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New Zero God, Rumors, and Nochnoy Dozor – Live @ Embros Theatre, 5 May

On Friday 5 May, a rock concert will take place at Embros Self-Managed Theatre (Riga Palamidi 2, Psirri, Athens – Greece) with free entrance.
These three bands are: New Zero God, Rumors, and Nochnoy Dozor.


New Zero God was formed in 2006 in Athens by Mike Pougounas, former singer of the Greek band The Flowers of Romance.

From the onset, they seamlessly mixed punk rock, post punk, and goth which carried over onto their debut album “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” eventually ending up in the top ten of Terrorizer Magazine [UK] for two months in 2011.

Their mini album “Club Bizarre” followed, released by UK label Secret Sin Records and on January 2013 the same label put out New Zero God’s album “MMXIII”.

The band returned in 2016 with the album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows”, listed by many international media as one of the best releases for 2016.

Other New Zero God releases included two 7” singles “Destination Unknown / Forever Today” (Surgut Resort Records – 2013) and the split single “Redemption / Madhouse Magical” (New Savage Records UK – 2016), which shared sides with Scottish band Savage Cut on the other side.

On the band’s Bandcamp page one can download for free the mini album “Zona Pericolosa” recorded live in Italy.

The band also released two charity digital singles. The track “The Night Calls Your Name” with all artist proceeds going directly to the UK’s “Sophie Lancaster Foundation”, which deals with hate crimes. The track “Second Chance” has all artist proceeds going directly to the U.S. foundation HAWC, which provides aid to those suffering from domestic and child abuse.

In 2014, New Zero God brought together five Greek bands, putting together a festival to raise money for medicines to the Hellinikon Medical Center.

The band will perform with the following line up:
Mike Pougounas – Vocals
Akis Nikolaidis – Guitar
John Psimopoulos – Drums
Mike Semertzoglou – Bass

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Five piece Alternative Post Rock band Rumors formed in Athens in 2009.
They split up three years ago but now they are back with gigs around Greece.

Their new EP is titled “Time of the Cherries” and will be available at Embros Theatre on 5th of May.

 

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Nochnoy Dozor was formed on December 2015.
They are a five piece Athenian band which puts together different music influences creating an atmospheric sound on rock music forms.

Although the band members are also playing with other bands (Universe217, Mapplerun, Blame Canada, One Man Drop) the idea of Nochnoy Dozor’s project is different.

The band is now on their first recording steps while playing live in Athens.

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Micah Gaugh – Stars Are A Harem (Sê-lo Net Label 12 May 2017)

NYC Avant-Pop Artist Micah Gaugh Announces New Album, Presents Jazz-Infused ‘Remembering’ Single

NYC-based avant-pop artist Micah Gaugh has announced that he will be releasing a new album ‘Stars Are a Harem’ on May 12. Ahead of that, he presents the first single from this album. ‘Remembering’ is a minimalistic, tranquil and spacious ballad resting on an underlying bed of jazz.
‘Stars are a Harem’ is a modern day response to Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’, where the music is steeped in the avant-garde tradition while being accessible to the public ear thanks to “pop” recording techniques and a softening of the harsh sounds associated with the 1960s avant-garde amidst American jazz music. In 1994, Micah Gaugh coined the phrase “avant-pop” to refer to music that sounds quite like pop music, but the underlying creation of the music, chords, rhythms, words, etc. are more complex than the normal methods used to create popular music.

The result is that listeners are virtually transported to the “cool jazz” of the 1950s, but a deeper listen shows the words are a modern version of Cole Porter’s witty romance writing or songs popularized by Billy Holiday and Betty Carter. Inspired by Debussy, Micah Gaugh understands that the subtleties of improvised music can make as strong an impact as the frenetic tones of the avant-garde. The songs on this album are portraits about women – while not completely romantic, each composition is the soundtrack to a mind-painting focused on an experience with an individual woman.

This 13-song collection was recorded in Harlem. This process is very singular for each musician. This intimacy can be heard with each player having a different and isolated relationship to the sounds. Simplicity and sincerity, heartfelt and distinctive, with delightfully crafted lyrics. The album’s hallmark is meditative ballads and fragile intimate ruminations. Rhizomatic, dendritic, reaching for new ways of listening to the familiar, always open. Then there is the extreme, noisy, double-sax dissonance, alternative intonations. This is an inside/outside sound of dissidence or even rebellion, in its soft and inviting beauty, the “power of love overcoming the love of power”.

Born in Panama, Micah Gaugh spent most of his adult life in the East Village, New York, leading him to many adventures through music and visual art. Other members of Micah Gaugh’s band are Kevin Shea, Henry Schroy and Leon Gruenbaum.

Micah Gaugh has collaborated, live and in studio, with dozens of renowned musicians, including Lady Miss Kier of Dee-lite, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Burnt Sugar, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, DJ Spooky, Vernon Reid of Living Colour. He also participated in remixes by James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) for The Sounds, Ladytron, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as being a member of groundbreaking alternative rock band Apollo Heights (now The Veldt).

Micah acted in the season five premiere of ‘Sex in the City’ and the play ‘American Book of the Dead’. He also composed the score for the ballet ‘Highrise’ and for the musical version of ‘Sweet Sweetbacks Badass Song’ with Melvin Van Peebles.

His previous albums include ‘Everything’ (2006), ‘The Blue Fairy Mermaid Princess’ (2013), and ‘Pessego do Verao’ (2016). He has written two operas: ‘Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights’ and a piece for the artist Rirkrit Taravanija featured in ‘il Postino di Tiempo’. He composed the music for and acted in the Matthew Barney film ‘Di Lama Lamina’ and engaged in the ‘Noise Mass’ choral work, commissioned by the Chiesa Rosa in Milan.

Micah also paints and writes novels. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries across the USA and as far away as Brazil, France, Japan and the UK.

‘Stars Are a Harem’ is available for pre-order on Sê-lo Records’ Bandcamp, where ‘Remembering’ is already streaming. The album includes a 14-page music booklet “13 piano pieces for children – Stars Are a Harem (Micah Gaugh)”, as well as a 13 piano song suite midi file for those wishing to remix, sample and loop.

On the evening of May 12 (at 9:00pm), the band will be putting on a release show in New York at NUBLU (62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009. Phone 212-979-9925).

ALBUM CREDITS

Micah Gaugh – composer, piano, voice, sax
Kevin Shea – drums
Henry Schroy – bass, recording engineer (bass) (ChezSophia, Rio de Janeiro)
Hayato Nakao – recording engineer (drums) (Long Island City)
Luqman Brown – recording engineer (voice, piano, sax) (Buddha Bug Recording Studios, Harlem)
Mixed by Henry Schroy and Chad Zuchegno at The Vibe Recording (Fort Myers, FL)
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge assisted by Chris Allgood (New York City)
Produced by Henry Schroy and Micah Gaugh
Photo credit: Matthew Heyner (front) and Byron Dean (back)
VIDEO CREDITS
Daniel McKleinfeld – video animations
Tono Radvanay – video photography
Nucomme – actress
Henry Schroy – video editor
Joaquim Castro (Canal Canal) – sax videoclip
Lucas Freire – technician

LYRICS
It’s so easy to sleep
as the flower falls from the tree
you’re so lovely
and the breeze from the sea as the lake
flows by gently awe inspiring
you told me that I would be your Prince
that is left to happenstance
the fire that burned could be seen from across the street
we were camping slightly the moon
in your eyes disappears with the rain
I can’t complain
in the tent we were ghost with a glow so absurd
my word graceful songbird
tried and true what were we supposed to do
what could we do with our time

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Posted by on April 1, 2017 in Alternative, Jazz

 

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INHALT – Part Time Punks Sessions (Cleopatra Records 14 April 2017)

Dark electronic trio INHALT announce ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’, unveil first single ‘Walking On Glass’

On April 14, dark electronic / minimal synth outfit INHALT will be releasing their new album ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ via Cleopatra Records, who are giving a taste of the album by presenting the lead single ‘Walking on Glass’. Hard-driving, up-tempo, and propelled by German vocals, this and the other tracks offered on this release are sleek, chic and cold, formidably capturing the INHALT sound and ethos.

The video for ‘Walking On Glass’ was shot, edited, and directed byDmitry Semenov, one of the main visual collaborators for Recoil (Alan Wilder/ Depeche Mode).
The ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ LP features the best of the band’s signature synth-driven dark analog pop. This is both a live and a studio album, having been recorded in real time in collaboration with the Part Time Punks radio show in Los Angeles. This is the band’s fourth significant release and final album to be recorded at the band’s homebuilt studio, affectionately called “The Bunker”.
INHALT is German for “content”. This San Francisco-based trio is comprised of Philip Winiger, Matia Simovich, and Steven Campodonico. Winiger, born in Switzerland, visited San Francisco for a year long sabbatical but ended up forming the band with Simovich in 2009. They immediately recognized their mutual philosophy of sonic fidelity and creative integrity, rather than nostalgia.
For some INHALT will already be known, having released their first three releases on notable record labels. Their split 12” with London’s seminal World Unknown Records happened in 2011, followed by their “Vehicle” and “Occupations” EPs for San Francisco’s cult powerhouse Dark Entries Records. These waves of dark energy-filled output firmly established INHALT’s sound. What emerged was a well-defined pop sensibility informed by European Minimalism and a sincere, yet playfully cynical sense of humor. As much Kraftwerk as John Carpenter but with a pronounced drive of Moroder disco, INHALT’s sound has found home in both studious personal listening and the crowded dance floor.

“If we’ve been accused of putting too much time in the production process, PTP Sessions would be our antithesis; Done quickly, direct to multitrack analog tape, in a single take, capturing our live show, as it is, warts and all. We took inspiration from the John Peel sessions of days past, and worked in the spirit of that body of work from the performance, straight to the final mix down,” explains Matia Simovich. “It was a great privilege to be asked to do this by Michael Stock (who runs Part Time Punks), and we delivered something that we feel matches the essence of PTP: raw, honest, and on the border between the past and the present.”
Hot on the heels of the “Simulacra” remix EP for London’s Emotional Especial, INHALT not only ravaged the dance-centric anglo beat (fueled by remixes from heavyweights Timothy J. Fairplay and Black Merlin), but also found themselves in their ideal creative intersection: the road between the lyrical response to a challenging world, a sublime and elegant production technique, and the never ending pulse of the transistor rhythm machine.
On the concert circuit, INHALT have a reputation for bringing a tour de force wall of sound with an energetic stage presence. They have played concerts with peers old and new, including Front 242, Clock DVA, Martial Canterel, and High Functioning Flesh. They’ve condensed this raw concert experience into the John Peel-esque Part Time Punks Sessions, to be made available on April 14, both digitally and on CD, via Cleopatra Records with the vinyl release to follow.
On March 17, INHALT will deliver a specially curated DJ set in Austin atSXSW as part of the event ‘AFS and Holodeck Present: Kwaidan Rescored 2017 SXSW Official’. This event, which takes place at The Hideout Theater beginning at 7pm local time, was organized by Holodeck Records in partnership with the Austin Film Society.

CREDITS

All songs written, sequenced & performed by INHALT.
Recorded in collaboration with Part Time Punks radio show in Los Angeles
Mixed & produced on a Solid State Logic 4000E at Studio A, Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, California by Matia Simovich, Philip Winiger & Steven Campodonico.
Mastered by Paul Lavigne at Contrast Mastering, London England.

Graphic design (logo and packaging) by Leo Merz in Stuttgart, Germany
Video for ‘Walking On Glass’ was shot, edited, and directed by Dmitry Semenov.
Video for ‘Vehicle’ directed by Logan Owlbeemoth, founder of the analog engineering outfit TACHYONS+, using many custom built analog video processors.

TRACK LIST
1. Aphonia
2. Panopticon
3. Black Sun
4. Noise
5. Walking On Glass
6. Programming
7. Vehicle
8. Occupations

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Posted by on March 18, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Holy Monitor – s/t (February 2017)

Greek five piece psychedelic band Holy Monitor return with their debut album “Holy Monitor”

After releasing last year the “Golden Light/Aeolus” EP through American label Ongakubaka Records the band returns with a full length album of 10 psych/kraut diamonds.

Available in two limited editions of 200 copies (clear-copper & blue-white marbled vinyl) or digital download on their Bandcamp page.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Psychedelic

 

Phantogram and The Veldt Spring Eastern U.S. Tour, March 11-17 11 March 2017

Phantogram and The Veldt to Embark on East Coast Tour, March 11-17

Alternative pop icons Phantogram and shoegaze alternative soul pioneers The Veldt have announced they will play six exclusive U.S. East Coast cities before the former departs for their European tour. The duo will again return to the U.S.A. in mid-April for two separate appearances at Coachella.

Phantogram is touring in support of their recently released their third studio album ‘Three’ (Republic Records). Consisting of Josh Carter (guitars) and Sarah Barthel (keyboards), the duo formed in 2007. On ‘Three’, they take their sound in an enthralling, darker direction, adding new textures to their signature style. This album represents a new creative peak they’ve been building towards for nearly a decade. The latest chapter in the duo’s impressive ascent to the forefront of alternative pop, this iridescent record glows with warmth even as it explores the desolation of personal pain. This is also proof that nothing, at this point, can hold them back.

This six-date joint tour kicks off on Saturday, March 11 at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, followed by dates in St. Paul, MN (Palace Theatre), Madison, WI (Orpheum Theater), Urbana, IL (Canopy Club), Cincinnati, OH (Bogart’s), and Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle).

The Veldt are touring in support of their EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation’ the band’s first new recording in fifteen years, which will be released worldwide on June 2 via Schoolkids Records, home to artists such as Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Tommy Keene and Bettie Serveert with a history of collaboration with artists such as New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm Gryner.

The Veldt formed in the late 80’s in Raleigh amongst the royalty of the legendary North Carolina music scene, including bands such as Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, The Connells, Dillon Fence, The dBs, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Ryan Adams. Pitchfork recently included their album ‘Afrodisiac’ in the top 50 shoegaze albums eve released. Today their musical output is in the same ballpark as A.R.Kane, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, and Jesus & Mary Chain.

Signed to Capitol Records in 1989 and eventually Mercury Records, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. The soon found themselves in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie, touring America with Cocteau Twins and the UK with The Jesus and Mary Chain and working with leading producers Lincoln Fong of Moose on their debut album ‘Marigolds’ and Ray Schulman (Bjork, Sugarcubes, The Sundays) on ‘Afrodisiac’. The Veldt were a sensation from the start and part of a movement of innovators, who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

The Veldt have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and most recently with A.R.Kane, and have shared the stage with the likes of The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis and Living Colour.

The band reformed in 2016 and their new EP started to make the rounds with a 2016 vinyl release via Manchester’s Leonard Skully Records. Their return was met with incredible enthusiasm and significant press attention, including from The Guardian (UK), who say “the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive and vertiginously soothing.” In the past year, the band did a mini-tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, embarked on two Canadian tours, toured and played multiple festivals across Europe.

TOUR DATES
Saturday, March 11:  Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Sunday, March 12:  St Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Monday, March 13:  Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Tuesday, March 14:  Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Thursday, March 16:  Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Friday, March 17:  Atlanta GA – The Tabernacle

 

A Tree Grows – A Tree Grows LP (Rufftone Records – 17 March 2017)

NYC Jazz Outfit A Tree Grows Presents ‘Future Calculations’ Ahead of Debut Album

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Following up their recent single ‘Wau Wau Water‘, Brooklyn-based A Tree Grows present the second single from their self-titled debut album, set for release on March 17 through Rufftone Records. ‘Future Calculations’ is based on an exercise by the jazz pianist Walter Bishop Jr., who played in Charlie Parker‘s band.

The accompanying video was created by acclaimed videographer Hideki Shiota, recipient of the Best Cinematography Award at the Asian American International Film Festival, and inspired by the need for a new generation of environmentalism, imagining the thought process and the level of determination that will be necessary.

Future generations will feel the need to rise to the ecological challenges they inherit, and this story tells one imaginary angle of this tale: A young girl makes it her mission to grow a plant. She is undeterred by what is happening around her and calmly works towards her modest yet spiritual goal…  The blues inspired saxophone that Tivon Penicott plays is a perfect metaphor for our humanity and spiritualism, which can make plants grow – and in the end can possibly even heal nature.

“We came up with this idea and decided to make the video with the backdrop of New York City, using some weird locations in Queens that we have been exploring,” explains Emanuel Ruffler.  “I finally managed to convince my daughter Kokoro to act in the video and our friend Naoko Kitano agreed to do the styling. The clothes are very important for the direction of the story. The unusual kimono creates a sense of futurism, and it make the character really float above and stand out from the New York City street scenes.”

In the composition ‘Future Calculations’, the progression is in fourths, which Walter Bishop Jr. wrote a whole book about. It’s somewhere between a 12-tone algorithm and the blues –  a perfect fit for this subject matter.

Involving some of the most talented musicians on the New York scene, they create a unique stew with jazz at its core, blended with afrobeat, rock and experimental sounds. Tastefully crossing stylistic barriers, this unique collaboration involves two brothers – Rashaan Carter and Russell Carter – and German-born electronic musician Emanuel Ruffler. Together, they create sonic textures, over which Tivon Pennicott and Duane Eubanks stretch a layer of raw, emotional jazz lines. Not afraid to defy expectations of style, instrumentation and expression, the unique style of each member of A Tree Grows makes for a potent sonic concoction that is refreshing, insightful, and deliciously exciting.

At the top of today’s young saxophone world, Tivon Pennicott brings fantastic rhythm, tasteful melodic lines and the deeply important groove. A two-time Grammy winner and runner-up in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition, he is also a prominent part of the Gregory Porter Band, a recent recipient of a 2017 Grammy Award for the album ‘Take Me To The Alley’. Arguably one of the decade’s most celebrated and genre-crossing artists, Gregory Porter performances have featured Tivon Pennicott on countless live and TV appearances across the globe. Hailing from Georgia, Tivon began playing with guitar legend Kenny Burrell while still in college, performing at many world-class venues alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder and Wynton Marsalis. Since moving to New York in 2009, he has collaborated with numerous artists, appeared on Esperanza Spalding’s crossover success ‘Radio Music Society’, and toured with master drummer Al Foster, best known for his long-term collaboration with Miles Davis.

Emanuel Ruffler, a New York resident of more than 20 years, also comes with a colorful musical pedigree. After taking grand prize in the Thelonious Monk Competition, he has achieved songwriting credit on Me’shell Ndegocello’s ‘Aquarium’ and also collaborated with world-famous designer Emanuel Ungaro, which ultimately led to Ruffler soundtracking an ad for an Ungaro-produced perfume.

Rashaan and Russell Carter‘s love of music fostered by their saxophonist father and mother, a radio programmer. The bass ultimately became the voice for Rashaan’s musical expression with Russell on drums. They cut their teeth on the local Washington, D.C. scene with artists such as as Gary Thomas and after Rashaan moved to New York City to attend the New School University, he quickly began working with many faculty members, including percussionist and composer Joe Chambers. Rashaan met future bandmate Emanuel Ruffler at that time.

Trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, in addition to Europe and Japan.  He is a member of Dave Holland’s two time Grammy Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller’s band, Wingspan. Having played with dozens of renowned figures in the jazz world, he has crossed over into other genres, recording and touring with The Temptations, Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan, Freedom Williams, Kirk Franklin, and Defunkt.

CREDITS:

Emanuel Ruffler – keyboards

Tivon Pennicott – saxophone

Rashaan Carter – bass

Russell Carter – drums

Duane Eubanks – trumpet

 

Produced and composed by Emanuel Ruffler, in memory of Walter Bishop Jr.

Published by Emudrum Music (BMI).

Actress: Kokoro

Hair and Kimono styling by Naoko Kitano

Filmed and Edited by Hideki Shiota

 

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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in Jazz

 

The Clash Calling – Kyttaro Live Club – Friday 3 March 2017

The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growin’ thin
A nuclear era, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I, I live by the river…

On Friday 3 March the music collective Antibodies is putting together a charity festival at Kyttaro Live Club in Athens, which will pay tribute to The Clash.

Guests are fifteen of the top bands and artists of the Greek scene that will perform in their own way material of The Clash showing their respect to a band that shed the light on a path, for generations that followed.

Bad Movies, Beggar Belief, Dead Dranks, Dirty Fuse, Dustbowl feat Alex K, Jet Black, Panx Romana feat MC Yinka, Tolis Fasois, Haris Αρνάκια & Stavros Εx, The Statycs, Tsiri Band feat Μike Pougounas, Xenofon Razis & Pirates City and Ζωρζ Πιλαλί και η Soufra Band.

The night will close with a video shot during the historic gig of Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, from Sporting Stadium in Athens (30 November 2001).

Doors open: 21:00

Ticket: 6 Euros

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Antibodies is a collective of artists that join forces to help refugees and people in need against everyday fears.

Armed with love, humanity, and solidarity, the artists of the collective work as antibodies in the social network.

For more information: Antisomata.org@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Concerts / Performances