Entries tagged with: Man or Astro-man
by Andrew Sacher
Audacity at Fan Appreciation in 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
Garage rockers Audacity released the album, Mellow Cruisers last year via Burger/Recess and they're following that today (4/2) with a new 7" out on Suicide Sqeeze. The a-side, "Finders Keepers," can be streamed over at SPIN, and the b-side, "Onomatopoeia," is making its premiere in this post. It's a poppy, garagey tune, and a more mellow cut for the band compared to their last record. Check it out below. You can also win a copy, details are below.
Audacity will also be heading out on tour this May with Man or Astro-Man?, and while that tour doesn't hit NYC, as discussed, Man or Astro-Man? will make their way over here with Jacuzzi Boys to play Mercury Lounge on June 20 and Brooklyn Bowl on June 21. According to a note on Man or Astro-Man?'s facebook page, there's only a few tickets left for the Mercury Lounge show, so if you'd like to go, get those quick. You can also still grab tickets to the Brooklyn Bowl show.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Sci-fi indiestellar explorers Man or Astro-Man? have overhauled their hyper-drives and are set to tour the North American sector of Earth this year, including two dates in NYC: June 20 at Mercury Lounge and June 21 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets to Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/13) with the regular on-sale happening Friday (2/15) at noon. Tickets for Brooklyn Bowl go on sale Friday at noon.
Both New York shows are with Florida's Jacuzzi Boys who are busy finishing up their third album. All tour dates are listed below.
Yow and Sims of Scratch Acid,
on stage with The Jesus Lizard in 2009 (more by Timothy Griffin)
And the first U.S. Scratch Acid show has slipped out of the gate. The band will play the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on November 1st. David Wm. Sims (also of The Jesus Lizard) previously announced that the band would do a string of US dates in November and December to accompany their UK ATP appearance, so look for those shows to appear soon.
Speaking of Atlanta, they've got it good because that's also where the still-reunited Man or Astro-Man? are playing this Wednesday night (8/31). The show at the Earl, presented by Chunklet, is still on sale. It's also one of 10 scheduled dates for the Alabama band, October 15th in Athens, GA included. They are all listed below (no NY).
Speaking of Chunklet and Jesus Lizard...
Chunklet is beyond thrilled to announce the release of "The Jesus Lizard: CLUB" on 2xLP gatefold for worldwide distribution on December 6, 2011.And for something Jesus Lizard related in NYC right now, check out David Yow's art exhibit, showing now at Fuse Gallery.
This is the vinyl soundtrack to the DVD which came out in September. "CLUB" is the definitive document of the The Jesus Lizard reunited for their first American performance in over a decade at the Exit/In in Nashville in 2009.
It was a tour that was heralded the world over, with stops at festivals and clubs all over the world. Sasha Frere-Jones, writing for The New Yorker: "It may have been the only reunion show I've ever seen where I forgot almost immediately that the band hadn't played together in more than a decade."
Featuring the entire evening's performance, "The Jesus Lizard: CLUB" goes inside a fan-favorite set list of an incendiary performance from one of the greatest bands of the modern era. "CLUB" is being released as a double-LP in a gatefold jacket. A one time edition of 1,000 copies. Mail-order copies (ltd to 200) available on colored vinyl.
Man or Astro-Man? dates below...
photos by Nathaniel Shannon
Man or Astroman? @ Bowery Ballroom
"The heart of the band is in the live shows... it's a wild event. ...The original core three-members, who go by the name ??Star Crunch, Coco and Birdstuff, are stll performing the same antics since back in the day. They come out in uniform, a sort of low-rent space jumpsuit, and they play around with being from outer space... Then there are the pyrotechnics, where Coco sets a theremin on fire and still plays it. Back in the day, he used to stick a TV over his head and set that on fire. When I saw that as a teenager, it was pretty much the best thing I've ever seen in a concert...That review refers to Man or Astroman?'s Friday night show at Bowery Ballroom, part of a weekend in the Northeast for the reactivated surf rockers that also included a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (11/13), and from our collective experiences of seeing the band recently in Austin and Toronto, we couldn't agree more.
The end result with all these theatrics is a must-see live experience. There's nothing boring about it. ...I love the gusto that Man or Astro-man? put on stage. They are just as tight as they were back in the 90s. Everything is played at full-throttle, which makes the crowd gets all hyped-up." [Music Snobbery]
Nightmare Waterfall and the Dex Romweber Duo opened all the recent Man of Astroman? shows of which there are no more currently scheduled for the future (for now?). More pictures and some video from Bowery Ballroom, below...
Man or Astroman? at MWTX (more by Andrew Frisicano)
If we were in high school, I'd probably whip out a Venn Diagram to show you that the intersection of "record nerds" and "Man Or Astro-man? fans" is a pretty large. As such, Chunklet will release a new and impressive limited-to-300 7" with the songs "Earth Station Radio" and "Updated Theme To Supercar". The 7" is available when purchased with the new book Touchable Sound: A Collection of 7-inch Records - from the USA, and is packaged like a circuit board and WITH one, and in an anti-static bag.
The rare 7" and book was released (officially) at the Man or Astroman? show in Atlanta last week, but is also available directly from the publisher at a discount ($39 for the book and 7-Inch, as opposed to $45 for the book alone). To order one, paypal $39 to mike at soundscreendesign dot com).
Man or Astroman? kicking off a four-show run this week, including two NYC shows this weekend: Bowery Ballroom on November 12th (tickets) and then Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 13th (tickets). Want to win tickets to the MHOW show? I have a pair available for giveaway. Details on how to win at at the bottom of this post.
Dex Romweber Duo and Alabama duo Nightmare Waterfall will support MoA? at both NYC dates as well as in DC and Boston. In preparation for those dates, DRD also will play a solo show at Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ TONIGHT (11/10). Dex Romweber is best know for his time as a member of Flat Duo Jets and his current "duo" band contains his sister Sara. The pair recently dropped Live at Third Man, a new live set culled from a February appearance with Jack White at Third Man Records. Pick up a copy before these limited LPs disappear.
Tour dates, contest details and some videos are below...
Man or Astro-man? @ the Horseshoe Tavern
The eagle has landed, and it's filled with tesla coils and weirdo costumes. After triumphant sets at SXSW and NXNE (where they shared a bill with Mudhoney), the outer extravaganza known as Man or Astro-man? will touch down on the east coast for at least seven shows this November! That trip includes two shows in NYC. They'll play Bowery Ballroom on November 12th and then a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 13th. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are currently on AMEX presale with regular sale kicking off on Friday (8/13) at noon. No tickets for the Manhattan show yet.
All dates, some videos and more pictures from the NXNE show (like the one above), below...
Best Coast @ Knitting Factory in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Greetings from Toronto. NXNE, the Toronto music/film/interactive fest is happening this week. It kicked off its music programming last night, Wednesday, June 16th, and runs through Sunday with shows at 50+ venues (here's a map of the spots). The festival also coincides with the now-affliated Broken Social Scene-helmed Toronto Island concert that features Pavement, Band of Horses, Beach House and others on Saturday, June 19th.
There weren't many Wednesday night shows. The official kick off party was just Eagles of Death Metal (sadly, without their normal bass player) at The Phoenix. And there was a gig or two with Canada's Hollerado (who have at least six shows at the fest lined up). One of them was up in the CN Tower.Still Life Still played the Mod Club with Denmark's The Blue Van.
One of the main hubs will be the free-to-anyone outdoor stage at Yonge-Dundas Square with headliners Thursday night X and Mudhoney, Friday night Sloan and k-os, Saturday night Iggy and the Stooges preceded by The Raveonettes, Wavves, Surfer Blood and others, and Sunday's De La Soul, Kid Sister, Phenomenal Handclap Band and NOLA rapper Big Freedia.
The NXNE music festival (650 bands, 7 days, 40 films, 50 venues) happens in Toronto from June 14th-20th. The 2010 lineup for that fest so far includes Iggy & the Stooges, X, Les Savy Fav, Sloan, The Raveonettes, De La Soul, Man or Astroman, Thee Oh Sees and many more. The full list is posted below. Tickets are on sale.
words & photos by Andrew Frisicano
Wednesday - The Middle East @ Club DeVille (more by Tim Griffin)
I started toward MtyMx about 4 hours after my last SXSW show, so I haven't had much time to reflect on what happened in Austin - but before they become too irrelevant, here are some quick pictures and words of my personal highlights at the fest.
The Middle East covered the stage with an arsenal of instruments and percussion, bringing out a flute, a banjo, keys, an accordion, and a rain stick covered in bottle caps. Their set kicked off with a wobbling country-western number. "The Darkest Part" was a solemn, two-member affair, with the others jumping in as it progressed. And the barn-burning jams that built up to their finale, "Blood," brought to mind the more unhinged tunes Mumford & Sons (it clicked a moment later that they're touring together this May). Overall: a tight, short set (with a few nervous slips) in front of Club DeVille's cave-wall backdrop, which hopefully will lead into an engaging debut and tour.
Thursday - Thee Oh Sees @ (Spider House &) Lamar Pedestrian Bridge
I caught Thee Oh Sees twice on Thursday - once on the gorgeously sunny garden stage of the Spider House; once on a footbridge over Austin's Lady Bird Lake at 2am - and they played other shows as well. On the bridge the band traded songs with Home Blitz, who looked not-exactly-pleased to be standing in the freezing wind at 3am. Amps, a PA and a few worklights ran through a generator, and the assembled equipment threatened to topple over from the surging crowd. The band stretched out into extended jams that made the bridge literally shake. After a more than generous set, the crowd still prodded Dwyer and Co. for more, which they gave.
Friday - Billy Bragg @ MWTX Festival
Billy Bragg's set, to the wristbandless masses of MWTX (formerly Mess with Texas) focused nearly as much on politics as it did on music. He buttered up the crowd with "Help Save the Youth of America" and "To Have and Have Not" before speaking about healthcare reform, defeating the BNP and the ubiquity of corporations at SXSW ("This set is brought to you by my sponsor: Woody Guthrie."). His inspiring asides were genuine and welcome, and they lead into the crowd-pleasing closer, "A New England." He played again later on Friday night with a ton of guests.
Friday - Man or Astroman? @ MWTX Festival
On a completely different note, Man or Astroman? (back after a bit of a hiatus) headlined MWTX's south stage in full space regalia, with video flashing in the background and a pre-recorded narrator between songs. Their short burst of mostly instrumental surf-rock was anything but boring, and they closed it out by flicking on a huge Tesla coil.
Saturday - Major Lazer @ Carniville
My expectations were pretty low for Major Lazer, who were playing to an iced-over crowd on the massive, corporated-out stage at the Mexican-American Cultural Center (aka the Mad Decent/Iheartcomix/Jelly-presented Carniville for the fest), but they proved me wrong. The antics of hypeman Skerrit Bwoy and dancer Mimi made the frozen crowd erupt (the free T-shirts and foam guns being thrown off the stage helped too) - they mounted and humped everything in sight including crowdmembers, the rigging for the lights, and a ladder, which they used to dive onto each other for more dryhumping. Diplo got through most of Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do, with a brief assist from Ninjasonik. Did I mention the huge pink, furry monster on stage? He got some too.
Saturday - The Very Best (and then Freddie Gibbs) @ Scoot Inn
At Scoot Inn, the frigid evening grew on and most of the crowd there for the Pitchfork showcase stayed huddled around a campfire or in the bar's sauna-like interior - until The Very Best (who I missed opening for Major Lazer a few hours earlier). Esau, with a huge grin on his face, his co-mic-man (whose name I can't remember), a pair of dancers and DJ Johan Hugo all made good use of the short set. Their energy passed through the mic into crowd members for songs like "Julia" and "Warm Heart of Africa," which finished with plenty of the crowd on stage.
Freddie Gibbs, who I had never really gotten into before, was up next and seemed similarly unfazed by the cold as he rapped confidently about gangsta life. A handful of friends passed around a blunt and ceded the floor to Gibbs, who cooly made converts with his laid-back approach.
Saturday - Sleigh Bells @ Scoot Inn
Sleigh Bells brought the energy back up for the last set of the night (and for some, of SXSW). Despite being a relatively new commodity, both the band's halves, Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller, are assured, polished performers, and they made their appreciation for the crowd clear with their faultless set.
My many other highlights (bands I'll definitely be catching again in the future) included Califone (in NYC 3/30 & 3/31), La Strada, The Sandwitches, Kid Congo Powers, Private Life/Katie Stelmanis, Happy Birthday, Avi Buffalo, Man Man (who I've seen before, but seem to have a new thing going on) and Think About Life.
More pictures from all the sets above (and a ML video), are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Man or Astro-man? - Junk Satellite (MP3)
The first time I saw Man or Astroman? was in April of 1997, in a small bar in Tempe, Arizona. This was five years after the band had originally started playing, conquering stages across the world with their unique blend of punk, electronica and surf music. After a solid two-hour set and a double encore, the band capped off the evening by setting off a Tesla coil in the middle of the stage, sending thick, purple lightning through the club. As impressive (and frightening) as the light show was, the power surge melted part of the venue's electronics and blacked-out parts of suburban Phoenix for the better part of three days (this due to the clubs proximity to a power substation). This was how music was supposed to sound - not like that damn Dave Matthews or whatever the hell else was playing on the rock station back then. [Slug Magazine]Sci-fi instrumental surf-rock band Man or Astro-man? has performed only a handful of times since going on indefinite hiatus in 2001. They will be performing at this year's SXSW. Before then, the reuniting trio of Starcrunch, Birdstuff, and Coco will be playing a show at Birmingham, Alabama's The Bottletree on March 6th. Tickets for that are on sale now.
One of their previous reunions was at Touch & Go Records' 25th Anniversary celebration in Chicago September 2006. The label put out a good portion of the band's extensive catalog, including 1997's Made from Technetium, which features the song posted above. Videos of the often-costume-clad band and their impressive chops are below...