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"Its good to see NYC come out every time i perform. That shit is dope." - Action Bronson

Action Bronson and a bag of weed at MHOW in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Action Bronson

Remember how we just said that Action Bronson continues to give NYC many chances to see him? Well he's keeping that up. After just playing a show with RL Grime last Friday (9/28), Bronson announced that he'll play a free Scion A/V-presented show in the front room of Public Assembly on October 10 with Jonwayne, Party Supplies, and DJ Getlive. The show is free but RSVP is strictly required. The flier for this show is below. Not very surprisingly, it's also been announced that his Highline Ballroom show (10/30) with Cypress Hill is part of a larger tour the two acts will go on together this fall. All dates are listed below.

Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren (who he shared a bill with at MHOW in August) has an upcoming Public Assembly show (10/25) too. His is with Lakutis, Big Baby Ghandi, Spit Gemz, Timeless Truth, Gee Dubs, Eff Yoo, and DJ Uneek. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tanya Morgan, who was also on that MHOW show, have a show at Public Assembly (10/23) too, two days before the Meyhem Lauren show. That one's a co-headlining show with rapper/producer Oddisee, who Tanya Morgan has played with before, and who released the album, People Hear What They See over the summer (stream it at SPIN). Support on that show comes from The Doppelgangaz, Mr. Mag, and Gotham Green, along with a DJ set by DJ Tara and it's being hosted by Dee Phunk. Tickets are on sale now. It takes place just after CMJ, which Oddisee is scheduled to play, though no shows have been announced yet as of this post. All Oddisee dates are listed below.

That famed MHOW show was rounded out by Flatbush Zombies, who were joined by A$AP Rocky and in turn joined him at his Roseland Ballroom show last week (9/27). Flatbush Zombies don't have a Public Assembly show coming up, but they do have a Noisey: Acid Alumni CMJ show happening at Santos Party House on October 17 with Children of the Night, Haleek Maul, Bodega Bamz (who also joined Rocky at that Roseland show), and The Underachievers (who will be taking part in Flying Lotus' NYC takeover). That show is free with RSVP. The flier is below.

Roc Marciano - Reloaded

In more related news, Action Bronson/Meyhem Lauren associate Roc Marciano will release his new album, Reloaded, on November 13 via Decon. The album was mostly self-produced, but also includes a few tracks produced by The Alchemist (whose album featured Roc, plus Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and many others), plus tracks produced by Q-Tip, Ray West, The Arch Druids, and guest spots from Ka and Knowledge Pirate. That's the cover art above (via HipHopDX), and you can check out tracklist and stream the tracks "76" and "I Shot The King" (from the deluxe edition) below. He's also in the process of shooting a video for "76."

All lists of dates, song streams and more are below.

Continue reading "Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Tanya Morgan, Oddisee & more upcoming hip hop shows (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Duchess Says / The Blind Shake at Public Assembly, 8/23/2012
Duchess Says
The Blind Shake

A lot of bands have a frontperson who attracts the lion share of the attention, but there are few groups where "you can't take your eyes off her" is as much a warning as it is a statement. The second or third time Duchess Says singer Annie-Claude went into the audience, she was armed with a Sharpie and I thought, "oh boy here we go." But apart from drawing a couple Xs on our photographer Chris La Putt's arm, she kept the cap on the pen but it served as an audience/band detente. Stay off your phones or else.

I have seen the squelchy Montreal electro-punks Duchess Says play to packed houses with a swarming pit and to half-full rooms full of confused/terrorized audience-members. (Public Assembly leaned toward the latter last night [8/23].) Annie-Claude never lets things get boring either way, whether it's pulling you by the shirt, putting the mic in your face or holding eye contact for an uncomfortable amount of time. Last night, it included a breather. For their most popular song, "Black Flag," she had the whole crowd sit on the floor as she prowled around the room. But it's more mischevious than menacing. And a lot of fun too as long as you're paying attention.

Duchess Says' tourmates for this rare Stateside run are Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake who were really terrific last night. Dressed in matching outfits that had them looking like extras from a post-apocalyptic dystopian b-movie, brothers Mike and Jim Blaha kicked out out ferocious krautpunk with a dose of early '80s Dead Kennedys twang with pile-driving drummer Jim Roper crushing his kit. These guys pack a serious whallop (Also: somebody put them on a tour with METZ, stat!). You can stream their 2011 album Seriousness below.

NYC will have a couple more chances to see The Blind Shake in October: they play Cake Shop on 10/10 and Death By Audio on 10/11. Meanwhile, their tour with Duchess Says rolls on, playing Columbus, OH tonight.

All tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along The Blind Shake album stream and more pictures from last night's Public Assembly show (including openers The Wiccans who were not the Austin punk band of the same name).

Continue reading "Duchess Says and The Blind Shake played Public Assembly (pics, review); The Blind Shake will be back in October"

by Bill Pearis

Duchess Says at BVSXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Duchess Says

If you're looking to put a little excitement into your showgoing life, you might want to hit Public Assembly on Thursday, August 23 to catch Montreal electropunks Duchess Says who are playing with Minneapolis' The Blind Shake (who also play Brookyn Fireproof the day before [8/22]). Advance tickets for the Public Assembly show are on sale.

Going to see Duchess Says is an interactive experience, due entirely to firebrand singer Annie-Claude whose onstage persona recalls Linda Blair in The Exorcist... in a fun way, and minus the vomit. Duchess Says' appearance at Pianos during CMJ 2009 (and Austin during SXSW 2010) are amongst the most memorable BV festival day show performances I've personally witnessed:

Another set I knew would be fun was Montreal's Duchess Says who played one of our CMJ day parties last year. While their more aggressive take on Devo-style protopunk is fun, it's all about singer Annie Claude who looks very cute and innocent... until the music starts. She shrieks, jumps in the audience, tackles people, pulls them to the floor, and causes general mayhem. It's more mischief than menace though. There are lots of other singers who do similar things, but never anything quite like her. After you've seen them once, part of the fun is watching other people experience them for the first time.
The band were supposed to have been in the States for the Hopscotch Festival but have since pulled out of that but will also play Chicago on August 26 at City Build with The Blind Shake. The band's latest album is In a Fung Day T, which came out last fall, which you can stream via a Spotify player below, along with a list of all The Blind Shake dates.

Continue reading "Duchess Says canceled Hopscotch Fest appearance, but are playing other US shows (Public Assembly included)"

by Bill Pearis

Variety Lights

Former Mercury Rev frontman David Baker is bringing his musical project Variety Lights on the road for a few dates this month, including two in NYC: August 22 at Mercury Lounge with The Eastern Sea and Your 33 Black Angels (tickets) and August 24 at Public Assembly with Dinowalrus and August Wells.

Variety Lights have a new video for the druggy, dubby, claustrophobic, "Feeling All Alone," which was directed by Flaming Lips cohort Daniel Huffman of New Fumes. As you might imagine, it's pretty trippy. We're premiering the clip below.

Variety Lights debut album, Central Flow, is out now on Fire Records. The video and tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Variety Lights made a video (watch it), playing live (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Heavenly Beat

I mentioned a while back that John Peña was looking to turn his Swedish-style indiepop Heavenly Beat solo project into a real live band and it looks like he's done so as the trio version of the group (as seen above) are making their debut Wednesday night (8/8) at Public Assembly with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, and You. (That's You, the band, not you you. Unless you are in You. Then it is you.) It's $8 to get in before 9 PM and $10 after. You can also buy your tickets online.

The only other upcoming Heavenly Beat show at the moment is at Glasslands on October 11 with fellow Captured Tracks band (and real Swedes) Thieves Like Us and tickets to that show are on sale now. Jon did just make a video for the song "Tradition" and you can watch that below, along with a stream of the entire Heavenly Beat album.

Continue reading "Heavenly Beat are now an actual band, making live debut in NYC this week; watch their new video for "Tradition""

Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Hollywood, Florida's Beach Day are visiting NYC again, playing two shows: tonight (7/25) at Public Assembly with The Babies (of a few shows the Babies have going on), Wild Yaks and Daytona; and Cake Shop Thursday (7/26) with charming local indie poppers Chalk & Numbers, and Island Twins. All Beach Day tour dates are listed below.

As mentioned before, Beach Day have signed with Kanine Records who just released the band's debut 7". Echoing early '60s pop, it's custom-made for sunny weather and comes on white vinyl, to match your jeans. You can stream both sides of the single below.

Continue reading "Beach Day playing 2 NYC shows this week; stream their new 7""

by Andrew Sacher

Voices From The Lake

Italian ambient duo Voices From The Lake (aka Donato Dozzy and Neel) released their self titled debut full length earlier this year. The album builds off looping, trancelike patterns, but differs from similarly loop-based music by relying more heavily on textures than hooks. Most tracks on the album fade into each other, obscuring when one ends and another starts. But it's not an album made for the song-skipping world anyway -- its 70+ minutes are meant to be listened to uninterrupted. So if you'd like to hear it that way, do yourself a favor and pick the album up somewhere (maybe Amazon). But in the meantime, you can stream some tracks from the album below.

Voices From The Lake will make their live North American debut in NYC at The Bunker at Public Assembly in Brooklyn tonight, Friday (7/6). That show also includes DJ sets from Donato Dozzy and Neel, in addition to sets from Omar-S and Bunker regulars Spinoza, Mike Servito, and Eric Cloutier. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below, along with a list of all dates and those song streams.

Continue reading "check out Voices From The Lake, on tour, making North American live debut in NYC tonight (dates & streams)"

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Fred Pessaro / BBG

Grave Miasma / Dead Congregation at Martyrdoom 2012
Martyrdoom 2012
Martyrdoom 2012

The inaugural Martyrdoom festival at Public Assembly on Saturday (6/30) was a resounding success, showcasing 11 death-metal-tinged bands  hailing from Greece to the UK to New Jersey. Kicking off at 8PM and coming to a close shortly after 2AM, the two-stage fiesta featured rare appearances from Cruciamentum, Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Sanguis Imperem, Encoffination, Father Befouled, Prosanctus Inferi and Anu, as well as apperances from Evoken, Kommandant and Perdition Temple.

The show was one of two last weekend for Dead Congregation and Sanguis Imperem, who also played Saint Vitus on Sunday (7/1). Lots more pictures from Martyrdoom -- plus a few videos -- are below.

Continue reading "Martyrdoom invaded Public Assembly w/ Dead Congregation, Cruciamentum, Grave Miasma and more (pics, video)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Zambri - ICBYS (Ice Choir Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ice Choir - Teletrips (MP3)


Fixtures on the Brooklyn scene for a while now, sisterly duo Zambri released their debut, House of Baasa, about a month ago o Kanine records. Dark and sweaty, it's a bit like a Jungle Themed Siouxsie Sioux with a number of standout tracks -- "Carry," "ICBYS," and "Hundred Hearts" which you can watch the video for below. You can stream the whole album below as well.

Zambri have a few other dates coming up -- including the Kanine Records Northside showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 with Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day and some TBDs -- which are all listed below.

Zambri, with their seriously awesome drummer and complicated microphones, play tonight (5/10) at Public Assembly as part of a pretty good bill. Also playing are Computer Magic (aka Brooklynite Danielle Johnson) who makes appealing retro-y synthpop. Her debut EP, Orion, is out now and you can stream it below.

Openers Test House just released their debut EP, Bitemarks, a couple weeks ago. The duo make glitchy dance music and you can stream the EP below. They have a pedigree too: Peter Schuette used to be in Silk Flowers and Psychobuildings, and James Elliot spent time in Bear in Heaven and School of Seven Bells.

DJing between sets is Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who also fronts '80s romo-loving Ice Choir. Feldman remixed Zambri's "ICBYS" which is downloadable above, and they just dropped the first taste of Ice Choir's debut album, Afar, which is out in July on Underwater Peoples. You can download that above too.

Streams and Zambri tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Zambri released 'House of Baasa,' playing tonight with Computer Magic, Test House & DJ Ice Choir (who have a new MP3) "

HR with Bad Brains at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Erik Erikson)
Bad Brains

The two-day benefit for Lucinda's Kids at Bowery Electric begins today (4/29) with Marah, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Jimmy Gnecco, Dave Milone, Jim Boggie, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ptter Ericson Stakee.

H.R. of Bad Brains plays night two, Monday, of that Manhattan benefit, but first he'll headline a Brooklyn show of his own at Public Assembly tonight (4/29) with support from Paranoid Social Club, The WonderMics, Groundswell, Matt Pless, and Jay Samel. Tickets are on sale.

The show is one of a few notable events at Public Assembly in the coming months. Xeno & Oaklander will headline Public Assembly on May 11th with David J (Bauhaus), Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by CREEP and Todd Pendu. Tickets are still available. Xeno & Oaklander are currently touring in the Midwest.

Also going down in the near future at Public Assembly, Idiot Glee (who we profiled last year) will play with Nick Diamonds (of islands), Celestial Shore, and DJ Udbhav on May 11th. $8 gets you in. Idiot Glee recently posted a new video for "That's All For Everyone" which is viewable below. The track comes from the band's Don't Go Out Tonight 7" and is a cover of Fleetwood Mac. Pick up a copy.

Public Assembly will host The X-Ecutioners, Da Beatminerz and "special guests TBA" alongside resident DJs Total Eclipse and Gen.Erik on May 3rd. Details, including cost, are forthcoming but prepare for a night of jaw-dropping turntablism.

NYC PopFest is coming to Public Assembly, as is Tombs/Ulcerate in May and Martyrdoom in June!

Check out that Idiot Glee video and more videos below.

Continue reading "HR playing Public Assembly, as are Xeno & Oaklander, The X-Ecutioners and Idiot Glee (but not together)"

Hole back together again @ Public Assembly last night (photo via silas howard)

To quote Hole superfan Greg Frederick:

Hole reunites after 15 yrs. at the after party for the release of rockumentary Hit So Hard. based on drummer Patty Schemel who played with past band members Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love as they hit the stage at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, BK. April 14, 2012, 15 Years after last playing music together.

Courtney jumps on stage to play Miss World after waiting for Eric to tune her guitar and Patty to find her a strap.

Spoiler alert:
Courtney jumps back on stage for Over The Edge

You'll remember that the event was advertised as 3/4 of 90's Hole lineup (not to be confused with current day Hole), and I don't think they even knew if Courtney would show up and play a song with them. Watch it happen, Courtney giving a shout-out to the Cribs who were playing Music Hall of Williamsburg next door included, in the video below...

Continue reading "Courtney Love reunited with the classic Hole lineup @ Public Assembly (video)"

Hit So Hard

"Following the opening screening of Hit So Hard and Q&A with Patty Schemel + the filmmakers at Cinema Village, there will be a very special after party at Public Assembly in Williamsburg featuring a performance by Patty, Melissa, and Eric of Hole."
In related news, Francis Bean Cobain is mad at Courtney Love.

UPDATE: the Public Assembly event happened, and Courtney showed up!

'Hit So Hard' trailer below...

Continue reading "Patty Schemel movie opening in theaters; afterparty in Brooklyn (with 3/4 of Hole) "

photos by Chris La Putt

FIDLAR @ Public Assembly (BV-CMJ 2011)

Though FIDLAR played 8 shows at SXSW this year (9 if you count the Vice one that got shut down before their set), a BrooklynVegan party wasn't one of them. They did however play one of the BrooklynVegan CMJ day parties at Public Assembly in 2011. Here are some belated pictures from their NYC set. More below.

The melodic garage punk band don't have any more east coast dates to report at the moment, but they are releasing a brand new EP digitally this week via Mom + Pop (which makes them label-mates with Neon Indian, Sleigh Bells and Andrew Bird). It's called Don't Try. Listen to one of its four songs, "Black Out Stout", making its studio-version debut in this post, with more EP info, the CMJ pics, and a list of three dates they have scheduled with OFF! in California, below...

Continue reading "FIDLAR releasing Mom+Pop EP (song debut +++ BV-CMJ pics)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Purity Ring @ Public Assembly
Purity Ring

Minimally advertised, semi-private and last minute, but true (and packed). Purity Ring played a show at Public Assembly in Brooklyn last night (4/4) in celebration of the announcement of their new record deal with 4AD and Last Gang. Com Truise opened the show. Here are some pictures. More of them, with a video from the show, below...

Continue reading "Purity Ring & Com Truise played Public Assembly (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG


Alcest, Deafheaven, and Vaura teamed up at a sold-out Public Assembly on March 31st, the last of Alcest's dates with Deafheaven that kicked off directly after SXSW. The bill was the perfect mix of bands that draw from metal, but don't feel the need to be confined by its trappings: Alcest is a shoegaze band with black metal pedigree, Deafheaven is a shoegaze-y band with black metal, post-rock and screamo influences, and Vaura mixes clean vocals with everything from shoegaze to prog to black metal on their recent Selenelion. I enjoyed all of the bands that night, and apparently so did some others:

This show easily enters my God Tier of shows, no contest. All three bands performed wildly beyond my expectations to create one of my favorite live music experiences in recent memory. The only shortcomings were that the sound could have been a bit better, especially during Vaura's set, and the loathsome hipster population both reached and exceeded critical levels* - but that's only to be expected from a show in Williamsburg, the trendiest of Brooklyn neighborhoods. But overall, these negatives paled and withered away beneath the commanding performances of the three acts. If any one of these bands comes to your locale, do not miss out. I can't stress that enough. -[Metalblast]
I was a spectator at the show but also played DJ for the evening, mixing in favorites that ranged from Bolt Thrower to Gauze, and from Totalitar to One Tail, One Head. You can check out my setlist at my twitter if you are so inclined. If you made it to the show, checked out the bands that night, and managed to stomach my DJ set, I can't thank you enough.

More pictures/video from Public Assembly below.

Continue reading "Alcest, Deafheaven & Vaura played a sold-out Public Assembly (with DJ BBG) --- pics & video"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Purity Ring @ Public Assembly - BV-CMJ 2011
Purity Ring

Like they did for a BrooklynVegan party during CMJ, Purity Ring will play a show at Public Assembly in Brooklyn... TOMORROW (4/4). Com Truise opens at 8pm. Purity Ring at 9. Tickets only at the door.

The show will be a mini celebration of what appears to be a signing to 4AD (and Last Gang) for an album that will be released 7/24/2012.

Purity Ring, who were just added to Pitchfork Fest (which their now-labelmate Grimes is also playing), also have a few other shows scheduled (though not sure at the moment if one of them is with Dirty Projectors at Prospect Park). All dates and a new set of pictures from Purity Ring's BrooklynVegan-CMJ set at Public Assembly, below...

Continue reading "Purity Ring signs to 4AD, playing WEDNESDAY at Public Assembly (where they played BV-CMJ) -- more pics & dates"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, Amanda Hatfield, and Chris La Putt

Peelander-Z @ Public Assembly (BV-CMJ 2011)

Peelander-Z pride themselves on over-the-top shows and now the punk band will kick it up a notch by playing one aboard a moving boat as part of a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on April 12th (that's soon!) with One-Eyed Doll. Tickets for the NYC boat show aboard the Jewel are on sale.

The show is part an April tour Peelander-Z are embarking on in support of Space Vacation, their new LP due on April 10th. Check out a new video for "Star Bowling" from that forthcoming release, with all dates, below.

The colorful band recently played SXSW after a string of dates with Electric Eel Shock (who then played a show at Cake Shop).

The new video, all tour dates, and some belated pictures of Peelander-Z killing it at one of our CMJ day parties at Public Assembly (we previously posted video), below....

Continue reading "Peelander-Z touring, playing a record release show on a boat THIS MONTH, played BV-CMJ (belated pics, new video, dates)"

Glenn Branca at the 2011 Bang-on-a-Can Marathon (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Glenn Branca

Fortissimo Records will present Yo Eskerrik Asko NYC!, a two-day event will descend upon Public Assembly on August 24th and 25th. Neptune, Christina Carter, White Suns, Action Beat, and Glenn Branca play the first night. Oneohtrix Point Never, Charalambides, Colin L. Orchestra, Grasshopper, Opponents/Ala Muerte, and Tim Hecker play on the second evening. Tickets for both August 24th and August 25th are on sale separately, or you can buy a two-day pass.

Tim Hecker is also scheduled to play Mutek, an ATP event curated by The National and Pitchfork fest.

Oneohtrix Point Never is also scheduled to play NYC on May 5th as part of the National-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival. More Oneohtrix Point Never dates are listed below....

Continue reading "Tim Hecker playing Mutek, Pitchfork & 2-day 'Yo Eskerrik Asko NYC!' fest in Brooklyn w/ Glenn Branca & more"

photos by Kathleen Arnold

Delta Spirit

Thanks to all who joined us back on 2/25, way before SXSW even, as we crawled Brooklyn pubs with Brooklyn Brewery and Delta Spirit, as the band's new self-titled album was debuted on bar stereos, and before they finished the day with a free live show at Public Assembly. I'm sure many who were in attendance will be there again tonight (3/29) when Delta Spirit headline a sold out Webster Hall with tour-mates WATERS.

Here are some belated pics from the BV-presented February event. More of them below...

Continue reading "we crawled bars with Delta Spirit (who are back in NYC tonight) -- [pics]"

photos by Chris La Putt

Widowspeak @ Public Assembly for a BV-CMJ party in October 2011

Back before they played one of our holiday parties in December, Widowspeak graced the stage of our Friday CMJ day party at Public Assembly (that Hospitality and Xeno & Oaklander also played). Here are some long lost pictures from that Brooklyn show.

Catch Widowspeak tonight (3/3), when they headline Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg with support from Mac DeMarco and Quilt. Tickets are still available.

Widospeak also recently played "a two-song semi-acoustic session in Copenhagen's meat-packing district (one outdoor on some wholesale shopping cars, one indoor in their candlelit backstage room)." Check out both videos from that, along with more BV-CMJ pictures, below...

Continue reading "Widowspeak headline Glasslands tonight, played a Copenhagen Session & BV-CMJ (belated pics & video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hospitality @ Public Assembly for BV-CMJ in October 2011

Hospitality's tour with Tennis hits Bowery Ballroom for a sold out NYC show tonight (3/3). If you don't have tickets, you can still buy one for the show happening Monday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/5), and you can catch Hospitality (without Tennis) for FREE in New Haven, CT at Bar on Wednesday (3/7).

You can also catch Hospitality for free at the BrooklynVegan day party happening March 15th at Hotel Vegas in Austin, part of our four day 'Hotel Vegan' extravaganza during SXSW. Stay tuned for more details including the full lineup for that.

Maybe you caught Hospitality for free when they played the Friday BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly during CMJ this year. Here are some pictures from that Brooklyn performance. More of them, with all tour dates (stint with Eleanor Friedberger included), below...

Continue reading "Hospitality on tour w/ Tennis, playing free show in CT, playing BV-SXSW 2012, played BV-CMJ 2011 (pics & dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Xeno & Oaklander @ Public Assembly for BV-CMJ, October 2011
Xeno & Oaklander

As previously mentioned, a month-long tribute to Fad Gadget is underway in NYC this month, and tonight (3/3) is the night Xeno & Oaklander perform with Ike Yard...

Founded in 1979, the downtown art band Ike Yard created a new sound by tapping into the UK post-punk dub of PiL and Joy Division, the Neue Deutsche Welle of DAF, and the krautrock experimentation of Can. Their 1982 album 'A Fact A Second' (released on Factory Records) has stood the test of time and is considered a classic in the minimalist genre. -John Allen/WFMU

Ike Yard disbanded in 1983, but reunited a few years back in conjunction with their 1980-82 retrospective CD on Acute Records. The lineup features three of the four original members -- Stuart Argabright, Kenny Compton, & Michael Diekmann. [FreeMusicArchive]

Xeno & Oaklander have been keeping it old school lately. Tonight Fad Gadget & Ike Yard. Last week they opened for William Bennett project Cut Hands at Public Assembly, which is the same venue they played a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party this year. Here are some pictures from the October show. More of them below...

Continue reading "Xeno & Oaklander play with Ike Yard tonight, played BV-CMJ (belated pics)"

photos by Erez Avissar

Cut Hands

Since the late-'70s, WILLIAM BENNETT has released and performed extreme noise and industrial music. He played guitar for sax-driven post-punkers ESSENTIAL LOGIC in their early days and formed an industrial group named Come, who are now remembered for their alumni (including J. G. Thirwell a.k.a. Foetus and Mute label head Daniel Miller) rather than their output. In 1980, Bennett's project WHITEHOUSE released their first two, Birthdeath Experience and Total Sex, LPs that marked the end of industrial's first wave and heralded a new genre -- extreme noise -- built with shuddering, arrhythmic bass-rumbles and probing feedback assaults. [The Phoenix]
Cut Hands, William Bennett of Whitehouse, has completed his round of US dates including a show on 2/24 at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. The show, which also featured appearances from Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Veiled, & David E. Williams in addition to DJs Pieter Schoolwerth, Caleb Braaten & ning nong, was the second-to-last stop on his US round of dates that kicked off earlier in February. Pictures are in this post (though no photos of either Veiled or David E Williams).

In related news, Liz Wendlebo of Xeno & Oaklander serves as half of Liz & Laszlo, a band also comprised of Automelodi's Xavier Paradis. L&L are preparing to release the Rien ˆ Paris single via Wierd Records and you can stream it at Pitchfork.

Catch Xenu & Oaklander again this weekend when they help pay tribute to Fad Gadget.

Catch Pop. 1280 at Saint Vitus on March 3rd and with Vaz, Metz, and Teenanger at Death By Audio on March 9th.

More Public Assembly pictures below..

Continue reading "Cut Hands played Public Assembly w/ Xeno & Oaklander & Pop 1280 (pics)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Electric Guest @ BV-CMJ
Electric Guest

Electric Guest, who made their NYC debut at CMJ with four shows including one of our day parties at Public Assembly (pictures in this post), are going on an international tour over the course of the next few months which includes SXSW, Sasquatch! and a NYC show happening on May 2 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

The band's Danger Mouse-produced album Mondo will be released April 24 on Downtown Records. You can listen to the first single, "This Head I Hold", along with the video for "American Daydream", and all tour dates and more pictures from our CMJ show, below...

Continue reading "Electric Guest announce tour (dates, song stream, video & belated pics from BV-CMJ)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Cold Specks @ Public Assembly (BV CMJ 2011)
Cold Specks

As recently mentioned, the "doom soul" project of songwriter and vocalist Al Spx, Cold Specks, is heading out on a tour with Great Lake Swimmers that comes to Bowery Ballroom on May 30. It has since been revealed that Cold Specks has also been signed to Mute! The label will release Cold Specks' debut album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion on May 22. You can watch the new video for album song "Holland", along with a belated set of pictures from her U.S. debut show, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Cold Specks signs to Mute (new video, updated dates & some belated BV CMJ pics)"