Entries tagged with: Silent Servant
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
As mentioned, sci-fi/horror master and composer John Carpenter will be releasing Lost Themes via Sacred Bones on February 3. (Pre-order.) There will be a deluxe edition of the record available too, with remixes by Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley, Blanck Mass, Bill Kouligas, Silent Servant, Ohgr (Skinny Puppy), and J.G Thirlwell. None of the remixes have been shared yet, but you can listen to "Vortex" from the album below.
In conjunction with this, BAM will be presenting a monthlong retrospective featuring all of the director's work titled "John Carpenter: Master of Fear" from February 5 - 22. The series kicks off on February 5 at the BAM Howard Gillman Opera House with a conversation between Carpenter and NPR's Brooke Gladstone. Tickets for that event are on sale now for BAM Cinema Club members, and go on sale to the general public on Thursday (12/18).
The film series includes Carpenter's best-known films (Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Starman) as well as lesser-known gems like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. The retrospective also features "Carpenter Selects," a sidebar showcasing three films with exceptional scores that the director has cited as influences on his work: William Friedkin's Sorcerer, Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, and sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. Tickets for the screenings are on sale now for BAM Cinema Club members and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday. Full schedule of screenings, most of which are being shown in 35mm, below.
by Wyatt Marshall
LA EBM/hardcore/punk duo Youth Code are streaming "Consuming Guilt" from their forthcoming EP A Place to Stand. You can listen to it below. It's a strong example what we've come to expect from Youth Code--pounding, driving, dark and pissed off industrial that's also catchy and danceable.
A Place to Stand will feature four remixes of earlier Youth Code tracks. Heavy music Jack-of-all-trades Sanford Parker, minimalist techno producer Silent Servant, electro/industrial act God Module and the rap group Clipping each contributed a remix. The EP is out on Dais Records on 9/23. That's the artwork above and the tracklist is below.
As we've mentioned, Youth Code is going on tour with industrial forefathers Skinny Puppy and VNV Nation. Also on the tour is the german electronic group Haujobb. You can check out all the tour dates below--there's a NYC stop on December 2nd at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
Stream and list of tour dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lust For Youth (photo by Rasmus Jensen
Lately it's been feeling like every new restaurant in NYC is Nordic-inspired (thanks, Noma), and, pretty soon, another Scandinavian invasion this way comes--loads of releases and performances from Danish bands are scheduled for the next two months.
We've mentioned that Posh Isolation's Lust for Youth and Damien Dubrovnik are playing the Posh Isolation fest in LA next weekend (May 16-17), and now both bands have streamed new songs from forthcoming albums. The deluxe version of Lust for Youth's International LP, out on 6/10 via Sacred Bones, is going to be accompanied by an International Remixes EP, featuring remixes of songs off of International by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Silent Servant, Helm, and more. The Silent Servant remix of the title-track--a gorgeous synth number that builds from minimalist beginnings into heady dance bliss--is streaming below, along with another previously released song off of International.
Damien Dubrovnik, meanwhile, sits at the other end of the electronics spectrum, blasting out an intoxicating PE-style performance on "Penis Corset" off of a forthcoming 7", Patterns of Penetration, which is out on 5/26 via ALTER. For those trying to keep it straight, Lust for Youth is primarily the vehicle of Hannes Norrvide, though he later added Malthe Fischer and (live) Loke Rahbek (also of the now-defunct Var) to the lineup, while Damien Dubrovnik is Rahbek's project with fellow Posh Isolation label boss Christian Stadsgaard.
Lust for Youth will be playing a few US dates in between gigs in Europe, including two shows in Brooklyn--the Sacred Bones/AdHoc Northside show on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Container, Pharmakon, Uniform, and Croatian Amor, and a free 7 PM in-store on June 16 at Rough Trade. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, no wristband or RSVP needed for the Rough Trade show. All of their dates are listed below.
A bit about that Baby's lineup: Container delivers some pretty wild techno (and recently released a new album), Pharmakon's noisy reputation proceeds her, and Uniform is a side project of members of Believer/Law and The Men. Croatian Amor is another of Loke Rahbek's projects--to add to the dizzying list--and traffics in something akin to ambient electronics. Listen to streams of all, with lists of tour dates for all, below.
Iceage in Portland, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
As discussed, Uniform will be opening for Iceage, another member of the Danish invasion, when they play Glasslands on May 24. (To bring things full circle, Iceage's Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt contributed guitars to the LFY track "Epoetin Alfa" below) Tickets for that show are still available. Iceage also play Home Sweet Home with NYC punks Anasazi on May 25 in a special Sunday installation of the weekly Nothing Changes party. And, for good measure, we should mention that Danish punks Lower, who are also playing the Posh Isolation LA fest, bring their tour to Nothing Changes the following Wednesday, May 28 (two days before they play Acheron).
All Lust for Youth dates are listed, with the many streams, below...
LA producer Silent Servant was to do an eight hour set tonight (3/29) at Trans Pecos and presented by The Bunker LTD. Unfortunately that's been canceled, due to a medical emergency. From the Facebook event page:
It is with heavy hearts that we have to cancel tonight's party. Due to reasons beyond our control, Silent Servant will not be able to perform. Frankly, there's no proper fill in for an 8 hour Silent Servant set at the last minute. Everyone who bought tickets will be refunded in full via Resident Advisor. If you are still looking to party tonight, there are a bunch of alumni of The Bunker playing over at Output (Marcel Dettmann, Function, Anthony Parasole), which we highly recommend.You can also listen to Silent Servant's remix of Liars' "Mess on a Mission" for eight hours if you want. That's streamable below.
LA producer Silent Servant is no stranger to NYC, maybe you've seen him open for Vatican Shadow on Halloween, opening for Pete Swanson, or at The Bunker's 10th Anniversary last January. He'll now be headlining The Bunker's 11th Anniversary this Saturday (1/4) at Output. He'll be playing live, and the rest of the bill includes his collaborator Regis, plus Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Output's Panther Room will also host sets from Heartthrob, Mr. Ties, and Wrecked. Tickets for that show are available here and here.
Silent Servant recently made the European debut of his live show, which Resident Advisor caught and wrote:
Next, Silent Servant played his new live set for the first time in Europe. The show incorporated vocals and live keys, with a sound pitched between abstract techno and funky-as-hell EBM. It felt like a natural extension of his debut album, Negative Fascination. As coarse sheets of noise and static filtered out of the speakers, I was reminded of what Mendez said last year about trying to incorporate the feel of "live electricity [and] open cables...that feeling that shit could blow up at any minute." Though these comments were made in reference to Negative Fascination, they clearly underpin his live show too.You can stream a couple of his recent live sets, along with a video of him playing with Regis, and the flyer for the Output show, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Vatican Shadow at Drone Activity in Progress in May (more by PSquared)
We just discussed a slew of Halloween shows earlier this week, including Cypress Hill and Redman at Best Buy Theater (10/30) (tickets), the current iteration of The Misfits at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), and many more.
Brooklyn's Output just announced their Halloween (10/31) show, and it should appeal to those looking for something both sinister and dance-y. Dominick Fernow (Prurient) will headline as his "militant religious industrial" act Vatican Shadow with support from Raime, Silent Servant, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Raime is performing what is being billed as their "AV premiere," so expect visuals. You should also expect this show to run late--doors are at 10pm, and Vatican Shadow typically doesn't bring his high-energy show to the stage until after midnight on a normal night. Tickets for the show are on sale here and here.
The Output show is part of a tour that Raime is on, which hit San Francisco with Pharmakon last night (9/26) and also includes the Blackest Ever Black showcase in London with Dominick Fernow's power-electronics persona Prurient and Tropic of Cancer. All Raime dates are listed below.
Speaking of, Tropic of Cancer just released a beautiful and haunting video for "Plant Lilies in my Head" and recently put out her debut LP, Restless Idylls. Watch that video below.
In other Halloween news, as discussed, the NYC Halloween Parade is back for its 40th installment after being cancelled last-minute in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year. The 11th-hour cancellation caused some financial hardship, and organizers have launched a Kickstarter. The campaign is a little less than half-way to its 50k goal.
Watch Tropic of Cancer's video, and see Raime's tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pete Swanson (formerly of Yellow Swans) will release his new EP, Punk Authority, this Tuesday (3/12) via Software/Mexican Summer. Similarly to his past work, it's an EP of eardrum-damaging technoise, and you can stream the entire thing along with the music video for "Grounds For Arrest" below. That's the album art above.
Pete will celebrate the new EP with a release party in Brooklyn on Friday (3/15) at 285 Kent. It's a Bunker party and also includes Silent Servant, Metasplice, and The Bunker's Bryan Kasenic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Streams and video below...
Dominick Fernow at Public Assembly in 2011 (more by Louis Caldarola)
NYC party The Bunker is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week on Friday (1/4) at Public Assembly, where they've been throwing their parties for the last 5+ years. The party will take place in both Public Assembly rooms with all four Bunker resident DJs (Derek Plaslaiko, Bryan Kasenic, Mike Servito, and Eric Cloutier), in addition to Reagenz aka Move D (live), Spacetime Continuum, Silent Servant, and Vatican Shadow (live). Tickets for the party are on sale now.
Vatican Shadow (aka Dominick Fernow, formerly of Cold Cave, and also the brains behind Prurient) released the album, Ghosts of Chechnya, back in October via Hospital Productions. You can stream the track "Chechnya's Ghosts Loom Large in Death of Former Spy" from that album below.
Christopher Hansell of Warthog (ex-The Men) has dropped off his top 10 releases of 2012, as well as other thoughts on the passing year. Check out those below.
Warthog (which also features members of Nude Beach) is scheduled to play Worcester, MA at The Beacon on 12/15 with Who Killed Spikey Jacket, in addition to their previously discussed show with Inmates at Acheron on 1/12.
Hansell is also involved in power electronics crew Foreplay who will play the West Coast later this month with the great Pharmakon and Soren (of Rosenkopf). Dates are below. Soren will also play NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/5 as part of the Dysrhythmia/Wreck & Reference show (tickets).
Hansell's 2012 Top 10 list is below, along with video and a list of all tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.