Image c/o Sandboy
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the New Museum’s Get Weird series, you definitely must tonight. Programmed by former Fader editor-in-chief Alex Wagner, the shows offer some of the better selections in the avant garde music scene. Past shows have included: The Present, Soft Circle, and Growing.
Tonight sees SF-based Lichens (aka Rob Lowe) headlining. A frequent collaborator with TV on the Radio, Lichens’ performances are spiritual, meditative experiences.
Check out the New Museum for more info.
Cory Arcangel is one of the few media artists that can utilize humor and technology to provide an entertaining and intellectually rewarding experience. Tonight his third solo show opens at Team‚Äîanother personal favorite. Definitely make sure to check it out!
Oh and if you are lucky enough to get in, Arcangel is holding a special performance at the New Museum. It is a critique of technology’s play on our attention spans.
If you made it out to any Todd P shows in the last year or so, you’ve most likely been asked if you would like a copy of Showpaper— a combination of music/arts listings, missed connections and some pretty interesting illustrations. I must admit that it’s been a huge resource for finding out about the better avant-garde/DIY shows in Brooklyn, and I’m a little addicted to reading the missed connections.
Anyway, today Showpaper is holding a benefit show at Danbro Studios Warehouse. I was lucky enough to speak with one of the organizers Joseph Ahearn to discuss Showpaper’s contribution to the Brooklyn arts scene and its future plans for expansion.
How was the Showpaper idea formulated? Could you give some background on yourself and everyone involved?
I wasn’t the one who came up with the idea of Showpaper. When I first began volunteering for Todd P, back in 2006, he was already talking about the idea, how silly it was that there were so many fractured different all ages communities throughout the tri-state area, and how there wasn’t one integral place in which all the shows could be found. How much he loved the newsprint format, and how it was too bad that the current scene the same ‘zine and self-publishing enthusiasm as previous music communities he’d been part of.
More after the jump.
Nothing like an Eyebeam Mixer. There aren’t many parties where you will get served by a robot.
Image c/o Josh Granger
This time it will feature music from Roxy Cottontail, Judi Chicago, and DJ N-Ron. Art installations will include works by Benton-C Bainridge, Drayton Hiers, Christina Kral, Dan Ribaudo, Jeff Feddersen, Tetsu Kondo, Brian Whiton, JooYoon Paek, Chris Kaczmarek, Rob O’Neill, and Jon Cohrs.
More info. here.
Image c/o Monkeytown
I’m sure you are all fully aware that tomorrow is Election Day. What you may not know is that Monkeytown will play host to Excepter’s ‚”Election Day Protest”. A 16-hour endurance piece, the performance will begin at 8am and end at midnight.
Founding member John Fell Ryan was kind enough to answer some questions and shed some light on the project’s conception, preview the accompanying visuals, and touch upon the role protest plays when you’re an artist.
If you are unable to make it out to Monkeytown, you can catch the live webcast on Excepter’s site.
How was the Election Day Protest conceived, and what is its goal?
The initial goal of the Election Day project was to do a long, multi-hour piece. There aren’t many opportunities for extended performances in the current music environment; so we aim to make the most of our luck to be able to do this.
Read more after the jump.
There is good news and bad news. First, the bad news…my camera was acting up, and I couldn’t get a good angle to get any shots. Good news is that many of you Flickr obsessed took some great shots and now I have images to accompany my review. Yay for collective cloud computing!!!
So here we go.
I think the Social Registry is one of those labels that can truly lay claim to being a family –not just a business. Churning out some of the more interesting releases from bands like Blood on the Wall, Psychic Ills, Gang Gang Dance, Telepathe, and Growing, each band has a very individualized sound that seems to inform each other.
The showcase was by far one of my favorites in all my years of attending CMJ. Peppered between the bands were DJs Andrew Kou, Josh Wildman, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Dan Hougland, making for a jamming dance party between sets. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to catch some of the newer signees Mike Bones or Sian Alice Group. However, having seen them before, I’m sure they gave great performances.
Psychic Ills keep getting better to me. What was once a combination of noise, psyche and chaotic elements has turned into a darker, more fully realized psyche band. They’re one of the few bands of this kind that can hold my attention throughout the whole set. I hope you feel the same way next time you check them out.
Next up was Growing. I have been to more Growing shows than I can count since living in New York–and watched them mature into the band they are today. While previously they were more into a droney, nature aesthetic, now the music is slightly more abstract and beat driven while maintaining a loyalty to the affect guitar and samples; this makes for a more powerful, visceral sound experience that becomes more welcoming with every show. And, I was very psyched to see it with a sound system that could actually project the depth of their work.
The show culminated with arguably the crown jewel of the label Gang Gang Dance. Doubling as their record release show, Gang Gang Dance provided a very energetic set, including a very lively and charismatic version of their latest single House Jam.
My only complaint is that I wish there were less people at the show. It was very packed throughout most of the night and sometimes made it hard for short people like myself to see the set…and take pictures.
Image C/O ihateanarchists
Gang Gang Dance
Image C/O DLT XII
The Guggenheim is finally free of all the crappy scaffolding and now you can see the Frank Lloyd Wright building in all its glory. Better yet, admission is free tomorrow. 🙂 So if you are in the mood to get your art on, head on up to Museum Mile. Current shows include theanyspacewhatever, Catherine Opie, Rauschenberg Memorial, and Jenny Holzer’s light projections on the building–I think it’s only viewable at night.
Image c/o BlurA14
Hat tip Jaunted
Last night I was fortunate to make it out to the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase. I think it goes without saying that bands like Ecstatic Sunshine and Beach House give pretty consistent stellar performances, so I would like to turn my attention to some of the lesser known acts.
I caught the tail end of Tickley Feather’s show, which was fairly melodic, lo-fi, and sometimes minimalist in all the good ways. I have seen her before and again she came through with a solid offering.
Next up was a personal favorite of mine. I will preface this and say that I understand that Excepter’s noisey/dancey/provoking aesthetic isn’t for everybody. However, they have provided me with some of the best dance shows I have ever seen/heard. Often, you can never predict what they will do. This time they leaned towards the noise, slightly performance art side of their performances‚Äîsinger John Fell Ryan even wielded a knife throughout a good portion of the set. All I have to say is give Excepter a couple of chances before you make up your mind.
Adventure was an artist that I wasn’t familiar with until this show. His sound is in keeping with the Baltimore future shock sound. And, he was able to get a good portion of the crowd dancing by the end of his set.
Last but not least, the newest addition to Paw Tracks is native Mississippians Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele. This was the most unusual band on the bill. The sound has elements of country and folk music (perhaps a nod to zydeco) straight from the backwoods of the Delta‚Äîsung by a younger indie rock kid. At first listen, it might be difficult to understand how this act fits with the Paw Tracks family. However, I kept thinking of how charming and familiar the music sounded and didn’t really care if it fit with the overall Paw Tracks aesthetic. I will definitely catch him again when he comes around. Epic win.
Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele