Posted in music | tour dates on March 5, 2010

by Bill Pearis

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NY Noise

March is consistently one of the most insane months for shows, due to nearly every band being on tour thanks to SXSW. The flood doesn't really kick in till next week, so view this weekend as the relative calm before the storm. Also, before we get into my recommendations, I'd like to mention that New York Noise, the NYC-TV show that has been documenting the local indie scene for eight seasons, is in danger of cancellation. Given it's new Tuesdays at 5AM slot (and its showpage on the website now gone), it almost might as well be off the air -- a worse fate than 120 Minutes ever saw. There are so few outlets to watch music videos on actual television anymore, let alone ones from semi-obscure indie rock bands, and even less done in such consistently clever, funny, fresh ways. (Breakfast at Sulimays was not the first to interview old people about indie rock.)

Music is a huge part of New York City culture and surely the only show on the air about it deserves to continue. If you feel the same way I urge you to sign the Bring Back New York Noise petition. You can read more about it and what's going on with the show over at the Village Voice. And there are some highlights from the show at the bottom of this post.

The Sandwitches
The Sandwitches

Ok, back to the music. San Francisco's The Sandwitches are visiting this weekend for three shows before heading off on a tour that will lead them to Austin for SXSW where they'll play more than a few parties including the BrooklynVegan Thursday day party.

They play the Rockstar Bar tonight (3/5) and then Monster Island on Saturday (3/6) with Golden Triangle.  Singers Heidi and Grace both spent time in The Fresh & Onlys and drummer Roxy used to be in Brilliant Colors. Like Donnie & Marie, they're a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. In a San Francisco indie sort of way, which means a fair amount of reverb.

Kelley Stoltz says of the Sandwitches: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance." I'm not sure I can top that description. I like their album, How to Make Ambient Sadcake, quite a bit and you can download opening track "Back to the Sea" at the top of this post.

After SXSW they'll play Todd P's MtyMx festival and then tour back to San Francisco with Thee Oh Sees and The Baths.

Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle

That Monster Island show on Saturday is the official record release party for Golden Triangle's debut, Double Jointer, which came out this week on Hardly Art. You can check out two songs from the album at the top of this post. I think you either like this sort of fuzzed out, reverb-soaked garage rock or you don't, but this record is a lot of fun -- a psychedelic art school party band that's part B-52's, part paisley underground, part Cavestomp.

Saturday should be a fun one, with an almost all-girl lineup. In addition to the Sandwitches, there's Girls at Dawn and Coasting, all of whom I like. Golden Triangle are also playing a lot of shows during SXSW including the same Thursday BV show as Sandwitches. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Title Tracks
Tital Tracks

Playing together two nights this weekend are Washington D.C.'s Title Tracks and Boston's Pretty & Nice. They play Saturday (3/6) at Union Hall and then Sunday (3/8) at Cake Shop.

As mentioned before, Title Tracks is the new band from John Davis, previously of much-loved Q and Not U, and the great but unfortunately shortlived Georgie James. That said, Title Tracks' just-released debut, It Was Easy, is pretty great, full of guitar-centric power pop in a late '70s style that might bring to mind Rockpile, Marshall Crenshaw or the dB's... or more recently Sloan and the New Pornographers. Two songs are at the top of this post. Davis is a fantastic songwriter (and performer) and while we may miss his previous bands, be glad he's still cranking out great tunes.

Pretty & Nice
Pretty and Nice

Pretty & Nice's music tips just the other side of 1980, with slightly nervier pop (XTC and Chris Stamey's songs with the dB's being obvious influences) but just as catchy and their 2008 album, Get Young, didn't get enough attention I don't think. Hopefully they've got a new album out sometime soon and we'll hear songs from it at one of the shows. They're fun live.

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And last but in no way least are Australian band Summer Cats who make their NYC debut tonight (3/5) as part of the Mondo! party at Don Hills. They also play Sunday at Bruar Falls. Super-pumped to see these guys live tonight. I wrote loads about them earlier in the week so go read that, won't you? The Bruar Falls show also features local power-poppers Onward Chariots who sound pretty good on their Myspace. I'll be at an Oscar party (I'm bringing Hummus: Based on the Novel Precious by Sapphire) but those who don't care about the Academy Awards should show your support to these Cats. Like most of the bands in this post, they'll be in Austin for SXSW too. And elsewhere. Go see 'em.

That's it for this week. Videos and tour dates are below....

NY Noise - Vampire Weekend Cribs

NY Noise - Tuung "Bullets" - Kids Comments

NY Noise - Adam Green on "Music Journalism"

The Real Housewives of New York Noise

The Sandwitches at Cafe du Nord

The Sandwitches

The Sandwitches - 2010 Tour Dates
MAR 5 NYC w/ Sludgehamer - Pornography Benefit Show NEW YORK
MAR 6 Monster Island w/ Golden Triangle (record release) NEW YORK
MAR 7 The Black Lodge w/ Eww Yaboo & We the People SCRANTON / WILKES-BARRE
MAR 8 The Zodiac - w/ AK Slaughter and the Dodgers BALTIMORE, MD
MAR 9 The Nightlight CHAPEL HILL, NC
MAR 10 The Tin Roof w/ Teenage Owl CHARLSTON, NC
MAR 11 The Wormhole SAVANAH, GA
MAR 12 Tasty World ATHENS, GA
MAR 13 529 ATLANTA, GA
MAR 14 TBA GAINSVILLE, FL
MAR 15 The Circle Bar NEW ORLEANS
MAR 16 Denton TX DENTON TX
MAR 18 BrooklynVegan/AnSo Day Party - Spider House AUSTIN, TX
MAR 18 SXSW - The Beauty Bar - Bay Bridged Showcase AUSTIN, TX
MAR 19 SXSW Mexican Summer/Gorilla vs. Bear Showcase - CLUB KRUCIAL/Carribean Lights AUSTIN, TX
MAR 20 SXSW The Mohawk - Panache Showcase AUSTIN, TX
MAR 21 SXSW - Panache Hangover Show - Beerland AUSTIN, TX
MAR 22 MtyMx MONTERY MEXICO
MAR 24 TBA - w/ Thee Oh Sees & The Baths PHEONIX, AZ
MAR 25 TBA w/ Thee Oh Sees & The Baths LOS ANGELES
MAR 26 UC Fullerton w/ Thee Oh Sees & The Baths

Golden Triangle - Neon Noose

Golden Triangle - 2010 Tour Dates
03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Monster Island ^
03.09.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
03.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
03.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge
03.13.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival Normal %
03.15.10 - Houston, TX - Mango !
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (Panache Showcase)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.10 - Austin, TX - Beerland (Panache Party)
03.22.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
03.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay
03.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
03.25.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class $
03.26.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $
04.01.10 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory @
05.04.10 - New York, NY - Monster Island +

^ - w/ The Sandwitches
* - w/ The Pharmacy
% - w/ Tyvek, White Rainbow, Awesome Color, more
! - w/ Thee Oh Sees
# - w/ So Cow
$ - w/ Screens
@ - w/ Garotas Suecas
+ - w/ The Fresh & Onlys

Title Tracks - Piles of Paper

Title Tracks : Piles Of Paper from John Davis on Vimeo.

Title Tracks - 2010 Tour Dates
3.5.10 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs w/ Pretty & Nice, Gary B & The Notions
3.6.10 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall w/ Pretty & Nice, Gary B & The Notions
3.7.10 NY, NY Cake Shop w/ Pretty & Nice
3.11.10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop w/ Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3.12.10 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot w/ Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3.13.10 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge w/ Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3.14.10 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon w/ Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3.15.10 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue w/ Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
3.17-20.10 Austin, TX SXSW

Summer Cats - 2010 Tour Dates
March 5 - New York, NY - Don Hills
March 6 - Philadelphia, PA - England Belongs to Twee at King Fu Necktie
March 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Bruar Falls
March 11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
March 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Bayview Brew Haus
March 13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
March 15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
March 19 - Austin, TX - End of an Ear records in-store (SXSW)
March 20 - Austin, TX - Waterloo Cycles SXSW Party
March 27 - San Francisco, CA - Slumberland 20th Anniversary Show at The Rickshaw Stop
March 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Slumberland 20th Anniversary Show at The Echo

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Comments (22)

The Sandwiches are great with veganaise and a splash of dill.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 1:23 PM

what needs to be done to make sure new york noise stays on the air? my favorite tv show since moving here around the time it first went on the air...

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 1:35 PM

golden triangle are terrible. sorry, tis true

Posted by Dr. Black | March 5, 2010 2:07 PM

Seriously, new york noise is awesome, learned about some really interesting bands (although that mc steinberg and adam greene are super annoying). And it can't cost more than a few grand to put on. This is one thing I actually don't mind paying taxes for, and now they're trying to take it away. Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 2:08 PM

i love how the real housewives of new york are actually pretty spot on about which bands/videos suck and which ones rock. they ripped vivian girls apart, but thought animal collective was pretty good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 2:09 PM

AHHhhhhhhh! That's terrible. NY Noise is a great show, it needs to be brought back...especially since MTV/VH1 suck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 2:15 PM

thanks BV for the heads up about NY NOISE... come on guys let's unite and save this awesome show! here's my plea...

please bring back NY noise! I watch this show regularly and love it, it is so rich in authentic nyc artistic content, it is a treasure that we should cherish and cultivate, not banish to the anals of 5am Tuesday... we are in the golden age of Indie currently in NYC and it would be most prudent for you to give the show the prime time slot it truly deserves. please, please bring back NY Noise.

Thank you,
loyal viewer

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 2:23 PM

So, are the episodes at 5am Tuesdays new ones or repeats. My DVR hasn't picked up a new episode in a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 2:26 PM

"golden triangle are terrible. sorry, tis true"

but that's a great photo if you look a little

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 2:28 PM

@2:26

The 5AM Tuesday slot is old episodes. the show is "not in production" right now.

Posted by bill p | March 5, 2010 2:56 PM

I love NYN and I signed the petition....

However, "anals of 5am Tuesday"?!! That should be the caption for the Golden Triangle pic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 3:33 PM

nice tit on that one sandwitch.

Posted by beast | March 5, 2010 3:41 PM

Referencing Dario Argento while attempting to hype a band - that's pretty Juno.

Ugh.


Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 3:53 PM

Great...now hipsters have their own version of KISS. Just what the world needed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 3:58 PM

man i love that show... this is crap - sigh...

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 5:31 PM

Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at- A_ge_m_i_n_g_le @ c-o--m a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to- interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2010 8:37 PM

I thought NYN was already history. I blame that awful theme song... neht.. NEHT.. neht..

What a great show. I like when they have the old folks critique the videos.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2010 7:27 AM

fucking hipster douches!

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2010 12:10 PM

Please sign the petition!~ BV, thank you for always keeping an eye out for music-community issues in need.

Posted by Katie | March 13, 2010 12:58 AM

I hear Summer Cats from Oz are ace - check them out if you get the chance.

Posted by John | November 8, 2010 8:32 PM

I just love the first picture of The Sandwitches with the painted clown faces and rocking horse. Pretty girls looking silly, you just have to love it. Mind you beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by Pretty Girls | November 26, 2010 7:48 AM

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