Entries tagged with: Liturgy
Jeff Tandy, creator of the above photo, writes:
"I'm calling you out, Hunt-Hendrix! I'll be at Martyrdoom Fest in Brooklyn on June 30, 2012. I hate you. I hate what you do. Come down and we'll fight!... I will feed you all the Brooklyn sidewalk you can eat, HHH. I'll show you the side of black metal you don't have the fortitude or will to explore. Seriously, I will fuck you up."The above challenge was issued to the the Liturgy frontman in a Facebook group called "Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, come fight me." The creator, Jeff Tandy of Birth A.D., Averse Sefira and an ex-live member of Krieg, is not making his feelings about the Liturgy frontman secret, though it's hard to take the group completely seriously with photos like the one above. I hope it's not real though. Exerting your energy into bands you don't like takes away from finding bands that you do.
UPDATE: The Facebook group has been removed.
Though Jeff Tandy will be there, neither Jeff nor Hunter will be performing at the Martyrdoom Festival on June 30th at Public Assembly. Tickets are still available (no word on whether Hunter plans to attend).
The above-pictured tweet is courtesy of Diplo who is currently out on the road with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy as opener. Lirtugy's next NYC show is with Zola Jesus and Talk Normal at Webster Hall (where fans will probably not make any weird faces), and their next NJ show will be part of a 2-day Metallica festival in Atlantic City called "Orion" (where they'll probably play so early, no Metallica fans will actually see them anyway).
Speaking of Zola Jesus, her tour just pit the Parish in Austin with Talk Normal and local Austin band Technicolor Hearts. Check out pictures at BV Austin.
Speaking of Diplo, he's on the cover of the new Billboard with Skrillex and A-Trak.
Liturgy's new video for "True Will" and all their curent tour dates are below...
The rumored two-day NJ Metallica festival is true, and it's happening on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. 22+ artists (music and comedy) will play with Metallica headlining both nights with special setlists. Metallica will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights "for the first time ever on US soil", and... Ride The Lighting on the other night! The venue is Bader Field (an abandoned airport).
Other bands are:
Arctic Monkeys • Avenged SevenfoldThere will be a MET Club Ticket Presale on Feb 8 at 10am with a special MET Club presale price of $125 for two days. Public sale begins Feb 11 at 10am. Early bird tickets will be $150 for two days, or $175 if you wait to buy them.
Modest Mouse • The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant • Fucked Up • Best Coast
Hot Snakes • Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr. • Lucero • Roky Erickson
The Black Angels • The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers • Liturgy
+ more TBA
"More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members. More details soon!"
The festival is in partnership with C3 who also does Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
ASAP Rocky @ Creators Project 2011 (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* stuff @ Barbes
* Omei @ The Stone
* Tool, YOB @ Izod Center
* Quiet Riot @ BB King's
* Northern Cross @ The Stone
* The Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Thundercat, Deathrow Tull @ SOB's
* Joe Henry, Marc Ribot @ City Winery
* Skrillex, Zedd, Sazon Booya @ Pacha NYC
* Keren Ann @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* Smoota, Pegasus Warning @ Cameo Gallery
* Bosco Delrey, TEEN, Jailbait @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Spirit Animal, Rocky Business @ Mercury Lounge
* House of Waters, Eric Kalb's Organ Trio @ Zebulon
* High Highs, Eureka Birds, Night Shining @ Pianos
* Grandfather, Fantasmas, Greylist, The Finks @ Glasslands
* A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, G-Eazy, Flatbush Zombies @ Irving Plaza
* Bill Frisell performing a score for Bill Morrison's "The Great Flood" @ World Financial Center Winter Garden
Dominick Fernow of Cold Cave (and other projects) curated Feb 1-15 at The Stone.
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Check out Liturgy's new video for "True Will" below...
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...
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...
Sleigh Bells at Webster Hall (more by David Andrako)
Sleigh Bells will begin their Reign of Terror this year, with the release of their new LP which features "Born to Lose", a track you can listen to below (alongside an album teaser). Sleigh Bells will begin a reign over Florida in early February when they play a string of dates with Diplo and Liturgy. The dates will conclude by 2/14 and Sleigh Bells will soon be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on February 17. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at noon on January 11th, with regular sale hitting two days later.
All tour dates, the SB song stream and that video teaser, below.
Sleigh Bells at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
RCRDLBL and Bing are presenting a show at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on December 15 with Smoke and Mirrors and special guest Diplo. The 21+ show is free but RSVP is required. The flier for this show is below.
Diplo also just announced a Florida tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy. The tour, which has been dubbed the 'Paradise Lost' tour, will be in support of the new Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror, which is due out on February 14 via Mom + Pop. No music from the album has been released yet (except for the riff-heavy album trailer) and a lot of the track titles share names with other popular songs and/or bands ("Born to Lose," "Leader of the Pack," "Comeback Kid," "Never Say Die," "D.O.A." etc). The album trailer and tracklist are below.
Speaking of Liturgy, they recently recorded their first ever Daytrotter Session, playing songs off of their Aesthetica album, which came out earlier this year. You can listen and download the entire session for free HERE.
All dates, video, fliers, and other stuff below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Boris @ Irving Plaza
Japanese band Boris have been touring across America with a rotating cast of notable openers including Coliseum and Tera Melos (who they played with in Chicago), and Asobi Seksu and Liturgy who supported them in NYC at Irving Plaza on Thursday night (10/27).
More pictures from the NYC show, including a shot of Boris's setlist, below...
Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).
The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).
Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:
The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:
"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."Read the whole thing HERE.
Extra Life at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Sarahana)
Extra Life have a few shows coming including one at Death By Audio on September 25 with Little Women and Vaz and another at Glasslands on October 9 with Pygmy Shrews, Mick Barr (of Krallice), GDFX (aka Greg Fox who just left Liturgy), and DJ Caroline Teagle. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
GDFX has other shows coming up including one tonight (9/7) at 285 Kent Ave with The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Knife City, and Extreme Animals. Greg also plays a record release show for his Guardian Alien project on September 23 at Shea Stadium. Guardian Alien also plays Bruar Falls on October 5 with Alan Watts and Zebulon on October 9, the same night as the GDFX show at Glasslands.
Krallice also has shows coming up including 9/12 at the Bell House Wolves in the Throne Room and Thou. Krallice were supposed to open for the same bill on September 14 at Death By Audio, but they've switched shows. Krallice also play on September 17 at Union Pool with Urfaust, Black Anvil, and Ruin Lust
All dates below...
Greg Fox (center) on stage with White Hills (more by BBG)
Spazzy drummer Greg Fox of Liturgy will leave the Brooklyn "white metal" crew after their October tour with Boris. The departure is amicable. Liturgy tours a lot and Greg wants to shift his focus to other things, like his solo project GDFX (who recently released One Thing, stream it), Guardian Alien (who play a release show on 9/24 at Shea Stadium), and more (stay tuned). Fox told us:
Liturgy was fun and educational, but it's time for me to move forward. As a drummer in New York City, I have the opportunity to learn a lot from many very talented folks, and I'd like to be more open to those opportunities. If it makes sense for bands to last a long time then they do, otherwise you have to move on to the next thing, new experiences, new chapters. I wish Liturgy all the best. I'm excited about the future, about trying new things and making other plants grow, about growing personally, and about eating more pho.And for the record, Greg Fox is that obsessed with Vietnamese noodle soup, though no word if said obsession caused friction between the band members. I am guessing not.
Catch Fox's final NYC show with Liturgy when they play with Boris/Asobi Seksu at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Greg Fox behind the kit with White Hills (more by BBG)
As discussed, Greg Fox of Liturgy is GDFX, and as just mentioned, his new LP One Thing is out NOW via Impose on blue vinyl. While the LP is definitely heavy on Fox's weapon of choice (drums) at times, it isn't in many of the ways you would expect. The new LP touches on stuttering samples, glitch, uber compressed snares, 8-bit and even some drone over the course of its 40 minutes, all of which you can exclusively stream below.
If you missed GDFX at Shea Stadium last night (8/25), well, he plays two more shows tonight (8/26). One of them is back at Shea Stadium with Woodsman (their second of two NYC shows this week). The other is with Amen Dunes at Saint Vitus.
If you miss the St Vitus show, Amen Dunes will also play a show at the soon-to-be-closed Live With Animals in Brooklyn on 9/24 with with K-Holes, CAVE, and PC Worship.
Greg has filled in on drums for White Hills, and that band (sans Greg) will play a free show as part of the Rock Yard series.
Album stream & all tour dates for GDFX, Liturgy and PC Worship are below.
Amen Dunes at Glasslands (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Amen Dunes will rev up the reverb at Saint Vitus on August 26th with Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Zomes, and GDFX as part of their record release celebration for the new and haunting psychedelic garage LP Through Donkey Jaw. Tickets are on sale.
Through Donkey Jaw was released via Sacred Bones last week and features "Christopher" (video below) and "Not A Slave" (stream below).
The year was 1983, and Bobb Trimble had two then-unrecognized masterpieces to his credit and a lot of confusion and indifference from his fellow travelers in the Worcester, MA "Wormtown" scene. Never one to worry much about appearances, Bobb accepted an invitation to join a group of teenage boys who called themselves The Crippled Dog Band ...and led the Band on enthusiastically received gigs throughout the region. Unbeknownst to almost anyone, they completed a raucous album full of addictive hooks, feedback, teen chatter and video game noises. But soon the Band splintered and Bobb decided to forget about the whole thing, disposing of the entire 500-count LP pressing in an .office park dumpster.Stream one track, "Live Wire", alongside a video from 1983 (!) for "You Should See My Girl" below. If you aren't familiar with the Bobb Trimble "legend" catch up with an interesting Guardian article.
Zomes is nom de plume of Asa Osborne (Lungfish), who released Earth Grid via Thrill Jockey in April. Check out "Openings" streaming below.
GDFX is Greg Fox of Liturgy, who recently released a new LP via Impose Records entitled One Thing. You can listen to "Pipedream" below. Liturgy play Irving Plaza with Asobi Seksu and Boris on 10/27 as part of Boris's US tour. Tickets are still available.
All song streams and videos are below.
Hunter of Liturgy at Mercury Lounge (more by Greg Cristman)
MoMA's Performance Program resumes with a new commission by the New York-based artist collective Grand Openings. In collaboration with musicians, performance art scholars, sound artists, filmmakers, writers, and friends, the group is composing a multifaceted live program that relates to the history of performance art in general, as well as MoMA's particular institutional structure. Some sections are informed by encounters with the Museum Archives, current exhibitions, the Museum's architecture, and staff members; others are indirect meditations on the practice of performing itself. The title of the program, Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, refers to an additional documentary element of the work--a daily account of the actions in the form of handwritten texts, fabricated objects, and audio podcasts--which will be presented in the gallery space and on MoMA.org.Grand Openings have portions of the program devoted to Near Dark, sand painting, live blogging, and have even commissioned NYC "white metallers" Liturgy to play part of the program TONIGHT at MoMA (7/29), or should I say this afternoon, starting at 6PM. Get there early and check out the full schedule for Grand Openings Return of The Blogs (we're confused too).
Grand Openings comprises five core members--Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundblad, and Stefan Tcherepnin--with different backgrounds in art, music, curating, and criticism. Their partly scripted, partly improvised actions; loose choreographies; musical scores; and acts of self-reflection coexist within a chaotic structure.
Talk Normal @ Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
In addition to with EMA tonight, you'll have two more chances to catch Talk Normal in NYC in September when they open for Weekend at Glasslands (9/3) and Mercury Lounge (9/4). The shows are the week before Weekend plays Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and go on sale for the Mercury show Friday (7/22) at noon. UPDATE: More dates announced and listed below.
Guitarist Sarah Register of Talk Normal is also a producer, and she recently produced an album by NYC's GDFX aka Greg Fox (Liturgy, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Teeth Mountain, Guardian Alien). One Thing will be released via Impose Records as a blue 12" on August 16, and GDFX will play a bunch of shows around that time to help promote it. They're listed below along with one of the songs from the album. Liturgy is currently out on tour and will do even more touring later with Boris.
Weekend, recently played LPR instead of the Seaport due to rain. All upcoming dates are listed below...
Secret Chiefs 3 at Terminal 5 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Instrumental band Secret Chiefs 3 kicked off a European tour last month with DJ FAT32. The tour comes to North America in September. So far it only includes East Coast and Midwest shows, but West Coast dates are "being planned." Look for SC3 and FAT32 to play NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 13th. Tickets are on sale. All dates for the Trey Spruance-led band are listed below.
In October Secret Chiefs 3 play the Iceland Airwaves Festival with Bjork (she was just announced and will be doing a Biophilia performance), Austra, Beach House, Liturgy, SBTRKT, Suuns, Olof Arnalds, Tune-yards, John Grant, and many others. Full lineup at their site. The festival runs from October 12-16 and takes place in downtown Reykjavík. Bjork will also play five more shows in Reykjavík in October. All of those dates are listed below.
All SC3 tour dates and some videos below too...
Boris, in pillow and undergarment form
Boris's new LP offerings Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011) represent a bit of a stylistic change for the ever-shifting Japanese band. As such, they've recruited some bands outside of the usual suspects in their upcoming North American tour announced today. Boris, who is currently in the EU with Russian Circles, will hit the road in the US for dates with Asobi Seksu, Tera Melos, True Widow (who play Union Pool in August), Master Musicians of Bukkake, Liturgy and others in October. Full tour schedule is below, including an NYC date with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All tour dates and a video for Boris's "Hope/Riot Sugar" (a song from each new LP in a single video) is below. For all of you superfans, keep a lookout for Boris - Attention Please underwear and/or pillows (above) which go on presale on 7/30.
fireworks (more by Chris La Putt)
The 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns to the West Side to delight New Yorkers and the nation with an awe-inspiring display of patriotic firepower. This year's extravaganza, "Gift of Freedom," will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 25-minute score that includes a mix of American standards and the hottest pop favorites!Nick Lachey hosts the TV show which will feature performances by Brad Paisley & Beyoncé.
Not in New York? Check out our entertainment
special on NBC, July 4th at 9 pm EST.
"The Fireworks can be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue." Note that: The Westside Highway will be closed from 22nd Street to 59th Street beginning at 4:00 pm. You can also watch from NJ. I wouldn't recommend trying to see them from Brooklyn, though it may be possible if you get up high enough somewhere. One option for watching the fireworks is aboard a Rocks Off ship.
Unfortunately there will NOT be a free concert in Battery Park this year, not that last year's was anything special (for people over 5 years old anyway). There will not be a free show on Governors Island this year either. Last year they had a free She & Him show and a Rosanne Cash show too. This year the beach on Governors will be occupied by a not-free Pacha-presented dance party (part of the four-day Dance.Here.Now. Festival).
4th of July NYC show options are pretty slim in general this year, though Shea Stadium is hosting Summerjam III with Extreme Animals, Sightings, Liturgy, PC Worship, Hubble, La Otracina, Fuckton, In Buenos Aires, Dubknowdub, Black Ribbons, Future Shuttle, and more. Zebulon, Brooklyn Bowl and Barbes are all also open that day.
July 4th is a Monday though, and it's a Monday you probably have off of work (like Bowery Presents does -- all their clubs are closed that day). That means you can stay up late Sunday, July 3rd which is when Panda Bear plays Music Hall of Williamsburg, Tinsel Teeth are at Death By Audio, The Hairs play a free afternoon show at the South Street Seaport Fulton Market, Jaga Jazzist play Le Poisson Rouge, and the Feelies play their third of three Maxwell's shows.
"A lot of people don't take metal seriously as art, and a lot of people don't take art seriously as ethics. That's fine, I guess -- but as for myself, I do both."
- Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Hunter at Mercury Lounge (more by Greg Cristman)
Hunter of Liturgy has offered a rebuttal to Chris Grigg and countless others' criticism of Liturgy. Read his entire statement below.
Liturgy are hitting the road in early July for a string of dates with the spazzy Dope Body followed by shows with Chelsea Wolfe across the US before returning to the area in early August. Full tour dates, HHH's statement, and a never-seen-before live video from their recent Knitting Factory show, is below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "Movie Screen" (MP3)
Chelsea Wolfe will release her sophomore LP Apokalypsis on August 23 via Pendu Sound. The album, pictured above, is the followup to her 2010 debut The Grime and the Glow, a self-recorded gem which successfully blends dark folk, noise and Grouper-esque ethereality. It was a limited release. According to a press release, with Apokalypsis, Chelsea ditches the rough sounds she attained on her mobile 8-track in favor of a proper studio. The result is a fuller and more instantly accessible affair, yet equally if not more haunting than her debut. Grab the track "Movie Screen" above and
stream the whole album on soundcloud (stream removed).
Chelsea has some shows scheduled in July with Liturgy, who she played with at SXSW (and who Chris Grigg of Woe thinks are rude). There are no NYC dates included on the short run of dates, but she plays a solo show in NYC on either August 16 or 17 (her own website says 8/17). Venue and more details TBA.
All tour dates and album tracklist below...
Mayhem at Irving Plaza (more by Paul Birman)
After cancelling their last batch of dates, Mayhem will head back out to North America for a fall tour with support from Keep Of Kalessin, Hate, and Abigail Williams. Woe will also join on thirteen dates, though no word on which ones. The tour hits NYC at Gramercy Theater on November 3rd. Tickets info is forthcoming. Full tour schedule is below.
In related news, Woe mastermind Chris Grigg recently penned an open letter to Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, an excerpt of which follows:
To the point, then: we get it, dude. You think you are very, very important. Everything about you oozes a sense of superiority. Looking at only the first few pages of your Transcendental Black Metal essay, we find the following:Check out the whole thing at Metal Review. All tour dates and some video is below.
You somehow decided that black metal is the "culmination of the history of extreme metal."
You explain that traditional black metal is ultimately unfulfilling: "Hyperborean [traditional, Scandinavian-derived] Black Metal represents the mountaineer's arrival at the peak and a supposed leap off of it... And he is left, crestfallen, frozen and alone, in the Hyperborean realm."
You authoritatively claim the blast beat as belonging to black metal, though far from unique to it, because it allows you to rationalize your I-can't-maintain-a-hyper-blast beat by plainly stating, "the technique of Hyperborean Black Metal is the blast beat."
You audaciously inform us that your work is the next stage of the art's evolution with "[Transcendental Black Metal] is a sublimination of Hyperborean Black Metal in both its spiritual aspect and its technical aspect."
Those passages, the essay on the whole, and every attempt to defend your position shows that you lack even the smallest sliver of modesty or respect for your peers or listeners. These qualities -- rather, the lack of these qualities -- are not unusual for black metal artists to possess; after all, concepts of superiority and elitism are hallmarks of traditional black metal. In your case, though, they do not apply because you have gone so far out of your way to show that you are not the typical black metal musician, you are not part of this world -- you are an outsider wearing some (just some) of black metal's skin. I appreciate you taking the effort to describe what you are attempting to do; however, when you make lengthy, authoritative statements decrying black metal as dead and outdated, when you deride everything that came before you as little more than a failed attempt at something that is unreachable, you're thumbing your nose at everyone who does not see things your way. It's obnoxious. It's rude. It's annoying.
Liturgy at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more by Christopher Mumma & BBG)
Brooklyn black-metallers Liturgy released their sophomore effort Aesthethica on May 10 via Thrill Jockey. As previously mentioned, they play an album release party June 2 at Knitting Factory with Sightings, Matteah Baim, Swati, and Todd Pendu (DJ set). Tickets are still on sale. In July they head out on a month-long US tour. All dates are listed below.
If you want to understand the band better, or just need some light reading material for the beach, pick up a copy of the frontman's new book...
"Liturgy consciously inverts old-school black-metal nihilism, complete with theoretical undergirding--Hunt-Hendrix, a former philosophy student at Columbia, has even published a treatise on the subject, Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism.Download "Generation" and "High Gold" off Aesthethica above. Also check out the video for "Returner" off the album, along with the album tracklist and all tour dates below...
"I think that to the degree that anyone involved in underground music has an anti-intellectual attitude, they are making a mistake," Hunt-Hendrix writes via e-mail between European tour stops. "I guess it's just difficult to a lot of people to see that music, philosophy and art share a living common root--in the 19th century everyone knew that." This high-minded rhetoric has attracted its share of critics--"[Transcendental Black Metal] belongs to a rich, collegiate tradition of taking a movement or piece of art that you enjoy and writing about it in a way that suggests you take no enjoyment from it whatsoever," Vice quipped--but anyone attempting to brand Aesthethica as passionless will rapidly dead-end. The record's most memorable tracks ("Generation," "Veins of God") come off like high-fives between Black Sabbath and Lightning Bolt: undiluted collisions of volume and intricate groove." [Time Out]
Alex Bleeker (more by Erez Avissar)
today in NYC
* Matuto @ Barbes
* Milton @ Joe's Pub
* Toh Kay @ Joe's Pub
* Rammstein @ Izod Center
* Lyn Goeringer @ The Stone
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Matthew Ostrowski @ The Stone
* Gladys Knight @ Beacon Theatre
* DJ Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tim Minchin @ Gramercy Theatre
* Amon Amarth @ Best Buy Theater
* Sam Bradley, Holly Conlan @ Joe's Pub
* Cordero, Reid Paley Trio @ The Rock Shop
* The Fiery Furnaces @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Bad Manners, Hub City Stompers @ Maxwell's
* Kenny Millions, Starlicker @ Issue Project Room
* Banda De Los Muertos, Chicha Libre @ Littlefield
* Sophistafunk, Sleeperstar @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Superhuman Happiness, Amazing Ghost @ Zebulon
* Uh Huh Her, Diamonds Under Fire @ Santos Party House
* Clare Burson, Of Monsters & Men @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Mad Juana, The Green Children, Eitch @ Bowery Electric
* Coconuts, Beaches, Ed Schrader, Dope Body @ Cake Shop
* Rise Against, Bad Religion, Four Year Strong @ Terminal 5
* The Dearloves, Mr. Tough, American Restless @ Bruar Falls
* Snakes Say Hisss, Fort Lean, Slam Donahue @ Glasslands
* Gordon Voidwell, Futurecop, NewVillager & more @ Tammany Hall
* Cold War Kids, We Barbarians, Beast Make Bomb @ Highline Ballroom
* Smoking Popes, Girl in a Coma @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Computer Magic, Ch-Rom, Gospels, Punks on Mars @ Coco 66
* The Airborne Toxic Event, Voxhaul Broadcast @ Webster Hall
* BOBBY, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Prussia @ Knitting Factory
* Colin Rogister, Joakim, Sal P, Tim Sweeney @ Public Assembly
* Silverio, Davila 666, Chico Sonido & more @ Good Units (Vice event)
* Paul & The Tall Trees, International Affairs @ Mercury Lounge
* Kath Bloom, P.G. Six, Larkin Grimm, Ember Schrag @ Union Pool
* Midnight Magic, Arthur Baker, Matt Thornley @ Public Assembly
* Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs, Daniel Wayne @ Mercury Lounge
* The Thermals, Twin Shadow, Tyvek (NYU show) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jukebox The Ghost, Wakey!Wakey!, Pretty & Nice @ Bowery Ballroom
* Pants Velour, New Madrid, Mahavatar, Mama's Dirty Lil Secret @ Pianos
* Plan B, DJ Teenwolf, Crown & Anchor Dub, Joy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Das Racist, Gabrielle Hamilton & Eugene Mirman get interviewed @ Union Hall
* Family Underground, C. Spencer Yeh & Brian Sullivan, Drainolith, White Suns @ DBA
* Shawn David McMillen, Tom Carter and Robert Millis Duo, Eleven Twenty-Nine, Rhyton @ Silent Barn
Obama is in town today.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, we're hosting a 2 hour BOBBY pre-party at Knitting Factory tonight from 6-8pm. Free cocktails courtesy of Hornitos Tequila for all BOBBY ticketholders. In other words, for $10 you get 2 hours of free drinking followed by 3 bands (BOBBY, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prussia).
Liturgy have a new video for "RETURNER" from their new album "AESTHETHICA" (out May 10). Check it out below...
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...