Entries tagged with: Halloween
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Wacky witches, scary skeletons and masked madmen took over the streets on Thursday as tens of thousands of people marched in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.We already posted one set of pictures from this year's Halloween parade. Here's another. They continue below...
A light drizzle didn't stop curious onlookers and wildly dressed marchers from strutting their stuff along Manhattan's Sixth Avenue in the annual parade, which was canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy and was put on this year only after an emergency online fundraising campaign netted more than $50,000 in donations.
Opera singer Melanie Gall, wearing an all-black witch costume, complete with a pointy hat, said the parade was a chance for New Yorkers "to really show off." [TribTown]
photos by Chris La Putt
Every Year we rouse the puppets from the barn.There was a bit of rain, but that didn't stop the masses from showing their stuff. Constumes we saw included Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, KISS, Obamacare, random excuses to be half naked, Pee Wee Herman, Devo, Captain Crunch, Batman, Michael Jackson, Instagram and even Lou Reed. Check out more pictures HERE and below and at our Facebook page too...
We dust off our world weary spirits.
We shake cobwebs from our hair, and prepare for the ReBirth of Wonder.
Every Year we REVIVE Halloween in New York City, together!
Resurrecting our imaginations, Reawakening our creative spirits...
Re-imagining our identity and Remaking ourselves in costume.
So come out and Frolic, Perform, Strut, Shake and Shimmy on our route, en-route to a New YOU.
Show us your stuff!
2013 NYC Village Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
This Halloween is something to be sureAnd there's an Andy Warhol, a Nico and a (tacky?) Lou Reed, with a halo...
Especially to be here without you
There's a Greta Garbo and an Alfred Hitchcock
And some black Jamaican stud
There's five Cinderellas and some leather drags
I almost fell into my mug
There's a Crawford, Davis and a tacky Cary Grant
And some homeboys lookin' for trouble down here from the Bronx
Neko Case at Radio City in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Neko Case has a very good new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, out this year, and has been supporting it on a tour that hit NYC at Radio City in September. She plays DC tonight (10/31), but she'll do some Halloween celebrating even sooner than that when she airs a Tiny Desk Concert live on NPR at 2 PM EST (aka in a few minutes from this post). The show description reads:
It's Halloween! Watch a live Tiny Desk Concert featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, as well as Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf. Case is keeping her outfit under wraps for now, but promises a reveal worthy of the occasion.Head to NPR to watch.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
Here's a tip to make your house sound scarier to those tricker or treaters dressed up as ghosts, goblins, Miley Cyrus and Radiohead bears this Halloween, or for those who just enjoy the sounds of people screaming and things that go bump in the night. Pull up Spotify, RDIO or your preferred music streaming service and type in "Halloween Sound Effects". Doing so will turn up such classics "Black Forest Monsters", "Terrible Things are at the Gate" and "Increasing Intensity Strange Heartbeat". Hours of fun for the whole family!
We've also embedded some for easy access below...
That expanded edition of David Bowie's The Next Day (which just lost the Mercury Prize to James Blake's Overgrown) is due out on Tuesday (11/4), which features the James Murphy's "Hello Steve Reich" mix of "Love is Lost" (which cribs a little from "Ashes to Ashes"). Bowie just released the video for that song which, appropriately for today, features some scary monsters. Specifically, some puppets from Bowie's own collection. Check it out below...
Raymond Pettibon, Mike Watt & Thurston Moore
Punk veteran Mike Watt (co-founder of The Minutemen, and also of fIREHOSE, The Stooges, and more) has some shows with various projects coming up this year. First, he'll do a few dates with his band The Missingmen, including a Halloween show in LA at Olystis. Then, after a more shows with different groups throughout the year, he'll team up for another holiday show with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and visual artist Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn), who designed Sonic Youth's Goo cover, a couple Minutemen covers, the Black Flag bars, and more. The trio will play John Zorn's East Village club The Stone on New Year's Eve (12/31) as a late set (10 PM), after Thurston and Zorn do an earlier duo set (8 PM). All Mike Watt dates are listed below.
For Thurston Moore, that show happens after his band Chelsea Light Moving tours with Merchandise. All of his dates are listed below too.
John Zorn also has a bunch of other upcoming dates, many of which are in NYC. Check out his full show schedule on Facebook.
All Thurston Moore and Mike Watt dates are listed, along with a video of Mike Watt, J Mascis, and Thurston Moore covering The Stooges' "Fun House" at Le Poisson Rouge in 2012, below...
DOWNLOAD: Carnivores - "Pillow Talk" (ft. Bradford Cox) (MP3)
Carnivores are a garage rock band from Atlanta, and they've already got the ins with the big hitters in the ATL garage rock scene, including Black Lips -- whose frontman Cole Alexander sings on "Sinking In Your Automobile" from their newest record, Second Impulse -- and Deerhunter -- whose singer Bradford Cox appears on their non-album track, "Pillow Talk" (MP3 above) and whose former bassist Josh Fauver released their record on his Army of Bad Luck label. The band have just given a trippy video treatment to the Cole Alexander collaboration, and that video makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with a stream of the full album and the track with Bradford Cox, below.
Carnivores also have a few shows coming up, and one of those happens in NYC at Shea Stadium on Halloween (10/31), and in Halloween cover show spirit, they'll be playing songs by The B-52s (but probably mostly songs from their own new album). Rounding out the lineup is three solid local bands also playing songs by other bands, Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). Admission is $8 with a costume and $10 without. Flyer below.
All dates are listed, along with the video and streams, below...
Hercules & Love Affair (aka Andy Butler) is getting in the Halloween spirit in a big way, headlining an All Hallows Eve party this Saturday (10/26) at Gramercy Theatre. Their onetime DFA labelmates The Crystal Ark are also on the bill, along with an army of DJs. The party promises to "transform Gramercy Theatre into a garden of Extra-sensory audiovisual terror and earthly delights. All Hallows Festival will feature multiple floors, spectral light-shows, a theater of the damned, fully stocked bars, a 3 AM costume contest and mystical haunted environments." Tickets are on sale now and more details are on the flyer below.
We haven't gotten a new H&LA album since 2011's Blue Songs. While there's no word on its follow-up, Butler has remixed "New York, New York" by no wave obscurity DeeKay Jones and you can stream that in this post, along with a mix H&LA made in September.
Flyer and song streams below...
Though it took her 4+ years to complete, Corinna may just be the inspiration you need to be a Radiohead Bear this Halloween:
Thought it would be a great idea in 2003 to dress up as the Radiohead Bear for Halloween.Good luck. More pictures of the costume and info at Instructables.
It also served a purpose to distract me from some really bad and sad times.
Alas, it took another 5 years to create the complete suit.
Due to school, work, and life, I worked on it piece by piece every odd year:2003,2005,2007.
The idea is to be as 2 dimentional as possible, hence the flatness of the head, just like the logo.
Now it's an outfit I wear on Radiohead shows and I still have plans for it.
Recreated the body in 2008 so I can wear it in warm and hot times.
It's always a work in progress with constant maintenance.
Hope to you see you out in one at one of the many NYC shows this Halloween.
In too much of a rush? Can't really sew? Need something for HalloweMeme TONIGHT (10/24). Last minute Radiohead-themed costume ideas pictured 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...
Soundgarden fan accidentally wanders into 2011 parade (more by Chris La Putt)
Not that there was any doubt but the Village Halloween Parade, having suffered Sandy-related setbacks, is officially back, having met it's $50k Kickstarter goal with three days to spare (via Gothamist).
With that settled, what's your prediction for most overdone costume this year?
A NYC branch of Manchester megaclub Sankeys has been in the works for a while, but it is now finally set to open at 29 W. 36th St. (formerly District 36). The space will be outfitted with, for the gearheads out there, a Void Incubus sound system as well as "the world's first hydraulic LED Grid Matrix system." The first night for Sankeys will be Halloween with DJ sets from Reboot, No Regular Play, My Favorite Robot, and Dave Rosario. Advance tickets are on sale now. A flyer for Sankeys NYC's opening slate is below.
The original Sankeys opened in Manchester, UK in 1994 in a warehouse that formerly housed a Sankeys Soap factory (hence the name) and shut its doors for good this past spring. The club has also operates a branch in club capital, Ibiza, since 2011.
If you missed it, check out other things to do in NYC on Halloween too.
by Andrew Sacher
Zebra Katz at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We recently discussed a number of Halloween shows happening in NYC, and here's one that we missed with three local artists. Synth funk crew AVAN LAVA will team up with the gothy Light Asylum and rapper Zebra Katz, whose super fun live show proves "Ima Read" is no one hit wonder. Tickets for this Halloween party are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Zebra Katz recently collaborated with sugar-high pop duo Icona Pop on a one-off single, "My Party," which you can stream below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, August 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Crusty metal/punk outfit Raspberry Bulbs put out their second album, the gruff ripper Deformed Worship, over the summer. That album, with a much fuller production than anything RB had done before, was on heavy rotation for a while; we played "Groping the Angel's Face," "Lusty Climbing," and others off Deformed Worship more than a few times on Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. It was also a surprisingly fitting summer release--Deformed Worship had a palpable demented-surf vibe to it. Not something you'd expect from a band that is usually cited as having black metal leanings.
Since the release, though, things have been pretty quiet for the NYC-based band. They've played just a handful of shows locally and a couple on the road. Now, though, they'll be playing the Wednesday night party Nothing Changes on November 13 at Home Sweet Home with Pod Blotz.
Before that, Nothing Changes hosts the previously discussed
Believer/Law Halloween Extravaganza on October 30 with YOU. The show is also a release show for Believer/Law's forthcoming 12", Matters of Life and Death, due out October 29 on Chondritic Sound. The Nothing Changes party is about two weeks after their previously discussed show with Iceage at Acheron (10/15), the first of the Danish punk band's two nights there.
UPDATE: Believer/Law dropped off the 10/30 Nothing Changes show and was replaced by Ell V Gore.
And, as mentioned, even sooner than that Automelodi will be playing Nothing Changes on Wednesday (10/9).
Stream tracks from Raspberry Bulbs, Believer/Law and Automelodi below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Vatican Shadow at Drone Activity in Progress in May (more by PSquared)
We just discussed a slew of Halloween shows earlier this week, including Cypress Hill and Redman at Best Buy Theater (10/30) (tickets), the current iteration of The Misfits at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), and many more.
Brooklyn's Output just announced their Halloween (10/31) show, and it should appeal to those looking for something both sinister and dance-y. Dominick Fernow (Prurient) will headline as his "militant religious industrial" act Vatican Shadow with support from Raime, Silent Servant, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Raime is performing what is being billed as their "AV premiere," so expect visuals. You should also expect this show to run late--doors are at 10pm, and Vatican Shadow typically doesn't bring his high-energy show to the stage until after midnight on a normal night. Tickets for the show are on sale here and here.
The Output show is part of a tour that Raime is on, which hit San Francisco with Pharmakon last night (9/26) and also includes the Blackest Ever Black showcase in London with Dominick Fernow's power-electronics persona Prurient and Tropic of Cancer. All Raime dates are listed below.
Speaking of, Tropic of Cancer just released a beautiful and haunting video for "Plant Lilies in my Head" and recently put out her debut LP, Restless Idylls. Watch that video below.
In other Halloween news, as discussed, the NYC Halloween Parade is back for its 40th installment after being cancelled last-minute in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year. The 11th-hour cancellation caused some financial hardship, and organizers have launched a Kickstarter. The campaign is a little less than half-way to its 50k goal.
Watch Tropic of Cancer's video, and see Raime's tour dates, below...
by Doug Moore
The Body are having a busy year. They've signed with Thrill Jockey, toured (including a two-night stand at the Acheron), and confirmed an appearance at next year's Gilead Media fest. Their Thrill Jockey debut, Christs, Redeemers, comes out on October 15. We've debuted a video for "An Altar or a Grave" -- one of the strongest cuts on the new record -- over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
The video is about either someone being drowned or having their weighted corpse dumped deep water; either way, the blurred fluttering of the occasional milky-white hand jutting from the bundle of sinking, sodden rags says too much, about awful things. The string and vocal melodies interwoven throughout the bands plodding, toxic riffs simply drive home the feeling of despair and claustrophobia that exists in the silent, heavy tomb beneath the surface.Check out the video and the full writeup over at IO.
The band has also announced a run of North American dates, including a Halloween show at Saint Vitus (which will undoubtedly be pretty weird) and a show with Neurosis in Portland in late November (which will undoubtedly be pretty awesome; tix). Tickets for the Saint Vitus show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.
All dates are listed, along with those videos, below...
Zappa Plays Zappa (aka the band led by Frank Zappa's son Dweezil performing his father's music) are playing a Halloween eve show at Gramercy Theatre (10/30) and then on Halloween they play Beacon Theatre (10/31). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
As discussed, Crystal Stilts, who just opened for Deerhunter, are playing a Halloween show at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the show will be opened by Excepter and Zachary Cale. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The band that currently tours as The Misfits are celebrating in NYC the night before Halloween at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), then after Halloween (aka the Day of the Dead), they play NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) (tickets).
Meanwhile, original Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig and his former bandmate Doyle are going on a tour together that hits NYC on October 18 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
World/Inferno Friendship Society play their annual Hallowmas show at Warsaw on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark Lindsay is playing on Halloween at Bowery Electric with The Doughboys, St. Philips Escalator, The Connection and DJ Tony Lo-Fi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something dancier, Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum), and DJ Nick (CHERYL) will take over Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another similar option is catching DFA's Juan Maclean DJing Cameo on Halloween with Justin Strauss and Evan Michael. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Cameo show starts at 10 and Juan Maclean is doing a 3 hour set, so you can probably get there after seeing his DFA labelmates Holy Ghost! play Terminal 5 with Midnight Magic. Tickets for that show are still available.
And what's Halloween without a few cover shows? On October 30 at 285 Kent, local indie bands will take on rock bands of the past with Butter the Children as Pixies, Dead Stars as Nirvana, Le Rug as At The Drive-In, Turnip King as The Velvet Underground, and Honduras as Green Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Stone hosts a much different kind with Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns, and special surprise guests. That goes down on Halloween at 8 PM and again at 10.
Cake Shop also has a cover show on Halloween too
but the lineup is TBA. UPDATE: The lineup includes Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, and Palehound as Pavement.
Other Halloween options include the Masquerade Ball with a "world-renowned live DJ performance" at Highline Ballroom, the Bluegrass Halloween celebration at The Bell House on November 1 (tickets), and Dionne Werewolf (aka the werewolf ensemble that does Dionne Warwick covers) at Union Hall (10/31) (tickets).
Other previously discussed Halloween options include The Body at Saint Vitus and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Jenny Hval at Basilica Hudson.
* Silent Barn is also doing a cover show with Celestial Shore and Delicate Steve as Led Zeppelin, Whoarfrost as Nirvana, Cloud Becomes Your Hand doing Jock Jams, and You as Interpol. Twn Sister is DJing. Admission is $10 with a costume or $12 without.
Browse our show calendar for even more events happening on 10/31 (and every day)
by Bill Pearis
photo by Frank Deleon Jones
Crystal Stilts are relative vets on the Brooklyn at this point, having formed 10 years ago -- though they didn't really gain steam till 2007 or so. The band's signature combo of singer Brad Hargett's sleepy delivery and guitarist JB Townsend's reverby riffs is still evident on Nature Noir, the band's third LP which came out this week on Sacred Bones. But they have lightened the mood just a little this time out, letting a few rays of sunshine peak through the gloom. Nature Noir is a pretty apt title, actually. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.
Like they did last night, Crystal Stilts open for Deerhunter tonight (9/19) at Webster Hall which is sold out. If you didn't get tickets to one of these, Crystal Stilts will play on Halloween (10/31) at Bowery Ballroom. No other bands have been announced yet but tickets go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon.
That comes at the end of their October tour which starts just after their dates with Deerhunter. All are listed, along with the video for single "Star Crawl," below.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Canadian costumed-face-painted-progressive-psychedelia collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have already announced they're coming to our side of the border for CMJ, and it's since been revealed that they'll be doing a quick North American tour after that as well. Those dates include another NYC-area appearance on Halloween (10/31) at Basilica in Hudson, NY (where the Basilica Sound Scape festival just happened). That show is with Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (who also has NYC shows coming up), plus special guests Tanz Praxis (featuring C. Lavender). Tickets for the show will be available via Basilica's site soon.
YT//ST's one currently announced CMJ show is the Panache showcase happening on October 16 at Knitting Factory with Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, U.S. GIrls, Slim Twig, and Arp. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your CMJ badge.
YT//ST also just made a video for "One" off their upcoming album UZU (due out 10/29 via Suicide Squeeze), which you can watch, along with the list of all tour dates, below...
As mentioned, the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade will be back for its 40th Anniversary this year and is in need of some financial help due to last year's 11th hour cancellation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Their Kickstarter went live today which has until October 21 to meet their $50k goal. You can watch the parade's Kickstarter video and read a little bit more about where the money will be going below.
photo via @vchrisop
Phil Lesh & Friends are coming to the NYC-area for four nights at The Capitol Theatre (10/31-11/3) beginning on Halloween, and then five nights at Best Buy Theater (11/5-9). Tickets to the Cap shows go on sale today at noon and tickets to the Best Buy Theater shows go on sale today at 10 AM.
Onetime Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, and his current band The Miracle 3, are playing a show with Ivan Julian (of the Voidoids) & the Head on November 1 at Bowery Electric. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Zombie Shari Lewis & Zombie Lambchop at 2011 's parade (more by Chris La Putt)
It was canceled, then it was maybe still happening and then finally canceled for real. The 2012 Village Halloween Parade was among the many event casualties of Hurricane Sandy. The parade will be back this year to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately last year's last-minute cancelation took a financial toll on the parade which will launch a Kickstarter to help fund things this year. That launches September 19, so stay tuned for the link when it's live. If you just want to donate to the parade outside of Kickstarter, you can do that too.
Meanwhile, lets all cross our fingers for no hurricane this year.
DOWNLOAD: Peelander-Z - "Ride on the Shooting Star" (MP3)
Peelander-Z recently announced that they're going hair metal for their first album since the departure of Peelander Red, Metalander (due out 9/10 via Chicken Ranch Records), and will be touring in support of it. When we first mentioned that tour, it didn't include a NYC date, but it's since been announced that they will play Glasslands on Halloween (10/31). That sounds like it'll be one hell of a party, and it's a good excuse to come dressed up as your favorite Peelander member. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (8/23) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of their new single, below...
New wavey Cali punk vets The Dickies are still touring these days and, though it's been a while since they've come to the Northeast, that will change this fall. After some shows in their home state, they'll head over to play NYC on Halloween (10/31) at Knitting Factory, followed by some November shows in the surrounding area. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with some classic videos, below...