Live without dead time this weekend with Talibam!, Shoot Her! the Jurassic Park Play, Yeasayer, Ponytail, Vaz, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Girl Talk, Royal Bangs.
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Saturday, 15 November ::
And here is easily the most interesting avant/jazz bill of the week. Call it the Talibam-successfully-returned-from-Europe Celebration:
Whereas most noise comes about by largely bypassing rhythm and melody, or at least burying them in atonal feedback and fuzz, Talibam!'s supremely skilled duo of Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea are able to pull off heavy noise surges through complicated, controlled bursts of keyboarded dissonance and drums that rattle chaotically all around a rhythm without ever quite letting go of it. And a Talibam! set is nothing if not surprising, both in the improvisational blind alleys even familiar songs spin off down without warning, and in Shea and Mottel's extremely strnage stage banter. So, let's welcome them home in style. Aiding in that cause: Baltimore “no-jazz” spaz spirals via Microkingdom and Christopher Meeder, who will be performing Kurt Schwitters' dada sonata Ursonate (how often are you possibly going to have opportunity to hear that?). Plus, there should be a ridiculous number of new Talibam! split EPs and whatnot to grab from the band here, as this has been an extremely productive year for them.
Perhaps equally compelling, though is Sleep When Dead's Market Hotal booking of the evening, which isn't even a band:
Remember last spring, when you heard about an amazing theater adaptation of your favorite movie of 5th grade, Jurassic Park? And then you discovered you were two days late and it was gone back to the cretaceous (Baltimore), never to be seen again? Well, thanks to science, second chances do come along once in a while. Yes, Wham City's Shoot Her! the Jurassic Park Play has been recreated from DNA extracted from the sucked blood of mosquitos trapped in amber since last March, and now roams again, eating tourists in exactly the way that the animatronic pirates do not. See them live at 1142 Broadway at Myrtle, Bushwick. All Ages. 8pm. $tba.
I think every good bill of the night must have been required to take a Baltimore band in (or theater troupe as the case may be). Or is that just a given of good bills these days? Either way, this is a good bill and its nod to Charm City (“The Greatest City in America”) comes in the excellent form of vividly finger-painted prog punk quartet Ponytail. With 8-bit-steeped rock project Graffiti Monsters, and New Age optimism-inflected medium rockers Yeasayer.
And two Todd P shows for Saturday night:
+The Needy Visions and the Homosexuals at the Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. btwn Stanton and Rivington, LES.
+Royal Bangs, Sisters, and Belly Boat at Death By Audio, 49 South 2nd St btwn Kent and Wythe, Williamsburg. All Ages. 8pm doors, $tba.
+Outpost (Mark C, Stuart Argabright, and Alice Cohen with percussionist Rami El Aaser) and Alasehir (3/5 of Bardo Pond) at Issue Project Room, in the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street btwn 3rd and 4th Aves, 3rd Floor, Gowanus. 8pm, $10.
+Girl Talk and the Death Set at Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St, Hell's Kitchen. All Ages. 8pm doors, $20.
+A.C. Newman, The Oranges Band, and Bird of Youth at the Bell House, 149 7th St. btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves, Gowanus. 21+. 8pm doors, $12.
+When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth and Hearts of Darknesses at Union Pool, 484 Union Ave at Skillman and Meeker, Williamsburg. 21+. 8pm doors, TBA.
Sunday, 16 November ::
You can tell that the holidays are setting in. Just a couple picks until mid next week:
+Lights, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, and Coconuts at Santos' Party House, 100 Lafayette Street at Walker, Chinatown/Tribeca. 21+. 8pm, $8.
+Eagles of Death Metal and the Duke Spirit at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street btwn Wythe and Kent. 18+. 8pm doorS, $20.
+Girl Talk at Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St, Hell's Kitchen. All Ages. 8pm doors, $20.