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October 21, 2014

Jim Campilongo @ Living Room (more by Killdisco Design)
Jim Campilongo

Guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and The Living Room have a long history together. In fact, I think we've posted about more JC shows at Living Room than any other artist who ever played there. It seems super appropriate then that, DESPITE WHAT IT SAYS ON THE VENUE AND CMJ'S WEBSITE, Jim's new project is the first-ever show (that we know about) at the opening of the venue's new Brooklyn location tonight (10/21). Jim says:

Tonight the 18 Wheelers play two shows- the new Living Room at 9pm, then a few doors up Metropolitan Ave at Skinny Dennis from 10pm to Midnight. Really looking forward to our road trip!

DOUBLE CLUTCHING - DOUBLE HEADER TUESDAY!
LIVING ROOM "SOFT" OPENING!
ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS
JIM CAMPILONGO, GERALD MENKE, ROY WILLIAMS, SCOTT COLBERG, NICK "CRIME" ANDERSON, ZEPHANIAH O'HORA
THE NEW LIVING ROOM in BROOKLYN USA!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 SHOWTIME 9PM to 10PM
with MOSCO ROSCO 10PM and ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT 11PM
134 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg
http://www.livingroomny.com/

ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS
JIM CAMPILONGO, GERALD MENKE, ROY WILLIAMS, SCOTT COLBERG, NICK "CRIME" ANDERSON, ZEPHANIAH O'HORA
SKINNY DENNIS in BROOKLYN USA
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 SHOWTIME 10PM to 12 MIDNIGHT
152 Metropolitan Ave Williamsburg
http://www.skinnydennisbar.com/

In related news, Jim recently launched a Kickstarter to raise money to record with the Honeyfingers.

My Cousin, The Emperor is listed on The Living Room's website as the first band tonight, but they sent out this message earlier today: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's performance at The Living Room has been cancelled. I will be rescheduling it for early December (although it will probably be a full-band and not a solo acoustic show). If you were planning to attend, I appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience." Jim is now in that slot. And as Jim mentions, after that, Jim will immediately head to Skinny Dennis which is on the same block (Metropolitan Ave between Berry / Wythe) for a 10 PM set.

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Fairly new Brooklyn venue Radio Bushwick had a busy CMJ week planned until yesterday something caused all their shows to be moved/canceled. They haven't made an official statement (they did not reply to our inquiry) but The New Lines wrote in about their 10/27 Halloween show with Sansyou and more to say:

OOP - quick update - show moved to the rock shop (park slope, brooklyn) due to some sort of landlordly legal-biz - please send radio bushwick your good karmic energy (/ actual support!) as they tough it out, ok?
As for CMJ week shows, some are moving to nearby Lot 45 but here's the rundown:

--Tonight's (10/21) Hallelujah Blackout showcase with Swagger Dagger, Brett Saxon and more will now happen at Lot 45 (411 Troutman).

--Wednesday's (10/22) Noise Love CMJ showcase with Honduras, Skull Practitioners and more is also going to Lot 45.

--Thursday's (10/23) Out on The Streets showcase with Seoul, Fort Lean, Rioux, Tomboy and more is also now moving to Lot 45.

--Friday's (10/24) Bird Dog Promo showcase with Boytoy, Beverly, Dilly Dally and more will now happen at The Studio @ Webster Hall.

--Black Bell CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) is canceled.

That's all we know about so far.

the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Glasslands

First Death by Audio, and now their neighbors Glasslands. The venue just posted the following:

Dearest friends -

You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.

When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.

It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.

Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.

We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.

Love,
Glasslands

Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."

We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.

Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.

October 17, 2014

Connan

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual). The show tripled as a benefit for Shoe4Africa, a charity that promotes health, physical fitness and education in Africa.

The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.

A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake were then flung into the audience.

Connan

Headlining the "early show" (the "late" Ryn Weaver show started after 1am) was the free-spirited, wavy blond haired Connan Mockasin (not to be confused with Ariel Pink who also recently played an after-midnight show at Baby's). Connan warned the crowd that they hadn't played in two months and the set might be rough, but it was a typical loose, wild set from the New Zealander and his talented band (which included Ariel Pink guitarist Tim Koh for much of it), with as much between-song banter as there was music with friends -- not to mention the Big Baby coming and going, joining the band here and there.

At one point Connan said their last NYC show, which was at MHOW, had  30% of the crowd get naked and asked what we thought of that. At least a few folks, including two girls in front of us, thought that was their cue to whip off their shirts. (They then put them back on, at least for the moment.) Connan also sang happy birthday to Baby's again at midnight before closing with an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love." (The song is 10 minutes as it is.) For the encore, Connan brought his whole band back on stage, plus good friend Liam Finn and most of his band, plus Mac DeMarco and Kiki of course. Things quickly turned even more interesting as a shirtless Connan, still stuck on besting the 30% naked average, kept encouraging everyone to take their clothes off. All the male members of Connan's band obliged, as did many men in the crowd, and many women as well. Those near the front who weren't sure at first, were urged along by Conanan's keyboardist Sofia Karchi, who jumped into the crowd to help shirts over people's heads. After an improvised cover of "Tutti Fruity," it was back to banter mode. He encouraged the now at least 10% topless room to sit down, where Connan told the still-shirted members of the audience he didn't hold it against them, sheepishly admitting that if he was at a show where the singer was asking folks to get naked, he wouldn't do it. The night ended around 1 AM with a loose take on "Megumi the Milkyway Above." What was supposed to be a 30-minute set hit an hour-and-a-half.

We didn't stick around, but as mentioned, wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver (whose next show is at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ) played her 2nd ever show even later (her first show was at Baby's two nights earlier).

More pictures, videos, songs and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Who got naked for Connan Mockasin at Baby's All Right's 1st birthday party?"

October 14, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

JEFF the Brotherhood / Diarrhea Planet @ DBA 10/12/2014
Jeff the Brotherhood
Diarrhea Planet
Jeff the Brotherhood

Death by Audio still has another five weeks open but signs that things are changing are already apparent. Construction scaffolding is already up outside the building, and inside they've knocked down part of the wall that divides the front and back rooms of the DIY venue so you can see the stage all the way back at the bar. While the former is kinda depressing, the wall being gone inside actually makes the place a little more comfortable, especially for bananapants shows like JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet on Sunday (10/12). A little more room to breath and be clear of the constant crowdsurfing (for those not into that). Apparently, a lot of big, potentially wild shows are in the works.

There are few bands, to me at least, that are as synonymous with DbA as JEFF. Some of the craziest things I've ever seen at the place were during JEFF shows (including personally getting hit with a bottle rocket [unharmed] which was crazy, maybe not cool, but I won't forget it) and the band always make time to play there. Part of their tour with fellow Nashvillians Diarrhea Planet, this was the NYC debut of a new four-piece version of JEFF with a guitarist and bassist giving Jake and Jamin Orrall a little more oomph. I never had any problem with the duo version, mind you. Jake riffing away while Jamin, head down, laid down a motorik beat like a machine. But they sounded great. The crowd went the most nuts for We Are the Champions' "Mellow Out," at least till "the Wizard" made an appearance for a set-ending cover of Rush's "Working Man."

One more note about their set: I've seen a handful of shows at DbA since they announced the end, and JEFF were  the first band not to sentimentalize on stage. Which I was personally thankful for, as it's felt like the longest eulogy ever sometimes (though the sentiment is certainly commiserated). They came to rock not to mourn, though Jamin said before their set he felt a little overwhelmed.

The crowd for Diarrhea Planet was actually much wilder than JEFF's, with near-constant crowd surfing, which seemed to fit their guitar-heavy, beer-rock anthems. There were a lot of guitars/guitarists on stage, all with Big Rock Moves, and the crowd was singing along to all the choruses, fists in air. I saw two amazing things during their set, both crowd-surfing related. Number 1: some kid, while atop the crowd, began taking selfies with a disposable camera. Whether intentional or not, he was immediately dropped. (I'd like to think it was on purpose). Number 2: One of the more frequent crowdsurfers was a girl whose birthday it was (apparently), and at one point she grabbed onto one of the fans in the drop-ceiling which immediately came down though was still hanging by the wires. Some guy raced from the back of the room, got hoisted up by the crowd and shoved the fan back into place. The band and the crowd went wild. This is the guy who put it back:

Diarrhea Planet

Before the headliners were Brooklyn's Scully, most of whom used to be in The Splinters (who played early DbA shows with JEFF) and who played a fun set of garagey pop. I missed first group: Nashville dancehall act Punani Huntah that features Jake Orrall on the decks (or laptop in this case).

JEFF and DP also played Santos Party House on Monday (10/13) as well. Pictures from the whole DbA show continue below...

Continue reading "JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet played Death by Audio (which is closing way too soon) --- pics"

Living Room's old LES spot (more by Amanda Hatfield) / new space in Williamsburg
Living Room
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The last we spoke about NYC venue Living Room, they had closed their Ludlow St location (next to Pianos and Cake Shop) but were promising to move to a new space. Their plan currently is to soft open during CMJ at their new Williamsburg location of 134 Metropolitan between Berry and Wythe. (Though there's no sign outside currently, or really any sign that it's about to be open.) That's not too far from Glasslands (or the soon-to-close Death by Audio) and if Max Fish had actually opened in Williamsburg (to have been at 132 Metropolitan), they would've been neighbors again.

So far, their schedule for CMJ includes shows with Mosco Rosco, Have Mercy, Fort Lean, Frances Cone and more. You can check out their full schedule as it stands at the moment, below...

Continue reading "Living Room opening in new Brooklyn location for CMJ"

October 6, 2014

C3C3C3

The NY Times reports:

Live Nation Entertainment, the concert and ticketing giant, is in advanced talks to buy a majority stake in C3 Presents, the country's largest independent promoter, with a portfolio that includes the popular Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals.

The prospective deal, in negotiations for months but still not completed, would give Live Nation a stake of 51 percent in C3 Presents, and value C3 at around $250 million, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.

A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and representatives of C3 did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday afternoon.

C3, based in Austin, Tex., is run by three friends all named Charles or Charlie -- in the music industry, they are widely known as "the Charlies" -- and the company has grown quickly from its founding in 2007.

C3, best known for owning those festivals, is also a major force in the Austin rock club scene. They recently bought the Emo's name (and its new location, Emo's East), and book shows at Stubb's, Lambert's, The Parish and other places. They also had a lot to do with Metallica's Orion Festival (which took place in Atlantic City and then Detroit).

Phantogram playing The Hills NYC during Fashion Week (via @TheHillsNYC)
The Hills

Legendary NYC club Don Hill's closed its doors for good in April 2011, just a few weeks after its namesake owner passed away suddenly at age 66. The space, located at 511 Greenwich Street, is now coming back, and in what sounds like much the same form, but as The Hills NYC. The new incarnation launched their website back in the spring with this statement:

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, The Hills NYC was birthed from the iconic venue Don Hill's, which closed its doors for the last time in 2011. Reset, rebuilt and refocused, The Hills NYC is here to bring back Don's original vision of a legendary venue which showcases Rock and Roll icons and NY talent. We are COMING SOON! & We are here to keep NY real.
The Hills NYC made its debut in September with a private Interview party during Fashion Week 2014 (Phantogram played) and hopes to be open later this fall.

October 3, 2014

fighting for their right to stop booze at Starbucks
Starbucks

Williamsburg's second Starbucks location, set to open at 154 N 7th Street, probably won't be granted its wish to serve beer and wine after all, based on vocal opposition from residents and local business owners at last night's Community Board 1 SLA Review Committee meeting in Brooklyn.

Esther Bell and Sarah Madges, owner and manager of The West coffee house, which is nearby Williamsburg's first Starbucks location on Union Avenue, got 500 signatures in the past three days opposing the license. Madges had previously told Newsweek that The West wasn't intimidated by the Seattle coffee mogul and that "people who want real coffee are going to still come to places like us."

But the threat of a nearby Starbucks serving not only burnt coffee but bad chardonnay was too much for Bell and Madges.

"It really is more about a precedent that opens up to every single Starbucks," Bell said. "They have 255 locations in Manhattan right now, and we would be setting the precedent that Starbucks will not only keep opening up in Brooklyn, block by block, but now take a vital revenue stream from small business. As you know, most restaurants can't survive without alcohol." [Gothamist]

Starbucks has been selling alcohol in select locations since at least 2012. The first Williamsburg Starbucks location opened near the Lorimer L stop, but this second location is N7 right by the Bedford stop (and the Dunkin' Donuts).

Speaking of Starbucks, they're the big sponsor of the upcoming Veterans day mega-concert in DC.

Barclays Center, night of The Weeknd (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Barclays Center

The venue for next week's Judas Priest show may have a new owner soon. The NY Post reports:

Brooklyn's former and current teams are close to teaming up.

Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment, which owns the LA Dodgers, is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about a "combination of assets."

The proposed deal would include both the Nets and the 2-year-old Barclays Center, according to a report.

Guggenheim, which bought the Dodgers in March 2012 for $2.15 billion, the highest price ever paid for a Major League Baseball team, is valuing the Nets at $1.7 billion and the arena at $1.1 billion, NBA league sources told The Post.

That's a pricey sum for the Nets -- about 20 percent more than the team would fetch if they were sold on the open market, one sports banker said.

Guggenheim is offering the premium to pre-empt any auction for the whole team and arena, the banker said.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire, is expected to remain in control of the Nets, according to Nets Daily, the website, which first reported the talks.

Bruce Ratner, who controls Barclays Center, would retain that same control after the deal, if it is completed, according to the report.

Neil Diamond just announced a Barclays Center show. Tickets go on sale on 10/13.

We just caught The Black Keys and The Weeknd there.

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