Recent Posts in venues
December 10, 2013
Trans Pecos' backyard (via @todd_patrick)
As discussed, the new Todd P venue Trans Pecos in now open in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), and its schedule is already filling up with a number of shows this month into next. In a new message from Todd, he explains that these currently announced shows are "preview events" and that they've still got a ways to go in terms of renovation. You can read his full statement, which includes many more details about the future of the venue, below.
Upcoming shows include Pop. 1280 (12/12), The Range (12/13), Hard Nips (12/14), Heaven's Gate w/ Millions (12/19), Miho Hatori (12/20), Kayo Dot (1/3) and more. Full current schedule and full lineups for each show here.
Read Todd P's statement below...
It is with great excitement for us to unveil The Silent Barn's Winter 2013 Fundraising Campaign to our fantastic community of supporters! As we pass the first anniversary of our 10-year commitment to our new building, we cannot help but be excited about all of the projects, installations, and performances that can be created here over the remaining decade. To assure that the Silent Barn dream continues, we are working to raise $20,000 by January 1st, 2014, which will finish renovations, strengthen our infrastructure, and enable us to continue offering diverse programming in the new year.Silent Barn opened in their new location (603 Bushwick Ave) back in January and have had an ambitious first year there but are looking to raise $20K by January 1 for reasons explained above. For more on their fundraiser (and an explanation of the donor incentives, called "barnacles"), you can watch a short video below and or visit Silent Barn's donate page.
We are seeking your support, as our community, to help us raise achieve this goal. Your donation will help to complete the last of our startup costs, investing in the Silent Barn's infrastructure for years to come. In gratitude, your donation to the Silent Barn is tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Flux Factory, and you will receive an exclusive donor gift currency that brings you artworks, records, tshirts, beer, entry to shows, tea blends, haircuts, craft supplies, noise friends, cassette tapes, and many great gifts made by the Silent Barn family.
Tonight (12/10) at Silent Barn you can see Motion Studies (feat. member of Mr. Dream) who are making their live debut, plus Fasano, Courtship Ritual, The Flag, and Horselover Fats (also making their live debut).
Silent Barn fundraiser video below...
December 9, 2013
by Doug Moore
Notekillers @ Trans Pecos on Saturday (via @northernspyrecs)
A few weeks back, we mentioned that Todd P has established a new, legal/up-to-code venue called Trans-Pecos in the former Silent Barn space at 915 Wyckoff Ave; the venue officially opened its doors with a Northern Spy Records-curated Gnaw/Notekillers/Psalm Zero show last week. (NSR will host a weekly show series every Thursday at the venue.) Trans-Pecos still doesn't have much of an official web presence, but a number of shows have been announced for the spot on top of the aforementioned Pop. 1280/Ukjah Drag/Herzog Rising/Nick Klein show this Thursday (12/12). Here's a rundown.
All of the following have $8 covers and will open their doors at 8 PM, except where noted...
This Wednesday (12/11), Dreams West will play with Only Edges and LAMPGOD & **L_RD//$M$.
On Friday (12/13), noted Rhode Island IDM crafter The Range (who recently released a new album) will play with Zeljko McMullen, Michael Beharie, and Diamond Terrifier. The door charge goes up to $10 for this one.
On Saturday (12/14), the aforementioned Peter Kerlin Octet/Sunwatchers/Platinum Vision lineup will be joined by all-girl Japanese rockers Hard Nips (who are nonetheless based in Brooklyn) in the headlining slot.
The ensuing Friday (12/20), avant-garde ensemble Zs (whose Sam Hillmer put out a sax-based solo record in the spring) play with Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori and DJ Bubbles.
Finally, on January 3 (1/3), Kayo Dot will join Hospital Productions noise artist Lussuria and Jeremiah Cymerman for the first edition of a monthly series curated by Psalm Zero bandmates Andrew Hock (of Castevet) and Charlie Looker (ex-Extra Life).
If you're curious about what Trans-Pecos has done with the former Silent Barn space, check out this Bedford and Bowery writeup. Flyer for Thursday's Pop. 1280 show is below...
December 6, 2013
Kutsher's, as seen at ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Thank you music festival ATP NY for recently bringing back some of the old glory to Kutsher's and allowing me to experience its kitschy splendor, a pleasure future generations will never know...
The sale of the last iconic Catskills resort was finalized late Wednesday, according to Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency Chairman and county Legislator Ira Steingart.In 2009 we mentioned that the old Catskills resort was for sale, but that didn't stop ATP from returning there, their final year there, in 2010 (ATP then moved to Asbury Park and then to NYC and then didn't do a festival in NY at all in 2013).
Once the site of legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Mickey Mantle and Jerry Seinfeld, the century-old, family-operated Kutsher's Country Club is being transformed into a $90 million Nature Cure Lifestyle Management Center.
"We need resorts like this in Sullivan County," Steingart said.
The 1,300-acre resort, both its man-made and natural lakes, and all its properties outside Monticello were sold to Veria Lifestyle, which is connected to the Veria Living media conglomerate.
Veria's management has said it hopes to start demolition very soon with the opening expected next spring. Steingart said the timeline is aggressive but he's eager to get the property back on the tax rolls and create hundreds of expected jobs.
"I'm very excited about the closing," he said. [Times Herald-Record]
Kutsher's, as seen at ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Watch a trailer for a documentary about the Catskills resort, below...
by Bill Pearis
We're past Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and fully in the holiday season, which for some of us means the annual office party. But who just wants to drink with the person in the cubicle next to you and that weird guy in Accounting? BrooklynVegan and pals at doNYC are throwing a joint holiday party -- and you're invited too. It goes down on December 19 at Videology in Williamsburg from 8 - 10 PM with complimentary Goose Island beer (while supplies last).
In addition to the refreshments, there will also be clips from holiday specials and movies on Videology's big screen, from the warm and familiar to some really weird stuff (Star Wars Christmas Special anyone?). Also, yours truly as DJ for the evening. You're welcome to stick around after 10 PM, too, I'll still be spinning tunes till they make me stop, with still more holiday weirdness to watch as well. It's free (21+) but you do need to RSVP (though admission with RSVP is still first come, first served, capacity permitting). Hope to see you there!
Speaking of Videology, the Williamsburg spot (where, full disclosure, I clerked for years and years) turned from neighborhood video store into a neighborhood bar/screening room/video store about a year ago. Videology is celebrating it's 10th anniversary on Friday, December 13 starting at 8 PM. There will be drink specials, a mash-up of their popular Twin Peaks and Arrested Development bingo nights, food, trivia, prizes, gourmet cotton candy and more. Also, me again DJing starting at 11 PM. It's free and if you RSVP you get half-price drinks all night.
December 5, 2013
Rough Trade's music venue (more by Greg Cristman)
Last night (12/4), Ida Maria was supposed to play Rough Trade when it got an 11th-hour relocation to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Turns out all shows at Rough Trade for the next month or so are going to get moved as well, due to sound issues with the venue. Here's the Press Release:
Following consultation with local residents and local authorities, Rough Trade and The Bowery Presents have decided it would best to put 'on hold' all live performance events at the Rough Trade NYC store, until further notice. This decision has been made to allow additional sound remediation work to be carried out, during which time scheduled RTNYC live events, where possible, will be transferred to the other local venues. RTNYCRough Trade, the store, remains open 9 AM - 11 PM daily.
Tonight's show (12/5) with Tourist, Jim-E Stack, and AIMES will now happen at Baby's All Right. AIMES are no longer playing, but all tickets will be honored. 8 PM doors.
No word on where the rest of Rough Trade's December schedule -- like Friday's Andrew Bird show (12/6) --
will end up, so stay tuned. UPDATE: Andrew Bird, DIIV and other shows have been cancelled.
December 3, 2013
Who's in the mood for a melody? Call your dad. Billy Joel is about to start a very, very long residency at MSG,
"Joining the ranks of The Garden's other original franchises - including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty - Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The first four previously announced shows -- January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18 are sold out. The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy's 65th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST). Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7th.The piano man also plays Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Billy's friend Elton John starts a 2-night run at MSG tonight.
Full Billy Joel MSG press release below...
November 26, 2013
by Bill Pearis
The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.
The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.
Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT
The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.
I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.
I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.
Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.
Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).
In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.
Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?
November 25, 2013
photos by Chris La Putt
The first real concerts at Rough Trade's new NYC location, in partnership with Bowery Presents, will happen this weekend with Television (both sold out), but meanwhile the venue opened tonight (11/25) with a pair of free "in-stores". An "in-store" at the Williamsburg record store that is also a concert venue, is a short and free show. Sky Ferreira, who recently headlined Webster Hall, played
five seven songs during her venue-opening in-store set and we have pictures of her and the store in this post.
Danny Brown plays an in-store Tuesday at 5pm. Matthew E. White is Wednesday. Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent play free ones Saturday afternoon (Television is Friday and Saturday night). More pics of Sky and the store below...
November 21, 2013
Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Trans-Pecos, as originally defined in 1887 by the Texas geologist Robert T. Hill, is the portion of Texas that lies west of the Pecos River. The term is considered synonymous with "Far West Texas", a subdivision of West Texas. The Trans-Pecos is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, the second largest desert in North America. It the most mountainous and arid portion of the state, and most of its area (outside of the city of El Paso) is vast and sparsely populated, comprising seven of the ten largest counties by area in Texas. The area is well known for the natural beauty of the Big Bend, and has one of the highest proportions of publicly owned land in the continental US. [Wikipedia]As discussed, Todd P is opening a new venue in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), and we now know that the new venue will be called Trans Pecos and it opens on December 5 with the previously discussed Gnaw / Psalm Zero / Notekillers show. It's a Northern Spy-presented show, and according to the flyer (pictured below), Northern Spy will be doing "Thursdays @ Trans Pecos." One of the only another announced shows at the moment is one the following Thursday, December 12 with Pop. 1280, Ukiah Drag, Herzog Rising, and Nick Klein. Doors for both of those shows are at 8 PM, with the music starting at 9. $8 at the door gets you in.
Peter Kerlin Octet, Sunwatchers, and Platinum Vision play Trans Pecos on Saturday, 12/14. That's all the shows we know about at the moment.
As you may know, Silent Barn moved and is currently open in its new Bushwick Ave location.
Northern Spy 'Thursdays @ Trans Pecos' flyer below...