new issue coming this fall.

we are very excited to be working on the 17th issue of cf, due out this autumn, our first paper issue in a decade.

we still have some pages open for ads so please get in touch if you’d like to reserve space. deadline is sept 7.

we are still accepting music submissions for review, we like 7″ singles a whole lot.

chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop! los angeles & san francisco shows announced!

 

chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop! los angeles

starring stevie jackson + lilys + the legendary jim ruiz group + kim baxter

thursday, september 20 at the bootleg theater, los angeles
doors 8:30, showtime 9pm! $20 in advance, $25 day of show. get tickets here!
All the way from Glasgow, Scotland, the excellent guitarist-singer in Belle & Sebastian, the one who wrote a tune called “chickfactor,” natch. Mr Jackson has a new solo release titled “(I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson.”
Early Slumberland recording artist and crazy talented recording artist Kurt Heasley will be making a rare West Coast appearance.
Minneapolis pop god Jim Ruiz brings his band to the California for a rare show, new album due out this fall.
Kim was in the excellent Portland OR girlpop band All Girl Summer Fun Band; she has a new album out called The Tale of Me and You.


chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop! san francisco

starring stevie jackson + the softies + lilys + allen clapp + kim baxter

saturday, september 22 at the rickshaw stop
doors 7:30, showtime early 8pm! all ages. get tickets here!

The Softies
Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, Go Sailor, Brave Irene) and Jen Sbragia (All Girl Summer Fun Band) just played their first show together in 12 years at chickfactor’s 20th anniversary party in Brooklyn on April 12. Trust me when I say it was rad. They are only planning to do a couple more shows so do not miss! They reformed this year to play at two other chickfactor shows. Here is footage of their Portland show.

All the way from Glasgow, Scotland, the excellent guitarist-singer in Belle & Sebastian, the one who wrote a tune called “chickfactor,” natch. Mr Jackson has a new solo release titled “(I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson”
Early Slumberland recording artist and crazy talented recording artist Kurt Heasley will be making a rare West Coast appearance.
Allen Clapp is a former Orange Peel, a California pop legend and producer of music. He has a new LP out called Mixed Greens.
Kim Baxter
Kim was in the excellent Portland OR girlpop band All Girl Summer Fun Band with Jen Sbragia; she has a new album out called The Tale of Me and You
chickfactor fanzine continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary year with a series of concerts across the US and UK.
chickfactor was started in 1992 by Gail O’Hara and Pam Berry and was printed on paper for 10 years. these events are a celebration of pop music and the community around chickfactor.
there is a new paper issue out this fall — submit review copies of albums / advertise now.

we made a book.

belle-epoque-cover

I am very excited about this — my first monograph! Designed by graphic design master LD Beghtol, with liner  notes by renowned critic / NYU professor / indie nerd Sukhdev Sandhu, it is shaped like a 7″ single. There will be a few copies for sale at my Reading Frenzy photo opening on June 7, and then we will do a larger press run if funding permits. cover girl: Lisa Levy. Inside are black-and-white photographs from 1985 to 2010 of musicians, writers, artists, actors, etc. Many that you are familiar with!

chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop update!

Wow, thanks for the enthusiastic response, pop kids! We, too, cannot wait for these shows to happen.

Here’s the ticket link for the D.C. shows on April 6 & 7 featuring Black Tambourine, Lilys, Stevie Jackson, Frankie Rose, Lorelei, Dot Dash, Honey Bunch and Fan Modine!

There are also still tickets for the April 11 show in Brooklyn, NY (The Aislers Set! Pipas! The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group! Bridget St John! Special guests!)

and the April 12 show in Brookyn, NY (Stevie Jackson! From Belle and Sebastian! Honey Bunch! The Softies! The Pines! Special guests! *please note A Girl Called Eddy had to cancel due to recording dates)

We are looking into setting up shows in London and the West Coast (work with me, Portland!) and there will be *one more* East Coast announcement sometime this month.

Black Tambourine (Mike! Pam! Brian! Archie!) photo by Tae Won Yu.

cf 2012: for the love of pop

chickfactor will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with five blissful nights of sparkling indie pop on the Northeast Corridor of the USA (three in NY; two in DC) including the first shows in years by Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Pipas, The Aislers Set, The Pines, The Softies, The Lois Plus, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Fan Modine and rare performances from such pop luminaries as Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Frankie Rose, Lilys, Lorelei, Dot Dash, Versus, Bridget St John and Honey Bunch.

chickfactor started in 1992 in D.C. and New York by pop-loving maniacs Pam Berry and Gail O’Hara, who used to travel up and down the East Coast seeing Small Factory, Honey Bunch, the Wedding Present and any other fine indie-pop bands of the era. We are spoiled silly and lucky as all get-out to be able to present this super-stellar line-up. Get your ticket fast, do not dilly-dally!

Black Tambourine at the Spiral in NYC, 1991, photo by Tae Won Yu

April 6 & 7 at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia


DC APRIL 6:

STEVIE JACKSON
(excellent guitarist-singer in Belle & Sebastian, the one who wrote a tune called “chickfactor,” natch. Mr Jackson has a new solo release titled “(I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson”; on the cover of chickfactor #12 with Janet Weiss)

FRANKIE ROSE
(Bay Area pop wunderkind and former member of Vivian Girls / Crystal Stilts, on Slumberland’s roster)

HONEY BUNCH
(early Slumberland act featuring super-talented Velvet Crush fella Jeffrey Underhill; interviewed in chickfactor #11)

DOT DASH
(awesome D.C. pop group featuring Terry Banks of Tree Fort Angst, Saturday People and glo-worm; featured in chickfactor #15)

 

DC APRIL 7:

BLACK TAMBOURINE
(legendary D.C. noise-pop group starring chickfactor co-founder Pam Berry, Slumberland boss Mike Schulman, Brian Nelson and Archie Moore from Velocity Girl, among many other bands; they have not performed live since 1991!!)

LILYS
(early Slumberland genius songwriter Kurt Heasley is back for this special D.C. reunion festival)

FAN MODINE
(NC via NYC ace songcrafter Gordon Zacharias)

LORELEI
(early Slumberland D.C. powerhouse act featuring Matt Dingee, Stephen Gardner and Davis White)

Frankie Rose…photo by Lauren Bilanko.

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Small Factory photo by Lydia Vanderloo.

Jen and Rose are the Softies!

The mighty Versus. Photo by Michael Galinsky.

Pipas!

 

April 10, 11, 12 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York (first night sold out; tix still available for other two)

Awesome special guests on each night as well!

 

BROOKLYN APRIL 10:

BLACK TAMBOURINE
(legendary D.C. noise-pop group starring chickfactor co-founder Pam Berry, Slumberland boss Mike Schulman, Brian Nelson and Archie Moore from Velocity Girl, among many other bands; they have not performed live since 1991!!)

SMALL FACTORY
(first show since 1995 by the amazing Providence, RI pop group featuring Dave Auchenbach, Alex Kemp and Phoebe Summersquash, cover girl of chickfactor #1)

VERSUS
(smoking hot NYC trio back to the lean, clean lineup of suave brothers Edward and Richard Baluyut and the one and only Fontaine Toups, cover girl of chickfactor #6)

THE LOIS PLUS
(erudite Olympia singer-songwriter Lois Maffeo will play with Heavenly / Talulah Gosh / Would-Be-Goods guitarist Peter Momtchiloff; this is their first show together since 1997; Lois shared the cover of chickfactor #5 with Rebecca Spinane; Momtch in chickfactor #2)

 

BROOKLYN APRIL 11:

THE AISLERS SET
(seminal Spectorific Bay Area pop combo led by Linton, interviewed in / cover of chickfactor #13; first show since 2003)

PIPAS
(unmissable London-Brooklyn electropop duo Mark Powell and Lupe Nunez-Fernandez will play their first show since 2008; interviewed in chickfactor #14)

BRIDGET ST JOHN
(legendary British folk-pop artist whose early recordings were released by John Peel, who basically started a label for her; interviewed in chickfactor #12)

THE LEGENDARY JIM RUIZ GROUP
(Minneapolis jazz-pop god will play in NY for the first time since 2002 with Emily Ruiz, Charlotte Crabtree and Alison Labonne; interviewed in chickfactor #9)

 

BROOKLYN APRIL 12:

STEVIE JACKSON
(excellent guitarist-singer in Belle & Sebastian, the one who wrote a tune called “chickfactor,” natch. Mr Jackson has a new solo release titled “(I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson”; interviewed in chickfactor #12)

HONEY BUNCH
(early Slumberland act featuring super-talented Velvet Crush fella Jeffrey Underhill; interviewed in chickfactor #11)

THE PINES
(SE London folk duo featuring CF co-founder/Black Tambourine singer Pam Berry and Joe Brooker)

THE SOFTIES
(super-soft ultra-pop duo Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia’s first show since 2000; Tiger Trap and All Girl Summer Fun Band featured in chickfactor #4 and #15)

BROOKLYN: Three-day pass $70. Single tickets $25 in advance, $27 at the door.

 


The Pines!

The Aislers Set

A not-too-recent pic of Honey Bunch!

The Legendary Jim Ruiz!

Stevie Jackson setting an example for the kids

Bridget St John…

Dot Dash!

Gordon Zacharias, aka Fan Modine!

The Lois Plus (that would be Lois Maffeo and Peter Momtchiloff!)

Lorelei!

Thanks to Other Music, Bell House, Slumberland RecordsWFMU!

Follow us on this silly thing or that silly thing.

This event is dedicated to the memory of George GelestinoTrish KeenanKirsty MacCollMary Hansen and Spencer Gates.

Stay tuned.

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary, regardless of our long bouts of inactivity, in 2012.

Washington, D.C. April 6 & 7

Brooklyn, NY April 10, 11, 12

Trust me, if you love pop as much as we do, you will want to be in those places.

Hopefully we’ll be doing parties in London, LA, SF, Portland too.

Insanely ridiculously exciting line-ups of bands TBA soon.

News of the Gedge.

chickfactor had the pleasure of dining with David Gedge of the fantabulous Wedding Present and his family at the delectable deli Kenny & Zukes in Portland, Oregon, this week. We are more than a little excited about TWP’s spring tour in which they will be performing all of the perfect Steve Albini-produced album Seamonsters for the kids.  This album (and this song that I love) takes us way back to 1991 when we were roadtripping it north with Pam and the gang, going to Pier Platters and Maxwell’s and buying lots of records and playing this one over and over. In case you were unaware, we started chickfactor fanzine because of TWP frontman Mr. Gedge! Anyway, according to his Scopitones site, TWP will be Seamonstering in North America and Japan in March and April and playing it in Europe/The UK Sept-Nov. We look forward to attending more than one of these concerts. Also there is a new TWP fan club thingie called Club 8 — details here.