WFMU is throwing a launch party for FreeMusicArchive.org on April 4th at The Bell House in Brooklyn. There'll be live music from Thee Oh Sees, Excepter,
Catatonic Youth Sightings, and Pink Skull, a DJ set from WFMU music director Brian Turner, a live broadcast booth, dub pies, libations, mayhem, special guests and the unleashing of positive post-WFMU-marathon energies.
The Free Music Archive will combine the curatorial approach that stations like WFMU have played for the last few decades, and the community generated approach of many current online music sites. It'll be a valuable resource for those in search of legal audio; each track will have a clear set of rights associated with it, as determined by the artist, letting podcasters, bloggers, remix artists and music fans know what uses the rights-holders will and will not allow. The project began here at WFMU, but we are just one of several curators who've been gathering audio for the Free Music Archive, freeing archival audio into the public domain, adding to the Creative Commons and building an open forum for participation that we're very excited to share with you. Stay tuned to our pre-launch blog for more previews and announcements as we get closer to launch. In the meantime, here's the launch party info:
WFMU Presents: FreeMusicArchive.org Launch Party
Saturday April 4th, doors 7pm, 18+
@ The Bell House: 149 7th St, Brooklyn [map]
admission: $10 adv. [tix here] or a roll of the dice
Thee Oh Sees / Excepter /
Catatonic Youth Sightings / Pink Skull
11pm Thee Oh Sees
John Dwyer's latest project, based out of San Francisco, with a new album on the way from In The Red. The(e) Oh Sees is not to be confused with OCS (Dwyer's backporch underwater psych-folk collabo with Patrick Mullins of Burmese). This is more akin to the Coachwhips but with more breathing room and crazy Pink-and-Brown rhythms.
listen: Thee Oh Sees - The Freak Was Clean (mp3) from the oop Peanut Butter Oven 12'' EP (Awesome Vistas 2008)
Experimental electronic-improv 6-piece from Brooklyn, with records on 5rc, Load, Fuck It Tapes, Fusetron, Paw Tracks, and their own Excepter Records. They document their notorious live shows in a/v formats at pod-o-matic, and the latest mind-melting vid from Excepter's 17-hour Election Day performance can be found here.
listen: Excepter - Kill People (mp3) from Debt Dept (Paw Tracks 2008)
"Control My Gun" was my favorite song of last year. Listen to it! Catatonic Youth is a solo recording project, but 3 catatonic youths will be performing for this show, their east coast debut.
listen: Catatonic Youth - Control My Gun (mp3) from World's Lousy With Ideas Vol. 5 7'' (Almost Ready Records' 3-way split w/ Christmas Island, Dan Melchior Und Das Menace)
8pm Pink Skull
Kraut-influenced house music from Philadelphia, "for those who love drugs and disco/fans of zongamin, soccio, faust and DC recordings." Pink Skull are awesome DJs and remix artists, and they'll be performing with a full band for this show.
listen: Pink Skull - Unicorn Harpoon (mp3) from Zeppelin 3 (Free News Projects 2008)