Alexander F (Record Release)

AdHoc Presents

Alexander F (Record Release)

Total Slacker, Exhibition (EP Release Party), Really Big Pinecone

Sat, February 11, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY

$10 - $12

This event is 18 and over

Alexander F
Alexander F
Alexander F is an American new age punk band fronted by Alex Toth. While on an eleven-day silent meditation retreat in Quebec, a handful of Buddhist-themed experimental punk songs exploded into Alex's head. Writing and demoing the record took three weeks post-retreat and involved wearing nicotine patches, meditating daily, reading the Tao Te Ching and listening to Pixies and Fugazi.

The whole project was pretty unexpected as Alex comes from a background of jazz trumpet and leading the large new wave band, Rubblebucket. The need for intense meditation came a year into his recovery as a sober alcoholic after a couple musician acquaintances committed suicide. The aggressive songs that emerged quite surprisingly are about freedom from self and freedom from the illusion that we're separate entities. Freedom from being so lost in thought and in our egos that we hurt ourselves and those around us.

For four days in August of 2015, Alex and friend Steve Marion (guitar) went into Room 17 in Bushwick, Brooklyn to lay down the Alexander F songs with a bunch of friends including Dandy McDowell, Christian Peslak, and Noah Rubin who now comprise the touring band. Kimbra makes an appearance on the record and has been known to sit in with the band. The album was engineered by Joe Rogers and mostly mixed by John Congleton and Claudius Mittendorfer.

Alexander F has played with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, Downtown Boys, Colin Stetson, Margaret Glaspy, Mac McCaughan, Delicate Steve and Reptar.
Total Slacker
Total Slacker
Total Slacker has a thing for Olive Garden. It's not just a passing interest or something—next time you talk to Tucker Rountree, their towheaded, lanky frontman, ask him about never-ending pasta bowls and Zuppa Toscana and unlimited breadsticks. He'll tell you about his ongoing attempt to throw a rock 'n' roll show at a Queens Olive Garden, which culminated in a series of phone calls made to corporate centers, demanding answers to questions like: Do you understand the sociological effect that Olive Garden has had on Western culture since the 80s? What are the conceptual underpinnings behind breadsticks?

Beyond casual American dining, Total Slacker has a thing for the 90s. But rest assured, their new record Slip Away, which comes out 02.11.14 on Black Bell Records, isn't the sort of hack revivalism that'll make you want to burn your copy of Bleach. For the album, Total Slacker dug deep into the crates, and came up with something that sounds like Hum and Skywave a bunch of other bands that'll draw blank stares from nu-gaze numbnuts. Most importantly, they retain their original ethos—to blur the lines between the genuine and the satirical, the earnest and the sarcastic… the shrimp and the scampi.

The band was incubated in New York City, after Tucker met bassist Emily Oppenheimer at a local Laundromat. The pair considered being in a band as an end goal in itself, and began their career without much direction or professionalism. The group released their lo-fi debut, Thrashin', on Marshall Teller Records in 2011, earning a reputation as a vicious live act by playing more than 350 shows—which often feature flaming guitars, smoke machines, and smashed instruments—in under three years. In the wake of the album's local success, the band was struck with tragedy following the death of their drummer, Terence Connor, who was struck by a hit-and-run in early October of 2012. They went into the studio within two months, laying down tracks that dealt with that confusion, transposing vague childhood angst into tangible, real-world issues.

Throughout the album's 11 tracks, the quartet (rounded out by guitarist David Anthony Tassy and drummer Zoë Brecher) makes a potentially futile stab at a life lived in harmony with gargantuan multinational corporations. But don't worry - recorded with care by Daniel Schlett (DIIV, the Men) at Strange Weather Studios in Brooklyn, Slip Away also features songs centered around the Kennedy assassination, ThighMasters, and fighting your babysitter's boyfriend.
Exhibition (EP Release Party)
'Exhibition' is the new musical project of Hammarsing who plays with Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes) and Mon Khmer.
Debut album is expected to be released in early 2017.
Really Big Pinecone
Really Big Pinecone
"Really Big Pinecone is a band from Brooklyn with an extremely charming, wide-eyed sound and an equally charming, smart sense of humor — the band's name is meant to evoke a sense of childlike wonder. They're putting out an album October 21 on Babe City Records, the indie D.C. label to which they just signed. It's called What I Said About The Pinecone (following up 2015's self-released A Really Really Big Pinecone), and it's really good." - FADER
Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://babysallright.com/