Posted in music | pictures on December 23, 2009

photos by Erez Avissar

Pictureplane

"Leichtung moved from San Francisco four years ago to study music technology at NYU's Steinhardt School. While perfecting his scruffy college boy look - think black-framed glasses, beat-up Converse sneakers, lots of band t-shirts and a permanent five o'clock shadow - Leichtung also found himself getting sucked into the DIY scene. He started out interning for Todd P, but now lives and works at the Market Hotel along with four friends and a revolving door of artists who rent out storage and rehearsal space for $394 a month. Though the Warhol's Factory aura of the Market is creatively appealing, Leichtung confesses, "Trying to go to bed before 4 a.m. around here can be a problem."" [The Brooklyn Ink]
More pictures from Friday's show, below...

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow

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Comments (68)

BESt SHOW EVER

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 11:45 AM

Was pretty fuckin good

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 11:49 AM

that dude in the first picture with long hair is really feelin' it. Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 11:56 AM

I don't think Ric Leichtung was even at this show, was he?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 11:57 AM

Etienne Real Estate looks super happy!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:14 PM

"Trying to go to bed before 4 a.m. around here can be a problem

Fuck that - I would end up on Judge Judy if I lived there...

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:22 PM

since rent is so low there no one has to have a job, it really doesn't matter.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:32 PM

So So Lame...put the guitar down

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:42 PM

hahaha, ryan schreiber, todd p, dudes from black dice/real estate... it's like an alternate pitchfork universe

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:50 PM

ah fuck off 12:42, it looks like a good time was being had by some happy drunk people.

you probably never get invited to fun shit though, so I can see why you'd be resentful. Lighten up and maybe people would want to hang out with you, too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:51 PM

if you dont cringe at that description of leichtung there is something wrong with you

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:52 PM

@ 12:32 PM

Do you know of a place where $394 appears out of thin air once a month? Please let me know where it is.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:52 PM

and market hotel is to the factory what oasis is to the beatles. give me a fucking break.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 12:52 PM

and out come the little bitches.... have at it ya 'net slugs!

nobody wants you at their xmas party so you lurk here just a-hatin' and a-typin'...

Market Hotel is what it is, and that's a pretty great thing. no one said it's the Factory except for some reporter from a community newspaper in Brooklyn.

Cringing at Leichtung? Fuck that! you want to hug the guy, he's a trooper and he's totally unpretentious.

if you can't figure out away to scrounge up or hustle up $394 once a month then living in New York is not for you. You deserve to have a service industry job in Philly and work on your heroin problem.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:05 PM

i'm worried about various tastemakers being "in bed" with certain buzzbands

Posted by indiegate 2k9 | December 23, 2009 1:17 PM

1:17 that really must keep you up at night

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:20 PM

yeah it's not like PR companies and the thousands of dollars pitchfork gets from labels for advertising already taint their completely unbiased platform or anything

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:25 PM

I wish I could get behind this shit. Looks like fun.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:32 PM

1:32 what's stopping you? fear of enjoyment and happiness?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:53 PM

That first picture looks like a day-glo advertisement for cerebal palzy

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:57 PM

1:53- My ears and values

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:57 PM

yeah totally read between the lines man. what's REALLY happening here? how much did Todd P and Brooklyn Vagan and Pitchfork and Shams and Pictureplane and Neon Indian and get from Poland Springs and Budweiser and Yamaha guitars for this photo shoot? If you can't see it you're blind, man. It's corrupted, nothin's for real in indie rock. The cool kids are listening to polka cause it's still got somethin to say, man

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 1:59 PM

they are the nicest group of kids! always welcoming and inviting to anyone who comes. quit whining.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:00 PM

lol 1:59 knows nothing about the music business. but i wouldn't expect any different from someone whose parents pay his/her rent. don't stop believin!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:04 PM

luv u 1:59

And for serious Leichtung is the man, give him a hug next time yr @ Market, if you've ever been

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:06 PM

@1:57 HAHAHAHAHA, i'm in tears
it kind of does don't it?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:10 PM

hmm explains how i got a free bottle of poland springs

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:17 PM

PICTUREPLANE brings out the AURORA BOREALIS!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:24 PM

Fuck music and diy and cool places for kids to listen to music because HIPSTERS >:(

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:24 PM

hipsters as defined in what way exactly? my guess your definition is something like... "people who go to diy events in cool places and listen to good music... but aren't 2:24pm."

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:29 PM

no one's saying todd p shows aren't a good time. people are just mocking the incestuous circlejerk of brooklyn scenesterdom that allows so many talentless generic shitheads to be blog superstars in a week just because they're "nice guys" who know the right players. if you can't take it, move back to omaha.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:31 PM

sarcasm is lost on 2:29

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:32 PM

2:31, all of these people (Ryan Schreiber Todd P Pictureplane Neon Indian Real Estate Ric Leichtung Tanlines, many more) are out there working hard and doing good things, and that's why they get attention and you don't. Every one of those people made something out of nothing.

stop boohooing and do some good shit yourself. people like what these folks have contributed, you should contribute something good yourself and then maybe you won't be such a bitch about this stuff anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:36 PM

i think neon indian and real estate are great musicians. i think what todd p does is great. schreiber, on the fence (have you read original In the Aeroplane review?). but if you think they, or anybody else that gets posted about on bv, became successful purely because of their talent, you're exactly the delusional midwest shithead i'm caricaturing.

it's ironic if you take a step back and realize that your argument echoes the arguments of conservatives in politics who say "if only the poor tried harder they would be rich." it has nothing to do with talent. the fact is the scene has huge entry barriers that are very often based on wealth and connections. you can ignore that and pretend for the sake of enjoying your fantasyland, but most people who aren't caught in the williamsburg nyu nexus bubble know better.

Posted by 2:31 | December 23, 2009 2:43 PM

2:43, I would buy into your whole "the scene has huge entry barriers" argument if you were talking about real money and real fame, but at this minor league level? give me a break. anyone can break through merely by being good and a little savvy. It's pretty wide open.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 2:51 PM

i think you kids perspective would really change if instead of just making conclusions from what you see and read on blogs on the scene, you actually went out to these shows or bought albums and heard more then the 2 or 3 songs on hypem and experienced the music scene. it's like two different worlds that sometimes i even forget are nowhere close to eachother till i walk outside

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 3:05 PM

THANK YOU 3:05

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 3:19 PM

the show was excellent and there was a definite camaraderie among everyone. agree with 3:05. shut up and get out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 3:23 PM

"i'm worried about various tastemakers being "in bed" with certain buzzbands"

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

I'm picturing John Belushi walkind down those stairs smashing that stupid acoustic guitar. Unless you are on some killer kind-bud, that shit looks super, duper gay...and, boring to boot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 4:40 PM

oh shut the fuck up you dumb fucking meathead.

what it looks like is fun being had by people who actually LIKE MUSIC.

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

funnest show ever !

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 4:51 PM

how was vega? we all left after tanlines, who were really fun even though we were there for PICTUREPLANE!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 5:02 PM

GOOD!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 5:18 PM

Where are the minorities? Looks like a white people circle jerk.

All these bands have PR firms that they pay several thousand to. It's not hard to lookup, the info is on their websites. Doesn't really give bands that don't have money or not from the right scene a chance. Not all bands in NYC are from Brooklyn. I get these PR releases and it's pretty much on par with who's popular these days. Don't be fooled people.

Posted by The insider | December 23, 2009 5:32 PM

hey don't post here, you actually know what you're talking about. the disneyland residents may get offended and start telling you you just hate having fun.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 5:57 PM

these photos got a whole lot better when alex from the so so glos showed up

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 5:58 PM

you think you know...... but.... you don't.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 5:58 PM

YOU DID IT GREG! YOUR FAMOUS!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 6:01 PM

ok alan palermo is from Mexico, and there are pictures of black girls and other latino people up there. so... wtf are you talking about?

also your main argument's totally nonsensical and weird. pr firms... what? since when did having a pr agent make people automatically like your band more? there are about a million of cases in point out there disproving your argument. By and large, you get approached by the pr firm AFTER you've made something people like, either a great live show or a great record.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 6:04 PM

Every girl in these shots has the clap. Careful guys.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 6:32 PM

"i just got my pap smear and i ain't got no clap hear!"

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 7:13 PM

@6:32 you people will rag on anyone. seriously.

Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2009 7:19 PM

how was reading rainbow?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2009 11:18 PM

that singalong suckkkkkkd

Posted by letsgetreal | December 24, 2009 1:27 AM

Yeah, having fun really sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 1:46 AM

Who's Greg?

Posted by Greg | December 24, 2009 2:03 AM

Just wanted to say great job with the blog, today is my first visit here and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts so far
paul smith

Posted by paul smith | December 24, 2009 6:17 AM

merry christmas internet people!

your mom wants you to come out of the computer room and hang out with grandma in the den!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 1:04 PM

barriers to entry: try emailing the market hotel or todd p for a show. See if you get a response. Try sending a PR release, mp3, video, etc. to brooklynvegan or stereogum or something and see if you get a response. If you're not on a label or have a PR firm behind you, you're ignored.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 2:53 PM

you know when you hiccup really hard and some vomit just touches the back of your throat...

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 3:17 PM

reading rainbow were really good, hadn't heard them before! fun stuff

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 9:21 PM

JUICEBOXXX 4EVA

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 1:41 AM

you most likely won't get a response (except perhaps an automated one) if you email ANY club or promoter in New York. They all get dozens/hundreds of emails a day.

The way to get asked to play shows is to A.) be awesome and have a great set of songs on your Myspace, and B.) start out by putting together your own lineups with your band opening and already popular bands playing at the top of the bill. You'd be surprised what semi-popular bands will say yes to if the show sounds cool.

Then, either find a loft or an apartment or a party or a dive bar or a garage or whatever and set up your own show... or else pitch your pre-built lineup to one of the show booking operations in town with the popular headiners' names in the subject line of your email.

They will notice if theyu like those bands, and you'll either get a show with the club or promoter you like this way, or else you'll set up a show of your own that influential people will come to and see you play... and if your band is good people will talk about it. This is how it's done, it's that simple.

Now stop boohooing and start working on your band!

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 8:22 PM

A lot of it is luck. The PR firms inundate their mailing lists with junk and many of the people on these lists (myself included), end up deleting the large majority of it. The way to get noticed is NOT to sign up with a PR firm. The post above has a decent idea, but many bands don't have the time or resources to do what is suggested. The best way to get noticed is to a) not suck, and b) target the right people. Small clubs often have a difficult time filling bills, especially around this time of year. Get yourself on a bill at a small place like Pete's, Trash Bar, Bruar Falls, Cake Shop, etc. There's a venue list here on BV and also on Oh My Rockness.

Also, there are small promoters all over the city. Blind emails to people like BV or ToddP or Stereogum are useless. These people work very hard but they are inundated with submissions. Todd in particular receives 100s of band submissions every week -- its literally physically impossible to listen to it all.
These smaller promoters have time and often do need a band or two to fill out a bill. Todd lists about 20 of these people on his site, but you can also find many of them by looking in the right places on the web.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 10:55 PM

8:22 10:59 TRUTH

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 1:04 AM

hipsters as defined in what way exactly? my guess your definition is something like... "people who go to diy events in cool places and listen to good music... but aren't 2:24pm."

Posted by Carson | January 20, 2013 7:15 AM

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