Entries tagged with: Zs
Diamond Terrifier is the a solo sax/electronic project from Z's Sam Hillmer, who will release a new four-track 12", The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, on May 28 via Terrible Records. Label head Chris Taylor (also of Grizzly Bear) sat in the producer's chair for the LP, we've got the premiere of the video for "Triple Gem" in this post. Squealing saxophone and eerie atmospherics make this the perfect soundtrack to a late-night creepout. Watch below.
photos by David Andrako
DJ /Rupture @ Ecstatic Music Fest, 2/2/2013
"There's nothing you can do to avoid a museum-ification of your own work when you put out a retrospective box set, but we're doing everything we can to keep it fresh," said [Zs' saxophonist Sam] Hillmer, a thoughtful and passionate performer for whom Zs ("It just means us.") has always held a firm creative perspective.Avant garde ensemble Zs are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and just played a collaborative show over the weekend (2/2) with DJ /Rupture at NYC's Merkin Concert Hall as part of The Ecstatic Music Festival. Zs and /Rupture did alternating mini-sets that fed off each other. Pictures from that performance are in this post.
Influenced by overlapping currents of radical sound--free jazz, the 20th century classical avant-garde, punk rock and underground noise--the musicians applied rigorous technique to embrace its enthusiasms without cliché. "One thing that was really prevalent at the time was this kind of salad-bar approach to creating innovative music," Mr. Hillmer said later, flashing back to the early 2000s, when a certain canned hybridization was in vogue. "'Classical music that rocks!' That's a view of music that tacitly renders styles as alienated from one another. We find that to be philosophically untenable and untrue." - [Wall Street Journal]
The Ecstatic Music Fest continues on Wednesday (2/6) with Clogs and Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century. Snider will be presenting Unremembered, a "13-song cycle set to poetry (and with accompanying projected artwork) by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows," and features vocal performances by DM Stith, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden (who performed the opening night) and Padma Newsome. The latter will also appear with band/chamber ensemble Clogs. More info is here and tickets are still available.
Clogs (which also features Bryce Dessner) have a new EP out titled The Sundown Song and you can check out the video for the title track below.
More pics from the 2/2 performance below...
photos by David Andrako
Carla Kihlstedt @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 1/26/2013
We are currently in the midst of NYC's Ecstatic Music Festival which is running now through March 21 at Merkin Concert Hall. This past weekend was the fest's kickoff with My Brightest Diamond's Sharon Worden performing on Friday (1/25) and Carla Kihlstedt premiering her ICElab-commissioned song cycle, At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire on Saturday (1/26). Written for nine members of ICE plus Kihlstedt, the song cycle is based on images, impressions and textures taken from dreams from various sources, including the players themselves. Additionally, Kihlstedt's band, Causing a Tiger, and teen alt-classical ensemble Face the Music played too. Pictures from Saturday's performance are in this post.
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues on Saturday (2/2) with a collaborative performance from DJ /Rupture and Zs, a show that was originally supposed to happen on February 9 but was moved to this week. Tickets are still available.
More pics from Saturday's EMF performance are below.
Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As discussed, the indie/classical Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center this year and it begins Friday (1/25) with a show from My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The festival also includes shows with Clogs, Laurel Halo and Julia Holter, Deerhoof, Megafaun, and more. The full schedule is below and tickets for select shows are still available.
However, you've also got a chance to attend for free because we're giving away a pair of tickets to a show of your choice. Contest details and the Ecstatic Music Festival schedule, below...
The Allman Brothers are playing ten shows at Beacon Theatre between March 1 to March 16. Tickets for all ten nights are on Fan Club presale now, go on AmEx presale today at noon, and general sale starts January 11 at 10 AM.
The Black Crowes are playing four nights in the NYC area this Apirl, with shows at The Capitol Theatre on April 2 and 3 and Terminal 5 on April 5 and 6. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows and the T5 shows go on sale January 11 at 10 AM.
The Big Pink are playing an Encore! Session at Le Baron Chinatown on January 7.
Zs, Mick Barr, Hubble, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, and DJ Ripley are playing Public Assembly on Sunday (1/6). No advance tickets, more details at the facebook event.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Lux Perpetua, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Death by Audio on January 19. Admission is $7 at the door.
Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in 2013 from January 25 to March 21, where it's happened in past years. Over the course of the approximately two month-long period, the festival will be presenting eleven shows, with multiple collaborations between artists that blur the lines between indie and modern classical. The collaborations include Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Kirkland Snider with vocalists DM Stith, Padma Newsome (of Clogs), and Shara Worden; DJ / rupture and Zs; Deerhoof with Dal Niente and Marcos Balter; Laurel Halo and Julia Holter with Daniel Wohl; Arnold Dreyblatt with Megafaun; Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt; a Bang on a Can concert, and more.
Full schedule is below.
The new lineup of Zs: Patrick Higgins, Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox
Zs celebrate their 10th anniversary with the new box set The Complete Sextet Works: 2002 - 2007, which is out September 13 via Northern Spy (preorder). The four-disc set contains more nearly five hours of tunes from the band and includes a 22-page booklet. Sample some of those tracks below.
Help celebrate Zs' 11th year and the set's release with an appearance scheduled for August 29 at 285 Kent where the band will be joined by Wet Ink Ensemble, Extra Life, Mick Barr + Marc Edwards Duo, Hubble and Diamond Terrifier, along with DJ sets from Brandon Stosuy and Robin Carolan. $10 gets you in the door. The show will also be a coming out party for new members Patrick Higgins (Bachanalia, ex-Animal) and drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien).
Stream material from the box set below, and congratulations to Zs on their decade in existence.
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.
The Walkmen @ BAM
BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).
Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.
The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.
Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.
Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.
Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)
After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.
(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)
One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).
More pictures from Thursday below...
Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.
The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.
3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.
Full lineup below...
Diamond Terrifier (aka Sam Hilmer of Zs) is introducing his new bi-weekly series, 'PRACTICE!' taking place at Zebulon every other Tuesday. This month it takes place on January 17 and 31, and he's performing at and curating each one. The 1/17 show includes Lichens, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy who are opening for Zola Jesus at Webster Hall), LZA/Dutch E. Germ (of Gang Gang Dance), and DJ sets by Laurel Halo and The Oracle. The 1/31 show includes Dan Friel< GDFX, Rat Attack, and DJ sets by Chief Boima (of Dutty Artz) and The Oracle. All shows in this series are free.
Diamond Terrifier also has a bunch of other shows coming up in NYC this month, including one TONIGHT (1/10) at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, where he will perform a live score for the film Shaman of the Blind Country, narrated by William S. Burroughs. He also plays Shea Stadium on Saturday (1/14) with Controlled Bleeding and Dan Friel, and Littlefield on January 18 with Patrick Higgins and Eric Wubbles (tickets). The next night he'll be in Brooklyn again at La Sala (1/19) with Extra Life, and Union Pool on January 24 with Dan Friel, Zulus and Grooms.
Diamond Terrifier is also set to release his first official full length this September via Northern Spy. The album will be produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. Until then, he's been releasing a single every month on his website. Check out this month's installment, a live recording of "It's Already After The End Of The World" from Freedom Garden in October, below, and download it above.
All dates and the stream below...
Ben Greenberg, aka Hubble
Psychic Ills will headline a show at 285 Kent Ave on Saturday (11/19), and along for the ride will be Man Forever, Driphouse, DJs Tim Dewit, Sam Hillmer of Zs and Marty McSorely, as well as Hubble, who will be celebrating a new LP Hubble Drums at the show.
Hubble is Ben Greenberg who you may also know from his project Pygmy Shrews or from his involvement with Sam Hillmer of Zs. Hubble Drums is Greenberg's debut LP which is available now via Northern Spy. It falls somewhere between outer space guitar shred and shoegazey ambience. You can stream the record in its entirety at Vice.
Hubble will also play another show next week if you can't make it to 285 Kent, hitting Cameo Gallery on 11/25 with Xela, Hobo Cubes, and Bretschneider. Full tour dates, song streams, and a video for Hubble's "Hubble's Hubble" (not a typo), below..
Hold on tight, the following post may make the internet completely collapse upon itself. Christopher Weingarten, notorious blogger/tweeter (as 1000TimesYes) and ex-drummer of Parts & Labor, welcomed his latest book Hipster Puppies over the summer. In celebration, Weingarten is throwing two upcoming events. The first is a (rescheduled due to hurricane Irene) "Hipster Puppies instore" at Sound Fix Records this Saturday (9/10). "Bring a dog, get a dollar off a book." Chris will be DJing. Flyer below.
The second, more my style, is a release party on September 21st at Public Assembly with live musical appearances from Zs, Burning Star Core, Mountains, and Dinowalrus, all of which appear on the Hipster Puppies: New York Cassette which is also celebrating its release that night. Limited to 350 copies, this 87-minute tape is available for purchase or for free to the first 50 people to buy tickets. Tickets are on sale now.
In addition, Zs will also celebrate their own release of a Sky Burial cassette, "an extremely limited 18-minute sound collage of lo-fi recordings snatched from the band's European encores". Available in two editions, a golden mirror finish and a white one (limited to 50 and 150 respectively), the release is the first of a trilogy of recordings for Zs that will include a 2x7" called 33 and an LP entitled This Body Will be a Corpse. Look for the LP on Playbutton and the 7" on Northern Spy (who will release many upcoming Zs recordings) but in the meantime, stream "33" and a snippet from the Sky Burial below.
Zs is also scheduled to play a release show for 33 in November (details forthcoming) as well as the first night of the Spy Music Festival going down on Oct 1st (at Shea Stadium) and 2nd (at Zebulon). Zs will join Bird Names, Colin L. Orchestra, Dan Melchior und das Menace, Neptune, Eleven Twenty-Nine, and Haunted House for the first night, while the second night will feature appearances from The Spanish Donkey, Hubble, Angels in America, Weyes Blood, and Zaimph. The shows are in celebration of record label Northern Spy's first anniversary. Full details on the festival are below.
In related news, Sam of Zs also is a member of Diamond Terrifier, who will play The Gutter on Sunday (9/11) with Charlie Looker (Extra Life), Patrick Higgins, and Eric Wubbels. $5 gets you into this 21+ event of avant-garde experimentalism. Stream an excerpt from Diamond Terrifer's forthcoming Himalayan Appalachia below, and look for it on limited cassette on 9/17.
Extra Life also have a show coming up at Glasslands.
All streams, Spy Music Fest details, Zs dates and stuff below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Tonight (7/6) is the first of three chances you'll have to check out Noveller, the guitar-based soundscapes project of Sarah Lipstate, over the next two weeks. The show is at Public Assembly, where she's on a bill with JACK Quartet (who've been playing around town quite a bit, including a set at the BoaC marathon) and Zs (performing as a trio). After that, Noveller plays Thursday at Coco 66 and next Tuesday (7/15) at Shea Stadiumwith Zs-related Diamond Terrifier (video below).
Noveller recently released a new record, Glacial Glow, which you can hear-- along with the rest of the Noveller catalog--on Bandcamp. The disc takes a different approach than 2010's stellar Desert Fires, swapping its broad, meaty textures for a more spare, melodic sound. That same approach carries over into Matt Kleiner's video for new song "Alone Star," which captures the urban landscapes of Sydney and Melbourne in stark black & white. That video and all tour dares are below....
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Acres of Skin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Diamond Terrifier (Zebrablood remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - AcresRMX (Gabe Andruzzi Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Gentleman Amateur (Leg Lifters "Professional" Remix) (MP3)
Unlike basically every other cultural outlet, the writers of Tiny Mix Tapes voted to give their Album of Year honors to an artist that isn't Kanye West. Instead, they gave it to NYC avant-noise/rock group Zs for their excellent 2010 album New Slaves. (Don't worry: Kanye still made #10.)
Zs will start the new year with a complement to that record, New Slaves II: Essence Implosion!, a collection of remixes that comes out on the Social Registry on Tuesday, January 25th. On the record, the band's tracks are reworked by the likes of Genesis P. Orridge, JG Thirwell, Gabe Andruzzi of The Rapture and others, and the whole thing starts off with a new track featuring Charlie Looker, Weasel Walter and WFMU's Marty McSorely. Two of those remixes are posted above, along with an exclusive mix not on the release done by Justin Pearson of The Locust (That's the Leg Lifters "Professional" Remix of "Gentleman Amateur"). You can also check out "Acres of Skin" from New Slaves, to give you a taste of the source material.
Zs have an album-release show for the disc Monday/tonight at Knitting Factory with Thee Majesty (Feat. Genesis P-Orridge), Ecstatic Sunshine, Cex and DJ DRUZZ (The Rapture/Throne Of Blood). The group has a special set (with an extra member) planned in honor of the release, so expect something unusual. Tickets are still on sale.
Also coming up, Zs: Black Crown Ceremony will play with Sightings, White Suns and Normal Love at Death By Audio on January 28th.
See a Zs live session from SXSW, the album's tracklist and more below...
GT photos by Tim Griffin
Golden Triangle @ the Spider House in March
As we just pointed out, Friday (7/16) at the Seaport Music Festival it's Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle, and So Cow. The free show starts early, with So Cow on at 6:30. (Bill is DJing in between sets, just an FYI.) As two of the three bands are from out of town, there are a few related shows you might want to know about too.
Tonight, 7/15, at Death by Audio, main Oh See John Dwyer is performing with Sam Hilner of Zs. Not sure what this duo is cooking up, but given the rest of the line-up I'd say we're in for an evening of experimental, improvisational noise. The rest of tonight's bill: Charlie Looker of Extra Life, and The Weasel Walter Trio.
Now some of you might be saying: "hold on, aren't So Cow and MINKS were playing Death by Audio tonight?" That was definitely listed in a few different places as such, but that either was never actually the case or has been changed. However, So Cow is playing Death By Audio on Saturday (7/17) with Yvette and the Sundelles. Flyer and other dates below.
Thee Oh Sees new EP, Warm Slime, is six more short servings of the band's patented style garage, thick as oatmeal, plus one 13-minute freakout that opens the record. You can download "I Was Denied" at the top of this post. Also up there: a track from So Cow's first official full-length, Meaningless Friendly, and Golden Triangle's "Neon Noose".
Thee Oh Sees flew in just to play the Seaport (sort of), but will tour in September when they return to NYC to play Santos Party House. We know that last bit because tickets are on sale. All dates below.
The only local band in the group, Golden Triangle, play in town rather often (though they have no other shows besides the Seaport listed at the moment), and they were in Austin this past March for SXSW where they played our day party at Spider House (the same party Thee Oh Sees played). Lots of bands played that show actually, but the pictures got lost in a hole until this week when we also posted sets of The Beets and Kid Congo Powers. Now here are the Golden Triangle pictures.
The rest of those pictures and the above-mentioned tour dates, below...
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky, words by Andrew Frisicano
no babies in sight this time..
Spain's Delorean played a packed, celebratory free set to a crowd of New Yorkers at the Stuy Town Oval on Wednesday (7/7), appropriately, the same day Spain advanced to the World Cup Finals. A vuvuzela sat on stage (and mercifully remained silent) (unlike at the recent Peelander-Z show). Pictures from that show are in this post.
Delorean continues their NYC stay with a DJ set tonight (7/8) at Littlefield with resident DJs Raspberry Jones and Treeboy.
Previously, Delorean kicked off PS1's Warm up series with Janka Nabay, Glasser and others. And Janka played with another Spaniard, El Guincho, at (Le) Poisson Rouge last night (7/7) - which was El Guincho's second show of the night (earlier he played the SummerStage).
Janka continues his own week of busy shows with a rooftop gig in Bushwick (details below) on Friday and a World Cup Finals party at Zebulon on Sunday with Baye Kouyate. Then he's back at Zebulon with Cafe Antarsia Ensemble on July 31st. If you've noticed, Janka has a new band, the Bubu Gang, which features members of Skeletons and Zs.
Another related Zebulon night, its monthly Cool Places Sound System dance party, put together by Tony from Zs/Bubu Gang and Dean from True Panther Sounds (Janka's label), is happening next on July 17th.
Janka Nabay's new video for his new song "Ah Mufan" (which you can buy here), his tour dates, and more pictures of Delorean at the Oval are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Grouper @ Terminal 5 in May 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
So we managed to sneak into Grouper's rare Brooklyn gig on Friday night and still aren't sure what we witnessed over the course of her main 60-minute set. (She also presented a new tape collage piece.) To be honest, the entire thing looked/sounded incredibly creepy, as if one of The Shining's redrum-happy twins suddenly learned how to sculpt dronescapes and acoustic something-or-others from an ancient keyboard and several effects pedals. It didn't help that the room was humid as hell--literally--with Issue Project Room's single, solitary fan getting switched off in the middle of the first 'song' because it was interfering with Liz Harris' signal. [self-titled]Grouper's Friday, June 4th show at Issue Project Room was one of the events that opened the venue's Darmstadt series, which pairs new and old boundary-crossing music and art over the month of June.
Coming up, Matt Mottel (Issue's artist-in-residence) brings his jazz duo Talibam! to the venue for a free performance on Wednesday, June 9th. On Friday, June 11th, composer and tape artist William Basinski presents his piece "Vivian and Ondine" at a free show at 110 Livingston (Issue's new being-remodeled space).
Man Forever (Kid Millions from Oneida's new composition for multiple rock drummers) performs with composer/musicians Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Frank Vigroux and Hélène Breschand on June 25th. Tickets are on sale. Man Forever have a new record almost out, and the project will be touring this summer.
The self-titled debut - two monolithic, hypnotic improvisations for arrays of carefully tuned drums- is due out [June 22nd] in an edition of 300 LPs featuring hand-pulled screens on recycled record jackets from Jagjaguwar vinyl imprint St. Ives. The touring quintet of Kid Millions, YEAH YEAH YEAHS drummer Brian Chase, Oneida cohort and KNYFE HYTS drummer Shahin Motia, drummer Allison Busch of AWESOME COLOR, and SIGHTINGS bassist Richard Hoffman, will be augmented by local percussionists in each city.(Oneida has a new record, Absolute II , due too.)
Man Forever plays tonight (June 8th) at the Tank with Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), M&M and the New York debut of the Sloppy Heads (who have a new Kid Milions-produced 7", First Gasp, which you can download here as a ZIP). That show has tickets on sale.
Man Forever also headline a Monster Island show on Friday, June 11th.
Separate from Darmstadt is the venue's ISSUE Project Room's Sunday Concerts in the Courtyard series that'll be bringing a Sunday, June 27th lineup of Omar Souleyman (who plays Central Park the day before with Tinariwen) and CSC Funk Band (featured here) to the Old American Can Factory courtyard. Tickets are on sale. The other shows in that series are posted below.
On top of all that, Issue will be participating in the two-venue, 65th-birthday celebration for improv legend Anthony Braxton (father of Tyondai from Battles) happening on June 18 and 19th. It's at (Le) Poisson Rouge on the 18th and Issue on the 19th. Details, tickets links and video are below.
The full Issue/Darmstadt schedule, video from Zs' Gulf Coast benefit show at Shea Stadium on June 2nd, and more are posted below...
Arab on Radar
Dudefest isn't the only recipients of the Arab on Radar return, as NYC and ten other cities will get a taste of their own during select dates in July, August and September. The dates include Cake Shop in NYC on July 31st with Child Abuse, No Babies, and Orange Coax. Full dates for the band are below.
One of the supporting bands a the show, Child Abuse, are also scheduled to play Shea Stadium on June 2nd as part of a benefit for the victims of the Gulf Coast alongside headliner Zs, Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos (feat Weasel Walter), and with DJ 1000TimesYes. All proceeds go towards The Greater New Orleans Foundation. Show flyer is below.
Tour dates, the flyer, and some videos are below...
The Middle East @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Antibalas @ Webster Hall
* Weasel Walter, Vialka, CSC Funk Band @ Zebulon
* Nas, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley @ Highline Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Leslie & The Badgers, Ferraby Lionheart @ Mercury Lounge
* Mumford & Sons, The Middle East @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* 45 Grave, the Dead Sextons, Psychocharger & the Arkhams @ Europa
* Doppelganger, Tiberius, New Moods, Patrick Holmes/Ryan Sawyer Duo @ Cake Shop
* Daniel Pujol, McDonalds, Wild Harem, Knight School, Joey Wyoming @ DBA
* Philip Seymour Hoffman, Second Floor Stories, The City And Horses, Sexy Neighbors @ Knitting Factory
Tonight's Whiplash show @ UCB features comedy by Pete Holmes (Ugly Americans, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central), Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Hari Kondabolu (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show), and Sandra Bauleo.
Mumford & Sons play their first of two NYC shows this evening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the other is at Webster Hall). Opener The Middle East also play an extra one this week at Mercury Lounge with Mountain Man. All three gigs are sold out.
New Moods is a new NYC electro-duo comprised of Other Passengers frontman Billy Jones and Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci. They make what I think is their NYC live debut (they previously performed in Austin during SXSW) tonight at Cake Shop. Two demos are streaming at their MySpace (and there's more on their NSFW bandcamp page).
Video of Zs playing "Acres Of Skin" live at 118 South 3rd Street in Williamsburg on May 15th, below...
Holy Ghost! tested out their new live band for the first time at a private show Saturday night at Under 100. A video from that show below...
Recent Captured Tracks signing MINKS performed at Glasslands on Saturday night. Video from that below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Avant-garde band Zs are celebrating their new LP New Slaves (out now on Social Registry) with a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (5/11), and they've brought along a pretty amazing cast of characters to pad the show. Kicking off at 8PM, the Brooklyn band will be joined by noise collective Excepter, guitar god Mick Barr and synth band Silk Flowers with river-dredging vocals, in addition to Dutty Artz DJs Matt Shadetek & Lamin. Tickets are still available.
It's one of two NYC shows on the calendar for Zs, with the second taking place June 26th at Issue Project Room with david linton: bicameral research sound & projection system.
New Slaves marks Zs' first full-length LP on Social Registry, after dropping their Music of the Modern White EP on the label last year. The band recently debuted the track and a video for "Acres of Skin". Download that track above, and check out its video below.
The band also sent along an exclusive new remix of their song "Diamond Terrifier" done up by Zebrablood of Excepter (who play their show tonight). The result is a 12-minute dancefloor-from-hell take on the breathy 13-minute drone-like original; don't listen alone with the lights off.
That song figures into the band's plans for future, which include a record of New Slaves remixes with contributions expected from Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance), Gabe Andruzzi (The Rapture), Genesis P-orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic Tv) Jim Thirwell (Foetus), Dutty Artz DJs, Zebrablood (Excepter) and others. They plan on touring Europe in late July/early August.
More on what's in the works for Zs and their sax player/community-mover-and-shaker Sam Hillmer (straight from Sam's mouth) - including the last concert of the Real Bushwick/Bushwick Real series on June 4th with Janka Nabay, nine11thesaurus and more, and another Maze, which he says is being planned for fall 2011, and will be constructed of chain link fences outside - is posted below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Forward-thinking group Skeletons are a frequent live presence around NYC, but record-wise, they've been quiet since the release of their 2008 LP, Money. In recent months, Skeletons have played out as the expanded Skeletons Big Band, switched their core lineup, and continued to put on great shows. In the spirit of curiosity, we e-mailed guitarist Jason McMahon for an update on their ongoing projects. He said,
So, Skeletons, eh? Due to the inevitable departure of long-time band member Tony Lowe, Skeletons is changing. In the midst of mixing and mastering at least two brand massive new albums worth of material from the last two years, including the promised concept PEOPLE (an album about specific people), as well as recordings of the 16-piece Big Band, we're also now rehearsing with a new organ player (Mike Gallope, a friend from Oberlin and member of Starring) and a new bass player (Pete Vogl, from Bow Ribbons). I expect there to be a new album coming out on Tomlab this Summer or Fall, and that will be PEOPLE.The Silent Barn show is also a CD release party for Extra Life whose new album Made Flesh is out March 30 on LOAF. Zs have a new album coming too. It's called "New Slaves" and will be released on May 11th by Social Registry.
We're playing on March 27th at the SILENT BARN, a venue we founded in 2005 and haven't been to in years, with sister bands Zs (of which Tony Lowe is now a member), and Extra Life (whose leader Charlie Looker used to be in Zs). It's all very incestuous. It should be a grand reunion/show down of bands that have so much in common that they're actively differentiable.
VNine 11 Thesaurus @ the Maze at DBA last September (more by Tim Griffin)
¿REAL BUSHWICK/BUSHWICK RÉAL? is a new performance series representing the multi-faceted communities that make up Bushwick's vibrant arts scene, and highlighting musicians, dancers, poets, and other performers from Bushwick and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods. Each show features a mix of youth performers, community-based performers, and other artists with ties to the community and represents an opportunity for families to share intergenerational music and performance interests.The show is being organized by Representing NYC, an organization run by Zs' Sam Hillmer (who also worked to set up the Maze at Death By Audio last fall). More info on the show and videos fo the Nine 11 Thesaurus crew rapping a cappella are below...
On February 26, REAL BUSHWICK teams up with The Silent Barn to present Zs, Lucky Dragons, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Non Horse, Mega Calderos, DJ Shadatek, and Cool Places Sound System.
Naomi Shelton @ Joe's Pub in 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstafff)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash comedy @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Butch Morris (seminar) @ The Stone
* White Hills, Pontiak, Eidetic Seeing @ Cake Shop
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Dorado Schmitt @ Iridium
* Maluka & Bad Brilliance Haiti benefit @ Public Assembly
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Martin Bisi, Paul Wallfisch, Rachelle Garniez, John Dylan Keith @ The Delancey
* Retribution Gospel Choir feat. Alan Sparhawk, Datus, Arms & Legs, Himalaya @ Mercury Lounge
* Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra (w/ members of Chico Mann and Fela!), Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Rich Medina, Ikebe Shakedown @ Knitting Factory
The Knitting Factory show tonight is a benefit for Haiti.
David Byrne and Justin Vernon showed up as surprise guests at the St. Vincent show on Friday night.
David Byrne's newest album won a Grammy, as did many other people and albums last night.
Les Paul Guitar Trio with guest Dorado Schmitt does a special show for Django Reinhardt's 100th b-day at Iridium. Jeff Beck and Imelda May honored Les Paul last night on the Grammys.
Killing Joke are releasing a new album, playing more shows.
Tinariwen are one of the first acts announced for the 2010 season at Central Park Summerstage.
Mayhem tickets went on sale.
Passion Pit tickets went on sale.
Video of Zs playing "New Slaves" at Market Hotel on January 29th, below...
Efterklang's new video for "Modern Drift", below...
photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano
On September 3rd, Glasslands hosted an eclectic lineup of Larkin Grimm, Extra Life, Zs and Liturgy. If you missed it, there are plenty of opportunities to see every band on the bill again. For instance, Liturgy is playing both The New Yorker Festival at The Bell House, and a Halloween show at Market Hotel.
Zs' Sam Hillmer is co-curating Death By Audio's The Maze, which takes place through October 2nd, with Zs performing that last night. The inaugural gig for the space will be a show on September 10th with Skeletons Big Band, who are currently doing 3 nights at Roulette. That group's expanded lineup shares some members with Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue. Mickens (of The Dead Science) & Co. are playing the Cake Shop on Wednesday, September 16th with Wildbirds & Peacedrums (who are playing NYC with Deerhoof and Fanfarlo that same week), Katie Eastburn, and Charlie Looker (of Extra Life who also plays in the Revue).
Extra Life has their own shows at both Death By Audio (on September 12th) and Cake Shop (on November 5th) as well as one at Alphabet City spot Drom on October 9th.
More pictures from Glasslands and dates below...