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Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

Thurston Moore will join White Out (noisemaking duo Lin Culbertson and Tom Surgal) for what, according to their website, is the only the group's third show this year. It happens Friday, December 18th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, and headlining will be Philly psych-rock band Bardo Pond (both acts are on Thurston's Ecstatic Peace label). Tickets are still on sale.

White Out put out two records this year, both recordings of live shows. Senso, captured at the now-defunct downtown club Tonic on December 18, 2004, and featuring Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke, came out in September on Ecstatic Peace. The other record, Live at No Fun LP, has guests Spencer Yeh and Carlos Giffoni. It came out on No Fun Productions and was recorded at No Fun Fest 2008 (...both run by Giffoni).

Bardo Pond's only other NYC show this year was at No Fun Fest 2009. They played the same night as Sonic Youth. Their most recent release, peri, is, like batholith before it, a "collection of tracks that were close to the band's heart but for various reasons had never been released."

White Out videos and a show flyer are below...

Continue reading "Bardo Pond & White Out (w/ Thurston Moore) - recent releases & an upcoming show (at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC)"

photos by Lori Baily

Keith Fullerton Whitman
Keith Fullerton Whitman

Conrad Schnitzler's Con-Cert: If thunder was a distant, beautiful room moving towards you with you in it, this is what it would feel like to feel your way around it's edges. Made me think of the following Germans: early Tangerine Dream, early and late Klaus Schulze, Elmar Schulte, and Asmus Tietchens. Yet, it didn't sound like any of them. A masterful abuse/finessing of the ping . . . low, high, and middle. I haven't mentioned my confusion as to who was actually playing here, but I think I've figured it out. Keith Fullerton Whitman was at the controls, the conduit through which Schnitzler flowed. Nice torch. [Heart as Arena]
Last Sunday (5/17) simultaneously marked the end of NYC Popfest and No Fun Fest here in NYC. Today simultaneously marked the end of photo coverage of both events here on BrooklynVegan.com. No Fun one is HERE, and day two is HERE, and the bit we have of Day Three (Lori really was not having fun by this day), is below...

Continue reading "No Fun Fest 2009 @ MHOW - night 3 in pics "

photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth ended the second night of 2009's No Fun Fest with a seated set of distorted guitar noise and drums. Instead of Lee Ranaldo (who was busy at Cannes?), guitarist Bill Nace performed with the band. (No Mark Ibold either.) The noise shifted from heavy chords, made by drum stick on guitar, to strangely tender sustained feedback and sample-and-hold-esque, skittish riffs. Like a standard SY set, Steve Shelley's tom-heavy drums weighted the action and marked changes in movements. His pummels echoed the intro to "Wipe Out" as the three others on stage took to twisting SY's sonic palette into a No Fun appropriate adventure. After one 20-minute-or-so sustained set, the musicians left the stage. A brief encore continued in the same vein. Kim Gordon intoned into the microphone ("I don't want to leave you behind," I think), causing not a few crowd-members to peak up with hopes of some classic or The Eternal material. No such luck. After four more minutes of music, the band left for good.

Radio23.org, who streamed the SY set and other parts of the fest live, tweeted, "I think we can excuse the Youth as no one else has delved into short-form improv so far... We liked the 3min30sec encore :)" Other bands on the night's bill included Blank Dogs, Mattin, C Spencer Yeh, and Pedestrian Deposit. Hearts Arena wrote...

Pedestrian Deposit: Most thrilling set of the fest so far. Even the dillweeds in the audience were quieted by the end of this. Pedestrian Deposit explores and exploits the frayed edges of sound and texture, wherever they find them on the spectrum. Moving with aplomb from penetrating high ends to heaving silences pulled back from the edge of explosive noise and percussion and then off to the final gorgeous tones of the cello. Soft landing. Everybody in that room knew that something special had just happened. Me, ecstatic.
TripWire said....
Yellow Tears was the unexpected surprise of the night, winning over everyone in the room with their meticulosuly warped sample manipulations and sounds. Out of all the bands, here's one that took the twenty minute time slot and really found inspiration, breaking into sweat and taking off their shirts, and getting genuinely into it. The stage was illuminated by a single bright red light bulb. The best part of the set was the member who kept striking a large scrap of metal and sending it through various effects processors, throwing it onto the ground and making a spectacle yet wrenching some pretty freaking insane and wicked sounds from it. Their energy was welcome and the crowd response was thunderously approving from the sold-out crowd. A dude on the L train was raving about them on the way back, displaying the record he bought of theirs; I have a feeling he's not the only one.
Bardo Pond played a set right before Sonic Youth, and a few others played the second night too. Who was your favorite? Review and pictures from Night One, HERE. More pictures and videos from Night Two, below...

Continue reading "No Fun Fest @ MHOW - night 2 (Sonic Youth) - pics & video"

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Lori Baily

Bastard Noise
Bastard Noise


After leaving Melvins at Webster Hall on Friday (May 15, 2009), where the thundering basstones of Trevor Dunn were vibrating my chest, it was a little odd that the sounds emanating from British power electronic terrorists Grey Wolves over at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, were comparatively silent. As their No Fun Fest set went on, the volume would increase from "mildly harsh" to "razor sharp", but one thing stayed constant: the squalls of caustic harsh noise squelching out of the PA.

Sound fun? It was. Behind that backdrop, Grey Wolves spewed caustic lyrics about hate, terrorism, and a desire to "fuck the pain way", and not like Peaches sang playfully in 2000. In between the confrontational lyrics, the vocalist sneered and grabbed his crotch, but not in the Jackson Family manner, the kind that would make your mother call the po-po. Intense, immense, a tad shocking, and completely enjoyable.

After Grey Wolves, my journey into the Melvins past would continue with their ex-bassist Joe Preston and his solo project Thrones. With a looping pedal, drum machine, and some sort of vocal harmonizer (anyone know?), Joe churned out compelling and doomy rhythms, leads, and everything in between, making for a fascinating one man show. I had originally thought that the Wolves In the Throne Room/A Storm Of Light show coming up with Krallice at The Studio @ Webster (5/26, tickets here) was the definite winner of the NYC shows on that tour, but after seeing Thrones on Friday, its a toss up... unless I make it to Coco66 on 5/21 to catch him with Blues Control, then I may go see him again with WITTR at Europa on 5/22 (tickets here)

The last act for the evening was Bastard Noise, the noise project of fallen powerviolence legends Man Is The Bastard. I caught a few songs from the noise-terrorists, enough to see Eric Wood thrashing around like a madman and require another listen from their awesome new album Rogue Astronaut.

How were all the acts who came before them? For poor Raglani, it was his last with his gear. Pictures and video from the whole night below...

Continue reading "No Fun Fest @ MHOW - night 1 in pics, video & review "

Raglani (with gear) @ No Fun Fest (Friday) (by Lori Baily)

St Louis's Riverfront Times reports, "Terrible news out of New York, where local experimental artist Raglani performed at the esteemed No Fun Fest on Friday night [at Music Hall of Williamsburg]. From a message Eric Hall left on my Facebook page":

Just to let you know, after playing No Fun Fest in NYC last night Joe Raglani's van was broken into and all of his equimpent was stolen. This includes the very expensive and rare synth he's spent years building up from modular parts and many other unique and custom devices. Needless to say, the rest of his tour has been cancelled. He'll likely need encouragement to motivate himself to begin anew. I'd hate our community to lose his output
The painful list of stolen gear below...

Continue reading "Raglani's gear stolen from his van in Brooklyn after No Fun Fest (look for it - full list posted)"

photos by Leia Jospe

Gamma Rays @ the New Museum
Gamma Rays

The 2009 edition of No Fun Fest kicks off at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (5/15). All three nights are sold out, even the nights Sonic Youth aren't playing (though those tonight's took a bit longer to sell). Bastard Noise headlines tonight, and Thrones and Noveller are also among the many artists on the Friday bill.

Not sold out is the bit of No Fun that will take place in Manhattan's New Museum. The Saturday afternoon show at that location will feature contributions by Noveller, Jim O'Rouke, and a few others. Read more about that here, and check out more pictures from the show that took place at the same museum on May 8th, below....

Continue reading "No Fun Fest kicks off, partially at the New Museum where the Gamma Rays & Younger Lovers played (pics) "

by Black Bubblegum

Melvins at Oya in Norway (more)

These days everyone is looking back, and the Melvins (sans members of Big Business) are no exception, as evidenced by their 25th Anniversary tour which will feature a performance of their album Houdini as well as portions of Mangled Demos. That tour impacts NYC on FRIDAY (5/15). Tickets are still available. Seriously?

Meanwhile, ex-Melvins bassist Joe Preston will also be in town. He brings his solo project Thrones 'round the bend for No Fun Fest at the MHOW on May 15th, a show on May 21st at Coco66 with Blues Control, and one on May 22nd with Wolves in The Throne Room at Europa (tickets for Europa still on sale).

Like passing strangers, the other half of the USUAL Melvins lineup, Big Business, played both Mercury Lounge and Union Pool with Tweak Bird last weekend. The two pairs will reunite to play ATP NY with Animal Collective, Jesus Lizard, The Flaming Lips, Boredoms, and more.

Joe Preston's (old???) band, Harvey Milk, will be in Brooklyn at MHOW on July 26th with Torche (tickets still on sale).

King Buzzo of the Melvins was on Red Eye (again) last night. That video and Melvins & Thrones tour dates are below....

Continue reading "Melvins almost here, Thrones too - 2009 Tour Dates"

Jean Grae

NYC's very own critically-acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae will perform at NYC's New Museum on Friday, May 1st along with "the soul-inspired hip-hop of Derrin Maxwell and the gritty, heavily-fried underground funk of 3beanstew." Tickets are on sale.

That show is part of the museum's Get Weird series. A week later (Friday, May 8th), Get Weird hosts the Younger Lovers (featuring Brontez Purnell of Gravy Train!!!!) and Gamma Rays. Tickets are on sale.

During the No Fun Fest, taking place May 15th-17th at the MHoW, the New Museum will partners with Rhizome and the No Fun to present "No Fun 2009: Infinite Sound and Image" on Saturday, May 16th. The live-music and silent film screening includes Jim O'Rouke (a man with many credits including Sonic Youth and producing Wilco), Robert Beatty (of Hair Police and Three Legged Race), Sarah Lipstate (of Noveller), and C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core). Noveller and C. Spencer Yeh both also make separate NFF appearances. Tickets for the New Musem show are on sale. Full program details are below.

The museum combines its Get Weird music series and its Younger Than Jesus exhibit (artists less than 33 yrs old) and gets a show with BARR/Brendan Fowler and MEN on Friday, June 12th. Tickets are on sale for that too.

All details, with more upcoming New Museum music events (including Nick Hallett performing Meredith Monk, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others) below...

Continue reading "Jean Grae, Jim O'Rourke & others playing the New Museum"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - The Eternal (montage) (MP3)

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park (4th of July) (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth's new record, The Eternal, is still set for a June 9th release on Matador Records and the label is taking preorders for the album through its Buy Early Get Now program...

Along with your preorder of 'The Eternal' on LP or CD, you'll get an instant stream of the album when BEGN launches on April 28, and later (either picking it up at your fave local record store or through the auspices of the U.S. Postal Service) a bonus limited edition live LP [while supplies last] culled from Sonic Youth's July 4, 2008 show in Battery Park, which will contain an exclusive poster. Additional MP3's will be delivered via the BEGN site before or after the album's physical release date (June 9).
As reported previously, Sonic Youth is also releasing two exclusive split 7"s (one with Beck, one with Jay Reatard) for Record Store Day on April 18th.

Tuesday, April 7th (tonight), Thurston Moore curates and performs at the Sessions at Santa's at Santos Party House. You may remember the Stereogum-hosted series from its Tuesdays in March at the venue. The bill includes performances by Thurston Moore/OkkyungLee/Ikue Mori Trio, Fat Worm of Error and Noise Nomads. (Tickets are on sale.) Flyers for the next three Sessions are below.

Moore talked with Stereogum about the improv evening and future projects, including Sonic Youth's No Fun Fest performance scheduled for May 16th...

STEREOGUM: No Fun is coming up as well. Will [Sonic Youth] be playing material from the new album at that? Doing a noisier set?

TM: We're going to compose something distinct for No Fun -- it will be fucking insane...

That might shed a little light on Sonic Youth's No Fun Fest plans, but not on the program for the group's four-night run (April 16th-19th) at BAM. Those unique performances will celebrate the 90th birthday of dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. Also on the BAM bill are "former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and mixed-media sound composer Takehisa Kosugi."

SY's Lee Ranaldo just performed an original composition with the Bang on a Can All-Stars on Thursday, April 2nd. How was that?

Flyers (NSFW) for the April dates of the Sessions at Santa's series (minus the unannounced April 28th lineup), plus a 1991 Nardwuar interview that includes Kim Gordon complimenting Led Zeppelin (at the end), and all SY tour dates (with a bunch of European festival stops) below...

Continue reading "Thurston @ Santos (tonight), July 4th recording (w/ album pre-order), No Fun set info & other Sonic Youth news"

by Andrew Frisicano

Noveller (Sarah Lipstate)
Sarah Lipstate

Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based sound artist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. She has performed in Rhys Chatham's Guitar Army, and as a member of Glenn Branca's 100 guitar ensemble. In March 2008, Lipstate joined Parts & Labor as their new guitarist.
Monthly film and music series Cinema 16 will return to the Bell House on Sunday, April 19th. The event last visited the venue on February 25th with Wild Yaks and Artanker Convoy providing the live soundtrack to the night's silent films.
This month's event presents: Experimental Brooklyn musician and singer Julianna Barwick performs an original score for "1734" (a short by Joel Schelmowitz) and "Pleasure Dome" (by Kenneth Anger). Brooklyn filmmaker and sound artist (and also Parts & Labor guitarist) Sarah Lipstate as her solo project Noveller performs an original score to a selection of her own original films.
Sarah also has shows coming up at Monkeytown, Issue Project Room, The New Museum, and at Music Hall of Williamsburg (for No Fun Fest). All of her dates, a live performance video, and more background on Cinema 16 and short films by Joel Schelmowitz and Kenneth Anger, below...

Continue reading "Noveller (Sarah Lipstate) - Cinema 16 & other appearances "

Sonic Youth

(album artwork features a painting by John Fahey)

Sonic Youth's 16th album, 'The Eternal', will be released on double vinyl, compact disc, and digital album by Matador Records on June 9. Produced by John Agnello and the band, 'The Eternal' not only marks Sonic Youth's return to the independent label sphere (titles on their own SYR label excepted) after a long association with Geffen, but more importantly, ranks as one of their more inspired efforts in a 28 year career.

Recorded through November and December of last year at the band's Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, NJ, 'The Eternal' features many firsts for a Sonic Youth album, including a number of shared vocals between Kim, Thurston, and Lee, and the studio debut of former Pavement/Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold, a member of Sonic Youth's touring band for the past few years.

As previously announced, Sonic Youth is headlining one of the three No Fun Fest nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May. Here is the three-day breakdown:

No Fun Fest 5/15/2009 (tix)
Bastard Noise / Thrones / Grey Wolves / Xeno and Oaklander / Carlos Giffoni / Chris Corsano / Axolotl / Raglani / Noveller / DJs: Greh Holger, Steve Lowenthal

No Fun Fest 5/16/2009 (tix)
Sonic Youth / Bardo Pond / Rafael Toral with C. Spencer Yeh, Trevor Tremaine / Sons of God / Pedestrian Deposit / Blank Dogs / Yellow Tears / Mattin / Pulse Emitter / DJs: Invernomuto, DJ JONBENET

No Fun Fest 5/17/2009 (tix)
Merzbow / Skullflower / Con-Dom / Black Pus / Emeralds / Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler / Cold Cave / Jazzfinger / Conrad Schnitzler Con-Cert / DJs: Mike Bernstein,CG Warrior

Tickets weren't supposed to go on sale until Sunday, but as someone pointed out, they are actually ON SALE NOW (that includes the $60 three-day pass).

All SY tour dates and the new album tracklisting below...

Continue reading "No Fun Fest tix on sale, Sonic Youth's The Eternal on Matador "

No Fun Fest

No Fun Fest 2009. May 15,16,17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Daily Schedule,ticket info/prices will be announced by January 12.
Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth, Merzbow & Bardo Pond playing No Fun Fest 2009 (full 3-day, Brooklyn lineup)"

A Silver Mt Zion @ the Middle East (Bostonist)
Silver Mt Zion

Cluster @ No Fun Fest 2008 (more by Lori Baily)

tonight in NYC
* Van Halen @ MSG
* Dosh & Anathallo @ Mercury Lounge
* Lucky Dragons @ The Whitney Museum
* The Mary Onettes & Blacklist @ Union Hall
* Rahim, Call Me Lightning, and Javlins @ Pianos
* Adam Green, The Pierces & many others @ Rehab
* Hip Hop Anniversary Tour @ Paradise Theater, Bronx
* Subtle & Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Knitting Factory

More events coming in a "dance" post too. stay tuned for that.

AOL Spinner is streaming the new Mudhoney. Check out Largehearted Boy's post for a bigger list of albums that came out this week.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? played Southpaw recently (May 17). Video from that below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

British Sea Power @ MHOW - May 11, 2008 (more by allan)
British Sea Power

Thurston Moore & Nancy Garcia @ No Fun Fest 2008 (more by Seth Tisue)
Thurston Moore and NAncy Garcia

Zach Condon & ring @ MHOW last night (more by Bao Nguyen)
Beirut and ring

tonight in NYC & NJ
* Dandi Wind @ Knitting Factory
* The Swell Season @ Radio City Music Hall
* Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash at Irving Plaza
* The Mary Onettes & Blacklist @ Mercury Lounge
* British Sea Power & Jeffrey Lewis @ Maxwell's
* Los Campesinos & Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom
* Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra @ Music Hall

The Mary Onettes are from Sweden, are on tour, are not twee, and also playing Union Hall on May 23rd.

Check out more pictures and stuff from last night's Beirut show.

Another big show that happened this weekend was Hercules and Love Affair at Studio B. Video from that below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"


It's time to have no fun.

by Black Bubblegum

Wolf Eyes
Wolf Eyes

Detroit noise anti-heroes, Wolf Eyes have unleashed the latest in a long line of limited ed. tapes, lathe-cut LPs, split LPs, 7"s, and CD-Rs (come on guys, no player-piano scrolls?)...... a new collabo LP with Sickness. Out on Hospital Productions, aka Dominick Fernow's label and store of the same name, I would imagine you can probably pick up copies at their (meaning Wolf Eyes, Sickness, AND Prurient, Fernow's project) show this Saturday, April 5th, at Cake Shop.

Tonight (April 4), Wolf Eyes are scheduled to open for newly reformed dark electronic godfathers Absolute Body Control (their first US show EVER) (and who have TWO records out now on Daft) along with Martial Canterel at a shindig curated by and also starring Carlos Giffoni (of No Fun Productions and No Fun Fest fame).

Tickets are still available.

No Fun Fest details were recently released.

Wolf Eyes tour dates and ABC flyer below.....

Continue reading "Absolute Body Control (tonight), Wolf Eyes Tour Dates "

No Fun Fest

No Fun Productions is pleased to announce the initial line-up for No Fun Fest 2008. Taking place for three nights (May 16, 17, 18) at the legendary Knitting Factory in New York City, this year's festival, which includes some of the most acclaimed names in experimental music, avant electronics, and noise and beyond will without question create a cacophonic haven for all fans of noise and dissonant experimental sounds.
Full lineup and ticket info below....

Continue reading "No Fun Fest 2008 @ Knitting Factory in NYC, full lineup"