Northern Spy and AdHoc Presents
James Chance and the Contortions, Gary Wilson with Tredici Bacci, Horse Lords
1140 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11237
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
James Chance and the Contortions
The enigmatic Gary Wilson emerged from New York's DIY movement with 1977's proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me, an extraordinary record which has been known to suck unprepared new listeners in like a drug and never let go. Shortly after its limited release its creator simply vanished.
In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary's small-town opus had spread by word-of-mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bizarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes (not only you and all your friends, but) Beck, who shouts him out in "Where It's At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)", The Roots' ?uestlove, Simpsons creator Matt Goening, and of course, Stones Throws Peanut Butter Wolf (who championed his own Stones Throw release, the infectious spacial-funk that is the 'Mary Had Brown Hair' album).
The re-release You Think You Really Know Me in 2002 won him accolades in The New York Times and culminated in select sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles. Gary Wilson has continued making music in the years following his "disappearance." His music continues to chronicle his obsessions and angst that his followers would expect from him. His songs have been compared to everything from Prince to Talking Heads bursting with electro-funk, synth rock, lounge, soul, and avant-garde jazz.
A longtime in the making, the incredible documentary, "You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story" - the new DVD/CD released from Plexifilm in '08 is well worth the wait and deserves shelve space next to your copies of 'The Last Waltz', 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston', and 'We Jam Econo'.
Horse Lords is a quartet from Baltimore, MD. Combining their shared experiences in experimental music with popular forms, they craft long form pieces that are at once trance inducing, ecstatic, and rhythmically compelling. The group consists of members of the groups Teeth Mountain, Black Vatican, and Needle Gun, and touring members of The Dan Deacon Ensemble and Matmos.