Entries tagged with: The Kitchen

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Sarah Neufeld

Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (also of Bell Orchestre and The Luyas) just released a three-song EP, Black Ground, which doubles as bonus material for her 2013 LP, Hero Brother. The whole EP was co-produced by Nils Frahm and features arrangements from Owen Pallett on "Breathing Black Ground (Orchestral Version)." You can stream it in full below.

As mentioned, Sarah has a few solo shows coming up, including one in NYC this Friday (2/14) at The Kitchen. At Friday's show, she'll be joined by saxophonist Colin Stetson. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Colin Stetson next plays NYC without Sarah as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival on 3/22 at Merkin Concert Hall (tickets). In more related news, Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hits NYC this May, and Arcade Fire's tour hits NYC in August for three Barclays Center shows.

Meanwhile, speaking of Nils Frahm, his previously announced tour hits NYC on March 26 at Glasslands, and since we last spoke, he added a late show happening the same night. Both shows are with Douglas Dare, and you can get tickets to both. Updated dates are listed below.

Stream Sarah's new EP, with all lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sarah Neufeld streaming new EP, playing The Kitchen w/ Colin Stetson this Friday; Nils Frahm adds 2nd NYC show (dates)"

Workers cleaning up The Kitchen after Sandy...
The Kitchen

From NYC arts venue The Kitchen:

Dear Kitchen Community,

Like thousands of others in New York City, The Kitchen was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Four feet of flooding filled the building's theater and lobby spaces, causing severe damage. Initial estimates of our loss are between $400,000 and $500,000, if not above, depending on how much material we are able to salvage for future use.

In the spirit of artistic resolve, we are currently renovating the building and doing everything in our power to keep our season's program intact, beginning with Richard Maxwell in our theater, and Matt Keegan and Eileen Quinlan in our gallery. But at present we are simply unable to say precisely when we will be able to reopen.

Every year at this time, The Kitchen hosts a benefit art auction, the proceeds from which are essential to our program and operations. The importance of this occasion today cannot be overstated. Originally slated for November 12, the event will now take place on November 26, either on The Kitchen site or at an alternate location to be determined.

As we do our best to reopen, our thoughts are with the people of New York and New Jersey hit so hard by the storm. And we look forward to welcoming artists and audiences back to The Kitchen as quickly as possible.

Very best,
The Kitchen

You can stop by the Matt Keegan and Eileen Quinlan aopening in their gallery TONIGHT (11/15). You can contribute HERE.

by Andrew Sacher

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - 'Instrumental Tourist' cover art
Instrumental Tourist

Two stellar ambient artists, Tim Hecker and relative newcomer Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), will team up for a collaborative album titled Instrumental Tourist, which is due out on November 20 via Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford's Software label. The first taste of the album comes from the opening track, "Uptown Psychedelia," which is already hinting at great things to come from this collaboration. You can stream that track and check out the album's tracklist below. That's the cover art above.

Daniel Lopatin is also teaming up with Nate Boyce for a live performance in NYC at avant-garde non-profit performance space The Kitchen on October 5 for the venue's new Synth Nights electronic concert series. That series also includes a performance on October 6 with Musica Elettronica Viva (including original members Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, and Richard Tietelbaum). Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now.

A list of all Oneohtrix Point Never dates, that song stream, and Tim Hecker/Daniel Lopatin album tracklist are below.

Continue reading "Daniel Lopatin releasing collaborative LP w/ Tim Hecker, playing The Kitchen's new "Synth Nights" series (stream)"

James Murphy at Brooklyn Bazaar (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
James Murphy

It's benefit season, don't you know? MoMA's annual Party in the Garden is on Tuesday (5/22) with Santigold as the featured performer, and then the next night (Wed. 5/23) it's the Spring Gala Benefit at The Kitchen, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit performance spaces. It happens at Capitale (130 Bowery) and this year's guests of honor are video and performance artist Joan Jonas and minimalist composer Steve Reich. The evening features performances from David Cossin (Bang on a Can), Jason Moran and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden. The afterparty features a DJ set from James Murphy.

Tickets are still available, and will set you back anywhere from $500 - $25,000. If you just want to go to the afterparty, tickets start at $75. The proceeds will support artistic and production fees for The Kitchen's annual presenting season, which features experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists' talks.

If you can't make the Spring Gala then you can still catch James Murphy behind the decks at GoogaMooga this weekend. He'll headline the Pagoda Stage on 5/19 as part of the ExtraMooga portion of the program. Tickets for ExtraMooga are still available and the full schedule of events (with times) are up. Murphy will also DJ the upcoming Roots Picnic.

Talking Heads at The Kitchen in 1976 (photo by Kathy Landman)
Talking Heads

On the occasion of The Kitchen's 40th Anniversary, legendary experimental musician and composer Rhys Chatham curates a shared program of music from his time as a performer and music curator at The Kitchen during the 1970s. Avant-garde luminaries Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, and Laurie Spiegel will return to The Kitchen's stage and perform the now canonical experimental music pieces they debuted at The Kitchen in the 1970s, an incredibly fertile and experimental period in New York when these pioneering artists helped create the original "downtown sound."
Congrats to the legendary Kitchen for on their 40th Anniversary! Come celebrate the venue over two nights, Friday 9/9 with Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, and Rhys Chatham and Saturday 9/10 with Tony Conrad, Laurie Spiegel, and Rhys Chatham. Tickets for both nights are still available by phone or by foot, and will set you back $12 each.

A week after that you can continue withe the celebration at the annual Kitchen Block Party on 9/17, a FREE street fair that goes down at 11AM - 4PM on 19th between 10th and 11th Avenue. Come check out multiple art booths, live music & dance, kid friendly activites, and much more. More details on the block party, as well as a short documentary on the significance of The Kitchen, below...

Continue reading "The Kitchen celebrating 40 w/ 'Pioneers of the Downtown Sound', hosting annual block party"

Bush Tetras
Bush Tetras

In June 1981, The Kitchen threw itself a behemoth tenth birthday party-cum-fundraiser at a Times Square megaclub. Dubbed Aluminum Nights, the marathon event saw a capacity audience of many hundreds -- including, all seem to recall, Mick Jagger backstage -- enjoy a diversified array of the downtown sounds being nurtured at the crossroads of The Kitchen's music program. In 2011, as part of its 40th anniversary season, The Kitchen presents a distilled refraction of the Aluminum Music performed over that memorable weekend.
As mentioned in "What's Going on Friday," The Kitchen's Aluminum Nights will celebrate its anniversary TONIGHT! The celebration begins at 8PM ($12 gets you in) with a performance from industrial percussionist Z'EV and no-wave from Bush Tetras. Saturday the anniversary party continues as "former Kitchen Music Director and Aluminum Nights co-curator George Lewis" presents Homage to Charles Parker with a backing band of "Amina Claudine Myers (piano/organ), Reggie Nicholson (percussion), Matana Roberts (alto saxophone) and Richard Teitelbaum (synthesizers)". Peter Gordon's Love of Life Orchestra completes Saturday evening and the weekend (8PM start time, tickets).

Bush Tetras also took part in the Mudd Club reunion at the Delancey last year, as did Richard Lloyd who is playing the upcoming Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Some video highlights from that event are below...

Continue reading "The Kitchen celebrating 'Aluminum Nights' this weekend w/ Bush Tetras (who also played the Mudd Club reunion)"

words by Rachel Kowal

Sam AmidonSam Amidon

On Friday and Saturday night, singer Sam Amidon has hosted a series of sold-out shows at The Kitchen, an arts space in Manhattan that boasts an impressive Board of Directors that includes the likes of Philip Glass, Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner to name a few.

With its austere, DIY theatre vibe, the setting was a bit unconventional, but then again, so was the performance. Much more than simply an evening of folk songs, ballads, and hymns, Amidon projected random video clips and odd, hand-drawn cartoons onto the large screen lining the back wall.

There were two clusters of instruments and laptops on stage - one for Amidon and the other for one of his regular collaborators, Shahzad Ismaily. Due to Amidon's mesmerizing presence, it's easy to overlook Ismaily on percussion, but only because his contribution is effortlessly subtle and effective.

Amidon began his multimedia show with a series of video clips, including one of himself in a rowboat, narrating the tragic tale of "a young child of indiscriminate gender, wearing a green raincoat who ran away from home at the age of 10." With such a vivid and candid performer like Amidon, it's often hard to tell if it's all an act or if he's a bit crazy, but that's part of the appeal.

As was quickly evidenced by both his home videos and his live performance, Amidon can hardly contain his odd stories and asides. With Amidon, it's about the journey - however winding or disjointed it may be. And with a fair amount of sing-a-longs thrown in to keep the audience engaged, it's hard not to feel that we're all weary travelers on the same odyssey.

Of course, the bulk of Amidon's show comprised songs from his last two albums, but he also played a quick succession of short folk songs. And yes, besides the more conventional aspects of the performance, he displayed everything from 'liturgical dancing' and chaotic vocal exercises to a book review (Peter Biskind's "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood" - apparently terrible), a conversation between a piece of broccoli and a jar of maple syrup (naturally, about love and depression), and an R. Kelly cover ("Relief").

It may not have been the most coherent experience, but Sam Amidon's grab bag performances never cease to entertain and enliven.

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Both Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily also play in Thomas Bartlett's Doveman, so maybe they'll be there in March when Doveman goes on a very short tour with Nadia Sirota in March. That very short tour includes two shows in Minneapolis and that one taking place at Merkin Concert Hall on March 9th with Owen Pallett.

Nadia Sirota and Sam Amidon, along with The National's Bryce Dessner and Bishi, will also participate in Tell The Way at St. Ann's Warehouse on February 10th, 11th and 12th...

Tell The Way is a newly commissioned collaborative work created for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun, Artistic Director) by the ubiquitous Nico Muhly. Loosely based on medieval and colonial English travel narratives, the work draws from American folk sources, prayers for the Royal Navy, early colonial diaries, Mandeville, Herodotus and Marco Polo. Nico Muhly's music is propulsive travel-music, but at the heart of Tell The Way are three meditative collaborations between Muhly and Bishi, Muhly and Bryce Dessner and Muhly and Sam Amidon. An ensemble of strings, percussion, piano, and flute augment the voices of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bryce's guitar, Sam's banjo and fiddle, and Bishi's sitar.
Tickets for all three shows are on sale.

All tour dates and Sam's Kitchen setlist, below...

Continue reading "Sam Amidon played the Kitchen (review & setlist), playing Nico Muhly's 'Tell The Way' @ St. Ann's Warehouse (dates)"

Sam Amidon & friends @ LPR in 2009 (more by Fresh Bread)
Sam Amidon

"On Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, The Kitchen will present solo performances by musician, composer and visual artist Sam Amidon. Drawing from his most recent release, I See The Sign (Bedroom Community, April 2010), Amidon will perform re-workings-by turns intuitive and radical-of secular ballads, gospel, folk songs, and hymns, in addition to original compositions. This evening will also include interludes of storytelling, field recordings, and projections of Amidon's hand-drawn cartoons and short videos. Curated by Matthew Lyons, the performances will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Tickets are $12."
That's the description of Sam Amidon's two sold out ("Waitlist at 7pm at door") shows happening tonight and Saturday at The Kitchen, and it's the description of the third show they just added that will take place Saturday night at 10pm. Advanced tickets are on sale, or you can take your chances at the door.

Sam has a few other shows coming up too. They are listed below...

Continue reading "Sam Amidon adds 3rd show this weekend & other dates"

Deerhoof at LPR (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Deerhoof

Deerhoof will welcome their new split/collaborative 7" on Saturday (11/6), featuring Busdriver and Physical Forms (Busdriver plus members of The Mae Shi). Preorder that now. Deerhoof's new full length LP, Deerhoof Vs Evil, being released on 1/25/11 via Polyvinyl/Joyful Noise. And it's around that time that the band will go on a headlining tour with Nervous Cop, and Ben Butler & Mousepad. All dates below.

Recent NYC shows were at Le Poisson Rouge and Williamsburg Waterfront (collaboratively with Xiu Xiu). Deerhoof will return to one of those venues in March, but first skip the conventional venues to play Ridgewood Masonic Temple on February 8th, 2011 with all of the openers mentioned above (the same venue that Todd P just hosted a Halloween party at). The March show is actually after the tour, on March 14th at Le Poisson Rouge, and is entitled "Deerhoof & Friends: A musical event within Carnegie Hall's 2011 JapanNYC Festival, presented by Wordless Music." Not much else is known about the rest of the LPR lineup, but tickets are now on sale.

But wait, there's more: Check out this thing starting at the Kitchen in NYC TONIGHT

"Just a friendly reminder about The Kitchen's U.S. premiere this week of BAND, Adam Pendleton's new three-channel video installation. Pendleton's BAND is a form-and-content refashioning of Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil, which stands in open contrast to the earlier film. BAND tracks the indie rock band Deerhoof working on and recording a new song, I Did Crimes for You over the course of a day during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Using the structure and techniques of avant-garde film as a means to explore ideas about contemporary experimental practice, language and the (re)making of history, BAND acts as a meditation on the present, read backwards through the canonical traces of history. The exhibition also features new wall-based works from Pendleton's ongoing System of Display series.

Curated by Rashida Bumbray, BAND will be on view from November 3-December 23, 2010. The Kitchen's gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is free. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

The trailler for BAND, Deerhoof's full tour schedule and some other videos, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof touring, playing a Wordless/JapanyNYC Fest show, part of a video installation @ the Kitchen (opens tonight)"

photos by Tim Griffin

David Byrne Benefit at Capitale
David Byrne Benefit at Capitale

The Kitchen Spring Gala Benefit

Honoring
David Byrne

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Capitale 130 Bowery at Grand Street, New York City

6:00 pm COCKTAILS AND HORS D'OEUVRES
7:30 pm DINNER AND PERFORMANCES
by Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, and St. Vincent

9:30 to Midnight AFTER-PARTY with open bar, desserts, and dancing with DJ Scott Campbell & Leo Fitzpatrick and a live music performance by Chief
Hosted by The Smile and The Journal

Wednesday night's $500-a-ticket Gala event (the afterparty was cheaper) at Capitale didn't include any surprises (no on-stage collaborations or surprise guests), but it did include performances by Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, and St. Vincent as advertised, and raise a lot of money for non-profit venue The Kitchen (whose upcoming events include two talent shows curated by Robert Melee).

The honoree, David Byrne, rode his bike to and from the party. More pictures from the event (though none of Chief who play two more NYC shows in June), below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors, St Vincent, Doveman & Nico Muhly helped honor David Byrne @ the Kitchen Gala @ Capitale (pics)"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Chief - Night & Day (MP3)

Dirty Projectors & David Byrne @ Bowery in Nov '09
Dirty Projectors & David Byrne

The MoMA Party in the Garden benefit with Karen O and Nick Zinner is tonight (5/25), and the Anthology Film Archives benefit with Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Kenneth Anger's band Technicolor Skull was the week before (5/19).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26th), there's the spring benefit for the Kitchen, a nonprofit performance and music space in Chelsea, that will honor David Byrne. The event, which includes dinner, drinks, etc. at Capitale (130 Bowery), will also feature performances by Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, and St. Vincent. Tickets for that would have run you $500 a piece, if they weren't already sold out. Byrne isn't listed as playing at the event, though he has performed with both Dirty Projectors and St. Vincent in the past.

You can still nab a ticket ($75) to the somewhat less-exciting after-party with DJ Scott Campbell and music from California county-tinged folk-pop band Chief.

While in town, Chief, who just signed to Domino Records (and who live back in California now that they've graduated from NYU) are also playing a show at Mercury Lounge on June 2nd with She Keeps Bees and Caveman. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be at Union Pool on June 5th...

"California 4-piece Chief, comprised of early 20-somethings Evan Koga, brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa and Mike Moonves, will release their stunning debut album Modern Rituals on August 17, 2010. The newest signing to Domino Records, Chief has already garnered a fervent following in NYC and LA as well as early radio support from KEXP, BBC Radio 6 Music and Zane Lowe's influential Radio 1 show. The band will set out on a run of select U.S. tour dates that begins this Friday, May 28th, but first they are proud to offer their lead single "Night & Day" as a free download" [Domino Records]
Grab "Night & Day" above. All dates below.

Dirty Projectors' other upcoming shows include a headlining gig at Terminal 5 on September 11th which Owen Pallett is now opening. All dates below.

St. Vincent has a headlining show coming up at Summerstage and she'll sing with Ben Gibbard at the June 8th Simon & Garfunkel-themed Summerstage benefit. You can also catch her playing DJ at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (5/25).

Speaking of David Byrne, he's been busy as usual. He's suing Florida governor Charlie Crist. And his Here Lies Love project came out in April. (Eerily, that record, about Philippine first lady and political figure Imelda Marcos, corresponded with the political success of Imelda and the Marcos family in a May election.)

There's a new book on Byrne & Talking Heads called Song and Circumstance: The Work of David Byrne from Talking Heads to the Present, which sports a cover photo by BV photographer Chris La Putt (taken at Byrne's Radio City show in 2009). Congrats Chris!

David Byrne's own book, Bicycle Diaries, came out last year. Videos of David's lecture on bikes, scenes from his 2009 "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno" tour, and all Chief & DP dates are below...

Continue reading "Kitchen Gala honoring David Byrne, show includes St Vincent, Dirty Projectors & Chief (now on Domino) - MP3, tour dates "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Aaron Dessner - We Were Born (from the Long Count) (MP3)

The Long Count

The Long Count
Oct 28, 30 & 31 at 8pm

Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie

In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists--brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie--combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds.

Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders [who are at the Bowery August 18th & 19th]), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.

The MP3 above is the first musical glimpse at the above-described (and previously mentioned) Long Count project. The heavy minimalist influence on the track makes the role of those guest vocalists even more curious. Single tickets for the Long Count, and all the BAM Next Wave concerts, go on sale September 8th. A video trailer for the show, which falls on and around Halloween, is below. More Brooklyn Halloween show options HERE.

Shara Worden has been keeping super busy and impressing Decemberists audiences across the country when she sings her part in the Hazards of Love production (and when she's doing Bob Dylan). Upcoming Decemberists dates include September 21st in Montclair, NJ.

Kim Deal, in addition to the above-mentioned BAM and Bowery shows, will be in NYC (and around the country) with the Pixies in November. The shows at Hammerstein Ballroom are now on sale.

The National recently played a set at All Points West in Jersey City.

Worden/National collaborator Sufjan Stevens premiered his show "The BQE" as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival in 2007. That show is being released as a DVD and going on tour, as is Sufjan himself.

Also below is a video from "a 20-minute animated and musical collaboration developed by Bryce Dessner and Matthew Ritchie" that premiered at the Kitchen in March (Sufjan Stevens played the harmonium), and trailers and music (!) for the other BAM Next Wave commissions including Imaginary City (the So Percussion show), Terra Nova (the DJ Spooky/ICE collaboration) and Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension...

Continue reading "an MP3 from the upcoming National-Breeders-Worden show @ BAM, Long Count ticket info, Next Wave video previews"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - The Eternal (montage) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "June"(MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion performing Steve Reich's "Drumming, Part Three" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "Melody Competition" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: So Percussion - "Fast"(MP3)
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Bang on a Can All-Stars...
Bang on a Can All-Stars

New work by Dirty Projector David Longstreth is OFF THE PROGRAM for the Bang on a Can All-Stars People's Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert on April 2nd at Merkin Hall. Maybe it has something to do with Longstreth currently playing Europe with Dirty Projectors, or the host of other shows the band has planned (including the Longstreth new-composition debut scheduled with Björk at Housing Works Bookstore & Café on May 8th).

The spot on the April 2nd concert is being filled by a piece composed by guitarist and Downtown muscian Fred Frith...

Fred Frith, the English guitarist and composer...is one of the more respected figures in the gray area of music where rock meets the avant-garde. A Dadaist improviser with a streak of the mystic in him, Mr. Frith, like that granddaddy of avant-gardists John Cage, finds music in everything that clanks, squeaks, rattles and hisses. He can turn just about anything lying around the house into a musical instrument. And in one sequence, he and some friends give an impromptu backyard performance of bossa nova music using rhythm instruments made of empty bottles and other household debris. [NY Times]
Tickets for the event are still on sale. Also on the bill for that night is "How Deep Are Rivers? (A Map is a Good Piece of Paper)," the "New York Premiere of a live collaboration with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth." Full program below.

The next scheduled Bang on a Can event (this time in collaboration with Wordless Music) takes place at LPR on April 22nd, with So Percussion performing as part of supergroup Signal. Tickets are available for the show, which will feature Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon's Trance played in its entirety. Later this spring, both the Bang on a Can All-Stars and So Percussion will play the Look & Listen Festival 2009 in New York (May 1-3).

But before that, So Percussion plays at the MATA Festival (for young composer new-works) on Saturday, April 4th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. (Tickets are on sale.).

The group then performs with Matador band and Björk collaborators Matmos (and special guests PLOrk, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra) at The Kitchen on Friday, April 10th and Saturday, April 11th. Tickets for both Friday and Saturday are on sale: "All three [acts] will share the stage to preview songs from an upcoming collaborative album, as well as new arrangements of music from Matmos's Supreme Balloon and So Percussion's Amid the Noise."

Program for the April 2nd concert and videos from 1990 avant-doc on Fred Frith, Step Across the Border, below...

Continue reading "Longstreth drops off PCF, Matmos playing w/ So Percussion "

words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Final Fantasy

What a great show last night (2/6). And well run. Doors were at 7:45, and the show started promptly at 8. Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) played about an hour with the addition of Matt Smith which made it "Ffiinnaall Ffaannttaassyy."

After one or two songs Owen invited us to move around and explore the space, to listen from different places in the room. The majority of the crowd stayed seated, but around 30 of us were moving around throughout. The sound really did change depending on where you stood because multiple amps were set up across the stage and each amp was pumping out different sounds. As you can see in the photos, they had free apples, the "Best Seat in the House" and the "Massage Chair".

Owen made it sound like this was the last time he'd be playing this way - that from now on he'd be playing with orchestras, rather than doing the looping that has somewhat defined him up to this point. Last time after tonight (2/7) that is.

And yes, they ran some of the electronics through an apple. More pictures and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Ffiinnaall Ffaannttaassyy (Final Fantasy & Matt Smith) @ The Kitchen, NYC - pics"

Owen & Matt
Owen Pallett

Final Fantasy (singer, composer, and arranger Owen Pallett) is known for his process-based experimental-pop solo violin performances, which allow the audience to witness the construction of his densely textured, layered, intricately polyphonic songs in real-time. For this new project, Final Fantasy presents a dynamic set of live violin and electronics with musician and composer Matt Smith. Through a complex sampling and spatialization process that is half-rehearsed and half-improvised, Pallett and Smith re-create a site-specific version of the more dissonant and abstract Final Fantasy repertoire. [The show at the Kitchen called] Ffiinnaall Ffaannttaassyy also anticipates the forthcoming release of Heartland, the follow-up to Final Fantasy's recent Polaris Prize-winning album, He Poos Clouds.
Feb 06 - Final Fantasy & Matt Smith @ The Kitchen (tix)
Feb 07 - Final Fantasy & Matt Smith @ The Kitchen (tix)
Feb 28 - Final Fantasy, Grizzly Bear & Brooklyn Philharmonic (tix)

Final Fantasy released two EP's in 2008. Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste listed then on his top 10 of 2008. Owen Pallett's top 10 of 2008, and his new Final Fantasy video, below...

Continue reading "Final Fantasy adds NYC shows w/ Matt Smith, new video, new album Heartland, and Owen's top 10 of 2008"

Silver Apples @ Knitting Factory in June (more by Zach Dilgard)
Silver Apples

Flower Travellin' Band won't be here, but the The Third Annual Halleluwah Festival goes on, this weekend at the Knitting Factory in NYC. According to the venue, the current lineup is:

Nov 22 - Grails, Silver Apples, White Rainbow, Nudge, Pigeons, Hard Bop, Dinowalrus, DJs Marty McSorely & Thanksgiving Brown

Nov 23 - Gods & Monsters, Martin Bisi, Apse, White Rainbow, Nancy Garcia, The Low Suns, Max Ochs

The venue's website actually still also lists Silver Summit for Sunday, but I'm pretty sure they won't be there and the festival's MySpace does seem to have removed them.

For Silver Apples, Saturday night's show will be the second in two days. The first was Friday night at Brainwaves in MA. On December 2nd, Simeon (Mr. Silver Apples) will also supposedly be doing this:

At The Kitchen, Silver Apples will perform a re-creation on the Mune Toon concert in 1969. This event was part of the official New York City celebration of the landing on the moon that took place in Central Park in July of 1969. At the moment that Niel Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon Simeon and Danny burst into this free-form-rock electronic instrumental that was scheduled for only 16.8 minutes, but actually went well into the morning. It is said many babies were conceived in the bushes that night!
The event is listed on The Kitchen's website as An Evening with Farimani. Tickets are at Ticketweb.

Silver Apples' only other upcoming shows are in January in Australia. The occasion is the ATP fest happening there that was curated by Nick Cave. All dates below...

Continue reading "Silver Apples tour dates (Halleluwah, The Kitchen, ATP)"

Oneida The WeddingOneida The Wedding

Oneida will be performing their 2005 album "The Wedding", in its entirety, two nights in a row at The Kitchen in NYC...

Backed by a live string quintet under the direction of Brian Coughlin, along with pianist Emily Manzo, the album is revisioned within the tradition of the song cycle as an abstract narrative. Art Direction by Mighty Robot A/V Squad, longtime provider of Oneida's lightshow, contextualizes the work as a unique hybrid of multimedia concert and non-didactic rock opera.
Tickets are on sale for: June 13 & June 14.

Oneida are also playing a show in Brooklyn much sooner - this Saturday actually (May 10th). It's a benefit for Eat Records at Secret Project Robot and Ex Models are also on the bill. All dates below....

Continue reading "Oneida playing 'The Wedding' & a benefit & touring (dates)"

Sam Amidon playing in Nico Muhly's last show @ The Kitchen
Sam Amidon on a horse with guitar

The other advantage of a deliberate mispronunciation is that it can be subtly dismissive of a topic that you, the Mispronouncer, are somehow ashamed to admit to knowing too much about. One time I have caught myself doing this is with the artist M.I.A., whom everybody had been talking about in, like, 2003. So as not to appear deliberately branché (BRAHN-shay) about her music, I caught myself talking about her like, "Oh, I was just listening to...how do you say it, is it Miyya? Emm Eye Ay?" and of course, it's an asshole move, and it slows the pace of conversation. I heard myself do it, and vowed never to do it again. [Nico Muhly - on his blog]
Info on a new Nico Muhly record (coming out on the record label part owned by members of the National) below...

Continue reading "Nico Muhly is releasing an album on Brassland"

Nico, Wordless Music Series May 2007 (Christopher Owyoung)
Nico Muhly

Tickets are on sale for three Nico Muhly shows at the Kitchen in NYC (March 7, 7 & 8). Nico describes the shows as....

Chamber Music, featuring Sam Solomon, Sam Amidon & Nadia Sirota, with Scenarios by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a. Shoplifter
Nico video below...

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The National scarf

NYU Program Board presents The National with Phosphorescent & Maps and Atlases

Thurs, Feb 28, 2008 at Kimmel Center, 8pm
$8 for NYU students, $10 for public

On sale now to NYU ID holders at Ticket Central;
limit 2 advance per ID.

This NYU show is five days after The National play two shows at BAM in Brooklyn.

Other upcoming NYC-area shows include June 14th w/ REM & Modest Mouse @ Jones Beach, June 19th w/ the same bands in NYC, and two shows Bryce Dessner is playing with Wilco's Glenn Kotche at the Kitchen in March. All tour dates below....

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