Entries tagged with: Megafortress
photos: Perfume Genius @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, October 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Perfume Genius, Jenny Hval @ Stage 48
Perfume Genius made a big leap forward on last year's excellent Too Bright, which moved beyond sparse piano torch songs and into wildly different sonic territory... and pulling it off expertly. Norway's Jenny Hval makes for a good sonic match.
Modest Mouse, Mimicking Birds @ Webster Hall
Isaac Brock and company just released Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse's first album in eight years. It sounds like a Modest Mouse album... in a good way. Tonight's the second of two fairly small shows (for them) at Webster Hall. Sold out, natch.
Charly Bliss, Sundelles, Winstons @ Alphaville
Charly Bliss' most recent single is called "Soft Serve" and is sugary indie rock pop with plenty of sprinkles. They play tonight with the long-running and underrated garage rockers Sundelles.
Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers, Letlive @ Best Buy Theater
Long Island emo vets TBS released Happiness Is in 2014 which was made with the same lineup that produced 2002's Tell All Your Friends. Philly punks The Menzingers and LA's Letlive open.
Megafortress, North Americans @ Cameo Gallery
rooklyn resident Bill Gillim makes dreamy, soundscape pop under the nameMegafortress. His most recent album, Believer, was released at the end of 2014 via Joel Ford's Driftless Recordings.
Janeane Garofalo, Sara Benincasa, Lizz Winstead & more @ The Bell House
Janeane Garofalo will headline this comedy event event called "Reductress Presents: The Brotherhood of Women" that also features Naomi Ekperigin, Eliot Glazer, Tyler Coates, Elissa Bassist, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Anna Drezen.
PAT w/ JD Samson@ Union Pool
Tonight is JD Samson's party, Pat, that focuses on "good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ's that aren't afraid to go deep." There are DJs in the front room and the back performance space, and it's free.
Phil Lesh 75th Birthday Celebration @ The Capitol Theatre
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh celebrates his 75th birthday with four Capitol Theatre shows this week, this being the final one.
Dave & Phil Alvin w/ The Guilty Ones, The Far West @ City Winery
Dave and Phil Alvin are best known for their great early-'80s band The Blasters who blended rockabilly, blues, country and rock n' roll. Last summer, the famously quarrelsome brohters released their first album together in 30 years, a tribute to Chicago blues great Big Bill Broonzy. They'll play songs from that, and hopefully dip into the Blasters catalog as well, tonight
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Well 2014 is pretty much dunzo, with only a few hours left in the year. Before we ring in 2015, here are a few more Top 10 of 2014 lists to peruse, including ones from The Vaselines, Iceage, Bo Ningen, AJ Davila, The Blind Shake, Megafortress, and Gold-Bears. Some of them have commentary some do not. A couple special ones worth reading appear near the end: Toronto's Weaves give us their favorite "Canada Rocks" moments (with some insightful thoughts on all of them); and Louisville, KY's White Reaper offer up "Top 10 Tour Bathrooms."
Check out the lists below...
Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber have added a qualifier to their collaboration's name, now calling themselves Young Ejecta. Pretty much everything is the same -- including Macomber's lack of clothing in promotional pictures. Young Ejecta will release a mini LP titled The Planet via Ford's Driftless Recordings on January 27 and you can stream snippets of the record below.
You can catch Young Ejecta when they open for La Femme tonight (10/16) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Charly Bliss and Tiny Leg are also on the bill and tickets are still available. They'll also play during CMJ at Babycastles on October 24, a Driftless/GODMODE party with Shamir, Courtship Ritual, Fitness, Isn't Ours and a Joel Ford DJ set. There's also an upstairs "ambient" room with sets from CFCF, Megafortress and more.
Flyer for the CMJ show, and the Young Ejecta preview, below...
Eaters @ Rockaway Beach Surf Club in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Brooklyn electronic duo Eaters will be heading out with Australia's Lace Curtain for a short tour, starting this Friday (10/10) at Silent Barn with Hiro Kone and Human Resources on the bill as well. In addition to that show, Eaters will also be around for CMJ, playing the Dull Tools showcase at Silent Barn on 10/23 with Future Punx, Beth Israel, and "special guests TBA" as well as Death by Audio on 10/24 as part of the Inland Empire party with Protomartyr and more TBA. All tour dates are listed below.
Eaters, whose soundscapey debut album is well worth checking out, are also on a new compilation from Driftless Records titled Driftless Ambient 1, that features contributions from CFCF, Megafortress, Hiro Kone, Tim Cohen (Fresh & Onlys), Eaters and more. You can stream the whole thing, along with Eaters' album, below...
A still from 'Outer Osmo Ghost Mode'
In addition to the music he makes as Neon Indian, Alan Palomo is now branching out into filmmaking. He's written and directed a short film, Outer Osmo Ghost Mode, that was animated Johnny Woods and stars the vocal talents of Chairlift's Caroline Polnachek as "Osmo." You can watch the short below.
If you'd like to know more about the film, there is a screening tonight (11/29) at The Lab (224 Wycoff Ave, Brooklyn) with a post-screening Q&A with Palomo. Preceding the film will be performances from Gem Trails (Woodsman side project), Megafortress and DJ Dog Dick. Doors are at 8 PM and $5 gets you in. The screening happens around midnight and more info on the event is here.
Meanwhile, Neon Indian's only upcoming show is playing New Year's Eve (12/31) in Austin, TX at Mohawk.
Video is below.
Blanche Blanche Blanche
Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. is taking part in Bulletin Boards, a group show curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns Gallery), at Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor) tonight (7/19). Here's what the label has to say about the show:
For this group show, each artist is granted a 3' x 4' bulletin board space. RVNG invited a select group of musicians from different points on the avant spectrum to contribute an object to be used as a percussion arranged and affixed to the bulletin board and "played" by [David] Van Tieghem.Van Teighem will be performing at the opening tonight (7/19) and there wil be DJ sets by Matt from RVNG, Matthew HIggs, and Nick Relph. Participating artists in the show include Blanche Blanche Blanche, DIamond Terrifier, Future Shuttle (in conjunction with Anna Gonick), Hiro Kone, Robert Lange (Helado Negro), Megafortress, and more. Tonight's show starts at 6 PM. More details, the flier, and the full list of participating artists is below.
This performance will be multi-tracked in high definition before the opening. We will offer the recorded performance back to the contributing musicians to "re-animate" into original piece / recordings. These recordings will be culled and assembled by Van Tieghem and RVNG / The Sound of White Columns into a limited edition album for the FRKWYS.
Speaking of Blanche Blanche Blanche, their new album, Wink With Both Eyes, came out earlier this year. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the album in full below.
FMLY FEST 2k12 is the fourth annual installment of our planet's biggest, wildest, friendliest D.I.T. (do-it-together) music and arts festival. After three "now legendary" (Decoder Magazine), "unmissable" (LA Times) winters in Los Angeles FMLY FEST has taken summer buds to Brooklyn to indulge our East Coast tropical fantasies. From June 21 - 23 we open our front doors and invite you into our bedrooms, basements, rooftops, and backyards to celebrate a shared intimate insanity. For these three days we hope to become involved in a possibility of what life could be like if we nurture creative impulse, collaborative desires, and allow for each and every moment to welcome the festivity of a more shared experience. We are not renting out any fancy social spaces or opening our embraces to shallow waters of non-committal diy-ism, but taking this opportunity to directly engage with our immediate community of Bushwick and introduce our fam throughout the world to our inspiring neighbors. This summer, we welcome you home.The fourth annual FMLY Fest, which usually takes place in LA, is coming to Bushwick, Brooklyn this week from June 21 - 23 across multiple venues including Shea Stadium, 13 Thames, McKibben Park, and Bohemian Grove. Bands playing include Megafortress, Truman Peyote, Weekends, Vacation Dad, Mutual Benefit, Verbs, Messy Sparkles, Alaskas, Birthdays, and more. The full schedule is below and a mixtape of all the bands playing is available on bandcamp (name your price). Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Dan Deacon @ Merkin Concert Hall (more by David Andrako)
Like he did recently at Merkin Concert Hall (and Carnegie Hall), Dan Deacon plays another "non-dan deacon" show with his ambient project, Pardalince Bird at 285 Kent TONIGHT (4/5). The show is with Ramble Tamble, Dan Friel, Doomsday Student (members of Arab on Radar), and Ed Schrader's Music Beat. More details below.
According to his website, Pardalince Bird is "that tape of 'sad songs' that was meant to be out ages ago" that he'll eventually be recording. Other Dan projects in the works include "a lighting system with Capser Electronics", and "the STINT RIDDLER set (ambient and noise pieces)."
Lemonade have a new album coming out next month and a tour with Neon Indian set to kick off later this month. Before that tour kicks off, the band will play a hometown show in Brooklyn on Friday (4/6) at 285 Kent with a pretty solid local bill including LE1F and Megafortress. The bill also includes DJs Lil Internet, Rem Koolhaus and Deanieman. More details below.
Lemonade are also playing the 'Audiophile' show at Brooklyn Museum with Small Black on June 21 that Tanlines were originally listed on, but are not in fact playing.
All dates and show details below...
Pissed Jeans at House of Vans (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Butch Morris @ Zebulon
* Lost Monarch @ The Stone
* Future Shuttle @ The Stone
* MV & EE, P.G. Six @ Zebulon
* Digital Underground @ BB King's
* Rufus Wainwright @ Guggenheim
* Celestial Shore @ Manhattan Inn
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Sunday Night Standup @ Three of Cups
* The Nutopians (John Lennon tribute) @ City Winery
* Brill Frisell, Joey Baron, Ron Carter @ The Blue Note
* Pretty Good Friends w/ Todd Barry @ Union Hall
* Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O'Riley @ Highline Ballroom
* NT, The Great Valley, Olden Yolk, Video Daughters @ Big Snow
* Pissed Jeans, Protect-U, Pop. 1280 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Free Spirit, Disengage, Stick Together, Pegasus, Creem @ The Acheron
* Night Manager, Secret Mountains, Phone Home, Rifle Recoil @ Glasslands
* The Zen Tricksters, Rob Baraaco, BuzzUniverse, Keith Kenny @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bad Weather California, Woodsman, Amanda Jo Williams, Gowanus @ Mercury Lounge
Pop 1280 open for Pissed Jeans tonight, one of a few shows they have coming up.
Megafortress, who plays Glasslands soon, released a second video off of his upcoming EP. Check out the video, which is for the track "My Favorite Girl," below.
by Andrew Sacher
Megafortress (aka NYC musician Bill Gillim of Tigercity) is releasing his self titled EP on January 31 via Ford & Lopatin's Mexican Summer imprint, Software. There's definitely a How to Dress Well vibe going on with Gillim's simultaneous understanding of ambient electronics and soaring falsetto vocals, but they differ in that Megafortress shies away from any type of beatwork, relying only on his voice, sampled bells, and synthesizer. Check out the lead track, "Green Child," which you can stream and watch the video for below. The album artwork and tracklist are also below. You can pre-order the vinyl at the Mexican Summer webstore now and an MP3 download is coming soon.
Megafortress has one show coming up and its in his hometown of NYC on the album's release date, January 31 at Glasslands. The bill also includes his Software (who is co-presenting the show with PopGun) labelmates Slava and Giffoni, in addition to When the Mountains Turn Blue and DJ Joel Ford (of Ford and Lopatin). Tickets are on sale now.
Slava also plays 285 Kent on January 20 with Huerco S, LF WInd (of Teengirl Fantasy), Innergaze, and Terekke.
Carlos Giffoni also plays The Stone on February 2.
Video, stream, album art and tracklist below...