Entries tagged with: Prurient
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Wyatt Marshall
Prurient @ Saint Vitus - 1/24/14
Fans of Prurient may have been a bit curious over the past year or so about the future of Dominick Fernow's flagship. Fernow, the prolific noisemaker, seemed to be focusing his attention on other projects, and the more-accessible militant/religious/techno of Vatican Shadow was earning heaps of praise and reaching more ears than seemed likely when VS was being released on tapes in editions of 100 or less, landing him name-drops in publications that would keep Prurient at arm's length. It was reassuring, then, to see Prurient play a show with husband-and-wife pair Clay Rendering and dark electronic duo Azar Swan on Friday, one at which Prurient closed out his set with a deafening crescendo of noise and dark techno. In line with some of Prurient's slightly more accessible material of late in the vein of Bermuda Drain, the performance had a bit more structure to it than the walls of harsh noise and feedback that are still Prurient's live bread and butter. Pictures from the show are in this post.
It's good to see more action in the Prurient camp--Prurient just released a new seven-inch, Washed Against the Rocks, and you can stream a track on Pitchfork.
More pictures from Saint Vitus below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pyrrhon at the 2013 Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
This weekend in NYC there are no shortage of heavy happenings: tonight (1/24) at Saint Vitus will be power electronic-fueled, with noise pro Prurient headlining a bill with Azar Swan and husband and wife duo Clay Rendering. (Prurient's not-so-noisy Washed Against the Rocks came out this week, and you can stream a track on Pitchfork.) Things will be a bit more traditional at the Invisible Oranges co-presented Aevangelist, Artificial Brain, Oak and Disparish show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (1/25). That will be a good one -- Artificial Brain just released a single from a forthcoming LP, and it will be the first show for Disparish, which features Andrew Hock of Castevet. On Sunday (1/26) at Grand Victory, get tech-death weird with Pyrrhon and Couch Slut (great name). That should cover your weekend.
Beyond this weekend, there's a bunch to look forward to, too. Floor are playing a FREE show at Saint Vitus Bar on 1/29 courtesy of Converse Rubber Tracks--that'll be before Floor releases a new album, Obliation, in April. Listen to a new song from a Decibel Flexi. Black/death specialists Immortal Bird also announced a tour that hits NYC on 3/5 with Mortals, as did The Dillinger Escape Plan, who are bringing Trash Talk, Retox and Norwegian weirdos Shining with them -- check out the tour dates, which includes a stop at Webster Hall on April 3 (tickets). Also on April 3 is the NYC stop on Kataklysm and Aborted's tour which happens at Saint Vitus (tickets). All dates of that tour are listed below.
And, since we missed it in last week's Heavy Lowdown, make sure to get your tickets to the third annual Martyrdoom Fest that's going down June 27 through July 1 at Saint Vitus with a stupidly stacked lineup that includes Mournful Congregation, Cult of Fire, Sargeist, Behexen, Forteresse, Lycus and many more. For more heavy show options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
This week on Invisible Oranges we interviewed axe legend Kirk Hammett of Metallica, ran down this week's metal releases, streamed cold black metal tracks from Nasheim, Vilcakis and Sanctuaire, and debuted an Exmortus track.
The Invisible Oranges show on East Village Radio was cancelled this week due to the second round of the Polar Vortex (not very black metal we know), but we'll be back next week giving away tickets and delivering hot doses of metal. Some of those tickets we'll be giving away will be to the ongoing Amon Amarth, Enslaved and Skeletonwitch tour which is our radio show sponsor. That tour hits Irving Plaza in NYC on 2/4.
Those Kataklysm and Aborted dates are listed below. What did we miss?
Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.
In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:
The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).
Stream some Azar Swan below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Prurient at Public Assembly in 2011(more by Tamaras Porras)
Noise (and increasingly techno) power-house Prurient will be playing a show with industrial electro pop duo Azar Swan, husband and wife post-industrialists Clay Rendering and DJ Becka Diamond in NYC at Saint Vitus on January 24, rolling in the new year in raucous fashion. If you've never seen Prurient live, pro tip: don't forget your earplugs. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. Show flyer below.
At the moment it looks like a one-off for Prurient before he heads out as a support act on Godflesh's postponed but now rescheduled tour. He doesn't open the NYC date happening on 4/10 at Irving Plaza, American Sharks do. Tickets for the NYC date are still available.
Meanwhile, Clay Rendering just performed at Nothing Changes last week (12/11), and on that date Prurient provided a DJ set.
In other Prurient news, props are due for having one of the 100 best songs of the year, as determined by Pitchfork. He also just released a limited seven inch, Washed Against the Rocks, on Handmade Birds.
All Prurient, Azar Swan and Clay Rendering dates are listed, along with some streams, below...
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...
by Andrew Sacher
I always look forward to FACT's year-end list, which you can count on to be chock full of (but not limited to) forward-thinking electronic music, pop, R&B and rap, and it's one of the lists where I'm usually guaranteed to find something new. They just put out their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and it has all of those things, from one of the biggest name pop stars of the year to some of the most obscure stuff. It's also got one of the least obvious #1s I've seen on lists this year.
Check out the whole thing below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Vatican Shadow at Drone Activity in Progress in May (more by PSquared)
We just discussed a slew of Halloween shows earlier this week, including Cypress Hill and Redman at Best Buy Theater (10/30) (tickets), the current iteration of The Misfits at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), and many more.
Brooklyn's Output just announced their Halloween (10/31) show, and it should appeal to those looking for something both sinister and dance-y. Dominick Fernow (Prurient) will headline as his "militant religious industrial" act Vatican Shadow with support from Raime, Silent Servant, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Raime is performing what is being billed as their "AV premiere," so expect visuals. You should also expect this show to run late--doors are at 10pm, and Vatican Shadow typically doesn't bring his high-energy show to the stage until after midnight on a normal night. Tickets for the show are on sale here and here.
The Output show is part of a tour that Raime is on, which hit San Francisco with Pharmakon last night (9/26) and also includes the Blackest Ever Black showcase in London with Dominick Fernow's power-electronics persona Prurient and Tropic of Cancer. All Raime dates are listed below.
Speaking of, Tropic of Cancer just released a beautiful and haunting video for "Plant Lilies in my Head" and recently put out her debut LP, Restless Idylls. Watch that video below.
In other Halloween news, as discussed, the NYC Halloween Parade is back for its 40th installment after being cancelled last-minute in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year. The 11th-hour cancellation caused some financial hardship, and organizers have launched a Kickstarter. The campaign is a little less than half-way to its 50k goal.
Watch Tropic of Cancer's video, and see Raime's tour dates, below...
Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rumor turns to fact. Godflesh have announced more US dates, and now those include a stop in NYC! Save the date... October 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon. All known dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.
by Fred Pessaro
Godflesh at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Maryland Deathfest in 2012 saw the triumphant return of legendary industrial/metal duo Godflesh to US shores. Rumors have been swirling ever since regarding more shows in North America, only leading to false hope... until now.
Word has it that the band is readying a set of dates including NYC, though specifics have yet to be announced. We do know, however, that Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green will perform in Chicago at The Metro on October 22 with noise terrorist Prurient. We'll keep watch on additional dates as they become available. In the meantime, check out Godflesh performing their classic "Streetcleaner" at MDF2012 below.
photos by PSquared Photography, words and additional photos by Fred Pessaro
Pharmakon / Prurient / Kid Millions / Kim Gordon
Sixteen bands that deal in ambient, drone, noise and power electronics converged on Knockdown Center in Queens last night (5/2) as part of the Drone Activity in Progress show. The multi-stage event, part of a massive May NYC takeover by Red Bull Music Academy, was housed in a giant warehouse/factory building somewhat-shaped like an "F," with three stages (Red Room, Grand Hall, and West Wing) located in separate areas. Most of the sets had minimal crossover to the other stages, set time staggering was well executed, but those that did overlap were obvious in reasons why: guitar drones vs thumping bass lines, etc. Soundbleed was shockingly minimal in each individual room.
That many bands is a lot to take in general, but personal highlights all seemed to come from the "Red Room" where I caught sets by Prurient, Pharmakon, Alberich and others, who each used keys, effects pedals, vocals, patch bays, and samples to create their versions of industrial-noise terror. Other highlights from the other stages (Grand Hall and West Wing) included guitar-noise from Body/Head (with Kim Gordon), guitar/ambient from KTL (with Stephen O'Malley), guitar qizardry from Mick Barr, Noveller and the spazzy/jawdropping Jim Sauter/Kid Millions.
Tonight's Red Bull Music Academy events are: Brian Eno's "77 Million Paintings" at 45 W. 32nd (sold out); Masters At Work w/ special guest and vibraphone legend Roy Ayers at Le Bain (which is free); and Knox, QuietDust, August Rosenbaum, and Jimi Nxir at Le Poisson Rouge which is also free.
In addition to this set, check out another set of pictures at InvisibleOranges. More photos from Drone Activity are below.
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus earlier this year(more by Fred Pessaro)
Set times for the Red Bull Music Academy's noise/drone extravaganza tonight (May 2) at the Knockdown Center in Queens have been announced. Drone Activity in Progress, which will feature sets from KTL, Vatican Shadow, Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, who also performed last night), Prurient, Grassmas, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Alberich and many others, will bring the noise to this show (which appears sold out). UPDATE: Tickets BACK on sale. You can snag a shuttle bus from the Jefferson L if you don't feel like making the walk, though it promises to be a lovely evening.
Flyer and set times are below.
Pharmakon will release Abandon, Margaret Chardiet's debut effort with Sacred Bones and first long-player overall. Look for it on May 14th via the label, but first check out the new track "Crawling On Bruised Knees" available for streaming below..
Chardiet's noisy, confrontational and abrasive live show is a must see, and you can catch her at a trio of upcoming NYC shows including, most imminently, the previously discussed April 7th date at 285 Kent with Jason Lescalleet and Spencer Yeh Trio (tickets) and at another show at 285 Kent on June 15th with Marshstepper, Body of Light, Lust For Youth and Foreplay as part of the Northside Festival. Ticketing info for that one is on the way, or get in with your Northside Festival badge.
Pharmakon also has one other NYC date, as part of the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy series of events, and it's a whopper:
On May 2, the Red Bull Music Academy will turn the spectacular Knockdown Center into a temple of thundering noise with some of today's most daring sound artists for Drone Activity In Progress. The night will see performances from sixteen solo artists and duos on three stages, where the sound bleed between stages is entirely intentional.Joining Chardiet will be performances from Stephen O'Malley, KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg), Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy, Oren Ambrachi, Alan Licht, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Mick Barr, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Alberich, Noveller, grassmass and Hiram Martinez, and $8 tickets for the show, which is one night after the big "Round Robin Duet" show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, are on sale and will include shuttle bus service from the Jefferson L train.
All other dates and that stream is below.
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records man James Murphy is suing Tim Goldsworthy, who he formed DFA with in 2001, but who moved out of New York to the UK three years ago...
In a lawsuit, DFA accuses Goldsworthy of failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.In related news, tickets for James Murphy's DFA Records 12th anniversary party with DJ sets from him, The Rapture, YACHT, Black DIce, Juan Maclean, and so many more, are on sale now. The event is one of many upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events happening in NYC. Other RBMA events are on sale too, including Brian Eno's "illustrated talk", Four Tet at Webster Hall, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and others at Roseland, Giorgio Moroder, and many more.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court, says that "attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed" by Goldsworthy. It also accuses the producer of "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment."
Goldsworthy owes a total of $93,899, according to DFA. The label, which has a studio in Greenwich Village and boasts such acts as Holy Ghost!, also seeks punitive damages and legal fees. [DNA Info]
The Red Bull Music Academy is coming to NYC from April 28 to May 31 which will include over 30 events ranging from live concerts and club nights to A/V installations, film screenings and public conversations with big names. Some of those names were recently announced. Details are not complete and tickets to all the shows below go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 AM.
Perhaps most exciting of these events will be the NYC premiere of Brian Eno's audio-visual installation 77 Million Paintings which is generative software that creates morphing patterns and images. The installation, which be be at Cafe Rouge, will also features an "illustrated talk" on May 6.
James Murphy will head a nine-hour, multiroom show at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 29 as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary celebration. The event will feature 15 live acts and DJs from throughout the label's history. Look for a short documentary, 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, to premiere around the same time.
Also part of it will be Four Tet + friends at Webster Hall on May 8. Four Tet, who just released odds-n-sods album 0181 as a free download (stream it below) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2003 album, Rounds, this year with a deluxe resissue due out on Domino in May.
Still more. RBMA will also host the first NYC edition of London party Culture Clash on May 9. The "unique celebration of sound system culture" will feature sets by Max Glazer, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, and Que Bajo?!.
There's also "Drone Activity in Progress" which will happen at the Knockdown Center on May 2, featuring Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Prurient, Alan Licht, and Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace).
Other events including electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder in his first NYC DJ appearance; a talk with Bowie producers Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers (maybe Eno will swing by?); Ryuichi Sakamoto and more to be announced. More info on RBMA is here.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
JK Flesh/Prurient art
Between his remix contributions, work as Jesu and other psuedonyms, and overall pioneering work ethic, it seems somewhat appropriate (but sad) to watch the influential labelHydra Head Records sail off into the sunset with a final release from an artist of Justin Broadrick's influence.
But enough with the tears. The new split, titled Worship is the Cleansing of Imagination, features Broadrick as JK Flesh along with the great noise technician Prurient on the flip, each contributing three songs. (The artwork, with a lightswitch in the "off" position is also perhaps a nod to the label's final bow.) Prurient's noisy, instrumental contributions stray from his aggressive darkwave-y LP, Bermuda Drain, which hit the label last year; while JK Flesh's three tracks come off like a glitch-y cross between Godflesh, drum 'n' bass, John Carpenter soundtracks and some of El-P's noisier productions. Stream tracks from the split below including JK Flesh's "Fear of Fear" which makes its debut here. Preorder yours at Hydra Head before the 12/11/12 release. Long live Hydra Head.
In other Justin Broadrick news, Jesu recently dropped the vinyl version of the 2010 Christmas EP via Robotic Empire, as well as his now sold-out contribution to the Matador Singles Club, "Duchess" b/w "Veiled".
Stream that Christmas EP and songs from the new JK Flesh/Prurient split below.
"Finally, sad skinny guys get a chance to mosh hard without fearing for broken bones or glasses." -- Anonymous concertgoer, American Nightmare, July 22
Friday (7/20) and Sunday night (7/22) at Webster Hall, Cold Cave's Wes Eisold rejoined former American Nightmare (Give Up the Ghost) bandmates for sold out shows at the large NYC venue. I went Sunday when the hardcore legends were supported by Damnation A.D., New Lows, and Prurient, the solo noise project of the other half of Cold Cave, Dominick Fernow (who also played Saint Vitus on the night before). The Friday show, which is pictured in this post, was opened by Horror Show and Indecision.
Thanks to the band's cult following, the grand ballroom at Webster remained packed with aggressively enthusiastic concertgoers from start to finish. American Nightmare was never known (or loved, for that matter) for sticking to the hardcore tradition. No doubt more than one "sad skinny guy" or girl in attendance received a bit of ribbing from their more stalwart hardcore friends when they told them where they were headed that night (I know I did). What American Nightmare fans lack in tough guy cred, they make up for with unrivaled passion and dedication to their pack.
Prurient kicked off the night to a flurry of confused looks and awkward shuffles as he unleashed his signature sonic assault on the audience. Though it was an obvious divergence from the typical "hardcore show" tone, a fair number of concertgoers seemed interested in Fernow's performance.
Damnation A.D. and New Lows brought the moshers into the fold and set the night on the fast track for the crazed American Nightmare set to follow. For all their heavy riffs and breakdowns, the two supporting bands couldn't hold a candle to the fervor that the headliners incited when they came onstage. From above, the crowd appeared less as a group of individuals and more a military outfit acting in chaotic unison: not one lyric went unsung, no finger point went up alone.
More pictures from Friday, and videos and the setlists from both nights, below...
Support for the American Nightmare shows (via)
New Lows have posted the lineups for the pair of Webster Hall dates for the American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost reunion. As pictured above, the sold-out 7/22 show will feature support from Damnation AD (who last played NYC with Unbroken), New Lows and Prurient (who will also play Saint Vitus the night before) while the 7/20 show will feature support from Indecision and Horror Show. Tickets for the latter are still available.
American Nightmare/GUTG recently added a show at FYF Fest in LA alongside Quicksand and many notable others.
Prurient at Public Assembly (more by Louis Caldarola)
No word on if Wes Eisold (Dominick Fernow's bandmate in Cold Cave) will join him as part of Prurient, but it seems probable considering that American Nightmare have the night off and are playing shows on the days before and after at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available for 7/20 at Webster Hall (7/22 is sold out).
The Prurient show, entitled Midnight Mass, will close out the night at Saint Vitus as the venue will also play host to Mike Scheidt/Nate Hall/Kevin Hufnagel earlier that evening. Tickets are available for that BrooklynVegan-sponsored show.
Cold Cave recently played NYC at Europa during Northside Festival.
Flyer and some video of Prurient's brutal appearance at Public Assembly last year is below.
Cold Cave at Guggenheim (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cold Cave, whose last NYC show was at the Guggenheim, will return to the club circuit for their next NYC show which is at Europa on June 14th as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon or you can try to get in with your Northside badge. Details on support are still TBA.
In related news, Dominick Fernow (Cold Cave, Prurient) has launched his own label, Bed of Nails, which is an imprint of Boomkat. The inaugural release for the label will September Cell (out June 18), the new EP from Fernow's industrial project Vatican Shadow. Dominick Fernow is also the owner of Hospital Productions, which closed up its NYC store late last year.
Stream Vatican Shadow's Kneel Before Religious Icons, which was recently reissued by Type Records, below.
DOWNLOAD: Prurient - "God Is Truth And Light His Shadow" (MP3)
Cold Cave at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Hospital Productions honcho, member of Cold Cave, and Prurient mastermind Dominick Fernow will curate two weeks at The Stone in February. Lasting from February 1st - 15th, the shows will feature two artists per night including names like Northern Cross, Carlos Giffoni, Hell Hoarse, Hoor-Paar-Kraat, Yellow Tears, Pharmakon, Stephen Brodsky (who plays Saint Vitus soon), FFH, Yellow Tears, and many more. Full schedule for The Stone during Fernow's reign is below, and all shows are $5.
Fernow's East Village noise/black metal mecca Hospital Productions closed in December, with Fernow reportedly moving to Los Angeles and selling the remaining stock to Apop in St. Louis.
Dominick's band member in Cold Cave, Wes Eisold, recently played shows with his old band American Nightmare.
Prurient recently released the double 7" Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior via Dais. Download a track from that release above and stream it below alongside a listing of all upcoming events at The Stone.
written with Andrew Sacher
Caves are so 2010, and animals names are prehistoric to the point that people are probably digging up their fossils. 'Pure' is totally in right now (even more so than 'Twin'), as Cave must have realized when they named their latest release "Pure Moods". The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who have a new video and tour dates below) may have been on to something in 2007, though they have too many words in their name to really focus in on pure. Lately bands have been zeroing in on this phenomenon. Pure, if you're listening, maybe it's time to reunite again.
Pure X (formerly Pure Ecstasy) released their first full length Pleasure on Tuesday (7/5) and will be in NYC this week to play 285 Kent on Friday (7/8) and Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday (7/9). Bill talks more about both shows in This Week In Indie. Pleasure is streaming below along with both NYC show flyers.
Puro Instinct @ Mercury Lounge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A slightly less pure version of the word can be found in the Mexican Summer-signed Puro Instinct who, probably to get closer to pure, recently changed their name from Pearl Harbor. Their debut LP under Puro Instinct, Headbangers in Ecstasy, was released back in February. They played four NYC shows last week. Stereogum likes them, but not as much as they like Pure X. Gorilla vs. Bear thinks they're way better than Pure X though. Bill says, "They can really sing and play...better songs will come with time. They're young." Ariel Pink likes them too. They opened for him on tour and at Irving Plaza back when they were still called Pearl Harbor (and are touring now with Ariel's friend John Maus). Ariel also collaborated with the band on the single "Stilyagi." Grab that MP3 above and watch the video for the track below.
So, Pure X, formerly Pure Ecstasy, who released Pleasure, are not to be confused with Puro Instinct, formerly Pearl Harbor who released Headbangers in Ecstasy. But that's not all...
Purity Ring (photo by Chris Tait
Corin Roddick from Gobble Gobble wised up earlier this year, and formed the duo Purity Ring with Megan James. They played their first show last month at Sled Island in Calgary, AB. They were the secret guest the last night of the fest at Hifi Club before Twin Shadow played. They're pictured above in an alleyway outside of the show taken right after they played. They've got a few other festival appearances scheduled including Bumbershoot, FYF Fest, MusicfestNW, and POP Montreal. All of their tour dates are listed below (and that includes a show with Twin Sister who the Pains of Being Pure at Heart also have dates scheduled with). Their only release so far is the single for "Ungirthed" b/w "Lofticries." Both tracks are pretty awesome dubsteppy electropop that the group have dubbed future pop. Grab both MP3s above, one of which also appears on Gorilla vs Bear's mid-year list.
Though older and a bit noisier, it's not unlikely that the similarly named Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) could end up on the same bill as any of the aforementioned artists - especially considering Prurient just played Public Assembly on June 17 as part of a Stereogum Northside show, and Stereogum's Top 20 Albums of 2011 (so far) list includes not only Prurient, but also Puro Instinct, Pure X, and even an honorable mention for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Prurient aka Dominick was smart to return with a new album this year to distance himself from his other band with the now outdated name, Cold Cave. Prurient's new LP Bermuda Drain drops July 19 via Hydra Head. Grab the track "A Meal Can Be Made" from that here.
Videos, dates and album stream below...
Prurient and Iceage headlined the Sacred Bones/Stereogum showcase at Public Assembly on June 17th, with help from Cult of Youth (who have a new album and tour with Cold Cave in August), The Men (who played Death By Audio earlier that week), Yellow Tears, Lost Tribe, Pop1280, and Anasazi. The show, part of the Northside Festival, marked the US debut of Iceage and is one of a few shows planned for the band in the coming weeks.
By the time I arrived at the Sacred Bones/Stereogum show after catching Deafheaven, Iceage had already taken the stage and were into their first song. The crowd was dancing like maniacs and had started a pit in front of the stage. The band's reverb and noise-heavy post-punk was as snotty and disaffected on stage as it is on New Brigade, and the audience ate it up.
I ducked out of Iceage a touch early though to get into the smaller room to catch Prurient which, as expected, filled quickly to capacity following the close of Iceage. Standing up front, I caught all of Dominick Fernow's violent and fantastic 15 minute set that included his Cold-Cave bandmate Wes Eisold addding another layer of electronic noise. Dominick screamed and thrashed violently (ultimately knocking over his rig) into two microphones while an icy mix of darkwave synths, black metal, and noise blasted through the PA. Incredible set.
If you missed out on the show on Friday (6/17) you can still catch quite a few of the bands in the coming weeks. Cult of Youth play Knitting Factory with Cold Cave on 7/12. Iceage are back in NYC for a few more dates including a FREE in-store Wednesday at Other Music and a show at 285 Kent on Saturday with JEFF The Brotherhood and a suprise guest (Fucked Up).
Yellow Tears have a few dates in their future as well, playing the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation at Silent Barn on June 24th-26th, the Burning Fleshtival III at The Red Light District on 7/29 and 7/30, and The Stone on August 2nd.
We already posted the Men pics from the show HERE. More pictures from the rest of the show and some video of Yellow Tears (most of their set), Iceage, and Prurient, below...
DOWNLOAD: Prurient - "A Meal Can Be Made" (MP3)
Prurient (AKA Dom of Cold Cave, Ash Pool, etc) is welcoming his new LP Bermuda Drain via Hydra Head who will put out the CD/LP/digital on 7/19. The cassette version however will be available at the cassette release party which is the Prurient show happening at Public Assembly on Friday night with Iceage, AnasaNude Beachi, Cult of Youth, Lost Tribe, Pop. 1280, Yellow Tears, The Men and Wes Eisold of Cold Cave (DJ set). Tickets are sold-out, but you can try your luck with a Northside badge.
If you don't make it to the Stereogum/Sacred Bones showcase at Public Assembly, Stereogum reports that "the cassette will be available the next day (6/18) at Fernow's Hospital Productions record shop (East Coast) and Hydra Head's Vacation Vinyl (West Coast)" though 7/6 is the cassette version's official release date.
Check out the lead track "A Meal Can Be Made" available for free download above. Full tracklist is listed below.
Cold Cave played NYC during Internet Week and will come back to NYC twice while touring in the coming weeks, at Knitting Factory on July 12th with Cult of Youth (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on 8/6 with Austra (tickets).