Entries tagged with: Stars Like Fleas
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Leverage Models - "Cooperative Extensions" (MP3)
Leverage Models is the new collective led by Shannon Fields, the head producer and multi-instrumentalist of Stars Like Fleas. He's got a few singles out, including the most recently released "Cooperative Extensions," which dropped this past July and can be downloaded above or streamed below. It's less jazzy post-rock than Stars Like Fleas, and more on the polyrhythmic pop side recalling the arty new wave of Talking Heads or early Duran Duran.
The band just played a Brooklyn show last week (1/31) at Cameo, and you'll get another chance to catch them on February 11 at Glasslands with Octo Octa (who also plays with Maria Minerva in March), Test House, and Certain Creatures. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song stream below...
Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris, who dubbed their art collaboration Trouble, had the first You Are Here festival in 2007, at 44th street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Paris drew out the floor-plan of the maze, while Hillmer, who plays tenor saxophone for the Zs, booked bands to play in the space and coordinated efforts to bring people inside to interact with the maze.According to the promoter, "Medium and genre vary and overlapping and simultaneous performances are frequent, each performer establishing a different corner or dead end as his or hers." Sounds fun.
"It didn't seem like the kind of thing that could just sit in a gallery, it needs constant traffic," Hillmer explained. "That is the piece, people dealing with the situation [presented by the maze]."
This year's festival, scheduled for Spetember 10th through October 2nd, will take up the entire space of Death by Audio and feature a maze constructed out of salvaged doors from Built It Green, a nonprofit organization that sells surplus building materials. The space will also have woodchip-covered floors ("to reference mazes built out of bushes," Hillmer notes). The twists and turns of the venue will be littered by some 200 of Paris' sculptures, molded from some of her pieces and then cast repeatedly. [Greenpoint Gazette]
The preliminary lineup (aka almost a month's worth of shows at the venue while the maze is up) mixes interesting out of town names (Calvin Johnson, Ty Segal, The Coathangers) with local acts like Skeletons (as 'Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities'), Mick Barr (he is local right?), Extra life and Stars Like Fleas. Full lineup to be announced soon but more of it is below, along with video footage of the first Maze (starring Dave Longstreth, Thee Oh Sees and others), and other details and the flyer for the new Maze...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (MP3)
Kurt Vile will be playing a Rooftop Films event on July 31st. There he'll ditch his backing band the Violators for a performance before a screening of the documentary on the film Troll 2, "the legendary worst movie ever made, according to IMDB ratings."
That flick is such an event, Rooftop Films decided to stretch it over two nights. On July 30th they will show the actual film, accompanied by a performance from The Drums (one of many upcoming shows from that band, who also played last night at the Bell House). Other bands with Rooftop Films shows scheduled include Stars Like Fleas and Teengirl Fantasy. Full schedule below.
Vile (with the Violators on hand) just played the first of several upcoming shows with Blues Control (who announced more fall dates, below) at Bruar Falls on July 17th. Blues Control's distorted wall of sound worked well through the club's cozy sound system, but the arsenal of the Violators maybe pushed the backline a little too far. Lyrics and flourishes that came through crystal clear at Broadway Backyard (where he played one of my favorite sets of the day) roared out as energetic albeit indeterminate gestures. Not quite as engaging, considering many of the songs still aren't out in recorded form.
Vile's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, is still on the way. Check out mellow jam "Overnite Religion" off that, above. The full Rooftop Films schedule, with all Kurt Vile and Blues Control tour dates, and the Troll 2 trailer, below...
P.S.1 has announced the lineup for its annual series of Saturday afternoon dance parties in Long Island City. Last year's program featured live music and DJ sets by James Murphy, James Chance & the Contortions and Tony Conrad to name a few.
This year, we get the Arthur Russell ensemble Arthur's Landing, Talibam! and The Phenomenal Handclap Band (on the same bill), Xeno & Oaklander, Growing, Glenn Branca and more. Full schedule, and more info, below...
Sonic Youth - 1983 (Stephanie Chernikowski via MoMA)
As previously mentioned, MoMA's Looking at Music: Side 2 opens June 10th and will run to November 30th. The exhibit, which catalogs NYC's early '70s and '80s music scene, will include an installation of photos, videos, audio and more, as well as live events, and punk-film screenings from September-November".
The audio guide for the exhibition will include three conversations specifically recorded for MoMA: Richard Hell in conversation with Vito Acconci; James Nares in conversation with Coleen Fitzgibbon; and Diego Cortez in conversation with Fab 5 Freddy. Richard Hell will also do a poetry reading at the museum in July.
Other highlights of the exhibition include rock film screenings (The Blank Generation, New York Dolls - All Dolled Up, and others), Bob Gruen's 1976 video "New York Death Cult (Live at Max's Kansas City)" which features footage of the famed New York music venue from that era, early issues of Search & Destroy, Punk Magazine and Interview magazine, and lots of audio stations playing "iconic music from the era".
Not connected with Looking at Music, but also happening at MoMA: the next MoMA Monday Nights show (a PopRally event) will be Stars Like Fleas on June 8th (5:30pm-8:45pm). More info, and a coupon for half-off entry to the show can be found HERE.
More details on Looking at Music, with film schedule, below...
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - For You (MP3)
Sharon Van Etten's proper debut, Because I Was in Love, will be out May 26th on Language Of Stone. An MP3 of "For You," from that album, is above, with its video below.
Van Etten is currently on tour with Great Lakes Swimmers in Europe. So far, all of her scheduled summer shows are hometown NYC gigs. The first is a Northside Festival show at Union Pool on June 11th. The next night, June 12th, she plays 92YTribeca with Stars Like Fleas and Twi the Humble Feather. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Other scheduled dates for Sharon include June 16th at Mercury Lounge with Laura Gibson, July 3rd at Sycamore, July 16th Monkey Town with Speck Mountain, and August 14th at Union Hall with Alele Diane. No ticket info on those yet.
Twi the Humble Feather, who share a bill with Van Etten at 92YTribeca (and shared a bill with the singer at a BV show last CMJ), are playing tonight (5/21) at Monkey Town with Ann Andersen. Reservations are available.
All Sharon Van Etten tour dates, track list and album art, plus a movie trailer featuring Sharon's vocals, below...
by Black Bubblegum
John Zorn's shrine to experimentalism, The Stone, will host the Record Release party for Choral, the new record by Mountains, on Feb 26th at 10PM. The decidedly ambient and minimalistic Choral is out now on Thrill Jockey, and you can stream the whole thing at their site (click the individual songs). Thursday's outing is one of a pair that the band currently has lined up in their hometown of NYC, the second of which is a FREE show at Chelsea Market on March 9th!
Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days.... The group's third album, Choral, (their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje), is the culmination of their work to date and a balanced mix of the first two efforts. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments... Recorded by the duo entirely in the winter and spring of 2008 at home in Brooklyn, Choral is largely live and performed in real time, with only a few overdubs to create a more "choral" effect...Guiding us through sonic peaks and valleys, the band takes us on a journey through their realm of experimentation, occasionally crossing over into psychedelic and kosmiche (Harmonia, Cluster, Popol Vuh) territory.The show at The Stone is one of the final shows in a month curated by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas. The day after that curated month comes to an end (March 1), Stars Like Fleas will play Union Pool with Echoes Still Singing Limbs and Monotract. Four days after THAT (Mar 5), Stars Like Fleas are playing with Twi The Humble Feather, La Strada, and Frances at MHOW.
All Mountains & Stars Like Fleas dates below...
Twi getting crazy with Jose Gonzalez
Twi the Humble Feather open for Lambchop tonight (2/12) at Bowery Ballroom. They're also playing Glasslands with Rings on March 4th, Music Hall of Williamsburg with Stars Like Fleas on March 5th, and the Living Room with She Keeps Bees on March 17th. Those exact dates repeated below...
photos by Lori Baily
"(Le) Poisson Rouge is wall to wall dancing before ESG takes the stage. The music geeks are hugging the walls or waiting in the next room drinking Guinness and listening to Fugazi. At about 12:30, Renee Scroggins comes on stage followed by her sisters Valerie and Marie, her daughter Nicole and her niece Chistelle. The music geeks and hipsters clear out of the bar next door and invade the dance floor. We look on stage and immediately feel better about ourselves. ESG is dressed a lot like us: baseball hats, sweatshirts and jeans. The first song is "You're No Good," the first song off ESG's masterpiece A South Bronx Story. The first thing I notice is they create a huge sound by playing very simple music. They are more punk than most punk bands." [NY Press]It was a long night at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday (1/24). The early show at the venue was the double bill of Au and Stars Like Fleas. Lori was there for all three and said ESG was killer. More pictures from the whole evening below...
To those located in the New York City area, Asthmatic Kitty are happy to announce a rare opportunity to experience a performance of musician and producer Chris Schlarb's debut solo record, Twilight & Ghost Stories in its entirety. Chris will be performing this modern composition on Saturday, February 7th, at The Stone with many of the artists who assisted in the creation of this work of personal identity and catharsis. Twilight is a dense 40-minute work featuring a disparate cross-section of musicians from the avant-garde, independent folk, jazz, and electronic communities. When performed with a live ensemble the piece is conducted using a custom built lightbox to simulate the layers of sound found on the album.
Performance will feature all New York-based musicians
Diane Cluck - voice and acoustic guitar Shannon Fields - omnichord, glockenspiel, clarinet Roberto C. Lange - electronics (Savath y Savalas) Mick Rossi - piano (Philip Glass Ensemble) Katherine Young - bassoon G. Lucas Crane - tapes, electronics (Vanishing Voice) Tom Abbs - acoustic bass, dijeridoo Chad Taylor - drums (Iron & Wine) Chris Schlarb - acoustic guitar, electronics, lights and special guests
Chris Schlarb's Twilight & Ghost Stories - Saturday, Feb. 7th @ The Stone, 8pm & 10pm
DOWNLOAD: Pale Young Gentleman - Paper Planes (M.I.A) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cokemachineglow's Fantasy Covers 2008 (MP3)
"Perhaps one of the best Britrock records of 2008, a year which has seen releases from UK giants like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Keane and Travis, comes to us special delivery from Madison, Wisconsin and the band Pale Young Gentlemen." [PopMatters]The M.I.A. cover was recorded for Cokemachineglow's Fantasy podcast which is also on the top of this post for download and includes other covers by Wye Oak (doing Grand Buffet), Mason Proper (doing LCD Soundsystem), Noah23 (doing Lil Wayne), Stars Like Fleas (doing Pussycat Dolls), and many others.
There's even a Rihanna cover on the podcast - not to be confused with the Rihanna cover I just posted by The Bird and The Bee.
Also on top of this post: a Paul Simon song done by Deer Tick who recently announced a whole ton of tour dates. Check it out.
photos by Tim Griffin, words By Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Iran - "Buddy" (MP3)
Iran @ CMJ 2008
Iran (WITH Kyp Malone) will play a show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, TONIGHT (12/18). Also on the bill: Fakers and Lone Wolf and Cub (Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs and Stars Like Fleas - not the metal band). Presumably, Iran will, uh, run... through tracks from their upcoming record Dissolver, due on Feb 3, 2009 via Narnack.
Back to CMJ for a second....before 2 Live Crew played, a Kyp-less-and-still-named-after-a-'rogue-nation', Iran, played a renamed-The Soft Pack-less (they cancelled) and Lee "Scratch" Perry-less (he cancelled) Narnack Showcase this year, at Santos Party House, with the Sundelles, Vaz and Restavrant. Check out the overdue pics from that show above and below, and note - that's Doug Anson that sat in for Kyp. That probably won't happen again though, as we're told that Kyp plans on playing many more shows with the band, including as part of a 2009 tour out of NYC.
In related news, Kyp Malone's other band TV On The Radio, is garnering accolades-a-plenty including album of the year from The Onion AV Club, and from everyone's favorite weirdo Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The Onion AV Club also cornered Santos Party House co-owner Andrew WK about his favorite record of the year.... Lee "Scratch" Perry's Repentance. Hmm... didn't he have something to do with that record?
In more related-to-Glasslands-tonight news, Tall Firs have teamed up with Awesome Color to play the Knitting Factory on Dec 19th (tickets here). Ryan Sawyer's other band, Stars Like Fleas, are recording a new record and have scheduled a show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 24th with Au (tickets here).
A whole bunch of pictures from the Narnack CMJ showcase, and tonight's Glasslands flyer, below...
Joan as Policewoman will play shows at 8 and 10 pm at the Stone in NYC on New Years Eve. The 'Annual End The Year Improv Night' with John Zorn happens at the same venue three nights earlier. Other names on the Stone's schedule for December (curated by Jennifer Charles) include Gary Lucas, Erik Friedlander, Doveman, Alan Licht, Hal Willner's Parade (Yuka Honda & Sean Lennon), Elysian Fields, JG Thirwell, and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (tonight, Sunday December 7th).
January's schedule, curated by Craig Taborn, doesn't have many names
I recognize, but February, curated by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas, has Twi the Humble Feather, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Chris Schlarb, Diane Cluck, Jon Natchez, Kelly Pratt, Lexie Mountain Boys, Megafun, John Zorn, Ecstatic Sunshine, Sam Amidon, and Tristan Perich,
For other NYC shows on New Years Eve, browse HERE.
Joan Wasser (as Policewoman) and at least one band member also contribute to Gramercy Arms.
Marc Ribot is also playing December 9th at Blue Note and December 11th at Knitting Factory.
DOWNLOAD: Team B - On My Mind (MP3)
Team B is the new musical endeavor of Kelly Pratt. While written and recorded primarily on tour with Arcade Fire and Beirut in 2007 and 2008, help was also found with his amazing friends Pat Mahoney on drums (LCD Soundsystem), Jon Natchez and Perrin Cloutier from Beirut, and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) on a track or two.Check out the three songs streaming at MySpace. Download one of them above. Check out Team B live, TONIGHT (November 10th) at Union Pool in Brooklyn (11 pm). It's their first show ever, and they're promising it will be their last this year. The full band looks something like this:
We don't have a label yet, but the cd is available now through this website, and will be available in a couple of weeks through other online outlets. If you want a copy just click on the link below and ye shall receive. Price is only $10 plus $2.50 for shipping (in the U.S). If you live outside the US please include $6.50 for shipping.
Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire)Special guests have also been promised.
Tracy Pratt (Beirut)
Ryan Smith (Twin Thousands, Stars Like Fleas)
Jon Natchez (Beirut, Stars Like Fleas)
Jason Poranski (Beirut, FreeTime)
Mike Fadem (The Jealous Girlfriends)
Stars Like Fleas have a track on Habitat, "a two disc set including 29 artists, covering the various manifestations of 'electronic music,' and produced as a benefit for Habitat for Humanity." You can get that at Asthmatic Kitty.
A video of Kelly, Tracy and Jon playing with Herman Dune at Union Hall below...
Dark Meat have announced a tour that includes a NYC show on a boat with Vivian Girls on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale. They're also playing Market Hotel in Brooklyn one day later. All dates below...
Bradford Cox & King Khan @ P4K Fest - July 20, 2008 (dde)
Stars Like Fleas and "Harmony Club (Featuring Bradford Cox of Deerhunter + Other Special Guests)" are listed as the openers for the Gang Gang Dance happening at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. A fake name to allow Atlas Sound to play a second show while they're in town to play South Street Seaport? Tickets are still on sale (thx anon).
And speaking of that Seaport Show, Crystal Stilts have taken El Guincho's place. That's this Friday, July 25th @ 7pm, and it's free.
And speaking of Gang Gang Dance, they'll be helping out the Boredoms with some drumming on August 8th.
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Stars Like Fleas - I Was Only Dancing (MP3)
photos by Ryan Muir
It was almost two years ago that Beirut played in the venue that occupied the same space that they played last night (May 18, 2008). I don't know what my point is. Last night's last-minute Brooklyn show at MHOW was really great (2 encores, some covers, all the hits, and kick ass new songs). More pictures & comments, and the setlist, below....
The band, who play an array of instruments center around Casey Mecija's tales of whimsy, include sister Jennifer on violin/organ, Heather Kirby on bass/banjo, Ryan Carley on piano/keyboard, James Bunton on drums/trumpet, Anissa Hart on cello and Andrew Kinoshita on mandolin/guitar, have shared the stage with such artists as Joanna Newsom, Bright Eyes, The Walkmen, Sarah Harmer, The Dears, amongst other. The Mecija sisters also appeared on Final Fantasy's acclaimed lp, He Poos Clouds, providing backing vocals.Ohbijou - 2008 Tour Dates
May 8 - The Knitting Factory, NYC w/ Stars Like Fleas (TONIGHT) (tix)
May 9 - Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY w/ Takka Takka (Friday) (tix)
These two NYC shows will be Ohbijou's U.S. debut. Check out the videos below....
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston Cover) (MP3)
As each day goes by, I keep falling more and more in love with Deer Tick. Check out the non-album cover of a Sean Kingston song above. Check out Deer Tick with Doveman (who I also love) TONIGHT (Feb 15, 2008) @ Southpaw in Brooklyn (A Zombieville party). You can run back and forth between Southpaw and Union Hall where the Forms are playing (a Gothamist party).
I've got two pairs of tickets to give away to the Southpaw show tonight. To win, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Dove Tick). Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be contacted soon.
Doveman also listed some of his favorite things in 2007, and I accidentaly never posted it. The abridged version is below....
As fun as a good old reunion can be, it’s a deeper pleasure when longtime collaborators repurpose their energies. Chicago’s Miracle Condition features guitarist Mark Shippy and drummer Pat Samson, formerly of U.S. Maple, one of the most genuinely peculiar bands of the ’90s. While that outfit plied slinky, queasy noise rock, this trio favors tranced-out beauty. Shippy’s penchant for creepy dissonance remains, but he and fellow guitarist-singer Matt Carson stretch out over Samson’s loose-limbed vamps, yielding dreamlike yet ominous textures. Likely to amplify those moods are Miracle Condition’s collaborators for its first local shows: ambient sound artist Jeffrey M. Robinson and former Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow. The latter seemed restless at a recent gig by his new band, Qui, but it’s hard to imagine him not drawing inspiration from players as poised and eccentric as these. —Hank ShteamerMiracle Condition, David Yow, J Robinson
Jan. 26th @ Glasslands Gallery
Jan. 27th @ Union Pool (w/ Stars Like Fleas)