Philip Lewin

Philip Lewin

Itasca, Mike Wexler

Wed, January 17, 2018

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

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Philip Lewin
Philip Lewin
Legendary Toronto based psych/rock/folk songwriter Philip John Lewin comes to New York for a debut performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, his first at a rock venue in NYC. Esteemed in many record collector circles for his two mid-70s LPs, the loner folk-psych 'Am I Really Here All Alone' (reissued by Tompkins Square Records last year), and 'Diamond Love and Other Realities,' a lounge-psych classic with Gene Clark 'No Other' vibes, which has been described as: "Like tripping with your middle aged neighbor after he's been through a divorce. Mature and sensitive but still pretty weird.... Most unusual and relaxed but twilight zone mix of smooth but not slick lounge jazzy sounds with off key at times vocal, female voice weaving through, cool organ that gets mystical ... Like a soak in a surreal hot tub"

Phil will perform songs from both albums as well as his unreleased third album and other selections. Here's a recent live in-studio Phil did for WFMU: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/75512
Itasca
Itasca
"Itasca is a band based in Los Angeles, CA, originally created as an alias for folk guitarist and songwriter Kayla Cohen, and now touring and recording as a full band, with various Los Angeles-based players, currently pedal steel player Dave McPeters, drummer Coleman Guyon, and bassist and vocalist Julia Nowak. Cohen was raised in New York State; and has released several cassettes, CDs, and one LP over the past half-decade following a relocation west to LA in 2011. In this same time period, Cohen has toured the country as Itasca several times in various guises, alternately as a solo guitar player, and continuing the folk tradition by traveling as a singer and songwriter. She follows in the footsteps of iconoclasts such as Michael Chapman and Bridget St. John, while simultaneously carrying the mythology of the modern American desert West in her musical style and iconography. A new LP featuring Cohen and her collaborators is due in the fall of 2016. Over the past few years Itasca has shared bills with many acts including Spires that in the Sunset Rise, Bitchin' Bajas, Daniel Bachman, Circuit des Yeux, and Valet."
Mike Wexler
Mike Wexler
Dispossession is the second full length from Brooklyn's Mike Wexler, and his debut for Mexican Summer. An artist who defies easy categorization—a songwriter/guitarist without a traditionalist bone in his body, with an ear for far flung sound-worlds and sonic atmospheres both high & low, Wexler brings all of his manifold interests to bear in carving out a space for a singular vision uniquely attuned to the present moment. Dispossession is the product of over two years of intermittent recording. It features players from the worlds of underground rock (ex members of White Magic and The Occasion), free improvisation (Ryan Sawyer, Nate Wooley, Jessica Pavone), synth and string textures inspired by the likes of Eliane Radigue and the Spectralists, a vocal and lyrical presence of unsettling, near-subliminal depth, and the omnipresent backbone of fingerstyle guitar, without a trace of "Americana" to be heard. The basic band tracks were recorded live, at more or less the moment when the arrangements first crystallized, so there's a bedrock of spontaneity and a free feeling to the proceedings, complicated by the highly mapped-out nature of the subsequent orchestration, synth washes and overdubs. It's a record that fits the broken mold of auteurist songwriters who nod to the ideas of forward looking writers and artists in their work, a loose lineage that could include musicians like Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker, or Richard Youngs.

A few words about the title: Dispossession, a word that has a foothold in both the spiritual and material worlds. A rite of exorcism, a casting out of spirits; but also a state of extreme economic marginalization, of being set adrift in the world with nowhere or nothing of one's own. In mythic terms, humans are the dispossessed—this tribe cast out of an edenic paradise. And in another cosmology, to live in accord with the truth is to acknowledge that ultimately nothing is ours. Back in the here and now it's a state much of the world is in, and one the rest of it may be headed for, barring we find a way to cast the "demons" out.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/