JAVELIN w/Guardian Alien & Life Size Maps
In performance, Javelin will use colorfully painted boomboxes that form large speaker totems ("boombaatas") which can hang from the ceiling or stack up on the floor like pyramids. The signal from the show is broadcast via FM transmitter, thereby fostering audience participation (B.Y.O.Boombox) or fueling battery-powered, mobile parties.
The duo has played venues as diverse as the children's branch of the Olneyville Public Library (RI), to the Museum of Modern Art (NY), both of which happened in the same week. When not performing, Javelin is busy producing. Together they have amassed a vast catalogue of music, varying in its aesthetic range. Songs resemble the record collection from whence they spring, if not literally as when sampling, then figuratively as when past forms are cited and recontextualized.
Sounds range from broken dance jams to relaxed instrumental cut-ups, created with love on their MPCs. Long forgotten samples are chopped and re-assembled with drums, wooden recorders, old keyboards, handmade thumb pianos or whatever instruments are readily at hand. The result is a kind of mix tape fantasy (residing in the mythical "dollar bins of the future"), where R&B impresarios, amateur booty bass producers and Andean flautists hold equal sway.
GUARDIAN ALIEN (http://www.infinitelimbs.com)
FULL DISCLOSURE: WE HAVE BEEN HERE ALL ALONG
Built around the complex marvel of Greg Fox's drumming, Guardian Alien experiments with dynamics and sensory overload in an attempt to achieve something resembling the peace that passes beyond understanding.
LIFE SIZE MAPS (lifesizemaps.bandcamp.com/)
Brooklyn's Life Size Maps are a weird band whose sound goes all over the place. This is not meant to be disparaging. After all, this profile is for a section on the site called "Band We LIKE." No, Life Size Maps are eccentric and befuddling and meandering in the very best way.
Using an array of traditional and non-traditional instruments (a car's metal suspension coil... a Steinway with screws in its strings... or weirdest of all, a cello), this trio manages to create epic and euphoric noise rock that sounds like no other epic, euphoric band that has come before them. And since the history of music spans a few million years (hieroglyphics were simply Cavemen scratching rhythms on the walls, don't you know), I'd say this is pretty darn impressive.
Shea Stadium BK (View)
20 Meadow Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|