Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on October 14, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Records of a Flagpole Skater (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Kudos (MP3)

Surfer Blood @ Bruar Falls
Surf City

Florida's Surfer Blood went from being ignored to super-hyped overnight. One night in particular, actually: August 27, 2009. The band had been in town playing a string of woefully attended gigs. The last was to be at the Surf Bar, only to get a venue change to Bruar Falls that night. Thanks to the Internet, they manage to play to 30-40 people at Bruar that night and I think just about everyone who was at that show felt at least a little like I did:

It's not very often you go into a show blind and leave wowed but that what my reaction to seeing West Palm Beach, Florida's Surfer Blood last night at Bruar Falls. I think I was expecting a slightly poppier take on the shambolic noise skuzz that blows through smaller Williamsburg venues these days. But, despite reverbed vocals and echo guitars effects that would sometimes seize and glitch like an episode of Tim & Eric, Surfer Blood make accomplished, hook-filled indie rock with clever arrangements and great harmonies, as performed by four guys who can actually, you know, play. You hear so little music like this anymore from new bands -- Seattle's BOAT come to mind -- that is this catchy, skilled but not polished. It's not going to change your life or anything (yes, they do sound a little like the Shins), but it'll have you humming and awaiting the next time they come through town.
If you were following Twitter that night, you could actually watch the buzz from the Bruar Falls show to the Pitchfork 'Forkcast' the next day. If they'd had one more night in NYC after that, who knows what would've happened.

Their upcoming debut LP, Astro Coast, is choc-full of super catchy indie rock. And soon back for CMJ, if you miss Surfer Blood this time, it's because you're actively trying to avoid them -- according to their MySpace, they're playing 10 shows (announced so far) here next week. If there's a band playing more shows, I haven't heard about it. All dates below including the free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd (noon-6pm) (full details TBA).

Surf City
Surf City

Giving them a run for the money is New Zealand's Surf City, easily one of my most-anticipated bands of CMJ 2009, who are playing three official CMJ events and a bunch of day parties. They had a full schedule posted on their MySpace last night including eight area shows...which has since been taken down. Guess things are in flux. It's been a long time since a new Kiwi band so evoked the classic Flying Nun sound, and had such good songs to boot. Not that they've released much to date -- an EP and a song for MORR Music's tribute to Flying Nun is about it -- but everything so far is pretty great, especially if you're a fan of The Clean, Tall Dwarfs, and The Bats. Check out "Records of a Flagpole Skater" and the especially good "Kudos" at the top of this post.

Official CMJ shows: There's an opening night Giant Step party on Tuesday at the Red Bull Space (40 Thompson) where Surf City are part of an all-Kiwi line-up, including Die! Die Die!, Bang Bang Eche, Kingston, Motocade, Kidz In Space, David Dallas, and Smashproof. The show is FREE with RSVP, and you can check out videos and MP3s from all the bands at the RSVP page.

Surf City play again later Tuesday night at Cake Shop with ZZZ, Moi Non Plus and more ($8 without a badge) and then Wednesday (10/21) at The Bell House with Pete & The Pirates, Let's Wrestle, The Love Language, and Dawn Landes. ($14 without badge; advance tickets are available.) Surf City are also on the bill of the other free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos that is happening on the afternoon of Saturday, October 24th (in partnership with Bowery Presents). Check the band's MySpace hopefully soon for full day party schedule.

All scheduled dates for Surfer Blood (who are also playing a bunch of dates with Art Brut including the November Brooklyn Bowl show) and Surf City, plus videos, below...

Surf City - Dickshaker's Union

Surf City - 2009 CMJ dates
Oct 20 NZ @CMJ showcase New York (college radio CMJ badges only) (or see above)
Oct 20 Cake Shop, NYC
Oct 21 Bell House Brooklyn GCT showcase w/ Pete & The Pirates, Let's Wrestle, The Love Language
Oct 24 Pianos, NYC (free afternoon BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents day party)

Surfer Blood - "Swim" @ Bruar Falls 8.27.2009

Surfer Blood - 2009 + CMJ Dates
Oct 17 529 w/ Japandroids, Real Estate Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 18 Memorial Hall Harrisburg, Virginia
Oct 20 CMJ Panache Showcase w/ Jon Spencer @ Santos Brooklyn, New York
Oct 20 CMJ Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party @ Cake Shop w/ Princeton, Holiday Shores New York, New York
Oct 21 Force Field PR CMJ Day Party @ Pianos NEW YORK
Oct 21 CMJ Music Marathon / Kanine Records Showcase @ The Cake Shop New York, New York
Oct 22 free Brooklyn Vegan CMJ day party @ Pianos
Oct 22 free AAM party at The Suffolk, NY, NY (later)
Oct 23 Quiet Color Showcase CMJ @ Market Hotel w/ Sleigh Bells Brooklyn, New York
Oct 23 SESAC Showcase CMJ w/ Crystal Antlers @ Cake Shop New York, New York
Oct 24 After The Jump Party Daytime Show w/ Lovvers Brooklyn, New York
Oct 24 Myopenbar Party CMJ @ Don Pedros Brooklyn, New York
Oct 26 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
Oct 31 Moonfest West Palm Beach, Florida
Nov 1 The Fest 8 Gainesville, Florida
Nov 6 Bluebird Theatre w/ Art Brut Denver, Colorado
Nov 7 The Bottleneck w/ Art Brut Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 8 TBA w/ Art Brut Omaha, Nebraska
Nov 9 Triple Rock w/ Art brut Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 10 Lincoln Hall w/ Art Brut Chicago, Illinois
Nov 11 TBA w/ Art Brut Ohio, Ohio
Nov 12 First Unitarian Church w/ Art Brut PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Nov 13 Brooklyn Bowl w/ Art Brut Brooklyn, New York
Nov 20 Billiken Club w/ Japandroids St Louis, Missouri
Nov 21 Slowdown w/ Japandroids Omaha, Nebraska
Nov 25 Casbah w/ Japandroids San Diego, California
Nov 27 Echo W/ Japandroids Los Angeles, California
Nov 27 Will's Pub w/ Blind Man's Colour and Viernes Orlando, Florida
Nov 29 Rickshaw Stop w/ Japandroids San Francisco, California
Nov 30 Holocene w/ Japandroids Portland, Oregon
Dec 1 Chop Suey w/ Japandroids Seattle, Washington



Comments (13)

SURFER BLOOD vs. SURF CITY... at the same show

AAM Thursday Night Party @ The Suffolk - October 22

Surfer Blood
Air Waves
Surf City
NY Night Train + DJ Confetti Moretti

FREE, no rsvp

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 3:15 PM

Surf City wins because New Zealand is much cooler than Florida !

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 3:34 PM

surf surf

air blood

surfer waves

blood waves

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 3:37 PM

i bet nobody in these bands can actually surf

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 3:49 PM

well Surf City were originally called Kill Surf City (named after the Jesus and Mary Chain song) but had to change their name because a UK group already had that one...

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 3:59 PM

sup Brook Veg?

WXJM show @ memorial hall Harrisonburg,VA (not harrisburg)

surfer blood

elephant child

the alphabet

Posted by Patrick | October 14, 2009 5:09 PM

ATJ party is @ Brooklyn Bowl

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 7:35 PM

Both bands a tubular.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2009 10:53 PM

You’re website has very good infos. I learned very a lot from reading these.

Posted by true religion jeans | October 15, 2009 3:36 AM

The Surf City dates are all back on their myspace page or on the Arch Hill website as per above

Posted by Ben Howe | October 15, 2009 4:47 PM

glockenspiel is the new cowbell

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 12:42 AM

I like this place! I love the idea and wish there was a place like this in Astoria, Queens. I am a surfer and found a "real surfer bar" in Point Break NYC. I am kinda jealous ;0PIts filled with surfers, people who like surfers, people who like the beach and people who don't want to live close to town. I really like this place. You know what they have these real Proctor and Channel One surfboards on the wall. It's nice for coming any day of the week and eating a late brunch. The food was outstanding. The brunch and sides were prefect and tasty. It is a perfect "escape" from city living. It is probably one of the only places where you can get a nice frozen pina colada or margarita. The service was on hit. They came up and checked on us so many times and made sure everything was up to par. It gets very active and the bartenders keep everybody having a good time. The bartender was very accommodating. He was nice enough to make a drink, that wasn't on the menu, for me :0) Did I mention the bartenders are nice eye candy. It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied. Try it ..You will love it!! Oh. How can I forget, they even have a wheel o' shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!! And when I spill a tray full of shots on myself, the bartender so kindly remakes them for me? Good music, too, and the decor helped us weather an otherwise overcast and rainy day. You know that old song "Brandy"? It goes, "Brandy, you're a fine girl, what a good wife you would be. But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea." I believe Brandy works here. No reason, I just do. And that song happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine, so that's a plus in my book. You can simply waltz over to this colorful and warm establishment, enjoy some drinks with friends, and walk home. The bar is right at the center, so you can walk to either side for drinks, and the bartenders are friendly and at your service. There is a variety of seating, good music, and friendly neighborhood people to make your time more enjoyable. Not pretentious, very cozy, I think Point Break is a fabulous place to spend some time with friends.

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