(image is Depression by Victoria Lincoln)
Four sides of vinyl, each containing one track. Yet this Father Murphy EP has 10 tracks in total… how so? Because each side has been intended to be played back simultaneously with another side of vinyl, or standalone, opening up a variety of aural combinations.
This is doubtless regarded as a gimmick by some.
But why be so cynical as to alienate yourself from magick? It’s a simple process, but one which engages the listener in a more involved capacity than just passively listening to music.
As bloggers, as DJs, promoters, and half-assed label owners that is all WE ever wanted to do.
If there’s any criticism of Father Murphy’s concept at all it’s simply that their collage work is so accomplished that any intervention is redundant at improving their sound. But ‘improving’ probably isn’t the point here – instead it’s like shuffling a sonic tarot deck, flinging out new and improbable pairings that prompt you to gaze hard into the juxtapositions for meaning.
Here is a sliver from that Pain is on Our Side Now EP:
It’s got to be worth buying that extravagant second turntable for!
While you’re at it, why not get a third turntable, and throw Diamanda Galás’ 1996 LP Schrei X into the mix as well?
Yeah. Now you’re talking.
What do you mean Schrei X was only ever issued on CD? That tiny little mirrored vinyl sounds just right grinding into the stylus…
Factory Floor @ 285 Kent, Dec. 2013 (more by PSquared)
Fear of Men @ Rough Trade RSD14 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Factory Floor, Protect-U @ MHOW
Rooted in Detroit techno and acid, Factory Floor bring a stark, post-punk outlook to their sound. Don't expect an exact representation of the album tonight -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly.
Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps @ Mercury Lounge
Veteran Japanaese psych band Acid Mothers Temple are stopping in NYC tonight before heading to Texas' capital for Austin Psych Fest. Tickets are still available
Fanfarlo, Lilies On Mars @ Rough Trade
Fanfarlo continue to move away from the Arcade Fire-isms of their debut into the realm of synthy '80s pop. Tonight's the second of two NYC shows on their current tour with Lilies on Mars.
Kristeen Young featuring Pornography, Ken Fury @ Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "HOW SOON IS NOW!!!" in your ear. It's her third of four April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.
Better Than Ezra @ Irving Plaza
We can't help but think of Norm McDonald's "Weekend Update" from the mid-'90s: "...and in music news, #1 on the college charts this summer was Better Than Ezra. And at #2...Ezra." Still funny.
July Talk @ Pianos (FREE)
Toronto's July Talk are fronted by two co-lead singers, the Man Man-like Peter Dreimanis and the Stars/Metric-like Leah Fay. Tonight's early 8 PM set at Pianos is totally free and open to the public.
Weyes Blood, Ignatz, Marcia Bassett, Kuschty Rye Ergot @ Silent Barn
Weyes Blood just played our Red Bull Sound Selects show last night at Baby's All Right, but here's another chance to see this talented Brooklynite's ethereal stylings.
Greg Ashley, John Brothers @ Cake Shop
Greg Ashley is best known for fronting talented Texas psych band The Gris Gris, but has released a number of solo albums along the way too. His new one, Another Generation of Slaves, heads into boozy, piano-y, '70s singer-songwriter mode.
Fear Of Men, Las Rosas @ Baby's All Right
It's a record release show for UK group Fear of Men whose new album, Loom, is full of shimmery indie pop. If you miss the days of the first Cranberries album (pre-"Zombie") you should definitely investigate further. This is an early show, over by 10 PM. And...FREE.
Young Boys, Heavy Birds, The Factory Seconds, Hippy @ Death by Audio
Headliners the Young Boys make wild, gothy, garagey rock n' roll (a la The Cramps), but we're curious about The Factory Seconds, who used to be called Punks on Mars (and made really good glammy power pop).
Courtney Barnett @ Other Music
Courtney Barnett's wordy psychedelic folk rock made for some excellent recordings on her double EP (that just finally got a US release this month), but her live show is essential as well, and not just a louder version of the record. You can get a taste of her show at tonight's in-store (as long as you ordered the record through Other Music and gained entry).
Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer @ The Greene Space
Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse will join Eric Hoegemeyer for a night of music and poetry. They'll "perform their own compositions, the work of others such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, W.G. Sebald, Hildegard von Bingen, and salute friends and companions who have passed on in their own transformation.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Wyatt Marshall
Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2014 edition.
The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.
The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.
While the line-up hasn't been announced, tickets to Electric Zoo 2014 go on presale on April 29.
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Reigning Sound, the Memphis garage rock band led by Greg Oblivian, signed to Merge back in 2012 and they're now set to release their first album for the label, Shattered, which comes out on July 15 and follows 2009's Love and Curses. You can get a taste of the new album from its lead single, "Falling Rain," along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
Reigning Sound also have a number of tour dates planned, including a NYC show happening on May 22 at Brooklyn Bowl with local power pop trio Nude Beach, who they've toured with before and who shared a Brooklyn bill with Reigning Sound's pals Detroit Cobras earlier this year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
In related news, Nude Beach announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee), which shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering they played DG's 2014 showcase, have shared bills with DG bands recently, and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau's old band Dustheads was signed to DG as well.
They have other dates coming up before the Reigning Sound show, including a previously announced tour with The Men which hits NYC on May 10 at The Wick with more garage rock faves, Obits. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Nude Beach dates are listed, with a live video, the list of Reigning Sound dates and their album info, below...
The Orb @ Hammerstein Ballroom 1997 (click HERE for a bigger flyer)
Back in '97, way before "EDM" was a thing, but when NYC rave culture had already gotten what seemed back then a bit too popular, rave music heroes The Orb (never lame) came to town for a show in support of Orblivion. The Hammerstein Ballroom show flyer (fliers were still important back then), which I just scanned in honor of The Orb returning to NYC this week, resembled a rave flyer and the rave elements of the show definitely helped to ensure a venue that big was not too big.
The event was produced by rave music producer Matt E. Silver. Raving meant staying out late, and for Hammerstein Ballroom, 2am was pretty late. For those wanting more, the afterparty location would be revealed via a flyer at the concert. "Drum n Bass" was already an established thing and the 2nd room at Hammerstein was rounded out with three DJs including NASA co-founder DB, Dieselboy from Pittsburgh and Giant Step DJ Chillfreeze. Tickets were available at the Hammerstein box office, Other Music, Throb (RIP), Breakbeat Science (RIP), Satellite Records (RIP unless you count their website and EDM rebranding), and Strange? (RIP), not to mention "all Ticketmaster locations". There isn't a single ".com" on the flyer, nor a location to get tickets in Brooklyn.
Rolling Stone was at that show:With a level of sensory overload that evoked Pink Floyd, a constant stream of psychedelic images was projected onto the screens about the stage, including morphing faces, ubiquitous alien references, Bela Lugosi, panda bears and a red chair flying through a futuristic cityscape. Musically, the beat-driven soundscapes were interlaced with a frenetic procession of quirky musical details and punctuated by ambient pauses, as though to pace the level of absorption. At one point, mellow dub hooks transformed into watery splishes; seconds later, the room was filled with chattering electronic birds.
Paterson and Hughes also dropped in various snippets of speech, from bits of conversation, to weather reports, to a hilarious poem by a man with an English accent about his regret at not being Italian. Also mixed in throughout were what sounded like McCarthy-era speeches declaiming the sanctity of God and country. Layered amid music without a fixed narrative and offered up to an audience to whom that time is ancient history, it amounted to an odd nostalgia for a fixed world order, as well as a cool acknowledgment that such order is now impossible.
While the sensory onslaught of an Orb performance practically forces a fairly passive relationship to onstage events, the opening DJ duo, We, gave concert-goers the sonic space to interpret sounds for themselves. With a sweet but gritty sound that seemed to get into people's bones, We's music was at once primal and futuristic, embryonic and worldly. Although the group, which consists of DJ Olive and DJ Loop, usually performs in smaller venues, they managed to retain the intimate quality that makes their occasionally jackhammer-like sounds somehow transmit a grinding warmth.The Orb are on tour play slightly smaller venue Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight (4/22) with Blondes, and then even somewhat more intimate Brooklyn Bowl at midnight on Friday. Tickets are still available for both at the links.
A full stream of "Orblivion", via Spotify, below...
Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.
Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.
At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.
Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.
Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...
(photo by Maryanne Ventrice)
Jiwon Lee, the NYC Columbia University student and comedian who went missing on April 1st, was all over the news at the begining of April. On April 8th it emerged that she may have been suicidal. Meanwhile, $86,000 was raised to hire a private detective, but sadly there still has been no word as to the whereabouts of Jiwon. The Facebook page dedicated to her search hasn't been updated since 4/7, though the gofundme page does have a 6-day old update that reads:Hi Everyone, I know you are all wondering what the current situation for Jiwon is... Unfortunately, there are still no definitive updates. The NYPD is continuing their investigation as is our private investigator. I know this time is very frustrating for all of us... We feel powerless and want to be able to do something/anything! I ask that you continue to pray for Jiwon's safety and well-being. We continue to hope and pray for the best. Our family thanks you for your prayers. It is only by your love and God's support that we are managing as well as we have during this difficult period.Our prayers and hopeful thoughts continue.
Photo via the Comic's Comic.
by Bill Pearis
PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets / The Trip to Italy
Rooftop Films is back with another summer-full of movies and live music under the stars. While the schedule hasn't been posted yet, the slate of films has. This year's line-up includes the genuinely terrific documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets which we hear won't be out till 2015 in the US; The Trip to Italy which features more of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon eating, arguing and impersonating Michael Caine; The Skeleton Twins, the new film starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader that's a drama not a comedy; Lukas Moodysson's acclaimed '80s-set girl/punk comedy We Are the Best! (which also screens at BAM); Sundance Fest hit Appropriate Behavior; dramedy; The One I Love which stars Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss; coming-of-age comedy Ping Pong Summer, and more. Full line-up below.
The 2014 season kicks off on May 16 at Industry City in Sunset Park with a short film program, and the following night (5/17) at Industry City it's a sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre's comedy Obvious Child which stars Jenny Slate and Gabby Hoffman. Ticket info -- and the live music portion of those events -- will be announced soon but you can watch the trailer for Obvious Child, and check out the 2014 Rooftop Films line-up, below.
Courtney Love mentioned back in 2013 that she was planning to release a new solo album, and though that still hasn't happened, she's now officially set to release a new single "Wedding Day"/"You Know My Name" on May 4. "You Know My Name" just premiered on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 6 show, and can be listened to below.
by Doug Moore
Cobalt at Saint Vitus Bar, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The last year has been a rollercoaster for the great progressive black metal duo Cobalt. The band got its start as a fully-functioning live band (aside from two shows in the early '00s, before they'd achieved any significant notoriety) at last year's Maryland Deathfest, followed by a successful first tour. Both members of the band released side project material last year, too; vocalist Phil McSorley put out the debut material from his raw black metal project Recluse, while instrumentalist Erik Wunder released the second album by his excellent roots-grunge project Man's Gin.
Then, back in March, McSorley announced via Cobalt's Facebook page that he had quit the band, effectively terminating its run. This was a pretty huge bummer; the band's last two albums, 2007's Eater of Birds and 2009's Gin, are two of the best metal albums of the past decade. But as abruptly as it was announced, Cobalt's retirement ended -- McSorley announced that he and Wunder are working together on a new album via another Facebook message last night:In the end, all one ever experiences is one's self.
Erik and I have had a rocky last few years due to extreme personal experience. I cant discredit him for his profound personal development, considering that I have been elusive due to my nature as well.
We have spoken and a new Cobalt album will be recorded, and will be massive and overshadow everything we, and many others, have ever done.Brave words, but credible coming from these guys. No specific album details have been announced yet, but keep an eye out. In the meantime, stream Gin and Eater of Birds in full below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers / Beverly @ Cake Shop, 4/21/2014
Eternal Summers were in town over the weekend to play Saturday's Kanine-curated Brooklyn Night Bazaar show (4/19) and stuck around to play Cake Shop on Monday (4/21). The band are sounding strong these days, thanks in part to a great new album, The Drop Beneath. Next month, Eternal Summers will be on tour with UK group Maximo Park for a few West Coast dates, and those are listed below.
Joining them at the Cake Shop show were their Kanine labelmates Beverly, who had made their full band live debut on Friday (4/18) at BKNB. Originally a duo with Frankie Rose, Drew Citron (who's in the current lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) now leads the Rose-less four-piece live version of Beverly. I caught the Night Bazaar show and they seemed to have it pretty down right out of the gate. It helps in no small part that Beverly's songs are ridiculously catchy, crunchy and not too sweet -- part Breeders (think "Divine Hammer"), part early Weezer. Their album, Careers, is out July 1. No other live dates at the moment -- TPOBPAH are about to head out on tour -- but stay tuned.
Both Eternal Summers and Beverly were on the Kanine RSD14 compilation Non Violent Femmes. Did anyone pick that up over the weekend?
Sandwiched in between were Brooklyn's Sapphire Mansions whose crystalline sound recalls a variety of '80s UK influences. Their debut EP is really good and while they don't have another show lined up at the moment, they play around frequently so be on the lookout for their next show.
In related Kanine news, also playing over the weekend were UK band Fear of Men whose debut album is out today. As mentioned, they're sticking around to play a free release party at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (4/23). It's an early show (doors are at 7:30 PM), Las Rosas play first and the whole thing is over by 10 PM. They're worth catching.
More pics from Cake Shop below...
Death, the highly influential Orlando death metal band, have been reissuing their catalog on Relapse, and the newest installment in that is their 1988 sophomore album, Leprosy, which comes out next week (4/29). The album was remastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge) and comes with previously unreleased bonus material and a 24-page booklet with previously unseen photos and new liner notes. The reissue can be pre-ordered in multiple formats here. The double album remaster (bonus material included) can be streamed in full, via Loudwire, below.
Death at Burgerama III in March (more by Debi Del Grande)
In other news, Death, the legendary Detroit protopunk band who were recently subject of a documentary and who are now very active (see recent live pic above), unearthed more archival material with Death III which came out via Drag City today (4/22). They also appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show last night (4/21) for an interview and a performance of their classic "Freakin' Out." Videos of that below.
Aaron and the rest of FREEMAN, the band
Aaron Freeman no longer goes by Gene Ween but he has not stopped making music. Following 2012's Marvelous Clouds , which used lyrics by Rod McKuen, he's now set to release his first album of original material which will be out July 22. Now sober and now going by FREEMAN, he says of the album, "I want this record to pay homage to Ween. These are the same songs I would've written in Ween --- except without Mickey."
The first song from the album, "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man," was just released, for real, via Jack Black's Facebook. You can stream it below.
FREEMAN, which is also the name of his new five-piece band, will be playing shows this summer, including two in NYC: July 22 at Mercury Lounge and July 23 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's All Right are already on sale, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Weedeater at Ultra Lounge, Chicago (more by Jimmy Farabi)
We just premiered a new Weedeater song over on Invisible Oranges today. It's called "Hot Doughnuts Now." It's about, well, doughnuts.
If you've heard Weedeater before, you probably already know whether you're interested. If you haven't, then expect some thick, ugly stoner sludge, complete with agonized vocals. About doughnuts. All that's left for me to add are the release details (via IO):This song is the product of Weedeater's appearance at an installment of Scion's monthly show series at the Satellite in LA alongside Pins of Light back in January. Each band that plays one of these shows also records a new song that Scion then presses to a 7″ that they distribute for free at a later installment of the series. "Hot Doughnuts Now" is evidently what they cooked up.If you happen to be in Atlanta tonight (4/22), Weedeater are playing a one-off show at The Earl with Dropout and Wolves & Jackals. Even if you're not, enjoy "Hot Doughnuts Now," now, below...