Entries tagged with: Knitting Factory
Islands @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Nick Diamonds of Islands Presents : a BENEFIT for NY Cares, December 8th @ Knitting Factory in NYC. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Long Time (MP3)
I was going to start this with a bit about Deer Tick living in Rhode Island, but never staying away too long, but then I noticed his/their MySpace says his/their home is "Brooklyn, New York / Providence, Rhode Island", so now I don't know. Maybe he is already here. Either way it's a good thing and now we have yet another NYC option on New Years Eve.
As you know, Knitting Factory's Tribeca/Manhattan location is going away very soon. New Years Eve will be their very last night open - the last time to party in that location (though not everyone will be celebrating). And though the venue still hasn't listed any of the final three-floor lineup, I can confirm that Deer Tick will be a part of it.
DOWNLOAD: Little Boots - Meddle (Baron von Luxxury's Technicolor Remix) (MP3)
Yesterday was the release date of Little Boots's Arecibo EP and to celebrate, we have a new remix! This is the Baron von Luxxury remix of Meddle, which is a slowed down disco-esque jam that you will love.One of the shows Little Boots played in NYC during CMJ was the BrooklynVegan day party at Knitting Factory (10/25). More pictures from that day below...
The Arecibo EP is out today on 12" vinyl and digital retailers, featuring "Stuck On Repeat," "Meddle," and remixes by Fake Blood and Ebola! This is her debut American release, you can buy the 12" here. Or on iTunes.
"It is with great regret that we have postponed Flower Travellin' Band's performance to Tues. Dec. 9th; tickets will be honored at the door on the rescheduled date, or you may obtain a full refund at your point of purchase. The Third Annual Halleluwah Festival will still take place this weekend, and a $10 refund will be issued at the box office night of show for those who would still like to attend ($15 refund Sunday)." - Knitting Factorybummer. It has to do with visa issues. Tickets for the new date (one show, not two) are on sale. FTB also list a Toronto show on their website.
These United States were listed as playing CMJ this year, but as I found out when I asked them to play one of my parties, that wasn't true. They did play two NYC shows a little less than a month before CMJ though, and they are playing one a little less than a month after. That show is tonight, Wednesday November 19th, in Knitting Factory's Tap Bar with Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Mean Creek, and Morgan Grace. If you go, note that there's also a free Brown Bag All Stars show going on in the same club one floor down (and an Amanda Diva/Blitz the Ambassador/Che Grand show happening in the main space) (I'm gonna miss the option to see three separate shows in one venue in one night) (although the Lower East Side and Williamsburg are kind of like that since so many clubs are so close to each other) (and Williamsburg will have even one more option when Knitting Factory moves there). All TUS dates below...
Cro-Mags (jam) @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tyler Nutter)
Knitting Factory closes its Tribeca location for good on New Years Eve. I think that's one of the reasons so many good shows are starting to pop up there, one of which is the Anticon anniversary party on December 18th, and another of which is the Cro-Mags (jam) show happening in the main space of the club on December 28th...
Rocks Off Presents The Cro-Mags featuring John Joseph, Mackie, AJ from Leeway & Craig from Sick Of It All plus special guests Wisdom in Chains, Trapped Under Ice & more TBA!That's the same Cro-Mags lineup I just saw in Austin. Read/see/watch more about that HERE and get tickets to the NYC show HERE.
Also coming up at Knitting Factory:
- "Complete Control NYC & Guillotine present One Big Crowd: A tribute to the legendary A7 club w/ over 30 old & new school bands incl. Reagan Youth, Urban Waste, Jerry's Kids, False Prophets, Fatal Rage, Ism, Butch Lust & the Hypocrites, more!" This one is on December 6th, on all three floors. Tickets are only $20. flyer below.
- Tributary Productions Presents: Absolution, No Escape (reunion), Vision, Backtrack. This is December 21st. Tickets are on sale.
Madball (with Mackie on drums) are going on tour with Suicidal Tendencies in December. They play Irving Plaza in NYC on December 4th.
H2O's November 23rd show was moved from Fillmore/Irving Plaza to Blender/Gramercy Theater.
Murphy's Law play Trash Bar in Brooklyn on December 12th.
Killing Time, as recently seen opening for Bad Brains at Irving Plaza, play Fins Pub in Oakdale, NY (Long Island) on the same day as the A7 Fest (12/6).
The video, a whole bunch of flyers, and even more dates, below....
photos by Tim Griffin, Words By Black Bubblegum
Buckshot and The General Steele
After a small hiccup (we're glad you're better Buckshot), BCC affiliates Black Moon and Smif N Wessun took the stage at The Knitting Factory on November 9th to perform their classic mid-school records and backpacker staples, Enta Da Stage and Da Shinin (respectively). The two groups shared the stage at points as their alter-ego Black Smif N Wessun, splitting time at the outset with Smif N Wessun taking the stage first. Backed by Da Beatminerz on the mix (c'mon kick it!) as well as a live band, Dru Ha, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), and even Travis from Gym Class Heroes (huh, wha?) came and dropped a verse. Miss Info thinks that Travis may have signed a solo deal with Duck Down Records... I guess that remains to be seen.
Smif N Wessun flubbed their lines once on a track but did some push-ups to make up for it. More pictures, including one of the full setlist, below...
photos by Leia Jospe
photos by Lori Baily
When Lee Ranaldo is playing with David Watson and Tony Buck, it's called Glacial. When Lee is playing with Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and Steve Shelly, it's called Sonic Youth. If it's Lee and Alan Licht (and friends), then it would be Text of Light, and that's who played Knitting Factory in NYC earlier this month with Demons (Nate Young of Wolf Eyes) and Nancy Garcia..
The Text of Light group was formed in 2001 with the idea to perform improvised music to the films of Stan Brakhage and other members of the American Cinema avante garde of the 1950s-60s (Brakhage's film 'Text of Light' was the premiere performance and namesake of the group). The original premise was to improvise (not 'illustrate') to films from the American Avante-Garde (50s-60s etc), an under-known period of American filmic poetics. [SonicYouth.com]More pictures from that show below...
Photos by Ryan Muir
"A highly contagious stomach flu is circulating through New York City.A tip for your health in lieu of an actual HEALTH review.
The Health Department has issued a statement reporting that visits to the city's hospital emergency rooms have increased by 19 percent over the past two weeks, to about 400 a day, of people suffering from vomiting and diarrhea.
The stomach flu is caused by a norovirus infection that is prevalent in late fall and winter. Health officials say the good news is that norovirus infections are usually not serious and most people recover within a few days.
A medical epidemiologist at the Health Department, Dr. Sharon Balter, advises thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water, before eating food and after using the bathroom, to avoid being infected with the stomach flu."[Newsday]
One night after they opened for Nine Inch Nails in Atlantic City, HEALTH headlined a show at Knitting Factory in NYC. Videohippos and Health's new label-mate (Angel) Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors fame) were also on the Friday night bill (11/7). More pictures below...
Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
They hadn't announced the openers last time I posted about tonight's Health show at Knitting Factory (11/7). They are: Videohippos and Angel Deradoorian from Dirty Projectors. I have a pair of tickets to giveaway. To win them, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Health). Include your first and last name. A winner will be picked and cotacted ASAP.
Angel, who goes by her last name Deradoorian for her solo stuff, recently announced...
Hey I just signed on board to work with the label LovePump United! It's run by two great dudes Mookie and Jake. I will be releasing an ep with them soon. Date is not announced yet, but there will be one some day. Some other cool bands up on LovePump: Genghis Tron, Health, and Indian Jewelry. Sweeet.She also has a show scheduled at Zebulon on November 28th. Dirty Projectors have a show December 11th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Health has been on the road with NIN, surely playing to many new people on stages bigger than they've ever stepped foot on before. It can't be easy, especially with critics like this one from Jacksonville, Florida...
"Health has a lot to learn and hopefully Nine Inch Nails, who were playing their instruments consistently, will show them the true way to success in alternative synthesized hard rock. Nine Inch Nails did not rely on the short samples recorded into floor based effect pedals like Health did, and played their instruments, as a rock band should. The refreshing performance by Nine Inch Nails should be the inspiration for a new rock generation that plays actual music, not just sound, and respects the old definitions of melody, harmony, rhythm and form."All Health dates below...
Photos by Zach Stern
Busta Rhymes played a free show at Knitting Factory last week. Q-Tip played a free show at the same venue a few weeks earlier. Busta showed up at Tip's show and Tip returned the favor at this one. Pacific Division opened the night. More pictures below...
Photos by Lori Baily
Killdozer are back (for now), and this past Sunday, November 2nd, they played a NYC show at Knitting Factory with openers Hunchback (from New Brunswick) and Awesome Color. Two days later (yesterday) they played a live set on Brian Turner's show on WFMU. Listen to that at WFMU's site.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
DOWNLOAD: The Carps - Heaven's Gate Hell's Flames Remix w/ the Cool Kids (MP3)
It was early, but it was fun. The Carps were one of the first bands to hit the main stage (12:45) at the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at The Knitting Factory on Oct 25th, but that didn't mean they were, or left anyone else, half-asleep. The bass/drums duo brought their infectious R&B meets Gang Of Four meets DFA1979 funk keeping the early crowd enthused, and their storytelling interludes about homicides kept the crowd engaged. The thing that impressed me the most was drummer Jahmal Tonge's awesome ability as a singer, passionately crooning away like some sort of bastard child of Keith Sweat and ?uestlove, all while while blasting on his kit. More pictures below...
words by Black Bubblegum, show photos by Faith-Ann Young
Rival Schools closed down the main stage at the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on Oct 25th, and if you stayed with us, and weren't feeling rather grim, chances are you were down in the Old Office enjoying (hopefully), the late addition to our party, Lightspeed Champion tear through a set that included two new songs and a bunch of covers by bands like Nirvana, Heart, and Pixies. Dev kept it light and fun, sometimes included members of the audience, and tried his best to hold it together after a late start due to the band/drummer (Jackson!) not bringing their own cymbals. Friend and partner in crime Emmy The Great (who also played the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall Of Williamsburg earlier in the week) joined in on the festivities.
To make this post slightly more timely, the picture up there on the top is Lightspeed on Halloween (yesterday). Pictures from last week's show, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano
Women played the Knitting Factory Tap Room on Saturday (10/25), early evening, as part of BV's CMJ day party. Hawking their new Jagjaguwar released self-titled debut, the band split its sound between downtown arty and straight-up psych-pop. Somewhere in there Women found the perfect recipe of indie buzz bands (Interpol guitars, Panda Bear vocals) to make single "Back Rice" crackle with sonic anticipation (it being one of the most whistleable songs I've heard in a while). Predictably, it came at the end of the set. Live, Women sound tight, and if you're a sucker for bands in small spaces like me, check out Women soon.
More pictures below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano
From their gig in the Knitting Factory Old Office (10/25), I'd say that that seeing The Mae Shi live is a lot like walking into a Mae Shi practice, with the band kicking through a set of rough sounding punk ditties that eventually settle into their charming power-pop shtick. Though the beginning was entertaining on its own terms - the band careened around the room (the guitarist made good use of his wireless) falling over each other and stumbling from song to song - the closing set of more traditional tunes was definitely welcome. Halfway through, the band stretched a huge parachute tarp (think gym class) over the head of the crowd to create a rustling rainbow tent. The confined, cluttered Old Office space was perfect for the band; in fact, I'm not sure how they would have pulled it off anywhere else.
More pictures below...
by Black Bubblegum
Flower Traveling Band @ 2nd World Rock Festival 1974
OK. I literally almost fell out of my chair when I saw this one..... the Knitting Factory NYC booked two nights of the legendary Japanese Psych/Doom/Alloftheabove prog rock of Flower Travelling Band! Their first two US dates EVER. 40 years later. Here's what allmusic had to say about Flower Travellin' Band and their classic LP Satori:
Flower Travelling Band was Japan's answer to Led Zeppelin meeting Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath at the Ash Ra Temple. Simply put, they played grand, spacey, tripped-out hard rock with a riffy base that was only two steps removed from the blues, but their manner of interpreting those steps came from an acid trip... From power chords to Eastern-tinged, North African, six-string freakouts, to crashing tom toms, to basses blasting into the red zone, Satori is a... new sonic universe constructed from cast-off elements of the popular culture of the LSD generation. Forget everything you know about hard rock from the 1970s until you've put this one through your headphones. It's monolithic, expansive, flipped to wig city, and full of a beach blanket bong-out muscularity. In other words, this is a "real" classic and worth any price you happen to pay for it.Thats an endorsement. Grails have covered Flower Travellin' Band's "Satori" on their Interpretations EP, and will join Silver Apples, Arbouretum, Dinowalrus, Nudge, and others to open the first night (Nov 22nd) of the three floor event entitled "Third Annual Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts" at Knitting Factory. The next night, Nov 23rd, look for Hard Bop, Apse, Talk Normal, Nancy Garcia (of Monotract), and others to kick things off.
Flower Travellin' Band reunited in January of this year, playing a handful of shows in Japan, including the Fuji Rock Festival. The band dropped the NEW album We Are Here on Sept 17th via Pony Canyon Records. Featuring eight new tracks, you can stream three of them here.
All tour dates, the festival flyer and a bunch of videos below...
by Black Bubblegum
getting a kiss from Busta (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Busta Rhymes is playing a very-recently announced surprise show TONIGHT (10/29) at the Knitting Factory with Pacific Division. Tickets are FREE, like they were for Q-Tip at the same venue, if you RSVP by texting BUSTA or PACDIV to 66937. "Space is VERY limited, so arrive early... no guaranteed admission".
And, Q-Tip is busy tonight too. You can catch him crooning the crowd at Madison Square Garden, but it's not a concert...
The New York Knicks will be joined by pop-culture icon, Q-Tip, for the season opener at Madison Square Garden, where the Grammy award-winning artist will unveil his remix of the classic Knicks anthem, "Go NY Go."On Wednesday, October 29th, Q-Tip will perform the new hip-hop version of the song pregame, accompanied by the Knicks City Dancers. Knicks fans will have the first opportunity to hear "Go NY Go," which will also become available on nyknicks.com following the game.Also tonight for hip hop fans: that Murs show at Bowery Ballroom.
Busta Rhymes previewed his new single "Arab Money" at Q-Tip's surprise show at the Knitting Factory. Check out the video for that below....
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Zach Dilgard
Directly following the shredtastic (and fantastic) set by perky finger-tapper Marnie Stern (pics forthcoming), Made Out of Babies hit the Main Stage at Saturday's Brooklyn Vegan Day Party (10/25). Like a demon possessed, Julie Christmas hurled herself back and forth on stage while entangled in the microphone cord. Her lilting singing voice, more prevalent (today anyway) demonic anguish-ridden screams, and even a few gutteral grunts were showcased in full at the Knitting Factory, and it was both mesmerizing and frightening.
It takes a hell of a band to match that fury and spectacle on stage, but Brendan, Cooper, and Matthew obliged effortlessly with a post-rock-y sense of dynamics and blistering riffs that roared on standouts like "Cooker" and "Invisible Ink" from The Ruiner (out now) and "Mr Prison Shanks" (live video from the show below, dig on the grunts) from their last LP Coward. Dudes know how to throw a party.
During the final seconds of their set, I ran backstage to make sure Rival Schools had everything they needed. While back there, I witnessed Julie post-show, slumped to the floor underneath a stairwell with knees to chest in the fetal position. All I could think to myself was, "she just laid it all out there".
Video and more pictures below...
Trap Them by Zach Dilgard
As discussed before, Trap Them are here, just in time to bludgeon Union Pool TONIGHT (Oct 28, 2008) with their Entombed-hardcore-grind hybrid and local Swordswallower-s Tournament in tow. Their new album, Seizures In Barren Praise, drops November 11th on Deathwish.
Trap Them was also on hand this past Saturday (Oct 25th) at the Brooklyn Vegan Day Show at the Knitting Factory along with Rival Schools and many many others. The show my first experience with recently recruited ex-Unearth drummer Mike Justain, who is a force to be reckoned with in both skill and intensity in live performance. Anchored by the short violent outbursts of vocalist Ryan McKenney (when his mic wasn't crapping out on him), a great band just got better, and if you are free tonight and are a fan of heavy music, make sure and swing on down.
Due to some time changes Saturday, Trap Them, unfortunately, played in the Old Office while the main stage featured Made Out of Babies who brought their big guns as well. Made Out Of Babies pics are comin right up. In the meantime the rest of the surly Trap Them evidence is below...
All the Saints (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"After Wye Oak I made my to the Bowery ballroom where a band called All the Saints played as one of the tightest bands of the week. They were an undoubtedly talented trio, however, there was nothing to really draw you in the way that Wye Oak or other bands had throughout the week." [kevchino @ a different ATS show]Starfucker (by Chris La Putt)
"Starfucker was my "surprise" band for CMJ. I hadn't really intended to catch them, but they surprised me in their gravitas and their energy. All too often lo-fi also means low-impact, low fiber, and low-milage. Starfucker attacked the crowd, distributing nerd-glasses and their strange brand of man-boy love. Their shameless affection was devoured and rows of ironic ballcaps bobbed bounced and gyrated while new fans gripped fresh copies of Starfuckers Burning Up pink 7-inch in their sweaty hands. They are undoubtedly the best band ever to be named after an obscure censored Rolling Stones song." [Stranded in Stereo at another SF show]Though seeing parts of both All the Saints and Starfucker required running up and down Knitting Factory's two flights of stairs, they, combined, were a great way to kick off the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (10/25). Starfucker was especially a good intro for the dancier portion of the day that climaxed with an excellent set by Little Boots. More pictures of the first two bands on the Saturday bill, below...
RS by Chris La Putt
RS by Zach Dilgard
After running up and down the stairs of the Knitting Factory to run an errand for the band, I ran backstage and caught a huddled Rival Schools preparing for their set. Whispering back and forth for a moment, the four of them ran up the stairs and hit the stage.... to be greeted by cheers & applause. Definitely a moment that I won't soon forget. I quickly headed upstairs to the balcony in time to catch the band tear into the day's, and United By Fate's, opener "Travel By Telephone". Over the next half hour or so, Rival Schools graced the BrooklynVegan day (now night.. we were a little behind) show with the first six tracks of United By Fate (closing with "Used For Glue") (video below), a cover of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" (made famous during Walter Schreifels' stint in Quicksand), as well as revealing a few new arrows in their quiver ("Big Waves"). All in all, it was what you would expect to see from a Rival Schools show... the Schreifels pogo, Sammy Siegler bouncing up and down on his stool like it was spring-loaded, well-executed start-stop dynamics, and a good-time-by-all.
My only complaint was the mix... I was able to catch the band at Rebel a few days prior (with Trail of Dead and Margot & The Nuclear So & So's), and what I enjoyed the most about that set was how well it highlighted Ian Love's effects-heavy guitar flourishes, something that was lost in the outward mix at the Knitting Factory.
As Walter kindly pointed out on stage, you can check an interview with the band right HERE (part one anyway). Try and catch them in Novemeber at Mercury Lounge and Maxwell's if you can, but if not (both shows are sold out), Walter promised they'd be back much more including with a new album. More pictures, including one of the setlist, and a video from Knitting Factory below...
The Mae Shi @ Market Hotel, NYC (more by Leia Jospe)
The Carps @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightspeed Champion's last NYC show was headlining Bowery Ballroom on June 7th (which was the day after he played Conan O'Brien). He was not scheduled to play any shows during CMJ....until about an hour ago....
BrooklynVegan presents a showNo CMJ badges required. All three floors are all ages and FREE.
@ Knitting Factory, FREE, All Ages, Saturday, October 25, 2008
12-3 $2.00 PBR special!
12:00 (noon) Starfucker (main room)
12:15 All the Saints (old office)
12:45 The Carps (main room)
01:00 Howlies (old office)
1:30 Little Boots (main room)
1:45 Doug Gillard of Guided By Voices (old office)
2:15 Shout Out Out Out (main room)
2:30 Delta Spirit (old office)
3:00 Marnie Stern (main room)
3:15 Akimbo (old office) *
4:00 Made Out of Babies (main room) *
4:00 Takka Takka (old office)
5:00 Rival Schools (main room) *
5:45 Women (tap bar)
6:00 Trap Them *
6:30 The Mae Shi (tap bar)
7:00 Vreid (old office) *
7:15 Lightspeed Champion (tap bar)
8:00 Lemonade (tap bar)
8:45 Pattern is Movement (tap bar)
12-6 Finger on the Pulse DJing in the main room
$2 PBR from noon-3pm.
* bands with an asterisk are for those just seeking the 'heavy'
Pattern is Movement @ Webster Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
A video from Lightspeed's Bowery show is below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD:Made Out Of Babies - "Cooker" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Trap Them - "They Followed the Scent of Jihad All The Way to Thieves Paradise" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Akimbo - "Great White Bull" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Rival Schools - "Take One For The Team" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Vreid - "Raped by Light" (MP3)
Bring your earplugs. Although Saturday's show begins promptly at 12:15 PM with music of all types, the heavy'll blow the doors off the Knitting Factory at 3:15PM! May we present to you what I have dubbed "The Darkness in Daylight", OR, the heavy music lineup at our FREE CMJ show tomorrow (October 25th)....