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September 19, 2014

photo by Roberta Bayley

The Blondie 40th anniversary celebrations continue with a photo exhibit curated by Jeffrey Deitch on display from September 23-29 at Hotel Chelsea's Storefront Gallery ((222 West 23rd Street) from 1-8 PM. They'll be showing photos, like the one above (via Gothamist), from photographers such as Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Roberta Bayley, Mick Rock, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bobby Grossman, David Godlis, and Blondie's Chris Stein.

A few of Blondie's members are busy with other stuff too. Current and longtime drummer Clem Burke is playing in the supergroup The Empty Hearts who have a new album and upcoming dates, and is also in The Split Squad. Former bassist Nigel Harrison will be backing The Rua on their upcoming album and at CMJ, along with Portishead/Radiohead drummer Clive Deamer.

And Blondie's not the only artist being honored with a photo show in NYC. Stevie Nicks is too.

Blonde also isn't the only veteran CBGB band celebrating a 40th anniversary this year. Ramones are too.


Iceage are only a few weeks away from Plowing Into the Field of Love (due 10/7 via Matador), and after releasing two singles they're now back with a third, "How Many." Check it out below. They'll be on tour with Helm soon too.

Continue reading "Iceage release "How Many" from new LP (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


Pittsburgh's The Gotobeds is the new band from guitarist Eli Kasan and drummer Tom Payne of the great, mostly dormant Kim Phuc. After a cassette and a couple 7"s, the band released their debut album, Poor People Are Revolting, this month via Gerard Cosloy's 12xu label. ("12xu" is not the only Wire reference associated with the band.) From the title down, this is attitude-heavy, snarling, railing-against-everything punk-informed indie rock. If you dig Protomartyr and Parquet Courts (whose album gets slightly damaged in their video for "New York's Alright [If You Like Sex & Phones]") or Pavement or The Fall (or Wire), this is pretty much essential listening. You can stream the whole album and check out that "New York's Alright" video below.

You may have seen The Gotobeds at SXSW this year (or in Brooklyn in summer 2013) and while they haven't announced a full tour in support of the new record, we did convince them to come up to Brooklyn to open for the Sleaford Mods show we're presenting at The Wick on November 29. Tickets are on sale now and the rest of the night's lineup is still TBA.

The Gotobeds' only other show currently is a hometown Pittsburgh show at Planet Vegeta on October 9. Album and video streams below...

Continue reading "The Gotobeds (members of Kim Phuc) released debut LP (stream it), added to BV presents Sleaford Mods show"

Tim Hecker at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)

As previously discussed, Pitchfork's Show No Mercy and Blackened Music are presenting a new music series called Tinnitus, which kicks off with Ben Frost in NYC on October 18 at The Wick. Since we last spoke, ambient pop artist Julianna Barwick and dark ambient artist Oneirogen were both added. Tickets are still available.

It's also since been announced that the next one happens November 12 at The Wick with drone great Tim Hecker (who just played Basilica Sound Scape, another event curated in part by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy) headlining. Avant-guitar wizard Loren Mazzacane Connors (Kath Bloom, Thurston Moore) and experimental pop artist Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) are opening the show. Tickets are on sale now.

Tim Hecker and Circuit des Yeux both have other dates too. All are listed below...

Continue reading "Tim Hecker touring, playing NYC w/ Circuit des Yeux & Loren Connors; Juliana Barwick & Oneirogen opening for Ben Frost"

photos by Ebru Yildiz

Ty Segall @ Webster Hall 9/20/2014
Ty Segall
Ty Segall
Ty Segall

Segall's frequent glam-rock references were dusted through the set like a fine layer of glitter; Cronin wore shiny blue facepaint; the crop-circle-esque Manipulator logo provided a backdrop on the Webster stage and adorned Segall's all-white ensemble. But the sonic focus was on those blistering guitar solos that populate so many of the tracks on Manipulator. Segall's fingers only left his strings for an occasional fist-pump or finger-point into the churning crowd. There were very few moments the audience was not wont to mosh, and mosh they did.

Though barricades around the photo pit are customary at Webster Hall shows, neither were present on Thursday. That's because Wednesday's attendees obliterated them, and perhaps management thought it best to forgo setting them up again only to have them ignored. So the stream of kids jumping onstage only to jump off a few seconds later was pretty much constant, including one flannel-clad guy very dedicated to a '90s state of mind who must have made the leap a dozen or so times in the last half of the 20-odd song set. - [Village Voice]

Last night (9/18), Ty Segall played his second of two Webster Hall shows which was just as bonkers as the first night, with a constant stream of (gentle) stage divers and crowdsurfers, including Ty himself where atop the audience he sang his last song of the night.

Thursday was also the first night of the tour's second leg which is with Seattle's charming surf rockers La Luz. Pictures from their set, and more of Ty's set, below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall wrapped up his wild two-night stay at Webster Hall (pics with night 2 openers La Luz)"

Looking for Johnny

The 14th Annual Coney Island Film Festival runs from September 19 - 21, 2014. Things kick off tonight with an opening night party and a single screening, and then you can spend all day Saturday and Sunday watching movies in Coney Island. Titles include "Brooklyn Slice", "Keep It Real: Banksy NYC", "The Birth and Death of the BTK Band", "Passage To Coney Island", "Last Night in Astroland", "Samuel's Game", "Famous Nathan", "Looking For Johnny", and of course "The Warriors".

Looking For Johnny is a documentary about the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, and it will be making its NYC premiere at the Coney Island film fest. $8 will get you into the Saturday, 3pm screening AND Q&A with "some of the punk period musicians who appear in the film."

Clips from the film with more information below...

Continue reading "Johnny Thunders documentary premiering at Coney Island Film Festival (which is this weekend)"

two of Stevie's self portraits

This October, Steve Nicks will have a variety of her self portraits on display in NYC for a photo show called "24 K Gold," ArtsBeat reports. The shots were all taken between 1975 and 1987 and were selected by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart. The show first happens at 201 Mulberry St on October 10 & 11 and then at the Morrison Hotel Gallery (116 Prince St) from October 12 - Halloween. If you're wondering why Stevie got engaged in self portraits, the ArtsBeat article sheds more light:

"I wanted to learn how to become a photographer," Ms. Nicks said in comments forwarded by her spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg. "And I don't sleep at night, so I thought, who am I going to ask to stay up all night, and then do a show tomorrow? So I'm not going to get Christine," she said, referring to Christine McVie, her colleague in Fleetwood Mac. "She's going to say, 'Are you crazy? I'm going to the bar. Bye.'"

In search of variety, Ms. Nicks used props and costumes, often tinkering with lighting and placement through the night. "I did everything," she said. "I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director -- it was my joy. I was the model."

Stevie's also got a similarly named solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, coming October 7 via Warner Bros, just before the photo show begins. She just put out the track "24 Karat Gold" today. Stream that (via Parade), with the tracklist, below.

And she'll be on tour with Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup (Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham included) hitting NYC that month too on October 6 & 7 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Stevie Nicks released "24 Karat Gold" from new LP (listen); will have self portrait show on display in NYC in October"

A little Depp'll do ya: Ryan & Johnny in London last night (via)

Ryan Adams has added a couple NYC shows to his upcoming fall tour, playing solo acoustic at Carnegie Hall on November 15 & 17. Tickets for both Carnegie shows go on sale Wednesday (9/24) at 11 AM with a fan presale beginning Monday (9/22) at 11 AM with the password GIM20459. Both those shows are with Butch Walker who is also playing Ryan's two full-band shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22 (sold out) and November 23 (tickets) and most of the tour. Updated dates are listed below.

Currently on tour in the UK, Ryan played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (9/18) and brought out celebrity guest guitarist Johnny Depp for "Kim" and a cover of Danzig's "Mother." You can watch video of both those below.

Last week, Ryan was in NYC for an appearance on The Late Show with Davd Letterman, performing "Gimme Something Good" from his new eponymous album. Video of that is below as well. He also joined Bob Mould on stage a day earlier.

Continue reading "Ryan Adams had Johnny Depp onstage in London, covered Danzig (watch); adds 2 solo Carnegie Hall shows to tour"

Dean Blunt

...From there the record follows a bumpy trajectory as our hero comes to terms with his loss, utilising the tried-and-tested signs and sounds of heartbreak - acoustic guitars, lapping waves, gushing strings - to express his pain. But the mood is constantly sullied by interruptions from the outside world - mumbled voicemail messages, snippets of movie dialogue, smashing glass. The glass, that classic grime sound signifying nihilistic abandon, is here followed up by wailing car alarms - the broken window has consequences, and consequences are what The Redeemer is dealing with. [FACT]
The above quote is from FACT's review of Dean Blunt's acclaimed 2013 solo album on Hippos in Tanks, The Redeemer, which had followed his also-acclaimed 2012 collaboration with Inga Copeland (with whom he makes up the duo Hype Williams), Black Is Beautiful, on Hyperdub. Now Dean Blunt has signed to the larger Rough Trade label, and he'll release his new album, Black Metal, on November 4. Its first single, "50 Cent," is out now and can be streamed below. Tracklist, including song titles like "Punk," "Country," "Mersh," and "Blow," also below.

Dean Blunt also has a tour coming up which is mostly in Europe but also includes US dates in NYC and LA. The NYC show happens November 6 at The Studio at Webster Hall with strong local support from Gobby. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song stream, below...

Continue reading "Dean Blunt releasing 'Black Metal,' streaming "50 Cent," going on tour, playing NYC w/ Gobby (dates)"


The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is next Saturday (9/27) at Smorgasburg (90 Kent in Williamsburg) and while you're digging through the crates and the tables of special items from some of the label vendors, a host of DJs will be providing the soundtrack:

1-1:30​pm​ ​ ​Paul Collins (of Beirut)
1:30-2​pm​ ​ ​Matt W (RVNG Intl.)
2-2:30​pm​ ​ ​Kroba ( Archie Pelago)
2:30-3​pm​ ​ Rob Henry (​Disco De Facto​)​
3-3:30​pm​ ​ ​Silent Servant
3:30-4​pm​ ​ Yale (Luaka Bop​)
4-4:30​pm​ ​ ​DFA​ Special Guest​
4:30-5​pm ​ ​ ​Jonathan Toubin​
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair runs from 11AM - 6 PM and is free to attend.

Speaking of Smorgasburg, their special Summerstage event is tonight (9/19), featuring the Mr. Saturday Night DJs and 30 food vendors -- including a special Shabbos dinner from the folks at Mile End -- from 5 - 9PM at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. It's free to attend, flyer is below.

And finally, don't forget that the Brooklyn Flea's "Northside Concert Series" kicks off this Sunday (9/21) at 50 Kent. We already knew it'd have a solo performance by Marnie Stern, and now the rest of the lineup was announced including Philly indie rockers Cayetana, Brooklyn electro-funk band Motion Studies and Crazy Pills. Music Starts at 3 PM.

Smorgasburg Summerstage flyer is below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Flea Record Fair announces DJ lineup; Cayetana, Motion Studies & Crazy Pills added to Marnie Stern show"