SOLD OUT - Cibo Matto with Buffalo Daughter
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 8:00pm doors / 9:00pm show
Whoever thought when "Know Your Chicken" came out in the mid-90s it would make such a mark on the culture? We're talking about a surrealist pastiche about magenta chickens set to boom-bap breakbeats and muted trumpet, rapped by a pair of grinning Japanese girls so obsessed with eating that they named every song on their first record after food. It doesn't exactly spell commercial success, especially for a then-unknown avant-pop act from New York City who's name is Italian for "Crazy Food."
But then, nothing about Cibo Matto follows any pattern or well-established blueprint. From their formation in 1994 through to their new record, Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto has made any attempt at classification look very misguided.
Self-produced over a two-year period by Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda, Hotel Valentine is their most impressive release to date as it finds them constructing a rich concept album, a love story amid the ghosts traversing the hallways of a hotel. Underneath the lush sonic palate, they have created the soundtrack to an invisible film as they've continued to refine their sound and remain fully committed to an ethic of fun. Helping to create the kaleidoscopic, post-regional grooves and funky blasts of pure danceability on Hotel Valentine are GUESTS NAMES AND WHAT THEY DID ON THE ALBUM.
"Hotel Valentine was the first song we wrote together for this album," says Honda. "It thus represents the genesis of our concept or story, but in a way it seems that explaining too much would prevent listeners from coming to their own conclusions about each song as well as about the whole project. Yes, there is a ghost girl, a hotel, housekeeping ladies and things happen. But they are elusive in nature."
Unlike most pretenders, Cibo Matto's music is an entirely self-contained world, a look into the fantasy lives of Hatori and Honda. Both women were raised in Japan, but met in New York's vivid 90s Lower East Side art scene that included John Zorn, Sean Lennon, Ornette Coleman, the Beastie Boys, and Marc Ribot, a brief period of colorful experimentation at the outset of the Giuliani administration. Soon after they met, the pair formed a punk band called Leitoh Lychee (frozen lychee nut), which eventually morphed into the post-genre freakout that Cibo Matto would become. Within six months, David Byrne came to see them at a show and Warner Brothers picked them up off the strength of one self-released cassette tape.
This initiated one of the most colorful careers of the 90s. Cibo Matto exploded internationally, touring worldwide and releasing two classic records, 1996's Viva! La Woman and 1999's Stereo Type A. Their live shows and albums were marked by wild experimentation, incorporating hip-hop, Brazilian music, African and Latin jazz, and pop into their unclassifiable mix. They collaborated extensively with Yoko Ono, as well as the renowned French director Michel Gondry, who lent his visionary style to cement them in the budding consciousness of the MTV generation with his legendary video for "Sugar Water." They sold over 100,000 of both of albums and graced seven magazine covers. Then, in a bizarre twist of fate, many fans discovered Cibo Matto performing in an infamous scene on an early episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Spin magazine included the debut album in their "100 Best Albums of the '90s" list, and Time magazine picked it in their list of the "Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time." Their adoring fanbase grew until 2001, when the band announced an extended hiatus.
During that 10-year interval, both women worked on their solo careers. Honda released three solo albums on Tzadik Records, produced Martha Wainwright's album Come Home to Mama, and co-produced the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band's Take Me to the Land of Hell, along with Yoko and Sean Lennon. Hatori stayed busy, signing on the Gorillaz hit track '19-2000', released a solo record and started a collaborative project with Smokey Hormel called Smokey and Miho that yielded two albums. She appeared on the Gorillaz's self-titled record, Handsome Boy Modeling School's debut So... How's Your Girl?, and the Beastie Boys' Hello, Nasty.
Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, Cibo Matto announced a reunion at a benefit concert in New York City. From that point, they continued to perform and tour sporadically while working on new material.
Says Honda, "Having spent some time apart, we became more aware of our magical chemistry, our magnetic bond. We both realized we had unfinished business."
On February 14, 2011 a Cibo Matto light bulb flickered and they struck upon the idea of an invisible film, a score without motion, an album called Hotel Valentine.
Hotel Valentine is a metaphor, a question, an answer, an idea, a feeling; A strange and vivid scene.
"Hotel Valentine is the cinematic bricolage of Yuka and me," Says Hatori. "Our medium is music. For me, making an album is like raising a child. We don't know what kind of person (story) they will end up to be."
(Early Show) The Deceptions with Special Guest DuoGrove (featuring members of Fletcher’s Grove)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 6:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
With a distinct fusion of rock, folk, and Americana, the music of the Deceptions captivates the audience with mature lyrics and diverse musicality. Their songs illustrate the distinct lyrical styling of songwriters Jared Fretz and Dan Krofcheck. This tandem has produced a vast catalog of original titles, and has brought to life honest stories about transformation, uncertainty, new beginnings, and sometimes heartrending endings. Their sound is influenced by a multitude of artists including The Band, Wilco, the Grateful Dead, the Counting Crows, Johnny Cash, The Jayhawks, and Neil Young.
The band's first full-length album, Sinner's Soul, was independently released in November 2009. The 10 track LP was recorded under the direction of engineer Doug Kasper at Soundscape Studios (Anti-Flag, Vibro-Kings). Following a year-long hiatus, the band has released Tall Tales from Green Meadow. The 14-song LP was recorded at Walnut Studio in Greensburg, PA and mastered by Garrett Haines at Tree Lady Studios. The record is a depature from the introspective tone of Sinner's Soul. Tall Tales embraces the accessibility and humility of North American roots music; their stories capture the lighter elements of the characters without shying away from the harsh truths of the working class
(Late Show) The Hearth EP Release Show Featuring That Summer with Tigers Eyes, Chris Hannigan, Brian Allison and Poetry Readings By Leslie Mcilroy
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:00pm doors / 10:15pm show
Charles Rocha was born with music in his blood. The first song he learned to play was "Come As You Are" on his mother's guitar at age 10. At 16 and in a Pennsylvania Correctional Center, Charles made a promise to play music, form a band and be on the road within a year. His caseworker dropped him off at the Warped Tour in Pittsburgh in 2001. He then dropped out of high school and joined The Berlin Project, playing Warped Tour in 2002 and spending the next two years on the road.
After leaving The Berlin Project, Charles received a phone call from friend Ben Harper, president of Takeover Records and lead guitarist for Yellowcard. Charles drove to California to play electric guitar in Craig's Brother per Ben's request. In 2005, Charles moved back to Pittsburgh to pursue a higher education. In 2009 he lost his mother to cancer, formed Bear Cub with singer/songwriter Jesse Hall, and helped produce their first three albums with Jesse's father, Buddy Hall. Bear Cub moved to Nashville in 2010 where Charles spent his first month in music city sleeping on soundproof.
As his relationship with Jesse and Bear Cub began to strain in 2011, Charles moved to Florida to work for his grandfather. That year, friend and music mentor John Garrighan died, unleashing a flood of creativity. Most of 2012 was spent building a solid repertoire of songs with Brad Evanovich, co-founder of The Berlin Project, and best friend of John Garrighan, who happened to be living in West Palm Beach, FL. Together they built a working relationship that has evolved into "The Hearth EP".
"The Hearth EP" was mixed and completed by Roger Lima of Less Than Jake at Moathouse Recording Studio in Gainesville, FL. The album will be released on March 11, 2014.
Charles credits his mother Sally Naylor with his love of music, his persistence and his belief in a more beautifully played world.
Race To the Coffin Comedy Tour Presents Service Industry Sundays Hosted by John Dick Winters with John Evans, Jeff Konkle and Ryan Walker
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Join Club Cafe and the Race to the Coffin Comedy Tour for a special Service Industry Sundays event. Hosted by John Dick Winters with John Evans, Jeff Konkle and Ryan Walker. Tickets only $7.
& Ticket Giveaways
- Thu 04/10 Open Air Stereo / Miggs
- Wed 04/16 River Bottom Quartet
- Tue 04/22 Jessica Lea Mayfield
- Wed 04/30 Jay Farrar
- Thu 05/08 Dan Bern
- Tue 05/13 Little Hurricane
- Wed 05/14 Matt Pryor
- Thu 05/15 Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line
- Sun 05/18 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
- Thu 08/21 Eric Sommer
- (Early Show) Charlie Parr
- (Late Show) The Neverweres
- Water Liars
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- An Evening With That1Guy
- Caroline Smith
- Broken Fences
- SOLD OUT - Cibo Matto
- (Early Show) The Deceptions
- (Late Show) The Hearth EP Release Show Featuring That Summer
- Race To the Coffin Comedy Tour Presents Service Industry Sundays
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Lamb of God: As The Palaces Burn movie screening
- Wreck Loose
- The Calm Before The Storm - A Night of Irish Traditional Music and Song with Mark Dignam & Friends
- (Early Show) Demos Papadimas and His Band
- (Late Show) Charm & Chain
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Comedy For A Cause Featuring Davon Magwood
- Rock Ridge Music Proudly Presents In The Round with JD Eicher, Charlie Oxford and Russell Howard
- Wicked Chief
- Miniature Tigers
- Rory Block
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- The Wheeler Brothers
- Jim Avett
- Matthew Mayfield
- (Early Show) An Evening With Mary Fahl of October Project
- (Late Show) ZOOGMA
- Joe Grushecky and the HouseRockers
- St. Paul and the Broken Bones
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage