Wolf Colony is Bridging the Gap

You have got to check out Wolf Colony.  These guys are definitely destined to be on everyone’s iPod and summer hit list pronto.  They may have started out not looking for super stardom, but destiny and fate have a funny way of intervening…

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Wolf Colony is an electro-pop music duo based out of Miami and New York City. Comprising of singer-songwriter seventhleopard and music producer Neal Sarin, the duo began collaborating together in college at the University of Miami with no intention of having their music reach the masses.

After an intensive week of recording sessions in New York City, it was clear that Wolf Colony was far greater than the sum of its parts. The concoction of powerful vocals and lyrical depth complementing unique and engaging soundscapes simply could not be ignored. Check out their debut singles, “Beauty” and “Calling” now on Soundcloud and stay tuned for their upcoming album dropping this year.

Wolf Colony are beginning their quest to redefine underground electronica with the forthcoming EP project entitled Beauty. On  April 2nd electro-pop duo Wolf Colony digitally released the long-awaited singles, “Beauty” and “Calling” through iTunes and Spotify.

Entirely written and produced by members seventhleopard and Neal Sarin, Wolf Colony’s Beauty is a  unique progression of electronic pop music through the beautiful vocals of seventhleopard and Sarin’s one-of-a-kind production. The duo is focused on creating timeless music that bridges the gap between mainstream and underground electronica.

“I knew we were on to something as soon as I sent the first few instrumentals to seventhleopard. Within an hour, he sent them all back but with fully recorded verses and hooks. It was something special. We booked the first studio session that night,” says Neal Sarin.

The two singles are just an introduction to Wolf Colony’s contribution to the new era of electronica, as they plan to release a full-length LP just in time for summer.

 

UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE to Perform at Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY this Saturday, May 25th

Brooklyn, NY’s UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE is set to perform in Brooklyn, NY this Saturday, May 25th at the Thrash Bar at 256 Grand Street between Driggs and Roebling. There will be an open bar from 8:00-9:00pm UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE will perform at 11:00pm.

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The line-up for the evening consists of:

Tween (http://tween.bandcamp.com/)

Unconscious Disturbance (www.unconsciousdisturbance.com)

Brand of Julez (https://www.facebook.com/brandofjulez)

Sunken Meadow (https://www.facebook.com/sunkenmeadowmusic)

Louis Lamour (www.facebook.com/LouisLAmourBK)

 

For more information on the Trash Bar, visit http://www.thetrashbar.com/.

 

UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE is currently writing new music for an upcoming release and shows in the U.S. and Brazil are being booked at the present moment.

 

 

See what the press is saying about UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE and their recent full-length release ‘Mind’s Corner’:

 

“The Brazilian, Brooklyn-based, prog metal band UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE’s new album Mind’s Corner is epic. It follows a protagonist through a winding, heart-wrenching journey through beauty, disappointment, and discontent. Sounds like a melancholic, medieval, Nordic pirate reflecting on life and landscapes.” – The Brooklyn Paper

 

“…There’s more than connections to the likes of Cynic and Intronaut in the Brooklyn quintet’s double-guitar plasticity, polyrhythm-method drumming, and stop-it-you’ll-hurt-your-throat vocals.” – The Village Voice

 

UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE have the makings of a new obsession for Heavy Blog. The Brooklyn-based progressive metal group pulls from their strong Brazilian heritage to create a richly psychedelic experience akin to the likes of Cynic, Intronaut, and Hypno5e.” –Heavyblogisheavy.com

 

UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE: Kinda techy, kinda proggy, slightly jazz-inflected death metal.” – MetalSucks.net

 

“With so many bands trudging through the heftier side of rock, UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE opens the doors wide to experimentation. Their Mind’s Corner is a terrific record, one of the very best in heavy music from 2012, cementing these dudes as a band to watch (and hear) for years to come.” – CanadianAudiophile.com

 

“Musically it is great, the combination of all the instruments is amazing, they really do come together as a unified team of metal!” –BrokenNeckRadio.com

 

 

UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE is:

Daniel Freiberg – Drums

Fadel Dabien – Bass

Frederico Carneiro – Vocals

Kiko Freiberg – Guitar

Patrick Caracas – Guitar

 

 

For more information on UNCONSCIOUS DISTURBANCE, please visit these websites:

 

www.UnconsciousDisturbance.com

www.facebook.com/unconsciousdisturbance

www.twitter.com/udisturb

www.myspace.com/unconsciousdisturbance

 

To book UD at your venue, please email contactUDband@gmail.com.

The End Men at Rockwood Music Hall & other stories…

From  Our Good Friends…The End Men NYC:
Hello dear friends and extended family,

It’s been a while since our last email. We’ve been on our US tour and back, and shared amazing music and life adventures with great people and artists.

Now it is time for us to sit down and share some of the great news with you all.

First off, we’re excited to invite you to our next show at Rockwood Music Hall (stage I), this Friday, May 3rd at 8pm.

Here is the full schedule: http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com

Show is free, and we’d love your support on this one! Plus, we haven’t seen many of your faces in quite some time, and we have some rock’n’roll love to give you. Come get it…

Second great piece of news: our new album Play With Your Toys is now available for streaming at Pandorapandora.com/end-men

And last but not least, we’d love to share our interview with It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine that came out this past weekend. This is an interesting blog, with nice and passionate music lovers contributing to it. Check it out and support them!http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-end-men-interview-with-mathew.html

This is it for now. Hope you enjoy the above, and feel free to get in touch!
We are seriously looking forward to seeing you this Friday.

Much love,
Liv – The End Men

 

TWIN GUNS – Saturday, March 23 – 9:00PM @ 31st Street Pub

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The powerhouse duo of Andrea Sicco and “Jungle” Jim Chandler give the full blown sound out of a two person front that is reminiscent of the Black Keys, but with a unique sound core that defies any one genre of rock n’ roll. On tour for their late 2012 album Sweet Dreams, listen for a wild, but not chaotic, mix of surf, grunge, metal, death metal, electronica, rockabilly, and 50s-60s doo-wop aspects… all tied up in neatly choreographed feats of musical composition.

Twin Guns satisfy like a Wild West Neo-Black Sabbath that rides in from the sunset instead of disappearing into it.

With King Fez, and Retro Agents. Doors at 9:00PM.

Listen to Sweet Dreams by Twin Guns at: http://twinguns.bandcamp.com/album/sweet-dreams-2012

& Twin Guns debut album Scene of the Crime at: http://twinguns.bandcamp.com/album/scene-of-the-crime-2011

Stream Jon DeRosa’s Cover of Sunday Jealous

Jon DeRosa has released a cover of Stax classic ‘Sunday Jealous’ originally by Nick Charles. The song is a B Side to his single ‘Birds of Brooklyn’. De Rosa released his debut album A Wolf in Preachers Clothing in November on Rocket Girl Records.

For those of you in New York – DeRosa is headlining the Mother West’s Holiday Extravaganza. The free show is at The Bowery Electric on the 12/18 and features some of the latest and greatest artists from the Mother West’s roster He will also be doing a reading at at Public Assembly on the 12/11 for the The Greatest 3 Minute Metal Stories Ever. No doubt Danzig will feature heavily in DeRosa’s tale.

Jon DeRosa (b. 21 December, 1978) is a guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Raised in the small shore town of Manasquan, NJ, DeRosa grew up idolizing Glenn Danzig, while studying classical and flamenco guitar and memorizing the entire output of 4AD and Projekt Records. It was with this eclectic background that he began his approach to writing and recording music. DeRosa has been involved with many musical projects including dark folk/goth band Dead Leaves Rising, followed by the dreamy atmospheric sounds of Aarktica. In 1998 Jon DeRosa lost nearly all hearing in his right ear which sparked the birth of Aarktica (a project that remains active over a decade later) as well as his study of Indian classical vocal music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.

In addition to Aarktica, Jon plays guitar with with New York City chamber pop ensemble Flare. DeRosa also briefly recorded under the name Pale Horse and Rider, releasing two albums of urban country songs during this time. Rob O’Connor at CMJ remarked “DeRosa’s not unlike the downcast end of Springsteen. ‘Jersey Coast Line’ [from 2002’s These Are The New Good Times] could very well be Nebraska‘s 11th track.”

In 2006, DeRosa lent his voice to Stephin Merritt’s opera “The Peach Blossom Fan”, as the role of Hou Fang Yu. Some of his contributions were first featured on Merritt’s Showtunes album (Nonesuch, 2006). “The Peach Blossom Fan” became available in its entirety in 2008 (Nonesuch).

DeRosa continues to record as Aarktica, his most recent releases being 2009/10’s In Sea and In Sea Remixes.

In 2011, DeRosa unveiled his first eponymous release, the Anchored EP. Novelist Ed Park (The Believer) said of it: “At first, Jon DeRosa’s Anchored EP, a quartet of gorgeously layered chamber-pop shanties, seems leagues away from the voluptuous Lovecraftian drift he perfected under his moniker Aarktica. But there are dark spaces here, too, room to brood in the sweet gravel of his voice, in Julia Kent’s penetrating cello lines, and in the quiet violence of the lyrics. With a depth that belies its brief running time, Anchored is so perfect that it literally gives you the chills.”

In April 2012, DeRosa self released a limited vinyl edition of his debut full length A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes in the US, and on November 5/6 2012 DeRosa will release the album on CD internationally via RocketGirl Records.

Praise For Jon DeRosa
“Jon DeRosa is a living, breathing, gateway to a simpler time in the Jersey Shore’s musical history, reaching back into the annals of our culture when artistic scenes resided, not in boardwalk-based clubs and locales, but on street corners, outside store fronts, and in the minds of the same Gospel and Soul singers who would influence the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny.” — Speak Into My Good Eye

“”True Men sets a more wistful tone, boxing serving as its central metaphor. Over a sweeping arrangement straight out of late 50s Ricky Nelson, DeRosa lets the double entendres fly. “I’ve woken the neighbors, after hard nights of labor,” is the closing mantra. And who hasn’t? But the way he sets it up – and then knocks it down – is sweet science.”” — New York Music Daily

“One of the most striking features of [Birds of Brooklyn] is DeRosa’s rich baritone. It resembles Morrissey’s a bit in its grand, expressiveness (with maybe the slightest dash of his childhood hero Glenn Danzig thrown in as well). The music itself is lovely. A lilting, slightly Latin rhythm guides the verses under gentle acoustic guitar and mellow keys..” – KUT -Song of the Day

“You’ll notice a kinship with Children of Scott Walker like Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker, hints of John Cale’s Paris 1919, and maybe even some connection to John Doe of X. It’s easy to call this chamber pop, but it’s much more textured than that. It’s also hardly surprising that the guy’s Wikipedia page says he grew up in the heart of Misfits country (Lodi, New Jersey) idolizing Glenn Danzig. That leads me to believe he’d probably do the most killer cover of “Blood and Tears” you’ve ever heard.” — eMusic

“In essence, A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes is a beautiful collision between the dark dreaminess of Echo & The Bunnymen, and the orchestrated pop ballads of the 50s and early 60s, polished off with some natty 40s vocal styling – all of which has influenced 33-year-old DeRosa down the years. Mostly sombre in tone, the album also reveals flashes of pop perfection, such as opener ‘Birds of Brooklyn’, which manages to walk the wobbly line between being instantly agreeable yet understated enough to avoid a sugary aftertaste.” — Happening Magazine

Twin Guns are Dealing Western Devils Out of Brooklyn

The double-edged sword of contemporary, ubiquitous music releases on the Internet is that bands like Twin Guns are out there and you haven’t heard them yet. While a reviewer might use this line for many albums by bands recently discovered, “Scene Of The Crime” by Twin Guns, released in March 2011,  is the one that inspired it.

The Twin Guns are extremely generous with the devil’s chord in the opening tracks of Scene Of The Crime, taking on a rockabilly-Black Sabbath tone that is almost too easy to get into… like a contract with the son-of-the-morning himself. Twangy guitar and corrugated sheet-metal roof thumping drums are continuous through the dusty tracks that Andrea Sicco and “Jungle” Jim Chandler laydown on their range, making spurs jingle-jangle through a backdrop of urban chaos that evokes a backroom punk show at Gooski’s (for Pittsburghers who know that effect from experience).

Vocals come through big, like old-timey tunes… listen for wailing and lamentation, as well as coyote calls. At first it is a bit off-putting, as the instrumentals are so pounding and jarring the ear looks for a clean line in the lyrics. However, by not finding a clearer tonic from the sound engineering of the voices the sound of Twin Guns has a consistency of grit and tormented musical structure that is satisfyingly unsettled (perhaps extending the theme of buttering up the listener for an unholy commitment to a deal with the devil). It also goes a long way toward selling the lonesome cowboy emotion that seems to drive the wagon onward. This trend comes to an apex, in well managed order, with track 4, “Safe,” when pedal effects on both vocals and guitars take you over a canyon cliff somewhere out in the unpopulated vastness of the west Rocky Mountains.

Instrumentally the album doesn’t stop inventing. For example, use of essential piano tones, coming over where the mind’s ear envisions rhythm guitar laying on top of the lead. Confessing a slight aversion to the overdrive effects of synthesizer and soundboard background sounds through the first four tracks, it all comes together for resolution in track 5, “Druggy and Suicidal,” which is every bit the homage to rock n’ roll stars burning out like meteors that the title suggests. This is immediately justified by track 6 (“One More Night Of Sin”) opening with a church bell beat that sets up a lead guitar packed with glissando & crescendo. Listen for super-subtle alt-surf guitar and arching vocal deliveries on what balances out as a mellower song compared to the first half of the album. This mellowness seems to groove-on into the remainder of the album… for moments, but then the moments are gone.

The whammy bar gets just ridiculous, in the best of ways, on the latter tracks. What’s more, there is a surprising operatic coolness to track 8 (“She Cried”), where a neo-Quadrophenia sound of the ocean waves opening and another lonesome, wild-west yodel ride out on another set of silky and surfy guitar waves. Some spoken word aspects accent the song with a sort of hipster-Meatloaf result that does more to make the listener replay the track than to cast doubt on the, at this point of the album “signature,” sound qualities that it has just condensed through the cochlea.

The album might be best for the big finish of the final track. Using a recording of a subway car taking off, and singing about the same, it seals the listener’s fate with a guilty pleasure-inducing familiarity that forces the question… is that a Kink’s song? …the Clash? …funky early, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis? …nope, it’s Twin Guns.

Scene Of The Crime by Twin Guns is out on reverbnation.com and many of your friendly Internet music peddlers.

Jesus On The Mainline: Andrew Neesley’s Award Winning Jazz

Andrew Neesley has been nominated for many GRAMMY’s, winner of the National Trumpet Competition, received a Downbeat Music Award, received the DownBeat Magazine award for Best Engineered Studio Album, and several ASCAP awards, is currently the Assistant Jazz Coordinator at Manhattan School of Music, and also plays keys and horns in Nees and Vos. Busy dude! Neesley is a jazz trumpeter and inventive composer who regularly brings his acclaimed horn style to club and festival stages. Based in New York, Neesley has made his mark nationally performing with contemporary music greats as well as other up-and-coming artists.

Neesley has appeared with the Bobby Sanabria Big Band on their release entitled “Big Band Urban Folktales”, which was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2007. As a leader of his own band, Nees and Vos, he has released two albums and has recently crowd-funded his next album via Kickstarter.com. He publishes his work as a composer and arranger through Really Good Music, LLC, Neesley Music and Missing Link Music.

Fluent in a range of styles, Neesley has recorded or performed with Jon Faddis, Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Byron Stripling, Slide Hampton, Geoff Keezer, Randy Brecker, Dick Oats, Mike Abene, Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, Ed Calle, Jason Marsalis, Bill Reichenbach, Chris Botti, James Taylor, Peter Yarrow, and the Roots. He had the rare opportunity, in 2002, to perform as guest soloist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, performing his own arrangement of “Stardust” alongside Wycliffe Gordon.

Neesley has appeared and competed in top venues, from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Ravinia, to Birdland, Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub. In the past, he has participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and programs at The Steans Institute, Jazz Aspen and Brevard Music Institute. He has performed in concerts aired live on the Internet and BET on Jazz. At one time, Neesley hosted a his own national public radio program, live from The Stone’s Throw featuring musicians from across the nation.

Check out this incredibly awesome take on Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’:
Listen to “Jesus On The Mainline’s” latest single “Lithium”

Catch Andrew Neesly and Jesus On The Mainline live @ NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall on December 4th!

Legendary NYHC Band THE MOB Announces December Shows

Sometime during 1980 searching for a harder/faster outlet than the current NYC punk rock trend, three teenagers from Jackson Heights, Queens: Jack Flanagan, Jose Gonzalez and Ralph Gebbia formulated THE MOB. Once the concept was established they added high-school bud Jamie Shanahan on drums, to round out the 4 piece assault. The early MOB sound was heavily influenced by what was going on in L.A. and D.C. With NY not having a true representative taking up this new sound and culture THE MOB chose to carry the flag. THE MOB were not alone in this endeavor and these ideas, as others were feeling the same excitement and picked up guitars, mics and sticks in pursuing these same ideas: which turned into the first wave of the NYHC scene.

Fast forward to 2012 and THE MOB is back in business. This year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl marked THE MOB’s return to the stage and to the forefront of the NYHC Scene after a ten year absence. Now THE MOB is pleased to announce that they will be playing two shows this December. The first show is scheduled for December 1st in Philadelphia, PA at Gunners Run with special guests Antidote. The second show is set for December 2nd in New York, NY at The Bowery Electric and serves as the CD release show for Antidote’s new album where THE MOB will provide direct support. More information on the show can be found HERE.

Frontman Ralph Gebbia commented on the upcoming gigs and THE MOB’s latest single:

“Me and the guys are very excited to get out there and Mosh it up again in two of my favorite cities, my home town NYC and my adopted home base, Philadelphia! We are also very happy with the success and reaction of the new single “Back to Queens”.

Guitarist Jack Flanagan added:

“THE MOB has always been about playing live shows. Back in the 80’s that was all we really cared about, doing records was secondary…the two shows in December were set up pretty much the same way we did it back in the day, the only difference is, that in Philly we won’t have to worry about a guest list…not that we every did anyway.”

Earlier this year, THE MOB released “Back to Queens” which was made available in true “MobStyle” as a 7″ vinyl including the track “That’s It”. This release is limited to 1000 individually hand numbered copies which were signed by all four members of the band and then shrink-wrapped making this a true collector’s item. There are only 100 copies remaining and they are available via THE MOB’s Indie Merch Store HERE.

There is also a digital version of the single available on iTunes and Amazon which includes a bonus offering of “Zoo Crew”. “Zoo Crew” was one of the first songs ever written by THE MOB back in 1980, but never released until now. THE MOB’s entire back catalog is also available on iTunes.

“Back To Queens” is the first in a series of four 7″ singles that will be released by THE MOB on Weathermaker Music. The artwork for the singles was created by famed New York tattoo artist Mr. Den. While each single has its own distinct artwork, once all four are released each piece takes on a new meaning as one part of a complete piece of art.

THE MOB’s video for “Back To Queens” was directed by Drew Stone, who is known for his work documenting the Boston Hardcore Scene, particularly in his film “xxx All Ages xxx”.

THE MOB Live:
12/1: Philadelphia, PA @ Gunners Run
12/2: New York, NY @ The Bowery Electric

For More Info Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/themob101

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Parquet Courts Share “Borrowed Time” And Announce Winter Tour/Pittsburgh 1/8/13

LISTEN TO “BORROWED TIME”

“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin,” writes Parquet Courts’ songwriter A. Savage in Light Up Gold’s scratched-out liner notes.

The band’s first proper LP is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. Primary wordsmiths Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Recorded over a few days in an ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000’s: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city – the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for. Light Up Gold is out now on Dull Tools.

“‘Borrowed Time’ is a huge highlight led by a propulsive earworm guitar hook and quick-paced, no frills percussion loaded with momentum.” – Pitchfork

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES:
Thurs., Oct. 25 – Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook College
Sat., Oct. 27 – Storrs-Mansfield, CT @ UCONN w/ Lightning Bolt, Lemonade
Wed., Dec. 26th – Detroit, MI @ Jumbo’s w/ Protomartyr
Thurs., Dec. 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Fri., Dec. 28 – Omaha, NE @ The Middle House
Sat., Dec. 29 – Kansas City, MO @ TBD
Sun., Dec. 30 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bad Granny’s
Mon., Dec. 31 – Denton, TX @ RGRS w/ Wiccans
Wed., Jan. 2 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
Thurs., Jan. 3 – Beaumont, TX @ Victoria House
Fri., Jan. 4 – Memphis, TN/Oxford, MS @ TBD
Sat., Jan. 5 – Nashville, TN @ TBD
Sun., Jan. 6 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station
Mon., Jan. 7 – Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon St.
Tues., Jan. 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBD
Wed., Jan. 9 – Washington, DC @ TBD
Thurs., Jan. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Priests

KATE EARL’S “ONE WOMAN ARMY” VIDEO

It’s no surprise that Alaska born singer-songwriter Kate Earl was recently named Glamour.com’s New Indie Obsession, the singer has re-emerged with the release of her new album Stronger on November 20th via Downtown Records.

Her new video for the single “One Woman Army” is a candid look into the forthcoming album and showcases the development of a singular voice. Directed by filmmaker Matthu Placek, the video uses the element of light to illuminate a thoughtful songwriter coming into her own. Download the track for free at http://onewomanarmy.me/.

“One Woman Army” is the first single from Kate’s new album Stronger, out November 20th via Downtown Records. With the help of notable collaborators Brett Dennen and former Dawes member Blake Mills, Stronger is Kate’s unforgettable story of life, love, hardship and hope. “I’ve reached such a place of honesty with this album. It’s me coming out and telling my stories. This is where I came from,” says Kate.

As part of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, Kate Earl will be performing in NYC at the Last.fm CMJ showcase at The Living Room, October 18th, 7pm.

Jon DeRosa Releases “Birds of Brooklyn”

Listen to “Birds of Brooklyn” B Side “Sunday Jealous” Here!

Don’t Miss Jon DeRosa At Piano’s Wednesday at 3pm at the Tell All Your Friends Showcase!

Jon DeRosa’s Thoughts On The Single:

Most people know, I’m a bartender in Brooklyn, and spend most of my life on *that* side of the bar, though it seems that my entire youth was spent on the other side. The difference in perspective has been endlessly fascinating to me and colors so much of what I write. The late night, hazy, observations. The film noir lighting, the dark characters hiding in shadows, and the women adorned like peacocks, looking for the spotlight amidst those shadows. It’s not always as romantic, but I see romance in it. Or at least intrigue. And that’s really what the song is about. The trumpet fanfares and the swooping strings, courtesy of Claudia Chopek and Julia Kent (Antony & The Johnsons), just because we’re in 2012 doesn’t mean we’ve lost romance and intrigue.

The B-Side is my cover of an old Stax Records single by Nick Charles from 1962. Nick Charles was a disc jockey in both Memphis and St. Louis, and really only released I think 2 or 3 singles in his recording career. Ever since I heard “Sunday Jealous” a few years ago, I knew I wanted to record a version. My soft spot is teenage lover’s lament kind of songs from the 50’s and 60’s and this one is no exception. Features Jon Natchez of Beirut/Yellow Ostrich on those great mariachi trumpets…

Jon DeRosa (b. 21 December, 1978) is a guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Raised in the small shore town of Manasquan, NJ, DeRosa grew up idolizing Glenn Danzig, while studying classical and flamenco guitar and memorizing the entire output of 4AD and Projekt Records. It was with this eclectic background that he began his approach to writing and recording music. DeRosa has been involved with many musical projects including dark folk/goth band Dead Leaves Rising, followed by the dreamy atmospheric sounds of Aarktica. In 1998 Jon DeRosa lost nearly all hearing in his right ear which sparked the birth of Aarktica (a project that remains active over a decade later) as well as his study of Indian classical vocal music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.

In addition to Aarktica, Jon plays guitar with with New York City chamber pop ensemble Flare. DeRosa also briefly recorded under the name Pale Horse and Rider, releasing two albums of urban country songs during this time. Rob O’Connor at CMJ remarked “DeRosa’s not unlike the downcast end of Springsteen. ‘Jersey Coast Line’ [from 2002’s These Are The New Good Times] could very well be Nebraska‘s 11th track.”

In 2006, DeRosa lent his voice to Stephin Merritt’s opera “The Peach Blossom Fan”, as the role of Hou Fang Yu. Some of his contributions were first featured on Merritt’s Showtunes album (Nonesuch, 2006). “The Peach Blossom Fan” became available in its entirety in 2008 (Nonesuch).

DeRosa continues to record as Aarktica, his most recent releases being 2009/10’s In Sea and In Sea Remixes.

In 2011, DeRosa unveiled his first eponymous release, the Anchored EP. Novelist Ed Park (The Believer) said of it: “At first, Jon DeRosa’s Anchored EP, a quartet of gorgeously layered chamber-pop shanties, seems leagues away from the voluptuous Lovecraftian drift he perfected under his moniker Aarktica. But there are dark spaces here, too, room to brood in the sweet gravel of his voice, in Julia Kent’s penetrating cello lines, and in the quiet violence of the lyrics. With a depth that belies its brief running time, Anchored is so perfect that it literally gives you the chills.”

In April 2012, DeRosa self released a limited vinyl edition of his debut full length A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes in the US, and on November 5/6 2012 DeRosa will release the album on CD internationally via RocketGirl Records.

The 13th Hour 5th Annual Group Exhibit

Last Rites Gallery opens it’s fifth annual The 13th Hour group exhibit, celebrating the spirit of the Halloween season.

In it’s annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held just days before Halloween, the show is the gallery’s largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

Artists Include: Markus Blanchard, Scott G Brooks, Matt Buck, Robert Craig, Matt Dangler, Darwin Enriquez, Jason Goldberg, Handiedan, Naoto Hattori, Scott Hove, S Jenx, John John Jesse, Joe King, Luke Kopycinski, Mark Kostabi, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Chris Mars, Menton, Mr Mead, Anthony Pontius, Michael Ramstead, Zac Shiffer, Richard Williams, Jasmine Worth, Zane York and Chet Zar.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 7pm – 11pm at Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, New York.

Handiedan
Chris Mars
Matt Dangler
Naoto Hattori

Tell All Your Friends CMJ Showcase

Wednesday 10/17 @ Pianos, 12-7 pm
CMJ 2012.
PIANOS NYC.
2 floors of FREE FUN.

SET TIMES:

DOWNSTAIRS

1pm – Zulu Pearls
2pm – Bowery Riots
3pm – Jon DeRosa
4pm – Solid Gold
5pm – Team Spirit
6pm – BRAIDS

UPSTAIRS

12:30pm – Correatown
1:30pm – Blackbird Blackbird
2:30pm – Maus Haus
3:30pm – Filligar
4:30pm – Triple Hex
5:30pm – Wooden Indian Burial Ground

Daniel Wayne To Play EP Release Show

Monday, October 8th At Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)

U.S. Tour Starts Next Week
Dates With Holly Golightly And McDougall
Poor Boy’s Love Letter Vol.1 EP Out October 9th

“DANIEL WAYNE is one of the TOP 5 NY ACTS you MUST SEE IN 2012” – CBS .COM

“Cincinnati-bred, Brooklyn-based auteur Daniel Wayne pens dark Americana with indie melancholy and a distinct bluegrass twang.”
– TIME OUT NY

“..he performs with a delicate strength – precise and passionate. His style of singing and playing is such that there’s power in the silences between strums and verses, that’s how much he had the crowd on a string” – GIMME SHUTTER .COM

“Daniel Wayne plays that steel string, sunburst Guild guitar like his mama told him not to…he plays bar chords with his thumb. Sometimes bluesy, Daniel Wayne has a classic country backbone with eerie undertones: Slow songs like “Far From Here” sound like My Morning Jacket, while “The Fool” gristles like a basey Townes Van Zant song.” – THE DELI MAGAZINE

In a time where audiences are starved for authenticity, there are only a few that can actually deliver the goods to make you feel like you are hearing some thing classic and familiar yet fresh. Brooklyn’s best new troubador, Cincinnati transplant Daniel Wayne is one of those artists.

You are sold on Daniel Wayne’s talent and potential as well as his infectious charisma in the first nanoseconds that you hear the powerful and amazing range of his gifted voice. There aren’t many artists that possess the talent to mesmerize the listeners to absolute silence and command them to listen to a voice that is both angelic, as well as full of power and range. Daniel’s music is simple, raw, at times dark, at times inviting, but always with a sense of vulnerability. If you are looking for the next big voice, look no further than Daniel Wayne.

Daniel Wayne’s live shows, whether solo, or with is band, are sharp, stunning and pack a serious visceral wallop and must be seen to be believed. Opening the past year for Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs, Shawn Mullins, O’Death, Handsome Family, Heartless Bastards, The Head and The Heart, and Anna Calvi, Daniel has captivated audiences with his stunning performances with a voice that’s like a potent cocktail of Tim Buckley, Devandra Banhart, Harry Nilsson, and Roy Orbison with a spice of that hillbilly high lonesome wail, and the best whistle you’ve heard since Andrew Bird.

At the age of 8 he began writing songs and beats on a Casio keyboard his sister gave him. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, teachers used to complain to his mother that he made weird noises in the classroom. He has always had music in his head and lyrics on his mind. He played trumpet in high school and was once given a failing grade for a music theory class because he refused to recite someone else’s song, opting instead to perform an original.

Daniel Wayne’s self titled EP was released in June 2011. The follow up, “Poor Boy’s Love Letter Vol.1,” will be released on October 9.

Click to purchase tickets to EP Release Show Monday 10/8

10.08 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY* (EP Release Show)
10.09 – The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ*
10.10 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA*
10.11 – Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH*
10.13 – Mickey Finn’s – Toledo, OH*
10.14 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
10.16 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL*
10.17 – Jackpot – Lawrence, KS*
10.18 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO*
10.20 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA*
11.02 -11.10 – Tour with McDougal (VENUES TBA)
11.13 – The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY# (FREE)

*opening for Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs
#opening for Kelli Scarr

Tattoo Artist and World-Renowned Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Gets Gory

Brooklyn-born and world-renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Resurrection’, kicks off tomorrow at a special gallery opening from 8-11pm at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). The gallery will run through October 31st. ‘Resurrection’ will include a striking collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood.

This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.

In the privacy of his studio, current Manhattan resident VINCENT CASTIGLIA practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which he believes contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense.

Vincent’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.

VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Vincent’s art has been praised by fellow artists, musicians, and other notables throughout his career.

“With such precise technique, his depiction of human musculature is nothing short of outstanding.”
– Paul Booth / World-renowned Tattooist, Artist, Gallery Owner, Fanatical Nihilist

“If the body is the temple, then the heart is the altar and the blood is the sacred flame that enlightens the shrine. Vincent is painting with holy light.” – Martin Eric Ain / Musician, Celtic Frost

“The ominous truth that his art confronts, along with the exquisiteness in which it is portrayed, provides a timeless revelation into human existence.” – Joe Sopkowics, Forensic Photographer

VINCENT CASTIGLIA’s impressive work has seen many sides of the entertainment world, as well. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Vincent painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer.

His work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, as well as the television series, Miami Ink. His work has been explored by countless art and culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the recently released, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com.

Metal Insider Presents Rocks Off Concert Cruise Featuring the Return of PRONG to New York City

The band founded on New York’s Lower East Side is finally making their triumphant return home. That’s right PRONG will be returning to New York City as part of the Metal Insider Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Star of Palm Beach. This special show will take place on Friday October 19th and is an official CMJ Show.

Support on the bill will come from This or the Apocalypse, For Sleeping or Jumping and Eminence.

Tickets for the show are on sale now and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The cruise departs from Pier 40, located at West Houston St. at West Side Highway.

PRONG frontman Tommy Victor commented on the bands homecoming:

“PRONG has not played NYC since the release of our latest album Carved Into Stone Actually, we haven’t done a gig anywhere in the five boroughs in a very long time. So I’m happy to announce our return home as we board the Rocks Off Cruise on Oct 19th for the Metal Insider Party at CMJ. The boat rolls out of New York Harbor and from what I hear it’ll be circling the Statue of Liberty while we’re on stage. What a great way to celebrate our return!”

PRONG is out on the road in support of their latest release Carved into Stone, which is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.

Carved Into Stone can be ordered from Amazon HERE. Be sure to check out the deluxe iTunes edition which features an exclusive bonus track which is a cover of the Rammstein track “Feuer Frei”.