CMJ - The Sky Report & Spike Hill Present: - Matinee
Craig Martinson, Luluc, David Tanklefsky, Dorine Levy
186 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 12:30 PM / Show 1:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
In the world of independent music, there are countless stories of unheralded man-children obsessively twisting nobs and perfecting their musical masterpieces for months on end. Those stories pale in comparison to that of Craig Martinson.
Martinson spent four years, his entire mid-20s, in a house north of Boston. He rarely left. He hardly slept. He struggled through a half-dozen shows and then, demoralized, retreated to his bedroom. He recorded an entire album, destroyed the files, vowed to quit music and started all over again.
Where many “artists” would toil away in a drug induced haze, enveloped by the stench of their own vomit, Martinson--true to form--opted to go it alone. Having never taken a drug or had a drink, he was left only with the true madness of a misunderstood soul, the keen sting of a broken heart and the staggering ability to write a song that cuts to the core of life itself.
The impetus for his four-year hibernation came when Martinson broke up with his girlfriend and spent a summer contemplating life or death while holed up in a friend’s garage in suburban Massachusetts. He decided he could either die or write songs. He chose to write songs. Out of the pits of despair came the music that forms his album, Heartbeat, a life-affirming ascent out of his own personal hell and one of the most stunning achievements made by any kid who locked himself away in a dark room intent on shutting out the world and making something that would outlast it. But it took a long time to get here... Like...a really long time...
Now, armed with a guitar army of childhood friends who never left his side even when his path out of the musical wilderness seemed completely doomed, Martinson is ready to unleash Heartbeat on the world. The influences are clear---the kid has spent his time wisely, drawing from the 60s chamber pop of the Beach Boys, the guile of the Kinks and the energy of the Stones.
Four years in the making, Martinson’s album is a clarion signal that if you never give up, never lose hope and work until your fingers bleed, dreams can come true in a heartbeat.
Luluc will be showcasing new songs from their freshly mastered and unreleased Aaron Dessner (The National) produced second album - 'Passerby'. Zoe and Steve recorded it with Aaron and his friends (members of Sufjan Stevens, Beirut and Bon Iver) in his now famous Brooklyn garage late 2012. Aaron made three albums there last year - with the Local Natives and The National releases being the other two.
Luluc's minimalist debut, Dear Hamlyn (2008) continues to win them new fans. It has achieved a cult following among both legendary and current figures in music. All are enchanted with the powerful stillness at the core of Luluc. Lucinda Williams, The National and Fleet Foxes are among them, while Peter Blackstock (founder/editor No Depression) said of their debut, ''Dear Hamlyn' is the most beautiful record I have heard in 10 years'. Joe Boyd (Nick Drake producer) was so enamoured, he toured them with his Nick Drake show and cut 1000 vinyl singles of their rendition of 'Things Behind the Sun' for record store day 2013.
Luluc are a mesmerising and singular live act on top of being majestic on record. This is music that has and will continue to achieve a sustained influence on music lovers.
"I played it again and again, and finally I was like 'who the hell is this person?"
- Joe Boyd, producer Nick Drake & many others, talking about Luluc's Dear Hamlyn on BBC Radio.
David Tanklefsky is a 27-year-old musician and songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. He writes songs about riding bicycles at night, dogs and ice cream. He has been playing the guitar and writing songs since he was eleven years old.
His formative musical years were spent as a member of Boston-based folk/rock/jazz kids Grimis, who toured the country, released three records and developed a steadfast following in the northeast music scene. He has also been a part of projects including Emil & Friends (Cantora Records), Post Panda, Craig Martinson and the Starlight Girls.
He served on the jury of a murder trial. He announced the starting lineups at Fenway Park. He taught young Hasids. He lived in a van. His interests include White Cheddar Cheeze-Its, Bananagrams, and road trips.
“The perfect tonic for a hangover offering delightful grooves and sweet melodies in equal measures” - SXSW - Cougar Microbes
“Best described as dance pop with an edge” -SXSW - Sweet Tea Pumkin Pie
Dorine Levy was a typical teenager living in Montreal, Canada when her parents decided to up roots and relocate to Tel Aviv. Suddenly she found herself far from the city and friends she had grown up and, crucially, an older brother who had been responsible for sharing his epic record collection with her.
Separated from the things she was most attached to Dorine looked for an outlet in her music recording bedroom compositions yet remaining too shy to perform them to anyone. Following the completion of her compulsory military service Dorine enrolled at fashion school where her professors remarked that her pieces constantly focussed around music. Faced with this inescapable truth she chose to enroll in a music school where fate would have her meet future husband and musical collaborator Eitan.
Her first single release was called “La Mort” was the lead track from the 'Nine Beach' compilation that achieved good sales. Her 2008 debut EP soon followed with the track "Falling Star" being selected by local radio for airplay as well as as part of the marketing campaign for a leading European clothes chain. In turn Dorine was selected in the top 5 International acts at the Music Oz Awards (MTV Australia)
Next up Dorine assembled a live band and toured all over Israel perfecting her live set and fine tuning her music. Glorious performances at Indie Week Canada as well as SXSW 2013 are only the start as she prepares to take her live show further afield.
This summer Dorine released her video “There For Me”, the first release from the upcoming debut 'Underwater' which is due in October. The Video got thousands of views just in few days and entered Mtv's and Tom Robinson's (BBC 6) playlists.
The album will feature 12 tracks written and produced by Dorine herself.