Recommendations for Friday, February 10, 2006
this week's New York Night Train show list - go
Lucas: 'The Golem' - Rubin Museum of Art $15: Gary
Lucas has gotta be one of the best and strangest
guitarists in existence. Here he accompanies one of the best
and strangest films of one of the best and strangest periods
in cinema history – The Golem (1920). I can’t
think of a better accompaniment. Let’s just pray to
god Lucas doesn’t lose control of his monster.
of Burma, Battles - Bowery Ballroom $20: One of the
only reunion bands worth a damn, Mission
of Burma came back a couple of years ago with
some pretty fine new material and they still play their classics
with integrity. The opener, Battles,
is a sort of math-rock supergroup featuring Helmet’s
John Stainer on drums, Don Caballero’s Ian Williams
on guitar and keyboards, and Dave Konopka from Lynx
The Drones - The Annex $5/$7: I spent too
much time talking up the
Drones yesterday. Check ‘em out and read
yesterday’s recommendation if you need
to know why. They’re playing a FIXED party at the Annex
and this club is so new that it isn’t on my list yet
so I guess I should tell ya that its at 152 Orchard.
Shy Child, Parts & Labor, Child Abuse, Querent
– ASTERISK ART PROJECT.
Shy Child, on Aaron Romanello’s under-rated
Say Hey label, are a duo that makes a fun and noisy underground
take on synth-pop. Parts
and Labor is a veteran Brooklyn trio that are
on the more experimental end of rock power. Child
Abuse’s stuff is so rich, dense, and varied
that I’m at a loss for words beyond – see ‘em.
They might just blow your mind.
Scott – Iridium $30/$35: If it was valentines
weekend and I wanted to get all dressed up with my sweetheart,
I couldn’t think of a better place to be than listening
Scott – pure class. Catch 'em while you
from Brazil: Rosa Passos - Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall $30
: And if Jimmy Scott ain't romantic enough for you,
Brazilian diva Rosa
Passos is one of the queens of the bossa nova.
The warmth of her mellow jazzy voice is accompanied by subtle
acoustic instrumentation. If you love bossa nova and can afford
it, I’m sure you’ve already got the tickets.
John - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - $30-$35:
In addition to the creation of what may well be the best long-playing
record ever cut (if you don’t know, ya just gotta figure
it out for yourself),
the night-tripper has gone on to do everything
from the funk to the standards – all with his undeniable
stamps of distinction – that voice, those fingers, and
all that personality. One of a kind.
Sawyer Gang, Time of Orchids, Pearls & Brass, Stay Fucked,
Modern Day Urban Barbarians - Cake Shop
Sawyer make some really messed up and misanthropic
noisy rock with quite a bit of precision and humor.
Time of Orchids, who’ve been around
for some time and have a few records, the most recent of which
is on Tzadik, have a more jazzy, experimental, and eclectic
approach to the heaviness.
Pearls and Brass’ stuff is a musically
sophisticated on 1970s rock. And Stay
Fucked, who played Todd P’s Tommy’s
Tavern show last night, is really mathematical but fun almost
Fucking Champsy punkish rock. This show is a must for folks
who like their rock complex.
Cantrell - Mo Pitkins $15: I was really pissed when
I somehow ended up on this gal’s email list many years
ago – until I heard her. Cantrell’s
now on Matador records and continues to make some really straightforward,
tasteful, and brainy country that’s the perfect tonic
for homesickness for expats from below the Mason-Dixon like
myself. She can really write a song, has the right pipes to
pull it off, and keeps a number of phrasing tricks up here
sleeve. Did I mention she’s from Nashville?
Mooney Suzuki, Bling Kong - Southpaw 18+ $10. I haven’t
really wanted to like Mooney
Suzuki since the early 1990s, but they keep crawlin’
under the skin and, whatever their line-up, they tend to rock
hard, fast, and sweaty. Bling
Kong, with enough members to fill a small club,
makes party rock punctuated by cheers.
and The Elephantmen, The Comas, The Royal Arms - Northsix
$10 Dax Riggs of metal cult heroes Acid Bath has
recently resurfaced as Deadboy
and the Elephantmen. While this type of rock
wouldn’t typically make this list, the factor tipping
the balance is the uncommon Neil Diamond/Danzig sincerity
of Riggs’ voice. The
Comas deliver above average indie rock.
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players - Knitting Factory
Main Space $10: I really have a hard time listening
band but they’re coming from the right
place politically and the reason that they’re getting
a shout out here is because they have one of the coolest drummers
in the biz.
Experimental Art Night - The Glass House FREE.
You never really know what you’ll find here, but it’s
often worth stopping in. I have no more info than this –
but pop by, it’s free.
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