Entries tagged with: M Geddes Gengras
words and photos by Greg Cristman
The Congos & Sun Araw Band / Lee "Scratch" Perry
Once again, the Red Bull Music Academy put on an amazing one-of-a-kind presentation in New York, this time to a sold out Le Poisson Rouge crowd last Thursday (5/30). The evening was called NYC in Dub and featured performances by the iconic Lee "Scratch" Perry who was teamed up against On-U sound label head and influential producer Adrian Sherwood, the legendary The Congos, who versed experimental indie rockers Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras (all three of who collaboratred on an album last year), and an opening set by Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U) and Peaking Lights. An elaborate and very crowded stage set up was brought in along with the massive Sub Atomic Soundsystem that shook the building to its core with thick heavy dub bass and rhythms.
This was one of the most amazing reggae shows I've seen in quite some time and may have been the best Lee Perry performance I've ever seen. At 77 he's still going strong and is as eclectic and crazy as ever, continually igniting his disposable lighter and running his fingers, hands and even boots through the flame, whipping towels around his head and dousing himself with water. He performed many of his classics, including "War Inna Babylon," that had most of the audience singing along. The Congos vs. Sun Araw set was equally enjoyable with Sun Araw delivering an incredible dub backdrop for the three Congos singers. They delivered a set culled mainly from their first album, the 1977 reggae masterpiece Heart Of The Congos (produced by Lee Perry), including the classic tracks "Fisherman," "Congoman" and "La-La Bam Bam." Future Times and Peaking Lights combined for an approach to dub that was more rooted in electronic and techno and they often reminded me a little bit of Lee Perry collaborator The Orb.
Pictures of the show, including shots of the setlists for the Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood and The Congos/Sun Araw sets, are in this post. They continue below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Akron/Family at Bowery Ballroom - 4/24/13
Akron/Family are about to drop their new album, Sub Verses this week (4/30) (stream it) and they've been supporting that on a tour that just landed the freak folk crew in NYC for a show this past Wednesday (4/24) at Bowery Ballroom. Support at the show came from Eric Copeland of Black Dice, and Sun Araw collaborator M Geddes Gengras, who also joined Akron/Family during their set. The House List writes:
M. Geddes Gengras rounded out the quartet, and either through causation or correlation, seemed to define their sound. Manning a circuitry station that looked like a futuristic switchboard, he brought heavy rhythmic pounding, deep-bass keyboards and plenty of digital ephemera to the normal A/F genre inbreeding. This seemed to elicit a decidedly dark edge to the usual bouncy sound: High-thread-count sheets of guitar nestled under a duvet of constant drumming to make a bed fit for a dark sonic nightmare. The band spent much of the set exploring the space between noise and music, making no effort to make them accessible or to explicitly sell anyone on their upcoming release. No matter, the crowd was very much into it.More pictures and the setlist from the show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Akron/Family at LPR in 2010 (more by Anna Scialli)
As mentioned, Akron/Family are releasing their new album, Sub Verses, on April 30 via Dead Oceans. If you've been following the band, you know they're always pretty unpredictable, and that's true of Sub Verses as well, which is generally more on the band's melodic side than its predecessor, Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. You've already heard the album's first single, "No-Room," and since we last spoke, they've let loose another cut, "Until The Morning." Both are solid tracks and you can stream them below.
As mentioned, the band are supporting the new record with a tour, which hits NYC on April 24 at Bowery Ballroom with M Geddes Gengras (tickets), and also comes to Austin for SXSW, where the band will play a BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 15 at 603 Red River St. (the old Emo's location). That party is 100% FREE with RSVP, and the rest of the lineup is coming soon.
Updated dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Araw at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras took part in one of 2012's most interesting (relatively) obscure releases with Icon Give Thank, a collaborative album with reggae legends/Lee "Scratch" Perry associates The Congos. And towards the end of the year, the three collaborators released a 5-track live EP recorded with the Raw Power Band at the Village Underground in London this past June. You can download that EP (name your price) at bandcamp and stream the whole thing below.
Both Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras are teaming up this month for a NYC show which happens on January 19 at Knitting Factory with Ital, who toured with M Geddes Gengras (and Laurel Halo) in 2012 around the time he dropped Dream On, his second album of 2012. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only currently announced date for Sun Araw but Ital has other upcoming dates, which are listed below.
Sun Araw is featured on an upcoming double album compilation from Stones Throw and Leaving Records (Matthewdavid's label) called Dual Form which drops January 22 in cassette, LP, CD, and digital formats. The compilation also features Julia Holter (covering Arthur Russell), Dntel, Run DMT, Odd Nosdam and many more. You can stream Sun Araw's contribution, "Right Off," and check out the full tracklist below. The cassette version features bonus tracks by Matthewdavid.
All streams and a list of Ital dates below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2012, which they consider "20 records didn't make [their] Top 50 but they're not necessarily just Nos. 51-70." There are some similarities to their Overlooked Records of 2012 list that they posted halfway through the year. It also includes Frankie Rose's Interstellar, which did actually get Best New Music upon its release, unlike the other albums here. And it's got Waxahatchee's American Weekend and Jeremih's Late Nights with Jeremih, neither of which were reviewed throughout the year. Though they did review Waxhatachee (Katie Crutchfield)'s sister Allison's band Swearin', who also makes this list, and who (along with Jeremih) made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks list.
Full list below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Chicago footwork producer DJ Rashad released the excellent TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi album earlier this year, and played a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent soon after with Total Freedom and J-Cush. All three of those artists will be returning this weekend for another show at 285 Kent on Sunday (9/23) with Visionist and a "surprise special guest." No word on who the guest is, but the show is the official after party for the Gang Gang Dance and Prince Rama show happening at 285 Kent earlier that night (the third of three GGD shows in NYC this weekend). Admission for this all ages party is $5 before 1 AM and $10 after.
As for LA producer Total Freedom (aka Ashland Mines), who opened on tour for Gang Gang Dance last year, he'll be landing in Brooklyn a bit earlier for a warehouse party at 110 Troutman TONIGHT (9/21) with $hayne and Rizzla. The flier for tonight's show is below.
Meanwhile, J-Cush will also be at 285 Kent on Saturday (9/22) for the previously mentioned Sasha Go Hard show. That bill also includes DJ Manny, Cedaa, and Durban. $5 at the door before 1 AM. That will be Sasha's second NYC show of this week, having played Santos with LE1F last night (9/20). How was that show? Sasha loved it.
If dancing into the wee hours of the night is your thing, those three shows are only two of the many dance options in NYC this weekend. Head below to see more...
Laurel Halo at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Producer turned art pop wizard Laurel Halo and post-hardcore noisemaker turned producer Ital are teaming up for a tour together later this year. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but a few dates have been revealed, including a NYC show at 285 Kent on September 21. That show, the DC date, and possibly others are also with M. Geddes Gengras and Magic Touch.
For Laurel Halo, the 285 Kent date is one of many upcoming shows in her hometown of Brooklyn, where she continues to play constantly. Laurel just played a show as part of The Maze last Friday (7/13), and she'll play the previously discussed show at Public Assembly on Saturday (7/21) with Pete Swanson, Noveller and Burning Star Core. Tickets for that show are still available. She's also got upcoming local shows in August, including one at Cameo Gallery on August 2 with Xeno and Oaklander and Telepathe. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Still more: she'll play the Diamond Terrifier (aka Sam Hillmer of Zs) record release show for Kill the Self That Wants To Kill Yourself (due out 8/14 via Northern Spy and produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear) at Littlefield on August 8 with Slava (who also plays countless local shows) and Bubbles. Tickets for that show are available. That show happens after Diamond Terrifier wraps up his monthly residency at Zebulon which happens every Tuesday (like tonight [7/17]). Like Laurel did, Diamond Terrifier also plays a Maze show. His is on July 28 with Amen Dunes, Kel Valhaal: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Psychic Reality, Dome Theater, and Das Racist DJs.
Speaking of Telepathe, they play Glasslands on Wednesday (7/18) with Feathers, ERAAS, and Faith. Tickets for that show are available. Faith recently remixed a Feathers song, which you can listen to below. Telepathe also DJ Santos on Friday (7/20 for a Last.fm event with Blondes, TEZEO and Andy Petr. Tickets for that show are available.
A list of all dates, a Pitchfork.tv video of Laurel Halo, and an Ital music video are below.
"Seeing Sun Araw live feels as much like a dream as reality, and high energy never came easy. It felt a bit like drowning in codeine syrup, you struggle at first, and then eventually realize it feels better to be in the syrup than out of it.LA's Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallone) will kick of a FULL BAND tour of the East Coast on June 2nd at the Mutek Festival in Montreal, followed by a string of dates, a few in the NYC-area included. On June 3rd Stallone will DJ Coco66. The occasion is the NYC debut of Sun Araw's own LA-based party WHERES YR CHILD - "A dub/italo/dance party rooted in the traditions of cosmic LA." Sex Worker/Psychic Reality, and Todd Pendu are all also on that bill and tickets are on sale. The following day (6/4), the Sun Araw Band will play live for the first time in NYC (Sun Araw has only played solo in the past), in Brooklyn at 285 Kent with M Geddes Gengras, Matthewdavid, and D'Eon. Then after a quick trip down to Baltimore to play Ottobar, Hoboken club Maxwell's will host the band on 6/7 with M. Geddes Gengras and Deep Magic (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Cameron really pulls out the tropical nature of SoCal in his music, and almost gives you the impression of sleepwalking through a luau. This is especially strange because he originally hails from Austin, TX, which is anything but tropical.
His music feels a bit like you're searching for some sort of hidden revelation amongst some ancient ruins on a desert island, among many other conjurations your mind will develop while being sunk into the vibes." [Sub-Radar]
Sun Araw will be previewing material from a forthcoming LP entitled Ancient Romans, and the band currently has multiple releases up for sale at their webstore, including a pair of recent cassette releases Sadistic Candle and Hold The Phone. For those of you who are curious as to what Hold The Phone is like, here's a preview.
HOLD THE PHONE is mustard and ketchup on a deviled egg.Are we clear? If not, head to their store and stream samples from the cassettes and other releases.
HOLD THE PHONE is your dad whistling at a 16-year-old girl.
HOLD THE PHONE is yin all dressed up in yang clothes.
HOLD THE PHONE is Woodstock yelling at Snoopy.
HOLD THE PHONE is Cameron Stallones and Barret Avner.
HOLD THE PHONE is two boys talkin'.
Matthewdavid, who will play the 6/4 285 Kent show, is also on board to support Gaslamp Killer at Knitting Factory on 5/28 (tickets). Matthewdavid recently released a collaborative cassette with Sun Araw, which is now sold out. They also played a show together at the Smell in LA last night (5/5). LA Record helped promote it by having the two artists compile a mixtape of YouTube videos.
Annual electro festival Mutek goes down in Montreal this year from June 1-5, and features multiple notables like Amon Tobin, Four Tet, ARP, Sun Araw and dozens of others. Tickets are currently on sale. The lineup is below. We haven't been since 2009 and miss it.
And you can prepare for the fun TONIGHT (5/6) in NYC! Public Assembly will host "The Bunker: Mutek BK Preview" with performances from Akufen, Stephen Beaupre, Vincent Lemieux, Kangding Ray, Safety Scissors, and Sutekh in two rooms starting at 10PM. Tickets are still available.
Dates, the Mutek 2011 lineup and more, below...