SOME STUFFS: 3rd Annual Spy Music Festival on its way in September

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With summer about six weeks before wrapping up, there is still time to head outside and enjoy some music at a festival. If you’ve paid attention to the artists I’ve posted here, many of them are not only on tour but are using festivals as a means to get their music across, as is the custom. Those in or within/around New York City will be able to enjoy the Spy Music Festival happening in early September, created by Northern Spy Records.

It’s the 3rd time the festival has been put together, and it will be held on two different days at two different venues: you can head to the Spectrum in Manhattan on September 7th, while September 8th will be in Brooklyn at 285 Kent. Along with bands, there will be sets from some of the top and upcoming DJ’s, along with giveaways throughout the two-day fest. This is the current lineup:

September 7… Manhattan, NY (Spectrum; 121 Ludlow, $10)
Driphouse (7:00)
Diamond Terrifier (7:50)
Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille (8:40)
ODO (FORMA) (9:30)
Charles Gayle Trio (10:20)

September 8… Brooklyn, NY (285 Kent; $10)
PC Worship (7:00)
Ava Luna (7:45)
Seaven Teares (8:30)
NYMPH (9:15)
Caught on Tape (Thurston Moore & John Moloney) (10:00)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band (10:45)
Aa (aka Big A Little a) (11:30)

RSVP for the September 7th show can be had by going here. Tickets for September 8th are available here, while RSVP for the 8th show may be viewed there.

REVIEW: Diamond Terrifier’s “Kill The Self That Wants To Kill Yourself”

Photobucket The first song sounds like it might be sensual and beautiful, a pop song slowly making its way to please and tease with a sensitive and passionate intro. However, you hear sounds of crowds moving in and out of a max while someone from the Smooth Jazz Vagina way of living is playing a saxophone that will make you put your fingers in your ears. I was intrigued and had to listen to find out what would happen.

I’m not sure what Diamond Terrifier refers to. Are they suggesting a diamond record needle, and that they are either terrifying their records or that the music goes beyond a turntable’s comfort level? Maybe neither, but it seems their electronic composition is playing games with the listener, or at least they’re using different sounds from a vast range of sources so that it’ll make people go “what is going on here?” What is going on? Diamond Terrifier make tracks as if someone’s sole means of discovering the world was with music, a record player, and a radio. The changes in how each sound moves in and out of the mix sounds like someone going back and forth from frequency to frequency, but without hearing someone turn the actual radio dial. The use of saxophones almost puts a timestamp on it, for me it comes like it is reflecting a time when saxophones were all over the radio, whether in jazz form of the 40’s, rock’n’roll of the 50’s and 60’s, the soul and funk of the 70’s, and the rock revival of the 1980’s. But this music sounds nothing like rock, jazz, or anything you would normally hear on the radio at any given time.

Then you realize wait: this saxophone sounds too live for it to be sampled. It is definitely run through different effects and filters, there’s a bit of multi-track trickery going on. It leads you to ask again “wait, what is this?” It is then you realize Diamond Terrifier is the creation of saxophonist Sam Hillmer, known for his work with the band Zs. If you are familiar with their work, then Diamond Terrifier’s Kill The Self That Wants To Kill Yourself (Diamond Spy) makes much more sense. As for it sounding like a reflection of what the saxophone sounded like when it was a primary instrument in pop music, that may be one way of describing it, as it struggles to survive as it is beaten by pop music’s whiffle ball bat. The way it is used here may also be a way for it to find its way to where it is used in other countries. Some of the way the sounds come off makes it sound like the saxophones are being played in a high school bathroom, if someone walked into the shower and saw elephants bathing. That freak factor is what makes this work, because you turn every corner and go “wait, what in the world is this?”

I’m someone who enjoys it when a musician or singer will do something and make it sound nothing like what one would expect. You hear or read the word “saxophone” and you think okay, I’m comfortable with knowing what a saxophone sounds like. Then hear this and it sounds like baboons discovering balloons and rubbing it on their genitals. Now they want you to sniff the balloons. That’s Diamond Terrifier, and yes, I’m scared. In a better world, everyone would be rubbing their baboon balloons on one another.