Entries tagged with: Pere Ubu
Coliseum's Sister Faith is clearly too big to be contained in a single release. As such, the new album (out now via TRL) has spawned a companion piece in Sister Chance, a new 7" available from No Idea or via the band driectly. Stream the b-side, a cover of the Pere Ubu favorite "Final Solution" (also famously covered by The Dead Boys), below for the first time. Speaking of, Pere Ubu play NYC in September.
As mentioned, Coliseum is on the road starting Friday, and will play Knitting Factory on May 21 (tickets) with Red Hare (who also have a new LP). All forthcoming dates are listed, along with streams/video from Sister Faith, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pere Ubu at Le Poisson Rouge in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
After David Thomas teamed back up with Rocket from the Tombs for a new album in 2011, he returned to his position as leader of art punk veterans Pere Ubu for a new album, Lady From Shanghai, which came out earlier this year via Fire records (their first since 2009's Long Live Pere Ubu). If you haven't been keeping up with the band's recent material, David Thomas is the only original member remaining, but they still sound genuinely great. There's nothing as instantly classic as say, "The Modern Dance," on the new record, but it's terrifically weird and underproduced for any band, let alone one 30+ years into their career. You can purchase the album at the Fire Records webstore, listen on Spotify, and download two tracks from it above or stream them below.
The band were recently announced for Raleigh's Hopscotch Festival, and it's since been revealed that they will be touring North America around that time. The tour brings them to NYC for a show on September 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
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today in NYC
* Mamie Minch @ Barbes
* Nocha Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Matthias Pintscher Portrait @ The Stone
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* The Wild, Kudrow, The Brooklyn What @ Shea Stadium
* Touche, Tippy Toes, Future Screens @ Cameo Gallery
* Math the Band, Backlights, Teen Commandments @ Glasslands
* The Dirty Pearls, Brothers NYC, The Nuclears @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hani Zahra, Racket Club, Huntronik, Prentise Estates @ Cake Shop
* Pilot to Gunner, Gost Trio, I Hate Our Freedom, Chumps @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Karaoke Killed the Cat, Mansions & Junipers, Silent Drape Runners @ Union Hall
* Dirty Names, Everest Cale, Stone Cold Fox, Basement Batman, Moon Furies @ Pianos
* Cudzoo and The Faggettes, Lilly and the Parlour Tricks, Party Lights @ Mercury Lounge
* Girls & Boys w/ Joker, Kill Paris, PeaceTreaty, Alex English DJ set, rekLES DJ set @ Webster Hall
* Jadex, Dynasty Electric, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Beyond This Point, Pillow Theory, I Am Isis @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Jazz trio The Bad Plus have been at Village Vanguard all week, a run that continues through Sunday (1/6) with 9 PM and 11 PM sets each night.
4AD-signed producer/Jessie Ware collaborator Joker plays a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall tonight.
Tonight is the Season 3 premiere of IFC's Portlandia with two episodes starting at 10 PM EST. Check out a preview below.
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Factory Floor revealed the first single, "Fall Back," from their upcoming debut album, due out later this year via DFA. You can stream it below (via The Quietus).
Art punk vets Pere Ubu are releasing a new album, Lady From Shanghai, on Tuesday (1/8) via Fire Records and they've just revealed a cut from it, "414 Seconds," which you can stream below.
photos by Ryan Muir
"We can't read most of the notes we scribbled during Pere Ubu's rendering of Alfred Jarry's 1896 Absurdist masterpiece "Ubu Roi" at (le) Poisson Rouge. But that turned out to be entirely within the spirit of the vintage experimental rockers' shambolically brilliant U.S. debut of the spectacle retitled "Long Live Pere Ubu!" As an onscreen title suggested during intermission, "The more you drink, the more sense it makes." Apart from a schematic story about Pere Ubu's conquest of Poland, lost war with Russia, and ignoble return to France, the six-act work's sense was far less important than bandleader David Thomas's daft yet deft sensibility.Pere Ubu performed Long Live Pére Ubu at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday night (3/28). David Thomas was backed by a full band and animations by the Brothers Quay during the approximately 90 minute show (split in half by a 20 minute intermission).
"Basically, it's just a fucked-up Macbeth," said Thomas by way of introduction - adding that the Little Rascals' notion of "Hey, let's put on a show" was his main inspiration...." [Village Voice]
"Thomas, the remaining original member of the seminal Akron, Ohio, group, proceeded to polish off a bottle of wine and a flask of something stronger during the next two hours, while sweating like a pig in a pervy raincoat. Pere Ubu's frontman has declared the show's accompanying recording "the only punk record that's been made in the last 30 years," and he's got a point. The show's chaotic march of writhing, stuttering, mincing, hectoring, slurring, farting, bunny-hopping belching, and tantrum throwing, led by a besotted 55-year-old working out his midlife crisis in public, makes younger punks seem like quaint nostalgia acts in comparison..." [Village Voice]More pictures from the show, below...
David Thomas as Pere Ubu...
Pere Ubu, the long-running band fronted by singer David Thomas, will be making the US debut of their "Long Live Pére Ubu--The Spectacle" show at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, March 28th. Tickets are on sale
The adaptation of Alfred Jarry's 1896 play, which we mentioned when Thomas came to speak in NYC last December, has been performed around the UK and Europe over the past two years. It came out on CD last year and as a live radio show (part of which is up as a free downloadable podcast). Live, it's accompanied by animations from The Brothers Quay, which you can see below.
It's one of three unique shows the band has scheduled for March. On March 5th they'll be doing their landmark 1978 album The Modern Dance in its entirety at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom, and on March 24th, they'll mix Modern Dance and Long Live Pére Ubu material for a show in Pittsburgh.
Thomas also writes that "Work has begun on the next Pere Ubu album. Working title: Lady From Shanghai. We are considering posting work-in-progress song demos at [Pere Ubu's online store] hearpen.com on a reasonable subscription basis. Final decision yet to be made."
The last time Pere Ubu played NYC was at the Knitting Factory in 2007.
Videos and all tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
David Thomas & Sarah Jane Morris (as Père & Mère Ubu)...
On Wednesday, December 2nd (tonight), Pere Ubu's David Thomas will be appearing at at New School's Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall (66 West 12th St, room 510; 6:30-8pm). The event will be part performance of material from Thomas's spoken word Ghost Line Diaries, part Q&A moderated by Greil Marcus, who's teaching an "Old Weird America" course at the school. The event is open to the public, and to quote from Thomas's UbuProjex site: "Supposedly $5 for non-New Schoolers but no one has ever seen it collected, we are told."
Greil Marcus appeared an an event at Columbia University in November. According to that university's paper, "over 100 people from everywhere on the spectrum of age, music taste, and knowledge of rock gathered to hear Marcus perform the play that was the basis for his book 'Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century.'"
Last year, David Thomas finally got around to adapting Ubu Roi, the 1896 surrealist play that he named his long-running post-punk band, Pere Ubu, after. His stage-show version of the play Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi, debuted in London 2008, and a studio release of the songs, dubbed "Long Live Père Ubu!," arrived in CD form this September. There's also a "Radio Play" version, the first half of which is streaming for free. The show had a European run in fall 2009 (a clip from a Paris stop is below) but still hasn't visited the North America. The only currently scheduled date is in Reims, France, on December 16th.
The show is accompanied by stop-motion animation from Brothers Quay. Their video of the hilarious, catchy, scene-setting "Song of the Grocery Police" and dystopic "March of Greed" are posted below...