I’m happy to announce the release of Michael Knead (Germany)’s remix album of his song, ‘Springtime Rain’ : 8 cool international remixes including mine (the first track). You can stream or download the whole album (or individual tracks) on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/michael-knead/sets/springtime-rain-remix-album Other remixes are by Claude Young Jr. (USA), Daniel Brown (USA), Irene Radice (UK), 1Undread (Bermuda), Lucky One (Belgium), Minoru (Germany), Yehezkel Raz (Israel).
A smidgin of video from our April 26 show at Don Pedro in Brooklyn…
Anton Sword & The We Ours return to Don Pedro this Saturday April 26, re-joining ARKHAM, Brooklyn’s Goth-ish dance party. F R E E
Live Show by Anton Sword & The We Ours @ 9:30PM, DJs @ 11PM
Goth | Industrial | EBM | Darkwave | Synth | Cold/New Wave | Post-Punk | Deathrock | Dark 80s
Resident DJs | CYCLONUS & SHAIN
Guest DJ | ANDI [SYNTHICIDE]
Join us in celebration of Halloween’s spring sister holiday: Walpurgis Night!
Jackie Rivera will be selling and displaying her lovely gothic jewelry & accessories…
☥ ALL NIGHT HORROR ON TWO SCREENS! ☥
• LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR [11pm to 12am]! •
• SKEE-BALL OF THE DAMNED! •
@ DON PEDRO | 90 MANHATTAN AVE. | BROOKLYN, NY
Subway Directions: L train to Montrose Avenue; G train to Broadway; J/M train to Lorimer Street.
Before Anton Sword, there was Anphibius – half of the NYC-based, Europe-trotting duo J.C. & Anphibius that crept across stages from 1999-2006 purveying their special brand of “Uneasy Listening” Music. Now the duo has made their music available again (oh no!) on Bandcamp. https://jcandanphibius.bandcamp.com/
J.C. and Anphibius met in the frog pond of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1990s after seeing each other play in their respective bands Glim and Individual Fruit Pie. After a shy courtship they elected to croak in unison, and so began to write newly hatched songs of love found and mislaid. From 1999 to 2006 the duo wove and spread their melodic but minimal skein of sound across the Atlantic, where it caressed both shores several times, triggered some delicate ripples, and slowly sank beneath the waves without a murmur. It left in its tiny wake only a hush, a sigh, a small puddle on a table, and 3 CDs.
J.C.‘s fetishistic tales of love, lost love, and self-love combine a fragile melancholy with a naughty wit. Anphibius’ music is sometimes mesmerizingly bare, and sometimes lush and poppy. Influences cited by awestruck audiences included Lee Hazlewood, Burt Bacharach, Erik Satie, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and Jarvis Cocker.
The duo’s strategy of presenting songs in their most honest, naked form leaves plenty of space for listeners to contemplate their own sins. Tender and sprinkled with sophisticated humor, the songs themselves make you feel as if you’re in your own sitting room sipping cognac.
After these eternal umpteenagers quit the field in 2006 (well, there was one wedding gig in 2008, to be completist), the duo split to begin new lives in Amsterdam (J.C.) and in New York under a new name, Anton Sword (Anphibius). But their unique mood remains preserved in this series of recorded specimens.
Experiencing J.C. & Anphibius may not change your life. The only guarantee is that every song will tell a story.
House of Speakeasy, hosts of our Feb 24 show at City Winery, asked me to write a short list of Valentine’s Day love songs for their blog. Here’s a link to my list & the blog post:
See if you have any tunes you’d add. Happy Valentine’s Day. x