As anyone who has checked this blog recently knows, things have been pretty quiet around here for a while, and will most likely remain so for a while longer. We deactivated all of our resource pages, shows calendar, and links for the time being as most of them are out-of-date or completely unused right now. All previous WordPress blog posts (spanning 2009-2013) are still live, if only for archive purposes. As a whole, we are not sure if or when this blog will ever be reactivated. In the meantime, please check out NHV.org which does an outstanding job covering all things New Haven (not just music). Our old friends at CTIndie.com keep plugging away as well and are always worth a gander. Finally, please do not try and contact us in regards to setting up shows and/or jumping on billings; we never really had our hands in doing so, and surely do not now. Thanks all!
Filed under: 21+, Festival, Music, News, NHM, Shows | Tags: Anna Liffey's, Ideat Village, Light Bulb Alley, New Haven Music, NHM, Rock Lottery, The Gene Gnomes, The Lost Riots, The Recordettes
So what’s a rock lottery you ask? Well, as the name suggests, a collection of bands are formed at random from a pool of participants who then have two weeks to learn 2-3 songs to be performed live. In previous installments the bands were judged in several categories including ‘Best Merch’ and ‘Best Overall’ and awarded prizes donated from an array of local shops and artisans. The results have thus far been pretty spectacular, with at least one Rock Lottery band (2011’s Millionaires) going to actually become a band (Killer Kowalski). Several past participants whom we’ve talked to have also raved about the experience both as a means to meet other area musicians and also as a way to strengthen the existing musical community at large, not mention just being really darn fun.
This year’s drawing will be held this Saturday, August 10th at New Haven’s Anna Liffey’s, with the actual follow up show occurring on Saturday, August 24th at Cafe 9 (additional dates will be added if needed). Those wishing to participate can still do so by e-mailing email@example.com with your name, contact info, and instrument of choice: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, or ‘other’ (i.e. keyboards, trumpet, kazoo, etc). According to event organizer Nancy Shea, this year’s Rock Lottery will be different in that anyone who wishes to participate will automatically be drawn into a band (in previous years some participants were excluded, purely by luck of the draw). So anyone who is looking for some rock n’ roll glory, here’s your chance.
In addition to the drawing this Saturday, local punk/garage outfits The Lost Riots (hot off their show on Aug. 9th at NYC’s Mercury Lounge) and The Gene Gnomes will be performing as well as NYC’s The Recordettes and Montreal’s Light Bulb Alley, surely adding to the night’s festivities.
Great music, Great friends, Rock Lottery, Anna Liffey’s, do we need to say more?
Ideat Village presents The Rock Lottery Drawing
Saturday, August 10th
@ Anna Liffey’s
17 Whitney Ave. / New Haven
21+ / $3 cover / 8pm
The Lost Riots (New Haven punksters)
The Recordettes (Great garage-pop from NYC)
Light Bulb Alley (Great garage-pop from Montreal)
The Gene Gnomes (Garage rock from New Haven)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/142200992645177/
Those wishing to participate in the Rock Lottery please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filed under: Festival, Music, News, NHM | Tags: 2013, 360 State Street, Ideat Village, New Haven, New Haven Music, NHM, Rock Lottery
Following weeks of speculation online as to the fate of New Haven’s annual Ideat Village summer arts festival, it was recently revealed, to much disappointment, that there will indeed be no eleventh installment. “We weren’t kidding when we called last year’s Ideat Village ‘The End,’ said Ideat Village co-organizer Nancy Shea in a brief response posted last week to the festival’s Facebook page.
In some ways, news of Ideat Village’s demise can hardly be seen as surprising given the festival’s ongoing troubles with 360 State Street and the City of New Haven. In 2011 a protracted dispute with 360 State Street over the usage of adjacent Pitkin Plaza for amplified music, a space used for years by Ideat Village before 360 State Street even existed, nearly ended the festival. Last year’s seemingly imminent confrontation with the NHPD (again due to noise complaints from 360 State Street) and the consequent arrest of festival co-organizer Bill Saunders seemed to seal the deal. According to Shea though, Ideat Village 10 was planned to be the last regardless of any issues with the city. “Bill and I felt it had pretty much run its course… but that’s another story.”
Regardless of the reasons why, Ideat Village’s absence this summer will still loom large over the local arts community, a community which had grown to depend on the all-inclusive, volunteer run festival as a means to present their work to a wider public audience. Originally developed as a local alternative to the much larger and well-funded International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Ideat Village began to take on an identity of its own through the years, mainly through the perseverance of its organizers and the creative array of events it offered. Programming such as the Gorilla-Ideat Film Festival, which assembled a team of filmmakers and actors to create a movie in less than 48 hours, as well as the Rock Lottery, which assembled a band to write and perform a set of songs in less than two weeks, were just two of the festival’s many popular inventions.
All is not lost though. According to Shea there is still a “huge interest” in the Rock Lottery event: “Jeffrey Thunders (The Lost Riots, The Black Noise Scam) and I are planning to reorganize it and bring it back, sort of under the Ideat Village umbrella, but it will stand on its own…” Thunders confirmed the rumors of a possible stand alone Rock Lottery later this summer: “We do not have a date for it but it will happen at some point this summer. Probably in July or August. But yes the rock lottery is going to happen at some point.” Shea added: “It’s encouraging to see that there is lots of interest! Suggestions welcome…”
Rock Lottery withstanding, it’s still going to be hard to think of Summer without the sometimes controversial, sometimes unpredictable, but always memorable Ideat Village festival.
Filed under: Documentaries, Music, News, NHM, Record Releases | Tags: Bonehead Studios, Dan Soto & The Duded Kings, Drunk On VHS, Empty Vessels, It Came From Connecticut, It Shook the World, Jacques Le Coque, Lamb Bombs, New Haven Music, NHM, Pickpocket, Sadplant, Sonic Supercharger 66, The Defcon Five, The Gene Gnomes, The Hulls, The Lost Riots, The Midnightmares, Wrist Like This!
Check out the new CT punk rock documentary ‘It Shook the World‘ now available online in its entirety. Conceived by local filmmaker Moe Porne of Drunk On VHS Productions, ‘It Shook the World’ documents the creation of the ‘It Came From Connecticut, Vol. 1‘ compilation, a 27 song, 13 band collection of original CT punk rock, hardcore, and garage rock. The entirety of the compilation was produced by Tom Bonehead at Cheshire’s Bonehead Studios and is modeled after the 1985 Incas Records punk rock compilation ‘Connecticut Fun‘, which Bonehead had participated in. Copies of the CD can be purchased directly from Bonehead Studios and, according to Moe Porne, DVD copies of ‘It Shook the World’ will hopefully be available in the near future. Rock on!
Filed under: 21+, All-Ages, Festival, Music, News, NHM, Record Releases, Shows | Tags: Anna Liffey's, Cafe Nine, Cherry St. Station, Elm Bar, Manic Productions, Meriden Daffodil Festival, New Haven 375, New Haven Music, NHM, Night Rainbow New Haven, Reverberation, Rudy's, Safety Meeting, The Outer Space, The Space, Toad's Place
Maybe its the giant rainbow currently beaming across downtown New Haven, last night’s full moon briefly threatening to crush the horizon, or the city celebrating its 375th birthday but there seems to be all whole lot of ‘something’ going on in New Haven right now. That ‘something’ seems to also be manifesting itself in a whole mess of ass-kicking shows this weekend. It would be damn near impossible to cover everything so here’s a rundown of some of the events we’re most excited about….
SATURDAY APRIL 27
Meriden Daffodil Festival, Day 1 @ Hubbard Park including Hostage Calm, The Manchurians, The Alternate Routes, Mark Mulcahy, Goodnight Blue Moon, The Guru, 1974, Daphne Lee Martin, Elison Jackson, The Furors and many more.
10am-9pm / All Ages / FREE / http://www.daffodilfest.org
SUNDAY APRIL 28
Meriden Daffodil Festival, Day 2 @ Hubbard Park including Little Ugly, Paper Hill Casket Company, The Peacock Flounders, Breakthrough Frequencies, Rob Messore, Christopher Bousquet, The Mold Monkies and more.
10am-5pm / All Ages / FREE / http://www.daffodilfest.org
Best get yourself out of the house this weekend!
Filed under: Fundraiser, News, NHM, Venues | Tags: Darkroom, fundraiaser, New Haven, New Haven Music, NHM, venue
Anyone who has ever spent time in New Haven either playing shows or attending them knows that there is an ever-shrinking number of venues available. In particular, downtown venues seem to be relegated to either 70-100 person capacity dive bars or 750+ plus capacity music halls, with little variation in between. Enter Darkroom.
Located beneath Devil’s Gear Bike Shop‘s former digs on Chapel Street, Darkroom is a new upstart venue aiming to fill said gap between venue types. At a sizable 4,000 square feet, Darkroom represents a great opportunity for locals to create something that New Haven has been in dire need of since the days of the Tune Inn: a downtown venue that can not only host local shows but also bring in regional or even national acts too big for Cafe 9 or BAR but too small for Toad’s Place. In addition to its primary usage as a music venue, Darkroom will also double as a rehearsal space, gallery and photography studio, further increasing its benefit not only for musicians and fans but also for the area’s visual arts community.
So how do you fit into the equation? Well, in order to bring the venue up to code (including the installation of handicapped access, stage construction, acoustic improvements, and an additional restroom), Darkroom needs your help. A donation page has been set up via indiegogo.com that allows you to contribute to the venue’s construction costs. As an incentive, Darkroom has set up a series of ‘perks’ based on donation size, ranging from a free beer on the house to a fully catered party for you and 40 of your friends. So why should you care? Well, Darkroom’s proprietors have come up with a pretty extensive list of reasons to donate, any one of which is worth it in our book. Overall, New Haven needs a venue like this to help present the over-abundance of talent in the local music and arts community that, in recent years, has had less physical space to do so.
Please check out the YouTube video above for a full description of what the venue is about and what it hopes to accomplish. With your support, we can make this happen.
To donate, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/building-darkroom-new-haven
For more info about Darkroom, visit https://www.facebook.com/darkroomCT
Filed under: 21+, News, NHM, Reunion, Shows | Tags: Cherry St. Station, Die Hipster, Grammerhorn Wren, New Haven Music, NHM, The Defcon Five, The Gr8 Space Coaster, The Lost Riots
So we here at NHM were super-excited last month to hear that one Gr8 Space Coaster, quite possibly one of the best local bands we’ve ever set our eyes and ears upon, had been resurrected. Furthermore, and to our shock and amazement, shows had been scheduled, including their stop tomorrow night at Wallingford’s Cherry St. Station. This will mark only their second show in 12 years (their first show back happened at Elm Bar on March 29th – by all accounts a blowout). We had to go all the way back to 2001 to find the last reference to a GR8 Space Coaster show (at the Tune Inn, nonetheless). If our memory serves us right, those in attendance at tomorrow night’s show are in for a real treat. As stated on the show’s Facebook event page “there is no way to explain them. it is more of an experience.” Indeed, these guys need to be experienced for yourselves. Joining the Space Coaster are fellow New Haveners The Defcon Five (who are themselves in the midst of a now year plus resurrection), The Lost Riots (who have been EVERYWHERE as of late) and Northampton’s Grammerhorn Wren (garage rock from up top). Rock N’ Roll will ensue!
Die Hipster presents
The Defcon Five (New Haven garage rock)
The Gr8 Space Coaster (New Haven legends return)
Grammerhorn Wren (Northampton garage rock)
The Lost Riots (Old school punk from New Haven)
Saturday, April 20th
@ Cherry St. Station
491 N. Cherry St. Ext., Wallingford
21+ / 9pm / $5 cover
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/144314989074637/