Posted in MP3 | music on April 10, 2012

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADBlack Tambourine - What's Your Game? (MP3)

Black Tambourine at Artsphere, Washington DC (via Sammich's instagram)
Black Tambourine

Between most songs in Black Tambourine's set, Mike Schulman, Archie Moore, and (Washington City Paper staffer) Brian Nelson switched off between guitar, bass, and percussion. Singer Pam Berry, lectern in tow, stayed in the center--and because it was true to the original recordings, it was OK that her voice was a little low in the mix. Everything was loud, fast, and feedback-strewn. About 5 percent of the audience was absolutely flipping out. Seventy to 80 percent was mostly flipping out, but with less flailing. "We've practiced three times in a row, which is three more times in a row than we'd ever practiced before," Moore said after the show. [Washington City Paper]
Black Tambourine are in the greater New York area, having played Maxwell's last night (with Fan Modine and Rose Melberg) and will headline tonight's first of three chickfactor 20th anniversary shows at The Bell House. Tonight (4/10 with Small Factory, Versus, the Lois Plus) and tomorrow (4/11 with The Aisler's Set, Pipas, Bridget St. John, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group) are sold out but you can still get tickets to Thursday's closing show (4/12) with Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Honey Bunch, The Pines, The Softies).

For those going tonight, there are two unannounced special guests opening the show, so get there at 8PM sharp! Black Tambourine's new EP of Ramones covers (download "What's Your Game?" above) isn't out till May 15 but I wouldn't be surprised if it was at the merch table tonight.

Additionally, for those Small Factory fans who couldn't get tickets tonight (or are maybe going to see Pulp), the reformed Rhode Islanders play Cake Shop on Friday (4/13) with Air Waves.

Click through to see the lovely poster for the chickfactor anniverary, done by Tae Won Yu (who did the art for Built to Spill's Perfect from Now On and Keep it Like a Secret).

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Comments (15)

who was the special guest at maxwells?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 1:13 PM

fatchick factor

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 1:16 PM

chickpea factor

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 1:47 PM

they're still cooking with gas. lovely.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 2:09 PM

I was at the DC show and they didn't have the new ep....I was bummed.

Posted by joe | April 10, 2012 5:32 PM

Going to the Aislers Set tomorrow. I wish Black Tambourine was on that bill too.

Maybe they'll play another round of shows.

Just when you think you're sick of reunions, awesome reunions like these happen.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 8:10 PM

that lead singer in black tambourine sure is fat

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 10:28 PM

she's great and people dig the band, so f u

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:36 AM

@10:28 who fucking cares, they were awesome

Posted by m | April 11, 2012 10:07 AM

what are the set times for tonight? anyone know? what time did Lois go on?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:06 PM

Musical Chairs was the special guest at Maxwells.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:47 PM

Commenters at 116 and 1028 sure are pieces of shit with no self-esteem who feel the need to make an anonymous post on someone else's physical appearance at a MUSIC SHOW to make their own loser selves feel good.

Self-loathing is so depressing.

8th grade is so awesome!


Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:51 PM

It's very simple. Pam is not only extremely talented, she's one of the rare people who improves the lives of everyone she interacts with. She is a ray of sunlight who makes you forget momentarily that rotten people like @10:28 even exist.

Posted by methodishca | April 12, 2012 2:52 PM

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Posted by Make Money | July 9, 2012 12:26 AM

I gotta say I like this

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 3:34 PM

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