Sunday, May 29, 2011

Violet Times presents: Foggy Notion art exhibition - June 10th-26th @ Live With Animals


You might have heard the (teenage) news by now but in case ya haven't, a certain baby animal wants to turn you on, baby. What can a one man 'fan label' do for ya w/ no dough these days? Well, if you're me (and i am) it means you'd hatch a crazed plan to showcase some of my fave musicians and their visual side/s to the unsuspecting public. Who knew? Who cares, let's have some fun and do like The Godz said, and 'Turn On'...

This is the 'official' word, bird:
Violet Times wants to turn you on.

Over the years of listening to my records I began to take an even greater appreciation of some of my favorite bands’ record covers. These outrageous sounds were often housed in sleeves adorned w/ equally compelling artwork, almost always done by a band member who had also made the music I was hearing.

One day whilst cruising thru a mini ‘landmark’ tour of sorts in my former South Brooklyn hood w/ one of the prime movers in Cle-punk history, a little black egg dropped out of the earhole of my skull and the idea for this visual spectacle was subsequently hatched.

Each of the Foggy Notion artists have been creating music and art for quite some time- a few have been recording & performing since as far back as the very early 70's. In some ways they are all fairly well known in the under-the-counter culture world of music & out sounds but they've all been simultaneously creating visual art throughout the years in far more obscurity. Violet Times thinks it would be great to shine a light on another aspect of what these individuals do that is most likely less known to the mass ear and eye.

This is not at all to imply that I want to have this be some kind of record cover art showcase- I’ve never wanted that at all and that’s not what one should expect when attending the exhibit. The Foggy Notion art exhibition is about their other visually artastic activities. The music as released and sleeved is only the gateway into these other endeavors. Mine, and now yours…

There will also be musical performances thoughout the month featuring the participating artists. This part will be great for the blind, if nothing else. I'm super excited-and i barely even need corrective lenses!

Come out and say 'hi'.

Here's the lineup, also got a few GREAT DJ's to spin wreckords at these as well.
Violet Times presents: Foggy Notion
June 10th – June 26th, 2011
Live With Animals – 210 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY

John Morton (John Morton and The Dunking Swine Of Chelsea / electric eels / X__X )
Peggy Snow (The Cherry Blossoms)
Hamish Kilgour (The Mad Scene / The Clean / The Great Unwashed)
Timmy Vulgar (Garbage River / Human Eye / Timmy's Organism / Clone Defects)
Ju Suk Reet Meate (The Tenses / Smegma)
Oblivia (The Tenses / Smegma)
Neil Michael Hagerty (Royal Trux / The Howling Hex / Pussy Galore)

Musical performances:

Friday June 10th, 2011 - Opening nite party
Garbage River (featuring Timmy Vulgar and Jimbo Easter)
+ special guest: Sightings
DJ Acapulco Rodriguez plays records

Saturday June 11th, 2011 – auxiliary party at Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St, NY
Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex
+ special guest: comedian Ben Kronberg

Friday June 17th, 2011
John Morton & The Dunking Swine Of Chelsea
The Tenses (Ju Suk Reet Meate and Oblivia)
DJ Chris Freeman (Fusetron) plays records

Thursday June 23rd, 2011 – Closing nite party
The Cherry Blossoms (Peggy Snow)
The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour)
DJ Brian Turner (WFMU) plays records

Please note, if ya can't make it to the music parties, the gallery also has regular visiting hours on Saturdays and Sundays 1-6 pm or by appointment. Also note, the fact that these groups basically never play NY, or too many other spots on Earth, and in some cases might never play anywhere again. John Morton and The Dunking Swine of Chelsea formed specifically for this and Timmy and Jimbo have got their group together specifically for this as well.

Robot updates here.

Come one, come all, longhairs welcome...

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Whines tour, playing NYC shows w/ The Mad Scene, Home Blitz, White Mystery, Nobunny, Timmy's Organism, Mick Collins + bbq

Hey! My buds The Whines are on tour from Portland, OR and I booked a couple of shows for the band while the party lands here in NYC for three dates this coming weekend. Come say hello and eat some hot dogs, unless of course a certain spirit known as The Haze has a problem w/ you, in which case i'd watch your neck. I know, he's gone, but a ghost w/ an axe? Even scarier, so please be careful on your way to these shows. Longhairs welcome.
Violet Times presents:

Friday May 20th @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St, BK, NY)
doors at 8 / show at 9 [FB]

White Mystery (Chicago)
Home Blitz (NJ)
The Whines (Portland, OR)
The Yuppies (Omaha)
Solid Attitude (Iowa City)

Saturday May 21st play somewhere early on the bill @ Metropolis Fest 2 at Brooklyn Fireproof (119 Ingram @ Porter)

The Whines playing w/ Nobunny, White Mystery, Timmy's Organism, DJ Mick Collins (of Gories, Dirtbombs, etc.) and more, show starts at 8pm and they play early!

Sunday May 22nd @ Tip Top Bar and Grill (432 Franklin Ave, BK, NY)
4-8 pm + bbq [FB]

The Mad Scene (the great NY band of Hamish Kilgour of The Clean)
The Whines
Regal Degal

Come to these shows and the remaining dates to grab The Whines new single on the classic 45 rpm vinyl format only, "Shootinhead" b/w "Straybird" released by Mount Saint Mountain - limited to only 300 pressed so come to the shows if you want one. (as always, check your local listings, some of the dates shown there aren't current, don't forget Nashville to end the tour) The band should also have copies of their excellent VTWrecks endorsed "Hell To Play" debut LP (Meds/Exiled Records) from 2010 along for the tour.