William Butler

William Butler

Smoota, Superhuman Happiness, Hearing Things

Fri, November 2, 2018

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

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$15.00 - $20.00

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This event is 21 and over

William Butler - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
William Butler
American musician, born 6 October 1982 in Texas, USA. Brother of Win Butler.
Smoota - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Recorded almost entirely alone in his studio in Brooklyn, Smoota's second LP PHEROMONES continues his unique musical exploration of sexual desire and its complex intersection with love. The follow-up to his 2013 debut, FETISHES, the album extends his one-of-a-kind blend of honesty, humor and wordplay to shine a light on the beautiful and often mind-boggling displays of lust, devotion, happiness and pain we employ to both fall in love and get it on.

An in-demand musician in NYC, Smoota has toured for years with art rock legends TV On The Radio. He has also recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists, including hip hop sensations Run The Jewels, rock god Steven Tyler, EDM phenoms Pretty Lights and Griz, New Orleans superstar Aaron Neville, indie icon Sufjan Stevens, garage heroes Thee Oh Sees and soul queen Sharon Jones. He also appears in the house band of ABC’s revival of The Gong Show starring Mike Meyers.

For his own music, Smoota draws inspiration from his deep collection of soul, funk, disco and R&B. Filled with warm sounds from rare 70s and 80s synths and drum machines, his sensual and funky grooves are a fresh take on the slow jams & dance classics of sex crooners like Marvin Gaye, the Bee Gees, Serge Gainsbourg, Willie Hutch and Bryan Ferry. But while sonically the music pulls from the heyday of groovy music, lyrically Smoota writes from 2018 and beyond, addressing ideas more often examined in literature and European art films than in music. His new album addresses the polyamorous urge, happy S&M relationships, taboo lust, erotic intimacy, the complexity of the female orgasm, sexual biology, sensual angst, and more. It is a warm, funky, and risqué album focused on moving the hips with a sly smile.
Superhuman Happiness
Superhuman Happiness
Superhuman Happiness is a musical collective led by Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie, who is known for his work with Arcade Fire (2013-present), Iron and Wine (2010-2013), TV on the Radio (2007-2009), and Antibalas (2001-2012). The group has announced their third full-length album, Beacon, which marks the 10-year anniversary of the band, and arrives October 19 via their new label, Yeggs Records. Superhuman Happiness performs their record release show at Union Pool in Brooklyn on November 2.

Beacon features vocalist Dia Luna alongside Bogie and longtime collaborator, Eric Biondo. Special guest appearances by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Cold Equations), and Dave Harrington (Darkside) bring distinction and new character to the sound of the album.

While Superhuman Happiness has earned a reputation for ass-shaking, euphoric dance music, this collection of songs takes a darker and more emotional turn. Written and recorded in the haunted attic of an old carriage house in Pittsburgh, the album delves into themes of sacrifice, isolation, and rebirth. Nevertheless, Bogie’s ability to consistently inspire his collaborators is the catalyst for an emotional journey through darkness that never loses sight of redemption. A beacon.
Hearing Things - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Hearing Things
Brooklyn based Hearing Things plays instrumental music recalling an era where instrumental hits were all the rage. Through the compositional imagination of saxophonist Matt Bauder, their material channels early rock & roll, surf rock, jump blues and north african soul while retaining a modern surrealist approach. Bauder’s unique perspective comes partly form working with such free jazz luminaries as Anthony Braxton, Rob Mazurek and Taylor Ho Bynum as well as indy rock icons Arcade Fire and Iron & Wine. Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) and JP Schlegelmich (organ) are mainstays in the Brooklyn jazz scene and separate the band from the garden variety garage rock throwback. Hearing Things has become a regular in the rotation at Barbes in Brooklyn, and has toured opening for Will Butler (of Arcade Fire) and Nick Waterhouse. They appear at Union Pool to celebrate the release of their second 7” single “Tortuga b/w Hotel Prison”. Their debut LP “Here’s Hearing Things” is due out early 2019 on Yeggs Records.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211