Entries tagged with: Lucky Dragons
by Lukas Hodge
Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.
The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.
Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:
The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.
For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).
The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.
Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.
Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.
As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.
One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?
You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Grizzly Bear / Purity Ring
POP Montreal wrapped up on Sunday (9/23) and BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was there and captured shots of Grizzly Bear, Purity Ring, Woodpigeon (aka Mark Hamilton solo), Lucky Dragons, Brazilian Money, and "Where the River Got the Water Remix," a dance piece featuring dancer Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and singer/songwriter Katie Moore.
It was a hometown show for Montreal's Purity Ring, and doubled as the last date on their tour with Evian Christ and Headaches, which had hit NYC the two days prior (9/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/22 at MHOW).
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:
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.
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)
"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...
VNine 11 Thesaurus @ the Maze at DBA last September (more by Tim Griffin)
¿REAL BUSHWICK/BUSHWICK RÉAL? is a new performance series representing the multi-faceted communities that make up Bushwick's vibrant arts scene, and highlighting musicians, dancers, poets, and other performers from Bushwick and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods. Each show features a mix of youth performers, community-based performers, and other artists with ties to the community and represents an opportunity for families to share intergenerational music and performance interests.The show is being organized by Representing NYC, an organization run by Zs' Sam Hillmer (who also worked to set up the Maze at Death By Audio last fall). More info on the show and videos fo the Nine 11 Thesaurus crew rapping a cappella are below...
On February 26, REAL BUSHWICK teams up with The Silent Barn to present Zs, Lucky Dragons, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Non Horse, Mega Calderos, DJ Shadatek, and Cool Places Sound System.
Beach Fossils @ Shea Stadium (more by Erez Avissar)
today in NYC
* Dave Hill: BIG IN JAPAN @ UCB
* Ben Perowsky Quartet @ Barbes
* Islands video party @ Legion Bar
* Lichens, Lucky Dragons, Zomes @ Zebulon
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Girlyman @ Littlefield
* Des Roar, The Dead Sparrows, Still Life Still @ Mercury Lounge
* Diet Cokeheads, White Suns, Twin Stumps, The Men @ Death By Audio
* Robert Stillman's Station-Wagon Interior Perspective @ The Stone
* Jason Lescalleet, Sean Meehan, Pauline Monin @ Issue Project Room
* Babies, Total Slacker, Beach Fossils, True Womanhood, The Sundelles @ Glasslands
* Bleak End At Bernie's, Kate Ferencz, Bigger Princess, Mad Mouth, Wisdom Tooth @ Silent Barn
Band names of the day: Diet Cokeheads and Bleak End At Bernie's.
Still Life Still play their first Mercury Lounge residency show.
Dave Hill performs his "Big In Japan" show at UCB tonight. His friend Lucy Wainwright Roche performs at Littlefield.
Pianos is still closed for renovation.
Lucky Dragons made one of Dan Deacon's favorite albums of '09. They play Zebulon tonight with Lichens and Zomes. Dragons vids below.
Japandroids are touring and playing Bowery Ballroom in April. They were on Jimmy Fallon Monday - their live TV rendition of "Wet Hair" is below.
Dan Deacon's Top 10 albums of 2009 (via)
1. Double Dagger - More
2. Lightning Bolt - Earthy Delights
3. Health - Get Color
4. Ducktails - Landscapes
5. Pictureplane - Dark Rift
6. Javelin - Jamz N Jemz
7. DD/MM/YYYY - Black Square
8. Black Dice - Repo
9. Lucky Dragons - Dream Island Laughing Language
10. Ed Schrader - The Choir Inside
photos by Tim Griffin
Next up for Javelin will be opening shows for The Very Best, touring with Lucky Dragons, and playing a couple of dates with the Phenomenal Handclap Band including that December 11th show at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). The Thrill Jockey-signed Brooklyn (via Providence) duo also have a show coming up at Monster Island even sooner. All dates and more pictures from Mercury Lounge below...
Heavy Trash @ Mercury Lounge in June (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Iggy Pop @ Barnes & Noble
* The Raveonettes @ Maxwell's
* Nick Lowe, Bill Kirchen @ City Winery
* Digable Planets members @ Southpaw
* Kylie Minogue @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Former Ghost, Silk Flowers @ Monkey Town
* Lucky Dragons, Rose Lowder @ Light Industry
* Heavy Trash, Bad Girlfriend @ Bowery Electric
* Indian Jewelry, Led Er Est, Living Days @ Glasslands
* The Dodos, The Ruby Suns @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Om, Six Organs of Admittance, Lichens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Built to Spill, Disco Doom, Violent Soho @ Webster Hall
* Ladybug Transistor, The Parson Red Heads, Hymns @ Union Hall
* Ravens & Chimes, Hollands, Wires In the Walls, The Royalties @ Pianos
* Youth Group, The Static Jacks, Terminal Reynaldo, Don Lennon @ Maxwell's
* Clem Snide, Yourself & The Air, The Republic Tigers, Eleanor Whitmore with Chris Masterson @ Mercury Lounge
Two-thirds of Digable Planets reunite for a gig at Southpaw.
Iggy Pop talks with author Robert Matheu at Barnes & Noble Tribeca.
Kylie Minogue wraps up her Hammerstein Ballroom run.
Neon Indian is coming for CMJ. Indian Jewelry plays Glasslands tonight.
The Raveonettes' tour starts at Maxwell's tonight, Webster Hall tomorrow and MHOW Sunday.
Om, Six Organs of Admittance and Lichens played Europa on Sunday. Tonight they're at Bowery Ballroom.
Built to Spill, Disco Doom and Violent Soho have three more NYC shows to play counting tonight at Webster Hall.
Former Ghost, at Monkey Town with Silk Flowers tonight, is Freddy Ruppert from This Song Is a Mess but So Am I, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, and Nika Roza of Zola Jesus.
Heavy Trash play a record release show for Midnight Soul Serenade, out now, at Bowery Electric.
Grizzly Bear and Sonic Youth both made (very different) appearances on TV last night. Those clips are below.
hiLike Phil Selway, Thom Yorke has also been working on solo material. In fact, it was produced by Thom's new band member Nigel Godrich, and the official release date just so happens to be one day after the LA shows. Details below...
in the past couple of weeks i've been getting a band together for fun to play the eraser stuff live and the new songs etc.. to see if it could work!
here's a photo.. its me, joey waronker, mauro refosco, flea and nigel godrich.
at the beginning of october the 4th and 5th we are going to do a couple of shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
we don't really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well ...we haven't got that much material yet!
but come and check it out if you are in the area. we've also got locals Lucky Dragons playing.
all the best
click here to get to get tickets>
by Andrew Frisicano
Musician and filmmaker Grey Gersten is curating the month of May at non-profit East Village space The Stone. Gersten is currently working on a new LP with Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Ceramic Dog, Secret Chiefs 3) and Kato Hideki (Death Ambient, Tremelo of Joy). His performances during the month with various performers are just some of the many worthy events scheduled.
A portion of Marc Ribot's 55th birthday celebration will happen at the venue on May 12th-14th. That includes a new addition to that weeklong series, "A Tribute to Ribot" - led by Gersten - on Wednesday, May 13th. That night is billed as, "Six colleagues, fans and cohorts of Marc Ribot pay tribute to the master in this special night of musical madness. Three performances per set feature music from several of Ribot's most beloved projects" Full info below.
Other acts that jump out include guitarist Loren Conners, who collaborated with Jim O'Rourke on 1997's Two Nice Catholic Boys, on Friday, May 1st; two performances by JG Thirlwell's Manorexia on May 6th; Lucky Dragons with special guests Ches Smith and Grey Gersten on Saturday, May 9th; and a pair of Sunday, May 10th shows with K Records artist Karl Blau playing an early set, followed by a late set from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.
Select evenings in May will be broadcast live online on free103point9. Right now, scheduled broadcasts include Pauline Oliveros/Lucky Dragons on May 9thand Gersten/Crane/Sawyer and Bill Nace on May 22nd.
Full May calendar below...
photos by Leia Jospe
The Mae Shi return to NYC this week to play two shows - one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Details, all dates, and more pics Leia took at the show they played at the BrooklynVegan party at Knitting Factory in October, below...
Lexie Mountain Boys @ Floristree Space 07/20/07 (thepiratehat)
Stairwell Gallery (from their Flickr)
Saturday May 31st @ HARKET MOTELThe Usaisamonster are also playing JAMAICA BAY EXPERIMENTAL MARSHLAND RESTORATION PROJECT earlier the same day.
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|| Dre Skull DJ set
"Stairwell is a small independent gallery in Providence founded in January of 2006 and run by Haley O'Connor and Natalie Purkey. The gallery is deeply rooted in Providence's art community, and prioritizes curatorial creativity and support of all the artists that it works with. Building relationships between artists, curators, and the larger community of Providence is privileged over commercial gain. If you have ever shown your work at Stairwell, played a show there, come to an opening and eaten the homemade food that the curators have prepared, or stopped in to visit, you know that this is a rare and magical venture. As such, it is inevitably risky. After a car accident in Los Angeles a few months ago (in which, thank goodness, nobody was hurt, but a hybrid rental car was nearly totaled) Haley is now deeply in debt to her insurance company. Although Stairwell has been growing in every way, this financial setback creates a significant obstacle, which we think that the community has the power to remove, or at least mitigate. It is time for all of us who have enjoyed the expansive generosity of Stairwell to return the favor and give back a little to support this singular and inspiring gallery." [Todd P]
Lucky Dragons @ the Whitney on Friday (more by Ryan Muir)
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Lucky Dragons - Fake is Forever (MP3)
It's not easy to get people to interact with each other at shows. But Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara of L.A. experimental duo Lucky Dragons have it down pat. It's all about a box that turns electrical resistance into sound.More pictures from Friday night's free show at the Whitney Museum (part of the 2008 Biennial Live Series) below....
Fischbeck created a box that contains four braided wires, or "touchers," extend from it, and the whole contraption feeds into a laptop. Fischbeck and Rara often perform in small gallery spaces, where they present the box to an audience by setting it on the floor. The touchers produce channels of feedback when touched, but here's the catch: the audience has to touch each other as well. At least two people have to touch each other and touch a wire to trigger the first note. Lucky Dragons calls the concept "Make a Baby."
"Everyone playing Make a Baby has to form a bridge between each other for it to work," Rara says. The device produces a series of tonal progressions based on different levels of electrical resistance. The progressions are created by the number of people who touch each other and the way they touch each other.
Adding more layers of meaning, Fischbeck and Rara describe Make a Baby as a game and a ritual. "There's a lot of magic in these performances. [It's] asking people to do things they wouldn't ordinarily think made any sense," Fischbeck says. [Venus Zine]
DOWNLOAD: Lucky Dragons - Blunt (MP3)
"'lucky dragons' means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and any sometimes collaborators."
Lucky Dragons @ SXSW 2008 (thepiratehat)
LUCKY DRAGONSWordless Music Series is also throwing free shows at the Whitney soon. More Lucky Dragons tour dates below...
Fri. May 23
A Special Performance
@ Whitney Museum of American Art, Lower Gallery
945 Madison Ave. at 75th St.
doors at 6:15pm, show at 7pm
Whitney Live is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9 pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.