Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor), Guardian Alien, Yvette, Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set)

Tue Feb 19 2013

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

All Ages

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Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents
Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor) / Guardian Alien / Yvette / Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set)

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  • Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor)

    Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor)

    Alternative Rock

    Armed with an arsenal of thriftstore pedals and noisemakers splayed across his lap, Dan Friel has spent the last decade home brewing electronic music that is equal parts ragged, punk, psychedelic and glorious. Following the recent Valedictorian /Exoskeleton EP, which was called “a giddy, abrasive gem” by Under The Radar and “bottled raw power” by the BBC, Total Folklore retains the melodic prowess of Friel’s previous work while harnessing considerable rhythmic power to back it up. In a preview of the LP after his sold out show with Black Dice in London, No Ripcord said it was “an experimental record to savour and further confirm Dan Friel as one of the most exciting musical witchdoctors around.”

     

    Total Folklore is an urban album, the jagged, overblown electronics mimicing the grit and chaos of Brooklyn. As a fan of the epic walk, Friel channeled the commuter while writing and recording these songs. In fact, many songs are paced specifically with walking in mind. The album is peppered with recordings Friel made on his phone while walking around cities, from the sound of kids playing basketball in Brooklyn to the sound of a Con Edison strike in Manhattan, to the sound of the inside of a panchinko parlor in Tokyo. The album opens with the majestic “Ulysses,” a 12-minute epic anchored by crunching beats and shimmering arpeggios before launching into “Windmills” and the instantly arresting “Valedictorian.” Throughout, Friel includes short intermissions, improvisations and field recordings, as if the listener is waiting on the corner for the walk signal. From the screeching glissando of the synths of “Scavengers” to the frenetic pulse of “Thumper,” Total Folklore captures the energy and irreverence of punk, while keeping a foot firmly planted on the streets of electronic pop. Except the aforementioned phone recordings, Total Folklore was recorded by Friel at home on a computer purchased in 2001 running OS9, perched on a three-legged desk. This minimalism is an

    integral part of the album’s sound and feel, a bit nostalgic and completely frayed around the edges. The Yamaha Portasound keyboard heard on the record is from 1984, and was Friel’s first instrument. While Total Folklore will appeal to fans of both the harshest noise and the purest pop, it never feels like it is treading a safe middle ground. This is the sound of unfiltered excitement: blurry, euphoric, and turned on.

  • Guardian Alien

    Guardian Alien

    Alternative Rock

    Guardian Alien is a free wheeling ensemble coming into its own, having found just the right balance between structured arrangements and wild abandon. Helmed by Greg Fox, who has lent his percussive force to the likes of Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, and Liturgy, the ensemble was initially an extension of his solo music (GDFX). It rapidly took on its own identity and expanded to a core group of Greg (drums, vocals, electronics, arrangements), Alex Drewchin (vocals, synth), Turner Williams Jr. (shahai baaja), Bernard Gann (guitar and also of Liturgy), and Eli Winograd (bass), all of whom have lent their expansive talents to numerous other projects.

    Guardian Alien's Thrill Jockey debut, See the World Given to a One Love Entity, is a 40 minute psychic/psychedelic meditation that is driven by an intensity that is at once expansive, focused, and heavy on multiple levels. The overall arc of the album is transportive and trance inducing. The cover artwork painted by Turner Williams is based on a specific and particularly weird experience of Greg's.  It mirrors the music in its open-ended playfulness and true psychedelia.

    To say that the music of Guardian Alien is also meant to be an experience is an understatement. Guardian Alien was very much born of the live performance so it is fitting that their first fully conceived album was recorded at Shea Stadium, the band's spiritual home, which is run by Greg's cousin Adam. It was mastered by Heba Kadry at the Lodge (Wooden Shjips, Eternal Tapestry). See the World Given to a One Love Entity is a single composition with a strong, singular vision. It is the culmination of a band coalescing as a group while heedlessly delving into the depths of the psyche driven by their core desire to expand their horizons, both musical and otherwise.

  • Yvette

    Yvette

    Alternative Rock

    I first discovered Yvette through the wall of my practice space. Discovered is wrong. Yvette were so loud, so monstrous, that my bandmates and I were physically incapable of hearing our own instruments. It was pointless to attempt a rehearsal with the sound of doom happening next door: a barrage of rolling toms and sub-bass triggers, the processed guitar noise, a man shouting what had to be a magic spell. The sound was deeply primal and cabalistic. A seance? An animal sacrifice maybe? It’s rare for music to scare me but that’s what happened that day. I certainly wasn’t going to go knock on their door and ask them to turn down! No fucking way.

    When you’re in a band, tunnel vision is not a pose. It’s an act of self-preservation. You try to limit your exposure to new music. Not because it will influence what you’re doing, so much as it will make you terribly anxious and sad. Because as it turns out, every band is on a mission from God. Every band has a version of what the world wants or needs right now. You avoid other new bands for one big reason: What if they’re right and you’re wrong? It’s too much to think about. Instead of knocking that night, we cut short our practice and got the hell out of there.

    Brooklyn’s Yvette are Noah Kardos-Fein and Rick Daniel. The music has a clear lineage, coming out of New York no wave acts like Mars and DNA, with a taste for industrial post-punk like Throbbing Gristle and This Heat too. Weird sounding, very physical music. But as out-there as Yvette are, their songs are catchy, hummable, concise. They use untraditional song structures, but there are structures. These songs always go somewhere.

    Unlike a lot of experimental music, which is about process or just plain ego, Yvette songs carry a good deal of emotional heft. You don’t need wall text for this stuff. It requires no setup or exegesis. I’ve played songs like “Erosion” and “Cold Sweat” for people with zero context--people who don’t “get” music, they just feel it. And they feel it. This is not Idea Music. It’s frightening and physical and throttling. As vital as a baby’s cry. Very much NOW.

    The music is aggressive, sure. But Yvette aren’t trying to punish us, or “teach us a lesson.” When I take a step back, my sense is that Yvette are trying to shake something out of themselves with this frightening, physical music of theirs. Us too. Something we forget was there maybe. Something deeply positive and--for all the storm and stress--something hopeful too.

    As for my story? Eventually I got up the courage to knock on that door of theirs. I wanted to record Noah and Rick because I wanted to see how music this special gets made. My buddy Matt LeMay and I did the Yvette session in late 2011, over a weekend, in my rehearsal space, where I first heard them. Both Noah and Rick are exacting performers. I don’t pretend to understand what they’re doing exactly, or how they became my musical Theory of Everything. But I always--always--stop what I’m doing whenever they begin to play. And I assure you: Whatever you’re doing can wait too.

  • Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set)

    Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set)

    Alternative Rock

    For the past sixteen years, American composer Tyondai Braxton has been actively involved in music composition and performance. Bridging the purview of his interests in solo composition, experimental sound, pop music and large-scale orchestra, his music has received critical acclaim from an extraordinarily diverse expanse of the music world.

    In 2009, Warp Records released Central Market, a large-scale orchestral score with performances by Wordless Music Orchestra, which, while eyeing the direction of Braxton’s work to come, spiritedly totalizes the artist’s long-standing pursuit of his own, individual modern composition. Central Market saw it’s US premiere with performances by the Wordless Music Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York, the Library of Congress in DC, as well as at The Walker Arts Museum in Minneapolis. Said the New York Times of Central Market’s Lincoln Center premiere: “Simply – actually, quite intricately – a blast.” New York Magazine called the performance “Relentlessly exciting, elaborately layered, with the manic intensity of a movie foot chase.” Braxton was later joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the U.K. premiere of Central Market as part of Steve Reich’s Reverberation Festival at the Barbican.

    Braxton co-founded the avant-rock group Battles, in which, until 2010, he performed as guitarist, keyboardist and singer. The group received worldwide acclaim for their debut album Mirrored (2007), which, among other honors and awards, was hailed by Time Magazine and Pitchfork Media as one of the ten best records of the year.

    Since his departure from Battles, Braxton has focused on the live presentation of Central Market as well as a series of prestigious commissions, ranging from multimedia art/music installations (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) to compositions for world-renowned ensembles (the Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can) and contemporary dance (choreographer Alan Good). The music has also been adapted for ballet by Baryshnikov Art Center-resident choreographer John Heginbotham. Tyondai currently lives in New York City.

Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents

Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor) / Guardian Alien / Yvette / Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set)

Tue Feb 19 2013 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor), Guardian Alien, Yvette, Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set)
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