It's that time of year again, time for music industry types to drop fat stacks of benjamins for a chance to glimpse the Next Big Thing at some lame venue. But, as they say, every douchebag has a silver lining. We're talking about overflow: this week, every band is in town, and looking for a party.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
New to the Matador family, but a familiar face to NY audiences, indie mainstay Ted Leo headlines the night. No promises, but things could get heavy: last month, Stereogum asked him if his next album would "be a little more punk rock," and he answered: "Mid-'80s hardcore is well represented in this batch of songs! Flexing those decrepit muscles and feeling good about it..."
Another recent Matador signing, Cold Cave appears to be playing pretty much every party that matters this week. The Guardian (UK) described their sound as "absolutely mindblowing layered, distorted and decimated 80s synthpop meets MBV-style sonic devastation - one of the albums of the year." (Guardian UK)
"Their record vividly replicates that first sensation of losing yourself in a peak-hour, strobe-lit reverie, where the communal act of dancing teeters between liberation and disorientation." (Pitchfork) Consider yourself warned.
Tanlines' wavy beats are no stranger to the tropics, but don't confuse them with the "No Tanlines" band from Jamaica (JamaicanMeSing.com). True Panther Sounds advises listening "over and over and until you throw all of your Black Flag tapes in a compost pile."
Um, have you heard their song "Psychedelic Tits"?
"Sublime, drone-prone electronic folk" (LA Weekly) by Cameron Mesirow from sunny California. She recently co-designed and played a bifurcated pump organ with Tauba Auerbach at Deitch Projects!
Friday, October 23, 6pm
Magic Hat Beer open bar at 8pm
Clemente Soto Velez, 107 Suffolk St., NYC
All ages, free with RSVP, $5 after 10pm