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Elysian Fields @ The Owl 10/31/2015
NYC group Elysian Fields played the first two of their 20th anniversary shows over weekend, the second of which happened on Halloween at new Brooklyn venue The Owl Music Parlor (which is owned by the band). In addition to core members Oren Bloedow (guitar, vocals) and Jennifer Charles (vocals, small percussion) Elysian Fields were joined by Jamie Saft (keys), Ben Perowsky (drums) and Danton Boller (bass) along with special guests Joan "As Policewoman" Wasser (violin), Antony colaborator Maxim Moston (violin) and Daniel Carter (trumpet, sax). The Owl is a tiny spot and the room was packed (we spotted Jim Thirlwell in the house) with the guest violinists performing from seats in the front row.
The show opened with Jennifer coming down the center aisle enshrouded with a cloak pulled tight over her face and an old craggly walking stick, saying some very bizarre, scary and, at times, hilarious things while the band improvised and vamped some appropriately scary music. (Saft getting especially out there sounding like Sun Ra on his synthesizer.) The set began almost entirely in the dark but before the second song Oren threw a few switches and on popped blue and red house lights. Elysian Fields performed their great 2000 album Queen of the Meadow, in full, plus B-sides and tracks from the band's never-released second album (which was produced by Steve Albini).
The band's seven-show 20th anniversary run continues on Saturday (11/7) at Le Poisson Rouge where they'll perform 2005's Bum Raps and Love Taps. After that are four more shows at The Owl. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Elysian Fields' Halloween show are in this post.
Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As previously mentioned, the "40th + 2 Anniversary" of Nuggets -- the essential 1972 garage rock compilation put together by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye -- is being celebrated this year with multiple shows at NYC's City Winery. Most have passed, but the next (and last, for now at least) happens August 31. The lineup has been expanded since we last spoke, and it's pretty exciting. In addition to Lenny Kaye and his Patti Smith Group bandmate Tony Shanahan, Patti Smith herself will be appearing, as well as Joan As Police Woman, Jesse Malin and more. Tickets for the show are still available.
Patti has other live appearances coming up too, including Riot Fest Chicago. In NYC, Patti and her daughter Jesse will take part in a Nico-themed performance at FIAF Florence Gould Hall on October 2, which is part of the Crossing the Line Festival. Here's the details:
Killer Road is a sound exploration of the tragic death of Nico, Velvet Underground vocalist and 60s icon, while riding her bike on the island of Ibiza in the summer of 1988. A hypnotic meditation on the idea of perpetual motion and the cycle of life and death, the live performance features Patti Smith lending her unique voice to the last poems written by the artist. Soundwalk Collective uses a travel log of field recordings and samples of Nico's signature instrument, the harmonium, to create a magnetic soundscape.Tickets for that at are on sale now. All Patti Smith dates are listed below.
I had a vague premonition this book would be rooted in common human experience, less up my alley than the alien textures woven throughout "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." Yet I also sensed strange notes forming, coiling within a small wound that would not heal. Whichever aspect of himself Murakami drew from in order to create "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," it lies somewhere among the stones of his mystical labors.Read the rest here.
Joan as Police Woman has European dates coming up after the 'Nuggets' show. Those are listed, with the video for this year's "Holy City" single and the list of Patti's dates, below...
Glass Ghost, whose lineup includes vocalist/producer Eliot Krimsky (also of Here We Go Magic and founder/drummer Mike Johnson (also of Dirty Projectors), are set to release a new album, LYFE, on September 16 via Western Vinyl. The album features contributions from Brian Betancourt of Hospitality, Joan Wasser of Joan As Police Woman, Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin, and ex-TEEN member Jane Herships. We've got the premiere of a new single from the album, "Sound of Money," which is a nice dose of arty pop that should appeal to fans of the other projects these guys are in. You can stream that, with the LP tracklist, below.
Glass Ghost are also performing during the Sound + Vision Festival. They play the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater on August 5. Here's what Lincoln Center's site says about the performance:
Centering around the music of the band Glass Ghost, the visual component of this show is based on audience data, which is mined by LYFE™, a fictional company that identifies, analyzes, and advertises users emotions. Pre-show, participants take the MyLyfe™ survey, which asks them for a selfie, their online behavior, and drawings of a better future. During the show, as the music of Glass Ghost plays, audience members witness themselves and their data on the a screen--watched, quantified, and advertised, and then digitally disrupted as the LYFE™ software acquires an error and all data is erased and forgotten. The audience is then given a chance see their authentic selves laid out in front of them. LYFE™ is a music-video concert and audience participatory work in progress set for its world premiere in April 2015.Tickets are still available.
Song stream below...
DOWNLOAD: Joan as Police Woman - "The Magic" (MP3)
Joan As Police Woman at Prospect Park (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Joan Wasser and band aka Joan As Police Woman are currently finishing up a tour in the US in support of the new LP The Deep Field (out now, MP3 above).
"The Deep Field is a location in space that scientists study to learn about the early universe, and it inspired Wasser.Joan will head out, not all the way to space, but to Australia in the beginning of June but will return for one US show at The Bell House on June 15 with opener Ambrosia Parsley (of Shivaree). Tickets are on sale.
"I was looking through a science magazine, and there were these amazing photographs," said Wasser. "It was such a beautiful name, not just letters and numbers. And it's a beautiful idea, people searching a part of the sky to understand where we come from." [Seattle Times]
As previously mentioned, surprise guest Fred Armisen opened Joan's sold out Mercury Lounge show last month. Fred is rumored to be making a similar appearance this Friday night.
After The Bell House date, Joan will head across the Atlantic for a European tour. All tour dates and some videos below.
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Sorry I did fall asleep cause I was resting from such an amazing show! I'm wide awake now!" - Bao
"The line in front of Roseland Ballroom stretched around the corner of 52nd Street and up Broadway but moved along quickly. The band's ticketless method to limit scalping seemed to work without too many headaches. Flying Lotus was on the wheels when I walked in spinning chilled-out techno but it's tough to build a groove when the sound system is popping and cracking like a blown speaker, what a shame. Sound improved toward the end of his set and he closed with 'Idioteque'.As promised, here are the pictures from last night's show at Roseland Ballroom (and some from the after-show party in the mezzanine). They continue below...
Atoms for Peace took the stage as a 6-piece with Thom Yorke at piano and a guest horn player center stage (he would depart after 2 songs). They opened with 'The Eraser' and two things became immediately clear: 1) the sound was now perfect and 2) Flea would add some SoCal funk/punk to the set. With blue hair and a white tee (the rest of the band was in black), he was immediately wiggling/dancing across the stage laying it on thick. The set was comprised mostly of songs from The Eraser but included some Radiohead and some new songs as well." [Blackraptor]
Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.
Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.
Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.
Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.
Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.
Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...
Joan as Policewoman will play shows at 8 and 10 pm at the Stone in NYC on New Years Eve. The 'Annual End The Year Improv Night' with John Zorn happens at the same venue three nights earlier. Other names on the Stone's schedule for December (curated by Jennifer Charles) include Gary Lucas, Erik Friedlander, Doveman, Alan Licht, Hal Willner's Parade (Yuka Honda & Sean Lennon), Elysian Fields, JG Thirwell, and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (tonight, Sunday December 7th).
January's schedule, curated by Craig Taborn, doesn't have many names
I recognize, but February, curated by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas, has Twi the Humble Feather, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Chris Schlarb, Diane Cluck, Jon Natchez, Kelly Pratt, Lexie Mountain Boys, Megafun, John Zorn, Ecstatic Sunshine, Sam Amidon, and Tristan Perich,
For other NYC shows on New Years Eve, browse HERE.
Joan Wasser (as Policewoman) and at least one band member also contribute to Gramercy Arms.
Marc Ribot is also playing December 9th at Blue Note and December 11th at Knitting Factory.
DOWNLOAD: Gramercy Arms & Mascott - This Christmastime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gramercy Arms - Looking at the Sun (w/ Sarah Silverman) (MP3)
Gramercy Arms is an ever (r)evolving collective band project of New York-based artists.You can ownload the track Sarah Silverman contributed to, "Looking at the Sun", above along with a new Christmas song Gramercy Arms recorded with Mascott (which you may have heard on on the TV show Grey's Anatomy).
On [their new self-titled] record, Gramercy Arms comprises members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan as Police Woman, Dead Air and The Dambuilders, along with comic Sarah Silverman, [The] album is a summery blast of gorgeous power pop, heartfelt tales of love and loss and the city they call their home...
Gramercy Arms open for Nada Surf and Delta Spirit at tonight/Friday's sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. They also have a couple of shows scheduled in February with Marykate O'Neil, who is opening for Nada Surf this Monday at Maxwell's (also sold out). All dates below...
Joan as Policewoman @ Pianos (BV CMJ), NYC - Oct 20, 2007 (by Jefferson)
* Home Buying for Hipsters?
* The Shins play Terminal 5 again
* Queen Latifah is at Highline Ballroom
* New Pornographers are playing Webster Hall
* Tunng, Samidon & Stars Like Fleas are @ Mercury Lounge
* Division Day is playing Sound Fix
* Joan as Policewoman is playing Cake Shop
* Stephen Colbert is reading at Barnes & Noble
* Roger Arquer designed slick non-lethal mouse traps
* I caught a mouse last week using this humane one
Team Robespierre & Joan as Policewoman
As you know, I'm throwing a total of five shows during CMJ this year. The first is Tuesday night October 16th - an official showcase that you can buy tickets for. The second is the very next day - a 2-floor (whole club) FREE day party at Pianos on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Bon Iver, Sparrow House, and others (TBA) are playing upstairs. Here's who is playing downstairs....
Wednesday October 17, 2007No badges needed. No money needed. Just get there before it fills up. 21+, Drink specials and more details to be announced soon.
12:00 Cut Off Your Hands (album stream & more info)
12:45 Team Robespierre (MP3 above & more at MySpace)
01:30 Le Loup (info)
02:15 Joan as Policewoman (MP3 above & more info)
03:00 THE DEATHSET (info)
03:45 The Meat Puppets (info)
04:30 Celebration (info)
Annie Mac (BBC) will also be our very special guest DJ in the front room from 4-5pm. Other DJ's TBA too.