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“Getting the boot from the Modest Mouse concert after it started to cloud up a little…”
So folks I am going to see a show at Rooftop Films in the Lower East Side tonight brought to us by SnagFilms and indieWIRE, info here and below. I thought that this might be an opportunity to get out and see some local cinema, a habit I have not quite yet gotten into. Up with hope, dooooown with dope!
Here is the Schedule
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Directions: F/J/M/Z to Essex/Delancey
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be held indoors at the same location
8:00PM: Doors Open
8:30PM: Live Music by Fall On Your Sword (myspace.com/fallonyoursword)
10:30PM: Filmmaker Q&A
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party: Open Bar at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand) Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Tickets: $10 at the door or online at http://www.rooftopfilms.com
Presented in partnership with: indieWIRE, Snag Films, IFC, New York magazine, Radeberger, Open Road NY, Fontana’s, the NYC Council Manhattan Delegation & NYS Senator Daniel L. Squadron
Nebraska philanderers Pharmacy Spirits are touring the US and are making a special 3 day stop in NYC. Though I am getting the word out a bit late, I can’t recommend this show enough. They have the most beautiful and affective tracks I have heard in quite a while. Over the past month or so have fallen in love with Jim’s voice. A contemporary instantiation of what post-punk or Brit new wave ought to sound like. Think The Cure‘s Faith with a bit more light and a bit more fuzz. Their latest album Teen Challenge contains some truly outstanding shit. Time to get to Manhattan or Brooklyn and see the energy of this outfit for ourselves.
A great friend and extraordinary artist, Bonnie Kaye Whitfield has confronted the limits that separate art, performance, conversation, and embodied experience. On December 5th 2009, Whitfield hosted a wake, mourning the death of the great magazine Gourmet. Typically a print artist, Whitfield was with genius struck. She crafted an event that would incorporate her print artistry, in a functional way, while at the same time creating a space in which hand held 2 dimensional print on 3 dimensional objects could be fulfilled. In fact, another dimension was conjured, a dimension of potential and completion. A printed invitation is carried, and then reciprocated with eating well and drinking better, conversation and exploration, sophistication and inebriation. The event was simply masterful and I am humbled to have been apart of it. Click anywhere on this article to view the beautiful outcome. So long Gourmet…
Dan Deacon! Dear God! This man makes the most obsessively manic electronic music. After flirting with the idea of listening to him, I finally have and the words are lacking to describe the infinite party possibilities this man possesses. He sounds and looks as if he shotguns Redbull and freebases off his metal pocket protector…Who says the innovators of pop culture can’t be clad in frumpy sweat pants and a ball cap? Genius I hear…genius…
As we ease into the fall line up for you folks I thought I’d post a couple of songs well worth the listen. So time for Bottle Up & Go, they’ll be appearing around NYC and I am sure beyond.
Until the Day I Die
All My Trials
Nov. 28th – New York, NY @ Hex Fest at Cakeshop w/ Apache Beat + More
Dec. 1st – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie at 10:30pm w/ Deleted Scenes and Circadian Rhythms
Dec 2nd – Washington DC @ Black Cat w/ Deleted Scenes
Dec 3rd – Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan¹s Eclectic w/ Bear Hands
CMJ Saddle Creek Showcase
The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
Thursday October 22nd 2009
9:00 Beep Beep
11:00 Old Canes
12:00 Orenda Fink
1:00 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
So I suppose this is going to be a partial review, I got entirely too bombed to intelligently talk about the entire showcase. First I was happy to be on the guest list. I had just come from a bar in loathed Manhattan and had only few bucks to spend. So I spent it on Jameson…Then I broke out the plastic…I think…I should probably check my credit card balance. Anyhoo…
I want to thank Beep Beep for putting on such a great show. They were energetic and really exuded chemistry amongst one another. It is such a pleasant surprise to hear their genre of music without the band’s chaps and chest hair distracting me…although now that I imagine the band in chaps and with exposed chest hair, I think it might work for them….but only if they had drawn on pencil thin mustachios.
UUVVWWZ made some friends last week. Teal Gardner has really exploded as an exceptional stage personality. While it is still true that what they have to offer is somewhat inscrutable, they have mastered the art of their making. I mean to say that they are a unique, experimental sound factory that specializes in making people move. People simply don’t stand still at their shows. They have so much room to grow, but they are certainly an act to catch. I think they would compliment These Are Powers greatly. I mean it Teal, give them a call. Review of These Are Powers click here.
Old Canes…well what else is there to say, Chris Crisci and company played more of their fast paced numbers, but it was beautiful. They slung that Midwest Americana like mud at a tractor pull. After their set I cornered Chris to drink some Jameson. He imbibed…so did I…and it turned out to be one of the nicest conversations with a local hero I’ve had in a while.
As mentioned prior, Jameson was pickling my liver…Orenda and the dude with a long ass name had already played past my attention…although I did say hello to him in the hallway earlier…nice guy…
New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets
July 28th 2009
Though I might be loathe to write a review about a freaking tribute record, which is often more or less a “best of” album sung by people who have no business doing so, New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets is pretty damn cool. In some circles it might do you a service to be able to list off which Love and Rockets tunes to think are best, but let’s be honest, no one really obsesses over them. We recognize a song here and there, but the fact of the matter is we are far more likely to say, “Oh that’s who sings this song, I never knew.” They are like The The; a perfectly lovable band that music geeks know just to know, but are otherwise not excited…and I love The The.
The beauty of this tribute album is that the 99% of Love and Rockets songs you don’t know are given life by a myriad of artists who, while not necessarily improving on the original, have the sensibility to make the song relevant in context to modern music. It is not as if they are reissuing a stale post-goth, post punk Brit rock sludge, no this is a project of a different order. It is the reimagining of a body of work that has certainly thrived below the surface in the minds of many musicians, but has never really maintained itself in pop culture or geeky conversation. At best this release will reacquaint music consumers with a great band, at worst it will merely be a blip in a music world that has turned to simmer. Good music and those that produce it have after all become so ephemeral.
For those of you who don’t know Love and Rockets, here is a brief biography. Former members of Goth icons Bauhaus formed Love and Rockets named after a comic of the same name in 1985, releasing three records in three years (’85-’87), another in ’89, and far fewer records release periodically in the ‘90s. The band called it quits in 1999, only to do what every other 80s band has done, reunite for Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2008! Their best known song is So Alive which hit #3 on Billboard and #1 on Modern Rock Tracks. They are, as you probably guessed, from England.
Highlights of the albums are Snowden’s No Words No More, Lossy Coils’ and Ian Moore’s Sweet F.A., A Place to Bury Strangers’ The Light, Film School’s An American Dream, War Tapes’ Love Me, Pucifer’s Holiday on the Moon, Black Francis’ All in My Mind. Other artists that contribute include The Stone Foxes, Frankenstein 3000, Blaqk Audio, Dubfire, The Dandy Warhols, The Flaming Lips, Sweethead, Monster Magnet, VEX, Chantal Claret, and Better than Ezra, who scored the task of performing So Alive, but who also unfortunately decided just to blandly reproduce the original. Typically one shouldn’t try and fix something that isn’t busted. However, there is nothing wrong with reinvoking what has been forgotten using a modern medium and a modern voice.
Love and Rockets
A Place to Bury Strangers
The Stone Foxes
The Dandy Warhols
The Flaming Lips
Better than Ezra