Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Filmshop Presents Wanderlust: A Film

The Filmshop Presents Wanderlust: A Film

Firehorse, Conveyor, Alyson Greenfield, DJs iRockiRoll / Bande a Part

Sat, March 24, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

This event is 18 and over

WANDERLUST, a series of 2 minute films by members of The FilmShop

The Filmshop Presents Wanderlust: A Film
The Filmshop Presents Wanderlust: A Film
ABOUT THE FILMSHOP: The FilmShop is a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers. The collective meets weekly for peer workshops that provide sustained feedback on works in progress. The FilmShop’s mission is to provide creative support and creative resources for our members and to nourish the independent filmmaking community at large. Members have screened their films at festivals around the world and have worked for PBS, MTV, WNYC.com, Wall St. Journal, Discovery Channel, History Channel amongst others.
Firehorse
Firehorse
“I often like my rock to be crafty: guitar shrieks in just the right place, lyrics poetic and memorable, drums essential and primal and a singer with soul and surprises.
That pretty much describes Firehorse.”
- Bob Boilen, NPR Music

Firehorse is the winsome outfit of “sultry singer and free-spirited songwriter”(New Yorker)Leah Siegel. The NYC group will deliver their sophomore release, Pills From Strangers on June 25.

Blackbook recently debuted the first cut from the album, “Good” declaring, "Launching with seasick electronics and Siegel’s immediately arresting voice, 'Good' moves onto a punchy organ backdrop that’s like a groove from Stereolab." With it’s hasty off-beat-pop-shuffle and alluring chorus of ‘Never was a good girl,” the enigmatic track shows growth in Siegel's songwriting without sacrificing her pop sensibilities.

Pills From Strangers is the follow-up to the widely acclaimed, And so they ran faster…. The LA Times lauded the debut album’s, “adventurous orchestral pop arrangements” and Time Magazine called it, “a striking mix of catchy vocals, manipulated beats and hypnotic flourishes.”

Extensive praise continued from NPR Music, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out NY, The L Magazine and countless others along with airplay from KCRW & WFUV. Lead single “Our Hearts” was featured by Teen Vogue, RCRD LBL, WXPN and more while the video (a coproduction and conception with the prestigious arts collective The Windmill Factory) was featured by Paste Magazine, My Old Kentucky Blog & Spinner, to name a few.

Clocking in at 27 minutes with seven tracks, Pills From Strangers is a Mini-LP that features textures and sounds that build upon the foundation laid by the band’s debut, incorporating samples and key controllers into their repertoire. Even with the new elements involved, Pills From Strangers has some of the most accessible Firehorse music yet.

The lustrously bounce of “Good” is destined to explode at radio, as is “Bloodstream.” “Fool,” in its simplicity, stands out as a soulful yet ethereal counterpoint to the rest of the album. Previous fans of Firehorse (and Leah Siegel’s earlier solo material) may gravitate towards the lulling “Wave,” the starkness of “Walls” or the dark, ‘Wizard of Oz’ referencing “Scarecrow.”

At the producer’s helm once again was Geoff Stanfield (Sun Kil Moon, Moby, Mieka Pauley). “Geoff is an incredibly talented producer and we work well together,” explains Leah. “He lets me be myself, experiment and flail and I trust his ears and sensibility. It was clear that we should work together again.”

Also returning on the album are longtime Firehorse cohorts Brian Wolfe (David Byrne/St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens) on drums, guitarist Steve Elliott (Shooter Jennings), bassist Tim Luntzel (Rosanne Cash) and keyboardist/programmer Mendeley Wells.

In addition to Firehorse, Siegel is in high demand with a long line of star-studded projects and is a darling of the underground Brooklyn Scene. In addition to working with Fugee legend John Forte, producer Seven Aurelias of P.Diddy’s crew, Ja Rule, Sean Lennon, Grammy Winners Josh Ralf and Lady Rizo, she also fronts The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout and sings and dances in The Citizens Band along with Sarah Sophie Flicker, Karen Elson, Nina Perrson, Rain Phoenix, Zoe Kravitz, Angela McKluskey and Julia Stiles.
Conveyor
Conveyor
Conveyor is a band. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, the band is composed of electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, voice, and the four members that manipulate these instruments in order to perform the songs. The body that comprises their work currently includes: a string of self-released EPs, a cassette, one full-length album, and a number of 7” singles. The music is best described as melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, predominantly major-key, and adequately fits under the categories of rock and pop, with additional associations, more or less strong, to related sub-genres
Alyson Greenfield
Alyson Greenfield
ALYSON GREENFIELD experiments with synthesizers, glockenspiels, chord organs, drums, autoharps, and beatboxers, and string trios to create her "eclectic sound" (AM New York), chock-full of "satiating and seductive songs" (LA Examiner). As well as having shared the stage with indie-folk favorites Jenny Owen Youngs and Holly Miranda, Greenfield is no stranger to the electro and hip-hop scenes. Future Rock's remix of her song "Understand the Sky" was released on the Chicago-based electronica trio's most recent album, and the original version of the song currently appears in Josh Stolberg's (Good Luck Chuck, Pirhana 3D) newest feature film Conception. Greenfield's most recent release, Rock Out With Your Glockenspiel Out, an album of hip-hop covers which was named the #2 Covers EP of 2011 by Cover Me has gained media attention, especially for her "re-inventions" (Cover Me) of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" on a glockenspiel and L.L. Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" on a baby grand piano, which have led to feature performances at both the 2010 and 2011 American Beatboxing Championships, alongside Rahzel, Raaka (Dialted Peoples), and DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy). Greenfield was named "One of the 5 CMJ 2011 Acts You Should Have Seen" by The Faster Times, an "Upcoming NYC Artist" by NYC's The Deli, and was one of the first 5 artists chosen to record at Converse's Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn. Greenfield's engaging and charismatic live performances where "the stage becomes her playroom" (Venus Zine), have been called "amazing...funny, spontaneous" (Thy Daily Noise) and "mesmerizing to watch" (Music Crush Girl). In addition to being a songwriter and performer, Greenfield is also the Founder/Director of the Tinderbox Music Festival, an annual Brooklyn-based event showcasing emerging female musicians, and giving back to NYC non-profits empowering young women through the arts. The festival has grown quickly since its formation in 2010, garnering press from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Billboard, Brooklyn Vegan, and more.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/