Black Merda: more after the tirade
Family Stand, Black Merda and special guest Fugi, Sharrif Simmons
- Summerstage 3PM FREE
not too cool to admit that I love the Village Voice. I’ve
been reading it since long before I ever had any intention of moving
to this bloated berg. And, while I was perhaps more concerned with
what Jay Hoberman had to say than anything music-related, I’d
always flip to the music section and check out all of the articles
and picks. And while the Voice hasn’t always done
the best job of covering very specific musical sub-genres and certainly
has pissed a number of people off at points for either its cluelessness,
neglect, or just printing Christgau in general, they tend to have
broad interesting taste – with a few specialists thrown in
for good measure that reflect the vast diversity of music happening
nightly in New York . I continue to regualrly use it as a resource
and think it's in one of the top twenty or so music publications
also been madly in love with Coney Island ever since I can remember.
I’ll think of any excuse to go there any time – particularly
of late as I worry that this’ll be a last glimpse of one of
my favorite places on earth.
a Voice-loving Coney Island fanatic, why am I not going
to the Siren festival?
afraid of heat or crowds.
just be the worst line-up yet in what is typically a fairly lame
music event. Judging by the acts, Siren isn’t strapped for
cash. So why so many bands that range from mediocre to lame? This
may be the best and most exciting musical moments in my lifetime
– with an astounding quantity of quality original acts from
all over the board. Is She Wants Revenge really the best they can
hesitate to speculate why one of the world’s most intelligent
towns, with one of America’s finest weeklies, has one of the
world’s most bland, low-tier, and sophomoric music festivals,
I can’t help but assume that its an ill-conceived attempt
to pander to a younger indie demographic with extreme cynicism.
It appears as if they had no idea about what kids listen to the
last couple of years, or the quality of the music they were selecting,
and just wound up with a bunch of publicist-driven uninformed choices
assuming that the kids wouldn’t come out for anything interesting.
A sad case of a blind conception of indie rock that’s at least
five years behind its time - but is totally in step with whatever's
selling at Insound.
the major-label disco band at the end, while not my style, should
be theatrical and fun... but what a waste.
don’t want to be a total downer, I’ll do more than kvetch.
I’ll offer an anecdote to the Siren blues…
Merda, while they might not be, as they claim, “the
first black rock band,” were an excellent late-1960s/early1970s
heavy-duty psychedelic Detroit r'n'r quartet. Not only was Black
Merda one of the coolest looking groups ever, handsome dudes sporting
giant Afros and bellbottoms, but also they made some extremely raw
and soulful r’n’r. They were Chess label-mates with
the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Willie Dixon
in this transitional Electric Mud period for the label
– and you can hear that, as well as neighbors like MC5 and
Funkadelic in their hybrid revolution-charged excitement. Today
they’ll be joined by Fugi, AKA Ellington
Jordan, who, while in San Quinton, penned “I’d Rather
Be a Blind Man,” which was made over into the standard “I’d
Rather Go Blind.” He became acquainted with Black Merda after
he moved to Detroit to write for Chess and become an impressive,
but under-appreciated solo artist in his own right.
Bozulich and The Dead
Science were every bit as much of a hair-raising sonic
epiphany as I expected last night and are doing it again tonight
at a Todd P show at Goodbye Blue Monday.
Department kicks the Voice's ass... shame...
Merda, "Prophet" (m3u)
Merda, "Think of Me" (m3u)
Black Merda, "Cindy Ruth" (m3u)
An Afternoon Bastille Day Celebration w/Polka Freakout (Brave Combo's
Bubba Hernandez and accordionist Alex Meixner), Stephane Wrembel’s
Hot Club of New York - Barbes
Antigone Rising –Lincoln Harbor Park 7PM FREE
Ches Smith's Solo Music– The Stone 8PM $10
Dead Science, Carla Bozulich, Inconvenient Music, Anni Rossi –
Goodbye Blue Monday $5
Dear tonight, Murdock, Autokinoton. Ricky Fitts, Heartwarmer –
Northsix Downstairs $7
French Kicks - Tribeca Grand Hotel FREE
FULL FORCE: The new rock complexity (curated by John Zorn): Roundtable
Discussion with John Zorn, Bill Brovold, Toby Driver, Kevin Gallagher
and David Little (7PM), Electric Kompany, Kayo Dot – Tonic
Good for Cows with Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone – The
Stone 10PM $10
Lez Zeppelin - Bowery Ballroom $20
miguel frasconi + jane scarpantoni – ISSUE Project Room $10
Murder Mystery Clock Hands Strangle Explorer - Northsix $10
Nortec Collective, Beto and Richie Grupo Sonador – Prospect
Park Band Shell FREE
The Philistines, The N.O.M.A.D.S, Iron Sheik - Cake SHop $12
Siren Fest: Stars, Scissor Sisters, Art Brut, She Wants Revenge,
The Cribs, The Stills, Serena Maneesh, Tapes 'n Tapes, Dirty on
Purpose, Celebration, Man Man, The Rogers Sisters, Priestess, Deadboy
& The Elephantmen - Coney Island FREE
Team Spider, Introspect – Tommy’s Tavern
The Black Hollies, The Insomniacs - Magnetic Field $7
The Dead Science, Carla Bozulich, Inconvenient Music - Goodbye Blue
The Rogers Sisters, Roxy Pain, Proton Proton, sh-sh-sh-Shark Attack!!!
- The Hook $10
Todd Terje, TBC, Kudu, Citizen Kane - P.S. 1 $10
White Monkey plus Faux Fox – Tonic MIDNIGHT $5