The Landlady Holiday Spectacular Featuring Nels Cline, Eli Paperboy Reed, Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Hakim, Erica Eso, Big Thief, The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble, Gemma, Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin, Angelica Bess, Sarah Pedinotti and more!
Sunday · December 6, 2015
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Tickets at the Door
This event is 18 and over
The Landlady Holiday Spectacular
An enchanted night of music intertwined with the premier production of Red Velvet: An Ill-Conceived Santa Story.
Narrated by Frank Simms
Eli Paperboy Reed
The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble
Jeff Curtin and His Magic Theremin
We Make Noise students
Good Cop Great Cop
Isaac Gillespie as Santa
and more to be announced soon!
All proceeds will be donated to We Make Noise, a Brooklyn-based organization offering free and sliding-scale music programming for youth of all ages through classes and workshops from Bushwick School for Music, New York City Rock Camp, and Music's Cool Music School. www.wemakenoise.org
"This is the part of the song when we come together," Adam Schatz's voice rings out. "There's no before. There's no after. There's only this." Schatz leads Landlady, the Brooklyn five-piece whose 2014 Hometapes debut, Upright Behavior, boldly disrupts the notion of genre and reveals the soulful and continually-resonating work of Schatz and core band members Ian Chang, Ian McLellan Davis, Booker Stardrum, and Will Graefe, as well as a cast of NYC-based contributors gathered from Schatz's tandem walks of life as a solo musician, improviser, organizer, collaborator, promoter, and writer. Compared to rock and roll juggernauts like The Band and Talking Heads, Landlady merge vast skill, a bend toward experimentation, and a proven belief that songs can be a true extension of the human experience. The result is timeless and charted by their recorded works and transformative live shows — both critically-acclaimed and ever-evolving. Landlady released a new EP, Heat, this summer, in tandem with nationwide tours with Son Lux and Buke and Gase.
"Landlady occupy a big middle space always in need of willing entrants: brainy, melodic pop-rock. They move through their second record Upright Behavior like the USS Sincerity, offering to share with you in your biggest fears: death, loneliness, lack of purpose." - Pitchfork
Guitar explorer NELS CLINE is best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career - spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental - is well into its fourth decade, with over 160 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Born in Los Angeles in 1956, Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 "new guitar gods" and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.
Beyond Wilco, he leads The Nels Cline Singers (featuring Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn), and plays with Fig (a collaboration with Yuka Honda), BB&C (a trio with Tim Berne & Jim Black), Pillow Wand (a duo with guitarist Thurston Moore), and a new duo project with jazz guitar prodigy Julian Lage. A few of the other musicians with whom he has performed and/or recorded include: Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Yoko Ono, Jeff Gauthier, Mike Watt, Carla Bozulich, Vinny Golia, Marc Ribot, Tinariwen, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Lydia Lunch, and Lee Ranaldo.
Eli Paperboy Reed
"It's been a wild ride, that's for sure," admits Eli "Paperboy" Reed, looking back at the incredible journey that took the boyish-looking yet preternaturally mature soul belter from a Boston high school band room to a Mississippi Delta juke joint, from Sunday morning gigs behind the organ at a tiny South Side Chicago church to headlining the coolest clubs in Brooklyn with his red-hot band, and now, signed to Capitol Records.
On his major label debut, Come and Get It, Reed proves to be the life of a soulful, sweaty party in which everyone eventually gets dragged onto the dance floor. As a performer, Reed approaches each song with nothing less than utter conviction; he's as authentically gritty as he is ingratiatingly sexy. Reed incorporates the feel of classic R&B and soul into a largely self-penned, 12-song set, produced with Mike Elizondo, the bassist-turned-producer whose credits include, among others, Eminem, Pink, Gwen Stefani and Fiona Apple. Admirers have likened Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett; the Boston Herald called him "Boston's answer to Sam Cooke." But he's not merely trying to recreate a sound; Reed is channeling his influences and inspirations into making something all his own.
A songwriter who knows how to "leave an impression" with "elegantly celestial climaxes, emerald green-glowing guitar work" (p4k) and "smoky" vocals (NPR), Cassandra released self-titled EP, in 2013. Bedded in haunting arrangements of tremolo guitar and washy organ, she draws you into a world lying somewhere between Mazzy Star and Twin Peaks. It's an arrestingly intimate place, where if you listen closely enough, you'll find something as timeless as it is bittersweet.
Raised in Washington, D.C. in a household overflowing with musical diversity ranging from soul, hip-hop, go-go, folk music and more from his Chilean and Peruvian parents, it comes as no surprise that Nick tends to blend genres, mixing the ambient airy sound of psychedelic, with the raw gut-wrenching emotion of the blues.
He performs a broad range of the instruments heard on the EP alongside shared production duties, with an early admiration for Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson seeping through these introductory recordings. The vulnerability of Nick's vocals, intimate and silken, is a powerful instrument in its own right that never pushes itself to excess.
Erica Eso is a microtonal pop project founded by composer and synthesizer player, Weston Minissali of Cloud Becomes Your Hand. "Erica Eso's synthheavy pop melodies are a clear departure from the otherworldly avantrock sound of Cloud Becomes Your Hand, but ...Minissali's talents as an experimental composer span across genres." (The Deli Magazine) The brooklynbased quartet is comprised of Rhonda Lowry on drums, Nathaniel Morgan on bass and Ellen O'Meara on synthesizer. This October they will be touring the east coast and midwest in support of their debut album "2019" out on Ramp Local Records on October 16th. Primarily composed in an attic, 2019 (a date in time, a lucky anagram, or maybe just an arbitrary value deemed significant) is the debut album of Erica Eso (a name plus music, an empty bracket, not an alter ego). The album exhibits abstract sound palettes willfully submitting to the globalized pop song structure. Synthesizers born of distorted sign waves and quarter tone temperament join with an unknown loner's fragile falsetto singing proudly of loss and rebirth. Songs like "One Hundred Years," "Neer Me Ruuner," and "Crippled Symmetry," celebrate the clean, gridded pulse of the dance floor, but the instinctive spirit of the record lies in the murky, arrhythmic swells and clicks of tracks like "Iris Kyle" and "Am Eve Erica." But whose femininity is hollering out amongst this reverb?
Brooklyn's Big Thief emerges with lilting narratives and twisted, fuzzy guitars, surrounding a heart of song. Their new video/single, "Masterpiece," embodies a visceral turn in Adrianne Lenker's writing toward something heavier, cabalistic in both its darkest and most tender moments – a contrast to her 2013 solo LP, Hours Were The Birds, and her 2014 duo EPs with Buck Meek, a-sides and b-sides. Now, with Meek on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums, Big Thief will support Here We Go Magic's fall 2015 Be Small album-release tour across the US and Canada from October 22nd to November 21st. Their first full-length recordings are now in production.
The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Ensemble
Gemma is an electro pop group led by vocalist Felicia Douglass (Ava Luna) and producer Erik Gundel. Their debut album, As Ever, is due out 10/2.
Sarah Pedinotti is an American songwriter and musician originally from Saratoga Springs, NY. She is the lead singer and songwriter of the band Railbird. In March of 2011 Railbird toured to and from SXSW supporting their debut, self-released album, No One. Recorded mostly in Queens, and partly in upstate, NY, No One is a conceptual album that took a year and a half to complete. In December of 2010 Railbird was featured as of the “Top Five Bands You Should Know About” in Relix Magazine.
Good Cop Great Cop
Good Cop Great Cop is a weekly web sketch series by writer/director Matt Porter and painter/cartoonist Charlie Hankin. Episodes have been featured at The Onion AV Club, Cracked, Nerdist, and Splitsider. The series has been screened at SXSW, was an official selection at the New York Television Festival, and is a proud member of the Above Average network. As a production company, they have created original content for Adult Swim and Comedy Central. Matt and Charlie live in Brooklyn, New York.