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October 24, 2014

Maxwell's in 2013 (more by Matt Schiels)
Maxwell's

Hoboken venue Maxwell's closed as a music club in 2013 only to be sold and re-opened as a bar/restaurant earlier this year. When we last posted, we mentioned the new owners aren't ruling out live music, and now NJ.com reports that there will in fact be live music. It's a little different than the stuff Maxwell's used to have though:

"We definitely want to have music back in Hoboken," said [new co-owner Pete] Carr. "We're trying to engage the local community and offer a stage for the town's local indie bands to play." And with an initial spate of concerts that includes veteran NJ cover band the Nerds next Thursday, an Eric Clapton tribute band on Nov. 7, and DJ nights on Halloween weekend, Carr and [Evan] Dean seem enthusiastic about making original live music a staple at the venue again.

...Dean and Carr then reached out to some of the people driving Hoboken's current music, including musician and promoter Dave Entwistle, restauranteur and blogger Stephen Bailey, and producer/musician Chris Gibson. Because Entwistle and Bailey have been responsible for the Hoboken Music Awards since their inception, they'll be using their new role as curators for Maxwell's Tavern's back room to do a monthly HMA Indie Night and bring the best local bands to the venue's back room.

"I don't care what the naysayers say about this not being the old Maxwell's," said Bailey.

"This is a chance to start a brand new venue, and create a whole new Hoboken scene."

...The new team will launch their first Hoboken Music Awards Indie Night on Friday, Dec. 5. "We have a really good feeling about this," said Entwistle. "The first Friday of every month will be locals night. If you play a HMA Night at Maxwell's, you'll be eligible for the next year's awards." It's a fresh approach, and we'll have a new logo, new ideas, new music," he said.

The venue's first concert is tonight (10/24) with American Idol singer Elise Testone. More info on other upcoming events and tickets at the Maxwell's website.

Ex-Maxwell's booker Todd Abramson can now be found at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

The Gutter

Yesterday it was revealed that the doctor with ebola in NYC spent the evening at Williamsburg concert venue and bowling alley The Gutter before realizing he had symptoms. Last night The Gutter was closed as a result. The CMJ show scheduled to take place there was cancelled. Late last night the Gutter issued their first statement. This morning they posted this second one:

We voluntarily decided to close The Gutter yesterday evening as a precautionary measure while we gathered more information. We are working with the NYC Health Department to have the bar cleaned and sanitized under their supervision and expect to be open sometime today after that is completed. Doctors advising the Health Department have told us that our staff and customers were at no risk.
Meanwhile, tonight's CMJ show at the bowling alley is also cancelled, though show presenter Gimme Tinnitus says maybe the show will uncancel itself if they do open. If it does, they're asking for donations to Doctors Without Borders.

The Village Voice recently said The Gutter has the best bowling lanes in NY.

The bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight were/are Dott, Be Forest, The Flag, Kindling, Night Powers, and Lia Mice. It was/is a $5, no-badges show.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bowl continues to spread the word, that "As confirmed by New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Spencer visited another bowling alley and not Brooklyn Bowl."

October 23, 2014

The Gutter

Despite official confirmation that it was Williamsburg bowling alley and music venue The Gutter, many still think and are reporting (officially or to their friends on Twitter), that the 1st New Yorker to have ebola went to Williamsburg bowling alley and music venue Brooklyn Bowl. Questlove is DJing Brooklyn Bowl tonight and posted this message to Instagram:

Don't believe the hype. We are open. #BowlTrain bowling alley mentioned was another alley not @BrooklynBowl. (Side note on the real we should stop the mindless panic and pray for the brother's recovery and health, we can do better than ignint comments NYC)
Meanhile, the Gutter (where CMJ shows were cancelled tonight), has finally broken its silence with this statement:
To all our customers, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
We've been in constant contact with the health department and they have determined that there was no risk to our customers.
Closing today was simply a precautionary measure.
I'm not sure if there was an event at The Gutter last night, but regardless, as a CNN reporter quickly figured out, bellabellejane was not also there.

UPDATE: The Gutter have issued a 2nd statement, hoping to open Friday night.

by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, Beverly are playing BrooklynVegan's Saturday (10/25) Day Party at Baby's All Right, playing at 3:45 PM (between Bo Ningen and White Fence). (RSVP!) It's one of five CMJ shows Bev will playing during CMJ week:

FRI 10/24 / Knitting Factory - Culture Collide - 1:00 pm (FREE)
FRI 10/24 / Studio at Webster Hall - Bird Dog Promo - 6:40 pm
FRI 10/24 / Brooklyn Night Bazaar - Kanine Records - 9:00 pm
SAT 10/25 / Baby's All Right - Brooklyn Vegan Day Party - 3:45 pm (FREE)
SAT 10/25 / Pianos - Bird Dog Promo - 10:45 pm
Meanwhile, Beverly have just premiered (via GvsB) the video for "Yale's Life" from their debut album, Careers. The slow-mo performance, directed by Jim Larson, matches perfectly to the song's dreamy vibe and you can watch that below.

The construction zone setting of the "Yale's Life" video was partially shot at new Bushwick venue Alphaville (140 Wilson off the Jefferson L stop), which is co-owned by Beverly bassist/producer Scott Rosenthal. (285 Kent's John Rambo is also involved) The venue (which will be a restaurant too) opens to the public tonight (10/23) :

We're not 100% done with this wondrous hunk of wood and brick and cement, but close enough.

This Thursday evening we are opening our doors to the clamoring, Yelping populace. Come soak in our benevolent incandescent glow and warm your rosy cheeks with some whiskey and beer.

Beverly tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

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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...

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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...

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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"

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