Entries tagged with: Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith just wrapped up a NYC residency at The Stone, and now he's set to return to the stage later this month for two nights at Roulette (9/19-20) (509 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn), as part of the venue's 35th season. The shows will be performances of his 1980 "avant-garde dance record" Gravity, and will feature Fred on guitar/electric bass being joined by:
Marie Abe, accordionEach night will be opened by one of his collaborators other projects. The first night is being opened by Aaron Novik's Thorny Brocky and the second by Dominique Leone Band. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
Myles Boisen, sound
Jordan Glenn, drums
Kaethe Hostetter, violin
Kasey Knudsen, alto sax
Dominique Leone, keyboards
Ava Mendoza, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Aaron Novik, clarinet/bass clarinet
William Winant, percussion
Stream some tracks from Gravity below...
photos by PSquared Photography
"Still reeling from @lauramarlinghq beautiful show last night. My favorite LM show so far." - Hannah Read
"Roulette- Great little venue w/ gorgeous sound for @lauramarlinghq" - @damianoC
Laura Marling @ Roulette
British folk singer Laura Marling released her very-good new album, Once I Was An Eagle, this week (stream it), and to celebrate, she played a sold-out show on the day of its release (5/28) at the intimate Brooklyn venue Roulette. Did you go to the show? If so, how was it?
Alberta Cross singer Petter Ericson Stakee opened with a solo set. More pictures of both artists and Laura's setlist below...
Laura Marling at the McKittrick Hotel in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, the always-impressive UK folk singer Laura Marling is releasing her fourth album, Once I Was an Eagle, on May 28. She'll be supporting the new album with a North American tour, including a show in Brooklyn on the day of the album's release (5/28) at Roulette. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Laura was just on Later... with Jools Holland this past Friday (4/26) to perform the new album's single, "Master Hunter." A video of that performance and a stream of the studio version of the track are below. She also just made a short film titled When Brave Bird Saved, which you can also watch below.
Thurston Moore at LPR w/ Mike Watt (more by BBG)
Thurston Moore is set to kick off a European tour in late July, but before he heads overseas, he'll be playing in Brooklyn TONIGHT (5/31) at Roulette for a show as part of a trio with guitarist Bill Nace (who Thurston has played with in Northampton Wools) and saxophonist Joe McPhee. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
Thurston also recently published a book, By The Lightswitch, which is available via Mondo Bummer. Mondo Bummer writes that the book "is a poem about hanging out. It hangs out with stars, it hangs out with girls, and it wants to hang out with you. 'Rockstars can't be poets / which sucks,' but you wouldn't know that from reading this." Thurston just read at a Mondo Bummer event on Tuesday (5/29) at ACA Galleries. Did you catch that, how was it?
All dates listed below...
Psychedelic duo Blues Control collaborated with zither master Laraaji (known for the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance) and musician Arji Cakouros for a release that was part of RVNG's FRKWYS series in November. The quartet will perform live for the first time tonight (March 28th) at Roulette in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale. Listen to one of the meditative tracks on Soundcloud.
Russ from Blues Control spoke with Roulette about the album.
ROULETTE: Tell us as about the work you'll be doing at Roulette. Possible things to speak to: what was the origin of the project??After that they'll take the show to Europe for a set of April shows. (Laraaji also leads laughter & music meditation sessions, with some in NYC coming up.)
RUSS WATERHOUSE: Matt at RVNG asked Blues Control to participate in his FRKWYS series of collaborative records, in which Matt pairs musicians from different generations. We proposed a collaboration with Laraaji, and fortunately all parties were interested. Lea and I were familiar with Laraaji's records, and we had previously contacted Laraaji about sharing a bill at ESP Records, after seeing him perform in the East Village at Tribal Soundz. In late 2010 we got together to record with Laraaji and his partner Arji Cakouros, improvising for several hours at Black Dirt Studio in upstate NY. Our Roulette performance will be our first time playing together since that day.
Blues Control will release a new record, Valley Tangents, on Drag City on June 19th. Surrounding that, the group has a pair of shows planned for June 22nd in Philly and June 23rd at 285 Kent.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: oOoOO - "NoWayBack" (Ft. Butterclock) (MP3)
Sam Mickens w/ Zac Pennington at Ecstatic Music Festival (more by David Andrako)
Late last year, Sam Mickens announced a split 7" with Voice on Tape due out "winter 2011/2012." That 7" still hasn't been released but you can stream Sam's contribution HERE. However, he did release a single last week, "One Final Round"/"To Victory or Death," which you can stream and purchase at his bandcamp. The songs have a traditional ballroom pop feel led by organic pianos and horns, until halfway through "To Victory or Death," when the band kicks it up into a double time punk beat.
Sam Mickens, who performed Saturday night as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, has a few more upcoming NYC shows this month. He'll premiere his "Micropatronage" piece with a string quartet at Roulette on February 16 with Jim Staley and Zeena Parkins and Loren Mazzance Connors (whose new album, A Fire, was scheduled to come out this week but has since been delayed). Tickets are on sale now. Sam will then play the same venue on Feburary 18 when he hosts a live taping of ESP TV, which is also part of Roulette's Experimental Love Festival along with C. Spencer Yeh, Little Women, Grasshopper, MV Carbon, and Amanda Long. The event was curated by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie. Tickets are on sale now.
Sam Mickens will also celebrate his 30th birthday at Shea Stadium on February 23 with performances by Sam Mickens Ecstatic Showband & Revue (who recorded the new 12") and Sam Mickens Fourth World (feat. members of Deerhoof, Extra Life, and Cuddle Magic). The bill also includes White Ring and Mirror Mirror.
Speaking of oOoOO's EP, Our Living is Killing Us (due April 10 via Tri Angle), Stereogum recently premiered the first track, "NoWayBack," which features vocals from collaborator Butterclock. Her airy vocals and oOoOO's beatwork bring to mind some of Grimes' downtempo material and its easily oOoOO's best track yet. Grab an MP3 of the song above and stream it below.
All dates and stream below...
Morton Subotnick (born April 14, 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch...Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, who maybe you caught as part of the Unsound Fest earlier this year, will perform and discuss Silver Apples Of The Moon TONIGHT (9/15) at Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow Street at Bedford) as part of a program entitled Morton Subotnick: 1963-1973. Tickets are still available at the door.
Early electronic music was made using wave generators and tape-manipulated sounds. Subotnick was among the first composers to work with electronic instrument designer Don Buchla. Buchla's modular voltage-controlled synthesizer, which he called the Electric Music Box and which was constructed partly based on suggestions by Subotnick and Sender, was both more flexible and easier to use, and its sequencing ability was integral to Subotnick's music.
At a time when electronic music was highly abstract, largely concerned with pitch and timbre, with rhythm an afterthought or of no consequence and patterns largely avoided, Subotnick broke with the academic avant-gardists by including sections with regular rhythms. Both Silver Apples and 1968's The Wild Bull (another Nonesuch-commissioned work for tape; they have since been combined on a Wergo CD) have been choreographed by dance companies around the world. -[Wikipedia]
The show kicks off Season 26 of the North River Music Series, which includes an examination of Morton subotnick's latter works (the shockingly titled Morton Subotnick: 1973 to the Present) on May 3, 2012. Details on that event is forthcoming, but for now head below for more details on tonight, and the full list of planned events for the coming year.
In addition, Subotnick will also hit Roulette in Brooklyn on 9/22 (509 Atlantic Ave) as part of a duo with Tony Martin and sharing a bill with George Lewis & Wet Ink Ensemble. Tickets are on sale.
Roulette reopens with a series of special shows in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/15) including one on 9/17 with Lou Reed who plays Hal Willner's thing at Highline Ballroom tonight.
Video of Subotnick in action as well as details on the North River Music series are below.
The long wait is finally over! Roulette re-opens - bigger and better than ever - in Downtown Brooklyn. With a newly renovated Art Deco concert hall, seating for up to 400 people (600 standing!), expanded multi-channel sound system, massive projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance - the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City to experience adventurous music and art. Join us as we kick off our inaugural season with a huge four day Grand Opening Celebration!NYC music, dance, and art venue Roulette is moving to Brooklyn and re-opening this September. The new location is at 509 Atlantic Ave at the corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave in Downtown Brooklyn.
The re-opening will be celebrated with four events from September 15 to September 18. On 9/15, Kaija Saariaho, Margaret Leng Tan, Henry Threadgill & Zooid, and Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier will play the venue (tickets). The 9/16 show will feature ETHEL, Marc Ribot: Film Noir Project, and Shelley Hirsch w/ Fred Frith (tickets). On 9/17, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and John Zorn will play (tickets) and on 9/18 Cosa Brava (featuring Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, and the Norman Conquest) will play (tickets).
by Andrew Frisicano
Skeletons Big Band...
Hilarious. From the Grooms blog:The rest of those 100 things are posted below.
"One Hundred Things to Try and Sound Like besides Animal Collective's Last Three Albums
1. Their first 5 albums.
2. If Charles Mingus were in the Beatles pre-Revolver.
20. How Joan of Arc felt.
22. The Cocker Spaniels.
23. The Geddy Address.
24. Mountains of hate eroded into hills of ambivalence.
25. Hills of ambivalence eroded into plains of apathy.
26. Plains of apathy eroded into valleys of love.
27. Plastic Ono Band.
28. Plastic Ono Band.
29. Going on Nicorette at age eleven.
30. Running out of Nicorette at age eleven.
31. Meeting someone on the internet.
32. The soundtrack to John Mayer and Gary Busey's buddy-cop romp.
Skeletons Big Band will be reforming for a two-night residency at Roulette on June 8th and 9th. Tickets are on sale. They'll be playing "brand new tunes and pieces and ideas and arrangements with a 13 piece ensemble of amazing players (who play in zillions of other amazing bands)." The full lineup for the band is below. Matt from Skeletons goes on to write: "Last year we did a similar residency, with 3 nights at Roulette followed by a night at Death By Audio. We've taken the recordings from those nights and made a record. You can hear the first track "NUMBERS" and watch a video we made for it..." That video is posted below. The Big Band record he mentions is different than People, their forthcoming follow-up to 2008's excellent Money.
On Thursday (6/10), Skeletons have another gig, this time at Death By Audio where they'll be playing as the big band and regular quintet. Also on the lineup are Grooms, Unstoppable Death Machines and Starring, for whom the show serves as the release party for Wife of God, their new LP on Death By Audio Records.
Skeletons videos and more are below...
DOWNLOAD: Skeletons - The Things (MP3)
"With a sound that truly verges on unclassifiable, Brooklyn-based freak-niks Skeletons are an anomaly even at the venerable Tomlab label, which stables an entire herd of experimental artists. For a group to stand out as uniquely off center amid labelmates such as Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof is rather remarkable.The band formerly known as Skeletons and the Girl Faced Boys are playing a show with Extra Life, John Dwyer & Sam Hillmer (mems ohsees, Zs), and John Fell Ryan of Excepter tonight/Friday (1/2) at Death By Audio. The show was moved from its original location of Le Poisson Rouge. Skeletons will also take part in the "Shinkoyo Circus" happening at Roulette from Jan 27 to Jan 29, and in BAM's 'Sounds like Brooklyn' fest with a show at Zebulon on February 12th. Download an MP3 above. Listen to more songs at MySpace. All dates below...
Fronted by singer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Mehlan, the fifth full-length album ["Money"] under the Skeleton's banner (third for the full group) features dispirate, seemingly incohesive musical undertones that are tenuously held together by Mehlan's R&B/pop croons. Fretboard noodling, sputtering drums and a menacing bass undercurrent comprise a confounding blend on "The THINGS," which segues unknowingly into "RIPPER a.ka. The Pillows," the latter sounding like Perry Farrell fronting John Zorn's avant-jazz band Naked City. [Lost at Sea]