I guess something is happening this weekend, right? Something about independence day, I forget, I did watch that documentary with Will Smith all those years ago. There are some fireworks to see as well. If you’re just looking to rock out with hopefully an extra day off to enjoy, we’ve got you covered too.
Looks like we’re in for a rainy weekend in parts, but that’s ok as you can spend plenty of time indoors at various concerts. If we don’t have anything blue (skies) then at least I can recommend something old, something new, and something borrowed, in this week’s column.
Last night Nicolas Jaar ended his post-Darkside silence with the surprise release of an alternate soundtrack to Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 avant-garde Soviet film The Colour of Pomegranates. You can download it for free here. In addition to the album, the file contains artwork and a note about the album from Jaar. Apparently, some of it was intended for A&E’s zombie show “The Returned.”
Maybe Oneohtrix Point Never will do a score to Holy Mountain next.
Photo by Callie Barlow
Last night I caught No Joy at Baby’s All Right. It was a steamy evening, and I headed to South Williamsburg after getting caught in a monsoon in Bushwick. The rain didn’t help the heat, though, so upon entering the back room of Baby’s, I felt sticky and so did the atmosphere in the relatively small space.
That atmosphere, however, added to the beautiful din that No Joy brought to the stage. If you’ve heard their new record More Faithful – and are familiar with the loud shoegaze grunge that was 2013′s Wait to Pleasure (one of my favorite records of that year) — you know that it has an abundance of lighter, more ethereal moments than its predecessor. If you haven’t heard either of them, get on it here and here. Jazamine White-Gluz’s vocals also tend to be more in the forefront on Faithful, whereas on their other albums and EPs, they are obscured in reverb and haze. I admit it took some getting used to, but it’s grown on me, and what really sealed the deal was hearing the new tracks live.
They went back and forth between tracks from Faithful and Pleasure at Baby’s. Their set was sadly brief (about 35 minutes) but still sounded really great. The three guitars were loud and dissonant, but the layering of their sounds made the overall effect rather dreamy. The smoke machines and warm, neon-pastel (and pass out) lighting aided this. [Read more...]
Set to “Palace,” off of the band’s sophomore album Highlights, the music video follows singer/guitarist Eric Emm and his doppelgänger (played by Alex Karpovsky, of HBO’s Girls, who co-directed the music video with Teddy Blanks) as they react differently to a break-up.
Think of it as the band version of Sliding Doors, with a similarly impressive lineup of actors; in addition to Alex, the music video also stars Natasha Lyonne (aka Nicky Nichols on Orange is the New Black) and features appearances by Leo Fitzpatrick and Ben Sinclair.
Hello Summer! This weekend marks the start of the season and it’s evident in the sprinkling of daytime outdoor options. Celebrate today’s end to the work week with a happy hour in the sun on the roof of Output with Have A Killer Time presents John Barera & Will Martin, two of Boston’s finest up-and-coming House producers. At night, head into Good Room for the return of the Dope Jams DJs, an all night clubbing affair with Paul Nickerson and Francis Englehardt. Saturday continues at Bossa Nova with the leftfield techno party Down By Low featuring Alex From Queens. Then as Pride Week makes its way into Brooklyn, Club Shade hosts a secret warehouse fest featuring Hearthrob, Honey Dijon and more. By Sunday you’ll want to cap it all off on N6th street as CAMEO and Beats In Space close down the block for Make Music New York featuring the sweet and eclectic Disco sounds of WNYU’s Tim Sweeney, Tom Noble, and Ivan Berko. See you on the other side! -@evvnmichael