Dog Gone Blog has a pair of late night shows this coming NYE run that builds off the great DGB events of the past year in Manhattan and Toronto, as well as last year’s post-shows.
This year DGB is bringing to Mercury Lounge Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his band of Freaks as well along with rising Brooklyn psych-rock outfit Prince Ruperts Drops on December 29th.
Following last year’s soiree with Superhuman Happiness and special guest Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire), the Brooklyn ensemble will play on December 30th.
Both shows are taking place at Mercury Lounge on New York’s Lower East Side and will have liquid light shows provided by Planetary Projections. Posters designed by the amazing Justin Gabbard will also be available for purchase. Stay tuned to Dog Gone Blog to hear about special guests and other announcements in the coming weeks.
Doors open at 11pm and the cost for each night is $10. Come join Dog Gone Blog and celebrate the great year that was 2012 while catching some of New York’s best local acts in one of our favorite venues!
Alex Bleeker plays bass in Real Estate, but in his side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks he is the principal songwriter and rhythm guitarist. The band features a rotating cast of supporting musicians that often includes members of Real Estate and other closely-related groups. Bleeker takes the Freaks on extended improvisational sound quests that often venture into Crazyhorse style noise or transcendent Grateful Dead inspired jams.
Superhuman Happiness was founded in 2008 to seek joy and love through shared rhythm and melody, composed and improvised. Their mission is to pursue a happiness greater than that experienced by an individual mind.
They have two CDs out: Fall Down Seven Times Stand Up Eight (2009), The Physical EP (2011) and 4 7″/45rpm records. The band can also be heard on Red Hot and Rio 2, in a collaboration with Cults on the track Um Canto de Afoxe para o Bloco do Ile, as well as in the soundtrack to the documentary How To Survive a Plague.
Performing highlights include two consecutive summers at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, tours supporting friends Marco Benevento, Rubblebucket, and numerous late nights at the legendary Zebulon in Brooklyn.
The group is currently mixing their second full length record, collaboratively composed over the course of a year using various theater/music games to develop a potent and fresh style of performing music.
At the inspired urging of original bassist Brad Truax (Home, Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue, Interpol, to name a few) the somewhat secretive Prince Rupert’s Drops formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2005, comprised of acclaimed comics-artist Leslie Stein (guitar, vox), fellow former Broke Revue-er Bruno Meyrick-Jones (guitar, vox), and former Osprey Steve McGuirl (drums, percussion). The band soon drew comparisons to the likes of The Groundhogs & Captain Beefheart – a sound that quickly developed and broadened to accommodate the emerging songwriting styles of each member. Following Brad’s departure in 2008, the band were joined by longtime friend and multi-talented bassist Chad Laird (Land of Tomorrow, Jantar), thus adding another powerful cylinder to the songwriting engine.
Their increasingly versatile and engaging approach has won them occupying support slots for acts broad in scope as psychedelic noiseniks Black Dice to country rockers Oakley Hall (to whom Steve has lent his talents on occasion). In 2012 PRD has been joined on stage and in the studio by another longtime-friend and former guest-musician, synthesizer-sorceress Kirsten Nordine (Jantar), turning the musical feast into a rich sonic banquet set to wow the ears of one and all.