Entries tagged with: Peelander Z
by Bill Pearis
The saga of Japanese outer space heroes / rock band Peelander-Z has played out on stage and on albums for nearly two decades. You can now go behind the flying kicks and action comic riffs with a new documentary, Mad Tiger, directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein:
MAD TIGER is a feature length documentary that follows the relationship of two Japanese men, Yellow and Red, who have been best friends, band mates, and business partners touring the United States in a performance-art punk band called Peelander-Z for the last fifteen years. When Red decides to quit, their relationship is tested by life beyond the band. It's a movie about friendship, creative partnerships, letting go of the past, forgiveness, and the sacrifices people make in creating art.BrooklynVegan is premiering the trailer for Mad Tiger and you can watch that below.
Mad Tiger makes its world premiere at the 2016 DOC NYC festival. The screening happens November 13 at IFC Center at 11:45 PM. Both Peelander-Yellow and former member Peelander-Red will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Tickets are on sale now. The film has also been picked up by distributor Film Movement who will release the film theatrically in spring 2016.
The soundtrack for Mad Tiger was composed by Seattle post-rock band, Joy Wants Eternity, and it's out now on limited edition picture disc vinyl. You can stream the soundtrack below.
In other news, Peelander-Z start a fall tour tonight in Columbus, Ohio and will wrap up on November 21 at Alphaville in Brooklyn. Tickets for Alphaville are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The 2016 DOC NYC Festival happens from November 12 - 19 and includes a number of music films on this year's roster, including Peelander-Z's Mad Tiger and Miss Sharon Jones!. Other screenings include: the US premiere of Blur: New World Towers (11/15 @ SVA Theatre) which follows the band as they make this year's The Magic Whip; the NYC premiere of Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (11/14 @ IFC Center) which peeks behind the curtain (but not the masks) of one of the most enigmatic and weird groups ever; and Janis Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Blue Girl (11/15 @ SVA Theatre). There are also screenings of Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a 45th anniversary screening of Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter, and more.
words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands
Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural
Williamsburg venue Glasslands only has eight more nights left in business. In its early Glasslands Gallery days, the place had a lot of art-related events and, in that spirit, has added a bunch of new pieces for it's final days, all curated by Collective Craft. They include a mini-cloud above the soundboard, a plexiglass chandelier above the bar, an "Infinity mirror" created by Anamanaguchi bassist James Devito, the support beam in the middle of the room has been turned into a tree, and there are illuminated screens in the bathrooms. If you happen to look up while in the bathrooms, you'll notice an illustrated history of Glasslands' bathrooms. More art is being added daily.
While the art is only viewable during normal business hours, tonight (12/22) might be a good night to check it out as its Glasslands' free holiday party with Cerulean, Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and there will be karaoke too. This will also be the general public's only chance to peek backstage and see Peelander Yellow's new mural he painted back there. Doors are at 7 PM tonight.
A rundown of Glasslands' art installations, along with a few images, below...
Peelander-Z at Knnitting Factory in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Japanese/Brooklynese color-coded comic book punk-rockers Peelander-Z have announced their second US tour this year, which starts later this month in Philadelphia. After the tour, which ends in mid-November, they'll be playing a one-off NYC show at Glasslands on December 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Peelander-Z dates are listed, along with their video for "S.T.E.A.K.", below....
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
Peelander-Z at Knitting Factory in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn-via-Japan action comic punk Peelander-Z (now without Peelander Red) recently announced another tour in support of last year's hair metal-inspired Metalander-Z. That tour kicks off with Savannah Stopover and SXSW before heading to the west coast and back. Upon returning home, they'll play Glasslands on May 17 with another bunch of wacky party rockers Math the Band. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Math the Band also put out a new album last week (2/4), which includes a Peelander-Z cover. You can stream it, along with the list of all dates and a video from Metalander-Z, below...
photos by Cory Dewald
The Replacements / Pixies
For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands
Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.
Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]
DOWNLOAD: Peelander-Z - "Ride on the Shooting Star" (MP3)
Peelander-Z recently announced that they're going hair metal for their first album since the departure of Peelander Red, Metalander (due out 9/10 via Chicken Ranch Records), and will be touring in support of it. When we first mentioned that tour, it didn't include a NYC date, but it's since been announced that they will play Glasslands on Halloween (10/31). That sounds like it'll be one hell of a party, and it's a good excuse to come dressed up as your favorite Peelander member. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (8/23) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of their new single, below...
Kaiju Big Battel @ BB King's, 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
The wrestling-meets-japanese-monter-movie spectacle that is Kaiju Big Battel is invading NYC again on July 20 at Stage 48. Here's what to expect:
Be there as #13 and Hell Monkey fight to decide who will rule the Posse in the absence of Dr. Cube. Will Hell Monkeys seniority rule the day or will the ruthless #13 send the satanic simian running with his tail between his legs!Helping keep some kind of order to the meyhem and destruction will be guest referee Peelander-Yellow of interstellar rock band Peelander-Z (who will be at September's Riot Fest in Chicago). Tickets for Kaiju Big Battel are on sale now.
Be there as Monger King VS Dusto Bunny for the Arm Wrestling Championship Belt!
Be there as Cycloptopuss tries to hold on the mythical hammer against Slo Feng, its rightful owner!
Be there as Special Guest Referee Peelander Yellow tries his hand at maintaining order!
Be there as Danger happens in front of your very eyes!
Check out a Kaiju Big Battel video, plus the flyer for the show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Thank you for big helping our red-party!!!! Ohhh YeahhhH!!!! @brooklynvegan" - Peelander-Yellow
"str8 up cried at two distinct moments at tonights @peelanderz show. they are truly incredible, and i am honored to be their friend. -luke" - Anamanaguchi
Peelander-Z wrapped up their last ever tour with Peelander-Red as a member in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Friday (11/23). The tour already hit NYC back in October for a show at the Studio at Webster Hall, but returned on Friday to give their NYC fans one last chance to say goodbye to Red.
There were many people wearing red clothes and headbands in honor of Peelander Red, and the whole band were actually dressed in red for that show. On stage, Peelander Yellow said, "Tonight, we are Peelander Red Z!" At the end of the set, members of Anamanaguchi and Peelander's tourmates Electric Eel Shock came on stage with them to help celebrate one last show with Red. In turn, Red also joined openers Infinity Shred during their set.
More pictures and a video of Peelander-Z with Electric Eel Shock playing "Metal Man" at the Knitting Factory show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Peelander Red at BV CMJ 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
BrooklynVegan is presenting tonight's Peelander-Z show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn which will, sadly, be the band's last with departing bassist Peelander Red. Tickets are still available, so you should come out help him go out with a bang. It should be a fun show all around with openers Electric Eel Shock, and Infinity Shred (with whom Red will also be shredding), plus a DJ set from Anamanaguchi.
Also, dancing is a great way to burn off all mashed potatoes and stuffing you stuffed in your maw on Thanksgiving. So come out, have fun and say goodbye to Red!
Peelander-Red in a truly epic moment at GoogaMooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
It's been quite some time since our last post. Hope you all are doing well. There's some good news and bad news today. We're kicking off another tour with Electric Eel Shock on October 12th in NYC. Also, our new split 7" w/ them will be released in October! However, we have a sad news to announce. We're sorry to have to tell you that Peelander-Red has decided to leave the band after the tour. This is sad, but we all wish Red the best of luck, and thank him for his hard work and all the unforgettable memories.Sad to hear, especially since Peelander-Z is such a unit and Red is a big part of that live fun. He will be missed.
We're looking forward to seeing you all out there! Thank you so much for supporting us! We love you all!!
But don't mourn his departure just yet! As the band mentioned, Red will be saying goodbye on the road, including at The Studio at Webster Hall on 10/12 (tickets)
A list of all Peelander-Z tour dates and a video discussing Red's departure are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Peelander-Z at GoogaMooga (more by Ryan Barkan)
Peelander-Z will host "P-Party #4" at Death by Audio tonight (8/7) featuring The Netherlands (billed as "A KIND OF FUTURISTIC BIKER ROCK"), Drums & Red & Tuba ("Electronic Tuba Rock" featuring Peelander Red), Japan's Ryo Inoue and PeeWonder-Z ("Sister of Peelander-Z"). Though Peelander-Z wont actually be performing, I wouldn't be surprised see each of them jump on stage during the show, much like they did with Anamanaguchi recently.
Speaking of the mighty Peelander-Z, the band will hit the road with Japan's Electric Eel Shock for some US shows. So far the dates include only an LA and an NYC show, The Studio at Webster Hall on October 12th. Tickets go on sale on August 17th at 10PM.
All tour dates and video from the 3rd P-Party show are below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.