Black on the Canvas -Music and Culture Blog http://blackonthecanvas.com Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 ROAD TRIP: Grim Streaker in Philadelphia http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/06/09/road-trip-grim-streaker-philadelphia/ http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/06/09/road-trip-grim-streaker-philadelphia/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:24:38 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11444 Grim Streaker in Philadelphia Brooklyn’s Grim Streaker takes a trip to Philadelphia to hang with the members of Raccoon Fighter and play with Cold Fronts at PhilaMOCA Photographs by Rick Perez

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Grim Streaker in Philadelphia

Brooklyn’s Grim Streaker takes a trip to Philadelphia to hang with the members of Raccoon Fighter and play with Cold Fronts at PhilaMOCA

Photographs by Rick Perez

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PHOTOS: Cold Fronts, Grim Streaker at PhilaMOCA http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/06/07/cold-fronts-vs-grim-streaker/ http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/06/07/cold-fronts-vs-grim-streaker/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:12:33 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11387 Cold Fronts, Grim Streaker at PhilaMOCA Photographs by Rick Perez Philadelphia, PA Grim Streaker Cold Fronts

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Cold Fronts, Grim Streaker at PhilaMOCA

Photographs by Rick Perez

Philadelphia, PA

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PHOTOS: J Bengoy at the Greenpoint Gallery http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/06/05/j-bengoy-greenpoint/ http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/06/05/j-bengoy-greenpoint/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 03:05:08 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11363 J Bengoy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Burlington, Vermont natives J Bengoy play in Brooklyn for the first time at the Greenpoint Gallery Photographs by Rick Perez Brooklyn, New York

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J Bengoy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Burlington, Vermont natives J Bengoy play in Brooklyn for the first time at the Greenpoint Gallery

Photographs by Rick Perez

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PHOTOS: The Mystery Lights, The Nude Party, Breanna Barbara, and Cool Ghouls at Brooklyn Bazaar http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/05/22/photos-mystery-lights-nude-party-breanna-barbara-cool-ghouls-brooklyn-bazaar/ Mon, 22 May 2017 15:15:55 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11249 The Mystery Lights, The Nude Party, Breanna Barbara, and Cool Ghouls at Brooklyn Bazaar Photographs by Rick Perez Brooklyn, NY Cool Ghouls Breanna Barbara   The Nude Party The Mystery Lights The Mystery Lights + The Nude Party + Breanna Barbara + Cool Ghouls + Friends    

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The Mystery Lights, The Nude Party, Breanna Barbara, and Cool Ghouls at Brooklyn Bazaar

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PHOTOS: Lost Boy?, Dead Stars, Grim Streaker, and Monograms at the Knitting Factory http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/05/08/photos-lost-boy-dead-stars-grim-streaker-monograms-knitting-factory/ Mon, 08 May 2017 14:17:24 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11177   Lost Boy?, Dead Stars, Grim Streaker, and Monograms at the Knitting Factory Photographs by Rick Perez Brooklyn, New York Monograms Grim Streaker Dead Stars Lost Boy?

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Lost Boy?, Dead Stars, Grim Streaker, and Monograms at the Knitting Factory

Photographs by Rick Perez

Brooklyn, New York

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Scenes from the Underground: Z (2017) Album Release Party http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/05/02/scenes-underground-z-2017-album-release-party/ Tue, 02 May 2017 14:52:51 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11143 Z (2017) Album Release Party ZEMA (Kegan Zema) released his album Z (2017) by throwing a multi media installation party.  It included a live performance and a photo series by Jeanette D. Moses. Photography by Rick Perez Brooklyn, New York

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Z (2017) Album Release Party

ZEMA (Kegan Zema) released his album Z (2017) by throwing a multi media installation party.  It included a live performance and a photo series by Jeanette D. Moses.

Photography by Rick Perez

Brooklyn, New York

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PHOTOS: Portrait Sesh with L.A. Witch http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/04/28/photos-portrait-sesh-l-witch/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:49:20 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11127 Portrait Sesh with L.A. Witch L.A. WITCH is Sade Sanchez (vox), Irita Pai (bass), and Ellie English (drums). After three successful E.P.’s and many wide-reaching tours in the U.S. and abroad, L.A. WITCH will debut their first full-length LP due by the end of the summer on Suicide Squeeze. They were photographed by Michael Cooper prior […]

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Portrait Sesh with L.A. Witch
L.A. WITCH is Sade Sanchez (vox), Irita Pai (bass), and Ellie English (drums). After three successful E.P.’s and many wide-reaching tours in the U.S. and abroad, L.A. WITCH will debut their first full-length LP due by the end of the summer on Suicide Squeeze. They were photographed by Michael Cooper prior to their late April show at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg.

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One Wanted: Interview with Ian Jacobs of Monograms http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/04/24/one-wanted-interview-ian-jacobs-monograms/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:38:42 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11116 One Wanted: Interview with Ian Jacobs of Monograms Written by Kyle Nutter Photography by Rick Perez   Knowing that our environment shapes us is like knowing that we need oxygen to breathe. It’s knowledge of things we cannot change. For instance, if one lived in the middle of Kansas on a farm, it’s safe to […]

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One Wanted: Interview with Ian Jacobs of Monograms

Written by Kyle Nutter

Photography by Rick Perez

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Knowing that our environment shapes us is like knowing that we need oxygen to breathe. It’s knowledge of things we cannot change. For instance, if one lived in the middle of Kansas on a farm, it’s safe to say that individual will know how to erect a cattle fence. It’s not that s/he started out to understand fences. It was necessitated based on the environment one lives in. Living in NYC requires a certain lifestyle. It takes 45 minutes to travel 4 miles. Savings accounts are spent on brunch. The city environment is unforgiving. Life is simultaneously restrictive and ridden with opportunity. There are endless venues open all night but the train only makes one trip there and one trip back. It’s a place that makes relying on people difficult because everyone is so damn busy just trying to survive. Ian Jacobs of Monograms met up with me at a place that tries to be two things simultaneously to appeal to a larger audience and consequently survive in a tough industry. South 4th Cafe and Bar is a cafe during the day and morphs into a bar at night. We drank Bloody Marys at noon.

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Monograms started as Jacobs’ solo project. It was born out of the unconscious desire to remove the obstacles of his last band. The main problem was rigidity. Everything was done by Jacobs’ and his bandmate. Writing, rehearsing, performing. In order for things to work, two people’s schedules and priorities had to align. And they did. But they didn’t always. And you can’t ask someone to avoid work for an unpaid gig.

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There is freedom in doing things alone. Only one set of needs must be met. The process is lighter and goals are achieved quicker. The outcome relies entirely on one person. So, Jacobs began writing and producing music on his own. He would record loops and play them later on stage. With no one to rely on, Jacobs would have flexibility. And it was flexibility he was after. He removed obstacles to his success by removing liabilities. Monograms’ structure is a product of Jacobs’ environment.

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With nimbleness, however, comes isolation. Objective self-criticism becomes necessary to combat attachment to the project. Jacobs once scrapped 15 finished songs because he didn’t like them. Although still holding the reins, Jacobs has brought additional members into Monograms. He found it was more fun to play with others, and the feedback strengthened the music. Regardless of the additions, the music of Monograms is interchangeable. Each part can be removed, added, or changed. This keeps the flexibility Jacobs sought. The songs shift and tweak the subtleties that make sound into music. It’s a model that works for Monograms, and after hearing their music, it works for me.

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PHOTOS: Big Wild at the Music Hall of Williamsburg http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/04/19/photos-big-wild-music-hall-williamsburg/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:45:26 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11088 Big Wild at the Music Hall of Williamsburg Photography by Liz Maney Brooklyn, New York

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Big Wild at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Interview with Dead Leaf Echo http://blackonthecanvas.com/2017/04/17/interview-dead-leaf-echo/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:35:14 +0000 http://blackonthecanvas.com/?p=11070 Interview with Dead Leaf Echo Written by Rick Perez Photography by Michael Cooper Over the past three years, the Brooklyn shoe gaze band, Dead Leaf Echo, have been on multiple tours, supporting legends like Psychedelic Furs and Modern English.  In just a few weeks, these tour veterans will be embarking on a European adventure, playing […]

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Interview with Dead Leaf Echo

Written by Rick Perez

Photography by Michael Cooper

Over the past three years, the Brooklyn shoe gaze band, Dead Leaf Echo, have been on multiple tours, supporting legends like Psychedelic Furs and Modern English.  In just a few weeks, these tour veterans will be embarking on a European adventure, playing at the best clubs and bars the continent has to offer.  BoC caught them before their departure and had them discuss which city they are most excited about playing. one thing they must take with them, and what their plans are after they return.

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Favorite festival you’ve played?

We love festivals, what can be more fun for a band than doing them? You usually get to link up with some of your favorite bands from when you were a kid. We’ve done SXSW so many times and this last time we played with Modern English. Desert Stars out in Joshua Tree was a real favorite amongst the band. We got to play with Swervedriver and Lou Barlow and David Newton from The Mighty Lemondrops even joined us on stage! Other big highlights have included Echo Fest which is a Detroit based psych fest (those kids in Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor know how to get down), O+ festival in Kingston (w/ Spiritualized in a church!) and Escape from Montauk with Patti Smith.

Favorite tour and why?

The west coast tour leading up to Desert Stars was pretty amazing. Even though our van broke down we still were able to enjoy an unexpected stop in college town Bellingham, WA. but missed our show at Doug Fir :( We hit all our favorite cities on the west coast and even got up to Vancouver for the first time.  Our first EU tour last year was quite the highlight for our first go around. The shows were all great, the people incredibly welcoming and like-minded and just like everyone says, the beer was great and hospitality was super warm. 

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If Dead Leaf Echo could make a cocktail for BoC, which ingredient would each member throw in?

LG: Mezcal
Kevin: Varnelli Del’erboista
Ana: St Germain and 3 limes
Steve: Ice

You are touring Europe later this month.  Which cities are you stopping at?

In Denmark we’re going to Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen. Then we’re going to Brussells and then in Germany were going to Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Bielfeld, Cologne and Dresden.

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Which city are you the most excited about playing?

Kevin: Copenhagen
Steve: Excited about all of them and and also going to the new cities.
Ana: We made friends in every city, Cologne, Bielfeld, Liepzig so I’m excited to go back and see everyone again

LG: Berlin for being Berlin. Cologne for its history, Bielefeld for its charm, Copenhagen for it’s beauty, I walked thru Belgium shortly after the bombings last year and felt a real movement coming from the people as they marched on the parliament. Everyone finds out you’re from New York and then they wanna talk politics. We’ve talked Goverment till we’re blue in the face and everyone I’ve met for the most part in our travels there has the same political mindset, which is lovely but sometimes you just wanna talk architecture for a change, ya know? 

For each member, what is one thing you must take with you on tour (besides toothbrush, etc)?

Steve: Cell phone charger, power converters
Kevin: Neck Pillow, Copy of Brothers Karamazov
Ana: Lots and lots of Eyeliner and a little pack of Kleenex. Pro move so you’re always prepared if the toilet paper is out! 
LG: my fave guitar picks and a book. Rotating between another rock bio or a some existential novel.  Last year I read Don DeLio’s “White Noise” for the 3rd time on the bus last year and Chrissie Hynde’s “Reckless”

After the tour, what’s next for Dead Leaf Echo?

We get back and go right into Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. Hoping for a fun summer with some shows and more recording and then our 2nd LP comes out in the fall!

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