Memory Tapes

R5 Presents

Memory Tapes

TEEN, Gracie

Tue, February 5, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

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Memory Tapes - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Memory Tapes
Memory Tapes is the project of musician Dayve Hawk. Growing up in New Jersey, Hawk retreated into his obsession for music at an early age. He began playing drums at the age of nine, but was inspired by his makeshift vinyl collection of the Beatles and David Bowie to begin writing songs, recording homespun guitar tunes on a toy karaoke machine. Over the next decade, he recorded hundreds of tracks alone in his parents’ basement – never going to shows, never playing in bands and rarely sharing the demos. After years of building synthesizers and recording tracks at home, while working the overnight shift at a grocery, store Hawk was convinced by fellow coworker Matt Maraldo to form the Philadelphia-based dance-punk act Hail Social in 2005. The band released two well-received albums and embarked on international tours, giving Hawk an exposure to youth culture and an expansive music scene he hadn’t experienced outside of his insular home recordings.

When the band broke up, Hawk moved back to rural New Jersey. With a newfound interest to share his music with a larger audience, he started a blog to post his new tracks, recorded under the trio of aliases Memory Cassette, Weird Tapes and Memory Tapes. The hazy electronic tracks began to circulate around the internet, as well as his buzzed-about remixes for songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Bjorn & John and Britney Spears.

After releasing a Memory Cassette EP, Hawk officially adopted the Memory Tapes moniker and released his debut LP, Seek Magic, in September 2009. With the Memory Tapes project, Hawk fleshed out his vision of experimental electronic music based on field recordings, and Seek Magic was greeted with praise from critics, landing at #23 on Pitchfork’s top albums of 2009. In 2011, Hawk followed Seek Magic’s success with his second full-length Player Piano, a record that adopted a fuller band sound in its Motown inspired treatment. Memory Tapes also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Short Form Music Video for the Player Piano single “Yes I Know.”

In October 2012, Hawk announced his third release “Grace/Confusion,” which will be released on December 4, 2012.
TEEN - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Since 2002, TEEN’s lead singer/songwriter, Teeny Lieberson, has been playing in bands around New York City, eventually becoming the keyboard player for the indie-psych band Here We Go Magic in 2008. During a hiatus from the band in the winter of 2009, Teeny wrote a five-song EP Little Doods, the foundation of TEEN’s full-length, In Limbo. Working with many of the songs written that winter with the desire to expand the sound from four-track/lo-fi to a fully flushed out sound, Teeny recruited her sisters, Lizzie and Katherine, along with long- time friend, Jane Herships and best friend since childhood, Maia Ibar, to become members of TEEN.

TEEN spent the summer of 2011 recording In Limbo in Maia’s family barn in rural Connecticut, engineered by Jen Turner of Here We Go Magic.

In Limbo was mixed and produced in collaboration with producer Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 / Spectrum). Kember, a.k.a. Sonic Boom, first heard the band via an early video while he was mixing Panda Bear’s Tomboy at Blanker Unsinn studio in Brooklyn, and after hearing some demos, signed up to produce a full LP of their material as soon as possible.

The band decided their best move was to record the LP in the back country atmosphere of Connecticut, with the recording and initial mixes starting there. Further work was done at MGMT’s Blanker Unsinn facility with the final mixing and mastering taking place in the UK at Sonic Boom’s New Atlantis Studio.

TEEN’s sound relies heavily on its vocal arrangements and harmonies. The music is strengthened by the flawless vocal connections between family and friends. The songs on the album are a reflection of change and loss – loss of loved ones, loss of relationships and sitting in the space of the unknown – in limbo. They reflect on how times such as these can give birth to powerful creative moments, and also solidify bonds in relationships between friends and family. The songs are mysterious and dark, exploring the many sensitivities and emotions that a person endures during these critical and life-changing experiences.

The band have played consistently since Winter 2010, including performances with Purity Ring, War on Drugs and Yellow Ostrich and most recently, Ariel Pink, Santigold, Frankie Rose, Dean Wareheim and Hospitality.
Gracie - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Named after his beloved golden retriever, Gracie is the alter ego of one-man electronic garage rocker Andrew Theodore Balasia. Gracie’s songs range between sexy and meditative and capture the familiar dichotomy of joy tiptoeing with fucked-up-ness. Now a full band, Gracie is able to fully realize the broad scope of his sonic palate. His influences are diverse. Echoes of Billy Corgan are heard in the vocals, and strains of the infected pop of Prince can be discerned in the music. Gracie blends both electronic and organic elements to form a unique listening experience. Birthed in the summer of 2011, Gracie quickly found attention through the far-reaching hands of the Internet’s minions, having been praised by gods, bloggers, and lesser mortals. He dropped his first EP For Summer on Absent Fever and Small Plates Records came calling shortly after to release the destructionist R n’ B of the Treehouse EP in February 2012. When Gracie releases his third EP, Bleeder, on Small Plates this February, it will mark a transition towards a more complete sound. The songs are focused and sensual and wiggle into your subconscious the same way a bad habit does when you realize you have one. Gracie currently resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125