Entries tagged with: Pharmakon
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
photo: Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC's Pharmakon, whose 2014 album Bestial Burden placed at #64 on the Pazz + Jop Poll, will be on a North American tour for the rest of this month and most of February. Upon returning to NYC, she'll open for hometown legends Suicide at their Webster Hall show on March 7, also with The Vacant Lots. Tickets for that are still available. All of Pharmakon's dates are listed below.
In somewhat related news, tonight (1/15) is the issue 15 launch party for Nuts! Fanzine (which has previously interviewed Pharmakon) at Printed Matter (6-8pm). NYC punk band Flykills will play a set at the event which runs from 6-8 pm.
Flykills feature former members of the Florida punk band St. Dad, who White Lung named a song after, and who White Lung singer MIsh Way is openly a huge fan of. You may have seen Flykills when they opened for White Lung at Glasslands last year. Their latest release, the snotty raw Lump of Flesh EP, was also Tweens' third favorite album of 2014. You also may have seen Flykills last year at Cake Shop with the Tweens-related band Vacation.
Stream the Flykills EP and watch a video of them at that Glasslands show, below...
photo: Mos Def at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Eric Garner protests, like last weekend's Millions March, in NYC continue, and as you've probably seen and heard, many of those lending their voice to the cause are prominent musicians. Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey), offered an audio statement called "Thoughts On The Upheaval From A Global Perspective" via Stop Being Famous, as Billboard points out. Here's some of what he said:
Where are we? We're at a critical time. We're at a watershed moment for humanity. The urgency to 'change this miserable condition on this earth,' as Malcolm X said, is occurring to many of us, reaffirming itself.You can listen to the audio below.
It's the opportunity for necessary change, positive change, and it's not necessarily convenient or comfortable as I'm sure it is with any period of growth. I read somewhere that in order for an arrow to fly, the bow has to be drawn back. There's some pressure involved and I think we're all feeling that pressure. Some of us are more aware of it than others. Some of us are trying to drown it out. But we all feel it one way or another, in indelible ways in these times and days.
RZA also spoke to Vanity Fair about it, saying:
The value of a man's life has been totally reduced. It has never been even put at the proper value, when it comes to a black man... But we have an old-school mentality of what you can do, as a cop, and how someone already considered a criminal, even when he's not committing a violent crime, or a real crime. Selling a cigarette is not really a crime, standing on the corner is not a real crime, at the end of the day.On Sunday (12/14), when Aretha Franklin attended the premiere of Selma (the film based on Martin Luther King and the 1965 civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama) in NYC, she was interviewed about how important she thinks a film like Selma is coming out at this time, and said:
But in this case, with Eric Garner, there is not a criminal here. This looks more like the ego and frustration of a man--forget that this guy was a cop. Take the uniform off. If you take the uniform off of those guys, it looks like a neighborhood beat down. It looked like a black guy got jumped by a bunch of white guys. It looks like this gang jumped that guy.
I think that it's gonna bring a higher level of consciousness to everything that's happening, particularly between the movie and the Fergusons and all of the different happenings that we've had lately involving all of the young African American men. There is certainly a correlation between the two, the timing, and i think most importantly the timing. What was happening way back when and what is still happening now.Lil B just released a song called "I Can't Breathe," which you can listen to below.
Meanwhile, money has been raised for Eric Garner's family via Fundly and Indie GoGo campaigns. Fundraisers, like the one Russell Simons was at, are becoming more common. Two happening in NYC just popped up today:
One is a show billed as "BLACK LIVES MATTER" happening on December 23 at SOB's. No artists announced at the moment, but tickets are on sale now.
The other is a noise show happening December 30 at Palisades with live sets from Nick Klein & Shredded Nerve, Miguel Alvarino, Appetite, Saran Man, Negation, Coil's Drew McDowall, Pure Matrix, POI, Bookworms and Young Male, as well as DJ sets from Analog Soul, Half Life and Pharmakon (aka Margaret Chardiet). That one's $12 at the door.
They may not really need the fundraisers in the end though, as the New York Times reports that New York City comptroller Scott M. Stringer is also "seeking to negotiate a settlement of a $75 million civil rights claim brought my Mr. Garner's family."
Stream the Lil B song and Mos Def speech below...
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.
Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Pharmakon @ Palisades - 11/22/14 (via @teethbonnet)
Pharmakon, who put out one of The Quietus' favorite albums of 2014, recently played a release show for that album, Bestial Burden, at Palisades on November 22 with Ligature. Now the local noisemaker's been added to another show with Ligature on the bill, Saint Vitus on December 11 with the likeminded Puce Mary (also on The Quietus' list) and the insane Destruction Unit-related Marshstepper, as well as Aischrolatreia and Penchant. Tickets for that show are still available. Pharmakon has two other dates this month. All are listed below. The Vitus show is also one of three NYC dates for Puce Mary on her tour.
Speaking of Sacred Bones-signed NYC artists playing Saint Vitus, labelmates Pop. 1280 and Anasazi have a show there on January 15 with Bootblacks. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon.
All Pharmakon dates are listed, with a video from the Palisades show, below...
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
The Men's avant-leaning spinoff Dream Police released their debut LP Hypnotized earlier this month via Sacred Bones and have been on tour with ripping psych punks Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party) in support of it. When we last spoke, there was no NYC date on that tour (though both bands have played NYC separately since), but it was later announced that the tour would be concluding at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (11/22). That show is triply good because it features local punks Ivy, whose great self-titled LP is out now on Katorga Works. Remnants are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now. In December, Dream Police kick off a West Coast tour. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Dream Police's Sacred Bones labelmate Pharmakon plays her album release show the same night in Brooklyn at Palisades, and ex-The Men project Ligature was recently added as an opener. Also on the bill is Baltimore's S. English (1/2 of Corporate Park) and Negation. Tickets are still available. Ligature also has upcoming dates with Puce Mary, including her Saint Vitus show with Marshstepper.
List of Dream Police dates, with streams from DP, Honey and Ivy, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
538 Johnson for The Men in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Looks like there's some trouble for Bushwick DIY venue 538 Johnson. They posted:
Surprise, surprise our landlords at 538 don't love us. They recently hit us with a bunch of wild and crazy fines that added up to an exorbitant amount of money. Pretty shady stuff. Unfortunately the only way we can keep the space is to pay them, and we need some help from "the scene." 538 has been hosting some pretty good shows for quite some time. We want you to be able to keep trashing our home. Hallway punks forever, please come support.The venue, that's housed early NYC gigs for The Men, Merchandise, White Lung, The Menzingers and many others, will be hosting a benefit show this Sunday (9/21) with wild punks Dawn of Humans, melodic noise artist Pharmakon, hardcore crew Missionary, garagey punks Ivy, and Cheena.
You can catch Ivy again on October 11 at Acheron with Warthog, Bad Noids, Party Plates and Mr. California (tickets); and October 25 at Palisades with Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Blazing Eye, Savageheads, L.O.T.I.O.N. and Face the Rail (tickets). If you haven't heard Ivy's new self-titled LP on Katorga Works you can download it for free HERE and order the vinyl HERE.
Stream one track below...
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC noisemaker Pharmakon's new album, Bestial Burden, comes out October 14 via Sacred Bones. Though she unfortunately had to cancel last month's hometown show, she's now scheduled a release show for Bestial Burden happening in NYC on November 22 at Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Wyatt Marshall
Pharmakon at Drone Activity in Progress in 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Pharmakon is streaming "Body Betrays Itself" off of her forthcoming album Bestial Burden, the followup to her critically acclaimed 2013 debut Abandon. The song's a good one -- it pulses ominously along with Temple of Doom drums, while one-woman force Margaret Chardaret screams and wails over top. You can listen to it below. If you want to hear more, the album is out on Sacred Bones on October 14.
As we've mentioned, Pharmakon is touring Europe with Swans (again!) this fall. She was also scheduled to play an NYC show at Death By Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia and La Misma, but she's since had to drop off -- she's traveling to China for a couple dates with Liars, including Bejiing's Modern Sky Festival (which is getting a NYC edition) -- so NYC fans will have to wait.
Pharmakon recently sat down with Pitchfork to talk about the new album--head over there to read their Q&A. Otherwise, all tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Brooklyn's Nancy Sinatra-covering noise artist Pharmakon has announced that she'll release a new album, Bestial Burden, the followup to 2013's excellent Abandon, on October 14 via Sacred Bones. It was produced by Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon, who also helmed Abandon. You can check out the LP's tracklist and the trailer video for it, directed by Jacqueline Castel, below. Artwork above.
Pharmakon will tour Europe with Swans this fall (who she's toured with before), but before she leaves home she'll play Death by Audio on August 29 with Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival. $10 at the door gets you in.
That's the first of two NYC dates that week for Barcelona punks Una Bestia Incontrolable. They also play 538 Johnson on 8/30 with Dawn of Humans and La Misma. They just put out a new 7" on Iron Lung Records, which you can stream (via Noisey) below.
Also below is the list of Pharmakon dates, LP trailer and tracklist.
TOKiMONSTA is playing Le Poisson Rouge on October 4 with Made In Heights. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Slavve are playing a free show at Rough Trade on August 2.
Soupcans, Pampers, Ultrathin and Chat Logs are playing Death by Audio on August 2. $8 at the door.
Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam and Cousin Brian are playing Death by Audio on August 8. $8 at the door.
Boytoy, Painted Zeroes, The Howl and Honduras are playing Death by Audio on August 9. $7 at the door.
Sleepies, Kal Marks, Left & Right and Washer are playing Death by Audio on August 13. $8 at the door.
Lodro, Waltz and Electroputas are playing Death by Audio on August 14. $8 at the door.
Sean Nicholas Savage is playing Death by Audio on August 15 with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper and CE Schneider Tropical the day before his free Central Park Summerstage show with Blood Orange. DbA show is $8 at the door.
Pharmakon, Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival are playing Death by Audio on August 29. $10 at the door.
Dry The River and Nathaniel Rateliff are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general onsale Friday (7/25) at noon.
Comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
by Wyatt Marshall
Lust For Youth (photo by Rasmus Jensen
Lately it's been feeling like every new restaurant in NYC is Nordic-inspired (thanks, Noma), and, pretty soon, another Scandinavian invasion this way comes--loads of releases and performances from Danish bands are scheduled for the next two months.
We've mentioned that Posh Isolation's Lust for Youth and Damien Dubrovnik are playing the Posh Isolation fest in LA next weekend (May 16-17), and now both bands have streamed new songs from forthcoming albums. The deluxe version of Lust for Youth's International LP, out on 6/10 via Sacred Bones, is going to be accompanied by an International Remixes EP, featuring remixes of songs off of International by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Silent Servant, Helm, and more. The Silent Servant remix of the title-track--a gorgeous synth number that builds from minimalist beginnings into heady dance bliss--is streaming below, along with another previously released song off of International.
Damien Dubrovnik, meanwhile, sits at the other end of the electronics spectrum, blasting out an intoxicating PE-style performance on "Penis Corset" off of a forthcoming 7", Patterns of Penetration, which is out on 5/26 via ALTER. For those trying to keep it straight, Lust for Youth is primarily the vehicle of Hannes Norrvide, though he later added Malthe Fischer and (live) Loke Rahbek (also of the now-defunct Var) to the lineup, while Damien Dubrovnik is Rahbek's project with fellow Posh Isolation label boss Christian Stadsgaard.
Lust for Youth will be playing a few US dates in between gigs in Europe, including two shows in Brooklyn--the Sacred Bones/AdHoc Northside show on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Container, Pharmakon, Uniform, and Croatian Amor, and a free 7 PM in-store on June 16 at Rough Trade. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, no wristband or RSVP needed for the Rough Trade show. All of their dates are listed below.
A bit about that Baby's lineup: Container delivers some pretty wild techno (and recently released a new album), Pharmakon's noisy reputation proceeds her, and Uniform is a side project of members of Believer/Law and The Men. Croatian Amor is another of Loke Rahbek's projects--to add to the dizzying list--and traffics in something akin to ambient electronics. Listen to streams of all, with lists of tour dates for all, below.
Iceage in Portland, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
As discussed, Uniform will be opening for Iceage, another member of the Danish invasion, when they play Glasslands on May 24. (To bring things full circle, Iceage's Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt contributed guitars to the LFY track "Epoetin Alfa" below) Tickets for that show are still available. Iceage also play Home Sweet Home with NYC punks Anasazi on May 25 in a special Sunday installation of the weekly Nothing Changes party. And, for good measure, we should mention that Danish punks Lower, who are also playing the Posh Isolation LA fest, bring their tour to Nothing Changes the following Wednesday, May 28 (two days before they play Acheron).
All Lust for Youth dates are listed, with the many streams, below...
Hop Along at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean)
The first on June 13 features Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rockers Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and NYC twee singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.
Then on June 14, it's headlined by dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, and otherwise features a heavier lineup -- though Marissa is known for her ties to the metal world -- of noise artist Pharmakon, industrial duo Youth Code, tech-death metallers Pyrrhon and sludgy local band Couch Slut.
Hop Along also play NYC about a month later on their tour with Owls.
Marissa Nadler also plays a free Summerstage show.
Pyrrhon also open the Castevet show at Saint Vitus.
Flyers and a few videos below...
The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.
There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.
Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).
There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.
Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014
There is no way I can adequately describe how stoked I was to see the Godflesh tour at Irving Plaza last night (4/10). I was nearly catatonic with frenzy; exhausted from excitement and impatience for the show. Since about 1991, Justin K. Broadrick has been a personal hero of mine. Through all of my musical and personal-stylistic phases, from metalhead to poseur punk to hardcore dork to rude boy to skinhead to motorcycle enthusiast, Justin K. Broadrick and all his various projects are one of the few things I have carried with me lo these many years. My first and only time seeing Godflesh was as a 13 year old, 70 pound, pint-sized mullet head in 1992 at the now-defunct but endlessly important Club Babyhead in Providence Rhode Island. That show was in the days before I even remotely considered wearing earplugs and will go down in history as the loudest, bassiest experience of my life. I remember having to retreat to the back of the room because the bass was vibrating my body so bad I wasn't sure if I'd end up puking or crapping my pants. I regret passing up every subsequent opportunity to see Godflesh, so last night -- which itself was postponed from October -- was years of waiting come to fruition.
Now that Godflesh is a completely independent entity and no longer bound by the whims and oversight of a label, the two opening acts felt more carefully curated than obligatorily tacked onto the bill. The first opener was Pharmakon, a one woman onslaught of industrial dirge and ear splitting terror. The brainchild of New York City native Margaret Chardiet, Parmakon was a very crowd-polarizing act. Pharmakon plays extremely loud and chaotic beats and textures accentuated by Chardiet's brutal, from-the-guts screams. Some people were clearly not impressed. For me, though, it was a phenomenal experience. I watched her set with my friend Kurt aka Submerged aka the guy who owns and operates OHM Resistance, and we were both floored. She isn't for everybody, but it sure as shit tickled the fancies of me and Kurt. Her set seemed really really short, and when I saw her afterwards I asked why her set was so short and she said she was having some technical difficulties. And that's too bad. I could have listened for hours.
After a brief intermission, the next act up was Cut Hands, a one man electronic act featuring legendary noise master William Bennett. For the uninitiated, Bennett founded Whitehouse in the UK in 1980, a band who was at the forefront of the experimental and noise scene for 27 years before finally disbanding. Although known as a godfather of noise and experimental music, I found his set last night to be extremely cohesive and easy to get hooked into. It was sort of a bastard child of classic-era Underworld with a dash of darkness, violence, and physical abuse. Accompanied by a series of incredible projections, his semi-dancy set had the entire room transfixed and, I don't know, sort of.... dancing? As dancy as a sausage-fest can get I reckon. But people were way into it. I was way into it. The inclusion of Cut Hands by Broadrick was such a great nod to the era when Broadrick was starting to bloom in the Birmingham underground scene with bands like Napalm Death. I feel lucky to have been able to witness such a master at work.
After Cut Hands and what had to be the easiest and fastest stage changeover, two-man sonic powerhouse Godflesh took to the stage. As the house lights dimmed and fog began to rain down from the heavens, Broadrick and Green turned up their guitars and filled the room with a growling, feedback laden wall of sound that lasted for about three minutes. Suddenly a projection appeared at the back of the stage, a programmed cymbal counted off 4 beats and then... KABOOM! Godflesh exploded into one of their most legendary tunes "Like Rats." I thought the place was going to implode.
Let's face it; I am a dork with a penchant for nostalgia. When I say I was anticipating this moment for years, I am not exaggerating. That opening explosion of Like Rats signaled the arrival of one of the most important shows of my life. And the setlist they put together was plucked straight out of my dreams. "Christbait Rising," "Streencleaner," "Spite," "Mothra," "Avalanche Master Song," "Defeated," and "Crush My Soul" all made the playlist of the evening. The technologies the band uses has changed considerably over the 20+ years since I last saw them, but the crossover has not changed Godflesh's signature sound one single iota. Benny Green's bass tone is as crushing as it ever was. All the beats sound exactly as they did all those years ago, and Broadrick's vocals are as devastating as ever. A video of "Like Rats" from last night, plus pictures from the whole night, are below. Unfortunately, Godflesh live is really only adequately experienced... well... live. No video could possibly capture the volume and uber-heaviness of their performance. Last night's show was a flawless triumph. End of story.
If you need more Godflesh, be sure to tune into Invisible Oranges show on East Village Radio this Tuesday (4/15) at 10 PM EDT where they'll air an exclusive interview. In the meantime, more pics and video from Godflesh's Irving Plaza show, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pharmakon @ RBMA, May 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
As discussed, noisy/experimental/industrial tour-de-force Theologian will be performing at the Nothing Changes party tonight (2/12) along with Nick Klein, who traffics in noise-laced experimental electro. The show at Home Sweet Home, as always, and starts at midnight.
The upcoming Nothing Changes schedule is rolling out, with forthcoming performances from upcoming tourmates Damien Dubrovnik and Helm (2/19), as well as Virile Games (2/26), who just released an EP, Wounded Laurel (a reissue of an earlier 2xcs), on Hospital Productions. You can see the Nothing Changes schedule through most of March below.
As mentioned, Dubrovnik and Helm are playing Baby's All Right on 2/18 with New York noise-maker Pharmakon. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below. For our readers in Austin, we're also giving away tickets to the Dubrovnik/Helm date on 2/17 there.
Nothing Changes schedule, Pharmakon dates, and giveaway details below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pharmakon at Drone Activity in Progress, May 2013 (more by PSquared)
NYC's noise beast Pharmakon just played a hometown show at Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (how was it?), and now she's got more dates coming up too. If you haven't been able to catch her obliterating a showspace recently (or just need to see her again), you'll have at least two more chances to see her in her hometown in the upcoming months.
She'll be adding support to a few dates on the previously mentioned and long-postponed Godflesh tour, including the NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on 4/10, which will also feature a performance by Cut Hands. Tickets for that show are still available, as are tix for the next two nights in Philly and Boston.
Much sooner than the Godflesh tour, you can catch Pharmakon at Baby's All Right on February 18 with Helm, Damien Dubrovnik (the risqué synth/power electronics project featuring Loke Rahbek of Var, Sexdrome and Lust for Youth), and Three Legged Race. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Pharmakon's forged an alliance with the Posh Isolation world, it seems, and will be touring Japan with Var, Lust for Youth and Croatian Amor. Those will be cool shows--Japanese readers, get on it.
All dates are listed, along with a song stream, below...
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Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Industrial noise-meets-art pop musician Pharmakon played a hometown museum show at The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (1/25) with two local punk bands: the insane (and naked) Dawn of Humans and the Farfisa-filled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Did you go? How was it? Check out (what appear to be) full set videos of all three artists below.
The show was part of MoMA PS1's ongoing Mike Kelley retrospective which Kim Gordon plays this Sunday (2/2). That show is with collaborator Jutta Koether, starts at 4 PM, and tickets are still available.
Pharmakon also plays another NYC show this week at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). That show is with Faten Kanaan, Jessie Stead, and Angus Tarnawsky.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The CMJ Music Marathon starts today and runs through Saturday (10/19) and NYC, which has no shortage of worthy shows on any given night, and explodes into an overload of options. Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights here and more CMJ (and non-CMJ) options further down.
Geoffrey O'Connor, City Riots, Ball Park Music, Cub Sports, Gossling @ Cake Shop (DAY SHOW, FREE)
It's an entire afternoon of Australian artists, highlighted by Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor.
Ghost Wave, Streets of Laredo, Electric Wire Hustle, Black City Lights, Tiny Ruins @ Le Poisson Rouge (FREE)
Tonight's the now-annual New Zealand showcase at LPR, with a disparate group of performers. We like the folk-y Tiny Ruins and the more VU-ish (if badly-named) Ghost Wave. This show is free and always a good way to start your CMJ.
Mark Lanegan, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss @ Gramercy Theatre
Mark Lanegan spent the mid-'80s up to the turn of the millennium fronting pioneering grunge band Screaming Trees, and has since done notable collaborations with Queens of the Stone Age, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian), and more. He's also a solo artist, and his newest record is a covers album that features his interpretations of John Cale, Nick Cave, Chelsea Wolfe, and many others.
Joanna Gruesome, The History of Apple Pie, Free Time, Celestial Shore, Body Parts, Weaves, Geoffrey O'Connor @ Ran Tea House
This will be the first CMJ shows for UK bands Joanna Gruesome (indiepop with fangs) and The History of Apple Pie (twee shoegaze) and the whole evening is pretty good. Moved from Baby's All Right (which won't open till Friday).
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck @ Beacon Theater
The band who currently tours as The Beach Boys may not include their main songwriter Brian Wilson as a member, but Brian's on the road with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, plus guitar maestro Jeff Beck, playing a ton of favorites from The Beach Boys' career. Tonight's show is also special, because it's one of the few dates on the tour that also includes Blondie Chaplan, lead singer of Beach Boys tune "Sail On Sailor."
Hunters, Kirin J Callinan, PUP, Ovlov, Greys, Big Ups @ Cameo Gallery
In terms of younger, upcoming bands, this is one of the more stacked early-CMJ shows. Both NYC's Hunters and Australia's Kirin J Callinan have live shows that you won't forget, plus two killer punk bands are in from Toronto -- PUP and Greys -- and there's the Dinosaur Jr/Sonic Youth-y rockers Ovlov and Brooklyn punky post-hardcore kids Big Ups.
Glasser, Kelela, Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, Lil' Jabba @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Glasser took three years to follow up her debut LP, but that sophomore record is finally out now, and she's celebrating with some appearances at CMJ. Openers here are great too, including promising R&B singer Kelela, art pop musician Empress Of, one-man looping machine Kirin J Callinan, and DJ Rashad associate Lil Jabba.
Placebo, Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5
Glammy, gothy, androgenous, and more than a little melodramatic, Placebo know how to work all that to their advantage.
Milagres, Ghost Wave, Beach Day, The Box Tiger, CONJJJECTURE, Traumahelikopter, Owel @ Pianos
Lots of good bands on this Pianos bill, but one in particular worth highlighting is Owel, who make the kind of pretty, somewhat-technical emo that some people call "twinklecore," mixed with pretty epic alt-rock. They're on at 1 PM.
Tropic of Pisces, Ace Reporter, Courtney Barnett, Saint Rich, Spires, Total Slacker, COIN, Echo Friendly, Dream Shake @ Pianos
Also lots of good people on this Pianos bill, and the one we really think you shouldn't miss is Australia's Courtney Barnett, who mixes '60s-style psychedelic rock with witty songwriting. And actually if you're into that kind of psychedelia, don't miss Brooklyn's Spires either.
Sondre Lerche, TEEN, Wet, Saint Rich @ Bowery Ballroom
The Talkhouse, the website started by noted journalist Michael Azerrad which features musicians reviewing other musicians' CDs, is presenting tonight's solid showcase headlined by Norway's charming Sondre Lerche.
Cults, Lucius, Conway, Yup Deceiver (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Cults' new album, Static, is out today and this is a record release show of sorts, which is free with RSVP (or your CMJ badge).
Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Prudential Center
Trent Reznor and crew released their first NiN record in five years and their tour with equally intense openers Godspeed are in the NY area for two shows, this being the second.
Hippy, Caged Animals, Norwegian Arms, Radical Dads, Spirit Plate @ Muchmore's
If you're coming to CMJ from out of town and want to catch some of Brooklyn's local indie rock talent, this unofficial showscase with Hippy, Radical Dads and Caged Animals is a very good option.
Main Attrakionz, Davinci C, Hefna Gwap, Good Kids @ Santos Party House (FREE)
There's not too much rap at CMJ, and this show isn't actually an official CMJ show anyway, but it's a good warm up for the week, and totally free.
Low Fat Getting High, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Flagland, Hive Bent, A Guide to Rational Living @ Shea Stadium
These local punk bands team up together a lot, but if you're into intense, rowdy DIY shows, it's one hell of a team.
Pharmakon, Believer/Law, Cold Ones @ The Acheron
Danish punks Iceage have hit NYC a few times this year, and this two-night stand at Acheron will be their last one before the year ends. Even when they play a bigger place like Bowery Ballroom, Iceage act like they're in a tiny punk joint, so they should feel right at home here. If you're going, don't miss
industrial noise artist Pharmakon and Cult of Youth-related EBM band Believer/Law. UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pharmakon dropped off the show.
Lovelife, Alec Benjamin, Kirin J Callinan @ The Standard
Aussie artist Kirin J. Callinan, intense and gothy, highlights this free show at The Standard, one of many shows he's playing this week. You do need to RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
The Story Pirates, Valley Lodge, Marcellus Hall, Tragedy @ Union Pool
This month's edition of variety show The Moon features The Story Pirates, who create an entire sketch comedy based on ideas from children; and Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge; and the tri-state area's finest metal Bee Gees tribute act, Tragedy.
More notable Tuesday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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