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By Ian Chainey
Bayou cover art
Massive. That's the easiest and most economical way to explain Sangharsha's new album, Bayou, available on LP July 15 through Alerta Antifascista Records. Sure, a lot of punk albums produced by Kurt Ballou have been tagged with that descriptor, but Sangharsha earn it with thudding metallic hardcore that's heavier than a pallet of Kiss it Goodbye vinyl. Even when they engage in melodic respites that recall Corrupted, they exude a towering massiveness. Overall, it's like Turmoil with a meaner streak and sludgier tone. Oh, yeah, and if Turmoil sang in Nepali.
Indeed, the four men comprising Sangharsha originally hail from Nepal, though the band was formed in New York City. Kshitiz Moktan was recently interviewed by Andrew Aversionline and shed some light on how he found his bandmates:
Basically, I came to the States to study, and I first landed in Alabama for my undergraduate degree; where I met Yogen (vocalist) in 2005. I never thought I would play or end up in a band, but time passed and he moved to NYC around 2007. After my graduation in 2008 (and staying in Virginia for almost a year until 2009), I was so frustrated without a job and shit like that, I just moved to NYC in 2010--where Yogen was already set up. I had a couple of jams that I had written during my last year in Alabama, and found Prasanna (bassist) through a friend, and a drummer who was playing guitars in a Nepali band here in NYC.In addition to collecting tracks for the international compilation Ghalazat MMXIII, Sangharsha have also found their way onto a number of notable bills, including July 26 at the Acheron with Sadgiqacea and Hivelords, plus Insect Ark. They'll also play Saturday (7/12) at The Shillelagh Tavern in Queens as part of a fundraiser for Anarchist Black Cross, which features All Torn Up, [ Thirsty! ], Penguin, and Pre/Science. Tickets are $10 at the door. And Sangharsha will be supporting So Hideous -- who are playing with Mouth of the Architect on August 29 at the Acheron -- for their tour kick off at Clifton, NH's Clash Bar on July 18. Other bands include Gyre, Organ Dealer, and Through Thorn and Brier. Tickets are also $10 at the door.
One thing I figured out was that due to the sheer number of Nepalese people here in NYC, it was easy to network and find like-minded musicians.
All of the dates along with the stream for Bayou appear below.
by Ian Chainey
No man is an island. A punk fest? Yeah, we'll allow it.
The colossal Punk Island show spanning various stages in Staten Island on June 21 still requires your support. Last Thursday, the free, all-ages fest presented by MMNY and a Bunch of Punx hit its Kickstarter goal of $9,000. However, this only covers the "bare essentials," per the organizers. Thus, additional support has been requested, along with the news that benefit shows will also be scheduled to help lighten the financial load.
As it currently stands, Punk Island will feature a bill of nearly 100 bands and will encompass seven stages. Beginning in April, Punk Island's Facebook page has announced sets of 14 bands every Monday. Both the stages and currently confirmed bands are listed below. Needless to say, there's a ton more to come.
In other NYC punk news, Sad Boys have scheduled one last Brooklyn date before leaving to tour Japan. The Ground Zero compilation contributors will be joined by Survival, Creeping Dose, and Closet Case at Lulu's on May 8. Tickets are $7 at the door. The show description also mentions, ". . .a fucking balls to the wall 90s ass dance party," following the event in case you weren't sold already.
Find below the announced-so-far roster for Punk Island, a list of stages, and a particularly infectious Sad Boys set recorded for KBOO in 2013.
Bass Drum of Death at the Seaport in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Young & Sick, Yellerkin @ Baby's All Right
Young & Sick is the somewhat mysterious R&B project of "Nick" who used to record as Japayork and has done album artwork for famous artists like Foster the People, Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke. Nick and his band (they're a trio live) are playing their first-ever live shows this week, and tonight's their NYC debut. Will it live up to the hype?
Weeknight, Courtship Ritual, Certain Creatures @ Mercury Lounge
If you like the darker, dustier side of The Ravoenettes, you might want to check out Brooklyn band Weeknight who mine a similar territory. Their debut album, due in about a month, is a nice wintry listen.
Honduras, Coastgaard, High Waisted, Behaviors @ Pianos
Uber-catchy Brooklynites Coastgaard begin their February residency at Pianos tonight with three other hand-picked bands.
This is Head, Robins Egg Blue @ Cake Shop
Malmö, Sweden's This is Head just got their debut album released in North America and are over for a few East Coast shows. This is the first of two NYC ones.
Bass Drum of Death, Shadow Walker, Low Fat Getting High @ Union Pool
Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death (who are a trio live) make raw, lively garage rock, and tonight they kick off a 2-night stand at Brooklyn's Union Pool. Worth getting there early for local punks Low Fat Getting High too.
Michael Snow, Alan Licht, Aki Onda @ Issue Project Room
This avant trio features Lee Ranaldo & the Dust guitarist (and onetime SPIN editor) Alan Licht, composer and visual artist Aki Onda, and Canadian pianist Michael Snow.
Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Skeletonwitch @ Irving Plaza
Sweden's ever-popular death metal band Amon Amarth bring their tour to NYC tonight, and they've got great support including progressive black metal Norwegians Enslaved and wild Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
New York punks Marathon, whose lineup included two members that went on to form to Polar Bear Club (but both recently left that band), broke up back in 2006 after the release of their only full length (self-titled). However, after reissuing that album in 2013, the band have now announced two reunion shows in their home state. They happen in Brooklyn on February 28 and Rochester on March 1 (venues TBA) with No Trigger (who also recently became active again) and Fire When Ready (whose only album came out in 2005 and who also don't appear to have played live in a while). The shows also include No Way, Soul Control and Benny Beyond. Flyer and song streams below.
UPDATE: The Brooklyn date happens at Saint Vitus with Marathon, No Trigger, Fire When Ready, and No Way. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.
Marathon's made fans out of other punk bands in the area, including Banquets, who as discussed, play NYC on Thursday (1/23) at Saint Vitus with UnWed (mems. Hot Water Music/Small Brown Bike), Nuclear Santa Claust and Pagan Girls (tickets).
A much older New York punk band, No Redeeming Social Value, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a show at Brooklyn's Grand Victory on March 29 with Yuppicide, Two Man Advantage, Last Call Brawl and DJ Spag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, The Dictators NYC (Dick Manitoba's current version of The Dictators) will celebrate sixty years of Handsome Dick Manitoba on Thursday (1/23) at Bowery Electric with Threats and The Bullys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Also at Bowery Electric is NYHC band Reagan Youth on Sunday (1/26) with The Memphis Morticians, Twin Guns, Emergency Break and Dust Angel. Tickets are on sale.
And one more Bowery Electric show is the one February 16, which is the NYC stop of Richie Ramone's (who drummed in the Ramones from '83-'87) 'Something In My Drink' tour. Also on the bill is The Waldos, Threads and The Weapons. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates on the tour are listed below.
In other NYC punk news, there's a benefit for the Transcore stage of Punk Island (which Aye Nako have played) at Grand Victory on Tuesday (1/21) with Little Waist, Penguin, Dirty Circle and The Whores (not to be confused with Whores). Tickets are on sale now and "100% of net proceeds will go to cover the costs of the Brooklyn Transcore Stage at the 2014 Punk Island Festival. "
Though this particular project is reggae, H.R. of punk legends Bad Brains will bring his band Dubb Agents to NYC for a show on February 21 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Rebelmatic, Radio Daze and Get Involved (mems Thursday/Judge/Glassjaw).
Another punk show goes down with I Am the Avalanche, The Swellers, Turnover and Bellwether on March 28 at Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A week later at the Acheron (2/21) is the previously discussed Iron Chic / Chumped show. Since we last spoke, Earworms dropped off that show and were replaced by Timeshares. Iron Chic also recently announced all dates for their their tour, which you can check out here. Tickets for the Acheron show are still available.
Marathon flyer, streams and more below...
Make Music New York's Punk Island is back for a sixth year! From 11am until 10pm on June 22nd, hear more than 90 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing for 11 hours on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio's punk/hardcore collective.Check out the initial line-up for free Punk Island 2013 below...
Due to summer construction on Governors Island, Punk Island will move across the harbor to Staten Island's enormous "Coast Guard" pier, 100 yards south of the Ferry Terminal in St. George, Staten Island.
While Twinkies have a reputation for an unlimited shelf life, the company that makes the junk food may not not.I won't be running out and stocking up on any Twinkies. I mean, they're gross, but I can't help feeling nostalgic for the products that poisoned my body as a child and the ads that helped them do it! Continue the trip down memory lane and/or feeling hungry and/or disgusted and/or find some more ironic t-shirt ideas, below...
Hostess Brands, the bankrupt maker of cream-filled pastries like Twinkies and Ho Hos, said on Friday that it planned to wind down its operations. The decision comes a week after one of the company's biggest unions went on strike to protest a labor contract.
Friday's move could spell the end of Hostess, a company that has endured wars, countless diet fads and even an earlier Chapter 11 filing. But the liquidation may not mean the end of its signature product, the Twinkie, with its cake exterior and cream filling. The confection -- originally banana flavored, rather than the vanilla of today -- could find new life under a different owner, if the company auctions off its brands and assets.
In the short term, Twinkies may be in short supply. The last batches rolled off Hostess production lines early Friday morning, according to Tom Becker, a company spokesman, and no new products will be made for the time being. [NY Times]
photos by Chris La Putt
King Hippo come to life - Saturday @ NY Comic Con
and just in time for tonight's Walking Dead premiere...
More pictures from this weekend's New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, below...