Thursday, 18 December 2014

Upcoming shows playlist!

More info on the concerts here!

Neil Michael Hagerty to play London next April!

Upset the Rhythm & Cafe Oto present...

Friday 3 April
Cafe Oto, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £10.00 |

First London show in over a decade for the redoubtable Neil Michael Hagerty. Best known for his work as one half of Royal Trux, with whom he forged a furnace-blasted, gasoline-drenched take on rock'n'roll that has influenced countless bands since, Hagerty has not once looked back since the band split in 2001. With a body of solo work that seemingly plunges ever further into the charred embers of his distinctive sonic palette with every release, Hagerty has always remained several steps ahead of his imitators, making this rare date at OTO one not to be missed.

As guitarist in Pussy Galore Neil Hagerty re-invented long hair and blue jeans. As one half of Royal Trux he forged a guitar/vocal/boogie paradigm unheralded in contemporary music. The Trux legacy is worldwide in the 21st Century rock landscape and on display on the wastebands and hairstyles of rich kids and fashion people everywhere. The mercury sound of Royal Trux however will never be imitated. Somewhere past Sonny and linda Sharrock, out past the fuel rig blast of time, Hagerty's textural shifts are Uniquely, harmolodically hung. Since the Trux split Hagerty has left the rip of his playing on numerous releases both as collaborator and producer, heard best on the Weird War LP and recent work by Edith Frost. NMH has also written the novel Victory Chimp an acclaimed tour-de-force of solid gone science fiction. However it's on his self-titled debut album Neil Michael Hagerty that he lays it down as, unquestionably the finest guitarist of his generation and as one of the all too few true truth seers in everlasting r'n'r. – Richard King (for Domino Records)


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

MOON DUO - new show announced!

Really thrilled to be putting on Moon Duo again!
The last show was revelatory and the new album is beyond scorching. Tickets onsale... now!

Upset The Rhythm presents...
Thursday 30 April
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ
8pm | £12.00 |

Thursday, 11 December 2014

DAN DEACON February show announced!

We're ecstatic to announce today a very special show for Dan Deacon next February at Islington Assembly Hall. The show will take place on February 16th in support of Dan's new album 'Gliss Riffer' out on Domino the same week. You can read more about the album and hear/watch Dan's frenetic trailer for it below, for those of you who like to cut to the punch here's the show listing! 
Tickets now onsale via Wegottickets and Songkick!!

Upset The Rhythm presents...
Monday 16 February
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD


With the success of Dan Deacon’s 2007 album Spiderman of the Rings, came an opportunity for the electronic-music iconoclast to increase the breadth and depth of his entire musical project. Deacon moved from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His interactive live show, honed in DIY spaces, was taken to museums and concert halls. He frequently expanded his performances to include a horde of side musicians. Gliss Riffer, an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, is a return to Deacon’s Spiderman of the Rings-era process. He calls it “easily the most fun [he’s] ever had making a record.”

            After a string of large ensemble projects (including 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America) Deacon longed for the “simplicity” of the days when he did nearly everything himself. So he made plans to sequester himself in his studio and conjure an album from the sketches and songs he had begun in the back of the van on the European leg of the America tour.

            Those plans were upended when he received a last-minute invitation to tour with Arcade Fire in August. Rather than lose momentum by pushing back his recording schedule, Deacon continued to make the record on the road. “I was mixing and arranging in the green room before sound check and each night back at the hotel.” Deacon said, “On days off I'd find a studio to track vocals or mix. When a studio couldn't be found I dismantled a hotel bathroom, sealing the vents with towels and using all the bedding to turn it into a control room.”

            This is his first record to showcase his newfound appreciation for his vocal cords, an appreciation he gained after going through an extended bout of laryngitis. “I started thinking about how the voice is an instrument that expires,” he said, “and that made me want to make an album with the voice more exposed.” And that he did. While Gliss Riffer contains all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence (“Feel the Lightning,” “Learning to Relax”) and, at times, a clarity (“When I Was Done Dying”) that have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before. All the vocals are performed by Deacon himself, even the female voice on “Feel the Lightning” °™ the product of vari-speed recording techniques.

            This album also marks the first time Deacon replaced his digitally realized parts with analog synthesizers, giving Deacon the opportunity to experiment with synthesizers in the same way he experimented with strings and wind instruments on America. Deacon travelled to Asheville, N.C., to record with Moog’s at-the-time-unreleased Sub 37 analog synth. Gliss Riffer is the first record in the world to feature the instrument.

            Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his post-Spiderman material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard on Bromst, is present here. (This time around, Deacon ran it so hard it broke.) Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral opus “USA” and Deacon’s art music work (including a Carnegie Hall performance and film score for Francis Ford Coppola) are also in evidence. What Gliss Riffer shares with Spiderman of the Rings as a musical experience is an aesthetic directness and ecstatic energy. Gliss Riffer trades in exuberant, uncontained fun.

             Lyrical images of lightning, oceans, lakes, and roads crop up frequently as stand-ins for freedom and self-realization. The tracks were started on the ever-changing landscapes that greet a touring musician. The lyrics, on the other hand, were mostly written in Deacon’s studio, a room with no windows and no air conditioning in Baltimore’s sweltering summer where it was easy to imagine being somewhere else.

So while Gliss Riffer is all about fun, it’s figured dramatically. It’s a euphoria tempered by yearning and set in defiance of life’s nagging anxiety. “Happiness takes time,” we are reminded by tremolo vocals in the middle of the supremely danceable “Mind on Fire.” The bliss on this record is well-earned.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Cafe OTO Xmas Fair this Sunday

*** Upset The Rhythm *** will be taking part in Cafe OTO's Christmas Fair this coming Sunday, noon - 5pm, along with lots of other labels and publishers, including Strange Attractor, Penultimate Press, Wire magazine, Kye, Alter, Editions Mego, Ecstatic Peace Library, Golden Lab, Second Run etc. !

We'll have LPs for sale for £10, CDs for £5 and 7"s for £3, plus we're trying to have most of our back catalogue in attendance along with 2014's UTR releases by Ravioli Me Away / Dog Chocolate, No Babies, The Pheromoans, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Spray Paint, Vexx, Deerhoof and Trash Kit.

Eight records this year! Not bad!!!
See you on Sunday,