Entries tagged with: Vatican Shadow
Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.
Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.
The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.
by Bill Pearis
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
by Wyatt Marshall
Vatican Shadow at Drone Activity in Progress in May (more by PSquared)
We just discussed a slew of Halloween shows earlier this week, including Cypress Hill and Redman at Best Buy Theater (10/30) (tickets), the current iteration of The Misfits at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), and many more.
Brooklyn's Output just announced their Halloween (10/31) show, and it should appeal to those looking for something both sinister and dance-y. Dominick Fernow (Prurient) will headline as his "militant religious industrial" act Vatican Shadow with support from Raime, Silent Servant, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Raime is performing what is being billed as their "AV premiere," so expect visuals. You should also expect this show to run late--doors are at 10pm, and Vatican Shadow typically doesn't bring his high-energy show to the stage until after midnight on a normal night. Tickets for the show are on sale here and here.
The Output show is part of a tour that Raime is on, which hit San Francisco with Pharmakon last night (9/26) and also includes the Blackest Ever Black showcase in London with Dominick Fernow's power-electronics persona Prurient and Tropic of Cancer. All Raime dates are listed below.
Speaking of, Tropic of Cancer just released a beautiful and haunting video for "Plant Lilies in my Head" and recently put out her debut LP, Restless Idylls. Watch that video below.
In other Halloween news, as discussed, the NYC Halloween Parade is back for its 40th installment after being cancelled last-minute in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year. The 11th-hour cancellation caused some financial hardship, and organizers have launched a Kickstarter. The campaign is a little less than half-way to its 50k goal.
Watch Tropic of Cancer's video, and see Raime's tour dates, below...
photos by PSquared Photography, words and additional photos by Fred Pessaro
Pharmakon / Prurient / Kid Millions / Kim Gordon
Sixteen bands that deal in ambient, drone, noise and power electronics converged on Knockdown Center in Queens last night (5/2) as part of the Drone Activity in Progress show. The multi-stage event, part of a massive May NYC takeover by Red Bull Music Academy, was housed in a giant warehouse/factory building somewhat-shaped like an "F," with three stages (Red Room, Grand Hall, and West Wing) located in separate areas. Most of the sets had minimal crossover to the other stages, set time staggering was well executed, but those that did overlap were obvious in reasons why: guitar drones vs thumping bass lines, etc. Soundbleed was shockingly minimal in each individual room.
That many bands is a lot to take in general, but personal highlights all seemed to come from the "Red Room" where I caught sets by Prurient, Pharmakon, Alberich and others, who each used keys, effects pedals, vocals, patch bays, and samples to create their versions of industrial-noise terror. Other highlights from the other stages (Grand Hall and West Wing) included guitar-noise from Body/Head (with Kim Gordon), guitar/ambient from KTL (with Stephen O'Malley), guitar qizardry from Mick Barr, Noveller and the spazzy/jawdropping Jim Sauter/Kid Millions.
Tonight's Red Bull Music Academy events are: Brian Eno's "77 Million Paintings" at 45 W. 32nd (sold out); Masters At Work w/ special guest and vibraphone legend Roy Ayers at Le Bain (which is free); and Knox, QuietDust, August Rosenbaum, and Jimi Nxir at Le Poisson Rouge which is also free.
In addition to this set, check out another set of pictures at InvisibleOranges. More photos from Drone Activity are below.
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus earlier this year(more by Fred Pessaro)
Set times for the Red Bull Music Academy's noise/drone extravaganza tonight (May 2) at the Knockdown Center in Queens have been announced. Drone Activity in Progress, which will feature sets from KTL, Vatican Shadow, Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, who also performed last night), Prurient, Grassmas, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Alberich and many others, will bring the noise to this show (which appears sold out). UPDATE: Tickets BACK on sale. You can snag a shuttle bus from the Jefferson L if you don't feel like making the walk, though it promises to be a lovely evening.
Flyer and set times are below.
Pharmakon will release Abandon, Margaret Chardiet's debut effort with Sacred Bones and first long-player overall. Look for it on May 14th via the label, but first check out the new track "Crawling On Bruised Knees" available for streaming below..
Chardiet's noisy, confrontational and abrasive live show is a must see, and you can catch her at a trio of upcoming NYC shows including, most imminently, the previously discussed April 7th date at 285 Kent with Jason Lescalleet and Spencer Yeh Trio (tickets) and at another show at 285 Kent on June 15th with Marshstepper, Body of Light, Lust For Youth and Foreplay as part of the Northside Festival. Ticketing info for that one is on the way, or get in with your Northside Festival badge.
Pharmakon also has one other NYC date, as part of the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy series of events, and it's a whopper:
On May 2, the Red Bull Music Academy will turn the spectacular Knockdown Center into a temple of thundering noise with some of today's most daring sound artists for Drone Activity In Progress. The night will see performances from sixteen solo artists and duos on three stages, where the sound bleed between stages is entirely intentional.Joining Chardiet will be performances from Stephen O'Malley, KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg), Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy, Oren Ambrachi, Alan Licht, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Mick Barr, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Alberich, Noveller, grassmass and Hiram Martinez, and $8 tickets for the show, which is one night after the big "Round Robin Duet" show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, are on sale and will include shuttle bus service from the Jefferson L train.
All other dates and that stream is below.
Dominick Fernow at Public Assembly in 2011 (more by Louis Caldarola)
NYC party The Bunker is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week on Friday (1/4) at Public Assembly, where they've been throwing their parties for the last 5+ years. The party will take place in both Public Assembly rooms with all four Bunker resident DJs (Derek Plaslaiko, Bryan Kasenic, Mike Servito, and Eric Cloutier), in addition to Reagenz aka Move D (live), Spacetime Continuum, Silent Servant, and Vatican Shadow (live). Tickets for the party are on sale now.
Vatican Shadow (aka Dominick Fernow, formerly of Cold Cave, and also the brains behind Prurient) released the album, Ghosts of Chechnya, back in October via Hospital Productions. You can stream the track "Chechnya's Ghosts Loom Large in Death of Former Spy" from that album below.
Christopher Hansell of Warthog (ex-The Men) has dropped off his top 10 releases of 2012, as well as other thoughts on the passing year. Check out those below.
Warthog (which also features members of Nude Beach) is scheduled to play Worcester, MA at The Beacon on 12/15 with Who Killed Spikey Jacket, in addition to their previously discussed show with Inmates at Acheron on 1/12.
Hansell is also involved in power electronics crew Foreplay who will play the West Coast later this month with the great Pharmakon and Soren (of Rosenkopf). Dates are below. Soren will also play NYC at Saint Vitus on 1/5 as part of the Dysrhythmia/Wreck & Reference show (tickets).
Hansell's 2012 Top 10 list is below, along with video and a list of all tour dates.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Divine Fits / Cold Cave @ Webster Hall, 10/21/2012
While many were sleeping off their CMJ hangover, musical or otherwise, Divine Fits were headlining Webster Hall on Sunday night (10/21) joined by support from Cold Cave as part of a larger string of dates. The tight supercrew ran through tracks from their Merge debut, covered Frank Ocean ("Lost") and Wipers ("Doom Town"), and even took a time out to throw fried chicken into the audience (*cough*KoolKeith*cough*).
Cold Cave, the brainchild of Wesley Eisold, was sporting a new version of Cold Cave at the NYC date, now that Dominick Fernow has flown the coop to concentrate on his project Vatican Shadow. Eisold's new band definitely leans more toward the punk end of things, employing the talents of Hunter Burgan (AFI), Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, yes the brother of Rocky), Jessie Nelson (Head Automatica), and London May (Samhain, Dag Nasty).
More pictures and the setlists from Webster Hall are below.
Holy Other in the UK in June (via Rachael Smith)
Manchester producer Holy Other, who released the excellent debut LP, Held, back in August and was in NYC earlier this month for Warm Up at MoMA PS1, two shows with Amon Tobin as part of their ongoing tour, and a secret show at 285 Kent, will return to NYC for a FIXED show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 20. The show falls on the last night of CMJ, though it doesn't appear to be part of the festival. The bill at LPR is rounded out by a solid lineup of Vatican Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Orthy, and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After the NYC show, Holy Other will head across the pond to support Beach House on their European tour.
Speaking of FIXED shows at Le Poisson Rouge, the previously discussed live John Talabot feat. Pional show with Blondes happens this Thursday (9/27). There are also FIXED shows at the Manhattan venue on October 6 with Tiger & Woods, Bicep, Jacques Renault, and Paul Raffale; and November 3 with The Magician and Mighty Mouse. Tickets for all of those shows are on sale now.
The Magician used to be a member of Aeroplane, which is now the solo project of Vito De Luca. Aeroplane plays a FIXED show at HIghline Ballroom on October 5 with Catz 'n Dogz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
An updated list of Holy Other dates and a stream of Held's title track are below.
Cold Cave at Guggenheim (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cold Cave, whose last NYC show was at the Guggenheim, will return to the club circuit for their next NYC show which is at Europa on June 14th as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon or you can try to get in with your Northside badge. Details on support are still TBA.
In related news, Dominick Fernow (Cold Cave, Prurient) has launched his own label, Bed of Nails, which is an imprint of Boomkat. The inaugural release for the label will September Cell (out June 18), the new EP from Fernow's industrial project Vatican Shadow. Dominick Fernow is also the owner of Hospital Productions, which closed up its NYC store late last year.
Stream Vatican Shadow's Kneel Before Religious Icons, which was recently reissued by Type Records, below.