Entries tagged with: Mountains
Mountains in Chicago in 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Brooklyn drone duo Mountains are set to release their new album, Centralia, on January 22 via Thrill Jockey. You can download the swelling lead single, "Living Lens," above and check out its video, the album art and tracklist below.
Mountains will tour in support of the album this February, but before that they'll play a record release show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Union Pool with Golden Retriever, Mind Over Mirrors, and DJ Jeff Conklin (East Village Radio). Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show is one of two record release shows that the duo is playing (the other is Montreal) and they also play a show in New Haven, CT at BAR on January 30.
A list of all dates, video, cover art, and tracklist below...
GGD photos by Josh Darr
Gang Gang Dance @ Pitchfork Fest
"Saturday's centerpiece was unquestionably Gang Gang Dance -- who only played a handful of songs but used their short set to tease them out, rearranging heavy new grooves like "Mindkilla" and "Chinese High," "into expansive astral-dub dance tracks. Owning the spotlight, lead singer Lizzie Bougatsos wailed on various percussion elements, letting her witchy but soothing vocals blanket the field -- while the band's "vibe coordinator" danced behind her, burning sage and waving a makeshift flag constructed from a trashbag.Like G-Side, Gang Gang Dance played day two (7/16) of the 2011 Pitchfork Festival and if Passion of the Weiss (quoted above) is to be believed, they appeared to be the highlight of the day by far. Fortunately for New Yorkers, in addition the band living here, Gang Gang Dance will appear in the city a few times soon.
Calling Gang Gang transcendent undersells them. Unlike any other set of the weekend, people wandered in curious, and reacted with absolute jubilation. During the 11-minute jam "Glass Jar," most of the crowd seemed to be a trance, despite the heat being particularly searing." [Passion of the Weiss]
GGD headlines a Rocks Off Concert Cruise tonight (7/21). Bubbles opens the very sold out show. Gang Gang Dance will then DJ at Warm Up on Saturday with Lunice, and play for free at the Mad Decent Block Party at South Street Seaport on July 30 (which just added Claude Von Stroke to the lineup).
Bubbles, who open the Rocks Off show tonight, play the free Summer Thunders show at Union Pool on Saturday (7/23) with Warm Ghost, Mountains, and Little Italy. Doors at 4pm. Updated flyer below.
Nguzunguzu, who had been touring with Gang Gang Dance up until tonight's show, have their own NYC show tonight (7/21) at Santos Party House with Death Grips. It also turns out this show is the official Gang Gang Dance after party (tickets).
GGD pictures and dates below....
Founded in June 2010 the Undead Jazzfest is new kind of festival, bringing together an incredible array of artists from the new jazz and improvised music community currently exploding in New York City. With no headliners, affordable tickets, unorthodox venues and no drink minimums, the Undead Jazzfest aims to shake the public perception of what jazz can be today, celebrating the incredible music being made in a setting that is inviting to both the veterans and curious new fans.Encompassing eleven venues over its four days (6/23 - 6/26), the Undead Jazzfest will feature appearances from more than 50 bands including names like Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Mountains and many others. The full list of participating bands is below. Four day passes are on sale for $45 until 4/28. The price increases to $50 after.
Undead Jazzfest is also responsible for curating another show outside of said festival, this one going down at Central Park Summerstage on June 11th with Medeski Martin & Wood, Josh Roseman's King Froopy All Stars and Jim Black's AlasNoAxis. It's one of many free 2011 Summerstage shows that have been announced.
AND, Undead Jazz presents a show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/25) with Orchestre National de Jazz with Daniel Yvinec and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with special guests Theo Bleckmann , Kate McGarry and Uri Caine. Undead Jazz also presents Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors and Mary Halvorson Trio at the same venue on May 18th.
Full Undead Jazzfest 2011 lineup below.
The ongoing Unsound festival continues to impress. LPR will feature the great Tim Hecker TONIGHT (2/10) with Radian, Sweden's Tape, and Mountains with a special and unique set from a "band formed during the kids electronic music workshops" that have taken place throughout the festival. Tickets are still available.
Hecker released two LPs in the past two years: a solo effort entitled An Imaginary Country via Kranky last year and a collabo LP with Aidan Baker on Alien8 called Fantasma Parastasie. The ever prolific Baker has a few different projects up his sleeve but one of those, Nadja, will also be in NYC as part of the Unsound fest.
As a performer, Daniell utilizes acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitar along with a variety of electronics. He has worked for over a decade as a member of the improvising blues-drone trio San Agustin, along with many other collaborators through the years, including Tim Barnes, Ateleia, Jeph Jerman, Thurston Moore, Sean Meehan, Loren Connors, Tomas Korber, Greg Davis, as lead guitarist in Jonathan Kane's live band, and as concertmaster for Rhys Chatham's 100- and 200-guitar performances. Current active collaborations include a duo with guitarist Douglas McCombs (of Brokeback, Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day) and a trio with Christian Fennesz and Tony Buck (of The Necks).Tickets are still available.
Aidan Baker has a new LP entitled Liminoid/Lifeforms out NOW via Alien 8. Stream the entire thing and/or download one track, "Liminoid Part III", above. After NYC, Nadja will blast off to Europa to link up with OvO and Thrones (who is playing TWO NYC shows, 2/18 and 2/19) for a string of dates in later March/April.
Full tour dates and a bunch of videos are below.
Carl Craig, one of the many artists at Unsound 2010
Since 2003, Unsound Festival, Poland's most adventurous music festival, has brought a bold and uniquely modern program of music to Kraków. Now, with seven festivals in their native city under their belt (and outpost events further east in cities like Minsk),The festival will kick off on Thursday, February 4th, with the first ever US performance from Vladislav Delay + Lillevan as well as Sebastian Meissner + Kwartludium as Solid State Transmitter. The former will perform their "ongoing series of electronic music and video improvisations", while the latter will reimagine SST Records (yes, that SST) through the eyes of a classical composer (wow, awesome). The FREE show will take place at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
Unsound is coming west to New York for their first ever North American edition. Unsound Festival New York's mission is to forge new links between music genres, between generations and even between artistic practices.
The driving force in the assembling of the New York program has been Unsound Festival's commitment to forms of music and sound art that involve experimentation and risk. Unsound Festival has made a worldwide reputation by breaking new ground while dealing with vibrant electronic, experimental, independent, post-classical and club music scenes from around the world.
Feb 5th begins the start of Warhol Program, a series of pieces designed for and in tribute to Andy Warhol. The great Carl Craig will join nsi. for live soundtracks to "Blow Job" and "Kiss" respectively during a pair of screenings that night at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater> Tickets are currently on sale for both the first showing at 7:30 (tix), and the second going down at 9:30 PM (tix). The show will be the US debut of the pieces, with nsi.'s piece being it's world debut. For the night owls, the party continues at Public Assembly, who will house Bunker parties on that night, 2/12, and 2/13. More details about the Bunker parties are at their site.
The Warhol Program continues the next day (2/6), when Groupshow (Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, Hanno Leichtmann) will lead a free eight-hour (!) improvisation to Andy Warhol's film "Empire" at LPR. Maybe hook up a sack lunch?
After eight hours of improv, LPR will make way for A Century of Dance Music featuring the US debut of Moritz Von Oswald Trio:
Berliner Moritz Von Oswald is well known for his work as part of the duos Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound as well as for his own "M" series of recordings. He could be labeled the inventor of "dub techno," if that weren't too narrow a tag to define the scope of his music and accomplishments. Moritz Von Oswald is highly ranked by many critics and fans alike as one of the most original electronic music producers of the last two decades. [On 2/6] Von Oswald unveils his new trio featuring Vladislav Delay on drums and Max Loderbauer on electronics in their first ever North American performance. Last year their debut album was released by London's Honest Jons.Doors are at 10PM, and tickets are on sale.
In tribute to Von Oswald, the evening opens with New York City's Ensemble LPR - the flexible house band of the venue (Le) Poisson Rouge which is led by LPR's two young founders - David Handler (violinist / composer) and Justin Kantor (cellist) along with fellow Manhattan School of Music graduate Orlando Alonso (conductor / pianist). The Ensemble will perform new renditions of Ravel's "Bolero" and selections from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" based on remixes Moritz Von Oswald and Carl Craig assembled in 2008 for the Deutsche Grammophon album "Recomposed" (released only in Europe).
We'll post more details on this festival, but for now, dig on the full lineup (below) and a few videos. In addition, you can download a copy of the Unsound digital compilation for FREE for a limited time. Get on it!
The For Carnation are a post-rock band from Louisville, Kentucky who formed in 1994. The band was formed by Brian McMahan, who is the only constant group member. McMahan's previous band Slint hinted at the distinctive sound and sombre aesthetic he would create in the For Carnation. To date they have released an EP and two albums: Fight Songs (Matador Records, 1995), Marshmallows (Matador, 1996), and The For Carnation (Touch and Go Records, 2000). Fight Songs and Marshmallows were compiled into one record, Promised Works, and released by Runt in 1997. Promised Works was re-released by Touch and Go Records in 2007. The band has included Doug McCombs and Johnny "Machine" Herndon of Tortoise, Todd Cook (Shipping News) as well as Britt Walford and David Pajo of Slint.The For Carnation are on for TONIGHT (12/17), when the team up with Mountains at Knitting Factory. Tickets are still available. The band recently played a show at ATP's 10th anniversary, as well as a prior warm up show in their native Louisville. No word on if Dave Pajo will he in the house for the show, like he was for ATP.
by Andrew Frisicano
Dorit Chrysler @ World Financial Center, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The next free show at NYC's World Financial Center will be "Songs of Love & Despair: A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda" on Wednesday, April 15th. The event, "curated and produced by David Spelman, known worldwide for his biannual New York Guitar Festival," will include Clogs, Irene & Vojtech Havel, Colin Stetson, Pedro Soler with Benat Achiary, Bob Holman, Laurie Anderson & Cecilia Vicuna. The last show for Clogs (the instrumental band w/ members of The National) was at BAM on February 26th.
The Pablo Neruda tribute will take place in WFC's Winter Garden (220 Vesey St) -- the same spot as the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which is scheduled this year for Sunday, May 31st. Tortoise will be performing at that event.
If you haven't been to the venue (where all shows are free), "The World Financial Center is a complex of buildings across West Street from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan in New York City, overlooking the Hudson River. This complex is home to offices of major corporations including Merrill Lynch and American Express as well as Dow Jones and its Wall Street Journal division among others. The entire complex is owned by Brookfield Properties, except for the space occupied by American Express."
Also performing there this summer will be Anthony Gonzalez from M83 on Tuesday, July 14th.
Mountains, who we wrote about in February, play the venue on Tuesday, July 7th with Scanner.
More WFC dates with descriptions, below...
Brooklyn label Social Registry is presenting the show at 92YTribeca in Manhattan tonight (3/27). Sian Alice Group, Lights, Zs, and a group we recently featured, Mountains are on the bill. Updated Mountains tour dates below.
Speaking of NYC shows happening tonight and Mountains... the Mountain Goats, and John Vanderslice are here for their show at the Society of Ethical Culture.
Also related to today (3/27)... Having just played a few shows at SXSW, including the official showcase of her (and the Mountain Goats') label 4AD, Los Angeles/Chicago's Anni Rossi is currently on tour and plays a show at Union Pool in Brooklyn tonight with Midnight Masses and Wild Yaks. You may have also caught Anni when she opened for her label-mates Camera Obscura at Mercury Lounge the other night.
To say that Anni Rossi has given new life to the viola is an understatement. Together with her alternative folk style and lilting vocals, Rossi has reinvented the way this classical instrument is typically used and given new light to how Americana music is structured and presented.In April, Anni will go out on tour with Noah and the Whale. That puts her back in NYC, and at Bowery Ballroom, on May 1st. Tickets are still on sale. All dates and a video below.
Entrancing and beautiful, Rossi shared several songs with the Current from her upcoming CD, "Rockwell," out in March of 2009. [Minnesota Public Radio]
by Black Bubblegum
John Zorn's shrine to experimentalism, The Stone, will host the Record Release party for Choral, the new record by Mountains, on Feb 26th at 10PM. The decidedly ambient and minimalistic Choral is out now on Thrill Jockey, and you can stream the whole thing at their site (click the individual songs). Thursday's outing is one of a pair that the band currently has lined up in their hometown of NYC, the second of which is a FREE show at Chelsea Market on March 9th!
Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days.... The group's third album, Choral, (their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje), is the culmination of their work to date and a balanced mix of the first two efforts. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments... Recorded by the duo entirely in the winter and spring of 2008 at home in Brooklyn, Choral is largely live and performed in real time, with only a few overdubs to create a more "choral" effect...Guiding us through sonic peaks and valleys, the band takes us on a journey through their realm of experimentation, occasionally crossing over into psychedelic and kosmiche (Harmonia, Cluster, Popol Vuh) territory.The show at The Stone is one of the final shows in a month curated by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas. The day after that curated month comes to an end (March 1), Stars Like Fleas will play Union Pool with Echoes Still Singing Limbs and Monotract. Four days after THAT (Mar 5), Stars Like Fleas are playing with Twi The Humble Feather, La Strada, and Frances at MHOW.
All Mountains & Stars Like Fleas dates below...