Entries tagged with: Highlife
The first time I heard Dan Melchior I felt betrayed that no one had turned my ear to his strange sounds before then. The LP was called Hello, I'm Dan Melchior and it starts with the line "I once did mushrooms with Bjork..." God damn, he had me at mushrooms.Melchior und das Menace's Hunger is out on John Dwyer's Castle Face label on June 24. Get high from those greasy guitars by streaming "The Wizard Doesn't Need a Computer," which makes its premiere in this post, below.
Since then I've been blessed with unearthing several of his masterpieces from LP bins all around the world. Dan has made mighty an copious marks upon the world of wax. Every record is a wade through the primordial poem-brain that is Dan Melchior's creative force.
What we have here is a fabulous collection of classic Melchior und das Menace. We asked, he let us dig through the archive, and lo and behold - Hunger, a grip of unreleased Melchior gold. It will take less than 10 seconds for the high to kick in after the rush of greasy guitars consume you at the get go of "A Wizard Doesn't Need A Computer". And yes, he's taking the piss.
Dan Melchior's wife, Letha (who makes music with Dan and on her own), has been battling cancer for a while now and a portion of the proceeds from Hunger will go to aid her fight. There's also a fund set up if you'd like to donate.
Melchior is a prolific dude, having released found-sound-collage LP, Slow Down Tiger, back in April and put out about five records in 2013 alone. If you dig the scuzzy side of things, Melchior's extensive back catalog is well worth digging through.
You can catch Dan Melchior live in NYC at the end of the month when he plays Secret Project Robot on May 31 with Liquor Store, Pigeons and Highllfe. It's his only current date.
Artwork and tracklist for Hunger and the song stream are below...
Animal Collective at Terminal 5 - 12/4/12 (via Ryan Bakker)
Animal Collective played their first of two Terminal 5 shows last night (12/4) (rescheduled from their one Williamsburg Park show). They focused their set on playing most of 2012's Centipede Hz, but also included two tracks off Merriweather Post Pavillion, and a few others. You can check out the full setlist from last night below.
Traxman opened last night's show, and AnCo will do it again at T5 tonight (12/5) with Highlife opening. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Anand Wilder with Yeasayer at Jones Beach in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The record label David Byrne started in 1988, Luaka Bop, has been curating the club John Zorn started, The Stone, since December 15. If you've been paying close attention to What's Going On posts, you may have noticed more familiar names on the lineups lately (like Lucky Dragons and Kelly Pratt who have both played so far).
The curation continues through the end of the month. Tonight (12/20), Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is playing with Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Austin Fisher of Suckers, performing songs they've written specifically for tonight's performance. Steve leads his own group at the venue on 12/27 with members of Banned Books. Also tonight, George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin and friends are playing. Those friends include Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer, Powpow of Man Man, and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato. According to George, it's going to be an "electronic drum circle rave cave."
On Thursday (12/22), Sleepy Doug Shaw/Highlife is playing. On Friday (12/23), The Present, lead by Rusty Samtos Rusty is playing the venue. Rusty is a singer/songwriter and has produced Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Born Ruffians, Owen Pallet, and others. On 12/28, Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of Pygmy Shrews and Zs), and on 12/29 it will be Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo.
The Stone will also host their annual end of the year improv party on December 30 and 31 with tons of musicians and special guests including Thurston Moore, John Zorn, Jeremiah Cymerman, Sam Kulik, Ned Rothenburg, Eyal Maoz, David Fulmer, and others. Starting at 11 PM on 12/31, Spiritual Unity (which features Marc Ribot) will perform a ritual/jam that leads through a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler's "Bells."
Check out the full December schedule and more details on these shows at The Stone's website.
Javelin also have a show coming up on 2/24 at Glasslands with Pat Jordache.
Khaira at Joe's Pub in 2010 (via myspace)
Malian singer Khaira Arby and her band are taking their live show on a North American tour this July. The last time she was in NYC was when she played The Bell House in March. NY Times spoke pretty highly of the show:
Regal in a blue-and-gold robe, with a golden tiara headdress, one of Africa's greatest singers performed on Saturday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn. The Malian singer Khaira Arby, from Timbuktu, has long been recognized at home, where Ali Farka Touré was a mentor; she was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mali in 2006. Her 2010 album, "Timbuktu Tarab" (Clermont Music), was one of the decade's best African albums, and onstage her music was even more electrifying.Check out a video from the March show below.
Ms. Arby sings what world-music marketers have misleadingly tagged "desert blues" for the spiky riffs (now played on electric guitar) and pentatonic melodies that found their way from West Africa to Delta blues. But she and her band reach much further. To underline sentiments about Malian unity, she sings in multiple languages -- Songhai, Arabic, Tamashek -- while her band draws on rhythms from various regions of Mali, fusing them with funk, psychedelia and reggae as well as electric blues.
The July tour hits NYC twice; July 6 at Brooklyn Bowl with Highlife and July 7 at Le Poisson Rouge with The Mast. Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn Bowl show, though note it is FREE BEFORE 7PM. Tickets are on sale for the Le Poisson Rouge show too.
Her tour includes dates with Delicate Steve who also has other shows coming up too. He/they plays a PS1 Warm Up event on Saturday (7/2) and a free Prospect Park show with Ra Ra Riot and Buke and Gass on August 5.
All tour dates and video below...
Laura Marling @ Housing Works
With its hardwood floors, book-lined shelves, and high ceilings, the SoHo Housing Works proved to be the perfect setting for a quiet, intimate show last night (6/14). (And it was all for a good cause!)
Though no opener had been advertised on the store's site, Sleepy Doug Shaw (aka Highlife) kicked off the evening with a short, 30-minute set. Fresh off a plane from England, Shaw kept things low key and stuck to a single guitar. Though he asked for reverb a few times, his sound was clear. "This is the most naked I've felt in a while. I just came off a tour where I was playing the same set-up but through a myriad of echoes," he quietly revealed midway through his set.
As his moniker suggests, Shaw's gentle folk songs may have been a bit soporific at times, but the crowd listened to both his woozy guitar melodies and impressively quick finger picking riffs with a quiet reverence.
After a short break, Laura Marling began her set with a string of songs from her last album, I Speak Because I Can. As she began to play "Hope in the Air," she briefly interrupted herself with a bit of a confession. "I've written a really bad set list and put three really intense songs right next to each other. I hope you're not all really sad already," she joked, to help ease the tension.
Of course, nearly all of Marling's songs paint somber pictures. I hesitate to call her a singer-songwriter for fear that it will conjure up a generic cute-sy image for many people. But instead of committing hackneyed topics to conventional lyrics, Marling sings of ghosts, sickness, and hopeless situations with an earnestness that makes her a joy to watch despite the haunting content of her songs.
Last night, Marling offered a glimpse into her third album, which she just finished recording. I can't say the new material is any more light hearted - the first of the three songs was about slipping into madness - but the songs contain the same beauty that marks the rest of her discography. Of course, with so much of her songs veiled in metaphors and folk tales, it's unclear how autobiographical the lyrics are, but I confess I'm glad she still hasn't turned in that dark world view for puppies, rainbows, and carefree love.
With the exception of loud applause after each song, the crowd was quiet to an almost eerie extent. Not usually one for banter, even Marling seemed a bit miffed by the silence. "How are you? Are you ok?" she asked nervously toward the end of her set, as if checking the audience for a pulse. To the delight of the crowd, she concluded her all-too-short set with a couple of older songs, including one of her best, "Ghosts."
Laura Marling's new album comes out this fall on the new Domino-related label Ribbon Music (home of John Maus). Housing Works sells books and serves coffee all year long.
Laura's setlist and more pictures from the whole show, below....
Freddie Gibbs will rhyme all over Glasslands on Friday (10/22) when he hits the Yours Tru.ly showcase alongside Sun Airway, Cults, Kisses, Laurel Halo, Candy Claws, Young Man, Oberhofer, Guards, and James Vincent McMorrow. The show is the day before he hits the #OFFLINE Pitchfork party at Brooklyn Bowl (10/23) which will also feature Cults. Tour dates are below.
Dent May is prepping to play the Chocolate Bobka day party at Pianos as we speak (10/20, set is at 6PM), and will be joined by Woodsman, Sultan, and many others on it's two floors. Git on down there! Or if you can't make it today, then catch Dent May at the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday, or the Forest Family/Gorilla Vs Bear party later that day (doors at 6) at The Pyramids (32D South 1st Street) with Marnie Stern, Eternal Summers, La Cera, Family Trees, Luke Rathbone, Young Prisms, Slow Animal, and... Surfer Blood.
Small Black is hitting the road with Class Actress for a string of US dates, and will follow those up with some in the EU. But before that, the band has a CMJ showcase (and the non-CMJ #OFFLINE show) to headline at Pianos on 10/21, stocked with bands like Sun Airway, La Ices, S.Carey, and Suuns who also plays the BrooklynVegan showcase the same night.
Speaking of the BrooklynVegan showcase and #OFFLINE, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are now playing both. They've always been our Thursday night headliner (tickets are getting close to sold out) and Pitchfork just added them to their Saturday show. They added Titus Andronicus to that day too, and released the set times for all three days. The Fool's Gold 3rd Anniversary Party portion happens late Saturday night (starts at midnight). All the set times are below.
You can spend all day at Public Assembly on Saturday, and still get to Brooklyn Bowl in time to see Ty Segall, Pains, Matthew Dear, Freddie Gibbs, Titus for a 2nd time, and all of the Fool's Gold stuff.
Highlife plays the Chouette show at Bruar Falls today at 4PM (10/20) with Sharon Van Etten and Lower Dens (who play the BV Day Party on Fri), but also will play the Invisible Children/Blogotheque Showcase on 10/22 as well as the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl the next day (10/23). The Blogtheque showcase will go down at SPiN NYC (48 East 23rd St) and will also feature Traffique and Yellow Ostrich.
How to Dress Well will do double duty TONIGHT (10/20), playing the Ramiken Crucible with Salem and then the Lefse/I Guess I'm Floating CMJ showcase at The Delancey later on with A Classic Education and many others. In addition to playing the #OFFLINE party at Brooklyn Bowl on 10/22, he'll also DJ the Altered Zones after-party at Glasslands with John Maus, Prince Rama, Greatest Hits, Teen Inc, Hippos in Tanks DJs, and more. The next day, you can catch HTDW at the Fader Fort with OFF!, Teen Inc, Wack Flocka Flame, Royal Bangs, Tanlines, Glasser and others. RSVP here.
Exhausted yet? Our full guide to tonight/Wednesday is HERE. Dates for artists mentioned above, set times and stuff below...
Matthew Dear @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
As mentioned, Pitchfork will be hosting three days of shows at Brooklyn Bowl during, but-it-looks-like/probably completely unaffiliated with, CMJ this year (Thursday/Friday/Saturday CMJ week). "Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Avenue between N. 11th and N. 12th streets. The festival starts at 2 p.m. each day, with doors opening at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, both in advance and day of the show." They're calling it the #OFFLINE Festival.
Based on the lineups and start time, it looks like each #OFFLINE day will be about a 12 hour show. No set times yet though, but the full lineups and ticket links are below...
Matthew Dear is one of the biggest names on the list (he plays Saturday), and it will be one of three CMJ week shows for Matthew. His first is Friday night at Webster Hall with Jamaica and Dominique Young Unique. His third is later on Saturday at Public Assembly for the FIXED/Making Time Party with Matthew Dear, Crocodiles, Holy Ghost!, Javelin, Gold Panda, Jamaica, and Kisses.
The FIXED/Making Time party starts after the BrooklynVegan party which is also happening at Public Assembly that same day. Just to be clear:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD
* BrooklynVegan @ Public Assembly 12-6pm (free - more details TBA)
* FIXED/Making Time @ Public Assembly 9pm-late (tickets)
* Pitchfork @ Brooklyn Bowl 2pm-late (tickets)
* BrooklynVegan metal @ Union Pool 7pm-late ($5.00 or CMJ badge at the door)
We (BrooklynVegan) will also be at Public Assembly all day on Friday, October 22nd (details TBA), and at Music Hall of Williamsburg on the Thursday night.
All Matthew Dear tour dates (many of which we previously posted including a November show at MHoW), and the Pitchfork #OFFLINE Fest info, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sharon Van Etten and full band played two NYC area dates this weekend as part of an extended weekend of shows that would see her eventually link up with Bowerbirds who arrive back in NYC on Tuesday (10/12). If you missed either her 10/8 show at Rock Shop with Julianna Barwick and She Keeps Bees, or her 10/9 show at Mercury Lounge with Kyp Malone, never fear, SVE will return to the NYC stage next week to play the annual Chouette day party, this year at Bruar Falls, on 10/20 during CMJ. The show, which will also feature Lower Dens, Highlife, and Sebastian Blanck, will kick off at 3PM and will feature SVE in the top slot (at 6PM). Set times are below.
Not long after CMJ, Sharon Van Etten heads out on the road with Junip. All dates, as well as pictures from Rock Shop are below (Mercury Lounge pictures are on the way)...
Cass McCombs (whose MySpace says he is from Chicago/New York) was in NYC in July and August, playing two shows of his own (at Joe's Pub and Union Hall) and appearing unannounced (sort of) with Mike Bones at the Cameo on August 13th. At that gig, Cass played behind Mike Bones along with Doug Shaw aka Highlife aka Sleepy Doug Shaw from White Magic.
He'll be back (or is he already here?) for a show at Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 25th at noon.
Cass McCombs' new video for "The Executioner's Song" was directed by Aaron Brown, who also directed the video for McCombs' "Dreams-Come-True-Girl." Both of those videos are posted below...
DOWNLOAD: BLK JKS - Molalatladi (MP3)
BLK JKS @ Sasquatch Festival (more by Chris Graham)
When the South African four-piece rock band BLK JKS headed to the United States to record their first full-length album last January, they left the blazing Johannesburg summertime for the depths of winter in Bloomington, Indiana.BLK JKS will be playing S.O.B.'s in NYC tonight (9/8) at their release party for After Robots, their debut full-length out today on Secretly Canadian. Also on the bill are HIGHLIFE and Janka Nabay. Tickets are still on sale.
Unused to the cold but eager to record, the band borrowed sweaters and spent 10 hours a day pounding out live takes until an album materialized.
"I saw it as an exorcism," guitarist Mpumi Mcata says. "We've been growing in the five years we've been together up to this point, and recording was like trying to remember our past. We needed to get something out of us quickly."
The nine-track debut draws from a wide array of styles, from the danceable tribal chants of "Molalatladi" to the moody guitar rock of "Cursor." The album's genre-hopping is founded on an appreciation of African-influenced arrangements, a trend that recently has been highlighted by indie acts like Vampire Weekend and the Dirty Projectors.
"The way people pick up different African styles has been happening for a long time, from African church songs influencing jazz in the 1920s," drummer Tshepang Ramoba says. "It's interesting to see them now coming to the forefront a little." [Billboard]
The song "Molalatladi" off the new record is posted above. The album's currently streaming in full at JamBase, and, for a different take on the songs, check out what happened when the band recently visited Daytrotter.
BLK JKS have a series of North American shows scheduled for the fall. Those dates and the album art and tracklist are below...
WHITE MAGIC NEW YORK SHOW FRIDAY FEB 27TH!!!Joly told me they've been in the UK for the past year. All dates, including a bunch with Bonnie Prince Billy, below...
WHAT'S UP!? BEEEN A MINUTE...
SUPPORT FROM ERIC COPELAND (of BLACK DICE)
HIGHLIFE (sleepy doug shaw of WM project - first US show of new songs!)
If you quote code "WHMG" when buying tickets at the door, online, or by phone, there is a $3 discount from the regular $15 door price!
Doors are at 8pm
COME OUT NEW YORK!