La Big Vic, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Family Portrait

La Big Vic

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks

Family Portrait

Landlady

Sat, February 4, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

La Big Vic - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
La Big Vic
Actually from Brooklyn’s La Big Vic. LBV’s lead guitarist, Toshio Masuda, performed in a major label J-Pop boy band in his youth in Japan. He produced hip hop songs, commercials, and soundtracks before coming to America to become an inspirational R&B musician. Peter Pearson, the group’s synthesist, is an apprentice to Pink Floyd’s live sound producer Jeff Blenkinsopp at Expert Audio Repairs & Servicing (EARS) Inc. One of Jeff’s last interns was Gavin Russom. La Big Vic’s lead singer and violinist is Emilie Friedland, founder of Visitation Rites. She inspired us to start chatting with people about music. La Big Vic is a kosmische, trip-hop, genre buster. Actually is hook rich, atmospheric, and full of lurking positivity.
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
"Alex Bleeker and the Freaks is a loving collection of classic rock and roll tunes. Over Budweiser’s in the Maxwell’s dining room before the show Bleeker mentioned he wants his band to sound like Neil Young and Crazy Horse. You can definitely feel that desire coming though on the record and in live settings. The music has a rough edge to it, a kind of electric haze that makes pretty sounds feel more desperate." - Microphone Memory Emotion
Family Portrait - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Family Portrait
Family Portrait conjure images of tie-dyed mountain community thanks to the bonfire-ready hooks that they've placed into their lo-fi, pop-punk with the affinity for effects found on shoegaze records.
Landlady - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Landlady
"This is the part of the song when we come together." Adam Schatz's voice rings out in the flickering candlelight of Manhattan Inn. Last summer, he began a monthly series in the Greenpoint bar's piano-anchored back room, built to bring his friends together to play music. And Schatz – who plays in Man Man and Father Figures, co-produces NYC Winter Jazzfest, founded Search & Restore, and has wielded his saxophone on numerous stages and on recordings for bands like Vampire Weekend (see "Diane Young") and Those Darlins – has a lot of friends. But on this warm summer night, the man that energizes so many NYC scenes stood on a piano bench, gazing somewhere only he could see, and declared a scene of his own: "There's no before. There's no after. There's only this." This is Landlady.

The song was "Above My Ground," a disarming sing-along anthem and a wide window into Schatz – the songwriter, the multi-instrumentalist, the vocalist. Over the past three years, Landlady has evolved alongside its busy leader, self-releasing Keeping To Yourself in 2011, solidifying into a striking five-member lineup that includes Mikey Freedom Hart, Ian Chang, Ian Davis, and Booker Stardrum, and recording Upright Behavior. The new album will be released July 15, 2014 on Hometapes (home to Bear In Heaven, Celestial Shore, Megafaun, Leverage Models, Brad Laner, Pattern Is Movement, and more).
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com