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Electric Cowbell Presents: Drunken Foreigner Band (Record Release)/The Messthetics/Yotoco/STEFA/Mourning a BLKStar

For the last few years Multiflora Productions and Electric Cowbell Records throw a 'Weird World' party in Brooklyn to coincide with the APAP music conference and the Winter Jazz Fest - two annual rites that, every January, brings musicians from around the world to Manhattan. This year the showcase takes place at at the legendary Secret Project Robot with an eclectic, electric line-up of bands including Drunken Foreigner's debut album release party for "White Guy Disease." Rotating vinyl selectors all night long.

9PM The Messthetics
11PM Mourning A BLKstar
12AM Yotoco
1AM Drunken Foreigner

The Messthetics is a new instrumental trio with Brendan Canty (D), Joe Lally (B), and Anthony Pirog (G). Brendan Canty and Joe Lally were the rhythm section of the band Fugazi from it’s inception in 1987 to it’s period of hiatus in 2002. This is the first band they’ve had together since that time. Joe has returned from Italy, and is ready to play. Brendan is very happy to have him back. The two missed each other, and the playing of the music together, so the feeling of the world being righted is right there in the foundation. Anthony Pirog is one of the greatest guitarists anywhere. He challenges our preconceived notions about genre and guitar sound. He continues to shape, tear down and reshape his unique conceptions of what guitar can be. The Messthetics is an unsupervised sonic playground that is driven primarily by Anthony’s imagination, and his not-so-latent desire to torture his rhythm section with odd time signatures. The three of them, Canty, Pirog, and Lally, are The Messthetics. Debut album on Dischord to be released in 2018

STEFA is a vocal artist and performer focused on the intersection of politics, the self and her cultures. she revels in taking apart language and musical structures through sonic layering and improvisation while drawing inspiration from her indigenous ancestry and classical music background. by projecting new narratives, she is taking back her power. sounds to expect: rumbling jungle rhythm&blues opera of the diaspora. debut EP coming soon. 

Mourning A BLKstar Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning [A] BLKStar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through the lens of Afrofuturism, chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, and historic sample pulls. Mourning [A] BLKStar is bringing forth a conversation that aligns with the political and emotional state of this world, drawing together modern day spirituals of reverence and despair.

Yotoco Yotoco’s music defies categorization. It isn’t salsa, son, cumbia, merengue or psychedelic rock; it isn’t rumba, funk, bomba or plena. It draws from all of those traditions, transcends them, and creates something unique, trippy, and extremely danceable. Sebastian Lopez and Natalia Perez’s vocals are authentic and rootsy. Gabo Tomassini’s conga playing is crisp and well-versed in afrolatin music. Evan Garfield knows exactly when to be understated on the drums, and when to bring the funk. Natalia Perez’s guacharaca completes a rich percussion section, and combined with Sebastian’s strong bass, they keep the group grounded in contagious rhythms. To top things off, Jules Belmont's masterly guitar-playing takes us on a musical vision quest. Occasionally, Jules also takes on bass duties, and we are treated to Sebastian’s accordion, which evokes a traditional parranda in some small town in Colombia, like the town of Yotoco in Valle del Cauca, for which the group is named. Yotoco’s music may be hard to classify- but it is very easy to party to.

Drunken Foreigner Band plays an idiosyncratic electrified version of the Akha and Lam Lao musics of Thailand and Laos. As their name indicates in its provocatively self-deprecating way, the band could be viewed as yet another bunch of exotica-obsessed white males blindly pillaging a little known indigenous musical treasure. But far from being the work of post-colonial bandits, the band's passionate tribute is based on mostly vocal music learned from cassette tapes gathered by keyboardist Dave Kadden on trips to Southeast Asia. Comprising members of Sunwatchers, Invisible Circle and other experimental Brooklyn outfits, their debut LP will be available January 12th, 2018 on Electric Cowbell Records.

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