21 July 2011
LCD CHORUS ALUM MATTY FASANO DEBUT 7"
Matty Fasano: "Unkind" b/w "Unusual"
FREE DOWNLOAD @ BANDCAMP: http://mattyfasano.bandcamp.com/
recorded and mixed by: Matt LeMay and Nick Sylvester
mastered by: Joe Lambert
Unkind/Unusual by Matty Fasano
-sang with "Mr. Dream and the State Street Singers", aka the Men's Chorus for the final LCD Soundsystem shows
-plays bass in ARMS, who have an awesome new album coming out this fall
-has a truly special voice, capable of both Antony-like theatricality and the breathy intimacy type moves of your Nick Drakes and Elliot Smiths
-infamously kicked out Mr. Dream's Matt Morello from a short-lived band called Shout To Talk
-has a solo show August 1 at Pianos, featuring (ha ha ha) Matt Morello on drums
-two sparse piano/voice meditations that slayed me and matt lemay in demo form. if i'm being honest this is what i had hoped the james blake album would sound like: a little more weathered, creepier, wearier. more like a minimalist tim buckley maybe? i don't know. matt and i were honored to record and mix matty's debut. this is really special stuff.
-piano recorded with two nice ribbons in Boerum Hill courtesy Matt Morello and Konrad Kaczmarek, another LCD Chorus alum. many thanks to Konrad for letting us get in there
-voice and aux percussion recorded in Williamsburg at A Question of Frequency
-take a look at those beautiful wavey waveforms and get yourself to Joe Lambert for all your mastering needs
06 July 2011
PERINEUM 9: MONTGOMERYVILLE (STORIES BY NICK SYLVESTER)
zach baron and nick sylvester present
PERINEUM #9: MONTGOMERYVILLE
seven really short stories
>> "Puppy Biscuit"
>> "The Fittest Man"
>> "What Happened To The Bosses Number"
>> Mina Kimes
>> "You Can Practically Feel The Drum Beats Coming Off The Page"
>> limited run of 100 copies
>> ideally you pay for postage
>> email me and zach at perineum.nyc at gmail dot com
19 April 2011
MY FAVORITE PUNK BAND IN BROOKLYN
THE SPEED OF LIGHT BECOMES THE WORLD
AN INTRODUCTION TO SLEEPIES
There are, I admit, a lot of bands writing fast songs and playing the shit out of them. Ty Segall, Little Girls, Screaming Females, Sweet Bulbs, Male Bonding, Happy Birthday, Jeff the Brotherhood... These are the bigger names and maybe you haven't even heard of them. Punk is weird like that. It operates outside the Pitchfork-industrial complex, and (to my ears) there's no rhyme/reason as to who breaks through. Some of these bands call themselves "garage" rock, which I guess is one way to cut your losses. The whole deliberately obscure thing (as you know) happens a lot with this stuff too: cassette releases, barely publicized shows in badly lit neighborhoods, etc. It's a preemptive strike, though sometimes I get the feeling that, for a lot of Brooklyn bands, making punk music is less a calling and more a thing to pass time until the "digital creative agencies" start hiring again.
Keeping it real is one way to put off the inevitable, folks!
So: What makes one "fast songs, shit played out of them"-type band better than another? Is it a taste thing? Local boosterism? Desperation? The kind of desperation that a press release insists you can, in fact, hear in the recordings? To the point: What makes Sleepies the new Buzzcocks, and not the new--I don't know--the new Sham 69?
A few months ago I wouldn't have been able to answer that. I saw Sleepies play and of course loved them. They are a killer band with great range, and more importantly, they look pretty damn sharp on stage. But I couldn't articulate what truly made them special, which they are. It wasn't the aggression, though they have a few tricks in that department. Josh, who plays bass, knows how to write basslines that sound amazing with distortion. There's an art to that, writing distorted bass lines. The line has to be both sparse and melodic, otherwise it will sound like a walrus in death throes.
What about Thomas then. Thomas, who handles guitars and vocals, has an outrageous rock shout-sing. It's up there with Rick Froberg's, though Thomas is less sneering and more maniacal. Beyond that he is a super smart, handsome dude with great taste in sweaters and even better taste in thoughtful, surprising arrangements. The extra beat in the verse of "Feelers" is so efficient and disarming, yet it makes perfect sense. Thomas is incapable of frivolity. This man owns zero effects pedals. Zero!
So maybe it was Max, their drummer, who made them so special. Max can kick steady eighth notes on the bass drum, which is a real bitch to do. It's an old Wipers move for keeping momentum when the guitars ride the same chord for a while. You can hear him do that in "Sludge River Mouth" toward the end. But that wasn't it at all. Steady eighth notes on the kick isn't why my girlfriend told me she likes these guys more than my own band.
I asked Sleepies if they'd let me record a few songs for them. "No charge," I said coolly. "This one's on me." Red flags do not come in bigger sizes! But they said yeah sure, let's see what happens. I have to assume they knew they were throwing me a bone. Either way. We spent a weekend at my rehearsal space, tracking as much as we could until the metal band next door came in and ruined our room tone. We ate doner pitas. We recorded hours and hours of handclaps and auxiliary percussion that I knew we'd never use, just because. It was a fun weekend. Then for a host of reasons, including a burglary, it took me forever to mix, and I apologize for that. But it's out today, and their two of my favorite songs this year, and if you have two bucks to spare you should pick it up on bandcamp or amazon or itunes.
On the walk home that weekend I encountered that homeless guy on North 7th, right by the subway stop. This is not the old Polish guy who trolls the taco cart area in his underwear, though he's great too. I'm talking about the insanely tall homeless man who kind of looks like a worst case scenario Wayne Barrett. He's balding, with a crown of long craggy hair, and he wears a long coat, and he shouts a lot. The man was in the middle of Bedford Ave this time, screaming at people as they came up from the train. "The speed of light does not transform the world!! It becomes the world!!! Globalization is the speed of light!!" He was really on a roll.
This is as close as I can get to explaining why Sleepies are so special, so necessary. All these bands you don't know, screaming TOTAL NONSENSE at you, all the time... At a certain point they all start to resemble each other, and the only way you can deal is by ignoring them all. This band is the one bum out of a million you'll hear and think, Huh. Maybe he's right?
OUT TODAY: SLEEPIES 'HOT SINGLES' 7"
BUY IT AT BANDCAMP or AMAZON
SEE SLEEPIES TONIGHT 4-19 AT DBA IN WILLIAMSBURG
THOMAS SEELY (GUITAR, VOX)
JOSH INTRATOR (BASS, VOX)
MAX TREMBLAY (DRUMS)
HOT SINGLES IS:
'FEELERS' & 'SLUDGE RIVER MOUTH'
OUT NOW ON DOOM SONG
SONGS BY THOMAS AND JOSH AND MAX
RECORDED AT SOUND CITY IN BROOKLYN
PRODUCED BY NICK SYLVESTER
MASTERED BY ROMAN VAIL AT JLM SOUND IN DUMBO
22 July 2010
NICK SYLVESTER 2010-
1. I finished out a four-year stint at Viacom television entertainment property THE COLBERT REPORT earlier this month. Sometimes I felt like Michael Clayton, other times like the dancing guy from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It was an honor.
2. It's more certain than before that I will complete a legible draft of THE EDUCATION OF HAROLD HENRY early this fall. The book is about a high school genius type who dies when an abandoned cathedral collapses on him. Themes include Wu-Tang, Philly, Jesuits, memory palaces, false memory, dildo pranks and other types of pranks, the Aeneid, posthumous legacy, monuments more lasting than bronze, brown notes, organ music, all-boys schools, finding out you're not as good as you thought you were, knowing when to throw in the towel. It'll be a quick read, 250-300 pages. The tone and style are in line with my pieces in Perineum. If you are in the business of making money off this kind of thing, and you want to read it, email me at my first name dot my last name at gmail dot com.
3. Speaking of PERINEUM, I am pleased to report that Lizzie Widdicombe, Zach Baron, and I have begun working on Number Nine. The rough theme is BOSSES. We are doing this one in-house, no submissions, which is our way of keeping the snake from eating its tail here. More details to follow. Expect something this fall.
4. My band MR. DREAM begins recording its debut full-length LP this weekend. As with the Goes To Jail and No Girls Allowed and Scarred For Life releases, it is my honor to be producing this one. Matt LeMay will be mixing at least one or two tracks too, to say nothing of his general support throughout. (We're lucky to have such talented and generous friends.) Songs will include: "Shotgun Tricks", "Cool Down, Apollo", "Learn The Language", "AC2010" a/k/a "Winner" a/k/a "Bob Zombie", "Satisfying Bridge", "Joyless", and other all-new material. I'm guessing our album will have already leaked by the time I hit 'publish post'. Teaser single out soon on God Mode Records.
5. I am honored to be writing a weekly music column for New York Public Access's culture website THIRTEEN.ORG, which relaunched this afternoon. The column is called RIFF CITY. There will be a new piece/riff every Wednesday. Today's is about Wavves.
28 June 2010
REMEMBERING THE VINES
REMEMBERING THE VINES 2002-2010
rob and i have a limited number of 'remembering the vines' zines left over from friday's party. the zine is eight pages long and focuses on the 'outtathaway!' video directed by david lachapelle. if you are interested in a copy (only 100 were printed) email me your address at email@example.com.
18 March 2010
PERINEUM NUMBER EIGHT
ZACH BARON (MIKE'S APARTMENT)
NICK CATUCCI (DAILY VULTURE)
ROBERT CHRISTGAU (DEAN OF AMERICAN ROCK CRITICS)
CAMILLE DODERO (SOUND OF THE CITY)
J. ROBERT LENNON (PIECES FOR THE LEFT HAND)
SAM MCPHEETERS (BORN AGAINST)
MARISA MELTZER (GIRL POWER)
NICK SYLVESTER (MR DREAM)
LIZZIE WIDDICOMBE (TALK OF THE TOWN)
now accepting pre-orders:
"IT AINT OVER TIL IT'S OVER..."
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30 November 2009
PERINEUM NUMBER SEVEN
coming december 10
new pieces by
MAX MORTON (heartworm)
CLANCY MARTIN (how to sell)
MICHAEL ROBBINS (alien vs predator)
CHRIS RYAN (gabe said)
RACHEL KHONG (arizona)
THESSALY LAFORCE (book bench)
ADRIANE QUINLAN (you are all in for a treat)
ADAM MOERDER (mr dream)
LIZ PHANG (the glass walkway)
LEON NEYFAKH (ex-dramadairy)
ANSELM SHEPARD (lenny kravitz alias)
FRANCIS CASH (the man behind all your favorite records)
NICK SYLVESTER (daily blogger, riffmarket.com)
ZACH BARON (a one-man party of helicopters)
now accepting preorders at firstname.lastname@example.org