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Secret Generator Series: The Neon Indian Video
For the second and final concert of the Secret Generator Series from Levi's + Urban Outfitters, Neon Indian played a free show powered by a generator in an abandoned power plant in Boston. It was an amazing time, but if you didn't make it we've got you covered with video footage from our friends at Yours Tru.ly. Be sure to watch the footage from the Deerhunter show in Chicago here.
Secret Generator Series: The Deerhunter Video
Over the past month, Urban Outfitters and Levi's put on two amazing free concerts as part of our Secret Generator Series. After announcing which cities the shows would be in, we kept the venue locations top secret until just days before each show. The first show was under an overpass in Chicago, where Deerhunter played a really fun and energetic set for the huge (and chilly) crowd that showed up. Watch the video shot by our friends Yours Tru.ly to see what an all-around good time it was, and check out photos from the Neon Indian show that happened a few days later in Boston.
Secret Generator Series: The Neon Indian Show
This Sunday was the finale of the Levi's + UO Secret Generator Series, with an amazing concert from Neon Indian at the Power Station in Boston. The generator-powered show's location was kept under wraps until just days before it happened, but a great group of people kept up with our picture clues so they could catch Alan and his band in the chilly weather and grab UO gift cards. We'll post videos soon, and be sure to check out what went down at the Deerhunter show in Chicago here.
Secret Generator Series: Boston Venue
Neon Indian will play the Levi's + Urban Outfitters Secret Generator Series
show Sunday, October 3 at the Power Station at 540 Harrison Ave in South Boston.
Time: Doors open at 3pm and the show starts at 4pm
-The show is FREE!!
-First come first served.
-PLUS we're giving away UO gift cards courtesy of UO and Levi's at the show. Tweet pics from the show to @urbanoutfitters
with the tag #UOxLEVIS
and you could get one. Follow us on Twitter
for more information.
Get pumped up for the show by reading our interview with Neon Indian here
Secret Generator Series: Boston Venue Hint 3
Neon Indian is playing a free concert somewhere in Boston this Sunday, but we can't tell you where until tomorrow. We can tell you the show is powered by a generator, so it could happen almost anywhere. This is a picture clue of the venue– if you recognize it, tell everyone still trying to figure it out on our Facebook page. Then, check back tomorrow for the official announcement and we'll fill you in on the details.
Secret Generator Series: Boston Venue Hint 2
Where will Neon Indian play a free show in Boston this Sunday? Here is the second clue from our video footage of the top secret venue. If you think you know where to go, let everyone else in on the secret on Facebook and Twitter and we'll be back here with one last hint tomorrow.
LSTN 11: Neon Indian
Neon Indian is Alan Palomo, a Texas native whose joke band eventually became a real, and a really successful, one. Neon Indian's track "6669" is featured on LSTN #11, and is also playing this Sunday's Secret Generator Series show in Boston. We caught with Palomo recently, right after he'd picked up keys to his new apartment in Brooklyn.
What prompted you to move to NY?
Psychic Chasms was written in Austin, and it was this bizarre alienating year. The nature of what I wanted to do after writing that record and being on the road for a while was to be somewhere where I could facilitate my creativity a little better. It made sense because a lot of the people I work with are out here. It’s kind of bizarre in that half the things that have happened for this record wouldn’t have come to fruition if I had already been in New York.
What do you mean when you say it was an 'alienating year' when you were Austin?
Well, I’m not dogging on the town itself, but it was weird year for me. I had a lot of friends, and when I moved I thought I had a lot of connections, but I felt like I stepped into a situation where everyone was already established in their own rhythm. I had the sensation of being the fifth wheel and on top of that, I didn’t have a car, so I was just taking the bus to class or spending copious amount of time in my room. From that spawned this lull that eventually came to spawn Neon Indian.
Do you think a period of boredom is necessary for creativity?
Oh, absolutely. There’s this situation where people perpetuate who you are back at you, and you hang out with your friends, who are always sort of reminding you how you fit into this community. So when you lose that, you’re thrown into your own head for a while and are forced to rummage around.
What kind of influences do you have?
Todd Rundgren is one of then. He’s one of those guys that personifies perfect knowledge between writing pop singles but then also having this other side who writes this 30-minute epic synth/instrumental track. To have that dichotomy in sounds is really impressive to me. More contemporary influences are Ariel Pink and the Doldrums. When I listened to that stuff in high school, it got me thinking about recording lo-fi music and how it’s really more of a narrative process–that idea of creating that other dimension where the music isn’t dictated by the lyrics. There is something weird about the sound that makes you feel like you’re listening to it from some lost AM radio broadcast or hearing a song reverberating from another room.
And the name Neon Indian came from one of your friends' joke band?
Right around the time I had my project Ghosthustler, almost in mock retaliation, my friend was like, “Oh well, if you have a band called Ghosthustler, I’ll have one called Neon Indian.” If I had to theorize, it would be a reference to that Indian festival “holi.” What resonated with me was that so much of the subject matter when I was writing was centered around that time in my life lyrically, so it only made sense to name it after this high school band that was conceived as a weird inside joke.
Were you making music in high school?
Not really. I bought an acoustic guitar like everyone did in high school. I was more of a film guy, which is what I studied in college before I went on my permanent hiatus touring with Neon Indian. I remember my main frustration in film school was that I was picking up theory and not using creative concepts. You never get to do anything until you have the resources, and my school definitely wasn’t giving me those, so music had this immediacy that let me finish a song in a week and gave me a feeling of accomplishment. I ended up needing that sensation all the time.
How do you name your songs?
There’s always a play on words I guess, because punning is something I do with my friends. My band and I rip on anything from porno-parody movie titles to seeing street signs and ripping with it. So titles are some all-inclusive short phrase that summarizes all the feelings in that song. “Terminally Chill” is so sarcastic. If I can coin it, then it becomes a song title. It’s a summation that sets up what’s going to happen. “6669” is an inside joke about the most brutal of sexual positions.
Your album Psychic Chasms was recently re-released with new tracks. What prompted that?
It was never really all that available to begin with, it was always on backorder on Amazon.com. There’s nothing more frustrating than playing Jimmy Fallon and then anyone who’s seen that has no idea where to buy the album. So you’re forced to type in “Psychic Chasms + rapid share” on Google. I always wanted to have a proper tangible packaging for it because it's such an intimate thing. With the remix record, it’s really the result of a year of travelling and meeting bands and creating connections there, and having a communal friendly approach to let these people I love rework these songs. That’s really to me the purpose of this. Everyone’s already heard the record, so that’s not really my objective. To have it be in this particular incarnation that also comes coupled with all these remixes–I’m excited about it.
Secret Generator Series: Boston Venue Hint 1
Our Deerhunter show was way too much fun, but we still have one more Secret Generator concert to go! Neon Indian will be playing a free, generator-powered show this Sunday somewhere in Boston– you just have to figure out where. We'll be ripping photo hints from our video footage of the venue all week, so check back here for more clues and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.
Secret Generator Series: The Deerhunter Show
If you made it to the first UO + Levi's Secret Generator show in Chicago this past Saturday, then we don't have to tell you it was beyond awesome. If you didn't, you missed a free generator-powered concert with Deerhunter that took place under an overpass in the city, a location we kept secret until just two days before. Don't feel too bad though, we'll be posting video footage soon, and you can check out what went down at our Neon Indian show in Boston on October 3 right here.
Secret Generator Series: Chicago Venue
The gig's up...here are all the details for the FREE Deerhunter show in Chicago Saturday night (9/25):
Venue: 560 W. Grand at the Chicago River, under the Kennedy overpass
Red Line – Grand and State, exit and walk 8 blocks west
Blue Line – Grand and Halsted, exit and walk 3 blocks east
Green Line – Clinton and Lake, exit and walk north on Clinton 2 blocks, go left on Kinzie for 1 block, go right at Jefferson and walk 1 block to Jefferson and Grand Ave.
Grand Ave. bus to Canal stop
Halsted bus to Grand Ave. stop, walk 3 blocks east
-The event is FREE
-First come first served
-PLUS we’re giving away UO gift cards courtesy of UO and Levi's at the Deerhunter show. Tweet pics from the show to @urbanoutfitters with the tag #UOxLEVIS and you could get one! Follow us on Twitter for more info.
We'll start leaking images from our Boston location next week, so check back here
to see if you can figure out where Neon Indian will be popping up on October 3.
Secret Generator Series: Chicago Venue Hint 3
We're just hours away from announcing the venue where Deerhunter will play a free show this Saturday night. This is the last clue ripped from our video footage of the top secret location. We'll announce the address and time (and a surprise!) tomorrow at 2pm Eastern time right here.
Secret Generator Series: Chicago Venue Hint 2
Deerhunter is playing somewhere in Chicago on Saturday for our first Secret Generator Series concert. Can you figure out where? See the other clues here and then let everyone know what you think on Facebook.
Secret Generator Series: Chicago Venue Hint 1
Now that you know Deerhunter will officially be playing a generator-powered show in Chicago on the 25th, you just have to figure out where. Here's the first hint taken right from our video footage of the secret venue– recognize it? Let everyone know what you think on Facebook.
Secret Generator Series: The Cities
If you've been following all of the hints we gave you last week, you may have figured out that the final cities for the UO + Levi's Secret Generator Series are...Chicago and Boston! Deerhunter will be playing in the Windy City on September 25, but since the show is powered by a generator, it could happen almost anywhere. We'll be leaking hints from the secret location all week, so check back here to see if you recognize the venue. Check out what everyone else thinks on our Facebook page.
Secret Generator Series: City 1 Hint 3
This is it, the final set of clues. Will Deerhunter be playing in your city on the 25th as part of our Secret Generator Series? Text SECRET to UOUOUO (868686) and head over to our Facebook page to see what everyone else thinks. We'll officially announce the cities and start clueing you in to what venues the performances will be held at right here on Monday. Remember, because the shows are generator-powered, they could happen almost anywhere!
Secret Generator Series: City 2 Hint 3
This is it, the final set of clues. Will Neon Indian be playing in your city on October 3 as part of our Secret Generator Series? Text SECRET to UOUOUO (868686) and head over to our Facebook page to see what everyone else thinks. We'll officially announce the cities and start clueing you in to what venues the performances will be held at right here on Monday. Remember, because the shows are generator-powered, they could happen almost anywhere!
UO + Levi's Secret Generator Series
You already knew that Urban's the place to snatch up their skinny jeans, and now the secret's out on another project we've been planning with Levi's. Together we're bringing you a series of FREE concerts taking place in top-secret locations.
Here's the deal: Each show is powered by a generator. That's it. Which means these surprise shows can pop-up anywhere! Deerhunter's playing on September 25, Neon Indian on October 3–will they be in your city?
Text SECRET to UOUOUO (868686) or like Urban Outfitters on Facebook
to get exclusive clues as to where the shows are happening. We'll be leaking hints right here
on the blog all next week, so check back in to see if you're sharp enough to recognize your city.