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The Vice "levitation"/protest in action (photo via @mattelife)

Brooklyn's Talibam! are currently leading a protest outside of VICE's Williamsburg offices, with an attempt at mass telekinesis to levitate the publishing empire's N. 11th St. offices into the East River. "What?" you say? From its Facebook event page:

Inspired by past Public Action which combine public assembly, performance and grand vision, Talibam! Joined by mass ensemble will attempt to levitate Vice Media's office, personnel and the building itself into the East River .

Sprits of the Displaced and dormant creative energies underneath the foundation of Vice Media's HQ will be unleashed, once the building levitates into the East River & a creative re-flowering of the Williamsburg Waterfront Communities will regenerate.

Inspired by the FUGS levitation of the Pentagon in 1967, A diversity of Communities that has been poached, glamorized against their will, forcibly removed and appropriated responds with an action to rid negative spirits from their point of origin.

As we said, this is happening right now, though judging by the instagram above there's not that many people there at the moment. The "levitation" began at 3:30 PM, and there is one in Venice, CA too:
In solidarity with friends in NYC, I will be performing/conducting/
coordinating the two scores by Talibam! Matt Mottel & Kevin Shea in front of VICE Magazine office in Venice Beach tomorrow, at 12:35 PM PST. Join me with an instrument, corn meal, cultural ephemera a la scores posted below.

We will synchronize in LA, simultaneously attempting to levitate their office into the Pacific Ocean, hopefully before they move into a giant warehouse in the El Sereno area of East LA, or something equally horrible, and qualify for another multi-million dollar tax break.

Meet me after 11:30 AM PST at Venice of America Centennial Park 90291

Vice: 589 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.
behind them is Electric Avenue...

University of the Streets

Back on 9/9 we posted about an incident at NYC jazz venue University of the Streets where Kevin Shea of Talibam! ended up with a pretty nasty injury to his face after an altercation with the venue's staff. About a week later the venue did in fact respond.... all in caps and with some fun lines like this: "THE ATTENDANT RAISED HIS HAND TO PROTECT THE DIRECTOR AND IN THE MELEE THE BAND-MEMBER'S FACE CONNECTED WITH THE ATTENDEES HAND." Read the whole thing below...

Continue reading "University of the Streets issued a "statement of events" (event = musician punched)"

photo by Chris La Putt

tribute in lights

today in NYC
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* Keith Rowe @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Wetlands reunion @ Brooklyn Bowl
* 9/11 concert @ Avery Fisher Hall
* Radu Malfatti, Taku Unami @ The Stone
* Xalam Project, House of Waters @ Zebulon
* Barn Owl, Helado Negro, Jonti @ Glasslands
* Sheer Terror, Supertouch, Suburban Scum @ Bowery Electric
* Laurie Anderson, Nicole Atkins & MANY more @ Joyce SoHo
* Bachelorette, Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone @ The Rock Shop
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Dead Puppies, Japanther @ 285 Kent Ave
* Wasted Life, Social Decay, Dysfunctional Youth, Wound @ The Acheron
* Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet, Defunkt Millenium, Tyshawn Sorey @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Strange Shapes, Thin Hymns, Distractions, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Cake Shop
* Don Fleming & Folding Men, Brute Force, Gladshot, Minq Vaadka @ Mercury Lounge
* Glen Matlock & the Philistines, the Pioneers of Seduction, Highteen Boogie @ Europa
* Despise You, Magrudergrind, Backslider, The Communion, Defeatist @ Shea Stadium
* Talibam, Weasel Walter & Mark Edwards Group, The Library Is On Fire, Toucher @ Death By Audio
* William Basinski (Maxim Moston's live orchestration of Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops") @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Suzzy & Maggie Roche, Richard Barone, James Maddock, Teddy Thompson, Julie Gold, Rich Pagano, Jesse Harris, Marshall Crenshaw, Vernon Reid, Rich Ferguson, Jesse Smith & more @ City Winery

Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols plays Europa tonight.

If you go to Death By Audio tonight, ask Talibam!'s Kevin Shea how his eye is.

Don Fleming at Mercury Lounge:

For this one-of-a-kind show Don has assembled a heavy ensemble of stellar NYC musicians to mark the 10th anniversary of September 11th. Centered on the John Lennon song "Remember, " the band will forge a soundscape to reflect on the collective experience of that day.

The Folding Men line-up includes Don Fleming, Mark Morgan (Sightings), Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore), Dee Pop (Bush Tetras), Kim Rancourt (When People Where Shorter), Sally Be (Lydia Lunch, Egoslavia), Matt Madly, and Chris Grier (Ultimate VAG, To Live And Shave in L.A.), with more musicians to be announced.

Other shows specifically commemorating 9/11 are listed HERE.

What else?

Bassist/composer Tom Blancarte sent out the following message:

"Breaking news to all musicians in NYC who might be playing at University of the Streets in the East Village:

I just played there with Talibam!, Tim Dahl and Moppa Elliot, and when we were finished, the owner and her son told us that we owed them 50 dollars. When we told them we didn't owe them anything, her son punched my friend Kevin in the face with keys in his hand! He came close to losing his left eye! Please boycott this place, they are bad, bad people."

His friend Kevin is Kevin Shea of Talibam! who posted the above picture of the damage to his own Facebook where he also wrote "Just wanted to say a huge thanks so much everyone for your support and notes!! I really appreciate it ... Thanks for all your advice too. Totally insane night." Check out the comments people are leaving on the venue's Facebook (thx Joly).

by Andrew Frisicano

Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra w/ TK Wonder
Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra with TK Wonder

Like the year before it, NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2011 was a hit. Capacity crowds filled the venues on both nights (all together 1,400 on Friday and 2,600 on Saturday), and it'd be hard to find two people who came away seeing the same acts, or with the same impression of the fest. From what I've heard and read of Friday night, the music was stellar, but after LPR closed around 9:30pm for another event the numbers overwhelmed the remaining two spaces, with long lines and many disgruntled jazz-heads.

(Le) Poisson Rouge, the largest of the venues, was crammed full on Saturday for a curious lineup of jam-band jazz (Charlie Hunter), noisy guitar improv + painting (Nels Cline and painter Norton Wisdom) and Steve Coleman & Five Elements (high-strung group improv with vocalist Jen Shyu scatting along). I only stayed for those, before heading to Kenny's Castaways for part of its Search and Restore showcase. Aethereal Bace - drummers Nasheet Waits and Eric Mcpherson, and saxist Abraham Burton - improvised as a duo after Mcpherson didn't show (their tight, restrained set mainly served to make me more curious about the two-drummer set up they usually employ). Talibam!, who followed, were something else entirely: spasmotic punk in jazz clothes. Back at LPR, at this point well after 2am, Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra backed up MC/singer TK Wonder for a criminally underattended set. Then I ended the night with trumpeter David Weiss's band at Bitter End, which, at 3:45am, it was.

Some pictures of the above-mentioned acts (plus Asphalt Orchestra who made an appearance at LPR) are below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest 2011 in pics & review"

photos by Chris Gersbeck


After a run of dates (including a Boston show) with Xiu Xiu (who play Maxwell's tonight), Deerhoof headlined the Le Poisson Rouge stage in NYC on Wednesday night with their tour-mate Father Murphy, and an opening set by wacky NYC jazz and noise group Talibam!. More pictures from that show, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof played LPR w/ Father Murphy & Talibam! (pics)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Grouper @ Terminal 5 in May 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)

So we managed to sneak into Grouper's rare Brooklyn gig on Friday night and still aren't sure what we witnessed over the course of her main 60-minute set. (She also presented a new tape collage piece.) To be honest, the entire thing looked/sounded incredibly creepy, as if one of The Shining's redrum-happy twins suddenly learned how to sculpt dronescapes and acoustic something-or-others from an ancient keyboard and several effects pedals. It didn't help that the room was humid as hell--literally--with Issue Project Room's single, solitary fan getting switched off in the middle of the first 'song' because it was interfering with Liz Harris' signal. [self-titled]
Grouper's Friday, June 4th show at Issue Project Room was one of the events that opened the venue's Darmstadt series, which pairs new and old boundary-crossing music and art over the month of June.

Coming up, Matt Mottel (Issue's artist-in-residence) brings his jazz duo Talibam! to the venue for a free performance on Wednesday, June 9th. On Friday, June 11th, composer and tape artist William Basinski presents his piece "Vivian and Ondine" at a free show at 110 Livingston (Issue's new being-remodeled space).

Man Forever (Kid Millions from Oneida's new composition for multiple rock drummers) performs with composer/musicians Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Frank Vigroux and Hélène Breschand on June 25th. Tickets are on sale. Man Forever have a new record almost out, and the project will be touring this summer.

The self-titled debut - two monolithic, hypnotic improvisations for arrays of carefully tuned drums- is due out [June 22nd] in an edition of 300 LPs featuring hand-pulled screens on recycled record jackets from Jagjaguwar vinyl imprint St. Ives. The touring quintet of Kid Millions, YEAH YEAH YEAHS drummer Brian Chase, Oneida cohort and KNYFE HYTS drummer Shahin Motia, drummer Allison Busch of AWESOME COLOR, and SIGHTINGS bassist Richard Hoffman, will be augmented by local percussionists in each city.
(Oneida has a new record, Absolute II , due too.)

Man Forever plays tonight (June 8th) at the Tank with Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), M&M and the New York debut of the Sloppy Heads (who have a new Kid Milions-produced 7", First Gasp, which you can download here as a ZIP). That show has tickets on sale.

Man Forever also headline a Monster Island show on Friday, June 11th.

The night after Man Forever at Issue - Zs, who just put out a new record, play Issue with sound/multimedia artist David Linton (on Saturday, June 26th).

Separate from Darmstadt is the venue's ISSUE Project Room's Sunday Concerts in the Courtyard series that'll be bringing a Sunday, June 27th lineup of Omar Souleyman (who plays Central Park the day before with Tinariwen) and CSC Funk Band (featured here) to the Old American Can Factory courtyard. Tickets are on sale. The other shows in that series are posted below.

On top of all that, Issue will be participating in the two-venue, 65th-birthday celebration for improv legend Anthony Braxton (father of Tyondai from Battles) happening on June 18 and 19th. It's at (Le) Poisson Rouge on the 18th and Issue on the 19th. Details, tickets links and video are below.

The full Issue/Darmstadt schedule, video from Zs' Gulf Coast benefit show at Shea Stadium on June 2nd, and more are posted below...

Continue reading "Darmstadt continues @ Issue Project Room, Man Forever, Zs, James McNew, Omar Souleyman & Anthony Braxton's birthday"

photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

Ginn & Co. + CSC Funk Band @ Issue Project Room...
CSC Funk Band
Greg Ginn and the Texas Corrugators

Greg Ginn and the Texas Corrugators joined CSC Funk Band for a night of music at Issue Project Room on April 19th, one of a several shows the groups played together in April. If you check out the pics, you'll notice Ginn & the Corrugators sitting in with the NYC funk band too. Greg Ginn's current tour continues through May 7th.

CSC Funk Band is a project headed by ex-USAISAMONSTER's Colin L and Matt Mottel of Talibam!. Mottel, an artist in residence at Issue Project Room, curated the show. He'll also bring Talibam!/"solo amplified piano and synthesizers" to the venue on June 9th. Before then, Talibam! play May 8th show at Death By Audio with PC Worship and Skeletons. More dates are below.

CSC has a live five-song session recorded in April up on the Free Music Archive. They play again on May 17th at Zebulon and May 22nd at Coco 66.

Mottel's Talibam! bandmate Kevin Shea has dates with his various other projects (like jazz band Mostly Other People Do The Killing) coming up too. All tour dates for then, and the rest of the Issue Project Room pictures, below...

Continue reading "CSC Funk Band played shows w/ Greg Ginn (pics), playing more shows, Talibam! & Kevin Shea too (dates)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Ear and Eye Festival

NY EYE & EAR FEST II - JULY 9 - 12, 2009!
Knitting Factory & 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan & Death By Audio in Brooklyn
Pendu presents: NY Eye & Ear Fest II ... a massive 4-day New Music and Arts Fete showcasing some of the most exciting bands, artists, and filmmakers currently living and working here in NYC. In addition, NYE&E assembles a Record Fair featuring NYC-based Record Labels and Vendors selling LPs, CDs, 7''s, cassettes, lathes, comics, zines, stickers, and art prints.
The fest is a part II to the December event of the same name. The Fest's four days of music kick off at the Knitting Factory on July 9th. The bands there include Grooms, Liturgy and Love Like Deloreans (to name a few) with headliners Nymph and Neg-Fi. The fest returns to the Knit on Friday, July 10th, for a show with Magik Markers, Child Abuse and more. In addition to the venue's two floors of music, its already-creepy basement will be turned into a "Video Art Installation and a 7-hour Continuous Drone Room."

The Fest then switches to the 92YTribeca on Saturday for a concert and a free record fair. Also at 92Y will be a program called "Women of NYCinema," with films and music from Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller), Liz Wendelbo, Rachel Blackwell and Dirty Churches. The vendors range from big names like Matador Records to the recently featured Journal of Popular Noise to notable jazz label ESP-Disk.

The fest's final, fourth day moves to Brooklyn for a closing party at Death by Audio. That lineup includes Murdertronics, Team Robespierre, Talibam!, Total Abuse and Drunkdriver.

Tickets for Thursday, Friday, and a variety of Saturday packages are available.

Separate from the festival, on Thursday, July 9th the 92YTribeca will screen filmmaker Brendan Toller's I Need That Record, a documentary about the problems facing record stores around the country. It will be the NYC premiere of the movie that was getting some attention already all the back on Record Store Day 2008. The movie includes interviews with Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye, Mike Watt, Chris Frantz and more. Toller will be on hand for the showing. Tickets are on sale.

More details on the film (with video trailer) and the Ear and Eye Festival, below...

Continue reading "NY Ear & Eye Fest II - shows & record fair this weekend @ KF, DBA & 92Y Tribeca (also screening 'I Need That Record')"

PS1 Warm Up
PS1 Warm Up

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...

Continue reading "PS1 'Warm Up' 2009 - Long Island City music series lineup"

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge @ Europa (more by Zach Dilgard)

Tony Conrad and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will meet for the first time and perform on two consecutive days in improvisatory concerts centered on their mutual love for violin. The shows will take place at ISSUE Project Room on January 10 at 9 p.m.
and January 11 at 4 p.m. The event will be recorded for an album release and filmed by Marie Losier for her upcoming feature documentary on P-Orridge.

The idea to unite the two influential musicians was conceived at the screening of "Marie Losier's Film Portraits" at the French Institute Alliance Française in September of 2008. Upon watching Losier's documentary, "Tony Conrad DreaMinimalist," P-Orridge confessed that violin, which figured prominently in the film, was her favorite instrument and that hearing Conrad's personal story made her cherish it even more. "I initially wanted to create a scene for the film on Genesis in which she and Tony would just play the violin together," says Losier. "But very quickly this idea developed into a strong desire to see the two musicians I love perform live for an audience. Even though their paths have not crossed up until this point, it only felt natural to me that they should."

Upcoming @ Issue Project Room
Jan 7 - Talibam! + Car Commercial
Jan 9 - Carlos Giffoni + Dan Friel + Noveller
Jan 10 - Genesis + Tony
Jan 11 - Genesis + Tony

Les Paul
Les Paul

disco dreidel @ Webster hall (Rahav Segev for The New York Times)
Matisyahu disco dreidel

"Matisyahu deployed what may be the only large, mirrored, rotating dreidel in show business -- a Jewish answer to a disco ball -- at Webster Hall on Sunday night, the first night of Hanukkah." [NY Times]
today in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Matisyahu @ Rockwood Music Hall (don't ask me)
* Bird Show (Ben Vida) & White/Light @ Cake Shop

If Matisyahu interests you at all, this recent interview/article at The Jewish Daily Forward is pretty interesting. Matisyahu recently completed his 8-show Hanukkah run at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall. Rockwood Music Hall is significantly smaller than those venues. Rockwood Music Hall is significantly smaller than pretty much any other venue.

Mono have a NYC show coming up.

Crystal Castles played Music Hall of Williamsburg on New Years Eve.

Talibam! was playing at midnight on New Years Eve @ Surreal Estate. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

photos by Zach Dilgard

host Tony Conrad
Tony Conrad

"After winning a bid for a 20 year, rent-free lease in downtown Brooklyn, ISSUE Project Room celebrated its victory [on Tuesday] with a benefit at Santos' Party House in Chinatown. A crowd of electronic music connoisseurs took in the sounds of David Linton, Alex Waterman, Charles Cohen, Fair Use Trio, Moby plus many others. The evening was hosted by all-round genius artist and avant-garde pioneer, Tony Conrad.

Since 2003 Project Room has provided a leading-edge performance art space dedicated to experimental music, filmmaking, reading, and sound installation. Currently located at The Can Factory in Gowanus, it will soon take over a stunning 4800 square foot landmark theatre at 110 Livingston Street. [Barely Brooklyn]

More pictures from the benefit below...

Continue reading "Moby, Tony Conrad & others @ the Issue Project benefit @ Santos Party House, NYC - pics"