Celestial Shore, Shy Hunters
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
"This is the part of the song when we come together." Adam Schatz's voice rings out in the flickering candlelight of Manhattan Inn. Last summer, he began a monthly series in the Greenpoint bar's piano-anchored back room, built to bring his friends together to play music. And Schatz – who plays in Man Man and Father Figures, co-produces NYC Winter Jazzfest, founded Search & Restore, and has wielded his saxophone on numerous stages and on recordings for bands like Vampire Weekend (see "Diane Young") and Those Darlins – has a lot of friends. But on this warm summer night, the man that energizes so many NYC scenes stood on a piano bench, gazing somewhere only he could see, and declared a scene of his own: "There's no before. There's no after. There's only this." This is Landlady.
The song was "Above My Ground," a disarming sing-along anthem and a wide window into Schatz – the songwriter, the multi-instrumentalist, the vocalist. Over the past three years, Landlady has evolved alongside its busy leader, self-releasing Keeping To Yourself in 2011, solidifying into a striking five-member lineup that includes Mikey Freedom Hart, Ian Chang, Ian Davis, and Booker Stardrum, and recording Upright Behavior. The new album will be released July 15, 2014 on Hometapes (home to Bear In Heaven, Celestial Shore, Megafaun, Leverage Models, Brad Laner, Pattern Is Movement, and more).
The whispers about Celestial Shore's debut full-length, 10x, began with the release of the balmy I'm-so-done-with-you song "Valerie" on Stereogum earlier this year. Sound traveled: the Brooklyn trio joined Hometapes and 10x will be released September 3rd in partnership with Local Singles (the new label begun by Brad Oberhofer). In nine songs, Celestial Shore deconstructs city life, the history of pop music, and their own jazz educations into something both heartbreakingly raw and mystically timeless. In between the lines, the band exalts the vibrant scene they call home: the album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, includes Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez on vocals, and features cover art by Prince Rama.
"Take a rolling, '80s-style drum line, Patti Smith's preamble to her cover of 'Hey Joe,' Twin Peaks' swooning guitar, and overlay it all with soaring female vocals—and you've got a rough sketch of 'Time Bomb,' the latest single from Brooklyn-based duo Shy Hunters... With such diverse echoes as Smith and Lynch, it comes as no surprise that the song's structure takes an equally creative approach, bounding between ethereal and intense. Guitars and varied rhythms create a patchwork feel and build a restless energy; 'Time Bomb' is at once organic and disjointed. But singer Indigo Street's voice carries—even as collapse seems imminent and the balance fragile, her vocals hold the track together... barely. The song itself is a time bomb." - Interview Magazine