Entries tagged with: No Age
by Lukas Hodge
Cold Cave in Winslow / dancers in Pittsburgh / Cat Power in Barstow
Just after you walk through the front doors of the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona, a news clipping hanging from a bulletin board reads "Another City too Strong to Die". An interesting statement when you think about it due to the fact that it suggests that in all likelihood, this is not a place that's supposed to still exist. It almost advocates feelings that this is a city stuck swimming upstream. The question is raised, what here is worth preserving? If you ask a local, or even just walk a single block through the small downtown area, you'll understand quickly that the hope of this town rests on a song written by Jackson Browne in 1972. Everywhere you go there are signs advertising the town crux: a street corner two blocks from the train station named "Standin' On The Corner" park. Dedicated to one line in a single song, it's surrounded by murals, shops, and even a bronze statue which may or may not be in Jackson Browne's likeness. The song, is of course, "Take It Easy" as performed by The Eagles. And while no other part of this tour really comes close to the level of polarization created by an arena-filling rock band, the story of Winslow works as an effective allegory to sum up the meaning of why myself or anyone rode a customized train disguised as a moving piece of art, complete with recording studio, post-production office, dining hall, and one of Frank Sinatra's private rail cars, from New York to California.
The answer comes from multi-media artist, Doug Aitken, who's devoted his life to the pursuit of collaboration and performance. The "Happenings", as Aitken branded them, were never overwhelming. The numbers were intentionally kept low at each date allowing every participant a feeling of intimacy with each piece of art they encountered, whether it be a stark and awkward Cat Power set in the backyard of a railroad inn, or a UFO high above the California deserts and a Beck set featuring a full choir. This was most noticeable at the Barstow date, a little over one thousand people showed up to the happening within the walls of at least a 4,000 capacity drive-in theater. It's obvious that Aitken's focus was not on attendance and not on outsiders but on bringing together different artistic communities that would almost never normally interact. And hey, a thousand witnesses can't be a bad thing.
Levi's ®, who made the public art project known as Station to Station possible, had their own tents that resembled nomadic sculptures, known as Yurts set up at each date where independent artists and designers could create their own denim products out of locally sourced goods under the "Makers" brand. To quote Maker Laura Sato via an interview with Vice:
The Makers yurt was Levi's® artistic contribution to Station to Station. Levi's® Makers is a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods under the label of Levi's® Makers.The yurts which were also traveling with the train and acted as evolving installation pieces. The Nomadic Sculptures range from Carsten Höller's yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw a Frisbee through, to Liz Glynn's creation of the universe that develops at each stop. At some stops, filmmaker Kenneth Anger screened a film in his Yurt.
For the majority of the trip, we had four other Makers along with the Levi's® Tailor Shop who had their stations set up in the yurt. Forestbound (one of a kind tote bags made of salvaged materials), Folk Fibers (hand-stitched, natural dyed quilts), Junkyard Jeans (customized chain-stitch embroidery), and Tangleblue Weavers. We also had a few guests along the way for a couple stops; Cobra Rock Boot Co.(handmade boots), Chimayo Weavers, and Teranishi (leather goods).
The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. I've worked for the Levi's® Tailor Shop making handmade goods for almost three years, but when I met my fellow Makers on this trip it really hit me what a special thing I'm a part of. I got to work and become close with some of the most inspiring and talented people, all of us tied together with the common thread of loving to create and work with our hands. There was definitely a special energy inside the yurt.
Every stop on the trip included a combination of visual arts, installations, and live music, all in a very unforgettable fashion. Some of the Happenings take place inside actual train stations (Chicago, Pittsburgh), while others exist within hubs at the creative centers of communities (Brooklyn, Barstow). How the tour arrives at each stop is the truly unforgettable part. Within each of the nine train cars, each serving a distinct purpose, it was almost impossible to find someone without their face glued to the windows admiring the little seen landscape from up on the rails or with their hands on one of the many interactive tools ("for the modern frontier") made possible by Levi's ®. Included in these was an original 1901 Underwood No. 5 typewriter linked directly to Twitter, a 1939 web-enabled Graflex Speed Graphic still cam for taking Instagram pictures, . and a 1960's Gibson hollow body plugged straight into Soundcloud.
Aitken has repeatedly begrudged the term "tour" and endorses the idea that the project is an entity which "constantly changes". All posturing aside, whatever you want to call it, it's impressive and ambitious. Each station had a very distinct feel and was drastically different from the happening prior. In Brooklyn, it kicked off in a dark noise-filled soundstage on the river with sets from electronic pioneers Suicide, tour staple No Age, and psychedelic locals Ariel Pink (who performed at multiple dates), as well as a youth marching band from Kansas City. By the time it reached Chicago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore had joined for his set with drummer John Moloney as Caught On Tape. The Legendary gospel diva Mavis Staples also performed.
As the train rolled on, it finally made its way to the southwest and, in my opinion, its defining showcases. When the train, decorated in highly visible, flashing, LED lights, pulled up on the beautifully restored grounds of the almost century old La Posada hotel (which was the original Winslow train stop) the traveling event arguably achieved its most characterized evening. Between the location of the stage being only a few feet from the train, and the recently restored Inn doubling as a local art museum, this seemed to be the exact platform from which Levi's ® and Station to Station creator Doug Aitken wished to "make their mark". Jackson Browne tossed out a few classics before finally playing "Take It Easy, which resulted in a fevered reaction from every middle aged resident sitting in their lawn chairs. Another tour favorite was Cold Cave, who in Winslow, played atop an elevated platform overlooking a haystack maze full of puzzled onlookers.
One of the main themes being pushed was that the most important part was not the "happening", but what comes after it. For someone like Doug Aitken who's constantly looking forward to the next collaboration or project, it makes sense that the aim of the entire undertaking was to push imagination into the future while taking educated hints from the past. What better place exists than being in a shuttle riding the exact tracks that helped shape the land moving beneath it?
You already saw pictures and heard more about the NYC and Pittsburgh stops and saw a set of pictures from Chicago. More pictures and some videos from the train along with the Chicago, IL, Winslow, AZ, and Barstow, CA stops, below...
Death Grips at FYF Fest, where they actually played (more by Wei Shi)
You're never, like, ever going to believe this, but Death Grips, who dropped off Lollapalooza and Osheaga this year, and have cancelled full tours in the past, just cancelled their set at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nobody saw this coming.
In Death Grips' place, No Age (who have played FFF Fest before) have been added. And (not related to DG), Sarah Silverman has been added to the comedy portion. As discussed, the festival also includes Television, Slayer, Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, and a bunch of other bands that actually care about their fans. Tickets are still available.
In other news, The Smiths aren't reuniting and Liam Gallagher has an opinion on something.
by Lukas Hodge
Ariel Pink / art "yurts" / Yoshimi of Boredoms @ NYC Station to Station 9/6/2013
The cross country Station to Station tour, a public art project made possible by Levi's, was launched on Friday night in Williamsburg in a massive sound stage located right on the east river waterfront. Conceived by artist Doug Aitken, Station to Station involves a rotating cast of visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more who travel together on a single train. The NYC show, which happened at Riverfront Studios in Williamsburg on Friday (9/6), felt more like an art event (or Fashion Week party) than a concert and very much the "happening" it was billed as. (Most of these happen at actual train stations.) A welcome change to normal show-going.
Accompanying the musical aspects of the tour are rotating art installations, or, "Nomadic Sculptures." Designed by artists from all over the world, the pieces are built as small huts or "yurts." Watch a video below about the nomadic sculptures in Pittsburgh.
One of the yurts, designed by experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, worked as a screening room for his film "Lucifer Rising." Other sculptures included Belgian artist Carsten Höller's interactive yurt which was full of holes that participants could throw frisbees through. Another, maybe more ambitious, sculpture by Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn acts as an interactive reconstruction of the universe itself. Evolving as the tour goes on, her yurt began as a pitch black walk through complete with heavy black curtains and headlamps used by participants to navigate. All of the sculptures are positioned outside of the ticketed area, allowing anyone access to them (though this was not the case at the Brooklyn kickoff).
Additionally, tour sponsor, Levi's had their own yurts set up as well. One included a loom from which denim products were constructed in real time, personalized with patches and products sourced locally from each stop by artists, and then sold in another tent known as the "Makers yurt.
The Kansas City Cobras, a marching band based around community outreach for young teens, have been opening the nights up so far by performing outside and marching into the respective venue, collectively segueing into Los Angeles Sub Pop outfit No Age's set in an impressive display of collaboration. Intentional or not, it absolutely sets the tone for the entire Station to Station experience.
As for the music, Ariel Pink, YOSHIMO aka Yoshimi of Japanese experimental group Boredoms (who also opened for Kim Gordon's band Body/Head at Union Pool last night), and No Age (their second NYC show that week) all performed at both New York and Pittsburgh dates. Electronic pioneers Suicide headlined the Brooklyn kickoff show and their sandblasting noise was as loud as any metal band. Thurston Moore and John Moloney joined the tour in Pittsburgh (and dedicated songs to both Yoko Ono and the Steelers).
On the entire nationwide tour, the stage is wrapped in three giant screens which work as both impressive lighting/backdrop for the performances and also to showcase short films between sets. There were also non-musical between-band performances, like a slo-mo choreographed piece on rollerskates. The Brooklyn kickoff finished with a bit of pyrotechnics: a metal trellis wired with a rainbow of smoke bombs exploded against a battery of bright lights. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
Station to Station hit Chicago last night (9/10). Mavis Staples joined the party in the windy city, and we'll have a full report and pictures from that soon up on BV Chicago. The next stop is in Minneapolis on Thursday (9/12) with No Age, Eleanor Friedberger and White Mystery.
Check out more pictures from the NYC kickoff event, as well as some from Pittsburgh, below.
photos by P Squared Photography
No Age @ MHOW, 9/5/2013
While the crowd members went for each others' jugulars (or whatever body parts they managed to make contact with) or danced along ecstatically sans pain, No Age properly fed the crowd's appreciation with track after track of nearly pure distortion and noise instrumentals. Although Spunt shouted into his mic, his words were just murmurs against the multi-stack drumstick smashes and distortion-loaded power chords. Midway through the set, Spunt announced it was time for "some new songs," and abandoned his drum kit temporarily for the bass. During No Generator, the low but heavy bass riffs brashly coupled with guitar chops, shook the venue (and even rattled the drummer-less drums). After playing a few fuzz-heavy An Object tracks (I Won't Be Your Generator and A Ceiling Dreams Of A Floor) and some oldies, Spunt eventually returned to his trusty drum kit to finish off the set, ending it with one of the band's more punk-rooted songs, Miner. - [CMJ]The wild squall that is Los Angeles duo No Age invaded NYC last week, as their tour hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (9/6) with opening sets from locals Ornament (aka Joe DeNardo from Growing) and Regal Degal. Pictures from that show are in this post.
No Age stuck around on Friday (9/6) to play the kickoff event for the traveling Station to Station roadshow and we'll have pictures from that too soon. More pics from Music Hall below...
Suicide at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
As discussed, artist Doug Aitken is presenting a traveling variety tour, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, which kicks off in NYC on September 6. The NYC show was initially set to happen at Duggal Greenhouse but has been moved to Brooklyn's RIverfront Studios (420 Kent Ave). The lineup for NYC has also been expanded to include synthpunk legends Suicide, in addition to previously announced names like No Age, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Boredoms and more. Also, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Connan Mockasin have dropped off.
The NYC stop on the tour is sold out, but tickets are still available for other stops on the tour, some of which also just got lineup and venue updates. Other additions includes Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape (Pittsburgh, Chicago) and Evan Holm (Oakland). And the Santa Fe stop has been moved from Lamy Happening to the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Pavilion.
Updated Station to Station tour schedule below...
photos by Wei Shi
MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.
Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.
The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]
Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...
photos by Autumn Andel
No Age @ Backspace, Portland 8/21/2013
Los Angeles noisemakers No Age are in the midst of their current North American tour which is supporting the band's new album on Sub Pop, An Object (which you can stream). The tour is on the West Coast right now and hit Portland, OR's Backspace last night. Pics from their shows -- including one of the setlist -- are in this post.
No Age will be on the East Coast in a couple weeks including NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 5 with Regal Degal (tickets) and the Station to Station kickoff event at Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 6 with Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffitti, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Conan Mockasin and more (sold out).
More pics from No Age's show in Portland are below.
As you may remember, No Age will be in NYC soon to play a pair of dates as part of a larger tour for the duo. Tickets are still available for No Age at MHoW on 9/5 with Regal Degal and 9/6 at Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of Station to Station with Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffitti, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Conan Mockasin, YOSHIMIO + Hisham Akira Bharoocha + Ryan Sawyer TRIO, KC Marching Cobras and more (tickets).
Ariel Pink at Do Division 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
As discussed, artist Doug Aitken is presenting the traveling Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour this year, with a variety of different artists in different cites. The NYC stop on the tour (which is the start of this whole thing) happens on September 6, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. It happens at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard and runs from 6:30-10:30 PM.
Musicians playing the NYC stop include No Age, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,
Jim Jarmusch & SQÜRL, The Boredoms, African American marching band The Kansas City Marching Cobras, and more TBA. There will also be a "surprise" from Rirkrit Tiravanija and a Technicolor smoke performance from Olaf Breuning. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon.
Other artists added to other cities include Giorgio Moroder, Beck, Cat Power, Cold Cave, THEESatisfaction, Sun Araw, and more. Head to Station to Station's site for tickets and more info on the other cities. Full tour schedule (as it stands now), below...
Savages at MHOW in March (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Artist Doug Aitken just announced a new project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a traveling train tour that will take place over the course of three weeks in September. A press release reads:
At each stop, Station to Station will curate leading figures from the art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings. The Aitken designed train turned kinetic sculpture will act as a cultural studio- globally broadcasting unique content and experiences from the stops as well as on the moving train.Each stop will feature a variety of different artists. Musicians taking part in the project include Savages, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Ariel Pink, Eleanor Friedberger, Dan Deacon, No Age, Twin Shadow, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nite Jewel and Connan Mockasin.
There will also be other artists Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Meschac Gaba, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, Christian Jankowski, Aaron Koblin, Ernesto Neto, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lawrence Weiner; writers Dave Hickey, Barney Hoskyns, and Rick Moody; and chefs Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Plus, even more participants TBA.
Station to Station stops in ten different cities this September, including NYC on September 6. More details on the specific "happenings" and ticket information are forthcoming. The project "will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support non-traditional programming at seven partner museums around the country."
Savages' tour schedule makes it seem unlikely that they'll be on the NYC stop, but their tour does bring them here for shows on Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out) and September 12 at Terminal 5 (tickets).
All Station to Station stops are listed below...
Tickets to the AlunaGeorge shows at The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.
Those Darlins are playing Mercury Lounge on October 14. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
No Age at FYF Fest 2011 (more by Nathanael Turner)
"I was getting asked these questions a lot, post-[2010's] Everything in Between: 'When will you make a record? How are you going to make a record?'" Spunt recalls. "I started thinking, 'Well, I'm being asked to make a record, then I should start thinking about physically making a record.' And that was how I was able to begin writing for the record. The idea of, 'Well, then I want to manufacture it. If I'm being asked to make a record, I want to make a record and manufacture the cover, manufacture the label, manufacture the vinyl.'"No Age are releasing their new album, An Object, on August 20 via Sub Pop, and if you're wondering about the concept behind the album title, that interview quoted above should provide some insight. They've just revealed the surf-rockin' first single from the album, "C'mon Stimmung," which you can stream via a YouTube clip. They specify that the clip is "not the video," but it is certainly a video. Check it out below.
And that's exactly what the Los Angeles art-punk duo is doing. Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall are designing, die cutting, and assembling the physical packaging for An Object: jackets, inserts, and labels for 5,000 LPs and 5,000 CDs. [SPIN]
No Age will be supporting the new album with a tour that comes to NYC on September 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the new song and album tracklist, below...
Next week, look for Gun Outfit to release their latest long-player Hard Coming Down due on April 2nd via PPM (run by Dean Spunt of No Age). The twelve track effort features "Flyin' Low, Maria" and "Lau Blues" (both streaming below), dark garage epics that recall Dinosaur Jr, some of Slint's somber clean tones and Hole's softer moments.
Gun Outfit are currently braving the interstate system of North America, and will head to NYC for a pair of dates at Cake Shop on 5/2 with Piano Movers and Union Pool on 5/3.
All tour dates are listed below below.
No Age at FYF Fest 2011 (more by Nathanael Turner)
No Age are heading out on a college tour this month, starting with Wesleyan on March 8 with EULA. They tweeted "anyone who wants to go to the wesleyan college CT show on 3/8 or the show at bennington college VT on 3/9 hit us up, we will get you IN!!!", though they then followed that with "OH SHIT!!! sorry we can't get anyone in to those shows unless you are students, but come meet us after! KEGGER PARTY!!!! sorry friends." All dates on the college tour are listed below.
In possibly related news, the day before the Wesleyan show, Pterodactyl plays Death by Audio (3/7) with a special guest. The venue says, "im Not gOing to be Able to tell you who the special Guests arE." Hmmm...
Meanwhile head to Death By Audio to check out Tyevek tonight!
All No Age dates are listed below...
Highly influential streetpunk band Sham 69 will reunite their 'classic' 1977-1979 lineup (or at least most of it) to play a pair of US shows including Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas and Chaos in Tejas Austin. The 1977-1979 lineup is:
Jimmy Pursey: vocalsThis lineup, also known as the Pursey/Parsons lineup (which may or may not have Mark Cain on drums this time around), is not to be confused with the version of the band led by Tim V (otherwise known as the Tim V lineup) (that's Tim V, Neil Harris, Ian Whitewood, Tony Feedback, and Al Campbell). The Tim V lineup operates out of Sham69.com, and both versions are currently playing live.
Dave Parsons: guitar
Dave Tregunna: bass
Mark Cain: drums
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) joins names like Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts, Youth of Today, Street Dogs, Toys That Kill, and many more for Punk Rock Bowling 2012 in Las Vegas, NV on May 25-28, 2012. The fest also features pool parties, a bowling tournament, late-night club and much more in addition to the outdoor festival appearances. Tickets go on sale soon.
Rancid also have some anniversary shows coming up with Cock Sparrer.
Youth of Today are also playing the Black N Blue Bowl this year in NYC with many other hardcore bands incluiding The Mob who also play Chaos in Tejas this year (May 31-June 3).
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) is one of many new additions to Chaos in Tejas which also added No Age, pygmylush, Screaming Females, Secret Prostitutes, Slug Guts (Australia), S U R V I V E, and Tenement. These additions are not to be confused with the set of bands that were announced earlier this week. Latest Chaos in Tejas lineup listed in full below.
Lineups and videos below...
Total Abuse - Prison Sweat art
If you weren't paying attention, you might have missed Total Abuse's Mutt, which surfaced its ugly head last year on Post Present Medium Records (Dean Spunt of No Age's imprint). The eleven track ripper encompassed elements of early negative hardcore, wearing its Void, Necros, and Black Flag influences on their tattered, punk-patch covered sleeve.
Austin's Total Abuse definitely have similar influences to bands like Cold Sweat, Men's Interest, Sex Vid and some of the Youth Attack crew, but also dabble in noise/power-electronics on their latest LP Prison Sweat which is out NOW via PPM. The LP, which opens with seven-minutes of brutal noise, blasts off by the second track "Early Morning" and is propelled with a similar furious energy throughout the remainder of the LP until it hits the final title track. From there Prison Sweat moves into a different mode, falling in line with side-2-of-My War Black Flag and latter feedback-obsessed hardcore bands like Drunkdriver or Pissed Jeans, but also venturing into borderline Swans/Godflesh style noise destruction. Stream all of Prison Sweat for the first time below.
Total Abuse only has one show scheduled as of now, at the PPM 10 year anniversary party in LA at The Smell on 11/4 - 11/6. The three day festival will feature appearances from No Age, Abe Vigoda, High Places, John Wiese, Gun Outfit, Dunes, Eric Copeland, Bleached (who play a BV CMJ party on 10/21) and many more, including an appearance from Total Abuse-related project White Dog, whose new album Triumurate is also out now on PPM. Stream tracks from White Dog, and all of Total Abuse's Prison Sweat below, alongside details of the PPM Anniversary show.
photos by Nathanael Turner
Punk rock long ago transcended class, age, gender and ethnicity to become a signifier not necessarily of outward rebellion but of the symbolic, crazy-on-the-inside variety. That sense of internal defiance continues to permeate the entire underground and has become a secret handshake that united not only the artists who made traditional-ish punk rock over the course of 10 hours of the FYF -- the Descendents, No Age, Off! among them -- but from a wildly divergent cast of in-yer-face artists including beat makers Nosaj Thing and Dan Deacon, the deeply sensual, self-referential house music of New York's Chromatics and Glass Candy, and the catchy, arena-aspirant bands like Broken Social Scene.You saw the Future Islands shots. Here are some more of a bunch of the acts that played FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (9/3). No Dead Milkmen, Kid Dynamite or Guided By Voices, but a bunch of other stuff below...
"It's a punk rock festival. That means we're going to play ... in the wrong key," declared Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard during his band's sturdy, hook-infused rock set featuring acrobatic kicks, monster choruses and a sexy girl delivering between-song lighted cigarettes to guitarist Mitch Mitchell.
But Pollard missed the point. As anyone who roamed downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday could see, punk no longer means inept, either on a musical or festival level. It means being inspired and maybe a little irrational, like festival founders Sean Carlson, Phil Hoelting and Keith Morris. It means realizing strengths and weaknesses. It means pushing at the edges like L.A.-based instrumental Nosaj Thing, who fused the deep, penetrating bass of dubstep with touches of skewed Aphex Twin breakbeat rhythms to create architecturally sophisticated sound structures as solid as they were abrasive. Or it means setting up gear in the crowd like electronic/serialist/rhythmatist Deacon to make sounds so driving and strobing that the level of crowd surfing reached Nirvana-like proportions. [LA Times]
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
No Age, who in 2009 backed Bob Mould to play Husker Du songs at ATP, covered Black Flag's "Six Pack" and The Misfits' "Hybrid Moments" at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. Original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, who was there with his band OFF!, didn't join No Age on the covers like he did when Superchunk covered Black Flag and The Misfits at House of Vans. However, last night at Levitt Pavilion in LA, No Age and Ceremony played a FYF-presented free show with special guest No Flag, aka No Age, Keith Morris, and fellow founding Black Flag member Chuck Dukowski! Picture taken by Lance Bangs above. Video of No Flag playing "Wasted" and videos of No Age at Pitchfork Fest below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
Cults @ NXNE
If you RSVP'd for the House of Vans show happening TONIGHT (6/30), you should have gotten this letter:
Hey All-Cults are also playing another show in the area this weekend. You can catch them in the Hamptons at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY on Saturday (7/2). They recently performed a set at the NXNE fesitval in Toronto. A few pictures from their set there are in this post. More of them and all tour dates below...
Just wanted to remind you that tonight is the first show in our series at the House Of Vans featuring No Age, Health, Cults and Ceremony. The address for House of Vans is 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Doors are at 7:00pm. This is a free all ages show and the will be no line ups prior to 5:00pm.
The reason that you are receiving this is that you rsvped for the event. Entry is first come first serve. RSVP does not guarantee you entry.
Basic rules for the event... No outside food or beverage. And please don't bring your skateboard or ask us to check in your skateboard.
No Age: 10:30pm
And Sean Agnew will be playing records inbetween bands.
There are two businesses next to the House of Vans that we care about and support on a regular basis. Pops Popular Clothing, which is next door and Cookie Road, a great café and bakery a block up.
They are both giving away a limited amount of passes (that guarantee you entry) with a purchase of $5 or more ending at 3:00pm. Every event we will be supporting two different local businesses.
Hope to see you tonight.
DOWNLOAD: Mister Heavenly - "Pineapple Girl" (MP3)
Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.
This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.
The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.
Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.
The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.
The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.
A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).
All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is below.
Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...
And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
If you happen to be in Austin, come see Baths play the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Swan Dive/Barbarella at noon today (3/19)
No Age at Don Hills (more by Leia Jospe)
The Radio City date is one of three NYC shows scheduled for Baths at the moment. The band is on tour with Braids all of this month and will play Knitting Factory on 2/12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on 2/16 (tickets).
The Cold War Kids recently dropped their new LP Mine Is Yours, and performed "Louder Than Ever" on Jimmy Kimmel last week (1/26). All tour dates for all bands and some videos (including No Age's new one for 'Fever Dreaming", and the CWK Kimmel clip) are below.
the Hold Steady @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* It Is It @ Pianos
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Toshi Reagon @ Joe's Pub
* Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub
* The Hot Holy Mess @ Barbes
* Joshua Rifkin @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Pretty Good Friends @ Union Hall
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Rioux, Snout, Benedek @ Glasslands
* Howie Day, Matt Lowell @ City Winery
* Volture, Cauldron, Natur @ Union Pool
* Fai Baba, Vladrm, Chris Harford @ Zebulon
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Moondoggies, The Quiet Life @ The Rock Shop
* Soft Circle, Janka Nabay, The Present @ Death By Audio
* Robert Plant, North Mississippi Allstars @ Beacon Theatre
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* The Hold Steady, The Gay Blades @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Most Precious Blood, Suburban Scum, Spectators @ Public Assembly
* The Dismemberment Plan, Jukebox The Ghost, Bells @ Webster Hall
* Lou Valentine, Nervous Assistant, Francis Brady, Daddy Longlegs @ Don Pedros
* Lucinda Black Bear, Kerry Kennedy, Bronze, Anything Maria @ Mercury Lounge
* Undead, Pure Hell, Rapid Deployment Force, Baxx SiSi's @ the Studio @ Webster Hall
* Utopia(featuring Todd Rundgren, Moogy Klingman, Kevin Ellman, Ralph Schuckett, and John Siegler) @ Highline Ballroom
* Tony Malaby (tenor) Angelica Sanchez (piano) William Parker, Chris Lightcap (basses) Nasheet Waits, Billy Drummond (drums) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Ben Monder (guitar) @ The Stone
* Royal Bangs, Ambassadors,
Laura Marling, Sarah Jarosz, David Mayfield Parade, Dawn Landes @ Public Assembly
* Alarm Will Sound, Face the Music (performing Steve Reich's 'Tehillim' and music by Ben Frost, Aphex Twin, Preshish Moments, Matt Marks/Stefan Freund and Tristan Perich - Ecstatic Music Festival) @ Merkin Concert Hall
No Age's new video for "Fevery Dreaming" below...