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Silent Barn say they're nearly done with repairs and reconstruction of their show space following the fire two weeks ago, and are scheduled to reopen "in about 1 week." That means a lot of their CMJ week shows will stay put, like the Sean Nicholas Savage / Promise Keeper show on Thursday (10/15), and the Dull Tools CMJ hangover show on Sunday, October 18. Whether the Wichita Records 15th Anniversary party with Adveata, Cheatahs, Murals, Oscar and Dreamcrusher on Wednesday (10/14) will stay remains to be seen.

You can see the full list of upcoming events (some have been moved to other venues) which include a few benefits, like tonight's sold out show with Alex G, Frankie Cosmos and more. Silent Barn will host cat adoption event "Meow Day" in their backyard on Sunday (10/11).

by Andrew Sacher

Alex G

Alex G's new album and first for Domino, Beach Music, comes out this week. It's a hazy, kinda slowcore-ish record, and not without the quirk of his earlier releases. You can stream the whole thing below, via Hype Machine.

As previously discussed, Alex has release shows in NYC this week. The first is Baby's All Right on Thursday (10/8), which is sold out, and the second would have been Friday (10/9) at Silent Barn. Since Silent Barn is currently recovering from a fire, Friday's show has been moved to new venue SkyHigh Murals Future HQ (1109 Metropolitan Ave) and it's now also a benefit for Silent Barn. Frankie Cosmos and Palm were both added since we last spoke, and Emily Yacina opens too. Tickets are on sale now.

Alex also added a 7 PM acoustic in-store at Rough Trade NYC (10/9) happening right before the SkyHigh Murals Future HQ show. It's totally free, no wristband required. More info here.

Updated Alex G tour dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Alex G streaming album, moves Silent Barn show to new BK venue, made it a benefit, adds Rough Trade in-store too"

Silent Barn

Friday night we reported on a fire happening at Brooklyn music venue, apartment building and artist collective Silent Barn. The venue, which can no longer host shows in their main performance space until further notice, issued a statement with lots of updates. You can read it in full below...

Continue reading "Silent Barn fire aftermath: shows cancelled, residents displaced, money being asked for"

UPDATE: more shows are cancelled and Silent Barn has issued a statement.

Silent Barn

As you can see in the above photo by Nicole Brydson, firefighters were on the scene at Bushwick music venue Silent Barn tonight. According to obfvscate, and somewhat evident in the pictures, an apartment upstairs caught fire. Jack Greenleaf confirmed that all of the venue's residents are safe.

The event inside Silent Barn tonight is Freak Out Fest which is now officially over for the night, but continues on Saturday at ABC No Rio and Sunday at Cake Shop. As of this post (11pm Friday night), the show is on hold.

UPDATE: more shows are cancelled and Silent Barn has issued a statement.

A few more pictures and a video of the fire below...

Continue reading "fire at Silent Barn tonight (Freak Out Fest cancelled for tonight, but will continue Saturday & Sunday)"


Shamir will release his debut album, Ratchet, on May 19 via XL Recordings. The Las Vegas native made the record here in NYC at Silent Barn with GODMODE's Nick Sylvester producing. That's the cover art above and you can check out the tracklist and an illustrated statement Shamir made about the album, below.

Shamir will be at SXSW this year, playing one of Pitchfork's parties and NPR's official showcase, both on March 18, and other shows there. He's got tour dates in May, too. All dates are listed, along with the video for last year's "On the Regular" single (which is on the album), below...

Continue reading "Shamir announces debut album, 'Ratchet' (that he made at Silent Barn), playing SXSW and other dates"

The Silent Barn pin...

Baby's All Right has their 2015 Watch which gets you into most of the venue's shows in the coming year, but they're not the only venue to offer such a deal. Silent Barn is offering 2015 Memberships for either $25 a month or $300 for the whole year. What does that get you? A pin (modeled above) that gets you into all of Silent Barn's shows and you can attend and participate in the "omni meeting" with Silent Barn operators. And while it's more expensive than a Baby's watch, it is tax deductible and it helps keep a DIY venue afloat.

The Brooklyn Paper talked to the venue:

"This is one way to subsidize artists programs without having to struggle to sell X amount of tickets every night," said Silent Barn fund-raising coordinator Hillary Reeves.
Maybe David Byrne will buy one.

Crying are headlining Silent Barn on New Year's Eve.

David Byrne does in fact respect music
David Byrne

The NY Times published an article on Sunday that makes the case that art is NOT in fact dead in NYC, and that many of those complaining are really just old, nostalgic for their youth, and out of touch. It's an interesting read that includes mentions of Death By Audio, Nonsense NYC, Monster Island, the band Bubbles, Goodbye Blue Monday, and Silent Barn.

Silent Barn is somewhat hilariously pitted against David Byrne in the article (which was written by Alan Feuer). Byrne has been known to discuss the expensive real estate related problems artists face if they want to live in NYC, but apparently Silent Barn's Nathan Cearley isn't buying it...

"To survive for the long term, we have to grow up and have adult conversations about stuff like loans and workers' compensation," said Nathan Cearley, a Silent Barn veteran, who also works as a schoolteacher, plays in a "void drone" band called Long Distance Poison and serves on the collective's working group for logistical issues, which is known as Risky Bizness.

"I don't see David Byrne investing in real estate and trying to lower prices so that artists can stay here," Mr. Cearley said. (Mr. Byrne responded in an email that he failed to see how a real-estate investment, "even if I had the spare cash," would lower rents for artists.)

Mr. Cearley then went on: "If David Byrne isn't interested in art anymore" -- in his email Mr. Byrne said that he was -- "I suppose that's good to know. But we are. So instead complaining about the end of art in New York, I'd love to see him save it. Because he can write us a check anytime he wants." [NY Times]

Perry Farrell, Steve Earle, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, and more will honor David Byrne at Carnegie Hall in March.

by Wyatt Marshall

Silent Barn backyard, now with legal booze
Silent Barn

Bushwick's Silent Barn opened a cafe, serving up coffee from a new espresso machine and sammys and snanks from nearby Your Way Cafe. That's in addition to the standard beer, wine and sake, which you can now legally drink in the yard. One employee told Bedford + Bowery that the venue expects to open a full bar at some point, opening up all kinds of possibilities. The Silent Barn cafe will be open from 4PM through shows. The cafe has plans for zine readings, book clubs, and kid-friendly activities during the day. Also: free wifi. Anyone been? How them sammiches?

As for live shows, tonight (8/19) at Silent Barn it's Chimes, The Love Ways, Lost Boy? and The Veda Rays. Then on Wednesday (8/20) it's Heavens Gate, Weekends, Advaeta, Bueno, and Et Al.

Trans Pecos' backyard (via @todd_patrick)

As discussed, the new Todd P venue Trans Pecos in now open in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), and its schedule is already filling up with a number of shows this month into next. In a new message from Todd, he explains that these currently announced shows are "preview events" and that they've still got a ways to go in terms of renovation. You can read his full statement, which includes many more details about the future of the venue, below.

Upcoming shows include Pop. 1280 (12/12), The Range (12/13), Hard Nips (12/14), Heaven's Gate w/ Millions (12/19), Miho Hatori (12/20), Kayo Dot (1/3) and more. Full current schedule and full lineups for each show here.

Meanwhile, the new Silent Barn is open too, and trying to raise money.

Read Todd P's statement below...

Continue reading "Todd P talks about the future of Trans Pecos (shows so far have just been a preview)"


It is with great excitement for us to unveil The Silent Barn's Winter 2013 Fundraising Campaign to our fantastic community of supporters! As we pass the first anniversary of our 10-year commitment to our new building, we cannot help but be excited about all of the projects, installations, and performances that can be created here over the remaining decade. To assure that the Silent Barn dream continues, we are working to raise $20,000 by January 1st, 2014, which will finish renovations, strengthen our infrastructure, and enable us to continue offering diverse programming in the new year.

We are seeking your support, as our community, to help us raise achieve this goal. Your donation will help to complete the last of our startup costs, investing in the Silent Barn's infrastructure for years to come. In gratitude, your donation to the Silent Barn is tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Flux Factory, and you will receive an exclusive donor gift currency that brings you artworks, records, tshirts, beer, entry to shows, tea blends, haircuts, craft supplies, noise friends, cassette tapes, and many great gifts made by the Silent Barn family.

Silent Barn opened in their new location (603 Bushwick Ave) back in January and have had an ambitious first year there but are looking to raise $20K by January 1 for reasons explained above. For more on their fundraiser (and an explanation of the donor incentives, called "barnacles"), you can watch a short video below and or visit Silent Barn's donate page.

Tonight (12/10) at Silent Barn you can see Motion Studies (feat. member of Mr. Dream) who are making their live debut, plus Fasano, Courtship Ritual, The Flag, and Horselover Fats (also making their live debut).

UPDATE: Here We Go Magic, who we just caught at Baby's All Right, play an intimate show there on Sunday (12/15) with Celestial Shore, Les Bonhommes, and Ron Shalom/Austin Vaughn.

Meanwhile, the old Silent Barn space is now Todd P's new spot Trans Pecos and its schedule is starting to fill up.

Silent Barn fundraiser video below...

Continue reading "Silent Barn trying to raise $20,000 by Jan. 1"

Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
Pop 1280

The Trans-Pecos, as originally defined in 1887 by the Texas geologist Robert T. Hill, is the portion of Texas that lies west of the Pecos River. The term is considered synonymous with "Far West Texas", a subdivision of West Texas. The Trans-Pecos is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, the second largest desert in North America. It the most mountainous and arid portion of the state, and most of its area (outside of the city of El Paso) is vast and sparsely populated, comprising seven of the ten largest counties by area in Texas. The area is well known for the natural beauty of the Big Bend, and has one of the highest proportions of publicly owned land in the continental US. [Wikipedia]
As discussed, Todd P is opening a new venue in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), and we now know that the new venue will be called Trans Pecos and it opens on December 5 with the previously discussed Gnaw / Psalm Zero / Notekillers show. It's a Northern Spy-presented show, and according to the flyer (pictured below), Northern Spy will be doing "Thursdays @ Trans Pecos." One of the only another announced shows at the moment is one the following Thursday, December 12 with Pop. 1280, Ukiah Drag, Herzog Rising, and Nick Klein. Doors for both of those shows are at 8 PM, with the music starting at 9. $8 at the door gets you in.

Peter Kerlin Octet, Sunwatchers, and Platinum Vision play Trans Pecos on Saturday, 12/14. That's all the shows we know about at the moment.

As you may know, Silent Barn moved and is currently open in its new Bushwick Ave location.

Northern Spy 'Thursdays @ Trans Pecos' flyer below...

Continue reading "Trans Pecos opening in old Silent Barn space courtesy of Todd P; first shows at new NYC venue announced"

Defeated Sanity at the old Silent Barn, 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)

While Silent Barn moved to a new location at the start of the year, the original space (915 Wyckoff) is being reopened by Todd P:

A NEW VENUE IN THE FORMER SILENT BARN SPACE - an all ages venue + art studio space on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border

The former Silent Barn space on Wyckoff Ave will re-open as an all ages music venue for "new music" (aka noise, avant composition, artistic rock, etc) - with a (licensed) bar for the grown-ups, as well as on-site creative office space and artists' studio space. It will double as a neighborhood bar on nights without shows, and a gallery, plus a separate gallery and show space in the basement to open at a later date.

There seems to be some confusion as to why this is happening, and how, so here is the tale: apologies it's a long story...

There's no word on when the new incarnation of the space will reopen, but the rest of the long story continues below.

Continue reading "Todd P opening new all-ages venue in old Silent Barn space"

"Being smushed up front while PS Eliot played = top 10 moment of 2013
And swearin is a top 10 band of the earth" - @heyheywellok

Swearin' at Silent Barn - 8/17/13 (photo via Marc Viloria)

Salinas Records celebrated their tenth anniversary at Silent Barn on Saturday (8/17). It was exciting for more reasons than one, but one of the especially exciting parts is that the now-defunct P.S. Eliot reunited for the show. P.S. Eliot's lineup includes Katie Crutchfield on vocals (now of Waxahatchee) and her twin sister Allison Crutchfield on drums (now sings in Swearin', who also played the show). You can listen to audio of P.S. Eliot's set at the bottom of this post.

So many other great bands played the show too, including The Measure [sa], Little Lungs, Radiator Hospital, All Dogs, The Ambulars, and more. Did you go? If so, what did you think?

Swearin' had also just played House of Vans two days earlier (8/15) with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, and Red Hare (pictures), and they have more upcoming shows, including Bowery Ballroom (9/3) with The Julie Ruin (sold out), and 285 Kent (9/4) with Shellshag and Honey (tickets).

Waxahatchee has an upcoming tour with Screaming Females and Tenement which hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom. The Bowery Ballroom show is also with Aye Nako (whose Angie Boylan is also in Little Lungs, who played the Salinas Records show). Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

Audio of P.S. Eliot's set, below...

Continue reading "P.S. Eliot reunited at the Salinas Records anniversary at Silent Barn w/ Swearin', The Measure [sa] and more (audio)"

Eric Copeland at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Eric Copeland

As you may know, all ages DIY space The Silent Barn is back in action with a new Bushwick location (603 Bushwick Ave), and they've got some pretty great shows happening this weekend (and in general).

TONIGHT (5/3), the venue will be graced by psych rockers Blues Control, Black Dice member Eric Copeland (who just opened for Akron/Family), Jackson Pollis' (of Real Estate) other project, Son of Dad, plus WFMU DJ Liz Berg will be on the boards all night. Doors are 8:30, show starts at 9:30, and admission is $8 at the door.

Then, on Saturday (5/4), there's another great show with Vermont psych weirdos Blanche Blanche Blanche, the even weirder Gary War, post rockers Woodsman, drone folk artist Weyes Blood, Matt Sullivan, and visuals by EyeBodega. Doors are at 8 and admission is $8.

Finally on Sunday (5/5), On Sunday, they've got Oren Ambarchi, Marco Fusinato, Long Distance Poison, and Millions. They're also involved in a Cinco de Mayo party happening at Deep Cuts Barber Shop. In their words:

Cinco De Mayo is a fake holiday.
But our tasty carne asada tacos, grilled corn and beers are real.
Come chill eat some tacos and drink some beers while Mickey Perez and Marty McSorley spin Latin tunes all afternoon.

10% off all Latin records all day.
Tacos for tips & corn for coins.
Free mustache trims for all Zapatistas.

Sounds fun.

Other upcoming Silent Barn shows include Big Ups on May 9, Twin Sister and Empress Of on May 11, Weed Hounds on May 21, Mick Barr on May 22, and Aye Nako on May 31 (record release).

Some song streams below...

Continue reading "Silent Barn shows this weekend: Eric Copeland, Blues Control, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Gary War, Weyes Blood & more"



4 months....that's how long we've spent stone cold sober watching bands at the new Silent Barn. This Friday we're compensating for all that in one night.

[Friday, 3/29] is the first night that Silent Barn can legally sell beer + wine and drink all over our amazing, huge, multi-use utopia with all our friends.

Sick DJs!!!!!

DJ Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, WNYU)
DJ Deep Cuts (WFMU's Marty McSorely, DBA's Brandon Perry, Silent Barn's barber)
DJ Ad Hoc (Ric Leichtung, also of 285 Kent/Market Hotel)
DJ ESP TV (Scott Kiernan + Victoria Keddie)

Entry is free to the entire space all night. Check out our studios! We'll fuckin cut your hair! We got a contraption that sometimes sorts and sometimes explodes fruit! We got a photo show of Discord Era DC political hxc!

Our doors open at 8:30. Our doors close...we'll figure that one out later. We're at 603 Bushwick Ave, off the Myrtle-Broadway JM or walkable from the Morgan L.

718-497-7148 is the number for Bushwick Car Service...that's all I'm gonna say.

It's like when Moses found Israel and then they had to wait outside for 40 years. And then drank a shitton of milk and honey on Friday night.

Other upcoming events at Silent Barn include The Beets & Sea Lions on April 9th, and as mentioned, Twin Sister & Empress Of on May 11th.

Empress Of, who played one of our BrooklynVegan day shows in Austin, last played NYC at Pianos

Empress Of @ Glasslands, 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Empress of

The indie pop sound of Brooklyn's own Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has been featured on Stereogum, Gorilla vs Bear, and FADER, and can be experienced live tonight (2/16) at the new Silent Barn, at SXSW in March and on tour with Jamie Lidell throughout April (Music Hall of Williamsburg included). Dates, songs and videos, below...

Continue reading "Empress Of touring with Jamie Lidell, playing SXSW & Silent Barn tonight (dates, videos & stream)"

videos by Maks Suski

Silent Barn

As mentioned, Silent Barn has a new Bushwick location (603 Bushwick Ave) after being forced to move out of their 915 Wyckoff Ave location, and they opened the doors for the first time at the new spot on Sunday (12/30). The show was with Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, and Good Willsmith. You can watch videos of the latter three artists, plus a tour/walkthrough video of the new venue, below. And if you'd like to help out, they're looking for volunteers.

Silent Barn has other upcoming shows including one on January 10 with Ed Askew, D. Charles Speer, Tamble Tamble, (of Guardian Alien) and Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht). The flyer for that show is below.

Continue reading "Silent Barn opened their new Bushwick location (videos of the first show); Ed Askew playing there soon"

They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
They MIght Be Giants

today in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* Kanye West @ Revel
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* The Fab Faux @ City Winery
* Gov't Mule @ Beacon Theatre
* The Felice Brothers @ Maxwell's
* Steve Miller Band @ Capitol Theatre
* Superhuman Happiness @ Mercury Lounge
* Alana Amram, Mal Blum @ The Ace Hotel
* Coldplay, Naturally 7 @ Barclays Center
* Martha Reeves & the Vandellas @ BB King's
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Paramount (Huntington)
* Howth, Creeptones, Erik Gundel @ Cameo Gallery
* Pretty Lights, Michal Menert @ Roseland Ballroom
* Punch Brothers, Aoife O'Donovan @ Bowery Ballroom
* MV Carbon, Trin Tran, Vinka Varna, X27 @ Cake Shop
* Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub (early and late shows)
* Spring Standards, Taurus, Inland Traveler @ Glasslands
* Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, Good Willsmith @ Silent Barn
* Machinedrum, Sepalcure, Brooklyn Bass @ Le Poisson Rouge
* They Might Be Giants, Last Car @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Afrojack, Diplo, Rusko, Bobby Burns, Leroy Styles @ Pier 94
* Smoke DZA, Vinny Cha$e, Slim Dollars, Kris Kasanova @ SOB's
* John Zorn's Annual End of the Year Improv Festival @ The Stone
* I Am The Avalanche, Money, Paper, Hearts, Sad & French @ The Grand Victory
* Baked, Two Inch Astronaut, Butter The Children, Ovlov, The Districts @ Big Snow
* Andrew WK, Big D and the Kids Table, The Blazing Beaverducks @ Ollie's Point
* Brothers Past, The Manhattan Project, DJ Greg, special guests TBA @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror, Rude Awakening, Brain Slug, Born Annoying @ Highline Ballroom
* Dave Hill, Josh Gondelman, Mike Lawrence, George Gordon, Ben Kronberg, John Flynn, Dan St Germain, Sean Donnelly @ Union Hall

Silent Barn is back with a new Bushwick location and they'll host their first show there tonight with Alan Watts, GDFX, Sugarm, Good Willsmith, and DJ Smhoakmosheein. Doors at 8, first act on at 9, $7 entry. And because they haven't got their alcohol permits in order yet, no drinking at this show.

Coldplay play their second of three NYC area shows and first at the Barclays Center. They play again tomorrow night for NYE with Jay-Z.

Kanye wraps up his three-night run in Atlantic City tonight.

Punch Brothers are on night 2 of their three-night run at Bowery Ballroom tonight.

The Felice Brothers are on night 2 of their three-night NYE run of the NYC area. They play Maxwell's tonight and Mercury Lounge tomorrow for NYE.

They Might Be Giants are on night 2 of their three-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Dark Star Orchestra play their first of two nights at Huntington's Paramount tonight.

Phish continues their run at MSG tonight. Pretty Lights and Gov't Mule begin theirs at Roseland and Beacon Theatre, respectively, tonight. More info on those and other NYE shows at our New Year's Eve guide.

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Silent Barn

Queens/Brooklyn DIY music venue Silent Barn is back:

Sweet land of milk and honey! It's official. The Silent Barn has
signed a 10 year lease with extension option on a beautiful, massive property in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The address is 603 Bushwick, a few blocks from the Myrtle-Broadway JMZ stop. It is 10,000 square feet, 3 storeys, mixed use, legally occupiable and COMPLETELY INSANE. In addition to nightly concerts, Silent Barn will now be home to over a dozen studios for artists and entrepreneurs, 8 residential tenants, and a large community garden.

This space surpasses the wildest ambitions we ever had for what the Silent Barn can achieve. We are ecstatic. This past year has been grueling; we have been working so hard as spiritual hobos since we were forced to leave our former home. That made us stronger. As a team, Silent Barn is smarter and more organized than ever. Without exaggeration, this new space makes the entire ordeal of the past year worth the wait - if everything happens for a reason, then 603 Bushwick is the reason why 915 Wyckoff was vacated last June. The community that supported us in the wake of our disastrous demise at 915 Wyckoff and the Kickstarter drive that followed raised the Silent Barn to a higher level of accountability than ever in our 8 year history - after a year, we are ready to fully respond to that accountability.

This lease comes hand in hand with a renovation contract - construction is scheduled for the next month and a half and we plan to host our first concerts in late December. Our volunteer team has expanded quickly in the past month and we will continue to need new volunteers to help "make this house a home", as Luther Vandross says.

Congrats to Silent Barn and we look forward to all the shows and other events to come!

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Ava Luna - "Ice Level" (MP3)

Ava Luna

Brooklyn R&B/indie rock collective Ava Luna released their new record, Ice Level, this week via Infinite Best Recordings. The album continues in the vein of the band's previous work, mixing Motown harmonies, late 70s NYC funk-punk beats, and disco strings into a tightly packed 8-song LP. You can stream the entire thing at their bandcamp and we're also offering the album's title track/second single, "Ice Level," in this post. Download that track above or stream it below.

The band will support the album with a tour which kicks off with a show on Friday (3/2) at Gottscheer Hall in Queens, where Silent Barn will be holding their first in a series of public meetings, where anyone can come and discuss the NYC DIY scene and the future of Silent Barn. Regarding the show, the band has said, "Every time we've finished a record, we've held a release show at the Silent Barn... so for Ice Level, we're proud to celebrate at the first Public Meeting." Twin Sister, who Ava Luna recently wrapped up a tour with, will be special guests at the show.

Ava Luna are also one of the many artists on the just-announced Crossing Brooklyn Ferry lineup, which was curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and goes down from May 3 - 5 at BAM. Ava Luna play on May 4, the day that St. Vincent headlines.

All dates and stream below...

Continue reading "Ava Luna release 'Ice Level', kicking off tour at a 'public meeting' in Queens w/ Twin Sister (dates & MP3)"

stuff @ the Silent Barn
Silent Barn

Silent Barn just raised a bunch of money to recover from a theft and be an even better venue ($36,965 as of this post), but...

"The Silent Barn has been a live-in space for its entire history," read a posted statement. "'Living in the stew' has been part of our mission as a venue, but it's also necessary financially--with rent dollars subsidizing the venue's costs, we were able to run Silent Barn with little regard for how much money we pull in through shows. ... Given the amount of support we've received through Kickstarter, we need to be certain that when we reopen Silent Barn, we will be able to keep our doors open for years to come. There is simply no way for The Silent Barn to continue at 915 Wyckoff." [Village Voice]
Yesterday was their final day at the Queens address, and everything they couldn't carry, they gave away.

by Andrew Sacher

Nuclear Power Pants

Frequent Dan Deacon tourmates and friends Nuclear Power Pants are bringing their outlandish live show to NYC twice in the next week. They'll play Thursday (8/4) at Shea Stadium with The So So Glos, Pygmy Shrews, and RoomRunner. The show is a benefit for Silent Barn, who are currently raising money to rebuild the damaged venue. Nuclear Power Pants will also play Monday (8/8) at Death By Audio with Religious Girls, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, and Blastoids.

If you've seen Nuclear Power Pants, then you know pretty much know what they're all about. If you haven't, you can expect zany dinosaur/robot/alien costumes, off-kilter keytar lines, spastic drumming, and one or two male vocalists frantically shouting as three or four female vocalists pull off synchronized dance moves and piercing harmonies. To get a taste of Nuclear Power Pants' sound, check out their album Wicked Eats the Warrior which is streaming at their myspace. The NYC shows are their only two shows we know of at the moment.

Some videos and more info on the Shea Stadium show below...

Continue reading "Nuclear Power Pants playing shows (one of which is a Silent Barn benefit @ Shea Stadium)"

Silent Barn 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Silent Barn

They were almost at $4000 when we posted two days ago, and now Silent Barn's Kickstarter is already past $25,000!

Defeated Sanity @ Silent Barn (more by Samantha Marble)
Silent Barn

"The Silent Barn is an immersion into the art of New York City as it lives. It's a double-floor music venue inside of a kitchen, an independent video games arcade, an art theater & performance space, a party surveillance system, a zine library, a museum of gigantic murals, and a home for Castle Oscar. Founded in 2004, The Silent Barn is now grandfather to a beautiful re-emergence of similar spaces across Brooklyn, and a quintessential model for all-ages DIY art and music culture in America. It resides proudly alongside Flux Factory and the Museum of the Moving Image as a rare contemporary art institution in Queens, New York. It has long been the headquarters of both Showpaper and Babycastles, young and booming art institutions in NYC. It has birthed the careers of The Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Deerhunter, Teengirl Fantasy, Vivian Girls, Real Estate, The Black Lips, Pictureplane, and many, many others.

A recent and massive theft has put the Silent Barn in a position to temporarily close operations, and we are viewing this as an opportunity to begin our transition into a viably permanent, resilient, and safe part of New York City. After several years of a rotating cast of operators, including Skeletons, Todd P, John Chavez, and Andy Borsz, The Silent Barn has settled into permanent marriage to G. Lucas Crane (Woods, Nonhorse), Joe Ahearn (ART on AIR, Showpaper), Kunal (Loud Objects, Babycastles), and Nat Roe (WFMU). We are working to co-sign a new 5-year lease for Silent Barn, officially making this a long standing piece of New York City.

We are now raising up to $80,000 in order to ensure the viability of The Silent Barn as a permanent all-ages venue for independent and experimental music, games, and art...."

That blurb comes from the DIY venue's new Kickstarter page which they're using to raise the money. As of this posting, they're at $3,912 already. Those who pledge $1000 or more will get free admission to the venue for life. Those who pledge $10 get some stickers. There are lots of other prices and prizes too. Check it out.

Check out a video of Dirty Projects playing the Queens venue below...

Continue reading "Silent Barn raising money to rebuild & be even better"

Chat Logs @ Silent Barn (more by Amanda Dandaneau)
Silent Barn

Hi everybody! Here is a list of the major sound gear that was stolen from the Silent Barn. There's plenty more that was stolen, including a bunch of bikes, personal stuff, cash, computers, etc etc. But if anybody thinks they may know where these are, please contact us at Silentbarn@gmail.com

2 powered QSC K8 speakers
2 powered behringer Eurolive B1800D-PRO subwoofers
1 Yamaha MG166CX 16-Channel Mixer
1 snake with 8 XLR inputs and 4 1/4"" inputs
2 Yamaha passive PA speakers (painted white)
Peavey Bass Cab
Two Peavy power amps
Soundcraft Spirit 4 mixer
Tape Decks
Ampeg bass amp BA 115 bass combo
Peavey bass combo amplifier
Silver Stanton USB turntable
behringer bcf2000 usb mixer

Thanks!!! Your support has literally kept us from folding and giving up. Everybody's warmth has been totally amazing and uplifting.
PREVIOUSLY: Silent Barn Robbed.

UPDATE: Now there's a kickstarter too