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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.
A new music venue, called The Owl, opened this month at 497 Rogers Ave. in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's from Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles of long-running NYC band The Elysian Fields and they've been working on the space for the last six years. Having come up through places like Tonic and the old Knitting Factory, they really hope to have a little of that spirit at The Owl:
"We really wanted the experience of the art and the music to breathe and to have an intimate environment for an audience to experience it, in an unadulterated, non-commercial setting, while having very good wine and spirits," Charles said.The Owl will host most of Elysian Fields' upcoming 20th anniversary shows, and also have Joan as Policewoman on December 17. Full calendar for The Owl is here.
The venue features a full bar in the front connected to a performance space that can seat about 50 people and includes a grand piano and a professional-grade speaker system Bloedow hopes "rewards deep listening."
"It's for people who want to have a cultural exchange and are open-minded and patient. That's my ideal patron," he said. - [DNA Info]
by Bill Pearis
Book-loving alt rock veteran Lloyd Cole will release his first new album in three years, Standards, on June 21. And though the title might lead you to believe that the album is another "aging rocker releases an album of Sinatra covers," fear not. Apart from the LP's opening cut, his take on "California Earthquake" (famously done by Mama Cass), it's all Cole originals. The record came about when Cole, who spent much of the '80s with his band The Commotions, was asked to review Bob Dylan's Tempest for Salon.com. He wasn't expecting to like it:
It's not the best record he's ever made, but it has an inspirational vibrancy that is astonishing for someone at that age. 72! I took it as a kick up the backside. I'd been languishing. Some years I wouldn't even write a song. But when I heard that record, I thought, Damn! I've got all these notebooks full of ideas. What would happen if I just worked on them bloody hard and made a record?Reteaming with Matthew Sweet and drummer Fred Maher (who both helped on his acclaimed first two solo albums), the album also features Joan Wasser (aka Joan as Policewoman) and Dave Derby of Cole's '00s band, The Negatives. (Both were in '90s indie rock band The Dambuilders). The record also features Cole's son, Will, and Commotions keyboardist, Blair Cowan.
Cole hasn't announced any U.S. shows as of yet, he lives in Massachusetts so he's not too far away. However, you can catch his son's band, BFA, in NYC a couple times this month. They play their first-ever show at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on Thursday (4/18) with Charlie Bliss, The Wives, and The Rotaries; and then Mercury Lounge on April 28 with Toddlers, Leverage Models, and Night Dogs (tickets). You can stream their song "Skytanic" below.
And in tangential news, UK group Fiction released their debut LP, The Big Other, last month via the Moshi Moshi label. One of the album's single, "Careful," is a dead-ringer for late-'80s Lloyd Cole & the Commotions (and pretty good) and you can check out the video below.
photos by Greg Cristman
John Cale & Wordless Music Orchestra @ BAM, 1/18/2013
Q. Of all your albums, why are you revisiting "Paris 1919"?Former Velvet Underground member John Cale played three shows at BAM in the last week as part of the Academy's Next Wave Festival. The first was a star-studded tribute to onetime VU singer Nico on January 16 featuring the vocal talents of Greg Dulli, Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Peaches, The Magnetic Fields, Joan as Policewoman, Meshell Ndegeocello and more.
A. It happens to be the one album where I finished all the songs before I went in to record. I wrote them when I had just moved to Warner to work in A&R. I took an office job and I was there every day, and I was writing these songs. After a while I realized, "This is nostalgia, pure and simple: I'm writing about the stuff that I miss about Europe." I wasn't writing to the album's title; I gave it the title afterward, and what it meant was: "Here we are in the height of the cold war; how did we get here?" This album seems to be about how we got there, looking back to the Versailles Treaty [signed in France in 1919]. - [NY Times]
Then on Friday and Saturday (1/18, 1/19) Cale collaborated with the Wordless Music Orchestra to perform his 1973 album, Paris 1919, in full, plus other songs from throughout his long musical career. Pictures from Friday's performance are in this post.
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 Kyle Dean Reinford
"Metric played the exact same set (shaved a song or two) in the exact same way as they did at Terminal 5 a few months ago but with two big differences.The first was they kicked off with the now well known "Eclipse (All Yours)", their big deal single from their big deal appearance on the Twilight soundtrack, which is apparently some big deal with a lot of people (I wouldn't know, I refuse to watch anything in which vampires sparkle in the sun instead of burn). The live performance was infinitely better than the record. It fit right into the Metric mold. The other big difference was the band sounded better as a whole in the open air of Prospect Park than they did at the acoustic horror of Terminal 5. Same band, same performance, better venue = the awesome thunder of Metric in full display." [Sonic Parthenon]Emily Haines also wore a very similar shirt to what she wore at Terminal 5.
Joan (Wasser) as Policewoman (who I saw in the crowd at Rufus Wainwright at the same venue a couple of weeks earlier) and Holly Miranda (who played a much smaller NYC three days later, and a medium sized show a month earlier) opened for Metric Thursday night, August 5th, at the all-female-frontwoman, free Celebrate Brooklyn show (two nights before Sharon Jones). More pictures from it, below...
words & photos by Alexandra Marvar, more photos by Claire Bennnett, Gabe Soria & Sonam Zoksang
Roadside Graves @ Truck America
"After 12 years America got its first taste of Truck at a resort in the Catskills about three hours outside of New York City. A more modest affair in size and lineup than the forthcoming Truck in Steventon this July, the Full Moon resort was perfectly situated for the comparatively small event.Alexandra Marvar, who performed at British Truck festival offshoot TRUCK AMERICA this past weekend with the Mercury Rev orchestra, and with Common Prayer, reviews the fest's highlights with accompanying pictures. Check it out below...
The entire weekend made for a remarkably relaxed experience. While the weather in the Catskills in early May is usually akin to that of Oxfordshire in the summer, the days were unseasonably warm and the nights crisp, making sitting in an unheated converted barn after midnight a pleasant experience." [Clash]
Holly Miranda @ a BV party in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Metric will headline a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 5th. Openers for that date are fellow female-fronted groups Holly Miranda and Joan as Policewoman. The show joins a summer lineup of free entertainment that also includes The Swell Season and The Low Anthem. All shows listed HERE.
Way before that, May 16th to be exact, you can catch Metric at Terminal 5 in Manhattan (tickets are still on sale). It's the first of four dates the Canadian band play with Bear in Heaven. Those dates are below. In October Metric will be in the NYC area as part of their tour with Muse.
Joan (as Policewoman) doesn't really have any other shows coming up, but you may have just caught her at the Truck America Fest over the weekend in the Catskills.
You can catch Holly Miranda soon too though. She plays her own headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on May 26th. Tickets are still on sale. Grooms and Class Actress are opening that show. Those at Stony Brook University can catch Holly this Thursday night (5/6). All dates below....
DOWNLOAD: AA Bondy - When The Devil's Loose (MP3)
AA Bondy @ Sasquatch Fest (more by Chris Graham)
AA Bondy's June tour with Holly Miranda is over. Looking ahead, he will open some shows for Conor Oberst & The Mysic Valley Band this month, and he has a lone headlining show scheduled at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday, August 28th. Tickets for that go on sale Thursday, July 9th at noon.
Holly Miranda also has a show on the horizon. She'll be at the 92YTribeca with Joan As Police Woman on Saturday, July 25th. Tickets are on sale.
Conor Oberst doesn't have any upcoming NYC shows, but he just played a huge one the other day.
AA Bondy's new record, When The Devil's Loose, is set to come out September 1st on Fat Possum. Listen to the title track from that, above.
Below you can preview that song again and another from the album (along with Tom Waits and Hank Williams covers) from AA Bondy's June 26th show in Visalia, CA.
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...
Sonic Youth @ No Fun Fest 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
If both left you wanting more, you'll have your chance tonight (May 22nd)
First, Bill Nace, ie. the guy who wasn't Lee at NFF, will play the late set at The Stone tonight (10pm). Joining him will be Greg Kelley on trumpet and Jake Meginsky on percussion. Before that, the Stone's May curator, Grey Gersten, performs with tape-guy G. Lucas Crane and drummer Ryan Sawyer.
If you'd rather follow the The Eternal route (ie. you're sick of listening to the record in your home), Matador is hosting a listening party for the album tonight (5/22) at NYC's Envoy Gallery (131 Chrystie St.) It's free admission, capacity permitting, but RSVP is required. Flyer below.
After that party, there's also an invite-only after-party with LIVE music at Home Sweet Home, which will be closed to the public. Local bands will be playing Sonic Youth covers. Those local bands include The Antlers (who played Bowery Ballroom last night), Suckers (who have a lot of other shows coming up), Joan As Policewoman (who recently played with Iggy Pop), Tiny Masters of Today (who are playing Citysol this year), and The Homosexuals (who are now Bruno Wizard with Fiasco as his backing band according to someone that got to the Dan Deacon show last week early enough to see their unannounced set), AND "more are being confirmed" (for tonight's show). We have three pairs of tickets (guestlist spots) to give away for the afterparty. Info on how to win them, below...
SY played a free 4th of July show last summer in Battery Park (to be released as a bonus disc with some copies of the new record). That gig was within eyeshot of the Statue of Liberty and other iconic landmarks. This summer the band is playing a free show under St. Louis' famed Gateway Arch on July 17th as part of that city's Live on the Levee summer festival. It's just one of the many dates on Sonic Youth's summer North American tour, the openers for which were recently announced.
Listening party flyer and contest details below...
photos by Arcadia Media
"King of the Dogs," the lead single from Iggy Pop's forthcoming album Préliminaires, was released digitally on May 5 through all digital retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody. Rolling Stone included the song on their "Hot List" calling it "Magnifique," and adding that "on this Big Easy-style single from his French-novel-inspired new disc, Ig gets his Tom Waits on." The track is also currently being featured on Stereogum.Iggy last performed on Friday at the Road Recovery benefit at Nokia Theatre in NYC. Lots of pictures and videos from that event, below...
"King of the Dogs" was inspired by New Orleans style jazz, with an arrangement featuring trumpet, trombone and clarinet. "At one point, I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music," says Iggy. "I've started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz."
Préliminaires, which will be released in the U.S. on EMI Music's Astralwerks label on June 2, was produced by Hal Cragin and inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq's 2005 novel The Possibility of an Island. Iggy will also be performing at the fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honoring Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis, which takes place at club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 8.
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
"It seems like every time I go on tour and I'm in a hotel room and turn the channel, there's some sort of animal-disaster show on, or somebody's just been mauled by a tiger in a zoo, and everyone's always so shocked," Case explains. "And I'm like, 'It's a fucking tiger! You got it in a cage and you were poking it with something, and it killed you! What the fuck do you want it to do?'Neko Case completed her three-day run in NYC with an appearance on Letterman last night (4/15). Night one was a full show at Nokia Theater with Crooked Fingers. Night two (4/14) was at the same venue with Joan as Policewoman opening. Neko's setlist was almost exactly the same as the night before. Pictures from that show, and the Letterman video, below....
"Zoos are a bad deal: elephants are meant to walk 70 miles a day, otherwise their feet go bad and they go insane and die. Killer whales need to swim 200 miles a day -- why would it be happy in that little ice box?" [Neko Case to Eye Weekly]
Neko Case's latest tour has arrived in NYC. Crooked Fingers open for Neko at the
Nokia Theatre tonight (4/13). Joan as Policewoman open for Neko at the same venue tomorrow (4/14). Tickets for both shows are still on sale. I also have a pair for each show to giveaway. Details below.
Wondering what it will sound like? NPR is now streaming Thursday's DC show in its entirety. As a bonus, Will Sheff opened at that one, and you can listen to that @ NPR too.
The stage was set in something out of a nature cartoon with trees painted on long banners and an owl overseeing it all. Behind them videos of cyclones, airplanes and anthropomorphic animals were projected on a screen. But the attention was clearly on Case, her stunning voice, as well as her solid backing band. [NPR]Neko will next be in the NYC-area to play a set at the All Points West Festival this summer.
All Neko dates, her new video, and contest details, 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...
The celebration will include a talented cross-section of Living Room artists featuring David Poe, Vienna Teng, Ron Sexsmith, Norah Jones, Peter Salett, Joan as Police Woman, and many more. Each evening will be a $10 suggested donation to the musicians tip jar, and a 1-drink minimum per set.March 19-29, 2008. Check out The Living Room's website for an approximate schedule. No advanced tickets.
photos by Chris La Putt
Stella Hosted, Nina Persson, Alberta Cross, OK Go & Joan as Policewoman played
Paul Rudd also showed up at the event. More photos & videos below...
Craig Wedren helped put together this "Get Up And Vote" show at Bowery Ballroom on February 4th. All his friends from Stella will be there, his former bandmate Nathan Larson, Nathan's wife Nina Persson, Joan as Policewoman, AND: OK GO (of YouTube fame) are headlining. More details 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.
Joan as Policewoman @ Latitude Festival 2007 (CRED)
JAPW at the Bowery Ballroom!!!All tour dates below...
Hi Everyone. So, Reel Life FINALLY came out in the US! It's crazy how long that took. Anyway, we're all really excited about it and have decided that a celebration is in order. On August 7th Joan As Police Woman will play our first headlining show in NYC in a while, at the Bowery Ballroom, can you come? You can buy tickets here. hope to see you there
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DOWNLOAD: Joan As Policewoman - The Ride (MP3)
As summer draws near, the music release lists get shorter - especially for new releases. Sonic Youth's remastered edition of their classic album Daydream Nation (as recently performed live in Spain) and several Dick Dale reissues are the highlights of this release week for me.
I can also strongly recommend Joan As Police Woman's Real Life, Former X frontman John Doe's A Year In The Wilderness, former Jayhawk and Creekdipper Mark Olson's solo album, The Salvation Blues, Scissors for Lefty's Underhanded Romance, and Wooden Wand's James and the Quiet.
What new releases can you recommend this week?