Entries tagged with: AC Newman
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Eugene & Reggie / 'Bob's Burgers' songfest / Stephin Merritt / John Hodgman
The 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened over the weekend with events at The Bell House and Union Hall (and then a EMCF edition of StarTalk Live! on Monday at Beacon Theatre). Among this year's festivities: Mirman's 'Pretty Good Friends' show featured the work of Elegant Too, the production team behind the songs on Bob's Burgers. They brought up different performers to sing the songs, including Jon Spencer & Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog, etc) who did "Sex Song" and a couple others, AC Newman and Eleanor Friedberger performed "Fart School for the Gifted" and "Electric Love" and Mirman sang "Gene's Snake Song." They brought out everyone at the end to cover Blondie's "One Way or Another."
On Sunday, since the Emmys were happening in real life at the same time, the EMCF hosted the Fake Emmys. It should be noted that there were a few past EMCF performers up for real awards, including Amy Schumer, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, John Mulaney, Louis CK, not to mention Archer and Bob's Burgers
Other fun things at this year's fest: Mirman hired a mariachi band to play the crowd out; there was free ice cream for everyone on Saturday night; and there were curiosities like the "Eye Contact Booth with Eugene" booths where you could "Get Local Real Estate advice" and "Swear at a Local Broker" and outside Bell House was the "Bounce with someone we paid to compliment you in a bouncy castle." Also: Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jessi Klein, Janeane Garofalo, Ira Glass, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, Jon Benjamin and many more.
Check out more pictures from the 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Would it be cool if @TheNewPornos play for too long tonight in NYC? I'm thinking we should really wear out our welcome." - AC Newman
New Pornographers / TPOBPAH @ Hammerstein Ballroom 11/17/2014
Carl Newman wasn't kidding about a lengthy set. The New Pornographers have been playing upwards of 30 songs on their current tour, and did so at Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday (11/17), including 10 of Brill Bruisers' 13 songs. With Neko Case and Dan Bejar both on this tour, it's made for a very fan-friendly, hit-filled time.
Opening this show and the whole tour were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, whose lineup currently features frontman Kip Berman's cousin Elspeth on backing vocals. Pictures of both bands from the Hammerstein show are in this post.
You can catch TPOBPAH again in NYC soon -- they play Glasslands on Monday (11/24) with Hooray For Earth, GABI, and related band Ablebody. Tickets are still available and it's one of the special shows Glasslands is doing before they close at the end of the year.
More pictures from Hammerstein and New Pornographers' setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
While there, the band's chief songwriter, Carl "AC" Newman, applied for a job as a hitmaker in the pop landmark's storied offices. Apparently there's only one songwriting team (Julie Klausner and Anthony Atamanuik) left in the building and they've been relegated to not the nicest space there. (The heyday of Leiber/Stoller and Goffin/King it ain't.) Needless to say, Newman won't be quitting his day job. Watch his video encounter, written by Jake Fogelnest for Funny or Die, below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
The Rock*A*Teens @ LPR 8/10/2014
I often make the outrageous drunken claim that the Rock*A*Teens were the best rock and roll band of the 1990s. It's sort of ridiculous to say, but as I write this sentence stone sober and drinking a glass of juice, I still kind of believe it. I keep waiting to not believe it, as I very frequently don't believe all kinds of outrageous claims that I make, but I just cross-referenced with all the other 1990s rock and roll bands in my iTunes (we're talking bands here, not singer-songwriters - and rock, not hip-hop which I think was way more important than rock in the 90s anyway) and I'm pretty much ready to double down; this disastrously scrappy Atlanta band with their not-very-good-sounding recordings and their name half-swiped from a 50's rockabilly outfit were...okay, let's not say the "best," because I don't really believe there's any objective truth when it comes to evaluating music - let's say they were my favorite. They had more great records than Nirvana (although no defining masterpiece), were (a tiny bit) smarter and had more at stake than Pavement, were more consistent than Guided By Voices, and had better all-around songs than Galaxie 500. So, though I love all those other bands, I'm going with them.Okkervil River's Will Sheff got to fulfill a fan's dream of opening for his '90s heroes The Rock*A*Teens who reformed for Merge Records' 25th Anniversary last month. The Le Poisson Rouge show on Monday (8/10) was the second of their two NYC show (the first was at Glasslands). Before this tour, the band hadn't played live in 13 years but frontman Chris Lopez is still a howlin' sweaty true-believer as these photos attest. Other superfans in the audience: AC Newman (New Pornographers), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), and Chunklet founder Henry Owings.
- Will Sheff
As for Sheff, his band included Takka Takka drummer and National sometimes-co-drummer Conrad Doucette and Craig Montoro on bass and the set included Okkervil River songs plus a Rock*A*Teens cover.. Will's girlfriend, Beth Wawerna, is also a huge R*A*T fan and her band Bird of Youth (named after R*A*T's 2000 album, Sweet Bird of Youth) opened the Glasslands show. Pictures of Will's LPR set and more of Rock*A*Teens' (we missed opener Ricer) are below...
As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.
If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.
"Finally I can tweet freely about our LP, 'Brill Bruisers'. Let me save you some blog-reading: It's our best one yet." - @ACNewman
The New Pornographers will release their sixth album, Brill Bruisers, via Matador on August 26. It's their first album since 2010's Together and was made in Woodstock, NY (where frontman AC Newman lives these days) and Vancouver, and features contributions by Dan Bejar and Neko Case. Says Newman, "This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster." The album's up for pre-order now that comes with a 3-D poster (and glasses) of the artwork. You can check out the album's title track below.
The band will be on tour this fall, inlcuding a stop at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17. That show and others on the tour will be opened by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with a BrooklynVegan presale beginning on Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and LiveNation presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, cool interactive album art and tracklist, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Back in the '90s, most up-and-coming indie rock bands touring through NYC played either Mercury Lounge or Brownies. Mike Stuto started booking shows there in 1994, and became co-owner in 1998. (Full disclosure: I've known Mike from before his Brownies days, and the club was the first place I saw a show when I moved to NYC.) Pretty much everybody played there and it was the site of the infamous 1998 show by The Fall that ended in an onstage brawl, with frontman Mark E. Smith arrested. When the club closed in 2002, Stuto turned Brownies into HiFi, a bar with no live music but with a digital jukebox that, at the time (iPods were still a novelty), had an astounding number of songs.
HiFi underwent renovations last fall, adding a small performance room in the back with a bar, and a DJ booth to the front. With the 20th anniversary of his association with 169 Ave A, there was an invite-only "20 Years of Stuto" party at HiFi last Saturday (5/17) that doubled as a benefit for longtime bartender Rhea Buckner who has been battling cancer and incurred a lot of debt from it. You can donate too.
The evening featured a lot of live music, and all the acts had played at Brownies at one point or another. After an opening set from NYC vet Don Piper, we got Boy Morgan (which includes members of Robbers on High Street) who played some of their own '60s-leaning material before inviting up a host of guest vocalists: Will Sheff of Okkervil River did Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind," AC Newman of New Pornographers did Wings' "Mrs. Vanderbilt" which was then followed by Ted Leo doing another Wings' song, knocking out "Band on the Run." Newman remarked, "New Pornographers' first New York show was here, as was my son's first birthday party."
Next up was former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, which was followed by a short set from Ted Leo who told the crowd he probably wouldn't still be making music if it wasn't for Brownies' support and brought out the Pharmacists for a couple songs as well. Leo also brought up Stuto to do Elvis Costello's "Pump it Up" with the band.
Then out came Bob Mould who, even though it was just him and his electric guitar, was insanely, ear-bleedingly loud. I think his amp only has two settings: on or off. In addition to playing Sugar's "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind," we got a couple songs from his soon-to-be-released Beauty & Ruin. Then he brought back out Ted Leo + Pharmacists for a ripping rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device."
The night's music ended with a set from Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs who were the first band Stuto booked at Brownies. Their set also included some guests: Ben Smith (The Brought Low/Sweet Diesel) sang Small Faces' "Song Of A Baker," Jesse Malin (D Generation) sang the Stones' "Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker)" and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project) and his wife, Linda Pitmon (on drums) came out for a cover of Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby."
It was a very fun night and pictures from all the above are in this post. As mentioned, HiFi is hosting live music now in its very small (35 capacity) back room, nothing with drums and nothing as loud as Bob Mould. They host readings and other performances too and you can check their schedule here.
More pics from Saturday's party below...
Jesus is just all right with them: Triumph & Klausner @ Bell House (via @kieshak)
Julie Klausner did a live taping of her How Was Your Week? podcast last night (10/30) at The Bell House and guests included Ted Leo, AC Newman, Jean Grae and Leslie Kritzer (subbing for a sick Laura Benati). Among the things that happened was a live performance of songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Ted Leo as Judas and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as King Herod. You're just gonna have to wait for the podcast to hear that.
If you missed it, you can see her soon in NYC as Julie announced a five night run (November 22 - 26) at Joe's Pub titled "TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner" where she promises to "sing some goddamn songs." Tickets are on sale now. She did it back in June, too, with guest (but maybe not surprise) appearances from Ted Leo and Bridget Everett.
In other news, on Sunday (10/27)k Julie feigned outrage on Twitter over Banksy's lastest reign of terror, a Halloween "installation" on Houston & Elizabeth which featured a Grim Reaper in a bumper car and an accordion player, plus occasionally playings of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." Some people, though, didn't get that her Twitter rant (including such bursts as "You know where I like my art? IN MUSEUMS. You know how I like my apartment building? FREE OF BANKSY AND THE CROWDS HE ATTRACTS") wasn't real.
And finally, Julie and her pal Ted Leo co-starred in a recent How Was Your Week? video where they (and Chris Spooner) take a class on whiskey, with predictable (and funny!) results. You can watch that below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Neko Case / AC Newman
Neko Case returned this year with her very good, long-titled new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, and she's been supporting it on a tour that she brought to NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall last night (9/26). Her 22-song set included most of the new album, and a bunch of others from throughout her career too. Opening the night was her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman, who joined her on the final song of her encore, "Ragtime." Pictures of both artists are in this post.
More of those, along with Neko's setlist, below...
AC Newman @ The Rock Shop, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, Neko Case has an impending new album (out 9/3 but streamable now) and tour this fall. For her shows in Philadelphia and Radio City here in NYC, she's enlisted her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman to open. Maybe they'll do a couple NP songs? Tickets to the 9/26 Radio City show are still available, as are tickets to the 9/25 show at Philly's Electric Factory.
Also, as mentioned, Case is playing a free NYC show at Skylight West on Wednesday (9/4) but the RSVP is now closed.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
AC Newman @ The Rock Shop, 10/8/2012
AC Newman's third solo album, Shut Down the Streets, is out this week and the New Pornographer celebrated it's release with a very intimate show at The Rock Shop last night (10/8). To gain entrance you either had to have bought the album over the weekend or won tickets through this very site. The show was Carl's first with this new six-piece line-up, featuring violinist Ruthy Ungar and pinch hitter Chris Miller on keyboards, flute, and oboe, and functioned somewhere between a warm-up and preview for his upcoming tour that hits Bowery Ballroom and Maxwell's in a couple weeks.
The six-song set (we had no idea the show was going to be that short) featured lead single "Not Talking," as well as the new album's choicest cuts, "Money in New Wave," "Hostages" and standout "Enclopedia of Amazing Takedowns" with The Slow Wonder's "Miracle Drug" closing the set because, "you have to play an old one, right?" ("Troubador" was the other song of the evening.) Newman's voice was in fine form and the crowd (which included Carl's Matador labelmate Ted Leo) begged for one more, but that was it for the early night. AC Newman, such a tease.
More photos from last night's show, along with a stream of the album, below...
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* MNDR @ Le Baron
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Kayode Kuti @ Barbes
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* A.C. Newman @ The Rock Shop
* Doug Benson @ Gramercy Theatre
* Balmorhea, JBM @ Mercury Lounge
* CC Carena, Sugar Life @ Zebulon
* Jens Lekman, Taken By Trees @ Terminal 5
* The Toothaches, Gospels @ The Bowery Electric
* Frightened Rabbit, Flashlights @ Bowery Ballroom
* St. Claire, Jon Bell, Trevor Wilson @ Glasslands
* Perfume Genius, Dusted @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Joe Walsh featuring the Les Paul Trio @ Irridium
* Micachu & The Shapes, Mykki Blanco @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost @ Living Room
* Cory Gunz, Sean Falyon, Mel Carter, Brownsville 300 @ SOB's
* Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Daniel Wayne @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Acorn Bcorn, Basement Apartments, La Defense @ Cake Shop
* How To Dress Well, Warm Ghost, O F F Love @ Santos Party House
* The Campilongo Quartet with Erik Deutsch, Jeff Hill, Tony Mason @ Living Room
* McKenzie Eddy, Kat C.H.R, Cranford and Sons, Sean O'Connell @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman, Sarah Silverman, Mike Birbiglia, Reggie Watts, Special Guests @ The Bell House
* The Dust Rays (members of The Roots and Earl Greyhound), The Skins, J & The 9s @ Brooklyn Bowl
* MV Carbon, Explosive Improvised Device, Rust Worship, Dane Patterson Project, Remnants @ Death By Audio
AC Newman plays the BV-presented record release party at The Rock Shop tonight (10/8) at 7 PM. Maybe you picked up his new album at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair over the weekend? If not, you can stream it in full below.
Perfume Genius plays his first of two NYC shows with Dusted tonight.
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As mentioned, New Pornographer AC Newman will release his new solo album, Shut Down the Streets, on October 9 via Matador and will kick off a tour with The Mynabirds later that month which hits the NYC area on October 22 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). All dates are listed below.
But you won't have to wait that long to catch AC Newman in NYC because we're happy to announce that he'll be playing a BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Rock Shop on October 8, the day before the album's release. Entry can be obtained by purchasing the album early from one of the following NYC record stores:
Other Music (in-store only, not online)
In Living Stereo
Co Op 87
The stores will have the album on sale starting October 6 (three days ahead of its official release) and tickets at each store will be limited. You can also get in by winning a pair from us. We have a few, and contest details are below.
UPDATE: You can also get a ticket if you order from the Matador store and then email email@example.com with the subject "AC Newman ticket" and your order number (while supplies last).
We've also got a new short film inspired by AC Newman's new album called "Want You To Know." The film was made by James Blose. You can watch it, along with a list of updated dates and those contest details, below.
We mentioned before that the new Hood Internet album, FEAT (out 10/2), was a sample-free, guest-filled affair featuring the likes of Class Actress, The Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri... and AC Newman who lends his pipes to the breakbeat-driven "One for the Record Books" which we have the premiere of right here in this post. You can stream it below and watch the video for "Won't Fuck Us Over" that features Annie Hart and BBU.
The Hood Internet are currently on tour and will play NYC tonight (9/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (Rescheduled and relocated from August.) Tickets for tonight's s how are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair of tickets away. Details are at the bottom of this post. Playing with them tonight and at all shows on this tour will be Oscillator Bug who will serve as The Hood Internet's backing band for their new sample-free tunes.
Song stream, video, a list of tour dates, and contest details are below.
AC Newman w/ New Pornographers at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC comedy duo Wrestling Team (aka Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman) do a live taping of their Beginnings interview podcast at UCBEast on the second Tuesday of every month, and new episodes premiere every Thursday (listen for free on iTunes). This month's live taping, which is TONIGHT (9/11) at UCBEast, will feature Mark and Andy talking to Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio) and David Rees (Get Your War On, How to Sharpen Pencils), and the musical guest will be New Pornographer AC Newman. $5 tickets for tonight's show are available.
Tonight's show happens about a month before AC Newman begins his tour with The Mynabirds which comes to NYC on October 22 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). Newman's new album, Shut Down the Streets, is out October 9.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Lizz Winstead in NYC when she brings her Free Or Die book tour to Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space on September 24 (tickets) and Manhattan's 92YTribeca on October 3 (tickets). She'll also do her 'Bang The Dumb Slowly: The Year In Politics' show at Gramercy Theatre on November 5, the day before Election Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
David Rees has other upcoming NYC appearances too. He'll be coming to Union Hall on September 19 and 20. The 9/19 show is a free 'Comedians With Books' show with Janeane Garofalo, which is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the 9/20 show is a 'Librarian Olympics' show, which tickets are on sale for. David will also do a BCRG-presented show this week a bit outside of NYC at Beacon, NY's Hudson Valley Auctioneers on September 15 with Bobby Tisdale (writer for Late NIght with JImmy Fallon among other things), Beth Hoyt, and musical guest Eleanor Friedberger. The Beacon, NY show is Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment.
All AC Newman dates and a stream of his recent single, "I'm Not Talking," are below.
The Mynabirds at Mercury Lounge - 9/1/12
The Mynabirds wrapped up their tour with Okkervil River late last month, after which they played a few headlining shows including one in NYC at Mercury Lounge on Sunday (9/1) with Port St. Willow. Pictures and videos from that show are in this post.
The Mynabirds have also been added as a support act to AC Newman's upcoming tour and will support him at his Hoboken show on October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). No support has been announced for his Bowery Ballroom show (10/22) yet though.
A list of all Mynabirds dates, plus more pics and videos from their Mercury Lounge show are below.
DOWNLOAD: AC Newman - I'm Not Talking (MP3)
As mentioned before, AC Newman will release his third solo album, Shut Down the Streets, on October 9 via Matador Records. That is the cover art to the album above. You can also download the album's lush opening track, "I'm Not Talking," at the top of this post, or stream it below, and you might recognize the backing vocalist as Carl's New Pornographers' cohort Neko Case.
Stream is below.
It's been three years since AC Newman released his last solo album, Get Guilty, but New Pornographers leader (and Twitter charmer) will release this third, still-untitled album for Matador this fall. He's also going on tour, including two stops in the NYC-area: Bowery Ballroom on October 22 and Maxwell's on October 24. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale via Ticketmaster on July 27 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday, July 25 at noon. Tickets to the Maxwell's show go on sale Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
However, you can also get tickets on Wednesday, July 25 for all dates on Carl's tour via this link that allows you to "save money on the service charges."
All upcoming AC Newman tour dates are listed below.
Remix gurus The Hood Internet will release their new album, FEAT, on September 18. This will be the band's first album of completely original material, free of samples. To fill sample void, the Chicago duo brought in a bevvy of guest stars for the album, including AC Newman, Class Actress, the Rosebuds, Hooray for Earth, Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart, Cadence Weapon, Zambri, and more. Tracklist with all the guest performers is below.
Before the album comes out, The Hood Internet are going on a tour which includes a stop in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on August 11. No on sale date has been announced yet. All tour dates are listed below along with a video teaser for FEAT and a stream of the duo's latest mixtape.
Todd Barry @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Want to laugh Tuesday night? Head over to Lolita Bar at Broome and Allen for another edition of "Tell Your Friends!". This week's special guests include HANNIBAL BURESS (who performs a free show every Sunday at Knitting Factory) (and who recently opened for Aziz Ansari at Beacon Theater), LIAM McENEANEY, ANDY DE LA TOUR, and a "MYSTERY GUEST" who "is doing a big big show later in the week, and can't be advertised for this. He appears all over television and films, though, and this may be your last chance to see him in a basement before he's too famous for our show. - A MUST SEE!" Hmm.
Speaking of a big big show later in the week, Nick Kroll's two tapings at Music Hall of Williamsburg take place this Thursday, 11/18.
MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden will be a guest at the live broadcast of WFMU's comedy/variety show "Seven Second Delay" at UCB Theatre on Wednesday (11/17). $5.00 tickets are still on sale, though note that he won't be performing. They'll be interviewing him, but they promise they have a couple of surprises planned. Other guests appearing on the same show: former New York Times Ombudsman Dan Okrent, and author / gambling expert / former bookie Beth Raymer.
That WFMU thing is early - like 6pm. Stick around after for an edition of Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel's Totally J/K with special guests Hari Kondabalu (Comedy Central Presents), Greg Johnson (Sirius/XM Radio) "& more!" Then stay even longer, cause Joe Mande is also part of the show right after that too. Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn & Ed Gavagan also perform in "The Nights of Our Lives"
Much like Pee Wee Herman, Colin Quinn has a new show on Broadway (which is directed by Jerry Seinfeld) (the Colin show) (Jerry didn't direct the Pee Wee show). We are giving away tickets to see Pee Wee. The Apiary has a pair up for grabs to see Colin.
What about Eugene Mirman you ask? Well, in addition to stuff we've mentioned in the past and his somewhat regularly scheduled Sunday night shows at Union Hall, you can catch him along with John Roderick (as Santa Claus), A.C. Newman, John Hodgman, Gary Shteyngart, and Ollabelle on December 17th at City Winery for the next edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. Tickets are on sale.
You will also find Eugene Mirman at the Bell House on December 12th for "Pretty Good Friends (formerly Tearing the Veil of Maya) End of the Year Holiday Blowout" with Kristen Schaal, Jon Glaser and "more to be announced." Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Kristen Schaal, was she at Littlefield last night/tonight/Monday night for "Hot Tub with Kurt"? It's unclear from the listings whether Kurt Braunohler is doing "Hot Tub" without her every Monday night through 11/29. Upcoming listed guests include Wyatt Cenac, Laura Krafft, Dan Friel, Jon Friedman, Liam McEneaney, and Chris Rozzi.
Patton Oswalt has four shows coming up at Caroline's - two on January 7th and two on January 8th. Tickets are on sale.
The New Pornographers may be considered to be hopelessly passé by some, but for better or worse, they got a fair amount of play during my college radio days, so they are one of those bands that that I look back at fondly - even if their last two or three albums left me feeling somewhat ambivalent.
Founded in 1997, they're veterans of the Canadian indie rock movement. They've seen the industry evolve and shift to accommodate one fad or another, and through it all, they held their ground and continued to churn out expansive power pop medleys year after year. With Carl Newman (A.C. Newman), Neko Case and Dan Bejar (Destroyer) in the mix, The New Pornographers also served as something of a prototype for the modern supergroup.
For Saturday night's show at Terminal 5 (one night after the CD throwing incident in Boston), The New Pornographers focused heavily on their newest album, Together, playing all but three songs from it. But in addition to showcasing the new material, they dipped deeper into their discography and pulled out songs like: "Sing Me Spanish Techno," "Mass Romantic," and "The Electric Version." Their set list for the evening was expansive, but the band talked little between songs and sometimes powered into the next with no more than a brief break for applause. One of the show's major highlights came during the final song of their encore, "Testament to Youth in Verse," when Newman engaged the audience with a slowly building sing-along.
The sound throughout the evening definitely seemed to be too loud - especially with the Dodos. The levels were fine for build-ups and breakdowns, but everything in between suffered. Whenever a song picked up the tempo and increased in volume, the sound started to blend together to create one inchoate mass of energy. Individual guitar riffs became muddled and vocals, indecipherable.
Luckily for Terminal 5, the additional New Pornographers show at the Bell House on Sunday night wasn't announced until after Saturday night's show had already sold out. Given the vastly improved sound quality at the Bell House and its more intimate size and layout, couldn't help but wonder what Sunday night's show (where they promised to do at least ten different songs) was going to be like in comparison (pictures from that one coming soon).
I got to the venue too late to see The Dutchess and the Duke, who like the Dodos, are still on tour with The New Pornographers. More pictures (of all three bands) from the T5 show, and the headliner's setlist, below...
photos by Jonny Leather
'@Joslynm congrats on your pop culture trivia expertise!' - Pat Kiernan
"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.
All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.
More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...
The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
As the Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th approaches, the show's lineup keeps getting more and more interesting. Since the initial announcement a few changes have been made (The Walkmen replacing Cold War Kids for one) and more acts have been announced. The schedule
below reflects the expected set times, with the disclaimers that "performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets" and "line up subject to change."
AC Newman (who's putting out a new New Pornographers record), Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins are playing as a Seekers cover band (a supergroup similar to what St. Vincent & Bon Iver did at MHOW on Saturday). Zach Galifianakis was also at the BV Haiti event,
UPDATE: Despite a press release that went out, The Bell House says that Paul Rudd & Zach Galifianakis are not on this benefit (they never said they were, but the press release did). Also the venue says that the set times that were posted (including here last night) are wrong.
Tickets for the benefit show are still on sale.
The Blow's last album was 2006's Paper Television, when Jona Bechtolt from YACHT was still in the group. For YACHT's upcoming tour, Bechtolt and member Claire Evans will bolster their live show (previously them and a laptop) by a band consisting of Rob Kieswetter of Bobby Birdman (who is also opening), Jeff Brodsky of Jeffrey Jerusalem, and D. Reuben Snyder of Rob Walmart. The backing band's name is 'The Straight Gaze'. A tour preview clip is posted below.
More Bell House info with full lineup & poster below...
Coming on May 4: the new album from The New Pornographers, entitled Together. Their fifth full-length was produced by the band and Phil Palazzolo, and recorded in Vancouver, Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Catskill, NY. The album is comprised of 9 A.C. Newman songs and 3 Dan Bejar numbers, and features the full eight-person lineup of Carl, Dan, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. Additional musicians include Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and the Dap-Kings Horns, among other talents.The artwork for the new album is posted above. There are no sounds from it available yet, but the band has posted pictures from its recording on New Pornographers' site
Lead pornographer A.C. Newman appears at The Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th. Also at the even will be The Walkmen (they replaced Cold War Kids who had to drop off), Ted Leo, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins. Tickets are still on sale.
A BENEFIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITIThe above-described event will take place on Wednesday, January 27th @ 6pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn (cost = $50).
100% of the proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health.
All performers will be playing abbreviated and stripped down sets. Scheduled to appear:
New York State Senator DIANE SAVINO
COLD WAR KIDS
AC NEWMAN of NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with RHETT MILLER of OLD 97s and NICOLE ATKINS as THE SEEKERS.
More performers and ticket information to be announced on Monday, January 18.
City Winery also has some fine benefit shows coming up.
Others are raising money for Haiti with vegan baked goods.