Flat Old World Reunion With Life In A Blender
FLAT OLD WORLD From 1990 to 1996, Flat Old World plied a strange blend of melancholy punk and country/folk weirdness across the stages of New York City. Alt-country before that was a thing, slowcore before that was a thing, the group burned brightly as favorites at the Knitting Factory and on WFMU. They released one album and two EPs before disbanding in 1996. This show marks the first and only reunion of the band in 28 years.
Flat Old World
“Hoarse, beautiful, gutbucket, gutstring, gut-wrenching songs... a heavenly racket.” —Evelyn McDonnell, Village Voice
"Flat Old World reaches for the roots of American music with hands dampened by the world-weary wit of modern times." — NY Times
"The septet plays a loose-sounding yet tightly configured Weimar-cum-Weill folk rock... the sound of things shattered and assembled, emotionally as well as materially" — Richard Gehr, Village Voice
LIFE IN A BLENDER
For over 3 decades, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Rauf's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle.
Their 10th full-length album, BENT BY THE WEATHER, will be released in January of 2024 on Fang Records.
Life In a Blender
“When people need a quick way to establish a territory for Life in a Blender, the names Waits and Beefheart offer themselves to help describe Don Rauf’s cultured, barking madness and the bawdy, egocentric Rococo of the band’s chamber-rock arrangements…Every line buzzes with meaning, specificity, evocation, implication, reference and raw, emotional purpose.” —John Burdick, Almanac Weekly.
“True to its name, Brooklyn’s Life in a Blender funnels an impressively broad range of influences into its quirky rock, from Tom Waits to R.E.M.” —Time Out New York.
"Rife with oddness" —The New Yorker
"Beautifully bleak and burnt-out oddball art" Jersey Beat
"The band's orchestrated music is a covert beauty" —Jim Farber, NY Daily News
"Life in a Blender is the secret jewel of New York City" —Camden Joy
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