snowflake-y and strangely attractive…
By Blurt Staff
We previously brought you details on the new Mercury Rev album Snowflake Midnight (and it’s free-download companion Strange Attractor), both due Sept. 30
from Yep Roc. (Trust us, they’re cool. We’ve heard ‘em.)
Now, in honor of today’s mystical configuration/alignment of
planets/date scheme 8/8/8 (check it out) comes word of a pair unique
experimental Rev shows to be held in NYC on Sept. 10 featuring guests Feedtank and Alex Chechile.
Here’s the official scoop:
Mercury Rev, long known for their
pioneering work in experimental music, have confirmed two performances for
Sept. 10 at The Stone, John Zorn’s lower east side outpost for the avant-garde.
The show, curated by Foetus front man Jim Thirlwell, will see Mercury Rev
joined by Brooklyn’s Feedtank, a collective of
digital artists using new technologies to create playful interactive spectacles
and light-based musical interfaces. Artist Alex Chechile will also join using a
home-built electroencephalograph brainwave machine and hacked electrocardiograph
heart monitor producing tones and music directly from the minds of Mercury Rev.
The collaborative performance will feature playing and improvising around
motifs from the forthcoming Mercury Rev release “Snowflake Midnight” and its companion album (available
for free download on release date) “Strange
Attractor” as well as the band’s back catalog. The new albums, created
using open-source audio technology as well as random note and word generators
are a milestone for the band and mark a further embrace of experimental compositional
techniques and cutting edge recording methods to make music that Stereogum says
“brims with energy and a glossy, trippy feel.”
Soon after these performances at The Stone, Mercury Rev will play the All
Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello,
NY on Sept 21 at the behest of curators My Bloody Valentine.
The Stone is located at Ave. C at 2nd
St., and the shows will be held at 8 and 10 pm.
Tickets are available on the night of
performance at the door (let’s see how press scum try to work this…) at the
bargain prices of $15 adult, $5 students 13-19, free for children 12 and under.
Go to The Stone’s official website if you have any
questions. (Press scum excluded…)