Basilica Hudson to Launch Music Series with Weekend Festival

Kris Perry

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – In conjunction with the second annual Hudson MusicFest and the long standing local Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Festival, the creative directors of Basilica Hudsonmusician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone – have programmed the Basilica Music Festival (Fri-Sat, Aug 10-11, 2012), which itself marks the official launch of the Basilica Presents Music Program, which will bring dozens of performers from across the nation and around the world – including Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Sept 20, 2012) and Grimes (Sept 25, 2012) —  to the post-industrial venue literally a stone’s throw from the Hudson River.

For the Basilica Music Festival, Basilica Hudson has teamed with international music organizers and connoisseurs Brandon Stosuy of Pitchfork and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management to organize a unique and carefully curated weekend program consisting of a wide range of performance and art with the aim for specific connections and overlaps rather than a more traditional “festival”-style overload.

Hudson artist and welder Kris Perry’s MACHINES will occupy the industrial factory space on Friday night, while flocked by a small army of one-(wo)man noise makers. Saturday night will be anchored by NYC’s Gang Gang Dance and their friends in music and visual arts. This weekend promises to be the first of many multi-layered weekends of vanguard to come to the Hudson River waterfront.


Gang Gang Dance

FRI AUG 10 Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy

Metal Machine Music: Solo Noise Artists and Their Machines

W/ Liturgy, Mick Barr, C. Lavender and Brian Dewan

Featuring Very Special Guest Kris Perry’s MACHINES

Plus Rainbow In The Dark DJs 9 mm Doors | $15

SAT AUG 11 Gleam House / Leg Up management presents

BLAZER S.S. – Heavy Dub, Roots, Ragga and Dancehall afternoon chill zone
Neidan! Day + Night Designed To Cultivate Immersion In The Visual And Musical Vanguard

Featuring Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, And More

Plus “Suggested Destination” Art Exhibit

Visually exploring the notion of how we chose where we live, with sculptures and paintings by William Stone, Pia Dehne, Jim Krewson, Todd Jordan, Sadie Laska and more…

9 pm doors | $15

BRANDON STOSUY is Editor at Pitchfork. He writes Pitchfork’s monthly metal column, Show No Mercy, curates a series of underground metal shows using that name, and works as a Music Curator at MoMA/PS1’s annual “Warm Up” series. Stosuy has collaborated with the artist Matthew Barney on various multi-media events and two zines, TUBAL CAIN and ADAC, and has worked with Kai Althoff, Peter Sotos, Philip Best (Whitehouse), Brody Condon, Sasha Grey, Michael Gira/ Swans, Tony Conrad, and others on installations and performances. His anthology of Downtown New York literature, Up Is Up, But So Is Down, was selected by the Village Voice as one of their 25 favorite books of 2006. For his “Show No Mercy” Night at Basilica Music Festival, he’s paired the Glenn Branca-inspired black metal of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s Liturgy, the “Deep Listening” noise of C. Lavender, and avant-garde metal guitarist Mick Barr (Krallice, Orthrelm) with Hudson, N.Y. visual artist Kris Perry’s MACHINES, a collection of large kinetic musical sculptures.

BRIAN DERAN founded Monitor records in 2000, signing the likes of Cass McCombs, Oxes and Part Chimp among others. Brian also is a part owner of the music venue, The Ottobar, in Baltimore, MD which caters to national and international touring avant, metal and indie artists, he is the founder and owner of LEG UP! MANAGEMENT who’s current roster contains Neon Indian, The Black Lips, Pure X, and past artists include Animal Collective, Battles and Dam funk. Brian’s new venture is GLEAM HOUSE which is an outlet and distributor of art books and music, which has many projects currently in the works.

GANG GANG DANCE Comprised of Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian Degraw, Josh Diamond and Jesse Lee, Gang Gang Dance formed in New York in the early part of the new century. Originating from the same experimental Brooklyn scene as Animal Collective and Black Dice, the band’s first recorded output was a string of records released on influential local label Social Registry. With the burgeoning arts community of which they were a part continually falling under the microscope of the wider world, Gang Gang Dance recorded second full length album God’s Money and in the process transcended all associations with their peers. Boldly forging their various avant-garde influences into a coherent statement, God’s Money was wildly off kilter and out of sync with what was currently happening in the US underground. Three years later with fourth studio Saint Dymphna, truly streamlined their tendency towards more outre? influences into something approaching pop music and cemented their status as one of the most essential and influential acts of their generation. Eye Contact arrived on 9th May 2011 and duly matched the incremental sonic progression Gang Gang Dance has made with each record. Indebted to dance culture, the pacing of the record is such that subtle passages and enigmatic samples give way to relentless locked-in grooves, very much shaping Eye Contact as a coherent statement of intent, defined by its purposeful construction and immaculate production.





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