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James Chance and The Contortions

How did you get involved with the Trans Pecos series?

[James Chance]: This Japanese friend of mine who was working on some gigs in Japan introduced him to me. I did a thing in June in the galleries in Chelsea, in one of those art supermarkets. They built this maze, and I played in the maze. I do this solo act where I use prerecorded mixes without the saxes and vocals, and I play over it. I throw in other obscure soul and funk records. I had this record of just Tito Puente doing percussion, and I played sax over it and walked through the maze. There were all these people in white outfits, they looked like fugitives from Devo but Devo wore yellow. So I did a similar thing at Trans Pecos. I couldn't believe how far out it was. Forty bucks in a cab! I thought I was in the wrong place because there was no sign, but then I saw people coming out and they said, "Yeah this is the place." Apparently there are a lot of young kids living out there. Eventually they're going to be in the ocean or Nassau County. [Noisey]

Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos hosted a series of afternoon shows every Sunday in September, which wrapped up yesterday (9/27) with no wave legend Arto Lindsay headlining, and support from Zs, Migo Hatori + Mayo Yamaguchi, and DJ Tygapaw. We caught the previous weekend's show, which had a different no wave legend, James Chance and his band The Contortions. Opening that show was Ex Models, Dreamcrusher and DJ Dutch E Germ. Pictures and a video are in this post.

In related news, Brian Eno, who compiled the seminal 1978 album No New York that James Chance and Arto Lindsay's music was both featured on, delivered this year's John Peel Lecture over the weekend. It's an annual lecture that "invites a notable figure from the music industry to shape a debate and create insight around music and music-related media." The BBC have a stream of the hour-long lecture up at their website, and the description reads:

This year's John Peel Lecture will examine the ecology of culture. Brian Eno will seek to demonstrate how the whole complex of individuals and institutions engaged in culture - artists, broadcasters, gallerists, promoters, DJs, managers, lawyers, fans - are symbiotically connected parts of a single huge organism which we call Culture. He will outline some of his thinking on this very unpredictable ecology and explore the interconnective relationships between the elements and components that combine to create our culture, and show how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society.
You can listen to the intro of the lecture, below.

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Lamin Fofana
Lamin Fofana

Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos is hosting a series of afternoon shows on Sundays this month, beginning this week. The first is a rap/electronic show on 9/6 with Junglepussy, Joey LaBeija, NARC, Lamin Fofana (DJ), and DJ Ushka (tickets). Then it's the previously-mentioned Liturgy show on 9/13 (tickets).

The final two are headlined by two separate no wave legends. It's James Chance and the Contortions on 9/20 with Ex Models, Dreamcrusher and DJ Dutch E Germ (tickets); and then Arto Lindsay on 9/27 with Zs, Miho Hatori + Mayo Yamaguchi and Tygapaw (DJ) (tickets).

In honor of the series, Lamin Fofana (who DJs the first show) remixed Zs (who play the last one). Lamin is a techno/house producer who runs the Sci-Fi & Fantasy label (home to early Lotic releases). To quote Pitchfork, "His own work is part of a dialogue between techno, as it's broadly understood, and more abstracted forms. With the Another World EP, he attempts to link techno back to the real world, to bridge aesthetics with socio-economics, with ocean currents, with stale bread and dirty water." He offers a danceable take on "Corps" off the new Zs album Xe, which dropped on Northern Spy earlier this year. It premieres below.

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Tredici Bacci @ Trans-Pecos in May (photo by @trans.pecos)
Tredici Bacci  at Trans Pecos

Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos, now fully legit, has been open for a year and half offering up "connoisseur level new and outsider music from all walks of musical and social life." In addition to founders Todd P and Sam Hillmer, the venue relies on a revolving bunch of currators to help book shows, and Trans-Pecos has just announced its new crop for Summer 2015. They include no wave legend James Chance, Sick Feeling/Collapsing Scenery's Don Devore, Hiro Kone, Black Dice / Pixeltan's Hisham Bharoocha, noise composer Bob Bellerue, Lichens main man Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Sex Magazine and more. Full rundown of Trans-Pecos' new curators is below.

James Chance will play Trans-Pecos on Friday (6/26) with Will Epsein, Parlor Walls, and Eve Essex. The show is presented by outgoing curator, Northern Spy, so it's a bit of a changing of the guard. Tickets are on sale now. On Saturday (6/27) Trans-Pecos has an all-day show they're calling the Stoned Soul Picnic with Friend Roulette, Artanker Convoy, Sly Moth, Los Rockwells, Paycheck and "special guests." Check out Trans-Pecos' upcoming schedule here.

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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...

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Robert Aaron

The NY Times ran a great profile of musician Robert Aaron who was busted with lots of heroin in his apartment after cops barged down the door looking for someone to pin Philip Seymour Hoffman's death on...

If drugs were a part of his evolution, they were not the center. For concert tours and a three-year residence in Paris, he said, he stopped using heroin without much difficulty. James Chance brought Mr. Aaron into his punk-funk band James White and the Blacks in 1981 and has worked with him ever since, taking him on tours of Europe and Japan. In all that time, he said, Mr. Aaron's drug use never interfered with his playing.

"Not at all," Mr. Chance said. "He's always been a total professional. Robert's like the most versatile musician I've ever worked with."

Like other friends interviewed for this article, Mr. Chance spoke protectively of Mr. Aaron, whom he called "a real gentleman."

"There's a whole image that people get from the media about people who use narcotics, that they're completely crazy and unreliable," Mr. Chance said. "That's not necessarily true. There's a lot of people who are totally functional, and you would never know that they used anything. And Robert is one of them.

Now out of jail on bail, Robert expects to still be crucified, but meanwhile has been playing some gigs including one with Chance. Read the whole thing at the NY Times.

Darlene Love at "Right 2 Rock" benefit in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Darlene Love

The holiday season is upon us, and its spirit and celebrations are just about everywhere you look. If you're looking for some musical ways to celebrate in NYC, here's a few options.

Like she usually does, Darlene Love is celebrating the holidays at BB King's. She already played one of her shows there earlier this month (12/6), and since we last spoke, she's added two more happening on Friday (12/20) and January 4. Friday's show is sold out (but the venue says tickets may be available the day of the show), and tickets for the 1/4 show are available.

Other previously discussed holiday shows at BB King's include Darlene's fellow A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singer Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) on Sunday (12/22) (tickets), and Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats on Christmas (12/25) (tickets).

Street Dogs, the Boston punk band fronted by former Dropkick Murphy Mike McColgan, will play "Wreck the Halls" at Highline Ballroom on Friday (12/20) with Chosen Ones and Done With You. Tickets are available.

Doveman collaborator Justin Vivian Bond and friends are playing holiday shows at Joe's Pub on Sunday (12/22) and Monday (12/23). The shows are billed as "Let It Show!" and the description reads, "Celebrate the return of the light with Justin Vivian Bond and friends with an evening of Holiday inspired songs and stories. Expect surprises! (bring your own lumps of coal and watch them turn into diamonds) Keywords: starstruck, babies, booze, ox and ass. Oh Come All Ye Faithful!" Tickets for both shows are available.

Also at Joe's Pub on Christmas Eve is the previously discussed Baby Dee & Little Annie show. Tickets for that are still available.

While Union Hall won't be having any music, they will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following day (12/26) to celebrate the holidays. The kitchen will be closed, but the bar will be serving holiday-themed drinks, and they'll have Christmas bocce ball and a fireplace going. The venue opens at 4 PM on 12/24 and 12/26 and 5 PM on 12/25.

Like last year, The Bell House will host the Harry Potter Yule Ball on Saturday (12/21) featuring sets from Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Lauren Fairweather, and half-Mad can o' Destroy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

And another Christmas Eve option is 'Christmas Eve for the Jews' with comedians Joel Chasnoff, Judy Gold and Todd Barry at City Winery on Christmas Eve. This one's sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list in case tickets become available.

Brooklyn Bowl has holiday celebrations all weekend with Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band featuring Black Velvet (aka James Brown Jr) at the early show on Saturday (12/21) (tickets) and Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off with guest selector James Chance at the late show (tickets). Then on Sunday (12/22), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band does their Creole Christmas show at the venue (tickets).

Those are just a few holiday-themed music options in NYC. What else?

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Yellow Dogs

In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.

Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...

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James Chance w/ Kim Gordon at 'Round Robin Duets' (more by Greg Cristman)
James Chance

No wave legend James Chance continues to play around his hometown of NYC a good amount, and he'll be returning to Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge on July 6 for a particularly interesting show. It's billed as James Chance & the Contortions, and for this show the Contortions lineup will include Richard Hell & the Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian. The rest of the lineup is pretty great too, including Sal P of Liquid Liquid, lo-fi godfather R. Stevie Moore, and Endless Boogie. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In the above picture from the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, James is pictured with Kim Gordon, who plays NYC tonight (6/13) at Saint Vitus as one half of her Body/Head duo with Bill Nace. It's part of the Pitchfork Northside Showcase which also includes Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin, Majical Cloudz, and Foreplay (sold out, but if you got a badge, get there early and try to get in).

Check out a recent live video below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

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Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco
Andrew Bird w/ Yo La Tengo on Hanukkah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Andrew Bird

The Red Bull Music Academy already announced a huge NYC residency which includes a number of great shows at multiple venues, and this thing just keeps getting bigger and better. RBMA has now announced some new shows and updates to previously-announced ones. For example, the "Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets" that's happening on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has added Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and Roy Hargrove to the mix that already included Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and others. Tickets for that show are still available. The full lineup is below.

UK DFA-signed dance trio Factory Floor will be joining their labelmates at the massive 12 Years of DFA Records, which takes place at Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall on May 25 (tickets). They were also added as DJs to the recently discussed Evian Christ and Oneohtrix Point Never show happening at Saint Vitus on May 26 (tickets).

Rapper Mykki Blanco, who just headlined Bowery Ballroom, and who was recently announced for this weekend's (4/5-7) Blues for Smoke festival at the Whitney Museum with Le1f, has also been added to Le1f's RBMA show. That show happens on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and others (tickets).

And UK bass/house producer Mosca and Mathew Jonson have been added to the closing night party on May 31 at 74 Wythe Ave that also features L.I.E.S. feat. Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fields, Shawn O'Sullivan + Kerri Chandler, and Red Bull Music Academy Allstars. Tickets are still available.

Updated Red Bull Music Academy schedule HERE. The full list of lineup additions for the residency and the full lineup for the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" show below...

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Red Bull

"On May 1 the Brooklyn Masonic Temple will welcome a host of artists to participate in a unique evening of live improvisation. No Wave pioneer James Chance, Wilco's Glenn Kotche, ?uestlove of The Roots, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame, and Parliament Funkadelic founding member Bernie Worrell are among the more than 20 artists slated to perform together on stage. The show is part of the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy festival that will touch down in New York from April 28 to May 31 with an unprecedented series of 37 concerts, club nights and special events in 34 venues around town."
Tickets are still on sale. The just-announced list of performers and more information is below...

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Household (via)

Brooklyn's Household made of 2011's more underheard albums, Items, that recalls the nervy post-punk of Liliput, Delta 5, and Girls at Our Best, or more currently Grass Widow or Deep Time. The album was produced by Andrew Raposo of Midnight Magic and you can stream the whole thing below.

Household have a few shows coming up. They'll play this Friday (11/30) at the WBAR "Goth Cruise" which isn't actually on a boat but at Diana Event Oval (3009 Broadway @ 117th) at Barnard College. The show is headlined by James Chance & the Contortions, with Household's pals Midnight Magic playing as well. The show is free and open to the public and more info is here. Household will also play Glasslands on December 12 which is the "A Mr. Dream Christmas" party that also features Alan Watts (tickets); and will open for Hospitality's Bowery Ballroom show on January 10 (rescheduled from Hurricane Sandy blackout week) and replace TEEN on the bill. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, Midnight Magic just released their debut album, Walking The Midnight Streets, via PledgeMusic and 10% of the purchase price goes to the Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. In addition to the WBAR goth cruise show, Midnight Magic will play The Barbary in Philadelphia on Saturday (12/1).

A list of tour dates, streams and flyer are below

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - Popcorn House (MP3)

The Immaculates

Brooklyn's The Immaculates are a soul band stripped to the bare minimum, SST style -- a rhythm section (drummer Cyrus Lubin and bassist Matt Conboy) and voice (wailer Jay Heiselman). It's pretty much all you need. That and nice suits, which The Immaculates also have. The band, who were "Honorable Metions" in The L Mag's "8 Bands You Need to Hear" issue this week, will release Vol. II this week on Death Class records and we've got the premiere of track "Popcorn House." Living in a popcorn house may sound like fun (especially with nutritional yeast) in theory, but The Immaculates see it as a situation that's about to explode.

You can catch The Immaculates live on Thursday, May 3 at Brooklyn Bowl with James Chance and Evi Antonio. Click through for a stream of "Popcorn House" as well as Immaculates Vol II cover art.

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James Chance @ LPR in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
James Chance

New York Night Train is presenting the James Brown Dance Party at Zebulon this Saturday (8/13) with NY Night Train's DJ Jonathan Toubin and No Wave saxist James Chance. Starting at 11 PM, James Chance and his band, which includes Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids), Robert Aaron (B-52s, Blondie, Afrika Bambataa, Wu Tang Clan), Kim Clark (Defunkt and other jazz projects), and Richard Dworkin (James White and the Blacks, Alex Chilton). At midnight Jonathan Toubin and James Chance will spin "original vinyl recorded, produced, written, covered by, or otherwise related to James Brown." In the middle of that set, James Chance will play a short solo saxophone set over his own backing tracks and James Brown instrumentals. Jail Bait open the show. flyer below.

James also has a show coming up at Manhattan Inn.

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Manhattan Inn

Manhattan Inn Piano Bar & Restaurant (632 Manhattan Ave at Bedford Ave in Brooklyn) continues presenting free music all summmer. Upcoming shows include James Chance, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Aaron Pfenning, The Shivers, Only Son, Miguel Mendez & more. Full Summer 2011 schedule below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

James Chance & The Contortions

The crowd was evenly split between old-timers who'd probably seen James Chance in the '70s, mostly middle-aged men with fedoras--and one woman who told the bouncer as she stepped out for a cigarette, "Remember this face, I've got a bingo-playing face"--and younger record geeks with black-rimmed glasses and just the right amount of stubble (permanently two-day old). Also at least one person with a Talk Normal t-shirt; I guess you could call Talk Normal no-wave-revival?

James Chance had on a white suit, sort of lounge singer-ish, and a David Lynchian pompadour. If you closed your eyes and listened to him sing, you wouldn't know whether it was 2010 or 1978. If you opened your eyes, it was almost like watching a ventriloquist throw his voice, seeing this 57-year-old man sing exactly the same way he did 30 years ago... They played "Contort Yourself," of course, and also sped-up covers of "Chain of Fools" and "Super Bad." -[Anastasia Friscia]

No-Wave heroes James Chance & The Contortions headlined Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (11/13) with help from Five Dollar Priest. Greg said the cover of "Super Bad" was stunning.

Lindstrom played the venue later that night. Jonathan Toubin DJ'd the James Chance show and the official afterparty at Don Hill's.

Though James Chance still gigs, the LPR show was the first for the reunited Contortions "in a decade." As previously listed, it was "the most complete lineup to ever re-unite - James Chance (thee James White himself - who needs no introduction), Pat Place (the ultimate no wave guitar heroine also of Bush Tetras etc), Don Christensen (super-drummer also of Raybeats, etc.), Jody Harris (another distinguished guitar legend who, also played with Lester Bangs, Raybeats, Golden Palominos, Richard Hell, John Zorn, and many more), Robert Aaron (not an original Contortion but this multi-instrumentalist is James' frequent collaborator - known not only for his avant-jazz solo records but his studio work with everybody from B-52s and Blodie and Chic and Afrika Bambataa and Wu Tang Clan), and, for the first time since the 1970s, Adele Bertei (who went on to form The Bloods then become a world-famous disco/dance music vocalist after leaving the Contortions in 1979)."

Five Dollar Priest supported, though Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) played guitar instead of Norm Westberg who Greg spotted in the audience. Other Five Dollar Priest members are/were Ron Ward (Speedball Baby),George Porfiris (Heroine Sheiks), and Patrick Holmes.

More pictures, and some videos (two by Punk Cast) from the show, below...

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James Chance and the Contortions

Sat, Nov 13 (early): West Village - Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker): the original CONTORTIONS reunion (no wave pioneers' first Manhattan show in many years!) w/Five Dollar Priest, Peter Agoston, and Mr. Jonathan Toubin, 7PM DOORS, 8PM SHOW, $15/$17

THE ORIGINAL CONTORTIONS are reuniting for their first Manhattan show in a decade! This is the most complete lineup to ever re-unite - James Chance (thee James White himself - who needs no introduction), Pat Place (the ultimate no wave guitar heroine also of Bush Tetras etc), Don Christensen (super-drummer also of Raybeats, etc.), Jody Harris (another distinguished guitar legend who, also played with Lester Bangs, Raybeats, Golden Palominos, Richard Hell, John Zorn, and many more), Robert Aaron (not an original Contortion but this multi-instrumentalist is James' frequent collaborator - known not only for his avant-jazz solo records but his studio work with everybody from B-52s and Blodie and Chic and Afrika Bambataa and Wu Tang Clan), and, for the first time since the 1970s, Adele Bertei (who went on to form The Bloods then become a world-famous disco/dance music vocalist after leaving the Contortions in 1979). A stellar aggregation! Also, get there early (8pm) to catch Five Dollar Priest a skronky swamp blues super-group featuring Ron Ward (Speedball Baby), Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), George Porfiris (Heroine Sheiks), Patrick Holmes (downtown clarinet legend) - whose members have included Norman Westberg (Swans, Foetus, etc!) and Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Sonic Youth, etc.) and regular guest are the likes of James Chance, Tami Lynn (that's right, the legendary soul diva!), and more. The Djs are Panache Booking's Peter Agoston and New York Night Train's own Mr. Jonathan Toubin. This is gonna be killer! Get you tickets now and, whatever you do, don't miss it!

then, follow The Contortions, Jonathan Toubin, and the rest of the cast to Don Hills!

Sat, Nov 13 (late): Soho: Don Hill's (511 Greenwich St) Contortions official afterparty w/DJ Jonathan Toubin, T.V. Baby and a very special surprise musical guest, 11pm, FREE


photos by Samantha Marble


"Subway problems, sweltering temperatures and long queues were all overcome by the hardy bunch of FNM fans who attended the third and final date of Faith No More's three-date East Coast mini-tour last night. The "surprise song" did not appear but consensus seemed to be that Faith No More again delivered a stunning set with old favourites like Worm and The Crab Song getting rare airings." [Faith No More 2.0]
Rahzel opened Friday's show at the Williamsburg Waterfront and returned for the 2nd Brooklyn show on Monday night, not as opener, but as special guest on two songs during headliner Faith No More's set (including on "We Care A Lot"). Rahzel also played during one of Faith No More's songs in Philly.

This time, with James Chance as the musical opener, Faith No More again played a 20-song, 2-encore set (that this time included The Real Thing and Ben and ended with Stripsearch, and didn't start with Reunited). The whole setlist, along with more pictures from Monday's show (including one that is kind of NSFW), below...

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Poolside Chats

Funnyman Neil Hamburger, known for, among other things for his Poolside Chats, is opening all three Faith No More shows this weekend, including two at the Williamsburg Waterfront (known for, among other things being the new "Pool").

Each Brooklyn show also has a third opener. Rahzel opens Friday (I wonder if Mike Patton will perform with him) and James Chance opens Monday. According to Roddy Bottum, "Doors 530, James Chance maybe 6 or 630, Neil Hamburger at 7 or 730, FNM at 8. K?" An anonymous commenter wrote the same.

All Neil dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Sir Richard Bishop @ MHOW 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Sir Richard Bishop

No Wave icon James Chance will be sitting behind the piano at Greenpoint/Williamsburg bar Manhattan Inn (a hangout recently described as "Pitchfork come to life") on Sunday, June 27th, from 8-11pm. He'll be playing "original piano compositions...for the first time ever solo on a grand piano" though that could hew closer to jazz standard than free jazz punk. Entry is free; you'll probably have to get there early to get a table (and order a few drinks).

Sort of in the same vein, worldly guitarist Sir Richard Bishop will be playing every Monday night in July (5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) at Zebulon. Bishop brought his Freak Of Araby Ensemble to Music Hall of Williamsburg and Studio at Webster Hall on their tour last summer.

The James Chance flyer is below...

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Gary Lucas
Gary Lucas

Lucas has played and collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nick Cave, David Johansen. He has also worked with Mary Margaret O'Hara, Onetwo, Peter Stampfel, Fred Schneider (B-52s), Bob Neuwirth, Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, John Zorn, Bryan Ferry, Patti Smith, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Matthew Sweet, DJ Spooky, Damo Suzuki, Iggy Pop, Dr. John, Allen Ginsberg, Graham Parker, The Dark Poets, Future Sound of London, Van Dyke Parks, Adrian Sherwood,Richard Barone, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), Kristin Diable and many others. Jazz collaborations include Roswell Rudd, Steve Swallow, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Billy Bang. Some of these collaborations appear on his retrospective album Improve the Shining Hour, which also features his film and TV music for ABC News, 20/20 and Turning Point. He has produced albums for composer/saxophonists Tim Berne and Peter Gordon, and for the French avant-rock band Tanger. He co-wrote Joan Osborne's Grammy-nominated song "Spider Web" from her triple platinum album Relish.

Lucas co-wrote two of the songs, "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", from Jeff Buckley's popular and critically acclaimed album Grace. Early collaborations can also be heard on the recent Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas album Songs To No One, which charted internationally with worldwide sales approaching 100,000. [Wikipedia]

Tonight/Wednesday at Cake Shop in NYC: Gary Lucas's band Gods & Monsters, Tommy Ramone's bluegrass band Uncle Monk, and Radio I-Ching (Andy Haas) with special guest James Chance - all on sthe same bill. Lots of talent and legendary status in the basement tonight (12/3).

The show is the first in Dee Pop's returning monthly Freestyle Music Series. According to Dee Pop, who also plays in Radio I-Ching, "Freestyle does not mean Free Jazz. It means free of categories. It doesn't mean anything. It means everything.". The January 21st show will feature Brown Wing Overdrive, Sediment Club, and Mostly Others Do the Killing. The dates after that are February 25, March 25, and April 22 - all at Cake Shop. Check out an Uncle Monk video below...

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James Chance Flyer

RSVP by 6pm for James Chance/Homosexuals party tonight!

Tonight's Secret Santo will feature not one, but two legendary figures in the history of subcultural music - James Chance and the Homosexuals - sharing a bill for the first time ever! And, as every week, this new rock'n'roll dance party also features DJ Jonathan Toubin, Go Go Dancer Anna Copacabanna and a live projectionist, this week, the inimitable Spencer Bewley. Tell yr friends - and RSVP anytime before 6pm Monday at: mailinglist@newyorknighttrain.com [New York Night Train]

Flyer below...

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Teenage Jesus & the Jerks

Teenage Jesus & the Jerks were an influential New York City No Wave music group of 1976-79 fronted by Lydia Lunch and James Chance, who later left the band after some conflict about their direction.

Reputed to play ten-minute sets of thirty-second songs (though "The Closet" and "I woke up dreaming" extended to around three minutes and performances up to twenty), they sought to take music beyond what Lunch saw as the traditionalism of punk rock ("I thought punk was lousy Chuck Berry music amped up to play triple fast", she later commented). Their frenzied playing and Lunch's shrieked vocals gained them a renown quickly matching and even surpassing that of other No Wave bands such as DNA or the older Mars......The group has been cited as a significant influence on post-punk groups such as Sonic Youth. [Wikipedia]

"To commemorate the publishing of NO WAVE: Post Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980 edited by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., The Knitting Factory NYC is proud to present the one time only return of the most legendary of No Wave pioneers TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS."

2 shows: both on June 13th. $25 tickets are on sale. Videos below....

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