Entries tagged with: Alec Ounsworth
Trail of Dead at BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
today in NYC
* The Dan Band @ Gramercy Theatre
* Simon Amstell @ Theatre 80
* Super Hi Fi, Full Tang @ Zebulon
* Eli Young Band, JT Hodges @ Terminal 5
* Future Rock, Damn Right! @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Hounds Below, Pomegranates @ The Delancey
* K'naan, City of the Sun @ Highline Ballroom
* Ash, Reputante, ANML @ Knitting Factory
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Joe's Pub
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
* Ani DiFranco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Beacon Theatre
* High Highs, Snowmine @ Mercury Lounge
* Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers) @ Slipper Room
* The Death Set, Deathface, No Way @ Cameo Gallery
* Banning Eyre, Sam Dickey, Luke Quaranta @ Barbes
* Start Making Sense, The Great White Caps @ The Bell House
* Phutureprimitive, Space Jesus, Soulacybin @ Glasslands Gallery
* Liam Finn, Reuben and the Dark @ Glasslands Gallery
* Spirit Family Reunion, Adam Arcuragi @ Mercury Lounge
* Blondes, Maxmillion Dunbar, Holly Herndon @ 285 Kent
* Bassnectar, Gramatik, Gladkill @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Extreme Animals, Eric Copeland @ Secret Project Robot
* Mind Over Mirrors + Miguel Gutierrez @ Issue Project Room
* Midnight Magic, Something In Spanish, DJ Scribe @ Cameo Gallery
* Neon Piss, Shoxx, Nuclear Spring, Survival @ Death By Audio
* Viva Mayday, Chainwave, Johanna Glaza, The Veevees @ The Bowery Electric
* Vassals, T.H.E.M., Blank Paper, Little Racer @ Paper Box
* The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, The Skipjack @ Saint Vitus
* Lamb of God, In Flames, Sylosis, Hatebreed @ Roseland Ballroom
* Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
* Naomi Punk, G Green, Parquet Courts, Psychic Blood @ 285 Kent
* Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, The Menzingers @ Best Buy Theatre
* Radical Dads, Dinosaur Feathers, Laser Background, Dead Stars @ Big Snow
* Gold Streets, The Suicide Dolls, Passenger Peru, Thick Voltage @ Union Pool
* Friend Roulette, Flying Pace, Bright Brown, Katie Mullins @ Union Hall
* Eastern Hollows, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, The National Rifle, Dances @ Cake Shop
* Dan Deacon, Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick @ Bowery Ballroom
* ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Coathangers, Hussle Club @ Irving Plaza
* Kool A.D., The Underachievers, Aaron Cohen, Kosha Dillz, Johnny Voltik, Chaz Van Queen, Illustrate & Niyre, DJ Obey City @ Littlefield
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders w/ Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys @ City Winery
* #SandySucks w/ Flufftronix, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole, Tony Quattro, Tanner Caldwell, Furoche, Wckids, Don Cerati, Alt+Beast, Joey G, Skyway @ Public Assembly
The guests for John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders show at City Winery tonight include Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys.
Check out Neon Piss at Death by Audio tonight with Shoxx, Nuclear Spring, and Survival.
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Jamie Lidell will release a self titled album on February 19 via Warp. Check out the awesome lead single, "What A Shame," below.
Yo La Tengo have some visual accompaniment for "Before We Run," the first single off their upcoming album, Fade. Check it out below.
Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.
In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.
The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.
And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.
Other tour dates and some videos below.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ BAM in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
"We have a new album coming out! It's called Hysterical, and it will be available on September 20th in the US, and September 12th in the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia. ALSO, we are re-issuing our 1st album on vinyl. It has been remastered. We always thought the vinyl could sound better. That will be available on June 14th." - Clap Your Hands Say YeahIt was February 2009 when CYHSY played what they thought might be their final show at BAM in Brooklyn. Since then Alec Ounsworth made a go at being a solo artist and the other members have kept busy with various side projects too. Drummer Sean Greenhalgh, who sometimes fronts Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone, recently produced the Conversion Party EP. Robbie Guertin's band Radical Dads have a new album called Mega Rama out soon. Robbie also plays in Uninhabitable Mansions. And now CYHSY is back.
A Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album teaser video and some initial tour dates, Outside Lands Festival included (they were not part of the festival's lineup announcement), below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
The Walkmen @ MoMA
"Some jackass made his way out of Johnny Brenda's after our show in Philadelphia with a handmade, custom built baritone guitar. Luckily for us we do have the show on tape and the face of our sticky fingered friend has been recorded. Any info out there to help us i.d. this person would be gratefully appreciated. Please let us know if you know anything. Thanks!" [Alec Ounsworth]The guitar was actually stolen over 2 months ago and it still hasn't been recovered. It belonged to guitar player Matt Sutton who will join CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth again as part of "Flashy Python" tonight (they're the opener) at the Bell House (4/1) with The Walkmen ("advanced tickets are sold out" according to the venue's website). The Walkmen recently played SXSW and before that MoMA... which I just realized we never posted pictures from. Those continue below...
Priestess @ Webster Hall, 2009 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
casiokids @ South Street Seaport, 2009 (more by Tear-N Tan)
tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Puscifer @ Apollo Theater
* Henry Rollins @ Irving Plaza
* Kronos Quartet @ Zankel Hall
* Vetiver, Scout Niblett, Arp @ 92YTribeca
* Alkaline Trio & Cursive @ Starland Ballroom
* Jarrod Gorbel, Arms @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Tracy Bonham, The Old Ceremony @ Joe's Pub
* Allman Brothers Band @ United Palace Theatre
* Treasure Fingers, VDRK, Free Magic @ Santos Party House
* Balkan Beat Box, Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew @ Webster Hall
* Q-Tip (DJ), DJ Jazzy Jeff, Peanut Butter Wolf @ Nokie Theatre
* Priestess, The Giraffes, Bison, Naam @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cheeseburger, Hard Nips, Valley Lodge, Jon Glaser @ The Bell House
* Sissy Spacek, Gerritt Witmer and Paul Knowles @ Issue Project Room
* PC Worship, Wild Nothing, The House Floor, Second Life @ Shea Stadium
* Casiokids, Spleen United, Banjo Or Freakout, A Classic Education @ Pianos
* Oberhofer, Twin Shadow, Pocketknife, Hundred In The Hands @ Cameo Gallery
* Radio Happy Hour w/ Cursive, Arthur Phillips, John & Molly Knefel @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Darlings, Whatever Brains, The Invisible Hand, Total Slacker, My Teenage Stride, The Sundelles, I'm Turning Into, Big Troubles @ Cake Shop
Priestess headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Catch them there and/or at one of of our BV day parties in Austin.
Casiokids & Banjo or Freakout play Pianos tonight, and they're both on the bill of our pre-SXSW show in NYC on Monday at Knitting Factory where we now have confirmed free PBR from 7-9 (there's a Facebook event page for that too).
A video of Alec Ounsworth playing an NPR 'Tiny Desk Concert' below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Cold War Kids offering a free bootleg of the Terminal 5 show
CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth just finished opening a string of dates or Cold War Kids including two shows in NYC - January 28th show at Music Hall of Williamburg, and the 29th at Terminal 5. The pictures in this post are of CWK at Terminal 5. Bao missed Alec due to a slight ticket mix up at the door.
Cold War Kids, whose have just one upcoming date advertised at the moment (in Alaska), but Alec, who recently released two solo albums (one of which came out on ANTI-), is now on his first headlining tour...
Ounsworth's band is Matt Sutton, Peter Modavis, Brian Ashby and Jonas Oesterle. They will be playing songs from Mo Beauty, Skin and Bones as well as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's catalog.All of those dates are below.
Cold War Kids, who didn't end up playing the Bell House Haiti relief benefit on Wednesday, January 27th, recently put out an EP called Behave Yourself. The video for the song "Audience" off that is below. The song is also downloadable at RCRDLBL. That video, more pictures and dates are below..
The show Cold War Kids are playing at Terminal 5 on 1/29 is sold out, so they added a 1/28 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opens both dates. Tickets for the new one are on sale (@ noon).
Delorean are going on a tour with Miike Snow that brings them to many North American venues including Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/26), Webster Hall (3/27), and Paradise in Boston (3/31). Now add Mercury Lounge to the list. Delorean will play a Snow-less show at the smaller venue on Monday, 3/29 with Lemonade (who they shared at least 1 CMJ bill with). Tickets for the new show are on sale at noon.
by Bill Pearis
Arms (photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Normally, this is where a little bio of the band would go, but Todd pretty much does that himself in answering the first question of our end-of-year survey. We should note that his band ARMS open for Passion Pit at Terminal 5 on January 8 (sold out). So without further ado:
tonight in NYC
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Further @ Hammestein Ballroom
* Nate Wooley @ Issue Project Room
* Pure Horsehair, Sam Amidon @ Zebulon
* J.A.M.B.I.E. w/ Jon Irabagon @ The Stone
* Parts and Labor, The Tony Castles, Screens @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Prigs, The Stationary Set, Red Wire Black Wire @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* WFUV benefit w/ Rosanne Cash, The Low Anthem, Mike Doughty @ Concert Hall
* The Music of John Lennon featuring performances by members of: Acrylics, Amazing Baby, Gillian Rivers and the SET Quartet, Here We Go Magic, Lauren Bahr, Nicole Atkins, Psychic, The Royal Chains, & Suckers @ Glasslands
Video of Alec Ounsworth live on KEXP below...
Video of Surf City live on KEXP below...
Video of The Moondoggies live on KEXP below...
sorry it took me so long to get a post up on this...
DOWNSTAIRS14 bands. 100% FREE. At Pianos on the Lower East Side (158 Ludlow Street, New York City). Free Miller beer so get there early. Free Vitamin Water so get there early too. No badges or money necessary. See you there, and then see you in the same exact place with lots more free bands with the same free drinks on Saturday.
12:45 A Classic Education
02:15 Surfer Blood
03:45 Duchess Says
04:30 JEFF the Brotherhood
01:00 Freelance Whales
01:45 Rebecca Schiffman
02:30 Peggy Sue
03:15 Chris Denny
04:00 Holly Miranda
04:45 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
05:30 Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY)
And in between those two, see you at Fontana's on Friday.
Moonbabies, on at noon, are making a rare appearance from their home in Sweden. This day party is in addition to their other two previously-announced CMJ shows.
More later. If I type any more this post will be even more late. Duchess Says and Rebecca Shiffman video below...
Au Revoir Simone have spent the better part of 2009 working on, promoting and touring in support of their second album, Still Light, Still Night, wrapping things up -- for now, at least -- with a Brooklyn show at the Bell House on October 24 (tickets), which is part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The Bell House is also where their new video, "Shadows," was filmed. You can watch it over at the David Lynch Foundation Television website. Lynch has been a fan ever since he and ARS were paired together for that Barnes & Noble Upstairs at the Square event two years ago. He even wrote a nice little blurb for the girls:
"I LOVE AU REVOIR SIMONE ..... THESE GIRLS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES ..... MUSIC JUST FLOWS OUT OF THEM SO NATURALLY - AND IT'S GREAT MUSIC ...... THIS VIDEO FOR "SHADOWS" - FROM THEIR NEW ALBUM "STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT" IS MIGHTY - THE COLOR AND THE LIGHT ARE STELLAR - THE MOVES AND LOOKS - MINIMAL - CLEAN - MODERN AND SOLID ..... IT ALL COMES ALONG SO WELL SUPPORTING THE GIRLS AND THEIR MUSIC ..... ANNIE, ERIKA AND HEATHER HAVE GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER - THEY'RE BIG - BUT THEY'RE GONNA BE BIGGER - THEY'RE GONNA BE REAL BIG"I hope someone has since told David his Caps Lock was on. That Bell House CMJ show also has baroque pop band The Postmarks, and San Francisco's folk-ska ensemble Still Flyin' on the bill.
In November, Au Revoir Simone travel to China for shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Tour dates are at the bottom of this post, as are more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's Bowery show from back in June. Findlay Brown, who is also playing CMJ at the same venue (Bowery), opened that June show.
In between now and ARS's trip to China, ARS member Annie Hart will spend some time with her other band, Uninhabitable Mansions, which also features Robbie and Tyler from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Uninhabitable Mansions' debut album, Nature is a Taker, is out now digitally, with the CD version due at the end of October and vinyl in January. Uninhabitable Mansions, which now includes Annie Hart's husband (and former Dirty on Purpose member) Doug Marvin on drums, has two NYC shows coming up: a free show next Wednesday (10/14) at Cake Shop which is part of the MIXER Reading Series, then they'll play the Bell House on October 22 (part of CMJ) with Robbers on High Street, Freelance Whales (who are also on the Bowery Ballroom show Findlay is playing), Pomegrates and others. After that, they're going on a short East Coast tour, ending with a October 30 show at Union Pool. Then the band's on hold until the new year when they expect to launch a more extensive U.S. tour.
CYHSY front-man Alec Ounsworth meanwhile has been doing his own thing and is appearing at Mercury Lounge during CMJ, as well as at a free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos that same day (10/22). More details TBA.
Tour dates for Au Revoir Simone and Uninhabitable Mansions, plus more pictures from Au Revoir Simone's June 28 Bowery Ballroom show are below...
Thursday, 10/22 - CMJ showcase @ Mercury Lounge in NYC
Sean Bones 1:00Alec Ounsworth and/or his alias Flashy Python have three shows coming up. One of them is in NYC and is listed above. It's a CMJ show with no advanced ($12) tickets. The other two dates are in Philly. They're listed below along with a full stream of his new Flashy Python album (not to be confused with his new Alec Ounsworth album)....
Local Natives 12:00
Ambulance LTD 10:00
Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) 9:00
Patrick Watson 8:00
Alec Ounsworth to Pitchfork: That's precisely the confusion with this [ANTI solo] record. I actually have another project right now called Flashy Python that's more about me trying to erect some grand statement [laughs]. Not to say the Alec Ounsworth record or Clap Your Hands aren't personal statements. But the Alec Ounsworth record was me going down to New Orleans for a short period of time and trying to piece something together based on a collection of mostly old songs. I figured this would be a good opportunity to purge myself of those songs in a very precise and particular setting.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth is releasing a solo album on ANTI-Records on October 20th. That was to be his solo debut until this even newer one came along which is available as an instant download now, although maybe since it's actually considered a Flashy Python (his long-time alter ego) record, and not an Alec Ounsworth one, it doesn't count.
The Flashy Python record includes contributions from members of the Walkmen (Matt Barrick the drummer), Dr. Dog (Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken), and Man Man (Billy Dufala). Alec's wife also plays some trumpet. He plays just about everything. Grab one track below...
DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)
Since we just mentioned one new solo project from a band on hiatus (Julian from The Strokes), it'd be good to mention two other similar albums in the works.
In May, it was announced that Paul Banks of Interpol will be releasing a solo record called Julian Plenti is Skyscraper (Plenti being his own moniker) through Interpol's ex-label Matador on August 4th. Listen to "Fun That We Have," from the record, above.
This'll be the recording debut from "Julian Plenti," but the project itself is nothing new.
From 1998 to 2003, Julian Plenti performed in and around Manhattan as an acoustic solo artist. Venues that played host included Tobacco Road, Pete's Candy Store, The Knitting Factory, The Living Room, and "Lach's Antihoot" at Sidewalk Cafe.Shows in support of the record are expected (...as are Julian Casblancas shows. I vote they play a show together).
In 2006 Plenti began to demo a selection of his music using Logic Pro, including some older acoustic songs ("Girl on the Sporting News," "On the Esplanade," "Fly as you Might," "Fun that We Have") with added beats and string arrangements.
In the Fall of 2008 Mr. Plenti took the demoed album to the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn to be re-recorded with live instrumentation.
He hired session performers to play the string and horn arrangements, and also enlisted some friends. Mike Stroud of Ratatat and Charles Burst of The Occasion guest on "Skyscraper;" Sam Fogarino of Interpol plays drums on "Games For Days;" and Striker Manley of Stiff Jesus appears on "No Chance Survival" and "Fun That We Have."
And it was announced this week that another frontman-cum-solo-performer, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who we reported in January will be taking a break... possibly a very long one), will be releasing his debut, Mo Beauty, on October 20th on Anti- Records. That album was recorded at New Orleans' Piety St. recording studio...
For Mo Beauty, Ounsworth was backed by George Porter, Jr. on bass, Stanton Moore on drums, Robert Walter on keys, and Matt Sutton on baritone and pedal-steel guitars, with additional help from some members of the diversely talented New Orleans community such as Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, Greg Hicks, Washboard Chaz, Shannon Powell, John Boute, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, and Meschiya Lake. The album was produced by veteran musician/producer and fellow Philadelphian Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Blasters, John Lee Hooker, The Replacements).This is not the first non-CYHSY project from Alec (though maybe the first that has a record), and this is not the first announcement this month from Anti regarding a new solo album from a popular Brooklyn band member (though I think Alec actually calls Philly home).
Tracklists for Mo Beauty and Skyscraper, with a YouTube video that purports to be the first 30 seconds or so of each Julian Plenti track, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
June is going to be an exciting month for Old 97's fans. "An Evening With Old 97's" will be on tour in June through the eastern States. Both Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond will perform solo acoustic sets before taking the stage with Old 97's. Old97s.com has tickets for many of these shows.That tour visits Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's for four nights - tickets are on general sale for the shows on June 19th, June 20th, June 23rd and June 24th shows. The Old 97's will also play at Westchester's Tarrytown Music Hall (less than 1 hour from Grand Central) on Friday, June 26th. Tickets for that show are on sale, too.
And before those dates, Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller will play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday, April 16th with Starling Crush. Tickets are on sale.
Miller's other Greater NY-area shows might be of interest as well. His May 30th show in Hunter, NY is part of the three-day Mountain Jam Festival. (Tickets are on sale - full lineup below.) And his May 1st show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ is part of the Writers in the Raw series. Miller appears there with David Johansen (of the New York Dolls), Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), and Ashton Shepherd. (Tickets are on sale.)
Miller's newest, self-titled solo album will be out June 9th on Shout! Factory Records.
All tour dates, with Rhett Miller track list and Mountain Jam lineup below...
Alec Ounsworth, the Cold War Kids, and Elvis Perkins jammed for the press at Bonnaroo....
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah just announced a whole bunch of tour dates and a presale for them. That includes September 11th @ the Gramercy Theatre in NYC. Regular on-sale Friday. All tour dates below....
DOWNLOAD CYHSY - Love Song N0. 7 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CYHSY - Underwater (You and Me) (MP3)
1. Pre-Order the Some Loud Thunder CD anytime between now and January 29th.
2. Beginning January 16th, all customers who have pre-ordered will receive an email with a special secret link
3. Follow the link to download the Some Loud Thunder MP3s for FREE (link valid only until January 29th)
4. Your Some Loud Thunder CD will be shipped to you on January 30th.
I got myself a copy, and so far I think it's a pretty damn good second CYHSY album. In fact, it's getting better with each listen.
P.S. Sorry ladies - The Guardian is reporting that Alec Ounsworth got married this weekend. (they're also reporting "He's got a children's album on the go, idle thoughts of scoring a film..")
And while I'm talking about Alec Ounsworth, I thought I'd post the pics from the performance he gave (with band) as Flashy Python and the Body Snatchers the other night @ Joe's Pub (June 22, 2006). I was at the late show (he played an early one too).
Alec is a great song writer and performer, and it was nice to his other side - the side that's not Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The CYHSY side is nice too though, so I was happy to hear him play Details of the War and that Cigarettes song. Overall the show was great, mesmerizing at times, and much better than what I remember from his performance as The Pelican Picnic at Mercury Lounge (I'm sure the setting had something to do with it). Some songs really stood out this time, but I don't know what they're called. He closed with a Loudon Wainwright cover.
And while I'm catching up on Bonnaroo coverage, I thought now would be a good time to post this photo from the press-only performance CYHSY's Alec Ounsworth gave at this year's festival.
After Bonnaroo, Alec gave an interview and played three songs for WXPN in Philadelphia. Download the MP3 at their website.
While I was at the Winter Garden watching people like Martha Wainwright cover Bruce Springsteen songs, Nick (BrassBonanza) was over at Tonic checking out Clap Your Hand Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth cover Loudon Wainwright with the band previously known as Pelican Picnic. Here's his review and pics...
'Alec Ounsworth played to a sold out crowd at Tonic last night. He performed his solo/non CYHSY material, which I loved. It showcased his lyrics more and the songs were arranged more like folk/country/rock tunes, as compared to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tunes. He didn't preform any CYHSY material, kind of. When they were 'Live on WOXY Radio,' they played a new song called, "Cigarettes." I've been listening to that song a lot lately, so to hear it at the show was a treat.
The packed crowd drew him out for a solo performance of Loudon Wainwright's, "Motel Blues," to end the night. He said the album would be out in a few months, but I don't know how serious he was. It was a great performance by a great song writer.'
Happy New Year Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Alec Ounsworth & The Pelican Picnic @ Mercury Lounge, NYC | pics
Alec Ounsworth & The Pelican Picnic & Stuff
More CYHSY & Alec Ounsworth MP3s
Alec Ounsworth of CYHSY Solo | MP3s
Last night's (Aug 30, 2005) Alec Ounsworth & The Pelican Picnic show at Mercury Lounge turned out NOT to be a secret Clap Your Hands Say Yeah gig. It wasn't his solo singer-songwriter act either. It was what appeared to be a brand new band, though it's unclear if Alec wrote all the songs himself. It's also unclear whether the band, that featured members of NYC's IDA, are keeping the "Pelican Picnic" name. Alec said something like "I'm Alec Ounsworth, and tonight this is the Pelican Picnic," as he pointed to the band who he never introduced otherwise.
I anticipated a mob scene at Mercury Lounge, afterall the rumor that it might be a secret CYHSY show even reached the daily amNewYork newspaper. The chalkboard outside the club made it pretty clear that Pelican Picnic was not Clap Your Hands. Perhaps people turned away when they saw that. The venue was about half-full (100 people?) for their set. Half-full is still pretty impressive considering Pelican Picnic only exists on the Mercury Lounge calendar. Obviously people were there because of Alec's Clap Your Hands fame (or to see Clap Your Hands), and the band's lack of communication about the show anywhere (including Alec's personal site) gave me the impression they were fine with that.
Imagine a country-western Clap Your Hands. Imagine a female voice accompanying Alec's (the drummer also sang). Imagine more Bob Dylan than Talking Heads. That was Pelican Picnic. It was good.