Yeah, we know, New Year’s is over but in Russia, January 14th marks The Old New Year, an informal traditional Slavic Orthodox holiday. The Russian Old New Year celebrates the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar which the Russian Orthodox Church continued to use despite the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic’s adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1918. As a result, Russians celebrate both the “New” New Year as dictated by the Gregorian calendar (January 1st) and then the “Old” New Year on January 14. Generally the Old New Year is a nostalgic family holiday marked by large traditional meals, singing and celebratory drinking. This tradition is also celebrated throughout Eastern Europe in Serbia, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia.
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Steve Albini is one of those musicians that will never stop touring. At least, we hope. If you don’t know Albini as the frontman of Shellac, you may know him from an infinite number of other projects: he’s played in bands such as Big Black and Flour, and as a producer has lent his talents to the likes of Nirvana, The Breeders, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Pixies, PJ Harvey and countless others.
He takes that wealth of experience and continues, almost 30 years after the start of Big Black, to take it on the road. Their sound has been described as noise rock, math rock and post-hardcore — and certainly, they are all of these things at different points of songs or albums. What separates these guys from the pack (like most of Albini’s bands) is heavy, impossibly fast basslines, brutally honest and morality-blurring lyrical content, and a desire to explore the boundaries of musical composition.
The advantage to having Albini at the helm is a diverse set of musical influences and abilities combined with a refreshing lack of inhibition. That air of pretention? It just makes the music come out better. Trust us. Read the rest of this entry »
We ticket shows for the Portland, Oregon venue The Woods and I gotta say, I’m a little envious of Portlanders for having such a cool and unique venue in their town.
The Woods is located in a former funeral parlor in the historic Sellwood neighborhood in Southeast Portland. It’s a mission-style building built in 1929 and booker Jeremy Hadley is doing a great job of getting acts that fit the beautiful, serene elegance that this venue exudes. Their website describes the atmosphere as “part club-house, part secret society” and that “patrons will feel they have stumbled upon another world: candle-lit, eccentric yet stately.” Performances take place in a beautiful chapel area but there are also several smaller lounges and outdoor seating, including a covered smoking “salon.” They have a full bar and a simple, affordable cafe menu and it looks like they also have Karaoke, stand-up comedy, and movie screenings scheduled on non-musical performance nights. Read the rest of this entry »