Wed, December 16
Doors: 7:00 pm9:30 Club
San Fermin - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
The visionary project of Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin has earned worldwide praise for its pairing of pop-minded melodies with lushly avant-garde arrangements. Formed in 2013—shortly after Ludwig-Leone completed a job assisting composer Nico Muhly—San Fermin made their debut with a self-titled LP hailed by NPR as “one of the year’s most ambitious, evocative, and moving records.” The band’s sophomore outing Jackrabbit arrived in 2015, earning recognition from Rolling Stone for “(channeling) quarter-life existentialism through sophisticated wind and string compositions.” Belong followed two years later, with applause from the likes of The New Yorker, who praised the album’s “lovely baroque arrangements, analog eclecticism, and lavish harmonies.” Equally inventive on stage as in the studio, Ludwig-Leone and San Fermin have spent much of the band’s existence on the road, including sold out headline shows around the world, international festival sets, and tours supporting such like-minded artists as St. Vincent, The National, Arctic Monkeys, and alt-J. San Fermin recently announced their signing to Sony Music Masterworks and released their new single "The Hunger," indicating the arrival of the next chapter and more new music to come.
Sam Amidon - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Omnivore Recordings is pleased to announce the reissue of singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon’s debut recording But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted. Originally released in 2007, the long out-of-print debut body of work will now be available on CD and digital, and for the first time, on vinyl, on Dec. 4. The CD and digital format include 10 bonus tracks recorded during the original session. The initial vinyl pressing is available in imited quantities on translucent blue vinyl, with black vinyl to follow. All LPs include a download of the complete offering of original and bonus tracks.
Recorded in 2005 at Amidon’s then-home in Harlem, NY, with friend and collaborator Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), But This Chicken Proved Falseheartedintroduced the world to Amidon’s unique talents as a composer/arranger, singer and musician; talents which have, in recent years, garnered praise from The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR and more. But This Chicken... features Amidon’s reimaginings of traditional American folksongs as well as a diverse array of covers, including Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” and Mississippi John Hurt’s “Louis Collins.”
“At night I would drink whiskey and record solo versions of the songs onto a Pro Tools setup (Thomas and I) were borrowing from a friend, and which neither of us really knew how to use,” Amidon said. “The final vocal and guitar take was generally the one where I got through the whole song without messing up the guitar part. Then Thomas would come home late, wake up the next day and tell me to go take a long walk. I would walk out into the park for an hour or two and come back to find what he had added.”
“This is an album of total discovery,” Amidon added. “Every sound is being played for the first time. It reflects both the solitude of that particular time and our musical collaboration in a moment of great change.”
Amidon plays a series of US tour dates, first with the influential American guitarist Nels Cline and then with the chamber pop ensemble San Fermin. A complete list of tour dates follows.
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