Entries tagged with: White Lung

25 result(s) displayed (1 - 25 of 94):

photo: White Lung at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
White Lung

White Lung aren't on tour at the moment, but the Vancouver band will be coming to NYC this week for a FREE show with a pretty amazing lineup. It's a VICE/Ray-Ban party happening Wednesday (7/29) at The Gutter with local punks The Men, UK grime artist Skepta (not the only NYC show he plays that night), and karaoke with Andrew WK. RSVP is open.

Andrew WK is also giving a motivational speaking lecture at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015. The fest just revealed their comedy stage, day-by-day lineup, and single-day tickets. More info here.

Watch a White Lung video below...

Continue reading "White Lung, The Men, Skepta & Andrew WK playing a free NYC show this week (RSVP open)"

Polaris

The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.

The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.

Last year's singer was throat singer Tanya Tagaq. You can catch longlisters Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld at Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/16).

Continue reading "Polaris 2015 Long List revealed (Drake, New Pornographers, DFA1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, more)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette and PSquared

Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball

Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]
She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!

Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.

The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.

Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.

Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.

Pics from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE.

More from day two below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball Day 2 pics -- Ryan Adams, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Future Islands, Little Dragon, Sharon Van Etten & more"

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung @ Governors Ball 2015
2015 Governors Ball

White Lung were just in NYC over the weekend for three shows. The first was a late Governors Ball aftershow at Knitting Factory on Friday (6/5) with their tourmates (and Mish Way's husband's band) Obliterations. I caught that one, which had them going on at 1 AM and sounding as intense as ever. I've talked plenty of times about how great White Lung's live show is, but it really does continue to amaze me each time. Friday night's show did also have a new element to it though. It was my first time seeing them with Deap Vally singer Lindsey Troy on bass/backup vocals, in place of previous touring member Hether Fortune (of Wax Idols). Lindsey fit right in with the band, and her and Mish's voices blended especially well.

Then about 12 hours later, they played an early set Governors Ball, which our photographer caught. And Saturday night, they were the secret guest at the late Merchandise / Cloakroom show at Baby's All Right in place of Nothing, as we mentioned they would be, right after Merchandise's early show at Palisades. I didn't catch that one, but did catch Merchandise and Cloakroom at the Palisades show which had Merch reaching back and giving the crowd a couple old ones off their pre-breakthrough record, (Strange Songs) In the Dark.

More pictures of White Lung's Governors Ball set, and a short video clip from Baby's, below...

Continue reading "White Lung played Knitting Factory, Governors Ball (pics), were the guest at Merchandise's Baby's show"

by Bill Pearis

Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
IMAGE

The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.

Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.

Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.

In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Royal Trux, Royal Headache, Destruction Unit, Fucked Up, The Mob, Power Trip, Sheer Mag & more added to Berserktown II"

photo: White Lung in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
White Lung

Vancouver punk rippers White Lung recently announced a run of dates including a leg opening for Refused on the West Coast and another leg with support from LA hardcore band Obliterations on the East Coast. That run with Obliterations doesn't hit NYC, but both bands play here separately right before it starts.

White Lung were already on board for Governors Ball, and they're also playing a GovBall aftershow on June 5 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on Citibank presale now, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17) at noon. All WL dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Obliterations will play NYC on June 6 at The Studio Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

All dates for both bands, and a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "White Lung and Obliterations playing separate NYC shows before tour together (updated dates)"

GovBall

Governors Ball is approaching, and now the aftershows happening at various NYC venues have been announced. Tickets for all aftershows go on Citibank presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17). You can also enter to win tickets at doNYC.

This year's schedule includes shows from Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, Hot Chip (DJ), Flying Lotus (DJ), SBTRKT (DJ), and more. Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2015 aftershows (Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, DJ Hot Chip, DJ SBTRKT & more)"

photo: White Lung at Fuji Rocks 2014 (more by Erina Uemura)
White Lung

Last week, post-hardcore greats Refused announced a US tour, and it's now been announced that Vancouver's ripping White Lung will support them on their West Coast leg. No openers announced for their NYC shows yet though (which sold out immediately).

White Lung's dates include a run with Obliterations, a stop at Chicago's DRILL Festival, NYC's Governors Ball, and more. Their bassist for this tour will be Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally, rather than Wax Idols' Hether Fortune who they had previously been playing with.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "White Lung to open for Refused on West Coast dates"

IMAGE

Wire, whose new album you can stream, will be bringing their DRILL Festival to Chicago from June 11-13. (Seattle had DRILL in 2013.) Highlights include the band collaborating with St. Vincent for an extended performance of their song "Drill," as well as working with jazz musicians Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley on a new version of their classic "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" and the fest ends with an "all-star" performance of their debut album's title track by the pinkflag guitar orchestra. There will also be performances by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Disappears, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now, and full daily lineups are listed below.

Continue reading "Wire collaborating with St. Vincent at 'DRILL:Chicago' fest that also features Disappears, White Lung, JSBX & more"

IMAGE

Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.

Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.

Continue reading "Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, Dead Moon, White Lung, No Hope for the Kids & more playing LA's Berserktown II fest"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mormon Crosses w/ Mish Way in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Mormon Crosses

Vancouver punks Mormon Crosses toured last year as an opener for their neighbors White Lung -- the above picture is from the Chicago show on that tour when White Lung singer Mish Way joined them on stage -- and today they've put out a new two-song single, Exit Type (Two). The first song, "Braxton Hicks," features spoken word from Mish in a Patti Smith/Velvet Underground fashion, and the second, "Amber," has Mormon Crosses in a more aggressive punk mode. White Lung guitarist Kenneth William mastered the tracks.

Listen to both below, and grab the track with Mish for free at bandcamp.

Continue reading "Mormon Crosses release new single ft. White Lung's Mish Way"

photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Warpaint

Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.

The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...

Continue reading "Warpaint releasing new singles in 2015 (listen to the first), touring Europe, headlining 2015 Desert Daze fest (line-up)"

NXNENXNENXNE
NXNENXNENXNE

The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...

Continue reading "NXNE announces initial 2015 lineup"

photo: Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pharmakon

NYC's Pharmakon, whose 2014 album Bestial Burden placed at #64 on the Pazz + Jop Poll, will be on a North American tour for the rest of this month and most of February. Upon returning to NYC, she'll open for hometown legends Suicide at their Webster Hall show on March 7, also with The Vacant Lots. Tickets for that are still available. All of Pharmakon's dates are listed below.

In somewhat related news, tonight (1/15) is the issue 15 launch party for Nuts! Fanzine (which has previously interviewed Pharmakon) at Printed Matter (6-8pm). NYC punk band Flykills will play a set at the event which runs from 6-8 pm.

Flykills feature former members of the Florida punk band St. Dad, who White Lung named a song after, and who White Lung singer MIsh Way is openly a huge fan of. You may have seen Flykills when they opened for White Lung at Glasslands last year. Their latest release, the snotty raw Lump of Flesh EP, was also Tweens' third favorite album of 2014. You also may have seen Flykills last year at Cake Shop with the Tweens-related band Vacation.

Stream the Flykills EP and watch a video of them at that Glasslands show, below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon on tour, opening for Suicide at Webster Hall; Flykills playing 'Nuts!' fanzine release party tonight"

White Lung

Nardwuar struck again, interviewing his Vancouver neighbors White Lung and pulling out all his usual tricks. He presents Mish Way with a record from a band her friend used to be in, and Hether Fortune with a band that WL drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou used to be in. He quotes an old interview with guitarist Kenny Williams saying "I really wish I was more popular, I just try so fucking hard but people just ignore me, why don't they understand?" (Kenny says he was joking), asks Hether what's the most amount of money she's had thrown at her after a show, asks Mish what it's like to shit in a bag, and other awkward/funny questions. Watch the whole video for yourself, below.

White Lung don't have a tour announced at the moment, but it was announced today that they'll return to NYC for Governors Ball (June 5-7), where they'll be the heaviest band by far.

Nardwuar also just posted new interviews with Andy Milonakis and Zedd. Watch all three below...

Continue reading "White Lung interviewed by Nardwuar, playing Governors Ball"

GovBall

Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2015 lineup (Bjork, Drake, Ratatat, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, Decemberists, War on Drugs, LDR, more)"

The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Queen Bey & Queen of Rap

Look, I don't have the polling data handy, but I'm willing to bet that over the past 12 months, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of young women who call themselves feminists, and that this is almost entirely due to Beyoncé. And no, contrary to popular belief, this was not because of some viral-era voodoo that took place when everybody reblogged that image of Beyoncé standing in front of the word FEMINIST at the VMAs; it was because of her ingenious idea to include in the original version of "***Flawless" a clear, concise, and marvelously demystifying definition of that too-often-misunderstood word. Thanks to Beyoncé, somewhere in America, a seventh-grader is right now being asked what the word feminist means, and instead of saying "an angry woman who hates men," she is answering in a memorized intonation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words: "a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."
The above quote is from Lindsay Zoladz's review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition over at her new-ish pop-music column for Vulture. As it points out, feminism has seen a huge rise in post-Beyoncé American culture, and this has especially happened in pop music. Other articles on this have been published throughout the year, like Lindsay's 2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio for the same Vulture column, or Molly Beauchemin's FKA twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement for Pitchfork, but now that the year is coming to a close it seems like everyone is getting in thinkpiece mode declaring 2014: The Year of Feminist Pop. Here are some good reads:

Ann Powers for NPR: In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Kat George for Noisey: 2014: The Year Feminism Reclaimed Pop

Rachel Brodsky for SPIN: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend

Lindsay Zoladz for Slate: A Salute to the Bad Feminists of Pop

Hillary Crosley for Jezebel: My Anaconda Don't: Nicki Minaj's Ass And Feminism

Chumped singer Anika Pyle for Vulture: 2014: The Year Women Took Over Punk Music

Kelley Dunlap for Buzzfeed: 17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014

And not unrelated: Molly Beauchemin's piece for Pitchfork, 2014: The Year We Reached Peak Ass

Also Madonna releasing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj is kind of a feminist thinkpiece on its own, isn't it?

Continue reading "2014: The Year of Feminist Pop"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

cat

We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums & Tracks of 2014"

Pitchfork

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2014"

intro by Andrew Sacher

TE

There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

Continue reading "Tiny Engines co-founders Will & Chuck, Cayetana, Frontier(s) and Runaway Brother list their favorite LPs of 2014"

SF
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

Continue reading "Don Giovanni bands list their favorite LPs of 2014 (Screaming Females, Cali X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, more)"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2014"

AV ClubAV ClubAV Club
AV ClubAV ClubAV Club

Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.

For a little more flavor you can check out the individual ballots and AV Club's annual "Least Essential Albums" list which is always entertaining.

Continue reading "AV Club's Top 20 Albums of 2014"

You Blew It!

Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.

You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).

The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.

In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.

Browse the Topshelf lists below...

Continue reading "The Jazz June, You Blew It!, label co-founder Kevin Duquette and more Topshelf Records artists' favorite albums of 2014"

by Johnny Zachman

Swans
Basilica

Basilica Sound Scape happened this weekend in Hudson, NY. Among the artists playing were Swans, Richard Reed Parry, Deafheaven (who also played MHOW the next night), Tim Hecker and White Lung (who also played the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Friday night).

I attended Saturday's (9/13) portion, which was presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy. I drove to the festival, but Basilica Hudson is also accessible from New York City via the Amtrak, whose Hudson stop is only a block away from the venue.

Basilica Hudson is a gorgeous setting for live music. The venue is a reclaimed 19th century factory with many of the door and window frames left open, creating a pleasant indoor-outdoor ambiance. Most of the food and beer vendors were also outside, allowing attendees to hang in the refreshing autumn weather and rest our ears under the starry Hudson skies. The whole event felt dreamlike and far enough removed from everyday life to really be something memorable.

The mixed media component of the festival further added to the surreal atmosphere. There were record sellers, book sellers, film clips projected in the alcoves of the building - and even a performance artist sleeping in a Buddha booth later in the night. I arrived around 8:45 to find Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) reading from an opening in the wall of the main room, fifteen feet above our heads. Later in the night, Greg Fox (of Liturgy/Guardian Alien) would perform a drum solo in the same space.

Buddha Booth
Basilica

Meredith's reading, which has now been posted in full at The Talkhouse, is about Andrew WK, Lana Del Rey and the double standard applied to male and female performers regarding authenticity. Here's an excerpt:

It is twisted that people only seemed to love the idea of Andrew W.K. more after the truth came out. The truth is so interesting! He's fearless, talented, he has a dark theoretical and critical mind. He's on television with Glenn Beck talking about being afraid of abortion. But it was transformation into a party dude at the hands of the music industry that made people pay attention to him. Meanwhile he's up there with Ian Svenonius at the Guggenheim talking about how his early experiences exploring the interstices between "pure music" and "unwanted sound" have shaped his intentionality in the "Andrew W.K. presentation." The kids in Katowice were there to have fun and get wasted. It's Harmony Korine playing dumb for Letterman back in the '90s, over and over and over again. In a way, everybody loses. It's like nobody was listening when he himself told them at point-blank range that he isn't real.

But when a female musician is in any way fake, she's denied creative agency, written off as uninventive and talentless. Beyoncé is accused of lip-synching, even when she isn't. Music rags run articles exposing pop stars' real names, highlighting Lorde, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus. But being that these are the most successful female artists in the world, one has to assume that their fakeness -- or, as we should be calling it, "reinvention" -- is necessary for women to succeed in the music industry. It's the basic principle of survival, period: adapt and evolve, or die. And of the women I listed above, look at what they've done that gets them called fake: taking on more seductive names and more assertive personas, getting breast and butt lifts and lip fillers and wearing makeup, wearing more elaborate, sexy, sometimes borderline-fetish costumes -- everything that men claim they want out of women! But no, that's not good enough -- those qualities have to be both present and completely natural in order for spectators to be satisfied.

Read the whole very interesting thing at The Talkhouse.

I caught the full performances by White Lung, Deafheaven and Swans, who all delivered thunderously rapturous sets. I've come to expect nothing but excellence from these three acts, but it was refreshing to see them in a completely new context - and one that each managed to fit effortlessly among. I caught up with White Lung's Mish Way shortly after her set and restrained myself from telling her how obsessed I've been with "Wrong Star" ever since her Noisey Acoustic Sessions with Katie Crutchfield was released. I did, however, manage to discuss the unfortunate incident from Friday night's show when she was forced to confront an audience member who was harassing and even attempting to punch her during her performance.

White Lung
Basilica

"It's been awhile since I've had to do something like that," she said, "but I'm glad it happened. And I'm glad to end our tour here. It feels good. It feels special. And... (smiling) I'm really glad my reading went well."

I'm looking forward to more unique experiences at next year's festival, to which I will certainly be returning.

A few more pictures (by Molly Moltzen) and a few videos below...

Continue reading "Basilica SoundScape happened w/ Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Meredith Graves' speech on Andrew WK/Lana Del Rey"

Previous