Entries tagged with: Halloween
Shocking Pinks (the project of New Zealand singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Harte) are reissuing their acclaimed 2004 debut album, Dance the Dance Electric, on October 5. This will mark its first-ever release on vinyl and will come with nine digital-only bonus tracks from the original sessions. You can stream a track from it, "Nostalgia," below.
Shocking Pinks will be going on a world tour in support of the reissue, including North American dates this fall. The tour hits NYC on October 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. Shocking Pinks will also play New Brunswick, NJ's The Banana Stand on Halloween (10/31).
All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
California old school-style death metallers Gravehill are playing shows in support of last year's Death Curse, including NYC on August 12 at the Acheron. It's a good lineup all around with their Dark Descent labelmates Ghoulgotha and Horrendous, plus Brooklyn locals Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. Stream Death Curse below.
Long-running death/thrashers Deceased are still active and will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a NYC show on November 14 at Saint VItus. Opening that show will be Bat, Iron Force and Grey Skies Fallen. Tickets are on sale now.
Crust supergroup Severed Head of State (with members of World Burns To Death, Tragedy, J Church and more) come to NYC on July 30 at the Acheron with Razorheads and Indignation. Tickets are on sale.
Local black metal faves Krallice appear to be hinting at a new album on their Facebook. While details on that aren't confirmed, a live show for July 27 at the Acheron is. Radiation Blackbody and Feast of the Epiphany open. Tickets are on sale.
The doom and gloom of Planning for Burial returns to the stage on July 24 at Grand Victory with Iron Gag and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.
Mexican black metal veterans Xibalba Itzaes (previously known as Xibalba, but changed to Xibalba Itzaes in 2010 to avoid confusion with the California hardcore band Xibalba) have been at it since the early '90s and will play their first-ever NYC show on Halloween at the Acheron. Opening is Fantom Warrior and Occult Burial. Tickets for what sounds like a pretty spooky Halloween are on sale now.
Die Choking are a new-ish Philly grindcore band with members of Total Fucking Destruction and Cop Problem. They debuted last year with two EPs, titled I and II, and you can stream both in all their brutal rapid-fast glory below. They're coming to NYC for a show on July 29 at Saint Vitus with Blänk, Sangharsha, Ides and Hounds. Tickets are on sale.
Sangharsha also play a Nepal benefit a bit sooner at Acheron on July 15 with Tiger Flowers, Skullshitter and Brute Mukti (tickets).
Boston black metal/punk blenders Human Bodies will descend upon NYC on July 21 at Acheron with One Master, Syphilitic Lust and Salo (tickets). Earlier this year, they put out the MMXIII-MMXIV, which compiles last year's No Life with 2013's MMXIII demo and includes two previously unreleased tracks. It's raw, eerie, and surprisingly kinda catchy. Stream it in full below.
Anthrax's Scott Ian is spending a lot of time at Saint VItus this year. His band Motor Sister played there in February, and now he's set to return for spoken word shows on August 4 and 6. Tickets for both are available. Scott's also taking part in the NYC performance of The Doomstar Requiem, the metal opera (or "Klok-Opera") from the Metalocalypse/Dethklok guy, Brendon Small. Tickets are available for that too.
Tucson sludge band Godhunter are making their way to NYC for a show on August 13 at Saint Vitus with Destroyer of Light and Immortal Bird. Tickets are on sale now. They released their debut album, City of Dust, last year. You can stream that below.
Death metal locals Artificial Brain play Saint VItus on July 30 with Cognitive, Organ Dealer and Skullshitter. Tickets are on sale.
Throwback riffers Ruby the Hatchet play Acheron on July 24 with Joy, The Golden Grass and IYEZ. Tickets are on sale.
Destroy Cleveland is a documentary film by Matt Greenfield about Cleveland Hardcore from 1987 through the early 2000's.Other previously discussed heavy NYC shows coming up include Windhand, Noisem, Revocation / Cannabis Corpse, Cult of Luna / Kylesa, Caspian / Circle Takes the Square, The Body, Earth, Slayer / King Diamond, Motorhead / Anthrax, Thou / False, Rosetta, Power Trip / Red Death / Foreseen, The Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar / Atriarch, Weedeater / Kings Destroy, Uncle Acid, High on Fire / Pallbearer / Lucifer / Venomous Maximus, Primitive Man, Ghost, Neurosis / Brothers of the Sonic Cloth / Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Godflesh / Prurient, Catharsis, Christian Mistress / High Spirits, Trap Them / Full of Hell, and more.
Featuring interviews and performances by Integrity, Ringworm, Judge,H100s, Cider, Hatebreed, Quicksand, Apt 213, 9 Shocks Terror, Inmates, In Cold Blood, Quicksand, Civ, Dwid Hellion, Aaron and Lenny Melnick, James Bulloch, Tony Erba, Tony "Chubby Fresh" Pines, Paul Schlacter, Steve Peffer, Chris Pellow, and many more!!
Speaking of Christian Mistress, their new album To Your Death comes out September 18 via Relapse and they recently put out its single "Open Road." Listen below.
by Bill Pearis
The Darkness' fourth album, The Last of Our Kind, is out now. It dials down the pomp just a little, in favor of a tougher sound (that at times is not too far from The Cult circa Love or Electric). You can stream the whole thing below.
The band will be on tour this fall, starting on the West Coast for Tenacious D's Festival Supreme and working their way East. The tour hits NYC at Irving Plaza on October 27. They'll also play Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on October 28 and Huntington, NY's The Paramount on Halloween (10/31). Tickets for those three NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM with LiveNation presales beginning Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the album stream and music videos, below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
"Cypress Hill concert was litttttttt" - @ohrocky_
West Coast rap veterans Cypress Hill went insane in the brain last week at NYC's Best Buy Theater for their mostly-annual "Haunted Hill" show which they played the night before Halloween (10/30). This year's show boasted support from La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz, and they filled their set with favorites from their '90s days like "Illusions," "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That," "Hand on the Pump," "How I Could Just Kill A Man" and of course "Insane In The Brain."
The Best Buy Theater show was actually the second NYC show they played in October, following the private show they played for MADE.COM at Baby's All Right on 10/7.
More pictures (including one of the setlist) and some videos from "Haunted Hill" below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
The Damned / TSOL / The Briefs @ Irving Plaza 10/31/2014
From their name down, The Damned have been perfectly suited for Halloween shows for over 30 years, something they've done in NYC a few times, including this year. Friday's show (10/31) had Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and the rest of the band tearing through some of their best-loved songs. It was a scary-good bill all around, with opening sets from LA punk vets TSOL (who they're on tour with and also well suited for Halloween) and Seattle pranksters The Briefs. Pictures from the whole night, plus some Halloween costume shots from around Irving Plaza (and Union Square) are in this post. After the show, Dave Vanian DJed the afterparty at The Hills (aka Don Hill's).
Before Halloween, Captain Sensible played Bowery Electric and after the Damned and TSOL hit Asbury Park. More pics from Irving Plaza below...
First Avey Tare put out a spooky video today and now his bandmate Panda Bear has followed suit. Those Animal Collective guys sure love Halloween! This one's a second teaser for his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and it stars the Grim Reaper and a stuffed panda bear. How appropriate. Watch it below... and Happy Halloween!
Nick Reinhart, guitarist/vocalist for math rockers Tera Melos, is celebrating Halloween with Scary Sounds II, the spooky-sounding guitar-only followup to last year's similarly themed Scary Sounds. Every sound you hear on the album was made with a guitar, and it definitely lives up to its name. You can download it at bandcamp for $6.66 and stream it in full below.
Tera Melos was also added to the first leg of the Circa Survive / Title Fight tour. (Pianos Become the Teeth, who just played NYC, are on the second.) That includes the NYC show happening on November 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tera Melos also play a Halloween show in Houston tonight. All of their dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...
Girlpool at Death by Audio (via Todd Midler)
Sadly no longer playing Brooklyn Bizarre tonight or Vassar tomorrow :( voice is MIA— girlpool (@girlpoolband) October 31, 2014
One of your many Halloween options tonight is the Diarrhea Planet / Hop Along / Mitski / Desert Sharks show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which is free, and includes a costume contest, face painting and more. Girlpool, who left quite the impact during CMJ, were supposed to play too but unfortunately dropped off as you can see in the above tweet. Bummer.
Girlpool will be back in NYC next week though to open for Jenny Lewis.
by Bill Pearis
Austin band Hundred Visions travel in the same circles as neighbors OBN IIIs and make a similar, if poppier, guitar racket. This week the band just released their second album, Spite, via Wau Pau and you can stream it via Rdio below. You can also check out the horror-themed video (a lot of that going around today, hmm) for single "You're Gonna Cut Me Loose" that plays like a lost, warped VHS rental from 1991. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
While Hundred Visions have no tour plans at the moment, if you're heading to Austin next week for Fun Fun Fun Fest, they'll be playing a couple shows during that, including a Burger Records presented FFF Fest Nites show, and another with Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name and Warm Soda. Dates are listed, along with the video album stream and flyer, below..
The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Halloween show, Hallowmas, is its most-anticipated performance of the year. The event is known for its elaborate planning and surprises. Past Hallowmases have included a burning effigy of Mr. Terricloth constructed and set alight by a large, caustic cat; an ethereal string quartet performing throughout the evening in the rear of the hall; circus performances and fire breathing by the Odd Child Uprising troupe and a cadaverous marching band materializing on stage for the finale, "Pumpkin Time". The song (performed only at Hallowmas shows) includes street rallies, and references The Great Pumpkin from the Peanuts comic strip. - [Wikipedia]The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Hallowmas bacchanal happens tonight (10/31) at The Wick with Emilyn Brodsky and is sold out. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin if you're going. It's a busy time for the Brooklyn band, as their new album, This Packed Funeral, is set to pop on November 11. It's a signature mix of styles as only they can combine and you can listen to a stream of the whole record, which makes its premiere in this post, below.
Right after their Hallowmas extravaganza, World / Inferno Friendship Society will start their fall tour, playing Voodoo Experience fest in New Orleans, then heading West. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
It's Halloween and the horror short films keep coming. First Avey Tare, and now Arcade Fire have put one out called Festi. The band gives the following description:
Festi, an Arcade Fire production.It was directed by "Noreen Bauble" and stars the members of Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, The National, ZZ Top, Slash, Peter Gabriel and more. Watch the full spooky thing below...
In association with people in Austin.
A look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011.
by Bill Pearis
Mac McCaughan @ HiFi during CMJ (via @marcviloria
I make no bones about my love of '80s goth: Bauhaus, Siouxsie, Xymox, Xmal Deutchland, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Bolshoi etc...I'm all for it. (Fields of the Nephilim, not so much.) But my favorite is probably The Sisters of Mercy whose first two albums -- 1985's First and Last and Always and (especially) 1987's Floodland -- are pretty much stone-cold classics that I can listen to anytime of the year, but I tend to OD on around Halloween. I was, in fact, listening to them today when I saw that Superchunk frontman and Merge mogul Mac McCaughan had just posted a cover of "First and Last and Always" on his soundcloud. Mac keeps the inherent drama but gives it the Portastatic treatment, stripping it down to acoustic guitar and synths. (Mac adds, "Doktor Avalanche was not available for the session.") You can stream it below.
Mac was just in NYC for CMJ, playing a solo show at HiFi. Anybody catch his set? Mac's take on the Sisters, plus a mix of classic '80s goth for your Halloween listening, below..
by Bill Pearis
Dum Dum Girls played a Devil's Night show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (10/31) and, as a band that clearly enjoys Halloween, Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia played as flesh-eating zombies. It was also one of the last dates on their Too True tour, and as such began the show by playing the album front to back. Having seen DDGs at various points from throughout the year, this was definitely the best I've heard these Too True songs sounding live, and Dee Dee's voice in particular was in great form. The band then took a little break and came back for a second set of older songs, including a few that they don't play very often, like their lovely cover of Strawberry Switchblade's "Trees and Flowers" from the End of Daze EP. They finished off the night, appropriately, with a cover of The Cranberries' "Zombies." A short video clip of that, Dum Dum Girls' Brooklyn Bowl setlist, plus more instagrams and a few cellphone pics, below.
The night also included sets from Ex Cops who also dressed up (Amalie was in zombie mode too) and played a set comprised of all new songs, save for maybe one, from the just-released Daggers. Christines did not get in the Halloween spirit but their Swervedriver/MBV brand of shoegaze sounded good (and loud) nonetheless.
DDGs pics and video below...
Marissa Nadler has no upcoming tour dates at the moment, but she just finished a tour and was in NYC to play CMJ showcases for two labels: Sacred Bones at Trans Pecos and Bella Union at Le Poisson Rouge. We don't have video from those shows, but watch a full set she played in the KEXP studios earlier this year, below. How were the NYC shows?
Meanwhile, it's Halloween, and who better to get a playlist from on this dark holiday than Marissa Nadler. Listen to the creepy holiday mix she made at Spotify. Enjoy selections by Billie Holiday, Mazzy Star, Ry Cooder, John Carpenter and more.
Animal Collective member Avey Tare put out the debut album with his band Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks earlier this year, and they've now made a short film for its song "Catchy (Was Contagious)." Here's what director Abigail Portner had to say about it:
I wanted to make a video that referenced old horror movies from the 1950s Universal horror era. I am obsessed with movies like The Third Man, Truffaut's 400 Blows and Ingmar Bergman's films. I wanted it to have the style of classic old LA so we used the LA river and the neighborhoods surrounding it as locations. The movie Them from the 1940s was shot on the LA river and I wanted it to have that feel also. Parts of Grease and Chinatown were filmed there too. The videos I make for Animal Collective and my own personal style is pretty specific so it was great to work with Giovanni because I feel like he just got it. We were on the same page thematically, reference-wise and with regards to the style of filming and our goal - to create something that has a classic, pretty 1950's feel to it but the undertone is still very dark.The film looks pretty great and thanks in part go to Giovanni Ribisi who goes behind the camera here for his first Director of Photography credit. The short film makes its live premiere tonight before the band go on at the Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace Hotel in LA, and you can watch it below.
Also for the occasion, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks have made a Halloween-themed playlist which you can listen to here.
Avey Tare and fellow AnCo members Geologist and Deakin will be back in NYC when their DJ tour hits Brooklyn Bowl on November 14. The latter two members have also added another show to the AnCo DJ residency happening December 12 at the same venue. Tickets for both are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
The fourth AnCo member, Panda Bear, recently announced his new album.
And speaking of slasher flicks and short film music videos, Nobunny just put out a short slasher flick for his song "Nightmare Night."
New Avey Tare video below...
As you know, Manhattan club Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills, and though a public opening date still doesn't seem to exist, there is a Halloween party happening there, and it's free with RSVP. The occasion, in addition to it being October 31st, is the Damned show at Irving Plaza, for which this is the afterparty. The Damned members Dave and Pinch will be DJing.
The Damned are on tour and also play Philly (tonight) and Asbury Park (11/1). If you'd like to try and go to Irving Plaza for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets within our big Halloween show roundup post.
photos by Chris La Putt
Girlpool at BV day party at Baby's All Right - 10/25/14
LA duo Girlpool played about ten shows right before and during CMJ, and they'll be back in the area next week to play NYC and Long Island on their tour with Jenny Lewis. They must really love it here, because now they've added yet another show. They were added to the Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which already has a stacked lineup of Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and more. That show is free and includes a costume contest ($500 cash prize), face painting and more. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend Halloween.
One of Girlpool's many CMJ shows was our Saturday day party. We already posted pictures of that show and we've got another set of Girlpool in this post. More, with their updated list of dates, below...
pugkin @ McCarren Dog Costume parade (more by Mimi Hong)
No longer content to celebrate Halloween just on October 31, NYC has turned into a full week of festivities. We're mainly focusing on the music stuff, but a list of notable events follows...
First and foremost in the 41st Village Halloween Parade, which gives parades a good name and is usually worth going to. It happens on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. And if you can't actually be there, NY1 broadcasts live from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.
As for music events, with a singer who has basically dressed like a vampire for the band's career and classic singles "Thanks for the Night," "Wait for the Blackout," and "In Dulce," The Damned remain perfectly suited for this sort of thing and you can see them at Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL (who have a horror punk vibe themselves), and The Briefs. (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. See details below.
Meanwhile, Damned guitarist (and maker of great solo records too), Captain Sensible will be playing a Halloween edition of the Sally Can't Dance party at Bowery Electric on Wednesday (10/29) with Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica and more (tickets).
And another former Misfits singer, Michale Graves, plays Coco 66 on Mischief Night (10/30). Tickets are on sale.
Primus will be playing Beacon Theatre on Halloween which is being billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Primus just made an album based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book which definitely has some nightmare material in it. Tickets are still available.
Punk/klezmer/cabaret act World Inferno Friendship Society are throwing a "Hallowmas" bash at The Wick on Halloween. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin. Tickets are on sale.
CMJ buds Panache & Baby's All Right are thowing a Halloween Show that's not at Baby's -- it happens Halloween Friday at 338 Moffat (Studio L) with Purling Hiss, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Meatbodies and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are on sale now, including an option that includes a "limited edition surprise."
What will be at Baby's though is a dance party with Maurice Fulton, DJ Spun, Alex From Tokyo, The Almond Brothers and Paul Raffaele (tickets).
For an Halloween filled with current bands evoking the goth sound of the classic '80s period, Toxic Shock Syndrome is presenting "DEA†H ☧ RI†ES" on Friday at 496 Morgan Ave with Pop. 1280, Void Vision, Pawns, a DJ set by Frankie Teardrop and "more!" Tickets are on sale.
And then there's the Halloween show at Death by Audio with Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. This will be your last chance to party at DbA on a Halloween as the venue closes in less than a month.
This year's Zombie Prom happens at Littlefield on Halloween with The Hollows, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, Corn Mo, and T.R.J.B. (tickets).
Anamanaguchi will be DJing on Halloween at the 38 Bathhouse (353 Broadway, Manhattan) with Tallesen, Pleasure Centers, Bernard Herman (not the Hitchcock composer [who's dead]), and "Very Special Guests." Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is throwing a two-night Halloween party on Friday and Saturday (11/1). Friday has Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$ DJ; Saturday has The So So Glos, Slothrust, Dinowalrus, Weird Womb and DJ Lady Guy. Both nights are free with costume contests ($500 cash prize).
And for you Twin Peaks fans out there, Glasslands is offering up a party called "Halloween In The Black Lodge," with a place both wonderful and strange performing a piece called "EYS OPEN DOORS: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF LAURA PALMER" as well as DJ sets by @Thatsourwaldo, and Smoking Mirror (Lewis Valleau of WOLVVES). Tickets for this midnight party are on sale now, though if you're name's Bob you may know another way in.
Of course the staple of Halloween shows is bands performing as other bands, and there are no shortage of those this year. You can get an early jump on that sort of thing on Wednesday (10/29) at Baby's All Right with Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as Death From Above 1979). Tickets are on sale.
Then on Devil's Night (Thursday, 10/30) at Saint Vitus, Delicate Steve will be performing as Del Zeppelin with sets from Escalator Haters (Featuring members of Stalkers, Daddy Long Legs, The Casualties and Clit 45), Ice Balloons and Cher2K. That's a free show.
Delicate Steve will then perform as the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Silent Barn on Halloween (with RHCP touring member/Atoms for Peace member Mauro Refosco) along with Dear Leader (as The Neptunes), Heeney (as Weezer), Banned Books (as Pixies), Advaeta (as HOLE), members of Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate and Journalism as blink-182 and a DJ set from Mr. Twin Sister.
For a different option that also features a band as Blink-182 head to Cake Shop on Halloween for Clean Girls who will be doing that, plus Vomitface (as Nirvana), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Tape Deck Mountain (as Daniel Johnston's Delay Pedal), Death To Slater (as The Beach Boys), Schmear (as Meat Puppets), and Smell-O-Vision (as Television).
For a third blink-182 option and a second RHCP option, over at Shea Stadium on Halloween you can see Big Ups (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vulture Shit (as Presidents of USA), Flagland (as Blink-182), Bueno (as Frank Sinatra), and Huffers (as The Replacements). $8 at the door with costume, $10 without.
You can see Beach Fossils with members of Wild Nothing (as Devo), Celestial Shore (as T. Rex), Beverly (as the Pixies), and Roya (as Television Personalities), on Halloween at 338 Moffat (Studio E, different space than Purling Hiss show mentioned above). Tickets for that show are on sale.
You can also catch Mutual Benefit doing Beck's One Foot in the Grave in full at Glasslands on Halloween with Reo appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set (tickets). That's your last chance to ever see a Halloween show at Glasslands. We're giving away tickets too.
Of course there's also "the world's drunkest Guns n' Roses tribute band," Mr Brownstone, at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (tickets).
If you're looking to dance, you can head to Cameo on Friday for Eric Duncan, Mike Simonetti, Dominique Keegan, Justin Vandervolgen, Evan Michael, Free Magic, and Faso (tickets)
Output on Halloween is throwing a "Boo Yourself" party with Danny Tenaglia and Rissa Garcia in the main space and Kasper Bjørke, Gerd Janson, and Justin Miller in The Panther Room (tickets).
At Verboten on Halloween it's Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Löffler, and Bedouin (tickets).
You can also turn down for what at Pier 94 on Halloween (moved from Barclays Center) with DJ Snake, Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Tchami and Milo & Otis (tickets).
On the movie front, Nitehawk Cinema is doing their all-night horror marathon "A Night to Dismember" with a program of sequels: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead (tickets)
Videology (which has been hosting horror screenings all month) is showing '80s Tawny Kittaen classic Witchboard; and at Sunshine Cinema in the LES they're hosting a midnight screening of 1987 cult classic, The Monster Squad (tickets).
What else? A couple flyers, and some Halloween mixes courtesy Rdio, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Halloween is here again, and that means NYC's best parade. Grand Marshall Whoopi Goldberg will lead "hundreds of PUPPETS, 53 BANDS of Different Types of Music, DANCERS and ARTISTS, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation's most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!" The theme this year is "The Garden of Earthly Delights!":
Although one often associates Halloween with things Infernal, this year's Halloween Parade is headed to Paradise, or more specifically the Garden of Earthly Delights. Join us as we unearth the layers of Heironymous Bosch's timeless altarpiece, exploring the precarious borderland Garden between the primeval terrors of wilderness and the modern confines of civility.Is there an oasis, a point of respite between the ravaging wilds of nature and stifling constrictions of urban life? A garden is above all, a place of precarious balance - just enough nature to tie us to our primeval roots, yet not so much we might lose our way and fall prey to the dangers that lurk in the wilderness. It is a narrow borderland of green where one might be of nature without being fully in it. The great gardens of Europe often featured mazes of hedgerows, where visitors could experience the vicarious terror of becoming lost (literally "bewildered") while taking comfort from the confines of civilization that encircled them.MEANWHILE, the dog Halloween parade happened in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, and BrooklynVegan photographer Mimi Hong stopped by before she got to our CMJ showcase. Her constumed dog pictures continue below...
The beginning of humankind's transition to sedentary farming coincides with a mythological obsession with the Garden, as the dangerous uncertainty of our hunter-gatherer past gave way to ordered paths, sheltering walls, and sustaining bounties. The Tree of Life and the fruits of immortality are never found in the forest, jungle, or savannah, but rather in a cultivated Garden - whether Golden Apples tended by the Hesperides of the Greeks, or the Jade Emperor's Peaches of Immortality pilfered by Monkey King of Chinese Myth, or the Biblical Garden of Eden whose fruits bring knowledge even as they harken the end of innocence. Like Borges' Garden of the Forking Paths, it is a place of infinite possibilities and permutations contained within a finite and intimate space. Gardens are also places of forbidden delights and forgotten joys hidden away behind ivied walls and locked gates. The Secret Gardens of Hans Christian Andersen and Frances Hodgson Burnett remind us that the Garden evokes a return to childhood's fearless and ephemeral embrace of the world.
The New York Village Halloween Parade has always been a secret garden of sorts, a place where, for 40 years, wildness of a very rare variety has flourished within the high walls of New York's avenues. Halloween being a night of inversions, our "garden" is not a safe place where the "wild" is kept out; it is a safe place where the wildness of imagination is invited in! Just as Frederick Law Olmsted's ramble in Central Park cultivates the liberating thrill of bewilderment amidst its twisting paths, paraders know they will be safe within the procession.
This year Parade puppeteers will sow the seeds of a verdant Garden, turning 6th Avenue into a greenway of surging shoots, unfurling blossoms, and tempting fruits dangling low from the animated boughs of a giant Tree of Life. All are invited to our workshops to help bring our not-so-secret, world-famous "garden" to life and celebrate our oasis of wildness that in the end (as Olmsted said) is what truly civilizes us.
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, Aa (Big A little a) returned with VoyAager, their first album since 2007. Now they've got a video for one of its tracks, "Koosh." The video was "inspired by Abel Gance's classic silent sensory overload Napoleon" and it fits the avant-synth track well. It makes its premiere in this post and can be watched below.
As discussed, Aa will also be part of Death by Audio's last-ever Halloween show. They play the "Haunted Mansion" section of the venue that will be set up special for this show with PC Worship's Justin Frye and Chat Logs. In the main room there will be sets from the re-active Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale. $10 gets you in and it goes til 3 AM.
As mentioned, Mutual Benefit will be playing at Glasslands on Halloween (aka this Friday) with Emily Reo, and Conveyor. (The last Halloween show to ever happen at that venue.) Like a lot of Halloween shows, this will be a cover set and Mutual Benefit are doing Beck's 1994 album One Foot in the Grave (which has lo-fi folk classics "Sleeping Bag" and "Asshole," among others). Reo is appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
The Halloween show is the wrapup to Mutual Benefit's current tour. They play St. Louis, MO tonight (10/27). Remaining dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of One Foot in the Grave, below.
Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:
She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?
Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."
Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.
Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...
The New Lines (photo by Jenn di Donna)
You never know where inspiration may strike. The New Lines and DC band Sansyou have a new collaborative single, "Gowanus Canal Field Inspection," which was a direct result of an actual visit to the titular Brooklyn body of water by Sansyou's David Nicholas, who shared his thoughts on it with The New Lines' Hewson Chen. Conversation, lyrics and music flowed like dirty water and here we have it, a jangly two-minute pop number which premieres in this post. Stream it below.
The New Lines and Sansyou will play NYC on October 27 at The Rock Shop, a Halloween show also featuring Winkie and Prima Primo. Then in December, The New Lines will head out with Dead Leaf Echo for a weekend tour that includes stops in Philadelphia and DC. All dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below...
Liturgy in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Black metal transcendentalists Liturgy are a full band again (beastly drummer Greg Fox included), and it's good news (and perhaps not a surprise) to hear they'll be playing Death by Audio before it closes. They're playing night 1 of their Thrill Jockey labelmates Oozing Wound's previously discussed two-night stand happening at the venue on Mischief Night (10/30) and Halloween (10/31). Also on that first night is Child Abuse and Cellular Chaos. $10 gets you in.
The 10/31 show is DbA's Halloween Haunted House Party and also features the re-active Knyfe Hyts, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. (Sounds spooky!) $10 gets you into this one too, and the show goes lateeee (til 3 AM).
NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is releasing a new album called Gay Dog Food for free download on October 21. It's set to feature an impressive cast of guests including Kathleen Hanna, Katie Got Bandz, Cakes Da Killa, Cities Aviv, No Bra, Ian Isiah and James K. No music's come out from that yet, but Mykki did recently appear on a new song called "Unclassified" by German producer ETИIK. You can stream that below.
Mykki has two dates coming up too, a Halloween celebration on 10/25 in LA and a NYC show on Mischief Night (10/30) at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Full tour schedule and that song stream below...