Blank Dogs, Woods, Wavves, Nodzzz Tonight and Sunday

Last night a great bill played Market Hotel. You’re in luck because almost the exact same lineup will be playing tonight at Less Artists More Condos and Sunday with Barnard’s WBAR.
My personal faves Woods are worth the trek to any of these shows. But if you care about the hype factor, word on the street is Wavves is about to blow up big time.
:: Blank Dogs
:::: Woods
:::::: Wavves ———-
:::::::: Nodzzz ———
:::::::::: Gary War
132 West 3rd St @ 6th Ave | Greenwich Village, Manhattan
BDFVACE-West 4th St, 1-Christopher St | 8pm | all ages | $10
====| SUNDAY 2/8 –| 2PM |– @ UNDERGROUND LOUNGE |====
|| Blank Dogs
|||| Woods
|||||| Wavves ———-
|||||||| Nodzzz ———
955 West End Ave @ 107th St | Morningside Heights, Manhattan
1-110th St, B/C-110th St | –| 2PM |– | $donation | all ages

Rhizome Call for 2010 Commission

Image C/O
Rhizome is perhaps my favorite art and technology organization. Right now, it’s affiliated with the New Museum. It’s call for 2010 Commisions are out now. See below for details:

Founded in 2001, the Rhizome Commissions Program is designed to support emerging artists with financial and institutional resources. In the seventh year of funding for the Program, Rhizome will award grants, with amounts ranging from $1000 to $5000, for the creation of significant works of new media art. This includes projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies to works that reflect on the impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. Commissioned works can take the final form of online works, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices. Artists who receive a commission will also be invited to speak at Rhizome’s affiliate, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and to archive their work in the ArtBase, a comprehensive online art collection.

2009’s commissions included a project called Marfa Ring by Claire L. Evans, Jonah Bechtolt, and Aaron “Flint” Jamison–two of them are better known as YACHT.
In other related Rhizome news, Marisa Olson has a great review of Stage II at The Project gallery–including work by my current favorite music/art collective Lucky Dragons

Unnatural History @ Live with Animals

Unnatural History, Installation view from left: Michael Yaniro, Jana Flynn, Zach Ziemann
Unnatural History is the latest group show at the artist space Live with Animals, featuring Jana Flynn, Hilary Pecis, Ego Sensation, Michael Yaniro and Zach Ziemann. Loosely tied together as an investigation of man’s tension with nature, the works range from painting, drawing, photo collage, sculpture, performance and video. What is most impressive, however, is the show’s craftsmanship. Moving from the heavy illustrative, psychedelic renderings that have been so pervasive in recent years, the bulk of the work plays with abstraction, form and sometimes the figurative.
Easily the standouts of the show are Jana Flynn, Zach Ziemann and Michael Yaniro. Jana Flynn’s work combines craft, pattern and abstraction in sculpture and mixed-media incarnations. Highly environmental, the meditative, repetitive process translates into colorful, delicate sublime pieces. Touching on the lithe structures of Flynn, Ziemann uses watercolor to depict ‚”zen-like” architectural landscapes. Michael Yaniro’s large-scale drawings appropriate images from architecture, maps, religious symbols, but mostly from medical illustrations; while their meanings remain secretive, they often reduce the body to a piece of information within the total composition.
Unnatural History’s closing party occurs on February 8th. Live with Animals is located at 210 Kent Ave.
Installation view: Zach Ziemann
Installation view: Michael Yaniro

Hard Nips @ Death By Audio on Tuesday

The Hard Nips are new all-girl Japanese rock band. Tuesday is their first show. Head down to Death by Audio to check out the mayhem.

Saturday Night = Adventures in Music Listening

If you like adventurous music or want to try something a little different, you’re in luck. This Saturday proves to be a great night for experimental music. Conveniently, it’s all taking place in the L.E.S.
Early on at Club Midway will be the Psychic Ills record release party–pretty great if you haven’t checked it out yet. The opener Axolotl is definitely one to watch, having recently completed European tours with Kemialliset Ystavat, Mouthus and Animal Collective.
If you are still up for partying later in the night, check out the warm jams of Ducktails complimented by the more abstract and groove-laden vibes of Men and Women at the Cake Shop.

If You Were Scammed… at the Animal Collective Bowery Show

AC, 2006 @ Bowery, C/O Jason Bergman
We all think very highly of Animal Collective–they’re true musical pioneers. I was fortunate to attend the show last night, but I caught wind of a Craigslist scam charging people $100 a piece for false tickets. It’s unfortunate that this happened. If you are looking for the person to blame, I believe someone at Brooklyn Vegan has the scoop on the jerk.
Whoever you are, I hope you have a great day. 😉

Fill In The Blank…(A Poem in the Form of a Multiple Choice Question)

When I think of Vice’s Blank Issue, I …
A. Want to make a comment on their blog and tell them what I think 😉
B. Use it to plot revenge on my ex on the internerd
C. Rush write away, make a profile, forget about it until February 14th. Then, I finish it and collect the glory and the money!
D. All of the above in order of emotion

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Interview with JPN Founder Byron Kalet

Last Month, the Journal of Popular Noise released its Winter/Fall edition for 2008, featuring Pwrfl Power, Linda & Ron’s Dad and Climax Golden Twins. Equal parts periodical, record and art d’objet, the Journal of Popular Noise is an intelligent take on music as a historical document–especially as music’s physicality and aesthetic appears to be fading.
Byron Kalet, JPN’s founder and editor, was kind enough to answer a few questions about the history of the publication, and its plans for expansion in the future.
What’s the mission of popular noise?
First and foremost, I wanted to challenge the conventions of how recorded sound is produced and consumed. When I started the JPN in 2007 things were really starting to come to a head with big labels freaking out about digital distribution. I thought that in light of those changes we needed to take a step back and really think about why someone would still want to buy a physical version of a record. I drew a lot of inspiration from magazines, because at that point they were looking a lot stronger than CD sales, but of course now things are a bit different. So we might make some changes to accommodate that, I think its important not to get stuck in the conventions of ‘how things are done.’

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