Entries tagged with: Kyp Malone
Porches at Baby's All Right in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Porches, Downies, Little Big League @ Shea Stadium
There's never a lack of Porches shows in NYC, but tonight they play their last one here for at least a few weeks, because they'll be beginning their tour tomorrow. Making it an even better show, Philly's mathy, punky indie rockers Little Big League are on the bill too.
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Richard Reed Parry, Alvin Lucier, Daniel Wohl @ Merkin Concert Hall
Perhaps the biggest event at the Ecstatic Music Festival, the annual Bang on a Can All-Stars People's Commissioning Fund Concert will give the world premieres of works by three PCF-commissioned composers: Alvin Lucier, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and Daniel Wohl.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
You may know John Hodgman as a Daily Show correspondent, but he's also got tons of his own material. Tonight's another of his Secret Society shows at Union Hall.
Ice Balloons, Kyp Malone, Rob Bryn @ Death By Audio
When Kyp Malone makes music outside of TV on the Radio, it tends to lean towards the experimental side of things -- like with Ice Balloons his avant garde psych-noise band with Rob Bryn of Wild Yaks. Both Malone and Bryn will do solo sets as well.
Julio Bashmore, Huxley @ Output
Julio Bashmore, who you may know best for the production he's done for Jessie Ware, also makes thumping house beats in his own time, and he'll finally be getting his debut solo LP out this summer. Meanwhile, catch the UK producer in NYC tonight.
Chris Brokaw, DJ Jonathan Toubin, special guest Bill O'Reilly Orgasm @ Union Pool
Chris Brokaw (of Come and Codeine), just opened the two Bob Mould shows in NYC, and now he plays two headlining solo shows here. This is the first, and features a special guest billed as Bill O'Reilly Orgasm.
Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond kicks off his new show, The Drift, at Joe's Pub tonight. The show "creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by the story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another -either in her mind, in couture or in bed." He does it again on 3/14, 3/27, 3/28, 4/10 & 4/11.
Ellie Goulding @ The Theater @ MSG
Ellie Goulding wraps up her sold-out two-night stand at the Theater at MSG tonight.
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by Andrew Sacher
The first time I saw Ice Balloons, I thought they were way too off the wall to ever gain popularity outside of basement shows and Rubulad parties. But is that such a bad thing? This lurching, fuzzed-out act--fronted, naturally, by a half-man, half-fly creature--is just the thing to make you feel you've stepped into another dimension, especially when accompanied by B.A. Miale's trippy projections. [New York Observer - 'Best Bands of 2013']NYC's Ice Balloons count TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Wild Yaks' Rob Bryn as members (along with Sean Powell, Dan Scinta, Giselle Reiber, and B.A. Miale) and together they make a truly weird blend of psychedelic synths, art punk, noise, and other eccentric sounds. They're currently on the road for their first-ever tour with Kyp and Rob providing solo sets as support on select dates. The tour includes a NYC show on Thursday (3/13) at Death by Audio, and at that one, both Kyp and Rob will open. Likeminded Brooklyn trio Alien Trilogy are on the DbA bill as well. $7 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.
In 2013, they released their debut self-titled album, which you can stream, along with videos of two of its tracks, and the list of dates, below...
Sharon Van Etten working on 'Are We There'
As mentioned, Sharon Van Etten's new album, Are We There, will be out in May via Jagjaguwar. While we haven't gotten a full song yet, you can hear a good bit of one song via a teaser trailer for the album which shows Sharon and her band making the record. You can watch that below.
Sharon also has yet to announce a tour, but she'll be playing Union Pool this Sunday (2/23). It's a benefit for Jeffrey Kish (who has played on and arranged songs for Sharon) who had had surgery yesterday (2/19) following a bad carpentry accident last week. (The doctors seem optimistic about his recorery.) The Union Pool show also features The Fakers, Lone Wolf, Kyp Malone & Friends, and Iran. It's $20 at the door and all proceeds go to Kish's medical/recovery costs. You can also donate here.
Flyer for the benefit, and the new Sharon Van Etten album trailer, below...
The Lou Reed tributes keep coming. Two of them just happened, including the one at Rodeo Bar on Wednesday (11/20) and the one with Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes, and others at the Jalopy Theatre last night (11/21). Now there will be another one at Bowery Electric this Sunday (11/24).
The show features a pretty big lineup, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and more, plus Hollis Brown performing VU's Loaded in its entirety.
Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization "that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city." There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.
Full lineup below...
In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
Kronos Quartet / Superhuman Happiness
The free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors season is beginning at Damrosch Park this Wednesday (7/24) with "KRONOS at 40," a "festival within a festival" that includes the Kronos Quartet performing a number of works with many different special guests. The first show in the series is Red Hot + FELA LIVE!, a concert in honor of Fela Kuti that also features Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with
Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Kyp Malone (TVOTR), Sinkane, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Sahr Nguajah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). At this show, Superhuman Happiness will be premiering their score to How to Survive a Plague.
UPDATE: Both TVOTR members actually dropped off a while ago, but Bajah, M1 (of Dead Prez), and Alex Toth (of Rubblebucket) have since been added to the lineup. To be more exact it now looks like this:
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness
with Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), Sahr Ngaujah,
Sinkane, and Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket)
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization.
Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (World premiere concert version)
Composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie
Also at that show, Lincoln Center will be launching their new video portal, which will stream Lincoln Center events live online, in addition to interviews, bonus performance content, and more. The shows will stream directly through LincolnCenter.org/watch, and Wednesday's Red Hot + FELA LIVE! show will also be streaming right here on BrooklynVegan. Join us and use the hashtag #LCStream if you're tweeting while you're watching.
Check out the full lineup for this year's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series for more shows and information
by Klaus Kinski
Back in March I alerted you fine folks that it was time for you to get hip to a truly spectacular recurring NYC show called Running Late with Scott Rogowsky which currently calls Galapagos Artspace home. The show, hosted by the great Scott Rogowsky (doy), is NYC's only live talk show that combines the traditional, familiar late-night format -- monologue, house band, sketches, celebrity interviews etc. And he even has a sidekick; Scott's dad Marty Rogowsky plays the Ed McMahon to Scott Rogowsky's Johnny Carson.
Running Late's third season comes to an end with a huge season finale on Wednesday June 26th at 8:30pm (7:30pm doors). If you are prone to sharting and find yourself in want of some Depends, you should probably stop reading because the line-up Scott has cooked up will loosen even the toughest bowels. Attendees to this sure to sell-out extravaganza will thrill to the likes of comedian WYATT CENAC (The Daily Show), Klaus Kinski Personal Idol TOM SCHARPLING (WFMU's The Best Show), the great and currently red hot NATHAN FIELDER (Comedy Central's Nathan For You), KYP MALONE (TV on the Radio), JOHN GALLAGHER JR. (Tony Award-Winning Actor, Spring Awakening), and THE GREGORY BROTHERS (Auto-Tune The News). The show is currently on sale with three ticketing options $12 advance tickets, $25 dollar VIP tickets, and $15 day-of tickets. If you use the code MARTY you can get them for $10. Save yourself the money and the heartache and get your tickets now because a) they're cheap and b) they goin fast.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a place to do your holiday shopping, eat and listen to music all at the same time, returns to its warehouse location (45 North 5th St.) in Williamsburg this winter, and is again hosting shows like they did last year (though BrooklynVegan is not involved this year).
The holiday bazaar is open on Friday and Saturday nights from November 23 to December 22, from 6pm to midnight. A lot of the music lineups are still TBA but confirmed bands so far include The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Black Dice, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Ayshay (aka Fatima Al Qadiri), CFCF, Eternal Summers, MEN, and others. Everything is free to the public (except the food and other stuff people are selling there)
The current lineups and sponsors for each day, and much more info, below...
David Johansen at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Like many other East Village and Lower East Side venues , The Bowery Electric is closed for the next few days due to Hurricane Sandy aftermath. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was initially moved from Tuesday (10/30) to Thursday (11/1) has now been cancelled altogether, and tonight's (10/31) Halloween show has been postponed to a date TBD before Thanksgiving. What was supposed to be the last ESG show in NYC was scheduled to go down this Thursday (11/1) at the venue with Sinkane, but that show has been postponed TBD in December/January. All tickets for rescheduled shows will be honored. Refunds are available from ticketweb if you purchased your tickets through them, and at The Bowery Electric if you purchased your tickets there.
In terms of shows that will happen at the Bowery Electric, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is playing there this Saturday (11/3), performing "a career spanning set of songs form his incredible 50 year career" with support from Romans and Kay Kasperhausen. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Then, on Tuesday (11/6) (Election night), there will a Bad Brains tribute dubbed "Rock For Light For Human Rights," with proceeds going to Amnesty International. The house band for the night will be Todd Youth (Danzig), Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags, Bad Brains), and Melvin GIbbs (Living Colour Rollins Band), and the guests include Bad Brains frontman H.R., Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Jesse Malin (D Generation), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Pegasus Warning, Felice Rosser (Faith), Ralphie G. (The Mob), Charlie Looker (Extra Life), Jesse Quattro (Secret Chiefs 3), Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage), Kelsey Warren Byron (Pillow Theory), and many more surprise guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Bad Brains are also releasing a new album soon.
Some videos below.
Zomby will be in NYC for one last-minute show during CMJ, which happens at new-ish Greenpoint venue Autumn Bowl (67 West St.) on Thursday (10/18) with Mykki Blanco, Arca, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo, Aquarian, Anthony Naples, and Eddie Mars. The party runs from 8 PM to 4 AM. It's free before 10:30 and $5 after with RSVP.
Autumn Bowl is also where the Four Tet, Jamie xx, and Floating Points show (10/26) is happening next week. A cavernous space that was formerly the home to a rope factory (built in 1890!), it has recently begun to be used for shows. Other upcoming shows include Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio) on Saturday (10/20) with Monogold, Kelli Rudick, Bird Courage, and David Watson/Fair Use. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That Zomby song stream and the flier for his show are below.
Though tickets for the previously discussed Turing Machine/Violent Bullshit show at Union Pool on 5/18 have flown out the door (it is now sold out), at least you didn't entirely miss the train. Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue Union Pool have announced both bands, along with names like Eric Copeland (Black Dice), Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on The Radio), Bubbles, TEEN, Ryan Sawyer / Nate Wooley / C. Spencer Yeh, LONE WOLF and Test House, as the first batch of artists in their Summer Thunder Series, their annual set of FREE shows taking place on the patio on every other Saturday afternoon from May 26th until August 18th. Summer Thunder 2012 is being curated by the venue along with Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf/Tall Firs/Glass Rock) and Summer Thunder creator and artist J. Penry, with each week promising free music, "drink specials, free koozies, T-shirts for purchase by J. Penry, and lots of Jameson". That last part just sold me.
Exact dates are on the poster above. Exact lineups TBA soon.
July 20th at Lincoln Center in NYC:
"The product of a collaboration between Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield estate, this one-night-only event pays tribute to the late Curtis Mayfield, an iconic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member whose music served as a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, introducing poetry and moral affirmation into pop, soul, funk, and R&B. A roster of special guest artists from across decades and styles--including Mavis Staples, Aloe Blacc, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and more to be announced--joins The Impressions, the inimitable vocal soul group Mayfield led early in his career, along with a 14-piece house band under the musical directorship of guitarist Binky Griptite of the funk-infused Dap-Kings."Tickets are on sale.
New Party Systems art
Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host another Jonathan Toubin benefit show TONIGHT (1/18). The show will feature "a three ring circuit of cross-fading solos, duos, trios & big bands" with The Notekillers, Kyp Malone, Kid Millions, Greg Fox, and Bernard Gann. That big band they speak of? New Party Systems:
New Party Systems came together when four musician friends - Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), David First (Notekillers), Greg Fox (X-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and Bernard Gann (Liturgy) all ran into each other the same day at Zuccotti Park, early on during the Occupy Wall Street occupation. Out of that fateful meeting came the decision to form a music collective inspired by and supporting the movement. The video by director Toni Comas and producer Anna Franquesa feature people from all over the world, including musicians Martin Bisi, Kid Millions, Bob Ostertag and the students who were involved in the UC Davis pepper spray incident."Purchase the song at Bandcamp. View the video and stream the songbelow.
Speaking of Jonathan Toubin benefits, there's also one going down in Chicago on Friday.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, they've been added to the Rolling Stones tribute show going down at Carnegie Hall. The lineup is now MARIANNE FAITHFULL, RICKIE LEE JONES, RONNIE SPECTOR, ROSANNE CASH, STEVE EARLE, TAJ MAHAL, MARC COHN, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, PEACHES, JOVANOTTI & TV ON THE RADIO, GLEN HANSARD (OF THE SWELL SEASON), RICH ROBINSON (OF THE BLACK CROWES), CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, and JACKIE GREENE (with more TBA).
More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...
Tinariwen, who are preparing to release their new LP Tassili on August 30 via Anti- Records, will head out on tour in support of the album this fall. The tour hits NYC on November 19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at noon.
All dates and three videos from the recording sessions (Kyp Malone included) below...
Sharon Van Etten at McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten has done a fair amount of impressive stuff since hitting the scene. She's released two amazing albums and contributed vocals to The Antlers' Hospice and to Beirut's upcoming LP The Rip Tide. Now she's working with Aaron Dessner of The National (who she recorded a track with for the movie Win Win) on her new album. We've just learned that album will be coming out in early 2012 on Jagjaguwar, home to Bon Iver, who covered Van Etten's "Love More" (congrats Sharon!).
Sharon has a few shows coming up in September including Bumbershoot and a September 23rd show in Philly. All dates and two recently posted videos: one of Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio talking about her, and another of her dueting with her labelmate Justin Vernon, below...
Tinariwen will release a new album called Tassili on August 30 via Anti- Records (pictured above). The album was recorded entirely acoustic with contributions from Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Nels Cline of Wilco (who plays a show with Marc Ribot at LPR on June 15th).
Tinariwen will head out on a short North American tour in July which will hit the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the previously mentioned Highline Ballroom on July 20. Tickets are still on sale for that NYC show.
Tinariwen also play the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival on July 21 at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, NY (which runs from July 21-24). There they share a bill with Donna the Buffalo, Court Yard Hounds, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Balkan Beat Box, Sammy Kershaw, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, John Brown's Body, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and many others.
For Seun Kuti, the Trumansburg date is one day after he plays a free show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Seun recently sent out an updated list of tour dates too, and a new video you can watch below.
Tinariwen collaborators TV on the Radio also recently expanded their upcoming tour dates, many of which are with Broken Social Scene who they play with at the Williamsburg Waterfront They also have a new video, as does BSS
The videos with all Seun & Tinariwen & TVOTR dates, below...
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Mavis Staples delivered a fiery, spiritual and deeply felt performance at the Bell House on Tuesday night in support of her 2010 album You Are Not Alone (ANTI, produced by Jeff Tweedy). Mrs. Staples, 71, was in full command of her unique vocal powers, sweeping up out of deep growls into sermonizing leads. The band, led by Rick Holmstrom on guitar, was a powerful and solid compliment, laying out gravel-rough rhythms and churchy chords. Mavis was supported by 3 additional vocalists, including her sister Yvonne, who provided both rich harmonies and counterpoints. In total, the ensemble put her in an setting reminiscent of the guitar and vocals-driven sound of the classic Staples Singers.
The show began with the acapella "Wonderful Saviour" and moved through much of the material on the new album, including both Tweedy-penned songs "You Are Not Alone" and "Only The Lord Knows". Mavis performed The Band's "The Weight", a song that the Staples can lay some claim to since The Last Waltz, plus the evergreen inspirational Stax hit "I'll Take You There".
Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and Jolie Holland each played opening sets, Kip joined Jolie for her last song. Mavis Staples continues to tour throughout 2011. Tickets are on sale for the show she's playing with Billy Bragg in Tarrytown on March 27th. More pictures and a video from the Bell House, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
""Hello. How is everybody?" Van Etten asked, shyly. "I'm excited to play these songs with my band, but first I'm going to play one by myself." She picked up her guitar and began her set with "A Crime," the first song off her latest album. When she had finished, she quickly welcomed three musicians to the stage. "This is my new band." She stood in silence, tuning her guitar for a few moments, but upon realizing how quiet the room was, she nervously admitted that she sill didn't quite have a handle on the impromptu stage banter." [Sonic Smorgasbord]With two shows in two days (the first at Rock Shop), Sharon Van Etten kept busy last weekend. Her second NYC date, at Mecury Lounge, paired her with TV On The Radio founder/guitarist Kyp Malone who also played Union Pool under his Rain Machine moniker last night (10/14).
If you missed both Friday and Saturday's shows, then make sure and check out Van Etten in Ithaca Saturday (10/16), at Bruar Falls during CMJ for the Chouette day party (10/20), or at any of her upcoming dates in a city near you.
More pictures of Sharon Van Etten and Kyp Malone are below...
photos by David Andrako
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - Love More (MP3)
Sharon Van Etten's new album, Epic, pictured above, is out October 5th on Ba Da Bing, and you can catch her on the road before and after then. As previously mentioned in various posts, she will be playing some shows with Marissa Nadler and then later with Junip (who play Irving Plaza without Sharon on November 24th). She'll also be playing two record releases shows in NYC. They are October 8th @ Rock Shop w/ Julianna Barwick (tickets), and October 9th @ Mercury Lounge w/ Kyp Malone (tickets).
Rock Shop is also one of the places Sharon played earlier this month. A second set of pictures from her performance there, with all tour dates, below...
Bear In Heaven is playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19th. Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Deerhunter, Real Estate, Casino Versus Japan show at Webster Hall (you can also catch Deerhunter and Real Estate for free much sooner).
Paul Weller is playing Nokia Theatre on November 7th. Tickets are on sale.
Samiam, The Casting Out, I Hate Our Freedom, and Vs. Antelope are playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 13th. Tickets are on sale now.
Aziz Ansari is headlining the Beacon Theatre as part of the New York Comedy Festival on November 6th. Tickets are currently on presale. General sale starts Monday at 10am.
Fitz & The Tantrums are playing The Mercury Lounge on September 25th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Sharon Van Etten and Kyp Malone are playing The Mercury Lounge on October 9th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Ra Ra Riot tourmates, Givers, are playing The Mercury Lounge on November 6th. Tickets are on sale at noon. It's Givers' only New York City show at the moment. They're not opening any of the four New York Ra Ra Riot dates.
Tunng is playing The Mercury Lounge on November 11th. Tickets are on sale at 9:30 PM.
interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Michael Lavine
TV on the Radio guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Andrew Sitek has announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Not surprisingly, the TVOTR / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Liars / Dragons of Zynth / Holly Miranda / Scarlett Johansson producer worked with a host of guest artists on the project, which will see the light of day in the form of a self-titled album on August 24th via DGC/Interscope Records.
"...Then Aku (Dragons of Zynth) called and said he was in town and asked what I was up to and I said, "Making a song that you have to come and fix!" So he came by the studio and he laid the vocals down. We pretty much started Maximum Balloon on that day."Other guest artists on the album will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London and more. David Byrne is rumored. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on "Tiger," the first track to be released off the album. "Tiger" will be available on iTunes and all digital partners on June 15th, but you can also hear it in a video below, or today at www.MaximumBalloon.com. In addition to "Tiger", Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.
Billy Jones of new musical project New Moods, who last conducted an interview for this site in 2006, called up Dave on Friday to discuss the making of Maximum Balloon, barbershop quartets, Cyndi Lauper, the future of TVOTR and more. Their chat starts here....
Billy: Hey Dave, Can you hear me?
Billy: I rigged this to be on the speakerphone of my Blackberry to be recording through GarageBand, a slightly complicated setup...
Dave: Awesome, put me through The Crystalizer...
Billy: I actually have you through Long Panning Ping Pong Delay right now...
Dave: I can't wait for Soundtoys to come out with an iPhone app.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
After opening sets by Grooms and Class Actress, Holly Miranda headlined her own show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (5/27). Her setlist included covers of Yoko Ono and Etta James, and a Jealous Girlfriends song (her old band). There was a horn section consisting of Michael Irwin (trumpet) and Maria Eisen (sax) of the Woes, and a lot of other special guests on stage before the encore. She and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone aka Rain Machine performed a duet, and then there was a sing-along in support of equal marriage rights for everyone. Guests on stage for the group number, in addition to Holly's band, included Kyp, Nicole Atkins,
More pictures from the show, some videos and Holly's entire setlist, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
I snuck this picture of the t-shirt...
"Chris Knox (born September 2, 1952) is a New Zealand rock and roll musician, cartoonist, and DVD reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate, much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles." [Wiki]Jeff Mangum played a set of Neutral Milk Hotel songs for the first time in nine years at the benefit for his friend, musician Chris Knox, last night, Thursday, May 6th. From opener "Oh Comely" to encore "Engine," and "A Baby For Pree," "Two Headed Boy Pt. Two" and "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" in between, Mangum's voice was clear and strong as he sang from a chair into microphones set up a few feet away. Most of the audience looked somewhere between giddy excitement and shock. Some quietly sang along, others broke out into tears - one person choked on frantic, shallow breaths as "Oh Comely" climaxed, another stood with his hand over his gaping mouth, unable to move.
A few photos were furtively snapped in defiance of the posted signs, but most were content to just listen. Though "just listen" doesn't really describe the gasps, tears and unending applause. Mangum played with his eyes mostly closed, neck vein tensed, rocking and swooping to the contours of the songs. His eyelids fluttered open on the chorus of "A Baby for Pree" to reveal eyes rolled back into his head. Between songs Mangum gulped down water and was gracious, bordering on triumphant as he popped up at the end of "Aeroplane." He encouraged the crowd to contribute to the encore, "Engine." After the set, someone caught his attention with a book to sign, which he did. Most people up front looked anxious and ready for a post-show smoke.
It was fitting maybe that the bill for Mangum's last show, in 2001 in New Zealand, was with Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke in 2009. Though Jeff Mangum was a clear pinnacle, the rest of the benefit gig was an engaging, full evening which covered 12 bands and 2 comedians, and ran more than five and a half hours (though at least 1/3 of the venue cleared out after Mangum's 8:50pm set). The show ended at 1am, amazingly, exactly as scheduled.
Coasting (set time: 6:20pm) opened up with appropriately coastal guitar sounds and surefire drums, Sharon Van Etten played three songs with nuanced dynamics on electric guitar. The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson played only one song as a trebly synth trio to cover "Beauty" which the band does on the Chris Knox tribute CD Stroke.
Robert Scott (of the Clean) and TVOTR's Kyp Malone (aka Rain Machine) both played solo guitar sets. Kyp, who told the crowd they should check out the new Devendra Banhart video (he checked it out in a cafe because he doesn't have internet), was joined by Emilyn Brodsky for what he said was a Bob Marley cover. Rachel Feinstein did raunchy comedy.
After that, there was New Zealand band Dimmer (who are in town for a while), The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour of the Clean's other band), David Kilgour of The Clean (backed by Yo La Tengo and one other band member) and comedy from John Mulaney (who killed it) (and who you may have seen doing a bit about girl scout cookies on a recent episode of SNL).
"Portastatic" was Mac backed by Yo La Tengo. They closed with Superchunk's "Slack Motherfucker" complete with windmill guitar moves and pogoing from some of the crowd (even though the concert was going into its fifth hour at this point). Yo La Tengo, with extra member David Kilgour on guitar, covered a Chris Knox song, said many kind words about Chris and closed with two songs from their 1993 album Painful, which Chris Knox contributed art work to.
The Clean, who Ira introduced as the greatest band in the world, and who'd already been up several times as their solo bands, closed the night right, both jangly and poppy. And despite the mass exodus after Jeff, a respectable amount of people were still there right until the last song. Catch the Clean again (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) at The Bell House tonight (5/7).
Editor's note: Ben Goldberg did an amazing job organizing the event, keeping scalpers away, and making sure that pretty much every person in that venue (except maybe the bartenders) paid their $75 donation to Chris Knox to get in the door (or $20 if you showed up after Jeff went off). Ben did less of an amazing job during his pre-Yo La Tengo stand up routine, but nobody's perfect!
Illegally shot (not by us!) audio and video from the event, and the new Devendra Banhart video, and Jeff Mangum's setlist again, below...
LPR will be hosting a benefit on May 6 for New Zealand artist Chris Knox who suffered a series of strokes last year. Many of the aritsts performing at this show have contributed to a fantastic tribute/benefit album for Knox that was recently released.
Tickets for the benefit will go on sale through Kickstarter on March 30 (more details coming soon).
Artists appearing will include Yo La Tengo, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Portastatic, Claudia Gonson of the Magnetic Fields, Sharon Van Etten, and The Clean. There will also be a short acoustic performance by Jeff Mangum (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel).