I’ve got a show coming up this Friday! As you’ve probably noticed, I present live shows even less often than I have albums go for adds at radio (which is already relatively infrequently because of how selective I am about who I work with!), so you KNOW the ones I do go out of my way for are super worth paying attention to. GET THERE EARLY, the whole bill is incredible!! This time around we’ve got Band Mom Band (practically family members at this point) Good Field on their vinyl release tour from Austin TX, and Ramesh (the former leader of VOXTROT!! Yessss) playing a rare completely solo set, and Matt Bauer, sometime New Yorker (but also Austinite/Kentuckian/Arkansasan) who’s just briefly gracing us with his presence before disappearing into the nomadic ether again. Let’s give these 3 bands with Austin ties a nice Brooklyn welcome before forcing them to do the same to us when we invade SXSW in a couple weeks!!
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 10 bones, the doors are at 8pm, and the music starts at 8:30. Here’s stuff about the bands! In last to first order:
Good Field began as the solo recording project of Austin, TX’s Paul Price (Brazos, The Early Tapes), with instrumentation and production help from friends who came from other Austin bands such as Tacks the Boy Disaster and Voxtrot, and who later departed for doctorate degrees and other bands (like NYC’s Bright Moments). Price, who had written some of the album in an isolated adobe by a cenote in Mexico, continued working on the songs in between tours with Brazos and Voxtrot. Shortly after the recording, which combined influences of shoegaze, indie rock, ’60s guitar tones, and pop hooks, wrapped up in the summer of 2011, Price formed the band known as Good Field – an homage to cricket and desolate landscapes. Joining Price are fellow Austin musicians Esteban Cruz (Coma in Algiers) on drums, Michael McLeod (Richard Linklater film composer) on bass and Kyle Robertson (whose work has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Daily Show, American Idol, and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver) on keys. Good Field started performing live and released its debut full length in February of 2012, which went on to spend 7 weeks on CMJ’s Top 200 chart, peaking at #69 (which was, of course, their goal).
Formerly the frontman of Voxtrot, Ramesh steps out on his own in a show of diversity and intensity. Still slung across a backbone of melody, darkness and light peak in from opposing sides, and at the point of their intersection lies the spirit of the thing…Since departing Voxtrot in 2010, Ramesh has performed as a solo performer, as well as an opening act for Beirut. He has been accumulating material for a full-length album, enlisting various producers/engineers, such as Jim Eno (Spoon), Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs), and Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend), and has digitally released one EP. In the words of Other Music (NYC), “The debut solo EP from Ramesh Srivastava finds the longtime singer/songwriter of the now defunct Voxtrot eschewing the guitar jangle of his old group for something more expansive and gorgeous. From electronic-tinged productions to lush chamber pop, Srivastava has clearly grown as a musician without sacrificing his gift for a great hook. Bittersweet yet absolutely intoxicating, fans of his old band (and new fans) should not hesitate.” Now is the time to catch Ramesh in a rare solo appearance before his debut full-length is released later in 2013.
2012’s No Shape Can Hold Me Now was recorded over more than a year in which Matt Bauer has had no permanent residence, and at the heart of the EP are thoughts on travel, return, and trying to find a home in the world. From a duet with Jolie Holland that imagines a red eye flight over the international date line, to a track commissioned by the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, the songs take us to places familiar and strange, real and imagined. Following 2008’s The Island Moved in the Storm, Bauer has, more often than not, been on tour in the US and Europe, and after the release of 2011’s The Jessamine County Book of the Living has split his down time between Brooklyn, Austin, Arkansas, and Kentucky. No Shape Can Hold Me Now was recorded to a vintage Avenbeinder 5 track in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Lexington, Kentucky, and Gilbert, Arkansas. The wanderers of this EP find home not only as a place on a map, but as a shared past, a moment with friends, or in the thrill of having no idea where you are or what’s next.
SEE YOU THERE, BROOKLYN!!! Oh man, I can’t wait.