Oh and to celebrate the apocalypse too.) Full tour schedule is below.
While we wait for completion of the new Psychic Ills effort (in the works), the Brooklyn band has a gift for us in the meantime. Head below to catch a new video for "Travelin' Man" from their 2011 release Hazed Dream alongside a list of all dates and the Chinese tour flyer.
photos by Erik Erikson
Lightning Bolt @ 285 Kent
Spazzy destruction duo Lightning Bolt played 285 Kent on Thursday (9/20) the day before blessing ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on Friday (9/21). The show was also one of two NYC dates for Indian Jewelry, who blessed Public Assembly the following night (on 9/21) as part of Et Cetera. Pictures from the 285 Kent show, which featured a drum-off between Greg Fox & Kid Millions, are in this post.
Stream the song "King Candy" from said release and check out more pictures and a great HD video of Lightning Bolt from 285 Kent, 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...
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.
photos and words by Caroline Harrison
The Psychic Paramount at Cameo, 7/8/2012
The Psychic Paramount kicked off a month-long tour last night at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. They were supported by Stabbing Eastward and Guardian Alien.
Guardian Alien took the stage first, playing a 40 minute piece driven by the crescendos and decrescendos of Turner William's shahi baaja, a kind of electric Indian zither. However, singer Alex Drewchin's yogic convulsions distracted from the set's otherwise hypnotic drone.
Stabbing Eastward took full advantage of singer Tunde Adebimpe's voice (of TV on The Radio), layering loops and samples underneath his eerie falsetto. Adebimpe snapped and rapped his knuckles on a stool, uniquely complementing Ryan Sawyer's virtuoso drum performance.
The Psychic Paramount produced a dizzying wall of sound in no time at all, filling space between songs with with knob-twiddling tones. The band thudded along at a relentless pace behind their wall of fog and light. The set was exhausting and, despite the lingering smell of the smoke machines, thoroughly cathartic.
Psychic Paramount will return to Union Pool on August 9th, so anyone who missed last night's show will have a second chance to catch the trio. The band heads to Pitchfork Festival this weekend.
More pictures from Cameo on Sunday are below.
Dan Deacon at Ecstatic Music Fest (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon has released "Lots", the first single from the Baltimore-an's debut LP for Domino Records America, due on August 27/28. In preparation, Deacon has will play a few dates around the states as well as in Europe, including a stop at River Rocks at Pier 84 on July 12th for a FREE show with John Maus and recently added opener Roomrunner. All Dan Deacon dates are listed below. All River Rocks shows are listed HERE.
If you can't wait to get your fix of the noisy-skronk of Roomrunner then head by Cake Shop on June 15th. There the ex-Double Dagger band will team with the also great Dope Body, Zulus, Guardian Alien and Lushes. Full set of Roomrunner dates are listed below along with a stream of their recent EP.
Speaking of John Maus, he's preparing to release A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material on July 13th via Ribbon Music. The record features tracks that date back as far as 1999, and you can check out one track "Mental Breakdown" below. Order your copy via the label. the first 500 come in a rare translucent pink.
A listing of all tour dates and some streams are below.
The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.
The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.