Entries tagged with: Weasel Walter
X_____X back in the day (photo by Tom Warren)
What are X____X? Unusual combination of nihilists? Rampant minimalists? Arted, parted and departed anarchists?Cleveland art punks X_____X (pronounced "X Blank X") were only together for six months or so in 1978 but left a lasting impression on those who saw them. A compilation, Sticky Fingers X, was released this year -- stream a couple tracks below -- and the band got back together back in August for their first live show in 35 years. They're now on a short tour which is in NYC tonight (12/4) at Cake Shop with an interesting lineup featuring Weasel Walter's project Cellular Chaos, plus a collaboration between Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, Ron Anderson and Richard Hoffman. X_____X will also play WFMU's Monty Hall on Sunday (12/7) in Jersey City with Blues Control and Silk Purse (tickets).
Actually, a more logical question would be: Who are X_____X?
Anybody who has his or her ears tuned into punk-rock 45s would probably describe X___X as the swingingest foursome to have hit the music scene since the British invaded these shores. But X_____X didn't come from England; they thundered out of Ohio's Lake Plains, specifically Cleveland, a wild and uncivilized area of the continent from whence the quartet derived its earthy, hip-swiveling rhythms so evident in the group's potent recording of Your Full of Shit. - Jon Savage
All dates are listed, along with a few tracks to stream, below...
Thievery Corporation are playing Webster Hall on December 18 and 19. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 10 AM.
Tickets for the Demetri Martin shows at The Paramount, Town Hall and Wellmont Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for his Capitol Theatre show are still available.
No wave legend Lydia Lunch is doing another of her "Retrovirus" shows at Rough Trade on January 10 with Weasel Walter, Bob Bert and Tim Dahl. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Wyatt Marshall
Rodger Stella at the Last M.A.P.S. show at Trans Pecos in July (photo by Nikki Sneakers)
As summer winds down, things will start to get noisy. As part of the continuing M.A.P.S. (Metropolitan Audio Pain Source) series, Bastard Noise & Anthony Saunders (who recently played Babycastles) will be playing along with a number of other noise artists on September 13 at Trans Pecos. Also teaming up will be Andrew Hock (Castevet/Psalm Zero), Chris Pitsiokos, and Weasel Walter and HCOD and Penchant. Filling out the lineup are Skinner, Arbiter, Field Grave and Negation. More info is available at the event's Facebook page. Stream samples of HCOD, Penchant, Arbiter and more below.
In December, M.A.P.S will be presenting its second annual festival with a whole slew of noise and a little bit of metal. Waving the metal flag high will be the bass-and-drums only death metal duo Geryon, which is comprised of Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein of Krallice. On the noise side of things, you'll have the chance to catch a whole load of acts, including Gnawed, Endless Humiliation (they're pretty metal), Deterge, Interracial Sex, Concrete Mascara and Penchant. The show is on December 13 at Trans Pecos. More performers are TBA, head over to the fest's event page for more details.
Stream and all dates below...
Bezoar @ Saint Vitus 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
Larkin Grimm, Marian McLaughlin, Eartheater @ Cake Shop
Guardian Alien's Alex Drewchin plays solo as Eartheater tonight along with Swans/Martin Bisi associate Larkin Grimm. In between is DC' s Marian McLaughlin who makes delicate folk.
Bezoar, North, My America,
Weird Womb @ Knitting Factory
For those who like their metal in the gothic-doom-meets-psychedelia style, Brooklyn's own Bezoar fit the bill will. If you're going, get there early for noisy punks Weird Womb. UPDATE: Weird Womb had to drop off.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony @ S.O.B.'s
Long-running rap act Bone Thugs-n-Harmony announced last month that their final album, E.1999 Legends, will be out in 2015 with only one copy being made, reportedly featuring guest spots that include Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, A$AP Mob, and Kendrick Lamar. They're playing Barclays with Wu-Tang Clan (who are doing a similar stunt) soon, but catch them here at the much more intimate SOB's first.
Weasel Walter, Bob Crusoe, Bukkake Moms, Load-in @ Saint Vitus
Weasel Walter was a founding member of '90s group The Flying Luttenbachers and now plays with both Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus.
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show tonight with guests Michael Che, Kevin Barnett, Jared Logan, Kara Klenk, and Adrienne Iapalucci.
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Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
David Byrne, Marilyn Carino, Janita, John McCrea, Mike Mills, Blake Morgan, Wendy Oxenhorn, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a benefit/rally for the Respect Music initiative which aims to get musicians more royalties from radio airplay. It is a FREE show but you do need to RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
White Lies, Frankie Rose @ Webster Hall
While we're not huge on the headliners, we do think it's worth catching opener Frankie Rose, who makes some pretty excellent dream pop.
Gardens & Villa, Diane Coffee, Waterstrider @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Diane Coffee is basically the solo project of Foxygen's Shaun Fleming, and his own stuff isn't as '60s referential as his day job. They open for California pop band Garden's & Villa and tickets are still available.
Shark?, Island Twins, Heeney @ Silent Barn
There's never a lack of chances to catch Shark?'s catchy garage pop jams in NYC, but they're always worth seeing.
Sebadoh, Octagrape @ Baby's All Right
Though Lou Barlow is often busy playing bass Dinosaur Jr. these days, he still leaves plenty of time for the band he fronts, Sebadoh, who made some of the best indie rock of the '90s. This is their second of two NYC shows this week, both sold out.
Lydia Lunch, Weasel Walter, Bob Bert, Tim Dahl, DJ Neon Music @ Le Poisson Rouge
No wave legend Lydia Lunch throws another of her Retrovirus parties (read about them here) tonight at LPR. Guests include avant-composer Walter Weasel, former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert and Child Abuse bassist Tim Dahl,
Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
Bridgett Everett's performance tonight is a part of her monthly Joe's Pub residency with her band The Tender Moments (which features Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz on bass).
Dead Leaf Echo, Dinowalrus, Autodrone, The Harrow @ Union Pool
A nice line-up of Brit-influenced shoegaze, headlined by one of NYC's more underrated bands Dead Leaf Echo.
Bad Girlfriend, Threats, EL TOPO, JM Airis, "secret guest" @ Glasslands
Headliners at this show are garage-y, Phil Spector-y quartet Bad Girlfriend; El Topo meanwhile is a jazzy improv ensemble led by Darkside's Dave Harrington. There's also a "secret guest" playing too... any guesses?
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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The new lineup of Zs: Patrick Higgins, Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox
Zs celebrate their 10th anniversary with the new box set The Complete Sextet Works: 2002 - 2007, which is out September 13 via Northern Spy (preorder). The four-disc set contains more nearly five hours of tunes from the band and includes a 22-page booklet. Sample some of those tracks below.
Help celebrate Zs' 11th year and the set's release with an appearance scheduled for August 29 at 285 Kent where the band will be joined by Wet Ink Ensemble, Extra Life, Mick Barr + Marc Edwards Duo, Hubble and Diamond Terrifier, along with DJ sets from Brandon Stosuy and Robin Carolan. $10 gets you in the door. The show will also be a coming out party for new members Patrick Higgins (Bachanalia, ex-Animal) and drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien).
Stream material from the box set below, and congratulations to Zs on their decade in existence.
From the Inbox:
University of the Streets, the University of the Streets Musicians Committee and the musicians union Local 802 are formally announcing the end of a seven month boycott of University of the Streets, effective immediately.---
The announcement follows successful resolution of negotiations between the non-profit jazz venue's management and members of the University of the Streets Musicians' Committee, an ad hoc organization representing musicians who had played at University of the Streets and were participating in the boycott, and Local 802, AFM, whose representatives were present in support of the musicians' committee.
The boycott was called last September, after reports of a musician being injured during an altercation with a UOTS employee circulated widely through social media. The boycott also stemmed from musicians' concerns over what they considered a "pay to play" policy, in which the venue sometimes required bands to pay out of pocket to cover a guarantee in ticket sales.
In January 2012, the UOTS Musicians Committee contacted Saadia Salahuddeen, director of University of the Streets, with a list of grievances. These were resolved in a meeting on April 12, 2012, attended by members of the UOTS Musicians Committee, representatives of Local 802, Ms. Salahuddeen, and several members of the UOTS board.
As part of the agreement, UOTS will end the 'pay-to-play' policy, and will bar the employee involved in the altercation from the venue.
A statement issued by the UOTS Musicians Committee reads:
'We're extremely pleased that UOTS has addressed the musicians' concerns, and that both they and we can now get back to presenting and performing creative music in this historic venue. We wish the venue and the musicians who play there every success.'
A statement byLocal 802 organizer Shane Gasteyer reads:
"These musicians have shown again that collective action really works. Local 802 is happy to be here supporting working musicians in every part of today's scene."
Ms. Salahuddeen invites any interested musicians to join an advisory committee of musicians so that UOTS can work more closely with the local jazz and improvisational music community "to ensure more productive and positive relationships with musicians."
Endorsed by: Marc Ribot, Brandon Ross, Ches Smith, Avram Fefer, Jim Pugliese, and Weasel Walter for the UOTS Musicians Committee, and Saadia Salahuddeen For University of the Streets.
None More Eleven: A Spinal Tap Appreciation EventTickets are still on sale for the show happening at at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight.
On the historic evening of 11/11/11, musicians from the rock, pop, soul, metal, jazz, classical, & experimental worlds will present a tribute to the sights, sounds, and smells of a hard-working rock band on the road. The night will feature literal adapations of Tap classics, non-literal deconstructions of Tap failures, world premieres of never performed Tap "lost gems", and lots and lots of exploding drummers.
Featuring performances by Julee Cruise ("Twin Peaks"), Chris Butler (The Waitresses), Mike Fornatale (The Left Banke/The Monks), Joe McGinty (The Psychedelic Furs/Loser's Lounge), Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers), Mike Lerner (Behold...The Arctopus), The Tall Pines, & members of Project/Object, Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids, Spray Paint Star, Illuminati, and many more.
If you've ever listened to the flower people, stood in a hell hole, or worked on a sex farm, then tonight we're gonna rock you. And have a good time all the time.
by Klaus Kinski
Doug Gillard @ Irving Plaza NYE (more by Chris Gersbeck)
I got heavily obsessed with Guided By Voices after the demise of the "classic '93 - '96 line-up" which featured Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, and Greg Demos (a line-up that reunited in 2010 and has been blazing a sweaty, beer soaked trail across the US since) (this past weekend's Sasquatch Festival included).
I've now seen the classic line-up twice thanks to the reunion, but prior to that my live experience was always delivered by Robert Pollard, Nate Farley, Doug Gillard, Kevin March, Tim Tobias and, later on, Chris Slusarenko. I often had to be rolled out of those shows in a wheelbarrow, and memories of those shows are muddied and schizophrenic, but two things I always took away from a GBV experience was A) that I had had the time of my life and B) that lead guitarist Doug Gillard was, and is, easily one of the most agile guitar gods in rock 'n roll. I mean, forget about shredding and other wanky guitar-athleticism bullshit. What Doug brings to the table is a prodigal level of rock-solid, rock guitar purity and proficiency. Doug is an absolute master of his craft, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone out there these days who can get such a thunderous onslaught from his Les Paul and his amps. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find that your man Klaus has been following Doug's solo career with great interest and it is because of non-GBV-related Gillard news that I write to you fine people today.
Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), & Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart's entire catalog, from his 1966 debut "Safe As Milk" to his final record "Ice Cream For Crow", released in 1982.Captain Beefheart died on December 17, 2010 from complications from multiple sclerosis, so it's fitting that ALL PROCEEDS from this show (a reasonable $10) will go directly to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you can't make it to the show, watch the live stream. And consider donating to the MS Society.
Besides the MS/Beefheart show, there are many more opportunities to catch Doug live. Speaking of beef, on Saturday June 11th, get your non-vegan ass to the Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park at 1:00pm on Saturday June 11th. While you're feasting on various forms of carrion with gristle and BBQ sauce dribbling from your lips (editor's note: Klaus!), the band Bambi Kino will be performing. Bambi Kino features Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (Ex Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) and were formed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' first concerts in Hamburg Germany. Back in those days, the Beatles were essentially a cover band themselves, and Bambi Kino's setlist is culled from the Beatles' set list from back in those days. So it's like a cover band covering a cover band who were doing their own versions of the whole blues thing. And it's free! More about who's playing the Big Apple BBQ, HERE.
You can also catch Doug when he goes on tour with Tommy Keene and Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves. Doug recently wrote and recorded songs on Sally's upcoming 5-song EP "Transmit/Receive". Tommy is touring in support of his new LP, and Doug Gillard will have a new vinyl 7" he'll be promoting. The tour lands at the Rock Shop on September 10th, 2011. Complete tour dates below.
Oh, and before I forget... Doug is recording tons of guitar for the upcoming Nada Surf LP, which is due out in Fall of 2011. Look out for that as well as a tour in support of said LP. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws joined Doug on stage at Irving Plaza on New Years Eve when he opened for GBV.
Catch Guided By Voices, Wavves, and Surfer Blood during the Northside Festival on June 18th, yo.
Catch Bush Tetras (Cynthia Sley is also playing the Beefheart show) at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 10th.
Doug tour dates and the Beefheart flyer below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Acres of Skin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Diamond Terrifier (Zebrablood remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - AcresRMX (Gabe Andruzzi Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Gentleman Amateur (Leg Lifters "Professional" Remix) (MP3)
Unlike basically every other cultural outlet, the writers of Tiny Mix Tapes voted to give their Album of Year honors to an artist that isn't Kanye West. Instead, they gave it to NYC avant-noise/rock group Zs for their excellent 2010 album New Slaves. (Don't worry: Kanye still made #10.)
Zs will start the new year with a complement to that record, New Slaves II: Essence Implosion!, a collection of remixes that comes out on the Social Registry on Tuesday, January 25th. On the record, the band's tracks are reworked by the likes of Genesis P. Orridge, JG Thirwell, Gabe Andruzzi of The Rapture and others, and the whole thing starts off with a new track featuring Charlie Looker, Weasel Walter and WFMU's Marty McSorely. Two of those remixes are posted above, along with an exclusive mix not on the release done by Justin Pearson of The Locust (That's the Leg Lifters "Professional" Remix of "Gentleman Amateur"). You can also check out "Acres of Skin" from New Slaves, to give you a taste of the source material.
Zs have an album-release show for the disc Monday/tonight at Knitting Factory with Thee Majesty (Feat. Genesis P-Orridge), Ecstatic Sunshine, Cex and DJ DRUZZ (The Rapture/Throne Of Blood). The group has a special set (with an extra member) planned in honor of the release, so expect something unusual. Tickets are still on sale.
Also coming up, Zs: Black Crown Ceremony will play with Sightings, White Suns and Normal Love at Death By Audio on January 28th.
See a Zs live session from SXSW, the album's tracklist and more below...
by Adam Schatz (Search & Restore)
Mary Halvorson (photo by Peter Gannushkin)
Mary Halvorson's sound is a hyena, sharp and active. Historically, the classic jazz guitar tone and reputation is closer to a basset hound. 9 out of 10 dentists prefer the one who's out for blood. Standing out from the pack, Halvorson's strings cut with beauty and precision. Her melodies are hooky and complex at the same time, no small feat, and her talent for improvising with her hand picked ensemble is one to be seen to be believed. There is a fluidness to her style, and it is all in the art of juxtaposition. She is jagged but defined, aggressive but beautiful.
On Thursday, January 13th, she's performing at Littlefield in Brooklyn in a collaborative trio with improvisers Weasel Walter on the drums and Peter Evans on the trumpet. This double whammy show pairs Halvorson's crew with Mostly Other People Do The Killing, an gloriously titled high energy group (sharing Evans on the trumpet and Talibam!'s Kevin Shea on drums), smashing jazz aesthetics with subtle and not so subtle humor and phenomenal talent. Don't miss it.
The Littlefield show is a record release party for the trio's new record, Electric Fruit, out January 25th via Thirsty Ear. It will be Mary's first release in 2011. She lists nine that came out in 2010. Those include the notable Mary Halvorson Quintet album, Saturn Sings, which was released via Firehouse 12.
Mary can also be found tonight, January 12th, playing with Marc Ribot at Le Poisson Rouge. A video and all of her tour dates can be found below...
Sonic Youth @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
"What I'm aiming for all the time when we play live is a balance between the high energy of loud music, and a calm meditational energy you sometimes find at its core. Recording tends to restrict too much experimentation, 'cause when you're making a record it's a part of you, for that time it's your whole fabric. But when we tour the songs, they tend to get more and more expansive, and actually evolve over time until they are something quite different. For this reason I never go back and listen to the recorded document. The thrill, instead of listening to our cds, comes when the balance I was talking about can be attained. Everyone in the room can have a shared, communal rock experience. I'm only too happy to be the conduit of it, after all rock'n'roll saved my soul." [Thurston Moore]On Saturday (7/24), Thurston Moore will be opening for Bill Orcutt (of '90s noise band Harry Pussy) at Glasslands. Opening up are Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos (who play the Charleston the next night and have lots more shows coming up) and Family Battle Snake.
Another member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo will join Leah Singer and Nick Zinner at the New Museum to "offer multimedia tributes to the Dreamachine," its new exhibit, on July 30th Tickets are on sale.
Lee Ranaldo plays with Text of Light at ATP NY (where Sonic Youth are also playing) and (Le) Poisson Rouge in September.
Bill Orcutt videos and all Sonic Youth and Grass Window dates are below...
GT photos by Tim Griffin
Golden Triangle @ the Spider House in March
As we just pointed out, Friday (7/16) at the Seaport Music Festival it's Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle, and So Cow. The free show starts early, with So Cow on at 6:30. (Bill is DJing in between sets, just an FYI.) As two of the three bands are from out of town, there are a few related shows you might want to know about too.
Tonight, 7/15, at Death by Audio, main Oh See John Dwyer is performing with Sam Hilner of Zs. Not sure what this duo is cooking up, but given the rest of the line-up I'd say we're in for an evening of experimental, improvisational noise. The rest of tonight's bill: Charlie Looker of Extra Life, and The Weasel Walter Trio.
Now some of you might be saying: "hold on, aren't So Cow and MINKS were playing Death by Audio tonight?" That was definitely listed in a few different places as such, but that either was never actually the case or has been changed. However, So Cow is playing Death By Audio on Saturday (7/17) with Yvette and the Sundelles. Flyer and other dates below.
Thee Oh Sees new EP, Warm Slime, is six more short servings of the band's patented style garage, thick as oatmeal, plus one 13-minute freakout that opens the record. You can download "I Was Denied" at the top of this post. Also up there: a track from So Cow's first official full-length, Meaningless Friendly, and Golden Triangle's "Neon Noose".
Thee Oh Sees flew in just to play the Seaport (sort of), but will tour in September when they return to NYC to play Santos Party House. We know that last bit because tickets are on sale. All dates below.
The only local band in the group, Golden Triangle, play in town rather often (though they have no other shows besides the Seaport listed at the moment), and they were in Austin this past March for SXSW where they played our day party at Spider House (the same party Thee Oh Sees played). Lots of bands played that show actually, but the pictures got lost in a hole until this week when we also posted sets of The Beets and Kid Congo Powers. Now here are the Golden Triangle pictures.
The rest of those pictures and the above-mentioned tour dates, below...
Arab on Radar
Dudefest isn't the only recipients of the Arab on Radar return, as NYC and ten other cities will get a taste of their own during select dates in July, August and September. The dates include Cake Shop in NYC on July 31st with Child Abuse, No Babies, and Orange Coax. Full dates for the band are below.
One of the supporting bands a the show, Child Abuse, are also scheduled to play Shea Stadium on June 2nd as part of a benefit for the victims of the Gulf Coast alongside headliner Zs, Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos (feat Weasel Walter), and with DJ 1000TimesYes. All proceeds go towards The Greater New Orleans Foundation. Show flyer is below.
Tour dates, the flyer, and some videos are below...
LCD Soundsystem @ Studio B in 2007
tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Caroline's
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Caetano Veloso @ Terminal 5
* "The John Oates Party" @ Canal Room
* Janelle Monae @ Highline Ballroom
* David Garza, Cate Le Bon @ Union Hall
* Midlake, John Grant @ Bowery Ballroom
* Toshimaru Nakamura @ Issue Project Room
* Rocky Votolato, Brooke Waggoner @ City Winery
* LCD Soundsystem @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zaza @ Webster Hall
* Fixed w/ SonicC, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* High Places, Soft Circle, Bow Ribbons @ Shea Stadium
* Electric Jellyfish, Mike Wexler, Up Died Sound @ Zebulon
* Florence and the Machine, Holy Hail @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Juiceboxxx, Shams, Bodega Girls, Light Asylum @ North 4th
* Radical Dads, Thunderfakers, Conversion Party @ Union Pool
* Serena Maneesh, The Depreciation Guild @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Weasel Walter, Toby Driver, Charlie Looker, 10 @ Silent Barn
* Mon Khmer, Your Nature, Kordan @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Tim Barry, Red Clay River, Jonny Corndawg @ Knitting Factory
* Morning Fuzz, Finding Fiction, Making Tents, Caves @ Glasslands
* The Bombettes, Deep Sleep, No Friends, Night Birds @ Bruar Falls
* Little Gold, We Are Country Mice, Backwords, Neon Gloworms @ Cake Shop
* Penguin Prison, Solid Gold, Das Racist, Bad Brilliance @ Mercury Lounge
* Libraries On Fire, Doug Gillard, Landlady, Big Troubles @ Death By Audio
* Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly & Psychostick on a Rocks Off Boat
Tonight Silent Barn hosts a few worthy out-there acts: Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos, which at a gig earlier this year (on video below) featured Weasel on guitar, Talibam's Kevin Shea on drums and Ceci Moss on bass; Kayo Dot's Toby Driver and Mia Matsumiya as Tartar Lamb; Charlie Looker of Extra Life playing solo; and a band we know nothing about, 10, apparently on tour from S. Korea. - AF
As somewhat hidden in a Jonny Corndawg post which was a Delta Spirit and MG&V post, Tim Barry of Avail is headlining a show at Knitting Factory tonight.
Quasi performed for KEXP. Check out a video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Ches w/ Good for Cows; Weasel Walter
We mentioned Rose Live Music's drummer-led series, which continues through March, but we'd be remiss not to mention two other stunning drummers who will be working like crazy this March. Ches Smith and Weasel Walter both have a mad amount of shows planned throughout the month, playing almost nightly with a number of different bands and collaborators (some of which even overlap).
Both compose and improvise; Weasel Walter (who recently moved to New York) walks the metal/free jazz divide, having headed Flying Luttenbachers, and Ches's credits include current work with eclectic combos Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Secret Chiefs 3 (both with multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily) and past work with Xiu Xiu.
Ches plays tonight Wednesday, March 17th at the Stone with Good for Cows, a duo with bassist Devin Hoff that just released a new record, Audumla, in January. And Thursday he plays with Mary Halvorson Quintet at Roulette. Those are just of a few of the shows in NYC before Ches leaves in late April for a European tour with Secret Chiefs 3. His solo project Congs for Brums opens on the trip..
Weasel Walter played two gigs last night (3/16) - his compositions were performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and he played with Aurora Josephson Group (doing the music of Ayler, Mingus, Sun Ra, Feldman and improvising) at The Stone. He also joins Aram Shelton (alto saxophone), Damon Smith (bass) at Silent Barn tonight (March 17th) and has shows at Zebulon and Goodbye Blue Monday (both pass-the-hat venues) in March.
On March, 19 at the Stone, Weasel Walter plays drums with Quok, a trio with Ava Mendoza on guitar and Devin Hoff (of Good for Cows) on bass. The second set that night is Fig - Nels Cline (guitar) & Yuka Honda (keyboards). Hoff plays with Nels Cline Singers, whose two-disc set of guitar & electronic led tunes, Initiate, comes out April 13th on Cryptogramophone. The Singers will be at LPR for two sets on July 6th. Tickets are on sale.
Full dates for both drummers and videos of some of their projects are below...
Gil Scott-Heron celebrated MLK Day @ SOB's last night
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Woods Family Creeps @ Monkey Town
* Beth Orton, Sam Amidon @ The Bell House
* Dinosaur Jr., Jeffrey Lewis @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Final Fantasy, Avi Buffalo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Vampire Weekend, Holly Miranda @ Webster Hall
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Jose Feliciano @ Iridium
* Ecstatic Sunshine, Jason Urick, McDonalds, Grasslung @ Cake Shop
* Nerve City, Erostratus, Datus, Future Lives, Quickly Quietly @ Bruar Falls
* Vagina Panther, Descender, Queen of Quartz, The Earaches @ Mercury Lounge
The Whiplash lineup tonight is: Hannibal Buress (SNL), Donald Glover (Community, DERRICK Comedy), Michelle Biloon (Premium Blend), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing)
Video of Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos at DBA on 1/15, below...
Liturgy (more by Greg Cristman)
Liturgy has scheduled a tour send-off show on 1/15 at Death By Audio with White Mice, Little Women, and Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos. The band will be back in NYC action on 2/18 at Don Pedro's with Aa, and then again on 3/6 at Glasslands with Naam.
Liturgy's support at Death By Audio, Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos, will be reincarnated into another earthly form, that of Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group 16 days later. It is that form that will support An Albatross when they play Knitting Factory on 1/31 with Wharton Tiers Ensemble. Tickets are on sale.
So what is Cellular Chaos exactly, and what else has Weasel Walter been up to?
I have left California for New York. I quit XBXRX and joined Behold...The Arctopus. On the docket are my Septet record "Invasion" featuring Kaiser, Golia, John Lindberg, William Winant, Liz Allbee and Damon Smith; studio recordings by the Walter/Halvorson/Evans trio and the Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group as well as the new Burmese studio effort. I have reincarnated my west coast guitar freakout band Cellular Chaos on the East Coast with new players. A lot of writing for jazz quintet and tentet took place this year and I'll probably make an attempt to get that music played out here in New York with new musicians. This spring I'm planning on tours with the Forbes/Young/Walter trio as well as some European dates with Sheik Anorak and Mario Rechtern. There's an all-new Toy Killers release slowly in the works . . . I am also preparing to work on a very strange project spearheaded by the legendary Nondor Nevai, featuring myself on bass and Kenny Millions (aka Keshavan Maslak) on reeds - a truly volatile mixture of weirdos, should be extremely interesting. There's some talk about me contributing drums to some new Controlled Bleeding material as well. There are a lot of possibilities and I'm trying to figure out how to juggle them all and still remain solvent. Wish me luck.That sounds like alot. Good luck.
Full Liturgy and Weasel Walter dates, as well as a few videos are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Mary Halvorson & Weasel Walter - Lapis Lazuli Nights (MP3)
Weasel Walter @ Bug Jar, Rochester, NY, 9/21/08 (photo by Joe Tunis)
"I'm hard-pressed to find contemporary free jazz that I can relate to. I want to hear really violent fucked-up free jazz records, and I don't hear anybody else makin' 'em, so I make 'em myself." -[Weasel Walter in L.A. Record]Drummer/composer/improviser Weasel Walter is visiting Bard College Thursday (3/5) to give a video lecture on "the NYC No-Wave sound, complete with rare footage and audio from bands involved in the movement." (Walter wrote an introduction to Marc Masters's book on the subject, No Wave.)
He then comes to Zebulon in Brooklyn on Saturday (3/7) for a jazz improv gig with NYC guitarist Mary Halvorson. The pair played together during Walter's last NYC stint in September. Expect a disquieting, dynamics-filled set that touches on both Halvorson's melodic debut CD, Dragon's Head, and Walters's tension-heavy drums.
Among the releases coming from WW's ugEXPLODE label is a possible Walter/Halvorson/trumpeter Peter Evans CD-R, out this summer. From MySpace: "i'm toying with the idea of putting out some stuff of that trio from our previous gigs, but haven't discussed it with them formally yet. there was a lot of video shot of two of the sept. shows, and we may release some of that as well."
Hardcore/metal group xBxRx, which features WW on drums, is currently mixing its next record, which Walter described as "some improvised tracks as well as songs...sonically rich and varied. totally intense, as usual."
The Flying Luttenbachers project is disbanded, but the group's punk & avant-jazz-filled second album, Constructive Destruction, featuring Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Dylan Posa, Chad Organ and Weasel Walter, is now up as a free download at ugEXPLODE.
All tour dates and live videos (including Sept 19, 2008 @ Zebulon) below...
outside @ ATP NY (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* ATP NY
* Mugison @ Union Pool
* Ice Cube @ Irving Plaza
* Motorhead @ The Stone Pony
* Helloween & Gamma Ray @ BB King's
* Cut Copy & The Presets @ Webster Hall
* The Feelies & Shrubs @ Bowery Ballroom
* Giant Sand & Chad VanGaalen @ Blender Theater
* Bobby Bare Jr. & The Broken West @ Mercury Lounge
* Blank Dogs, Eat Skull & Psychedelic Horseshit @ DCTV
Tonight marks the very first My Bloody Valentine reunion show in the United States - up at Kutscher's country club in the Catskill Mountains at the All Tomorrow's Paties festival. All our ATP coverage can be followed HERE.
Stay tuned for the MBV photos & revew, hopefully late tonight (they don't even go on until midnight...on a school night).
My Bloody Valentine play Roseland Ballroom on Monday and Tuesday.
Listen to some of ATP on WFMU.
Video of Weasel Walter @ Zebulon, below...
By Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Mary Halvorson & Weasel Walter - Lapis Lazuli Nights (MP3)
(Former) Flying Luttenbacher Weasel Walter has been busy since the project's disbandment last November: from sessions with Sun Ra saxist Marshall Allen to 88BOADRUM and xbxrx gigs earlier this year to a neverending flow of free-jazz projects and one-offs, the Oakland drummer/multi-instrumentalist is constantly moving. This week he's coming to the East Coast for a string of improv dates with a rotating cast of collaborators.
Tonight, Wed Sept 17, Weasel Walter Trio - Weasel Walter (drums), Perry Robinson (clarinet), Reuben Radding (bass) - plays the Dabora Gallery in Greenpoint, with Zs, MV Carbon, Skeletons, Symbol and Dome Theatre.
Friday, Sept 19, he's at Zebulon, as a quartet with Lisle Ellis (bass), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) and Nate Wooley (trumpet).
Then, Monday, Sept 22, the Delancey in Manhattan hosts the Peter Evans-Weasel Walter duo, Jeff Gretz Group, and double-drummer act Marc Edwards-Weasel Walter group (Weasel Walter (drums), Marc Edwards (drums), Tom Blancarte (bass), Peter Evans (trumpet), Paul Flaherty (saxophones), Darius Jones (alto saxophone). Doors at 7:30pm, $7.
Earlier in September, Walter's label UgExplode Records released the vinyl-only Oculus ex Abyssus, a quartet recording with Walter and NYC trumpeter Peter Evans who appears Monday. Also released this month was a Peter Evans/James Fei/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter CD-R, and last April saw Weasel Walter and NYC guitarist Mary Halvorson (who appears on some of the out-of-town dates listed below) join on a CD called Opulence.
Walter also pulls drum duties with Polyvinyl thrash-punk band xbxrx, which is currently writing and recording a new full-length for spring 2009 release, as well as putting together a singles collection for January 2009. xbxrx.com on the new record: "[it] may be a good mix of 'real' sixth in sixes/wars type songs, experimental improvisation ala 'sounds', and some totally new craziness we have never tried before."
Check out the video Weasel Walter w/ saxist Aram Shelton below for a taste of his improv stuff. All dates are down there too...