Posts Tagged ‘Family Portrait’

Visitation Rites Is Taking a Space Vacay

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Dear readers,

It’s been a long time since we skipped town, and Art Van Delay Industrees’ beginner’s space travel package was just too sweet to pass up. We’ll be back by Monday, August 16. For those of you who will be in Brooklyn while we’re gone, the Underwater Peoples showcase at Shea Stadium next Saturday should be the ultimate celebration of these summer dog days. As you take a breather on the balcony, we’ll be smiling down on you from the dark side of the moon.


The Visitation Rites Family

Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase 2010
Saturday, August 14th — $5 — Doors at 7pm
Shea Stadium — 20 Meadow St, Brooklyn, 11206

No Demons Here
Big Troubles
Family Portrait
Julian Lynch
Andrew Cedermark
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Air Waves
Fluffy Lumbers

Food will be made available by Last Action Hero (Mobile Deli Unit)

Pre-order tickets here.

Underwater Visitations Sunday Brunch Takeover #2/Episode 10: The Woodsman Episode

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Heat can be pretty psychoactive. I have suffered through enough late summer DIY shows in this city to know that it can make you feel drunk when you are dry, induce dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, tunnel vision — and, on rare occasions, even predator vision. It can dull your experience of the most bad-ass jam you’ve heard all year while heightening its impression in memory. I am actually pretty glad that I missed Woodsman‘s set at Monster Island Basement in Brooklyn last Friday because it don’t think I would have survived to tell the story. When they swung by Newtown Radio last Sunday, the station was probably just as cramped, but the free-standing air-conditioner wheezing dutifully in the corner lowered the temperature to a level that was pleasantly hallucinogenic. Each color and each sound was more saturated than usual, each beat went straight to the temple. Maybe it’s just that Woodsman is so percussion-heavy, but I couldn’t help feeling like was trapped inside my favorite Can video — minus the long and stringy hair.

“Underwater Visitations Episode #10: The Woodsman Episode

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Download the entire episode here

Playlist after the jump.

Sightings: Family Portrait, Curatorial Club Cassette

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Last Tuesday, just as Georgia Kral and I were putting the finishing touches on the questions for the blogger-run labels roundtable we would host on Newtown Radio later that week, I received what was probably my first true-blue blogger-run label PR email. The missive was addressed to Elish Oh of PIXELHORSE and myself, and signed by Mr. Michael P. McGregor of Chocolate Bobka/The Curatorial Club, one of the four music writers/labelmen invited to the discussion. Like The Report, McGregor’s new print publication, this new limited-run cassette label purports to be a space for projects in need of a home — here, “lost” musical footnotes in the careers of some of his favorite artists that are too minor for large-scale distribution, but too sweet to be forgotten.

This particular Curatorial Club release, the label’s fifth, hit unusually close to home. Not only was it recorded inside the very four walls where the blogger ethics panel was slated to unfold — the Newtown bunker — but it featured a musical project by Ari Stern, one of the moderators of the discussion and my very own cohost on Underwater Visitations. I think you could justifiably argue that I am too close to these head-spinning radio sessions by Family Portrait — and to the various people involved — to write about them. But since I was there in the room when they took place, and even contributed some memories of the event to the liner notes, I don’t think I can really get away with not saying anything at all.

These particular sessions went down the day after all four members of the band had reunited on stage for the first time since the epic Underwater Peoples Summer showcase at Market Hotel last August. The occasion was the secret Real Estate show Micro-Pixel-Rites hosted at the PIXELHORSE headquarters as a fundraiser for our unofficial SXSW showcase, so I guess we are partly responsible for the pronounced hangover vibe. As you can see from the following four memories salvaged from the fallout of this brunchtime tangent, Family Portrait didn’t just take the brainfreeze and run with it; they sublimated it into an entirely new sound. If the Ranch Party these cats hosted at SXSW this was sort of like their own mini-version of Woodstock, I guess Altamont had already happened well before the fact.

“It was a heavy session fueled with heavy smoke blasts and riffs, cyclical and meditative like a balloon that keeps floating upward.”
Matt Mondanile

“I couldn’t see much of anything because there was so much smoke, but I’m pretty sure there were about 10,000 people in the studio that day — not to mention all the tailgate parties in front of the high school outside.”
Emilie Friedlander, Visitation Rites

“There was definitely a morning-after vibe during that brunch set. Possibly out of consideration for our hangovers, their usual heart-throbbin’ rockstar nighttime vibe was replaced with something softer and, dare I say, more sincere.”

“I walked in late, almost halfway through the set. A huddled mass of spectators glared up at me, wide-eyed, and almost cautionary. Dark Magic was brewing. A single howl arose from Family P’suncharacteristically murky depths: ‘Call me Mr. Flintstone, I can make your bed rock!'”
Alex Bleeker

Family Portrait, “Gene” (Family Portrait Curatorial Club Cassette)

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Unofficial Backyard Memories, Installment #4: Family Portrait, “Waitberry”

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Family Portrait- “Waitberry”- Live- Micro Pixel Rites BBQ- SXSW- Austin, TX- March 18, 2010 from Samantha Cornwell on Vimeo.

Good lord. Things have been so hectic over at the Visitation Rites North American HQ that I didn’t realize until glancing up at my calendar today that it has been almost a month since Family Portrait played the above rendition of “Waitberry” at the Micro-Pixel-Rites showcase in East Austin. The afterglow of that sun-bleached afternoon wore off long ago, but this video by Samantha Cornwell certainly brings back some of the most beautiful seconds of the day, around 4:30. Hint: you can see it in the astral light beams that caught the lens of her camera. And you can hear it in Evan Brody’s voice, in the lilting guitar line that forms the backbone of this song about waiting: for a brief moment, chilling there together in the sun, it felt like we would be young forever.

A Family Affair: Micro-Pixel-Rites Unofficial Backyard Showcase, SXSW 2010

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Like the supremely chill afternoon of live music and bbq that the Underwater Peoples hosted at a cattle ranch outside of Austin the day before, MicroPixelRites’ SXSW debut on Thursday, March 18 was a family affair — and not only because it united a host of musicians, label people, and “blogger types” who were already acquainted either online and off. Even if you rolled up to a sea of strange faces, the afternoon was so long and the summer camp vibe was so strong that you were pretty much bound to leave feeling like you had known everyone there since you braved your first canonball off the dock. I know we are adults now, but it was just that kind of day.


Monday, March 22nd, 2010

SXSW 2010 was as blissed-out an exercise in excess as an exercise in excess can be. All in all, the Visitation Rites mobile reporting team (videographer Samantha Cornwell and I) probably caught more sun, saw more live bands, walked more miles, ate more tacos, drank more beer, laughed more, bickered more, took more photos, tweeted more tweets, shot more video, and reunited with more old friends than in all of 2009 combined. After five consecutive days of non-stop partying and documenting, however, we couldn’t help feeling a bit crestfallen when we realized that SXSW wouldn’t last forever.


Tuesday, March 16th, 2010


Remember when I told you that Thursday’s Micro-Pixel-Rites SXSW showcase was inspired by an obscuro musical collab between none other than Annie Lennox and Aretha? Well here, coming at you just two short days before our very own Austin frolic of beer, bands, and babes, is Micro-Pixel-Rites’ official video homage to sisters everywhere, past and present, doin’ it for themselves. And also our brothers, of course.

New Jersey Apocalypse: Real Estate, Family Portrait, and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks Play Micro-Pixel-Rites Loft Party in Bushwick

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

In case you were still scratching your head after all the ridiculously obvious hints we dropped, or you didn’t notice when Brooklyn Vegan itself let the cat out of the bag, Real Estate was the not-secret-headliner at the SXSW pump-up party Micro-Pixel-Rites hosted at the PIXELHORSE HQ in Bushwick last Saturday night. (Come on guys, the Facebook invite said “featuring members of Ducktails, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and Predator Vision”).

Visitation Rites, Microphone Memory Emotion, and PIXELHORSE are TERRIBLY sorry for the all the cigarette butts, PBR cans, and falafel balls that were left behind in the stairwell of said loft building, but also TERRIBLY touched to have hosted some of New Jersey’s finest in a context they have all but outgrown. After watching them become an international success story, I got to see these vocational boys-next door in exactly the way they should be seen: at a house party, surrounded by friends and ear-to-ear grins on all sides, watching Seinfeld Season 3 on the overhead projector, and hearing the cops roll up just in time for the closing chord.


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The ladies of PIXELHORSE, Microphone Memory Emotion, and Visitation Rites present you with an exclusive pre-SXSW house show this weekend. Alex Bleeker and the Freaks will be there, freakin’ out, playing first. Family Portrait will follow, kicking off their tour and playing with their recently restored, stellar lineup. Finally, there will be a suuuper special secret surprise guest performance*. (We’re so excited about this we could pee!) Come party with your fave bloguettes, bros and bands, and help fuel their trips down to Austin, TX for SXSW 2010 so thousands can benefit from their beautiful jams.


Monday, March 1st, 2010