Friday, April 20, 2018

Out today: BC35: The 35th Anniversary of BC Studio

New album BC35 immortalizes a weekend of performances, recorded live at Martin Bisi's BC Studio as a celebration of the studio's 35th anniversary – includes improvs and new compositions by current and former members of Sonic Youth, Swans, White Hills, Foetus, Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull, Pop 1280, Violent Femmes, and more.

"The credits read like a who’s who of New York’s experimental underground: members of Swans, Sonic Youth, Pop. 1280, Parlor Walls, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, and many, many more... It’s a sonic embodiment of risk-taking, rule-breaking, and antithesis that celebrates the endurance of a man and a space tied directly to New York’s noise, art-rock, punk, free jazz, hip-hop, and alternative movements... Across 13 tracks, Bisi demonstrates—as a producer, engineer, and general facilitator of the avant-garde—what’s made his name familiar to liner-notes obsessives and New York noise nerds for three and a half decades. Showcasing the opaque, roaring, visceral sound he’s come to epitomize, BC35 acts as a totem to his enduring role in NYC’s rock mythos..."

"Thirty-five years ago, in an old factory space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the producer and musician Martin Bisi established BC Studio, where he’s has been at the controls for underground classics such as Sonic Youth’s “Bad Moon Rising”and the Dresden Dolls’ self-titled debut. Fittingly, Mr. Bisi is honoring this anniversary with a righteous racket: first by releasing a compilation with bands he has produced, as well as some he put together and one that was resurrected for the occasion, and then by celebrating that album with those groups at clubs in Brooklyn, Boston and Philadelphia...The evening promises to be ear-splittingly glorious."
–The New York Times

"The New York noise scene that emerged with and after No-Wave can feel like the story of Sonic Youth and its near-orbit, due to that band’s massive influence. But Downtown artnoise can as easily be understood by viewing Martin Bisi as a nexus... In early 2016, his Gowanus, Brooklyn studio, sort-of eponymously named 'BC,' had been in operation for 35 years, and to commemorate the milestone, a weekend-long series of performances took place in the facility..."
–Dangerous Minds

"Martin Bisi and, by extension, his BC Studio, is a key player in the experimental and noise rock scene (and beyond) since the late 1970’s. He’s recorded a staggering number of artists, among them Sonic Youth, Blind Idiot God, Iggy Pop, White Zombie, Swans, Unsane, Helmet and dozens more household names."

"Since the 80’s, noise-rock super-producer Martin Bisi has manned the boards for countless seminal records, from Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, to Helmet at his longtime Gowanus pad, BC Studio... The Bisi-stamped downtown art-rock scuzz sound that epitomized 80’s and 90’s-era NYC is celebrated on BC35, a compilation of bangers captured live at BC Studio."
–Brooklyn Rail

NYC record release show is TONIGHT at Saint Vitus, featuring Martin Bisi, a Live Skull reunion, White Hills, ex-Sonic Youth and Swans members, and more:

New track and video by ex-Live Skull members, from BC35: 

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