Entries tagged with: Secret Machines
Benjamin w/ School of Seven Bells at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis, who was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year, has unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, reports Dallas Observer. He died last night in New York at the age of 35.
Benjamin was a member of UFOFU in the '90s with his brother Brandon, and after that he drummed in Tripping Daisy, formed Secret Machines with his brothers, and then formed School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza of On! Air! Library! in 2007. The band was active up until this year, playing shows and releasing music, most recently 2012's Ghostory LP.
Rest in peace, Benjamin. You'll be missed.
Read an official statement from School of Seven Bells along with a video below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been a while since I have played my own songs for anybody. I guess since the last Secret Machines record was released in 2008, I have been busy mixing and producing music for other bands (Russian Circles, School of Seven Bells) or playing in other bands (Interpol). I never intended to wait this long - five years has flown by. I am excited to introduce my new project to you, finally.While Secret Machines stay in hibernation, Brandon Curtis has a new project called Cosmicide which, from the sounds of first released track "Talos' Corpse," is a little more keyboard-driven than his previous band. But his sense of dynamics, such a factor in Secret Machines' best work, is still evident here. You can stream it below.
- Brandon Curtis
Cosmicide have just announced their first-ever live shows which will happen on the East Coast next week. They include an NYC show at Cameo on December 16. Rumors also play the show and tickets are on sale now.
Dates are listed, along with the Cosmicide track stream, below...
Paul Banks isn't the only Interpol member with a solo itch to scratch. Drummer Sam Fogarino has announced his solo project EmptyMansions and will release his debut, snakes/vultures/sulfate, in April. Says Sam of the album:
Some things can take decades to arrive at. In this case I'm speaking of songwriting---Even within the simplicity of a typical rock band configuration: guitar, bass, and drums. Not highly original or too complicated---Nonetheless, what this "thing" can be is highly illusive, hard to grasp, and even harder to wrangle into a worthy song. This might be why, we as fans and musicians alike, return to such a common voicing repeatedly---New or old, it's familiar, it's comfortable, and at times, it's the only fucking thing that feels right. In November 2011, at the completion of a fifteen month long tour supporting Interpol's fourth, self titled effort, I found that I had finally arrived at EmptyMansions. A long time coming; not without effort, but rather without force---This alone took years to figure out. The songs that I had written, I not only liked, but had to sing myself. There was no choice in the matter. To do it any other way would have rendered the whole endeavor dishonest and pointless.Helping Sam make the album were Duane Denison (of Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk) and Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis (who played keyboards in Interpol on their last tour). You can stream "Lyra" from the album below. Cover art and tracklisting are below as well.
APTBS at Webster Hall (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Earplugs are now close-to-officially required for the previously discussed Chapterhouse show at LPR on 10/4, as A Place to Bury Strangers have been added to the already impressive lineup that includes support from Ulrich Schnauss and Soundpool. Tickets, if you haven't bought them already, are still available.
The show isn't the lone NYC date for APTBS either. The band will also play their native Death By Audio on 10/26 with Japandroids, as well as a Billboard showcase at Gramercy Theatre on November 3rd (no tickets for that yet).
APTBS is still touring off of their 2009 LP Exploding Head, which has spawned a new video directed by Ben Crook (mem Sian Alice Group) for "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart". Check that out below, and make sure and check out the band's five song digital EP which also features the song as well as a new track, and remixes by Secret Machines, Cereal Spiller, and Broken Spindles. Dig on the Secret Machines remix for "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart", as well as a cover of David Bowie's "Suffragette City" above.
Speaking of remixes, guitarist/vocalist Oliver Ackermann has been busy on the remix front as well, logging remixes for Maps' "Die Happy Die Smiling" and School Of Seven Bells' "Windstorm" in the recent past. Ackermann also has another remix due of Grinderman's "Worm Tamer" (out 11/22), in addition to a forthcoming remix for Holy Fuck.
The band is also hosting a contest for a video for "Deadbeat". Details on how to enter, tour dates and that "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart" video are all below.
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
ATP NY, happening over Labor Day weekend (Sept 3-5), continues to expand its lineup.
To complete the line-up for [Saturday, Sept. 4, the fest's second day] our new additions are headed up by HALLOGALLO, a very special new project headed by Michael Rother and featuring Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) and Ben Curtis (Secret Machines, School of Seven Bells, and whose brother is now a touring member of Interpol). Hallogallo will perform the music of Rother's 1970s Krautrock legends Neu! - their recent debut show in Barcelona was rapturously received. Also confirmed are cult heros SHELLAC who appear as ATP's House Band, FURSAXA, SIAN ALICE GROUP and TEXT OF LIGHT (featuring Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo). Steve Albini of Shellac is also confirmed to host his Card Games Room over the weekend.Tickets to all days are on sale.
Both of Neu!'s founding members, Rother and now-deceased Klaus Dinger, were also members of Kraftwerk. "Hallogallo" is the name of track #1 on Neu!'s debut Neu...
"The legendary German group NEU! released only 3 albums between 1972 and 1975, but these albums had an influence wildly disproportionate to their modest commercial success; praised by and influential to David Bowie, Hawkwind, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Autechre, Radiohead, U2, Wilco, Primal Scream, and beyond. In May 2010 Gronland Records [released] a box including these three LP's and an incredible batch of bonus material. Also this year will be the first live presentation of this music in more than 35 years as 'Hallogallo 2010.'"Hallogallo 2010 is also playing a free show at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell on Friday, August 6th. They play International House of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA on August 8th.
The new Saturday additions join Friday's Don't Look Back lineup (Friday will also feature a Comedy Stage, details TBA) of Iggy & The Stooges, Sleep, Mudhoney and The Scientists (doing their first US show), Saturday's Sonic Youth, Explosions In The Sky, The Breeders and Tortoise, and Sunday's Jim Jarmusch-curated lineup (which just added the Greenhornes, but dropped Brian Jonestown Massacre who were previously announced for the festival but canceled).
The current lineup for all three dates is posted below...
Hey gang,Enough said?
We'd like to take a moment to introduce you to our new editions:
Two fresh faces who will be joining us live on our upcoming tours.
On Bass: Dave Pajo
Pajo has a vast body of work. He was the guitarist for Slint. He has recorded as Papa M and Ariel M. And he has worked with Tortoise, Will Oldham, Zwan, and numerous other artists. So, you know....do the math.
On Keys and Vox: Brandon Curtis
Curtis is a member of the Secret Machines. Enough said.
We are very excited and honored to be working with such talented individuals.
Come and see why.
by Bill Pearis
It's another jam-packed week of shows. In addition to Taken By Trees, El Perro Del Mar and The Soundtrack of our Lives, here's some of the ones I'm excited about.
tonight (2/16): New Cantora Records signees Bear Hands play The Studio at Webster Hall. You can download the band's percussion-heavy new single "What a Drag" for free from their website if you're willing to give them your email address. You can also watch the video at the bottom of this post.
Also tonight (2/16), Beast kick off what is now a run of three NYC shows. As we pointed out earlier today, "Beast are at the Living Room tonight. They play the Cameo tomorrow night late...and they've added an early set at the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, where the show is with Fight Like Apes, Honor By August, Stationary Set and Tryptics."
This week is last of Savoir Adore's February Thursdays residency at Cake Shop and we've got a pair of tickets up for grabs. Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM and we'll pick a winner at random. In addition to Savoir Adore (have I mentioned their album made my Best of 2009 list?), it's another good group of openers. The Bloodsugars make '80s-inspired widescreen pop that at times sounds uncannily like Prefab Sprout -- and good Prefab Sprout, not "hot dog jumping frog Albequerque" Prefab Sprout. Which is to say these folks know their way around big pop hooks, and are kind of a perfect match with Savoir Adore. You can download "Light at the End of the Tunnel" from last year's underrated I Can't Go On, I'll Go On at the top of this post.
Also on Thursday (2/18), Dan Black is in town at Mercury Lounge. There's a new version of Dan's single "Symphonies" that features Kid Cudi, and you can watch the new video for it at the bottom of this post.
Bear in Heaven @ Mercury Lounge in January (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
A few more shows. Bear in Heaven, who were just great at Mercury Lounge a couple weeks back, play Glasslands on Friday night (2/19) with Secret Machines. What I like about them live is that you can tell they all really enjoying being in Bear in Heaven and playing these songs. They're just a lot of fun to watch, and they're pretty tight too with a drummer beats the shit out of his instrument.
Secret Machines are headlining, a band I haven't seen play in some time but have always liked. They've got a trippy, string-heavy new single, "Like I Can," that you can listen to on their website. Also playing what sounds like a full evening are electro rock quintet Mon Khmer, Noveller and Papa.
Saturday (2/20) marks the end of The Beets/Beach Fossils/Christmas Island tour where they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg along with German Measels and headliners Crystal Stilts who I still haven't managed to catch since Frankie Rose left the drummer's chair.
Dum Dum Girls
Speaking of Frankie, she'll be pulling double duty Sunday night at Mercury Lounge where her own bandThe Outs will open for Dum Dum Girls (she's their drummer). DDG's debut album for Sub Pop is about six weeks away but you can download the album's first single, "Jail La La," at the top of this post. (It's out on 7" today with a nice cover of the Stones' "Play With Fire" on the flip.) I'm usually not one for re-recording songs that have already been released, but I actually think this recording is spruces things up just enough without unraveling their reverby gauze. After heading to London for a few shows, Dum Dum Girls will be back for SXSW and then will go on tour with Girls in April. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Frankie & the Outs are really coming along as a band too, and thought they were fantastic at Monster Island this past weekend. The vocal harmonies in particular are the band's strong point, with a bit of soul in there too actually, kind of like some late-'60s girl rockers. I'd love to hear them cover The Kelly Affair/Carry Nation's "Sweet Talking Candy Man" from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. But maybe that's just me.
Also playing are Dum Dum Girls' Sub Pop labelmates Happy Birthday, whose super-catchy song "Girls FM" is downloadable at the top of this post. It's power pop, but kind of gritty/garagy and makes me anxious to hear more.
That's it for this week. Flyers, videos and tour dates after the jump...
Freelance Whales @ Bell House Haiti benefit, Jan 27 (more by Jonny Leather)
Before then they open for Mumford & Sons and Shout Out Louds (separately), and go on tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Bear In Heaven. That trip goes around North America and includes SXSW. Those two bands, minus Freelance Whales, finish the tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 9th. tickets are still on sale.
Before then you can catch Bear in Heaven at Glasslands on February 19th, when they play with Secret Machines, Mon Khmer (who also play a show at Union Pool with Midnight Masses), Noveller (who plays Coco66 on V-Day; all shows are below) and PAPA. Ticket info is here.
Video from Freelance Whales' recent NYC show and all tour dates are below...
As the Jewish faithful begin the Rosh Hashanah holy days or Jewish New Year Friday at sunset, they will be saying special prayers and lighting special candles.
Beginning Saturday or Sunday, depending on the congregation, the sounding of the shofar - a trumpet made from a ram's horn - will begin. The ritual is symbolic of what the High Holy Days are about: a call for introspection, forgiveness and changing one's course in life, said Rabbi Charles A. Klein of the Merrick Jewish Centre.
It "asks us to wake up, to take a serious look at our lives," he said, "and not just to sleep away our lives." [Newsday]
Usher in the Jewish year 5770 this weekend with Trail of Dead and the Secret Machines. The two bands are on tour together and will play post-sundown shows tonight (9/18) at Webster Hall with Midnight Masses, and Saturday (9/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Freshkills and Sleigh Bells. Neither is sold out at the moment.
Saturday night there is an afterparty at Beauty Bar in Brooklyn.
Actual Roch Hashanah event listed in This Week In Indie.
Future of the Left @ Siren Fest (more by Chris La Putt)
"The only bad part about the [Future of the Left] set [in San Francisco] was how quickly it was over; each opening act played for roughly 40 minutes and it seemed like that FOTL played for maybe five or ten more. There was easily enough time for another song or two (I would have liked to hear "The Lord Hates a Coward" or "I Am Civil Service"), but the last song ended in the bassist jumping off the stage, giving his bass to someone in the crowd, and doing push-ups while feedback kept coming through the guitar amp, the drum set was taken apart on stage while still being played and the whole thing was a myriad of confusion and awesomeness." [PunkNews]Get ready for more push-ups and feedback when Future Of The Left return to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, October 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28th at noon.
The band's last NYC show was at Siren Fest on July 18th, where they shared a bill with Japandroids. Japandroids are coming back soon too - they play September 24th at the Mercury Lounge with Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band. Tickets are still available.
And for CMJ, which is quickly coming up, Japandroids will play an October 22nd Death+Taxes Party at Glasslands, and a Polyvinyl Records CMJ show on October 23rd at the Bell House (and more dates TBA). Joining them at the latter will be Headlights, the currently-on-tour Cale Parks and James Husband. Tickets are on sale now.
FotL will be touring the US and Canada this October with Trail of Dead (who didn't get to play their Pool Party show due to lightning, but did get to play a set at All Points Wet). Trail of Dead's next NYC shows are September 18th and 19th at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg with Secret Machines.
All tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Jason of Trail of Dead: Voted Best SXSW Crowd Yodeler (more here)
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead has scheduled a pair of NYC shows for September 18th and 19th at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg respectively, and both with Secret Machines in tow. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon, with general sale starting on 6/26 at noon (WH here, MHOW here).
These new NYC shows are in addition to ToD's recently-added appearance at the All Points West Festival on August 1st... which is a little weird since you don't often see bands announcing shows when they're playing a local festival. We definitely will have to wait a while before APW headliner Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce another NYC show. Then again St. Vincent and Arctic Monkeys are doing it.
What's more weird though, is that we also have word that Trail of Dead are supposed to play the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 26th with HEALTH and Grupo Fantasma. What's weirdest of all is that we can't confirm that because not even one of the shows happening there this summer have been officially announced yet! (some bands have announced, but JellyNYC still hasn't released anything.)
Trail of Dead recently played NYC in February, logging a pair of shows between MHOW and Bowery Ballroom. Video from the MHOW show, as well as all AYWKUBTTOD tour dates are below...
APTBS @ Bowery Ballroom - May 23, 2009 (Word of mouf)
It looks like tickets are still available for the A Place To Bury Strangers / Shilpa Ray / Sisters / Coin Under Tongue birthday (APTBS/Shilpa's manager) extravaganza at Pianos tonight (5/27).
Tickets are also on sale for a June 19th show (Jay from APTBS's birthday party) at Santos Party House. That bill is A Place to Bury Strangers, The Secret Machines, and Dead Combo who are reuniting for this show.
DOWNLOAD: The Raveonettes - Come on Santa (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: 65daysofstatic - I'm Dreaming of a White Noise Christmas (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Bran Flakes - Lovely Sleigh Ride (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Whitman - Hangover Holiday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nina Hynes - Twinkle (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gorgons - Silver Bells (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Charles De Mar - This Christmas (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Secret Machines (Brandon Curtis) - Silent Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coulourmusic - In A Sentimental Mood (MP3)
Merry Christmas everybody. Here's another collection of free Christmas songs - mostly random and found in my email.
Nina Hynes (above), The Cloud Room (not above), and many others appear on "An Indiecater Christmas" album.
The Gorgons and Charles De Mar tracks are from a free comp called "various friends of Silber: Winterizing".
The Secret Machines song features Tamaryn and was released for charity.
Low's video for "Santa's Coming Over", below...
Girl Talk @ Terminal 5 Sunday (more by Mike Lerner)
today in NYC
* Steely Dan @ the Wellmont Theater
* Girl Talk, Prefuse 73 & Bad Brilliance @ Terminal 5
* Secret Machines & Dragons of Zynth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* SpaceKamp & Joe and the Flying Spoons @ Black Betty
* Peter & The Wolf, Tall Firs & The Isles @ The Studio @ Webster Hall
* Brightblack Morning Light, Fursaxa & Zomes @ Southpaw
* Subtle, Zach Hill & Pattern is Movement @ Knitting Factory
* Centro-Matic & South San Gabriel @ The Bell House
* Grand Buffet & many others (Girl Talk afterparty) @ Santos Party House
Al Cisneros speaks again.
Bill points out that SpaceKamp (playing Black Betty tonight) is also Adam Green's backing band.
As promised, Adam Green performed with Lissy Trullie at Santos Party House last night. Videos below...
DOWNLOAD: TK Webb & the Visions - Closed Caption Slang (MP3)
TK Webb & the Visions
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Cat Power came after Rodrigo y Gabriela on the main stage Sunday. It was raining. I decided it was worth getting a little wet so I stood there getting wet (I didn't bring an umbrella and I'm too cool to wear a poncho). Like they did at Lollapalooza, Chan Marshall and band blazed through an hour set that was a mix of the bluesier, big-band new stuff and the mellower old stuff that I like better. Better or not, her whole set was worth paying attention to and then it stopped raining (though it would start again later in the day). At that point I decided to make the best of the rest of Sunday. Also, I had never seen the new version of The Secret Machines. More pictures and recap below...
Secret Machines @ Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsbum)
Secret Machines (still exist - in some form anyway, and...) are putting out a record and touring. Press release below...
DOWNLOAD: Mogwai - Folk Death 95 (MP3)
photos by Rae Holtsabum
I'm still trying to properly wrap my mind around (and recover from) the amazing performances (and blazing sun) I was able to experience at Sled Island. It's hard to believe both the amount and range of wonderful music that was up for consumption over the course of four days, and last night's set from mainstage headliners Mogwai, shredding guitars with grace like only they can, followed by a flawless late-night club show by underrated Canadian folk rockers Rock Plaza Central, was the perfect send-off to a festival that defined itself on eclecticism and near unmitigated musical quality. [Beyond Robson]As you know, we've been covering the 2008 Sled Island Festival that went down recently in Calgary. In the name of finishing what we started, here are the rest of Rae's pics from day four of the festival (June 28, 2008)...
School of Seven Bells is a new band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines. He left Secret Machines in early 2007 to concentrate on the new band solely. The band also includes twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On! Air! Library!, and James Elliot aka Ateleia. Curtis and the Deheza sisters met when both were opening on an Interpol tour. [Wikipedia]They're on tour with Prefuse 73. That means they play Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (Nov 26, 2007). All tour dates below....
As has been pointed out in the comments, the Secret Machines did play Ludfest on Ludlow Street on Sunday, but they played inside Pianos instead of outside on the street because things were running late. And it will be at another Lower East Side venue about the same size as Pianos where they will play their next four shows.
Every Wednesday, September 12th though October 3rd, head over to The Annex at 152 Orchard St in the lower east side, to see Josh and Brandon play new tracks from their forth-coming album along with special guest artists.Tickets for all four residency shows are now on sale.
DOWNLOAD: A Place To Bury Strangers - Never Going Down (MP3)
Sorry for not posting about this earlier - it sort of got lost in the holiday shuffle. BIG FREE GREAT OUTDOOR SHOW PARTY FESTIVAL ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE THIS SUNDAY!
The first annual ‘LudFest’ block party/fundraiser will take place on Sunday, September 9th. ‘LudFest’ is a fundraiser for the 7th Precinct Community Council, with proceeds going toward charitable functions, such as giving toys out to needy members of our community, as well as funding for the Explorers Program, which gives teens activities to keep them off the streets. Local stores and restaurants will participate and rent tables to offer their items. All proceeds will go to charity.Many familiar names on that list of entertainment, but let's use this post to point out something pretty cool that happened last week. Out of seemingly nowhere, Pitchfork shot the Brooklyn Band called A Place to Bury Strangers from relative obscurity to relative fame.
The event will include local bands, including Secret Machines, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dub Trio, Other Passengers, The Sugar Report, Emok and Ruthless Thomas. After party will be held at Pianos.
.....Few people understand this better than Oliver Ackermann, frontman for thunderous Brooklyn three-piece A Place to Bury Strangers: Under his catch-all company name Death by Audio (it's also a music venue, recording studio, and collective), he custom-builds and designs his own hand-wired pedals, which are used by everyone from Lightning Bolt and Serena Maneesh to Wilco, Spoon, and TV on the Radio. Not coincidentally, anyone looking for a quick description of his own band can look to the names he gives these things: Interstellar Overdriver, Supersonic Fuzz Gun, Total Sonic Annihilation. ["A Place To Bury Strangers" = 8.4 = Pitchfork Best New Music]See them at Ludfest. Listen at MySpace. More tour dates below...
Do The Secret Machines even still live in Brooklyn? I have no idea, but if they don't, then the reason they're in town is to play a show at the Highline Ballroom for the David Bowie-curated High line Festival this Saturday night (May 19). Tickets to that are (or were - you should check) sold out, but tickets are now definitely on sale for a second show at the Annex two nights earlier.
"Rock trio Secret Machines will reprise its in-the-round stage setup for its fall tour, which kicks off with an Oct. 2-3 stand at New York's Irving Plaza. The band will perform on an elevated rounded platform in the center of each venue, in an effort "to have the audience become a bigger part of the musical experience," according to group member Brandon Curtis." [Billboard]