Entries tagged with: Lonnie Holley
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lonnie Holley at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/17/13
Since 1979, [Lonnie] Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley's sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events.The above quote is from Dust to Digital, the label that released both music albums from outsider artist Lonnie Holley: 2012's Just Before Music and this year's Keeping a Record of It, which came out earlier this month (9/3). Lonnie's music has slowly started reaching a larger audience, as he's made a fan out of multiple indie musicians. Bear in Heaven named his debut as one of their favorites of 2012, and perhaps most notably, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has taken an interest in him.
Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley's original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley's music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Bradford and Cole Alexander of Black Lips both contributed to the 13+ minute song "From the Other Side of the Pulpit" from Keeping a Record of It, which you can stream, along with another album track "Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants," below.
Deerhunter have also had him open some of the shows on their tour this year. Back in August, he opened their San Francisco show that also included Animal Collective side project Avey Tare's Slash Flick, and at that show both Bradford Cox and Avey Tare joined Lonnie on stage (video below). He also just opened for Deerhunter in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17), the first of three Deerhunter shows in NYC this week. At that show, Bradford also joined him on drums for one of the songs. Pictures of Lonnie's set at MHOW are in this post.
Lonnie Holley will be heading out on the road again as an opener on Bill Callahan's tour. That tour brings Bill and Lonnie to NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lonnie Holley dates are listed, along with more pictures from MHOW, song stream and video, below.
Bill Callahan at the Allen Room in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Bill Callahan released his fourth post-Smog solo album, Dream River, via Drag City this week (9/17). It's a country-esque flute-filled album that you can pick up at the Drag City webstore. A video of him playing one of its tracks, "Small Plane," in NYC's 6th & B Community Garden for NPR's Field Recording sessions is below.
Bill's tour in support of the album begins with a boat show in his current hometown of Austin this Sunday (9/22) and makes it way to NYC for a previously discussed show at Webster Hall on October 6. Since we last spoke, outsider artist Lonnie Holley has been added to that show. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available. A bunch of European shows for 2014 were just added to Bill's touring schedule, and you can check out the updated list of dates below.
The day after the Webster Hall show, BAM (10/7) will be showing a screening of his new-ish tour documentary, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film, in the Peter Jay Sharp Building at BAM Rose Cinemas at 7:30 PM. Bill Callahan himself will be appearing at the screening for a "reverse Q&A" which takes place after, where he asks the audience questions about the documentary.
Updated dates are listed, along with that video, below...
Deerhunter at Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Deerhunter are currently on a tour which just hit Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW over on the west coast. The tour comes to NYC later this month for shows on September 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mas Ysa, September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts, and September 19 at Webster Hall with Blues Control and Crystal Stilts. The 9/18 show is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the 9/19 show. Details on how to enter to win those tickets are below.
After the 9/19 show, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox will be DJing the official afterparty happening at Glasslands later that night (11:30 PM). Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.
In related news, Bradford recently teamed up with Cole Alexander of Black Lips to contribute to a track on outsider artist Lonnie Holley's new album, Keeping a Record of It, which came out this week (9/3) via Dust to Digital. Bradford and Cole are on the track "From the Other Side of the Pulpit," which you can stream, along with the updated list of Deerhunter tour dates and contest details, below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (12/5) and tickets are still available for that show. One dollar from each ticket sold is going towards Hurricane Sandy relief, and 10% of the bar at the band's afterparty at Public Assembly will go to relief as well.
Meanwhile, frontman Jon Philpot was kind enough to send us his Top 10 LPs of 2012 which includes some of his Brooklyn neighbors (Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer) and a few other familiar names to these lists this year (Frank Ocean, Scott Walker) but his number one is new compilation of Italian '70s progressive/spacerock artist Sensations' Fix titled Music Is Painting in the Air. There's some pretty cool synth work on it that you could see being an influence on Bear in Heaven. You can stream the entire Sensations' Fix (all 30 tracks) LP below and check out Philpot's list in full.