Entries tagged with: Secret Project Robot
Coolio's PornHub collaboration is so last year. This week, the worlds of music and porn can't stop finding new ways to collide:
Wu-Tang Clan member, and no stranger to acting, RZA will be appearing in the upcoming biopic on the "World's First Latina adult film star" Vanessa del Rio (titled Vanessa del Rio). It also stars Zulay Henao as the lead, with Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), and others. In the director's chair is metal music video guy Thomas Mignone (Type O Negative, Megadeth), and Datari Turner produced. RZA "portrays a character who works the doors at the burlesque club Vanessa dances at. After hours, he secretly uses the club's audio gear to pursue his true passion of music, laying down tracks and rhymes in the new hip hop and rap genres being explored at the time."
In other news, though it was initially announced that Miley Cyrus would be showing her "Tongue Tied" video (made with filmmaker Quentin Jones) at the previously-mentioned, upcoming NYC Porn Festival at Secret Project Robot, the video will not actually be part of it. Why not? NY Post says "The festival's organizer lied when he said Cyrus had personally submitted the film." Huh.
Luckily for those who still want to see the video, you can watch it below. It might not be the safest thing for work, but it's not really any more risqué than her "Wrecking Ball" video that's all over cable TV. Unlike her participation in the "Free the Nipple" campaign, there's no actual nudity.
Meanwhile, the fest otherwise goes down as planned at Brooklyn's Secret Project Robot from February 27 through March 1 and tickets for individual screenings can be purchased at the festival's website. Unlike Miley, musician James Franco will be there, and like Miley, he was nominated for but did not win a Grammy this past weekend.
Azealia Banks almost nude
In still more music/porn news, it's been announced that rapper Azealia Banks will pose nude for Playboy. The editors say it's "sure to break the Internet." Kim Kardashian's palms are already sweating. This may be Azealia's first nude photo shoot for mainstream media, but it's not like she hasn't come close before.
And in one last bit of news related (but not to porn) to RZA, his fellow Wu-Tang Clan member GZA is saying he's finally going to release that new album Dark Matter this fall. Ahead of that, he's released a non-album single, "The Mexican" (based on Babe Ruth's 1972 song of the same name) which features Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar, Hanni El Khatib, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson (whose band just announced a tour). Listen below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Spiritualized @ Secret Project Robot 4/2/2013
Spiritualized surprised nearly everyone yesterday by announcing they'd be playing tiny Bushwick DIY space Secret Project Robot that night (4/2) as a warm-up to their West Coast tour that includes stops at both Coachella weekends. SPR let in maybe 150 people, and Jason Pierce and his band (which includes Oneida drummer Kid Millions on this go-round) ran though a dozen songs, including
"Walkin' with Jesus" by Jason's old band, Spacemen 3 (It was on the setlist, but got cut).
Setlist, more pics and quite a bit of video from last night's Spiritualized show are below.
Spiritualized @ T5, May 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We thought this was an April Fools Day joke at first but apparently it's true. Spiritualized, whose West Coast tour (scheduled around Coachella) kicks off in Colorado on Thursday (4/4), have been practicing here in Brooklyn with new touring members Kid Millions (Oneida) and Brad Truax (currently in Interpol). They've decided to do a last-minute NYC show tonight (4/2) at Secret Project Robot! No advance tickets. Doors are at 8 PM, the show is at 9 PM and will be over by 11 PM. $10.
Williamsburg DIY spot Monster Island has been closed since October 2011 but today it's really gone -- the building on Metropolitan Ave at the river (which also held Secret Project Robot which found a new home) is being demolished as we speak. The intsagram above was taken by OJ of XRay Eyeballs and you can still see the SPR art on the walls. Sad.
Black Dice at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Black Dice released their most recent album, Mr. Impossible, earlier this year via Ribbon Music. They're over in Europe now wrapping up a tour. A list of all of their upcoming dates and the video for "Pigs" from Mr. Impossible are below.
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
Japanese noise/experimental artist Astro
Fans of noise music and the outer reaches of experimentalism can be found at Ende Tymes Festival next weekend, which goes down over four days, May 17th-20th. The festival, which was launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, is housed in two venues (Secret Project Robot & Outpost Artist Resources) and will focus its efforts on noise & experimental music, film, and video art from more than fifty artists working with "STREET-LEVEL AVANT-GARDE TECHNOLOGY". Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy), Astro, Sudden Infant, Sickness, Telecult Powers, Grasshopper, Diablo (featuring fest organizer Bob Bellerue) and many others are all on board and you can check out full details on the event, including the schedule, below alongside the flyer and some live video.
By Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - New York is Mine for the Holiday (MP3)
Holiday themed singles flow like so much piping hot wassail this time of year. Here's a good one: Brooklyn upstarts The Immaculates' original tune "New York is Mine for the Holiday" lays down a soulful groove without going too heavily on the usual aural signifiers (but even they can not resist a sleigh bell). You can download the MP3 at the top of this post or stream it below. The video, which you can watch below, takes the theme literally by re-editing a familiar NYC-set film from the '90s.
The Immaculates (which feature members of French Miami, Boogie Boarder and Sisters) play the Death By Audio Holiday Party this Saturday (12/10) which, confusingly, is happening at the new Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose) which features headliners A Place to Bury Strangers as well as Evi Antonio.
Look for a second Immaculates EP early next year. Meanwhile, click through for the "New York is Mine for the Holidays" video, plus the DBA Holiday Party Flyer and a couple more streaming Immaculates tracks.
DOWNLOAD: Azita - "September" (MP3)
Azita (full name Azita Youssefi) released her new album, Disturbing the Air, on September 20 via Drag City. You can grab the piano-led ballad "September" at the top of this post and purchase the album at the Drag City webstore.
She's kicked off a short US tour in support of the album last night in Baltimore. She plays NYC TONIGHT (12/2) at Secret Project Robot (their new location) with two all-girl bands, Open Ocean and FLOWN, which includes Caroline Reid (ex-Frankie Rose & The Outs). The flier for this show is below. She also plays NYC Saturday night (12/3) at Cake Shop with Mighty Moon, Cruddy, and Mister Melt. All dates are listed below.
The Secret Project Robot schedule also includes a few other interesting shows like tomorrow's (12/3) last Pendu Disco of 2011 with Autre Ne Veut and Black Marble. It also includes the Death by Audio Christmas Party on December 10 with A Place to Bury Strangers, The Immaculates, Evi Antonio, and DJ Edan Wilber.
All Azita dates and show flier below...
Monster Island Block Party (photo by Johnathan Percy)
Cult of Youth (who played the recent final Monster Island block party) will return to the space to join forces with King Dude (aka the goth-y folk project of TJ Cowgill of Book of Black Earth) and Alice Cohen to play 9/22 at Live with Animals, one of the last shows scheduled for their current space, 210 Kent Ave. But don't worry, Secret Project Robot has already secured their future:
Following the end of their lease, Secret Project Robot will be moving to 389 Melrose Street. The art gallery and peformance space's new home will be smaller than its current location, but is adjacent to a 4,000-square-foot lot, which will probably be quite nice come next summer. Moving with them are experimental art rock band Oneida and the Live With Animals gallery. Venue Monster Island Basement will be closing. -[BushwickBK.com]The new space has a few events coming up, including 10/20 with KNYFE HYTS, 10/24's "Allison Awesome Birthday Party" featuring Call of the Wild (ex-Awesome Color), a 10/28 Pterodactyl Record Release party, "The most insane scary Halloween Art Installation and Party" on 10/29 featuring Jonathon Toubin, and 11/19 with Section 25 and Stereograph.
There are still a few other shows left at the old space, including TONIGHT (9/19) with performances from Dan Friel, Alexico, Netherfriends as part of a FREE show that kicks off at 8PM. The final dates for the old space go down on 9/30 and 10/1, with Regal Degal, Royal Baths, Total Slacker, Hume, and Quilt hitting on 9/30 and a tentative "MONSTER ISLAND REQUIEM AUTUMNAL UNAMPLIFIED ACOUSTIC BBQ" scheduled for the following day.
Cult of Youth will also play Saint Vitus on 10/1 with Lost Tribe, Anasazi, and Dead Reich. The show is the record release show for Lost Tribe's LP which is out now on Sean of COYouth's label Blind Prophet Records. Stream some material below.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Monster Island (more by Leia Jospe)
Monster Island, Williamsburg's landmark center for the arts home to, Live With Animals, Secret Project Robot Art Space, Kayrock Screenprinting, Todd P. Practice Spaces, Mollusk Surf Shop, Oneida and a multitude of studios and rehearsal spaces would like to say goodbye in style.Monster Island aims to keep the Block Party FREE and is seeking donations via kickstarter. "It will go towards paying performers, printing T-Shirts and totes, setting up a killer PA system on the street, purchasing supplies for 2 art shows and securing the proper permits." They are more than halfway towards their goal. Monster Island's end is looming, but there's still time to go out in style.
Over the last 7 years we have always thrown an annual Block Party where we invite the entire neighborhood in to listen to live bands on the street, tour the building and host 2 giant art installations; as that this is our last block party ever (the building is slated for demolition in November), we'd like your help.
This year's block party will entail over 12 live music performances from building bands and members of bands such as Golden Triangle, Oneida, Man Forever, Soldiers of Fortune, DudknowDub, Cult of Youth, Vaz, K-Holes, Knyfe Hyts, Divine Order of the Blood Witch, TrycryTry and many more. It will host 2 art installations themed "Outer Space the Final Frontier" and "Liquid Gold." It will also host open studios, an all day BBQ, DJ's, a video installation in the basement by Robot Death Cult and live music in several practice spaces.
The block party will take place September 10th, 2011 from 2pm until 10pm. Monster Island will be closed by October 1st.
In related news, Todd P recently wrote, "My show schedule this summer is very reduced, for happy personal reasons. More than ever, I recommend you check out SHOWPAPER for show listings (big announcements coming soon from that organization!) and also follow the list of links to independent, all ages venue/organizer folks on this page."
And the Silent Barn Kickstarter is now over $31,000!
DOWNLOAD: Oneida - Horizon (edit) (MP3)
GET READY TO STAY UP LATE!Tonight (6/17) kicks off a weekend of music from Oneida. The band will unload three days of jams upon Secret Project Robot in celebration of their new LP Absolute II. The new LP is the third part in the band's Thank Your Parents triptych, which the band will be performing in full over the course of the three days. They describe the triptych as "an aesthetic object, a historical meditation, and a narrative experience". it is currently available at their bandcamp, most of it for free. The new album was officially released by Jagjaguar on June 7th. Grab an MP3 above. Stream all three parts below.
THIS WEEKEND 36 HOURS OF ONEIDA WITH MANY GUESTS FROM YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BANDS,
The three-show schedule looks like this:
FRIDAY JUNE 17:Note the door times of the Sunday show. Note also: Oneida will be joined by members of Black Dice, Knyfe Hyts, Notekillers, and Soldiers of Fortune during the journey.
*Oneida performs Preteen Weaponry and Rated O in their entirety! *Midnight munchies by Kyle Hepp... 9pm / $10
SATURDAY JUNE 18
*Oneida presents the OCROPOLIS: ~10 hours of improvising, special guests peppering that double throughout the day! *Oneida & Friends DJ Set - a dance party follows into the wee hours...2pm / $10 / $food tbd
SUNDAY JUNE 19
*Oneida performs ABSOLUTE II at dawn! *Pancake breakfast to follow, ~Doors 4:45am / FREE
Oneida will also bless ATP in NJ with an Ocropolis session in October. People of the North (aka Kid Millions and Bobby Matador of Oneida) also play ATP. All tour dates and those streams are below.
today in NYC
* Next Life @ Ideal Glass
* Michael Showalter @ Book Court
* Tom Carter @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Tell All Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* The Dearloves, Minor Stars @ Cake Shop
* Jessica 6, Emilie Simon @ Mercury Lounge
* Melvin Van Peebles with Laxative @ Zebulon
* Tracy Bonham, Bleu & Jim Boggia @ Joe's Pub
* Soulive, Maceo Parker, Lettuce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Miracles of Modern Science @ Rockwood Music Hall
* closing of Mira Bilotte's show @ Secret Project Robot
* Superhuman Happiness, Chico Mann @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Five O'Clock Heroes, The NowhereNauts @ Mercury Lounge
* Vienna Teng, Alex Wong, The Alternate Routes @ The Bell House
* Murder By Death, Fake Problems, Buried Beds @ Bowery Ballroom
* Young Magic, Wise Blood, Emil & Friends, Machu Picchu @ Glasslands
* YC The Cynic, Sene, Scienze, Rebel Diaz, The Underdogz @ Southpaw
* Zach Williams, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Brian Elmquist @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Quiet Lights, Mansions and Junipers, For A Minor Reflection (Iceland) @ The Rock Shop
* Quok (Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl, Ava Mendoza), Seabrook Power Plant, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
White Magic's Mira Billotte has created Spira Mirabilis Mundi, the Miraculous Spiral Universe, "a transcendant maze of video projections, fabric, and symbols" at Secret Project Robot. That exhibit closes with a party at 8pm tonight. Punkcast video of Mira Billotte's invocation at the opening of the installation on Feb 4, below...
photos by Harriet Roberts
"The legendary Kid Congo Powers, co-founder of the Gun Club, guitarist for The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, will be releasing his new album with his group Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds this spring. Titled Gorilla Rose, the album follows in the footsteps of the band's 2009 Dracula Boots with more ram-charged boogaloo, sleazy psychedelia and Chicano garage rock. In The Red records is gearing up for the new album by releasing a series of oddball limited edition vinyl-only records by the band. The first of these releases dropped in the form of the "Five Greasy Pieces" subscription series. This is a very limited edition (250 of each) series of five different singles each containing two brand new tracks. Starting in January In The Red will be issuing one of these a month. The fifth and final single in the series will come with a handsome box in which all five will be housed. The only way to obtain these singles is to buy a subscription on the In The Red website. In March In The Red will be issuing a live LP by the band titled Live At The Prom which will be another vinyl-only limited edition release available exclusively online." [PR]Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds recently played a show with Chain & the Gang (Ian Svenonius) and TV Baby (A.R.E. Weapons) at Secret Project Robot. More pictures from that show and a set of upcoming European tour dates, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"Just saw Beach House, Papercuts, Cult of Youth, Daniel Higgs, and White Magic live and feeling really inspired." - Chris Coady
"Cult of Youth: New Model Army for today's politically agnostic indie fan." - Toby
"Mueran humanos killed it tonight.soooo good.
Even better than last wednesday." - Kristen Y. Kim
Cult of Youth's brand new self-titled LP (out now on Sacred Bones) was celebrated at Secret Project Robot on Friday (2/25). Cult of Youth headlined the show and were joined by You, Blood Rhythm, and Mueran Humanos. Pictures and videos are in this post.
If you missed 'em on Friday, you have another pre-SXSW chance at Home Sweet Home on March 9th (131 Chrystie St, Manhattan) or when they're out on the road supporting Zola Jesus. That Zola Jesus tour, which includes dates with Naked On The Vague, hits Bowery Ballroom on April 23rd (tickets are still on sale).
Cult of Youth's full tour schedule and more pictures & some video from Friday night, below...
"Austin based performance artist Ernestina Forbes aka "How I Quit Crack" is a gem. Aesthetically her performances are thick with fog machines, lasers, and ornate effervescence via black light saturation. Objects such as feathers, skulls, fake flowers, and a black light reactive guitar are strewn about the stage and vividly glowing. Meanwhile, doomed out synth-scapes and dimension bending frequency washes allow you to slip into a trance as a soft voice guides you through the fog. She recently released 7in" titled "Gone Away" and is available on Answering Machine Records." [Pendu]Witch House enthusiasts take note. How I Quit Crack is on the road. New Yorkers take note. How I Quit Crack plays a show at Red Light District in Far Rockaway tonight (2/21), and a Pendu gig at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn Tuesday (2/22) with BL§§D OU†. All dates, flyers and some videos, below...
"Panda Bear is the project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox. Tomboy, his long-awaited fourth album as Panda Bear, and follow-up to Person Pitch, is now complete and will be released on his own label, Paw Tracks on April 19, 2011.It was back in September that we learned we definitely wouldn't be seeing Panda Bear's album in 2010, or maybe even anytime soon, so this is good news.
Over the past six months or so, Panda Bear has released a series of vinyl singles on different labels, including Domino, Paw Tracks, and Fat Cat, with the final single forthcoming on Kompakt. The Tomboy album will be a compilation of these songs, along with new ones that have not been released. Additionally, all the songs have been added to and newly mixed with help from Sonic Boom to give the album a wonderfully rich and warm sound. stay tuned for more details." [PRESS RELEASE]
In related Animal Collective news, Animal Collective member Deakin will share a bill with Black Dice and Mirror Mirror this Saturday in Brooklyn at Secret Project Robot, a venue which is moving to a new location at the end of 2011. Meanwhile they have a full schedule at the current location. More details, more event listings (including a Knyfe Hyts residency) and this weekend's flyer below...
words by Jessica Timlin
Avey Tare release party crocodile cake (Pushkar)
I knew I had followed the obscure directions to Secret Project Robot correctly when I got to the loading docks and found a building dripping of colorful paint and christmas lights. The place was set up for Halloween, but meshed perfectly with the "swamp and death" theme that Animal Collective's Avey Tare had imagined for his album release party (Monday night, 10/25).
Tattered mesh hung from the ceilings with interesting film clips being projected on and through them accompanied by Avey's sister Abby Portner's installation. The installation reminded me of Animal Collective's installation at the Guggenhiem a few months back. By the entrance, they had shirts and of course, the new album "Down There," both on vinyl and cd. As I made my way around, I saw Dave (Avey) chatting with both close friends and fans.
The vibe was very laid back, an interesting scene, and much more casual than I imagined. There were many other familiar faces that showed up, including Deakin from Animal Collective. At about 9:45, the imaginative Avey made his way up to the small stage, thanked everyone for coming and introduced his cousin, comedian Matt Baetz, to tell a few jokes. Matt seemed a bit nervous, standing with a beer in hand, as he spoke to a room that was half-full of people that didn't seem to have a sense of humor - Beyond that, he was very funny, without really trying at all.
The sounds continued with a few people including Brian DeDraw of Gang Gang Dance manning the dj booth towards the back, while Dave cut into a massive crocodile cake - red velvet - and dished out pieces to everyone present.
A while later, Comic and former SNL writer Hannibal Buress took to the stage. I'm a big fan of his current writing for the show, 30 Rock and found him to be hysterical. He commented on the interesting contrasts between the vibes he was getting from the crowd, some laughing with tears streaming and others staring at him with their "Serious Artist" personas. I couldn't agree more; but the set was great. The music returned and people kept on mingling until it came to an end around 12 am. A great experience overall.
UNRELATED FACTS?: Avey DJ'd a Crocodiles (the band) show at Glasslands in September. Crocodiles' next scheduled NYC-area show was supposed to be tonight (10/26) at Maxwell's, but they cancelled yesterday (the same day as Avey's crocodile cake release party).
Avey's new Crocodile-adorned album "Down There" is out now. Album art and the new crocodile-filed video made by his sister, below...
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Don Hill's - Sept 15, 2010 (cory Kennedy)
A MESSAGE FROM KAREN O & YEAH YEAH YEAHS:Their last NYC show was small and hard to get in to as well. Nick Zinner promoted his new book at Barnes & Noble last night, More info on Wednesday's show, via Todd P, below...
Spank You Very Much 10 YYYears Anniversary Show Happy Birthday YYYS!
This week marks 10 years since YYYs played our first small club show in the big city! Our birthday wish is to play a show as small or smaller than back in the day and get NOSTALGIC with our friends Todd P and Secret Project Mighty Robot September 22. So dust off your Machine EPs or maybe give Yeah New York! a whirl because we're digging up some oldies but goodies, heavy on the early catalogue. It's back to basics, just the three of us and a couple hundred of you. Accommodations will be tight so we'd like to apologize in advance to those who want to be there but don't get in, we thank you for humoring us with this selfish wish to make it so puny!
Talk Normal will be popping off the festivities and Barry London will spin us through the breaks. Looking forward to bashing up this birthdayyy with you!!
YEAH YEAH YEAHS . Talk Normal . dj Barry London
@ SECRET PROJECT ROBOT
These Are Powers @ the Whitney in August (more by Anna Scialli)
IN MEMORIAM of Issue Project Room founder and director Suzanne Fiol, who passed Monday.As the date says, this is at Issue Project Room tonight.
in memoriam with love
Please honor her by supporting IPR.
FRIDAY OCT 9
Poetry to the Infinitive Powers
At 7pm -- The Way of the Word
Poetry Extravaganza curated by Bob Holman, Suzanne Fiol, and Kenneth Goldsmith
At 9:00pm -- These Are Powers Dance Party
performance by drum and trapeze duo Lone Wolf and Cub
The PREMIERE of our new video for "Candyman" off our forthcoming RVNG 12"
DANCE PARTYw/DJs Ryan Sawyer, Matt Radune and Jeremy Campbell
Video installations by Secret Project Robot
TAP performs live and will be joined by a horn section and Ryan Sawyer on congas!
The Garage @ (OA) Can Factory
232 3rd St. Brooklyn, NY 11215
$12, sorry this event is not all ages
Saturday September 5th @ MONSTER ISLAND | MONSTER ISLAND BLOCK PARTY 2009
| Golden Triangle
||| Knyfe Hyts 81
|||| Cult of Youth
||||| Oneida Jah Division Ensemble
|||||| Georgiana Starlington
||||||| X-Ray Eye Balls
||||||||| Trilateral Commission
|||||||||| Buckets of Blood
|| dj Hairwaves
|| 2 ART OPENINGS OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS ALL DAY BBQ
Another of the mysterious bands on the bill is Knyfe Hyts 81. The band tweeted that "KNYFE HYTS 81: ZARG and SHHA (Knyfe Hyts, Ex Models) + LUUUK BRODY (Yeasayer, Ex Models)....Think Blade Runner!".
UPDATE: The final lineup for this is in the comments...
More info on Monster Island, and live clips of Oneida playing Dublin this August, are posted below...
HEALTH @ Knitting Factory (more by Ryan Muir)
HEALTH returns to NYC on Saturday, June 20th for a New York Night Train show in Brooklyn - possibly at Danbro Studios, and possibly somewhere else (stay tuned). Other bands on the bill are Awesome Color and Kid Congo Powers. Go go artist Anna Copacabanna, drum and trapeze act Wolf and Cub, projection artist Spencer Bewley and projection artists Mighty Robot AV Squad will all also be there along with DJ Josh Styles and DJ Jonathan Toubin.
HEALTH last visited NYC on November 7th, 2008 at the Knitting Factory - a one-off date connected to their tour with Nine Inch Nails.. This summer, the band is also scheduled to play Sled Island Fest in Calgary, as well as a pair of European festivals.
HEALTH's new disc, GET COLOR, comes out September 8th on Lovepump United. A single for the song "DIE SLOW" came out in April. It's now streaming with its b-side/remix on the band's site.
Awesome Color, who are on the bill of the June 20th Danbro show, will be touring this June/July with with Black Dice (June 14th Bowery Ballroom show included), and then with Sonic Youth (but not in NYC).
Sonic Youth have announced all the opening bands for their The Eternal tour kicking off at the end of June. Besides Awesome Color, other openers on the tour will be White/Light, Endless Boogie and The Entrance Band, the last of which opens Sonic Youth's NYC show at the United Palace on July 3rd. Tickets for that show are still on sale. SY's most recent NYC show took place at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the No Fun Fest.
HEALTH CD art and track list, and all upcoming HEALTH, Awesome Color and Sonic Youth tour dates, below...
Last night on Kent Ave (Photos by i'mjustsayin.)
"Around 1:30 a.m. alerts came in about a "fire in a factory/restaurant" on Kent Avenue (map) in Williamsburg. Word is coming in now that the "early morning fire gutted a landmark Northside diner, causing damage to an adjacent arts collective at Kent Avenue and Metropolitan." The establishment suffering extensive damages is the former Miss Williamsburg Diner (more recently 718), with the two-story building next door getting less scathed.Hopefully nobody was hurt - doesn't seem like they were.
While the diner may be a long time fixture in the neighborhood (even making a cameo in Charlie Kaufman's Synechdoche, New York), the neighboring building known as "Monster Island" has recently drawn crowds through promoter Todd P. It also houses the Live With Animals and Secret Project Robot galleries, Mollusk surf shop, and possibly some band practice spaces". [Gothamist]
Todd P, shortly after I posted, added the good news that "through a stroke of very good luck, Monster Island survived this fire unscathed. Thanks everyone, especially the FDNY, for your help and your concerns!" He also told me that the damage was even just limited to a kicked in door and a broken window.
The Brooklyn music gods aren't happy right now. Just yesterday came the news that Sound Fix is closing their bar and stage.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Onedia - Preteen Weaponry (edit) (MP3)
Williamsburg's Monster Island arts center, home of Secret Project Robot, is throwing its 3rd annual Monster Island Arts and Music Festival Block Party Saturday, Sept 6 from 2pm-10pm.
The not-for-profit on the corner of Kent Ave and Metropolitan claims to be "the only block in this section of Brooklyn that has not been rezoned for high-rise condominiums."
Bands playing the free show include Oneida, Golden Triangle, Ex Models, Red Dawn II, The Trilateral Commission, K-Holes, The Gimme Five,
2 surprise bands booked by building mate and NYC phenomenon Todd P. Cassie, Katy, & Ali and Psychothriller.
Psych-rockers Oneida, recently back from a tour in support of "Preteen Weaponry" (the first part in the "Thank Your Parents" triptych the band is releasing on Jagjaguwar/Brah), and also playing the free Seaport Music show this Friday, will be recording a new single for Social Registry during the show ("Limited to 35 tickets - first come first serve").
The East Village Radio Festival at South Street Festival is the same day. Full line-up of Monster Island events, and some tour dates, below: