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Pere Ubu

Art punk legends Pere Ubu have a new album out and a North American tour on the way, which hits NYC on September 12 at Bowery Ballroom. That tour faced a roadblock when the band's non-US citizen members were not allowed into the country, but now the band have published a note on their website, titled "We Fought the Faceless Government Clerk and the Faceless Government Clerk Lost," which sort of presents a solution to the problem:

Pere Ubu has added Cleveland guitar maestro Dave Cintron to the lineup for its September tour of the eastern USA and Canada. Mr. Cintron substitutes for British guitarist Keith Moliné, who is unable to enter the US due to the visa approval process delays, ongoing since May. The group's second synthesizer, Gagarin, is also unable to join the band on tour, but plans are in progress to produce a remote performance live from their homes in London, by way of a complex cell/broadband system.

Band leader David Thomas says that the show will be different to the UK and Europe tours but it will still be Pere Ubu and the audience will be witness to the morph that is part of this band's unique history. "Mr. Cintron brings a unique perspective to the songs and we will subsume that into the collective. Pere Ubu is The Borg."

The improvisational nature of both the band's composition process and its performances means that all the songs in the set will have to be rewritten and relearned, particularly those from new album Lady From Shanghai (Fire Records).

"We will do what others call impossible," Thomas says. "The songs from the new album are anti-logical, played in nonsensical structures and with inscrutable tunings. None of it can be written out or translated. We will devise new patterns of anti-logic.

"The remote performance will only be for one song but it's a victory nonetheless," Thomas said. "For a month I've been in my studio working on this project. Everyone says it can't be done... Oh well."

If you'd like to see how that all goes down, you can still get tickets to Pere Ubu and Gagarin's Bowery Ballroom show.

Tim Wright

Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today.

Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of Rocket from the Tombs, an innovative and early torchbearer of sonic aggression which was plagued by personality conflicts from its inception.

Following its formation, Pere Ubu stood out from the get-go; its first single, "Final Solution" (below), sounded more like the music that would be produced a decade later rather than the relatively straightforward punk being put out by The Dead Boys -- another band formed from the ashes of Rocket from the Tombs -- and other, punk-associated acts of the time.

Wright stayed with Ubu for three years before relocating to New York City and joining no wave progenitors DNA, formed by Arto Lindsay and Robin Crutchfield as an experiment in noise. Not long after its formation DNA was placed on a compilation, titled No New York, by Brian Eno, cementing its reputation as an important, if less well-known, punctuation mark in the history of art rock and New York's storied musical history. [Billboard]

Tim Wright, founding member of art punk legends Pere Ubu and eventual member of no wave legends DNA, has passed away. Rest in peace, Tim. You'll be missed.

This has probably not been the best summer for Pere Ubu's David Thomas, who has been having trouble getting his current version of his band into the country.

Some song streams of Tim's music, below...

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Pere Ubu

Hopefully the second tweet (above) from Pere Ubu isn't a real declaration. The band, who recently scheduled a North American tour that includes a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 12, are suffering from the old Visa Issues, which is a little strange as they're an American band.

This stems from  the current line-up of the Cleveland post-punk icons, which includes a couple members who are not U.S. citizens. Frontman David Thomas explained further on the band's Facebook: "The only solution is to fire Moline and Dids and I ain't doing it. I am exhausted with paperwork and I don't care anymore."

Hopefully they can work it out. Fingers crossed.

Coliseum

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.

Continue reading "Coliseum covers Pere Ubu on new 7" (stream a track)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Pere Ubu - "414 Seconds" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pere Ubu - "Free White" (MP3)

Pere Ubu at Le Poisson Rouge in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Pere Ubu

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...

Continue reading "Pere Ubu released 'Lady from Shanghai,' touring (dates/MP3s)"

Hopscotch

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.

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photos by Ryan Muir

Pere Ubu

"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.

"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]

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).
"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...

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David Thomas as Pere Ubu...
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...

Continue reading "Pere Ubu performing Long Live Pére Ubu--The Spectacle"

by Andrew Frisicano

David Thomas & Sarah Jane Morris (as Père & Mère Ubu)...
David Thomas

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...

Continue reading "New School professor Greil Marcus speaks to David Thomas of Pere Ubu who released 'Long Live Père Ubu!' "