Stadiums & Shrines

We are thrilled to announce our first collaboration with Diamond Mouth Surprise, a collective of curators that host a monthly night of sounds, images, and words in Brooklyn. Given our friendship, and the overlap of our worlds, this all just made sense.

With each event DMS offers prose as introduction. Here’s the start to August’s:

The Mystery of the Beach Raven Revealed?

The alignment of Diamond Mouth Surprise and Stadiums & Shrines occurs in two phases: 13-year and 17-year. It is rare for these phases to align, but that is precisely what is happening this Saturday. The last time it occurred, the same human-like figure appeared at every ritual observance, levitated upon a raft of light, and spat out thousands of birds, bats, and butterflies, before disappearing in a salty vapor that left all witnesses in a wash of physical and intellectual stimulation. Reports of this figure are consistent in two other ways: 1) the figure, who spoke many tongues, referred to itself only as Beach Raven, and 2) significant divergences in the testimonies from individual sites leave us with indeterminate descriptions of the being. Some theories as to the identity of Beach Raven include: Beach Raven is a ceremonial pseudonym for Ambrose Bierce, who is said to have survived for decades after disappearing in the desert in 1913 by drinking an elixir made in part from the blood of a species of lizard capable of regenerating limbs…. Continue reading, learn more about each artist, and RSVP at FB.

The Chicago/LA-based digital label Absent Fever has arrived in New York for the summer and that’s reason enough for a show. We’ve got a backyard lined up, and a line-up of friends set to fill it. Live visuals from Left Arm Single will backdrop performances by It is is rain in my face, Phantom Power, Headaches, Kohwi, and potentially anyone else who’d like to jam.

Thursday night, July 19th, in Bushwick (242 Troutman Street). More details and RSVP at FB. Hope to see you there.

and with our bare hands we turn to one another
reach below a universal line of sight
and lift our tent.
tremendously it begins to rise.
we watch our tent adhere to the environment surrounding.
our hands the creators of our universe
our minds the collaborators of our hands
our experience the distinction between our minds
our knowledge the harkening of our experience
our culture the reason for such knowledge.

heavy winds will rotate the perspective of our tent
but as shade will absorb a glare ceases to harm.
we are the spiritual center of our universe
inquiring among orbiting planets
taking breath among foreign agents
forging a new magnetism of place.

~ Noah Klein, FMLY

We are only two days away from the neighborhood-wide celebration of a community that circles the globe. FMLY FEST Brooklyn kicks off this Thursday at Mckibbin Park before expanding into various bedrooms, basements, rooftops, and backyards Friday and Saturday—each night closing at Shea Stadium. Further details, including the schedule, tickets, and how you can adopt-a-band, live here.

Watch what it’s all about, and stream the nearly 50 acts:

Also, Noah expounded on the ideas reflected above in this excellent interview with PORTALS.

“The albums I lived in” was the basic thought that opened last year’s list of LPs. The same applies today, and the only idea to add is: colors. On S&S throughout 2011, you might have noticed a shift towards tweaked images or collages of sorts; it just happened, almost subconsciously, in an ongoing attempt to somehow get a hold of where this music can send us. So naturally that process continued, and escalated, when approaching this year’s favorites, and now here we are:

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It’s been 12 months since our first glasslandic party, and in that time, S&S senses have been pulled more and more towards capabilities outside of standard band to band showcases. Building on ideas explored last July, we’ve mapped out a true night of sound and vision. Performances from favorites Pressed And, Noah Wall, Megafortress, Gem Club, and RxRy will be set to motion by the fused imagination of videographers BriAnna Oslon and Nathaniel Whitcomb. It’s happening October 19th, at a multi-use creative facility in Brooklyn (13 Greenpoint Ave) known as The End.

Hope to see you there—details at FB.

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