Posted in music | tour dates on August 11, 2011

by Bill Pearis

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Weird Vibes

Before we get into this weekend's many show options, I'd like to write about the current state of the Music Video Program, of which there have been a couple of recent developments. I don't know how many of you watched the return of MTV's classic alt-rock video show 120 Minutes to the airwaves (or your digital cable provider) the other week. (I DVR'd it.) In college, used to fight with folks in the dorm lounge who were more interested in SportsCenter for rights to watch the same Mighty Lemon Drops, Nine Inch Nails and Morrissey videos they showed the week before and the week before. But in those pre-internet days, it was one of the few places you could see videos by bands/artists like that and you took what you could get.

I guess it was nice seeing Matt Pinfield's familiar face again, at that epicenter of NYC alt rock Arlene Grocery, but... the show felt safe, and stuck in '90s. (I know that's when Pinfield hosted it, but my favorite host was smartass Kevin Seal. Worst host: Lewis Largent). Pinfield talked a lot about "music discovery" which is fine until you play a Mumford & Sons video and then interview Kings of Leon. The only edge to the show was when Das Racist were on and hit line drives back at Pinfield's softballed questions.

A much better option, in my opinion, is Weird Vibes -- the new web-only indie rock video show that launches today on MTV's Hive site. The show is from Shirley Braha who was also behind the much-missed NY Noise which aired on NYCTV for much of the '00s. Apart from the Saved by the Bell opening credits, this is a show that could only exist in 2011.

There are videos of course -- Grimes, Wu Lyf, Vivian Girls, and Shabazz Palaces and more in the first episode -- but you can watch those anywhere. Weird Vibes' reason to watch is the host segments. Not that there is a host. (There is no host.) If it's anything like NY Noise, expect the format and theme to change week to week... but the debut episode is titled "It's Not Easy Being a Buzz Band." Frankie Rose, Beach Fossils, Tanlines, Best Coast and other discuss such topics as "Bad Credit/No Credit," "Predjudice and Stereotyping" and "Cyberbullying" (hmm) all set to some hilariously tense/dramatic music right out of a Dateline NBC story.

Weird Vibes

This may all be a little too Hipster Runoff (a clear influence here, check the captions during the interview segments) for the casual music fan, but to anyone who reads this site or Pitchfork regularly (aka you) will get it and should find it very entertaining. And in this segmented world we live in, there's no reason this couldn't actually air on MTV2 at 3:41 AM on Friday nights. Until then it's online, you can watch the whole thing at the bottom of this post.

Erika Spring and her biggest fan

One of talking heads (not Talking Heads) on this week's Weird Vibes is Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone who has just released her first solo single on Friendly Fire Recordings under the guise of Erika Spring. (ARS have not broken up, they're just doing their own thing for a bit.) It's a split 7" with Violens and Jorge of that band produced Erika's track, "Six More Weeks." While the melody could be an Au Revoir Simone song, the arrangement -- lush and rhythmic -- is pretty different. You can stream it at the bottom of this post.

Erika plays Mercury Lounge tonight (8/10), a late show (doors at 9PM) opening for San Francisco's oOoOO  and Water Borders. Both oOoOO and Water Borders reside in San Francisco and record for TriAngle Records which is also home to How to Dress Well, Balam Acab, Clams Casino and other like-minded practitioners of dark, screwed beats. (Can you feel the authority with which I wrote that sentence?)

oOoOO  and Water Borders, plus Clams Casino and Ashay will be DJing this Saturday's PS1 Warmup, along with His Name is Alive, and a live performance from Black Dice.

Memory Tapes
Memory Tapes

Also tonight (8/10) is the return of Memory Tapes to the area, they play Glasslands. As I wrote before:

Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty terrific.
Did anyone catch Memory Tapes at Mecury Lounge last month? Openers: CSLSX are from Philadelphia and sound summery and '80s-ish (fill in your own buzzword descriptors); Bell's album Diamonite came out back in May and is well worth giving a listen to, which you can do over at her website.


Austin power trio Ume are visiting us again, playing a midnight set at Pianos tonight (8/10) and then will be at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (8/13)  opening for jam band supergroup Stockholm Syndrome. Ume are giving away the first single from their new album, Phantoms, which you can download here. The album is out August 30. As previously noted, pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. Some people love the Joy Formidable, but I'll take Ume, thanks.

Winter Gloves
Winter Gloves

Montreal dance rock quartet Winter Gloves have been tagging along with The Naked & the Famous and you can catch both bands (if you bought tickets, sold out) at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday (8/12). Later that same night, they'll be shlepping their gear across N. 6th St. to play at Cameo Gallery. I've been a Winter Gloves fan since seeing them at M for Montreal three years ago where they were one of the highlights of the fest. I haven't seen them since, but have enjoyed all their records, including last year's underrated All Red. Check out the album track "Plastic Slides" at the top of this post.

The band have a new EP out, Heart Out, and the lead track is part of a free Paper Bag Records Summer Sampler that you can download here. You can watch the Heart Out video at the bottom of this post. The Cameo show is with Bikini (ecstacy-fueled party jams) and Papertwin (danceable in a New Order/Cure kind of way).


A while back I wrote about Vacation who released one of my favorite songs on the summer, the shimmering, danceable "Jeane." The band's name has caused some confusion with similarly named other groups (or groups with the exact same name) so the Vacation have changed their name to their best known song.

The newly-christened Jeane (who will now probably be accused of naming themselves after a Smiths song) play a free show at Bruar Falls this Friday with another band I like a lot, Family Trees, who are back in force after an extended winter, spring and summer hibernation. Also playing: Strange Shapes who I don't know much about but songs on their Bandcamp sound pretty good. As I said, it's a free show...

Ok, that'll do for this week. A few more picks day-by-day are below.

Long-running (and awesome) Brooklyn band Palomar play an acoustic show at Brooklyn Fireproof with Staring at Clouds.

Summer's days are getting shorter, so might as well spend them dancing. Cut Copy, Foster the People and Midnight Magic play the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn. If you bought tickets, that is. Sold out.

The lovely, melodic and occasionally anthemic Snowmine play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise with Dinosaur Feathers. Worse places to be than on a boat and Snowmine's worth-hearing album, Laminate Pet Animal, is a name-your-price download at BandCamp.

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Wild Flag
Wild Flag


Sonic Youth play the Williamsburg Waterfront tonight, but the real reason to go is to see supergroup Wild Flag whose debut is one of the fall's most anticipated (and yet-to-leak) releases.


Former Ultramagnetic MC (and owner of a thousand pseudonyms) Kool Keith is at 285 Kent. Half the time he sounds like he's rapping  a VCR instruction manual from 1992, but in a sea of copycats, Kool Keith is a true original.  (And Dr. Octagonecologyst is a classic.)

It's a Woodsist kind of night at Bowery Ballroom, with WoodsDucktailsWidowspeak and White Fence. Four very good musical acts for a mere $13 and not sold out as of this scribbling.

And that's really it. Watch Weird Vibes #1 in its entirety below, plus tour dates videos and flyers.

Weird Vibes - "It's Hard Being A Buzz Band"

Erika Spring - Six More Weeks

Winter Gloves - 2011 Tour Dates
Thu, Aug 11 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA w/ The Naked and Famous
Fri, Aug 12 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY w/ The Naked and Famous
Fri, Aug 12 Cameo Gallery - Brooklyn, NY w Bikini

Memory Tapes - 2011 Tour Dates
Aug 11- Glasslands BROOKLYN
Aug 12- Club Lambl MONTREAL
Aug 13- Wrongbar TORONTO
Aug 15- Empty Bottle CHICAGO

Ume - 2011 Tour Dates
8/11 New York, NY at Piano's
8/12 Boston, MA at Paradise Rock Club
8/13 Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Bowl
8/14 Baltimore, MD at The 8 X 10
8/16 Charleston, SC at Charleston Pour House
8/17 Athens, GA at Georgia Theater
8/18 Charlotte, NC at Neighborhood Theatre
8/19 Nashville, TN at Exit/In
8/20 New Orleans, LA at Tipitina's Uptown
8/27 New Braunfels, TX at Dia De Los Toadies Music Festival w/ The Black Angels, The Sword, Toadies
8/28 St. Louis, MO at LouFest 2011 - Forest Park w/ TVOTR, Catpower, Deerhunter
9/8 Portland, OR at MusicFestNW- Mississippi Studios
Part of MusicFestNW 2011
9/10 San Diego, CA at San Diego Music Thing @ Soda Bar
9/12 Indianapolis, IN at Vogue Theatre*
9/14 Madison, WI at The Majestic*
9/16 Minneapolis, MN at Triple Rock*
9/17 Fargo, ND at The Aquarium*
9/20 Spokane, WA at The A Club*
9/22 Reno, NV at The Alley*
9/26 Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad*
9/28 Lubbock, TX at Jake's*
9/29 Dallas, TX at Trees*
10/1 Houston, TX at Scout Bar*
10/2 Austin, TX at Emo's Jr*
*with Middle Class Rut and Lite Brite*

Wild Flag - 2011 Tour Dates
08.12.2011 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Sonic Youth
10.03.2011 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10.04.2011 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
10.05.2011 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
10.07.2011 Champaign, IL High Dive
10.09.2011 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
10.10.2011 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
10.11.2011 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
10.14.2011 Boston, MA Paradise w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.19.2011 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.20.2011 Washington, Black Cat w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.21.2011 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.22.2011 Athens, GA 40 Watt w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.24.2011 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.26.2011 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks w/ Eleanor Friedberger
10.28.2011 Dallas, TX The Loft
10.29.2011 Austin, TX Emo's (Outdoors)
10.31.2011 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
11.01.2011 San Diego, CA Casbah
11.02.2011 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
11.03.2011 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
11.04.2011 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
11.05.2011 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
11.07.2011 Arcata, CA Humboldt State University
11.09.2011 Portland, OR Doug Fir
11.10.2011 Portland, OR Doug Fir
11.11.2011 Seattle, WA Neumo's
11.12.2011 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret
12.09.2011 Minehead, UK Butlin's Holiday Center - ATP's "Nightmare Before Christmas Curated by Les Savy Fav




Comments (33)

Shirley should be ridiculed for jacking the name for this from Vibes Management & Weird Magic. Too bad everyone will be so eager to kiss her ass to get on "MTV" that they wouldn't dare say anything negative. In the end, all this amounts to is "Gorilla vs Bear, the webshow" with a dopey 1992 Video Toaster retro aesthetic. Bands, don't kid yourself, this is not "getting on MTV" just like getting on Altered Zones is not "getting on Pitchfork".

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 12:19 PM

ah, lewis largent was my fave host

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 12:20 PM

Look at that horrible hat!!! Can we officially put an end to the terrible trend of pretentious, semigothy semiindie-pop dark-goth with a halfassed understanding of 80's music chantuse look? Fucking whack. Dress in real clothes please.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 12:23 PM

Shirely works very hard and does a great job at what she does. "Weird" and "Vibes" are not trademarked words last I checked. She did good work and was an early, sincere supporter of many bands that have since "blown up" and always put a funny, personal spin on her projects. She has been at this a lot longer than either "Vibes Management" or "Weird Magic", give her a break and allow her to use these commonplace, overused words if she wants to.

Otherwise you might as well bring Weird War, The Weirdos, "Weird Al" Yankovic, that one Ducktails song with "Vibe" in the title, Vibe Records, DJ Vibe and The Vibratiors into this.

Give me a break 12:19! If you're not into the show that's one thing (I haven't even watched it yet) but playing the name game is pretty dumb.

Posted by Hayde S | August 11, 2011 12:29 PM

This show is already looking to be great!!! Shirley does it again. Glad to see her working in this medium again; she does it perfectly.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 12:47 PM

Why should she get a break? There's a million good names for TV shows out there that don't step on other people? If she's been "at this a lot longer" why didn't she call it NY Noise. Intern go home.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 12:53 PM

yeah, just like Sound Fix Records was stepping on the toes of Sounds on St. Marks Place...

...the f**k outta heeyah

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 12:57 PM

Is Carles getting a cut of this? I guess it was good. But jeeze, it shold be called HRO Lite (via past its point of relevancy).

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:07 PM

I'm not anybody's intern, jackass, I'm just saying you (or the previous poster, whatever, same shit) are a fucking moron for acting like "Weird" and "Vibes" are the intellectual property of two of the most recent groups to use them. You totally missed my point and I even admitted I hadn't seen the new show yet. You're just being a little baby for getting up in arms about two totally common words. Who gives a shit what the show is called?! You really have no response to the long-ass list I provided of other people who have used "Weird" and "Vibe" in naming things besides calling me an "intern"? I guess this is part of why I never take the time to argue with idiots on the internet.

I wouldn't have a problem if you didn't like the show but to get up in arms about a name is pretty weak.

Also, I'd like to point out that one of the guys behind "Vibes Management" used to be in the band "Real Estate" - why aren't you criticizing them for using two words which appeared in another band's name? Do you feel like those words are the property of Sunny Day Real Estate or the many real estate agents that exist on every corner? There's basically zero good names left, everybody knows this. Some semi-generic name really doesn't matter.

If this is such a pet cause for you I hope to see you posting in every thread that mentions a band or venue name that has similarities to something else. You would be kept very, very busy.

Posted by Hayde S. | August 11, 2011 1:15 PM

This is where MTV continues to be so out of the loop in youth culture. As usual they think rehashing an old show will give them cool cred, when in fact it just screams "not relevant" I actually watched the 120 segment as the old show was such an influence on my musical tastes. Poor Matt Pinfield; seriously, the dude is a music fan, but fuck...what a fucking nerd. Not only was it boring, but the music was, um...wack. Seriously, Kings of Leon?! They're 2011's Creed. I found this episode Weird Vibes to be somewhat entertaining; well, I watched the whole 30 minutes without getting bored...I have a friend who works at MTV and he told me upper management are so out of the loop on their audience it's sad. She told me most VP's wear dad jeans and rock out to the most played out music at full blast, hoping it proves to their staff they still 'got it' If MTV would ever want to tap back into indie culture; or, at least what is really going on in music today, they would have to fire all those old-ass people with tenure,who are way past their prime and hire a new crop of people that are actually fans of the music they represent. NY Noise was indeed a great show as the announcers were probably the same people you'd see at the shows they cover.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:30 PM

Great, another group of corporate to insist and threaten their way onto every guest list despite having enough money to buy every ticket in the room without thinking twice about it. This may be a long shot, but I'm assuming that bands aren't getting royalties like they would have in the 120 minutes days. These types like to dangle "promo" in front of you and act like they're doing you a favor by profiting off your work and ideas. But I guess if we want to play their game it's their rules, just think we'd be better off without them.

As far as the name, those words don't belong to anyone. Though their use of ubiquitous hipster terms by a corporate entity seems rather cynical and focus-groupy. Can't say I would've done it differently if I were them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:34 PM

ummm I have's 2011 I don't need some dumb bitch to curate content for me. Fail.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:36 PM

very easy to make fun of all these bands. shooting fish in a barrel, not interesting. let beavis and butthead do it at least.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:42 PM

^no one's making fun of the bands, we're making fun of how useless and unnecessary a music video shows is in 2011

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:56 PM

the main problem is that all these bands featured are just so gay and in a very gay brooklyn way

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 1:59 PM

Pretty surprised that Carles hasn't commented on this, wonder if he's calling a lawyer....

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 2:03 PM

how could I ever learn about new music w/o MTV's and Shirley Braha's help?


epic fail

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 2:04 PM

the main problem w/ this is I can pull up almost any video made in the last thirty years with a few clicks of the mouse.

given that the only other reason to watch this is if i was somehow interested in Shirley Braha and her dipshit friends acting cute.

I'm not.

At all.


Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 2:09 PM

Frohawk should host a Brooklynvegan web series featuring: new music, hummus recipes, his days listening to Daft Punk with James Murphy, start of chillwave, how he developed the ability to tell if a band was "meh".

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 2:26 PM

does anyone have evidence of frohawk's actual existence, or is he like bigfoot?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 2:39 PM

uggh whose clogging the comments with mothafucking paragraphs.

move on, NYUers

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 2:41 PM

2:26, i would watch it. Get the Hi-8 out of storage and give it a go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 3:17 PM

This show is some serious trash but it is not as horrible as the way Franky Rose looks. It is obvious that she intentionally posed herself at the "MySpace" profile pic angle. Gross. Get your hair out of your eyes bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 3:49 PM

amen 2:41

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 4:05 PM

"This may be a long shot, but I'm assuming that bands aren't getting royalties like they would have in the 120 minutes days."

FYI, neither MTV nor any other TV/cable company pays royalties to an artist for playing their promo videos. It's always been looked at as a purely promotional opportunity. Unless you're talking about ASCAP/BMI/SESAC blanket public performance license fees that still do get paid when applicable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 5:57 PM

Everyone in that video comes off really annoying and entitled.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 6:37 PM

Here's that Jeane/FamilyTrees/StrangeShapes show...

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 7:03 PM

I think we need to get back to basics. From the top:

Would. And how.
Too blurry to be sure what that is
I would but they wouldn't

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 8:16 PM

Who the hell is this skunt(yes skunt) Shirley everybody is talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 9:27 PM

Can I get a hummus recipe up in here or what?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 9:57 PM

Did someone say SLUNT?

Posted by MEHth Grips | August 11, 2011 10:02 PM

MTV GET OFF THE AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2011 8:10 AM

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