Brooklyn Rock Lottery: New Music From Four NYC Supergroups

12.04.12 Andy Cush

ANIMAL stopped by Brooklyn’s third Rock Lottery last weekend, an event that brings together 25 musicians from all over the city, who pick names out of a hat to form five impromptu supergroups. With just one day to write and rehearse a set of material, all of the bands performed to a capacity crowd at the Brooklyn Knitting Factory Saturday night, with all proceeds going to the Rockaway Renegades, a hurricane relief direct action group.

In the interest of posterity, we’re presenting these straight-from-the-board recordings of our favorite songs from four of the five bands (unfortunately, we missed the final set of the night).

Jazz Karate: Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady/Against Me!, Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket, Kenny Bernard of Ra Ra Riot, Pamela Martinez of Teletextile, singer/songwriter Matt Singer
Sounds like: Springsteen gone acoustic, complete with ripping violin solo.

Jeff Goldbloom: Craig Pfunder of VHS or Beta, Nick Sylvester of Mr. Dream, Lua Rios of Gold Lake, Noah Kardos-Fein of Yvette
Sounds like: Droney, dreamy, shoegaze goodness with solid pop hooks. Our favorite band of the night.

Fish: Jonny Rogoff of Yuck, Brian Betancourt of Hospitality, Bryan Quackenbush of Gang Signs, Dave Harrington of Nicholas Jaar’s live band, Leo Maymind of Spanish Prisoners
Sounds like: Earth meets Neu! meets Zappa. Doomy instrumental metal with a splash of psychedelia.

Hardcore Lørd: Christopher Puidokas of Blonde Redhead’s touring band, Oliver Chapoy of Certain Creatures, Michael Sheffield of Sweet BuAlan Watts / Heaven’s Gate, Sara Lucas of Callers
Sounds like: Synth driven, spaced-out krautrock. Gang gang trance.

(Photos: Irina Dvalidze/ANIMALNewYork)