If you’re in NYC: Release Party for Issue #6 of New York Tyrant

April 20, 2009


Friday April 24, 9 pm
Bar Nine
807 Ninth Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Streets
C, E to 50th Street

A $15 cover includes a copy of the latest issue, featuring work from: Daryl Scroggins, Ronald Hobbs, Jody Barton, Greg Mulcahy, Erich Hintze, Scott Garson, Christopher Kennedy, Jesse Ball, Daniel Grandbois, Cooper Renner, Michael Hemmingson, Darby Larson, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Christine Schutt, Ken Sparling, Robert Lopez, S.G. Miller, Atticus Lish, Michael Leone, Kim Chinquee, Anthony Luebbert, Rachel Sherman, Jason Snyder, Justin Taylor, Jessica Anya Blau, and an interview with Diane Williams by Kevin Sampsell.

10 pm: Doppelganger
Doppelganger is a rock & roll duo from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Through the most basic instrumentation, they write primal music with memorable hooks.

Born out of frustration with the local NYC music scene’s lack of energy in the spring of 2008, Ryan Oh-No (vox, drums) and R. Francis (guitar, vox) started writing music, drawing influence from a variety of genres: early rock & roll, garage, surf and shoegaze. But it was mainly the energy of the punk scene that they both grew up with that permeates their style. It was decided not to take on additional members as they found that the limitations of being a duo lead to a different approach to songwriting and arrangement that enhanced their creativity.

11 pm: Demonlover
Demonlover formed in 2008 when Billy Jones, James Buonatuono and Sean Maffucci joined together, tired of the same old rock n’ roll music/scene, as an experiment to make music without the preconditions of the “two guitars, bass and drums” stereotype.  While not denying any genre as an influence, Demonlover is focused on constantly looking outwards, towards new directions in sound through hazy borders of objectivity, while at the same time bringing the listener in with dark introspective lyrics, Anatolian guitar sounds seemingly flowing from the Bosporus, catchy eastern and pseudo-pop melodic synthesizer progressions, and rhythmic elements sometimes reminiscent of Raï, Baile Funk and Pygmée style syncopations.

Jones and Buonotuono, formerly in Other Passengers, released a handful of records with the UK label SIC including: Is It Nothing To You, All Those Who Pass You By? and We Are All.  Jones also performs solo as AppleDeaf, a one-man testament to how far the solo act genre can push past its own limitations.  Maffucci previously played guitar in Am Radio, later renamed Icewater Scandal, whose well-revered debut record was recorded and produced by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo.  After Icewater Scandal’s disbandment, Maffucci released Janisary Music (s/t) on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label and turned his ears to engineering and producing records at his Junkyard recording studio, mainly for The Social Registry label.  There he engineered/mixed/produced records for many bands, including Growing, Psychic Ills, Jeffrey Lewis, Harvey Milk, Kid Congo Powers (of Cramps, Gun Club fame), Bear In Heaven, and Gang Gang Dance’s critically acclaimed albums God’s Money and St. Dymphna.

12 am: The Choke
NYC’s punk ‘n’ roll darlings The Choke filter the influences of Motown, soul, and garage rock through the attack of anthemic punk. Since its debut in 2005, the band has performed for large audiences throughout New York and London, performed an intense live set on DJ Terre T’s infamous garage-rock show Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU 91.1 FM, and twice hosted the Exploding Punk Inevitable! Revue, a weekly residency at the ultra-hip and intimate Slipper Room in the Lower East Side featuring burlesque girls and circus freaks, and culminating with The Choke performing a blistering punk rock set.

The band has also appeared at a special NYC Animal Rescue Benefit opening for Beastie Boys and Debbie Harry, toured with the legendary Buzzcocks, completed two UK Tours, playing major academy venues throughout England and Scotland, and flooring various crowds filled with garage-mod rockers and the UK’s punk aristocracy. Three U.S. tours of the Midwest have yielded more press, attention and fans of The Choke’s high-intensity music and performances, most recently DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who played their “Face For The Radio” on his influential show Rodney on the ROQ, on KROQ 106.7 FM in L.A.

We believe in the power and urgency of the story and the story’s ability to describe and illuminate the interior and exterior landscape: we believe in the power of narrative and its ability to make life more astonishingly alive.


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