Posted in To Do | music | tour dates on July 10, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Little Girls - Tambourine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Brunettes - Small Town Crew (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - For You (MP3)

Japandroids
Japandroids

With the weather today in NYC being just about perfect, I imagine the Seaport will be super packed for tonight's show with Pains of Being Pure at Heart (7/10), which will be their biggest hometown show yet. (Jay Reatard may not be there, though.) I don't think a year ago anybody, even those who've loved them from the start, would have thought TPOBPAH would have gotten as big as they have. Their minds have to be kind of blowing, but from what I can tell they're taking it in stride. The band are gearing up for a West Coast tour with Girls (most of TPOPBAH were at Girls' Mercury Lounge show two weeks ago) and then a bigger fall tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars and drummer Kurt's other band, The Depreciation Guild. Kurt has also been known to help out with gothy, atmospheric duo ZAZA who are also on tonight's Seaport Music Festival show.

But what to do after Seaport? Canadian duo (and Pitchfork Best New Music recipients) Japandroids are in town and while Saturday's show at Pianos is sold out, there's still tonight's show at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. I'm not 100% sold on the record, though every time a song comes up on shuffle I'm always like "oh who's this?" which makes me more than curious enough to check them out. That loud-and-anthemic quality of their music reminds me both of '80s STT bands like Husker Du or fIREHOSE, and the '90s Halifax scene (Thrush Hermit especially) and I have a feeling Japandroid's live show will put me over into the full-on "yes" category. Tonight's show also features fellow Canadians Little Girls who I wrote about a few weeks ago when they played Littlefield, and local noisemongers Dinowalrus who recently signed to Kanine.

"We just signed to Kanine to put our debut album called "%". it will come out in October.

we already have two 7"s out. one was self-released, the other was a split 7" put out with Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne Australia on EXO (apache beat, slits, japanther)" - Dinowalrus
Cameo's a nice addition to North 6th St, and if you ever find yourself bored by a band there, you can always just stare at the giant hypnotizing psychedelic fiber optic Snuffleupagus head that hangs above the stage.

Japandroids are also playing the Siren Festival next weekend. They go on at 3:00 pm.

Jason Lytle
Jason Lytle

Over at Union Hall, former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle plays, supporting his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter. If he'd released it as a Grandaddy record I don't think anyone would've flinched, as it's more of the stoner spacerock about suburban ennui that is Lytle's forte. Maybe it's a little more acoustic based than Grandaddy were, but it's not like he's decided to do anything radically different here. That isn't a criticism per se, as he's really good at it. If you liked Grandaddy, you'll like this. It's a good record. Tonight's show is with The Albertans, who you may remember as one of The L Magazine's 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear. Jason also plays Bowery Ballroom Saturday (7/11).

The Brunettes
The Brunettes

New Zealand's charming Brunettes have been camped out in New York for a few weeks and I keep meaning to write about them and then I forget. They play tonight (7/10) at The Bell House and if you've never seen them before, here would be a good chance to rectify the situation. They are cute as a button and mix lush, Bacharachian pop and '60s girl group sounds with a bit of New Wave. I guess you could call them the Kiwi Bird and the Bee, but Brunettes have been doing it longer. They are very engaging live (maybe you saw them open for the Ting Tings at Union Hall last year?) and The Bell House seems like a nice place to see them. A new record is due out any time now, and they're heading out on a big North American tour soon, and those dates are at the bottom of this post. Also on the bill: Great Lakes, BV fave Sharon Van Etten and Animal Hands.

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And then of course Sunday is the first of this year's Pool Parties, with what could be the loudest, noisiest of the summer: Mission of Burma, Fucked Up and Ponytail. While I'll miss the decayed allure of the McCarren Pool, the new location at the riverfront park has it's own appeal, and looks to be a pretty spectacular setting. No slip-n-slide I hear, but surely they'll come up with something else cool to replace it. Let's hope. And remember: no hand grenades, Krull stars, or cargo shorts. See you there.

Tour dates, flyers and videos after the jump....

Brunettes

Japandroids

Japandroids - "Heart Sweats"

Japandroids - 2009 Tour Dates
JUL 10 CAMEO GALLERY BROOKYLN, NY
JUL 11 PIANO'S NEW YORK, NY
JUL 12 GREAT SCOTT BOSTON, MA
JUL 14 CLUB LAMBI MONTREAL, QC
JUL 15 OTTAWA BLUESFEST OTTAWA, ON
JUL 16 EL MOCAMBO TORONTO, ON
JUL 18 SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONEY ISLAND, NY
JUL 19 PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO, IL
JUL 20 VAUDEVILLE MEWS DES MOINES, IA
JUL 21 HI-DIVE DENVER, CO
JUL 23 NEUROLUX BOISE, ID
JUL 25 CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY SEATTLE, WA
JUL 28 HOLOCENE PORTLAND, OR
JUL 29 BLUE LAMP SACRAMENTO, CA
JUL 30 SODA BAR SAN DIEGO, CA
JUL 31 SPACELAND LOS ANGELES, CA
AUG 1 HOWIE & SON'S VISALIA, CA
AUG 2 HEMLOCK SAN FRANCISCO, CA
AUG 7 RICHARD'S ON RICHARDS VANCOUVER, BC

Jason Lytle - I Am Lost

Jason Lytle - 2009 Tour Dates
jul 10 union hall (headliner show) brooklyn, ny
jul 11 bowery ballroom (headline show) new york, ny
jul 13 le petit campus (headliner show) montreal, qc
jul 14 massey hall (w neko case) toronto, on
jul 15 the grog shop (headliner show) cleveland, oh
jul 16 meijer gardens (w neko case) grand rapids, mi
jul 17 clowes hall (w neko case) indianapolis, in
jul 19 the uptown (w neko case) kansas city, mo
jul 22 the crofoot (w neko case) pontiac, mi
jul 23 thursdays at the square (w neko case) buffalo, ny
jul 25 ryman (w neko case) nashville, tn
jul 26 cobb (w neko case) atlanta, ga
jul 28 ram's head (w neko case) baltimore, md
jul 29 kimmel center (w neko case) philadelphia, pa
jul 31 riverplex amphitheatre (w neko case) pittsburgh, pa
aug 1 vaudeville mews (headliner show)**early show des moines, ia
aug 3 bluebird theater (headliner show) denver, co

The Brunettes - Small Town Crew

The Brunettes - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 10 Bell House w/ Great Lakes, Sharon Van Etten & Animal Hands Brooklyn, New York
Aug 7 The Monkey House Winooski / Burlington, Vermont
Aug 9 Bug Jar Rochester, New York
Aug 15 Go Bar Athens, Georgia
Aug 17 Bottletree Cafe Birmingham, Alabama
Aug 23 Record Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Aug 24 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, Indiana
Aug 26 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 27 Courtyard Cafe / University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Aug 28 The Annex Madison, Wisconsin
Aug 29 Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Aug 31 Il Motore Montreal, Quebec
Sep 1 Middle East Club Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sep 2 Mercury Lounge New York City, New York
Sep 3 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 4 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Sep 5 Duke Coffee House Durham, North Carolina
Sep 7 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 8 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida
Sep 9 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sep 10 Rudyard's Pub Houston, Texas
Sep 11 Mohawk Austin, Texas
Sep 12 The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Sep 14 Modified Arts Phoenix, Arizona
Sep 15 Echo Los Angeles, California
Sep 16 The Loft San Diego, California
Sep 17 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
Sep 18 Luigi's Fun Garden Sacramento, California
Sep 19 Music Fest North West - Berbati's Pan Portland, Oregon
Sep 21 Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia

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Comments (9)

TPOBPAH = dumbest, most awkward acronym ever. kudos.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 2:09 PM

Anyone know what time first band goes on at Cameo tonight?

8pm doors
9pm first band?

Posted by Anon | July 10, 2009 2:25 PM

more japandroids dates are going to announced today

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 2:25 PM

Anyone go to the Jelly 77 drums thing a few years ago? That was on "state park" land and the overwhelming State Trooper presence really made the vibe LAME! What no one has mentioned here is that the Jelly parties on the Waterfront are on State Parkland so expect more of the same from the overzealous state troopers. I doubt this years "pool parties" will be as much fun or carefree due to this little fact that no one wants to mention!

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 3:12 PM

How you know Japandroids suck without hearing a note of their music:

A) Pitchfork Hype
B) Canada
C) Horrible Name
D) Absurdly reaching comparisons to seminal and never-to-be-repeated era in underground music (1980s SST)

Any one of these could be overcome by a band but all of them combined is too much - this band is shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 3:17 PM

I have not been interested in Japandroids until you compared them with Thrush Hermit. Such an underrated band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 3:43 PM


I'm really happy for Dinowalrus. They work hard and are good dudes who make really cool music/do a cool live show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 4:00 PM

3:17 is a complete dipshit for listing the reasons they think a band they've never heard probably sucks. Go fist yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009 5:58 PM

pictures from the JAPANDROIDS Cameo Gallery show:

http://halseyblog.tumblr.com

Posted by HalseyBlog | July 11, 2009 2:53 AM

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