Entries tagged with: Wierd Records
photos by Phil Maier
Xeno & Oaklander @ final WIERD, 2/27/2013
As discussed, WIERD has become Very Rare after the final night last Wednesday (2/28) featuring Xeno & Oaklander (read Josh Strawn's thoughts). We've now got a set of pictures from the WIERD's goodbye in this post.
Thankfully, the dark vibes will continue on Wednesdays at Home Sweet Home with the announcement of the appropriately named "Nothing Changes", a new party that will feature much of the same focus, musically. "Nothing Changes" kicks off with this week's FREE party (3/6) featuring Avana and Hi-Fi Hillary, with the rest of the month scheduled to feature Syb Vicious/Hi-Fi Hillary (3/13, FREE), Delphic Oracle + DJs (3/20, $5) and Azar Swan + DJs ($5, 3/27). Check out the flyer below alongside more pictures from the final WIERD (2/27).
by Joshua Strawn
Xeno & Oaklander last night at WIERD (instagram by daniellehoward)
You may know Josh Strawn through his work in current projects Azar Swan and Vaura but he was also an integral part of WIERD and, before that, a fan of the music. Strawn has played the weekly party with three separate projects (Vaura, Religious to Damn, Blacklist) over the years, so he was able to add some special insight about last night's final WIERD Wednesday event and it's place in the current NYC scene. Strawn's thoughts are below. - Fred Pessaro
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Xeno & Oaklander @ BVCMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
I dont know whether to be bummed or happy that WIERD is coming to an end tonight at Home Sweet Home (2/28). On the one hand, I have seen some incredible shows at the space over the years. But on the other hand, I have spent many a rough Thursday morning swearing off alcohol and cursing myself for having too much fun late, late, late into the evening. I'm gonna go with bummed.
Tonight is the FINAL WIERD night at Home Sweet Home, featuring the great Xeno & Oaklander along with DJ sets from Jeralyn, Glenn and Frankie Teardrop. Expect good tunes, great dance songs and beaucoup fog and for future WIERD parties to become "Very Rare." Be there or... be bummed.
Flyer for the final WIERD is below...
Merchandise at WIERD, September 2012 (more by Phil Maler)
Freelance writer and DJ Maria Sherman gave us a list of her favorites of 2012, including top shows and her favorite label. Check out her list below.
On that list is Merchandise's performance at 538 Johnson, one of the few early performances to feature now-permanent drummer Elsner Nino (also of Shoxx). The new-look Merchandise will perform twice at 285 Kent this week, including tonight's show WITH Night Sins, Pharmakon, Herzog Rising AND Shoxx.
Maria Sherman's Best of 2012 and a video of Merchandise from 538 Johnson earlier this year, below...
JANE PAIN: American label Sacred Bones is about to reissue Growing Seeds. How do you feel about the US? Why have you decided to write your songs in English and do you think it is significant at all? Are you looking forward to your upcoming American tour dates? What American bands/projects are you into right now?Swedish post-punk/darkwave crew Lust for Youth play their first of four US dates, and first of two NYC shows, at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight (12/12). $8 gets you in. The band will also swing through Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit with The Men and Widowspeak (who also play Brooklyn Bowl). Tickets are still available).
HANNES NORRVIDE (of Lust for Youth): I'm excited to visit US, I've only been there when I was very young. I'v met some really sweet people that are from the states so I hope the rest of US is like them, I don't know.
Well, writing in english feels more safe than writing in my native language. And of course I've listened to a lot of music my whole life which most have been in english so it got kind of natural.
I got this 12″ by Hieroglyphic Being, I really liked that one, Gatekeeper.
After a show in Tempe with Pharmakon, Soren and Foreplay, the final Lust for Youth date in the US in 2012 will appropriately come at the Sacred Bones 5 Year anniversary party on 12/21/12. There the band will join Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth (who just played Union Pool), Psychic Ills (who play NYC on New Year's Eve) and many more as fire rains down upon the earth during the impending apocalypse (if you follow the Mayan calendar).
Head below for some streaming tracks from Lust For Youth, The Men, and a Sacred Bones 5th Anniversary mix, right beside the LFY tour schedule.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Michael Berdan of Believer/Law, on stage with Veins, June 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dating back nine years, it's no wonder that the weekly WIERD party draws some great bands and especially for a late night on a Wednesday. WIERD's anniversary will be celebrated tonight at their homebase of Home Sweet Home (11/21) with an appearance from Sacred Bones artist Led Er Est. Come out and party.
But if you can't make it to WIERD this week, there are still a bunch of great bands in the coming weeks as well. Next Wednesday (11/28) means an appearance from Texas band Pinkish Black, who just signed to Century Media for a new LP. The band's last NYC appearance was at Saint Vitus on June 15th as part of Northside, on a bill with Deafheaven, Indian Jewelry and Vattnet Viskar.
Sweden's Lust for Youth will begin their trek towards the end of the world (if you believe this kind of stuff) with a show at Wierd on 12/12/2012. The band recently released Growing Seeds via Sacred Bones earlier this month after a smaller release in the EU on Avant! Records. Check out a song stream below.
And last but not least, the WIERD Holidaze Party (12/19) will feature Believer/Law with DJ Ryan DAIS. The band features vocalist Michael Berdan (Drinkdriver/Veins, etc) and steers away from some of his previous hardcore-based focus, instead opting for keyboard-driven gothic-industrial. Check out a new song below, along with a live video. The holiday party will also double as a record release show for the band's upcoming cassette on Robert & Leopold (LP due on Blind Prophet soon).
Check out video from some of the bands with forthcoming WIERD performances below, along with tonight's 9th Anniversary Flyer. Congrats, WIERD!
by Bill Pearis
Tonight's edition of WIERD at Home Sweet Home (11/7) features two live performances. Headlining the night is former Brooklyn duo Featureless Ghost who now call Atlanta their home. They just released their debut album, Personality Matrix, which mixes a lot of '80s synth genres (industrial, New Beat, synthpop, etc) and you can stream the whole thing below. The band are on tour and all dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Also playing WIERD tonight is Nao Katafuchi who makes his music right here in NYC and whose new EP, Yumegoto, can also be streamed below. The retro-future pop sounds contained within could've been the soundtrack to some William Gibson movie never made. You can stream the EP (cover art by Xeno & Oaklander's Liz Wendelbo) below as well.
Nao is also playing a WT Records party at the Body Actualized Center (143 Troutman St, Brooklyn) on November 16 with labelmates Woz and Seabats playing. More info on that show is here.
Streams and Featureless Ghost tour dates are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Portland's deathrock/gothic post-punk band Bellicose Minds are on their way up to Montreal for the punk festival Varning (more on that in a sec), but will spend their Halloween in NYC. Joining DJs Gabby, Caleb and Pre Op Trans, look for Bellicose Minds to hit Home Sweet Home on 10/31 as part of the weekly WIERD party and their first visit to NYC.
For the unfamiliar, Montreal's Varning Festival (11/1 - 11/3) goes down at Katacombes. Featuring punk rock in many different incarnations, the fest will feature appearances from Zyanose, Belgrado (Spain), Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Spectres, Aspects of War, Zatsuon, Sad Boys and many more, including the final Peligro Social show. Full lineup is below.
Speaking of, as discussed, Japanese noise-punks Zyanose play Acheron on 11/10. Spectres and Crimson Scarlet, who also bless the Varning lineup, both play Acheron on Friday (10/26).
And in related news, NYC's Sad Boys have joined on to a bill with Perdition, Austin's Criaturas, Bortgang, Spine, and La Misma at 177 Stockholm tomorrow (10/25). Should be a fun night of raging punk.
Tonight (10/24), meanwhile, look for WIERD to host the great gothic synth-pop of Martial Canterel.
The Varning lineup, video of Bellicose Minds, Criaturas and Zyanose are below.
Slug Guts, not Sisters of Mercy, @ Home Sweet Home, 10/17/2012
Post-punk maniacs Slug Guts joined headliner Cult of Youth with Soren (of Rosenkopf) for an appearance at the hazy, fog-dense basement of Home Sweet Home for the WIERD party last night (10/17), the first of three area appearances. Though Cult of Youth and Soren both ripped excellent sets, Slug Guts were mesmerizing in the tiny space, packing it to the gills.
If you missed the Australian band, make sure and catch them at either The Acheron on Friday (10/19) with Pop 1280 and Vaz or at the Life or Death showcase at 92Y Tribeca on Saturday (10/20).
More pictures from last night's WIERD are below.
Merchandise at WIERD, September 2012 (more by Phil Maler)
499 parties. Since 2002, WIERD has been rocking DJs and live performances at multiple venues around the city featuring names like Tamaryn, Xeno & Oaklander, Merchandise, Yellow Tears, Cult of Youth, Psychic TV, Zola Jesus, Automelodi, Blank Dogs, Blacklist, Soft Moon, Raspberry Bulbs and so many more. Check out a full list of performers and dates if you dare.
The fifth century mark will hit TONIGHT at Home Sweet Home (10/10) for the weekly WIERD party, and it'll have some special meaning to it:
This wed. Oct. 10th will officially be WIERD's 500th party. Performance artist Tobias Bernstrup from Stockholm, Sweden, who I released trax by on the Wierd Compilations Vol. 1 and Vol. II is performing as he was the first live performance we ever had at the party back in 2003.As usual, the party jumps off at 10PM with live performances at midnight and DJs intermittenly all night (DJs Avana, Goutroy, and Frankie Teardrop round out tonight's lineup).
Congrats to WIERD for so many events, we'll look forward to many more. Show flyer and some video below.
Australia's Slug Guts are currently touring the US on the strength of their recent Sacred Bones release, Playin' In Time with the Deadbeat, a slab of noisy post-punk misanthropy a la The Birthday Party and early Christian Death. The band will hit NYC next week during the CMJ festival, including October 20 at the Life or Death PR party at 92YTribeca, October 19 at Acheron with Pop 1280 & Vaz, and also WIERD on Otctober 17 at Home Sweet Home with Rosenkopf and Cult of Youth.
For those who can't make it out to the shows, make sure and catch the band on WNYU on Oct 18th (89.1FM, or streaming) at 4PM as part of the New Afternoon Show.
All tour dates and audio/video from Slug Guts recent LP are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Cold Showers - Violent Cries (MP3)
Los Angeles' Cold Showers are currently on tour, playing Glasslands tonight (9/20) with The Soft Moon and ERAAS on their way to the Pop Montreal which started last night and runs through the weekend. Tickets are still available.
After Pop Montreal, Cold Showers will head back across the Canadian border, playing the Midwest before heading back to NYC to play WIERD night at Home Sweet Home on October 2. It will be a release party for Cold Showers' debut album, Love and Regret, which comes out 10/9 on Mexican Summer. Recalling late-'80s bands like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Sisters of Mercy, it's dark and brooding but with ample hooks and melody, perfect for the fall weather ahead. The group just released a new track from the album, "Violent Cries," which you can download above or stream below along with previously-released "BC."
Meanwhile, ERAAS' self-titled debut will be out October 2 and is on the shadowier side of the street, relying on heavy atmosphere, tribal rhythms and plaintive vocals to pull the listener into their world. You can stream a couple tracks from their album below. ERAAS will also open for San Francisco post punks Weekend at Cameo on Tuesday (9/25) (rescheduled from August) and tickets to that show are still available.
And headliners The Soft Moon release their second album, Zeros, on October 30. Like their debut, it owes more than a little to mid-'80s 4AD and WaxTrax! discographies and is maybe even more creepy/claustrophobic than their first, loaded with driving, watery basslines and deep-freeze synths. Check out recently-released track "Insides" from the album below. If you can't make it to the show tonight, The Soft Moon will be back to play Bowery Ballroom on October 30 with Pop. 1280 and Group Rhoda. Tickets are still available.
WIERD photos by Phil Maier, 538 Johnston videos by (((unartig)))
Merchandise at Home Sweet Home
Merchandise played their second of three packed NYC shows last night at 538 Johnson (9/13), this time joined by drummer Elsner Nino (ex-Pollution, current Shoxx) behind the kit and support from Shoxx as well as Worshit, Nuclear Spring, and Herzog Rising. Video from the show is below.
The band played WIERD at Home Sweet Home on Wednesday night (pictures in this post), and will play again in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus tonight (9/14) alongside Rosenkopf, Siamese Twins, and Dream Affair. Tickets may be now sold out (call the venue) -- but the band will be back for CMJ if you didn't catch one of these.
Check out the video from 538 last night along with pictures from Home Sweet Home and more tour dates, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Toby Driver of Vaura/Kayo Dot
WIERD will host a special Vaura appearance at their weekly party at Home Sweet Home tonight (7/25) (131 Chrystie St in Manhattan). The band will strip down to play a rare "acoustic variations" set at the venue, which will see the band unplug for the second time in their history (the first being at The Stone earlier this year). Flyer for the show is below.
Kevin Hufnagel of Vaura/Gorguts played a solo set Saint Vitus on 7/21. If you missed them, the pictures are here.
Also-Vaura member Toby Driver played Bowery Electric on July 19th with his Kayo Dot project, with support from Triple Cobra and The Big Con. Pictures from that show, the Kayo Dot setlist, and a flyer for tonight, below...
King Dude at Home Sweet Home (more by Phil Maier)
After blessing NYC (with a full band) earlier this month, King Dude will return to NYC to play Glasslands on July 5th, with RØSENKØPF, and Italian Horn, and DJ sets by Ryan Dais & Pieter Wierd. Tickets are on sale for what will be a stop before King Dude continues to Europe for a tour.
RØSENKØPF are welcoming their debut LP via WIERD Records on May 15th, and will celebrate the release with a show at Home Sweet Home on May 2nd. The show is one of two shows on the calendar for the gothic post-punk band, who will also play Le Poisson Rouge on 7/22 with Iceage (one of two NYC shows) and Martial Canterel (tickets still on sale).
Iceage, King Dude & RØSENKØPF all share a bill in June at Chaos in Tejas.
Preorder your copy of the self-titled RØSENKØPF LP via the label and stream some material from the record below alongside all tour dates....
King Dude "will be playing his first show with an accompanied band" TONIGHT at Home Sweet Home (4/11) as part of the ongoing Wierd Wednesday at the venue. The show is a one-off for the gothic crooner, who is also scheduled to play Chaos in Tejas in Austin with Iceage Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Kindest Lines, Dangerous Boys Club, Anasazi, RØSENKØPF, and YOU.
King Dude released the Love LP last year and is prepping the new "You Can Break My Heart" b/w "Devil's Tail" 7", a new LP due this summer, and a split with the mighty Urfaust soon. Stream all of Love below.
In other news, RØSENKØPF have released a new song from their self-titled debut for Wierd Records. Stream "Burning Spirits" from that record below. Look for RØSENKØPF to play NYC next on 4/20 at Acheron with Puerto Rico Flowers (ex-Clockcleaner, their final show), Anasazi and York Factory Complaint.Catch RØSENKØPF in July when they open for Iceage at one of their two just-announced NYC dates.
All streams are below.
Cut Hands, who you may know as William Bennett of power electronics juggernaut Whitehouse, will play a select set of shows in the US in February. The tour, which mostly focus on the East Coast/Midwest, will kick off in Los Angeles on 2/14 (how romantic!) and eventually make its way to Brooklyn's Public Assembly on February 24th. The show will also feature appearances from Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Veiled, & David E. Williams as well as DJs Pieter Schoolwerth, Caleb Braaten & ning nong; tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, power electronics, noise and the avant garde are the focus of the ongoing Hospital Productions curation at The Stone. Tonight (2/3) the space will welcome Hell Hoarse and Luke Moldof + Reuben Son.
Check out a version of Xeno & Oaklander's "Sets & Lights" recorded in London last July , alongside all tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Plastic Flowers - Strange Neighbors (MP3)
Given the brittle, gloom-n-romance sounds he creates, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Sean Earl Beard named his musical pseudonym Plastic Flowers after the song by The Wake. (He's also a Felt fan.) Beard recently relocated from Tallahassee, FL to New York and has found a good home at Wierd Records who just released his new 7" "Strange Neighbors" which you can download at the top of this post. The video for it is below.
Plastic Flowers plays tonight (11/30) at the weekly Wierd night at Home Sweet Home which serves as both a record release party for the single and Wierd's 8th Anniversary celebration. DJing amongst the smoke machines will be Pre-Op Trans, Anthem(Frank(justFrank)) and Frankie Teardrop.
Click through for a couple more streamable Plastic Flowers tracks below (including the very good "Take Me Home") plus the "Strange Neighbors" video and tonight's Wierd flyer...
photos by Mariah Karson, words by BBG
Anatomy of Habit
Chicago's Anatomy of Habit are celebrating a new record and played a rare show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on 11/5 with Vaura (mems Religious to Damn, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot), and Rosenkopf. As discussed, the BrooklynVegan/Wierd event was the only recent AoH show scheduled outside of their homebase of Chicago and a rare performance from Vaura (who are all busy with their own other projects). Pictures from the NYC show are in this post.
Toby Driver (of Vaura) has a pair of shows scheduled this week on his own, including Thursday (11/10) at Rock Shop as part of the Toby Driver/Jeremiah Cymerman/Mario Diaz de Leon trio supporting Les Rhinocéros and Kef (tickets) and Saturday night (11/12) at Lulu's as a member of Hazel-Rah (the solo effort of Tim Byrnes of Kayo Dot) with Lost Coves, The DRX, and Bangladeafy.
More pictures from Saint Vitus on Saturday are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Xeno & Oaklander - Autumn's Edge (MP3)
Xeno & Oaklander are New York's premier minimal wave, and have been doing it 1981 style -- using patch bays and vintage equipment exclusively, no laptops -- for over five years. Despite the duo's neo-luddite approach to making electronic music, Sean McBride and Liz Wendelbo have certainly gotten better at what they're doing, both mastery of their gear and in songwriting.
Sets & Lights, which was released this week on Wierd Records, is the band's third album and easily their best. Arpeggiated synths and sequencers bubble along and Wendelbo and McBride trade vocals... it's like the soundtrack to some gleaming baroque futureworld. You can download "Autumn's Edge" at the top of this post, and be sure to check out the genuinely spooky video to single "The Staircase" further down.
Xeno & Oaklander have a few shows coming up. Tonight (10.12), they celebrate the release of Sets & Lights tonight (10.12) at the weekly Wierd Party at Home Sweet Home. Friday night (10.14) they'll play the afterparty of the first night of the Neon Marshmallow Festival which is happening all weekend at Public Assembly.
Then next Saturday (10/22), Xeno & Oaklander play Altered Zones at the New Museum, which seems to be this year's attempt by Pitchfork at CMJ counterprograming. (Remember #Offline?) In addition to X&O, performers include AraabMuzik, Grimes, Teengirl Fantasy, Trash Talk, Eric Copeland, Prince Rama, Light Asylum, FORMA, and Dive. The show is 21+ and $25 for non-museum members and a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the 2012 New Museum Triennial, an international exhibition of emerging artists. This actually sounds potentially cool. Flyer for the event is below.
Anatomy of Habit
Anatomy of Habit are welcoming their new doom crusher of an LP, which is up for sale now on vinyl and streaming in its entirety below. Mastered by Bob Weston (of Shellac, who play NYC tonight and tomorrow) and recorded by Andrew Ragin (of The Atlas Moth, who played NYC on Saturday), the LP is recommended for fans of emotionally charged doom metal like Corrupted, Neurosis, Monarch, and anything that pensively slashes-and-burns.
After a series of great live shows, Vaura are preparing to release their debut LP Selenelion on Wierd Records. The new long-player will see a release on vinyl/digital via the label early next year, but you can check out the first track "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below.
Rosenkopf released their Dispiritualized cassette in July of this year. Check out "Burning Spirits" from that release below, alongside the show flyer.
by Bill Pearis
HTRK's new album Work (work, work) is out this week on Ghostly International and the band will play shows in California and New York to celebrate. Three shows happen in NYC next week: Wednesday, September 14 at Home Sweet Home as part of the Wierd party, then a free show at Sleep No More on Thursday, September 15 and then Saturday, Sept 17 at Secret Project Robot as part of Pendu Disco.
It's been a tough couple years for the band, originally formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 but now located in London. Bassist Sean Stewart took his own life during the making of the album, leaving surviving members Nigel Yang and Jonnine Standish to finish it. Dark and sensual, tracks like "Eat Yr Heart" and "Sythetik" would've fit right in on the soundtrack of an '80s Michael Mann film. Both of those songs are downloadable at the top of this post. You can stream the whole shebang at Bandcamp.
All 2011 dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Mark Burgess will be bringing ChameleonsVox back to America in November including four shows here in the NYC area: Wednesday, 11/23 for the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home, then Friday, 11/25 at Littlefield, and Saturday, 11/26 at The Delancey with the final show Sunday 11/27 at Maxwell's. All ChameleonsVox tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
For big Chameleons fans, the Wierd party is the one not to miss, as Burgess is performing the Chameleons' 1983 debut, Script of the Bridge, in full. (They'll also do the same earlier in the month at Oakland, CA's The New Parish on 11/16.) Last year that album got a nice double-CD reissue from Blue Apple Music who, next month, will be reissuing it on vinyl. Hopefully Mark will be bringing that on tour with him.
Anyone who saw Burgess on last year's tour knows ChameleonsVox do an amazing job of recreating the mercurial, powerful Chameleons sound, and Burgess still has the pipes and passion that make it more than just a night of remember when. This tour features original Chameleons/Sun & the Moon drummer John Lever as well. The Chameleons remain a big influence on music today: look no further than the Captured Tracks roster or the new Horrors album.
Opener for all shows except the Wierd party are Black Swan Lane. Tyburn Saints are also on the bill at Littlefield, and Revel Hotel are first openers at the Delancey show. All ChameleonsVox tour dates are below, along with video from last year's Burgess/ChameleonsVox performance at The Big Takeover's 30th Anniversary party at the Bell House.
by Bill Pearis
Local trio Dream Affair are playing tonight's (8/31) Wierd party at Home Sweet Home. It's a record release party for the band's debut, Endless Days, which is out now on Avant! Records. If you like you coldwave/postpunk with a little Wax!Trax!-style clanging beats, definitely check 'em out.
You can download two tracks from the album via a widget at the bottom of this post. Also down there, the video for the album's title track.
Psychic TV at Europa (more by Greg Cristman)
Psychic TV will perform "Live In Thee Wierd" at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St) TONIGHT (8/17), a rare show that will see Genesis team with Kevin Hufnagel (!) and Martial Canterel (!) to perform "classic trax from the albums Force the Hand of Chance (1982), Dreams Less Sweet (1983), A Pagan Day (1984), and Allegory & Self (1988)" at Midnight. $15 gets you in, more details are at the Facebook invite. Update: the Facebook event is dead or private and there's no mention of the show on Wierd's website, but we did confirm that this show tonight is Genesis acoustic (not the full band).
In related news, Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) will team with Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Krallice) and Andrew Hock (Castevet) to play a rare solo guitar show on 8/29 at Zebulon. The show is FREE with suggested donation, and kicks off at 9PM. Mick Barr will release his new LP Coiled Malescence via Safety Meeting Records. Preorder it now.