Entries tagged with: Jesus Lizard
by Ian Chainey
King Buzzo at Housecore Horror Film Festival, 2013 (More by Trent Maxwell)
Richard "King Buzzo" Osborne, frontman/guitarist for the Melvins is now streaming his new solo outing, This Machine Kills Artists, in full. The record (not to be confused with the new Scion AV split with Tweak Bird) is a departure from his recognizable stew of slow sludge, booming doom, and Kiss-riffs twisted into a nightmare. Instead of punk distortion overload, This Machine is simply Buzz and an acoustic guitar, recorded straight to tape, string rattle and all. It will be released by Ipecac on June 3. Then, Buzzo will hit the road for a long tour.
That said, it would be a mistake to think This Machine lacks heft. While opener "Dark Brown Teeth" is a Richie Havens-esque strummer containing beautiful, haunting singing pulled from '70s power pop, there are long passages where the collection gets unnervingly dark. When I caught Buzzo at the Scion Rock Fest, I was surprised by the force of his impact. I wrote:
He yelled, growled; hammering the same gut-bucket progression past flushness. His grey hair spun out in spirals, whipping the air. He was Woody Guthrie in a nightmare. The audience watched reverently.It was but a man and his guitar, but his charisma, keen sense of melody, and focus kept a crowd of antsy metalheads facing the stage during his set. This Machine isn't any different. Its sub-three minute songs, while raw, are full of surprises.
In related news, after a Kickstarter campaign dating back at least two years, The Color of Noise, the documentary tracking the history of Amphetamine Reptile Records will be seeing a debut shortly. Began by Tom Hazelmyer in 1986, the Minneapolis label catered to the burgeoning noise rock scene, releasing records by Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tar, Today is the Day, and many, many more that have achieved a cult following. Its legacy lives on today, influencing third and fourth waves of noisy bands best described as having that 'AmRep' sound. The film will premiere May 30 at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee and features many talking heads ranging from Steve Austin, Derek Hess, John Stainer, and, yep, King Buzzo.
by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine wrap up the North American leg of their 2013 tour next month, with the last two shows here in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. Tickets are still available. (PS look for an interview with MBV's Kevin Shields on this site soon.) While it hasn't been listed on Hammerstein's site, opening the 11/11 show -- and a few others on these dates -- are Dumb Numbers. The band is more or less Australian musician Adam Harding who has previously played on Lou Barlow's last two solo albums. His own stuff -- and voice -- is not so far from Lou's style, but mostly played in a super-sludgy style that occasionally lumbers into doom territory.
Dumb Numbers put out their debut album earlier this year via Joyful Noise and helping Harding out on the album is an impressive cast, including Barlow, plus Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Dale Crover (Melvins), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), and more. Oh, and David Lynch shot the album cover (Yow did the design/layout). You can stream stream the whole album below, along with the Yow-directed video for "Redrum."
As to who exactly is playing in Dumb Numbers on these dates is not 100% clear. Murph is definitely on drums. And the band is "not sure about" whether they're opening on the second MBV Hammerstein date (11/12), so stay tuned. Their confirmed tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below....
DOWNLOAD: David Yow - Thee Itch (MP3)
Dear, Hello There.Onetime Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid frontman David Yow, who recently had a single on Joyful Noise's "Cause & Effect" series, will release his debut solo album, Tonight You Look Like a Spider, on June 25 via the same label. Download a track from it above and watch the album trailer below.
Sometime around the end of 1998, my dear and amazing buddy Alex was visiting my house. He knows everything. He showed me the most superficial, broad stroke rudiments of ProTools and I started fucking around. A week or two went by and I was out dancing through the filthy streets of Chicago when I ran into a fella who goes by the name of Mike. Mike is an extremely industrious and good looking man. He grabbed me violently by my dry and flakey shoulders and screamed at the top of his carbon flavored lungs, "YOU'RE MAKING A SOLO RECORD AND I'M PUTTING IT OUT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!" He was right about the first part. I rented a saxophone for 2 months, I borrowed some guitars and some drums, I rummaged through the kitchen, I squeezed a fat cat, I poked and prodded and ended up with my very own music. It's real good, if you like that kind of shit. I named it Tonight You Look Like A Spider after a spider I saw one night.
David Lambeth Yow
Paul Banks isn't the only Interpol member with a solo itch to scratch. Drummer Sam Fogarino has announced his solo project EmptyMansions and will release his debut, snakes/vultures/sulfate, in April. Says Sam of the album:
Some things can take decades to arrive at. In this case I'm speaking of songwriting---Even within the simplicity of a typical rock band configuration: guitar, bass, and drums. Not highly original or too complicated---Nonetheless, what this "thing" can be is highly illusive, hard to grasp, and even harder to wrangle into a worthy song. This might be why, we as fans and musicians alike, return to such a common voicing repeatedly---New or old, it's familiar, it's comfortable, and at times, it's the only fucking thing that feels right. In November 2011, at the completion of a fifteen month long tour supporting Interpol's fourth, self titled effort, I found that I had finally arrived at EmptyMansions. A long time coming; not without effort, but rather without force---This alone took years to figure out. The songs that I had written, I not only liked, but had to sing myself. There was no choice in the matter. To do it any other way would have rendered the whole endeavor dishonest and pointless.Helping Sam make the album were Duane Denison (of Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk) and Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis (who played keyboards in Interpol on their last tour). You can stream "Lyra" from the album below. Cover art and tracklisting are below as well.
Yow and Sims of Scratch Acid,
on stage with The Jesus Lizard in 2009 (more by Timothy Griffin)
And the first U.S. Scratch Acid show has slipped out of the gate. The band will play the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on November 1st. David Wm. Sims (also of The Jesus Lizard) previously announced that the band would do a string of US dates in November and December to accompany their UK ATP appearance, so look for those shows to appear soon.
Speaking of Atlanta, they've got it good because that's also where the still-reunited Man or Astro-Man? are playing this Wednesday night (8/31). The show at the Earl, presented by Chunklet, is still on sale. It's also one of 10 scheduled dates for the Alabama band, October 15th in Athens, GA included. They are all listed below (no NY).
Speaking of Chunklet and Jesus Lizard...
Chunklet is beyond thrilled to announce the release of "The Jesus Lizard: CLUB" on 2xLP gatefold for worldwide distribution on December 6, 2011.And for something Jesus Lizard related in NYC right now, check out David Yow's art exhibit, showing now at Fuse Gallery.
This is the vinyl soundtrack to the DVD which came out in September. "CLUB" is the definitive document of the The Jesus Lizard reunited for their first American performance in over a decade at the Exit/In in Nashville in 2009.
It was a tour that was heralded the world over, with stops at festivals and clubs all over the world. Sasha Frere-Jones, writing for The New Yorker: "It may have been the only reunion show I've ever seen where I forgot almost immediately that the band hadn't played together in more than a decade."
Featuring the entire evening's performance, "The Jesus Lizard: CLUB" goes inside a fan-favorite set list of an incendiary performance from one of the greatest bands of the modern era. "CLUB" is being released as a double-LP in a gatefold jacket. A one time edition of 1,000 copies. Mail-order copies (ltd to 200) available on colored vinyl.
Man or Astro-Man? dates below...
David Yow with Jesus Lizard at Irving Plaza (more by Lori Baily)
No offense to the enigmatic frontman of The Jesus Lizard, etc, but the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of the sweaty high-octane vocals of David Yow isn't fine art. Yet the great vocalist will showcase his fascinating work at "GLASS GAS MASK", his solo art show that opens at Fuse Gallery in NYC TONIGHT (8/24) with an opening reception at 7PM. The exhibition runs through September 21st.
Working both digitally and by hand, artist and musician David Yow produces a body of work that has a keen compositional sensibility often combined with a dark sense of humor. He utilizes design elements of line, texture, and shape in conjunction with found images and objects to enhance, alter and create graphically bold imagery with an edge. In his digital works, Yow delineates images to exaggerate an emotion to absurdity; and in the paintings, he integrates acrylic, collage, charcoal, pencil, spit, hair, crayon, wood, etc. to craft a deviant somewhat biomorphic creation, that is, or was, living - whatever it is, is very difficult to discern.Despite being previously featured in other exhibitions in the NYC area, tonight is Yow's first solo venture in our fair city. Preview some more of his work at his website.
While having an illustrious music career in the bands Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard, David Yow also has a long time passion for visual art. In his pre-punk college years, David completely submerged himself in painting and drawing, but music soon emerged as a form of creative expression he couldn't resist. He has recently returned to art-making. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in Berlin, Los Angeles and New York.
photos by Lori Baily
"How can it be that in the wake of the ten year absence of this band, there's really yet to be a front man as captivating, ferocious, unnerving and entertaining? Sure there's Matt Korvette of PISSED JEANS and Eugene from OXBOW as current torch bearers, and I'm not sure that the world needs another GG Allin. Actually, scratch that...I am sure we don't need another GG. But those bands can't hold a 5W bulb to the music of the Jesus Lizard, and Yow's the propellant that gets it all going. He spent probably as much time in/on the crowd as on stage, and never missed a note while singing propped up by the hands of strangers. Highlights? Truly, there were no lulls. How can there be when you've got the mutated hybrid of "Chrome" coming at you, or the manic "Bloody Mary," or the insistent throbbing of "Gladiator"?" [Big Takeover]The Jesus Lizard came to town. Night one pictures and discussion HERE. Night two setlist picture and more discussion HERE. Pictures from when they played a show on Halloween HERE. A whole bunch of pictures from the secomd night at Irving Plaza (11/17), with opener Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate who also plays in Parts & Labor), below...
photos by Justina Villanueva
""I had not seen the Jesus Lizard since Lollapalooza 1995 - the last year I choose to think of as being remotely true to what that festival was about. As hard as it is to believe that was 14 years ago, it is even harder to understand how frontman David Yow & Co. have managed to bring back this band - essentially dormant since 1999 - with this much ferocity. Yow may be 14 years older and a bit worse for wear, but the man caterwauls with an intensity that most 20 year old pretty boys will never match. The Irving crowd - a good portion of whom, at this 16+ show, were not even born when this band began in 1987 - remained in a frenzy throughout the set, turning the Irving floor into a thrashing sea of bodies, flying beers and more than a few sets of broken eyeglasses. While Yow stage-dove, mic in hand, the band delivered their tightly wound hardcore like the experts they are. Covering a range of the band's catalog and with two encores, the 23-song set gave audience members a lot to scream about."You saw a picture of the setlist from the second night (11/17). The first night's setlist (11/6) with more pictures, below...
[acidjack @ NYCTaper where you can download a recording of the show]
As Bob Dylan was playing his first of three shows up in Washington Heights, The Jesus Lizard was tearing things up for the second night in a row at Irving Plaza much farther downtown. Pictures and stuff coming soon, but in the meantime Mark Cyst managed to grab a copy of last night's setlist (which was reportedly the same as the first night's) and was nice enough to send in a picture. Check it out below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin - Nov 7, 2009 (by Chad Wadsworth)
There have been plenty of chances to catch The Jesus Lizard since they reunited. They've played Europe and a bunch of festivals. They played the Pitchfork Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest, and even ATP NY just a short drive north of the city. They even played in NYC on Halloween at a Vice party. They have not however yet played a completely public show as a reunited band in NYC. That is until tonight, 11/16, at Irving Plaza with Skeleton Key (and tomorrow at the same venue with Noveller). Tickets are still available for both shows (though only a "handful" left for tonight at the door).
If you stand close to the stage, be ready to catch David Yow. He is known to jump the second they hit the stage. Above picture from Day One of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Video and all dates below...
Annual Austin music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest lived up to its name once again today (Saturday, November 7th). And that was just Day One. The fun continues on Sunday which ends with a headlining set by Danzig (and Of Montreal on another stage). More coverage and pictures to come, but before I run out to the Saturday night afterparties (going to try and see Voxtrot at Mohawk and Negative Approach at Red 7), I just wanted to post a few pictures. Check them out below...
photos by Tim Griffin
David Yow rides the crowd as beer flies
Titus Andronicus drama aside for a second, I was worried that the "party" crowd wouldn't be a good audience for the Jesus Lizard and Bad Brains. But as security pointed out, the audience very much treated the show like the "concert" it was. It got crazy for Jesus Lizard, energetic front-man David Yow included...
"The Jesus Lizard performed a ferocious set, with singer David Yow crowd diving and singing noise rock anthems while sweaty hands held him aloft. Meanwhile, the line outside on North 10th Street snaked around the block, as hundreds of costumed revelers waited in the rain to get inside." [The Wall Street Journal???]The crowd was ferocious too, but ironically they were 10 times more ferocious for Bad Brains whose front-man just stood there in a white hoodie. Luckily for security (who after a few songs of frustration just let the show be), Bad Brains played a lot of reggae jams. That kept it relatively calm. Bad Brains setlist below. The Jesus Lizard will be back for two more NYC shows later this month.
The bands played upstairs in the two-level warehouse on North 10th Street between Berry and Wythe. Downstairs, and between bands, there were DJs. I was especially appreciative of all the classic 90's techno hits (at the 1994-themed party). The music mixed with the warehouse location, lights, and smoke machines probably made the Vice event more Maskarave than the actual Maskarave happening across the river. That felt especially true late night, after Bad Brains which was when the majority of the crowd left (and they weren't letting anyone else in). I don't know a lot of song names, but Moby's "Thousand", Josh Wink's "Don't Laugh", and "Percolator" were at least three of the more popular ones I remember hearing during the DJ sets from Dave 1 from Chromeo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nick Catchdubs, Rub-N-Tug, and/or Blu Jemz. Earlier in night there was also lots of classic hip hop, sometimes accompanied with the song's video.
As promised, there was a skate ramp with skaters too (and all the alcohol was free) (I wish they had more porta potties though). More pictures below...
I know many have been waiting anxiously for details on how to get in to the VICE 15th year anniversary party featuring live performances by Bad Brains and The Jesus Lizard. Well, now they're running a contest. Flyer and more details below...
Bad Brains @ Irving Plaza in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
"VICE magazine, which is still not only fully independent but is also flourishing while the dinosaurs that surround us slowly suffocate in the tar pits of their financial ruin, is throwing a massive Halloween birthday party to celebrate our 15th anniversary. There will be two floors of chaotic nostalgia, scary punk bands, full-on rave DJs, a skate ramp, glow sticks, grunge, big pants, gangsta rap, marijuana-scented flannel, and serious slacker vibes. Plus it's on Halloween, so if you don't show up dressed as some sort of a cultural cliché from 1994, you probably won't get in."That's the official description of VICE's upcoming Halloween bash in honor of their 15th birthday. And like their CMJ parties, it's happening in Brooklyn (though not in the same neighborhood). No other details have been released at the moment, but I just heard that, not only will it be a free/RSVP thing, and that The Jesus Lizard AND Bad Brains are both on the bill (theme of the night: 1994). More details TBA, and I think they will include even more performers.
One band who I'd imagine VICE would want to put on the show is one they recently added to their record label roster, The Almighty Defenders who are made up of the combined Black Lips and King Khan and BBQ. Conveniently, King Khan & BBQ do in fact have an early Brooklyn show scheduled on that very (Halloween) night. Whether they get added to the Vice show or not, I have no idea, but the "supergroup" is playing a free show in NYC even sooner for Topman during CMJ (and a they have a show at Maxwell's the same CMJ week).
The Dead Milkmen are playing Philly on Halloween. The Dead Milkmen and Bad Brains co-headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin last year. This year The Jesus Lizard is one of the headliners of the Texas fest.
The new issue of VICE, pictured above with Chloe Sevigny on the cover, can be read on their website.
Videos of The Jesus Lizard at this year's ATP NY Fest, and all tour dates for both bands, below...
The Jesus Lizard @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
Friday, September 11th - Stage 1:The floors have been waxed. The bathroom tile is dry and shiny. Couches are not draped with bodies. Kutsher's and it's distinct 1960s time capsule "charm" is still in full force, though the place seems oddly tidied. Doorways that last year lead to muddy, mold infested corridors have been nailed shut. Random holes punched into the drywall have been patched. The musty smell that permeates the building is "covered" by an equally foul carpet deodorizer. I arrived a shade past 3PM on Friday (9/11) and it was obvious the ATP crowds hadn't sunk their fangs into the Country Club yet. Everything was still nice and clean.
3.15pm-4.15pm : The Drones performing Wait Long By The River...
4.45pm-5.30pm : The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms
6.00pm-7.00pm : Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs
7.30pm-8.30pm : Suicide performing Suicide (First LP)
9.00pm-9.45pm : Panda Bear
10.15pm-11.15pm : Iron & Wine
11.45pm-1.00am : The Jesus Lizard
Friday, September 11th - Stage 2:
9.00pm-9.30pm : Jon Glaser & Jon Benjamin
9.45pm-10.15pm : Derrick Brown & The Navy Gravy
10.30pm-11.00pm : Eugene Mirman
11.15pm-11.45pm : David Cross
As a veteran of multiple music festivals, I think that most feel very familiar... borderline generic even. ATP is an animal all its own. There is an energy that is positive, creative and palpable. Musicians wander about the grounds, checking out the bands. The sound system is killer. It's like an indie summer camp complete with a poorly functioning shower.
We arrived early enough to catch the first part of The Drones whose current tour also had them at The Bell House in Brooklyn two days earlier.
"I hope you like bronchitis, 'cause that's what all you're getting" the guitarist said while pointing toward the front row of the audience.
Bronchitis or no, the band's angular and sometimes atonal pop was immediate and fun despite anyone's poor health.
The Feelies followed with Crazy Rhythms indeed, alternating between jingle bells, timbale, shaker, maracas, hanging lead pipe as well as a satellite floor tom and snare drum. It was great to see those songs come alive. See them in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
Dirty Three was four, as Nick Cave sat in the tickle the ivories. Nick played a backseat role, no singing, none of his songs... For all intensive purposes he was John Q. Pianoplayer. Ocean Songs is a very affecting record, and their engaging post-rock-y compositions swelled and collapsed with emotion. Just don't call them emo.
"I'd like to set the record straight for Pitchfork and those guys... we did not invent emo. Blame it on some other cunts," Warren Ellis quipped between songs.
During songs, Ellis hopped around on one leg while playing his violin, sashaying to melodies and punctuating key moments with jump-kicks. Dude has ups, especially in a suit. Those in NYC have another chance to catch the band Sunday at Bowery Ballroom.
Suicide followed, and I am definitely a fan of their first LP. In the Stardust Ballroom, a ski-goggled Martin Rev banged away at his Triton producing compelling keyboard squelches and 200 BPM kick drum assaults, while Alan Vega barked lyrics from his music stand like an ornery old man. It was very loud. Fun for a while, but I couldn't watch the entire set.
Panda Bear's loopy harmonious bliss is something that I enjoyed on the Person Pitch LP, but was not looking forward to in a live setting. Nevertheless, I checked out Noah Lennox's knob-twisting live set which contained backlit projections. It's hard to pull off a one man show effectively, especially if there is limited crowd interaction. Noah's other band headlines Saturday night (tonight) of the festival.
Iron & Wine was solo acoustic, and Sam Beam engaged the crowd fully. I caught a few songs until leaving catch some of David Cross's set before The Jesus Lizard.
Kicking off with "Puss" and heading into "Gladiator" and "Seasick", The Jesus Lizard attacked the stage with their trademark screechy guitar lines and high frequency bass lines. Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, and Mac McNeilly were tight as hell and the band roared through their classics to an extremely enthusiastic crowd all while David Yow acted like a buffoon.
Either I'm showing my age, or he his, but I used to find David Yow and his antics menacing. That's not to say he was anything less than riveting. He performed 1/3 of the show from the crowd (surfing or otherwise). When on stage, Yow mock-jerked himself off, hula-danced, slap-boxed the microphone stand, pointed at women while crotch-thrusting, and wished the audience a.... "Happy 9/11".
By the way, if you're wondering who IS responsible for emo. David Yow has the answer.
"That's Slint's fault"
photos by Ryan Muir
Make Major Moves: When we've talked in the past, I remember you saying that there was no way the Jesus Lizard would ever reunite -- mostly because you didn't think [drummer] Mac [McNeilly] would do it. And you said the same thing about Scratch Acid, and then Scratch Acid did that little reunion in '06...The Jesus Lizard headlined the first night of the ATP festival at Kutscher's in Monticello, NY last night (9/11). More about their set shortly. More pictures from it below...
David Yow: Well, I think that doing the Scratch Acid thing helped me learn to quit saying never, because I used to say never all the time and I think that it's bitten me in the ass a few times and made me look kinda foolish. I'm not even certain how this came about. I guess [guitarist] Duane [Denison] had played with Mike Patton, and Mike was curating All Tomorrow's Parties in England and he asked Duane if we could get our shit together to play ATP. So there was e-mail going around and stuff...and Mac said he was into it, but there wasn't time from the point that Mac said okay until the ATP thing, so we just kinda blew it off. And then Touch & Go started talking about wanting to do these reissues [of the first four Jesus Lizard albums] with all this extra stuff and we thought, "Well, what the fuck? Okay, let's do some shows." And originally it was just gonna be like three or four shows and it's built up into a total of 35 or 40.
The Jesus Lizard plays at 11:45pm at ATP tonight (9/11). They play Irving Plaza in NYC on November 16th with recently added openers Skeleton Key and Noveller. They play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Saturday November 7th... at 8:35pm which means you need to decide between them, Ratatat, The Pharcyde and Destroyer. On Sunday, November 8th, people need to choose between Danzig and Of Montreal. Full FFFFest schedule below...
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
BV would like to further leak that our most-favorite weekend in Austin will also feature sets by Alaska in Winter, Les Savy Fav, comedians Jake Flores, Joe Staats & JT Habersaat, VEGA, Lucero, Metallagher, The Night Marchers (they played Mess With Texas last year at the same venue), and Shonen Knife (part of their large upcoming tour).
Speaking of the Hot Snakes, Obits are scheculed to play the South Street Seaport in NYC tonight (7/31).
The official FFFFest "leak" page includes stage assignments, which are below. We have 2008's FFF Fest in pictures (day one & day two), and you can check out recap videos from 2006 and 2007, also below...
photos by Joseph Juechao Xu
"TORTOISE was good and everything, but way better the first year i ever went (when i was 14) probably because they were the headlining band that year and played late at night when it was dark. and their setlist flowed better....the request the night thing was cool but i think it really put a damper on the band's moods. EXCEPT! for the JESUS LIZARD. that was so awesome and intense. they didn't act old at all. BUILT TO SPILL on the other hand was a disappoint. sadly :( they looked like they were having the worst night of their life and i could barely hear it. to top it off....drunk bros were behind me screaming the words. you don't scream or dance or yell for built to spill. they even "wooed" the instrument parts between singing. bleh. but it was still pretty sounding and cool to see. i didn't watch YO LA TENGO. i think they're eh." [maybemae]I watched some of the stream and what I saw of Yo La Tengo was much better than "eh"!, and I thought Tortoise sounded great (though it was funny to hear them say something like, "we have a new album out, but we're not playing any of those songs... BECAUSE NONE OF YOU REQUESTED THEM!"). I do agree 100% with the above review of the Jesus Lizard though. David Yow is still a monster, and I can't wait for the Irving Plaza show. I didn't watch Built to Spill, but according to Jim DeRogatis, that was probably the right decision anyway.
Tortoise is on tour and plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday night. The rest of the pictures from Day One of the 2009 Pitchfork Festival, below...
Sufjan Stevens w/ Clogs @ BAM in February (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Sufjan Stevens to the ATP-curated Saturday lineup. Stevens, who will be releasing Run Rabbit Run (a re-arrangement of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit) in October, has not played a US show in over two years, and this is sure to be a special performance. [ATP NY]Sufjan is one of the most recent additions to ATP NY, running September 11th-13th in Monticello, NY. It'll be his first show in a while, though over the past year Sufjan has made appearances joining St. Vincent at BAM, The Welcome Wagon at St. Paul's Lutheran and the Clogs with My Brightest Diamond (which you can see above) again at BAM .
Sufjan will be joined on the Saturday bill by new additions Shellac, Circulatory System and Grouper (who we previously announced).
Other Sunday additions are Super Furry Animals (who are also playing Maxwell's and Highline Ballroom), Boris, Low Lows and Oneida, the latter of which will perform a special set, described below...
"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.Limited tickets for the fest are still on sale. Ongoing coverage of ATP NY and related NYC-area shows HERE. Full lineup so far below...
The Jesus Lizard @ the primavera festival - May 2009 (Miss Rosa)
"Touch & Go Records is going to reissue the Pure EP and the albums Head, Goat, Liar, and Down on September 22, 2009. These records have been remastered and sound noticeably better than the original releases. All of the albums will include songs from the 7' singles and other rarities as bonus tracks." [David Wm. Sims]More Jesus Lizard dates have been confirmed, and as hoped, but expected, there are shows in NYC (2 of them!). Slightly unexpected is that those city shows will come over two months after the band make an appearance further upstate at the ATP festival (which is a month after they play a show for Pitchfork in Chicago).
The NYC shows are November 16th and 17th at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the first one go on sale Friday, June 19th, at noon. The second is isn't listed at Live Nation yet. The Jesus Lizard are also playing the 9:30 Club in DC on November 19th. All dates and reissue track lists, below...
The Jesus Lizard's David Yow @ ATP UK 5/10/09 (Terekhova)
The Jesus Lizard: How a man nearing 50 can possess more energy than entire bands made up of younger souls is beyond us, but David Yow was never less than possessed during the legendary grungers' brace of Centre Stage sets on Saturday [5/9] and Sunday... 'Puss', 'Gladiator' and more were rocked out to for the first time since their break up in 1999. [Clash Music]The Jesus Lizard, who reformed to play two ATP UK shows on May 9th and 10th, will keep the reunion going with shows scheduled through the fall. Those dates include Primavera Sound on May 28th, Pitchfork Festival on July 17th, Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party on July 24th, ATP NY on September 11th and more (though still no NYC). They're also one of the first bands to confirm for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7th and 8th.
Singer David Yow's other band, Qui, played ATP UK too. For that appearance, the band released a limited-edition 7-inch, The Little Golden Blanket, on Infrasonic Sound. The 7-inch's two tracks, posted above, are from a forthcoming Qui LP, due in late 2009. Check 'em out.
Videos of The Jesus Lizard at ATP UK (with examples of David Yow's prodigious stagediving skills) and all tour dates, below...