Entries tagged with: His Name is Alive
by Andrew Sacher
Back in the early-mid 2000s, Alan Scheurman fronted the underrated Detroit art rock band Rescue, who transitioned from a spastic math rock-inspired band on 2002's Volume Plus Volume to a simmered-down but still eccentric one on their third and final album, Paranoid (2006). After their breakup, he put out the 2008 solo record, Old Patterns, produced by main His Name Is Alive member Warren Defever. (Rescue pianist/violinist Cassandra Verras also joined His Name Is Alive, and other members now play in Child Bite and Jamaican Queens.) And as this very detailed Metro Times article points out, two years later he moved to Brooklyn to embark on a new spiritual path. That same year, "elders of the Wixáritari peoples" gave him the name Santiparro, which Alan says means "the lens that sees many things not usually seen."
Alan also took on Santiparro as his musical moniker, and put out his first album under that name, True Prayer, earlier this year. The album features some impressive guests, including Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince Billy), TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, Bear In Haven's Adam Wills, Young Magic's Melati Malay, and NewVillager's Ben Bromley. The result is a highly psychedelic folk album, which you can stream in full below. Also below is the brand new video for the Will Oldham-featuring "The Benefit Of Confrontation," which premieres in this post.
Photos by Greg Cristman
His Name is Alive @ Rough Trade, 2/10/2015
MT: The sound of the band has changed so frequently over the years. Why is that? Do you just get bored?Michigan indie-rock vets His Name Is Alive are currently on tour in support of their new solo-heavy concept album Tecuciztecatl, while also celebrating their 25th anniversary. The band, who were once apart of 4AD's gothy roster, played Rough Trade in Brooklyn last week. They started with a fairly quiet solo piece by main man Warren Defever, and right after it he was joined by the band who wasted no time in kicking into high gear. At one point late in the set Warren brought out a bag of percussion instruments, many of which were tambourines that he handed out to the audience who got right into it.
Warren Defever: I don't know, I can't tell. But apparently everybody else can. Everyone else is saying, "Well everything sounds so different," but in my mind I'm doing the exact same thing. Am I that different? I'm smarter, maybe. It was a long time ago -- mistakes were made, haircuts.
MT: Speaking of haircuts, and as you're doing this big 25th anniversary tour now, I'm curious what you might have to say about your time with the British label 4AD, who were the first to release your music?
Defever: At the time, I felt very lucky to be included in the world of 4AD records. The scene around the 4AD office was very special. They had a station set up in the basement for shaving heads -- it was a cult-like atmosphere. There was a special code that you wrote on envelopes so that [label head Ivo Watts-Russell] would open them. But Ivo was a tremendous teacher and continues to be an important part of my life today. - [Detroit Metro Times]
No Chief @ Rough Trade, 2/10/2014
The night also featured the live debut of No Chief, the new project from Sebadoh drummer Bob D'Amico. With Sebadoh's Jason Loewenstein on bass, they were anchored by a super-tight rhythm section that was aided by Matthew Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) and Teeny Leiberson (TEEN). Even though most folks there had never heard any of their songs before (they've only released two online), the crowd was into it. Keep an eye out for their next show. Bob and Jason will be with Sebadoh at Music Hall of Williamsburg next month.
More pictures of His Name is Alive and No Chief, below...
photo: D'Amico w/ Sebadoh @ Baby's All Right, 2/25/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
No Chief is Sebadoh/Fiery Furnaces drummer Bob D'Amico new band. The songs are his, but he brings in a load of help, including his Sebadoh bandmate Jason Loewenstein, his Fiery Furnaces bandmate Matthew Friedberger, and Versus' James Baluyut. On the two tracks that are up on No Chief's bandcamp, Petra Haden (That Dog, The Decemberists) sings lead. You can listen to both of those below.
No Chief make their live debut tonight (2/10) at Rough Trade where they'll open for His Name is Alive. Tickets are still available. The lineup for No Chief tonight will be D'Amico, Lowenstein, Friedberger and TEEN's Teeny Leiberson (who Bob played with at Rock Lottery).
Meanwhile's Bob's still with Sebadoh, who just announced a NYC show: Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 17 with Qui. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/11) at noon. No other Sebadoh dates have been announced.
No Chief song streams below...
by Bill Pearis
"Michigan's finest," His Name is Alive, released their 14th album, Tecuciztecatl, last month via Light in The Attic (they're not just reissues). It's a rock opera heavy on Thin Lizzy-style twin guitar leads (heavily researched, actually) and a pitch-black plot:
...imagined vaguely in the shape of a 1969 Hammer horror film: bloody, British, gothic, and brimming with beguiling and attractive vampires. The songs are written from the perspective of five characters: the mother, the doctor, the twins and the librarian whose side hustle is demon hunting. The story begins with a young woman getting an ultrasound who discovers she's pregnant with twins. Realizing something is going terribly wrong, "I think I'm missing something on the inside," she visits a local library for research. The librarian instructs the woman on how to kill the demon baby without harming the other twin, and together they carry out the various rituals necessary. Eventually one baby is born.For those who aren't paying too much attention to the narrative, guiding force Warren DeFevre continues to make the music equally engaging. You can stream "African Violet Casts a Spell" from the LP below and stream the whole thing via Spotify.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary next year (the first half of their career as one of 4AD's signature artists), HNIA will be on tour in 2015, including NYC at Rough Trade on February 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon.
All tour dates, plus streams, below...
photos by Erez Avissar
"Ayshay is killing it at warm up right now! oOoOO is on v soon!" - Tri Angle Records
"Wow... @oOoOOsounds is playing a mindblowing, amazing set at @MoMAPS1WarmUp right now!" - Anthony Anomalyy
"@oOoOOsounds @butterclock u guys were the shit at warm up <3" - Balam Acab
Butterclock w/ oOoOO @ PS1
Warm Up continued at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/13) with His Name is Alive, Black Dice, Water Borders, Clams Casino, oOoOO, Ayshay and short DJ sets from Brandon Stosuy, Jon Galkin, and Robin Carolan of Tri Angle Records (who is also DJing our Chelsea Wolfe show this Wednesday night).
oOoOO played a live set with Butterclock producing, singing, and hustling. Butterclock has been providing vocals for oOoOO for the whole US tour, which also hit Mercury Lounge two days before PS1 (8/11) with Water Borders. Check out a video of oOoOO and Butterclock doing "Hustlin'" at the Mercury Lounge show below along with more pictures from the PS1 show...
crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.
Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.
More info and the full schedule below...
by Black Bubblegum
I used to take took the infamous Chinatown bus from NYC to Boston all the time, but one ride was particularly memorable. I was sitting in the back of a full bus. There were no more seats, but then one more passenger wanted to get on, so the driver told this passenger to wait a minute and proceeded to put a lawn chair for them in the aisle...
Where am I going with this? Well, the Brainwaves Festival taking place at the Regent Theatre in Boston this weekend is a good reason to risk sitting in a lawn chair.
Two years ago, [Brainwashed's Jon] Whitney [that's not him in the picture] took on the role of concert promoter in a big way when he organized Brainwaves, an expansive, three-day festival of Brainwashed-related music and video. True to form, it was a monstrously ambitious undertaking.This year's eclectic, experimental lineup includes Matmos, Meat Beat Manifesto, Silver Apples, Stars of the Lid along with a day dedicated to Kranky, Major Stars,JG Thirlwell's Manorexia, Gary Wilson, Marisa Nadler (who started a new blog), and one bonafide legend in Peter Christopherson [that's him in the picture above], founder of Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, and the performing Threshold HouseBoys Choir (the latter is the one billed as playing the fest). Christopherson recently told TinyMixTapes he is retiring THBC, so this is your last shot to see him live before he retires to his home in Thailand. Tickets are still available, and check the festival's site for more travel and lodging options.
"Brainwashed was 10 years old. For 10 years it hadn't really made any sense, so why not do a festival that didn't make sense? You know, we needed a party! And though it was two years in the making, all the work was worth it, since we eventually came up with a great group of musicians." [The Phoenix]
A few of the festival participants have hit or will be hitting NYC this week as well... Silver Apples will be in NYC with Grails (but not Flower Travellin' Band, who postponed), To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie and Boduf Songs play Pianos and the Annex, Meat Beat Manifesto played Bowery Ballroom Wednesday, and Stars Of The Lid will play a pair of shows at Le Poisson Rouge while they're on this coast.
Psychic TV (sans Christophersen) recently played Europa. The full Brainwaves lineup is below...