In our perhaps ill-advised effort to continuously one-up ourselves until our heads explode, all of us here at the Magic Factory are floored to announce the next concert in WFMU's Free Music Series. On October 13th, please join us at Brooklyn's fashionable Southpaw nightclub for an evening of live music with Oneida, Simply Saucer, Alan Vega, and Old Time Relijun! Admission will be FREE!
We'll be spotlighting each of these performers right here in the coming weeks, but as our first free live music show ably demonstrated, this event is sure to pack out the house from floorboard to rafter. It'll be a veritable who's that of the WFMU community, and we hope all of you within baseball chucking distance from Southpaw will make an appearance.
In addition to the utterly heart-stopping lineup of performers, this event will be doubling as a book release party for Dave the Spazz's similarly blazin' new FMU-centric book entitled The Best of LCD: the Art and Writing of WFMU. For newcomers to the party, LCD was WFMU's fabled program guide which for years gave the station a much-lauded representation in the print realm and featured content from not just DJs and listeners, but also noted cultural icons like Nick Tosches, Daniel Clowes, Luc Sante, Chris Ware, Daniel Johnston, and more. The Best of LCD... collects the best of these contributions and offers a fluid portrait of WFMU's relevance in the age before everything went packing for the promised land of the internet. The book will be available for sale at the show, and Dave the Spazz might even step out of his monkey suit long enough to sign a few copies, so saddle up and get ready!
The Free Music Series was made possible through a grant from the New York State Music Fund. The fund's goal is to help creatively-minded artists who are not afforded the same opportunities for exposure that bands with the backing of commercial radio and major record labels are. In fact, it's some of those same major labels who were found to be engaging in payola to drum up airplay for their various flavor-of-the-moment acts. The subsequent fines paid by said labels were collected by the NYSMF, and have been deployed to non-profit arts organizations like WFMU to promote the kind of independent musicians that we feel a special artistic kinship with. If you're a fan of what this radio station does, you'll want to make attendance your weekend's top priority.
Although admission to this event will be free, there are no advanced tickets available. Admission will be first come, first served on the evening of the show. Southpaw is located at 125 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 18+ to enter, 8 PM doors.