The Bowery Presents
Ty Segall and The Freedom Band

Ty Segall and The Freedom Band

Mac DeMarco, Ex-Cult, DJ Jonathan Toubin

Fri, February 1, 2013

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

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$16 advance / $18 day of show

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Ty Segall and The Freedom Band
Ty Segall and The Freedom Band
Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco
Before you ancients out there turn your heads and scoff at the premise of a twenty-something rock-and-roll goofball calling himself an old-anything, consider this: said perpetrator, he who answers to the name Mac DeMarco, has spent the better part of his time thus far writing, recording, and releasing an album of his own music pretty much every calendar flip, and pretty much on his own. The fresh meat you’re now feasting on, This Old Dog, makes for his fifth in just over half a decade—bringing the total to 3 LPs and 2 EPs. According to the DMV, MacBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco is 26. But in working-dog years, ol’ Mac here could easily qualify for social security. To stay gold, turns out all he needed was some new tricks.

Though used to and pretty happy with that annual grind, it was a little space—in time, location, and method—that inspired DeMarco while making the record. Moving from his isolated Queens home to a house in Los Angeles helped give the somewhat transient Canada-native a broader base, and a few more months on his calendar to create did their job as well. Arriving in California with a grip of demos he’d written in New York, he realized after a few months of setting up his new shop—complete with a few new toys—that the gap was giving him perspective (insert tooth joke here).

“This one was spaced out,” DeMarco says. “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quickly. But then I realized that moving to a new city and starting a new life takes time. And it was weird, because usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”

DeMarco wrote some demos for This Old Dog on an acoustic guitar, an unusual yet eye-opening method for him. “The majority of this album is acoustic guitar, synthesizer, some drum machine, and one song is electric guitar. So this is a new endeavor for me.”

And from the outset, from the pops and clicks of the CR-78 and acoustic strums on the album-opening “My Old Man,” the synth-drenched beauty of the second track, “This Old Dog,” and that ironic recurring word itself, it’s clear that DeMarco’s bag is filled with new tricks indeed. This Old Dog is rooted more in a synth-base than any of his previous releases, but he is careful not to let that tactic overshadow the other instruments and overall “unplugged” mood of the work. In fact, DeMarco recognizes that he might share more than just a geographical flight-path with a certain Canadian-cum-Californian songwriter.

“I think what I was trying to do is make Harvest with synthesizers,” he laughs. “But I don’t think I even came close to the mark—something else entirely came out. This is my acoustic album, but it’s not really an acoustic album at all. That’s just what it feels like, mostly. I’m Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record.”

Speaking of roots, while it’s known that DeMarco’s family history is complicated at best, the songs here may be the closest glimpse into his personal life and relationships with his kin he’s ever allowed. But then again, they may not be. Only one thing is certain: the titular mutt, naturally, is DeMarco himself, and as he brings us into his world, he makes sure it’s from his own hard-earned vantage point and measured post.

“This record has a lot to do with my family and my life right now and the way I’m feeling and stuff,” he says. “One of the main goals for this record was trying to make sure I retained some kind of realness. That’s the bottom line. Being in any sort of spotlight can be jarring, especially when you’re not preoccupied with touring and you’re just sitting in your house writing songs. But wherever my bedroom is, the records are gonna be whatever is happening in there. I could be in Alaska and I’m sure it wouldn’t change things much.”

Despite the changes considered during the creation of This Old Dog, Mac DeMarco’s mid-twenties masterpiece, it’s clear that the engine that motors him is in no danger of slowing down.

“As long as I feel real then there’s nothing else that matters,” he says. “Making these albums is just something that I have to do, and so I do it.”

This Old Dog is out now on Captured Tracks.
Ex-Cult
Ex-Cult
EX-CULT ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM: NEGATIVE GROWTH, MAY TOUR

In the year of the snitch, there are forces beyond your control that keep you up at night. Ghost notions that swirl around your room while you sleep. Your own pillow laughing right in your face while you fight for an hour of rest. There are voices that whisper from the corner, telling you everything you never wanted to hear. Negative Growth, our third album, is dedicated to fear and deception.

This collection of songs were conceived in Memphis and finalized in Los Angeles, with the help of our family doctor Ty Segall. It was created in February 2016, when we traded Memphis misery for a week of California sunshine. Negative Growth is a nine-track nightmare, a death trip in the crystal ship. Out later this year, the institution known as In The Red Records will do the honors. The Hollywood Heat Seeker takes ten years off your life. –Chris Shaw

Negative Growth Track Listing:
Mister Investigator
Attention Ritual (No One Sees)
Let You In
Government Birdcage
Dogs Roll In
Panic in Pig Park
Hollywood Heat Seeker
Nightmare Zone
New Face On
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/
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