Sunday, October 3, 2010 Asterisk Concerts presents
21 Daniel Street
8:00pm - 21+ - $14 Advance / $16 Day of show
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Menomena are an experimental rock band from Portland, Oregon, made up of Brent Knopf on guitar, keyboards, and glockenspiel; Justin Harris on bass, guitar, baritone sax and alto sax; and Danny Seim on percussion. All members of the band share singing duties.
They self-released their debut album, I Am the Fun Blame Monster!, on May 20, 2003. The album was elaborately packaged in an 80-page flipbook that Seim designed and individually hand-assembled. It later received nationwide distribution through FILMguerrero in 2004. The title is an anagram for The First Menomena Album.
In 2005, Under an Hour was released as a three-track album of instrumental music written for and performed with Monster Squad, an experimental dance company based in Portland.
In August of 2006, Menomena signed with Barsuk Records although the band still maintains a relationship with their old label, FILMguerrero. It was stated that FILMguerrero would still be involved in their old catalog and future vinyl releases.
Menomena released their next album in 2007, titled Friend and Foe. It received relative critical acclaim — while some websites like Pitchfork Media praised the album for its effective modular pop, others like PopMatters criticized it for presenting a sense of feigned maturity. Their record release show was held in their home town of Portland, Oregon. The packaging was designed by Knopf and features artwork by graphic novelist/cartoonist Craig Thompson, consisting of die-cut shapes, decoder rings, and hidden messages. It was nominated for “Best Recording Package” at The Grammy Awards.
Suckers: The experimental side of indie pop has gotten a nice little creative boost lately, thanks, in part, to the artistic contributions of bands such as Baltimore’s Animal Collective and Portland’s Menomena. Tack another “Made in New York” outfit on this short list of artists challenging the sonic limits of modern day indie pop. Comprised of Quinn Walker, Austin Fisher, Brian Aiken, and mystery man Pan, Suckers offer indefinable and stunningly unpredictable fare that ranges anywhere on the sonic scope between sedate guitar songs and crunchy, erratic drones. It is a new musical landscape that Suckers have set out to find; one that lies beyond the fringes of more traditional pop, psychedelia, noise, and folk music. Packing their knapsacks with a wild assortment of ambient guitar work, ritualistic percussion, wolf pack vocals, and a variety of other knick knacks (organs, keys, horns, etc), Suckers set up camp in a manic, yet wildly imaginative place where pop music is contrived of equal parts melody and dissonance; a place where musical limits do not account for much. - DELI MAGAZINE, David Pitz 2007
Tu Fawning is a Portland, OR 4 piece band started by Corrina Repp and Joe Haege, augmented soon after its inception by members Liza Rietz and Toussaint Perrault. Haege (current member of Menomena and founder of 31knots) was a longtime fan of Repp’s hushed and understated emotional approach to songwriting, which has always had a strong following in Portland. This brought them to work together on Repp’s last solo album, which was the first “outside” release for Mark Kozelek’s (Red House Painters) artist-owned Caldo Verde records. To the surprise of both of them, they found themselves crawling out of their respective shells to create a new and exciting process that was nowhere near its end.
Menomena US Tour
09/27/10 Menomena in Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom
09/28/10 Menomena in Toronto, ON at Mod Club
09/29/10 Menomena in Montreal , QC at La Sala Rossa
09/30/10 Menomena in Boston, MA
10/01/10 Menomena in New York, NY at Webster Hall
10/02/10 Menomena in Providence, RI at Jerky’s
10/03/10 Menomena in Milford, CT at Daniel Street
10/05/10 Menomena in Philadelphia PA at First Unitarian Church
10/06/10 Menomena in Washington, DC
at 9:30 Club
10/07/10 Menomena in Carrboro, NC at Cats Cradle
10/08/10 Menomena in Atlanta, GA at Variety Playhouse
10/09/10 Menomena in Nashville, TN
at Mercy Lounge
10/11/10 Menomena in St. Louis at St. Louis at Luminary Center for the Arts
10/12/10 Menomena in Lawrence, KA at The Bottleneck
10/14/10 Menomena in Denver, CO
at Bluebird Theater
10/15/10 Menomena in Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
10/16/10 Menomena in Boise, ID at Neurolux
Tour: EU Tour
11/18/10 Menomena in Dortmund at FZW
11/19/10 Menomena in Amsterdam at Paradiso
11/20/10 Menomena in Berlin at Admiralspalast
11/21/10 Menomena in Heidelberg at Karlstorbahnhof
11/22/10 Menomena in Feierwerk at Munich
11/24/10 Menomena in Leipzig at Skala
11/25/10 Menomena in Cologne at Gebäude 9
11/26/10 Menomena in Utrecht at Le Guess Who Festival
11/28/10 Menomena in Brussels at Autumn Falls
11/30/10 Menomena in London at XOYO
12/01/10 Menomena in Manchester at Deaf Institute
12/02/10 Menomena in Glasgow at Arches
12/03/10 Menomena in Liverpool at Kazimir
12/04/10 Menomena in Leeds at Brudenell