Entries tagged with: Xeno and Oaklander
Xeno & Oaklander at LPR in 2013 (more by Phil Maler)
Your new album 'Par Avion' has been described as an ode to synesthesia. What conscious decisions were there to make it different from 'Sets & Lights'?Brooklyn synth duo Xeno & Oaklander released their new album Par Avion last week (6/24) via Ghostly. If you've yet to hear the "ode to synesthesia," you can stream it in full below.
At the outset of recording this album, Liz was engaged in developing several perfumes, 'Eau de Xeno', hence synesthesia. There was never a conscious decision to do something different. There were of course newfound synthesizer processes that we wanted to employ and expand on. As our music largely grows out of live performance, this new material, in part, emerged out of the interstitial moments between the set of songs we were playing live, namely the songs from 'Sets & Lights'. For instance, Sheen grew out of the bridge linking Sunday with Blue. After which we form them into structured pieces. So in a sense 'Par Avion' was squeezed out of the gaps of 'Sets & Lights'. There is an internal logic integrated into not only the new album but also our entire catalogue. 'Providence' and 'Reflections' function as soundtracks within, and to this album and this logic. [Electricity Club]
As you may know, Xeno & Oaklander are opening the NYC stop of the 'Cascine & Friends Tour' happening on July 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Cascine artists Chad Valley, Lemonade and Yumi Zouma, plus X&O's Ghostly labelmate Lusine. Tickets for that show are still available.
About a month later, the duo play another hometown show, this time headlining, at Baby's All Right on August 15 with White Hex. It's a midnight show, and tickets are on sale now.
All upcoming dates are listed, with a stream of the LP and the title track's video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Cascine Records is home to a lot of effervescent, chilled synthpop. (Does that make them the champagne of labels?) Three of their artists -- UK act Chad Valley, Brooklyn's Lemonade (who just signed with the label after being on True Panther) and New Zealand's Yumi Zouma -- will be participating in a three-city July jaunt dubbed the "Cascine & Friends Tour," with shows in NYC, LA and Toronto. At each one they'll be paired with artists from different likeminded labels. NYC's show happens on July 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and will also feature Ghostly Intl. artists Lusine and Xeno & Oaklander. Tickets to MHOW go on AmEx presale today (5/14) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (5/16) at noon. Dates and lineups for the LA and Toronto shows are listed below.
Yumi Zouma's debut EP came out back in February on Cascine and, like a much of what's on the label, their airy pop is part '80s soft rock, part '80s synthpop. It's pretty good too -- and sounds very similar to Montreal's TOPS (who play the Toronto date of the tour). You can listen to a few songs below.
Lusine (aka LA resident Jeff McIlwain) released The Waiting Room on Ghostly last year and it's full of gently arpeggiated synths and bubbling electro percussion. It's also got a good cover of Electronic's "Get the Message" which you can stream below. Xeno & Oaklander's new album, Par Avion, will be out June 24 on Ghostly.
Most of the acts on the Cascine and Friends Tour are featured on a mix just for this occasion put together by Coyote Clean Up and you can stream that below too.
All dates of the tour are listed, along with streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.
The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.
Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.
Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.
Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.
East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.
Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.
Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."
At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."
Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.
Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.
Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.
Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.
Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.
If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.
Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...
by Bill Pearis
Analogue fetishists Xeno & Oaklander will return this summer with their new album, Par Avion, which will be out June 24 via Ghostly. Like last year's single, "Sheen" (which is included on the LP), Sean McBride and Liz Wendelbo are still making bubbling minimal synth, though songs like album-opener "Interface" introduce hazy new textures. You can stream that track, and Par Avion's title cut, in this post.
New track stream, album art and tracklist, below...
Lonnie Holley at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Outsider artist Lonnie Holley, who we wrote about around the time of his shows with Deerhunter and Bill Callahan and who has made fans out of (and since collaborated with) Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Black Lips' Cole Alexander, will return to NYC for two shows this week. First, he plays a night show on Tuesday (4/15) at Baby's All Right with no wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others), and Georgia. Georgia also joins Lonnie for his set, and maybe Arto will too? Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. Lonnie's set will be the one actual live performance this year though. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Pete Swanson, Matana Roberts and more. Full schedule is listed below.
Since releasing The Way Things Fall last year, Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus have been back in ice-cold ADULT. mode. The duo will be in Asheville, NC later this month for Moogfest. Shortly after that, ADULT. will play Brooklyn's Verboten on May 7 with Xeno & Oaklander and Stallone The Reducer opening. Tickets are on sale now.
In anticipation of their Asheve apearance, ADULT. made a mix made entirely of label Ghostly, International's artists, including HTRK, Shigeto, John Foxx, Com Truise and Xeno & Oaklander. You can stream that (via XLR8R) below.
Eyehategod @ Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
Cat Power @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Xeno & Oaklander, Eraas, Azar Swan, Soviet Soviet @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two NYC shows for Brooklyn post-punks Eraas and Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet this week. The whole lineup tonight is great though, also including Brooklyn minimal synth mainstays Xeno & Oaklander, who have just teamed up with Ghostly International for their new single "Par Avion" (streaming below), and local goth-pop duo Azar Swan.
Cat Power, Nico Turner @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (2 shows)
No offense to the recent Cat Power stuff, all of which has been excellent, but sometimes we miss the intimacy of the early slowcore days, and tonight we'll get a chance to revisit that kind of intimacy when Chan Marshall plays two solo shows at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (6 PM and 10:30 PM). The early show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the late one.
Smith Westerns @ Baby's All Right
Having just headlined Webster Hall, Smith Westerns sneak in a tiny show at new Williamsburg club Baby's All Right at the end of their tour. It's a midnight show and tickets are still available.
Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Chat Logs, Beech Creeps, IYEZ @ Death By Audio
Portland's Wooden Indian Burial make psychedelic garage rock, with a healthy dose of b-movie sci-fi -- there could be theremins in effect tonight. Check out their self-titled LP from 2012 below.
Man Tear, Marlene, Vaz, Kissey, Axel Boman @ Baby's All Right
You may already know that Sweden makes music (ABBA, The Cardigans, The Hives, etc) but let's be reminded tonight with a party called "Sweden Makes Music" featuring house producer Axel Boman, his DFA-signed duo Man Tear and some commercial-minded pop groups.
Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether, I.U.D. @ Issue Project Room
The second of the two-night IPR benefit honoring Kim Gordon features Kim performing two sets, each with different collaborators. One is with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Kother, and the other is a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing).
Wooden Shjips, Cave Woodsman @ Knitting Factory
Long-running San Francisco psych band Wooden Shjips just released their new album,Back to Land, this week and play a their second NYC show this week with likeminded tourmakes Cave.
Active Child, JMSN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The synthy Active Child is on the road supporting his new Ropor EP, and that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week withJMSN, who did a lot of vocals on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city. This is night 2.
Violent Femmes @ Roseland Ballroom
What can you say about Violent Femmes' 1983 debut album? "Kiss Off," "Add it Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone" -- and basically every song on it -- are bonafide teen-angst classics. You may not listen to it so much anymore but go to the show and just try not to sing along.
Eyehategod, Mutilation Rites, The Communion @ Saint Vitus
Sludge metal greats Eyehategod have had tough year with the passing of original drummer Joey LaCaze, and now after a brieft stint with Dale Crover of Melvins filling in, they've announced that Joey's permanent replacement is Aaron Hill (Missing Monuments, Mountain of Wizard). Tonight they return to NYC for their first of two shows here this week. If you're going tonight, Mutilation Rites rip too, so show up early.
Soft Black, Bully, Beat Radio, Juan Wauters @ Shea Stadium
Synthpop band Soft Black headline tonight but for those going to this show, do get there early for The Beets' Juan Wauters who'll have a new solo album out on Captured Tracks in the new year.
Chromeo @ Webster Hall
An amalgam of early-'80s electro-R&B (Cameo, Rockwell, various Jacksons), Chromeo are not afraid to embrace the cheese. And if you aren't either, it's a fun time. Expect songs from their forthcoming album White Women, which features guest appearances from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Toro Y Moi, and Solange.
Chromeo (DJ Set), Brenmar @ Slake
If you wanna keep the party going, Chrome will be DJing their own afterparty at Westside club Slake.
Eli Paperboy Reed @ Union Pool
With a new album out soon, Eli Paperboy Reed will be premiering a lot of fresh material at two intimate shows at Union Pool, tonight being the first.
Black Dice, Ratking, DJ Pizza Party @ 285 Kent
This multi-genre bill brings the noise of Black Dice together with the indie rap of Ratking, for what should make for a pretty unique night. And maybe there will even be some collaborations, because as weird as this matchup is, Ratking and Eric Copeland of Black Dice have an upcoming collaborative EP CONS EP VOL. 1. coming out, which you can stream a track from below.
John Fogerty @ Beacon Theatre
This is the third night at Beacon for John Fogerty and it's a little different than the previous two -- he'll be performing Credence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory and Bayou Country in full. Tickets are still available.
Alison Moyet @ Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center
The powerhouse voice behind Yaz, Alison Moyet has returned to her electropop roots with her new album, The Minutes, but you can expect "Situation" and "Don't Go" too. Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke will DJ beforehand.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. @ Theater at MSG
We're not super into the headliner, but the openers on this tour, which hits the Theatre at MSG for three consecutive nights this week, are always worth seeing. Talib really needs no introduction, having been a mainstay in NYC rap since the '90s, and Big K.R.I.T. is one of the finest newer rappers keeping the dirty south alive and dirty. This is night 2.
Catz 'N Dogz, Orchard Lounge, Tone of Arc, Connie @ Output
It's Output's weekly INPUT party tonight, and these four DJs/beatmakers should have you dancing til the early morn'.
Gary Clark Jr., Alice Smith @ Apollo Theater
Gary Clark Jr. plays the kind of blues guitar that even your dad can get down with, and he'll be bringing his licks to NYC for two shows this week (both sold out). Tonight he's at the legendary Apollo and on Saturday, he'll be at the big Terminal 5.
Weekend Nachos @ ABC No Rio & No Fun Club
Chicago's Weekend Nachos whip up a storm of hardcore fury, adding bits of crust, powerviolence, and sludge to the mix, and making for some surprisingly accessible stuff. Today they play two NYC-area shows, a matinee at ABC No Rio in the LES and a night show at No Fun Club in Island Park.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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by Bill Pearis
Eraas @ Knitting Factor, October 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Eraas will return with their second album, Initiation, on November 12 via Felte. Heavy on rhythm and dark atmosphere, the record has a swampy netherworld vibe, a soundtrack for somewhere bad things happen and people like it. You can stream two tracks from Initiation below.
The band will play two NYC shows the week of the album's release, and both are with Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet. They play 285 Kent on November 14 with Xeno & Oaklander and Azar Swan (who also play the Pendu CMJ showcase); and then Saint Vitus on November 15. Advance tickets for 285 Kent are on sale now, and you can check Ticketfly for updates on Saint Vitus tickets.
Soviet Soviet are also readying a new album, Fate, which will be out the same week as the Eraas album. Stream a track from that below. The NYC dates are the only North American dates for Soviet Soviet at this time.
After the dates with Soviet Soviet, Eraas will be heading across the Atlantic for ATP UK's final fling and other European dates. All are listed, along with song streams, below.
Starred at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC goth label Pendu Sound has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase at Europa on October 17 this year. It's a lineup of all local duos, including Starred, Tempers, and Azar Swan (whose members were both in Religious to Damn). Tickets for the showcase on sale now.
Meanwhile, Tempers have other hometown shows coming up too, including a previously mentioned Union Pool (9/13) show with Xeno & Oaklander and Bootblacks (tickets); and another supporting Martin Rev (of Suicide) at his Glasslands (10/9) show with Infinity Shred (tickets). Stream their recent "Strange Harvest" single and their cover of Swans' "Killing For Company," below.
Meanwhile, Starred recently made a video for "LA Drugs" off 2012's Prison to Prison EP, and they had one of the standout tracks on this year's Sub Pop 1000 compilation. We recently caught them in Brooklyn and Long Island on their tour with Courtney Love.
All streams below...
photos by Phil Maler
Crash Course in Science @ LPR, 8/8/2013
Belgians A Split-Second will hit NYC for a rare appearance at Drom on December 7 -- their only North American appearance, and first American show in 25 years(!). Tickets are on sale and Crash Course in Science will support. For the unfamiliar, A Split-Second is considered to be a pivotal band in the industrial-related EBM movement, along with names like Front 242, Die Krupps, Nitzer Ebb and others:
After the Belgian synth pop group Extraballe disbanded, Mark Ickx joined up with Chrismar Chayell to form A Split Second, which debuted in 1986 with the dance single "Flesh." The duo quickly took a detour into more industrial sounds with their next single, "Rigor Mortis"; both those tracks and others were compiled on their eponymous debut American EP, which followed their first Belgian album, 1987's Ballistic Statues, by a year. A Split Second's sound had by now coalesced into a mix of programmed industrial beats, synthesizers, heavily distorted guitars, and alternately melodic and vicious vocals; unsurprisingly, they were signed in America to the Wax Trax! label, which issued From the Inside in 1988. A number of singles and EPs followed on both Wax Trax! and the Belgian Antler-Subway label, some later taken from the 1990 album Kiss of Fury, which found the group switching to Caroline for U.S. distribution. Little new material was heard from A Split Second until 1995, when the duo returned with Vengeance.You can stream a few A Split-Second tracks below..
Crash Course in Science, meanwhile, recently headlined Le Poisson Rouge with a little help from Xeno & Oaklander, and belated pictures from that performance on August 8 are available below.
And speaking of Xeno & Oaklander, you can check out the pair at Union Pool on September 13 with Bootblacks and Tempers, part of the ongoing RITUALS series. Tickets are on sale. As mentioned, the pair have a new video for an LP out this fall.
Last but not least, catch the-X&O-related-band Martial Canterel at Cameo on August 31, when he headlines the space with Figure Study, Forma and Hot Guts (tickets).
More pics from LPR and a selection of tracks by A Split Second are below...
Xeno & Oaklander at Home Sweet Home, March 2013 (more by Phil Maler)
Brooklyn neo-luddite electronic duo, Xeno & Oaklander, who played LPR last week with Crash Course in Science, have a new album on the way, due this fall on via Electric Voice.. The first taste is the single, "Sheen," which you can check out the video for (and cover art) below....
by Fred Pessaro
Reunited synth post-punk group Crash Course in Science headlines Le Poisson Rouge tonight (August 8th), dipping into their catalog of late 70s/early 80s tracks to get the crowd moving on Bleecker Street.
The band began when art school students Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny became intrigued by punk music and performance art. They began to experiment with crude electronics and off beat writing, and the raw homemade electronic sounds they created became the vocabulary of the band's music.If you're unfamiliar, check out some tracks by the band below. Xeno & Oaklander's slinky goth-inflected synth pop provides the perfect opening soundtrack for the night, and tickets are still available.
CCIS released "Cakes in the Home" a seven inch vinyl single on Go Go Records in 1979, followed by the twelve inch "Signals From Pier Thirteen" in 1981. The latter contained the club hits "Cardboard Lamb" and "Flying Turns". At that time CCIS performed in clubs and galleries in New York City and Philadelphia, including Hurrah, The Hot Club, and CBGB.
Stream some tracks by the Philadelphia band below.
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 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...
On behalf of the Wierd World I wanted to let you all know that the last Wierd Party at Home Sweet Home will be on Wednesday, February 27th. We have staged 500+ events over the course of the last decade, and I feel we have achieved what we all set out to do together when the party began.All good things must come to an end and that, apparently, goes for WIERD things too. The long-running Wednesday party, which currently happens at LES club Home Sweet Home, will be hosting their final four nights this month. The final four schedule February 6 is Wolf Eyes' Nate Young w/ DJs Miz Margo and Frankie Teardrop; February 13 is Frank Alpine live w/ DJs Pre Op Trans, Hi Fi Hillary and Frankie Teardrop; February 20 plays host to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with Aaron Dilloway plus DJs Anearexia, Tesco Jane, Frankie Teardrop; and the final night on February 27 is with WIERD vets Xeno & Oaklander w/ DJs Jeralyn, Glenn, Frankie Teardrop.
Needless to say, the idea of ending IT is a very complex proposition. For above all the one thing I have learned from the Wierd is that because 'IT' is Very Rare - IT does not exist, and as a result ending IT is impossible. VR.
We have built a thorough archive of the party's history with all the fliers and weekly Wierd emails which is now live and up to date, check it out here:
Thank you for your devoted, undying interest and support all these years. I hope you enjoy the last month in the Wierd, we have an incredible set of shows lined up for February. See you all soon once again in our wild latenight world of the fog and the lights.
Don't get too sad, though. WIERD may well host events in the future, and the record label will continue. Still, it's an end of an era (troll the archives here), so do try to make it out to one of these last Home Sweet Home nights, say goodbye and dance amid the fog and cracked glitterball one last time. Flyer for the final shows is below.
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.
Inspired by k3wl orgs like Public School, Cabinet, Brooklyn Brainery, & with a general commitment to diversity, Public Assembly's putting on the Ritz: gallery shows, panel discussions & radical arts get intermixed with our normal jams: cool bands, killer late night parties, and drank. Pro-women, pro-queer, pro-art, pro-imagination, proproblem solving, fans of the radical, and understanding of your budget - we're here to provide the best week-long version of a state-funded liberal arts college we can. LiveEt cetera happens at Public Assembly from September 16 - 22 and features over two dozen lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, concerts and other learning-leaning events, most of which are free. This includes the previously discussed vintage synthesizer demo with Xeno & Oaklander on 9/16, the Gang Gang Dance / Sun Araw show on 9/21 to which tickets are still available, the back room show on September 21 with Total Slacker, Indian Jewelry, Black Marble, and Plastic Flowers which is free, and "The Emma Straub Hollywood Variety Hour" on September 22 with actor Andrew McCarthy and Magnetic Fields' Stephin Meritt.
Other events include a brewing discussion titled "How Beer Changed Everything" on 9/20, and "The Moon Presents ... A Tribute to Books" with comedian Chris Gethard and The Onion's Todd Hanson. All Et cetera events are listed below and there's more information at their website.
Xeno & Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC synth goth vets Ike Yard played a NYC show earlier this year with contempory NYC synth goths Xeno & Oaklander, and now the two will team up again, this time bringing along another group of goth newcomers, Led Er Est. The three groups will play a late show at 285 Kent on September 7, which starts at midnight (so technically Saturday, September 8). No advance tickets for this one at the moment ($9 at the door), and more details on the show are below.
Xeno & Oaklander have a few other upcoming NYC appearances as well. They'll give a lecture at Public Assembly on September 16 called 'Analog as the New Folk,' where they'll discuss the analog synthesizer as the new folk instrument. The lecture is free and all ages. As mentioned, Xeno & Oaklander will also open the first of two Silver Apples shows in NYC. They support the band at their Public Assembly show (10/4) with Man Forever and La Big Vic (tickets), which happens one day before Silver Apples plays 92YTribeca (10/5) with CFCF and Win Win (tickets).
Meanwhile, Led Er Est member Shawn Devin O'Sullivan will play Death by Audio's Modular Synth Winter Solstice on September 22 (though we're pretty sure that's actually the fall solstice). This event follow's DbA's Modular Synth Summer Solstice, which went down this past June. Joining Shawn Devin O'Sullivan on the lineup will be DeTrop (Ryan Martin of Dais Records), Retribution Body, Matthew Regula (of Telecult Powers), and Nathan Cearley (of Long Distance Poison).
In related news, Led Er Est's Sacred Bones labelmates Pop. 1280 will be going on a short tour this September. The tour kicks off on September 1 at Death by Audio with METZ and Herzog Rising, and culminates in their appearance at Hopscotch Music Fest. After that tour, Pop. 1280 will support The Soft Moon at their previously discussed Bowery Ballroom show (10/30). That show is also with Group Rhoda and tickets are still available. The Soft Moon also play Glasslands on September 20 with Cold Showers and ERAAS (tickets).
A list of all dates, plus videos, are below.
Simeon of Silver Apples
Psychedelic electronic music pioneers Silver Apples (aka Simeon, who has performed under the name solo since the death of bandmate Danny Taylor) has a number of European dates coming up and after that he'll head over to the US where he'll play a NYC show on October 4 at Public Assembly with a pretty solid lineup of local (and much younger) openers, Xeno & Oaklander, Man Forever, and La Big Vic. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon. It's his only announced US show at the moment.
UPDATE: Silver Apples also play 92YTribeca on October 5 with CFCF and Win Win.
Speaking of Xeno and Oaklander, they've been revealed as one of the artists to be featured on the new John Foxx & The Maths album, Evidence, which is due out on September 10 via his own Metamatic Records. John sang on the first three Ultravox albums, after which he had a lengthy solo career, including early minimal synth classic "Underpass." Evidence will be his third album with The Maths, a project he started in 2009. [Seek out 2011's 'Interplay,' it's great. - Bill] The other artists appearing on the new album, like Xeno & Oaklander, are indebted to John Foxx's music in one way or another. Those artists include The Soft Moon, whose contribution you can listen to HERE, Matthew Dear, and Gazelle Twin. The album also features a cover of Pink Floyd's "Have A Cigar" and a remix of the track with Matthew Dear by Tara Busch. The cover art and tracklist is below.
Matthew Dear will be touring soon too. That tour includes the previously discussed Webster Hall show (11/17) (tickets), and since we last spoke more dates have been announced, most of which (including Webster Hall) will be opened by Light Asylum. The updated list of dates is below.
All lists of dates and the John Foxx album info are below.
Laurel Halo at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Producer turned art pop wizard Laurel Halo and post-hardcore noisemaker turned producer Ital are teaming up for a tour together later this year. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but a few dates have been revealed, including a NYC show at 285 Kent on September 21. That show, the DC date, and possibly others are also with M. Geddes Gengras and Magic Touch.
For Laurel Halo, the 285 Kent date is one of many upcoming shows in her hometown of Brooklyn, where she continues to play constantly. Laurel just played a show as part of The Maze last Friday (7/13), and she'll play the previously discussed show at Public Assembly on Saturday (7/21) with Pete Swanson, Noveller and Burning Star Core. Tickets for that show are still available. She's also got upcoming local shows in August, including one at Cameo Gallery on August 2 with Xeno and Oaklander and Telepathe. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Still more: she'll play the Diamond Terrifier (aka Sam Hillmer of Zs) record release show for Kill the Self That Wants To Kill Yourself (due out 8/14 via Northern Spy and produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear) at Littlefield on August 8 with Slava (who also plays countless local shows) and Bubbles. Tickets for that show are available. That show happens after Diamond Terrifier wraps up his monthly residency at Zebulon which happens every Tuesday (like tonight [7/17]). Like Laurel did, Diamond Terrifier also plays a Maze show. His is on July 28 with Amen Dunes, Kel Valhaal: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Psychic Reality, Dome Theater, and Das Racist DJs.
Speaking of Telepathe, they play Glasslands on Wednesday (7/18) with Feathers, ERAAS, and Faith. Tickets for that show are available. Faith recently remixed a Feathers song, which you can listen to below. Telepathe also DJ Santos on Friday (7/20 for a Last.fm event with Blondes, TEZEO and Andy Petr. Tickets for that show are available.
A list of all dates, a Pitchfork.tv video of Laurel Halo, and an Ital music video are below.
Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.
Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.
The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.
In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.
Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.
DOWNLOAD: Heavenly Beat - "Messiah" (MP3)
Xeno and Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn synth goths Xeno and Oaklander have an upcoming local show this week at Public Assembly on Friday (5/11) with Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J, CREEP and Todd Pendu. (There's also an open Asahi beer bar at 9:30.) Tickets are still available.
Next month, the band will head to Austin for Chaos in Tejas, and upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 11 with fellow goths Plastic Flowers and Religious to Damn and fellow electronic artist Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
RØSENKØPF also plays Glasslands with King Dude soon, in celebration of a new record. That record has a song called "Light The Way" which has a video which you can watch below.
In addition to DJing the Friday Public Assembly show, David J is also DJing tonight (5/10) at Elmurst club Arena Queens. Besides his gigs in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets (and Porno for Pyros and The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy), David J has a long solo career as well, having released his eighth album, Not Long for This World, last year on Starry Records. You can stream some of it here.
In more related news, Plastic Flowers have a NYC show coming up at Glasslands on July 10 with Captured Tracks bands Cosmetics and Beach Fossils side project Heavenly Beat (who has a new song out, download above), and Psychobuildings. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of both Cosmetics and Dirty Beaches, Exclaim points out that Montreal's Grand Trine have broken up and member Shubhayan Roy has joined Dirty Beaches while Tobias Rochman has joined Cosmetics.
All dates, stream, and flier below...
HR with Bad Brains at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Erik Erikson)
The two-day benefit for Lucinda's Kids at Bowery Electric begins today (4/29) with Marah, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Jimmy Gnecco, Dave Milone, Jim Boggie, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ptter Ericson Stakee.
H.R. of Bad Brains plays night two, Monday, of that Manhattan benefit, but first he'll headline a Brooklyn show of his own at Public Assembly tonight (4/29) with support from Paranoid Social Club, The WonderMics, Groundswell, Matt Pless, and Jay Samel. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of a few notable events at Public Assembly in the coming months. Xeno & Oaklander will headline Public Assembly on May 11th with David J (Bauhaus), Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by CREEP and Todd Pendu. Tickets are still available. Xeno & Oaklander are currently touring in the Midwest.
Also going down in the near future at Public Assembly, Idiot Glee (who we profiled last year) will play with Nick Diamonds (of islands), Celestial Shore, and DJ Udbhav on May 11th. $8 gets you in. Idiot Glee recently posted a new video for "That's All For Everyone" which is viewable below. The track comes from the band's Don't Go Out Tonight 7" and is a cover of Fleetwood Mac. Pick up a copy.
Public Assembly will host The X-Ecutioners, Da Beatminerz and "special guests TBA" alongside resident DJs Total Eclipse and Gen.Erik on May 3rd. Details, including cost, are forthcoming but prepare for a night of jaw-dropping turntablism.
Check out that Idiot Glee video and more videos below.
photos by Phil Maier, words by BBG
King Dude @ Home Sweet Home
King Dude played his first NYC show with a full band in tow at Home Sweet Home on April 11th as part of "Wierd Wednesdays" at Home Sweet Home. The show was a rare one-off on the East Coast for the Seattle-based goth artist, and one of a very small number of shows for TJ Cowgill (also Book of Black Earth) overall, though you can catch him in Austin at Chaos in Tejas this year as part of a bill that includes Iceage (who play NYC twice in the coming months), Xeno & Oaklander, Pop. 1280, Kindest Lines, Dangerous Boys Club, Anasazi (who play Acheron next week), RØSENKØPF (them too), and YOU.
Pop 1280, who will embark on a US tour in May, play a NYC show at Death By Audio on Saturday (4/14) as part of a record release celebration for White Suns's new LP Sinews. Stream that release in its entirety at Spin now. Pop 1280 also play a Brooklyn show with O'Death in May.
King Dude pictures from Home Sweet Home are below.
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.