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October 23, 2014

UPDATE: NYC officials confirm that The Gutter was the Williamsburg bowling alley the ebola-infected doctor went to last night.

The Gutter




Goodnight Records just sent out the message that "Unfortunately our CMJ show is canceled tonight as The Gutter can't open because of "Unforseen circumstances."" The Gutter is a bowling alley in Williamsburg that is not Brooklyn Bowl, and which matches the description related ot the ebola scare happening in NYC right now, and which has since been 100% confirmed as the bowling alley that Craig Spencer went to. It was not Brooklyn Bowl, which is another bowling alley in the same neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bowl earlier confirmed that no authorities had been in contact with them, and they are open.

Heaven, Big Sleep, Friend Roulette, Heliotropes and Sun Club were the bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight.

Update: The man's name is Craig Spencer and he has tested positive for ebola.

UPDATE: The Gutter issues a statement.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Judas Priest / Steel Panther at Izod Center - 10/17/14
Judas Priest
Steel Panther

Anyway, the show took a dark turn when they played their ballad "Beyond the Realms of Death", which made me have to sit down a second and think about my own mortality and also how this chick's ass was in my way for a second. But I got over that fast because then Rob Halford came out on a fucking Harley for "Hell Bent for Leather" and it was the greatest thing ever to happen in North America. He also wore like nine different leather jackets during the show, which ruled. Most singers are lucky if they can wear like three jackets tops. [Dave Hill's Barclays Center review]
Metal legends Judas Priest's tour with Steel Panther already hit NYC for a show at Barclays Center. We posted pictures and Dave Hill's review of that (excerpted above), and now we've got a set of pics from the other NYC-area stop that happened October 17 at the Izod Center. Like at the Barclays show, this was packed with classics like "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," "Metal Gods," plenty more. Didn't catch the exact number of leather jackets this time though.

More pictures, with the setlist, below...

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photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore

The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston Moore, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and guitarist James Sedwards -- brought their tour in support of their brand new album The Best Day to Saint Vitus Tuesday night ("we're on our tour of Northeast black metal clubs," Thurston joked on stage). Thurston's new album is the most Sonic Youth-sounding thing he's been involved with since The Eternal, and he's definitely got the right band for the job. James Sedwards is a bit more of a J Mascis type than a Lee Ranaldo (he threw a few wailing guitar solos in there), but Deb held down that SY-style bass playing really well and it was fun to watch her rock out on a small stage in comparison to seeing her with MBV last year. And of course Steve and Thurston have insane chemistry. It's impossible to not wish Kim and Lee were on stage too, but during some of those noise buildups it almost felt like being at a SY show.

Opening the night was their tourmates PCPC, the collaborative band that Andrew Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts formed with members of PC Worship. This year, Andrew and Austin already have a Parquet Courts album out and a Parkay Quarts album on the way that they recently put out a track from, but it was a mystery as to what PCPC would sound like. Turns out they sound... a lot like Sonic Youth. You could argue it was almost a little too similar to be opening for Thurston Moore, but PCPC did it well. Their set had plenty of noise jams too, but these were definitely well-written songs, kind of in the Bad Moon Rising style. Andrew splits lead vocals with one of the PC Worship members, and though Austin doesn't sing in this one, he still stands there looking a lot like a young Thurston Moore. Andrew had jokes too -- "Have you had enough? Or are you thurston for some moore?" Heh heh.

The Thurston/PCPC tour returns to NYC on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. That show is sold out but we're giving away tickets.

Video of PCPC's set and one of Thurston playing "Psychic Hearts," with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...

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UPDATE from Brooklyn Bowl:

UPDATE 2: Wiliamsburg's other bowling alley venue, The Gutter is allegedly shutting down tonight due to the ebola scare.

Brooklyn Bowl is open.

(photo by @joerussophoto)
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Veteran UK alt-rock band James are in town this week, having played Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/21) as part of CMJ. In addition to songs off their 13th album, La Petite Mort, the Manchester band played crowd favorites such as "Born of Frustration," "Come Home" and "Say Something." Setlist below.

James have added another NYC show this week and it's in a much more intimate venue, headlining Rough Trade's free Friday (10/24) day party that also features Oscar, Pinact, September Girls and Adult Jazz. The show is all-ages and no wristband or RSVP is required.

Continue reading "James played Webster Hall for CMJ (setlist), added to free Rough Trade day party w/ Pinact, September Girls & more"

photos by Chris La Putt

PINS @ Cameo / September Girls, CYMBALS, J. Fernandez @ Cake Shop
Pins
September Girls
Cymbals
J Fernandez

Before and after his visit to Puddles Pity Party, BV photographer Chris La Putt hit some CMJ shows on Tuesday (10/21). In the afternoon he went to the Cake Shop day party which had a nice selection of some of the week's busier acts, including sometimes Kurt Vile associate Boyd Shropshire, UK dance/rock act CYMBALS, Glasgow, Scotland's Casual Sex, Ireland's September Girls, and Chicago's J. Fernandez and Curtin. Then after Puddles, he stopped by Cameo in Williamsburg to check out Mancherster, England's punky PINS. Pictures from those sets are in this post.

You can also check out Amanda Hatfield's CMJ day 1 pics (Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, more) and stay tuned for lots more CMJ coverage. More from Cake Shop and Cameo below...


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Deafheaven at MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deafheaven

Deafheaven have confirmed on twitter that they'll be releasing the followup to 2013's excellent Sunbather in 2015. Stay tuned for more. The album also follows their one-off single "From the Kettle onto the Coil" which came out via Adult Swim earlier this year. Listen to that below...

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Pity Sex are coming to NYC for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets). It's their only full-band show here this week, but they will be playing a short stripped down set at the Fred Perry store at 306 Grand between Roebling and Havemeyer earlier that day at 4 PM. That's totally free to the public.

Stream Pity Sex's recent "Acid Reflex" single below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Puddles Pity Party @ Joe's Pub 10/21/2014
Puddles Pity Party
Puddles Pity Party

Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with a golden voice, came to bring despair to NYC across two shows at Joe's Pub on Tuesday night (10/21). We caught the early show, where Puddles spent a lot of time getting up close and personal with the audience, which was hilarious to watch (if it wasn't happening to you). Among the covers performed was a moving rendition of Celine Dion's iceberg-sized 1997 hit "My Heart Will Go On," set against a photo montage of Waterworld star Kevin Costner. While not for those with acute coulrophobia, PPP was a good time for all concerned. Pictures from the show, including a few backstage portraits, are in this post and continue below...

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Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sun Kil Moon

War on Drugs fan Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters) is releasing another album this year, a Christmas album called Sings Christmas Carols, due out November 4 on his own Caldo Verde label. The album features his take on "Christmas Time Is Here," the Vince Guaraldi-penned song from A Charlie Brown Christmas. You can stream it over at Pitchfork, where they also point out it includes a reworking of the classic special's wry dialogue: "Mark, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem....of all the Mark Kozeleks in the world, you're the Mark Kozelek-iest."

Meanwhile, A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 50 this year and its anniversary will be celebrated in NYC with live music from Rob Schwimmer and Mark Stewart, joined by the Church of the Heavenly Rest Children's Choir. The performances happen at The Met on December 20 & 21 with two each day, 11 AM and 1:30 PM on 12/20 and 2 PM and 4 PM on 12/21. "Following the screening of the film, a festive holiday sing-a-long will be led by Mark Stewart." Tickets for all four are on sale now.