Posted in To Do | music | tour dates on July 23, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Culver City (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Joe Brown (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Harder Than It's Ever Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Kids - Hey Boy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coconut Coolouts - Party Jail (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Seaport Music Festival Sampler (Zip)

YellowFever @ Death By Audio - July 22, 2009 (by Bryan Bruchman)
Yellow Fever

There are a lot of out-of-town bands I'm looking forward to seeing this weekend, and luckily they're all playing more than once, and many are sharing the same bill.

First is Austin duo Yellow Fever who I have caught a few times in the last year and they are really something special I think. I wrote this the first time I saw them: "Their sound couldn't be more spare -- usually just drums, the simplest guitar (often just single notes, not chords), and Jennifer Moore's understated, kinda haunting voice. It's that space in between the instrumentation that makes them so special. It's a little bit like Young Marble Giants if Beth Orton was the singer instead of Alison Statton." My only complaint would be they are slow on releasing records, but I look forward to hearing new stuff from them while they're here. They played last night at Death by Audio, where Vivian Girls said this via Twitter: "Yellow Fever were amazing tonight! Don't miss their other NYC shows this week." So, yeah, don't miss 'em -- you've got four more chances, including tonight at Cake Shop. All dates HERE.

Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus and Geronimon

While we're in the Lone Star state, let's talk about another duo, Fergus & Geronimo, who are from Denton, TX and are playing two NYC shows this weekend. Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly are also in such Denton bands as Wax Museums and Teenage Cool Kids respectively, bonded over a love of '60s pop, Motown and psych-rock (a Texas specialty). Those influences come through loud and clear in their music, most of which is, at this point, only available on their MySpace, which was enough to get interest from Tic Tac Totally, Transparent, and Woodsist all of whom will be putting out their records. The Woodsist 7", "Harder Than It's Ever Been," is out now and you can download the A-side at the top of this post. It's a 1:47 pop gem, one of the best of its kind since Box Elders' "Hole in My Head." This is super-catchy stuff, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them this weekend.

Fergus & Geronimo, who are a five-piece when they play live, are at 92 Y Tribeca on Friday (7/24) with Crystal Stilts, Portland's Little Claw and Memphis' Magic Kids who I'll get back to in a second. They also play Saturday (7/25) at Market Hotel, also with Magic Kids, as well as YellowFever and the ever-present (and very good) Beets (who have a tour coming up with the Vivian Girls). Tickets are still on sale for Friday's show.

Magic Kids
Magic Kids

Now onto Magic Kids. They're from Memphis and I first heard of them from a MySpace bulletin from Girls who played a show with them and enthusiastically raved about them. There's not a lot of bio info out there, but there seem to be a lot of them, and they clearly love '60s pop: Beach Boys, The Association, Tommy James & the Shondells, etc. The band have a record coming out sometime on Goner (home to Ty Segall and Box Elders and others) and you can download their single "Hey Boy" at the top of this post. They play Cake Shop tonight (7/23), that 92 Y Tribeca show tomorrow (7/24) and Market Hotel on Saturday night (7/25).

Personal and the Pizzas
Personal and the Pizzas

Also this weekend we've got a couple West Coast bands, both of whom love a good slice, neither of whom seem to mind a little extra cheese, and they play together at Silent Barn on Friday and Cake Shop on Saturday.

Looking like greasers and sounding like New York 1975, Personal & the Pizzas originally hailed from New Jersey but now seem to call San Francisco their home. I'm not sure that there's a whole lot you need to say about these guys, you see their name you hear one song and you kind of know whether you're gonna like it or not. Maybe not for a whole album, but tracks like "I Don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza" or "Brass Knuckles" would add flavor to any mix, and you just know they'll be fun live. Pizza Slayer interviewed them:

PS: Do you have pizza at all your shows? How does it enhance the experience?

P&P: Everybody loves the pie!! We probably order it like half and half..we're usually pretty broke so it's kinda hard to shell out like 70 or 80 bucks just for the love of it, but we'll do it. We don't care. Everyone loves Pizza and Pop. One time we was all dressed up in haWaiian shirts and coconut tits and all, and then we ordered some a them hawaaiian pizzas and then that delivery chic delivered the pies to us while we was playin with them shirts on and and she didn't know what the hell was goin on.

Meanwhile, Coconut Coolouts are from Seattle and feature not one but two stand-up drummers which would be enough to get me to the show. That and their songs are a lot of fun, sort of bouncy party garage rock and I'm pretty sure they have more songs about Pizza than P&Ps do. For a little more on them, I defer to my blog source for Seattle, The Finest Kiss:
The Coconut Coolouts remind me of the Nuggets box set, where there are so many great bands with seminal songs on those cd's that I had never heard, it's hard to believe that the bands weren't bigger than their regional popularity. The Coconut Coolouts will likely be on on a Nuggets comp sometime in the year 2040 and people will be wondering why they had never heard of these guys with classics like Spinaround, Coconut Weekend, Party Jail and Stickup. Apparently they sometimes dress in banana costumes for gigs, no bananas were on stage but they were throwing out lifesavers saying they were acid.
Personal & the Pizza and Coconut Coolouts have a split tour "Pizza Army" 7" that you'll wanna pick up at the merch table. Both NYC shows and a bunch of their other tour dates are with Tyvek.

Coconut Coolouts
Coconut Coolouts

A few more shows of interest this weekend. Black Moth Super Rainbow make their second Seaport Music series appearance on Friday (their first was in 2007 opening for Fugiya & Miyagi), this time headlining. Their latest album, Eating Us, was produced by Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips, MGMT among other things) and is pretty good. Opening will be low fi electro goths Blank Dogs whose new album, Under and Under, on In the Red Records I like a lot. They are also a band that benefits from good sound, something the Seaport has brought to every show this year. (Here We Go Magic in particular sounded stellar.) Also playing is one-man experimental band Dan Friel. Between the three acts there's gonna be a lot of temperamental old synthesizers, patch bays and homemade equipment on the Seaport stage -- let's hope it doesn't rain. I should also mention that Seaport Music has a "digital mixtape" you can download via Insound that features 15 of the acts playing this year, including all three of this week's acts (plus Superchunk, Casiokids and more). Download link is at the top of this post.

And don't forget Sissy Wish has added another show while in NY -- she plays Union Hall on Saturday night. She's better than her name.

Tour dates and video after the jump...

Fergus & Geronimo - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 24 92YTRIBECA w/ Crystal Stilts, Little Claw, Magic Kids Manhattan, New York
Jul 25 Market Hotel w/the Beets, Yellow Fever, Magic Kids Brooklyn, New York
Aug 14 Tour Kick Off @TBA w/Teenage Cool Kids Denton, Texas
Aug 15 2908 Cole St. w/Teenage Cool Kids, Woven Bones Austin, Texas
Aug 16 @ the Equinox w/Turpentine Brothers, Rats & Birds, Teenage Cool Kids Las Cruces, New Mexico
Aug 17 TBA/Teenage Cool Kids Tucson, Arizona
Aug 18 @the Soda bar w/Christmas Island and Teenage Cool Kids San Diego, California
Aug 19 @ mr. t's bowl w/ Shark Toys, Christmas Island, Teenage Cool Kids Los Angeles, California
Aug 20 Bare Wires Release Show w/Teenage Cool Kids, Vows at Amnesia San Fransisco, California
Aug 21 TBA/Teenage Cool Kids Corvallis
Aug 22 SMMR BMMR Fest @ Rotture w/Teenage Cool Kids, Psychedelic Horseshit, Time Copz and many more... Portland, Oregon
Aug 25 The Cobalt w/ Teenage Cool Kids, Dead Ghosts, Timecopz Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 26 Vera Project w/Teenage Cool Kids, Last Slice of Butter Seattle, Washington
Aug 28 The Compound w/Teenage Cool Kids, Broken Spells Provo, Utah
Aug 29 TBA/Teenage Cool Kids Boulder/Denver, Colorado
Aug 30 TBA/Teenage Cool Kids Omaha, Nebraska
Aug 31 8th Street Taproom /Teenage Cool Kids Lawrence, Kansas
Sep 1 TBA/Teenage Cool Kids Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Magic Kids 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 23 Cake Shop w/ YellowFever and Air Waves New York, New York
Jul 24 92YTRIBECA w/ Crystal Stilts, Fergus & Geronimo, Little Claw New York, New York
Jul 25 Market Hotel w/ YellowFever, Fergus & Geronimo and The Beets! Brooklyn, New York
Personal & the Pizzas - "I don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza" | SXSW 2009

Personal & the Pizzas - I Don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza

Coconut Coolouts - "Pizza Tax"

Coconut Coolouts/Personal & The Pizzas - 2009 Pizza Army Tourdates
Jul 23 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 24 Silent Barn Brooklyn, New York
Jul 25 Cake Shop New York, New York
Jul 26 Rickety House Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 27 Lager House Detroit, Michigan
Jul 28 Cobra.... PIZZAFEST 2009 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 29 Y Not-III Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 30 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 24 South Street Seaport New York, New York
Jul 25 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 26 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Jul 27 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 28 Nashwa Asheville, North Carolina
Jul 29 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 30 Backbooth Orlando, Florida
Jul 31 Crowbar Tampa, Florida
Aug 1 White Room Miami, Florida
Aug 3 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Aug 4 Outback Lodge Charlottesville, Virginia
Aug 27 Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts
Aug 28 ICA Boston, Massachusetts

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Comments (43)

nice review of yellow fever. haven't seen them since sxsw. always good

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 2:52 PM

the bands on this site keep getting worse and worse..

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 2:53 PM

I DONT WANNA BE NO PERSONAL PIZZAAAAAAAA.

stoked to see them.

haters be damned.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 2:56 PM

snoooooooooze alert

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 2:56 PM

terrible bands, terrible taste

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 2:57 PM

"the bands on this site keep getting worse and worse.."

Don't take yourself so seriously. we're talking about PERSONAL AND THE PIZZAS!!!!!!

Posted by woo ha! | July 23, 2009 3:01 PM

I'm pretty sure the haters have never even listened to or seen any of these bands. damn trolls.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:03 PM

I'm sorry but a band photo of three dudes stuck in a trash can doesn't entice me to see them..

what next, dudes dressed up like mummies?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:08 PM

"I'm sorry but a band photo of three dudes stuck in a trash can doesn't entice me to see them.."

Thank you for proving my point.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:10 PM

i hate music but i love shit talking on BV. everything sucks, no one knows anything. you people and your goddamn bands make me sick. if you'll excuse me, i need to go back to bed so i can be ready to hit the bar until 4am, snorting coke with my mustache crew.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:13 PM

1) Technology is amazing. You can actually tell if a band is good or not without actually seeing the band! Like...listening to an M.P.3. or watching the YOUTUBE! Wowzas! In fact...people have been listening to music remotely, in one fashion or another, for over 1,000 years! Imagine...

2) Everyone who spends time on this page spends a crap load of time listening/playing music. Some of us can actually tell if a band sucks in a short period of time and by listening to a myspace worth of songs! It doesn't mean the bands you like objectively suck (the whole is there good art / bad art conundrum) ...it just means they most probably do. So it may make you feel bad if most people agree they don't like your fave bands...but who-the-fuck cares anyway right?

3) An mp3/youtube video...or any medium on which a band puts music out...is essentially proof that they're band doesn't suck.

An mp3 is proof enough...the band knows it's proof...that's why they put it out and hope it gets on this site...they think it's good evidence that they don't suck.

Sorry, in this case they were FUCKING WRONG. You want visuals see the blue man group...this is fucking music...in your ear, into your brain.

4) LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH I COULD CRY.


Yours in perpetual jealousy/misery/self-contempt,

Jiffybllz

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:22 PM

Fergus & Geronimo now on tonight's Cake Shop bill!

Posted by bill p | July 23, 2009 4:13 PM

Wait. The Vivian Girls said I shouldn't miss Yellow Fever? Well, that's it I'm going to Cake Shop tonight! In fact I will only listen to bands that are endorsed by the Vivian Girls from this point on.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:25 PM

^^^ wiseass

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:30 PM

"Well, that's it I'm going to Cake Shop tonight! In fact I will only listen to bands that are endorsed by the Vivian Girls from this point on."

Wow, some people really have sticks up their asses.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:30 PM

Now what's wrong with having a stick up your ass?
I have a stick up my ass.
And you say it like it's a bad thing.

It's closed-minded people like you who are really ruining this world.

Now don't forget to die!

Posted by Mr. Stick Up His Ass | July 23, 2009 4:34 PM

so wait, are you saying that having a stick up your ass means you are not close-minded, but to be cool and laid back with a sense of humor is to be close minded?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:36 PM

They should just re-name this column "This Week In Todd P"

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:39 PM

^Yes . . . and no.

Posted by Mr. Stick Up His Ass | July 23, 2009 4:39 PM

Todd P does not book Cake Shop or Bruar Falls.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:45 PM

"Todd P does not book Cake Shop or Bruar Falls."

Coulda fooled me...

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:46 PM

Is it me or does everyone look at the pictures of those three acts and wish that Joe Strummer would come back from the dead and beat the shit out of all them?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:59 PM

I love how Bryan hasn't even been in town for a day and he's already got a photo up here.

Posted by Hilly | July 23, 2009 5:04 PM

Oh my god are you serious?
No one cares about this shit!
MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD!
And these are the worst comments ever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:14 PM

Don't knock Todd P, Cake Shop, Bruar Falls or this column. I for one am thankful for all of it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:15 PM

fergus and geronimo were added to the yellowfever/airwaves/knightschool show at cakeshop tonite

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:26 PM

"fergus and geronimo were added to the yellowfever/airwaves/knightschool show at cakeshop tonite"

Did Todd P book that?

KIDDING!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:37 PM

andy b & and todd p are both great dudes

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:56 PM

Obviously a more thorough analysis is needed...

YellowFever -- very nice 60s-inspired jangle rock with very tight drums and clever instrument interaction. Harmonies are smart and the vocals are very somber, while the lyrics have a gothic feel to them. I would be very curious how it comes off live as the vintage-sounding production adds a lot to the mood that might be hard to recreate onstage.

Fergus & Geronimo -- Pretty generic 60s-style garage rock.

Magic Kids -- Is this the Age of Aquarius? Part Beach Boys, part of overwrought Phil Spector pop, this sounds like something your grandma would dance to at the sock hop. If that's your thing...

Coconut Coolouts -- This is pretty stupid, no?

Personals and the Pizzas -- Also pretty stupid, but slightly better than the former band.

Thank you, thank you -- glad to be of service.

Posted by Lt. Slothrop | July 23, 2009 6:29 PM

andy bm and todd pee

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 6:29 PM

OMG EVERY BAND EVER ON THIS SITE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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wake me up when im dead

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:24 AM

STFU 11:24 tHERE are some really talented bands on this site. take a second out of your cynical world and give them a listen. i mean look at black moth super rainbow, you might not like the picture, but theyre AMAZING. you would never give them a chance though. grow up. visit brooklyn, chill out and go to some shows. youll see just what youre missing

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:30 AM

Name one band currently playing in BROOKLYN who is better than My Life Story or Kula Shaker or Shed Seven. Can't. Game over. Fuck YOUUUUUUUUUUU

Posted by Hogan Jonas | July 24, 2009 11:33 AM

kneejerk saying every new band sucks won't make you cool, buddy

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 12:14 PM

k...these bands do suck though...i'll give'm that

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 12:29 PM

kinda tired of the 80's retard look.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 9:50 PM

kinda tired of the thrift store plaid with black worn denim and $2 plimsoll. hogan jonas, are you serious? thats music is horrendous.

Posted by absolute wretch | July 24, 2009 10:50 PM

Blank Dogs aré not good at all. I gave them a chance yesterday... They aré just another overrated band with no originality in their sound at all. Oh.... The guy is so mysterious... He must be good...sorry, you aré not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2009 12:46 PM

brooklynvegan commenters, so far out of the loop they can't even insult effectively.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2009 2:26 PM

what do you guys think of the beets?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2009 7:24 PM

magic kids and fergus & geronimo were awesome at 92y and at market hotel.

It's a good thing they played both places and not just one or the other, different settings helps you see what a band is really like.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2009 1:12 PM

nice review of yellow fever. haven't seen them since sxsw. always good

Posted by منتديات | August 18, 2010 7:55 AM

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