Archive for May, 2009

Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB
Monday 1 June

Emerging from the same experimental scene as Animal Collective and Black Dice,
Gang Gang Dance blend African rhythms, Middle Eastern dance music, industrial, noise, grime and more. Today's skewed pop and eerie vocals are less chaotic than their earlier work, glistening with Arabian synth lines and delayed out shimmer guitar.

“Correct us if we're wrong, but the album of 2008 has just arrived on our doormat. It's called Saint Dymphna, and it's by Gang Gang Dance. 'One of the best albums we've heard all year… astonishing in it's breadth and quality'.
Fact Magazine

“Their sound is natural yet manmade, gangsta yet gentle at varying turns throughout their seemingly improvised sound.”
I-D Magazine

“… St. Dymphna spins scattered global sounds into a dance both ethereal and ecstatic.”
Plan B Magazine

“St. Dymphna is a super- produced, dancefloor-ready rebooting of tribal psych… The eclecticism is exhilarating…”
Uncut Magazine

“Gang Gang Dance may now ascend to the bona fide league of geniuses.”
NME

“St. Dymphna further ups Gang Gang Dance's ritualistic ante and might be their best yet.”
Time Out

“… a glorious celebration of sonic excess.”
The Observer

“It all sounds wonderful, sparkling and glistening.”
Wire Magazine

“Their album is enormous” – Dave Sitek, TV on the Radio

”Gang Gang are the sound of some soon to be found tribe lurking in the wigs of forever. Gang Gang Dance seamlessly blend the sound of something so otherworldy while seeming so familiar. The pied pipers of Never Never Land.” – Simon Taylor, Klaxons

PLUS ABOUT
Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Charles Hayward of This Heat and legendary improvisers Pat Thomas and John Coxon, known for their sublime improvisations offer up anarchic piano, guitar and electronics underpinned by relentless, turbulent drums reminiscent of Can or Neu! with the funk of Sly and the Family Stone meets Love.

Tickets from:
www.ticketweb.co.uk
08700 600 100
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333

ANDI THOMA (MOUSE ON MARS)
BRITTEN SINFONIA
LONDON SAXOPHONIC
CLINIC
GRUFF RHYS and BUNF (SUPER FURRY ANIMALS)
LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION
ADEM
PICTISH TRAIL
MAX DE WARDNER and TOM SKINNER
CARIBOU (DJ SET)
FOUR TET (DJ SET)

A glimpse into the world of iconic American composer Moondog (1916-1999), whose music has influenced generations of artists, from Philip Glass and Steve Reich to Charlie Parker, and later devotees like Mouse On Mars, Anthony Hegarty, Damon Albarn and Elvis Costello.



Moondog was the pseudonym of Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999), a blind American composer, musician, cosmologist and poet. He spent much of the 1950s and 1960s living on the streets of New York; the Viking costume that he adopted made him one of the most photographed and familiar urban figures of the period. Moondog's prolific works have been sampled, cited and celebrated by generations of musicians, on both sides of the Atlantic.


This unique concert event features a number of guest artists who reflect the extraordinary range of the composer. Before the show, a Freestage set from composer MAX DE WARDNER and percussionist TOM SKINNER will explore the canonical music from the 1970 Moondog 2 album.

The first half will feature the specially–assembled Moondog Choir featuring the idiosyncratic vocals of LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION, PICTISH TRAIL and ADEM; they will perform with LONDON SAXOPHONIC, joined by pianist LIAM NOBLE, percussionist PAUL CLARVIS and others. Stalwarts CLINIC will also perform two Moondog compositions in the Hall before their own set on the post-show Clubstage. In the interval there will be a Clubstage DJ set from CARIBOU.

In the second half the BRITTEN SINFONIA will perform under the baton of ANDRE DE RIDDER of the Viva Orchestra, along with ANDI THOMA (of MOUSE ON MARS), who collaborated with Moondog on the music for Elpmas while the composer was living in Germany. The Britten Sinfonia will perform some gems from Moondog’s classic CBS repertoire as well as previously unheard works.

Alongside Clinic on the post-show Clubstage will be a DJ set from FOUR TET in which DJ Kieran Hebden mixes sounds from all kinds of genres and crosses any musical borders he can find.

In a companion event, Moondog Around Midnight takes place in the beautiful setting of the church of St Giles Cripplegate at 11.30pm on the same evening. US organist PAUL JORDAN, a veteran Moondog collaborator, will play a concert of the composer’s organ music; tickets are at a 50% discount for main concert ticket holders.

http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=8740

‘Moondog was as recognisable in the New York City landscape as the Empire State Building’ – New York Times

‘Wonderful music: strange, jaunty, sad, eerie, virtuosic, maddeningly catchy’ – The Independent

Tickets from:
www.barbican.org.uk/
020 7638 8891

Added to the bill at Dingwalls are ABOUT – Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Charles Hayward of This Heat and legendary improvisers Pat Thomas and John Coxon, known for their sublime improvisations offer up anarchic piano, guitar and electronics underpinned by relentless, turbulent drums reminiscent of Can, Noi, or Einstürzende Neubauten with the funk of Sly and the Family Stone meets Love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSXzIkNYg60

Eat Your Own Ears presents
GANG GANG DANCE
ABOUT (Featuring ALEXIS TAYLOR from HOT CHIP)
plus special guests
 
Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB
020 7267 1577
 
Monday June 1st
Doors 8pm
 
Tickets £11.50 (advance)
www.ticketweb.co.uk 
08700 600 100
www.seetickets.com 
0870 264 3333

www.myspace.com/ganggangdance

Emerging from the same experimental scene as Animal Collective and Black Dice,
Gang Gang Dance blend African rhythms, Middle Eastern dance music, industrial, noise, grime and more. Today's skewed pop and eerie vocals are less chaotic than their earlier work, glistening with Arabian synth lines and delayed out shimmer guitar.
 
“Correct us if we're wrong, but the album of 2008 has just arrived on our doormat. It's called Saint Dymphna, and it's by Gang Gang Dance.  'One of the best albums we've heard all year… astonishing in it's breadth and quality'.
Fact Magazine
 
 “Their sound is natural yet manmade, gangsta yet gentle at varying turns throughout their seemingly improvised sound.”
I-D Magazine
 
“… St. Dymphna spins scattered global sounds into a dance both ethereal and ecstatic.”
Plan B Magazine
 
 “St. Dymphna is a super- produced, dancefloor-ready rebooting of tribal psych… The eclecticism is exhilarating…”
Uncut Magazine
 
“Gang Gang Dance may now ascend to the bona fide league of geniuses.”
NME
 
“St. Dymphna further ups Gang Gang Dance's ritualistic ante and might be their best yet.”
Time Out
 
“… a glorious celebration of sonic excess.”
The Observer
 
“It all sounds wonderful, sparkling and glistening.”
Wire Magazine
 
“Their album is enormous” – Dave Sitek, TV on the Radio
 
”Gang Gang are the sound of some soon to be found tribe lurking in the wigs of forever. Gang Gang Dance seamlessly blend the sound of something so otherworldy while seeming so familiar. The pied pipers of Never Never Land.” – Simon Taylor, Klaxons
 
"Gang Gang Dance are my favourite group going right now – and have been for a few years. Their live shows are incredible, their sound completely unique and inventive. It is rare to hear music so exciting and full of ideas. They've got a good beat, and I can bug-out to it." – Alexis Taylor, HOT CHIP

Eat Your Own Ears presents
ANDREW BIRD
CORTNEY TIDWELL
SNOWBIRD

Monday 11 May 2009
Doors 7pm

Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT 020 8354 3300

Tickets £16.50 from
www.ticketweb.co.uk 08700 600 100
www.seetickets.com 0870 264 3333

http://www.andrewbird.net/
http://www.myspace.com/andrewbird
www.myspace.com/cortneytidwell
http://www.myspace.com/snowbirdwatching

Andrew Bird’s new album Noble Beast released to rapturous applause from all quarters, debuting at a remarkable Number 12 in the US Billboard charts, and in the UK, was Rough Trade Shop’s ‘Album of the Month’. He follows this overdue breakthrough by playing a headline date at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 11 May.

Delivering mesmerizing live sets of utterly riveting songs that work their magic on their own believable terms, without a hint of cloying nostalgia or riff-fueled seduction, Bird plays strings, glockenspiel, wurlitzer and tape loops…

"Bird could be the only performer who's lit up both Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo with a combination of vocals, violin, guitar, glockenspiel and whistling… he uses centuries-old instrumentation to give depth and soul to folk rock."–ESQUIRE "The Masters Are Dead–Long Live The Masters," November 2008
 
“Andrew Bird is a true musical one-off. You really ought to see him.”  5/5 The Guardian

"Like Scott Walker assimilating Sufjan Stevens" 4/5 Uncut

PLUS CORTNEY TIDWELL
Cortney’s unusual and uncompromising approach to her work has resulted in a sound that is quite unlike any other. This is music of fascinating beauty: desolate, country-infused laments sprinkled with subtle flourishes; skeletal, eerie, haunting structures that reach out far beyond their geographic roots. The voice is even more remarkable, an arresting and vulnerable instrument that recalls the likes of Liz Fraser, Hope Sandoval and Leslie Feist whilst maintaining a character all its own.

AND New York electric noise-pop makers TELEPATHE  at 93 FEET EAST

BLK JKS
BASS CLEF
FRIENDSHIP
Wednesday 6 May 2009
Doors 8pm

Bardens Boudoir, 38-44 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XJ (020) 7249 9557
Tickets £7.50

www.myspace.com/blkjks
http://www.myspace.com/bassclefbass
http://www.myspace.com/thegoodfriendship

BLK JKS defy description. With a wrecking crew rhythm section, debonair vocals, and guitar concoction of one part shred and two parts soul, BLK JKS shoot an African music sensibility through the tenets of rock.

"The EP brindles dub, psych-rock, ska and mbaqanga – South Africa's Zulu blues tradition – in complex variegation… a joyful, densely abstruse sound." – Plan B4
"Of the dozens of new bands this year, BLK JKS may be the leading candidates for greatness." – Drowned in Sound

PLUS SUPPORT FROM

BASS CLEF “redefines the boundaries of Dubstep. His Dub-drenched analogue sound lies somewhere in between conventional Dubstep and Electronica. It is bursting with a raw, untamed energy that is fresh and exciting.” ATM MAGAZINE

"It takes the sonic palette, the menace and some of the rhythms of grime, and applies to them production techniques learnt from dub and abstract techno. What's really great about it is that, although the bass could probably rupture an internal organ, the groove and the hooks are ultimately so irresistible, you'd still keep moving if it did." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“FRIENDSHIP are utterly, and quite brilliantly deranged. Only a band with the loosest grip on behavioural norms cold open as song with a sunny, calypso guitar hook, only to pulverize it into submission seconds later with evil metal guitars and ominously monotonic Dalek-like chanting. Evil stuff.” ARTROCKER

TICKETS £7.50 FROM
www.ticketweb.co.uk
08700 600 100
www.seetickets.com
0870 264 3333