Here’s the latest video from Brooklyn’s Superhuman Happiness, who are playing our show with Os Tropies tomorrow night at The Garrison in Toronto. Our very own Bearded Rainbow will be providing the evening’s projections. RSVP for the show here. We hope to see you there![youtube http://youtu.be/oV2V-TothJY]
Shaking Through is a documentary series about the Birth of a Song. Each year 10 independent musicians are presented with the challenge to record one song in two days (first take to final mix). This year, one of the musicians selected for the project is our dear friend Jared Samuel (Superhuman Happiness, Minerva Lions, Yoko Ono)—also known as Invisible Familiars—who brought along a band of his fellow Brooklyn session folk to record the song “Disturbing Wildlife.”
As Mr. Samuel tells us about Weathervane Music, the good people behind Shaking Through: “It’s a non-profit dedicated to helping the unknown, the known and the about-to-hopefully-be-more-well-known-than-they-sorta-are. They do great work, selflessly. They help develop an artist the way record labels used to, in fabled yesteryears.”
Watch the episode below and head over to Shaking Through‘s website for the full story on the recording process.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/63414328]
[All photos by Johanna Andersson]
A few weeks back, we hosted our first-ever event on the Northern side of the border. The show took place at Lee’s Palace in Toronto with a killer bill that included Brooklyn acts Superhuman Happiness and Wild Sick Horses, Toronto favorites Atom and the Volumes, along with a psychedelic liquid light show courtesy of Jason Steidman. For those who were in attendance, we thank you for coming out to what was indeed a truly great night and we look forward to hosting more events in The Great North. Check out photos of the night by DGB contributor Johanna Andersson above, below and beyond as well as a great review of the evening over at Toronto-based blog Society Vernacular.
We are very proud to announce our very first event outside of the New York area! On September 7, Dog Gone Enterprises (the global wing of Dog Gone Blog) will be traveling to the Great North for the first-ever Canadian show with rising Brooklyn experimental act Superhuman Happiness. For those not familiar, Superhuman consists of a core segment of musicians from the illustrious Afro-Beat group Antibalas, along with a carefully selected group of top Brooklyn session musicians, under the spiritual and musical guidance of Antibalas/Iron & Wine sax player Stuart Bogie. It’s a groove-centric astral stew that is quickly becoming one of Brooklyn’s most talked about groups on the scene today. We’re very psyched to be presenting Superhuman in Canada for the very first time.
Taking place at the much-loved Toronto haunt Lee’s Palace, the show will also feature a brand new Brooklyn psych-rock act called Wild Sick Horses, featuring current and former members of Citay, Bizi Gara, Persephonee’s Bees, Ka and more. Lastly, the show will also feature rising Toronto indie act Atom and the Volumes, who have been storming the city for the past year with their gritty brand of garage rock. Liquid visual projections will be provided by Jason Steidman.
Brooklyn’s underground afro-jamband Superhuman Happiness have unveiled a new video for the song “Needles and Pins,” featured on the group’s The Physical EP available now at iTunes, Royal Potato Family, or your local record store. Superhuman Happiness also play this Friday at Zebulon and then again on 12.30 Post-Phish for a special Dog Gone Blog New Years event at the Cakeshop. Also announced, the group will be opening for DGB favs Rubblebucket at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on January 28, 2012. Check out the new video below and be sure to RSVP for the DGB Post-Phish event here.
We’re proud to announce our second event of 2011, taking place December 30 post-Phish at The Cakeshop in New York City’s Lower East Side. Over the past year, it’s likely you’ve heard us champion Superhuman Happiness as one of the best up and coming bands on the jam scene today. Many of you even got the chance to see their horn players with Phish in Atlantic City last year. Well, this is your chance to witness the full extent of their live performance at one of our favorite New York venues.
Just a quick subway ride downtown from MSG, The Cakeshop is one of few remaining DIY venues on the main island. So come join us on December 30 and celebrate the end of 2011 with the writers and friends of Dog Gone Blog. Superhuman Happiness will perform a unique set that evening with some very special guests expected to appear. DJ Unicorn Pudding will be spinning records between sets, there will be a visual light show as well as a poster designed by the talented Sean Metcalf.
Tickets are $10 at the door. E-mail doggoneblog-at-gmail.com for reserved spots and guest list.
[Poster designed by Sean Metcalf]
Just over a year ago, I made the all-too-famous decision to move to New York City. But, unlike many people who come here to pursue a particular dream (theatre, film, music, tarot card reading), simply moving to this city was my dream. When people asked me what I was going to do when I finished school (a finance degree nonetheless), I told them my plan was to move to Brooklyn, immerse myself in the local music scene and go from there.
Well, with the help of a great friend, I was able to stumble upon an extended family of extremely talented diverse, yet interconnected musicians hailing from Brooklyn. I first came to known them by their music. And after witnessing members of this family perform in small venues across the city, and with Phish on Halloween in Indio and again in Atlantic City, I realized I had found exactly what I was looking for.
Similar to the the highly-sought after Nashville studio players from the 60s and 70s, Brooklyn session musicians are now making their mark as the modern-day equivalent. These are the horns you hear on TV on the Radio’s albums, with Phish on Halloween, with Iron and Wine, with Steely Dan or even the keys you hear with Nicole Atkins’ live band. The list goes on endlessly (Paul Simon, David Byrne, The Roots etc). On almost any given night in this fine city, you can see these individuals earning a true musician’s living by performing their music for us (often for free). Even as I write this, I am preparing to go see one of these bands perform.
So, while I almost never ask for any type of donations or charity (the only exception being the Silent Barn robbery), these musicians have kindly asked for our help. On December 13 and 14, all eight bands connected to this extended family of musicians will participate in the filming of a concert documentary at Southpaw in Park Slope, Brooklyn. These eight bands are Superhuman Happiness, Minerva Lions, Thought, Beyondo, Hi/Lo Fi, Knights on Earth, Michael Leonhart and the Avarmina 7 and Smoota—many of whom you have seen me champion in the past year (hear a song from each of the bands below).
The bands, along with video team Lost Pilot have collectively launched a Kickstarter donation page where you can help support the film. With only 23 days left, these musicians not only need your help to make this documentary happen, but to help capture this important time in music history. Please take a moment to donate any amount you can. For those who live in the NYC area, come out and be a part of this rare musical experience.
If you’ve listened to the past two Halloween sets, or if you were present for either, you know how special these musicians are.
From Lost Pilot:
“We are making a film called “All Together Now” and its intention is to reveal a cross-section of a strong musical community. The film will capture each band’s live set and take you backstage to sit with musicians who tour all over the world and who’s passion lives in the bands they’ve developed back at home in New York City. Their stories are as diverse as their music. Read more here.
Superhuman Happiness – “GMYL”
Minerva Lion – “Megrims”
Thought – “Nothing New Under The sun”
Beyondo – “Playdate”
Knights on Earth – “If I Stay Too Long”
Hi/Lo Fi – “X”
Michael Leonhart and the Avarmina 7
Smoota – “Aphrodisiac”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFNgrImjb98]
This Friday and Saturday DGB favs Superhuman Happiness will celebrate the release of The Physical EP at their BK homebase, Zebulon. Both nights will feature two sets from the band with special guests expected to appear. The Physical EP officially hits stores October 11 and marks the band’s debut for Marco Benevento’s Royal Potato Family label. If you have yet to witness this band live, I highly recommend you check this out. Hope to see you there! RSVP HERE