Entries tagged with: Skeletons
by Andrew Sacher
photo by David Medina
You may be familiar with Brooklyn singer/songwriter Mitski, who mostly makes twee-ish indie pop, but she's now also fronting a metallic prog band called Voice Coils, which is primarily the brain child of former Roomrunner member Sam Garrett, and also features current and former members of Extra Life, Cellular Chaos, Epistasis, Porches, Skeletons, Feast of the Epiphany and Couch Slut. That's an impressive (and diverse) resume! Voice Coils don't just look good on paper though. Their new "In Sixths" / "Field and Border" 7" came out this week and is a terrific blend of spiraling prog riffs, complex arrangements, dark atmospheres and Mitski's soaring, operatic take on dream pop vocals. Hear both tracks for yourself, below.
Song streams below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Falls of Rauros at The Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marle)
Two of the northeast's best atmospheric black metal bands, Falls of Rauros and Obsidian Tongue, along with the NYC electronic/synth/guitar wizard Oneirogen, will be playing an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Union Pool on August 27. Advanced tickets for the Brooklyn show aren't on sale yet, but we'll let you know when they are.
Falls of Rauros just released a song on a split with Panopticon and has a new LP, Believe in No Coming Shore, due out this summer. The tracklist is below. The NYC show is part of an as yet unannounced string of dates that includes Southern Darkness Festival in Tampa, Florida on August 23rd with Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk, Weekend Nachos, Bongripper, A Storm Of Light, Lord Mantis, Primate, Magrudergrind, Mouth Of The Architect, Yautja, Sannhet, Maruta and many more.
Obsidian Tongue released one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of 2013 in A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time. They can also be found on 9/6 at Waterfront Tavern in their home state of Massachusetts.
Oneirogen is a blast to watch, a one-man force of nature that blends looping electronics with memorable guitar leads to inundating effect. You can meanwhile catch him this Saturday (7/26) at Trans Pecos as part of 'Escape From New York', " one last big celebration megashow in the city" before Matt from Skeletons moves out of the city ("This is not necessarily "THE LAST" Skeletons show, but it will be the last show by Skeletons as a local act - and the last Skeletons show until sometime around a year from now, or even later..."). PC Worship, Zs, Hubble, Charlie Looker (now also of Psalm Zero who just opened for Black Anvil), and more are on the Todd P venue Queens bill. "The party will start in the afternoon, with BBQ and baby pools - and continue with DJs into the night." More details below.
Listen to streams from the bands playing Union Pool with the other stuff below, and head over to Invisible Oranges for more about them and the show.
Skeletons at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Skeletons play the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University tonight (7/11), opening for Missy Mazzoli & Victoire and part of the River to River Festival. The show starts at 7:30 and is free. From a press release about the show:
This musical portrait of "postclassical queen bee," composer Missy Mazzoli, will feature Mazzoli at the keyboard fronting her internationally beloved ensemble Victoire. Performing songs with her own signature "shimmering, surging, post-Minimalist flow" (Time Out New York), she will be joined by Matt Mehlan with his band Skeletons who Pitchfork calls "an outsize global-a-go-go mélange of unceasing polyrhythms, Afrobeat guitars, free jazz, and Timbaland's approach to kitchen-sink percussion." The concert will feature world premieres by Mehlan and Mazzoli.Skeletons' new album, The Bus, will be out September 18 on Shinkoyo and was recorded as the Skeleton$ Big Band, which features members of Little Women, Extra Life, PC Worship, Starring, Tune-Yards, NOMO, and others. The album had an interesting birth, as main Skeleton Matt Mehlan explains:
Victoire will perform beloved favorites from their repertoire along with newly arranged selections from Mazzoli's acclaimed new opera SONG FROM THE UPROAR with special guest mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer. Skeletons will perform pieces from the upcoming Skeletons Big Band album "The Bus."
While finishing the mix of the Skeletons' album "MONEY", Jason [Skeletons' longtime guitarist/collaborator] made the joke / non-joke that we should just scrap the entire album, transcribe and orchestrate all the parts we had just recorded, and re-record them with a 20-piece big band, live, in one room. I laughed at the time AND filled with rage. So much energy had been spent on record, the notion of throwing it away made me sick to my stomach.There's more to the story here. You can stream "Pencilneck" from The Bus below. If you pre-order the album you get an immediate download of the whole album.
About a year or so later, we found ourselves in a tiny room trying to track and overdub parts on the songs for "PEOPLE" - when an email came through asking if we might have an idea to do "something special", over the course of a week, with space and time to work through that big idea at the NYC performance space Roulette. Maybe Jason was right?
It was with great relief that we were able to pause for a moment and consider a new set of ideas. We came back to the "big band" - the almost joke, "jazz" reference, high school band, first time you ever realized you could make an instrument scream feeling - let's get those 20 people in a room and make some noise. Skeletons Big Band.
If you can't make tonight's show, Skeletons will be playing another free outdoor show on August 8 as part of the Summerscreen series in McCarren Park, playing with Knyf Hyts before a screening of Top Gun. No other Skeletons tour dates at the moment, but meanwhile Summesrscreen actually also happens tonight (7/11).
Skeletons song stream and album tracklist is below.
The L Magazine's Summerscreen series, which presents free movies and music in McCarren Park, already announced this season's slate of films. Today Summerscreen announced the bands that will play before the screenings as curated by Todd P on behalf of Showpaper. This Wednesday (7/11) is the first one of the year, with 1999's Cruel Intentions paired with the sounds of Colin L. Orchestra and Indian Jewelry.
Summerscreen happens at N 12th @ Bedford Ave. Doors to the park open at 6:00pm, bands go on at 6:30pm, and films start at 8:15pm. Food and drink will be available.
The rest of the schedule is below...
The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.
The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.
photos by David Andrako
The inaugural, Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival concluded on Saturday night (May 5) with performances from Beirut, Atlas Sound, My Brightest Diamond, Caveman and more.
There were whispers there'd be an unannounced set from The National, but the secret guest Phi Slamma Jamma was actually Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Richard Reed Parry who performed a bunch of covers (Ramones, R.E.M., Devo, Beatles and the Stones, among others) to cap out the Fest.
Night Two pictures HERE. Night one HERE. Lots of pictures from all of Saturday night's performers (including Sufjan), plus video of Atlas Sound (who also kept busy in others ways while in town), Caveman, Beirut and Phi Slamma Jamma performing a song each, below...
Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.
The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.
3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.
Full lineup below...
Defeated Sanity @ Silent Barn (more by Samantha Marble)
"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.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.
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...."
Check out a video of Dirty Projects playing the Queens venue below...
Famous Class Records, a label that Ariel Panero used to co-run, and the one his band Tough Knuckles was signed to, put together the shows happening tonight (2/4) and Saturday (2/5) at Death By Audio - both with killer lineups to help raise money to get the Tough Knuckles record released... though just in a small way. They've "decided to do limited run of 350 albums on white vinyl. Basically the show is 2 nights featuring all the bands that Ariel helped out and loved and there's gonna be a sliding scale at the door, $8 to get in or $15 and we'll mail you a limited edition copy of the record when its printed at the end of the month." Check out the poster and lineups below...
"The new location is a pristine secluded beach area called Raptor Point, at the North end of the main (decommissioned) runway of the abandoned airport, right on Jamaica Bay. Gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay, Mill Basin, and of the distant Manhattan skyline; and a pretty phenomenal sunset spot." - Todd P
The Dead Weather @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
tonight in NYC
* Elk City @ Joe's Pub
* Cross Pollination @ Pianos
* Michael Cera @ the Apple Store
* Talib Kweli @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Freddie Gibbs & Black Milk @ SOB's
* Popa Chubby @ Hudson Square
* Heart @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Fol Chen, Baths @ Mercury Lounge
* Elvis Martinez @ Highbridge Park
* Pendu Disco w/ Black Devil Disco Club @ Glasslands
* Los Lobos, Backyard Tire Fire @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Low Anthem in Ridgefield, Connecticut (free)
* The Dead Weather, Harlem @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Spouse, Saint Solitude, Two Lights @ Littlefield
* Natural Child, X-Ray Eyeballs, Hunters @ Union Pool
* Bees, Like Nomads, Giuseppe, Shark Week @ Silent Barn
* William Brittelle's 'Television Landscape' @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Social Distortion @ Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, NY
* The Dreebs, Naomi Punk, Masters and Johnson, Florida @ Death By Audio
* TEAADORA, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, Derrick Hart @ Coco 66
Kele's show set for tonight has moved to September 8th at Webster Hall.
Fol Chen and Baths are here for two shows.
The Dead Weather play Prospect Park tonight. It costs money. Their new video for "Blue Blood Blues" is below...
Skeletons Big Band performed at Rock Yard on Saturday. Video below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Marcus Lauer
Thee Oh Sees
Thee Oh Sees' third of four shows while in town was the first edition of Jelly's biweekly Saturday series at the Rock Yard, a new space in a gravel-floored, barbed-wire-surrounded lot. Whatever was there before, it's been cleaned up nicely with walls of Jelly-branded graffiti, vendors selling beer ($4), Jell-O shots, frozen boozy lemonade and hot dogs, and the McCarren relic inflatable slip 'n slide.
Thee Oh Sees played a jammier set than at their Seaport show the night before. One constant was Help's "Enemy Destruct," one of their catchiest tunes, caught on video below. Brigid's light-blue student-model Wurlitzer seemed to konk out during soundcheck, so she stuck to vocals and sleigh bells, while frontman John Dwyer found new destinations for his endless supply of saliva.
Thee Oh Sees will be back in NYC for a September 21st show at Santos. Tickets are on sale.
The next free Rock Yard show is July 31st with the Skeletons Big Band, Family Band and Priestbird. Skeletons (not big band) play Death By Audio on Wednesday with Peter Evans/Tim Dahl/Mike Pride trio and "Sam Mickens & Darius Jones play the Dead Science."
All Skeletons tour dates and video of the Big Band in action at Roulette, with more Rock Yard pictues and a video, below...
So, remember those six free shows that are happening? Here they are....
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky, words by Andrew Frisicano
no babies in sight this time..
Spain's Delorean played a packed, celebratory free set to a crowd of New Yorkers at the Stuy Town Oval on Wednesday (7/7), appropriately, the same day Spain advanced to the World Cup Finals. A vuvuzela sat on stage (and mercifully remained silent) (unlike at the recent Peelander-Z show). Pictures from that show are in this post.
Delorean continues their NYC stay with a DJ set tonight (7/8) at Littlefield with resident DJs Raspberry Jones and Treeboy.
Previously, Delorean kicked off PS1's Warm up series with Janka Nabay, Glasser and others. And Janka played with another Spaniard, El Guincho, at (Le) Poisson Rouge last night (7/7) - which was El Guincho's second show of the night (earlier he played the SummerStage).
Janka continues his own week of busy shows with a rooftop gig in Bushwick (details below) on Friday and a World Cup Finals party at Zebulon on Sunday with Baye Kouyate. Then he's back at Zebulon with Cafe Antarsia Ensemble on July 31st. If you've noticed, Janka has a new band, the Bubu Gang, which features members of Skeletons and Zs.
Another related Zebulon night, its monthly Cool Places Sound System dance party, put together by Tony from Zs/Bubu Gang and Dean from True Panther Sounds (Janka's label), is happening next on July 17th.
Janka Nabay's new video for his new song "Ah Mufan" (which you can buy here), his tour dates, and more pictures of Delorean at the Oval are below...
Jamie Lidell @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* The Donnas @ Gramercy Theatre
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Concrete Blonde @ Webster Hall
* Hezekiah Walker @ Von King Park
* Stephen Steinbrink @ Bruar Falls
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucille Lortel Theater
* Lovemonster, Zongo Junction @ The Cameo
* Junip, Hanne Hukkelberg @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jay Brannan, Plushgun @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Jamie Lidell, Alex B @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Puttin on the Ritz, Bryan and The Haggards @ Zebulon
* Conversion Party, Radical Dads, Golden Girls @ Glasslands
* School of Seven Bells, ArpLine, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Baby Alpaca, Maus Haus, Natureboy, CAVES, Peggy Sue @ Pianos
* Aerosols, My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary, The Surprisers @ Silent Barn
* Ensemble Laboratorium, Katherine Young, Flutronix @ Issue Project Room
* Starring, Skeletons, Unstoppable Death Machines, Magnetic Island @ Death By Audio
* Black Taxi, Deadbeat Darling, Reckless Sons, Ignacio @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Miracles of Modern Science, Albertans, Royal Chains, Quiet Loudly @ Cake Shop
* Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs, She Keeps Bees, Leisurely @ Knitting Factory
* Calverton, Rico Tubbs, Class Actress, Dominique Young Unique, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* Girls Who Rock Benefit Concert w/ Kat DeLuna, Lenka, MoZella, Shontelle, Cara Salimando, Kelli Pyle @ Santos Party House
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A video of Skeletons Big Band's set at Roulette on June 8th is posted below. Skeletons (normal & big band) play tonight at Death by Audio at a release show for Starring's latest.
Dum Dum Girls' new video for "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout", below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Skeletons Big Band...
Hilarious. From the Grooms blog:The rest of those 100 things are posted below.
"One Hundred Things to Try and Sound Like besides Animal Collective's Last Three Albums
1. Their first 5 albums.
2. If Charles Mingus were in the Beatles pre-Revolver.
20. How Joan of Arc felt.
22. The Cocker Spaniels.
23. The Geddy Address.
24. Mountains of hate eroded into hills of ambivalence.
25. Hills of ambivalence eroded into plains of apathy.
26. Plains of apathy eroded into valleys of love.
27. Plastic Ono Band.
28. Plastic Ono Band.
29. Going on Nicorette at age eleven.
30. Running out of Nicorette at age eleven.
31. Meeting someone on the internet.
32. The soundtrack to John Mayer and Gary Busey's buddy-cop romp.
Skeletons Big Band will be reforming for a two-night residency at Roulette on June 8th and 9th. Tickets are on sale. They'll be playing "brand new tunes and pieces and ideas and arrangements with a 13 piece ensemble of amazing players (who play in zillions of other amazing bands)." The full lineup for the band is below. Matt from Skeletons goes on to write: "Last year we did a similar residency, with 3 nights at Roulette followed by a night at Death By Audio. We've taken the recordings from those nights and made a record. You can hear the first track "NUMBERS" and watch a video we made for it..." That video is posted below. The Big Band record he mentions is different than People, their forthcoming follow-up to 2008's excellent Money.
On Thursday (6/10), Skeletons have another gig, this time at Death By Audio where they'll be playing as the big band and regular quintet. Also on the lineup are Grooms, Unstoppable Death Machines and Starring, for whom the show serves as the release party for Wife of God, their new LP on Death By Audio Records.
Skeletons videos and more are below...
tonight in NYC
* Passion Pit in Tribeca
* Laura Marling @ City Winery
* The Figgs, more @ Fontana's
* The Saw Doctors @ Irving Plaza
* Neon Indian (DJ) @ Shea Stadium
* Small Brown Bike @ Generation Records
* The Hold Steady @ The Greene Space
* TBA @ The National's High Violet Annex
* Moby (DJ), Neon Indian (DJ) @ Webster Hall
* Passion Pit (DJ) @ Museum of Natural History
* PG Six, Christy & Emily, Meridians @ Union Pool
* Rooftop Films w/ Twin Sister @ Open Road Rooftop
* PC Worship, Ashcan Orchestra, The Dreebs @ Zebulon
* Leslie & The Badgers, Ferraby Lionheart @ Maxwell's
* Vic Thrill, Morgan O'Kane, Phillip Roebuck @ Bruar Falls
* The King Left, Drink Up Buttercup (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* My Pet Dragon, Papa, Your Nature, Grand Rapids @ The Cameo
* Aerial East, Last Good Tooth, The New Jerk Times @ 92YTribeca
* The Golden Filter, Hundred In The Hands (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Mother Hips, These United States, The Loom @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Futurebirds, Jonny Corndawg @ Southpaw
* Mussels, Appomattox, The Press, I'm Turning Into @ The Bell House
* Night of a Thousand Stevies 20: Sisters of the Moon @ Highline Ballroom
* Silver Apples, Oneida (Joshua Light Show fest) @ Abrons Art Center
* Gary Louris, Kraig Johnson, Joseph Arthur @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Karma To Burn, Year Long Disaster, Naam, Hull @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Small Brown Bike, Bridge and Tunnel, My Skull Your Closet, Let Me Run @ Cake Shop
* Wolff, Stuart Bogie's Superhuman Hapiness, Thought, Awesome New Republic and a secret guest @ Pianos
* Golden Triangle, The Fresh & Onlys, The Babies, Coasting @ Monster Island Basement
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors @ 45 Bleecker
* April Smith, Motel Motel, Shayna Zaid and The Catch (The Deli's Best of NYC Fest) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ala Muerte, The Psychic Paramount, Terminal Lovers, Aun, Destructo Swarmbots, Microkingdom @ Party Expo
* Streetlab, Gordon Voidwell, Glass Ghost, Talk Normal, Asa Ransom, Buke and Gass, miniboone (The Deli's Best of NYC Fest) @ Glasslands
* Team Robespierre, Prizzy Prizzy Please, The Pharmacy, Sensual Harassment, No One and the Somebodies @ Death By Audio
* Abominable Iron Sloth, Tiger Flowers, Chambers, Divider, Beauty Apes @ Party Expo
* Kyklooppien Sukupuutto, Dry Spell, The Ominous Order of Flithy Mongrels, & Pollution @ The Charleston
BP image via epkes.com/
Laura Marling plays her 2nd NYC show in a row tonight.
Party Expo hosts shows on multiple floors.
The Deli' Best of NYC Fest continues at multiple venues.
The Fresh & Onlys play their first of 2 NYC shows tonight.
Small Brown Bike play an in-store before Cake Shop.
Neon Indian members DJ at Webster Hall and Shea Stadium.
Passion Pit members DJ at a museum and then play a Kin Party (or the other way around or something). The free show info: ":The wait is over! New York, Passion Pit is going to be performing a FREE LIVE SHOW tonight at the Classic Car Club at 250 Hudson Street."
Silver Apples play their/his first of 2 NYC shows, but tonight is the only one with the Joshua Light Show.
Tonight is the King Left's last show ever.
Dar Williams and Joseph Arthur are performing with Gary Louris at LPR tonight.
Twin Sister help kick off Rooftop Films. Mahogany were supposed to play one this weekend too, but they cancelled and were replaced by DeLeon.
MillionYoung is the secret guest at Pianos tonight.
Video of Skeletons performing "Barack Obama Blues" at a recent Death By Audio show below...
From a recent interview with Child Abuse:
Do you condone the abuse of children?Somwhere in between noise, metal, and avant-jazz lies Child Abuse, the wildman trio from NYC that welcomed their new album Cut and Run via Lovepump United last week. The band recently debuted the new track "Bebe" via the Village Voice, but are welcoming a new song in the form of "Froze Toes" available for download above.
Tim: Only if there's something in it for me.
Luke: Absolutely not. Boring answer, I know... but who does condone abusing children?
Would you consider your music an appropriate soundtrack during the abuse of children, whether you condone the act or not?
Tim: Not really. I think Radiohead would be better. Actually no... Vampire Weekend.
Luke: Hmm good question... .I think the most perverse soundtrack would have to be something from the bel canto tradition... something light and airy... maybe a piece from a Verdi opera.
Oran: I don't think it's appropriate to abuse children to any music.
Child Abuse are celebrating the glitchy, cofrontational Cut and Run at a show at Glasslands on 4/26, with an assist from Mick Barr (who played Europa with Krallice, pics are coming), Skeleton$ and Grooms (who play PA on 5/5 with Hot Hot Heat and Bowery on 5/26 with Holly Miranda).
Some Child Abuse video and current tour dates are below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Erykah Badu @ Good Units
"Erykah Badu went for a stripped-down approach for her new "Window Seat" video. Literally: As the standout tune from New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (out tomorrow) plays, Ms. Badu walks through downtown Dallas gradually removing all of her clothing until she is 100 percent nude. If that sounds familiar, Badu credits that Matt & Kim video from last year for inspiration. No word on what role, if any, Alanis Morissette played." [EW]You can watch that new video at the end of this post which also contains pictures from the second of two secret-ish Less Artists More Condos-organized NYC shows that Erykah Badu performed at this weekend. The first show (Friday night) took place at Damon Dash's open-when-it-wants-to-be basement space in Tribeca, Under 100. Class Actress, Grooms, and Skeletons were all also on the bill (video below). At the second, Saturday night, a very late Erykah (she left the crowd-that-got-smaller-and-smaller waiting for almost 2 hours), played with Spank Rock, MNDR, and Tony Castles at Good Units in midtown. Things didn't go so well for Spank Rock (who played 2nd to last)...
"During the final song, Spank Rock rapped something along the lines of (and I am paraphrasing here so my head doesn't get chewed off by Spank Rock die-hards), "wanting to fuck a white girl till my dick turns racist." Needless to say, Spank Rock got booed off the stage, something I haven't witnessed at a show in a very long time [editor: you weren't at the Fader Fort for Salem then]. He even tried to worm his way into the front row next to these two ladies I was standing next to so he could watch Erykah Badu and the two women were clearly horrified as they quickly spread themselves out to ensure he would not be joining us." [According to G]Pictures and the videos below...
Lemonade @ MtyMx in Mexico (more by Andrew Frisicano)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Mako Sica @ Silent Barn
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* She & Him, The Living Sisters @ Bowery Ballroom
* You Say Party! We Say Die!, Treasure, Diamond Rings, Oy @ Pianos
* Foxy Shazam, Young Veins, Bad Rabbits @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* City Center, Soft Circle, Drawlings, Love of Everything @ Death By Audio
* A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Mahogany, Pacific Theater @ The Bell House
* Delorean, Lemonade, Brahms, Cool Places Soundsystem @ Mercury Lounge
* Dark Dark Dark, Twi the Humble Feather, Cavalier Rose, Callers @ le Poisson Rouge
* M. Takara 3, Brassa Bell (Nathan Bell of Lungfish), Invisible Circle @ Cake Shop
If you missed the Irving Plaza show, Julian Casablancas plays Starland Ballroom in NJ on Tuesday.
The lineup at Whiplash tonight is Pete Holmes, Leo Allen, Moshe Kasher, Ari Shaffir, & guest host Sean Patton.
Wednesday is the LATFH book release show at UCB.
Cotton commercial star Zooey Deschanel plays as one half of She & Him for two nights in a row starting at Bowery Ballroom starting tonight.
Our SXSW Saturday day party host extraordinaire, Nardwuar, interviewed VV Brown (who just played Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg) in Austin. You can watch it below.
Black Lips and Pierced Arrows have a free show in Brooklyn coming up.
Video from the Skeletons show at Silent Barn where they were joined by Nine 11 Thesaurus, below....
The Wave Pictures @ Knitting Factory pre-SXSW (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Pere Ubu @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Murderfist @ Mercury Lounge
* Nathan Bell, M. Yakara 3 @ Zebulon
* Miike Snow, Delorean @ Bowery Ballroom
* Vivian Girls, German Measles @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Violent Bullshit, Bad Dream, Elks @ Union Pool
* Rosetta, Junius & City of Ships @ Public Assembly
* The Big Pink, A Place To Bury Strangers @ Maxwell's
* Antietam, Brett Eugene Ralph, The Undeciders @ Bruar Falls
* Love is All, Beach Fossils, The Beets @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Wave Pictures, The Wowz, Polite Sleeper @ Mercury Lounge
Speaking of Mercury Lounge, there's also an early show at the venue featuring the comedy group Murderfist.
About tonight's Bruar Falls show, headliner Antietam says, "Brett is a punk rock ex-footballer poet teacher with a powerful presence and a huge heart. T and T last shared a stage with him in Louisville, 1982. Go here to learn more about Brett and here for the Undeciders. This will be special!"
Starkweather isn't playing Public Assembly anymore tonight.
Today is Day Three of the Big Ears Fest in Knoxville. Read about Day One.
The Vivian Girls show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight is free.
Vivian Girls are also on the bill of the recently-expanded lineup of ATP NY 2010.
The Big Pink & A Place to Bury Strangers tour is at Maxwell's tonight and hits Webster Hall in two days.
Video from a Skeletons show that happened two nights ago, below...
A video of HEALTH performing at MtyMX, below...
A video of Inlets performing the other night in Philly, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Forward-thinking group Skeletons are a frequent live presence around NYC, but record-wise, they've been quiet since the release of their 2008 LP, Money. In recent months, Skeletons have played out as the expanded Skeletons Big Band, switched their core lineup, and continued to put on great shows. In the spirit of curiosity, we e-mailed guitarist Jason McMahon for an update on their ongoing projects. He said,
So, Skeletons, eh? Due to the inevitable departure of long-time band member Tony Lowe, Skeletons is changing. In the midst of mixing and mastering at least two brand massive new albums worth of material from the last two years, including the promised concept PEOPLE (an album about specific people), as well as recordings of the 16-piece Big Band, we're also now rehearsing with a new organ player (Mike Gallope, a friend from Oberlin and member of Starring) and a new bass player (Pete Vogl, from Bow Ribbons). I expect there to be a new album coming out on Tomlab this Summer or Fall, and that will be PEOPLE.The Silent Barn show is also a CD release party for Extra Life whose new album Made Flesh is out March 30 on LOAF. Zs have a new album coming too. It's called "New Slaves" and will be released on May 11th by Social Registry.
We're playing on March 27th at the SILENT BARN, a venue we founded in 2005 and haven't been to in years, with sister bands Zs (of which Tony Lowe is now a member), and Extra Life (whose leader Charlie Looker used to be in Zs). It's all very incestuous. It should be a grand reunion/show down of bands that have so much in common that they're actively differentiable.
by Andrew Frisicano
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Skeletons are two bands that have to be seen live, not only for their talents (which are considerable), but because their current live sets are basically unrepresented on record. The last albums for both were in 2008 (Ceramic Dog with Party Intellectuals and Skeletons with Money) and there have been plenty of changes since. First off, new personnel: Ceramic Dog frequently performs with violinist/melodica player/singer Eszter Balint, and Skeletons, shortly before their show at (Le) Poisson Rouge on February 2nd, went from a quartet to a trio. As three, their avant-pop jams and grooves were expansive with the help of some pedals and electronics. The band is led by a recognizable core aesthetic - but exactly what that is is hard to pin down. The band is both scientific and effortless in its interlocking pulses. Skeletons Big Band, their vehicle for long-form compositions (and another unrecorded project) layers jazz dissonance in a similar way, but with a dozen-member lineup.
Ceramic Dog similarly bends between extended jazz improvisation and a traditional song-based rock set. Songs seem to spontaneously come together, sometimes without introduction, as if variations on the previous tune. They pound out noise and blast beats, and then counter with a tender guitar figure and melodica. There are music stands in front of the musicians, but those seem to be of only occasional interest (then again, Eszter puts on her reading glasses to get a better look, and Marc's specs are attached by a croakie so they don't slide off his perpetually bent posture). Drummer Ches Smith reaches into his bag and tosses a piece of sheet music at bassist Shahzad Ismaily. It doesn't land that near him, and anyway he's already into the song by that point. Lyrics enter just in time for the song to end.
Like the shifting Skeletons' line-up, Marc Ribot can be found in different musical settings (eg. his Albert Ayler-influenced Spiritual Unity, solo, on a forthcoming country record with Bill Frisell & Buddy Miller, and as a sideman on records like the new Jakob Dylan album, details below). The only way to catch either band is live, and I recommend you do before they evolve again. More pictures, info and tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Saxon Shore - "This Place" (MP3)
Saxon Shore (photo by Geordy Peterson)
American post-rockers Saxon Shore hit back. It Doesn't Matter, the quintet's follow-up to 2005's The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore is a welcome return to form for the band and their original leader Matthew Doty.Saxon Shore released their gorgeous Dave Fridmann-produced LP It Doesn't Really Matter last year. The song "This Place" from that album is available for download above. You can catch the band live (their only upcoming scheduled show) at the Knit on 2/5 as part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival put on by BAM ("60+ shows. 15 venues. 2 weekends. Celebrating Brooklyn's best music and bands with shows throughout the borough.") American Dollar and The Abbasi Brothers open the NYC show. Tickets are on sale.
Having gone through a long period of upheaval - be it line-up changes and relocations - the band spent four solid years as a unit before plucking up the courage to hit the Tarbox Road Studios Cabin out in Cassadega, New York.
Apt then, that the unearthing of It Doesn't Matter follows a line of melodic delicacy that recent post-rock efforts appear to have departed. Album opener "Nothing Changes" rocks gently into the onslaught of feedback drenched guitars while 'Bar Clearing Good Times' maintains an unexpected steadiness that other same-vein bands like Explosions In The Sky often make the habit of breaking from. -[Altsounds]
Les Savy Fav @ BAM - 1/29/10 (photo by Steven P. Marsh)
'Sounds like Brooklyn' kicked off last night (1/29) at BAM (the only venue hosting shows during this first weekend of the fest) with Les Savy Fav and Vivian Girls...
"To my surprise, [Les Savy Fav] played very tight rhythms that zagged all over the place but were not sloppy. I was reminded of times I had seen Modest Mouse, Built To Spill or The Flaming Lips, with the music being loose and jangly, yet deliberate and well-crafted at the same time. The band itself held my interest quite well, as they played the straight men to the antics of Harrington, who, instead of being a distraction, complemented the instruments rather well, reminding me at times of Jello Biafra with his voice and dialogue with the audience. Yes, he was a crazy looking fat dude running all over the stage and into the crowd, but his angry-goofy-gibberish song rants, energy, enthusiasm and sheer earnestness overcame my pre-judgment. At the start of LSF's set, Harrington dropped into the crowd beckoning people to stand, and it ended up being the right thing to do. Despite the opera house setting with assigned seating, it quickly became apparent that it would take a lot more than that to contain the force that is Les Savy Fav." [Qbertplaya]The fest continues tonight (1/30) at the same venue with a show by Rain Machine and Anti-Pop Consortium. Tickets are still available. The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot play the opera house venue on February 5th.
The full Sounds Like Brooklyn schedule, along with a Les Savy Fav video from last night, below...
DOWNLOAD: Hesta Prynn, Can We Go Wrong (MP3)
The Walkmen @ the Guggenheim in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
today in NYC
* Paul Dianno @ BB King's
* The Necks @ Issue Project Room
* Hesta Prynn, Workout, Sally Head @ Pianos
* Daniel Higgs, Stellar Om Source @ Maxwell's
* Darius Jones' Elizabeth-Caroline Unit @ Roulette
* Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jessica 6, Yes Giantess, Body Language, Brahms @ Santos Party House
* Bear in Heaven, Oh No Ono, ArpLine, The Jaguar Club @ Mercury Lounge
* The Holy Experiment, Skeletons, Mirrorgate, Nude Photo @ Glasslands
* Wild Yaks, Steel Phantoms, I'm In You, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire @ Union Hall
* Haiti Benefit w/ Breakfast In Fur, No Eye Contact, El Medio, Drew Citron @ Bruar
* Private Income, White Hills, Romanian Buck, Cheryl or Sheryl? @ Knitting Factory
* Hal Willner's I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues? Music and Readings from A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, featuring Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, and more @ The Allen Room
* Haiti Benefit w/ The Walkmen, Ted Leo, The Wrens, Freelance Whales, Sondre Lerche, A.C. Newman, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, Here We Go Magic, Lauren Ambrose and The Leisure Class, The Blow, Senator Diane Savino, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House
Skeletons play a benefit at Glasslands for show space ParisLondonWestNile with Mirrorgate, Nude Photo and Holy Experiment (flyer below). They play with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog at LPR on February 2nd. Then they're at Zebulon for a BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn show with Up Died Sound.
Hesta Prynn of Northern State has gone solo. She plays a show at Pianos tonight. MP3 from her forthecoming album above.
Cale Parks has stopped going solo and is now in a trio called Brahms (who already opened for Passion Pit at Terminal 5). They plays Santos Party House tonight with Jessica 6 featuring Nomi who some thing of as the frontperson for Hercules & Love Affair.
Solange Knowles helped Of Montreal cover the Jackson 5 at Highline Ballroom last night. Video below...
Beach House played The Bell House last night. Video of them playing "Norway" at SXSW 2009 below...
Jeffrey Lewis read/sang "the And song" at the recent Tuli Kupferberg Benefit St. Ann's Warehouse. Video below...