Bad Weather California

Bad Weather California

Woodsman, Amanda Jo Williams, Gowanus

Sun, January 22, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Bad Weather California - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Bad Weather California
Bad Weather California -- the minute-men of the 2010s -- are taking misfit culture back to the streets. A working class band that is in it for life and not just for this week's blogosphere, they're post-internet. Cyber-punk was a futurist's fictional fantasy and here BWC are, living in that digital future, a punk band that doesn't sound like one.
This is American music. Drawing on (perhaps channeling?) The Velvet Underground and post Beatles era John Lennon and Plastic Yoko Ono Band, Bad Weather California is both timeless and classic while somehow being, simultaneously, forward thinking and modern. "The songs should write themselves. The performances should look easy." (Chris BWC)
Woodsman - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Woodsman
Over the past couple years Woodsman has been on a vision quest of sorts. Relentlessly touring and honing a sound born in basements and warehouses sprouting from amps and speakers like lichens on the forest floor. Grounded in experimentation and inspired by the films of Stan Brakhage the band seeks to create visceral tunes born from their environment. When you're living in a city under mountains you can feel that rhythm seeping in. The bands two drummers focus the idea leaving room for the effected sounds the bands two guitar players conjure. Constantly moving, shifting their collective consciousness toward something mutual. Satisfaction is never guaranteed only suggested and with five releases to date Woodsman leaves it up to you.
Amanda Jo Williams - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Amanda Jo Williams
"Listening to Amanda Jo Williams' rough-shod country-folk is like eating a squirrel stew supper before falling into bed, where you then lie awake and hear the haunted scrabbles of raccoons, coyotes and bears and wonder if you staggered out there, would you be eaten alive or inducted into some ritualistic animal society. Her primal music is an open maw to the mysteries and fears of the world. With a twang-heavy voice that sometimes breaks into manic gibberish or other cartoonish effects, she sounds like an unruly, sometimes lonely little girl left to her own devices." – LA Times

"Strumming a small child's guitar and tapping a giant bass drum that rattles like an earthquake, Amanda Jo Williams spins country-fried yarns about growing up in Georgia, hitchhiking to Woodstock, the men she's loved and the cosmos she abides by, with a voice somewhere between Minnie Mouse and Tammy Wynette sucking helium. If Devendra Banhart is the prince of freak folk, Amanda Jo Williams is its patron saint." – LA Weekly

"One of the most interesting singers out there right now... really she is unlike anything and worthy of being followed around and documented. Someone Alan Lomax might have fallen in love with, she does seem to come from another world." – Greg Jamie of O'Death

"Amanda Jo Williams' combination of personalities and skills results in the most compelling roller coaster I've ridden in years–from the depths of a miniscule cracking whisper weaving tales of trauma, to the soaring heights of elongated elated instrumental breaks, Amanda Jo Williams will stop your heart, show you the light, then bring you right back again." – LA Record
Gowanus - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Gowanus
Gowanus is an experiment rock quartet that has its origins in the neighborhood surrounding the toxic Brooklyn waterway that shares its name. Using traditional analog instrumentation in combination with digital effects and sampling, the group creates a unique sound that infuses elements of jam-based improvisation, electro-funk and straight up the middle American rock ’n
roll.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com