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As anyone following along on @bvSXSW knows, after some serious transportation issues, Andrew Frisicano eventually made his way down to Monterrey, Mexico from Austin, TX (counting waiting for the bus to show up, it took him something like 18 hours which was 4 hours shorter than it took Ryan Muir) in time for a bit of the 2nd night and all of the third day (aka today, 3/22). Here is some of his story so far...

The Coathangers @ MtyMX (by TiTa_Elizondo)
MtyMx

"You Will Remember Tonight" was the song that stuck out in Andrew WK's headlining set at MtyMx Festival last night in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the second night of the fest, and the only set I saw because of a lengthy, complicated bus trip that started much earlier in the day.

There were a lot of questions coming down to Mexico: transportation, accommodations and food were mostly left in the hands of the festival, and at MtyMx now (5pm Monterrey time), most of those continue to be issues, sadly distracting from the bands who did make it. For some bands and showgoers the trip took 20+ hours of waiting and riding on buses, but if one thing has been consistent, it has been that no two MtyMx trips have been the same.

Due to spotty bus service from Austin, shaken confidence in the festival and scheduling issues, a number of the bands on the bill have canceled or been unable to make it down. Those bands (editor's note: which Todd P sarcastically addresses in a video below) include Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy. On the festival's last day, arranging transportation back to Austin or elsewhere has been an overriding theme.

story continued below with video & more pics...

Continue reading "Andrew Frisicano reports from MtyMx (which he had much trouble getting to, and he's not sure how he's getting back) "

words by BBG, Union Pool photos by Jesse Lindmar, Brooklyn Psych Fest photos by Samantha Marble

Naam @ Union Pool
Naam

Liturgy and Naam double teamed NYC at Union Pool on 3/6 with Tournament. Both bands are hitting the road in the near future for dates on the way to SXSW, where they will play multiple notable showcases. Liturgy will hit the BV-Sponsored Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin show and a WFMU show among many others, while Naam will play the Action PR Showcase on 3/17 (with an exclusive appearance from High On Fire) and Full Metal Texas on 3/18 among many others. Both Liturgy and Naam are on board to play Attitude Adjustment at Red7 on 3/20.

Naam also recently played the Brooklyn Psych Fest at Glasslands on 2/28 (pics of them and La Otracina below courtesy Samantha Marble), but are scheduled to take on Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/13 with Priestess (tix) as well as Cake Shop on 4/14 with Radio Moscow as part of a greater tour for the pair. Full dates are below.

Meanwhile, Liturgy have Scion Rock Fest this weekend and will be back in NYC to team up with White Mice at Shea Stadium on April 16th as part of a larger tour for 'da Mice, who will also play the Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin showcase at SXSW. Liturgy are also scheduled to play the WBAR-B-Q at Columbia University on April 25th with Cold Cave, Jana Hunter, US Girls, and many others. Full White Mice dates and Scion Rock Fest set times are below with more pictures from the two Brooklyn shows...

Continue reading "Naam & Liturgy played Brooklyn shows (pics), playing SXSW & lots of other gigs (2010 dates, Scion set times, more)"

by BBG

Buckshot (more by Tim Griffin)
Buckshot

I know we are a bunch of teasers, in between all of the (not so subtle) hints we have dropped lately. But now BrooklynVegan, in association with Tee Pee Records, Chronic Youth and Converse, is proud to announce 'Attitude Adjustment' at Red 7 in Austin on Saturday, March 20th from Noon to 6PM! The free show will pair some of the greats in hip hop with brutal hardcore, all while a riff-stravaganza destroys the other stage. You've been warned. Here's the lineup:

Indoor Stage
5:30 PM Black Milk
4:30 PM Buckshot
3:45 PM Trash Talk
3:00 PM Iron Age
2:15 PM Touche Amore
1:30 PM Torae
12:45 PM Alpha & Omega

Outdoor Stage
5:00 PM The Gates of Slumber
4:15 PM Nebula
3:30 PM Priestess
2:45 PM Bison BC
2:00 PM Howl
1:15 PM Liturgy
12:45 PM Naam

We're also happy to report, that like at two of four other shows this year, we'll be serving FREE Magic Hat beer (while supplies last). You'll also be able to grab a free Raw Revolution bar if you get hungry at the party.

The Red 7 show is one of MANY BrooklynVegan shows during the festival this year, and one of four that involves metal. The other three are the two stage Emo's shindig with Torche and Fucked Up on 3/17, the Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin Official showcase on 3/19, and the BV/100Knives/Crustcake Pizza Party on 3/18. Actually it's five if you count the M for Montreal show on 3/20 with VOIVOD.

Other non-metal BV shows include our official showcase on 3/17 with Califone, Serena Maneesh and more, and the BV/Anso party on 3/18 with Tyvek, Cheeseburger, and many more, and our day party at Club DeVille on 3/19 with Lucero, The Antlers and others. Half of this stuff is still not fully announced. Stay tuned.

The Red 7 show will also be one of two hip hop events we are involved with at SXSW this year. We're also happy to report that we're media sponsoring the official Audible Treats showcase on 3/20. More details to come! Pictures from their most recent CMJ show HERE.

Buckshot tells a story in the video, along with the flyer, below...

Continue reading "announcing 'Attitude Adjustment' - a Saturday party @ Red 7"

Xeno and Oaklander @ WBAR-B-Q 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Xeno and Oaklander

The 17th annual WBAR-B-Q (the outdoor show put on by Barnard College's resident radio station) will be happening this year on Sunday, April 25th. The free show lineup includes Think About Life (as previously reported), Cold Cave, Blues Control, Liturgy, Burning Star Core, Prince Rama Of Ayodhya Jana Hunter
Twin Stumps and U.S. Girls. The full list is below.

While in town, Montreal's Think About Life will also be playing Mercury Lounge on April 27th. Tickets are still on sale. Even sooner you can catch Think About Life on tour and at SXSW where they'll be playing a BrooklynVegan party (again).

As previously mentioned, Cold Cave will be playing at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday, April 29th. Tickets to that are on sale.

Liturgy play a show this Saturday (3/6) at Glasslands with Naam.

More info on the fest and set order is below...

Continue reading "17th Annual WBAR-B-Q lineup (w/ Cold Cave, Blues Control, Liturgy, Burning Star Core, more)"

by BBG

The Atlas Moth @ Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
The Atlas Moth

BrooklynVegan is proud to announce Salome, The Atlas Moth, and Dark Castle as on board for the BrooklynVegan Day Show on 3/17 at Emo's along side Torche, Fucked Up, and Javelina! Stay tuned for more announcements, it's gonna keep getting bigger, I assure you!

In addition, BrooklynVegan is also proud to announce sponsorship of one of the best official metal showcases at SXSW 2010, the 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore showcase at Headhunters on 3/19! Featuring an absolutely jaw-dropping lineup of Yakuza, Liturgy, Coffinworm, White Mice, Salome, and The Endless Blockade, the show will be punched up by some of our favorite bands that currently don't reside on either label, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle, and Hatred Surge! Set times and the show flyer is below, so get there and stay there... it's gonna be pretty amazing.

Both The Atlas Moth and Salome will be in NYC in the coming weeks, and both on unmissable shows. The Atlas Moth will open the night at LPR on 3/8 with Coalesce and Harvey Milk (tix), while Salome will play NYU on 3/11 with Shrinebuilder and Wolves In the Throne Room. Tickets for the NYU show are currently on sale for NYU students, while details for non-NYUers are forthcoming.

20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore flyer and some videos below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder NYU tickets on sale (sort of) ++ Atlas Moth, Salome & Dark Castle playing BV shows @ SXSW "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Clogs - Red Seas w/ Padma Newsome (MP3)

Dave Longstreth @ MHOW in December (more by Ryan Muir)
Dirty Projectors

The final lineup for Big Ears Festival in Knoxville TN, March 26-28, has been confirmed and updated, with the addition of King Crimson's Adrian Belew, tape composer William Basinski, NYC metal Liturgy (who are also playing MtyMx), UK avant-noisemakers Konk Pack, punk band Abe Vigoda, Ches Smith (drummer for Marc Ribot and others who'll play with Tery Riley) and Sufjan Stevens, who will be appearing with Clogs.

Also joining Clogs on stage will be the other guest vocalists on their new song cycle/album ,The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton: Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and The National's Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner. They'll be performing that work. A new track from the album, featuring Sufjan Padma on vocals, is posted above.

Other pairings at the fest include Ben Frost and Tim Hecker (collaborating for the first time) and Bang on a Can All-Stars, who will be playing music by David Longstreth, Thurston Moore, Michael Gordon and their own Evan Ziporyn. They'll also be doing a rendition of Brian Eno's Music for Airports at a show with Tim Hecker and The Books (who are also on the bill of ATP NY this year). Tickets to most Big Ears shows are currently on sale; additional shows go on sale Friday at 10am and noon.

Bang on a Can All-Stars will be performing the music of Dave Longstreth next Wednesday, February 24th at their show at Merkin Hall. At the gig, they'll also premiere work by Nik Bärtsch, Oscar Bettison and Christine Southworth plus "performances of a recently commissioned work by Michael Nyman for a film by the celebrated 1920s New York photographer Paul Strand along with a selection from the group's acclaimed live arrangement of Brian Eno's ambient classic Music for Airports." Tickets are on sale. A video of them playing 2x5 directed by Steve Reich is below. The full Merkin Hall schedule for their New Sounds/Contemporary Contexts series (including a May 27th Signal show/Nico Muhly premiere) is below.

Longstreth, Dirty Projectors and Alarm Will Sound play The Getty Address in full at Lincoln Center's Allen Room on Friday, Februay 19th. More below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Fest expands - Sufjan w/ Clogs (MP3), William Basinski, Liturgy, Bang on Can do Dave Longstreth (NYC too)"

by BBG

Salome at BV-BBG at CMJ (more by Samantha Marble)
Salome

Wow just turned into OMFG. Wolves In The Throne Room and Salome have been announced as support for the previously discussed 3/11 Shrinebuilder show at NYU. Ticket Info is forthcoming, but NYU students can expect to pay $2 and non-NYU-ers pay a whopping $5.

And while we are on the topic of killer bands, we'd like to announce that Salome will play the two-stage BrooklynVegan Day Party on March 17th at Emo's in Austin, Texas! For those counting at home, that's Salome plus Torche and Fucked Up! More artist announcements are on the way.

Salome will also play the 20 Buck Spin / Profound Lore official SXSW showcase at Headhunters in Austin on 3/19. As expected, the labels have teamed up for a killer lineup of underground metal greats: Yakuza, Liturgy, The Endless Blockade, Coffinworm, White Mice, + two more bands TBA.

That same night (3/19) at Spiro's, just down the street from the 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore Showcase will be the WFMU/Aquarius showcase which, much like last year, is brimming with great and forward thinking music of heavy/punk persuasion. Liturgy will also be featured at the two-stage show along with Speedwolf, Iron Man, Moon Duo, Shit and Shine, Pierced Arrows, Dengue Fever, Epileptinomicon, Drunkdriver, Home Blitz, Headdress, Sonny & the Sunsets, True Widow, and Todd. For more on the upcoming WFMU show, head to their site. Decisions!

Drunkdriver's other upcoming shows include other SXSW gigs and Cake Shop in NYC on 3/14 with Todd.

Pierced Arrows are scheduled for two NYC area shows with Lullabye Arkestra, March 5th at Mercury (tix) and March 6th at Maxwell's (tix).

the concert site...
Todd P

==BIG NEWS!==

It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural MtyMx All-Ages Festival of Art and Music!

The MtyMx festival will happen on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd at Autocinema Las Torres in Monterrey, Mexico

The MtyMx festival is a collaboration between Yo Garage and Todd P and will feature up to 25 bands a day for three days, playing outdoors on two stages in a beautiful drive-in movie theater on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental. Over one third of the bands playing are from Mexico!

Tickets are $30 for a three day pass. 75 bands!

Confirmed bands include: Dan Deacon, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Thee Oh Sees, Pocahaunted, Indian Jewelry, Male Bonding, Best Fwends, Banjo or Freakout and many many more, along with Mexican groups Los Fancy Free, Los Margaritos, and more to be announced in the coming days. -Todd P

You can add to that list of confirmed bands: No Age, Fucked Up, Das Racist, dd/mm/yyyy, Lemonade, Quiero Club (MX), Los Llamarada (MX), Toro y Moi, Small Black and Liturgy.

The only bad news (for SXSWers) is that Todd will not be bringing his multi-day fest of day shows to Ms. Bea's again this year, though he doesn't seem to be ruling out doing at least something in Austin before Mexico.

Scared of Mexico? In an e-mail, Todd P told us, "Monterrey has a lower violent crime rate than NYC, Dallas, or Houston, even accounting for international drug trade violence. A major goal of the festival is to dispel US misconceptions that Mexico is the 3rd world, uneducated, dangerous and backwards. Mexico is a modern country with a surging middle class and a vibrant, plugged in 1st world art and music community. Another major goal is to correct the disenfranchisement of Mexican artists and bands caused by strict US visa restrictions on Mexicans. In short: these bands and fans can't go to SxSW."

Details and reservations for Austin-to-Monterrey round-trip bus service, hotel options and onsite camping are forthcoming. More info on MtyMx is below...

Continue reading "Todd P officially announces MtyMx Fest (March 20-22) in Monterrey, Mexico (expanded lineup - No Age & more)"

words by BBG, photos by Jesse Lindmar

guess which band this is (hint: not Liturgy)...
White Mice

Liturgy is absolutely devastating Death By Audio right now. See this band this year. Shouldn't be hard, they certainly play enough. -[100TimesYes]
NYC has had plenty of chances to catch Hunter and the boys of Liturgy, and their last occasion took place on 1/15/10 at Death By Audio when the band teamed up with fellow 20 Buck Spin labelmate White Mice. The show was the first date of an east coast tour for Liturgy that will conclude at Glasslands next Friday (1/29). The band will also hit Don Pedro's on 2/18 with Aa and Glasslands again on 3/6 with Naam before heading down to Texas for a string of dates with White Mice, ultimately leading to the 20 Buck Spin SXSW Showcase with The Endless Blockade.

Liturgy was also recently announced as one of the many bands on board for Scion Rock Fest 2010. Full tour dates and pics of both Liturgy and White Mice are below...

Continue reading "Liturgy played Death by Audio w/ White Mice - pics & updated 2010 tour dates"

by BBG

Shrinebuilder at LPR (more here)
Shrinebuilder

Atlanta no more! Scion Rock Fest 2010 will take place in Columbus, Ohio on March 13, 2010. The show will officially expand its reach from one to FOUR venues in Columbus: Circus, Newport Music Hall, Skully's, and Bernie's Distillery. 2010's lineup contains zero return bands from the 2009 festival but does contain sets from bands that released my favorite albums of last year (namely Magrudergrind, Yob, Absu) and played my favorite shows of last year (Lightning Swords of Death, Landmine Marathon, Trap Them, Black Tusk, Ludicra) in addition to sets from headliners Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, Shrinebuilder, Brutal Truth.

The rest of the lineup, the show flyer, and RSVP info is below...

Continue reading "Scion Rock Fest 2010 (March 13 in Ohio) - lineup announced"

by BBG

Liturgy (more by Greg Cristman)
Liturgy

Liturgy has scheduled a tour send-off show on 1/15 at Death By Audio with White Mice, Little Women, and Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos. The band will be back in NYC action on 2/18 at Don Pedro's with Aa, and then again on 3/6 at Glasslands with Naam.

Liturgy's support at Death By Audio, Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos, will be reincarnated into another earthly form, that of Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group 16 days later. It is that form that will support An Albatross when they play Knitting Factory on 1/31 with Wharton Tiers Ensemble. Tickets are on sale.

So what is Cellular Chaos exactly, and what else has Weasel Walter been up to?

I have left California for New York. I quit XBXRX and joined Behold...The Arctopus. On the docket are my Septet record "Invasion" featuring Kaiser, Golia, John Lindberg, William Winant, Liz Allbee and Damon Smith; studio recordings by the Walter/Halvorson/Evans trio and the Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group as well as the new Burmese studio effort. I have reincarnated my west coast guitar freakout band Cellular Chaos on the East Coast with new players. A lot of writing for jazz quintet and tentet took place this year and I'll probably make an attempt to get that music played out here in New York with new musicians. This spring I'm planning on tours with the Forbes/Young/Walter trio as well as some European dates with Sheik Anorak and Mario Rechtern. There's an all-new Toy Killers release slowly in the works . . . I am also preparing to work on a very strange project spearheaded by the legendary Nondor Nevai, featuring myself on bass and Kenny Millions (aka Keshavan Maslak) on reeds - a truly volatile mixture of weirdos, should be extremely interesting. There's some talk about me contributing drums to some new Controlled Bleeding material as well. There are a lot of possibilities and I'm trying to figure out how to juggle them all and still remain solvent. Wish me luck.
That sounds like alot. Good luck.

Full Liturgy and Weasel Walter dates, as well as a few videos are below...

Continue reading "Liturgy going on tour, Weasel Walter opening for An Albatross, both playing lots of NYC shows (dates)"

by BBG

Laura of Kylesa (more by Paul Birman)

Earlier I discussed my favorite LPs of the year, but why leave the fun to just one? I asked some of my favorite artists and promoters for their 2009 highlights. The responses were great. You already saw some of them. Justina listed some quotes, Liam Wilson talked about Philly, and Josh Graham listed good things about 2009. They continue below. You'll find lists of favorite songs and albums of the year, not to mention answers to crucial questions like:

  • What are Coalesce's favorite pizza toppings?
  • Which one of my top 20 artists of the year tried to get in a cab with Kirsten Dunst?
  • What is the #1 sauce/condiment of 2009?
Find out the answers to those questions and more, below...

Continue reading "The Year in Metal continued (BBG asked countless others to make lists... and here they all are)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final/first week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Shrinebuilder
Shrinebuilder

The Aquarian: How was it being on stage with Shrinebuilder, as opposed to with Om?

Al Cisneros: It's definitely a different band. There's different elements that converge in both. A different combination. When a song and a riff opens up, be it Om or Shrinebuilder, I go right into it the same way always, as myself. It's different in the sense that there's different elements, different melody lines that come in, different instruments of course. Different song structures, but you know, in a way, it's very similar.

Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy teamed up on 11/15 for a BV-sponsored show at Le Poisson Rouge, an exclusive appearance from the supergroup. We already posted a set of pictures. Check out a second set below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder, Rwake & Liturgy @ LPR - a 2nd set of pics"

photos by Lori Baily

Melt Banana

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material

A set of pictures from Melt Banana and Liturgy at Bowery Ballroom on November 23rd, continued below...

Continue reading "Melt Banana & Liturgy @ Bowery Ballroom in NYC - pics "

by BBG

Hunter on stage with Liturgy (more here)
Liturgy

For those of you that enjoy to sauce it up on Friday nights or enjoy a light Saturday afternoon, avert your eyes! Hideous Gnosis (named after a song by the great Caïna) is "a gathering dedicated to the mutual blackening of metal and theory", and is scheduled to take place in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on Saturday (12/12) from 1PM to 7PM. The event will examine different facets of black metal via discussion, readings, performance, and much more. The many scheduled guests include Hunter from Liturgy, Nader Sadek, and Haunting The Chapel (ex-Show No Mercy) scribe Brandon Stosuy.

More info, including the flyer and the schedule are below...

Continue reading "Black Metal Theory Symposium in Brooklyn on Saturday "

words by BBG, photos by Dianalee Zadlo

DOWNLOAD: Sea of Bones - The Harvest (Mediafire, Zipped MP3)

Sea of Bones
Sea of Bones

Sadly, due to the death of someone very dear in one of our families (and by extension, the Goes Cube family as a whole), Goes Cube will be unable to play our show with Cable and Liturgy on 12/3 at Fontanas...

We apologize for having to cancel and appreciate your understanding. We have some big news coming up, and we DO have another FREE show on 12/18 (at Spike Hill in Williamsburg with some other great bands). Please stay tuned, stay in touch, and be well. -David, Kenny, and Matt.
Best to you and your family, Goes Cube. Cable and Liturgy will still be a-rockin' TONIGHT (12/3) at Fontana's though, joined by the newly added Sea of Bones. The FREE show will feature some FREE suds as well, and will double as a party for the black metal documentary Until The Light Takes Us, which also just had a party at Knitting Factory, and which drops (into theaters) Friday (12/4).

Sea of Bones released The Harvest independently, as in by themselves... for free download, earlier this year. Check out that LP above. The band also recently played with Across Tundras, Monolith, and Bubonic Bear at Mill Creek Tavern in Philadelphia on 11/25 and Union Pool on 11/26 with Gwynbleidd as part of AT's previously discussed east coast tour. If you missed Gwynbleidd, catch them Fontana's on Sat (12/5) fri with B.I.T.E. and Rattling Cages.

More pictures from the Philly show are below...

Continue reading "Sea of Bones replacing Goes Cube on Liturgy/Cable show, played Brooklyn & Philly w/ Across Tundras - pics "

by BBG

Shrinebuilder

On Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge, Shrinebuilder played an overwhelming show -- almost meditatively focused, one whose afterimage is likely to stay with those who saw it. It's a band of willful musicians in their 40s from around the country who have given their adult lives to slow-and-heavy music: Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Scott Weinrich of the Obsessed and Saint Vitus, Al Cisneros of Om and Dale Crover of the Melvins. Shrinebuilder is as loosely based in doom-metal as Krallice is in black-metal: it might be the starting place, but it's not the ending place...

In a set that lasted about an hour and a quarter, the band elongated all the songs from its new, self-titled first album, and played a cover of Joy Division's droning "24 Hours" -- a perfect and surprising choice. (It's hard to imagine the two Scotts, stolid American grizzlies, as secret Anglophiles.) As the last song, "Pyramid of the Moon," swept to its end and Mr. Crover socked the last beat, the crowd erupted almost involuntarily, as if it had been punched. -[New York Times]

To quote myself, "Shrinebuilder = amazing". Thanks to all who came to the BV sponsored presentation of Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy as part of The Blackened Music Series. The Sunday (11/15) show at Le Poisson Rouge was a success on many fronts: a searing performance from a quartet of bonafide legends, amazing support from rarely seen Rwake (in the Northeast anyway) and the promising Liturgy, and a packed house! Most importantly though, that packed house showed that the metal underground is thriving, and that intelligent, thought-provoking, and challenging heavy music can triumph.

The Sunday night Shrinebuilder show at LPR was the conclusion to three nights of "Blackened" music in NYC. Friday (Krallice) and Saturday (Skeltonwitch) were both at Union Pool.

On Monday (11/6) Shrinebuilder flew to Austin for a show that night...

"Then went downtown to Emo's to catch Shrinebuilder, a super group of Wino, Al Cisneros (Sleep, OM), Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) and Scott Kelley (Neurosis). Got there to stand in line, which was around the block soon after. Chilly night, glad I bundled up. Opening band Sub Oslo was really good, very trippy cosmic Reggae. Shrinebuilder was of course amazing..." [Danny G]
Their next scheduled show is Apr 17, 2010 in Tilburg, Holland for Roadburn.

Pics, video (courtesy of No Gods, No Vegetables) and the set list from the NYC Shrinebuilder show, below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder played Le Poisson Rouge in NYC w/ Rwake & Liturgy (pics, video & setlist) "

photos by Lori Baily, words by BBG

Krallice at Union Pool, replete with stage invaders
Krallice

Almost no music is more ripe for renovation than black metal, with its hyper mannerisms, its flamboyant obscurantism, its single-mood monotony. Some recent American bands have been doing just that, without Satanism, face paint or bad aesthetics. Krallice, a New York City band with an excellent new record, "Dimensional Bleedthrough" (Profound Lore), takes some of black metal's conventions - its blast beats and guitar drones and scoured vocal yells - and adds physical and intellectual urgency... As written by Mick Barr (also of the bands Ocrilim and Orthrelm) and Colin Marston (of Behold ... the Arctopus), these songs have tons of structure: strategic repetition, moving harmony, sections that develop with new melodic strains. It's way aggressive, but it hasn't closed in on itself. [New York Times]
Friday night's record release show was more like a record release party as Krallice set Union Pool ablaze. The show, night one of a full 'Blackened Weekend', featured killer sets from the controversial black (?) metallers Liturgy, the great Malkuth (who were sick once again), and sludge duo Orphan. Openers were good, but the crowd kicked it up to 11 when Krallice hit the stage, causing a giant mosh pit that consumed literally 1/3 - 1/2 of the floor of Union Pool. (I watched the show from above).

24 hours later Skeltonwitch (with Black Anvil) would somehow best Krallice in crowd participation. Photos from that show, as well as from the Shrinebulder/Rwake/Liturgy show are on the way.

After a day of rest (today, unless you are headed to The Jesus Lizard), the madness continues. A list of upcoming shows at the end of the pictures from Union Pool, below...

Continue reading "Krallice, Malkuth, Liturgy & Orphan played Union Pool - pics"

by Andrew Frisicano

Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum @ Market Hotel...
Mount Eerie

The haunting, cryptic grind of Malkuth and the high-intensity shriek of Liturgy (in full corpsepaint) were quite the introduction for Mount Eerie's headlining set at Market Hotel on Halloween. The latest opus from Mt. Eerie (aka Phil Elverum), Wind's Poem, is a metal-inspired noise odyssey that manages to expertly pair brutal passages of distortion with ethereal lyrics and tender interludes usually found in his acoustic work. The somewhat rare occurrence of Phil's full-band tour, armed with the abrasive new album, was the obvious impetus for the creative holiday-night booking. Mount Eerie's live set, with Elverum backed by No Kids' Nick and Julia on synths and two drummers (one of which manned a massive gong), did not disappoint with its dynamic range - guitars blasted and died alongside Phil's whispered words.

No Kids, the quiet, restrained indie pop trio responsible for 2008's excellent Come Into My House, must have felt a bit out of place in the opening Halloween-night spot, but it was a different scene the following night at (Le) Poisson Rouge (I showed up too late to see them on Halloween so I stopped by the next night at LPR). At that show, the band followed classical pianist Dina Pruzhansky, whose opening set included selections from Debussy and Schumann. Welcoming the diversity, singer and songwriter Nick Krgovich played all his synth parts on the club's grand piano. Phil Elverum has been playing drums with the group all tour (drummer Justin Kellam has been living in Berlin) . His casual, sound-sensitive approach to the kit is rooted in his production style - subtle and unafraid of the occasional slip.

No Kids played a set of all new songs written for a forthcoming LP expected in fall 2010 (no word if they played the supremely excellent "For Halloween" on the night itself). The tunes dealt in Tin Pan Alley melodies (aided by the piano for synth substitution) and lyrics that painted a Hopperesque picture of isolation (and focused on Hollywood in specific terms). The crowd sat, still in a haze from Halloween, and soaked in the restrained songs.

I didn't see Tara Jane O'Neil's set either night. I don't believe she played at Market Hotel, but she was definitely set up to go at LPR. The Mount Eerie/No Kids/TJO tour continues through November 8th. Dates and more pictures from both shows are below...

Continue reading "Mount Eerie & No Kids played LPR & Market Hotel w/ Liturgy & Malkuth on Halloween (pics) "

by BBG

Skeletonwitch at Scion Rock Fest (more by Steven Brown)
Skeletonwitch

Skeletonwitch must pretty much live in their van. Luckily that means that NYC has another SW date to look forward to, 11/14 at Union Pool with the incredamazing Black Anvil! Tickets are only $10 and currently on sale.

The Skeletonwitch show is one day of a "Blackened Weekend" from The Blackened Music Series, which also features the highly anticipated return of Krallice with Malkuth, Liturgy, and Orphan at Union Pool on 11/13, and the BV-sponsored Shrinebuilder/Rwake/Liturgy jawdropper at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15 (tickets).

Liturgy is also playing with Malkuth at the previously discussed Mt Eerie / No Kids / Tara Jane O'Neil throwdown at Market Hotel on Halloween. Want to go? I HAVE A PAIR OF TICKETS AND A COPY OF Mt. Eerie's Wind Poems on LP for giveaway. Learn more at the bottom of this post.

Skeletonwitch recently dropped their new LP, Breathing The Fire and are currently on tour with Trap Them, Toxic Holocaust and The Black Dahlia Murder. That tour stirred up some controversy down south when they tried to play a Christian venue. Check out the news videos below along with a statement from Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, and all Skeletonwitch and Orphan tour dates, below....

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Rwake (more here)
Rwake

How do you improve on Shrinebuilder in the flesh? Rwake and Liturgy have been added as support at the upcoming Shrinebuilder show at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15. Tickets are still available!

Shrinebuilder has also announced their participation in a particularly STACKED Roadburn 2010, along with the new Tom Warrior project Triptykon, the reunion of Goatsnake (!), Thor's Hammer, and acid-folkers Comus who will play their First Utterance LP in it's entirety(!). Oh, and did I mention Candlemass will be performing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and the festival will also feature appearances from Yob, Moss, Altar Of Plagues, Mouth of The Architect, and many more. Must. Go.

Rwake are currently working on their follow-up to Voices of Omens, and are also scheduled to play Chicago with Shrinebuilder. Rwake has also been added to the Hellfest 2010 lineup which also includes Immortal, Atheist, Black Cobra, Bloodbath, Suffocation, Weedeater, with another 80+ bands TBA.

Wino of Shrinebuilder plays with his solo band at Irving Plaza tonight (10/9, tix here) and tomorrow (10/10, tix here) supporting Clutch, and will be back next week with Saint Vitus at Europa (10/16, tix here)!

Both CT (of Rwake) and Scott Kelly (of Shrinebuilder & Neurosis) host weekly podcasts on Combat Radio, and both are highly recommended.

Al Cisneros of Shrinebuilder will showcase Om over two nights in NYC, Sunday 10/11 at Europa (tickets here) and tuesday 10/13 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets here).

Dale Crover of the Melvins (who plays drums in Shrinebuilder) recently played ATP and Nokia Theater with Down, and have a remix album out NOW entitled Chicken Switch. The LP features contributions from Merzbow, Lee Ronaldo, Matmos, and many others.

Full Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy dates, as well as a few live videos are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Liturgy - Ecstatic Rite (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: House of Ladosha - Burning Like Paris (MP3)

photos by Lori Baily

Liturgy @ Glasslands
Liturgy

Friday | October 16
Brooklyn Playlist | A Special Concert Featuring Bands from the County of Kings
With Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy.
Curated by the New Yorker staff writers Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh.
8 P.M. The Bell House ($25)

Tickets to all events may be purchased starting at 12 noon E.T. on September 18th, at newyorker.com/festival or by calling 800-440-6974.

That's the complete,info on the previously-mentioned New Yorker Fest show which is not to be confused with the other four NYC shows that Dirty Projectors have coming up before 2010 (2 are at Bowery & 2 at MHOW). It's a diverse lineup...

House of Ladosha

Liturgy played with Larkin Grimm, Extra Life, and Zs at Glasslands on September 3rd. The rest of the Liturgy pictures from that show are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Liturgy - "Ecstatic Rite" (MP3)

Liturgy in a moment of "om"
Liturgy

Liturgy's killer new album Renihilation has only been out around eight days now, and Hunter and the boys are already swimming in accolades. A short US tour kicks off next week, but until then look for them at one last hometown show to sate those who haven't seen them live and can't wait until The New Yorker Festival in October or Halloween with Malkuth and Mount Eerie.

Tonight (9/3) Liturgy will team up with Extra Life (mem STATS), Zs, and Larkin Grimm at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn.

Both Liturgy and STATS are alumni of BV-BBG events; Liturgy played Europa and STATS played the Show No Mercy/BV-BBG event at Public Assembly.

Speaking of bands that played BV-BBG at Europa, Howl are scheduled to play Europa on Sunday (9/6) with Toxic Holocaust. Tickets are still available.

The last time that Howl played NYC was at a FREE show at Fontana's, and ANOTHER one of those takes place TONIGHT (9/3)! Black Anvil will be celebrating the re-release of their awesome 2008 LP, Time Insults The Mind, on Relapse. The band will be joined by a very special guest and The Binary Code. Flyer is below, and again, it is FREE.

Also this sunday (9/6), the previously mentioned Show No Mercy at Public Assembly featuring Gnaw, Mick Barr, Castevet, and Period. Period shares a member with Extra Life.

All Liturgy tour dates as well as flyers for Show No Mercy and the Black Anvil Fontana's show are below.

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Neko Case @ the 2009 Newport Folk Festival (more by Jim Brueckner)
Neko Case

"During the weekend of October 16th through October 18th, The New Yorker will present its tenth annual Festival, a three-day series of events that brings together some of the world's most talented and distinguished people in the fields of literature, art, film, music, humor, business, food, politics, design, and science....

...Pop-music offerings will include interviews with and performances by Neko Case, Bon Iver, Steve Earle, and Loudon Wainwright III; a pub-rock reunion with Ian Hunter, of Mott the Hoople, and Graham Parker, of Graham Parker and the Rumour; and a panel discussion about the music industry with Jace Clayton, Josh Deutsch, Melvin Gibbs, Danny Goldberg, and Livia Tortella. In addition, a special Brooklyn Playlist concert at Brooklyn's Bell House, curated by Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh, will feature Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy."

This is a full three months before Bon Iver's other upcoming NYC show. More New Yorker announcements soon. "Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 18th, at 12 noon, and may be purchased at newyorker.com/festival"

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Lightning Swords of Death
Lightning Swords of Death

What better place to see the black metal attack of Liturgy (though some call them "white metal"), Lightning Swords of Death, Bastard Sapling, and Agrath than the dingy basement of Lit Lounge, where the bands squared off on August 17th as part of Precious Metal.

I arrived bright and early to catch Agrath, the only band of the four that I wasn't familiar with. The NYC band had some interesting discordant riffage and were tight/executed very well, but had little to no stage prescence- save for the moments in between songs when the vocalist croaked song titles in his best black metal screech. If Agrath can somehow channel the evil from their riffs into their live show, they could be something interesting.

Richmond's Bastard Sapling followed, whom I was previous familiar via their performance at the ABC No Rio in Feb with Tombs, Black Anvil, and Woe (helluva bill right?) back in February. Beyond intense performance from this thrashy black metal five piece which includes the ex-drummer from CR (who are reuniting in September). Killer band, and highly reccommended if you get the chance to catch them.

Lightning Swords of Death was the main attraction of the evening for me, and the Los Angeles band managed to be beyond amazing in what ranks as one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in the basement of Lit Lounge. LSOD played with a fog machine (set to maximum, I am guessing?) which, when coupled with the Lit Lounge house light rig, clouded the basement and recalled a Zoroaster live show. Each member contributes a vital piece to LSOD: Roskva's (who also does time in Endless Blizzard) thundering guitar tone recalls that of a doom band and not one more conducive to tremolo picking. Reverend Black snarls, crouches low and plays bass like an unhinged barbarian, complete with a freakout noise session that would have made Thurston Moore proud. Lead vocalist Autarch vocals are fantastically diabolical, and he is comfortable in the role of blasphemous ringmaster. And drummer Thrudvang... he is talented and all but I pretty much can't guarantee much more than that because the fog was so damn dense.

LSOD were unbelievable live and I cannot reccomend them enough. I find it somewhat shocking that a major like Metal Blade would sign a band of this style (although Century Media did sign Nachtmystium), but I am beyond excited to see it. Random question though... is this band's name a reference to the great Lone Wolf and Cub series of kung fu films? If so, my appreciation for that moniker jumps up considerably.

It was a tall order for Liturgy to top LSOD, and the four piece did their best. Drawing heavily from their to-be-lauded LP Renihilation, the band were tight, focused, and muscular. I have seen Liturgy many a time, and it seems that this relatively young band is experienced beyond their years and keep getting better. During their second to last song, guitarist/vocalist Hunter broke a string and instead of having the audience wait until he replaced that string, said "that's it, sorry guys". A few in the audience started to trickle out, but screams of "one more" eventually led the band to make a deal: if they could wait until the string was changed and the band would play on. The audience did, and Liturgy did. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

More pictures from the show below...

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