Entries tagged with: Peter Stampfel
by Andrew Sacher
One of our foremost instrumentalists and a true hidden American treasure, Ralph White has taken the back roads in his inspired pursuit of the ancient roots of music. The "folk/noise/avant-whatever genius" (Joe Gross, Austin Statesman) has made many strange travels as an itinerant musician and laborer. Thus his intimate, nuanced musical language has slowly revealed itself, along a path that meanders from the apple orchards of British Columbia to the villages of Zimbabwe and Namibia, from the lonesome moors of Ireland to Australia, Brittany, Peru, Louisiana and beyond. There is also the influence of White's hometown of Austin, Texas, a rich musical crossroads in and of itself.The above quote is about cult folk singer Ralph White (formerly of '90s folk punk band The Bad Livers) taken from 35 Denton's website, the Texas festival he played this year and put on what FrontRow called "a lovely solo display of banjo, guitar, and African thumb piano known as a kalimba." Earlier this month, the Austinite kicked off a Northeast tour with Colby Nathan, who has toured as a member of Kath Bloom's band (Kath also played the New Haven stop of this tour on Tuesday, 12/3) and has some excellently weird freak folk recordings under the name Hyena.
The tour wraps up in Brooklyn on December 12 at Union Pool, where Ralph and Colby will play with an impressive lineup that also includes Holy Modal Rounder and Jeffrey Lewis collaborator Peter Stampfel and American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman (aka Sacred Harp), who Red Bull called one of the 30 best guitarists under 30 and whose 2013 album Jesus I'm a Sinner NPR called one of the 5 new guitar records that would make John Fahey proud. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with videos/streams from all four artists, below...
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.
You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.
After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...
The Henry Miller Memorial Library has done concerts in Big Sur, CA for years, and they're now bringing the celebration over to NYC for Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge, a weeklong festival which goes down from May 12 - 19 in Williamsburg in multiple locations. The festival ends with a concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 19 with modern classical master Philip Glass and baroque pop legend Van Dyke Parks, plus special guests. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.
Other events throughout the festival include a pop-up book store at City Reliquary (right across from Knitting Factory on Metropolitan Ave); literary readings; more music like Jeffrey Lewis collaborator/Holy Modal Rounder Peter Stampfel at Spike Hill on May 15 (tickets); an evening of short film at Videology on May 17; and a UCB-presented comedy show at Knitting Factory on May 18 with Chris Gethard and others (tickets). Full schedule and more details below.
In related news, Van Dyke Parks just reissued his classic album, Song Cycle, and released a new "orchestral fantasy" album, Super Chief, on Record Store Day. He's also releasing a new album with re-imagined versions of old songs and covers, Songs Cycled, on May 6 via Bella Union. You can read Van's statement on the album at Bella Union's site. Stream his re-recording of "Hold Back Time" from his 1995 collaborative album with Brian Wilson, Orange Crate Art, below.
The 2013 edition of the Brooklyn Folk Festival starts a little earlier and in a new location this year, happening from April 19 - 21 at The Bell House and features, "the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, bluegrass, traditional Mexican, Irish and Balkan music, songwriters and much more!" The line-up for the 5th annual fest includes The Cactus Blossoms, Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob, Jeffrey Lewis and many more. Tickets for individual shows and festival passes are on sale now, and the full day-by-day line-up is listed below.
Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel band just wrapped up a Sunday residency at Mercury Lounge yesterday (3/17), which also included shows the first two Sundays in March. They must have enjoyed themselves, because they've now added a fourth show, happening the last Sunday of March (3/31) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/20) at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis and frequent collaborator Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders) have a previously discussed NYC date coming up as part of SideWalk Cafe's Winter AntiFolk Festival on February 26 with Forest Creature (ex-Dufus), Larkin Grimm, and others. After that, they'll do a three-week Sunday-night run at Mercury Lounge in March with a full band. The run will have The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band at the Lower East Side venue for early shows (8 PM) on March 3, 10, and 17. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday, February 22 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/20) at noon.
After the Mercury Lounge shows, the band will take a two month break and then head to the UK for some dates over there. A list of all dates and a video of Jeffrey and Peter at Cake Shop in 2010 below...
Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)
Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.
Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.
The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.
The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.
Down Home Radio Show and The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre announce the 4th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival taking place Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th in Brooklyn, NY. The 3-day festival includes 30+ bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, film screenings and as well as the return (in a new form) of the much loved "Banjo Toss" competition of 2011!The Brooklyn Folk Fest is this weekend, happening Friday - Sunday (May 18 - 20) at 354 Jay St. in Downtown Brooklyn, with after-parties at the Jalopy Tavern in Red Hook. Tickets are $20 a day or $45 for weekend pass, and are still available. The lineup, which is pretty similar to last year's, includes Feral Foster, Peter Stampfel, The Whiskey Spitters, Blind Boy Paxton, East River Sting Band and more.
The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, bluegrass, Klezmer, Caribbean and Balkan folk music, songwriters and much more!
Visit the Brooklyn Folk Festival website for more info, and check out the three day schedule and flyer below.
It's got to be kind of hard to find someone to open for you on Christmas. Maybe that's what led to Dump, the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Sunday, December 25th (Hanukkah, night 6). Maybe Dump's recent show at Spike Hill was scheduled as a warm-up.
Yo La Tengo is keeping a diary. Their friend Kelly Reichardt writes:
Dump is on the stage. I know, I know, this reporter is asking herself the same question. How in the world did Yo La Tengo get Dump to play their Christmas night show? I guess everybody in this business has connections. In any case, it's our good fortune and listening from my perch I forget all about my duties and just let myself get lost in the music (not in any kind of freaky arm-waving way, but just in a quiet-inside way). I'm in my zone. Enjoying myself along with everyone else in the room. It's somewhere in the middle of the Prince cover tune, "Another Lonely Christmas" that the older, more disgruntled looking red-shirt-wearing door guy makes a beeline over to me. He's shouting something I can't make out, but I can clearly read his lips as he keeps repeating YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TONIGHT KELLY! I finally lean closer and take out the earplugs and it turns out what he is actually yelling in my face is YOU CAN'T STAND ON THAT STOOL!Comedian Kurt Braunhohler, who will return to the Hoboken venue to open for Ted Leo, also opened the Christmas show. Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg were the other special guests that night. Full setlist HERE.
Last night, night 7, Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened. Dave Schramm played guitar with Yo La Tengo, and Peter Stampfel also joined the band. Full setlist HERE.
Tonight, 12/27, is the final night of Hanukkah 2011. Who do you think the openers will be? I bet James McNew (not to mention the rest of Yo La Tengo) would be excited if it were the Feelies.
Browse the Yo La Tengo tag for more.
Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge, 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard are currently on the road, and about to pull the van into Vassar College in Poughkeepsie to play a show tonight (4/7). The Vassar date marks the second to last show on a short (over a week) tour that will terminate in NYC Friday (4/8) at Silent Barn with The Beets, El-G & Preston Spurlock.
The Silent Barn show must be a late one though because Jeff will also be performing earlier on Friday at a MoCCA 2011 Pre-Party with Peter Stampfel at SUTRA Lounge (16 1st Avenue). $5 cover (donation to The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) (they play that one at 7:30pm sharp).
Starting Saturday, 4/9, Jeff will spend two days at the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art's Festival at Lexington Armory (68 Lexington Avenue between 25th & 26th St).
MoCCA Fest is an annual two-day event attracting thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the world's most popular art form in the heart of New York City. It is an annual fundraiser for the Museum.Lewis will have his own table at the event, and will undoubtedly offer some of his comics for sale. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below.
Since 2002, MoCCA Fest has offered a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more. In addition to the hundreds of creators who exhibit, the Festival hosts dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts who participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.
Jeffrey Lewis's last LP was a collaborative effort between him and Peter Stampfel. The Come On Board LP, which dropped on Jan 1, is out now on digital/CD via Bandcamp and is streaming with stuff below..
by Rachel Kowal
"Thank you so much for coming here," Jeffrey Lewis began after a lively sound check and some introductions. "We realized that in Googling 'Shea Stadium,' you had options for other places you could have ended up. Those of you who made it here, we'll do our best to make it the best Shea Stadium you could be at this evening." (Unfortunately, I didn't make it out earlier to catch much of the opening acts: John Kessel and Lail Arad though the two songs I did hear from the British songstress were charming.)
Tuesday night's show marked the release of Jeffrey Lewis and legendary folk musician Peter Stampfel's second album together. The two met some seven years ago at Ed Sanders' 65th birthday party at the Bowery Poetry Club and have collaborated from time to time since then.
Thanks to his zany banter, vivid recollection of the scene in the 60s and 70s, and bizarre and impressive discography, Stampfel is quite a force to behold. His songs range from more traditional folk/blues numbers to utterly ridiculous songs like "Stick Your Ass in the Air," which he apparently wrote and recorded with his daughter. "I love dance music," Stampfel said by way of explaining the song. "Dance music is super... etcetera, but a lot of dance music is really dumb [...] there were way too many hands in the air. All hands and not enough asses."
As the evening went on, Stampfel continued to open up and revealed some of his recent projects. Apparently, he has also been working on recording a popular (but often forgotten) song for every year in the twentieth century. After whistling the chosen ditty from 1904, he and the band played the rambunctious, rollicking song "Heart Made of Stone" from 1955. In addition to the period pieces, Stampfel and Lewis reworked a number of traditional folk songs in irreverent, but entertaining ways (Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" became "Devil in the Ground").
Interspersed throughout the set were a series of "films" (now available on the History Chanel website!), featuring Lewis' hand-drawn illustrations of historical events that are then set to songs with explanatory lyrics. This time, we learned about Marco Polo, The Renaissance, and the colorful history of bottle caps, featuring some of Stampfel's favorites, scanned especially for the occasion from his personal collection of more than 12,000.
When Lewis sings, "They love me or they hate me. No one's on the fence," he might be talking about potential lovers, but the line (from the song "Cult Boyfriend") is indicative of the general public's response to his music. Add Sampfel to the mix, and these two groups (the fans and the haters) become even more distinct.
But there's a silver lining to this schism. Because Lewis' music is so polarizing, his shows are rarely populated by a disinterested or ambivalent crowd, and this was no exception. Instead of being put-off by the many oddities and quirks of the performance, the small, convivial crowd openly laughed along with Lewis and Stampfel's stage antics and were more than willing to participate in impromptu sing-a-longs and history lessons - a goofy sing-a-long one minute, an educational cartoon the next. Love it or hate it, it doesn't seem to matter much to Lewis.
Jeffrey, who not that long ago headlined his own show at Bowery Ballroom, plays his next NYC show, again with Peter, at the tiny Pete's Candy Store on 2/22. They also have a Philly show scheduled. The Shea Stadium setlist is below...
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Jeff & Peter @ Cake Shop
If you missed them at Cake Shop in January, here's your next chance::
Tuesday, February 15, Brooklyn NYC - Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel album release show at Shea Stadium in Bushwick! With Lail Arad (from London, has played UK and Israel w/ Jeffrey).Also, if you missed them at Cake shop, video of pretty much their whole set, along with a list of more upcoming shows, is below...
Shea Stadium is in Bushwick at 20 Meadow St, near the Grand St station of the L train. SIX bux admission, ALL-AGES (21+ to drink), and BYOB if you wanna. This is the album release show for Come On Board, the new Stampfel/Lewis collaboration album... the last Stampfel/Lewis NYC show (at Cakeshop last month) was totally sold out, too bad the album wasn't back from the plant yet... sob! But now the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band is back home from tour, with albums and comic books and bottle cap slideshows etc.
8 pm = doors
8:30 = John Kessel
9 pm = Lail Arad
9:30 = The Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel 6-Piece Band, featuring: Anders Griffen! Spencer Chakedis! John Kessel! And Dave Beauchamp!
One of anti-folk's most talented stars, Jeffrey Lewis, has teamed up with folk legend Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders (and the Fugs) for a new LP entitled Come On Board (I'm not sure of the release date). The two will also be playing shows together, including a January European tour, but first you can catch them at Cake Shop in NYC TONIGHT (1/10) with Dufus frontman Seth Faergolzia who didn't stay away long. "Dufus" played their final show at the same venue in September, but I guess Seth hasn't technically retired.
A video of Jeff and Peter playing together at the January 2010 Tuli Kupferberg benefit at St. Ann's Warehouse, below...
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Lou Reed, John Zorn, Sonic Youth and others will play a benefit concert for Tuli Kupferberg, the Beat poet and original member of the Fugs, at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn on Jan. 22. Mr. Kupferberg, 86, has had two strokes over the last year, which have left him blind -- although he still manages to regularly post video jokes to YouTube -- and the tickets for the concert, which is being produced by Hal Willner, will help pay his medical expenses. Among the others performers are the singer John Kruth; Ed Sanders, Mr. Kupferberg's fellow Fug; and Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders (who also played on early Fugs albums). Tickets are $75 to $125 and are available at stannswarehouse.org or (718) 254.8779. [NY Times]Hal Willner, who's putting together the show, also organized the "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues?" night at the Lincoln Center's American Songbook Festival, which is coming up on Wednesday, January 27th (featuring Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks and others).
In December, Lou Reed took part in the NYPL talk with fellow VU members Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule. A recording of that night is posted above. Coming up, Reed's "Metal Machine Music" is going to be performed by Fireworks Ensemble at Columbia's Miller Theatre on Friday, February 5th. Tickets are still on sale.
Tuli was one of the Fugs who played a benefit show at the Bell House in April.
Some of the above mentioned Tuli videos are posted below...
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Dear Sir or Madam,NYC's Housing Works Bookstore Cafe hosts a release party for the new issue of the Lowbrow Reader tonight (July 22nd). The lineup for the variety show features "short acoustic sets from The Fiery Furnaces, Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob, and Larkin Grimm, comedy by John Mulaney and a reading by Gilbert Rogin." "A mere $10 --or $5 for those unemployed or on worker's strike-- donation at the door."
Regarding your recent story about the Fiery Furnaces in the bowling alley: thank you for writing about us; and thanks to the bowling alley for having us there. However, and as it happens, we feel obliged to report that the tone of our remarks was often misrepresented. For instance: the quote which begins the piece was said, in actual fact, with quite a bit of sarcasm. To be sure, it was not a very witty remark. But it certainly was sarcastic. In the future, the band will strive to be more obviously insincere and disdainful.
In writing this we of course imply no disrespect to the bowling alley, which is no doubt providing, as employer or client, a much needed boost to the economy of North Williamsburg; to say nothing of the remarkable atmosphere it certainly succeeds in promulgating. Conversely, we would not like to be thought in anyway dissatisfied with the efforts of the writer of the piece, whom we continue to regard as extremely pleasant and very intelligent.
Needless to say, we hold it an honor to be mentioned in any capacity by as legendary a publication as the Village Voice. As always, we are proud to patronize your advertisers and be personally affected by your editorial positions.
Sincerely, and with affection,
The Fiery Furnaces
For a more extended look at the Fiery Furnaces, whose I'm Going Away just came out on Thrill Jockey, they'll be playing the August 9th Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party with Simian Mobile Disco, Dark Meat and Finger on the Pulse DJs.
On October 1st, Housing Works will host a benefit titled "Liner Notes, an Evening of Music and Literature." For that event...
Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie and progressive rock band Dredg will co-headline Liner Notes...to explore the cross-pollination of music and literature and raise funds for Housing Works, a New York-based AIDS service organization. The event will be presented by SPIN and its SPIN.com Book Club, and will celebrate the recent release of Dredg's fourth album, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion, which was inspired by Rushdie's essay "Imagine There's No Heaven: A Letter to the Sixth Billionth Citizen."Tickets go on sale Monday, August 24th.
Dredg is currently on tour with RX Bandits. They play Irving Plaza and Bowery Ballroom at the end of July. Fiery Furnaces are going on tour with White Rabbits in August. All dates below...
Guitarist Gary Lucas is well-known for his collaborations, which include a five-year stint with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band (playing on Doc at the Radar Station and Ice Cream for Crow), co-writing songs on Jeff Buckley's Grace and many, many more.
Lucas is currently in the midst a three-day run of NYC shows (May 10th-12th). He performed his original guitar score to film Paint What You Remember at the Jewish Museum on the 10th. On the 11th, he performed the music of Tom Waits at the release party of book Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits at the Center. And his last gig is tonight, May 12th, at the Gershwin Hotel where Gary is playing the music of John Lennon at the Give Peace a Song Cabaret.
The guitarist's next big appearance is the 20th anniversary show for his psych-rock group Gods and Monsters which takes place on Thursday, June 11th at the Gramercy Theatre "with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) bass, Billy Ficca (Television) drums, Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) alto sax, and Joe Hendel (The Latest Show on Earth) keyboards and trombone, with special guests including Alan Vega, Lenny Kaye, Peter Stampfel, Jon Spencer, and Dean Bowman". Tickets are on sale.
Lucas' YouTube channel is massively stocked with well-shot live footage of the guitarist in a number of musical settings. Clips of Lucas with Gods with Monsters at the Bowery Poetry Club in June 2008 are posted, along with all dates, below....