by Andrew Frisicano

Ian Svenonius...
Ian Svenonius

Ian Svenonius has his Soft Focus online TV show (where he recently interviewed Pierced Arrows), he contributes to projects like the Journal of Popular Noise with Felt Letters (sample above), and he continues to turn the cogs of his political garage group Chain & the Gang (whose K Recs debut came out in April). That band will go on the road this fall in a trip that includes two early October NYC stops. Those will be October 3rd at Brooklyn's Market Hotel and October 4th at the Mercury Lounge.
. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, July 24th at noon.

Opening the Oct. 4th show will be Silk Flowers, a New York-based band that just released their debut LP on Post Present Medium (artwork below). Its CD release show was last Saturday (July 18th) at the Cake Shop.

"I went to see Silk Flowers (members of Soiled Mattress and The Springs) record release show Saturday Night July 18th at The Cake Shop. Silk Flowers are truly one of my favorite bands...They have taken their own spin on minimal/cold wave and industrial pop. It is truly zooming this style of music into a modern window and changing how to make pop music. They play everything live, including live drum pads, keys, and samples with very little sequenced parts. Also Aviram Cohen's voice is haunting. One of my favorite voices I have ever heard and also his live performance is awesome and sounds even better. The keyboard parts (played by Peter) are sonically distinct using new synth sounds and complicated parts with a lot of development. The third, noise/concrete layer is played by Ethan and is no less some of the best use of sonic layers in a pop set I have heard. They play a lot and their blog is killer." [MNDR]

They do play a lot, as you can see by their schedule after the jump. Silk Flowers' video for the song "Shadows in Daylight," off their new record, with all tour dates, below...

Silk Flowers

Chain and the Gang - 2009 Tour Dates
07.30.09 Thu Washington, DC 9:30 Club w/ M WARD
07.31.09 Fri Washington, DC 9:30 Club w/ M Ward
09.17.09 Thu Poughkeepsie, New York Vassar College
09.18.09 Fri Providence, Rhode Island AS220
09.20.09 Sun Portland, Maine Space Gallery
09.21.09 Mon Boston, Massachusetts Harpers Ferry
09.22.09 Tue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Space 1026
09.23.09 Wed Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage
09.24.09 Thu Chapel Hill, North Carolina Local 506
09.26.09 Sat Nashville, Tennessee Little Hamilton w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
09.27.09 Sun St. Louis, Missouri Lemp Arts
09.28.09 Mon Chicago, Illinois Beat Kitchen
09.29.09 Tue Cleveland, Ohio Now That's Class
10.02.09 Fri Montreal, Quebec Club Lambi [Pop Montreal]
10.03.09 Sat Brooklyn, New York Market Hotel
10.04.09 Sun New York, New York Mercury Lounge

Silk Flowers - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 29 Wierd Records party at Home Sweet Home NY, New York
Aug 01 Sculpture Center w/ Barr + Love Tan Queens, New York
Aug 15 Golden Age Chicago, Illinois
Aug 15 Empty Bottle w/ Halflings, Anatomy of Habit Chicago, Illinois
Aug 16 Part Time Punks at The Echo w/ Nite Jewel Los Angeles, California
Aug 17 The Knock Out San Francisco, California
Aug 19 Cairo Gallery w/ Flexions, T.O.L.S.A.D. Seattle, Washington
Aug 20 Backspace w/ Grouper Portland, Oregon
Aug 21 House Show 329 10th St. at Folsom San Francisco, California
Aug 22 TBA Irvine, California
Aug 23 Center For Arts w/ High Places, Dave Scott Stone, Dunes Eagle Rock, California
Sep 10 w/ Mattress (Portland, OR), Ducktails Brooklyn, New York
Sep 13 Cake Shop w/ Desolation Wilderness, City Center, the Intelligence New York, New York
Oct 04 Mercury Lounge w/ Chain and The Gang New York, New York

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