Entries tagged with: Oneida
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Long-running Seattle space-rockers Kinski recently released their grungy new album 7 (or 8) via Kill Rock Stars. They'll be heading out on tour in support of that album in October.
For Kinski, the LP and tour follow a split they released with Sandrider earlier this year. For Oneida, this is a one-off, although their always-busy drummer Kid Millions recently released albums with supergroup Soldiers of Fortune and Liturgy/Zs drummer Greg Fox. For E (who also appear to sometimes go by "A Band Called E") this marks their NYC live debut. In addition to Thalia (of Come and other projects), the band also features fellow Massachusetts indie vets Jason Sanford (ex-Neptune) and Gavin McCarthy (ex-Karate).
All upcoming tour dates for Kinski, as well as a stream of their new album and a video of E playing in Cambridge earlier this year, below...
Soldiers of Fortune, the NYC indie rock supergroup featuring Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) and Kid Millions (Oneida, etc etc etc), have been sporadically active for over a decade. Originally conceived by Truax in 2004 as a "dirty dozen" type outfit who were "never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road," they did start to play and do most of those other things. Occasionally.
Lineups shifted, and now the group, which currently also features Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/studio wiz Mike Bones, are set to release their new album, titled Early Risers, which will be out November 6 via Mexican Summer. The LP also features contributions from Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchior, Ethan Miller (Comets of Fire) and more. You can stream bluesy punk ripper "Nails," which opens the album, below.
You can catch Soldiers of Fortune live in NYC this weekend as they're opening for Moon Duo at both of their shows: Baby's All Right on September 12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on September 13 (tickets).
In addition to their many other projects, Liturgy/Guardian Alien drummer Greg Fox and Oneida/Man Forever drummer Kid Millions also operate as the collaborative project Fox Millions Duo (perhaps you saw them at Silent Barn in March). They're set to release their debut album, Lost Time, on July 24 via Thrill Jockey. The album is comprised of two long songs, and you can get a short preview from the one-minute trailer video below.
They'll celebrate the album in Brooklyn on August 1 at Secret Project Robot with Black Pus (aka Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale) and Ryan Sawyer.
by Andrew Sacher
People of the North, the duo of Kid Millions (of Oneida) and Bobby Matador, followed 2013's Sub Contra this year with Era of Manifestations on Thrill Jockey (order yours). They've since given the video treatment to the spastic, improvisational-sounding and minute-long title track, which was animated by New York street artist Chris Uphues. That video premieres below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Lightning Bolt / Oneida @ LPR 5/16/2015
Noise rock greats Lightning Bolt are currently on tour supporting new album Fantasy Empire. After hitting Levitation in Austin, the band were in NYC this past weekend for two shows, playing The Wick on Friday (5/5) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (5/16). We hit the LPR show where Brian Chippendale's manic, clattering drumming and Brian Gibson's fuzzy bass had the crowd whipped into a swirling, frenzied mass. Opening the night was old pals Oneida who had Yo La Tengo's James McNew in tow as well. Oneida's setlist and pictures from LPR continue below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
by Bill Pearis
The Juan Maclean, who released the terrific In a Dream can be seen DJing regularly here in NYC (and elsewhere), but its been a long time since they've performed live. Specifically, six years since they last toured. They'll be rectifying that this spring when the four-piece band version of The Juan Maclean goes on tour. That trek kicks off with a six-show NYC residency featuring three nights at Cameo on April 16 - 17 and then Union Pool on April 23 - 25. Tickets to all six NYC shows are on sale now.
Meanwhile, in related DFA news, Museum of Love (LCD's Pat Mahoney + Dennis "Jee Day" McNany) play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/27) with Oneida and Blondes on the bill as well. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away.
Contest details, and the list of all Juan Maclean tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Oneida at Glasslands in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Brooklyn experimental scene vets Oneida have been pretty active lately, and they'll play their first show of 2015 this Saturday (1/10) at Palisades. It's a good bill all around, with the jammy Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band (who put out the great Intensity Ghost LP in 2014) and psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler. Tickets are on sale now.
For Chris Forsyth, that show is part of an ongoing tour which wraps up the next night in Hudson, NY. In February, Chris will hit the road again with Baltimore weirdos Horse Lords and Chicago droner Mind Over Mirrors. That tour includes a NYC show happening on 2/5 at Union Pool. Tickets for that one are sale now. All dates are listed below.
Horse Lords recently put out the album Hidden Cities on NNA Tapes, which you can stream two tracks from below, and hear the full thing over at Tiny Mix Tapes. Mind Over Mirrors is set to release a new album, The Voice Calling, a collaboration with Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux, on January 27 via Immune Recordings. No music is available from that album yet, but you can listen to an earlier Mind Over Mirrors track, below.
Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."
The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.
Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.
YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.
Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.
James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...
J Mascis w/ Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
J Mascis, Luluc @ Bowery Ballroom
J Mascis may be most loved for shredding in Dinosaur Jr, but his mostly-acoustic solo material is great too and he still rips out the guitar solos at these shows too.
Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Regal Degal, Rivergazer @ Baby's All Right
Porches go in a synthy new direction on their new single for Terrible Records, and tonight's show is all in the family with Frankie Cosmos (the project of Greta Kline who's in Porches that also features Porches singer Aaron Maine on drums) and Rivergazer (the project of Kevin Farrant who's also in Porches). Regal Degal aren't in the family but they're worth catching too.
Wampire, TOPS @ Baby's All Right
Wampire's brand of indiepop has a strong streak of yacht rock running through it (hey, isn't that a Gerry Rafferty song?) without actually setting sail; TOPS do to similarly and have gotten quite good in the last year (single "Way to Be Loved" is pretty irresistible). Both bands will be around for CMJ too.
Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul and The Broken Bones @ Beacon Theatre
Drive-By-Truckers have been on the road for a while now, having hauled their tenth album, English Oceans, earlier this year. This ain't no truck-stop, though, it's a show at one of NYC's classiest venues.
Teenanger, Nancy, The Abandos, Sheer Mag, Rock Bottom Boys @ Cake Shop
It's a night of snarling garagepunk, headlined by terrific Toronto band Teenanger, plus Philly's Abandos, Brooklynites Nancy and Philly riffers Sheer Mag.
Arto Lindsay, Guardian Alien @ Le Poisson Rouge
Arto Linsay is a veteran of the no wave scene, having been in the seminal band DNA, and he's also an excellent experimental composer, a collaborator of David Byrne, John Zorn and more. Solid support tonight comes from Guardian Alien, the project of Liturgy's wild drummer Greg Fox.
New Myths, ARMS, Twin Wave, Nicholas Nicholas @ Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn synth trio New Myths just released their appealing new album, Give Me Love, and celebrate tonight. ARMS brand of scifi prog pop will make for a good opener.
Horse Lords, Oh Hang, The Seeers, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Death By Audio
Experimental Baltimore band Horse Lords bring a heap of skronk to their sound. They play tonight with fellow Baltimore eccentrics Oh Hang, as well as VA's The Seeers and Brown Water Wampum Band (members of PC Worship, Head Molt & Liturgy).
Minus the Bear, O'Brother @ Gramercy Theatre
For Minus the Bear's current tour, they're celebrating both a new compilation with b-sides from their past few releases and the tenth anniversary of the excellent They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP from their prime early 2000s era. So it'll be a good mix of the old favorites and some of the lesser heard stuff.
Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the second performance of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.
Har Mar Superstar, The Pizza Underground, Candy Boys, Nowhere @ Knitting Factory
Hope you like extra cheese, 'cause you're gonna get it tonight as Har Mar and The Pizza Underground's tour has returned to NYC. While PU's schtick has gotten cold, Har Mar's '80s-style funk-pop is generally a good time.
Com Truise, Rone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a good double bill for electronic producers with Com Truise, who's touring behind Wave 1 and Rone, who's touring behind Apache.
Rone, Thug Entrancer, Photay @ Glasslands
Keep the party going after MHOW with Rone who heads to Glasslands for this late show with other quality producers, Thug Entrancer and Photay.
Dope Body, Rat Fist, Bambara, Bottoms @ Palisades
Dope Body make more loud rock on their new album, Lifer, and Pissed Jeans/No Age spinoff Rat Fist make this a great double bill.
Agent Orange, The Architects @ Santos Party House
Agent Orange's only original member is frontman Mike Palm, but with an album that lives up as well as 1981's Living In Darkness, they're still worth checking out.
Oneida, Guerilla Toss @ Secret Project Robot
Like your music descended from Beefheart? Miss the weird, mid-'00s days of Ponytail? Boston's Guerilla Toss make a not-too-dissimilar racket. They open for Brooklyn scene royalty Oneida tonight.
Jimmy Eat World, Minibosses @ Capitol Theatre
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.
Mike Wexler, Gardens, Larkin Grimm, Erin Durant @ Union Pool
Among the artists on this bill, psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler and Swans/Martin Bisi associate Larkin Grimm are both especially worth seeing.
Judas Priest, Steel Panther @ Izod Center
Heavy metal legends Judas Priest released their 17th album in 44 years this year. It had some classsic-sounding Priest on there and sometimes that's all you can ask for. Of course, they've got tons major classics to play tonight too and we'll surely hear plenty of those.
We're Ghosts Now, Bo Ningen, Public Access T.V., Amigos Amigos, Hey Anna @ The Wonder Bar
Wuxia rock practitioners Bo Ningen were performing their high-flying musical acrobatics here in NYC not that long ago and are not to be missed. Amidst a second round of NYC dates, they hit Jersey tonight.
Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really. Check out "her" appearance on Letterman, below.
Black Milk (w/ live band), Wara from the NBHD, AB, Azad Right @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Detroit rapper Black Milk has a new album coming later this month, and tonight he's in NYC with a full band and will hopefully be previewing some new songs.
Rosetta, So Hideous, White Widows Pact, Tiger Flowers @ Saint Vitus
Philly post-metallers Rosetta put out a new EP this week and tonight they're in NYC with guitarist Eric Jernigan from City of Ships joining them. So Hideous and Tiger Flowers make for solid and likeminded local support.
The Orwells, Skaters @ Asbury Lanes
Chicago-area troublemakers The Orwells bring their beer-friendly party rock to NJ with fellow good time charlies, Skaters.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photos by Greg Cristman
Oneida w/ James McNew @ Glasslands 7/17/2014
Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song "set", this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of "Cedars" into "Economy Travel" adding two shorter songs, "Cock Fight" and "You Get Brighter" (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that'd be a shame. This act's sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right "version". The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night-the very reason live recordings exist in the first place. - [NYC Taper]Oneida, augmented by Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, played Glasslands on Thursday (7/17), the first date of a short summer tour. Pictures from their set are in this post and you can stream the whole thing below, and download it over at NYC Taper.
Opening the night was noise-n-rhythm trio, Beech Creeps, the current band of ex Ex Models' Zach Lehrhoff that also features Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, Monster Crunch). You can catch Beech Creeps in a couple weeks when they play Rockaways spot Rippers on August 9 with Call Of The Wild and Giggly Boys. That's a free afternoon show.
Dysrythmia @ Glasslands
In betweeen were another trio, instrumental metallers Dysrythmia, one of Kevin Hufnagel's many projects that also features Colin Marsten. Dysrythmia's next scheduled show is playing the second night of Virus' two night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
More pictures from the show and the Oneida set stream, below....
Brooklyn experimental rockers Oneida are going on a tour this summer and with them they'll have a new batch of limited edition cassettes, The Brah Tapes. The tapes collect live and studio material from the past five years and will only be available on this tour. One track appearing on the tape, "RPT," is premiering in this post. It's an almost-7 minute jam powered by a krauty groove, and you can stream it below. Here's what band member Bobby Matador had to say about it
A total burner. Recorded live at the Ocropolis with an audience, at one of our public in-studio events that inspired the remote Ocropolis performance installations of 2009-2011. Showtime plays the bass. Titled "RPT" at its birth, this tune is usually known within the O as "Kaddenium" or "Kaddenmium," after the uncatalogued element discovered by renegade scientist David Kadden. The scientific establishment, unable to reach consensus on its precise atomic weight, has at least agreed that this shit is extremely heavy.The tour kicks off in their hometown of Brooklyn on July 17 at Glasslands with Dysrhythmia and Beech Creeps. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Ian Chainey
Last year, Many Arms' Nick Millevoi and Hyrrokkin's Edward Ricart folded together the experimental fringes of out-there jazz and rock as the Ricart/Millevoi Quartet. Haitian Rail, the resulting date with Travis Laplante on tenor sax and Ches Smith on drums, was equal parts avant-garde jazz soundbomb, bruising noise rock, and spiderweb-intricate prog. The varied timbres made for quite a palette. Ricart's bass lines busily fluttered and were caked with AmRep grime. Millevoi played like an attacking chessmaster, tossing out chameleonesque scales and runs that challenged the rest of the band to react. The rest of the band were up to the task. A record like Haitian Rail lives and dies by the interplay between its builders. Haitian Rail thrived.
Fast forward a year and another Ricart/Millevoi album is on the way. This one is called Solarists, out on July 22 through New Atlantis Records. There are some changes. Most notably, the quartet have shifted operations under a familiar sobriquet, Haitian Rail. Plus, there are some new friends within in the ranks. Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus) takes over Laplante's counter-melody duties and drummer Kevin Shea (Most Other People Do the Killing) assumes Smith's stool. And, jeeze, if "Trembler" and Solarists' cover art is any indication, things are getting dark.
"Trembler" cuts right to the chase. Shea and Ricart weave in, out, and around each other by way of blink-and-you'll-miss-them rhythms. They're like two bikers lane-splitting during a traffic jam. Ricart, in particular, seems intent on exhausting notebook after notebook of riffs and song ideas. So, with the space eaten up by the rhythm section, Millevoi and Blacksberg hang back. Millevoi again covers a lot of miles with his tone. He starts out swishing around a Duane Denison twang and then spits corrosive skronks upon whatever Shea and Ricart are constructing. Blacksberg, on the other hand, mops things up with comparatively melodic legato sweeps, also adding in percussive periods and commas when required. Suddenly, Shea takes over with a drum solo that is both athletic and cerebral. It sounds like someone dropped an ant farm on his kit and he's trying to quickly eradicate the scourge, yet he plays with so much balance. His logical calculations catch on and the entire band finally comes together, ending with a spiky arrangement that could be a caffeinated read of Eric Dolphy's "Gazzelloni."
Or, in other words, holy crap.
"Trembler" is the opening song on Haitian Rail's Solarists, available July 22 on New Atlantis Records (preorder). It makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.
Nick Millevoi will also be out on tour with Many Arms soon, including a NYC show Thursday (6/5) at Saint Vitus with Dysrhythmia and Mick Barr/Marc Edwards (tickets). Speaking of Dysrhythmia, they'll be on a bill featuring Oneida and Beach Creeps at Glasslands Gallery on July 17 (tickets). And the always-working Mick Barr has a number of engagements upcoming, including solo sets and collaborations with Mike Pride. All of those are listed below.
Stream "Trembler," along with the Solarists cover art, tracklisting, and list of dates, below...
Tickets for the Ought show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their Baby's show with Dub Thompson are on sale now. Their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show with Pictureplane and LODRO is free.
Pentimento, Have Mercy and Gates are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
SoKo is playing Le Poisson Rouge on June 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Oneida are playing Glasslands on July 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Endless Boogie are playing Union Pool on May 25. No advance tickets.
Frankie Cosmos and Radiator Hospital are playing Silent Barn on May 23. No advance tickets.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo are playing Capitol Theatre on October 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Q-Tip's #OFFLINE DJ night has left Output and found a new home in midtown Manhattan at Sankeys. Tickets for that show are on sale now for the upcoming party on May 22.
Glass Animals, Kitty Pryde, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, and Blondes are playing the Late Bloomers Vol. 1 "Spring" benefit at The Westway on May 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all proceeds go to Fountain House.
Steve Hackett brings his Genesis Extended World Tour to The Space at Westbury on November 15. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
The Budos Band play Bowery Ballroom on June 26. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Oddissee is playing Glasslands on June 25 with a live band. Tickets are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)
One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.
Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.
Oneida at The Yard in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Long-running Brooklyn band Oneida have been relatively quiet as of late, but they are still at it having played a hometown gig this past fall, and they've now get another one coming up on January 31 at Knitting Factory. Opening is two newer Brooklyn bands: noise rockers The Dreebs and percussive experimental trio Tigue (featuring members of Jherek Bischoff collaborators Contemporaneous Ensemble and Damon Albarn collaborators Ensemble Signal). Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Streams/videos from all three artists below...
by Bill Pearis
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.
I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.
Now in their 16th year, Brooklyn vets Oneida continue to fight the good fight, having released A List of the Burning Mountains last year. The band have a sole show on the horizon: Glasslands on Friday, October 4. Tickets are on sale.
The Glasslands show is opened by Dump which, as you may know, is the solo project from Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew. After that he'll make his next public appearance as part of Yo La Tengo's four shows at The Bell House in December, all of which are sold out. While on the subject, Ira Kaplan will also be at The Bell House with the A-Bones when they open for The 220.127.116.11.'s on October 27 (tickets).
Back in Oneida-land, drummer Kid Millions is probably the band's busiest member, having played in Spiritualized on North American dates this year, and with J. Spaceman solo too. (Spiritualized will be back in October for the Mexican Summer anniversary shows.) He and Oneida's Bobby Matador also put out their third album as the more experimental People of the North -- Sub Contra came out via Thrill Jockey in June and you can stream that on Spotify. Stream its track "Drama Class" below...
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
Spiritualized @ T5, May 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We thought this was an April Fools Day joke at first but apparently it's true. Spiritualized, whose West Coast tour (scheduled around Coachella) kicks off in Colorado on Thursday (4/4), have been practicing here in Brooklyn with new touring members Kid Millions (Oneida) and Brad Truax (currently in Interpol). They've decided to do a last-minute NYC show tonight (4/2) at Secret Project Robot! No advance tickets. Doors are at 8 PM, the show is at 9 PM and will be over by 11 PM. $10.
Hard to believe but Onieda are currently celebrating their 15th year as a band. They are honoring the occasion with a tour that also reminds people they released an album, A List of Burning Mountains, a few months back. That tour is currently in Europe but they've lined up a few North American dates too, including on in NYC at Mercury Lounge on April 27 with Scarcity of Tanks and Red Dawn II. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. They'll also be playing Northside Fest in June, and all Oneida dates are listed below.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
Once we decided to give all of this year's money to Sandy-related charities (last night's was Hoboken's volunteer first responders), it seemed especially appropriate to keep the opening acts close to home as well. With Real Estate, we managed to keep it close to everyone's home: formed in New Jersey, based in Brooklyn--the only thing missing was they don't seem quite so broken up about Dames closing their Hoboken location as we are. They played a beautiful set--had I been more on the ball I would have asked the name of that supercool long new song they did third.For the fourth night (12/12) of their Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's, Yo La Tengo got fellow New Jerseyans Real Estate (who just played a hardware store in Williamsburg) plus comedian Todd Barry to open for them. Also, keeping up with the extra percussion trend we've seen all week (see Fred Armisen and The Feelies), Kid Millions of Oneida sat in on second drumkit for the entire set. Todd Barry, who can keep a beat himself, played drums in an encore cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' for You." Martin Courtney of Real Estate came onstage to to sing the night's final song, "Our Way to Fall." The entire Hanukkah Night 4 setlist is below.
When Alex Beeker sang his first lead vocal of the night on the second to last song of the set, he probably didn't realize the shock waves were going to still be reverberating a half hour later. But at least one person in the audience found it hilariously noteworthy: our next act of the evening, Todd Barry, who spent a minute or two questioning the set list. Just off the plane from Australia where he had performed at the Sydney Opera House, Todd announced his farewell appearance at Maxwell's, as henceforth he will be working exclusively at opera houses and palais. He will be missed. - [YLT]
Last night's mix CD was by Shintaro Sakamoto and proceeds from the show went to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. We've cleared the Hanukkah week hump -- any guesses on who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight (12/12)? UPDATE: It's El-P and John Oliver and YLT drummer Georgia Hubley made the mix CD.
Mix CD cover and Night 4 setlist below...
Black Dice at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Black Dice released their most recent album, Mr. Impossible, earlier this year via Ribbon Music. They're over in Europe now wrapping up a tour. A list of all of their upcoming dates and the video for "Pigs" from Mr. Impossible are below.
photos by Erik Erikson
Lightning Bolt @ 285 Kent
Spazzy destruction duo Lightning Bolt played 285 Kent on Thursday (9/20) the day before blessing ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on Friday (9/21). The show was also one of two NYC dates for Indian Jewelry, who blessed Public Assembly the following night (on 9/21) as part of Et Cetera. Pictures from the 285 Kent show, which featured a drum-off between Greg Fox & Kid Millions, are in this post.
Stream the song "King Candy" from said release and check out more pictures and a great HD video of Lightning Bolt from 285 Kent, below.