Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tune-Yards

Tune-Yards

Cibo Matto, BEEP

Thu, December 4, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$35

This event is 16 and over

Tune-Yards
Tune-Yards
Tune-Yards was formed by Merrill Garbus in 2006, and that band name has ever since been synonymous with forward movement—whether because of the group's explosive performance style, the always-surprising way in which their songs unfold, or the lines Merrill draws between music and social activism. First gaining notice with the debut BiRd-BrAiNs, which The New York Times called “a confident do-it-yourselfer's opening salvo: a staticky, low-fi, abrasive attention-getter,” Garbus forged a reputation as a formidable live presence through relentless touring.

Garbus became a producer in her own right working with bassist Nate Brenner and engineer Eli Crews on 2011's w h o k i l l, a startling and sonically adventurous statement that led to a whirlwind period where the band accrued accolades from critics (including the #1 spot on the Village Voice's 2011 Pazz and Jop poll.) In 2014, Tune-Yards released Nikki Nack, and through touring and licensing music from that album, they raised money to begin The Water Fountain, a fund for water-related causes which has donated over $75,000 to various nonprofits since its inception.

Tune-Yards has collaborated with Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Mavis Staples, and others. They are currently working on their fourth album, for release in 2018.
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto
Cibo Matto (meaning crazy food in Italian) is a New York City-based band formed by two Japanese women, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori.

After working together in the noise rock band Leitoh Lychee, they formed Cibo Matto in 1994. The band name is an Italian phrase that roughly translates to “Crazy Food”, a twist of the name of an Italian movie from the 70’s called “Sesso Matto”. In 1995, Cibo Matto released a self-titled EP on El Diablo Records. The EP caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records, who signed Cibo Matto later in the year. Under Warner Bros., the duo released their first major album, “Viva! La Woman”, produced by Mitchell Froom, which stayed at #1 on CMJ college chart for six weeks. Their songs featured lyrics that played with food-related ideas, including “Know Your Chicken”, “Apple”, and “Birthday Cake”. Their single “Sugar Water” was a modest college radio and dance hit. The song was accompanied by an innovative split screen music video directed by Michel Gondry, wherein each side showed the same footage – one side going forward, and one backwards, meeting mid-song in a sort of visual/narrative palindrome. Cibo Matto made appearances on various television shows such as Oddville, Viva Variety, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “Birthday Cake” was heavily featured in the videogame Jet Set Radio Future. In 1996, Cibo Matto contributed their version of the Jobim classic “Águas De Março (Waters of March)” to the AIDS benefit album “Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin”, produced by the Red Hot Organization.

In 1997 Cibo Matto released an EP entitled “Super Relax” which included remixes of the song “Sugar Water” (including versions by Mike D of Beastie Boys and by Cold Cut of Ninja Tune) alongside rarities and oddities such as their version of “Águas De Março” and The Rolling Stones’ “Sing This All Together”.

Cibo Matto went on to release their second (and final) album “Stereo ? Type A” in 1999. Although it was a departure from the much-loved sound of “Viva! La Woman”, “Stereo ? Type A” was well-received by fans and the music critics alike.

The group continued to tour until disbanding in 2001.

All of the members of Cibo Matto have gone on to release solo material and continued to collaborate with each other.

Miho & Yuka announced their reunion on March 18th, 2011 when they performed as part of a benefit concert for victims of the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami. The concert, which took place on March 27th at Columbia University in New York City, also included YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, John Zorn, Sonic Youth, and Mike Patton. Following the success of this show, Cibo Matto performed again at a second benefit on the 29th of the same month, which also featured YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND and Patti Smith Group. Lou Reed and Antony of Antony and Johnsons were surprise guests at this event.
BEEP
BEEP
This file is taken from the archives of the formerly Oakland, CA-based collective Beep, a vaporjazz trio commissioned to compose the canned music heard in the vast underground network of hyperloop vac-trains that connects all cities of the future to one another. Their music was first heard in Tokyo making such a blissful electro-racket that the passengers in each of the 214 capsules were lulled into a deep powertrance. When the tubes surfaced forty-five minutes later in LA, passersby heard a faint jangle of the West Coast jazz their ancestors used to fancy. The Blind Seer of Playa Del Rey exclaimed, “It’s as if somebody rescored Trout Mask Replica using Skrillex’s synth banks,” but nobody ever knows what the old fool is saying. Shadows of a piano, a bass, and something formerly known as drums cast across the citizens’ collective unconscious just for a fleeting moment before the compartments sealed and the sound dissipated into the ether, bound for Lagos where a repeating four-note blip infected every last dancehall in the country.

Michael Coleman, Nate Brenner, and Sam Ospovat write the music of Beep while observing Earth from the comforts of a metaphoric utopian space station society, and in this way, worldly/otherworldly is the nature of their craft. They work in their lab developing alien/gremlin translator boxes and trying to teach robots to swing in reverse. Most of what they know of society they’ve learned from old Brian de Palma laserdiscs, as they’ve been assured by their terrestrial contact that these films are wildly accurate in their portrayal. The three believe that lightheartedness is the key to everlasting youth. When apart, which is rare, they perform as Young Nudist, Naytronix, and Piki respectively, while Naytronix splits his time docking with the tUnE-yArDs mothership as bassist/synth extraordinaire.

TOO PHYSICAL:

It’s been a busy few years for the gentlemen of Beep, and Too Physical, the trio’s fourth album, shows the growth that frenetic schedules can bring about. Since the release of the glossy City of the Future in 2011, each member has struck out on solo paths, launching careers under the monikers Naytronix, Piki, and Young Nudist. Piki himself relocated to Brooklyn, forcing the majority of their latest offering to be a cross-country collaboration. With that in mind, it’s truly a wonder how Beep manages to appear here as a more cohesive unit than ever, but they do.

Using CotF as the foundation, Michael, Nate, and Sam unabashedly tear up the infrastructure of said city and rebuild from the ground up, creating a hyperglobalized multiplex of a world in which alien and robot collide with perfect three-part harmony and free improvisations on one another’s instruments appear alongside the mastery that each have on his own. Too Physical comes together like a post-jazz DJ mixtape, racing around from catchy melody to glitchy bliss, rap skit to superb cameo by Bay Area freakcalist Lorin Benedict, profundity to absurdity, and culminating in a nod to their former selves in "Alice Again,” a revisitation of “Alice” off of their debut album Short Stories featuring a chorus that would warm Vince Guaraldi’s heart on the coldest of winter nights.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/