Sat 2 Feb 2013 - 8: pm
8pm: Dan Kilian
Swallows hot coals of worry, regret and sorrow, then spits out diamonds of pop music. He sings for Dan Kilian and The Million Man Band (dk1000000mb.blogspot.com) and is the songwriter and creative director for The Consumers* (www.theconsumersband.com). Dan Kilian writes criticism and satire for Klog (www.klogtheblog.wordpress.com) and IndieReader.com.
9pm: Bird to Prey– Hauntingly soulful, steeped in gothic traditions and the current folk revival. A powerful statement that is timeless. Originally from Australia, Bird to Prey (Sarah Turk) is now living in New York City. She has just released her second album through Such a Punch Recordings.
10pm: Tracy Islandis a husband and wife electric duo that draws comparisons as eclectic as Richard Thompson and The Bangles. Collaborating since the year 2000, Liza & Ian Roure’s mix of New York City new wave, West Coast jangle-pop and British folk rock has been heard at live shows in the US and UK, featured on ISON syndicated radio programs throughout Australia, and heard on internet, satellite and college radio and in indie film and television.
Building on their work together in The Larch (still going!) and Liza & the WonderWheels (2002-2010), the new duo format of Tracy Island has been acclaimed by fans for allowing intimate access to lyrical intricacies and moments of vocal and guitar virtuosity. http://www.lizasongs.com
11 pm: Hamell on Trial is a one-man punk band – and by punk we mean (mostly) loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence, played by a guy with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humor. A 90’s alum of Mercury Records, Ed Hamell has opened a number of U.S. shows for longtime supporter Ani DiFranco and released two albums on her Righteous Babe Records label: Tough Love and Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs. 2007 performances of his hour-long, one-man theatrical production The Terrorism of Everyday Life at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival prompted Three Weeks to rave “The man may very well be a genius. Obscene, outrageous and brilliant.” His ninth release, a double-disc set titled Rant & Roll, launched Hamell into new territory, capturing not only this award-winning performance, but the Kerouac-esque story of social commentary through years on the road. His newest release Ed Hamell Is The Happiest Man In The World comes out Jan. 13, 2013 on the prestigious New West label. Making his Freddy’s debut by our ardent request, don’t pass by the chance to egg this one-man power-house into a set that may include a cheek-shaking “face solo.” Not to be missed! http://www.hamelltv.com
Midnight: Faith has formed a musical style, “Unlike virtually any other sound out there” (J. Lien – CMJ). “If Nina Simone had a power trio with a rock/soul and reggae flair, it would sound something like this” (Doug DeFalco, Talent Buyer, Southpaw). Felice Rosser “Sings in a voice both plangent and wailing” (New York Times). With sweet and powerful guitars from Nao Hakamada, Faith has developed an immensely colorful sound., “…tunes that are not rock, not funk, not r&b, so much as deeply soulful tone poems back by multiculti dream pop” (Village Voice). http://www.faithny.com
1am: John Pinamonti is known for his songwriting, instrumental prowess, and eclectic interpretation of American music. Long a stalwart of the Brooklyn roots music scene, he grew up in California, Texas and Oregon, spent years playing and touring the U.S. and Canada and has recorded and released 5 CDs. “Good storytelling sense and deep commitment; what marks Pinamonti as his own man is effectively straightforward language and scintillating guitar technique.” – MusicHound Essential Album Guide http://www.pinamonti.com
MC for the evening – Jonathan Berger likes to write about how nobody loves him. Interestingly, many people love to hear about how nobody loves him. Is this a Catch-22? Poetic justice? Isn’t it ironic? Only if you don’t know what those terms mean – which Jonathan Berger doesn’t. http://www.jonberger.com