Drop The Lime, Small Black, Purity Ring, We Barbarians, TEEN, Gauntlet Hair, Electric Guest, Cuckoo Chaos

Windish Agency CMJ Showcase

Drop The Lime

Small Black

Purity Ring

We Barbarians

TEEN

Gauntlet Hair

Electric Guest

Cuckoo Chaos

Fri, October 21, 2011

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$12

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This event is 21 and over

Drop The Lime - (Set time: 2:00 AM)
Drop The Lime
DROP THE LIME (TROUBLE & BASS, TIGERBEAT 6, INSTITUBES, NYC)
http://www.dropthelime.com/

Everyone comes from somewhere, but some people wear the cities they’re from like badges of honour. Drop the Lime is Luca Venezia, one of those people whose identity is intrinsically connected to his hometown – New York City.

And while many have only just heard of the magic of Drop The Lime, Luca has been honing his craft for years. From humble beginnings as a choirboy to a childhood obsession with 50s rock’n’roll, the 25 year old has been experimenting with sound for years via the underground electronic scene of Kid 606’s TigerBeat6 label, Mad Decent and French label Institubes (under his alter ego “Curses!”).

He also runs Trouble & Bass, an influential New York club night and label since 2006. The Trouble & Bass crew are the DJs who are defining a new New York sound.
Small Black - (Set time: 1:00 AM)
Small Black
The cover of Brooklyn-based Small Black's second LP, Limits of Desire, features a photo of a man and a woman embracing on either side of a ladder, completely naked, divided by its triangular arc. They're close, but they can't get any closer. It's a moving depiction of connectivity and interaction in the 21st century and it serves as a sort of source code for the record.

Limits of Desire is Small Black's most accomplished album yet. It's a crystalline realization of a sound they've been building toward since their self-titled EP in 2009. Now a full-time four piece, Josh Hayden Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums, percussion), the band have moved way beyond the hazy home recorded sound of their previous releases toward a full-fledged, but still self-produced, clear approach. Where 2010’s New Chain was a lesson in maximalist pop, Limits of Desire finds the band trimming their sound to the essentials, yet hitting new and unexpected heights with the addition of live drums, electric guitar and trumpet to the existing Small Black palette.

Tonally the songs sweep and glide over lush keys, bolstered by lyrics that illustrate the semi-abstract moments of lost opportunities and misread signs, hinted at by the cover image. The title track whirls softly, and channels luminaries Tears for Fears and The Blue Nile, anchored by Pieczanski's punchy bass as Kolenik sings: "Other lives droned/ far from the grass where I lay/ each eye stared out the opposite way." As much as the record is about looking for deeper connections, it's also about avoiding real life, if only for a moment—getting out of your own head just long enough to calm down and find perspective.

“Free At Dawn” and “No Stranger” do what fans have come to love Small Black for, only better. They’re smart pop bangers tinged with a specific brand of melancholy that slowly build to night-affirming climaxes. While "Breathless” ups the tempo, over synth stabs, with lyrics that tackle apathy and uncertainty with catchy grace: "I'm standing in tomorrow's way/ future's fine/least it seems okay." It paints a concise portrait of a generation struggling with unlimited freedom and malaise.

The band builds on a rich history of synth pop by making a thoroughly modern album, on both the front and back end. One that seeks out cohesion, connection and calm in a world that won’t sit still. Limits of Desire doesn't attempt to provide any solutions, but coming to terms with not finding the answers feels infinitely more fruitful.
Purity Ring - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
Purity Ring
Purity Ring is the futuristic pop project of Corin Roddick and Megan James. Purity Ring makes lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s r&b, lush dream pop, and the powerful immediacy of the very best modern indie pop. Megan James’ remarkable voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal, soaring joyfully through Roddick’s carefully chopped beats, trembling synths, and past her perfect counterpoint – a ghostly pitched-down vocal which both underscores hooks and renders the entire musical backdrop beautifully alien.

The band erupted out of the gates in early 2011 with its first single “Ungirthed” b/w “Lofticries”, released on notable UK label Transparent, garnering praise from tastemakers such as Pitchfork (who awarded Best New Track to the A-side), the Guardian, and the FADER.
We Barbarians - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
We Barbarians
Vacillating between dark and light with rhythm-heavy foundations, We Barbarians sucker most into thinking the collaboration is anything but a three piece. David Quon (singer/guitarist), Derek VanHeule (bass/vocals) and Nathan Warkentin (drums/vocals) formed in Long Beach, CA in 2007 from the throes of previous bands. Since their inception and the release of their debut EP, 2008’s In The Doldrums, the band has toured with Local Natives, Tokyo Police Club, Maps and Atlases, Ra Ra Riot, Cold War Kids, The Morning Benders and Les Savy Fav.
TEEN - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
TEEN
Pivoting from the melodic psych of their previous efforts, TEEN’s second full-length The Way And Color shows the young group confidently shifting direction with their distinctly modern, R&B-informed pop.

Searching for inspiration following their last album, the band’s three sisters – lead singer Teeny Lieberson, keyboardist Lizzie Lieberson and drummer Katherine Lieberson – found direction from a simple lineup tweak, joining with bassist Boshra AlSaadi to mine a new side of the band’s sound.

What emerged was the ambitious scope of The Way And Color. Recorded over a ten-day session in upstate New York, the band infuses their brooding pop with minimalist beats and complex harmonies, inspired by D’Angelo and Erykah Badu’s classic R&B.

Amidst the album’s rich patchwork, Teeny emerges as a expressive, inspired frontwoman, touching on themes of relationships, womanhood and power. The record’s crisp production from Daniel Schlett (DIIV) showcases her voice’s stylistic agility, from the theatrical vamping of “Rose 4 U” to the twisting, soulful “More Than I Ask For.” Toying with genre, TEEN successfully trades in the reverb for a punchy clarity and newfound maturity.
Gauntlet Hair - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Gauntlet Hair
Gauntlet Hair is a relatively unknown pair of dudes who are named Andy and Craig, from the smallish (23,000 population) Colorado town of Lafayette. The pair garnered a fair amount of attention after being part of the Rhinoceropolis-curated block of Denver-based bands that played at the post-SXSW Mexican extravaganza MtyMx. The band’s track “I Was Thinking…” is a pretty insatiable guitar stomp that throws some R&B and soul into the lo-fi revival pot, mixing heavily reverbed guitars with a simple, but undeniably booty-shaking beat. Add in some Animal Collective-style vocal melodies and you’ve got something pretty fantastic. The track showed up on Denver producer Pictureplane’s MtyMx mixtape but no other release info is currently available.
Electric Guest - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Electric Guest
Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton–collectively known as Electric Guest–have confirmed an April 24 release date for their Danger Mouse-produced Downtown Records debut album, Mondo.

The record’s release is preceded by utterly infectious first single “This Head I Hold,” available now as a free stream http://soundcloud.com/electricguest/this-head-i-hold and released digitally on January 24. Single art is included above.

Meanwhile the thoroughly unsettling video for album cut “American Daydream,” directed by Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live), will premiere across MTV’s various platforms beginning January 23 on MTV, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV.com.

Electric Guest will also be bringing its live experience, hailed by NYLON as ”pretty much irresistible,” to Los Angeles’ Echo club for a free residency beginning Monday February 6 and continuing every Monday through the end of February. The free weekly 11 p.m. live sets represent the band giving something back to the Los Angeles homebase that has embraced it since KCRW named album track “Troubleman” a “Today’s Top Tune” (http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/tu/tu111101electric_guest_troub).

Following the completion of the Echo residency, Electric Guest will head out on a series of dates in the southwestern U.S., including their first visit to South By Southwest in Austin (Deatils TBD). See itinerary below and check back at ElectricGuest.com for updates.
Cuckoo Chaos - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Cuckoo Chaos
Cuckoo Chaos is the Richard Nixon of disco dancing. Cuckoo Chaos is the Henry Ford of Dada. Cuckoo Chaos is the John The Baptist of cunnilingus. Cuckoo Chaos is a nice, firm ass in the palm of your hands. Cuckoo Chaos is the Nobel Peace Prize of bukkake. Cuckoo Chaos has the Lindbergh baby. Cuckoo Chaos knows you're fucked up, but loves you. Cuckoo Chaos wants you to want. Chew on that, sucka.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com