I’m continuing my string of solid-gold Union Hall show lineups next Friday…here comes another one where the whole bill is Unstoppable Greatness! We’ve got Advance Base (Owen Ashworth of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone!), Matador-associated antifolkie Jennifer O’Connor, and Jason Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players)’s new swing/big-band The Pendulum Swings. So get there early, stay late, and read on for more info!
Here’s the facebook invite. Here’s some more stuff about it!!
It’s at Union Hall, a favorite place of mine and a venue where I also often work the door. That’s at 702 Union St, just east of 5th Ave in Park Slope Brooklyn. It is not the same place as Union Pool, so don’t go there. Take the R train to Union St and walk 1 block east!
It costs 8 buxx in advance and 10 the day of show (fyi that includes day-of online sales-get in there early!), the doors are at 7:30pm, and the music starts at 8:00. Here’s stuff about the bands! In last to first order:
Advance Base is the new musical project by Chicago, Illinois singer, songwriter, & producer Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). A Shut-In’s Prayer is Ashworth’s first full-length release in over three years, & his first under the name Advance Base. Recorded at home & in piano practice rooms at the Chicago Public Library, A Shut-In’s Prayer is an intimate collection of deliberately crafted but decidedly lo-fi torch songs, waltzes & ballads. Accompanying himself on his Rhodes 54 electric piano, Ashworth sings nostalgic stories about lost loves, childhood friends, estranged siblings, & hard feelings over simple drum machine rhythms & spare percussion. The additional arrangements that fill out these ten songs intertwine gentle upright piano melodies & expansive electric bass, filling the spaces between plainly-sung harmony vocals & strummed autoharp chords, with the occasional creaking floorboard or snapping reverb spring to remind you of the cramped rooms where this album was recorded. It’s a different sound than one might expect from the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, but Ashworth’s keen ear for melody & idiosyncratic skill as a lyricist have only improved in recent years, pushing his memorable songwriting in all new directions. At age 35, Ashworth has a lot of music left in him, & he’s just getting started again. You may also remember all the other stuff I said about Advance Base when I freaked out about getting to promote the record to college radio in May. This is a rare chance to see Ashworth in an intimate, headlining (and South Brooklyn) setting, before he opens for Mark Kozelek the next night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Jennifer O’Connor is a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter who has released five albums for Matador, Red Panda, and her own label, Kiam – and she’s currently at work on her sixth. Her most recent effort, I Want What You Want, garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, the Village Voice, NBC and many more. O’Connor has toured the United States alongside bands such as Wilco, Cass McCombs, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Feist, and Yo La Tengo. Her songs have appeared in numerous television shows and films such as Sons of Anarchy, Parenthood, Private Practice, The Ghost Whisperer, The Strangers, Think Like A Man, and The Sensation of Sight.
Brooklyn’s most outrageous indie-nerd big swing band, The Pendulum Swings are more than a dance band. Jason Trachtenburg, formerly and currently of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, leads this 13-piece ensemble that has been described as “a warped Sinatra. Highly recommended.” (Time Out N.Y.) With all original songs in the vein of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and the late Marvin Hamlisch, The Pendulum Swings deliver a memorable night of highly orchestrated music, performance, and comedy. The Pendulum Swings debut album, The Greatest Hits of Big Band, will be released in October on X5 Records.
SEE YOU THERE, BROOKLYN!!! Oh man, this is gonna be great.