Entries tagged with: The Wick
Sleaford Mods / Rogers Sisters / Gotobeds @ The Wick 11/29/2014
Trying to describe a Sleaford Mods show just does not get the point across of how visceral a live act the UK duo are. Most of that comes from frontman/lyricist Jason Williamson who is torrent of words and spittle and pent up anger. When his right arm wasn't tucked behind his back, his hand was flittering near his temple, almost as if firing the lyrics (how does he remember them all?) in machine gun fashion. When he wasn't barking into the mic, he was pacing around it. Beatmaker Andrew Fearn, meanwhile, hangs back grooving, drinking a beer, ready to cue the next song on the laptop. Both essential parts of the Sleaford equation and their 50-minute set at The Wick on Saturday (11/29) -- the band's North American live debut (presented by BrooklynVegan) -- absolutely flew by. The 500 or so in attendance ate the whole thing up, with a large contingent shouting along. The sole sour point of the evening -- some dude threw a beer at Williamson and was summarily ejected (and punched by various crowdmembers on his way out) -- didn't slow them down. Pictures, setlist and great full-set videos are in this post.
The whole evening was pretty great, if I do say so myself, with openers well-matched to headliner -- at least in attitude if not sonics. Pittsburgh's The Gotobeds played a too-short opening set, cranking through seven or so snarling, snotty, funny rippers in 20 minutes, and you'd never know singer Eli Kasan was sick as a dog given the energy he and the rest of the band expended in that time. If you haven't heard their debut album, Poor People are Revolting, you should rectify that now.
Flowing well from The Gotobeds were Brooklyn trio The Rogers Sisters who are back in action, to some extent, after a seven-year break. Their party-friendly brand of post-punk was a good bridge between the two bands. I'd forgotten how much I liked them and I certainly hope that wasn't the last we've seen of them.
Sleaford Mods told us they had plans to return to the US next year, details still forthcoming. In the meantime, check out more pictures from the whole night and full-set videos from all three bands, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Shilpa Ray @ Baby's All Right -- 5/24/2014
Alt-punk-rock-bluegrass-appalachian-country band O'Death are not only still at it, they recently announced they have a new album on the way via Northern Spy. No other details at the moment, but it will be their first since 2011's Outside.
On June 7, O'Death will play the Wick with fellow long-running (minus hiatuses) NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray along with guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson (who also recently played with Parquet Courts, Guards, Shy Hunters, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). Tickets for the Brooklyn show, which is also Vietnam's only upcoming date, are on sale.
Meanwhile you can catch Fletcher and band at Baby's All Right tonight (5/30). They're the "special guest" opening the Hector's Pets record release show.
What a crazy night! Baby's is so much fun. WAY TOO MUCH FUN. I've got a severe headache and I believe someone walked away with my boots last night. Give em back! I know you've got big feet and there is no way you're a ladies 5 1/2 - 6, so quit pretending. As for the rest of you thanks for coming out!! Loved Clapperclaw, Triptides, and D'NT. Special thanks to DJ Andrew Haynes.We missed Loved Clapperclaw and Triptides, but caught D'NT (who open for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw) and the intense harmonium playing Shilpa. Pictures from that show continue, along with a cover of the Pixies by O'Death you can listen to, below...
I could say something rash, like I'm not drinking for the rest of this week, but we know that is a lie. Cheers to the Mid Atlantic states! Happy Memorial Weekend!!
I'll leave you with this: (yeah that's Stiv Bators) http://youtu.be/5CYN14Ki5o8
photos by Erik Erikson
"My neck hurts from head banging 2 hard at the marnie stern show last night" - Caroline
Marnie Stern @ The Wick
"When you are trying to measure your value as a human being based on what kind of coverage your album is getting, it's absurd. And when you play a show you are looking at the audience and thinking "there were more people last time - does that mean I'm less popular and my music sucks?" It's ridiculous and completely negates the whole experience for the people who are there to see you and you want to give a good show to. Right now, I'm in a really happy place when it comes to all of that stuff and appreciating everything. I guess I am proud of myself for sticking with it for so long." -Marnie Stern to the QuietusMarnie Stern, Hunters & Glockabelle helped kick off a weekend of rock at new Bushwick venue The Wick last night (5/8). Some pictures from the show are in this post. Catch Marnie, whose R rated stage banner is almost as great as her guitar playing, again tonight, Philly (at Johnny Brenda's with Mumblr & Joint Chiefs of Math). That's her only upcoming date at the moment.
photos by Matt Schiels
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright went down last month (April) with shows at various venues, including the recently-opened Bushwick venue The Wick, which we're highlighting today. We also just posted pictures from their April Unsound show.
We caught both NY's Alright shows at The Wick, including 4/17 with Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps: and 4/20 with Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Die, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads. A set of pictures from both of those days are in this post.
unARTig was there too, and got videos of many bands at the festival, including Lumpy and the Dumpers at 538 Johnson on 4/19 which resulted in the slow-downed 11-second viral video of a boy in the audience getting hit by fireworks. Check out The Dumpers' full set, the fireworks meme, and more pics from The Wick, below...
photos by Bart Babinski, words by Greg Cristman
After not presenting an Unsound Festival in the USA for 2013, the event came back with some great shows recently in NYC. The Saturday night (4/5) performance was the debut show at The Wick, a 700 capacity room that is housed in the old Hittleman Brewing building on Meserole St in Bushwick (which also houses sister venue The Well). The Wick feels and looks like a mini version of the Knockdown Center in Maspeth where Red Bull Music Academy hosts events and M.I.A. is playing this Friday.
With a complete surround sound system set up special for this event by promoters the Bunker, the music sounded thick and warm in the rustic, brick walled space with a thirty foot high wood ceiling that almost looked like the top of an old barn. The rawness of it was great, though some of that is still getting touched up. They will preserve the original brick, pipes, beams and other details.
When walking around the venue, the sound would shift in very slight and subtle ways. It made me recall my frequent visits to La Monte Young's excellent Dream House installation in Tribeca in the 90's. The artists all performed from a high platform that restricted your ability to actually spy on any of the gear they were using, and they played mostly in total darkness only being lit by the large projections behind them.
Starting off this particular evening in the venue, which has since hosted the New York's Alright fest, Slint and a Cam'ron show last night, was the New York debut of Norwegian Le Petit Garcon whose guitar and sound manipulations had a spacey, psychedelic feel incorporated into his isolated, ambient take on techno. The room was still fairly sparse attendance wise and the few people there mostly sat and watched the visuals or simply stood with their eyes closed and floated along with the music.
The incredible Vladislav Delay was scheduled to be on the bill, but unfortunately he had to cancel his entire US tour. Acclaimed New York based electronic, drone and experimental producer Robert A.A. Lowe, of Lichens and Om fame, very ably filled the empty slot. Robert's set consisted primarily of his beautiful, almost angelic voice, being processed and manipulated into a warm, ambient drift. Leisure Muffin, who just released his first ever 12-inch single on The Bunker's new record label, joined Robert at the end of his set and then continued on his own, taking the music in a totally different direction. His modular-synth-inflected take on Kosmische music added spongy, bouncing and dubby techno elements to his pounding beats that had the now very full venue actively dancing along.
Brooklyn based, fractured house performer Ital (known for a couple acclaimed albums on Planet Mu) was joined by Aurora Halal for their worldwide live debut performance as Ital & Halal. They delivered a set of highly danceable techno that clearly put the dancing fans into overdrive.
Certainly the evening's key draw was the return to U.S. shores of the amazing German dub-techno duo Porter Ricks. It's possible that the last time they played in NY was at the Mille Plateaux 10th anniversary party at The Anchorage (inside the base of the Brooklyn Bridge) on June 28, 2001. Porter Ricks is comprised of multimedia artist Thomas Köner and sound engineer Andy Mellwig and they came out of live gig retirement to perform at the Unsound Festival in Krakow last October. Their debut album Biokinetics from 1996, is, for myself and any many others, one of the best dub techno recordings ever made. It was released on the extremely influential Chain Reaction label and featured pulsating, fractally arranged productions that continually morphed in a sound that many have described as aquatic. This essential recording was re-released in 2012 on the Type label. Their set delivered some classic old tracks along with some new music and it was as magnificent and mesmerizing as you would expect from this extremely talented duo.
Miles, who hails from Manchester England and is one half of Demdike Stare, is equally known for his solo output and unique DJ sets. He closed out the evening. As one of the key figures of the cult label Modern Loves, his sound has always been somewhat rooted in the Basic Channel style so it was a good fit for him to follow Porter Ricks. His set incorporated many elements of Basic Channel as well as techno, ambient and industrial.
Overall it was a very long but wonderful evening that ended around 6AM. This is a great new venue and I'm looking forward to seeing more shows there in the near future. Upcoming shows at the venue included Marnie Stern (TONIGHT - 5/8), Liars (5/9), The Men & Obits (5/10), Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi) (5/21), and another edition of the Bunker with a live set by Shackleton (5/30).
We also just posted pictures of New York's Alright at The Wick. More pictures from the Unsound Fest below...
As previously discussed, post-rock/post-hardcore legends SLINT are going on their first US tour since 2007 this year, which brings the band to NYC on 5/4 at Bowery Ballroom and 5/6 at MHOW. Those shows have both sold out, but the band have added a THIRD NYC show happening at new-ish Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM.
The tour also hits NJ on 4/30 at The Stone Pony, and tickets for that one are still available. Updated dates are listed below...
And finally, Joe Budden, whose group Slaughterhouse play Best Buy Theater on 4/26, plays his own show at The Wick later on June 14 with Sonnie Carson and Incomparable Shakespeare. Tickets for that one are available too.
Marnie Stern at Late Night (via her Instagram)
New Brooklyn venue The Wick is finally slated to open its doors later this month. The venue have now expanded their initial schedule to include a performance from Marnie Stern on May 8--tickets are on sale now. This adds to the one-two punch of Liars on May 9 (tickets) and The Men, Obits on May 10 (tickets). The Wick show is Marnie's only announced date at the moment.
Marnie has also recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers (a few times), where she sat in with his 8G House Band lead by pal Fred Armisen. 8G also features Seth Jabour and Syd Butler (both of Les Savy Fav), Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys), and Kim Thompson (of Beyoncé's band). Check out the complete episode (Marnie's intro comes in around 7-minutes) below...
The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.
The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...
Back in 2011, it was announced that new Brooklyn venue The Wick would open in a former brewery at 260 Meserole St (next to the barely-open outdoor venue The Well), and that venue is finally set to open this March.
Four shows have been announced so far. The first is experimental Japanese musician Keiji Haino on March 27 before he heads to Tennessee for the Big Ears Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, as discussed, The Wick is one of the venues that NYC's experimental music festival Unsound happens in. That fest will have Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon on April 5. Tickets are on sale now.
The Wick will also be one of the venues used for hardcore/punk fest New York's Alright. That includes the Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps show on April 17 (tickets) and the Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, DiE, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads show on April 20 (tickets). The other NY's Alright shows happen at Le Poisson Rouge, Acheron, and ABC No Rio. Updated schedule below.
"The police call it "the Well" -- this block of Knickerbocker Avenue, between Troutman and Jefferson Streets, that has become the most notorious drug bazaar in Brooklyn and one of the toughest in New York City."It's been some time since we heard much about The Wick (260 Meserole St.), the forthcoming Bushwick, Brooklyn music venue located right down the street from The Acheron, and the Wick is still not open, but it is still coming (as you can see on its website).
[NY Times, 1992]
Meanwhile welcome beer hall and event venue The Well, located at 272 Meserole St. (two blocks from the Montrose stop on the L line), which will be The Wick's larger and related neighbor.
Grubstreet posted this in April:
The Well is a "public house" ...with a 4,000-square-foot interior complete with 30-foot ceilings, and an 11,000-square-foot backyard. [Co-Owner Joshua Richholt] and partner Shay Vishawadia will offer 60 beers on tap and another 200 in bottles, with every brewery in New York State represented.The Well's 11,000 square foot private outdoor space, the venue tells us "is designed to serve as a meeting place for the neighborhood, offering public activities, community events, sports and more year round." They go on to say that "talent booker Chris White, the former showcase director of the CMJ Music Marathon, will bring some of the world's best known and most beloved performing artists to THE WELL with a lineup of pop, rock and hip hop artists as diverse and as talented as Brooklyn itself. Reasonably priced tickets offer the casual concert goer the opportunity to sample a few of THE WELL's 300+ beers on offer." Chris White is also, as mentioned back in 2011, booking the smaller venue The Wick which has the same owners (Chris also used to work at Knitting Factory).
Richholt is excited about the space itself, a "huge old brewery circa 1875," with "great German architecture" in the form of intricate brick work and steel girders, "a lot of detail nobody bothers to do anymore because it's so expensive." The building's street was once known as "brewery row" and home to seventeen suds factories; the great part now is that Riccholt expects it to be pretty immune from noise complaints. "It kind of becomes a ghost town at night," he said.
The Well will host its inaugural show, a hip hop one, with Cam'ron (who was recently was a surprise guest at the Drake show in Jones Beach), Flatbush Zombies, Asaad & Reese, and more on Saturday, July 14. Doors are at 4:00pm, Show is at 5:00pm, 18 and over to enter. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets are also on sale Os Mutantes, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, DOM, and Citay on 7/28, the 12th Annual Rumblers NYC Car Show, and Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees on 9/22. More shows to be announced soon. More Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees tour dates HERE.
Hittleman Brewery in Bushwick
Three former music executives at the Knitting Factory will open a cavernous indie music venue in a former 19th-century brewery on Meserole Street.The article goes on to say how the venue will differentiate itself from other Brooklyn venues like Knitting Factory and Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you read it, make sure to also read the comments which clarify a point that Joshua Richholt made about "The Wick" not being "Walmart-like". The author makes it seem like Joshua dissed Bowery Presents, but that wasn't actually the case (it was the author of the article doing the not-factual dissing).
The new venue, called "The Wick," will be the ground floor of the former Hittleman Brewery near Bushwick Avenue -- a building that already houses several music-related companies, including an equipment shop, a rehearsal space and a music-focused radio station.
That's what attracted General Manager Joshua Richholt, talent booker of the moment Chris White and operations manager Shay Vishawadia.
"The building is sort of a Mecca for musicians," said Richholt. "If they want to rehearse overnight or have a studio session, they can go down to the recording studio. A touring band can come through here and not need to go anywhere else."
The plan calls for a main stage and a bar that can hold 400 and 700 people. It could open as early as this summer. -[The Brooklyn Paper]
Talent booker/buyer Chris White, since leaving Knitting Factory, in addition to working on The Wick (see above), has teamed up with ex-Bell House/Union Hall booker Skippy to form Tiger Mountain Presents which now books shows at The Rock Shop, Littlefield, Santos Party House and elsewhere.
And actually, the upcoming Mavis Staples show at the Bell House is a Tiger Mountain Presents show, which means that Skippy booked a show at the Bell House again.