Neon Marshmallow Festival NYC begins this week, adds Thursday performances

Neon Marshmallow Festival NYC begins this week, adds Thursday performances

ATP what? CMJ who? There are plenty of festivals in New York City and Brooklyn this fall, and kids are starving themselves to save up for admissions as their arms become enveloped by multiple colorful wristbands, but as for me, there’s only one festival this autumn that perfectly caters to my elite and seemingly unachievable good taste. And that, curious lads, is New York’s first annual Neon Marshmallow Festival. We previously announced the coming of the festival, which originated in Chicago, and we now are dutifully reminding you that these phenomenal performances are nigh — this weekend, to be exact.

The majority of the festival will be held at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, and the venue sound will be expanded with the addition of the full-spectrum Bunker sound-system, in addition to the PA’s recent installation of Turbosound subs (so that drone can get right into your chest). And don’t forget that there will be an hour of open Reyka Vodka bar on Friday and Saturday, and open Asahi Beer bar on all three nights!

For those of you already anxiously clutching to your all-weekend passes with sweaty hands and bated breath, good news has descended from the neon-marshmallow-like clouds: the festivities are now beginning a day early, with a recently added early reception on Thursday, featuring performances by C. Spencer Yeh and Aaron Zarzutzki. Thursday’s kick-off event will be absolutely free but requires an RSVP.

The new lineup for the festival will be as follows:

Thursday, October 13:
- Audible Silence: Opening Reception at the Clocktower Gallery
- C. Spencer Yeh & Aaron Zarzutzki Duo
- C. Spencer Yeh
- Aaron Zarzutzki

Friday, October 14:
- Grouper
- Kevin Drumm
- The Men
- Phill Niblock
- James Ferraro
Soiree After Party:
- Veronica Vascika (DJ sets)
- Xeno & Oaklander (performance)

Saturday, October 15:
- Tim Hecker
- Mark Fell
- Phoenecia
- Tim Harrington
- Carlos Giffoni
Soiree After Party:
- Spinoza (DJ sets)
- Rene Hell (performance)

Sunday, October 16:
- Rhys Chatham
- Loren Connors
- Alan Licht
- Ryley Walker
Night Show:
- Mandelbrott & Sky
- La Big Vic
- Joe Lentini
- Date Palms
- DJ sets by Brian Turner, Emilie Friedlander, Ric Leichtung, & more
- Visuals by EyeBodega, Johnny Woods, Jon Williams, Rebecca Gaffney & Yr Friend Matthew

Important note: as we predicted, a corresponding cassette compilation has been released for this festival, which features rare recordings from the festival’s artists and can already be purchased here.

Would you like an additional important note? Here’s another important note: the Tim Harrington performance on Saturday will be Harrington’s first live experimental solo performance using modular synthesis. History: made. See you there.

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Hype Williams’ Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland release solo recordings rarer than most breeds of unicorn

Hey, college freshmen! Ding dong ding dong! What’s that noise? Oh yes. It’s 2 o’clock today, [INSERT DATE HERE], which means it’s time for your first Economics quiz of the semester! Didn’t study? Don’t worry: it’s multiple choice, and for the purposes of this article, it’s only one question that really has nothing to do with Economics anyway.

Which of the following statements is true?

(a) Scarcity increases demand.
(b) The US economy, in its current state, is fucked.
(c) A band is mysterious. If said band members do not reveal their faces and/or names, the band’s mysteriousity can be directly linked to the band’s likelihood of releasing awesomely-named records.
(d) All of the above.

Nice work. Obviously the answer is (d) all of the above. Take, for example, Hype Williams, the band (not the director), which consists of two hazy like-minded individuals, Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt. This year Kode9’s Hyperdub label (also home to Burial, The Bug, and many more) released the group’s four-song debut, Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol.II. This summer, Copeland got a little help releasing her self-titled solo joint through Rush Hour, the fantastic Amsterdam house label. It’s available online. Now the man half of Hype Williams has his own solo thang available for your consumption.

Introducing Dean Blunt’s Jill Scott Herring OST! It’s a cassette. It’s a cassette release limited to 100 copies. It’s a cassette release limited to 100 copies through Mo Wax/Honest Jon’s artist Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes label that’s already sold out! A mere 100? Scarcity. DEMAND. Did I mention it’s already sold out? When the economy crashes once and for all, friends, limited cassette tape releases will be the new gold standard.

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GZA’s Liquid Swords getting remastered and reissued… again

I’m imagining Liquid Swords as an old-school video game — for N64, maybe with a version for Super Game Boy too. There’d be wizards, knights, and elves in underwater castles, and they’d all have to battle the Kraken (because a fire-breathing dragon wouldn’t make sense underwater, obviously).

Let’s be real, though: Liquid Swords is actually the title of the second solo album released by GZA a.k.a. Genius of The Wu-Tang Clan. Get on Down has reissued the album on double vinyl with audio remastered from the original studio tapes. Sure, Get on Down has reissued Liquid Swords on double vinyl before, but did they include a 24x24-inch replica of the album’s original retail poster last time? Well, maybe. I don’t actually know. It’s very possible.

The Liquid Swords reissue will see an October 25 release, just under a month before the reissue of Wu-Tang Clan co-founder Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s solo debut. ‘Tis the season for Wu-Tang, I suppose.

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The Roots announce new album Undun, appearance(s) on Jimmy Fallon

At the end of last week, neo-soul ambassadors The Roots, a.k.a. the world’s blackest tolerators of Jimmy Fallon, announced on their Facebook page that they’d be dropping their 13th album on December 6. But, since I’m on the Google+ now (where I do nothing but relentlessly and redundantly post things about why Google+ is better than Facebook at everything to a shortlist of Gmail contacts who are already using Google+ to do the same), I didn’t find out about it until today. So, you know, try to bear with me and pretend like this is breaking news.

The new album is titled Undun and is being released via Def Jam. According to the group’s page, it’s going to be the band’s “first-ever concept album,” and I presume that it’s either about how “undun” Fallon’s monologues usually are at the time of his show’s tapings or how “undun” The Roots are getting paid gazillions to hang out and jam in a TV studio for a few hours a day. There’s no details about art or the tracklist or anything like that yet, but according to Prefix, James “I hate frat-boys” Blake supposedly guests on the thing. Wait, has James Blake ever even heard of Jimmy Fallon???

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Portishead announce release of charity single, then wait a long time to physically release it

With a spine-tingling caterwaul, Portishead have announced the upcoming release of a limited-edition single for their track “Chase the Tear” on XL Recordings. The release was available as a download back in 2009, but now it will be available on 12-inch vinyl and as a digital download… again! In these sour times, Portishead is doing some good and donating all proceeds from the sale of the single to Amnesty International. In addition to the title track, the single will also feature a B-side of Toronto-based group Doldrums reworking the source material.

Interested parties should hop on a flight to NYC and hit up the Independent Label Market where 200 signed copies will be available for purchase on October 8; the rest of us dummies will have to wait for the proper November 14 release.

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets, don’t forget to use them to see Portishead live on their current North American tour.


10.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy #
10.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom #
10.15.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Festival #
10.18.11- Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium #
10.21.11 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre #
10.23.11 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater #
10.24.11 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum #
10.27.11 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center #

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RIP: Roger Williams, renowned pianist

From The Chicago Sun-Times:

Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop chart in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87.

Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications from pancreatic cancer, according to his former publicist, Rob Wilcox.

Known as an electrifying stage performer and an adept improviser, Williams effortlessly switched between musical styles.

“Roger was one of the greatest pianists in the world and could play anything to classical music to jazz. He was one of the greatest personalities I’ve ever known,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a longtime friend of Williams and himself a musician. “He could touch any audience, from teenagers to senior citizens.”

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