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Box Elders

Box Elders, the "garage punk trio" from Omaha, Nebraska (home of Saddle Creek), stole the show Saturday night at Market Hotel (1/10). I didn't catch Blood Romance. I liked Medications. Tyvek and Crystal Stilts were great, but Box Elders left a lasting impression and had the whole, sold-out, Brooklyn room going crazy.

First of all, the bassist/vocalist Clayton McIntyre, wasn't wearing any underwear. I know this from those standing close enough to get the occasional, accidental glimpse under his loin cloth (just thought I would get that out of the way). The guitarist/vocalist, Jeremiah, is Clayton's brother. Dave Goldberg is the drummer and his skills were part of the reason this band stuck out. Dave Goldberg simultaneously playing a keyboard/organ that was run through a Leslie speaker was another. Great songs can go on their list of achievements too.

It's been documented that Matador's Gerard Cosley is a fan of this band. I am now further documenting that Gerard was in attendance at Market Hotel on Saturday night. (Fun Fact: Pavement have a song called Box Elder. Pavement, who will eventually reunite probably, are signed to Matador.)

Bill Pearis was thinking of The Clean after listening to "Hole in My Head", and before seeing Box Elders live. Now he, who was also at the show, says "they're more bratty punk meets Nuggets-era garage rock". In that same vein, I think they would fit in on the Warped Tour, in Little Steven's record collection, and at the Pitchfork Festival. Most of all I think they were fun.

More pictures and tour dates below...

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Box Elders - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 12 - Howlers Coyote Cafe Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan 13 - Cafe Bourbon Street COLUMBUS, Ohio
Jan 14 - Black Sparrow Lafayette, Indiana
Jan 17 - Slowdown OMAHA, Nebraska
Feb 6 - 300 Room Sacramento, California
Feb 7 - Stork Club Oakland, California
Feb 8 - Slabtown Portland, Oregon
Feb 9 - Funhouse Seattle, Washington
Feb 27 - Hexagon Bar Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 28 - Aquarium Fargo, North Dako

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Comments (35)

Box Elders were amazing at that show

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 4:38 PM

i just couldnt muster going there on a freezing wet saturday. shame they didnt have a manhattan show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 4:54 PM

Never heard of this band, but when I saw the headline I was hoping this was Pavement playing a small show under a fake name. Oh well.

Posted by noamjamski | January 13, 2009 4:57 PM

they have a 4 song ep on goner...its not amazing but the bar is set pretty low these days so they stand out. they're good...nothing i imagine ill be listening to in a few weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 5:05 PM

needs more chicks

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 5:18 PM

there were a lot of attractive women there actually. more than usual, which is a lot

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 6:01 PM

NOT. INTO. IT.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 6:02 PM

who is this guy who only sees shows in Manhattan in 2009? seriously, you pop up in every thread about Brooklyn shows.

get over it dude. you basically live in a gated community. there is nothing autehntic about Manhattan anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 6:49 PM

>>there is nothing autehntic about Manhattan anymore.

hahaha. whatever...

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 7:09 PM

>>get over it dude. you basically live in a gated community. there is nothing autehntic about Manhattan anymore.

at least we can spell. keep it real, 22 year olds!

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 7:16 PM

Me Tarzan!

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 7:49 PM

6:49, i grew up in brooklyn...i just have a good job and moved to a nice apartment. its much more convenient to see a show in manhattan for me than take the j train to the ghetto to see a band play some warehouse.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 10:39 PM

I was the drummer in one of Jeremiah's Chicago bands back in the early aughts (the Afflictions, not that anybody remembers). I haven't caught a Box Elders show in a couple years, but from what I've seen, past and present, the man has a real magic touch with genius-stupid garage rock. (Clayton has apparently been doing his homework too.) I'd be happy to see him end up on Matador after spending so many years in fun but go-nowhere bands like ours.

Posted by PHLP | January 13, 2009 10:56 PM

I live in Brooklyn, and I still prefer to see shows in Manhattan.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 11:02 PM

box elders did kick ass. sort of in the same Beavis & Butthead garage rock as harlem. digging this witty, "bratty" revival.

Posted by mcg | January 13, 2009 11:26 PM

NEXT

BIG

THING

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 10:10 AM

hype hype
good not great
would see again

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 10:19 AM

there are some oddly defensive rich Manhattanites on here. Yes, we get the picture 10:39. You grew up in Brooklyn, you worked hard, you've earned your right to see Bon Iver at the Bowery Ballroom. blah blah blah. You show up in every thread where the word "Brooklyn" is mentioned. Nobody is impressed with you.

And what do you care if the grubby underground wants to see its shows in Brooklyn? Just shut the fuck up and live your little Sex in the City fantasy lifestyle, and get a grip.

Don't worry, no one's going to steal your precious Feist shows away to Brooklyn, but Manhattan simply doesn't have the real estate opportunities to support underground music anymore. It's been priced out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 10:59 AM

it would have made zero sense for this show to happen in Manhattan

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 11:41 AM

"there are some oddly defensive rich Manhattanites on here. "

Huh? I live in Brooklyn, and I still rather see a show in Manhattan, mainly because I live in Park Slope and getting to Bushwick is a pain in the ass.

Not only Manhattanites prefer Manhattan.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 11:54 AM

"Most of all I think they were fun."

Any time I hear these words, I know it's hipster hype trash. I won't even listen to them after that description; I don't need to. Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 12:04 PM

12:04 PM = idiot

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 12:20 PM

12:04 dislikes fun, and sunshine and getting up in the morning, probably

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 12:45 PM

getting to Park Slope is a pain in the ass

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 12:48 PM

that's right, go after the guy's typo, defensive Manhattan dudes.

that's how you win an argument!

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 1:11 PM

just take the g train, its not hard to get from park slope to greenpoint / williamsburg.

you bring up an interesting point though, now that the knit is closed, the center of gravity is def shifted to brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 1:24 PM

these guys are more or less a cover band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 2:02 PM

"just take the g train, its not hard to get from park slope to greenpoint / williamsburg."

The G train goes to the Market Hotel?

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 2:11 PM

yes, the G train goes to Market Hotel.

Myrtle Willoughby, about 6 longish blocks away.

it takes about 5 or so minutes to walk it

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 3:00 PM

maybe more like a 10 minute walk, but yeah

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 3:19 PM

G train not working after 11pm and on weekends. The F/G route is now 4 trains instead of 2.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 3:22 PM

G's only down at night for about a week here at the beginning of january. this happens maybe 3 times a year, though people bitch and complain like it's everyday

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 5:17 PM

1:24pm = not listening. they write original fantastically gutter-pop tunes that are more interesting than anything you ever thought.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2009 9:48 AM

you're all really fucking stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2009 11:47 AM

From their myspace:

G TRAIN TO MYRTLE/WILLOUGHBY
it's about 5 blocks, kinda longish, get a friend to walk with you

Love the "get a friend to walk with you" part. I wonder why.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2009 12:12 PM

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