Entries tagged with: Ian Svenonius

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US Tour dates

US Girls (the project of Meg Remy) will play Hudson River Rocks on Thursday (8/6) at Pier 84 with Yuck. As mentioned, that show is free and all-ages. With the new album Half Free due out next month via 4AD, US Girls have announced a lot more tour dates. They'll open for both of The Kills' sold-out shows at Brooklyn's Warsaw in September, and in October they'll be out with Peaches for a few shows.

Then in November they'll be out with Ian Svenonius' new project Escape-Ism and will play two NYC shows: Alphaville on November 13 and Mercury Lounge on November 14. Tickets for Alphaville are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wedensday (8/5) at noon.

As for Escape-Ism, here's a description of what to expect:

ESCAPE-ISM is a found-sound dream drama. It uses a lot of sound effects records to create a kind of fractured dream narrative, and it's actually inspired by radio programming like sportscasting. Like listening to basketball games, play-by-play radio. It's just inspired by AM radio. Escape-ism is best if you just close your eyes.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams of "Damn That Valley" and "Woman's Work" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "US Girls play River Rocks this week with Yuck, opening for The Kills at Warsaw ++ dates with Peaches & Ian Svenonius"


Jonathan Toubin was busy during the holidays, and that is a state that will not change for him in the near future. He'll spend every night in January playing somewhere in NYC as part of his "2015 Subway Tour." Tonight (1/5) he's at The Commodore spinning records and here are a few highlights from the upcoming month:

On Saturday (1/10) at Saint Vitus, it's the "New York Night Train Boogie Night Blues Dance" with live sets from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus (tickets).

January 17 at Brooklyn Bowl is this month's edition of the New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off featuring guest selector Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio) and guest judges TBA (tickets).

Then on January 22 at Bowery Electric he'll be DJing at Jesse Malin's "Sally Can't Dance Party" with performances by Lydia Lunch (who plays Rough Trade this weekend), Handsome Dick Manitoba (of The Dictators) and more (tickets).

And on January 31 at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center it's a revival of Toubin's "Animal Train Happening" party (which originally took place at Glasslands, circa 2007 - 2010) featuring James Chance And The JC's, Mystery Lights, a special guest, DJ Ian Svenonius and more. No word on advance tickets yet for that one.

There's lots, lots more to Toubin's Subway Tour. All dates are listed, along with a few flyers, below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin is DJing every night in January in NYC, including shows w/ JSBX, Lydia Lunch, James Chance & more"

Ian Svenonius w/ The Make-Up (right) at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
The Make-Up

Ian Svenonius, who has fronted a number of bands including The Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up (who reunited for a few shows last year, including ATP NYC), Weird War, and most recently, Chain and the Gang, just released the followup to his 2007 book, The Psychic Soveit, this month with his new book, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group: a How-To Guide. According to Exclaim, the book is a tongue-in-cheek survival guide for being in a band that "doubles as a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a colouring book." You can watch a trailer video for the book which Ian made with his ex-Weird War bandmate Alex Minoff, below.

Ian will be supporting the release with a book tour which includes two appearances in NYC, one on January 25 at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, and another at WORD Bookstore on January 28 in Brooklyn (126 Franklin St). Both events are free.

A list of all book tour dates and that video below...

Continue reading "Ian Svenonius released a rock 'n' roll book, touring it (dates)"

El Toubin

After a freak accident put Jonathan Toubin in critical condition last year, he finally came out of the hospital this past January. Last week, we were excited to announce that he'll be part of this year's NXNE lineup, and we since found out that his official welcome back party is a free New York Night Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on May 6 with a huge lineup including Ian Svenonius (Chain and the Gang) (DJ Set), Mr Fine Wine (WFMU's Downtown Soulville) (DJ Set), Josh Styles (Smashed! Blocked!) (DJ Set), Kid Congo Powers, The K-Holes, Daddy Long Legs, Expensive Shit, Performances by Anna Copa Cabanna & Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, Visuals by B.A. Miale & Spencer Bewley. RSVP is open. The flier for this show is below.

He has other upcoming apperances too, including his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home (every Wednesday) and his monthly Soup Clap and Dance Off party at Glasslands. He'll also host a silent disco at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park on July 7 with JD McPherson. Tickets are available. And he'll be at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ.

All dates and flier below...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin returning with a big party & lots of dates!"

Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot in Feb (more by Harriet Roberts)
Chain and the Gang

Like many other venues have been doing, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a Jonathan Toubin benefit which is taking place on January 12. The benefit's got a stacked bill including Chain and the Gang (whose frontman Ian Svenonius DJ'd a JT benefit at Zebulon on Christmas Eve), Eleanor Friedberger (who recently played the BV Holiday Party at the same venue), Shilpa Ray, Nicole Atkins, Two Tears, 5 Dollar Priest, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, and An American Dream. There will also be DJ sets by JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) and Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman) who both play the Here Comes the Warm Jets show at Joe's Pub in January and a DJ set by Mick Collins, who fronts The Dirtbombs, and whose other band The Gories are playing two shows in NYC this January. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale.

Religious to Damn at Glasslands in January (more by Harriet Roberts)
Religious to Damn

More and more Jonathan Toubin benefits are continuing to appear, including one happening TONIGHT (12/20) at Lit Lounge with performances by Religious to Damn, Sean Ragon (of Cult of Youth), Anasazi, Bootblacks, and Jailbait, and DJ sets by Josh Styles, Cowboy Mark, and Andy Animal. All proceeds and donations from Lit go to the IHeartJT fund for Jonathan's medical expenses.

Another benefit is taking place on Christmas Eve (12/24) at Zebulon with a midnight dance party by Ian Svenonius and friends.


Tombs @ the Studio in 2009 (more by Jason Jamal Nakleh)

today in NYC
* H2O on a boat
* Robert Black @ The Stone
* Ute Lemper @ Joe's Pub (early & late)
* Leon Russell @ Mexicali Live (NJ)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
* Forest Fire, Oh Land, Normandy @ Glasslands
* Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, Springs @ The Rock Shop
* Diddy, Rick Ross, Ciara & more @ Governors Island
* Hannibal Buress, King Sickabilly @ Knitting Factory
* Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Okkyung Lee @ The Stone
* Reid Paley Trio, Sam Chanse, Sugar Life @ Knitting Factory
* Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, Glomag, NO CARRIER @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Tombs, Radiation, Planks, Gods & Queens, Dawn @ Death By Audio
* Chromeo, The Suzan, Telephoned, Kid Sister @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Metal Rouge, Sam Hamilton, Jane Austen, Greg Fox, Diablo @ Silent Barn
* Seaven Tears (Charlie Looker), Tartar Lamb (Toby Driver), Music of the American Avante-Garde (Bracken/Kidambi) @ Zebulon
* Religious To Damn, Fielded, Psychic Steel, Kevin Hufnagel @ Bruar Falls
* The Big Sleep, Fan-Tan, Sensual Harassment, Replicas, Michna (DJ Set) @ Cameo
* Mia Riddle, Pearl & The Beard, Madison Square Gardeners (Farm To Folk Fest) @ Union Pool (see below)
* New York Night Train's Ya Ya Yacht w/ DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin & DJ Ian Svenonius
* Saviours, Priestess, Ramming Speed, Antidote [NYHC 1983], Rorschach DJ's, Hamsoken, Gatekeeper, Cult of Youth, Naam, Titan, Natur, Snake Sustaine, Primitive Weapons, Cleen Teeth @ Santos Party House
* K Holes, Electric Tickle Machine, My Teenage Stride, Food Stamps, Weekends, Weed Hounds, Shark?, Lost Boy, The Runaway Suns, The Caterpillers (and much more) @ Don Pedro (see below)

A lot to do today for a rainy Sunday at the end of a slow week.

Individual tickets are on sale today for the 2010-2011 NY Philharmonic concert season.

To make sure they don't get shut down, tonight's sold out H2O show happening on a Rocks Off boat is going to be dry ("Our First Ever NO BOOZE CRUISE - Straight Edge on the Hudson!"), which is ironic since those that step outside will probably not be dry at all thanks to the H2O coming down from the sky.

Good thing there's going to be a Pool Party on August 29th. Otherwise they would have went out on a rainy note. If it doesn't get cancelled, Chromeo, The Suzan, Telephoned, and previously-known-as "Special Guest" Kid Sister play the free show at the Williamsburg Waterfront today.

Today is the day The Specials were supposed to play in the rain at Central Park Summerstage.

Though there are still free events, there are no more free concerts on Governors Island this summer, which means tonight's potentially-soggy Diddy fans paid for their tickets. Same situation for the Jonas Brothers fans at Jones Beach.

Two indoor options today include "Farm to Folk Fest" at Union Pool (3-8pm) and "My Endless Summer" at Don Pedro from 4pm to 4am. Flyers and more information for both below...

What else?

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All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is happy to announce its return to Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, New York for the 2nd annual ATP New York festival. The event will be held Sept 11-13, 2009. Last year's festival, co-curated by My Bloody Valentine, was a critical and cultural success with rave reviews from media and fans. This year's Fest will be co-curated by The Flaming Lips.
ATP has announced the final lineup additions to this year's festival. That includes the comedians who will be joining David Cross on Friday night, and official confirmation that it will in fact be Bob Mould who will be playing Husker Du songs (a whole LP to be exact) with No Age (who also just announced some NYC shows). Every act who plays Sunday will be playing some kind of special set...
Recently added were Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, Boris performing Feedbacker, Low Lows and "Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, combined with the astounding Mighty Robot Visuals light crew. Other announced acts include Boredoms continuing their BOADRUM series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and more.
Other brand new additions to Sunday are Menomena, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds Of Avalon, and Hopewell.

Circulatory System, was added in the last announcement, and have since revealed an entire tour. Dead Meadow play ATP on Saturday and will perform on a boat in NYC that same week. The Feelies have a Brooklyn show scheduled. Super Furry Animals play NYC and NJ in addition to ATP. The list of related shows goes on...

Unfortunately missing from the ATP NY schedule is Nick Cave - not that he was ever supposed to be there, but in addition to being very involved with ATP in general, he was recently confirmed to be only a short car ride away just one day after the festival ends. Full 2009 lineup below...

Continue reading "ATP NY final 2009 lineup -- Bob Mould (now official), Eugene Mirman, Menomena, Hopewell & more (but not Nick Cave) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)

Ian Svenonius...
Ian Svenonius

Ian Svenonius has his Soft Focus online TV show (where he recently interviewed Pierced Arrows), he contributes to projects like the Journal of Popular Noise with Felt Letters (sample above), and he continues to turn the cogs of his political garage group Chain & the Gang (whose K Recs debut came out in April). That band will go on the road this fall in a trip that includes two early October NYC stops. Those will be October 3rd at Brooklyn's Market Hotel and October 4th at the Mercury Lounge.
. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, July 24th at noon.

Opening the Oct. 4th show will be Silk Flowers, a New York-based band that just released their debut LP on Post Present Medium (artwork below). Its CD release show was last Saturday (July 18th) at the Cake Shop.

"I went to see Silk Flowers (members of Soiled Mattress and The Springs) record release show Saturday Night July 18th at The Cake Shop. Silk Flowers are truly one of my favorite bands...They have taken their own spin on minimal/cold wave and industrial pop. It is truly zooming this style of music into a modern window and changing how to make pop music. They play everything live, including live drum pads, keys, and samples with very little sequenced parts. Also Aviram Cohen's voice is haunting. One of my favorite voices I have ever heard and also his live performance is awesome and sounds even better. The keyboard parts (played by Peter) are sonically distinct using new synth sounds and complicated parts with a lot of development. The third, noise/concrete layer is played by Ethan and is no less some of the best use of sonic layers in a pop set I have heard. They play a lot and their blog is killer." [MNDR]
They do play a lot, as you can see by their schedule after the jump. Silk Flowers' video for the song "Shadows in Daylight," off their new record, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Chain & the Gang tour dates include Market Hotel & Mercury Lounge w/ Silk Flowers (whose debut just came out)"

Pierced Arrows

Katy from Vivian Girls in '08: "We also really liked Dead Moon. They're in that new band, what is it? Pierced Arrows. I haven't seen them yet, but I saw Dead Moon like two years ago and it was awesome."
Husband and wife duo Fred and Toody Cole of Dead Moon have been playing as Pierced Arrows since 2008, and they're going on monthlong North American tour this fall (with scattered shows before hand, see below). That tour includes a Friday, October 9th show at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale.

It also includes a NJ show at Maxwell's on Saturday, October 10th. For that gig, the venue also lists Thee Oh Sees as being on the bill. Tickets are also on sale.

The Maxwell's date is an addition to Thee Oh Sees' two other NYC-area dates on their fall tour. They'll also be at Siren Fest this Saturday, July 18th.

The garage rock experts at WFMU posted a bunch of Pierced Arrows (and classic Dead Moon) tracks around the band's formation last year. The station wrote...

Dead Moon called it quits a little over a year ago, after two decades spent churning out raw garage punk from the wooded plains of Clackamas, Oregon. Not that anybody expected Fred and Toody Cole to stay quiet for long. They've returned, louder than ever, under the name Pierced Arrows. Rounding out the new group is drummer Kelly Halliburton, whose father played in Albatross, one of Fred's pre-Dead Moon projects.
Fred and Toody recently talked with Ian Svenonius on Soft Focus, which is posted with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Pierced Arrows - 2009 tour dates (NYC, NJ w/ Thee Oh Sees)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)

Journal of Popular Noise

The Journal of Popular Noise is a semi-annual audio magazine inspired by the traditions of pop music, printed periodicals, and the delight of a finely crafted artifact.

Within the package are 3 issues, each in the form of 7" vinyl records. Every issue conforms to the same prescribed editorial structures but is composed by a different artist or group. This set contains issues 13-15 featuring (respectively) Andrew W.K., Ian Svenonius, and Walker & Cantrell. The packaging folds out to a beautiful letter-pressed poster containing information about the Journal, the musicians, and the compositional process.

The Journal's fifth three-7" collection ships out August 1st (there'll also be a zine edition, with additional photos and writing). On Tuesday, July 7th, JPN will have a release party at Santos Party House with contributors Andrew W.K., in his first "spoken word" performance, and comedy duo Walker & Cantrell, as well as TV Baby and Jayson Green. Tickets are on sale.

The one contributor not at the party, Ian Svenonius, is represented above with his song "Let's All Dream." The track finds Svenonius with Felt Letters, a band with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Tom Bunnell.

At the core of the Journal are the "prescribed editorial structures" dictated by founder and editor Byron Kalet. The structures in question come as a diagram that maps out different points of repetition, tension and dynamics for the artists. As far as graphic notation goes, the map is fairly tame, and the notes make clear that the artists are free to interpret the instructions as they wish.

As a result, the score, which is included in the packaging, ends up providing an alternate way to interpret the music. The listener tries to trace the songs back to the cryptic picture. It should be said, the records come packaged in one ingeniously folded piece of letter-pressed card stock, which manages to delicately cradle the three discs and allow easy access to the liner notes inside.

The three contributions in these new issues weigh heavily on "spoken word" -- and past releases are a mixed bag of styles. The Spring/Summer '08 edition brought together the moody rock of Past Lives, the found sound of Bora Yoon + Ben Frost, and the catchy J-pop of Na + Junko, all working under the same guidelines.

We asked Byron Kalet to explain the motivation behind the sets and give a bit of background on the magazine...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Byron Kalet of the Journal of Popular Noise (whose new issue party is at Santos on Tuesday)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: City Center - Open House (MP3)

City Center @ Nakamura House Party 3/14/09...
City Center

[Fred Thomas of City Center/Saturday Looks Good To Me]:

I leave tomorrow morning for Olympia to get it together for 2 months or so of touring with The Hive Dwellers and Chain & The Gang. Hive Dwellers is Calvin Johnson's new band/new songs and I play drums for the band. C&TG is Ian Svenonius' (Make Up/Weird War/Soft Focus talk show) new jam. I play bass in that one. After the last two months of playing lots of shows, recording all the time and hanging so hard with Ryan all in the name of playing some fucked up music with City Center, I'm really sad to be taking off for so long and putting the CC on hold. Luckily we're gonna play a few shows on this tour, and we also have a ton of things we're working on that will come to light soon... [City Center blog, 4.1.09]
One of those "things we're working on" (or maybe "worked on") is most definitely the forthcoming self-titled debut record from City Center. Fred announced the disc, to be released by Type Records, on his blog a week earlier: "The record will be released on LP and CD, with a UK release date of May 25th and a US release date of June 8. It will be distributed by Forced Exposure and available directly from Type or by getting in touch with us directly here or on Myspace, etc. There will be some sort of digital media for it as well, just not sure what yet." New track "Open House" is available for download above.

The Hive Dwellers + Chain & the Gang tour dates mentioned above include two NYC shows: Friday, April 17th at 92YTribeca and Sunday, April 26th at the Market Hotel. Tickets are available for the 92YTribeca show, which also includes City Center on the bill.

Svenonius-led Chain & the Gang's debut Down With Liberty... Up With Chains! is coming out via Calvin Johnson's K Records on April 7th. Art and press release for that album below.

All tour dates, and City Center art and track list - also below...

Continue reading "The Hive Dwellers (Calvin Johnson), Chain & The Gang (Ian Svenonius) tour + City Center dates, new albums, MP3"


VBS.TV & Dewar's Humbly Present
Soft Focus with Ian Svenonius
A live taping of interviews with eminent musicians Ted Leo and Kathleen Hanna
Saturday, October 11, 1pm - 4:30pm
at Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Avenue

Followed by a Soft Focus Afterparty
At which Ian Svenonius will select and play records from his extensive collection of dusty 45s
at Lit, 93 2nd Avenue
5pm - 8pm

RSVP HERE. Soft Focus is a show on VICE's VBS.TV

Ted Leo plays Webster Hall later that night.

Crystal Stilts @ Cake Shop, Dec 2007 (hot doorknobs)
Crystal Stilts

"I think we're simultaneously influenced by post-punk from the '80s and proto-punk music of the '50s and '60s that influenced C-86: [the labels] Postcard, Flying Nun and, of course, Slumberland," said JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts, whose exceptional self-titled debut comes out on Slumberland on Oct. 28. "For instance, the Mary Chain was influenced by Dylan, [Velvet Underground] and Love, so we're going to sound like the Mary Chain if we're pulling from the same tree." [Express Night Out]
Calvin Johnson is in town to DJ not once, but twice this labor day weekend. 'Dub Narcotic Selector' (the name he goes by when selecting records) will be appearing at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on Saturday night (Aug 30) and then again at Santos Party House in Manhattan on Monday (Sept 1). Both events also feature DJ Ian Svenonius, and DJ Jonathan Toubin aka the host of New York Night Train's 'Declassified' which is the name of Monday nights at Santos.

Each Declassified party also features at least one live band. Past weeks have included a 2-piece Trail of Dead, King Khan & BBQ, and the Homosexuals. One of the future weeks will feature a performance by Andrew WK (who also happens to partially own the club). This week Puddin' Tang and Crystal Stilts are the bands that accompany DJ Calvin on the bill.

The Santos gig is not Crystal Stilts' only upcoming NYC show though. In fact, they have at least six scheduled in September. September 6th is for free at South Street Seaport. September 11th is at Le Poisson Rouge with High Places. All dates and flyers below...

Continue reading "Calvin Johnson (DJ) & Crystal Stilts - NYC shows & tour dates "

by Black Bubblegum

Heavy Trash
Jon Spencer

Jon Spencer and his Heavy Trash project with Matt Verta-Ray (Madder Rose) played Glasslands on 8/8 with Aussies Witch Hats. Here's how my esteemed colleague Bill Pearis described it:

If you're not familiar with Heavy Trash, Spencer does the same to rockabilly as he did to the blues -- he explodes it. Well not really, but he does have that certain intensity so this is more Hasil Adkins than Chuck Berry...

...Another surprise was Australian band Witch Hats who I also knew nothing about but ended up buying their record afterwards...... they laid down a thick layer of fuzzy, slightly gothy garage rock (think early-'80s Fall), powered by one of the best drummers I've seen in a long time

The pair play a show tonight (8/11) at Santos Party House with Make-Up/Weird War/Nation Of Ulysses honcho Ian Svenonius on the wheels of steel.

Witch Hats are currently in the midst of their first US tour, check out below for their full remaining schedule. RCRD LBL has two Witch Hats songs up for download.

Continue reading "Witch Hats - 2008 Tour Dates + Heavy Trash tonight (again)"