Video Credit to Hi Fi Snock Uptown and Sebastian Choe
Written by Graham Johnson
Upper West Side DIY music venue Hi Fi Snock Uptown hosted its fifth full show in December with the jazz improvisational duo MC , pop solo act Agatha Claw, psychedelic rock group Sunspeaker, and a collaboration between grunge act Miserable Chillers and singer-songwriter Madeline Steinberg of Absolute Mess. The next showcase will be sometime in mid-February, Snock sources say. Jack Wilding, a loose Snock affiliate, would also like to make known that his black shirt is still missing. Sources were unable to confirm whether or not the shirt had, in fact, been stolen or if Wilding was covering up his own careless loss of an expensive clothing item.
Playing off ideas of “fog” and “kingdoms,” the official theme of the show was billed as “Fog Kingdom.” Lead organizer Michael Blair was unwilling to comment on the sociopolitical implications of embracing and celebrating the Medieval Era in the theme choice - an era marked by feudalist economic systems, widespread violence, and chivalry.
Recordings of the bands which played the showcase can be found at Hi Fi Snock’s Soundcloud. The venue’s website and a complete archive of past shows - including a guest appearance by Scarlett Johannson of Don Jon fame and a performance art piece of a live waterbirth - can be found at hifisnockuptown.com.