Posted in MP3 | To Do | music | tour dates on June 17, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Amazing Baby - Smoke Bros (MP3)

Amazing Baby
Amazing Baby

"I actually miss the days when you just wrote about Amazing Baby in eeevery post." - BV commenter Eric Serpa | June 4, 2009 4:59 PM
This one's for you, dude. Yes it has been a while since Amazing Baby have graced this column which started almost exactly a year ago and were featured in my inaugural post. Since then, the band have gone through a few line-up changes, expanded, contracted, and toured Europe a couple times (once with buddies MGMT). The band open for Phoenix at Terminal 5 this Friday (6/19) and will release their debut album, Rewild, on Tuesday, June 23. (It's out now on iTunes.) Few are more aware than me that a lot of people seem to dislike this band, though I think most of that comes from the company they keep and their image more than the music itself.

Do they have questionable taste when it comes to fashion, their album covers and music videos? Maybe, but I don't think you can accuse Amazing Baby of the same, musically, or jumping on any bandwagons. Rewild is psychedelic without being being retro, danceable at times, heavy, glammy, catchy as hell and full of inventive arrangements and production. It rocks and swoons and sounds great loud. And they don't sound like any single other band out there. You can download "Smoke Bros" (which reminds me of Shriekback a little bit) at the top of this post. And you can stream the whole album at their MySpace.

Lightspeed Champion

Still reading? Phoenix's openers at tomorrow's (6/18) Music Hall of Williamsburg is Lightspeed Champion. That show is beyond sold-out, but tonight (6/17), he's playing a warm up show at Mercury Lounge, which will be his first in a long time. Dev has become a Brooklyn resident in the last year, which is where he also recorded his still-untitled second solo album (due in Oct.) with help from the Spacecamp boys who will also be his backing band at both shows. As a fan of last year's underrated Falling Off the Lavendar Bridge, I'm anxious to hear Dev's new material. Tickets are still available.

Spacecamp are also playing a set of their own at Mercury Lounge, opening the night, though you'd think it would've made more sense for them to play next-to-last and just have Dev come out and join them for a seamless transition, but I am a blogger not a stage manager. The band now have a full-time keyboardist in the mix which has made them a bit funkier (clavinet tends to do that). You can can get an idea of that in the footage Joly shot from Spacecamp's Annex show two weeks ago (below). In between Spacecamp and Lightspeed are Apache Beat and New Orleans' Hurray for the Riff Raff.


The show I'm most looking forward to this week, though, is this Friday (6/19) at Bruar Falls: Nobunny, Hunx and His Punx, German Measels, Baby Shakes and The Beets. I wrote about Nobunny the last time he was through town, having just caught him at SXSW, and his shows are fun and creepy all at the same time. (It's that mask.) If you haven't heard his debut, Love Visions, it's a lot of fun if you like bare-bones Ramones style punky pop. He recently put out a cassette-only album, Raw Romance, of demos and outtakes that was also pretty good -- it's sold out but maybe he'll have copies on tour with him. Nobunny also plays an all-ages show at Death by Audio two nights later (6/21).


The whole evening at Bruar Falls sounds like fun. Hunx and His Punx look and sound like they lept out of a John Waters movie and judging by their music videos I can only hope they bring that level of camp to their live show. Hunx has a new single out, "Teardrops on My Telephone," on Jay Reatard's Shattered label (also home to Nobunny). You can see the video for that song below. Hunx is playing a bunch of shows and parties this week, and all his dates are at the bottom of this post.

Also: the girl group punk of Baby Shakes; German Measels' fake mustache pop; and The Beets who seem to play every four days but I've enjoyed every show I've seen of theirs (including two previous at Bruar Falls).

Other shows of note: there's a TWII-approved line-up at Glasslands on tonight (6/17): Sisters, My Teenage Stride, and Knight School. All the bands are good, but if you haven't seen Sisters yet, you should really rectify that as soon as possible. On of my all time favorite new local bands of the moment.

Crocodiles are back in town, playing Union Pool on Thursday (6/18) and Mercury Lounge on Saturday (6/20). I don't care what Pitchfork says, I think their album is pretty good and they were fun at Pianos earlier this year.

And it wouldn't be a proper TWII column without mentioning this year's Twee as Fuck party at Cake Shop. TaF is a monthy party in London, as well as a fanzine and label, and they bring it over here in June. I went to last year's moderately-attended event which featured Afternoon Naps, Bears, and Pains at Being Pure at Heart who are headlining again this year though it's an understatement to say that things have changed for them. Not that they don't totally deserve it, but it still boggles my mind that the Pains have become a big as they have. TPOBPAH just announced a fall tour and those dates are below. Their next NYC show after Cake Shop is at South Street Seaport (home of tonight's Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Show).

With a lineup that also includes their Slumberland labelmates Crystal Stilts and Cause Co-Motion, as well as London's Hatcham Social, this is gonna be one super-packed, sweaty night at Cake Shop. Advance tickets are sold out, but there are a few available at the door if you get there early. Doors are at 7pm.

That's it for this week. Flyers, videos, and tour dates are after the jump....

Baby Shakes
Baby ShakeS

Amazing Baby - "Head Dress" (New Version)

Amazing Baby

Amazing Baby - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 16 La Tulipe w/ Phoenix Montreal
Jun 17 Paradise Rock Club w/ Phoenix Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 19 Terminal 5 w/ Phoenix New York, New York
Jun 21 Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Phoenix Washington DC
Jun 23 Varsity w/ Phoenix Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 25 Bluebird w/ Phoenix Denver, Colorado
Jun 27 Regency Center - Grand Ballroom w/ Phoenix San Francisco, California
Jun 28 The Wiltern w/ Phoenix Los Angeles, California
Jul 2 Hammer Museum Los Angeles, California
Jul 16 Hoxton Bar & Grill London
Jul 17 Latitude Festival Suffolk, South
Jul 18 Melt Festival Ferropolis
Jul 19 Dour Festival Dour
Jul 20 Nouveau Casino Paris
Jul 21 Festival De Affaire Nijmegen
Aug 7 Lollapalooza Chicago, Illinois

Space Kamp flyer

Space Kamp flyer

Spacecamp - Denial @ The Annex 5/30/2009

Nobunny - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 19 w/ HUNX & HIS PUNX! @ Bruer Falls BROOKLYN, New York
Jun 21 w/ UZI RASH @ Death By Audio ALL AGES BROOKLYN
Jul 4 BURGER BOOGALOO! @ The Knockout SAN FRAN PSYCHO, California
Jul 15 21+ 5 Star Bar LOS ANGELES, California
Jul 17 JOHNNY RAD FEST 2!!!!! SAN DIE-GO-GO!, California
Jul 18 ALLAGES @ 5 Star Bar LOS ANGELES, California
Sep 2 w/ DAVILLA 666! @ The Parkside SAN FRAN PSYCHO, California
Sep 24 2GONERFEST 6! MEMPHIS, Tennessee


Hunx and his punx

Hunx and His Punx - "Teardrops on My Telephone"

Hunx and His Punx - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 19 BUTT MAGAZINE PARTY @ Knitting Factory w/ SALEM & SISSY NOBBY (we play at 9pm) New York, New York
Jun 19 BRUAR FALLS w/ NOBUNNY, THE BEETS + BABYSHAKES (we play at 11 or 12) BROOKLYN, New York
Jun 27 THE WILDROSE (PRIDE WEEK) w/ LESLIE & THE LYS, Duchess & The Duke, ETC SEATTLE, Washington
Jun 28 THE FUNHOUSE (daytime show) 4PM w/ THE ONONOS SEATTLE, Washington
Jul 16 JJ RAD FEST @ Ken Club w/ Sneaky Pinks & MORE! SAN DIEGO, California
Jul 17 The Troubadour w/ The Donnas HOLLYWOOD, California
Aug 1 Club Feral (the last one) @ PARK SIDE w/ shannon and the clams and terran tramantics SAN FRANCISCO, California
Aug 13 HOMO A GO GO (Aug 13-16) SAN FRANCISCO, California

Crocodiles - "I Wanna Kill" @ Pianos

Crocodiles - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 18 UNION POOL Brooklyn, New York
Jun 20 MERCURY LOUNGE New York, New York
Jun 23 BEACHLAND TAVERN Cleveland, Ohio
Jun 26 BLUEBIRD THEATRE Denver, Colorado
Jun 27 TRUNKSPACE Phoenix, Arizona
Jul 11 PARADISO Amsterdam
Jul 12 OLD BLUE LAST London
Jul 14 K4 Nurnburg
Jul 15 BANG BANG CLUB Berlin
Jul 21 HANA BI Ravenna
Jul 30 WHELANS Dublin
Aug 1 BUFFALO BAR Cardiff
Aug 29 STREET SCENE San Diego, California

The Pains at Being Pure at Heart - "Young Adult Friction"

The Pains at Being Pure at Heart - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 18 2009 Cake Shop New York, New York #
July 10 2009 South Street Seaport New York, New York % (FREE)
July 18 2009 Pitchfork Fest Chicago, Illinois
July 20 2009 The Echo Los Angeles, California *
July 21 2009 The Rickshaw Stop San Fransisco, California *
July 23 2009 Backspace Portland, Oregon *
July 24 2009 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC *
July 25 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, Washington
Sep 05 2009 Middle East Downstairs, Boston, Massachusetts &+
Sep 06 2009 La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec &+
Sep 07 2009 Horeshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario &+
Sep 08 2009 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois &+
Sep 09 2009 Stage Door at the Orpheum Madison, Wisconsin &+
Sep 10 2009 The Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska &+
Sep 12 2009 Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
Sep 13 2009 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah &+
Sep 14 2009 Neurolux Boise, Idaho &+
Sep 17 2009 MFNW / Doug Fir Portland, Oregon &+
Sep 21 2009 Casbah San Diego, California &+
Sep 22 2009 Club Congress Tucson, Arizona &+
Sep 24 2009 Lola's Fort Worth, Texas &+
Sep 25 2009 The Mohawk Austin, Texas &+
Sep 26 2009 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, Louisiana &+
Sep 27 2009 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida &+
Sep 28 2009 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia &+
Sep 29 2009 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina &+
Sep 30 2009 Black Cat, Washington DC &+
Oct 01 2009 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland &+
Oct 05 2009 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania &+

% = w/ Zaza
# = w/ Crystal Stilts
* = w/ Girls
& = w/ The Depreciation Guild
+ = w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars



Comments (41)

Yay! It has been awhile since we got to take a shit on aMEhzing Baby.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 4:09 PM

HUNX AND HIS PUNX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 4:11 PM

the DBA nobunny show will be on 6/21 [Sunday], not 6/20. thx!

Posted by e4e1 | June 17, 2009 4:15 PM

Jacob from the Beets' other band, the Gutsies, is also playing that show with My Teenage Stride, Knight School, and Sisters, according to facebook.

That show shall be awesome.

Posted by hok | June 17, 2009 4:15 PM

"the DBA nobunny show will be on 6/21 [Sunday], not 6/20. thx!"


Posted by brooklynvegan | June 17, 2009 4:19 PM

yay hunx! finally!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 4:32 PM

how does don devore go from ink and dagger to the icarus line to the lilys to amazing baby?

at least dude gives them a shred of credibility

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 5:37 PM

amazing baby is boring no more please

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 6:16 PM

Don is cool. If you think Amazing baby sucks, don't take it out on Don. He's old now. He has to go where the money is, not the talent.

Posted by don's friend | June 17, 2009 6:38 PM

What money?? We don't make any money!

Posted by Will | June 17, 2009 6:40 PM

never got into amazing baby but i love Nobunny so much. Yay Area! the dude's mask is terrifying and doesn't go with the music at all but it's still so funny.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 7:00 PM

amazing rabies don't have to make money, their parents hand it to them just fine.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 7:10 PM

who's writing this? must be people that know me. what the fuck?

Posted by don devore | June 17, 2009 7:42 PM

I'm just hearing Amazing Baby for the first time. HOLY FUCKING CHRIST what is this shit? Boooooooooo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 9:10 PM

never heard of Amazing Baby. sounds like another crap shoegazer band to me.

Posted by mike B | June 17, 2009 9:10 PM

We should be so lucky as to just get mediocre and derivative. This is a pretty special level of atrocious Amazing Baby have achieved.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 9:18 PM

no bunny > amazing baby

but seriously icarus line? anyone remember buddyhead? i think they hope you do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 9:20 AM

"but seriously icarus line?"

dude/ma'am, "penance soirée" is a fucking killer record, break it out and blast that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 10:25 AM

amazing baby is terrible

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 11:19 AM

do u think amazing baby has seen the hatred for them on these boards?

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 1:10 PM

1:10 yes, they read this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 1:33 PM

might i add that i really doubt they care. they are very self-assured in person.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 1:34 PM

^^^ They will care when the break up, which isn't going to be far off. There's only so much fake attention self-assured money can buy. They tend to open for several bands that I actually like and go out to see. Never once, have I seen an audience show ANY likabilty for them. This is nothing new. Just another terribly boring shoegazer band opening for semi-popular bands, and truly going nowhere beyond their own dillusional egos. This is music that'll be forgotten before its released.

If you want to listen to GOOD music, listen to Grizzly Bear. Don't fall for MGMT clones whose claim to fame is the anonymous bass player for icraus line? Didn't they just play cake shop or some meaningless dive bar?

Sad times for music folks. Thank god for the Hold Steady and Radiohead.

Posted by Log Lady | June 18, 2009 2:23 PM

WHO ISN'T SELF ASSURED IN MUSIC THESE DAYS? If you think Amazing Baby sucks, don't worry. They'll be lost in the list of generic shoegazers in no time!

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 2:26 PM

WE Care! Please stop writing in!

Posted by Will | June 18, 2009 2:38 PM

Not good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 7:52 PM

I'm not feeling the Amazing Baby track either but, regardless, not every band that uses delay and reverb on their guitars and/or vocals should be tagged as "shoegaze"

Posted by blackhat | June 18, 2009 7:52 PM

I'm going out on a limb here...I think Hunx and his Punx MIGHT be gay. Not that that makes you a bad person...

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 7:55 PM

Hunx is also in Gravy Train, if that tells you anything.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2009 8:03 PM

If I was in Amazing Baby and I kept on reading the absolute distain for my band, I would probably jump off a bridge.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 11:36 AM

That Space Camp crap is pretty shitty too... where do these crummy acts come from? That trash they did with adam "the sponge" green opening for the Vaselines was just a disgrace. I was embarrassed for them just watching from the audience. Their own material isn't much better. Lightspeed should ditch those guys like a bad slice from Ray's. He's too good for them.

Posted by The Voice of Reason | June 19, 2009 4:20 PM

Can we stop talking about how much Amazing Baby suck and start talking about how much The Beets suck.

I saw them open for Hunx and Nobunny last night, and holy fuckin' shit . . . I have never ever never ever seen a more god awful band. They were the worst band ever. Ever. They make me hate music. They make me hate my ears. They make me hate everything. Even babies, pizza and puppies.

And why advertise that you're from Jackson Heights? Does that make them "cool"? My wife is from Jackson Heights and since moving out years ago, she hasn't . . . no, she refuses to step foot in that hell hole ever again.

In conclusion I hate The Beets so much that I almost love them!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 9:36 AM

Death to Shoegazer!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 10:07 AM

Bloc Party>Amzing Baby>Crap

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 11:24 AM

@Anon9:36am - I have never agreed more with a post on this site. I was at the Bruar Falls show last night too and what the FUCK gives?!? The Beets are a perfect example of "know the right people and be in the right "scene" and people will feel that something is wrong with them if they don't like you." The only band that I've ever heard worse than The Beets may be Terry & The Idiots from that movie "D.O.A." about the Sex Pistols first U.S. tour. C'mon people...think for yourselves! The Beets are terrible!!!!

Posted by blackhat | June 20, 2009 3:50 PM

The Beets are OK

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 7:46 PM

Wouldn't it be punk rock and subversive as Hell if Hunx was actually straight. Of course, there's zero chance of that!

Posted by blackhat | June 20, 2009 8:09 PM

Amazing Baby's singer sounds like David Garza.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 8:32 PM

amazing baby's singer sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 9:42 PM

I heard a rumor that Hunx and Jose Garcia the bassist from The Beets used to date. Does anyone know if thats true?

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 1:07 AM

^Who cares if it's true, it still won't make The Beets any better. But it might make me start to hate Hunx a bit. Nah, who am I kidding, I love that guy.

. . . in a friendly way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2009 6:51 PM

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