Entries tagged with: Religious to Damn
by Joshua Strawn
Xeno & Oaklander last night at WIERD (instagram by daniellehoward)
You may know Josh Strawn through his work in current projects Azar Swan and Vaura but he was also an integral part of WIERD and, before that, a fan of the music. Strawn has played the weekly party with three separate projects (Vaura, Religious to Damn, Blacklist) over the years, so he was able to add some special insight about last night's final WIERD Wednesday event and it's place in the current NYC scene. Strawn's thoughts are below. - Fred Pessaro
photos by PSquared Photography
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge 11/9/2012
Tamaryn played two area shows over the weekend, including a stop at Mercury Lounge on 11/9 with Young Prisms (who also played Glasslands) and a show the next night at Knitting Factory (11/10) with Starred and Alexis. The shows were part of a tour in celebration of Tamaryn's new LP, Tender New Signs, which is out now. Pictures from Tamaryn (we missed Young Prisms) from Mercury Lounge below, alongside video from Knitting Factory.
Later Saturday night, Tamaryn also stopped in to DJ her KF show's afterparty at The Flat which also featured the live debut of former Religious to Damn-ers Azar Swan. Check out video from Azar Swan's performance below.
by Bill Pearis
Zohra Atash and Josh Strawn have disbanded/retired Religious to Damn and have reconfigured their sonic matrix as Azar Swan which is a decidedly more electronic project while retaining that gothy vibe. Azar Swan have just released their first track to the world, "Amrika," and you can stream that below.
Azar Swan will be making their live debut at The Flat on November 10 which will also serve as the official afterparty for the Tamaryn/Starred show at Knitting Factory earlier that night. Tamaryn will DJ along with Silent Drape Runners. $5 gets you in the door and the party starts at 11 PM. Flyer for the show (designed by Weekend's Shaun Durkan) is below.
Anasazi at Public Assembly (more by Tamara Porras)
Gothic post-punk crew Dream Affair will lead off a four-band bill tonight (8/1) at Public Assembly, joined by NYC favorites Anasazi, gothic-"gypsy rock" from Religious to Damn and Nao Katafuchi. Tickets are available at the door.
The show doubles as both a welcome and farewell party, with Anasazi celebrating the release of their new 7 inch I Saw The Witch Cry (out now via Sacred Bones) and Religious to Damn waving goodbye to their namesake to pursue a different direction:
Hi everyone! Big news. We feel that significant changes to our lineup as well as a more full-fledged electronic approach to the music has basically made us a different band, so we've decided to treat it as such. We're putting the finishing touches on the new webpages, photos, and tracks, so stay tuned: we'll announce the new name and direct you all to our new pages very, very, very soon.
Stream one song from that new Anasazi 7" alongside material from all bands below.
In semi-related news, the next few WIERD parties at Home Sweet Home will be notable ones, with tonight (8/1) featuring Believer/Law and next week (8/8) featuring an appearance from Future Blondes. The WIERD parties jump off late, so a stop by Home Sweet Home after Public Assembly is entirely possible.
Check out some streams below.
Talk Normal, Religious to Damn & ATM are playing Glasslands June 22. Tickets are on sale.
UMO also play Googa Mooga this weekend.
Though it wasn't in our last-posted list of dates, Zambri, who joined Bear on Heaven on state at MHOW (a show Doldrums opened), have a show coming up at Brooklyn Bowl on 5/23 with Caged Animals, and AIMES Tickets are on sale.
The Musical Box, "the exclusive, authorized by Peter Gabriel, recreation of Genesis" are performing The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with "all 1,100 original slide projections from the '74-'75 tour" this year. Tickets for an 11/23 show at the Grand Ballroom go on AmEx presale at noon. Regular sale starts Friday at noon which is also when you can get tickets for the 11/21 Wellmont Theater show.
The Felice Brothers are playing Brooklyn Bowl on 6/15 as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale.
Maybe the Felice Brothers will play one of Deer Tick's THREE curated Newport Folk Festival after-shows at the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. Deer Tick curated and play all three nights, July 27, 28 & 29, with special guests. All three just went on sale.
Tickets are still on sale for the Violens show happening at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (5/16).
DOWNLOAD: Heavenly Beat - "Messiah" (MP3)
Xeno and Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn synth goths Xeno and Oaklander have an upcoming local show this week at Public Assembly on Friday (5/11) with Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J, CREEP and Todd Pendu. (There's also an open Asahi beer bar at 9:30.) Tickets are still available.
Next month, the band will head to Austin for Chaos in Tejas, and upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 11 with fellow goths Plastic Flowers and Religious to Damn and fellow electronic artist Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
RØSENKØPF also plays Glasslands with King Dude soon, in celebration of a new record. That record has a song called "Light The Way" which has a video which you can watch below.
In addition to DJing the Friday Public Assembly show, David J is also DJing tonight (5/10) at Elmurst club Arena Queens. Besides his gigs in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets (and Porno for Pyros and The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy), David J has a long solo career as well, having released his eighth album, Not Long for This World, last year on Starry Records. You can stream some of it here.
In more related news, Plastic Flowers have a NYC show coming up at Glasslands on July 10 with Captured Tracks bands Cosmetics and Beach Fossils side project Heavenly Beat (who has a new song out, download above), and Psychobuildings. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of both Cosmetics and Dirty Beaches, Exclaim points out that Montreal's Grand Trine have broken up and member Shubhayan Roy has joined Dirty Beaches while Tobias Rochman has joined Cosmetics.
All dates, stream, and flier below...
Religious To Damn have posted the official video for their previously posted track "Lovely Day". The song was recorded/mixed by Colin Marston with synth production and drum programming from Shawn O'Sullivan (Led Er Est). Check it out below.
The ethereal and enchanting Religious to Damn teamed with dark ambient duo ITHI and Sondra Sun-Odeon to play Saint Vitus on 1/14 as part of a BrooklynVegan/UN:ART:IG production. Video from the Saint Vitus outing, which served as a dual record release show for "Lovely Day" and ITHI's new NoWhere cassette, is below.
Religious to Damn play the Elbo Room in San Francisco TONIGHT (1/18), one of two West Coast dates. All tour dates and videos are below.
Religious to Damn at Glasslands (more by Nikki Sneakers)
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that Religious to Damn will headline a BV/UN:ART:IG show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/14) with support from ITHI (mem Serville Sect) and Sondra Sun-Odeon! $8 gets you into this 9PM show. Advanced tickets are on sale, and you can RSVP at Facebook if you want.
The show is one of a few select dates for the band, who will also hit San Francisco and LA in this round of dates (which are listed below). Facebook invite for the SF date, which also features Wax Idols & Alexis, is here, while the Facebook invite for the LA date curated by Tamaryn is available here. Stream a mix created by Tamaryn in honor of the show below.
The shows will be a celebration of the band's latest single, "Lovely Day", which makes its debut in this post. Stream the song, recorded/mixed by Colin Marston with synth production and drum programming from Shawn O'Sullivan (Led Er Est), below.
All song streams, tour dates and a video are below.
Religious to Damn at Glasslands in January (more by Harriet Roberts)
More and more Jonathan Toubin benefits are continuing to appear, including one happening TONIGHT (12/20) at Lit Lounge with performances by Religious to Damn, Sean Ragon (of Cult of Youth), Anasazi, Bootblacks, and Jailbait, and DJ sets by Josh Styles, Cowboy Mark, and Andy Animal. All proceeds and donations from Lit go to the IHeartJT fund for Jonathan's medical expenses.
Another benefit is taking place on Christmas Eve (12/24) at Zebulon with a midnight dance party by Ian Svenonius and friends.
Yo La Tengo @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* SWEETsons Greetings
* BETTY @ Joe's Pub
* Chris Cochrane @ Barbes
* Young Jeezy @ Gramercy
* Anand Wilder @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Marianne Faithfull @ City Winery
* John Waters Christmas @ BB King's
* Coconuts Comedy Show @ Union Hall
* Slaughterhouse @ Highline Ballroom
* Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show @ Maxwell's
* Drunken Sufis, Luke Reynolds @ Cake Shop
* Stephen Merchant : Hello Ladies Tour @ Town Hall
* Matisyahu, Dub Trio @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Nuriya, Pharaoh's Daughter, Haale @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Digable Planets, F. Stokes, U.G.O Crew @ Brooklyn Bowl
* George Langford & Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin @ The Stone
* Mala Strana, Night Manager, Ism, Tezeo @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Trippple Nippples, Hard Nips, New London Fire, Ghost Beach @ Pianos
* The Babies, Dive, Widowspeak, Ducktails (DJ set), Todd P (DJ set) @ 285 Kent Ave
* SMIF-N-Wessun, Uncle Murda, Green Lantern, Vita and Murder League, Bazaar Royale @ SOB's
* Dome Theater, Bow Ribbons, Hubble, Diamond Terrifier, Swarms (Nina Mehta of Rings) @ Zebulon
* Religious To Damn, Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Anasazis, Bootblacks, Jailbait @ Lit Lounge (JT benefit)
Happy Hanukkah! Yo La Tengo are Matisyahu celebrating tonight, and it's the beginning of the annual Sephardic Music Festival.com/.
Panda Bear released a trippy new video today. Watch it below...
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Though Chelsea Wolfe had to cancel her Tuesday night show at Glasslands last minute, she played what ended up being her first CMJ appearance at Europa on Wednesday night (10/19), teaming with Religious To Damn, Hunters, and The Love Butchers, with DJ sets from Pendu and Electric Lady. Unlike her first NYC appearance at St Vitus in August, Chelsea is here this time with her full band. I saw her 2nd CMJ show last night (10/20) at Cake Shop (the show Trash Talk went on to play after 2am today) (GZA didn't play), and it was seriously great. Here are some pictures from the Europa show.
Chelsea plays again today (10/21) at the FREE BV Day Party with J.Mascis, A Place To Bury Strangers, Gauntlet Hair, Hospitality, Xeno & Oaklander, and many others. Here's a reminder on set times:
STAGE 1 (front room)More pictures from Europa (Chelsea and RTD) are below.
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)
STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
05:15 Gauntlet Hair
Panda Bear @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* It Is It @ Pianos
* ASSSSCAT @ UCB
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* Very Be Careful @ Barbes
* Japan benefit @ Bowery Electric
* Jaga Jazzist @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Hairs @ South Street Seaport
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Protect-U, Ital, Dariius @ Cameo Gallery
* Sade, John Legend @ Mohegan Sun (CT)
* Rob Curto's Pe De Serra All-Stars @ Barbes
* Luis Lopes Humanization Quartet @ The Stone
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Cameo Gallery
* Panda Bear, Ducktails @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary Lucas & Gods & Monsters @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Boy Friend, Phonetag, Speculator, Kruxe @ Glasslands
* Home Video, MillionYoung, Tiny Victories @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bomb The Music Industry, The Wilds, Cheap Girls @ Europa
* Necking, Father Amos, Earthmasters, Lazurite @ Silent Barn
* The Dangerous Boys Club, DJ Night School @ Mercury Lounge
* Kirk Knuffke, Stephen Gauci, #1, Kenny Wollesen @ The Stone
* The Suzan, Bad Indians, Haunted Leather, Pass Kontrol @ Bruar Falls
* Outer Borough Brass Band, Wasabassco Burlesque @ The Bell House
* The Vandelles, Heaven, Dead Leaf Echo, Ringo Deathstarr @ Shea Stadium
* RAM, Group Doueh, Baloji, GlobeSonic Sound @ Central Park Summerstage
* Tinsel Teeth, Satanized, Xaddax, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Death By Audio
* New York Night Train's Beach Party Happening @ Beekman Beer Garden
* The Mess with Julia, Evanss, Brian Thompson & Good People, The Lynguistic Civilians @ Union Hall
New York Night Train's Beach Party Happening @ Beekman Beer Garden is also free and right next door a few hours later. More info below.
Monday is the Fourth of July.
Some new PunkCast videos to check out below. David First & Kid Millions performing at issue Project Room. Religious to Damn playing a new song at 285 Kent.
New York's Bush Tetras had a no wave link, via guitarist Pat Place's association with James Chance, but the band's sound was neither frantic nor disjointed enough to be properly categorized with those bands. They played scrappy post-punk, with fellow Americans Pylon and Konk and Brits Delta 5 and Au Pairs as close contemporaries. If there's any one song the Bush Tetras are known for, it's 1980's "Too Many Creeps" -- the band's most representative song and also the catchiest, made by the kind of jagged rhythms, slicing guitars, and sniping vocals that were used throughout their short lifespan. -[Allmusic]One listen to "Too Many Creeps" (which was recently reiussed on wax) and it becomes evident how many bands followed in the footsteps of this NYC band who originally called it quits in 1983. Since that initial break, Cynthia Sley has stayed fairly active while the Bush Tetras have reunited on and off, most recently playing at Le Poisson Rouge and The Kitchen in NYC. The reunion continues TONIGHT (6/24) in a very different space, 285 Kent Ave, as the band will team up with Friends, Coathangers, and Religious to Damn for a show that kicks off at 8PM ($10). Yes, Bush Tetras are that "special guests TBA" last time we mentioned this show.
Tonight's date at 285 Kent is one of two NYC shows for the touring Coathangers, who also play Cake Shop Saturday (6/25) with Teen Witch and The Nec. Teen Witch also recently played Death By Audio with Heavy Cream.
285 Kent holds a different and equally compelling show Saturday: Fucked Up, Jeff The Brotherhood, & Iceage.
Bush Tetras recently popped in to WFMU to play a set. Stream it.
Check out some video and show details below.
The Coathangers @ Death By Audio (more by Leia Jospe)
The Coathangers released Larceny & Old Lace in North America this week (6/7) via Suicide Squeeze. The band will go on a tour later this month in support, and that reaches NYC on June 24 at 285 Kent in Brooklyn with Religious to Damn and special guests TBA. Coathangers also play June 25 at Cake Shop, though no other acts have been announced yet.
Larceny & Old Lace is available for purchase via the Suicide Squeeze webstore as CD and LP. Grab the tracks "Trailer Bark Boneyard" and "Hurricane" above, and check out the video for "Hurricane" along with more dates, album art and tracklist below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Tôg - Sansen (MP3)
Tôg @ 3pm in Austin
Wandering around Austin's East Side last week, I happened across Norway's Tôg (pronounced Toog) who were playing in the lot ajacent to Cheer Up Charlies. I'm not sure that 3pm under the hot sun was the appropriate introduction to the swirly dancepop (sung in their native tongue) this septet makes, but they held their own and were pretty entertaining. Check out their single "Sansen" -- a hit in Norway -- at the top of this post.
I have a feeling Tôg will be more at home for their upcoming string of NYC dates, all of which are at night: Wednesday (3/23) at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home, then Friday (3/25) at Cake Shop with Religious to Damn, and Saturday (3/26) at Death by Audio with Caves, Free Blood and Publicist. They're playing Washington DC as well.
All 2011 tour dates for Tôg, plus a couple videos, are below.
photos by Harriet Roberts and Nikki Sneakers
Religious To Damn (mem Blacklist/Vaura/A Stom of Light) played their record release party at Glasslands on 1/13 in celebration of Glass Prayer, the band's new LP out via M'Lady's Records on February 8th. The LP features an appearance from Tamaryn who (despite a supposed last minute cancellation) joined the band on stage. Kevin Hufnagel (Dystrhythmia/Gorguts/Vaura) opened with a solo set on acoustic guitar after Charlie Schmid and his percussion ensemble 'I Sing The Body Electric' performed Steve Reich's 'Drumming'. There was burlesque from Anna Copa Cabanna, and records were played by Jonathan Toubin, Jeralyn Mason, and WIERD honcho Pieter Schoolwerth.
The Glasslands show was free, but unfortunately you will have to shell out a couple bucks to catch Religious to Damn at one of their next appearances: 2/6 at Glasslands with The Vacant Lots, Exit Music and ZaZa, on 2/23 at Union Pool with Man's Gin or on 3/25 at Cake Shop with Tog. Man's Gin also plays Mercury Lounge on 2/12 with Scott Kelly and Wino. Tickets are still available for that one.
Tamaryn will be back in NYC when she opens for the Raveonettes at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/20 (tickets are still on sale), and she'll be back even sooner to be part of this just announced February 19th event at MoMA PS1.
Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMAll Tamaryn dates, and more pictures from the Glasslands show, below...
Saturday Sessions: Hosted by Lauren Devine and Patrik Sandberg featuring performances by Tamaryn, Mirror Mirror, and visuals by Thunder Horse Video
Lauren Devine and Patrik Sandberg present an audiovisual experience featuring performances by Tamaryn and Mirror Mirror, with an immersive visual landscape by installation crew Thunder Horse Video. The one-time-only collaborative event will produce a synthesized encounter with Tamaryn's colossal and dense sound and the natural landscape that inspired it, exaggerated to unnatural proportion within MoMA PS1's physical space. Mirror Mirror's lead-in performance, with costumes by Lauren Devine, will further feature a synchronized video by artists Robert Bittenbender and Casey Jane Ellison.
Dysrhythmia at The Charleston in 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)
One of the world's most easily misspelled bands, Dysrhythmia, will play Union Pool on 3/11 as part of a show with Zevious (featuring Jeff Eber of Dysrhythmia), Smother Party, and A Fucking Elephant. The party jumps off at 9PM and will set you back $8. Kevin Hufnagel recently posted an update on the band that drops tons of incredible news about his and the rest of Dysrhythmia's projects:
Dysrhythmia is about half way through writing the next record. We'll start demoing stuff in the Spring and perhaps share a track or two online... Otherwise, a new record won't be likely until 2012. The wait will be worth it, promise... One of the reasons for that is simply due to the number of other musical ventures we have happening.In addition, Hufnagel's Vaura project has been playing some shows as of late, and Kevin will appear with the half of Vaura (Josh Strawn and Charlie Schmid) that isn't in either Dysrhythmia (Hufnagel) or Kayo Dot (Toby Driver) at the FREE record release party for their other project, Religious To Damn (a band that Zohra Atash is also a member of). As previously discussed, the show will go down at Glasslands on Jan 13th and will also feature an appearance from the great Tamaryn (who will NOT be playing a set of her own).
Gorguts will be recording the new album in February, with a scheduled Summer release. Touring will follow.
Krallice will have a new record out in April.
Zevious will be doing their first full US tour in March/April.
I'll have a new solo record called Transparencies out in March/April.
They'll be a record coming Summer/Fall tentatively titled 'Night Sessions' which is a collaboration between myself and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Costanza Francavilla...
I recently guested on a 20 minute track for long running Philadelphia-based experimental progressive metal/hardcore band Starkweather. This should be out sometime next year as part of a split release. It was an honor for me to play on this track. They've been one of my favorite bands for years.
DOWNLOAD: Religious To Damn - "Drifter" (MP3)
Zohra Atash on stage with A Storm of Light (more by BBG)
Fans of A Storm of Light may know Zohra Atash from her eerie and haunting vocals as part of the band's live lineup, but her primary focus is Religious To Damn. The gothy, "gypsy-psyche" band are preparing their new and debut LP Glass Prayer for release on
Wierd M'Lady's Records on February 8th. It features appearances from Tamaryn (NOTE: she will be performing with RTL and will not being playing a set herself) and Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis. Download the lead track, "Drifter," above. Check out its video below.
Religious To Damn will play a FREE (slightly early) record release show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on January 13th, and what's more, the show will feature an appearance from Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia/Vaura/Gorguts) and one from LP contributor Tamaryn who will be in town from LA for the first time since CMJ and who will be back again with The Raveonettes at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 20th (tickets are still available). Tamaryn's The Waves was a 2010 fave.
A Storm of Light currently have only one date on their schedule in the near future - January 22nd at Fundacion Gilberto Alzate in Bogota, Colombia. Josh's other band, Neurosis, will play the new year on the West Coast and at Maryland Deathfest 2011.
All Tamaryn tour dates, the Glasslands show flyer, and the new Religious to Damn video is below...