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Les Savy Fav played BAM, Saxon Shore playing the Knit, ‘Sounds Like Brooklyn’ underway – full schedule & more

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Saxon Shore – “This Place” (MP3)

Saxon Shore (photo by Geordy Peterson)
Saxon Shore

American post-rockers Saxon Shore hit back. It Doesn’t Matter, the quintet’s follow-up to 2005’s The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore is a welcome return to form for the band and their original leader Matthew Doty.

Having gone through a long period of upheaval – be it line-up changes and relocations – the band spent four solid years as a unit before plucking up the courage to hit the Tarbox Road Studios Cabin out in Cassadega, New York.

Apt then, that the unearthing of It Doesn’t Matter follows a line of melodic delicacy that recent post-rock efforts appear to have departed. Album opener “Nothing Changes” rocks gently into the onslaught of feedback drenched guitars while ‘Bar Clearing Good Times’ maintains an unexpected steadiness that other same-vein bands like Explosions In The Sky often make the habit of breaking from. -[Altsounds]

Saxon Shore released their gorgeous Dave Fridmann-produced LP It Doesn’t Really Matter last year. The song “This Place” from that album is available for download above. You can catch the band live (their only upcoming scheduled show) at the Knit on 2/5 as part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival put on by BAM (“60+ shows. 15 venues. 2 weekends. Celebrating Brooklyn’s best music and bands with shows throughout the borough.”) American Dollar and The Abbasi Brothers open the NYC show. Tickets are on sale.

Les Savy Fav @ BAM – 1/29/10 (photo by Steven P. Marsh)
Les Savy Fav

‘Sounds like Brooklyn’ kicked off last night (1/29) at BAM (the only venue hosting shows during this first weekend of the fest) with Les Savy Fav and Vivian Girls

“To my surprise, [Les Savy Fav] played very tight rhythms that zagged all over the place but were not sloppy. I was reminded of times I had seen Modest Mouse, Built To Spill or The Flaming Lips, with the music being loose and jangly, yet deliberate and well-crafted at the same time. The band itself held my interest quite well, as they played the straight men to the antics of Harrington, who, instead of being a distraction, complemented the instruments rather well, reminding me at times of Jello Biafra with his voice and dialogue with the audience. Yes, he was a crazy looking fat dude running all over the stage and into the crowd, but his angry-goofy-gibberish song rants, energy, enthusiasm and sheer earnestness overcame my pre-judgment. At the start of LSF’s set, Harrington dropped into the crowd beckoning people to stand, and it ended up being the right thing to do. Despite the opera house setting with assigned seating, it quickly became apparent that it would take a lot more than that to contain the force that is Les Savy Fav.” [Qbertplaya]

The fest continues tonight (1/30) at the same venue with a show by Rain Machine and Anti-Pop Consortium. Tickets are still available. The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot play the opera house venue on February 5th.

The full Sounds Like Brooklyn schedule, along with a Les Savy Fav video from last night, below…

Les Savy Fav “Who Rocks the Party” @ BAM – 01/29/10

BAM | Fort Greene
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

JAN 29
Les Savy Fav + Vivian Girls at 8pm
JAN 30
Rain Machine + Anti-Pop Consortium at 8pm
Ra Ra Riot + The Antlers at 8pm

BAMcafe Live | Fort Greene
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Dred Scott Trio at 10pm
The Sweet Divines at 9pm

The Bell House | Gowanus
149 7th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
tuneyards, takka takka, Rose Parade at 8pm

Brooklyn Bowl | Williamsburg
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Acrylics, Tanlines at 9pm
Keepaway, Small Black at 9pm

Frank’s Lounge | Fort Greene
660 Fulton St
Brooklyn NY 11217
Falling Short of Luxury & Fill the Hunter at 8pm
The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams with special guest Darien at 8pm

Galapagos | DUMBO
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dance for Brooklyn with Maya Azucena at 10pm

Goodbye Blue Monday | Bushwick
1087 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221
tim pourbaix, M. Lamar, Glass Lamborghini, Tim Kuhl, yage gains at 8pm
Scott Fragala, The Debutant Hour, Ching Chong Song, The WOWZ, Hugga Broomstick, BOTH, Marionettes From Hell at 8pm

Knitting Factory – Brooklyn | Williamsburg
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Kelli Rudick, Brent Arnold, Emily Hope Price at 8pm
Saxon Shore, American Dollar at 8pm

Le Grand Dakar | Clinton Hill
285 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Jojo Kuo Afrobeat Collective at 8pm & 10pm
Somi at 8pm & 10pm

littlefield | Gowanus
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Vandelles, Dinowalrus, The Naked Hearts at 8pm
MetroSonics Record Release Party at 9pm

Pete’s Candy Store | Williamsburg
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Ryan Scott at 9pm
The Morgues at 10:30pm
Raccoon Fighter at 9pm
Blood Warrior at 10:20pm

Southpaw | Park Slope
125 5th Ave
Brooklyn NY 11217
Navegante, Dynasty Electric, Dalanshar, plus special guest at 8pm
The Prigs, The Woes, Kagero, Daniel Wayne at 8:30pm

Sputnik | Clinton Hill
262 Taaffe Place
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Starscream at 7:30pm
The Nude at 8:00pm
Raven & Chimes at 8:45pm
DJ Carmen P. Filthy and Prom Night at 9:45pm
General Steele of Smif & Wesson (Amerikka’s Nightmare Pt.2) at 11:30pm
Ganessa James at 11:20pm
She Dick at 11:45pm
Mkng Frndz at 12:05am
DJ Tikka Masala & Whitney Day at 12:30am

Station 171 | Williamsburg
171 Lombardy St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Leaders, Boogie Boarder, Cerebral Ballzy, The Death Set, Japanther at 9pm
Murdertronics, Mr. Andersonic, DJ Morsy, DJ James Stacher, Radical Outing: Mr. Star City & Guests, DJ Dirty Finger, ROOFEEO at 9pm

Zebulon | Williamsburg
258 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
Up Died Sound at 9pm
Skeletons band at 10:30pm
MOPDTK at 10pm
Pink Noise at 11:30pm

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