Entries tagged with: Thalia Zedek
by Bill Pearis
The Rogers Sisters
Versus are currently in the studio working on their next album though no word on when that is going to come out. You can however catch them live on November 9 at Rough Trade where they'll play with the Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Rogers Sisters, and Cynthia Nelson. The show is a benefit for Letha Rodman Melchior (wife of Dan Melchior and artist in her own right) who has been battling cancer for some time. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.
The Rogers Sisters, regulars in the early-'00s Brooklyn dancepunk scene, disbanded in 2007 but got back together back in January for a benefit for Melchior. (2002's Purely Evil holds up well, listen at Rdio.) Antietam, meanwhile, will also be opening for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall on December 3 (tickets).
Speaking of Thalia Zedek, she also sings on three songs on the upcoming debut album from Exit Verse the new band of Geoff Farina of now defunct '90s/'00s emo/indie rock vets Karate. Along with Geoff, the band includes drummer John Dugan (Chisel, Edsel) and bassist Pete Croke (Brokeback, Tight Phantoms). Their album's self-titled, due November 17 via Ernest Jenning Record Co., and the first single "Seeds" is out now. Check it out below.
A Rogers Sisters video also below...
Thalia Zedek reunited with her old band Come and released her first new solo album since 2008 earlier this year. Now, before the year ends, she'll be doing a few more Northeast dates including one in NYC on December 12 at Mercury Lounge with O13. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Thalia recently spoke about what it was like reuniting with Come in an interview with Color Is Its Own Reward:
It was really incredible to be able to do that; we were so lucky! I think the thing that really took me by surprise was how incredibly comfortable and confidant I felt playing with Sean, Arthur and Chris. I NEVER worried about having a bad show, it just felt like I was surfing or something, they were the wave and all I had to do was not fall off my board. It felt really, really great!All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Your live shows are incendiary and I am constantly amazed by the amount of passion that you muster, especially when you put so much physically into your performance. What do you enjoy about the live experience?
The live experience is really what it's all about for me. Music is a "performing art" and it's a tribal and communal activity in every culture the world over. I feel things when I'm performing that I never feel when I'm recording or rehearsing.
We just mentioned that Matador were reissuing Come's debut album, and that Come vocalist/guitarist Thalia Zedek has a new solo album due out on March 19 via Thrill Jockey. The album is called Via and you can check out the album art, tracklist, and a video of Thalia playing a solo acoustic version of its opening track, "Walk Away," below.
What we forgot to mention was that Thalia is keeping busy in other ways too. She has some shows coming up including a NYC date on March 26 at Union Pool with Brokeback before she heads out on a short run with Low (not including Low's NYC show). Admission for the Union Pool show is $10 at the door.
Meanwhile, Thalia's Thrill Jockey labelmate White Hills opens for Psychic Ills at their record release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (2/7). That bill also includes Prince Rupert's Drops and DJ Mike Newman. Tickets are still available.
A list of all Thalia Zedek dates, video, album art, and tracklist below...
Montreal's Majical Cloudz released their impressive Turns Turns Turns EP on Arbutus Records last year, and like their collaborator Grimes (who left her Arbutus home to sign to 4AD), Majical Cloudz have partnered with a Beggars Group-affiliated label Matador Records, who will release a new full length by the duo this year. They also just filmed a Yours Truly session for "Turns Turns Turns," which you can watch below. And as mentioned, they'll be touring with Autre Ne Veut this year and hitting NYC on February 27 at Santos (tickets).
In other Matador news, the label will be reissuing Eleven : Eleven, the debut album from Boston's Come, which originally came out in 1992 and has long been out of print. The band made fans out of J Mascis, Bob Mould, and Kurt Cobain, and they share a member (Chris Brokaw) with Codeine. The reissue will be released as a 2XCD/2XLP with the original album, Come's 10/10/92 performance at the Vermonstress Festival, and a bonus 7" reissue of the "Fast Piss Blues" b/w "I Got The Blues" single. The album will get the same reissue treatment in Europe via Glitterhouse.
The band are also planning some reunion shows for this year, but none have been announced yet. Meanwhile, frontwoman Thalia Zedek (also of Live Skull) will release her fifth solo album on March 19 via Thrill Jockey.
The video for "Submerge" from Eleven and that Majical Cloudz video below...
photos and interview by Keith Marlowe
Chrome Cranks @ Cake Shop
The recently reunited Chrome Cranks played two shows over Memorial Day weekend - Friday at the Cake Shop and Saturday at the Knitting Factory. I went to, and photographed, both. Unlike last year's reunion shows, the bands first since 1998, this outing featured many new songs which will be on an album the Cranks are recording this week. I had a chance to talk with William Weber and Bob Bert before their Knitting Factory show.
The Chrome Cranks first formed in Cincinnati around 1988, consisting of frontman Peter Aaron and William Weber on guitar. Weber recalls, "We tried playing with a lot of people, but we never had a line-up that jelled. We wanted to be a really swampy, raunchy band with a raw noise element and it just never came together." In 1991 Weber moved to New York City and Aaron moved here soon after. They added bass player Jerry Teel, from the Honeymoon Killers, and finally Bob Bert, from Sonic Youth and Pussy Galore among others, on drums.
pics and interview continued below...
"After last year's already legendary reunion shows, New York City's infamous garage/punk-blues/noise kings the Chrome Cranks are once again ready to roundly kick the world squarely in its soft, pathetic, and pain-deserving ass--this time with two more hotly anticipated performances: at the Cake Shop in New York on May 28 and the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on May 29.The shows are tonight (5/28) at Cake Shop and Saturday at Knitting Factory. More details and a video below...
2009's visceral and devastating shows in New York and Europe by the Chrome Cranks' best and best-known lineup--vocalist/guitarist Peter Aaron, guitarist William Weber, drummer Bob Bert, and bassist Jerry Teel--were a revelation for long-time fans as well as those who'd missed the band during its 1990s heyday. Indeed, many raved that the Cranks are better now than they were the first time around. Since the reunion the group has remained together, working on material for a new album that promises to be every bit as blistering--if not more--than the quartet's pivotal '90s releases."
Deer Tick @ SXSW 2007 (more by Ryan Muir)
Deer Tick helped ring in the New Year at Knitting Factory in NYC on December 31st. The performance was also part of what was the club's last show ever. Next up for Deer Tick in NYC is a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on February 13th with the Thalia Zedek Band and The Weight. Tickets are on sale.
Jason Isbell @ All Points West (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Right around that same time, Jason and the Tick will join up for a tour that includes shows in Boston, Philly, Toronto, Colubmus and many other places. They'll both also eventually make their way back to Austin to play SXSW where Deer Tick played the official BrooklynVegan showcase in 2007. All tour dates below...
I've mentioned these shows here and there, but never posted the tour dates. Alan Sparhawk of Low's other band Retribution Gospel Choir is on tour and now in NYC. Tonight's (June 17) show at Union Hall is with Ida. Tomorrow is at Mercury Lounge with Thalia Zadek. All dates and ticket info below....
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Thalia & band
Live Skull created abrasive no wave music not unlike their 1970s and 1980s contemporaries Sonic Youth, Swans, Rat At Rat R, The Chameleons, Mars, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and Band Of Susans. Their music featured angular guitar parts interspersed with bleak, quieter passages, for a haunting overall effect. The lyrical subject matter was usually as pessimistic and harsh as the music itself. Live Skull never achieved mainstream recognition, but retain underground notoriety and share a family tree with other relatively noteworthy groups. [Wikipedia]Thalia Zedek was in Live Skull from 1987 to 1990. That's when they broke up. Before Live Skull she was in Dangerous Birds and Uzi After Live Skull there was Come, and there have been various other projects since. The most recent one is a band she put together for an album called "Liars and Prayers" that came out on Thrill Jockey in April. Now she's on tour with this band, and you can catch her tonight (Friday the June 13th) at Union Pool with Major Stars. I wonder if she knew that Teenage Jesus & The Jerks were playing in town the same night when she booked the gig. If you miss tonight, there's also June 18th at Mercury Lounge. All dates below...