Man Forever, the solo project of Oneida drummer John Colpitts aka Kid Million, will stage a performance in Buffalo this Friday at the Polish Library.
This will not be a run-of-the-mill show, but rather a sound experience achieved through a collaborative drum performance. Check the video of Colpitts explaining the concept and giving a run down of what to expect.
Also performing Friday night are Bone Vapor, Bear Flames and All of them Witches.
From Vimeo site:
Being Man Forever video
Man Forever will feature an ever-changing cast of collaborating musicians on tour. The “Being Man Forever” video is intended to familiarize them with the performance. The video was directed by Matt Marlin, a frequent Man Forever guest player and a member of the band Pterodactyl, and features Kid Millions, James McNew (Yo La Tengo), Shahin Motia (Ex Models, Oneida), Richard Hoffman (Sightings), Sarah Richardson and Valerie Uher (Creeping Nobodies).
Collaborators on tour will include members of Besnard Lakes, DD/MM/YY, Tortoise, Brokeback, Turn to Crime, White Gregg, Pelt, Cave, Terminal Lovers, Scarcity of Tanks, The Apes, and many more TBD.
Man Forever recently released Pansophical Catarac via Thrill Jockey.
Due to the host being a dipshit and forgetting to hit ‘record’ at the start of last night’s show, there is no archived version of last night’s show. Pity, because it was a good one. Kind of surprised this hasn’t happened before, actually. Anyway, you can still check out last night’s tracklist below.
1) Martin Freeman, “Beastin,” Beastin
2) All of them Witches, “Toyotal Recall,” Breathers vs. Drivers
3) Bear Flames, “Judas/Heavy Outro”
4) Velvet Elvis, “Pretty Girls in Lace,” No Rules in the Wasteland (cae-sur-a)
5) Tuurd, “I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty,” I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty (Carbon)
6) AIDS Wolf, “Very Friendly (Weasel Walter Remix)”
7) Bees////, “MONSTERFLOWERCAT,” GA/KA
8) Dustin Wong, “Diagonally Talking Echo,” Dreams, Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads (Thrill Jockey)
9) Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Lee Ranaldo, Mary Halverson “Graffitti Composition 2” Graffiti Composition
10) Deerhunter, “Weird Era,” Wierd Era Cont. (Kranky)
11) Odonis Odonis, “Ledged Up,” Hollandaze (Fat Cat)
12) Lotus Plaza, “Remember Our Days,” Lotus Plaza/Odonis Odonis Split 12″ (Fat Cat)
13) Settlers, “Sky Kings”
14) Women, “Untogether,” Public Strain (Jagjaguwar)
15) Grasshopper & The Crickets, “Sketches of Saturn,” The Orbit of Eternal Grace (Beggar’s Banquat)
16) Sonic Youth, “Anagram,” Perspective Musicales (SYR)
17) Off the International Radar, “Critical Mass,” OTIR 003 (Voof Records)
18) Location Ensemble, “Diversion # 3,” Live in Saratoga 11.12.11(Tape Drift)
19) Colin Stetson, “The End of Your Suffering,” Those Who Didn’t Run (Constellation)
Looking over the potential playlist for tonight’s show and it seems like there is a lot of experimental rock-type stuff on it. At least stuff with guitars anyway. . .
Got some Location Ensemble, some Bear Flames, some All of Them Witches, some Velvet Elvis, some Bees////, some Odonis Odonis, some Martin Freeman, some AIDS Wolf, some Bird Day….maybe some Settlers and Yoma as well.
And that’s just the regional stuff….
Probably get to some Krautrock and No Wave, along with other goodies as well.
In other words, it will be a great fucking show, so tune in to 91.3 FM WBNY at 10 pm for another episode of The Upstate Soundscape.
Stream at WBNY.org.
1) Cruudeuces, “Philadelphia Thieves,” Various Skin Figurines (Skell LLC)
2) The Cat’s Orchestra, “Tail Tale,” Giant Claw/The Cat’s Orchestra Split (cae-sur-a)
3) Baczkowski/Sack Duo, “Keet Seel,” Split Cassette (House of Alchemy)
4) Zs, “Acres of Skin,” New Slaves (Social Registry)
5) Keir Neuringer and DJ Sniff, Live at the Night of Unexpected (Amsterdam 2007)
6) Colin Fisher, “Side 2,” Elfin Choirs
7) Bear Flames, “Ifs”
9) All of Them Withces, “Believe Me Ma’am, You Are Not the First Non-Responsive,” Breathers vs. Drivers
10) Velvet Elvis, “Part 1,” No Rules in The Wasteland (cae-sur-a)
11) Pauline Oliveros, Primordial Lift (Deep Listening Publications)
Authentic rock music has always dealt in extremes. With notoriously small patience for all things temperate or graduated, the style’s impact is largely due to its constant juxtaposition of opposites. One particular stylistic derivation of this principle–minimal riffs delivered with maximal intensity–has gathered such historical momentum so as to imbed itself squarely in the standard rock formula.
The success of this particular approach has, in fact, been so total as to leave other potential derivations untouched within the mainstream and beyond. Today, however, thanks to the small but persistent lineage of peripheral experimenters, there has emerged a generation of rock artists with refreshingly little in the way of formal presupposition who explicitly challenge such formulas. Those that succeed demonstrate the fundamental understanding that contrast itself– rather than any particular brand or instance of contrast–fuels the drama of music. This insight is the legacy of innovation that has been persistently inveighing from the margins since rock’s inception.
Breathers vs. Drivers, the full-length release from Buffalo’s All of Them Witches, is just such an experiment, and one with particularly crisp results. The immediate textural approach is, in fact, a precise inversion of the aforementioned formula. Rather than minimal riffs delivered with maximal intensity, guitarist Phillip Freedenberg and drummer Cam Rogers deliver maximal riffs with minimal intensity. Intricate, quirky phrases are modestly finger tapped through an exposed, practically under-driven guitar tone– a simple shift that opens up a curious and compelling musical space.
This contrast of the minimal and maximal exists not only in the immediate visceral texture of the music, but also more broadly through its compositional form. Here, akin to bands like Hella, Lightning Bolt, or Battles, loop and repetition serve as a counterbalance against prog-rock’s constant threat of excess. Borrowing a lesson from IDM, All of Them Witches compartmentalize and repeat intricate morsels such that emergent from the micro-complexity of each tune is a macro-groove that pulses with surprisingly inviting ease.
Guitarist Phillip Freedenberg characterizes the band’s relation to the past by analogy to an old wartime parable in which a general explodes his own ship, removing the only hope for escape and redoubling his men’s commitment to the task at hand. Breathers vs. Drivers hasn’t blown up the ship it rode in on, but dismantled it and rearranged its parts. Through simple variation on an old design, All of Them Witches invented an unlikely new vehicle– and happily, the contraption works.
Review byJohn Tiberio