April 18, 2014
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
Honduras are playing Mercury Lounge on May 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Dig Deeper is presenting a show with The Conscious Minds (fka The Gaylads), Crazy Baldhead, DJ Scratch Famous, DJ Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky at Littlefield on April 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
RSVP is still open for our $3 Woods, Weyes Blood, Woolen Men, Cassie Ramone show happening at Baby's All Right on Tuesday. First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for a black light-friendly show poster.
Guitarists Vernon Reid, Robben Ford, Oz Noy, Earl Slick, Alex Skolnick, and Guthrie Trapp will all perform at a D'Addario launch event the Carle Place Guitar Center on Long Island on Thursday, May 1st at 6PM. FREE.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Torres at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alt-folk singer Torres is one of the many musicians with a release planned for this year's Record Store Day (Saturday, 4/19). She contributes the new song "The Harshest Light" to a split with Ohio indie rock band Motel Beds whose contribution, "Tropics of the Sand," features vocals from indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders. You'll have to wait til RSD to hear the Torres song, but you can listen to the Motel Beds/Kelley Deal song (via Stereogum) below.
That split is coming out via Misra Records, who also release the Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy compilation on 12" vinyl for RSD with tracks by Kelley Deal's R. Ring, Motel Beds, Phosphorescent and more. Tracklist for that one, and album artwork for both RSD releases, below.
The currently Brooklyn-based Torres also has an upcoming show here happening on May 6 at Glasslands with Young Unknowns, Eastern Midwestern and Photo Ops. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream, tracklist, and artwork below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
FKA twigs @ The Westway - 4/17/14
At this, her first New York show, her opening whisper was a perhaps inadvertent reminder of this tension in her music. It came at the beginning of "Weak Spot," which seems like a love song but is really something of a taunt. Both to the audience and to the target of the song, she seemed to be saying: Look how little it takes to get your attention.The very-hyped London artist FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) just wrapped up a short run of North American dates, including her first-ever NYC shows at Glasslands on Wednesday (4/16) and at The Westway last night (4/17) (both sold out). She had two EPs to pull from, and according to Chris Payne, The Westway show included at least three new songs, whereas the Glasslands show included only one (video of that one below). The crowd at The Westway was loving it -- girls shrieking, etc -- and as the above NY Times review of the Glasslands show points out, Tahliah can really dance. As that review also points out, her singing is often a whisper and she kept both shows dimly lit.
She mostly held it during this show, which was performed in vague light, as if she only wanted to give out part of herself visually, too. She was backed by three musicians -- two on drum machines, one alternating between drum machines and guitar -- who barely moved as well. (At one point, she asked for more light onstage because "my band can't see the pads.")
Where she wasn't stingy was with her body. Ms. Barnett is trained as a dancer: Before she gained attention as a singer, she appeared in a handful of music videos as a backup dancer; on Instagram, she often posts videos of her rehearsals. Frequently, she appears to be experiencing her music more vividly through her body than through her voice. [NY Times]
Pictures of The Westway show are in this post. They continue, with a video of the new song played at Glasslands, below...
Tycho in Chicago in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Fear of Men at the Seaport in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Tycho, Gardens and Villa @ Webster Hall
Tycho's downbeat electronica is performed as a three-piece band live, giving it a vibe of post-rock you can sway to. Tonight's show is sold out.
Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day, Alvvays @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's BKNB entertainment is brought to you by Kanine Records and is a great bill of indiepop, including UK band Fear of Men, Beverly (Drew Citron who's also currently in TPOBPAH), Canada's lovely Alvvays and Floriday trio Beach Day.
Celestial Shore, Krill, Netherfriends, Zula, Native America @ Silent Barn
There's a lot of good music on this bill, including mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, psychdelic pop band Zula, eccentric indie rockers Krill and more.
The Coathangers, Audacity @ Mercury Lounge
This is the second NYC show of The Coathangers' tour with Audacity which has been bringing great double doses of garage punk all around North America.
Household, Good Throb, Priests, Arm Candy @ Death by Audio
This is the second DbA show for DC post-punks Priests and UK punks Good Throb, who played the same venue earlier this month. THe rest of the bill is good too, with strong local bands Household and Arm Candy.
We Are Scientists, PAWS @ Bowery Ballroom
The buzz around We Are Scientists may have ended years ago, but we're definitely currently excited about Scottish trio PAWS, whose punky pop isn't too far removed from Japandroids.
Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, PROXY!, Warthog, Mercenary @ LPR (NY's Alright)
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright kicks off tonight at LPR early and...
Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects Of War, Life Chain @ Acheron (NY's Alright)
...ends with a late show at Acheron. If you're into intense, very rowdy punk shows, these are for you.
Puce Mary, Venerence, Ligature, Saran Man @ Baby's All Right
Baby's also hosts a NY's Alright afterparty, but less on the punk side. Headliner Puce Mary is Denmark drone/industrial artist Frederikke Hoffmeier, who records for the Posh Isolation label (previously home to Iceage).
Prince Rama, Weaves, WIN WIN @ Baby's All Right
It's a evening of tribal mysticism shot through an '80s filter, with the ladies of Prince Rama. Also on the bill: Toronto multihyphenate pop group Weaves.
I Break Horses, Rival Consoles @ Rough Trade
Sweden's Maria Linden makes dancey shoegaze (or is it the other way around) as I Break Horses. This is the band's second NYC show.
Horse Feathers, Laura and Greg @ Glasslands
Justin Ringle's indie folk collective Horse Feathers are celebrating a decade together as a band this year. This is their first of two NYC shows.
Foster Care, New Coke, Sandratz @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn bruisers Foster Care this night of fuzzy punk-n-pop that also features Florida's snazzy New Coke.
Liam Finn, Weyes Blood, Evil J, Saint Cecilia @ Union Pool
If the prospect of Liam playing his new album The Nihilist in full tonight isn't enough, look out for special guest appearances from soon-to-be-tourmates Connan Mockasin and Kirkin J. Callinan. Guaranteed hijinx!
Laurent Garnier, MKL @ Output
French techno/house producer Laurent Garnier has been at it for over two decades, having recently put out releases on Ed Banger (Justice, Mr. Oizo, etc). Catch the veteran producer moving dancefloors like the '90s at Output tonight.
Grass Is Green, The Gradients, Heeney, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Somewhere @ Emet
Grass Is Green's fidgety post-hardcore pulls most from the '90s Dischord style of the genre, and they do it well. Good bill overall too.
Chuck Ragan, The White Buffalo, Johnny Two Bags @ Irving Plaza
Though Hot Water Music is fully back in action, singer Chuck Ragan still has his solo project to folk on too, where he ditches HWM's punk for rootsy folk. Tonight he and his band The Camaraderie (featuring members of Lucero and Social Distortion) will bring their rollicking folk to Irving Plaza.
Ikebe Shakedown, High and Mighty Brass Band! @ Mercury Lounge
Shake it to Brooklyn afro-funk collective Ikebe Shakedown, who celebrate their new album Stone by Stone at tonight's record release show.
Brooklyn Folk Festival @ The Bell House
The three-day celebration of all things acoustic, rustic and down-to-earth kicks off tonight.
'Trophy Tape' screening @ Anthology Film Archives
Experimental musician Jason Lescalleet is screening his new Trophy Tape project which collects films by Aaron Dilloway, Ellen Frances, Annie Feldmeier Adams, Justin Meyers, Antony Milton, C. Spencer Yeh, Olivia Block, Adel Souto, Neil Young Cloaca, Todd Deal, Jubal Brown, Heidi Alasuvanto, and Robert Beatty interpreting music from his 2012 album, Songs About Nothing. Trailer below.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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April 17, 2014
Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival will return for its 10th annual year from July 9 - 12. This year's headliners include Raekwon of Wu-Tang (whose group has made the news a lot lately), Jay Electronica (who is still taking forever to release an album, but did just release a Drake remix/diss featuring Jay Z), and CJ Fly of the Pro Era crew (which also includes Joey Bada$$). The rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets go on sale via Queue next week.
Initial event schedule and a stream of Jay's Drake diss, below...
The Hold Steady @ BV SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Deer Tick and The Hold Steady begin a 10-show run tonight (4/17) in Boston and to celebrate they've covered one of each other's songs. The Hold Steady do Deer Tick's "Easy" (off 2009's Born On Flag Day); while Deer Tick have recorded THS's "Constructive Summer" (off 2008's Stay Positive). You can stream them both below.
This tour does not hit NYC but The Hold Steady will play the NY-area at two shows this summer with Drive by Truckers: June 27 at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and June 28 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets are still available.
All Deer Tick and Hold Steady dates are listed, along with the cover streams, below...
To honor Joey Ramone (who would have turned 63 this year) and the Ramones (who celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band this year), the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash returns. Here's the details:
Following the tradition, this year's BASH will take place on May 19th, the actual date of JOEY RAMONES' birthday, which this year falls on a Monday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate "up-close-and-personal" setting than in previous years. The venue is located on the corner of the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs.TIckets to the 14th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are on sale now. Net proceeds will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
This year, the BASH is doing something truly unique by engaging fans via social media to participate in the event. The official artwork for the 2014 BIRTHDAY BASH was chosen through online contest submissions from local artists. Winner Marie Laferriere created the cartoon caricature of JOEY in his iconic on-stage persona (see illustration above). Additionally, one undiscovered NY based punk band will be chosen to perform at this year's BASH. The winner will be announced towards the end of April and details about submission can be found on the JOEY RAMONE Facebook Page.
Headlining the 2014 BIRTHDAY BASH will be The Joey Ramone Tribute Band featuring Cheetah Chrome, Glen Matlock, Sic F*cks, George Tabb, Mickey Leigh and surprise guests to be announced. Also sharing the bill are Andy Shernoff, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap, Gobshites, The Independents (a group JOEY managed), and The Bullys. The Masters of Ceremony will be John Holmstrom, Stig Stench, Monte Melnick, and Peter Aschner. Carrying on the 14 year tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will close the show. Additional surprises are anticipated but have not yet been revealed.
Protests are underway after Bishop Ford students found out on Monday that the 50+ year old Catholic high school on 19th Street in Windsor Terrace was being shut down due to low enrollment and no money. If you'd like to help try and save it, there's a petition.
You may have never heard of Bishop Ford but you may have heard about their breakdancing teacher and might recognize the school via its iconic radio tower south of Park Slope near GreenWood Cemetery and the Prospect Expressway. You might also recognize some of its interior via vidoes by R.E.M. (directed by Michael Moore), Drake (directed by Kanye West), and Mike WiLL (starring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J). Watch the (not-very-Catholic) videos filmed at Bishop Ford, below...
by Bill Pearis
For the tour, the swedish group have released a remix EP featuring tracks from this year's shoegazy, danceable Chiaroscuro as messed with by The Field, former Stereolab technician Tim Gane, Tom Furse from The Horrors and others. You can stream the whole thing below.