The Bowery Presents
Black Lips

Black Lips

Davila 666, Xray Eyeballs, DJ Jonathan Toubin

Sat, October 29, 2011

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$20.00

This event is 18 and over

Black Lips
Black Lips
Atlanta's beloved sons the Black Lips entered last year through a screaming cloud of sweat, smoke, blood, and beer mist, in front of a dangerously packed hall in New Orleans' French Quarter. If a band's bipolarity runs on a touring vs. recording-an-album spectrum, then the previous year was the mother of all manic spells.

After a spring and summer running the usual festival circuit in North America and Europe, the Lips embarked on a two-month fall tour of the Middle East. They were tailed by Georgia rock-doc royalty Bill Cody, of Athens, GA - Inside/Out fame, who filmed the band playing for kids in Tunis and Cairo who had just overthrown their government, kids in Iraq who barely have a government, and kids in Dubai whose government is richer than God (and might control a genie).

As Cody assembled his footage into the feature Kids Like You and Me, the band returned home from the New Year's maelstrom and began settling into album mode. Songs had piled up in the two years since 2011's Arabia Mountain. "We went into the studio with about 80% of the record written," says bassist Jared Swilley. "which is a little more than usual for us. Joe (Bradley, drums) usually puts together all the parts for his songs on his own, and Ian (St. Pe, guitar) writes a lot of his music. I like to make mine a little more collaborative, like Cole (Alexander, also guitar)."

Recording for Underneath the Rainbow ("We were going to call it The Dark Side of the Rainbow, then we googled it and realized that's what they call that thing where you watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd and it syncs up") was split between New York with Thomas Brenneck, who was recommended by Arabia Mountain producer Mark Ronson, and Nashville with the the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, who offered to help produce in a Mexico city hotel room just before dawn. "It was one of those super-late-night/super-early-morning drunktalk sort of situations, so we weren't sure if he meant it," explains Jared. "People do that all the time."

Early internet conjecture, based around on the album's lead single ("Boys in the Woods"), Carney's choice of a country studio in Nashville, and an offhand reference to "roots music," pegged Underneath the Rainbow's sound as a blend of southern rock with throwback C&W and blues. Which is a weird description for a record containing the first Black Lips' song with a prominent synth ("Funny"), and even less apt for an overall album that owes just as much to the kiwi pop of New Zealand's South Island and the Chicago South Side's Crucial Conflict as it does the standard American South. "They got it all wrong," says Jared, "they were asking 'Is there a "radical departure" or "new direction" on this album?' so I said, no it's still roots music, which is what we've been doing from the start and which all rock and pop music derives from."

"Although ["Funny"] is a new direction as far as it having more of a commercial sound," adds Cole.

"Honestly, that synth getting in there was a fluke."
Davila 666
Davila 666
Describing themselves as like "Menudo on drugs," San Juan, Puerto Rico's Davila 666 combine Stooges-like garage rock fire with the occasional sugary pop melody. The seven -- not six, surprisingly -- Davilas include singer/tambourine player Sir Charles, multi-instrumentalist AJ, guitarists/vocalists Miss Davila and Johnny Otis, drummer/guitarist/vocalist San Pablo, percussionist/vocalist Panda, and guitarist/drummer/vocalist Gigi. Their theatrical live show -- which includes themes, props, costumes, and dancers -- won them fans in the States when they toured with the Black Lips and the King Khan & BBQ Show. Davila 666's self-titled U.S. debut was released in summer 2008 via In the Red Records. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide
Xray Eyeballs
Xray Eyeballs
Xray Eyeballs began as the brainchild of guitarist O.J. San Felipe and bassist Carly Rabalais, who, after founding Brooklyn garage-rock juggernaut Golden Triangle (Hardly Art), sought a release that would sate both their sweet-toothed desires and their darker impulses, like a candy-coated Vicodin. Like their musical antecedents The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, Xray Eyeballs creates a world of their own. Low-lifes, night-walkers, pill-riders, and other sordid characters stalk the band’s New York City streets and their songs compel you to follow them until you find the peace of a night redeemed in the morning light.
On “Splendor Squalor,” Xray Eyeballs’ second full-length on Kanine Records, refracted rays of that redemptive light shine through the band's eerie musical haze. The band evolves to more sophisticated songwriting and adventurous arrangement, while retaining the spark and energy of their raw early material, a progression that recalls Wire's "154" and The Cure's "Pornography." The addition of Sarah Baldwin (The Girls at Dawn, Fergus & Geronimo) on drums and Liz Lohse (Heaven, Runaway Suns) on guitar and synths expands the band's sonic possibilities with lush vocal harmonies, unique musical counterpoints and inspired songwriting contributions. Xray Eyeballs' new lineup deftly maneuvers from unctuous drones to punk rave-ups and new-wave bangers with a confidence and melodic sensibility that illuminates the splendor in the squalor.
The needle drops on “Four” and you find yourself enthused with the will to cross the dance floor and talk to that crush your friends warned you about. “I’m feeling alright,” San Felipe sings. You believe him and feel alright, too. The bass throbs with Factory-style control as “X” sends you oscillating wildly in a lovers’ power struggle: "I control you/ You control me." It’s 6 AM and you’re sitting on a couch between two guys who either wish they were Lou Reed and Alan Vega or actually are Lou Reed and Alan Vega. You shouldn’t have taken that last anything of anything. “Syrup,” featuring Christiana Key (Cult of Youth, Zola Jesus) on violin, wafts into the room and suddenly that time between last call and pancakes make sense.
Xray Eyeballs fully realizes their vision of "Splendor Squalor" live: skater kids donning the band’s signature “Ghost Girl” t-shirt bounce off the walls; the oldest punks in the world reluctantly acknowledge the validity of something new; hands typically stuffed in the pockets of skin-tight jeans wave in the air like they just don’t care; record nerds dance as if nobody’s blogging; goths smile. The band's undeniable energy brings the shadows in the darkness to life. These creatures bear witness to San Felipe’s blatant disregard for his physical well-being as the enraptured frontman, refusing to acknowledge the limitations of both stage and gravity, bounds recklessly around the crowd and dangles perilously from the ceiling, a provocation for the audience to match the band’s enthusiasm. Driven to seduce as many as possible into their world, Xray Eyeballs have toured across the country numerous times on their own, consistently delivering the show everyone will be talking about the next day.
DJ Jonathan Toubin
DJ Jonathan Toubin
On a random Saturday in a random club in a random city, you will find Jonathan Toubin behind two turntables, effortlessly transitioning between roughly a hundred records that no one in the room has previously heard, but everyone loves. The room is a cavern of sweaty, undulating limbs, dancing vigorously to hours of Toubin’s raw and exquisite 1960s soul and R&B 45s. We could be in Brooklyn. Or Los Angeles. Or London. Or Gambier, Ohio. Or Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Drawn to analog sound, raw blues-based post-war rock and soul, uncommon flaming tracks, and the physical craftsmanship of spinning records, Toubin and his parties stand in direct opposition to the slick pop mp3s that dominate contemporary nightlife. Nonetheless, this underdog DJ and his uniquely fun alternative to the usual regularly appear at major festivals, major rock concerts, upscale hotels, at ivy league colleges, and other surprising places worldwide.

Despite these increasingly prestigious gigs, Jonathan Toubin remains best known as the DJ, producer, and mastermind of the legendary underground New York Night Train parties that shattered the face of nightlife in Brooklyn in the 2000s and inspired new night culture everywhere. In only eight years, Toubin has spent over 1,800 nights throwing and/or spinning parties around the globe: early rock and roll hops, Exploding Plastic Inevitable-inspired Happenings, instructional multimedia dance craze get-downs, 1960s foreign language discotheques, juke joint blues dances, punk and rock bar nights, seedy illegal after hours, all-ages warehouse jams, and elaborate haunted houses. Though the parties typically feature only Toubin and sometimes his guest DJs, they also often include visuals, décor, performance art, go go dancers, live performances by acts like Mac DeMarco, Thee Oh Sees, and Charles Bradley, and… in the case of the world’s most popular soul party, the New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off,… dance contests!

Jonathan Toubin conceived New York Night Train as a web site and record label focused on the work of his friend and hero Kid Congo Powers (Cramps, Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, etc). The first NYNT parties were record release and SXSW parties for the label’s acts. He threw his first two dance parties for Ian Svenonius (Make-Up) and Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening) at their request. These events resulted in a DJ invitation from a bartender friend at the Lower East Side’s Motor City Bar. While he meant only one Wednesday, Toubin thought they asked him to do a weekly party! The packed-out nights did so well that the legendary rock bar kept him onboard permanently – for over 250 nights until its closure. Within a few months Toubin had more gig requests than he could play, began spinning dance parties, and quit his day jobs. 2007 saw the introduction of larger more elaborate shindigs like the monthly Soul Clap and Dance-Off and Happenings at Glasslands Gallery. By 2008 New York Night Train was a nightly party – boasting an unprecedented six weekly DJ residencies at six venues, presenting at least a couple of rock shows a week, and hitting the road for the first time. In 2009 Panache Booking began taking the Claps and Happenings into an international arena where no 45 DJ party has gone before.

On December 8, 2011, near the conclusion of the Jonathan Toubin’s most prolific year to date, the DJ’s life nearly ended when a runaway cab crashed through his Portland, Oregon hotel room and crushed him in bed. Thanks to good luck, good doctors, hard work, and benefits across the United States with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Margaret Cho, Ty Segall, and dozens of others, by mid-2012 Toubin tip-toed back into life and to work. He has since managed to not only reclaim his DJ skills and rebuild his nightlife empire – but also to surpass his past work on nearly every level. The last couple of years have found the Toubin and the Clap in venues around the US, Europe, South America, and Australia and at dozens of major festivals everywhere – including SXSW (where it is the only dance party with its own official night – annually!), Bonnaroo, Pitchfork, Fun Fun Fun, and even Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing even devoted an entire evening to Toubin and his Clap!

The dawn of 2015 finds Jonathan Toubin at his capacity weekly downtown institution Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down at Home Sweet Home, the Soul Clap and Dance-Off monthly at Brooklyn Bowl, and regularly touring worldwide. Burger Records released two of his mixes and Norton Records is currently releasing his first two vinyl comps – Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vol 1 and 2. All aboard the night train!

“Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.” —VICE Magazine, 2014

“Jonathan Toubin is New York rock and soul DJ who plays his collection of original 45rpm records to packed dance floors all over the world.” —Outlook, BBC World Service, 2014

“The long-running Soul Clap remains one of the sweatiest dance parties to be experienced in New York City. Fueled by his rare and raucous 45s collection, DJ Jonathan Toubin draws on raw soul and the most feral strains of rock ‘n’ roll from the early 1960s to power the nights.” —Wall Street Journal, 2014

“The world’s PREMIER soul DJ – on 45, no less – no party is complete without a little Toubin.” —MTV.com’s Bonarroo Festival preview, 2014

“Particularly chic… one of the most popular spinners in Williamsburg and the founder of the New York Night Train dance parties. His fare is already cleaner and more appreciative of American pop music history than much of the rest…” —NY Times, 2013

“The most-liked man in the soul music scene” —Rolling Stone, 2012
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/