This music video for “Primatology,” from the album Bad News in a Party Dress by NYCensters Bambi, is no minor nutshell. Everything about it summarizes the group: DIY, campy, striking and friggin’ hysterical. Recorded on a Flip (have you seen the camera’s subway ads?) in the American Museum of Natural History among tourists and grade school field trips, you can almost see each band member’s smirk behind their clandestine lip synchs. All five players go through the motions but there are only two actual vocalists on the record, only hinting at the cheeky humor engrained in this clan of rogue theatre punks. At almost every turn, double entendres and back handed references make you think twice about the detailed stories unfolding on each track. Songs like “Rosemary’s Baby’s Daddy” and “Motorbike” contain equal amounts of hard guitars, girl group harmonies, and Prince-y falsettos that mix inside a kitchen sink held together by singers Kevin Townley and Hannah Cheek. Their narratives swirl around monsters, emotion and vice–ingredients for a dark grungy stage, and when you realize no one is doing “musical theatre” quite like this, it starts to make more sense when you know that the album was partly recorded in Chicago with Bobby Conn. His brand of classic rock drama and science fiction concepts make an appropriate mentor for Bambi, who is more or less expanding on Conn’s premise that rock and roll should be aggressive and girly, fierce and nerdy all at the same time. Bad News in a Party Dress is available at CD Baby.
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I can’t tell you how bad I wish I was going to be in NYC the week before Pride. BUTT magazine just announced two pre-Pride Celebrations. The first one, called BANG, will be at The Knitting Factory with performances by Salem, Hunx and His Punx, and Sissy Nobby (more on Sissy Nobby in another post). The 2nd party will be at at Terence Koh’s gallery, Asia Song Society (ASS), and it will be a queer video film fest. They have just anounced an open call for submissions, and will be accepting films until May 20th, the show opens on June 19th.
This is the kind of show I would try to curate. Having been a huge fan of all three queer bands, imagine my excitement and jealousy when I got an email about a concert on March 23rd with The Ballet, Scott Matthew, and Mkng Frnds! (UPDATE: Mkng Frndz cancelled, sorry) A one-night stand at The Bell House, this show will be a night of indie queers united by some of the best music that city has to offer. The Ballet is chamber pop, like Midlake but more consistent and healthy dash of synth. You know Scott Matthew from his on-screen performances in the movie Shortbus. Mkng Frndz has been the project of Tami Hart, a former folk-punker and Mr. Lady Records veteran. This band is lo-fi electro, and it is the coolest shit possible. (BTW, I TOTALLY made out with her new band mate on my birthday in 2004, the year of the slut). Anyhow, I wish I could go, enjoy yourselves NYC.
* The Ballet
*Ky Dickens, Photo By The Chicago Reader
It has been a long time coming, and the people behind the extremely important documentary Fish Out of Water have been working hard to get out a quality product. Refining and re-cutting, you know how it goes. This weekend, NYC gets the official premiere of the trailer for the movie and a hot-ass party to boot. Palmsout Sounds DJ’s and free swag make this a great night out for a great cause! The film confronts the issue of homosexuality and the bible, interviewing people through out the United States and the across the spectrum of the argument (OH AND ALSO, a certain someone named Kaki King is scoring the damn thing, holy cow). You can check out TPR’s podcast with the Chicago-based film maker Ky Dickens here. Deets below, get out and be out for Fish Out of Water!
Bait and Tackle: A ‘Fish out of Water’ film Fundraiser
Saturday, February 28th 10pm
Monkey Town, 58 N. 3rd Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford)
Featuring: DJ Chaz Requina (Palms Out), DJ Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), Elizabeth Harper and the Matinee and…
The Premiere of the Fish out of Water trailer
First 50 guests receive a gift bag including a Time Out New York guidebook
Tickets: $10/advance, $15/door. visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55042 to purchase.