May 1, 2015
photo: Fekete w/ Surfer Blood at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.The above message is from Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who's currently raising money on GoFundMe to help with his medical bills for his cancer treatment.
The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I'll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.
Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.
In addition to that fundraising campaign, a handful of artists will be coming together to play a benefit in NYC to raise money for Thomas as well. It happens Tuesday (5/12) at Bowery Ballroom and includes Surfer Blood, Cults, We Are Scientists, Julianna Barwick, Kip Berman (of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Marnie Stern & the Figs (w/ members of Les Savy Fav & Girls Against Boys), POP ETC (acoustic), Andy Boay (of Tonstartssbandht), and DJ Allen Blickle (of Alpaca). Tickets are on sale now.
Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for Thomas. Fuck cancer.
As you may know, while making the new Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen unearthed several hours of previously-unreleased music by Kurt (like this newly-revealed Beatles cover). It turns out that enough material was unearthed that a new Kurt Cobain album will be released this summer. Brett Morgen tells Bedford + Bowery:
When we asked Brett Morgen whether there were any still-unreleased gems amidst the 200 hours of audio he combed through in order to create his new documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, he gave us the most exciting answer imaginable: "We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question." The album of home recordings, Morgen said, "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It's going to really surprise people. Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album, it's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him."Later in the interview, Morgen was asked what exactly was on the tapes, and he responded:
The audio ran the gamut from jam sessions with Courtney, some jam sessions with various friends and Nirvana, his first demo tapes, his Fecal Matter demos, his mix tapes and oral canvases like Montage, a lot of silly spoken word stuff and not-silly spoken word stuff like the story he told of losing his virginity, covers of the Beatles songs, it just ran the gamut. And a lot of sound effects and a lot of sound design. As that would essentially serve as the basis of this movie, because I wanted to make a film in which Kurt could tell the story of his life in the best way he could -- not through sharing it to an interviewer, because that was never a format that Kurt was that expressive in, but through his art, through the very reason we're talking about him.Well this could be interesting!
LES venue, coffee shop, record store and general music-loving good vibes spot Cake Shop is 10 years old this month and will be celebrating with 10 "house shows" every Friday and Saturday in May, promising "extra-special power-packed" lineups. The fun starts tonight (5/1) with live band emo/pop-punk karaoke. Saturday's show (CS10 #2) features Frankie Cosmos, No One and the Somebodies, Outside World, Marigolds and Memorial Gore. Next Friday (5/8) features Eternal Summers, Telepathic (Rob and Sarah from Bleeding Rainbow's new band), Darlings, Plains and one more TBA.
That's all that's been announced so far, but Cake Shop's May calendar also features Swedish band Les Big Byrd on 5/12, and their annual NYC Popfest show, happening 5/28 with Beverly, UK band Young Romance, Baltimore's Wildhoney, Roman a Clef and Souvenir Stand (tickets). As for what else is in store, Cake Shop says:
In addition to all the great music we'll be hosting, we are planning loads of surprises: one night, we may have a keg in the back, or a reading of biographies in the daytime. Another night, we might sell half-pint bottles of Jim Beam, or serve pancakes during a Sunday matinee. Perhaps we will have a mustachioed guy in a vest serving the freshest, most well-balanced cocktail you've ever had. Maybe that singer with the bangs you saw in Oakland last winter will be guest bartending, or the guitarist who just played at Music Hall of Williamsburg an hour before will be DJing upstairs. At times we will serve shots in plastic cups for $3, or have a food truck take over the cafe operation for the day. You'll just have to watch for our announcements and find out!Check Cake Shop's calendar or twitter for updates...and happy birthday Cake Shop! We're glad you're still here.
photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O already have four hometown NYC shows coming up in celebration of their 20th anniversary (all sold out), and they since announced that they'll be touring after that with Cruel Hand.
The tour includes another show just outside of NYC at Long Island's Revolution Bar on June 26. That show also includes '80s-era NYHC vets Breakdown, as well as Criminal Instinct, Friend or Foe and High Card. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
H2O singer Toby Morse recently contributed to the new album by his friends Agnostic Front, The American Dream Died, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. We also just interviewed Agnostic Frontman frontman Roger Miret over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt from IO writer Rhys Williams' interview:
When you're a teenager, you are often quick to fly off the handle, but the more you learn, the better a perspective you have about the world. You mentioned often being controversial: do you feel that the Agnostic Front aesthetic has changed from 1981 to the new record? Back in the '80s you had a lot of songs written about the American skinhead scene, then kind of moved into a punk look, then into the old school hardcore look. Has the look and aesthetic of the band changed and do you feel that, if it has, it has been a logical progression?Read the rest here. There's also an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a new Agnostic Front documentary called The Godfathers of Hardcore. The goal is already met, but you can still donate to receive the various rewards, including a signed, hand-numbered DVD of the documentary, a haircut from Agnostic Front bassist Mike Gallo, and more.
Personally I don't think we ever put ourselves with a particular scene. I think Agnostic Front, from the very beginning, has always talked about A. unity and bringing scenes together and B. overcoming oppression. People just put us in different categories. If you ask me about Victim in Pain, it's a punk record. People say "it's a hardcore record," or whatever they wanna say, but that's a Grade A punk record, you know? People are quick to judge books by their covers. The bottom line is: we love living in this country, this is a beautiful country, but we've always questioned authority and the oppression of society and our government. And that's where you may get some of the different things going about controversy or or scenes, or people saying "oh, they're Pro-American" or whatever. Whatever people think about us, if anything we're more American than a lot of people because we truly fight for liberty and justice. People are quick to throw us into different categories, but the one category we will always stay strong to is New York punk and hardcore. And the great thing about a lot of these different movements colliding with each other is that without them we wouldn't have had the great movements that made us possible, like crossover or hardcore. People are quick to point fingers, but the truth is we're just a real American band that want to fight and overcome oppression by any means necessary. We can't change the world, but we understand that we can make a difference, and that's what we're trying to do.
Noisey also recently launched their new 'Under the Influence' documentary series with a 25+ minute installment on New York Hardcore. The doc features interviews with Agnostic Front, Youth of Today, Incendiary, Cro-Mags, Texas is the Reason and more, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong narrates. Towards the end, Title Fight talks about Walter Schreifels, followed by a scene with Walter playing TF's "Secret Society" on piano. You can watch that below too.
List of H2O tour dates and the NYHC videos below...
Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!
Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.
A press release released today reads:
Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.
The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.
"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."
Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.
The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.
Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.
by Bill Pearis
(photo by Barry C Douglas)
Shovels make shouty, skronky, rhythm-heavy rock. It's a sound Australians do particularly well, and the band members currently split their time between Melbourne and San Francisco. Their 2014 self-titled LP came out via noise-friendly Aussie label Homeless and you can stream it in full below (the post-punky "Car Yards" is particularly good) while waiting for Shovels to finish their new record.
The band will soon gather themselves for a North American tour that hits NYC twice: June 16 at Kings County in Bushwick with Degreaser and Cyanide Tooth and June 17 at Cake Shop with Ballroom, Wilful Boys and Consolidated Plastics. All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Cayucas are playing Bowery Ballroom on July 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Marc Maron, Appleseed Cast, NOFX, StarTalk Live, Rezillos, GWAR, Down, Opeth, Avett Bros & more tickets went on sale today too.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
Andrew Bird is one of the contributors to a new compilation titled Good People Rock which benefits Montreal-based charity organization Yellow Bird Project. It's out now digitally via new Arts & Crafts imprint Madic Records. It's got artists associated with Yellow Bird (which makes unique t-shirts) covering other Yellow Bird artists, and Andrew Bird covers New Pornographers' "The Fake Headlines." It's my kind of cover in that Andrew Bird makes it his own while it's unmistakably a Carl Newman melody. The video for the song was made by directors Luke McCutcheon and Michael Yablonski with marionette artist Robin Polfuss and is quite lovely. Watch it below. Other artists involved on Good People Rock include The Tallest Man on Earth, Elvis Perkins, and King Creosote. Full tracklist is below.
Bird will be touring Europe this summer and will play a warm-up show for that at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on June 25 which he's calling "a very special performance." Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/1) at noon. Andrew's only other US show is a gala benefit for Boston's Institute of Contemporary Arts on May 16. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Power Trip at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two of the best modern US crossover thrash bands, Power Trip and Red Death, are teaming up with Finland's likeminded Foreseen for a NYC show on August 1 at Palisades. Tickets are on sale now. No word yet if it's part of a larger tour for those bands, but Power Trip and Foreseen both play This Is Hardcore about a week earlier.
Red Death are also on tour now with the UK's The Flex in support of their killer new record Permanent Exile on Grave Mistake. That tour hits NYC on May 16 at the Acheron with NYC Headhunters (mem Vanity). Tickets are still available.
Stream Permanent Exile, with Power Trip's 2013 LP Manifest Decimation, Foreseen's 2013 7" Structural Oppression, and the lists of all known tour dates, below...
Ben E King, the singer best known for the hit Stand By Me, has died aged 76, according to his agent.Rest in peace, Ben. You'll be missed.
King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.
After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.
The track returned to the charts in the 1980s, reaching No 1 in the UK when the song was used as the theme of the coming-of-age film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.
The song entered the US Billboard 100 nine times over the years - King's version did so twice while covers by artists like John Lennon and Spyder Turner featured seven times. [The Guardian]
Watch Ben sing "Stand By Me" in 1961 here and listen to the song below...