Sep 13, 2010

THIS WEEK'S LIVE PICKS or VANESSA'S FIRST BLOG POST IN MONTHS

Efterklang
w/ Buke & Gass
Tuesday, September 14 @ Urban Lounge, $11

One of the first shows I ever saw in SLC was from this Copenhagen indie-pop outfit and I've been a fan ever since. Their latest album, Magic Chairs, has been a favorite at the shop for some time now, which is precisely why we've chosen to sponsor this show.



Built To Spill
Friday, September 17th
@ The Depot, $16/$20 Day of Show

I've never seen Built To Spill live before and I promised myself that this would be the time that I went to see them. Tickets are affordable and it's at a decent venue?! I am so there. Word on the street (aka- The Depot's website) is that Doug Martsch will be spinning some records after the show.

Picklepalooza
Saturday, September 18th
@ The Pickle Co., $5

Um, everything about this event is awesome. Among the six bands playing is Slowtrain Records' own Alexis Gideon, The Plastic Furs and The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble. I love seeing community events like this!

Also, here's a link for the facebook event, you can read more over there.

Alexis Gideon
Sunday, September 19th
@ Subterranean, $5

By now, I'm sure you all know that we've started a label and are releasing the upcoming full-length album by SLC's, The Devil Whale, BUT do you know about our other upcoming release?! The one-of-a-kind Alexis Gideon is the second artist who's music we'll release on Slowtrain Records. Take a second to read a bit about Mr. Gideon's Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong and make plans to see him with us on Sunday!

ALEXIS GIDEON
VIDEO MUSICS II: SUN WU-KONG

Building on his genre-busting animated/stop motion video opera Video Musics (2009 Sickroom(US) / Africantape(EU)), Alexis Gideon, after two years of dogged research and collaboration, is set to premiere that work’s follow-up, Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong(Disjecta in Portland, September 3).

A one-hour multimedia video opera based on the 16th-century Chinese novel The Journey to the West, Video Musics II joins the brightest lights of contemporary animation (Becca Taylor (Punk Planet, Arthur);Cynthia Star (Coraline, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken); Ezra Claytan Daniels (Darkhorse Comics, Top Shelf Comics)) with the most promising talents of contemporary music (Rachel Blumberg (M Ward, Arch Cape); Cory Gray (Norfolk & Western, Carcrashlander);Shelley Short (Hush)) to create an aural and visual universe that gleefully transcends both media. Is it film or music, high art or pop? Gideon’s work would fit snugly at either the Whitney Biennial or SXSW, which is to say it cannot be contained, really, by either venue. Marked throughout by the ambition, commitment to detail, and refusal to settle that have earned Gideon a cult following on both sides of the pond.

Alexis Gideon has toured nationally with Dan Deaconand Shelley Short as well as played with Barr, Marnie Stern, Panther, Tune YardsParts and Labor, Zs, People,Matt and Kim, and many, many others.

The limited edition DVD/Vinyl release is slated for fall/winter 2010 on Africantape (EU) / Slowtrain (US).

CREDITS

Written and Directed by: Alexis Gideon

Animation, Character Design, and Set Design by:
Ezra Claytan Daniels
Shelley Short
Cynthia Star
Becca Taylor
Alexis Gideon

Music Composed, Performed and Produced by: Alexis Gideon
With:
Rachel Blumberg: Drums
Matt Meyer: Drums
Brian Wright: Drums
Cory Gray: Trumpet
Jessica Wright: Bari and Tenor Sax
Shelley Short: Backup Vocals

"Visually, Gideon stretches the silly putty of any preconceived art notions and melds, marries and mashes charcoal sketches, paintings, Claymation, animation, flip-book drawings and video footage of forests into a kaleidescopic, psycho-delic merry-go-round. It is the ultimate adult cartoon."
Sara Moskovitz, Willamette Week

"Aided only by a lonely xylophone and some modestly overdriven guitar, Gideon's live show is the man himself adroitly matching his completely DIY animations word for word as they are projected above him. He slurs and drawls his words in a style that's somewhere between Memphis, Houston and Atlanta, often punctuated by rapidfire triplets."
Jeff Tobias, Flagpole

"Eccentrics like Animal Collective and Beck come to mind when spinning Gideon, who loops beats, warps guitars, and creates a carnival of schizophrenic sound morphing from dreamy folk to dancehall fodder."
SPIN

"A handsome Frankenstein’s monster, this one slips with alarming ease between clattering, percussive, no-wave noise breaks; unironic twang; arty, Busdriver -paced rhymes; and deep, Calvin Johnson -styled country croons. At the very least, Gideon will find himself with a cult–whether they’re dancing or swaying."
Michael Byrne, XLR8R


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