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Teenage Jesus & the Jerks / Yoshimio + Robert A.A. Lowe @ Trans-Pecos 12/11/2015
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
Yoshimio + Robert A.A. Lowe

Friday at Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos featured two pretty cool shows. The early part of night featured a collaborative set between Yoshimio of Boredoms and Robert A.A. Lowe (aka Lichens). Their performance was totally improvised but went so well that Lowe said further collaborations will definitely happen.

Yoshimio plays again tonight at Baby's All Right as part of her group Sea III that also includes Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda and Susie Ibarra. Tickets are available. She also plays Tuesday (12/15) as part of Chuck Bettis' residency at The Stone.

The late set was the final night of the Other People residency and featured a rare set by Lydia Lunch's band Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. While she was the only original member of the group there, the lineup did include Weasel Walter (Flying Luttenbachers).

Continue reading "Teenage Jesus & the Jerks played Trans-Pecos after Yoshimio and Robert A.A. Lowe (pics of both)"

photo: Yoshimio (right) at Station to Station in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

Experimental musician Yoshimio of Boredoms, OOIOO, Free Kitten and more, has five different collaborative NYC shows this month, starting tonight (12/9). Tonight's show happens at Roulette with Twindrum, the dual drum project she formed with no wave legend Ikue Mori in 2013. It's their first North American show since that year. Tickets are still available.

The next one is on Friday (12/11) at Trans-Pecos, where she'll play a duo set with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, who's a member of Om and plays solo as Lichens. Alex Macarte and Jeremy Hyman are opening. Tickets are available.

On Sunday (12/13), she teams up with Ryan Sawyer, Hisham Bharoocha and Shahzad Ismaly for a show at Max Fish (now at 120 Orchard St). Opening is Highlife (Doug Shaw) and DJ Dutch E Germ. Tickets at door.

Then her group Sea III, aka Yoshimio, Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda and composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, play Baby's All Right on Monday (12/14). Opening is IIII, aka Hisham Bharoocha, Ryan Sawyer, Brian Chase (of YYYs) and Ben Vida. Tickets are available.

Lastly, she plays Chuck Bettis' residency at The Stone. She plays the 8 PM set on Tuesday (12/15) as a duo with Chuck. Brian Chase and others play the 10 PM set that day. Tickets at door.

Stream one of Yoshimio and Yuka Honda's collaborative songs below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Angel Deradoorian, former Dirty Projectors member and current Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks member, released her first album as Deradoorian, The Expanding Flower Planet, today via Anticon. I don't usually like using the term "world music," but Deradoorian really does pull influences from all over the globe for this album. It's sometimes progressive, sometimes psychedelic, but always strangely accessible. It's a wild listen, and you can dig in for yourself below (via NY Times).

As previously mentioned, Deradoorian is touring as an opener for Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, including her NYC show on September 11 at Baby's All Right (tickets).

Before that though, Deradoorian will celebrate the new album with a release show in NYC on August 28 at Trans-Pecos with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka Lichens) and Image Man. Tickets for that show are on sale now too. All dates are listed below.

Deradoorian also features on the new single from Boots (aka Jordan Asher, ex-Blonds), who co-produced and co-wrote a lot of BEYONCE and has worked with FKA twigs and Run the Jewels. The song's called "AQUARIA" and will appear on the album of the same name, due out November 13 via Columbia.

Listen to that, with the Deradoorian tour dates and album stream, below...

Continue reading "Deradoorian streaming new album, adds NYC release show before tour with Laetitia Sadier (dates), collabed w/ Boots"

photos by Greg Cristman

Kalma & Lowe @ Artists Space Books & Talks 8/8/2015
Ariel Kalma with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Born in France but rarely in one place for long, Ariel Kalma's 1970s migrations took flight through the decade's furthest spaces of musical and spiritual invention. As a hired horn for well-known French groups, the young musician toured as far as India in 1972, where he would later return to immerse himself in sacred music traditions. Kalma loyally worked with dual ReVox set-up-- two tape machines "chained" together to form a primitive delay unit. Over looped saxophone melodies, Kalma would mix in all shades of polyphonic color, synthesizing fragments of poetry with ambient space or setting modal flute melodies to rippling drum machine patterns and starlit field recordings. The results collapse distinctions between "electro-acoustic", "biomusicology" and "ambient" categorization.
Last year, electronic/experimental music pioneer Ariel Kalma compiled unreleased recordings from his archives on the RVNG Intl-released An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979). That followed his collaboration with Brooklyn's Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka Lichens), We Know Each Other Somehow, the 12th installment of RVNG's FRKWYS series.

This past weekend, Ariel and Robert wrapped up a short tour in support of that album, hitting NYC on August 8 at Artists Space Books & Talks, a show that was presented by Issue Project Room. Lowe's hauntingly processed vocals combined perfectly with Kalma's multi-instrumental accompaniment (keys, programming, sax and more) into a transportive whole that had the room pindrop quiet. Pictures from this rare performance are in this post.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe has another NYC show coming up with Circuit des Yeux. More pictures from Saturday's show, with a stream of "Almora Sunrise" from An Evolutionary Music, below...

Continue reading "Experimental electronic musician Ariel Kalma collaborated with Robert Lowe (stream + NYC show pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Circuit des Yeux

Chicago's Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) returned earlier this year with the intriguing, challenging art pop of In Plain Speech, her first full-band album and first for Thrill Jockey. She toured with that band earlier this year, and she has more dates coming up now. She'll be in New York for Hudson, NY's Basilica Soundscape, and will play NYC right after that.

The NYC show happens on September 13 at Saint Vitus with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka Lichens) and Spires That In the Sunset Rise (who you may have seen last year with Slint). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the video for "Do the Dishes" off the new album, below.

Haley is also one half of Mind Over Mirrors (with Jaime Fennelly), whose new album The Voice Calling will be out September 18 via Immune Recordings. Check out the single, "Calling Your Name," below.

Continue reading "Circuit des Yeux expands tour, playing NYC with Lichens after Basilica; new Mind Over Mirrors LP coming (dates, stream)"

Tredici Bacci @ Trans-Pecos in May (photo by @trans.pecos)
Tredici Bacci  at Trans Pecos

Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos, now fully legit, has been open for a year and half offering up "connoisseur level new and outsider music from all walks of musical and social life." In addition to founders Todd P and Sam Hillmer, the venue relies on a revolving bunch of currators to help book shows, and Trans-Pecos has just announced its new crop for Summer 2015. They include no wave legend James Chance, Sick Feeling/Collapsing Scenery's Don Devore, Hiro Kone, Black Dice / Pixeltan's Hisham Bharoocha, noise composer Bob Bellerue, Lichens main man Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Sex Magazine and more. Full rundown of Trans-Pecos' new curators is below.

James Chance will play Trans-Pecos on Friday (6/26) with Will Epsein, Parlor Walls, and Eve Essex. The show is presented by outgoing curator, Northern Spy, so it's a bit of a changing of the guard. Tickets are on sale now. On Saturday (6/27) Trans-Pecos has an all-day show they're calling the Stoned Soul Picnic with Friend Roulette, Artanker Convoy, Sly Moth, Los Rockwells, Paycheck and "special guests." Check out Trans-Pecos' upcoming schedule here.

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photo: Holy Sons at Stage 48 in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Holy Sons

This year's edition of Brooklyn's annual Brain-Cave Festival happens April 25 and 26 at Baby's All Right with an eclectic lineup both days, and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections both days.

Day 1 features Holy Sons (who have been playing NYC a lot recently), Lichens, Ancient Sky, Ancient Ocean, Public Speaking, Mixed Doubles and Worthless, as well as various DJs and a drum/drone set by members of Blackout, White Widows Pact and more. Day 1 tickets are on sale.

Day 2 has Zongo Junction, Wild Yaks, ET Anderson, Invisible Familiars, more DJ sets, interpretative dance, and more surprises. Day 2 tickets are on sale. Flyers for both days below.

Local psych-rockers Ancient Sky, who play Brain-Cave on Saturday, have a new album coming June 9 via Wharf Cat Records. Mosaic is produced by Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men) and the band has shared a new song from the album titled "Garbage Brain." Check it out below, with all of their dates.

Ancient Sky is not to be confused with the similarly named Ancient Ocean, who also plays Brain Cave but makes ambient music. He has a new full-length coming June 30 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond and recently released the album's title track, which you can check out below.

And in more related news, Annique Monet, formerly of Worthless (who are playing Brain Cave), is also releasing a new album on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. It's called Phantom Letters, it's due out on May 19 (pre-order), and new single "Nowhere" premieres in this post. Listen, with the list of her upcoming shows (3 in NYC), below...

Continue reading "Brain Cave Festival 2015 happening at Baby's w/ Holy Sons, Lichens, Ancient Sky & more + Annique Monet has a new song"

photos by Greg Cristman

Om / Watter @ LPR - 10/5/14

Earlier this year, Sleep and Holy Sons played NYC and now Sleep's Al Cisneros and Holy Sons' Emil Amos are on the road with their collaborative psychedelic band Om (which also features Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe aka Lichens live). That tour hit NYC on Sunday (10/5) at Le Poisson Rouge with tourmates Watter, whose lineup includes members of Grails (which Emil is also in) and Slint. Om didn't have a new album to support this time around, but had plenty to pull from including their most recent (and fifth) album, 2012's Advaitic Songs. Watter on the other hand, played off this year's debut, This World, which came out back in May.

More pictures of both bands and a video below...

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photos by Bart Babinski, words by Greg Cristman

2014 Unsound Festival
2014 Unsound Festival

After not presenting an Unsound Festival in the USA for 2013, the event came back with some great shows recently in NYC. The Saturday night (4/5) performance was the debut show at The Wick, a 700 capacity room that is housed in the old Hittleman Brewing building on Meserole St in Bushwick (which also houses sister venue The Well). The Wick feels and looks like a mini version of the Knockdown Center in Maspeth where Red Bull Music Academy hosts events and M.I.A. is playing this Friday.

With a complete surround sound system set up special for this event by promoters the Bunker, the music sounded thick and warm in the rustic, brick walled space with a thirty foot high wood ceiling that almost looked like the top of an old barn. The rawness of it was great, though some of that is still getting touched up. They will preserve the original brick, pipes, beams and other details.

When walking around the venue, the sound would shift in very slight and subtle ways. It made me recall my frequent visits to La Monte Young's excellent Dream House installation in Tribeca in the 90's. The artists all performed from a high platform that restricted your ability to actually spy on any of the gear they were using, and they played mostly in total darkness only being lit by the large projections behind them.

Starting off this particular evening in the venue, which has since hosted the New York's Alright fest, Slint and a Cam'ron show last night, was the New York debut of Norwegian Le Petit Garcon whose guitar and sound manipulations had a spacey, psychedelic feel incorporated into his isolated, ambient take on techno. The room was still fairly sparse attendance wise and the few people there mostly sat and watched the visuals or simply stood with their eyes closed and floated along with the music.

The incredible Vladislav Delay was scheduled to be on the bill, but unfortunately he had to cancel his entire US tour. Acclaimed New York based electronic, drone and experimental producer Robert A.A. Lowe, of Lichens and Om fame, very ably filled the empty slot. Robert's set consisted primarily of his beautiful, almost angelic voice, being processed and manipulated into a warm, ambient drift. Leisure Muffin, who just released his first ever 12-inch single on The Bunker's new record label, joined Robert at the end of his set and then continued on his own, taking the music in a totally different direction. His modular-synth-inflected take on Kosmische music added spongy, bouncing and dubby techno elements to his pounding beats that had the now very full venue actively dancing along.

Brooklyn based, fractured house performer Ital (known for a couple acclaimed albums on Planet Mu) was joined by Aurora Halal for their worldwide live debut performance as Ital & Halal. They delivered a set of highly danceable techno that clearly put the dancing fans into overdrive.

Certainly the evening's key draw was the return to U.S. shores of the amazing German dub-techno duo Porter Ricks. It's possible that the last time they played in NY was at the Mille Plateaux 10th anniversary party at The Anchorage (inside the base of the Brooklyn Bridge) on June 28, 2001. Porter Ricks is comprised of multimedia artist Thomas Köner and sound engineer Andy Mellwig and they came out of live gig retirement to perform at the Unsound Festival in Krakow last October. Their debut album Biokinetics from 1996, is, for myself and any many others, one of the best dub techno recordings ever made. It was released on the extremely influential Chain Reaction label and featured pulsating, fractally arranged productions that continually morphed in a sound that many have described as aquatic. This essential recording was re-released in 2012 on the Type label. Their set delivered some classic old tracks along with some new music and it was as magnificent and mesmerizing as you would expect from this extremely talented duo.

Miles, who hails from Manchester England and is one half of Demdike Stare, is equally known for his solo output and unique DJ sets. He closed out the evening. As one of the key figures of the cult label Modern Loves, his sound has always been somewhat rooted in the Basic Channel style so it was a good fit for him to follow Porter Ricks. His set incorporated many elements of Basic Channel as well as techno, ambient and industrial.

Overall it was a very long but wonderful evening that ended around 6AM. This is a great new venue and I'm looking forward to seeing more shows there in the near future. Upcoming shows at the venue included Marnie Stern (TONIGHT - 5/8), Liars (5/9), The Men & Obits (5/10), Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi) (5/21), and another edition of the Bunker with a live set by Shackleton (5/30).

We also just posted pictures of New York's Alright at The Wick. More pictures from the Unsound Fest below...

Continue reading "Unsound presented Porter Ricks & more @ The Wick (pics) --- Marnie Stern, Obits, The Men & more play there this weekend"

Porter Ricks

It comes as certain ideas from techno's fertile, experimental, mid-1990s period are being picked up by a range of underground musicians. Many of these ideas have permeated so deeply into the culture that it's hard to remember a time without them, but we wouldn't have Burial, to name just one of the duo's distant descendants, without Porter Ricks' seafloor crackle and mottled-granite color scale.

Porter Ricks were the duo of Thomas Köner, a sound artist and ambient composer, and Andy Mellwig, a techno producer who also recorded as Continuous Mode and, with former Monolake member and future Ableton founder Gerhard Behles, as Async Sense. Released in 1996, Biokinetics was Porter Ricks' debut album, gathering tracks from three vinyl EPs released that year along with three songs exclusive to the album. It had been years since I last listened to it, and the Type reissue surprised me first by reminding me how diverse the album is. "Chain Reaction" has long since become shorthand for a certain fusion of buoyant dub, hazy ambience, and coiled techno, but on Biokinetics, none of these has quite settled into place; it's a dynamic, unpredictable mixture of pulse and hiss.

The above quote is from Pitchfork's 8.5 Best New Reissue review of the 2012 reissue of Porter Ricks' 1996 debut, Biokinetics. The duo remained mostly inactive since their mid-late '90s period, but played a few shows recently and will play at least two more this year. At the moment, they're scheduled for the second annual Denovali Swingfest in London (with The Haxan Cloak, Thomas Koner and more), and they'll also come to NYC this week for Unsound Festival.

Their show at Unsound happens on Saturday (4/5) at The Wick with a great lineup that includes Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka drone musician Lichens), Miles (the solo project of Miles Whittaker, who is one half of Demdike Stare who also play Unsound on Friday), Leisure Muffin, the duo of Ital & Aurora Halal, and Le Petit Garcon. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available.

You can stream Biokinetics in its entirety, along with the flyer for Saturday's show, below...

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Stars of the Lid in NYC in 2008 (more by Chris Owyoung)

Veteran ambient duo Stars of the Lid haven't played the US in five years, but that will change this fall. First, they'll take part in Kranky's 20th Anniversary shows, which go down in various Chicago venues from December 12 - 15. Other artists playing include Grouper (who has a new "pop" band), Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Benoit Pioulard, Lichens, Implodes, and more. Full lineups and ticket info below.

After the Chicago show, Stars of the Lid will head to NYC to play Church of St. Paul the Apostle on December 17 (405 W 59th St). At that show and the Chicago one, Stars of the Lid will be accompanied by the 10-piece Wordless Music Orchestra. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Earlier this year, Kranky reissued Stars of the Lid's 1996 album, The Ballasted Orchestra. Stream that album via Spotify, along with the Kranky Anniversary lineups, below...

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photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Om @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/21/12

Om were supposed to tour over the summer in support of their new album, Advaitic Songs, but had to reschedule the tour due to Emil Amos' arm injury. The new run of dates began earlier this month in Chicago and hit NYC on Wednesday (11/21) at Bowery Ballroom. Om is now officially a trio with Emil and Al Cisneros being joined by Robert Lowe (aka Lichens). Like he did on the rest of the tour, Daniel Higgs (of Lungfish) opened the show.

More pictures and videos from the show, below...

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The new Om (officially now) at Europa (more by Chloe Rice)

Om, now officially a three piece with the addition of Robert Lowe (Lichens) to the lineup, will take to the road in celebration of the Advaitic Songs, the band's new LP due on Drag City on July 24th. The band to hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 29th and tickets go on sale Monday (7/16) at noon. Daniel Higgs, who is currently in the midst of a residency at Zebulon, will open for the band at MHoW.

While you're patiently sitting at home, waiting for the tour to start, you might want to check out  "Gethsemane (Edit)" from Advaitic Songs which is streaming below, along with "State of Non-Return" and all upcoming tour dates in the popular list format.

Continue reading "Om are now a trio, going on tour, including MHOW (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: DIamond Terrifier - "It's Already After The End Of The World" (Freedom Garden 10-8-11) (MP3)

Diamond Terrifier
Diamond Terrifier

Diamond Terrifier (aka Sam Hilmer of Zs) is introducing his new bi-weekly series, 'PRACTICE!' taking place at Zebulon every other Tuesday. This month it takes place on January 17 and 31, and he's performing at and curating each one. The 1/17 show includes Lichens, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy who are opening for Zola Jesus at Webster Hall), LZA/Dutch E. Germ (of Gang Gang Dance), and DJ sets by Laurel Halo and The Oracle. The 1/31 show includes Dan Friel< GDFX, Rat Attack, and DJ sets by Chief Boima (of Dutty Artz) and The Oracle. All shows in this series are free.

Diamond Terrifier also has a bunch of other shows coming up in NYC this month, including one TONIGHT (1/10) at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, where he will perform a live score for the film Shaman of the Blind Country, narrated by William S. Burroughs. He also plays Shea Stadium on Saturday (1/14) with Controlled Bleeding and Dan Friel, and Littlefield on January 18 with Patrick Higgins and Eric Wubbles (tickets). The next night he'll be in Brooklyn again at La Sala (1/19) with Extra Life, and Union Pool on January 24 with Dan Friel, Zulus and Grooms.

Diamond Terrifier is also set to release his first official full length this September via Northern Spy. The album will be produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. Until then, he's been releasing a single every month on his website. Check out this month's installment, a live recording of "It's Already After The End Of The World" from Freedom Garden in October, below, and download it above.

All dates and the stream below...

Continue reading "Diamond Terrifier playing & curating shows w/ many special guests, working on an album (dates & MP3)"

photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Rachel Kowal

Atlas Sound in a church
Atlas Sound

Northside Festival got off to a sweaty start yesterday, but luckily, the weather held out. I don't think I'm alone in saying that last night may have been the most stacked. Forget a slow build-up. It was 8:00, and there were already at least three places I really wanted to be, but I decided to go with Atlas Sound. I mean it was at St. Cecilia's, so it got extra points.

"I think this is the first time I've been in a church," one guy said tentatively to his friend before the show started. With its stained glass windows, carefully carved decorations, shiny chandeliers, and beautiful pews, it was a sight to behold.

The setting couldn't have been more fitting for the opening act, Lichens. The set got off to a slow start - seven solid minutes of a monotone buzz, but it soon started to build with every passing minute as Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe added more to the mix, including some otherworldly vocals. The natural reverb of the space further complimented his sound.

After about playing for about thirty minutes straight, he stopped as suddenly as he had begun, and another one-man act, Adam Forkner (aka White Rainbow), took his place behind a folding table and began to fiddle with a series of knobs and pedals. Forkner, too, carefully looped his music together, but for him, the music was more to entertain - not to bring about a religious experience. With the addition of some bass in the mix, it was just enough to get two people near the front to stand up in their pews and start dancing. (I smell a Craigslist missed connection in the making.)

Up next was yet another one-man act, Atlas Sound. In his red button up shirt and high-wasted khaki pants, Bradford Cox was dressed for the occasion. The majority of his set comprised brand new songs (for which he apologized, saying he had forgotten how the other ones go), but he did at least slip in a few older ones, including "Shelia." It's only a matter of time before Cox starts to make up songs on the spot for each show (as he joked he was doing at the Brooklyn show).

Unfortunately, though the atmosphere was ornate, I didn't love the sound quality. (Or maybe I'm just spoiled from hearing him play at the Bell House.) At times, the guitar took on this jarring quality as it pierced through the otherwise dreamy mix, but the crowd didn't seem to mind too much (Andrew liked it). A number of people left their seats in the back and filled in the space in between the pews as the show went on.

After a brief encore, Bradford Cox delivered something of a benediction to the crowd, and turned everyone loose to dash to the next show - for me, it was off to a sticky hot Bruar Falls (as per Bill's recommendation) for a bit of jangly pop, courtesy of Reading Rainbow and Eternal Summers. It was still early after all.


Woods headlines the show at St. Cecilia's tonight (Friday). Eleanor Friedberger is Saturday (Eleanor moved to Europa). Mount Eerie is Sunday. More pictures from Thursday and a video too, below...

Continue reading "Northside night 1 w/ Atlas Sound, Lichens & White Rainbow (pics & review)"

by Andrew Sacher

Atlas Sound at SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)

Atlas Sound played St. Cecilia's Church last night (6/16) with support from Lichens and White Rainbow. If half hour drone sets are your thing, you may enjoy catching Lichens again at Zebulon on June 22 with Soft Circle and Urxed. And if you're into similar sounds, but with more hip hop beats, White Rainbow plays again tonight (6/17) at the Impose Magazine & Weird Magic show at 285 Kent Ave. The bill also includes Laurel Halo, La Big Vic, Co La (who aren't playing Death By Audio), and others. There will also be DJ sets by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), DJ Azizaman, and Weird Magic DJs.

Atlas Sound, which was Bradford Cox with mic, guitar and effect pedals, played a great set last night with a ton of new songs (Bradford said he didn't really remember how to play most of his old ones). A full review and pics of this show coming soon.

Tickets go on sale today (6/17) at noon for Deerhunter's August 23 Webster Hall show. Tickets are still available for their August 22 show at the same venue too.

Updated Deerhunter dates below...

Continue reading "Atlas Sound played a church w/ Lichens & White Rainbow (who plays 285 Kent w/ Laurel Halo tonight)"

photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

Kevin Hufnagel, Bruce Lamont, Lichens
Bruce Lamont

Bruce Lamont played Union Pool on February 27th (maybe while you were watching the Oscars?). The show opened with the swelling synth/vocal soundscapes of Lichens, the serene yet jaw-droppingly-technical fretwork of Kevin Hufnagel and an improv set from Brooklyn sludgesters Cocaine & Abel. Lamont was seated for the bulk of his empassioned headlining set, which was comprised of looped samples, live guitar (from him and Kevin Hufnagel!), saxophone, and vocals. Robert Lowe of Lichens remains seated for his performances, which are always compelling, always unique, and always powerful as he weaves synth textures with stacked vocal loops. Kevin Hufnagel and his acoustic was easily the quietest of the three, and the crowd adjusted their volume to take in his impressive instrumental prowess.

Make sure and catch Bruce Lamont in Chicago on 3/3 or in Austin during SXSW at the Profound Lore showcase on 3/19 (more dates TBA). More pictures from Union Pool are below...

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by BBG

Lichens at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by BBG)

As previously mentioned, Prince Rama and Lichens will perform at Ace Hotel tonight (2/12) as part of a 'Sup Magazine release party. The show is free, but RSVP is "recommended".

Lichens (aka Robert Lowe) is also playing Union Pool on Feb 27th with Kevin Hufnagel and Bruce Lamont and Cocaine & Abel. $10 gets you in. Hufnagel is currently recording the new Gorguts LP in Canada (!).

Kevin Hufnagel recently played a show with Religious to Damn and Tamaryn who again team up for a show next week at Don Hill's.

Lichens played a show at Glasslands in January with Thank You who return to play Death By Audio tonight with Double Dagger and Dustin Wong.

Dustin Wong (who you should definitely check out) was on the bill when Nightlands played their first-ever show at Glasslands recently. As Bill pointed out, Nightlands play their second-ever NYC show tonight (2/12) at Glasslands with Philly's Sun Airway, Warm Ghost, and Dinowalrus.

Tonight's Ace Hotel show is one of three upcoming NYC Prince Rama dates. You can also find them at Bowery Ballroom on Feb 25th supporting Suckers and at Glasslands on March 2nd when they start their next proper tour.

Prince Rama's labelmate Panda Bear just released a song from his new album.

"What's Going on Saturday?" is on the way. In the meantime, check out This Week in Indie for more shows happening tonight (2/12).

Some video, the Sup flyer and updated Prince Rama tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Lichens, Hufnagel, Thank You, Prince Rama, Sun Airway, stuff "

DOWNLOAD: The Skull Defekts - "Fragrant Nimbus" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thank You "1-2-3 Bad" (MP3)

Daniel Higgs
Daniel Higgs

Glasslands will host a headlining set from Zanzo (aka Hisham Baroocha of Soft Circle with Rob Lowe of Lichens) and additional performances from Thank You and Daniel A.I.U. Higgs TONIGHT (1/25). Entry will cost you a paltry $7, and the show starts at 8:30.

The show will double as a record release party for Thank You, as their new LP Golden Worry is out today via Thrill Jockey. Download "1-2-3 Bad" above and check out a video for "Birth Reunion" below. In early Feb, Thank You will hit the road in support of the LP, tagging Death By Audio on February 12th as part of that jaunt. Double Dagger is also part of the show, and will play NYU with Fucked Up the day before. Full Thank You tour sked is below.

Tonight at Glasslands is one of two NYC shows scheduled for Lungfish member Daniel A.I.U. Higgs in the near future He'll also play Issue Project Room on 2/26 with Heresy of the Free Spirit ("Jozef Van Wissem and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists Che Chen (violin, bowed rewap, bass recorder, percussion and tape machine) and Robbie Lee"). Tickets are on sale.

In addition to both of the previously mentioned shows, Daniel Higgs has announced that he has joined on as a member of Skull Defekts. Higgs will appear on the band's forthcoming LP Peer Amid due via Thrill Jockey on 2/15. Check out the first track "Fragrant Nimbus" available for download above/streaming below. The band will follow up the release of the LP with US dates in late March and April with Zomes, including April 3rd at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

That Skull Defekts song stream, the Thank You video, and all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Daniel Higgs playing solo shows & in the Skull Defekts, Thank You touring w/ a new LP, Soft Circle+Lichens = Zanzo"

The NY Art Book Fair runs through Sunday at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens...

"Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing."
Get there by 5pm on Saturday for "improvised music by Lucky Dragons, Robert A.A. Lowe (Lichens), Driphouse, and Greg Fox (Liturgy, Teeth Mountain)." Sunday they have a "musical performance by DJ Dog Dick. Presented by Showpaper." More details on the "events" page of their site.

Sleep night 1 photos by Greg Cristman
A Storm of Light/Lichens by BBG, Sleep night 2 by Justina Villanueva

Sleep (by Justina Villanueva)

Sleep played their second and final show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Wednesday (9/8, first show was two days earlier), this time with an assist from A Storm of Light and Lichens. As with the previous night, support was fantastic though in much different ways. A Storm of Light featured Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn) on vocals, new drummer RJ from US Christmas, and Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room) on second guitar, which added tremendous depth to the already massive sound that the band has cultivated and on the PA at the Masonic Temple, it only sounded larger. Lichens followed, and although technical difficulties truncated Rob Lowe's set to a paltry 15+ minutes, his vocal and primitive synth harmonies were enthralling in those brief moments. Excellent set.

Thirty minutes earlier than the night before, Sleep launched into their set with the opening bars of "Dopesmoker".

Your primary document tonight is 1993's Sleep's Holy Mountain, a churning monolith wherein tunes like "Aquarian" change tempo and velocity in a real casual, nonchalant way, a nice balance of dirge and thrash, narcotics and histrionics. "Traveling toward the atomic sky!" Cisneros growls on "Inside the Sun," and verily you soon feel like you're standing in it yourself. (The Brooklyn Masonic Temple remains a fantastic place to hear these bands, your Sunn O)))s and Mastadons and Neuroses, thanks to the high ceilings, the grimy feel, the liberal approach to volume, the conservative approach to stage lighting, the words "Masonic" and "Temple.") The miniseries-length "From Beyond" is like a portable natural disaster, ebbing and flowing, a super-brooding trudge that powers down to a soft, almost gentle interlude (Roeder tapping cymbals with his bare hands) and then inevitably supernovas into an extinction-level event, with Pike's wildest and most eruptive solo of the night as punctuation. The cops didn't even bother showing up to gawk at this one, most likely because they were completely terrified. Their loss, your hearing loss. -[Village Voice]
A second set of pictures from night one, as well as more pics from night two are below....

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words & photos by BBG

Sleep @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Monday night


Back before Boris and Sunn O))) took over the place, Sleep played their first of two NYC shows at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Monday night, Labor Day (9/6). Unearthly Trance and Doomriders opened the show, and the legendary stoner band will do it AGAIN TONIGHT (9/8), this time with different openers: Lichens and A Storm of Light. The show, which WAS sold out, will now have tickets available when doors open at 7PM TODAY.

Sleep's reunion tour so far also included shows at ATP NY and at FYF Fest out west.

Unearthly Trance's next NYC show is at Union Pool on 9/29 with Swedish doom destructors SUMA and NJ's Pharoah. The show is part of a short stint of dates for the duo and doubles as their record release party for the forthcoming V due on Relapse Records at the end of this month. Unearthly Trance and SUMA will share a collaborative EP on Throne Records in the coming months, not to be confused with their previous, and now sold-out, split 10".

If you miss them tonight, Lichens also have another show coming up soon:

Wednesday September 15th @ SHEA STADIUM


:: Janka Nabay ----------------- solo
:::: Highlife -------------------- Doug Shaw, Social Registry records
:::::: Ali Kamiya Dit Ba aka Ali Baba -- from Mali, w/ Adrian Orange of Thanksgiving
:::::::: Lichens ------------------ Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

:: special guests: CLOUDLAND CANYONS
:: International Tapes djs

20 Meadow St btwn Waterbury St & Bogart St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Grand, G-Metropolitan | 8pm | all ages | $8
| MYSPACE |-- http://sheastadiumbk.blogspot.com

More pictures from Monday's show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, including one of the setlist, and all Unearthly Trace dates, below....

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today in NYC
* PopRally @ MoMA
* Jim Staley @ The Stone
* Marah, The 65's @ Maxwell's
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Cosmetics @ Home Sweet Home
* Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Nokia Theatre
* Soft Circle, Lichens, Guardian Alien @ Coco 66
* Ducktails, Family Portrait, Tennis @ Cake Shop
Xavier Rudd, Izintaba, Good Old War @ Irving Plaza
* Scissor Sisters, Sammy Jo, Casey Spooner @ Terminal 5
* Nobunny, Jacuzzi Boys (RSVP required) @ Knitting Factory
* Memory Tapes, Tanlines (RSVP required) @ The Bell House
* Von Haze, Mikroknytes, Mostly Dimes, Sweatpants @ Bruar Falls
* Stereo Total, Les Sans Culottes, Mixel Pixel @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Herman Dune, The Fishermen Three, Phoebe Kreutz @ Union Pool
* The Sweet Divines' Heckuva Summer Soul Party! @ Rockwood Music Hall
* TV Torso, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Slow Animal @ Death By Audio
* Ava Luna, Deidre, She Keeps Bees, French Horn Rebellion (DJ set) @ Zebulon
* Our Hit Parade starring Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman and Neal Medlyn @ Joe's Pub
* Asa Ransom, ArpLine, Sea Monsters (The Rumble New York) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Your 33 Black Angels, Darlings, Caution Candy, Hymns, Junior League Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Bear Hands, Class Actress, Ha Ha Tonka (Playboy Rock The Rabbit, hosted by Playmates Shannon James & Lauren Anderson) @ Highline Ballroom

"THIS SUCKS But....Tonights performance at Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ is CANCELED due to our van breaking down today. MARAH are re-scheduled for SATURDAY OCTOBER 9th - early show. Maxwells is one of our favorite gigs anywhere and we are terribly sorry for any inconvenience. All other performances this week are ON....see you in Philly, see you in DC, see you at Livestock! Your friends, MARAH"

Lichens, who just played Death By Audio, is playing Coco 66 tonight with Soft Circle, but is billed under his real name, Robert Lowe. He's also playing with Matteah Baim and Golden Slumbers at JF & Son Thursday night.

Olof Arnalds has a new video for "Crazy Car". Check it out below...

What else?

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by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Fielded - "Another Time" (MP3)

Kayo Dot at The Stone (more by Paul Birman)
Kayo Dot

Kayo Dot just celebrated Coyote, and will now show off their new baby Stained Glass (due this fall via Hydra Head) at a show at Bowery Electric TUESDAY (8/24) with Cleric and Bad Girlfriend (who will also play Union Pool with Hallux). The avant garde team will play a pair of sets at Bowery Electric, the second being "an exposé on the bass guitar sound used in Coyote".

For Kayo Dot honcho Toby Driver, the show means two in three days as he played Zebulon last night with as part of Tartar Lamb alongside Seaven Teares (Charlie Looker's new project), and mezzo-soprano Amirtha Kidambi/percussionist Cory Bracken (who performed works by John Cage, Larry Polansky, Morton Feldman and many others). Tartar Lamb recently kickstarted their campaign to record a follow-up to 2006's 60 Metonymies.

Meanwhile, last night at Bruar Falls, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) played a solo show with Religious To Damn (mem A Storm of Light), Fielded, and Psychic Steel. Both Fielded (the solo project of Lindsay Powell of Ga'an/Festival) and Psychic Steel are currently on the road and will loop through Death By Audio TONIGHT to team up with Lichens and Driphouse. Fielded will release Terrageist, the new LP due on September 7th via Catholic Tapes. Dig on "Another Time" above and check out the video/stream some more material below.

Lichens recently supported Hallogallo at Maxwell's, will support Sleep in Chicago (with Ga'an) and is also scheduled to play the now sold-out Sleep show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 9/8. Tickets are still available though, for a SECOND (actually first) NYC show for Sleep on 9/6, this time with support from Doomriders and Unearthly Trance (no Lichens).

Dates and videos below...

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photos by Greg Cristman


"Hallogallo 2010 was formed by Michael Rother, a guitarist who was a prime mover in the postpsychedelic German rock that was crudely but durably labeled Krautrock. The music's metronomic beats, drone crescendos and embrace of noise have echoed through art-rock (and hip-hop) ever since, up to the latest generation of indie-rock. Hallogallo 2010 also includes Aaron Mullan from Tall Firs on bass and Sonic Youth's drummer, Steve Shelley, repaying a debt to Mr. Rother's pioneering band, Neu! "Hallogallo" was the opening song on Neu!'s self-titled 1972 debut album.

From 1971 to 1975 Mr. Rother and the drummer Klaus Dinger, who died in 2008, teamed up as Neu! and explored an experimental, sometimes proto-punk style of Krautrock. It was largely instrumental and drew on sampled ambient sounds as well as Mr. Dinger's distinctive "motorik" thump-a-thump-a. (Although Krautrock was determined to reject American influences, that beat recalls surf music.) As new fans discover Krautrock, the complete Neu! catalog has just been reissued by Groenland in a vinyl boxed set.

Although the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert was billed as "Michael Rother and friends perform the music of Neu!," the only Neu! composition in the set was "Hallogallo" itself. The rest came from Mr. Rother's solo career -- "Neutronics 98" and "Aroma Club B3" -- and from Harmonia, Mr. Rother's mid-1970s collaboration with the electronic-music duo Cluster." [NY Times]

That NY Times article refers to the August 6th show at Lincoln Center (which we'll have more about later). The pictures in this post are from the Hallogallo show two nights earlier at Maxwell's. More pictures from the NJ one, below...

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