Posted in music | tour dates on January 30, 2010

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Saxon Shore - "This Place" (MP3)

Saxon Shore (photo by Geordy Peterson)
Saxon Shore

American post-rockers Saxon Shore hit back. It Doesn't Matter, the quintet's follow-up to 2005's The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore is a welcome return to form for the band and their original leader Matthew Doty.

Having gone through a long period of upheaval - be it line-up changes and relocations - the band spent four solid years as a unit before plucking up the courage to hit the Tarbox Road Studios Cabin out in Cassadega, New York.

Apt then, that the unearthing of It Doesn't Matter follows a line of melodic delicacy that recent post-rock efforts appear to have departed. Album opener "Nothing Changes" rocks gently into the onslaught of feedback drenched guitars while 'Bar Clearing Good Times' maintains an unexpected steadiness that other same-vein bands like Explosions In The Sky often make the habit of breaking from. -[Altsounds]

Saxon Shore released their gorgeous Dave Fridmann-produced LP It Doesn't Really Matter last year. The song "This Place" from that album is available for download above. You can catch the band live (their only upcoming scheduled show) at the Knit on 2/5 as part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival put on by BAM ("60+ shows. 15 venues. 2 weekends. Celebrating Brooklyn's best music and bands with shows throughout the borough.") American Dollar and The Abbasi Brothers open the NYC show. Tickets are on sale.

Les Savy Fav @ BAM - 1/29/10 (photo by Steven P. Marsh)
Les Savy Fav

'Sounds like Brooklyn' kicked off last night (1/29) at BAM (the only venue hosting shows during this first weekend of the fest) with Les Savy Fav and Vivian Girls...

"To my surprise, [Les Savy Fav] played very tight rhythms that zagged all over the place but were not sloppy. I was reminded of times I had seen Modest Mouse, Built To Spill or The Flaming Lips, with the music being loose and jangly, yet deliberate and well-crafted at the same time. The band itself held my interest quite well, as they played the straight men to the antics of Harrington, who, instead of being a distraction, complemented the instruments rather well, reminding me at times of Jello Biafra with his voice and dialogue with the audience. Yes, he was a crazy looking fat dude running all over the stage and into the crowd, but his angry-goofy-gibberish song rants, energy, enthusiasm and sheer earnestness overcame my pre-judgment. At the start of LSF's set, Harrington dropped into the crowd beckoning people to stand, and it ended up being the right thing to do. Despite the opera house setting with assigned seating, it quickly became apparent that it would take a lot more than that to contain the force that is Les Savy Fav." [Qbertplaya]
The fest continues tonight (1/30) at the same venue with a show by Rain Machine and Anti-Pop Consortium. Tickets are still available. The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot play the opera house venue on February 5th.

The full Sounds Like Brooklyn schedule, along with a Les Savy Fav video from last night, below...

Les Savy Fav "Who Rocks the Party" @ BAM - 01/29/10

BAM | Fort Greene
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

JAN 29
Les Savy Fav + Vivian Girls at 8pm
JAN 30
Rain Machine + Anti-Pop Consortium at 8pm
FEB 5
Ra Ra Riot + The Antlers at 8pm

--

BAMcafe Live | Fort Greene
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
FEB 5
Dred Scott Trio at 10pm
FEB 6
The Sweet Divines at 9pm

--

The Bell House | Gowanus
149 7th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
FEB 5
tuneyards, takka takka, Rose Parade at 8pm

--

Brooklyn Bowl | Williamsburg
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
FEB 5
The Acrylics, Tanlines at 9pm
FEB 6
Keepaway, Small Black at 9pm

--

Frank's Lounge | Fort Greene
660 Fulton St
Brooklyn NY 11217
FEB 4
Falling Short of Luxury & Fill the Hunter at 8pm
FEB 6
The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams with special guest Darien at 8pm

--

Galapagos | DUMBO
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
FEB 5
Dance for Brooklyn with Maya Azucena at 10pm

--

Goodbye Blue Monday | Bushwick
1087 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221
FEB 4
tim pourbaix, M. Lamar, Glass Lamborghini, Tim Kuhl, yage gains at 8pm
FEB 5
Scott Fragala, The Debutant Hour, Ching Chong Song, The WOWZ, Hugga Broomstick, BOTH, Marionettes From Hell at 8pm

--

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn | Williamsburg
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
FEB 4
Kelli Rudick, Brent Arnold, Emily Hope Price at 8pm
FEB 5
Saxon Shore, American Dollar at 8pm

--

Le Grand Dakar | Clinton Hill
285 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
FEB 4
Jojo Kuo Afrobeat Collective at 8pm & 10pm
FEB 5
Somi at 8pm & 10pm

--

littlefield | Gowanus
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
FEB 4
The Vandelles, Dinowalrus, The Naked Hearts at 8pm
FEB 5
MetroSonics Record Release Party at 9pm

--

Pete's Candy Store | Williamsburg
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
FEB 5
Ryan Scott at 9pm
The Morgues at 10:30pm
FEB 6
Raccoon Fighter at 9pm
Blood Warrior at 10:20pm

--

Southpaw | Park Slope
125 5th Ave
Brooklyn NY 11217
FEB 4
Navegante, Dynasty Electric, Dalanshar, plus special guest at 8pm
FEB 5
The Prigs, The Woes, Kagero, Daniel Wayne at 8:30pm

--

Sputnik | Clinton Hill
262 Taaffe Place
Brooklyn, NY 11205
FEB 5
Starscream at 7:30pm
The Nude at 8:00pm
Raven & Chimes at 8:45pm
DJ Carmen P. Filthy and Prom Night at 9:45pm
General Steele of Smif & Wesson (Amerikka's Nightmare Pt.2) at 11:30pm
FEB 6
Ganessa James at 11:20pm
She Dick at 11:45pm
Mkng Frndz at 12:05am
DJ Tikka Masala & Whitney Day at 12:30am

--

Station 171 | Williamsburg
171 Lombardy St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
FEB 4
Leaders, Boogie Boarder, Cerebral Ballzy, The Death Set, Japanther at 9pm
FEB 5
Murdertronics, Mr. Andersonic, DJ Morsy, DJ James Stacher, Radical Outing: Mr. Star City & Guests, DJ Dirty Finger, ROOFEEO at 9pm

--

Zebulon | Williamsburg
258 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
FEB 4
Up Died Sound at 9pm
Skeletons band at 10:30pm
FEB 5
MOPDTK at 10pm
Pink Noise at 11:30pm

---

      

Comments (11)

where are all the good photos from the show?

Posted by michael | January 30, 2010 11:33 PM

last year's lineup better.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2010 12:10 AM

There are no "good photos" because BAM didn't allow any recording devices. It was a much better experience without having the distraction of a bunch of entitled schmucks with cameras pushing their way around.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2010 12:19 AM

enjoyed the video post like this

http://musiklot.com/blog/

Posted by shaunene | January 31, 2010 12:43 AM

rain machine was the biggest bunch of bullshit ive seen in a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2010 5:58 AM

The Prigs!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2010 11:18 AM

more like "Sounds Like a bunch of upper middle class suburban transplants who moved to williamsburg last month".. AMIRITE GUYSS??

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2010 8:10 PM

anyone get a video of the new song?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:32 AM

I missed out on it. Song was sick though. One of the first times where an artist presented a new song at a show and I was really hyped on it. Anxiously awaiting the new album. And LSF in an opera house was bonkers. It'll definitely be a highlight to my 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:12 PM

check out Kelli Rudick at the Knit on thursday:
>The Brooklyn based Electro / Indie / Neo-Classical artist’s performances combine the slapped, bent, restrung and strangely tuned compositions of her first release "No One Knows You're Foreign" with polyrhythmic structures merging looped string progressions, beats and heavy bass lines from her forthcoming 2nd record.
the new stuff is completely bad ass live.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:56 PM

BLOOD WARRIOR is awesome!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2010 11:00 AM

Leave a Comment