Entries tagged with: Thalia Zedek
photos by Greg Cristman
Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom, with Lee Ranaldo - 12/7/15
Kurt Vile has been in NYC to guest at more than one of the seven Dinosaur Jr shows, including the finale last night (12/9). Before last night's show, Kurt, his band the Violators, and Dino Jr frontman J Mascis headed to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Pretty Pimpin," the excellent (and very popular) lead track off KV's album b'lieve i'm goin' down.... Watch the video, which has one of the more psychedelic light shows you're likely to see on Colbert, below.
Meanwhile, we've already written up something on all seven Dino Jr shows, but now we've got a set of pictures from Night 5 (12/7), the show that featured Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Lee Ranaldo, Thalia Zedek, Todd Barry, Andrew Labrecque, famed indie rock producer Don Fleming, Don's ex-Gumball bandmate Jay Spiegel, and host Henry Rollins.
Lastly, Kurt's lengthy week in NYC also included an appearance at Cyndi Lauper's holiday show at the Beacon on 12/5. Watch Kurt and Cyndi play Cyndi's "Money Changes Everything" and cover The Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" at that show, below.
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr's 30th anniversary shows at Bowery Ballroom have thus far begun and ended basically the same: Henry Rollins introduces the band from the balcony and they play their 1985 debut album, Dinosaur, in full; things end with a guest-filled, jammed-out encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." In between there are lots of surprises. Monday night (12/7) was the fifth of seven shows and while there weren't any huge names like Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile or Bob Mould in the evening's second set, there were a lot of guests all of whom had a very direct relationship to the band. It was kinda like Dinosaur Jr. History/Connections Night. Highlights, mostly in order and in bullet point form:
- The night opened with something called "Sitar" with J Mascis playing an electric sitar, joined by Andrew Labrecque on harmonium and chant-y vocals (he played on J's 2005 record J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma) and Todd Barry on a mandal-type drum. "People said, 'Todd, you're not a musician," the comedian (who is actually a pretty good drummer) told the crowd. "I said 'You ain't seen nothing yet.'"
- Lee Ranaldo made his third appearance this week, singing on "Little Fury Things." I think Lee just loves Dinosaur Jr, you could tell he was having a blast and spent the rest of the set sitting on the side of the stage singing along.
- Thalia Zedek of Come/Live Skull came out to sing "Feel the Pain." Mascis noted that Thalia sang backup on the original recording (from 1994's Without a Sound). You can catch Thalia tonight (12/8) at Union Pool with 75 Dollar Bill. Similarly, Tiffany Anders (daughter of filmmaker Alison Anders and singer songwriter in her own right) came out to sing "Get Me" (she sang on the original recording from 1993's Where You Been?).
- Bill Janovitz of fellow Boston band and onetime SST labelmates Buffalo Tom sang "Tarpit." When Buffalo Tom first started they were jokingly called Dinosaur Jr Jr, a comparison aided in part because J Mascis produced their first two albums.
- B.A.L.L. / Gumball member (among other projects) and famed indie rock producer Don Fleming was brought out to play guitar on Green Mind's "The Wagon." Mascis told the crowd that Don had played on the original and this was the first-ever attempt to play the "single version" of the song live. It was pretty awesome. Gumball drummer Jay Spiegel was on the second kit.
- Don, Spiegel and Lee Ranaldo (on third guitar), plus some of the stage crew (one of whom on that electric sitar) were all out for "Cortez the Killer" which was indeed killer.
- Henry Rollins' introduction was entertaining. He told a story about how he and Ian MacKaye used to go see "arena rock" bands before discovering punk, telling a very funny story about going to see The Cramps (it involved the removal, folding and return of Lux Interior's pants), and how then they'd finally found "their music." He also implored people to go see (and play) more shows in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Rollins also has the best seat in the house.
- Lou Barlow said he cut his left pinky the first night of the run and he can't seem to get a band-aid to stay on the whole time, and that it hurt like hell to play. Lou's Cousin It hair obscures his face for 99% of the show.
- Before one of the songs in the Dinosaur set (maybe "The Leper"), Mascis told the crowd that at the time everybody in the band was super into The Birthday Party, and they tried to sound like that but "it ended up sounding like this."
We'll have an actual set of pics from Monday's show soon. In the meantime, check out the full setlist and more Instagram photos/videos, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Long-running Seattle space-rockers Kinski recently released their grungy new album 7 (or 8) via Kill Rock Stars. They'll be heading out on tour in support of that album in October.
For Kinski, the LP and tour follow a split they released with Sandrider earlier this year. For Oneida, this is a one-off, although their always-busy drummer Kid Millions recently released albums with supergroup Soldiers of Fortune and Liturgy/Zs drummer Greg Fox. For E (who also appear to sometimes go by "A Band Called E") this marks their NYC live debut. In addition to Thalia (of Come and other projects), the band also features fellow Massachusetts indie vets Jason Sanford (ex-Neptune) and Gavin McCarthy (ex-Karate).
All upcoming tour dates for Kinski, as well as a stream of their new album and a video of E playing in Cambridge earlier this year, below...
Songs:Ohio / Magnolia Electric Co. main man Jason Molina sadly passed away in 2013 and this week another tribute album was released called Through the Static and Distance: The Songs of Jason Molina. In honor of that, a release show will take place this Friday (1/9) at Troost in Greenpoint (1011 Manhattan Ave) with many of the artists featured on the album. Here's the lineup:
Stephen BartolomeiThe show starts at 8 PM, is 21+ and free. Album tracklist below...
Guy Capecelatro III
Joel Hamburger (Songs: Ohia)
Peter Hess (Songs: Ohia / World Inferno Friendship Society)
Jesse Poe (Tanakh)
Brendan Quinn (Abunai!)
Eion Russell (Songs: Ohia)
Zach Tremblay (Temple)
Paul Watson (Sparklehorse / Bee and Flower)
JT Yost (Drunk / Spokane)
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...