Posted in music | tour dates on April 19, 2011

by Bill Pearis

Jowe Head

Former Swell Maps and Television Personalities member Jowe Head, who you may have heard guest DJing recently on WFMU, is in NYC this week for three shows: Wednesday (4/20) at Rock Shop, Friday (4/22) at Bruar Falls, and Saturday (4/23) at Cake Shop.

Head is probably best-known for his time as bassist in Swell Maps where he wrote two of the band's catchiest songs, "Harmony in Your Bathroom" and the great "Cake Shop Girl" which did indeed inspire the name of the Ludlow St. indie rock venue (where he's played before). In 1984 he began a ten-year stint with Television Personalities. Since the early '80s, Head has also released solo records with various backing bands, most recently last year's Diabolical Liberties as Jowe Head & the Demi-Monde. He's also an accomplished artist.

Backing him up for these shows will be a nine-piece all-(indie)-star band, including Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, plus members of Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Ladybug Transistor, The Surprisers and Barbez. I'm told they'll be playing material from throughout Head's long career.

There's some pretty good openers as well, some of whom will be doing double-duty in Head's band. At the Rock Shop it's McDonalds (who I just wrote about) and German Measles. At both the Bruar Falls and Cake Shop shows you'll The SurprisersThe Bruar show has a set from The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour's other long-running band) and Devin, Gary & Ross (featuring famed punk rock artist Gary Panter who has designed the sets for Pee Wee's Playhouse amongst many other things). Cake Shop has the NYC debut of Cuffs, the new band from former Pants Yell! front man Andrew Churchman.


Swell Maps - Cake Shop Girl

Jowe Head - Cake Shop Girl live at Cake Shop 2008



Comments (11)

did not know about this - should be great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 3:52 PM

are you sure you have your dates correct?

From Panter's site:
THIS FRIDAY the 22nd of April, 2011 we will be performing at Bruar Falls 245 Grand St.(between Driggs and Roebling), Brooklyn, NY

From Bruar site:

4TH: JOWE HEAD AND THE NETHER REGIONS [swell maps / featuring members of The Clean/Mad Scene, Cause Co-Motion, The Surprisers, Ladybug

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 4:36 PM

Dates now corrected.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 5:40 PM

God I do not like the Swell Maps. This will be no fun for me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 5:43 PM

Then perhaps you should not go. I however love the Swell Maps, therefore I predict that this will be fun for me.


Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 7:10 PM

RIP epic and nikki!

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 9:13 PM

id rather see epic and nikki sudden solo than anything else.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2011 11:41 PM

that's a great excuse for not going to any show ever.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 12:12 AM

goo for you

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 9:22 AM

Saw the show tonight at The Rock Shop -- top-notch stuff. Highly recommended for the rest of the NYC sojourn.

Posted by SKM | April 21, 2011 1:32 AM

"all-star indi"

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 9:34 AM

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