(poster design via Henry Owings) Breaking news: for three nights October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd WFMU Fest takes over the Music Hall of Williamsburg for our very first ever big-scale multi-day curated concert event. Hot damn. Check out this lineup: Thursday October 1st: Krautrock pioneers Faust, with Cold Cave and Aluk Todolo opening! Friday, October 2nd: a home run punk fest featuring Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, Vee Dee, and Guinea Worms! Saturday the 3rd features the return of No Wave legends Teenage Jesus and the Jerks plus a triple attack setup of NYC noisemongers Sightings, Drunkdriver, and Talk Normal. Tickets will be available in advance via the Music Hall of Williamsburg's site starting September 3rd. We will not be broadcasting, so you better get on out and not miss this, it's gonna melt brains! More info on the bands after the jump:
More on the lineup for WFMU Fest:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1st (Doors 8PM, $20 advance or night of show):
Formed in 1969 in Hamburg, Germany and considered the inventors of "Krautrock", iconoclasts extrordinaire Faust are key figures in 20th Century music. In the early '70s, along with Can and Kraftwerk, they re-invented pop music as a specifically European art-form. In their own studio they were able to revolutionize the whole process of musical production; they improvised with industrial noise, generated bizarre hypnotic grooves, indulged in shockingly willful studio-based collages, and dabbled with every
conceivable musical genre, sometimes simultaneously. The touring members of this 2009 US Faust tour are original members Jean-Herve Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, along with James Johnston (Gallon Drunk, Lydia Lunch, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and visual/video artist, painter, and musician Geraldine Swayne.
Centered around Philly's Wesley Eisold, Cold Cave (left) has been garnering attention via numerous recordings and live events as purveyors of dark industrial synth-pop via elements of power electronics. Cold Cave is a brand new signing to Matador Records, and recently issued music on Hospital Productions, Dais, and Wesley's own Heartworm label.
Heavy weirdness from French occult combo (featuring members of Gunslingers and black metallist Diamatragon) described by Aquarius Records as: "ominous krautrock rhythms over Einsturzende style industrial clatter, some lost seventies psych rock holy grail channeled through modern post rock. Dreamy and dark and mesmerizing. Hypnotic guitar lines and simple shuffling rhythms that build into clattery propulsive jams, all clanging angular riffs and dense tangled drumming."
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd (doors 8PM, tickets $12 advance/$15 night of show):
Pennsylvania's punk overlords exhuding copious amounts of SST, Flipper, Drunks With Guns, and generally damaged American hardcore/post-hardcore through their sweaty pores. Their third and latest album has just hit, "King of Jeans", on Sub Pop. One of the more destroying live rock combos of the modern day.
From In the Red who's just issued their debut album: "Lafayette, Indiana, creepers TV Ghost-- a band who ushers in a vile and squalid new disposition to ugly art punk and carves out a black hole of pestilence that will delight its sufferers to no end. If one can swim through the murky grime long enough to let one's frazzled senses adjust, it's clear how effectively TV Ghost incorporates the licentious nuances of the Cramps' earliest scuzz, no wave's cacophony, and Suicide's terrifying throb alongside cavernous bellows from the depths of the third layer of hell."
Chicago punkoid swagger with copious forays into psychedelic scuzz-fuzz realms, joyfully bad trips to canoodle with the brain receptors most welcoming to the Stooges, Mudhoney, Misfits, Electric Eels, Original Sins. (photo left via Fungus Boy)
Victim of Time: "The Columbus Ohio, Guinea Worms have been kicking around the fuzz bucket for a whopping decade now under the reptilian wing of Will Foster, but you'd never tell from their catalog which you could probably count on 4 fingers--CDRs included. Recently releasing their Box of Records 7" single on Columbus Discount Records, the accolades are rightfully raining down, as their mix of slightly sluggish 60s-style slingers smash directly into more urgent sounds of post-punk, and will stick in your gut like a parasitic worm."
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd (doors 8PM, $20 advance or night of show):
TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS
Legends of New York's No Wave movement of the late 70's, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks were formed by Lydia Lunch and James Chance in 1976, with Chance later departing. With Lunch on vox and vicious slide electric guitar, the band was short-lived but made an enormous impact in the NYC underground and its followers for years to come. Their music was dark, nihilistic and emitted in short, violent blasts of what Rolling Stone referred to as "utterly unendurable" music, while tastemaker critics like Lester Bangs held
Lydia and company up as pure genius and a complete deconstruction of the safe cruise control mode punk and new wave had settled into. They were one of the four cornerstone NYC bands to appear on Brian Eno's "No New York" compilation, and Atavistic later compiled all the bands recordings onto one
CD release. Lydia returned to the stage with the Jerks last year (Thurston Moore, Jim Sclavunos in tow), this time out Al Kizys is on bass with Sclavunos (Sonic Youth, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tav Falco's Panther Burns) on drumkit.
Over the last decade the Hoffman/Lockie/Morgan trio has become one of thee live bands to see in NYC, taking cues from everything from early Neubauten to Japanese blowout psychedelia to cave-dwelling dub and even minimal house, all contained within a traditional guitar/bass/drums format. Sightings channel it all via noisy, organic rock with weirdly structured songs developed through a keen and alien vocabulary that constant playing and recording has developed to today's state of the band. Five years ago people
first started to talk about them reaching new peaks, but they've only kept adding fuel to the fire and are really are astounding us more every show.
Brooklyn's rulers of agitpunk. Collective Zine: "Drunkdriver, while not exactly ploughing themselves a new furrow (see also: Brainbombs, Drunks With Guns et al), garnered a similarly joyous reaction thanks to the sheer blown-out bluster and mic-swallowing outrage of these nine songs: a stupid, fucked up mess that reduces three-chord frenzy to overdriven clumps of terminal noise and hectoring, drool-chinned bedshitting and makes every songsomething you have to fight your way through rather than passively endure."
The Brooklyn duo of Andrya Ambro and Sarah Register propel mysterious globs of percussion/synthesizer weirdness; arrhythmic yet hypnotic, extreme but accessible, keeping a distinct balance of abstract futurism and No Wave/postpunk purity. Their new full length due October 27 on Rare Book Room Records.