Entries tagged with: Nick Zinner
Challenge of the Future
We mentioned recently that Lycaon Pictus have come out of hibernation for their first album in four years. Two of the members, Aaron Diskin and Simon Marcus, used to be in 90's band Challenge of the Future (formerly Boba Fett Experience) with Nick Zinner who formed Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who have a new album on the way) when CotF broke up in 2001. Challenge of the Future are getting back together to play Union Pool on February 22 and it's for a special cause. Aaron Diskin explains:
My dear friend Sebastian Quezada passed away too young. And he left behind a beautiful daughter, Isa! She looks just like a young him! She is magic, just like him.Tickets for the Challenge of the Future reunion are $25 and go on sale today (2/8) at noon. You can listen to some Challenge of the Future here. Flyer below.
A few months ago Nik Zinner suggested we get the old band back together and stage a benefit for Isa's college fund. A couple of hours on the internet, and everybody was discovered: Seth Prouty has been space mining platinum on the far side of Uranus. Mike Guy we found editing an anarchist broadsheet out of DeMoine. Simon Marcus was easy to find: he was in the doghouse. And me? Well, I've been on the wedding circuit.
We're playing with Daddy, who're reuniting too for this event! Seb's buddies Laurel and Matt Katz-Bohen will be rockin' it, as well as Gavin Russom, on the flaming wheels of steel!
As Sebastian's least favorite of my bands, Challenge of the Future simply isn't techno enough. We will however play. Sebastian Vive!
Girl and Chocolate Skateboards teamed up for the collaborative skate video, Pretty Sweet, directed by Spike Jonze, which made its world premiere in LA on Friday (11/16) and is continuing to be screened in other places, including NYC's Sunshine Cinema tonight (11/18) at 7 PM and 9 PM. ESPN was at the film's premiere in LA, where the screening was introduced by Tyler, the Creator. They write:
The first part belonged to Vincent Alvarez and set the tone for what's to come. "Pretty Sweet" is every bit a Girl/Chocolate video, but this one is all about the kids. [Vincent] Alvarez's intensity, Cory Kennedy's innovation, Stevie Perez's precision are complimented Raven Tershy's agility on street and in transition, while Elijah Berle's ender had Gerwer in front of me holding his head in amazement. Gary Rogers' mind blew sometime during Sean Malto's seemingly endless barrage of tricks.The video will be available on iTunes, DVD, and Blu-Ray on November 27. You can watch the trailer below. All dates and cities for the film's screenings are listed here.
Veteran Girl/Chocolate skaters Marc Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Jeron Wilson, Brian Anderson, Jesus Fernandez, Mike Carroll and Eric Koston laid down a serious assault, reminding you how these two board companies got to where they are, but this video was clearly an introduction to the next crew, who'll carry the torch in years to come.
After tonight's screenings at Sunshine Cinema, there will be an afterparty in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge with DJ sets by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick ZInner, Spike Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel, Cosmo Baker (The Rub), and actor/skater Leo Fitzpatrick (who you may know as Telly from Kids, Johnny Weeks from The Wire, or other places.) That party is totally free to the public with RSVP to email@example.com. Doors open at 10:30 and there will be an open bar until midnight. You must be 21+ to enter.
Film trailer below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Karen & Santi
Santigold, who is releasing her new album, Master of My Make-Believe, this spring on Downtown/Atlantic, performed material from it at her two sold out MHOW shows which happened last night (1/17) and Monday night (1/16). In a couple of days she leaves on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
At last night's show, Karen O joined her on stage to perform the track "Go," which Karen guests on. It hasn't been confirmed that this song will definitely appear on the new album, but we do know that Karen's Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner will be on it. Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) is on the album too and was also spotted at last night's MHOW show. Other people, like Q-Tip, were at the show too. NY Times commented on the extravagancies of her show, saying:
Everywhere she went during her performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, there they were: a pair of limber, stoical dancers, faces impassive behind sunglasses but with every other body part in constant and impeccable motion. At one point they wore tuxedo dresses; at another, Victorian tops with sharp shoulders paired with ruffled shorts that fluttered beautifully when they shimmied.But also spoke of an inconsistency in the performance:
Her stage show [...] has been inconsistent in the past. On Monday she was more robust if slightly absent compared with her colleagues: the magnificent dancers, worthy of their own hourlong performance, and her band, outfitted in shimmering tops and matching white headpieces. Often the songs took flight not through Santigold's voice or stage presence, but through what was unfolding around her.More pictures from the 1/17 show and some videos of new material from the 1/16 show are below.
The new album also features contributions from Switch (of Major Lazer), Greg Kurstin, and Buraka Som Sistema. She just released the video for the album's single, "Big Mouth," which was produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. You can watch that below and grab the track for free at Santigold's website in exchange for your email address.
More pics, including some of opener Spank Rock, and videos below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Phantogram / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It was ugly and rainy outside, but that didn't stop the pretty people from heading to the W NY Downtown hotel last night (12/8) to attend a party in honor of the Mick Rock picture exhibition that will be up at the hotel between now and 12/28. Mick Rock was of course in attendance, and there was a "Symmetry Live Performance" (the name of the hotel's performance series) by Phantogram (live) and Mark Ronson (DJ). DJ Cash also provided some tunes while we were there.
We left before Mark Ronson took over, but you can see more pictures of Phantogram (who played a bunch of songs from their new album), their setlist, Mick Rock, members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zuccotti Park (it's right there), and more, below...
As you know, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has an opera coming to St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. Kicking off in conjunction with VICE's "Creator's Project" (more details TBA), the show will actually run on eight nights from October 12-22...
An assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs.Tickets for those shows and the rest of St. Ann's 2011-2012 season including another run of Daniel Kitson shows, and The Tiger Lillies (starring Justin Bond), are on sale now!
Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor
DFA1979 fans @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
The Weeknd was playing and then not playing and now it's this:
Following years of hard work, arm wrestling over domain names, and a little bit of high-tech stuff that we can't even begin to understand, we're proud to announce that VICE.COM is here. We've combined VBS.TV and Viceland.com to create super content one-stop-shop for all the videos and words you've come to expect from VICE.RSVP is open.
Being that we're VICE, we decided to throw a party to celebrate our new URL with our best friends, like you and Rick Ross. RSVP is now open, details and flier below. Space will be limited.
Full Frontal VICE | The Official Launch of VICE.COM | Presented by boinc
Thursday, September 15th | 9:00PM - 3:00AM
Skylight One Hanson | One Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Rick Ross | A Trak | Death From Above 1979
And More Bands
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Hanni El Khatib
The New York Night Train
Complimentary Svedka and Grolsch | Invitation is non-transferable. 21+ and Photo ID required
Toronto R&B singer The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) is set to make his US live debut in NYC on September 15 at Skylight One Hanson. The performance is part of Vice's Upfront Extravaganza party in honor of the launch of their new URL Vice.com. The party also includes live and DJ sets by A-Trak, Tanlines, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nick Zinner (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Black Lips. Stay tuned for more details. All we could confirm so far is that this is happening. We can only assume that some sort of RSVP will pop up at some point.
Nick Zinner at MoMA in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The Met is hosting an evening with Cinema 16 on June 3. The event features Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shahin Motia of Oneida, and MV Carbon of Metalux performing an original score for six short experimental films. Admission is free with museum admission. No reserved seats; space is limited.
Poeme Electronique (1958), dir. Edgard Varse and Le CorbusierNick Zinner is also showcasing his photography at Anastasia Photo through June 4.
Screen Test: Salvador Dali (1966), dir. Andy Warhol
The Face (1967), dir. Herbert Kosower
Seeing the World (1937), dir. Rudy Burckhardt
Stone Welcome Mat (2003), dir. Gina Carducci
NY, NY (1957), dir. Francis Thompson
Speaking of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and movies, Karen O recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" with Trent Reznor for the upcoming film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film is the second adaptation of the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson, and the first in English. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is written by Steven Zallian and directed by David Fincher.
Check out Karen O and Trent Reznor's take on "Immigrant Song" in the trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as the preview video for Cinema 16 at The Met below.
Nick Zinner at MoMA last year (more by Chris La Putt)
Not to be confused with events co-organized by the Boredoms, last year 40 drummers got together at the Hudson Hotel's Good Units, and this year the same group is organizing a string party...
We're doing it again and we're doing it big! Last year, 40 Drummers was more epic than we had ever imagined. With original music composed by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Hisham Akira Bharoocha & Ben Vida (Soft Circle) from 40 Drummers, performed by 41+ uber-talented musicians, this year's is no doubt going to be just as awesome as the last. We're talking 41 STRINGS - that's violins, violas, cellos, electric & acoustic guitars, upright bass, electric bass, on top of synth and drums.No word on the personnel at 41 Strings, but we do know that David Pajo will be one of the axe-slingers. The show goes down at 8PM on Wednesday, May 11th (again) at Good Units. RSVP at RSVP@Loomstate.org (yes, this happens in the Hudson Hotel and is somehow related to the Loomstate clothing company). Flyer below.
Super rad lighting works by Yoshi Sodeoka, mixed by E*Rock and produced by Dawn of Man, and also by Ernesto Klar will be candy for your eyes. Kanon Organic Vodka and wine from The Naked Grape will take care of the rest.
In related news, Nick Zinner laid down fretwork for the new Santigold track "Go" which features guest vocals from Karen O and which was produced by Q-Tip AND Switch and which debuted on Jay-Z's blog recently. Listen to the song below.
And in other Nick Zinner news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist is currently showcasing his photographic work at Anastasia Photo through June 4th.
That song stream and the flyer is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
I'm pretty sure the Big Apple Circus is considered a humane circus, so hopefully that means they treat all those white ponies that ran in circles at Tuesday's show, really well. There were ponies, and contortionists, and Ariel Pink who caused a Kodak moment by climbing one of the tent's support beam things while singing, and there was Nick Zinner and Aska, and Amazing Baby and more at the second day of Lincoln Center's 'Rock & Roll Circus' which went way better than the first/Japanther night did. A full set of pictures from both days, with video of Ariel Pink and the ponies, continues below...
"The Rock & Roll Circus, a two-day, three-ring, musical extravaganza featuring Ariel Pink, Amazing Baby, Nick Zinner and Aska, Saint Motel, contortionist, acrobats, and more will kick off 2011 under the 40,000 square foot Big Apple Circus Tent at Lincoln Center on January 3rd and 4th."Meanwhile you can catch Ariel Pink (who strangely replaced OK Go on the originally advertised circus lineup) in Brooklyn on New Years Eve (aka tonight).
"arcade fire. scarlett johansson. snl. win." - Paul
"Sometimes SNL shows me great new bands that I cant believe I haven't heard of... Arcade fire is not one of them #bandsthatsuck" - dj tillery
"I think I just became a fan of Arcade Fire." - Gregory
"I'm so confused by Arcade Fire. #SNL" - Vince Mahtani
"nick zinner from the yeah yeah yeahs is adding synth
for arcade fire on snl right now." - Christian Davis
"Could anything get more pretentious than Arcade Fire on SNL tonight? hitler youth haircuts, tron blazers and interpretive dances? Beat it."
- keith buckley of Epitaph-signed band Everytime I Die
"Arcade Fire (plus owen pallett) on SNL ...amazing" - Julie Foster
"Never heard Arcade Fire before.
Hope to never hear them again. Ugh." - Karen Sugarpants
"Regine and Win are so crazy/awesome/cute/spectacular.
Arcade Fire, I love you." - Andrew R
"whoa, arcade fire's snl performance was worse than ashlee simpson's. and the singer's hair was even worse than the performance." lisa cunningham
"Just watched The Arcade Fire on SNL.
Man, I'd love to see that band live." - Nicole Harpel
"Arcade fire is super weird." - Sarah Evans
"Could arcade fire be the worst band to ever grace snl?
Im beginning to think so." - Lauren Burdick
this was someone's ticket to see Arcade Fire on SNL (trishavirga)
Arcade Fire made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (11/13/10). Videos from the show, and more below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
By the look of the pictures, you might think Metric performed an elaborate show at Lincoln Center complete with string quartet and white piano, but actually it was just a four-song set at MoMA last night (11/10). The occasion was the third annual Film Benefit in honor of Kathryn Bigelow, and the rest of the music was supplied by the DJs: Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and artist Nate Lowman (ex-Mary Kate Olson). Attendees included members of Arcade Fire (who are in town to play SNL this weekend), a BrooklynVegan contest winner, and Bao whose pictures continue below...
Metric at Prospect Park (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"Don't ask Emily Haines about "indie."Director Katheryn Bigelow is responsible for films like Point Break, Near Dark and the 2009 Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker. She'll be the subject of a MoMA tribute on November 10th at 6:30 which will include an after-party with a live acoustic set by Metric and a DJ set from Nick Zinner (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Tickets for the benefit dinner will set you back a bit, but cheaper tickets for the after-party are also on sale. Pick up tickets now OR you can try your hand at winning a pair to the after-party. Details how are on the bottom of this post.
"I don't know what it means anymore," says the Metric frontwoman. "I think it might be a font at this point. Which is fine, actually. Everything changes."
Haines is still a young woman, but at 36 she's old enough to remember what the much-abused word used to signify.
When the Toronto-raised singer-songwriter-keyboardist started her band in Brooklyn in the late '90s, "indie" didn't refer to a style of music. It was short for "independent." An indie record didn't conform to any particular style: It was an album that the musicians released themselves, without the assistance of a record company.
An album like Metric's "Fantasies."
"It's something I'll always be proud of: that we were able to reach the Billboard Top 20 (Rock Albums) without a label," says Haines, who [took] the stage with Metric at the Prudential Center in Newark, opening for Muse. "I believe we're the first band to do that."" [NJ.COM]
Muse and Metric concluded their trek together over the weekend in New Orleans at the Voodoo Festival (10/30). Pictures from that show (and the entire festival) are on the way but for now, head below for details on how to win those tickets...
Peggy of TPOBPAH at Siren Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Online store Insound will open a pop-up design store from 10/8 - 10/10, situated at 201 Mulberry Street in NYC. In addition to silk-screened concert posters, tees, turntables, and LPs for sale, the store will also feature appearances from live DJs every night as well as some free beverages. Look for Nick Zinner on 10/8 (who is taking time out from his busy surprise show schedule), Kip and Peggy from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on 10/9 (who play the Official BrooklynVegan CMJ Showcase on 10/21 at MHOW - tickets), and Fred Armisen on 10/10 to all make appearances at the store.
Meanwhile on 10/8 you can expect a DJ night of another sort after Swans play the sold-out Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Baby Dee and Ben Frost. Tickets are on sale for the official Swans after-party on the lower level of BMT at 11PM featuring appearances from DJs Sasha Grey, Caleb (Sacred Bones), and DJ JonBenet (Prurient, Cold Cave).
today in NYC
* It is It @ Pianos
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Magma @ Highline Ballroom
* Nick Zinner @ Barnes & Noble
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Pavement member DJ set @ Living Room
* Sleigh Bells @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sea Wolf, Sera Cahoone, Patrick Park @ Knitting Factory
* Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride Duo, Powerdove! @ Zebulon
* Esben & The Witch, Mon Khmer, Grooms, Megafortress @ Glasslands
Pianos has free comedy every Monday too.
At Barnes & Noble:
Nick ZinnerunARTigNYC videos from Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, where futuristic bathing suits and other interesting outfits were on display, below...
Upstairs at the Square
Our monthly series continues with journalist Katherine Lanpher interviewing photographer and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who will discuss his new collection of photographs, Please Take Me Off the Guest List.
Monday September 20, 2010 7:00 PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
Sonic Youth @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
"What I'm aiming for all the time when we play live is a balance between the high energy of loud music, and a calm meditational energy you sometimes find at its core. Recording tends to restrict too much experimentation, 'cause when you're making a record it's a part of you, for that time it's your whole fabric. But when we tour the songs, they tend to get more and more expansive, and actually evolve over time until they are something quite different. For this reason I never go back and listen to the recorded document. The thrill, instead of listening to our cds, comes when the balance I was talking about can be attained. Everyone in the room can have a shared, communal rock experience. I'm only too happy to be the conduit of it, after all rock'n'roll saved my soul." [Thurston Moore]On Saturday (7/24), Thurston Moore will be opening for Bill Orcutt (of '90s noise band Harry Pussy) at Glasslands. Opening up are Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos (who play the Charleston the next night and have lots more shows coming up) and Family Battle Snake.
Another member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo will join Leah Singer and Nick Zinner at the New Museum to "offer multimedia tributes to the Dreamachine," its new exhibit, on July 30th Tickets are on sale.
Lee Ranaldo plays with Text of Light at ATP NY (where Sonic Youth are also playing) and (Le) Poisson Rouge in September.
Bill Orcutt videos and all Sonic Youth and Grass Window dates are below...
photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano
In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."
It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.
For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.
For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).
Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"MoMA garden party. Hugh Jackman introducing a fully acoustic set by Karen O." - Jared
"Karen O and Nick Zinner" performed at last night's MoMA Party in the Garden, an annual fundraiser that Estelle, M.I.A. and James Murphy have all played in recent years past. They were rounded out by a full band that included Imaad Wasif on acoustic guitar, Russell Simins filling in on drums, and a string section. They played Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs and "All is Love" by Karen O & The Kids (from Where the Wild Things Are). The full setlist, video of "Maps" and more pictures below...
MoMA's Party in the Garden (more by Ryan Muir)
The Party in the GardenTickets to this year's MoMA Garden Party will set you back anywhere from $100 to $100,000. Last year's musical guest was Estelle. M.I.A. played it the year before that.
Honoring Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Cocktails at seven o'clock
Supper at eight o'clock
After-Party from nine to midnight
Featuring a performance by Karen O and Nick Zinner
of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with special guests
Music by Mister Saturday Night-Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West Fifty-third Street, New York
Set in the beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, this special evening benefits the Museum's general operating fund, supporting our award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of the collection.
words by BBG, photos by Nicole Kibert
Walter Schreifels band @ Bowery Ballroom
Free Booze. Walter Schreifels. Best combo ever? Walter and band, which features Art of Gorilla Biscuits and musician/comedian Dave Hill on six-string, have scheduled a pair of NYC shows this week in celebration of the holidays. The first show kicks off tonight (12/14) at The Charleston with Birds of Paradise and Give and will feature free Jameson whiskey while supplies last. Flyer below.
The second show is Wednesday (12/16) at The Studio @ Webster Hall (it's their holiday party). At that show Walter & band will be supporting Telepathe. Gordon Voidwell is also on the bill. And yes, Nick Zinner will be there... this time spinning between sets. To cap it all off, the party will feature free booze courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon and although a limited number of tickets are currently available for a meager $5 a piece, I ALSO have a metric shit-ton of them to giveaway! For more on how to win entry to the show, dig on details at the bottom of this post (where the flyer can also be found).
Walter Schreifels's last show was as part of the Split Lip / Chamberlain reunion at Bowery on 12/7. The provided support for the reunited headliners along with Atlantic Pacific (ex-Texas is the Reason).
Walter's set included a cover of Quicksand's "Thorn in My Side". Split Lip was joined onstage by their long-time tour manager who belted out an Op Ivy cover. Full setlist from Split Lip / Chamberlain, tons of pics from the show, contest details, and flyers from both upcoming Walter shows are below...
John Waters as the other creepy old Santa...
A John Waters Christmas is hitting the road this December. Six dates are scheduled with a New York City stop at BB King's on December 22nd. The show takes the form of a monologue that "explores and explodes traditional archetypes as [Waters] shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories." Tickets for the NY show are on sale. He visits New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre four days before (12/18) and tickets for that are on sale too. All dates below.
A John Waters Christmas is actually the name of the director's own holiday compilation that features the likes of Fat Daddy, Alvin & The Chipmunks and Tiny Tim. Videos of few of those are below.
BB King's will host another holiday show with Darlene Love on December 13th. The singer is a 2010 nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and she appeared at the museum's two-night MSG show with Bruce & the E Street band. A video of her annual Letterman performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is below. Tickets are on sale.
Darlene Love's Love for the Holidays will also be at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ on Sunday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Elsewhere in Jersey, Darlene teams up with Ronnie Spector for "A Christmas Gift for You" at Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theater on Thursday, December 17th. (Both got their holiday start in part from their songs on 1963's A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.) Tickets are on sale.
Then, Ronnie Spector's annual X-Mas Party runs for two nights at BB King's on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Spector's new disc The Last of the Rock Stars (...) has guest appearances that include Keith Richards, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Patti Smith, Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs) and Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather). There's also a version of "It's Christmas Once Again" to add to your holiday rotation alongside ubiquitous Ronettes versions of "Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty the Snowman."
Speaking of Patti Smith, she has some annual holiday shows coming up of her own, but those are after Christmas and include New Years Eve.
Dates & songs from all three are posted below...
by Benjamin Lozovsky
Four distinctly non-metal acts came together to celebrate the upcoming release of Until The Light Takes Us, a much-anticipated documentary on the Norwegian Black Metal scene written and directed by Brooklynites Aaron Aites and Audery Ewell. Aites and Ewell made themselves available for the whole show, amiably speaking to fans about the film and taking pictures in front of promotional gear sporting a pixilated harbinger of doom. The event felt less like a release party than a gathering of friends to show support however. Despite moving to Norway while making the film, Aites still has plenty of Brooklyn-informed leanings, and he tapped friend and collaborator Kyp Malone (the two play in local band Iran together) to perform with his Rain Machine project. It ended up being just Malone solo, as he performed songs from the project's self-titled debut album with just a plaintive (and at times shattering) guitar and his quivering, unpredictable vocal charms.
Malone might have a future, although maybe just a small one, in comedy or motivational speaking; he filled up the awkward pauses of a quiet audience with deadpan cracks and mildly inspirational calls to move about, if not at this show, then perhaps sometime in the future.
Dave Pajo, playing as Papa M, was probably the only musical participant that had delved into metal material in the past, but on this night he performed his critically revered post-rock album Live From a Shark Cage. Or at least part of it, because after 5 or 6 numbers, the band left the stage. His ambient, textural guitar lines grew slowly as he looped percussive guitar bits underneath the ambling melodies that joined to form a more grand harmonic synthesis. He too had his peoples out in force, as co-members of his new band Yeah Yeah Yeahs Nick Zinner and Brian Chase showed up to cheer on their collaborator and friend. Pajo plays the album again at ATP's 10th Anniversary Festival in England in December, and he'll assist Zinner and Co in performing their breakthrough debut Fever To Tell at the same event.
Overall, it was very subdued night, with only one out of the four acts even rocking a drum kit on stage. That was Soft Circle, who mixed reverb-heavy, almost surfer guitar sounds with punishing krautrock and dance punk beats, courtesy of drummer (and layering whiz) Hisham Akira Bharoocha. But after listening to all that black metal, can you really blame Aites and Ewell for toning it down a notch on this night? There will be plenty of time for bleeding ears once the movie is released. Catch it in New York starting December 4th at the Cinema Village.
Kevin Barker was the first of four on the bill. We missed him, but more pictures from the rest of the show below...
Karen O @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
"DGC/ INTERSCOPE TO RELEASE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: ORIGINAL SONGS BY KAREN O AND THE KIDS. ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 29! LEAD SINGLE "ALL IS LOVE" OUT DIGITALLY AUGUST 25! MOTION PICTURE IN THEATERS OCTOBER 16!As the press release says above, the song "All is Love" is out today. You can listen to it at MySpace.
Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing - as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting... a self-proclaimed "spazoid." However, to Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, Karen O and her music possess a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the highly-anticipated film.
To compose music for the film, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had the musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, the kids include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (YYY), Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion), Nick Zinner, (YYY) and an untrained children's choir." [Where the Wild Things Press Release]
In related news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on September 29th. That's six days after their much larger Manhattan show at Radio City Music Hall which sold out, I am told, in less than a day (UPDATE: There are a few random single tickets still available for Radio City at the moment, so not completely sold out yet)... I'm sure the MHOW show will sell out in less than a minute when tickets go on sale Friday at noon (2-ticket limit, will call only, opener TBA).
Some related videos below...
Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Kurt Christensen)
today in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Friendly Fires (DJ set) @ Le Royale
* EPMD & Folk And Stress @ Santos Party House
* Deerhunter, Violens & Bell @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Vampire Weekend & Ra Ra Riot @ The Wellmont Theatre
* David Cross, Fred Armisen & Marnie Stern @ Knitting Factory
* Pwrfl Power, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez & Oars @ Cake Shop
* Cristy & Emily, The Silent League & Essie Jain @ Union Hall
* Don Caballero, Fiasco, Villa Vina & La Otracina @ Europa
* Radar Bros & Teenage Prayers @ Mercury Lounge
* Nada Surf, The Jealous Girlfriends & Mary Kate O'Neil @ Maxwell's
* Spirit Family Reunion, Sharon Van Etten, Donald Beaman (The Double) @ Pianos
The show tonight at Union Hall is also a benefit - for orphans in Nairobi.
I have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the Don Cab / Fiasco show at Europa tonight to the first person who emails their name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Don Cab)
Tigercity is DJing tonight @ The Foggy Monocle holiday party at The Professor's Loft.
WFMU is broadcasting live from a party at Rubulad tonight (8PM - 2AM).
new Metallica video at YouTube.
Smashing Pumpkins' new video for G.L.O.W. below...