Thursday, February 25, 2010
Stream Title Tracks' "It Was Easy" here!
Title Tracks Live!
w/ Pretty and Nice
2.26.10 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
2.27.10 Orlando, FL Will's Pub
2.28.10 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
3.1.10 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
3.2.10 Richmond, VA Gallery 5
3.3.10 Baltimore, MD Golden West Cafe
3.4.10 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Knecktie
3.5.10 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs
3.6.10 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
3.7.10 NY, NY Cake Shop
w/ Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3.11.10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
3.12.10 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
3.13.10 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
3.14.10 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
3.15.10 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
3.17-20.10 Austin, TX SXSW
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Live!
Feb 27 - Phoenix Theater Petaluma, CA
March 3 - Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
East Coast Tour Dates
Mar 25 - Brooklyn Masonic Temple Brooklyn, NY
Mar 26 - Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Mar 27 - The Norva Norfolk, VA
Mar 28 - Ottobar Baltimore, MD
A stunning balance of brutality and beauty. Their latest album, The Martyrdrom of a Catastrophist, is a concept record about catastrophe theorist Immanuel Velikovsky, exploring his insistence on a chaotic universe. Its songs are spellbinding and heartbreaking, gripping from the first note to the last. A hard rock dream come true. - Rolling Stone
Junius is a best-of-all-worlds proposition. On one hand, the band harks back to the chilly romanticism of '80s darkwave, particularly The Cure's Disintegration. On the other hand, the band mines the innovations of '00s post-rock, like Mono's shoegazer tornadoes and Isis' throbbing pulse and gleaming tones. - eMusic
Junius are a very big band... I'm talking about their sound. It's simply gargantuan. On The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, they push the sonic envelope so that every note rings as long and as dramatic as possible. - Fuel TV
Junius' The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist is a brilliant example of dynamic rock fused with swelling, spacey soundscapes, all anchored by an intelligent lyrical foundation. 9/10 - Lambgoat
Junius, a group that struggles to even put their own sound into words, is not your ordinary band. - Spinner.com
Junius constructs songs on girders of complexity. Shifts from intricate delicacy to seismic heaviness complement its cerebral component. Shades of Isis and Porcupine Tree color the songs, but Junius blazes its own path. - Invisible Oranges
Martyrdom is a brooding opus of frenetic crescendos, sweeping vocals and celestial landscapes. MAGNET is proud to premiere "Letters From Saint Angelica," which you can download below. - Magnet
The tireless and ever-touring bearded men of Junius have just released their new record, The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, on The Mylene Sheath to monstrous critical acclaim. Features and unbelievable reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone to Revolver, eMusic to AOL and beyond, have all been praising "Martyrdom" as one of the most beautifully dark and powerful releases in some time.
Now, on the heels of the band's immeasurable success comes news of US tour dates with Battlefields, as well as stops in New York and Philadelphia with cult-metal heroes Starkweather! In celebration of the amazing feedback to the new album and the band's upcoming tour dates, Junius have also just announced the 2xLP version of the band's 2007 self-titled LP, which combined 2004's Forcing Out The Silence and 2006's Blood Is Bright EPs. Available exclusively from the band and their label, The Mylene Sheath, in May, the record will include three different colors of vinyl and will come housed in deluxe, 24pt stock heavyweight gatefold jackets printed at Stoughton Printing.
Finally, the band has also recently premiered the video for their song, "Elisheva, I Love You," which appears on the band's new album, "The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist" out now on The Mylene Sheath. You can watch (stream) the album below or download it here.
Watch the video for "Elisheva, I Love You" here!
* Junius produced The Martyrdom... at the legendary A&M Records studios in Hollywood (now known as Henson Recording) over the course of a year, somewhat guerilla-style, during off-hours when the studio wasn't booked (the band has joked that they were bumped out by everyone from Akon to Bruce Springsteen - literally). The album was recorded by Kevin Mills and Tom Syrowski (Weezer, AFI, Incubus) and mastered by Dave Collins (Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath, The Police). 2009 finds the members of Junius as tenacious as ever, continually touring Europe and North America (recently sharing stages with the likes of Pelican, Mare, Tombs, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Irepress, among others), headlining festivals, lending music to a series of short films by director Mary Lambert (Pet Semetary), and, of course, finally seeing the release of their new album. Click here to purchase Martyrdom in various vinyl versions and CD format.
Side A/B - Forcing Out The Silence (2004):
1 [Élan Vital] 1:12
2 Hiding Knives 5:27 * download here!
3 From The Isle Of The Blessed 5:15
4 [Élan Fatale] 2:13
5 Forcing Out The Silence 7:34
Side C/D - Blood Is Bright (2006):
1 [The Annunciation] 0:36
2 Blood Is Bright 4:51
3 A Word Could Kill Her 4:06
4 In The Heart Of Titans 6:06
5 At The Age Of Decay 5:20
* Stream the full album @ GimmeSound.com!
Tracklist for The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
1. Birth Rites By Torchlight
2. The Antediluvian Fire
3. (turning to the spirits of the hours...)
4. The Dramatist Plays Catastrophist
5. Ten Year Librarian
6. Stargazers And Gravediggers
7. (...he fell before her)
8. Elishiva, I Love You
9. Letters From Saint Angelica * download exclusively @ MagnetMagazine.com!
10. The Mourning Eulogy
Thu. Mar 11 - Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar Tavern w/ Pianos Become The Teeth, Isthmus, Octaves
Fri. Mar 12 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House w/ Mouth of The Architect, Beneath Oblivion
Sat. Mar 13 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
Sun. Mar 14 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Battlefields, Why Intercept
Mon. Mar 15 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Battlefields
Tue. Mar 16 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's w/ Battlefields
Wed. Mar 17 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music w/ Battlefields
Thu. Mar 18 - Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live w/ Battlefields
Fri. Mar 19 - Austin, TX @ Plush (SXSW)
Sat. Mar 20 - Austin, TX @ Valhalla (SXSW): w/ Caspian, Gifts From Enola
Sun. Mar 21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 (SXSW) w/ Murder By Death, Constants, Irepress, more
Mon. Mar 22 - Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land w/ Battlefields
Tue. Mar 23 - Shreveport, LA @ Bear's w/ Battlefields, Porcelain Arms
Wed. Mar 24 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse w/ Battlefields, US Christmas, Black Cobra
Thu. Mar 25 - Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
Fri. Mar 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ The OX w/ Rosetta and Starkweather
Sat. Mar 27 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's w/ Rosetta and Starkweather
Sun. Mar 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly w/ Rosetta and Starkweather
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Getting to Know... Title Tracks
John Davis spent seven years drumming for Q and Not U, part of the last great boom of punk acts signed to Washington, D.C.’s Dischord Records around the turn of the new millennium. After the band burned out in 2005, Davis co-founded Georgie James, which drew from the summery sounds of ’60s and ’70s rock on songs that found him splitting vocal and songwriting duties... the band broke up in 2008, and Davis’ sore feelings from the split inspired his new band, Title Tracks.
(((Read the full interview here!)))
MP3 Premiere: Kayo Dot, "Whisper Ineffable"
Coyote is a 40-minute narrative composition that swirls with cooing violins, whining trumpets, jangling xylophones, and haunting blasts of cosmic debris--easily their most cohesive, heavy-hitting and best album yet. Influenced by early '80s goth and Herbie Hancock's more psychedelic excursions, Coyote is a mini-suite that's at once punishing, sad and gloriously free. The 11-minute "Whisper Ineffable" is the album's second act, an indescribable gust of jazz-fusion, minimalist John Hassell trumpet howl, Zappa-esque blender-benders, and Hawkwind-ready space junk. Says Driver, "I mean, almost everything about this one is different for Kayo Dot, but what makes it familiar to our identity is the escapist quality, the adventurousness, and my compositional idiosyncrasies that I hope, at this point in my life, are recognizably unique to me."
(((Read the full interview and download "Whisper Ineffable" here!)))
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Watch the video for "I Built Myself A Metal Bird" here!
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Live!
03/16 - Bristol, England @ The Fleece
03/17 - Birmingham, England @ Asylum
03/18 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Button Factory
03/19 - Glasgow, Scotland @ The Arts School
03/21 - Manchester, England @ Academy 3
03/22 - Leeds, England @ TJ's Woodhouse Club
03/23 - London, England @ Electric Ballroom
03/24 - Nottingham, England @ Rescue Rooms
03/25 - Sheffield, England @ Corporation
03/26 - Oxford, England @ The Regal
03/27 - Brighton, England @ St. George's Church
03/30 - Rennes, France @ Ubu
03/31 - Paris, France @ Alhambra
04/01 - Reims, France @ Cartonnerie
04/02 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
04/03 - Zottegem, Belgium (Dunkfestival)
04/04 - Munich, German @ Feierwerk
04/06 - Padova, Italy @ Unwound
04/07 - Rome, Italy @ Circolo Degli Artisti
04/08 - Bologna, Italy @ Locomotive
04/09 - Torino, Italy @ Spazio 211
04/10 - Arezzo, Italy @ Karemaski
04/11 - Varese, Italy @ Twiggy
04/13 - Toulouse, France @ Le Bikini
04/14 - Marseille, France @ Espace Julien
04/15 - Nice, France @ Theatre Lino Ventura
04/16 - Montpelier, France @ La Taf
94/17 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ Impetus Festival
04/18 - Luzern, Switzerland @ Schurr
04/20 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik
04/21 - Lyon, France @ Grnd Zero
04/22 - Paris, France @ Alhambra
04/23 - Lille, France @ Le Splendid
04/24 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
04/25 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
05/13 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
05/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
05/16 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
05/18 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
05/19 - Washington DC @ Black Cat
05/20 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
05/21 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern
05/22 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/24 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/25 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
05/26 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/27 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
05/28 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
05/29 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
05/31 - Ottawa, ON @ Mayfair Theatre
Download the audio for "I Built Myself A Metal Bird (Live)" here!
Kollaps Tradixionales Tracklist
1. There Is A Light
2. I Built Myself A Metal Bird
3. I Fed My Metal Bird The Wings Of Other Metal Birds
4. Kollapz Tradixional (Thee Olde Dirty Flag)
5. Collapse Traditional (For Darling)
6. Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3 Dynamos)
7. 'Piphany Rambler
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Announce US Tour w/ Red Sparowes * Reissue You Are The Conductor and The Four Trees out March 16th on The Mylene Sheath!
Nothing less than an exemplary and genuinly revelatory excercise in emotionally devastating post-rock. 8/10 - ROCKSOUND
Caspian, a Massachusetts post-rock crew, knows that "epic" doesn't have to mean an album of five 16+ minute songs, and the crew have the melodies to prove it. - BROOKLYN VEGAN
This batch of songs is anchored by brilliant, restless songwriting. No boring twenty-minute crescendos here. Tertia is full of surprises... There's scarcely a better post-rock record on the horizon. 9/10 - PREFIXMAG
Tertia is just as effective when it sparkles as when it storms. Caspian has the instrumental firepower to make a big noise when it feels like it. But the melodies, timbres and harmonics are so fully realized that "Tertia" would be mighty, even without its climaxes. - THE WASHINGTON POST
A dense work of post-rock with purpose. - RHAPSODY
On the heels of CASPIAN's latest, critically praised opus, Tertia, both the band and their label (The Mylene Sheath) have announced they will be reissuing the band's earliest cult worshiped releases. Both CASPIAN's You Are The Conductor EP and the much talked about Four Trees full length will be given proper reissues on March 16th, just in time for the band's upcoming trip to SXSW, and as a precursor to their Midwest and West Coast tour w/ the mighty Red Sparowes.
You can read more about each release, including the band's complete touring schedule (which spans from early March to late May) below:
You Are The Conductor:
This is the deluxe reissue of the now out-of-print debut EP by Beverly, MA instrumental powerhouse CASPIAN. Originally released in 2005, the album captures a band with as much energy and urgency as you'd expect to find on a debut release. But it also displays a band that has a confidence and understanding of craftsmanship that defies their young age as a band. Roaring out of the gate with the first three songs, what has now become known simply as "The Trilogy", a staple of the bands live set, "Quovis," "Further Up," and "Further In" flow seamlessly in and out of one another, leaving the listener short of breath and knee-deep in their instrumental catharsis. While "Loft," "For Protection," and "Last Rites" slow down the albums pace and journey through each other, closing out the album in truly epic form. A bona fide classic and an unparalleled debut within the instrumental rock underground, "You Are The Conductor" did more than whet the underground's appetite for the bands debut full length, it established Caspian as an immediate force to be reckoned with. And after five years of relentless touring, having played over 400 shows, including five full US natinal tours criss-crossing the country and two separate gargantuan jaunts throughout continental Europe, CASPIAN has proven to be a force that is unstoppable. These are the six songs that birthed CASPIAN.
The Four Trees:
This is the deluxe reissue of the critically acclaimed debut full-length by Beverly, MA's CASPIAN. The album was originally released in April of 2007 and was the highly anticipated follow up to 2005's debut EP "You Are The Conductor." With expectations for "The Four Trees" at an nearly unrealistic level after setting the bar so high with the EP, most bands would have cringed at the daunting task of this follow-up. But not only did CASPIAN meet the expectations, they completely blew them out of the water by creating an album that will easily go down as a landmark release in modern day instrumental music. From the triumphant opening track "Moksha," to the aggressive, adrenaline-fueled stompers "Crawlspace" and "Brombie," to the complete and utter finality of apocalyptic closer "...Reprise," the album is not only a journey through both conceptual and sonic layers, but it is the sound of a band that is coming of age and realizing their creative genius. A band that has the life-changing sound that all bands strive to acquire. "The Four Trees" placed CASPIAN firmly atop the heap of instrumental bands springing out of nowhere in 2007 and solidified their spot as the leader of the pack. Now after five years of relentless touring, playing over 400 shows, including five full US tours criss-crossing the country and two separate gargantuan jaunts throughout continental Europe, Caspian has proven to be the front runners of the new wave of instrumental music. "The Four Trees" was the precursor to their newest album "Tertia," and will forever stand as more than just a sign of things to come - but as a masterpiece of a debut full length recording.
You Are The Conductor Tracklist
2. Further Up
3. Further In
5. For Protection
6. Last Rites
The Four Trees Tracklist
2. Some Are White Light
3. Sea Lawn
5. Book IX
6. The Dropsonde
8. Our Breath In Winter
9. The Dove
2.27 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears Place
3.9 Washington DC @ Black Cat **
3.10 Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile **
3.11 Johnson City, TN @ The Hide Away **
3.12 Nashville, TN @ The Muse **
3.14 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub **
3.16 New Orleans, LA @ Dragons Den **
3.17 Shreveport, LA @ The Rustic Cowboy **
3.18 Houston, TX @ The Mink **
3.19 Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
3.20 Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
3.21 Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
3.23 Tucson, AZ @ TBA **
3.24 Scottsdale, AZ @ Rouge Bar **
3.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace **
3.26 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe **
3.27 San Francisco, CA @ TBA **
4.1 Murray, UT @ SHO **
4.2 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings **
4.3 Albequerque, NM @ Winnings **
4.5 Austin, TX @ Mohawk **
4.6 Dallas, TX @ Lounge on Elm Street **
4.7 Kansas City @ Record Bar **
4.8 Vernon, IA @ Orange Carpet **
4.10 Champaign, IL @ Mike N Mollys **
4.11 Fort Wayne, IN @ TBA **
4.13 Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo **
4.14 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange **
4.15 New York, NY @ Webster Hall Studio **
4.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar Bar **
4.18 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^
4.21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^
4.22 Madison, WI @ High Noon ^
4.23 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar ^
4.24 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. ^
4.26 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^
4.27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
4.29 Seattle, WA @ Neumos ^
4.30 Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret ^
5.1 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne ^
5.2 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ^
5.5 Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera #
5.6 Njimegen,Netherlands @ Doornrosjie #
5.7 Koln, Germany @ Gebaude 9 #
5.8 Karlsruhe, Germany @ Jubez #
5.9 Weisbaden, Germany @ Schalctof #
5.10 Bochum, Germany @ BHF Langendreer #
5.11 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang #
5.12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen #
5.13 Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall #
5.14 Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser Malmo #
5.15 Warsaw, Poland @ Basen Artystyyczny # *
5.16 Poznan, Poland @ Pod Minoga # *
5.17 Krakow, Poland @ Lodz Kaliska # *
5.18 Prague, Czech Republic @ Chapeau Rouge #
5.19 Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea #
5.20 Wurzburg, Germany @ Cafe Cairo #
5.21 Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gothik Theatre
5.22 Athens, Greece @ An Club
** = with Arms and Sleepers
^ = with Red Sparowes
# = with Constants
* = with Ef
For more information, visit:
3/12 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
3/13 Elkton, FL @ St. Johns County Fairgrounds (Harvest of Hope Fest)
3/14 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy's
3/16 New Orleans, LA @ The Den w/ Nebula, Margot, Carusella
3/17 Austin, TX @ Emo's (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Emo's (The Agency Group Showcase @ SXSW)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Beerland w/ Fucked Up, Moment Trigger
3/19 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
3/20 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe w/ Legion
3/21 Atlanta, GA @ EARL w/ Wizard Smoke, Irreversible
w/ Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive
04/22/10 Charlotte , NC. @ The Fillmore Charlotte
04/23/10 Atlanta , GA. @ Tabernacle
04/24/10 Lake Buena Vista , FL. @ House of Blues (Orlando)
04/25/10 Lauderdale , FL. @ Revolution
04/27/10 Houston , TX. @ Warehouse Live
04/28/10 Austin , TX. @ Stubb's BBQ
04/29/10 Dallas , TX. @ Palladium Ballroom
04/30/10 Tulsa , OK. @ Cain's Ballroom
05/01/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
05/03/10 Tempe , AZ. @ Marquee Theatre
05/04/10 Pomona , CA. @ The Fox Theatre
05/05/10 San Francisco , CA. @ The Warfield
05/07/10 Portland , OR. @ Roseland Theater
05/08/10 Seattle , WA. @ Showbox SoDo
05/10/10 Murray , UT. @ Murray Theater
05/11/10 Denver , CO. @ Ogden Theatre
05/13/10 Minneapolis , MN. @ First Avenue
05/14/10 Chicago , IL. @ Congress Theatre
05/15/10 Royal Oak , MI. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/17/10 Boston , MA. @ House of Blues
05/18/10 @ Montreal , QC. Metropolis
05/19/10 Toronto , ON. @ The Sound Academy
05/22/10 Philadelphia , PA. @ The Electric Factory
05/26/10 New York , NY. @ Rumsey Playfield
05/27/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
05/28/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
07/31/10 Chicago , IL. @ Subterranean
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Interviews: Jello Biafra
As one of the key upstarts to the California punk/hardcore scene, Jello Biafra emerged as the singer of the Dead Kennedy’s in the late ‘70’s and hasn’t gone away since. Whether he’s singing, writing, acting, doing spoken word, or churning out records on his label, Alternative Tentacles, Jello has remained one of punk rock’s true pioneers for the last thirty years. Fresh off the heals of Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine’s newest album, Audacity of Hype, Mr. Biafra took the time to chat with Michael Dauphin.
(((Read the full interview here!)))
* You can find USA Today's news of the interview here as well
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Announce New Album, Cut and Run, Out April 13th on Lovepump United!
Child Abuse draws on unorthodox influences with an engaging brand of noise - New York Press
Child Abuse has a gift for conveying the giddy, volcanic rush of jazz losing its patience. - Alarm Magazine
In their five years of existence, CHILD ABUSE have become much more than a jarring name. The NY trio has fused elements of Noise, Death Metal, Free Jazz, and Grind (among other things) into something entirely their own, all the while becoming one of the most legendary, innovative, and polarizing bands in New York. For too long CHILD ABUSE have existed on the fringes of independent music, and with Cut And Run, the band's second full-length, CHILD ABUSE has reached the apex of weird.
After three years of touring with The Locust, Pig Destroyer, and Genghis Tron, Cut And Run emerges as a monument of bizarre brutality, and a testament to the continued vitality of the New York underground. Cut and Run shall be heard.
* Child Abuse will be touring around "Cut and Run" in late Spring. Drummer Oran Canfield's hilarious, critically-acclaimed memoir Long Past Stopping is available now through Harper Collins.
Cut and Run Tracklist
1. Hold This
3. Cut And Run
4. Opportunity Zone
5. Financial Burden
6. Froze Toes
Child Abuse Spring US Tour Dates Coming Soon!
For more information, visit:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Bouncing Souls singer Greg Attonito and Alternative Press Magazine recently discussed the ever-changing model that is formerly the typical way bands released new albums:
"...the people who bought the year-long subscription for every song seemed to really enjoy getting a new song on the first of every month. We toured all year long and rediscovered each song on the road as it came out. That was the most fun aspect of it for the band and the audience: If we had a show somewhere on the first of the month, we would play the new song and tell everyone it came out that day. It was like savoring a chocolate bar slowly instead of chomping it down in one bite."
(((Read the full article here!)))
Kayo Dot's Toby Driver has curated the entire month of February at New York avant-garde rock venue, The Stone.
Full February 2010 show listing for The Stone:
MONDAY FEBRUARY 1-STONE SEMINAR 5
BUTCH MORRIS: The Principles of Conduction®
7PM to 10PM-TWENTY DOLLARS: Open to all
For the 25th Anniversary of Conduction, Butch Morris presents a special lecture/ demonstration, a concert featuring a string octet and a Q&A on the methods and principles of Conduction.
2/2 Tuesday (NY)
Christian Dautresme (vocals, etc.)
Sugarlife explores notions of performance art, identity, and sexuality with an entertaining and often absurd live performance interaction. It tends to be hilarious as well as scary. Whether charging the air with electronic blips or singing a celestial soprano over acoustic guitar blossoms, Sugarlife becomes a sonic shaman where change is the only constant. Neo-Fluxus freak out? Absurdist action art? The ghost of a soft G.G. Allin as a drag queen from a distant planet? Sugarlife transcends any movement classification.
Michael Gamble (Guitar, Keys, Bass, Vox) Devin Febbroriello (Vox, Guitar, Bass, Kaoss) Conor Elmes (Drums) Ari Folman Cohen (Bass)
Scrambler/Seequill is the collaborative music and production project by Michael Gamble (scrambler) and Devin Febbroriello (Seequill). Coming from different backgrounds, Scrambler and Seequill have found a meeting place to channel their visions and voices dualistically. Drawing from various experiences, inspirations, and influences a certain sound and message is earnestly delivered. Songs written under covers, at night and at dawn over coffee, during good years and bad years.
2/3 Wednesday (JC)
Terran Olson - "Nevsky Prospekt"
Terran Olson (piano), David Bodie (drums), Toby Driver (guitar)
Multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Kayo Dot, maudlin of the Well, and Autumn Tears premieres a new ensemble and long-form composition based on the story by Nikolai Gogol.
Mick Barr (electric guitar)
2/4 Thursday (NY)
Bill Brovold (guitar) plus guests
Bill reunites with the original lineup of Larval
Chuck Stern (vocals)
Stern is Chuck Stern, formerly of New York art/prog abstractionists Time of Orchids. The music is dense and cinematic, occupying its own late-night vacuum - a haze of brooding, Shostakovian synth and angular guitar work, laced with trumpet, industrial noise and Chuck's unique, haunting vocals.
2/5 Friday (YT)
Baby Dee (piano, vocals) Matthew Robinson (cello)
Baby Dee will sing about slugs and play classical music for cowboys with cowboy hat-hair.
Sword of Exactly
Evelyn Davis (piano, vocals) Joe Kiplinger (guitar), Joey Molinaro (violin), Rob Funkhouser (percussion, mixing bowls), plus guests
New music composer Evelyn Davis conflates influences of art rock, metal, prog, and opera to create extremely subtle, thoughtful, microtonally oriented works which are viscerally emotionally expressive. Her recent work includes a song cycle, "From the Bath", for countertenor, alto, viola, and alto flute, which is based on her own text, and which expresses issues such as loss, bisexuality, masturbation, and abortion through the mouthpiece of effeminate masculinity.
2/6 Saturday (JM)
Kayo Dot plays Choirs of the Eye
Toby Driver (guitar, vocals) Mia Matsumiya (violin, keyboards) Terran Olson (keyboards, woodwinds) Daniel Means (guitar, woodwinds, bass) David Bodie (percussion) and special guest Greg Massi (guitar)
Kayo Dot plays the entirety of their 2003 Tzadik debut, which has made many "Best Albums of the Decade" Lists, with special guest former KD guitarist Greg Massi joining for this performance only!
Kayo Dot plays Coyote
Toby Driver (bass, vocals) Mia Matsumiya (violin, guitar) Terran Olson (keyboards, tenor sax) Daniel Means (alto sax) David Bodie (percussion) and special guest Tim Byrnes (trumpet)
Kayo Dot plays the entirety of their forthcoming Hydra Head release.
2/7 Sunday (JB)
Tartar Lamb II
Toby Driver (bass guitar and vocals), Terran Olson (alto sax), Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet), Dan Means (alto sax), Tim Byrnes (trumpet and french horn)
Modern-classical electroacoustic doom lattices and wall-melting balladry. Questionable tonality. Gradual development, immediate descent into hell.
Bauder/Cymerman/Evans/Wooley AMPLIFIED QUARTET
Matt Bauder (amplified sax) Jeremiah Cymerman (amplified clarinet) Peter Evans (amplified trumpet) Nate Wooley (amplified trumpet)
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8-STONE SEMINAR 6
ELLIOTT SHARP-Music in the Post-Digital Era
7PM to 9PM-TWENTY DOLLARS: Open to all
Composer Elliott Sharp discusses and presents scores and audio examples of his work, past and current, in the context of biological and mathematical models of musical organization, an evaluation of computers and new media in performance, algorithmic composition vs improvisation, and the question of smell. Compositions to be discussed include the orchestral works "Larynx", "Calling" and "On Corlear's Hook"; selected string quartets including "Dispersion of Seeds", "Tessalation Row", and "Seize Seas Seeth Seen"; "SyndaKit", "Polymerae" and other algorithmic works; electroacoustic works such as "Cryptid Fragments"; solo approaches including Tectonics and Velocity of Hue; and the music-theater works "innosense", "EmPyre" and "Binibon".
2/9 Tuesday (NY)
Jason Byron (voice)
Former lyricist of Kayo Dot and maudlin of the Well Jason Byron, an Initiate of ______, offers a brief talk on modern ceremonial Magick, and will perform a personal ritual, with musical accompaniment. A once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Matty McDermott (guitar, organ, voice, percussion) Eri Shoji (voice, percussion), Nickle Emmet (bass, percussion), Jesse Stathos (congas, percussion)
NYMPH is a Brooklyn-based psychedelic shred/avant garde outfit whose tempestuously transcendent music has penetrated the New York music scene with bared teeth. The duo-plus-two's orgiastic din is composed & orchestrated by the nucleus of MATTY & ERI. His inner animal comes mostly to bear in his monstrous guitar sound; echoed, reverbed, distorted, slack-jawed, claw-toothed & sharp as lethal icicles, it is equal parts Greg Ginn and Erkin Koray & is complemented by the thundering harmonic prowess of NICKLE on bass. ERI relies on intuitive vocal expression largely free from the semantic bounds of lyric; her mode finds form in a cavalcade of orgasmic yelps, howls & piercing screams.
2/10 Wednesday (NY)
Josh Roseman Trio with Guests
Josh Roseman (trombone) plus guests
Joe Frivaldi (guitar) Patrick Holmes (clarinet) Akio Mokuno (bass) Jaiko Suzuki (drums)
From a storm of musical chaos emerges the quartet Electroputas with chunks of noise, large swathes of psychedelic fervor, and large dashes of complete freakout fever.
2/11 Thursday (TD)
Maureen McElheron and Nicole Renaud
Maureen McElheron (piano, vocals), Nicole Renaud (accordion, voice)
Maureen McElheron and Nicole Renaud compose and sing the music for the super-bizarre animated films of Bill Plympton, whose cartoons have been featured on MTV, BRAVO and Cartoon Network. Tonight they'll also be showing some of Bill's films while they perform.
Jessica Pavone - Songs of Synastry and Solitude
Toomai String Quintet - John Popham (cello), Andrew Roitstein (bass), Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin), Erin Wight (viola)
Songs of Synastry and Solitude is a collection of songs for string quartet influenced by an interest in the simple beauty of folk songs, the ghosts of all things lost and Leonard Cohen's encouragement to live outside this world.
Lavigna (voice, guitar) Alain "Astucieux Coquin" Halimi (saxophone, flute) Olivier Pelletier (clarinet) Antoni Cionci (balafon, guitar) Damien Girot (drums)
Lavigna is an intense free punk grind French band coming to The Stone all the way from Mediterranée. Absolutely mindblowing.
Alan Dubin (voice) Carter Thornton (guitar, bass) Brian Beatrice (guitar, bass) Jun Mizumachi (laptop/fx/noise) Eric Neuser (drums)
Gnaw viciously assaults listeners with their unique brew of ultra-depressive, scathing, slug-paced extreme metal.
2/13 Saturday (DS)
Steeve Hurdle and Craig Taborn
Steeve Hurdle (guitar) Craig Taborn (piano)
Hailing from Montreal, Steeve Hurdle is best known for his ingenious guitar playing on the greatest creative extreme metal album of all time, Obscura by Gorguts. Steeve currently plays in NEGATIVA.
Steeve Hurdle solo
Steeve Hurdle (el. guitar)
2/14 Sunday (NY)
8 and 10 pm
ANNUAL VALENTINE'S DAY IMPROV NIGHT-A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Toby Driver (bass) Steeve Hurdle (guitar) and many special guests
Come out and share the love by supporting the Stone! Perfect concert for a first date! TWENTY DOLLARS
MONDAY FEBRUARY 15-STONE SEMINAR 7
7PM to 9PM-TWENTY DOLLARS: Open to all.
Tortured Genius and downtown legend Anthony Coleman, who now teaches at New England Conservatory speaks about the nexus of composition and improvisation in contemporary music.
2/16 Tuesday (NY)
Kevin Hufnagel solo
Kevin Hufnagel (guitar)
Guitarist Kevin Hufnagel is perhaps best known for his work in forward-thinking instrumental rock band Dysrhythmia and wall-of-sound guitar duo Byla. Tonight, Kevin plays some of his compositions for solo guitar.
Yoshiko Ohara (voice) Blake McDowell (keyboards)
Yoshiko is known as the vocalist of extreme horror-doom band Bloody Panda. She's joined here by Panda keyboardist Blake McDowell to perform some of her smaller scale darkwave songs.
2/17 Wednesday (JM)
Mind vs. Target!
Joseph Burkett (bass) Michael Libramento (drums) Shane Perlowin (guitar)
The music of Mind Vs Target ranges from rich harmonic textures to quick angular twists and turns, from delicate lyricism to cacophonous walls of sound... Though improvisation is prominent, with each member bringing his unique expression to a performance, much of the music is tightly composed and executed. And, though the direction of the group is largely rooted in the jazz avant-garde, other influences are strongly felt.
Shane Perlowin (guitar) Joseph Burkett (bass) Ryan Oslance (drums)
Ahleuchatistas are an instrumental power trio from Asheville, North Carolina, mixing improvisation and tightly controlled jump-cut compositional complexity.
2/18 Thursday (TD)
Erin Davidson (multi-instruments and voice)
dilly dilly is Erin Olivia Davidson, a multi-instrumentalist from Portland, Maine, who performs arrangements for ukulele, banjo, guitar, sequencer, vocals, and musical saw. After years playing with Cerberus Shoal and a small stint in Sage Francis's backing band, she'll play solo tonight, with a selection of songs that are part-folk, part-electronic, and entirely other.
Yellow Crystal Star
Mark Billings (electric guitar)
Austin-based, infinite drone activation of expanding dimensional perception. Progressive guitar trance, collaged tape prism of portals in/out/in neverending. A seemingly chaotic interpolation of chants, sources, samples, melodies, and lyrics, pieced together as a more complex vibrational language filtering down through the transforming dream
2/19 Friday (SK)
Hazel-Rah and Fiver
Tim Byrnes (synth, voice, and horn) David Andrew Moore (drums) Charlie Looker (baritone guitar) Adam Minkoff (guitar)
Come spend an evening with the "beggar from the country of the LORD" as he presents some old and new compositions for small ensembles of synth, guitar, drums, voice, and horn in F. Tim has been in the city for more than 11 years now and has contributed to such exciting musical acts as Candiria, Friendly Bears, Kayo Dot, and Ron Anderson's PAK.
Joe Preston (bass, drum machines, synths, and voice)
Joe is a rock legend, having been a member of Earth, The Melvins, Men's Recovery Project, The Need, High on Fire, and Harvey Milk. Joe has also played with SunnO)). Thrones is his long-running solo project, featuring Joe on bass, drum machines, synths, and voice, combining all these things into terrifying and progressive sludge.
8 and 10 pm
Carla Bozulich (voice), Tara Barnes (electric bass and voice) and others
2/21 Sunday (YT)
Toby Driver and Charlie Looker - Improvised electric guitar duos
Toby Driver (electric guitar) Charlie Looker (electric guitar)
Joshua Booth and Merc
Justin Bulava (clarinet with prerecorded electronics) Merc (laptop, joystick, controllers), Dan Peck (tuba)
New compositions by Joshua Booth and Merc (IfWhen).
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22-STONE SEMINAR 8
NOTE EARLY START TIME! 4PM to 7PM-TWENTY DOLLARS: Open to all.
Renown Bassist with Bob Dylan, Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits, Woody Allen, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Maryanne Faithful, Lee Konitz and coutless others speaks about the art of playing bass, musicianship, and the role of the bass in music today.
2/23 Tuesday (NY)
Matthew Welch's Blarvuster - "The Mosaic of Iridescence"
Matthew Welch (bagpipes, sax, voice) Leah Paul (flutes, sax) Max Mandel (viola) Mary Halvorson (el. guitar) Ian Riggs (el. bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
A premiere of a new monolythic, concert length piece called "The Mosaic of Iridescence" -- exploring new subtleties of coloration, increased contrapuntal densities and rhythmic complexities for Blarvuster.
Kxxa Sxxxo (vocal, guitar, mandolin) Txxxxxxxxi Kxxxxa (guitar, percussion) Rxxxxxe Txxxxxo (drums)
Gxxxxn is a must-see. Kxxa screams like a newly born wild horse and croons like an old man talking to the distant boat fading into the spring haze. The noise from Kxxxxa's guitar, so sensitive and disturbing, breaks your old dream-box into pieces and from behind, Rxxxxxe's strict as well as emotional drums blow them up into the high air. This band from the Far East island will attack you like Tsunami and leave you in the shining debris of pure gold.
2/24 Wednesday (NY)
Kxxa Sxxxo (guitar, etc) Axxxa Kxxxxxxa (drums, etc)
Joe Goldring (guitar) Kevin Thomson (guitar) Pete Simonelli (voice) Doug Scharin (drums)
Enablers have established a new direction for the use of spoken word with music. The prose and poetry of Pete Simonelli is intricately woven into the dynamic guitar interplay of Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson, punctuated by the compulsive and precise attack of Doug Scharin on drums. Musically, the compositions range from melodic minimalism to heavy, rhythmically challenging thickets of sound.
2/25 Thursday (KR)
Not The Wind, Not The Flag
Colin Fisher (tenor sax/guitar) Brandon Valdivia (drums)
Master improvisers from Toronto.
Not The Wind, Not The Flag with Sabir Mateen and Alia O'Brien
Colin Fisher (sax) Brandon Valdivia (drums) Sabir Mateen (woodwinds) Alia O'Brien (ney)
Eugene Robinson - A LONG SLOW SCREW
Eugene Robinson (voice), Niko Wenner (guitar), Zef Noi$e (violin), Alice Genese (bass)
Members of OXBOW and Psychic TV present readings from Eugene's new book
Eugene Robinson (voice), Niko Wenner (guitar) plus guests
2/27 Saturday (DS)
Andrea Centazzo & John Zorn
Andrea Centazzo (percussion) John Zorn (sax) and special guests
Here on a rare visit from Italy, Centazzo reunites with Zorn after over thirty years! TWENTY DOLLARS
Matthew Bourne (piano)
The virtuosic pianist from England. "...characterized by highly personal levels of emotional and physical intensity. Adjectives such as offensive, moving, banal, provocative and breathtaking are among those most commonly used."
2/28 Sunday (YT)
Anne Rhodes (voice), Nathan Bontrager (cello), Adam Matlock (accordion, recorders)
from New Haven.
Have a Nice Life
Dan Barrett (vocals, guitar, sampler), Tim Macuga (bass), M. Kestigian (guitar), Will Barrett (synthesizer)
Heavy, droning, and melodic combination of shoegaze, industrial, and new wave, in the vein of Sisters of Mercy, My Bloody Valentine, and Swans.
* Driver talks more about booking The Stone and his band's upcoming new album, "Coyote" (April 2010 / Hydra Head) here