Wed Oct 23
Fronted by poet Karen Schoemer, Albany's Sky Furrows combine influences ranging from krautrock, NZ bands like the Clean and the Verlaines, the Minutemen, Sylvia Plath and early Sonic Youth. Burnt Hills vets Phil Donnelly (drums), Eric Hardiman (bass), and Mike Griffin (guitar) provide carefully modulated shred for Schoemer’s image-laden lyrics. Sky Furrows was formed in 2016 and has played shows with Mountain Movers, Matt (MV) Valentine, Garcia Peoples, and One-Eleven Heavy. Their debut LP will be released in 2020.
In 2014 Tim Lee and Susan Bauer Lee begat Bark, a product of the melding of two keenly honed, fiercely independent musical minds focused on carving out a 21st century niche situated somewhere between garage rock, punk rock, power pop, The Cramps, The Feelies, The B-52s, R. L. Burnside, and the Delta blues.
Tim and Susan were 2/3 of the Tim Lee 3, and Tim was also a member of the Windbreakers.
Wed Oct 23
Upstairs and Downstairs
$5 at the front door, 9PM-late
Hudson-based Mostly Girls is a home for wayward ravers. Formed as a means of sharing skills, knowledge and experience, Mostly Girls is a shapeshifting collective of DJs. Creating a space in which vulnerability and growth are just as welcome as technical prowess and musical expertise, Mostly Girls believes in the power of the dance floor as a sacred sphere for catharsis and healing. The collective is collaborative, non-hierarchical and mostly - but not exclusively - girls.
Advance tix available: https://tignorkent.brownpapertickets.com/
Christopher Tignor - Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, lecturer, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electroacoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels.
Julia Kent - Julia Kent is a cellist and composer. She creates music using looped cello, found sounds, and electronics. She has performed as a member of Rasputina as well as Antony and the Johnsons.
Benoit Pioulard -Since a young age, Thomas Meluch has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. A veteran drummer of a half dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the bases for his work as Benoît Pioulard.
DJ set after the show by Ephraim Asili - All vinyl set of Deep
House,Electronic, Beats, Drums & Instrumentals
Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realized he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, lilting enchantment, squalls of feedback, dissonance, bizarre stories and backchat. Eric began his recording life on Stiff Records in 1977 with his enduring hit "Whole Wide World" when he was little more than an ex-teenage art student. Eventually he sidestepped the mechanics of stardom to become Britain’s biggest underground household name, much loved and often underestimated.
He shuns the dictates of nostalgia and doesn’t do comebacks for the simple reason that he never went away. His 2015 album ‘amERICa’ reminded those who’ve kept the faith and new generations of fans what he’s all about.
“Many artists of Wreckless Eric’s era and tradition have imitators, but few of yesteryear’s outliers can catch up with their descendants, let alone best them. amERICa is that rare record.” Pitchfork
He won’t recreate 1978 for you, he’ll blow your mind instead.
Forty two years of touring and recording have left Eric in good shape and his brand new album Construction Time & Demolition does exactly what the title suggests.
Since immigrating to the United States from Scotland in 2014, Lorkin O’Reilly has been making a name for himself as a commanding new songwriting talent. His unique transatlantic approach blends old-country inspired open tunings similar to that of Bert Jansch, Nike Drake and Dick Gaughan with direct and personal reflections and poetry. His writing portrays not only his own reality, but experiences faced by most of us: the purgatory between childhood and adulthood, between new home and old home and finally the overarching struggle of finding a new identity.
Celebrate Halloween with the Hudson Valley's own psychedelic-drag-rock-collective BURT MURDER.
BURT MURDER owns Halloween and they rule the "Disaster Rock" genre with deadly regional hits such as; Non Stop Party Machine, I Want to Kill You, Fill Me with Honey, DO The Cucumber, and their tribute to Samahain, Boo It's Halloween! If you love Beck, Gwar or Ween...do not miss this massively talented band with some serious wardrobe issues whip the crowd into a dance frenzy this Halloween. Come dressed as "Burt Murder" and win a fabulous prize!
Friday Nov 1
“Datura Road is a cohesive and heartwarming group....dance grooves, smoky Latin ballads, and trance-like meditations that enliven the senses....a wonderful addition to any world music collection.” - Shannon Smith / Sound in Review
Based in the Hudson Valley and greater New York area, this ensemble's debut release, Datura Road, features instruments such as the oud, doumbek, bansuri, and tabla, in addition to the more familiar guitar, bass, and drum framework.
The band has been playing throughout the Hudson Valley making appearances at the Rosendale Street Festival, Dogwood Bar in Beacon, Colony Woodstock, The Windham Local, Hi-Lo Catskill, and the Art Cafe in Nyack. They come to Avalon for the first time having recently released their “Elephant’s Dream” EP, a four song collection of new material.
Saturday 11/2, 8:30PM
Korine is new-wave/electronic pop from Philadelphia, PA
Slippery Stairs are from Livingston Manor, New York where they use breakbeats and synths to keep warm in the winter. Their experimental techno mixes the dreaminess of New Age music with the hard edge of post-punk Goth. The duo is Stacy Wakefield and Nick Forte. Forte is the mastermind behind projects such as Dawn People (DFA), Beautiful Skin (GSL), Christmas Decorations (Kranky) and solo electronics (Schematic, Amish, Catholic Tapes, Obsolete Units, etc.). In another strand of his musical career, Forte plays guitar in Raspberry Bulbs (Hospital records, Blackest Ever Black) and, further back, New Jersey's seminal hardcore outfit Rorschach (Gern Blandsten).
Men’s Tennis - DJ set from 11PM-2AM
Men’s Tennis were a minimalist outer boroughs analogue electrofunk duo operating in NYC between 2001-2008. For the first time in more than a decade they will be reuniting for this epic match on the synthwave circuit with a DJ set of Italo disco, synth-pop, Detroit electro and other tunes ideal for dancing on grass, clay, or hard courts
Cal Folger Day is an American songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. Her verbatim pop-opera about Lady Gregory, The Woods and America, won the Little Gem award in Dublin Fringe, and was the subject of an hour-long documentary on RTÉ Lyric FM which was nominated for the Prix Italia. Her latest project is Moondog and Irene, a transcription of an interview with her step-great-aunt-in-law whose midcentury career in textile design led her to cross paths with the Viking of Sixth Avenue.
"Conjuring the syncopated, subtly bombastic alt-pop alchemy of artists like Field Music via mid-era Joni Mitchell, The Woods and Grandma is a typically tangential and contagious effort from Day (and friends)" (The Thin Air).
"A guitarist and chanteuse with jazz leanings, whose vocal control and stage presence command attention" (The New Yorker).
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin Shepherd spent his early years in the world of bar bands and country music. After moving to Richmond, Virginia at 18, he began composing original songs inspired largely by late 90's Pacific NW indie rock and classic rock 'n' roll records. A few years later, having discovered an affinity for the folk revival of the 60's and contemporary singer-songwriters, he moved to New York City to perform solo and found the Antifolk scene in the East Village where he began to develop his lyrically-focused songwriting style.
"Benjamin Shepherd brings a folky touch to his songs, but he's not without some side trips into drug-fueled weirdness. On [Hold the Line], Shepherd's introspective take on Americana-influenced rock n' roll is distinctive and memorable." RVA Mag
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019
8:30PM, $8 Cover
Sontag Shogun (MTL/NYC, Youngbloods)
Earthen Sea (NYC, Kranky)
+++ dance party after.
Sontag Shogun celebrates their new record, "It Billows Up" and will be playing works from the LP as well as premiering new compositions and site-specific improvisation.
Ian Temple plays piano and organ.
Jeremy Young plays tape loops, sine & square waves, and kitchen utensils.
Jesse Perlstein plays field recordings like instruments, voice and spatialized electronics.
Jacob Long's reductionist rhythmic ambient vessel, Earthen Sea, ebbs towards a more purely elemental state on his second excursion for Kranky, Grass and Trees. He describes the creative process as one of "simplifying things as much as possible," designing uncluttered spaces traced in nothing but breath, field recordings, and "sounds that could be played by hand but weren't." The results feel decentralized but dynamic, low-lit evocations of ambiguous nocturnal environments - dub techno disassembled into stray pulses and spare parts. It's a music both interior and infinite, languorous yet transformative, made in the outer boroughs of a metropolis but attuned to its own liminal wilderness.
Long's vision is a grounding one, rooted in the physical body but attuned to larger currents: "In response to living in a fairly hectic city, and at a very hectic time for the world at large, creating something more drawn back and restrained felt appropriate."
What a night yall!
A performative art-prog experiment from Brooklyn, NY
Drums and giggles from 1/2 of Lily and Horn Horse
Project of Jared Ashdown
Thursday 11/14, 9PM
Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist, composer, and master percussionist. Active internationally since the 1990’s, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. A master of extended percussion techniques, it can be difficult to understand the genesis of his sounds. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.
Story Slam: 6-8PM, $5 Cover
Peaches & Pinkus: 8-10PM, No Cover - Tip your pianist
The Hudson Valley's own version of the Moth radio hour! Join us for our second annual Grand Slam on November 15 @ 6pm at The Avalon Lounge in Catskill. This special show will feature a line-up of some of our favorite storytellers from this past year’s story slams as well as a special guest panel of local judges who will be crowning our grand slam winner. Come out to support your local storytellers and community, enjoy a drink & some delicious Korean food and help us launch a third season of On The Fly Story Slams.
After the Grand Slam, stay for a performance by lounge act Peaches and Pinkus. Peaches (Mel Flannery) and Pinkus (Paul Leschen) set about to recontextualize and reimagine some of the best and worst songs in pop and rock history. Expect REO Speedwagon’s "Keep On Loving You" in the style of Carole King and Tears for Fears "Shout" in the style of Joni Mitchell. Expect Foreigner's "Feels the First Time" to really feel like the first time. Peaches and Pinkus are not your average lounge lizards, they come to play...and sing their precious, passionate (and classically trained) hearts out! After 50 years separately slinging this wild mix to audiences from Palm Springs to the Catskills, Peaches and Pinkus met at a local cafe/bar/performance space called HiLo in the village of Catskill. They continue to entertain together on cruise ships, in retirement communities, and in the county’s finest psychiatric hospitals to wild acclaim.
8:30PM - 11:30PM
An evening of noise and harsh techno
presented by ▲ L T E R
NOLIFE (NYC Industrial Music Concrète)
Hard hitting hip-hop and hardcore inspired music concrete from NYC producer and rat boy Sean Engvold. Engvold has collaborated with the likes of Frank Ocean, HEALTH, Show Me the Body, and most recently an exclusive vinyl release with dark rap demon Ghostmane.
LVSXW (Experimental / Avant-Drums)
Noise. Drums. Synth Triggers. Ouch.
MELTING REGULAR (Harsh 64-Bit Dreams)
The debut performance of an artist who's recent EP channels 64-bit video game music and harsh waves of disconnect.
SINISTER HYPNOSIS (Techno)
Technological goosebumps along an analog drift. Dancers beware, you're in for a scare.
Show us what you got, Catskill! Join us for the very first edition of Open Mic at The Avalon Lounge, hosted by (open) Mike Labuff and happening the third Wednesday of each month from here on out.
Sign up at 6:30 (first come first serve, no reserving slots ahead of time)... show from 7PM-9ish. Limit 10 minutes per performer, all types of acts are welcome.
Backline: Drums, Bass amp, Guitar amp
Thursday Nov 21st
Party Of The Sun
Party of the Sun is an indie folk band from New Hampshire led by songwriter Ethan McBrien and producer/multi-instrumentalist Rory Hurley.
Lady Jane (Esperanza Friel) lives in Northampton, MA. She has opened for Soccer Mommy, toured up and down the East coast and recently played "Waking Windows" in Winooski VT in May of 2019.
Alex P. Wernquest
Alex lives in Catskill, NY where he runs Basement Floods Studios
6PM-10PM, No cover - Donations accepted
Ambient Sunday music to prepare for the week.
November will feature sound artists, Okkoto, The Dark Order and Kris Bernard.
Here's what to expect from Okkoto
“Inscrutable” isn’t an inscrutable enough word to describe Bunnybrains’ legacy of noise, anti-rock, and found sounds built over the past two decades. The band was once rumored to be so prolific in their avant-garde ramblings that they made a new cassette every week, recorded during rehearsal. Live, the group’s audio quirks become visual, as frontcreep Dan Seward writhes about the stage doing things to his guitar that might not be legal in some states. -
Village Voice-Kory Grow
Bill Lee (né Gillim) made increasingly dark devotional music as Megafortress for nearly a decade. Now he replaces the moniker with his married name for his new record Songs For The Family— a collection of noir folk/country songs populated by lost fathers, exhausted mothers, wayward children, and fearful lovers. Backed by drummer Otto Hauser (Sharon Van Etten, Vetiver), keyboardist Tyler Wood (Luke Temple, Elvis Perkins) and bassist Terence Murren, Lee’s beautiful, weary baritone and finger-picked guitar ward off the ghosts that haunt his new life as a stay-at-home father.
Lee bought a guitar just before the birth of his first son. He knew that a new baby meant little time to disappear into an ambient track-making computer stupor. Finding inspiration in the melancholic songs of Mickey Newbury, Willie Nelson, and Fred Neil, Lee spent the next three years writing songs touching on the hopes, fears and failures of fatherhood. Songs For The Family combines the dark mysticism of Megafortress with a deceptively simple, stripped down Americana. The result is a music both familiar and disorienting, a classic American folk music refracted through a black rainbow prism.
Jeff Beam is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Portland, Maine. He writes, performs, records, & releases melodic music tinged with kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Beam seeks to fuse together unorthodox pop melody with compelling sound textures & colorful instrumentation.
Jeff Beam tours the US & Canada often and has recently played with Spoon, Big Thief, Khruangbin, The New Pornographers, Ryley Walker, Steve Gunn, Surfer Blood, Deer Tick, Chris Cohen, Eleanor Friedberger, Wintersleep, and many other fine acts. Also, he was once in the same room as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
8PM, No Cover
BLAKMAJIIKFORIST brings a gristled, psychedelic, viking-rock edge to the gravelly folk lyricism of Curtis Harvey, known for seminal 90s bands Rex and Pullman. BLAKMAJIIKFORST's stellar lineup of Hudson Valley musicians - from the punk, bluegrass, and indie rock traditions - includes Harrison Cannon (M Shanghai String Band), Mike Rasimas (M Roosevelt), Rob King (Mice Parade) and video artist John Cason.
An improvising group of musicians from various points along the river. So far the group has only collaborated/performed on the tramp schooner Dugong. This show at the Avalon Lounge in Catskill will be their first experience together on land.
Brian Dewan, accordion
Bradford Reed, Pencilina
Brody Jones, Tenor Saxophone
Zach Layton, guitar
Raissa St. Pierre, drums
Jane Scarpantoni, cello
& special guests
The Wheel Turning Kings
The Wheel Turning Kings is a long running collaboration between three brothers; Tom, Harry, and Josh Matthews - Their sound is a strange mashup of everything that has interested them and informed their playing since a young age from The Meters to Nick Drake to Gong and everything in between.
Josh Matthews (Drums, Guitar, Vocals) is the long standing musical director of BlueManGroup and has played in numerous bands in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the years including: Vardo, Ohmslice, Drumhead, Lester Addis, and many more.
Tom Matthews (Guitar, Bass) spent many years playing in New Orleans playing with such musical legends as Russell Batiste, J’ Monque D, Eric Traub, JD Hill, and Walter Wolfman Washington, and in the New Hope, PA area with members of Ween and Parliament Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell and Kid Funkadelic.
Harry Matthews (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Vocals) has played in countless bands that nobody has ever heard of including, but not limited to; The Swift Brothers, Lester Addis, The Harry Ape, Cherokee Sex Workshop, etc…
$8 Advance, $10 at door
Kingston NY based Shana Falana's new LP 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 is out 10/25 on Arrowhawk Records (Pre-Order / Pre-Save :: https://ffm.to/darkestlight)
with special guests Steady Sun
The latest from NY psych/shoegaze rocker Shana Falana, Darkest Light (Arrowhawk Records) explores extreme contrasts and the process of conversion. From anthemic pop (“Go Higher”) into gutsy sludge rock (title track) and moments of elegant, minimalist beauty (“Come and Find Me”), Darkest Light is described by Falana as “druggy music by sober people.” In her 40s and owning it, the veteran of the San Francisco and Brooklyn experimental pop scenes finds themes of rebirth and empowerment in the darkest materials. Falana worked for the third time with producer D. James Goodwin (Kevin Morby, Wand) to craft a record of great sonic and thematic substance. Shana combines live looping of reverb-drenched vocals and guitar with tribal drums and stunning visual projections. Her live experience has often been described as transcendental.
"Psychedelic dream pop dashed on the rocks of goth defiance" -Stereogum
“If you want to zone out, Shana Falana’s alluring debut LP gives many opportunities to do so.” -Pitchfork
Dance Party afterward by DJ Tall-Ass MattShana Falana / Steady Sun / DJ Tall Ass Matt
BRASS QUEENS: Based out of NYC, this all female group is disrupting a male dominated genre. The Brass Queens perform a diverse repertoire featuring classic hits by woman artists, funk, soul and traditional NOLA second-line. We are here to show everyone that brass ain’t just for the boys. Ladies kick BRASS!
BRASSKILL: Brasskill is the Hudson Valley’s party brass band. Based in Hudson, NY and founded in the Spring of 2018, Brasskill’s membership covers a wide geographic area — from Rosendale in the south, all the way up to Great Barrington in the north. Bringing funky decibels to parties, parades and other merry gatherings in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas, Brasskill’s music ranges from New Orleans second line tunes to punk and pop covers and is guaranteed to get your party out on the dance floor.
PONTOON combines the memory of childhood video games, superhero soundtracks, sci-fi and intergalactic life, with a passion for the unique, and never been done before. A sound experience that you didn’t know existed is what PONTOON delivers. They take seemingly traditional sounds and instruments, & run them through their creative brain grinders. The end result is a fantastically warped version of what you know music to be. 4 guys, vocals & vocoder, lots of brass, quadruple synthesizers, sound effects pedals and knobs, 1 standard drum kit, all the weird you can handle, and more cowbell.