In early August you’ll recall that we met in a smoky back room to discuss Northern Spy’s third annual Spy Music Fest. Right, well the intel has changed, so listen up. I don’t want you going off into the field all half-cocked and causing an international incident. Most of the intel’s still good: the event’s still happening on September 7-8 and it’ll still feature acts like Loren Connors, Seaven Teares, & Diamond Terrifier. The tech is still sourced from those cutie-pies downstairs, Tiny Mix Tapes, and refreshments are coming from Sixpoint Brewery. Keep your wits about you when you imbibe, though. I had a pretty little thing in a long black dress spike my drink once when I was out in the field and I was beset by hallucinations of our founding fathers all winged and snarling for six days following.
Two major things have changed, though. First off, Thurston Moore and John Moloney won’t be in attendance as Caught on Tape on September 8. Called off on some top-secret need-to-know operation, I imagine. I can only speculate, but I’ll bet Moore’s got his American-flag dagger hilt-deep in the gut of some sonofabitch dictator somewhere. In their place, the crack team of Mystical Weapons have been called in. If you’d have read the briefing, you’d know that Mystical Weapons are Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. They’re basically the MacGyvers of improvisation, able to jam their way out of even the most dire spot. I say this as a high compliment even though I’m sure you know as well as I do that the MacGyver television program gave its viewers a hardly realistic impression or our profession. Lennon and Saunier will be joined by the projections of frequent-collaborator Martha Colburn.
The second major piece of intel that’s changed is the addition of a late Friday night festival pre-party on September 6. You know how the president rides in a motorcade so the terrorists won’t know which car he’s in? Same deal here. More performances, harder for double agents to sabotage. The pre-party will see performances from Swindella (a member of Cloud Nothings) and Colin L. Orchestra (from The USA Is a Monster). The deep-cover cross-dressing comedian Sticky Greg’ll host and root out any funny business, and Shanmations will DJ. The party will be at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn, and entry is $5 unless you’ve either got your service weapon or a festival pass on you, in which case it’s free. Pick up your tickets here so you don’t get caught out in the field with your pants down. Good luck out there, and godspeed.
Spy Music Fest lineup:
Saturday, September 7 at Spectrum (121 Ludlow)
7:00 - Driphouse
7:50 - Diamond Terrifier
8:40 - Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille
9:30 - ODO (FORMA)
10:20 - Charles Gayle Trio
Sunday, September 8 at 285 Kent
7:00 - PC Worship
7:45 - Ava Luna
8:30 - Seaven Teares
9:15 - NYMPH
10:00 - Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier)
10:45 - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
11:30 - Aa (a.k.a. Big A Little a)