Posted in books | music | tour dates on March 8, 2011

Out Band Could Be Your Life

Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
No, that's not a list of what happened in a weird dream last night. That is the LINEUP of a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Michael Azerrad's "classic history of the '80s indie underground", Our Band Could Be Your Life (a book everyone reading this site should probably own!)

To quote show co-presenter Tiger Mountain Presents, "some of the best bands in contemporary indie music will play songs by each of the 13 bands in the book."

"For years, all kinds of people -- musicians, people who run labels, concert promoters, journalists, whatever -- have told me that they've been very inspired by Our Band Could Be Your Life and the bands it profiles, which is incredibly gratifying and totally unexpected," says Azerrad. "The tenth anniversary of the book was a great occasion for the current generation of bands to celebrate these pioneers."
More bands & guest hosts TBA. Tickets are $25 & go on sale Friday, 3/11 at noon.

Meanwhile the book will also be the topic of a panel discussion at SXSW that Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs (who is also playing the festival) will speak on.

Ted Leo is headed to Austin too, an appearance at the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase included.

Delicate Steve and Wye Oak are going to SXSW too. Wye Oak can be found at the BV/KF/Partisan day party at Swan Dive on Friday, 3/18. Wye Oak will also play Bowery Ballroom as part of a tour in April.

St. Vincent plays Big Black. I just felt like saying it again!

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big black - kerosene

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Comments (142)

Oh dear god. Ted Leo & Titus are the only ones who should be allowed to do this. The rest shouldn't be able to touch the artists they're covering. Disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:09 PM

Fuck yeah, Annie!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:11 PM

Totally agree 2:09pm. These three will ruin it....but I hope someone tapes it so I can watch it on Youtube and laugh for hours!

Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black

Posted by Tiki | March 8, 2011 2:13 PM

Our Bore Could Be Your Night

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:13 PM

I would pay $100 to see Fugazi/Black Flag/Sonic Youth at Bowery Ballroom:)

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:14 PM

Sir Mix-A-Lot plays Mudhoney

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:15 PM

I don't have this book but I have American Hardcore. Does that count for anything?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:16 PM

hahahahahahahahhahahahahaha. oh, how independent rock has gone the way of suck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:19 PM

2:14, what are you some kind of cheapskate? I'd pay $1,000 for that ticket.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:19 PM

I read that book and I find it surprising that none of the above bands are covering Beat Happening.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:20 PM

Buke & Gass plays Fugazi is an awesome idea

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:22 PM

LCD Soundsystem as Black Flag

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:22 PM

set me on fire

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:23 PM

Hüsker Dön't

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:24 PM

LCD Soundsystem as Talking Heads.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:24 PM

um... no Mission of Burma... FAIL

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:24 PM

WOW! St. Vincent playing Big Black? That doesn't even make any sense!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:28 PM

Fugazi would have never in a million years have played Bowery.

Boycott Bowery Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:30 PM

"Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag"

Unless this sounds exactly like Black Flag and not what was on that putrid 'Rise Above' record, this is going to be bad news.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:30 PM

Philosophically, can anyone really 'play' the Butthole Surfers?

Will Dan eat a whole sheet of acid, have amputation films projected and a naked girl onstage?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:30 PM

Really surprised no band is playing as Jawbreaker.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:31 PM

Fugazi would have never in a million years have played Bowery.

Boycott Bowery Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:31 PM

can't they just have the REAL bands play???
or what's left of them????
Please

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:32 PM

The Replacements were, are and will ALWAYS be the best band. EVER. FOR ETERNITY. NO BACKSIES. INFINITY.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:33 PM

where's the chapter about taking Mountain Dew money and sucking up to Fader editors

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:33 PM

Some of these could be train wrecks, but wye oak, ted leo, and titus are all good fits.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:34 PM

I hope they play that song from Jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:34 PM

Have the real bands play? Minor Threat and Black Flag will never ever ever ever ever ever play again. Dirty Projectors? Give me a fuckin break. That's such a joke.

Posted by GregBX | March 8, 2011 2:35 PM

Nostalgia = Cash Cow

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:41 PM

Read the book if you haven't yet done so. Amazing the shit those bands had to go through just to get a decent gig and get paid. Respect.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:41 PM

embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:41 PM

Shellac wouldn't play Bowery

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:43 PM

Can we all just agree? FUCK BOWERY!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:46 PM

"2:14, what are you some kind of cheapskate? I'd pay $1,000 for that ticket."

What are YOU some kind of idiot?

Fugazi = $5
Sonic Youth = $30

So you'd pay $965 to see Black Flag?? Have fun d-bag!

ps - those bands rule and I'm sure don't want an a-hole like yourself ruining the vibe of the crowd #stayhomenerd

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:47 PM

ummmm.. husker du??????

the fucking replacements over husker du??? insanity

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:50 PM

This is a joke. If you pay money to see this, then you deserve to hear seminal music being butchered.

Posted by Dan LD | March 8, 2011 2:50 PM

wow way to completely shit on the memory of these bands by having stupid hipster bands cover them. sounds like the biggest waste of time ever. enjoy all of the ironic staches pretending they were around for this back in the day.

Posted by mike | March 8, 2011 2:50 PM

2:50, "More bands TBA"

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:51 PM

"Fugazi = $5"

Please let me know where can I see Fugazi for $5

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:54 PM

Yes you silly fools. Bowery Presents did take most of LCD tickets and sell it to the secondary market.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:55 PM

I bet Calvin Johnson would just play his own set.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:56 PM

Give your money to WFMU instead

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:57 PM

The LCD Soundsystem ticketing debacle for their final show at Madison Square Garden raised the hackles of an entire music community, from the fans who were bested for tickets, on up through various press outlets and commentators, all the way to James Murphy himself. Aspersions were hurled via twitter, blog posts, and articles from all members of the music community as everyone searched in desperation for a whipping boy for their collective disappointment.

Now that the dust has settled, fans mostly pacified by the addition of four shows at Terminal 5, and Murphy back out of the internet’s limelight, there still hangs an unnamed bad vibe over February 11th’s general on-sale date for the MSG show, and no clear verdict of what went wrong. For many, scalpers took the brunt of the blame, and rightfully so. But as with any dubious enterprise, there’s never just scapegoats on the street acting independent of a system — they are given the freedom to act this way because of incentives afforded to them. What force, economic or otherwise, allows ticket prices to inflate in after market marketplaces? How have the economics of the music industry shifted so much pressure on the economics of a live event? What can be done to fix this increasingly broken ticketing economy?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:57 PM

this made absolutely no sense until i googled tiger city presents and discovered their genius books the rock shop. park slope fuckers creates $25 yuppie "diy" cover show.

wait, is azerrad involved in this?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:57 PM

Spurred on in part by a letter penned by Bob Lefsetz – the music community’s man behind the curtain– a speculative case started to build against The Bowery Presents who promoted the MSG event for LCD Soundsystem. The Bowery Presents controlled the quantity of tickets put on sale (less the tickets allocated by the AmEx pre-sale and other tickets held up directly through Ticketmaster). Lefsetz purports, in a step by step process, that the mastermind behind the shortage of tickets is the promoter LCD Soundsystem chose for the final concert, The Bowery Presents. In sum, Lefsetz suggests that, instead of scalpers snatching up thousands of tickets in mere seconds, The Bowery Presents withheld tickets and disseminated them to aftermarket ticketing outlets.

Looking for clarity on this issue, Consequence of Sound reached out to Lefsetz. He declined to comment. However, another member of the music community spoke candidly on the topic. An independent promoter, who asked for their name and company to be withheld, talked with us at length on this issue and many others concerning the state of the music industry today.

“When people go to a concert, they don’t think about who the promoter is, or care, so there’s really very little incentive for any promoter to not [withhold tickets],” the promoter explains. “If they can mitigate the risk by not only letting it happen, but helping it happen, they kind of will. I don’t see why they wouldn’t.”

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:57 PM

great idea, piss-poor lineup.

LOSING!

Posted by soysalami | March 8, 2011 2:57 PM

The promoter admits this is not done on a purely selfish level. For a promoter to ignore the declivitous trends in the music industry would be just bad business. For quick reference and context, here are some figures from a recent and terrifying article in The Business Insider:

Ten years ago, the average American spent almost three times as much on recorded music products as they do today.
In 2009, the average American purchased just over one album per person per year, and only 0.25 downloaded albums per year.
The music industry is down 64% from its peak
And then there’s this:

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:57 PM

Hey 2:47pm, I'm pretty sure Ian would stop the show midway through a song and tell you to get the fuck out of the room for sounding like a violent, ignorant asshole.

Love,
2:47

ps - Even though those bands probably wouldn't charge $1,000 for a ticket, I'd gladly hand that much over to them as a show of thanks for all the greatness they've brought into my life. So yah, you still sound cheap and ungrateful. I sound like someone who couldn't cares so little about money that I'd willingly give it to three bands who deserve it after putting up with all the bullshit the music industry put them through back then.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:58 PM

“The economics aren’t that complicated if you think about it,” the promoter continues. “It can quite simply be said that the old model was: ‘Put out an album, we go out on tour to promote sales of the album. Now we tour, and put out an album to promote sales of concert tickets.’ Bands used to make a huge amount of money selling music and getting advances from the label. Now they make almost nothing. And so, they have to charge the promoter a higher guarantee [artists' fee] to book at, and then the promoter has to charge ticket buyers higher amount to to get to the concert. And because of that, the promoter is incentivized to work with the scalpers.”

Scalpers, in this new economic model, are fast becoming useful tools for this one promoter trying to account for the increased capital needed to fund an event marred by increased guarantees and a sagging music industry.

“The promoter in me, that’s struggling to get to their break-even point, and has a show that is looking more promising, we’re incentivized to collude with the scalpers. As an independent, we’ve made relationships with [aftermarket ticketing brokers] to sell a bulk amount of tickets upfront at a discount.”

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:58 PM

Increased scalping activity for a show increases the perception that the concert might be more successful than it actually is. Look no further than the press LCD Soundsystem received from their show. His eloquent and populist blog post entitled “fuck you scalpers, terminal 5 shows added” was widely republished across music and entertainment blogs, and while parts of the post were generously self-effacing and apologetic, much of the focus was geared profanely to scalpers. Most apt is how Murphy calls into question the ethics of the scalpers at the end of his post:

oh—and a small thing to scalpers: “it’s legal” is what people say when they don’t have ethics. the law is there to set the limit of what is punishable (aka where the state needs to intervene) but we are supposed to have ethics, and that should be the primary guiding force in our actions, you fucking fuck.” [sic]

In addition to perceived buzz, putting tickets in the hands of scalpers takes some of the burden off the promoters to make their goal.

“Say we have a ticket for $30,” the promoter starts. “If we could sell on day one, or on day zero, before tickets ever go on sale, if we can sell 500 of those tickets to a scalper for $25, that takes a lot of our risk off of our shoulders. And we want to be doing more of that to be quite honest, and we’ve discussed that. [...] Scalpers get potentially sell out tickets at cheaper, and the promoter gets revenue in the door at day zero. So there’s a conversation happening.”

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:58 PM

Hey 2:47pm, I'm pretty sure Ian would stop the show midway through a song and tell you to get the fuck out of the room for sounding like a violent, ignorant asshole.

Love,
2:14

ps - Even though those bands probably wouldn't charge $1,000 for a ticket, I'd gladly hand that much over to them as a show of thanks for all the greatness they've brought into my life. So yah, you still sound cheap and ungrateful. I sound like someone who couldn't cares so little about money that I'd willingly give it to three bands who deserve it after putting up with all the bullshit the music industry put them through back then.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:58 PM

When I pressed the promoter about the ethics of colluding with scalpers, with regards to the ethics of the LCD Soundsystem show, the promoter responded:

“The reason we’re able to sleep at night is because we’re not selling out. If things don’t sell out, we’re almost shifting a big amount of the risk to the scalper….For the smaller promoter, it’s something where we’re not pricing out any fans. It’s a situation where, if the break-even point is 3,000 paid ticket buyers, and there’s only 2,500 people [speculated] in demand, and the capacity [of the venue] is 5,000, then there’s no one who, if they want a ticket, will have to buy from that scalper. But we have to let the scalper speculate by buying our ticket up front, because otherwise we’ll never get to that 3,000, and that show will never happen again. But if they’re the only thing, if they’re buying 500 tickets up front at a discount, if that’s the only thing between us losing money and not losing money, why wouldn’t we do it if it doesn’t price out any consumers?”

In a faltering music industry, we also have to examine the ethics of a common practice that many in the music community participate in: pirating. Even a dated 2007 report states that global music piracy causes $12.5 billion of economic losses every year, 71,060 U.S. jobs lost, a loss of $2.7 billion in workers’ earnings, and a loss of $422 million in tax revenues, $291 million in personal income tax, and $131 million in lost corporate income and production taxes (via). Couple this with the exponential growth of the internet and the figures above, recent years could only produce equal, if not greater figures.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:58 PM

The promoter spoke to and took ownership of this problem, saying, “If people weren’t pirating music, it wouldn’t come to this. That is literally step one in this entire situation. As a consumer, I know I’m part of the problem that led to the situation I know deal with as a promoter, but the young generation just feels entitled.”

Alternative solutions were discussed, but each one demands some sort of a sacrifice from members of the music syndicate. We discussed artists working on more of a commission on the back-end (“The band makes X amount of dollars, and then they make 40% of revenue after the concert promoter gets to their break-even point. Every promoter wishes musicians were more accepting of that fee structure. But band’s know, increasingly, because they’re not making money anywhere else, relative to how it was 20 years ago, they need more money up front.”), paperless ticketing (“Paperless tickets — that concertgoer isn’t going to buy six tickets the day of the show if he can’t sell them later at equal to or less than face-value in case something happens. It gives someone a new reason not to buy a ticket.”), and dynamic ticket pricing (“the more price points the ticketing agency has on the supply and demand curve, the more total revenue you’ll bring in the door”).

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 2:59 PM

The graph above is one side of the equation, and over the last decade, the ethically elastic music community has somehow balanced it. Each stone cast from a fan to a band, from a promoter to a venue, from an agent to the record label only bruises the community and continues to balance the steady decline of this industry. If the music community ever wants to reverse the trends of this grab, it will take a much more united front then the one it exists on today. Indeed, ethics should be the guiding force in our actions, and that goes for the entire suffering community — piraters on up.

So what was supposed to be the swan song celebration of a band ending its tenure as one of the most influential acts of the past decade digressed into a mud-flinging, price gauging, profiteering mess. The Bowery Presents and LCD Soundsystem’s management were reached for comment, but did not respond to our request. As one friend intimated to me, we’ll never know what went down unless the wrong person gets drunk and tells the right person.

But, if Lefsetz is correct in his theory, is it any wonder why The Bowery Presents would have allocated tickets to someone other than fans for a perceived sellout and a possible bump in capital? The promoter weighed in: “Ticketmaster, with the most sophisticated economic system that exists in the world, did it on purpose. That says something. That means it’s beneficial to the model. Everybody needs to do it — the industry is hurting.”

Posted by F u bowery presents! | March 8, 2011 2:59 PM

Someone seems to have mistaken this comments section for their personal Tumblr.

Genuinely interesting line-up. I hope Titus Andronicus comes out really drunk and wearing Tom Petty's wife's clothes.

Posted by J | March 8, 2011 3:02 PM

hopefully some of the members of some of these past bands will speak up and stop this before what they did and accomplished is shat on by smug hipsters who want to trivialize it (not that they see that) by having these completely mismatched bands do stupid indie "interpretations" of the music. if you go to this you're literally a buffoon.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:04 PM

hahha totally agreeing wtih you 3:04pm. Sadly I bet this show will sell out and bands like Wire won't be sold out.

Gotta love hipsters taste in music sometimes....

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:06 PM

Ted Leo should just play Chisel songs - is anyone buying him singing "i've got straight edge" or "guilty of being white"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:07 PM

2:59, can't you just post a fucking link to whatever it is you're copying and pasting from?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:08 PM

I've seen that article he's posting from. It was a feature about scalping on ConsequenceofSound.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:10 PM

Puff Daddy as Chuck D

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:12 PM

this show sounds fun, but it's not cool to have fun :(

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:13 PM

Titus playing The Replacements actually sounds pretty amazing. Other than that, mainly WTF.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:14 PM

would dan deacon and titus andronicus and dirty projectors like to see their songs covered by avril lavigne and katy perry? because that is esentially what they're doing to the music that they're covering.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:15 PM

3:13, i don't know what sounds fun about essentially turning important early hardcore into a dumbed down kids bop version of itself so that the sensitive ears of the mustachioed hipsters can bear it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:18 PM

Yeah Yeah Yeahs as Oingo Boingo

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:18 PM

Buke & Gass playing Fugazi could be amazing but probably won't.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:24 PM

Great article. Almost makes me want to stop stealing music off the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:27 PM

Salome could've done Fugazi, but probably nobody asked them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:29 PM

PUNCHES play captain beefheart

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:33 PM

The funny part about all this is that most of these bands would seriously fuck up the bands who will be covering them back in the day. St. Vincent would end up being slammed in the van with a beefy dick shoved down her throat if she showed up at a Big Black show and got all groupie on them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:41 PM

Our Brunchwave Could Be Your Life

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:45 PM

Y'all're acting like someone stuck Muhammad into a frame of Garfield. Jesus. Get over your fundamentalism, wash the amber out of your ears, learn to love new perspectives and hope for the best. The world does not exist to please you, thank God.

Posted by J | March 8, 2011 3:45 PM

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS HOMO SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:49 PM

Muhammad? Check
Garfield? Check
Jesus? Check
God with a capital "G"? Check

3:45pm, you've successfully managed to pacify BV's Islamic, Athiest, Christian and Jewish readers. I just never figured you to be an anti-Buddhist.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:52 PM

None of those bands can come close to honoring the vibe,legacy or intensity of Black Flag or the Minutemen. Somewhere Mike Watt is cringing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 3:55 PM

Somewhere the Mission of Burma, Mudhoney and Beat Happening are breathing a sign of relief followed by a "What the F*%K About us?:

Posted by Rinjo Njori | March 8, 2011 3:58 PM

Today's hacks covering yesterday's underground classics. Pass.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:01 PM

Is it bad that every time I see a picture of Dan Deacon I want to punch him in the face?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:03 PM

Mission of Burma playing Mission of Burma.

now THERE'S a concept... and better than any of this crap.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:03 PM

I think all of you are forgetting a little album called "Rise Above" by Dirty Projectors from way back in 2007. In it, they geniusly reinterpreted Damaged FROM MEMORY. If that isn't hardcore, I don't know what is. What is?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:03 PM

who the fuck is LCD Soundsystem?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:04 PM

the memory of a douchenozzle

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:05 PM

I love that book and most of the bands profiled. Kinda sucks that this show is showcasing a very particular branch of who those bands influenced. I'm with 3:15 and 3:18. Throwing awesome bands through the hipster grinder.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:11 PM

Dan Deacon is the hollindaise to the Butthole Surfer's eggs benedict.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:12 PM

overall, this is not terrible, but St. Vincent covering Big Black? Come on. That's absurd. What, none of the heavy rock bands in Brooklyn are available that night??

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:14 PM

Titus playing Replacements will be the best thing ever....

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:14 PM

If you're just catching up on the comments here, let me give you a Cliff's Notes version: The bands' whose music is being played weren't pussies, but the bands who are covering them are.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:15 PM

took me a while to realize it was st. vincent, and not saint vitus. i was wondering what all you dummies were complaining about and now i know.

suck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:21 PM

this is so nerdy

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:24 PM

Man, I'd totally pay $25 to see all of these bands play not covers.
I guess it's good to see Delicate Steve getting some exposure at least.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:37 PM

god i miss indie rock music.
can anyone pinpoint the moment when the indie part and the rock part went their separate ways?

i've tried to get into a ton of current indie bands...there are some good ones, but many of them don't seem to have much to sink your teeth into, as much as you could only 8 years ago, ya know?

Posted by the jim | March 8, 2011 4:44 PM

Jackin' it to this announcement ~ !

Posted by Deano Bravo | March 8, 2011 4:49 PM

a band like Screaming Females should be a part of this instead of the lame bullshit playing now. how about a band with at least some sort of underground history to them instead of today's equivalent of Better Than Ezra

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:54 PM

actually this lineup makes sense. what self respecting decent band would actually want to do this?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 4:57 PM

No Mission of Burma listed. Maybe they'll show up and play.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 5:24 PM

Rumor is the bands who are left off are playing the show themselves!

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 5:35 PM

I heard Princeton is playing as Mission of Burma and the Jacuzzi Boys are playing as Minor Threat

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 5:57 PM

Meh.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 5:57 PM

that line-up makes my balls shrink.

read the book, listen to the originals, skippy this show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 6:03 PM

i heard a dramatic reading of the book itself is going to be performed by Anderson Cooper

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 6:04 PM

No Burma, no care

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 6:13 PM

i heard for the 10th anniversary they are going to have the girl from sleigh bells rewrite the book from memory

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 6:31 PM

wait? Im confused... this blog generally covers the aforementioned 'puss indie' bands... that's why you're all here... to read about these bands... if you ask me, it's blogs like these that's diluted the hardcore authenticity of such bands as fugazi, who would never partake in such hypocrisy as goes on here.. this bickering comes off as pretentious, you guys realize that?... you're on this website because you want to be part of a "scene"... those bands werent about "scenes"... just loud, abrasive music... these pussy indies bands that have been billed to do these covers function a lot better in this environment that you guys have created... they're easily accessible, as well as easily forgettable (with the exception of a couple) after all we come here to read about 30 new bands each and every day... where as the subjects of this book would have been enough musical content to satisfy a generation of an entire decade, or more-- just a few really good bands..

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 6:46 PM

i can't even picture that oh so precious girl from st vincent LISTENING to big black

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 7:01 PM

Our Band Could Be Your Life is poorly written and underedited - should be about half the length and some bands have no business being there (Beat Happening?).

That being said I can get behind this. Props to whoever curated it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 7:36 PM

6:46,

I bet almost every person who posted in this thread thinks the same as you. The only difference is that every poster here is a troll. The problem is that it's all trolls trolling each other on this website, so kind of pointless.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 8:37 PM

^ Charlie?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 8:42 PM

Can somebody else be Minutemen PLEASE

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 8:45 PM

Dear Bowery Presents,

Please make tickets paperless or limited to 2 per customer to prevent scalping.

Love,

Everybody

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 8:48 PM

They quite literally talk about these bands every week on this website. So, my question is: Why are all you "hardcore, been-there-since-back-in-the-day, cooler than thou, etc." complainers on a website devoted to shitty bands anyway? Don't you have some reminiscing to do involving a twelver' of Bush, your old leather jacket and the tape deck of an Econoline with only half the seats?

P.S. - the original music will still sound the same! So don't go if you don't want to hear it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2011 9:08 PM

jacuzzi boys play vu

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 12:04 AM

Get all the real bands to play, and fireHOSE to do a Minutemen set and I'd pay a hefty price to see it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 12:35 AM

@6:46

"those bands werent about "scenes"."


LOL, you've obviously never read the book, have you?

As for the show? Yeah i'm going, because it'll be fun. Good bands covering great bands is okay with me.

Posted by Ray | March 9, 2011 2:06 AM

titus andronicus seroiusly? fuck them lls

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 3:01 AM

all you guys are fucking posers AND hipsters

THERE

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 3:40 AM

Bob Mould wrote his forthcoming autobiography with Michael Azerrad. Husker Du isn't listed as being covered by anyone. It's quite possible he could be one of the special guests.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 8:28 AM

Yeah, and monkeys could fly out of my butt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 10:22 AM

boring

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 10:48 AM

i heard for the 20th anniversary of azzerads nirvana book they are going to dig up kurt cobain

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 10:55 AM

BV: Have you ever considered just closing the comments section for all posts?

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 11:32 AM

^ that's where all the fun is though

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 11:41 AM

"i heard for the 20th anniversary of azzerads nirvana book they are going to dig up kurt cobain"

I heard GIRL TALK is going to play Nirvana songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 11:44 AM

Bv does cover good bands amidst the endless crap, and it's fun to comment on how dumb all y'all white folks is.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 1:20 PM

"and it's fun to comment on how dumb all y'all white folks is."

Ignorant black person, or racist white person? - discuss amongst yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 4:30 PM

YO some of the bands (and by some I probably mean Titus Ted Leo and one or two others) should surprise encore a Nirvana set at the shows conclusion. Because honestly how do you choose which band goes last? Also Nirvana is the natural progression if the groundwork laid down by the Our Band acts, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 8:38 PM

The funniest thing in the comments by far (so far) is the idea that anyone in Big Black has a beefy dick.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2011 8:56 PM

Bigold ball of suck is what this show is. I wouldn't pay to see any of these bands, why would I pay to see them butchering bands I like?

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2011 10:48 PM

Sold out in minutes...

Posted by Gus | March 11, 2011 1:48 PM

Forgive me for my inability to backlash effectively, but I am having trouble seeing how its such a terrible thing for new indie bands to cover old ones. Just because they're young whippersnappers doesn't mean they can't do something interesting with the material. This whole idea seems to jive pretty well with the spirit of the book that they're celebrating.

It's going to be an interesting show. I'll be there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 6:30 PM

6:30 is a liar and a scalper

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 7:47 PM

6:30 IS CHARGING $100 PER TICKET ON CRAIGSLIST

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2011 11:13 AM

For those still keeping score, 6:30 just got backlashed. If irony were still cool, someone would point this out...

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2011 6:26 PM

This book actually pretty much sucked except for the butthole surfers chapter.

Posted by AV | March 18, 2011 11:15 PM

If I bring my Ramones Rocket To Russia can I get billing as "Anonymous plays Ramones"? What a cheap shit idea. Hey -- I know ... let's all play cover songs and say it's a big deal. I'd rather go to Charlie Sheen at RCMH night #2

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2011 1:16 AM

SCUSE MAAAAAAAAYYYYYE!!!!!!!

You should get No One and the Somebodies and TURBOSLEAZE to play Mission of Burma!!!!!!

-Bob Calzone
www.gotanysnacks.com

Posted by Robert Calzone | March 29, 2011 1:47 PM

Not sure what this is all about, but Dan Deacon playing The Butthole Surfers is a Wet Dream. I can't wait to hear what kind of Dan Deacon flavor he adds to the BHS classics. I would never have imagined this in million years, and my dreams have come true.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2011 8:07 PM

ticketmaster released more tickets! got a pair

Posted by WSJU Radio | May 18, 2011 10:47 AM

More 'cool' chicks making pissed music boring. Thanks St. Vincent.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 6:07 PM

Bundt Cake

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2011 1:54 AM

GREAT fucking show. Anybody there NOT blown away by how lovely this was? And St. Vincent killed it.

Posted by Celebrity Holmes | May 23, 2011 11:14 AM

Too bad this show will be full of aged uptight hipsters watching the stage through their iphones / digital cameras. With their Obnoxious long haired toddlers running around with "misfits" baby tee's. shitting on the floor.

Punk Rock's dead, because we are all dead.

Posted by Jimbo | May 23, 2011 9:06 PM

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