Entries tagged with: Halloween
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Aaron Dessner - We Were Born (from the Long Count) (MP3)
The Long CountThe MP3 above is the first musical glimpse at the above-described (and previously mentioned) Long Count project. The heavy minimalist influence on the track makes the role of those guest vocalists even more curious. Single tickets for the Long Count, and all the BAM Next Wave concerts, go on sale September 8th. A video trailer for the show, which falls on and around Halloween, is below. More Brooklyn Halloween show options HERE.
Oct 28, 30 & 31 at 8pm
Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie
In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists--brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie--combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds.
Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders [who are at the Bowery August 18th & 19th]), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.
Shara Worden has been keeping super busy and impressing Decemberists audiences across the country when she sings her part in the Hazards of Love production (and when she's doing Bob Dylan). Upcoming Decemberists dates include September 21st in Montclair, NJ.
The National recently played a set at All Points West in Jersey City.
Also below is a video from "a 20-minute animated and musical collaboration developed by Bryce Dessner and Matthew Ritchie" that premiered at the Kitchen in March (Sufjan Stevens played the harmonium), and trailers and music (!) for the other BAM Next Wave commissions including Imaginary City (the So Percussion show), Terra Nova (the DJ Spooky/ICE collaboration) and Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension...
DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - When I'm Gone (MP3)
photos by Joseph Xu, words by Andrew Frisicano
7:07 p.m.: The Vivian Girls put out one of my favorite albums of 2008, and their brief but hard-hitting set [at the Pitchfork Festival] doesn't disappoint. Big, melodic bass lines provide a foundation for innocent harmony vocals, a mix of tart and sweet that proves irresistible. Only disappointment, they didn't play "Where Do You Run To." [Chicago Tribune]That's a review of the Vivian Girls' July 19th set at Pitchfork Festival. The group will be kicking off their (relatively) short North American tour on August 25th with a show at Death By Audio. The Beets, who join them on most of their tour, open that gig. The trip leads up to the release of their sophomore album, Everything Goes Wrong, which comes out September 8th on In the Red. A track from that is above.
After a set of September/October tour dates in Japan & Australia, Vivian Girls are also tentatively scheduled to play a Halloween show that will "tentatively" (how Todd P lists it) happen at the Ridgewood Temple (1054 Bushwick Ave). Todd also lists two other shows that same night: Mount Eerie at the Market Hotel with Malkuth and Liturgy, and a show with Wooden Shjips, Religious Knives, and Crystal Stilts (who feature ex-Vivian Girl Frankie Rose on drums) at a venue TBA.
Meanwhile over in South Brooklyn, the Bell House will host a late show with Junior Boys and an early show with the King Khan & BBQ Show and Dum Dum Girls (who feature ex-Vivian Girl and current Crystal Stilt Frankie Rose on drums) (maybe not again though), on a Halloween that is shaping up to be a big night for NYC concerts this year (many that should not be competing).
Mroe pictures and interviews of the Vivian Girls at the Pitchfork Festival, with all tour dates, are below...
Junior Boys @ Webster Hall - July 23, 2009 (sneuffer)
As previously posted, The King Khan & BBQ Show are playing two shows in NYC on October. They'll be at Bowery Ballroom on the 30th, and at The Bell House in Brooklyn one day later (Halloween). Dum Dum Girls, who last played their first and only show in NYC during the Woodsist Festival (and have since signed to Sub Pop) will open both dates.
The Bell House show is an early one - it'll be over by 10:30 so that doors can open for the late show which it can now be revealed will be a performance by the Junior Boys (who were last here when they played a rescheduled date at Webster Hall in July). Tickets for the late show will be on sale soon. Tickets for the early show are still on sale now (and no tickets for Bowery yet).
By the way, Dungen and Woods play the Bell House this Friday night (8/14). $15 tickets are still on sale, and you can get in (capacity permitting) for $10 at the door with your stub from the Animal Collective show happening in Prospect Park the same evening. All JB dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Black Heart Procession - Rats (MP3)
The Black Heart Procession are hitting the road in support of their new album, Six, out October 6th on Temporary Residence.The Black Heart Procession hits the road this fall with a tour that includes a pair of NYC-area stops. They play a Halloween night show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, and then a gig the next night at Bowery Ballroom (11/1). Bellini and The Mumlers, who separately open the first and last half of Black Heart Procession's tour, will both be at both shows. Tickets to the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday, August 7th at noon. Bowery tickets are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday at noon.
Six is The Black Heart Procession's first album to be written and recorded simultaneously with a new album by Three Mile Pilot, the band that originally spawned Pinback and The Black Heart Procession. As both Three Mile Pilot and The Black Heart Procession now coexist for the first time ever, founding members, Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel, have steered The Black Heart Procession into a darker, more adventurous direction, with an increased focus on rhythm and a more wildly eclectic instrumental palette.
The Black Heart Procession mainstays, Pall Jenkins on vocals and guitar and Tobias Nathaniel on piano and guitar, will be joined by Matt Resovich (BHP, Rafter, The Album Leaf) on violin, Jovi Butts (Mr. Tube and The Flying Objects) on bass and Jason Hooper (Goodbye Blue Monday) on drums. The five-piece band will perform songs off of Six, plus many selections from The Black Heart Procession's back catalog.
A track of the new Black Heart Procession record is posted above. Check out a video for another song, "Witching Stone," with the album art, tracklist, and all tour dates, below...
King Khan & the Shrines @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
The Almighty Defenders CD, out September 22nd on Vice, brings together the Black Lips, King Khan and Mark Sultan. The latter two make up King Khan & the BBQ Show, which is the band that'll be playing Brooklyn's Bell House this Halloween (its an early show - 7:30pm doors / over by 10:30pm) (there's a TBA late show at the same venue). Prizes for best costume. As you can see above, King Khan already has some ideas in mind. Tickets are on sale now.
Can't make it Halloween? King Khan and BBQ are also playing Bowery Ballroom one night earlier (10/30). Ticket info TBA. Full tour dates are still forthcoming, but there are a few more below (including November 1st in Philly). They'll be touring in support of the new King Khan & the BBQ Show album, Invisible Girl, out November 3rd on In the Red.
Another Halloween NYC gig happening in Brooklyn is the Mount Eerie metal show at the Market Hotel. His tourmates, No Kids and Tara Jane O'Neil, will also be his backing band for a set that promises "2 drummers, some gongs and a wall of amps." Liturgy is one of the bands on the bill. Another will be Malkuth. That tour formerly had a TBA for another NYC show. That will happen (with No Kids & TJO playing sets too) on Sunday, November 1st at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that Manhattan show (which does not include Liturgy or Malkuth) are on sale (Market Hotel doesn't have advanced tickets).
The LPR show is put on by Wordless Music, who has a bunch of big shows coming up (not the least Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail on Saturday). There's also Warp20NYC, the Wordless series at Columbia's Miller Theatre, Deefhoof and Why?.
The Market Hotel show is curated by Brandon Stosuy - music writer and organizer of Show No Mercy (that Black Bubblegum co-curated this past Sunday). Tonight (August 5th) Brandon will be be presenting from his "in-progress oral history of American black metal [briefly excerpted at Believer] joined by Matt Luem for "Joe's Pub's Happy Ending Reading & Music Series. Also at the event will be "Rachel Cohen reading from her book A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists. And Lawrence Weschler reading from his work on the visual artists David Hockney and Robert Irwin. And Colin Stetson delivering an opening invocation on saxophone. And Buke & Gass playing a short set of clear voiced yet fuzzed out pop experiments on homemade instruments." Tickets are still on sale.
Videos, new KK&BBQ album tracklist and tour dates from King Khan & the BBQ Show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Mount Eerie - Wind's Dark Poem (MP3)
Mount Eerie/Phil Elverum is going on tour this fall. In addition to his dates with Why?, Elverum will be headlining a trip with friends and collaborators Tara Jane O'Neil and No Kids. One NYC stop on the tour will be a Halloween show at the Market Hotel with an eclectic bill of metal bands Liturgy and
Krallice, the minimal folk of Tara Jane O'Neil, and No Kids's indie pop. (There's also a TBA NYC show for Mount Eerie on November 2nd.)
UPDATE: Krallice are not playing the Halloween show (which is curated by Brandon Stosuy of Show No Mercy), anymore. Another band will be announced instead. We also found out that No Kids will be Phil's backing band. That is all.
If that lineup sounds strange, it might make more sense after looking at the lineup of this year's What The Heck Fest, or hearing the new Mount Eerie record, Wind's Poem, which is out now on his own PW Elverum & Sun label. The double LP covers a range of sounds from the first blast of introductory noise (as heard in the inaugural track, above) to more melodic, image-driven storytelling to creepy marimba-eque textures (notably on "Between Two Mysteries").
No idea if live he'll be doing the songs with band, iPod or solo.
Elverum just wrapped up What the Heck Fest 8, which ran July 17-19 and brought a lot of great artists to his hometown of Anacortes, Washington...
What the Heck Fest is a festival out of Anacortes, Wa put on (more-or-less) by Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie and Geneviève Castrée of Woelv. It's kind of like summer camp with tons of indie bands. They've been at it for 8 years now. This year's fest was awesomely diverse (highlighted humorously saturday night with Olympia black metal superstars Wolves in the Throne Room following posi indie folkster Kimya Dawson) and I really couldn't have been more pleased to have the presence of so many things that didn't fit the k records/indie rock mold that people assume this festival is in the mix. [Letters With Mixtapes]Other NYC Halloween shows this year include Lez Zeppelin, The Get Up Kids and the Misfits. All Mt Eerie tour dates, album art and tracklist, below...
Lez Zeppelin, ladies who pretend to be Led Zeppelin 365 days of the year, are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Halloween. Tickets are on sale.
The Misfits, men who pretend to be the Misfits 365 days of the year, are playing BB King's on Halloween (as usual). Tickets are on sale.
Smashing Pumpkins play their first of two NYC shows at United Palace Theater tonight, Thursday, November 6th ("Black Sunshine" night). The second is tomorrow ("White Crosses" night). Each night will have a different setlist. Last week they played two shows in Ohio and both of those setlists are below...
Photos by Joe Perez
Ponytail, Yeasayer and Graffiti Monsters are playing the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU on November 15th. Tickets are "$8.00 w/NYU ID (Available in Advance Two Days Time) $12.00 General Admission (Available @ The Door Day of Show)". (thx Brenda).
Members of Yeasayer were in the crowd when Ponytail played Music Hall of Williamsburg during CMJ. Yeasayer end a tour with two nights at the same venue in December.
Halloween photos of Aids Wolf below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Japan's DMBQ played a Halloween show at Danbro Studios in Brooklyn with Fiasco, The Homosexuals, Ponytail, Aids Wolf, Child Abuse and Matt & Kim on Friday (10/31). I heard the show was great from start to finish, BUT Ryan only got there in time to shoot pictures of Matt & Kim (the headliners) and DMBQ who played right before them. More from DMBQ's set below...
photos by Ryan Muir
FADER Label, the recording branch of The FADER, is pleased to announce their partnership with Brooklyn-based music collective Matt and Kim. The all-encompassing collaboration between FADER Label and Matt and Kim is more than a record deal. It's a new and unique model that gives the band access to the unlimited resources of The FADER and its' sister company Cornerstone, a premiere music and lifestyle agency. This announcement comes on the heels of Matt and Kim's new full-length, Grand, which will be available on vinyl, CD and online formats on January 20th 2009 through SONY/RED distribution.Matt & Kim headlined the Halloween party at Danbro Warehouse on Friday (10/31). Fiasco, The Homosexuals, Ponytail, Aids Wolf, DMBQ and Child Abuse also played the show. Now M&K are on tour. More Halloween pics below...
Under the watch of The FADER's careful eye, Matt and Kim have already begun experiencing the benefits of the relationship by recently releasing free online singles, Good Old Fashion Nightmare and Daylight, both of which will appear on the upcoming sophomore effort. The structure of this deal will give Matt and Kim unique resources that will allow the band to connect with current and future fans. An important component of the relationship will include Zync, who have successfully represented Matt and Kim to film and TV previously.
Recorded over a nine-month period in Matt's childhood bedroom in Vermont, Grand stands to be the band's most compelling work to date. Matt self-produced the record in it's entirety while paying attention to every detail with meticulous precision, achieving production that Matt and Kim have never had, yet still being very Matt and Kim.
The lightning in the bottle? Matt and Kim will be bringing their elated live show worldwide as they plan to tour nonstop throughout 2009.
"The partnership with FADER Label has been amazing this far and we are looking into the future," remarked, Kim Schifino. Matt Johnson added, "We have already been able to give fans free music [like through Mountain Dew's "Green Label Sound"], play free shows [ditto] and reach new people. It's really important for us to be able to give back to those who have supported us from the beginning."
"We are excited to have Matt and Kim join The FADER family," said Jon Cohen, Co-CEO of Cornerstone and The FADER. "Their songwriting and live performance matched with their amazing creativity set them up for a successful career. With this new model we're able to put Matt and Kim in front of new audiences and create opportunities that aren't available to most artists. Now they are going to have the freedom to connect in many ways with their fans."
Photos by Chris La Putt
Ryan Adams and The Cardinals played a show the Apollo on Friday (10/31/2008) - their second annual Halloween show in NYC. Earlier in the week they played a surprise show at a SoHo cafe and the next time they play New York is with Oasis in December.
More pictures, and the setlist, from the show below...
Soya Milk & Latte (by Tim Griffin)
A brilliant Halloween swept away the gloom from a city that desperately needed some good tidings. I left my home late Friday afternoon in my old, fat Elvis costume, and the streets of Nolita were packed with children dressed as skunks, pixies, angels, and such. I had to stop to watch this mini-parade of cuteness. Store owners filled the little tykes' pumpkins and bags from their own pumpkins and bags with the requisite sweet stuff. I grabbed a cab to take me to a production meeting over at Webster Hall, where I was to be a judge at the $5,000 costume contest. Adults and teenagers in clown suits and monster masks strolled past at lights, and I asked my Pakistani driver what he thought of Halloween. He told me that he never understood it: "Americans are usually so brash and poorly dressed despite the great wealth of the country. But on this day they go crazy and are suddenly creative and very nice." He concluded that it gave him "a great feeling of optimism about us." [Steve Lewis]More pictures from Friday night's parade below...
words by Black Bubblegum, show photos by Faith-Ann Young
Rival Schools closed down the main stage at the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on Oct 25th, and if you stayed with us, and weren't feeling rather grim, chances are you were down in the Old Office enjoying (hopefully), the late addition to our party, Lightspeed Champion tear through a set that included two new songs and a bunch of covers by bands like Nirvana, Heart, and Pixies. Dev kept it light and fun, sometimes included members of the audience, and tried his best to hold it together after a late start due to the band/drummer (Jackson!) not bringing their own cymbals. Friend and partner in crime Emmy The Great (who also played the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall Of Williamsburg earlier in the week) joined in on the festivities.
To make this post slightly more timely, the picture up there on the top is Lightspeed on Halloween (yesterday). Pictures from last week's show, below...
Michael Jackson Thriler, Greenwich Village, Oct 31, 2008 (by editrrix)
And check out these pics of Zombiecon/Zombiecrawl HERE.
Video of the Thriller part (as seen in the above photo) of the parade below...
DOWNLOAD: Streetlab - EP Release Exclusive Mix (MP3)
Friday night, 10/31, Halloween!, is here and boasts an impressive amount of great bands spread all over the city. Have fun trick or treating around to as many as you can or pick one and get down:
DOWNLOAD: MC Steinberg - Frankensteinberg (MP3)
words and photos by Faith-Ann Young
A hugely hormonal, mostly teenage crowd packed into Webster hall last night (October 30, 2008) to see MGMT...... the average age around 18 to mid twenties. Rumor was the tickets for this show sold out in minutes and I would say most MGMT fans were at a loss when opener (co-headliner?) Suicide came on.
Now, if you know anything about the 1970s and 80s post-punk scene, you know about Suicide's eccentric performance history and their prominent place in rock and roll history....(Hell, even Springsteen lists them as influences.) Since MGMT are big fans of Suicide (which they've cited several times in interviews), it is perhaps not so random that the two bands share a stage (although most still living post-punk groupies may slit their wrists upon hearing legends like Suicide opened zealously for new pups MGMT.) But let's be clear: the crowd was not ready for Suicide's avant-garde performance art. Musically, Martin Rev and Alan Vega's experimental no wave rock was too heavily distorted, disorienting, and frenetic for any of the kids to appreciate. Plus, it didn't help that ski goggles on a sixty-year old man just makes him look senile- rather than 'punk' or badass. Slow moving onstage, yet trying zealously to motivate the crowd with hand punches and pointing, Suicide's duo more ressembled "oh no, grandpa got into the medecine cabinet again" retirees than fabled rock legends. And shamefully, the eccentric synth moves of Martin Rev, who at one time simply pounded the synth machine with his fists, was old news to electronically-immersed "Mac Garage-band" generation; one teenager mumbled "All they are doing is playing a backing track." The sad reality is, while it's always cool to watch real legends in action, these men are unappreciated by the new kids on the block. When Alan Vega started motioning with his hands, one kid just shouted "we don't know what that means," which was just a feeble reminder, punk as Suicide know it anyway, is dead.
So needless to say, the highlight of the night (editor in disbelief) came when MGMT came onstage in full mariachi suits, laughing. The whole crowd cheered, giggled and toasted their beer cans, as a thick haze of pot smoke wafted down the front row. Visibly refreshed and at ease (especially compared to their lackluster performances at United Palace Theatre opening for Beck weeks ago), the band played to their fans. The crowd pleasers like "Kids" caused the most commotion; at one time the whole of Webster Hall appeared to be jumping up and down (like kids on a trampoline) hands in air, with glee. (Truth be told; when MGMT played a couple unrecognizable songs- i.e. newbies not on their current album - the songs were not so impressive). Best part of the night? When lead singer Andrew broke into a sick rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," apparently using something (a vocoder?) to adjust his voice to a helium-level octave. Ahhh, to be young again.
MGMT play one more NYC show tonight, Halloween 2008, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night below...
Wayne Coyne, director of Christmas on Mars and visionary frontman of rock band the Flaming Lips, will join fans and friends for Cinema Purgatorio's screenings of Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips, on Wednesday, November 5, 7pm and 9:30pm, at the KGB / Kraine Theater.Tickets are HERE. Lots and lots of related merchandise is HERE. Info on work the Flaming Lips are doing for NBC HERE.
Below you will find the CoM trailer(s)/ads, AND some (other?) Halloween-related Flaming Lips videos...
In the spirit of the season, I put some tracks up on my myspace of the soon to be rereleased Ballads of Living and Dying (on limited edition vinyl on Mexican summer) which remains to this day my spookiest record to date.The above "creepy halloween photo" of Marissa was taken by James Reed at the Old American Can Factory.
On this blog, I put up two new home recordings. Still I have to eagerly wait to put the tracks from Little Hells out there. The first is called "So long theresa," a song written by a friend of mine, Dave Godowsky. I saw him play it at Toad, this bar in Cambridge, MA, and was blown away by it. In addition to his solo work, he is also Izzy in the riotous Guns and Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone. I love his songs and this recording is still a work in progress. I'm just happy he let me cover it.
The second song I wrote 10 years ago and the recording is still a work in progress as well. It was the first song I liked that I wrote. "August Rose Gently" [Marissa Nadler]
Dave Godowsky performs at Toad again this Sunday, November 2nd. Mr. Brownstone has a show coming up with Satanicide at Irving Plaza on November 28th. Marissa Nadler's last NYC show was during CMJ. Her next two non-NYC shows are listed below...
Love is All's new album "A Hundred Things Keep me Up At Night" will be released on November 18th (not the 11th as originally planned) via What's Your Rupture. In the meantime, and perfectly timed for Halloween (today), the band created a series of Halloween-themed videos for every song on the album. Each video was then assigned to a different website. We got the track "19 Floors"....
DOWNLOAD: No Kids - For Halloween (MP3)
This little-known sequel to the much-better-known 1966 hit, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" came out in 1977 as a TV special. It's worth noting that the only mention of Halloween is in the title (indeed, starting in the late 90's, it was released under the name "It's Grinch Night," leaving Halloween out altogether). However, the events portrayed here clearly take place in late autumn. Grinch Night, perhaps, is the Whoville equivalent of Halloween. [Wikipedia]The music for Halloween is Grinch Night was done by Joe Raposo and thanks to YouTube, you can watch the entire obscure cartoon below...
DOWNLOAD: Night Creatures (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Haunted House (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Dungeon (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Witches (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Encounter in the Fog (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Grave Matter (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mad Scientists's Laboratory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Elements (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Creatures (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ghosts and Phantoms (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frightening Devices (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Haunting Music (MP3)
There's much more where this came from at Dave's Free Hallloween Sounds.
DOWNLOAD: Beastie Boys - Sabotage (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Heartsrevolution - C.Y.O.A.! (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hot Chip - One Pure Thought (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kinski - Daytime at Narita Int'l (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
Tonight - HALLOWEEN - 11PMish - Streetlab LIVEA whole bunch more NYC Halloween events are listed HERE (both in the post and in the comments)
FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY
Stanton Public - 17 Stanton St @ Christie
This party is totally free. Walk in...
NO GUESTLIST NEEDED.
-= Streetlab LIVE @ Midnight =-