Event Notification: Keely / Auf Der Mar NYC

October 20, 2008

Speak of the Devil… I was just talking about Conrad Keely’s (of Trail of Dead fame) album artwork for The Sword and what do I get in my mail? A notice for a one night only Keely art show.  His Works in Blue Ballpoint will be shown next to Melissa Auf Der Mar’s photography on Thursday October 23rd from 6-9 at 34th East 1st Street @ Second Ave.

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Monday! Monday! Monday! Trail of Dead Perform As Original Two Piece

August 24, 2008

I hadn’t really heard a whole lot about …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (click the link to see what they’ve been up to in some studio vids) since So Divided came out with disappointing sales and to be honest I anticipated a trail of disintegration as I read Keely’s blog entries about his distaste for touring and his interest in fine arts and heard stories about onstage implosions. I left Dallas for Los Angeles just one day before they played a show at The Granada sure that I was missing my last chance to see their epic live show. I usually don’t like being wrong but in this case I couldn’t be happier.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead recently announced that they are setting out on their own. (Probably smart, I feel like I’ve never really seen a good push behind one of their albums) They’ve started their own label, Richter Scale, and announced that they are putting the finishing touches on a new album with producer Chris Coady who’s been working with some high profile clients (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) To celebrate/kill some time/treat some fans, they will be performing one show at Santos’ Party House in New York as a two piece made up of Conrad Keeley and Jason Reese. Here are the details.

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Shock Cinema, and DJ Mr.
Jonathan Toubin (New York Night Train) at DECLASSIFIED party, Santos’Party House (100 Lafayette, Chinatown, NYC), Monday August 25, 10pm – 4am, $10

I have to say I’m excited by all this information. It’ll be interesting to see what Coady does with their sound. I thought that So Divided had some pretty classic Trail of Dead material on it but it was all kind of washed out by Mike McCarthy’s squeaky clean, sterile production. I had a big problem with the drums especially, but I digress. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for tour dates in the future. Hopefully I won’t have anything to do for the next couple of days while I wait for my ears to repair themselves.