March 3, 2014
George Clinton at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Funk and soul legend George Clinton remains very active, and he's been doing some touring this year, including a short Northeast run this week. That run brings George and the P-Funk all stars to NYC on Tuesday (3/4) at BB King's. Tickets for that show are available.
Dive into the freaky world of P-Funk with some classic streams and the list of tour dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ski Lodge @ Glasslands, 3/1/2014
Brooklyn's Ski Lodge are heading towards SXSW, touring their way there. The band got off to a good start with a bon voyage show at hometown spot Glasslands on Saturday night (3/1) with Canadian tourmates The Belle Game and Brooklyn's The Starlight Girls. Pictures from that show are in this post.
photos by David Andrako
Alt-singer/songwriter Mirah teamed up with contemporary composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra for an Ecstatic Music Festival show at Merkin Concert Hall this past Saturday (3/1). The two musicians were joined by People Get Ready's Steven Reker (vocals/keyboards), Alex Guy (viola/violin) and Matthew Gold (percussion) to perform past works by both Mirah and Susie, and then they ended the show with the world premiere of their collaborative piece, "We Float." Pictures of the show are in this post.
They continue, with the setlist, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Vivian Girls @ Baby's All Right 3/2/2014
Vivian Girls played their last two shows over the weekend in Brooklyn, saying goodbye at Death by Audio on Saturday (3/1) with Waxahatchee and Juan Wauters; and then Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/2) with Potty Mouth and Shellhag. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post.
Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler all have their own bands (The Babies, La Sera, Upset) which they have seemed more invested in than VG lately, but as one of the bands central to the Brooklyn DIY scene of the late-'00s, I really do think it was as much an End of an Era event as the closing of 285 Kent. (Whether you liked them or not. I did.) I went to the DbA show which, personally, felt like the real last show, as some of Vivian Girls earliest gigs were there and really embodies the spirit of the band. Vivian Girls hit most of their best-known songs (apart from "Where Do You Run To?" which was written by original drummer Frankie Rose), with not too much sentimental talk, though Goodman did say "I'm not going to cry" before launching into "All the Time." All three were in good moods, as was the crowd who coaxed a two-song encore out of them. But as they climbed out through the little window in DbA's stage wall, waving goodbye, it was definitely a little bittersweet. Video from DbA is in this post.
For their actual last show, Baby's All Right was decorated up with balloons (maybe leftover from Indie Pop Prom), and drummer Ali Koehler's mom was there as was former VG drummer Fiona Campbell who delivered shots to the band onstage. Ali's mom, Cassie's boyfriend, and DIY show promoter John Rambo also all came on stage at the end for a group hug. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post, and NYC Taper was there who'll have audio up over his way sometime soon.
Meanwhile, Pitchfork posted a feature article titled "When I'm Gone: Why Vivian Girls Mattered" today by writer Jenn Pelly:
Perhaps tellingly of that flash-in-the-pain indie pop era, when bloggers were all hungry for the next MP3 that would put them ahead of the curve, many of [Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival's] other billed groups would subsequently fail to scratch the subterranean cultural consciousness. But across three LPs--2008's Vivian Girls, 2009's Everything Goes Wrong, and 2011's Share the Joy--Vivian Girls helped to architect a scrappy Spectorian sound and spirit for this tiny musical world; with their richly harmonized love-punk, they fused the 1960s aesthetic of girl groups with fast-loud Ramones rock and the doomy Portland punk of Wipers and Dead Moon....The feature also gets quotes from Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman, Kathleen Hanna and more. More pictures from the Vivian Girls final show -- including one of the setlist -- and a video from DbA, below...
...while it's up for debate whether Vivian Girls were the most aesthetically exemplary band of the 00s noise-pop boom, it is without question that they were its most divisive.
The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).
Full lineup and announcement video below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Nick Waterhouse @ Bowery Ballroom 2/27/2014
"I can't pretend like I'm dumb," says Waterhouse, who headlines the Brighton Music Hall on Tuesday. "I can't pretend that I haven't had these long, drawn-out inner monologues and dialogues with friends and fellow artists about these sorts of things, but it isn't the focal point of my own art, either. But I think it needs to be addressed."Classic soul and R&B devotee Nick Waterhouse's second album, Holly, is out this week (3/4) via Innovative Leisure and he was just in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom (2/27) with like-minded locals The Jay Vons and Daddy Long Legs. We've got pictures from that show in this post.
When he surfaced in 2012 with his full-length debut, "Time's All Gone," Waterhouse arrived at the tail end of a soul revival that had peaked with Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Of his white male contemporaries, Mayer Hawthorne, Allen Stone, and Brookline's Eli "Paperboy" Reed were already rolling with the momentum.
Waterhouse seemed at ease with his influences -- from songwriter Bert Berns to offbeat jazz artist Mose Allison -- and how they shaped his own style. It's interesting that both Hawthorne and Reed have moved beyond their R&B roots recently. On last year's "Where Does This Door Go," Hawthorne leaned more heavily toward pop, and on his forthcoming release, Reed goes full throttle with thumping, Top 40-friendly tunes. - [Boston Globe]
Emo vets Sunny Day Real Estate haven't released any new music since their 2000 LP, The Rising Tide, and they've been pretty quiet since reuniting in 2009, but we'll finally get to hear the first new SDRE song in 14 years this Record Store Day (4/19). The song, titled "Lipton Witch," will come out on a split 7" with Circa Survive. That's the artwork above, by Chris Thompson, who also designed 1998's How It Feels to Be Something On.
SDRE aren't the only veteran emo band to announce long-awaited new material though. The Jazz June, who reunited at CMJ 2013, will put out their first song since 2002's Better Off Without Air this year too. Their song, titled "Over Underground," comes out on a split 7" with Dikembe this May via Tiny Engines/Topshelf. The Jazz June's only upcoming date at the moment is in Philly on 4/12 (tickets).
Both of these announcements also come only days after The Van Pelt announced they'd be digging up unreleased material for Record Store Day as well.
Jazz June/Dikembe artwork and some old live videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Last year a very close friend of mine committed suicide. GRAFFITI DOGS (KU KU) was written and recorded in the days that followed his gruesome exit. There is no concept or theme around this cassette only that I was touching upon the feelings that emerged; Sadness, adoration, remorse, and even disgust. For several agonizing weeks I lived in a hypersensitive haze. Several of these songs contain snippets or entire poems that were written specifically for a book Chachi, Brandon Welchez and I were in the middle of designing. It was going to be another triumphant installment in our DIY chapbook collection; perverted odes to love's lascivious nature. The book was to be titled "Funny Cunts." Personally, I feel like the sounds and ideas on GRAFFITI DOGS (KU KU) have taken seven years to come to fruition. This tape was written solely for the purpose of helping me cope with my close friend's death. His spirit lives on. I am certain.Charles Rowell, one half of Crocodiles, will release his solo debut via Art Fag on February 18 under the name Wartime. (Not to be confused with Henry Rollins' short-lived early-'90s hip hop side project.) Graffiti Dogs (Ku Ku) is out now digitally and will be out on cassette soon. Musically, it's doesn't stray too far from the reverby garage that Crocodiles are known for, but the title track is a little more in the soul/R&B vein. We've got the premiere of that song in this post and you can stream it below...
- Charles Rowell
Primus at Big Day Out in January (more by Chris Graham)
Les Claypool was just in NYC playing three shows with his Duo de Twang, and he's since announced that that other band's he in, Primus, will be hitting the road this May/June. That tour won't bring Les & co. back to NYC, but they'll be nearby for a show in Port Chester at The Capitol Theatre on June 24 and another in Asbury Park at Stone Pony Summerstage on June 28. The Asbury Park show (and a Big Flats, NY show a day earlier) are with The Dean Ween Group, but no other acts announced for the Cap show yet.
Primus are also among the many artists whose music is in True Detective.
One of Les Claypool's Due de Twang shows in NYC was the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Brooklyn Rod & Gun. You've already seen pictures of that one, and now you can check out an audio stream and a video from the show, with the list of Primus dates, below...
We already let you know that The Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer would be releasing his solo debut at some point this year. We now know the specifics -- Liberation! will be out June 24 via Mexican Summer. That is a ways off but you can stream the stomping, anthemic "Latin American Ficciones" from it right now in this post.
Bauer will be previewing the album over the next couple weeks with a few live dates. He plays Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Thursday (3/6) with Eastern Midwestern and tickets are still available. After a show in Philly on Saturday (3/8), he'll head to Austin for SXSW so look out for him there if you're going.
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser has a solo record on the way, too. All Peter Matthew Bauer dates are listed, along with the Liberation! tracklist and new song stream, below...