Entries tagged with: JD Samson
by Bill Pearis
NYC trio Bottoms describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer" and a "gender-problematizing goth dance band." Simon Leahy and Michael Prommasi were both in Teeth, and they're rounded out by "lead screamer" Jake Dibeler. Musically, Bottoms draw inspiration from acid house, electroclash/dancepunk and other underground dance scenes; lyrically they mix camp with some serious themes. They released "hiv" for World AIDS Day and they talked to FADER about their song "My Body":
Musically, it's was inspired by Terry Riley and the Paradise Garage sound. We're really interested in the dichotomy of upbeat music with a more depressing lyrical theme. It's like sad music for the club -- people dancing to a suicide note. Of course with most of bottoms music, there is always a sense of humor. In this way, the music becomes a fair representation of the three of us as people: simultaneously sad and funny, and complex.Bottoms' debut EP, Goodbye, was released this week via JD Samson's Atlas Chair label. You can stream a few tracks from it below.
Tonight (1/23) at Secret Project Robot, Bottoms play a record release show with JD Samson and Ryan Smith as your DJs. You can buy advance tickets that also gets you a copy of the vinyl at the show. They've got a few European shows coming up, in April. All dates are listed below.
Leahy is also the founder of NYC Porn Film Festival, which will happen February 27 - March 1 at Secret Project Robot, details still TBA.
Brooklyn trio bottoms, who are self-described as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer," count Simon and Michael of TEETH as their rhythm section, and they're fronted by performance artist Jake Dibeler "whose work touches on historical anxieties surrounding HIV and gay suicide, which he uses as the basis of his lyrics." Their new EP comes out in January via Atlas Chair, the label co-run by JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN, and fans of JD's electroclash will likely dig the new single "Boring" which premieres in this post.
Bottoms, who maybe you caught at Palisades last month with Dope Body and Rat Fist, have two more hometown shows this week. First they play a last-minute "mini show" tonight (11/3) at Macy Rodman's Bathsalts @ Don Pedro's and then they play Wednesday (11/5) at Union Pool with Kitten Forever, Haribo (Raul de Nieves) and The Soft Batch. The Union Pool show is $8 at the door.
New song stream below...
JEFF the Brotherhood in Chicago in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
American Football, Matt Pond @ Webster Hall
Emo legends American Football had a very brief career in the late '90s that only resulted in one album, one EP and a few shows, but in the time since then those few recordings have gone on to become very loved and highly influential on the current emo scene. Now they're finally back and tonight concludes their three-night run at Webster Hall, all of which are sold out.
JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Scully, Punani Huntah @ Death by Audio
Few out-of-town bands are as synonymous with Death by Audio as Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood and few band's shows are as crazy as their's are there. It's been JEFF's home away from home. Jake and Jamin never fail to bring it, four-on-the-floor, face-melting power jams that drive like a brakeless trucker on steep incline, and with the venue closing next month, this show is even more unmissable. If you got tickets, that is -- this one's sold out. JEFF and equally exciting tourmates Diarrhea Planet will be at Santos on Monday.
Iceage, Helm, Blues Control, Shells @ Bowery Ballroom
Iceage's third album has them moving more into punk blues territories that sounds inspired by The Bad Seeds and The Gun Club. Tomorrow's smaller Acheron show may be a better fit for their sound, but they've also got good support tonight from London experimentalist Helm, local psych band Blues Control and guitar experimenter Shells.
Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood, We Are Scientists, Cheeky Parade @ Times Square (CBGB Fest)
CBGB Fest is mostly smaller shows, but they've got this big one which also happens to be free. It starts at noon with Devo going on at 4 PM and Jane's at 6:15, so you can see two great veteran bands before heading somewhere else for the night.
Today is the Day, Lord Mantis, Cleanteeth, Swollen Organs @ Acheron
Longrunning noisecore rippers Today Is The Day will release their tenth album this week, and we'll likely hear a good chunk of that at tonight's show. Support comes from their tourmates, Chicago's blackened sludgers Lord Mantis (who also have a new album out this year), as well as Goes Cube/Hull-related sludge band Cleanteeth and harsh noise/PE project Swollen Organs.
Kamp!, House of Blondes, Cookies @ Glasslands
Hailing from Wroclaw, Poland, electronic trio Kamp! make dance music steeped in '80s synthpop and '90s balearic. Their new EP, Baltimore, came out via Cascine over the sumner.
Escape Music Festival
It's the second and final day of NYC's inaugural Escape Music Festival on Govenors Island featuring a mostly electronic and indie pop lineup with Girl Talk, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joy Formidable, ASTR, Anoraak and more.
Generationals, Arum Rae @ Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Generationals have a new LP out on Polyvinyl which is more of their upbeat indie pop. Tonight their tour in support of it hits NYC.
Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, August Wells @ Rough Trade
Steve Gunn makes more quality psychedelic-ish folk on this year's Way Out Weather. This is the release party which also features a duo set from harpist Mary Lattimore and Kurt Vile/War On Drugs producer Jeff Zeigler, plus August Wells.
The Soft Batch, Coup Sauvage and the Snips, Gauzy (ex-Tayisha Busay), Max Steele @ Cake Shop
The Soft Batch is a collaborative project from JD Samson of MEN and Le Tigre and Tami Hart of MEN's past billmates and Kathleen Hanna tributers Making Friendz. See what they have in store at Cake Shop tonight.
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Thurston Moore at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
The ninth annual NY Art Book Fair is happening from September 26-28 at MoMA PS1 with a preview being held the evening of September 25. The preview features a live set from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and his collaborator James Nares, as well as a DJ set from MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson. That goes from 6-9 PM, and at 7 PM Thurston will be in PS1's lobby signing copies of his new chapbook of lyrics from his new album The Best Day. Skater/poet Mark Gonzalez will also be there for the launch and signing of Non Stop Poetry, his collection of over 145 of his zines. That's about a month before Thurston's tour with PCPC.
The fair will feature over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries. Here's more details:
This year's NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors - from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history. NYABF-classic Friendly Fire focuses on the intersections of art and activism, and with the support of the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the NYABF and Printed Matter presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers.The fair is FREE and open to the public.
NYABF14 is also host to an array of programming and special events: now in its sixth year, The Classroom is a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions. The Contemporary Artists' Book Conference (CABC), now in its seventh year, features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. The stage at the top of the stairs will have continuous musical performances programmed by Printed Matter, Showpaper, and Know-Wave Radio.
On the Saturday (9/27), there will also be more live music at PS1 during the fair, this time from I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, Ratking, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, Fortunate Dad and onre more TBA.
More details on the art fair below...
Obits @ Union Pool yesterday (photo via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Saturday's edition of Union Pool's free and outdoors Summer Thunder series (7/20) was a particularly good one with a headlining set from Brooklyn indie rock supergroup Obits and the heavy prog/psych awesomeness that was Toronto's Biblical. Union Pool have announced their August schedule for Summer Thunder schedule, which looks like this:
August 2nd: Jessica PrattOpeners for those shows are mostly still TBA. If you don't know, PAT is JD Samson's dance party "for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want" with W. Jeremy, Amber Valentine, Honey Dijon, and Murray Hill. There will be video projections in the inside performance venue as well. PAT also happens at Union Pool this Thursday (7/24) with Justin Strauss, The Cary Nation, Amber Valentine and Tyler Jensen. That is also free.
August 9th: Har Mar Superstar + Cheap Shots DJs
August 16th: Super Secret Special Guest
August 23rd: PAT
August 30: Heavy Blanket
Heavy Blanket, meanwhile, is J Mascis' voluminous psychedelic blues jam group who played Summer Thunder last year...for about 15 minutes (one song) before getting shut down for being too damn loud. How long will it last this year?
Again, Summer Thunder shows are free, 21+ and the live music usually starts around 3 PM depending on how many groups are on the bill. This coming Saturday's Summer Thunder (7/26) features DJ Jonathan Toubin, plus Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights and a "secret set by a supreme international live act." Any guesses on who that might be?
photos by David Andrako
The free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties on Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 continued last night (5/15) with NYC vets Cibo Matto, Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Cibo Matto, who are back with a new album and very active again, were joined by guitar great Nels Cline (who is married to Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto). Pictures of the slightly soggy, kinda foggy evening are in this post.
The Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties wrap up next Thursday (5/22) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and others. Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park kicks off on June 4 with Janelle Monae and continues with many free (and a few not-free) shows through August.
Cibo Matto also play another free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 with Bonobo.
More pictures from last night below...
Against Me! in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Against Me!, Tony Molina, Big Eyes @ Webster Hall
Against Me! are back this year with a new album, a new lineup, and a reinvigorated sound that's only better live than it is on the solid Transgender Dysphoria Blues. They played MHOW earlier this year and tonight they return to NYC for a show at the larger Webster Hall. Support is great too, coming from the indie pop punks Big Eyes and Weezer/Teenage Fanclub/Thin Lizzy worshipper Tony Molina.
Pictureplane, LODRO, Ought, Truthers, Bodyparts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
rooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. This is a super-solid bill, with the big curiosity draw being Ought, who just got "Best New Music" in Pitchfork.
Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor @ BAM
David Byrne, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Dev of Blood Orange, Money Mark, Sinkane, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and more pay tribute to Nigerian synth-funk great William Onyeabor over two nights, this being the second. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, this has potential to be very, very cool.
MONDO! @ Cameo Gallery
New York City's longest-running indie pop party, MONDO turns 10 years old tonight. It remains your best place to dance to twee, '80s classics, Northern Soul, post-punk, cardigan pop, etc. Things are likely to be especially festive tonight. Fun starts at midnight.
Herzog, Shale Satan @ Cobra Club
Cleveland indie rockers Herzog are back with a genuinely terrific new album, Boys, that recalls the heyday of '90s college radio. This is good stuff.
Greg Proops @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of the comedian's Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World podcast. Expect arched eyebrows and much laughter.
The Juan Maclean (DJ), Nancy Whang @ Brooklyn Bowl
Juan and frequent collaborator Nancy Whang will spin house, disco and whatever else suits there fancy. They've got pretty good taste.
Sonic Avenues, Steve Adamyk Band, Something Fierce, Legendary Wings @ Cake Shop
Indie label Dirtnap Records is a general trademark of quality when it comes to things garage/punk/powerpop and tonight they're showcasing a bunch of their bands, including Canadians Sonic Avenues, and the Steve Adamyk Band.
LiveFastDie, Pampers, Foster Care, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
New Hampshire's LiveFastDie are named after a GG Allin tattoo and play a similar style of punk -- albeit tighter and with less feces. They headline what is a great night, with excellent locals Foster Care and Pampers on the bill as well.
Deerhoof, Tomaga, Awkwafina @ Le Poisson Rouge
Deerhoof's experimental noise pop always makes for a good show, and tonight they'll grace us with another one at Le Poisson Rouge.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Zach Heckendorf @ Beacon Theatre
Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have a new album, 9 Dead Alive, and are currently on tour in support of it. Tonight's the last of three nights at Beacon Theatre.
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Empires, Kate Myers @ Bowery Ballroom
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's are back with a new album, Sling Shot to Heaven, this year which has their folky indie pop intact as ever.
CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's their second of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.
Mighty Mouse, Lane 8, Alex English DJ set @ Slake
London's Mighty Mouse recently made his debut as 1/2 of Du Tonc with Van She's Matt Van Schie, but he's also a solo artist and plays on his own in NYC tonight.
Luke Temple, She Keeps Bees, Friend Roulette, Stranger Cat, DM Stith, Teletextile, Edan @ Baby's All Right
It's a very varied and interesting bill at Baby's tonight with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple, some Sharon Van Etten pals like She Keeps Bees and Cat Martino's electronic-tinged Stranger Cat project, DM Stith who (like Cat Martino) has played in Sufjan's band, Friend Roulette who have probably listened to a lot of Sufjan Stevens, psychedelic rapper Edan, and the avant-pop of Teletextile.
Jean Grae, JD Samson, Magnetic North & Taiyo Na @ Brooklyn Museum
It's another installment of Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays which provide "engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs every month, from 5 to 11 p.m." Today's includes Le Tigre/MEN member JD Samson at 7 PM and Talib Kweli collaborator Jean Grae at 8:45.
Hysterics, Ajax, God Mode, Pagan Piss, Sorrows @ Death by Audio
Olympia punks Hysterics are in town for their second of two NYC shows this weekend at DbA tonight. Their sound recalls classic hardcore (think early Black Flag) but sounds totally in the now.
Skull Defekts, PC Worship, Ornament, Zomes (DJs) @ Trans-Pecos
Though Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts often count Lungish's Dnaiel Higgs as a member, they had been touring without him this time. However, for their NYC shows today and tomorrow, Daniel will be on board, making these extra special. Today's show is outside of Trans Pecos and is also a BBQ.
Giraffage, Branchez, Tanner Caldwell @ Tribeca Grand Studios
Come dance to the R&B-indebted electronic sounds of Giraffage at Tribeca Grand Studios tonight.
The Communion, Lament, Starkweather, Pyrrhon @ The Grand Victory
Get your fix of local-ish metal from Long Island's The Communion, Philly metalcore troupe Starweather, and Brooklyn tech-death weirdos Pyrrhon.
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger @ Rough Trade NYC
Sean Lennon has made experimental, forward-thinking music in his career, but with GOASTT, he fully indulges in the family business of pop that is, for lack of a better word, Beatlesque. This show is free with purchase of their new album.
Berlin, The Cringe @ The Cutting Room
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup. Opening are The Cringe, aka "that band Rachel Ray's husband is in."
The Jesse Boykins III show at Irving Plaza tonight has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
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Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Adela Loconte)
Celebrate Brooklyn, the people behind the ongoing BRIC House shows and the upcoming Prospect Park shows, will be throwing more shows in between, the Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. There's three shows, all FREE, happening for three consecutive Thursdays in May. Each show features "a varied lineup of bands paired with DJs, on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, food trucks" (many with specials based on the show's music genre) and more, and runs from 7 to 10 PM. Entry to the pier is at Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront or from the new Squibb Park Bridge.
The first show will be headlined by the Gogol Bordello-related Balkan Beat Box on May 8, and also features DJ Joro Boro. On May 15, it's veteran NYC band Cibo Matto who are fully back in action with Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Then, finally on May 22 it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (who played The Apollo earlier this month) with Okayafrica's Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog.
Meanwhile, BRIC is throwing a 'dance party' this Saturday (4/12) at the BRIC House with AndrewAndrew and a DJ set from Neon Indian, whose collaborator Leanne Macomber has a new NSFW video for her Ejecta project. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Full upcoming BRIC House schedule here.
MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Australian literary salon" Women of Letters returns to the US for a show in NYC on Tuesday (3/25) at The Bell House with singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright, The Sopranos' Edie Falco, MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson, British television presenter Dawn O'Porter, Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone, The New Yorker senior editor Amelia Lester and Ask Me Another's Ophira Eisenberg. "The basic premise involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing. Each guest is given a topic in advance ('A letter to the night I'd rather forget' 'A letter to my unfinished business'), they write a letter and read it aloud on the night." Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That's one of two events in NYC that JD Samson is doing this week. MEN play a live set Thursday (3/27) at The Jewish Museum (1109 5th Ave) as part of the venue's Wind Up series. "The evening also includes interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine." Tickets are on sale now. Also stay tuned for JD's next PAT Party at Union Pool and the next Scissor Sundays at the Rusty Knot.
Martha Wainwright also has other dates coming up, including two more appearances in NYC. The first is 'Every Mother Counts' on May 21 at Life on Mars Gallery (59 Bogart St in Brooklyn), and later in the year she plays the Naked Soul acoustic singer/songwriter series at the Rubin Museum on October 10 (150 W 17th St). Tickets for the Rubin Museum show are on sale now.
All Martha Wainwright dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
Le1f at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
NYC rapper Le1f already has three great mixtapes out, Tree House, Fly Zone, and Dark York, and he's now signed to Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's Terrible Records (Solange, Kirin J Callinan), which recently entered into a joint venture with XL Recordings. Le1f's first release for Terrible/XL will be the Hey EP, due out digitally on March 11 and on vinyl on May 6. Check out its new single, "Boom," below. It also features "Wut."
Regarding the signing, Le1f told Billboard, "I've dreamed of recording for XL since I was like 15 and I'm super excited to be working with all of my Terrible labelmates. I'll be doing the same stuff that I've been doing but on another level. It's an interesting challenge and I like that."
Le1f plays locally a lot, and his next NYC appearance will be a DJ set for the Mardi Gras Party at Glasslands on March 1 which also has DJ sets by MEN's JD Samson and fjtrspa. Tickets are on sale now. He's also got a few festival appearances coming up, including Hangout Fest and Moogfest.
All dates are listed, with the new song and EP artwork/tracklist, below...
MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JD Samson & MEN have an upcoming west coast tour, but before that they'll play a benefit in Brooklyn at Littlefield this Friday (1/24) with Bright Light Bright Light. The show is billed as an evening of dancing live music benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey." The show is being hosted by Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters and Jonjon Battles is DJing. Tickets for that show are available. All dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
"I think of myself as an artist before I'm a musician," she says. "I studied art and theory and learned about self-expression that way; music is just the genre where success came. But when we talk about people using software to learn how to create songs, I think of this: Punk music used to be about self-taught people playing in garages. Now, the self-taught crowd is working from a studio in the bedroom. The aesthetic is very similar - it's about teaching yourself to express opinions through your creativity, to find a channel for those ideas. It seems like a natural progression to me."In related news, speaking of Scissor Sisters (whose Ana Matronic hosts the Littlefield show), their drummer Randy Real is now also the drummer of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon's new band Molly and the Zombies, which Brian debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in December. The lineup also includes Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) and Brian McGee. The band recently posted two tracks online, which you can stream, along with the list of MEN dates, below.
That said, one thing listeners will quickly notice is that the vocals on "Labor" have a slicker production value than on MEN's debut. Samson cops to using pitch control, but in alignment with her general M.O., for her it's a tool of expression rather than any sort of crutch or bid for popularity. Given that she was a film student just prior to the digital revolution, she's got a healthy respect for the handcraft of art (in general) and avoids shortcuts. But she also knows how to exploit a fun toy when she finds it.
DIIV @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As you may know, record store/cafe/venue Rough Trade NYC is set to open November 25 in Williamsburg. The venue part is 21+ and will be a mix of free and ticketed, evening and daytime. The initial schedule of ticketed, evening shows has just been released and looks like this:
12/2 - Jagwar Ma ($15)Tickets to all these Rough Trade NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.
12/3 - We Are Scientists ($17)
12/4 - Ida Maria ($10)
12/7 - DIIV, Black Marble, Butter the Children ($15)
12/11 - Langhorne Slim ($10)
12/14 - JD Samson & MEN ($15)
12/31 - Shabazz Palaces ($25)
02/07 - Lanterns on the Lake ($10)
02/22 - Courtney Barnett ($10)
02/26 - In the Valley Below ($10)
03/03 - Arthur Beatrice ($12)
No announced shows for Rough Trade's opening week -- Thanksgiving Week, usually around the same time they publish their Albums of the Year list. Maybe they'll pull some big guns for that week? We shall see.
UPDATE: Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent are among the acts performing at Rough Trade NYC's first week. Updated concert schedule is below...
MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
MEN, the post-Le Tigre project of JD Samson, are set to follow to their 2011 debut LP, Talk About Body, with a new album, Labor, on October 22. They're self-releasing the album, and it will be available digitally on their bandcamp and on iTunes. There's also a limited vinyl pressing. Four of the album's tracks -- "All The Way Thru," "Making Art," "Let Them Out Or Let Me In" and "Make Him Pay" -- are currently available online, and from the sound of them, JD Samon's knack for huge melodies and piercing dancepunk hasn't gone anywhere. They can be streamed, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
MEN will celebrate their new album with a release show in their hometown on October 26 at Union Pool. Opening the show is Beverly (who count Frankie Rose as a member), and Amber Valentine DJs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, JD Samson and Amber Valentine will be at that same venue to DJ even sooner for a PAT 666 party in Union Pool's back room on 10/10 with Sparber and HiFi Sean. PAT is JD Samson's "new dance party for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving whoever they want. Video screens with video art. Amazing DJ's and people willing to let go. PAT is everybody mixed up together."
Meanwhile, JD's former Le Tigre bandmate Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin play their next NYC show on October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out).
Song streams, album artwork and tracklist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - "Entertainment" (Dirty Projectors Remix) (MP3)
Blood Orange at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) has a few dates scheduled for this year, including a few in NYC. The first is a benefit for LGBT rights organization Human Rights Campaign at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with Creep, MEN (the JD Samson one), Light Asylum, Nina Sky, and "surprise special guests." It's being hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn and Becka Diamond is DJing. Tickets for that benefit are on sale now.
A few days later, both Dev and Creep will be headed to Glasslands on May 9 for another benefit: the previously discussed fundraiser for Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, who is battling cancer. Dev is DJing at that one and Creep is playing live. Plus, Exitmusic and Rewards are playing live, and Albert Hammond Jr. and Certain Creatures are DJing. Tickets for that one are still available.
Blood Orange will do a third NYC date a few days after the Glasslands show when he opens for Phoenix (whose single, "Entertainment," he recently remixed) when their tour hits The Apollo on May 13 for a sold out show. Phoenix's tour also includes a larger, not-sold-out show on October 2 at Barclays Center with The Vaccines (tickets). Phoenix's "Entertainment" was also just given the remix treatment yet again, this time by Dirty Projectors. You can download that above or stream it below.
After the NYC dates, Blood Orange doesn't have anything scheduled until Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...
French Horn Rebellion have just announced a "Party Ensemble Residency" that will happen on four consecutive Fridays from April 19 - May 10 at Brooklyn Bowl and each one features a different set of collaborators. April 19 features '80s pop icon Jody Watley (who features on their "Cold Enough" single), plus Body Language DJ set and Ernesto of Penguin Prison; April 26 is billed as "Savoiring the Night" and if you note the spelling you might make guesses as to who the "special guests" might be; May 3 features a live set from Auto Body, plus help from Le Tigre's JD Samson (who guests on "Girls"), plus Ernesto again and a DJ set from Dirty Grand; and the final Friday (5/10) is with Nancy Whang (LCD/Juan Maclean), JPatt of the Knocks and Ernesto. All four shows feature FHR with their full band The Great Apes and tickets are on sale now. Flyer for the residency is below.
Two new remixes of "Girls" (feat. JD Samson and Fat Tony) were released today (by FM Attack and Rogue Vogue) were released today and you can stream them below, along with their recent Love is Dangerous EP and a few other FHR tracks. The band are also heading to SXSW and playing other shows after it, and all tour dates are listed below.
Brooklyn dance duo French Horn Rebellion released the Love is Dangerous EP at the tail end of last year. The record contained "Cold Enough," which paired the band's already '80s-pop-leaning sound with vocals from actual '80s pop star Jody Watley and you can stream that track below. The EP's title track, meanwhile, featured vocals from The Knocks' JPatt and you can stream that below too, plus a few remixes.
French Horn Rebellion play Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/18) where they'll make their debut as an eight-piece band. Helping out will be Le Tigre's JD Samson. Also playing are synth-poppers Selebrites. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other tour dates lined-up and those are below, along with those song streams.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
JD Samson & MEN at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
So The Men aren't liars after all! The Men are NOT playing Gramercy Theatre on July 6th as previously discussed. The show will be headlined by the similarly named JD Samson & MEN instead, with the same support lineup (PS I Love You and The So So Glos). Tickets for that show go on presale Tuesday (6/5) at 10 AM and regular sale on Wednesday (6/6) at 10 AM, or you can get in with your CBGB Festival pass.
#Guitarmy w Tom morello leaving the park (via)
"The Occupy movement that mobilized thousands of protestors last fall was mostly quiet through the winter in New York, as both the cold and the NYPD chased demonstrators out of their makeshift camp in Zuccotti Park. But the movement officially relaunched on May 1st in honor of International Workers' Day, with organized protests taking place throughout the U.S. and with Tom Morello, Das Racist and other musicians staging a May Day concert in downtown Manhattan.How was your May Day? Pictures and videos of the May 1st party in Union Square, below...
"I traveled 3,000 miles to march with you today," Morello told a diverse crowd of Occupiers during a ceremonial "mic check" in Bryant Park. "It is an honor to march these streets with you, to sing these songs with you, letting the powers that be know that we will be heard."
Morello led a "guitarmy" of hundreds along Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park down to Union Square. An Occupy Tumblr had already supplied the setlist - including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and tunes from Morello's own World Wide Rebel Songs LP - and many had cheat sheets taped to the sides of their guitars, as they strummed and sang protest songs along with the rocker. As the band of marches inched its way into Union Square, a much larger rally commenced featuring Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and Immortal Technique on stage...." [Rolling Stone]
JD Samson in MEN @ Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Occupy Wall Street reports:
Occupy Wall Street is excited to announce that on May Day, 'JD Samson & Men' will join the likes of Tom Morello, Das Racist, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Bobby Sanabria and others by performing at events throughout the city marking this national day of protest.Meanwhile, you can catch JD Samson DJing along with a live performance by Midnight Magic at Tribeca Grand tonight...
At 7pm, when the march arrives at 2 Broadway, 'JD Samson & Men' will take the stage and perform a 15 minute set, transforming the end of the march into a party.
Permanent Wave is a network of feminist artists and activists. If you want to help challenge the gender binary as it manifests itself in art, politics, and our personal lives, we want you to join. We believe that women, queer, and trans people should see each other as collaborators and inspirations, not rivals. We want to finish the conversation about equality that started generations ago and change the way women are treated.As mentioned in This Week in Indie, MEN play a Permanent Wave party at 285 Kent tonight (1/26) with Making Friendz. Get out your goth tits tee and go. Tickets at the door. More info, like how there's gonna be a bake sale too, at the Facebook invite.
MEN have announced via their new website that "IN ONE MONTH OR LESS THERE WILL BE AN EP RELEASED." and that they've been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, and that they now have a street team you can join.
photos by Ryan Barkan
"i just want to say that i think glorified displays of people wasted out of their minds and passed out are really upsetting to me." - JD Samson
"Nothing turns me conservative faster than being on a train with a bunch of stoned Phish fans that just got out of Madison Square Garden." - Frank Hejl
"So many Phish fans looking for a miracle outside Penn Station." - Maura Johnston
"Now hundred of "fans" all over the arena hovering 50 feet above the crowd dancing." - Colonel Forbin
"The floating fans above the crowd would've had me freaking at Phish MSG. I mean, Jesus. What if one hurled?" - Ravenval
"It's not the ball drop, but for tens of thousands of people, Phish's annual run of shows at Madison Square Garden, which winds up on New Year's Eve, is the more significant year-end event in Manhattan. Always an immediate sellout, the concerts are both a tradition and a challenge. Phish has to provide its familiar joys but vary them enough to surprise fans who are obsessively meticulous tabulators.Phish took over Madison Square Garden during New Year's Eve week once again. The Vermont jam band hit the venue four nights in a row up to and including New Year's Eve (12/28 - 12/31). Pictures from the second show, the same night the NY Times reviewed, are in this post. If you weren't there, maybe you paid to watch one of the shows streaming live in HD via the band's website (it was $55 to stream all four and it came with access to watch it again).
Thursday night's concert was Phish in crowd-pleasing mode: uptempo, playing familiar songs and ready to keep fans dancing -- never getting too abstract or experimental. Its two sets were both CD-length, just under 80 minutes each, with the Rolling Stones' "Loving Cup" as a splashy, gospelly encore....This was just a big, happy Phish party. The musicians' fingers flew; lights splayed above the stage; glowsticks were tossed, in mass bursts, at big transitions; balloons bounced around; the year-end ritual was intact. Thursday's concert was a high-level holding action; the next one, as always, might be something else entirely." [NY Times]
More pictures from night two (12/29), video of the hanging people getting put up into the air on New Year's Eve, and all four setlists (they covered TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" on New Year's Eve), below..
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cansei de Ser Sexy @ Webster Hall
CSS played a headlining show at Webster Hall on 10/22, joined by their tourmates MEN, and EMA (who played other shows while she was here), and Mykki Blanco. The tour concludes with a trio of dates in Texas this week (which means don't expect to see JD Samson in the crowd at Death By Audio tonight). Pictures from the CMJ show at Webster are in this post, and they continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
JD Samson @ Brooklyn Museum
The first part of this post's headline is the title of a SPIN article. Here's a snippet:
"Musicians are particularly vulnerable to anti-gay sentiment because, says Ejeris Dixon of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, they "become representations of their communities. When people are attacking public figures, it's a way of sending a broader message of homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all these forms of discrimination that can be a way of really fostering a homophobic and transphobic culture. They're attractive as targets as a message to our community."The second part of this post's headline refers to a related article on Huffington Post written by JD Samson who says, among other things:
As a result, bashing is not uncommon in the non-mainstream music world (we'll call it "indie" here, with the knowledge that Merritt, who has released records on the Warner Bros.-affiliated Nonesuch, wouldn't approve of such a tag). This sphere has more out figures than virtually any other major art form, except possibly theater: [Stephin] Merritt, Beth Ditto, Antony Hegarty, Mark Eitzel, Tegan & Sara, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Le Tigre's JD Samson, Sigur Ros' Jonsi Birgisson, Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein, Patrick Wolf, Ani DiFranco, Owen Pallett, the Hidden Cameras' Joel Gibb, and Bob Mould (who is comfortable enough to detail his 45th birthday present to himself -- a male escort -- in his recently published memoir See a Little Light)."
"This summer I tried to rent an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The process sent me into an emotional crisis and awakened me into a whole new realization of our economy, the music industry at large and, more specifically, what it means to be a queer artist in 2011.Last but not least, this post also contains a set of unpublished MEN pictures from that Brooklyn Museum show. That's the JD Samson band MEN, not to be confused with The Men. The pictures continue below...
I spent days trolling around Williamsburg, looking at shitty apartments with cockroaches lining the doorways, fighting neighbors, rats in the ceiling, bedbugs infesting the linoleum floors, fifth-floor walk-ups and cat-pee-soaked carpets. The rent was exorbitant, availability was scarce, and I was turned down by two different landlords for being "freelance." To be honest, I don't blame them. Not only am I freelance, but I'm lesbian freelance. Double whammy. What was the reason they turned me down? Because it was easier to rent to a rich, trust-fund, straight-guy banker who wants to live in the coolest borough in the world? Because when he met me he saw a tattooed gender outlaw who makes "queer electronic punk music" and isn't sure when the next check is going to come in? Yeah, I don't blame him. He doesn't give a shit about how kids email me all the time thanking me for keeping them from committing suicide. It's not part of his capitalist business practice. "