today’s poll question! chickfactor parties

can you recall something memorable that you’ve witnessed at a chickfactor party?

stephin the magnetic fields: james mcnew (dump) playing “sunshine, lollipops and rainbows” right after september 11. everyone was sobbing.

daniel handler: I remember my slowly realizing that lois was lois, but I think I kept pretty cool about it.

bridget st john: being completely ignorant of the aislers set’s music and briefly exchanging words backstage with a seemingly reticent linton – and then watching their set and being much affected and surprised by her powerful presence and energy – I love this band!

gaylord cf/wfmu: at the most recent chickfactor party in new york, I saw more people of color than ever in the audience.

janice cf: adrian tomine showing up for the softies set!

michael white: the aluminum group, at the 10th-anniversary soiree in new york, not so much playing a gig as performing a tag-team sit-down comedy set that happened to be broken up with some of the best love songs of the past 20 years.

clarissa cf: I once accidentally walked in on [redacted] making out with [redacted]. it was cute.

rachel blumberg: seeing both small factory and aisler’s set reunite. never imagined either might happen. both were amazing. more than memorable. I can think of something very personally memorable to me, which was when a certain person and i got love potion dumped all over us or something during the first night of the shows at the bell house. ahem.

gordon the fan modine: stephin merritt debuting a dozen or so of the 69 love songs at under acme on a uke way before the record came out. you booked that right? (yes. —editor)

jennifer o’connor: lots of things. 3 favorites include: seeing dump doing his solo  looping pedals thing for the first time, aislers set at the 10th anniversary show at fez, gail singing “fuck and run” during the cover girls set.

fran cannane: chickfactor parties are always in the wrong hemisphere but my memory is appalling so I would not recall anyway…

corin tucker: have I been to one? that one at fez? I remember mary timony on stage in braids?

dawn cf: mary timony/joan wasser (later to be policewoman) duo performance.

james dump/yo la tengo: I saw the cannanes beat and rob an audience member at a 1995 CF show at acme.

kendall mascott: I loved seeing brilliantine at the blue cabaret.

gail cf: more euphoria than anyone should be allowed to have. I have a record of them that I will someday publish. along with some footage!

tim dagger: sigh…have never been to one.

chickfactor 17 is out this fall on paper!

chickfactor 17: sneak preview poll question!

how has music changed in the past 20 years?

allen clapp: seems like there’s more tolerance for melody now than there was 20 years ago. everything back then was so aggressive and serious! ugh. I think the world has loosened up a lot since the early 90s. thank goodness.

dawn cf: lots.

stephin the magnetic fields: the enormous changes in every genre between 1972 and 1992 are obvious. changes since ’92 are subtle (country, dance music, children’s music) to nonexistent (cabaret, rap, metal, musical theater, rock, gospel, jazz, soundtracks). In chickfactor’s core genre of cheaply made strummy rock, there hasn’t even been a new guitar effect.

gordon the fan modine: hmmm. has it?

stephen the real tuesday weld: there seems like there is an awful lot of it.

corin tucker: obviously the format has gone digital and people find new music in a different way now. there also seems to be many many more bands than there were in 1992. unfortunately there are still very few great bands.

james dump/yo la tengo: haven’t really been paying attention.

ed shelflife: more bands and less labels.

jeffrey honeybunch: everything is accessible which has its good points (josef k video’s on youtube) and bad (I can’t tell if the josef k–influenced band is new, or something old I missed out on).

michael white: it barely has; only its delivery systems have been revolutionized.

gaylord cf/wfmu: music has changed more between 1960 and 1970 than in the 42 years that follow.

shaun brilldream: we have a healthy post-oasis indie scene now. more record labels too.

andrew eggs/talk it: the 1992 music economy is unrecognizable today because it depended on narrow channels to distribute music, channels that are by and large irrelevant now.

bridget st john: It’s a more level playing field – with the will and a little wherewithal any one who chooses can make music and has a good chance to be heard.

clarissa cf: there is much less new music that is my idea of a good time, and much more that is 20-years-younger people’s idea of a good time. I’m fine with that.

fran cannane: a lot of use of the vocoder. more silly talent shows encouraging bad music. a lot more cover versions being hits perhaps?

gene booth: popular music is incredibly subtle and diverse now — thanks nirvana you really did change everything.

jennifer o’connor: the idea of what passes for a song in many cases these days is a joke.

pete paphides: it’s more freely available and, as with anything which is more freely available, its monetary value has gone down.

gail cf: the underground disappeared in the 1990s when the internet happened and maybe even before.

daniel handler: has it? I keep hearing music that I think is new and turns out to be old, or vice versa.

ian musical chairs: the mainstream has embraced an indie sound; indie bands have embraced commercials and other licensing opportunities (now the only reliable sources of income for bands). most commercial rock music is otherwise basically the same as in 1992 (grunge) and aside from the occasional interesting production job, top-40/dance music seems pretty the same too except for the overuse of auto-tune which will sound silly in a few years.

tim dagger: mp3/downloads.

joe pines / foxgloves: the sundays stopped. belle & sebastian started. I got better at writing songs, and was lucky enough to record some of them with a few tremendous people. it arguably became easier to filter out what you didn’t like. which may, come to think of it, mean that contemporary culture is even worse than I think.

 

name this cocktail!

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This is a new cocktail designed by glo-worm percussionist (and member of Whorl / Big Jesus Trash Can / Saturday People / Castaway Stones / etc) Dan Searing, master of party ceremonies for many cf-attended events over the past two decades — read his recipe and then see the name ideas below. He is the author of the Punch Bowl…

This one is bittersweet, international and sparkling, just like Chickfactor!

Drink name TK

1 oz gin*
0.5 oz maraschino liqueur
0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz Champagne**

*I think an American craft gin like Breuckelen from New York or Small’s from Oregon work particularly well.
**Or use any dry traditional method sparkling wine such as Cava from Spain.

Stir first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a champagne flute or coupe. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.

To serve as a punch chill all ingredients  well. In a punch bowl combine one 750 ml bottle of gin, half a bottle of maraschino liqueur and 6 oz plus 2 tsp lemon juice and the same amount of cold water. Gently add 3 bottles of sparkling wine. Float lemon slices in the bowl and add a large chunk of ice. Serve in punch cups, timblers or coupes. To make ice chunk freeze water in a bundt or loaf pan overnight. Release by dipping or rinsing with warm water. Alternatively, fill a well rinsed paper quart container with water and freeze. Peel away container to use.

Please vote here

  1. Call it a chickfactor (suggested by Stephin Merritt)
  2. The Pam Berry? The Bubblecore? The Aviatrix? The Cat Eye Glasses? (all suggested by Daniel Handler)

(later) Yes, I love an Aviation so I thought it applied. You could call it the Earhart because if you have too much you disappear.

  1. The Gaylord Fields?  There’s no name more delicious than that. (suggested by James McNew)
  2. I agree with whoever suggested on Facebook that it should be called the Jukebox Jury. (suggested by Pam Berry)
  3. How about calling it the Enchanté? Or the Bien Sur? The Peut-etre or the Tal vez? Or the Delovely. It sounds a lot like an Aviation with Champagne added to it in place of some gin, and lacking the creme de violette, which makes it a lovely purple tint. http://cocktails.about.com/od/ginrecipes/r/aviation_cktl.htm In other words, it sounds delicious. (suggested by Sheri Hood, who ran 4AD’s NYC office in the early days and managed Stereolab)
  4. La Choupette. It’s high time someone named a cocktail after Karl Lagerfeld’s cat. (suggested by Edna CF, please don’t vote for this one, I hate Karl)
  5. The Jukebox Jury (suggested by Mark Butler)
  6. The Indie Cool Queen (suggested by David Moore)
  7. The GailBerry (suggested by Joe The Pines) Please don’t vote for this.
  8. Write in the drink name here _________________________

Go to our Effbk page and message us your vote. Winner receives a smile and a wink.

cf 2012: for the love of pop! ticket links for los angeles, san francisco and london

chickfactor shows happening this autumn!

easy ticket links here.

september 20 at bootleg theater in los angeles! 8:30pm

starring stevie jackson (from belle & sebastian) + LILYS + the legendary jim ruiz group + kim baxter (from all girl summer fun band)

september 22 at rickshaw stop in san francisco! 7:30pm

starring THE SOFTIES +  stevie jackson (from belle & sebastian) + LILYS + allen clapp + kim baxter (from all girl summer fun band)

november 16 in london: films & pop quiz (TBC/TBA)

november 17 at bush hall in london! early start 7pm

starring the pastels + the aislers set + amor de días + would-be-goods + mc gaylord fields + chickfactor djs

november 18 chickfactor + hangover lounge all dayer at the lexington in london! 2pm to 11pm

starring pipas + tender trap + bridget st john + the real tuesday weld + the legendary jim ruiz group + harvey williams and josh gennet + the starfolk + gaylord fields fake beatles + chickfactor & hangover lounge DJs

(please note there are no other official ticket sellers apart from wegottickets.com for the london shows)

 

chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop! london announced…

chickfactor fanzine continues its all-year-long 20th-anniversary celebration with a series of concerts around the U.S. and UK.  cf heads to Los Angeles on Sept 20 for an amazing show, followed by San Francisco on Sept 22 for another! And then there is our beloved London Nov 16, 17, 18. Here is the lineup below — get your pop plane ticket now and come on over!

November 16
Film screening and pop quiz (venue TBC)

November 17 at Bush Hall
The Pastels! The Aislers Set! Amor De Dias! Would-Be-Goods!

(Doors 6:30, super-early showtime 7pm) Tickets are here!

The Pastels
The Pastels and chickfactor go way back. the inventive Glasgow pop group has a new record coming out early 2013 on Domino, recorded Glasgow, mixed Chicago with John McEntire.  It will be their first record since the 2009 collaboration with Tenniscoats, Two Sunsets.  The group is currently Stephen McRobbie, Katrina Mitchell, Gerard Love, Tom Crossley, Alison Mitchell, John Hogarty.

The Aislers Set
The wonderful Bay Area pop group led by Linton reformed for chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop! brooklyn earlier this year and blew the roof off the place. These days we have to fly them in from the East Coast, West Coast, Sweden and Germany — shows with them all are rare indeed so do not miss!

Amor De Dias
We at chickfactor cannot get enough of The Clientele and Pipas, so when members of those bands — Alasdair MacLean and Lupe Nuñez-Fernández — formed Amor De Dias (means Love of Days), we were stoked. They are finishing up their second album this summer, and we can’t wait to see their delicate set tonight.

Would-Be-Goods
Fronted by Jessica Griffin and featuring seasoned pop stars Peter Momtchiloff, Debbie Green and Andy Warren, the elegant London group has been around since Jessica released her first record on él Records in 1987. Like most of the artists here, they have played many a chickfactor show including the 10-year anniversary parties in NY, DC and London.

& DJ and MC Gaylord Fields (WMFU)

November 18 at the Lexington
chickfactor / Hangover Lounge All Dayer (2–10:30pm)
Ticket link here!
Tender Trap!
Pipas!
The Real Tuesday Weld!
Bridget St John!
The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group!
The Starfolk!
MC & DJ Gaylord Fields!

 

Tender Trap
Fantastic London pop group fronted by former Talulah Gosh / Heavenly singer Amelia Fletcher, we are very excited to be seeing them! Their latest release, Ten Songs About Girls, is out now on Fortuna Pop! records.

Pipas
The super-charming Brooklyn-London electropop duo of Mark Powell and Lupe Nuñez-Fernández have performed rarely in recent years, but did reunite in April 2012 for chickfactor’s Brooklyn show. Do not miss this show!

Bridget St John
The stellar British singer-songwriter who John Peel started Dandelion Records for back in the day moved to New York years ago and occasionally returns to the UK, often for chickfactor parties. She performed at our chickfactor 2012: brooklyn show along with our 2004 party at Bush Hall called “Mon Gala Papillons,” which inspired her to write a song.

The Real Tuesday Weld
The ace TRTW is led by the talented Mr Stephen Coates, once inspired by the actress Tuesday Weld and the 1930s crooner Al Bowlly to make crackly vintage swoon-worthy pop tunes. His group’s 2011 release, Songs for the Last Werewolf, was a soundtrack to a book, and they have been known to put music to film as well.

Legendary Jim Ruiz Group
A rare show from the sparkly Minneapolis jazz-pop combo led by the Legendary Jim, who recently completed the long-awaited third LP with help from California pop dude Allen Clapp, titled Ambassador Jim – 1965. Also fresh from the stage of chickfactor’s recent anniversary parties in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, the LJRG lineup tonight will be Jim, Emily on drums, and Allison and Brian from The Starfolk. “I’m leaning strongly toward taking a 1964 le beat group approach,” says the Legendary one himself.

Harvey Williams and Josh Gennet
Fluffy-haired Harvey is well known to the pop kids as a former member of Field Mice and Another Sunny Day and an excellent if not prolific solo artist of a gentle nature; tonight he will play with former Holiday frontman Josh Gennet for what will certainly be some serious pop stuff.

The Starfolk
Fun Minneapolis orch-pop trio The Starfolk is fronted by Brian Tighe (The Hang Ups, The Owls) vocals and guitar along with Allison LaBonne (The Owls, Typsy Panthre, Legendary Jim Ruiz Group) on bass, Stephen Ittner (The Hang Ups, The Owls) on drums and Jacqueline Ultan (Jelloslave, Saltee, Anti Gravity) on cello, though tonight Allison and Brian will be backed by Jim and Emily. The Starfolk is currently finishing up their debut full length, the mixing will be completed in September.

Gaylord Fields Fake Beatles Talk
The inimitable Gaylord Fields is a DJ on the prestigious New Jersey radio station WFMU, along with a chickfactor contributor and MC for these two nights! He will do a special presentation on Fake Beatles starting at 3pm.

chickfactor / Hangover Lounge DJs!

Thanks to the Hangover Lounge, WIAIWYA, Half Pint Press, Tae Won Yu, LD Beghtol, Lucy Hurst, Fortuna Pop! and Slumberland for helping us!

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.

chickfactor poll: what is your dream gig?

what is your dream gig?

from the archive, chickfactor 16 (2005)…

greg the saturday people: I’d like to be an executive assistant.

jonathan lambchop: any gig where I’m onstage in my underwear.

lupe pipas: gal costa/stereolab/sun ra/anonymous french ye-ye session musicians/the aislers set + the lucksmiths + the frenchmen + free loan investments + vashti of course.

claudia the magnetic fields: playing in barcelona, outdoors in a medieval church courtyard at the twilight with gargoyles and swallows swooping overhead. and it really happened!

clarissa cf: I dreamt a few months ago that I just happened to go see the b.p.m. lineup of unrest—they weren’t making a big deal about being “reunited,” they just happened to be playing. it was happy. I woke up with longing in my heart. this marks me as a relic of my era, I realize.

mike alway: to begin with, it would have to be at lunchtime.

bliss blood: playing for 100 people who are listening and making $100,000.

slim kill rock stars: a captive audience.

stephen the real tuesday weld: the bar of les trois garcons with al bowlly guesting.

josh gennet: anything that (1) pays and (2) number of people you don’t know in crowd exceeds the number you do know. if they clap it’s a plus.

rebecca cf: seeing the pixies reunion tour in 2004 was, pretty much, my dream gig.

candice p: I would have liked to see the clash, dusty springfield, and al green. that would be a pretty good show.

david silver jews: csn and m: crosby stills nash and me.

joe the pines: roger mcguinn, johnny marr and neil clark: duelling 12-strings

amelia tender trap: magnetic fields supported by beat happening at la guinguette inparis. I would have queued overnight in the snow for that one.

gail cf:: I own my own nightclub which is a combination of les trois garcons and the old town bar in new york. we have concerts, parties, exhibitions, screenings, readings, and salons. I have a partner with cash so there is endless funding. we use the stage during the day for filming silly chat shows. we have a vegan cafe fully stocked with superstrong coffees, homemade ginger beer, and veuve clicquot. it’s open 24 hours with a full service bar and kitchen. we have our own shuttlebus service! I hardly have to ask anyone to play because everyone wants to play here and people call me!

tim dagger: love (circa forever changes), beach boys (circa pet sounds), nick drake (circa anything), belle and sebastian, and the modern lovers end it with “roadrunner”!!!

lisa cf: the national book award.

john phosphene: pink floyd at the ufo club, late 1966/early ’67, with syd upfront and people alternately dancing or lying on the floor.

sam brumbaugh: the left banke did a show at the london school of economics and the opening bands were bill fay and fresh maggots. any 70s eater show or anne briggs impromptu pub performance.

ld flare: any one where people can sit down comfortably. ideally in a theatre with a proscenium.

peter straub: um, the one I have right now.

alasdair the clientele: I thought it said “pig” for a minute.

louis philippe: I was there—brian wilson playing pet sounds at the festival hall in london.

aliccia slumber party: I had a dream that I was a country music singer. playing a show, on a large dark stage alone with a brilliant, beautiful, white acoustic guitar with inlaid abalone. and a head stock I didn’t recognize. it was old and haunted. I wish that would happen.

john true love always: I’d love to back up george michael in his timberlake/ flaming lips-style image remake. I am holding my breath.

james dump / yo la tengo: trouble funk, santa claus, an octopus, my 3rd grade teacher, and sherilyn fenn, but I’m stranded somewhere thousands of miles away in my underwear.

dawn cf: like a gig that happens in my dreams? I had a dream that chelsea clinton was singing antietam’s “walk away”. I have a feeling this isn’t what you are asking. gig of my dreams:

stephin the magnetic fields: walk into next room, find tuned (and self-tuning) ukulele ready to go in specially designed uke stand, discover my hearing damage is cured, play all-new set of beautiful songs I didn’t know I’d written, fronting a band such as tito puente might have led. the show is filmed, so I never have to play live again, and I don’t.

frances cannanes: I think we had it in new york one time. music went well, I was drunk enough to think I was being funny and there were lots of people there. but also in byron bay when there was no one there and also in northampton in a cellar and also in tokyo last visit on first night…I guess they just keep happening.

stephen cannanes: so many really, easy lug!, good sound, good engineer, good lineup, lots of mates, guinness rider, upstairs accommodation with a party room, recently it’s been doing three set evenings where it’s all pretty relaxed and people dance a lot, you always seem to have a good time when the crowd are getting down!

daniel handler: writing liner notes for a saint etienne album. if I say this enough perhaps it will come true.

david grubbs: it would involve people who’ve never heard me play before. old people in the first several rows, smiling. outdoors at night. cobblestones.

alistair tangents: it would be a two-night show (not a festival) with the velvets, byrds, felt and the clientele on the first night, and then fire engines, hellfire sermons, mccarthy, the wolfhounds, the playwrights and the pipettes on the second. the show would be at the silver factory, andy would be projecting his films, edie sedgewick would be dancing and billy name would be taking photos for posterity.

the legendary jim ruiz: the would-be-goods, max eider and I on a package tour of the netherlands and belgium, by bike of course.

kristian airliner: for watching? the beatles at any venue in ’63 or ’64. for the way they looked more than anything else.

jeff aden: at this point, I’d settle for a nice, high-paying show where we don’t actually have to play music. oh yeah, with chili-dogs on the rider.

 

news!!

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we will publish a new paper issue this fall, our first printed one in a decade. now would be the time to send us some records (vinyl 7″s especially) to review. email me for ad rates.

my Portland, OR, photo show chickfactor nw is on display at Reading Frenzy thru July 1, please go! There is a small # of photo books for sale there, and soon I will be posting where to order more.

London shows will be Nov 17 & 18. Still sorting out the line-ups!