Takka Takka, Pattern is Movement

Takka Takka

Pattern is Movement

WIM, Future of What

Wed, January 23, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Takka Takka - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Takka Takka
Minimalism and math-rock, Africa and Indonesia, funk and folk and psychedelia, often over beats that sound like rock anthems burnished smooth by the notes pelting above.” “Despite some earthbound moments most of the music is rock as meditation, with orderly repetition trying to keep the deepest fears at bay.” — Jon Pareles, The New York Times

In the four years since the release of their critically acclaimed Migration, Takka Takka have embarked on tours of the US, Canada, and Europe. But that’s only part of the story.

Frontman Gabe Levine released a highly regarded LP under his Gabriel and the Hounds moniker, while drummer Conrad Doucette contributed live percussion to The National, appearing on Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and performed with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir for Headcount’s awareness-raising The Bridge Session broadcast. He also joined Gabriel and the Hounds for tours in the US (opening for Beirut) as well as the UK. Amid all of the projects and pursuits, a new Takka Takka album was made.

This time around, longtime Takka Takka members Gabe Levine (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Conrad Doucette (drums and percussion) were joined by Craig Montoro (bass, vocals, trumpet), a native Texan whose resume includes performing on Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois album and tour.

The album is both a logical next step beyond Migration as well as a realization of the band’s songwriting and recording ambitions. , A.M. Landscapes was recorded at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn and produced by Phil Palazzolo (New Pornographers, Okkervil River) and features performances by Rene Planchon (lead guitars), Palazzolo (guitars), and The National’s Bryan Devendorf (contributing, as he did on Migration, auxiliary percussion). The LP also features Michael P. Atkinson, who worked with Levine to produce imaginative orchestral arrangements performed by notable New York-based musicians such as Hideaki Aomori, Alex Sopp, Tim Albright, Kyle Resnick, and the Osso Quartet.

Atkinson’s inspired orchestrations appear throughout: sinister saxaphones slither through “We Are Pilgrims No More (The End Of Our Traveling Days)”. Bright, athletic horns pump “When You Leave” and “All Of Our Makeup (Words From The Front)” into the stratosphere and dreamlike strings swirl swiftly and deftly through “Our Great Escape” and “Grave Song”. Elsewhere, longtime Takka Takka sonic touchstones appear in evolved form: Gabe Levine’s vocals are more focused, fierce, and commanding than ever before. The drums remain dry and methodical, and the guitars range from quiet grace to controlled fury, making A.M. Landscapes a logical continuation in the Takka Takka journey.
Pattern is Movement - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Pattern is Movement
Following their first three records, endless shows and tours, and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern is Movement turned themselves inside out and made the record All Together. That is the record that compelled Stereogum to declare that "Pattern is Movement deserve your worship." And the notoriously cagy Pitchfork to write: "It takes special musicians to make a sound like this work, but three LPs into their career, Thiboldeaux and Ward seem to have it figured out, creating an accessible album that nonetheless sounds unlike anything any other band is doing."

After touring non-stop in support of All Together, and sharing the stage with amazing musicians, such as St. Vincent, Wye Oak, as well as literally sharing the stage with The Roots, they went back home and started working on their fifth record. Fast forward to 2012 and the record is complete and both Andrew and Chris have never been more excited about something they've made. They will be sharing this record with the world, sometime in 2013, on Hometapes.
WIM - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
WIM have emerged on the scene out of relative obscurity. There have been whispers about them for years following their wondrous live shows; and now their haunting tunes will bring them into the limelight. Now Modular is proud as punch to announce their debut album to be released…

WIM’s debut, self-titled record has been a creative meeting of minds, having been produced by local legend Tony Buchen (Andy Bull, Ray Man 3, Kid Confucius) and mixed by industry aristocracy Bob Clearmountain (Springsteen, Roxy Music, INXS) in L.A. The result is an album that encapsulates the best of classic song writing and modern ideas, executed in a phenomenal fashion. The record itself doesn’t ooze of a buzz band way ahead of itself but rather a gradually growing group of musicians doing what they do best.

From the stomping album opener ‘Collossus’ to the poignant first single – ‘See You Hurry’, the band exudes confidence, style and prestige. The album takes many turns, as a journey is formed with tracks like ‘America’ and the enthnic tinged ‘John’. You not only listen, but feel this music, with every listen, your senses open up and take in what is a densely beautiful album.

WIM don’t create buzz through cheap stunts or Twitter; rather, they excite and amaze with long sets, great tunes and glitter.

Do yourself a favour and get drawn into the depths of this band’s sound. You won’t regret it for a second as every spin of WIM is a new discovery. The shock of the new has never sounded this good.
Future of What - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Future of What
Future Of What is Blair, Max, and Sam. Formed in Brooklyn, 2012.
Pro Dreams is their first album. It will be released in 2014.
It was recorded in five different New York studios with Brian Thorn.
It’s makeout music about dreamlife and death.
Breakups. CoCo Lin. Northampton. Siblings. Girlfriends. Capitalism.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002