Entries tagged with: Alex Bleeker
photo: Matt Berninger w/ EL VY over the weekend (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned earlier this year that The National began recording their long awaited Grateful Dead tribute album in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings. A new Stereogum feature on the band reports that the wait will finally be over in early 2016, and that they'll once again be teaming up with the Red Hot organization to release it (the same organization the Dessners did Dark Was the Night with).
More details since the initial announcement on who's contributing to it keep coming to. The band told Stereogum that the album has "somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 contributions," now including Perfume Genius, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Marijuana Deathsquads (doing "Truckin'"), Unknown Mortal Orchestra ("Shakedown Street"), Fucked Up, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) on two songs including "Terrapin Station," Phosphorescent main man Matthew Houck, Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and more. Plus there's all the previously-mentioned names like Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Vile & J Mascis (doing "Box of Rain" together), The War On Drugs ("Touch of Grey"), and of course The National themselves (including their take on"Peggy-O," a traditional the Dead played a lot). The latter two have been played live before, and you can check out videos of those below.
The wait for this compilation has been long, but it sounds like it'll be worth it. The National's Bryan Devendorf said, "Some of the interpretations of the songs, you hear it, and you go, 'My god, this is fucking killer.'" With a solid group of some of the best indie artists out there covering the Dead, it's hard to go wrong.
In other "indie musicians covering the Grateful Dead" news, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks doing another of their Dead tribute shows, and this one's in Brooklyn. It happens at Rough Trade on December 30. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday (11/18) at noon. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks just played Brooklyn Bowl last week and are currently on tour in support of their new album.
All of The Freaks' upcoming tour dates are listed, with the National and War on Drugs videos, below...
photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.
In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.
Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.
Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.
Details on the songs being auctioned below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's a busy year for Real Estate side projects. Frontman Martin Courtney has a solo album on the way, the new Ducktails LP is out now, and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks will release their third album Country Agenda on October 16 via Sinderlyn. Alex's band is the most hippie-folk of all the Real Estate projects (I mean, he's the one who's put together multiple Grateful Dead tributes and that cover art looks straight out of the '60s/'70s, no? maybe a little Led Zeppelin-y?) and lead singles "Sealong Hair" and "The Rest" are right up that alley. Check them out, with the tracklist, below.
The Freaks are also touring soon. They have a few shows this weekend, including their Storm King Art Center show with The Feelies, and then a lengthier tour begins in November. That one hits NYC on November 12 at at Brooklyn Bowl with special guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.
Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:
The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.
Hot Chip DJing the tent
With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).
More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...
photo: Big Freedia in last year's Toyota Tent @ OSL (more by Wilson Lee)
Outside Lands is taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend with headliners Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala and more.
BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Stereogum are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located in the Polo Field near the Lands End Stage. The tent is called "Sound Central" on the festival map.
Like previous years, and like at Lollapalooza last weekend, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Hurray for the Riff Raff play the Sutro stage at 12:20 on Saturday. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 5pm the same day).
BrooklynVegan's OSL representative this year will be Jamie Granato, also known as DJ Rezound and the man behind Group Tightener. Watch Jamie interview Dan Deacon and METZ on Sunday. Come see bonus performances by Natlie Prass, Speedy Ortiz, The Drums, Django Django, Shakey Graves, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and more. Check out the full weekend schedule below....
Fresh off his appearance at Alex Bleeker's Grateful Dead tribute show in Chicago, lo-fi folk vet Little Wings (aka Kyle Field) has announced a tour. Many of the dates are with the great Weyes Blood, including the NYC show happening September 10 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Little Wings also recently released his 11th album, Explains, on Woodsist. Alex Bleeker had this to say about it:
Kyle Field, professionally known as Little Wings, is a living legend. He is the modern embodiment of the traveling bard and the singing troubadour. Kyle's discography is vast and impressive, full of tunes that are plucked from the lexicon of great American songwriting. On his latest effort, EXPLAINS, he crafts melodies so haunting and familiar; it's as if he's not composing them at all. He is tapping into something greater, acting as a vessel for the collective unconscious that is folk music.Check out the video for "Light Brang" off that album, below.
This is an album that is immediately accessible and also unfolds slowly, revealing greater depth with each listen. Kyle's lyrics are direct yet poetic, funny yet sad. EXPLAINS is a fantastic record that celebrates the enduring spirit of a great artist. Its release on WOODSIST is all too fitting - a label whose very foundation seems based on lasting creative integrity.
You can also catch Weyes Blood in NYC TONIGHT (7/9) for FREE at her River Rocks show on Pier 84 with the great lineup of Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz. Doors open at 6, and Weyes Blood is on first at 7.
Little Wings dates and video below...
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, EZTV and John Andrews & the Yawns are playing Palisades on May 7. Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets to see NOFX, Swingin' Utters, Lagwagon and more when the Fat Wreck Chords 25th anniversary tour hits Stone Pony Summer Stage go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales today at 10 AM. Password = PONY.
Motion City Soundtrack are playing Commit This To Memory in full at Long Island's Space at Westbury on July 24 with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise. Tickets go on VIP presale at 10 AM. Sorority Noise also have a NYC show with Turnover, which tickets are on sale for.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: Storm King in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Like in previous years, the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY is hosting live music this summer. Storm King's not very far from NYC, and it's a gorgeous place to spend a weekend afternoon out of the city, even when there isn't live music. Here's what the 2015 schedule looks like:
Sunday, June 28, 2PM: Porches, Frankie CosmosThe shows are free with Storm King admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors (65 and older); $8 ages 5-18 and students (with valid ID); free for children 4 & under and all Storm King Members.
Sunday, August 9, 2PM: Lee Ranaldo
Sunday, September 20, 2PM: The Feelies with special guests Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Porches and Frankie Cosmos also have several other dates, and there's a Frankie show in Brooklyn tonight (4/10).
The Feelies have shows this spring too.
Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:
TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).
The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).
Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).
Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).
Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).
There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.
Dave Harrington holiday party info below...
'60s-era raga guitarist and Ravi Shankar/Ali Akbar Khan disciple Peter Walker played his first NYC show in seven years at Union Pool in late December, and as briefly mentioned, he'll be back again for one this Thursday (2/6) at Baby's All Right. Since we last spoke, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, the Real Estate side project that gives Alex a chance to dive into more bluesy psychedelia than his main project allows (and who also just played Monday), were added. WFMU DJ (and Yo La Tengo obsessive) Jesse Jarnow will also be DJing all Grateful Dead (and Garcia) vinyl at the show. Tickets for what sounds like an all around cool show are on sale now.
Watch a video of Peter at December's Union Pool show below...
Sandra of SISU w/ Dum Dum Girls at Merc last week (more by PSquared)
Alex Bleeker at Brooklyn Bowl in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
SISU, Young Boys, VBA, Willy Muse, Brandon of Crocodiles (DJ) @ Cake Shop
When Sandra Vu isn't busy drumming in Dum Dum Girls, she's also making gothy shoegaze with her own project SISU (which also features DDGs guitarist Jules live). Willy Muse, who you may have caught playing bass in Widowspeak, also does his own thing at this show.
Juan Wauters @ Other Music
Juan Wauters is a very busy guy, playing many hometown shows with his band The Beets and also doing the solo thing quite often, like tonight at Other Music. Free admission, 8 PM start.
Sun Araw, Mark McGuire @ Body Actualized Center
Sun Araw is prepping a new album, Belomancie (out 2/18 via Drag City), and he's also got a new piece called "The (3) Vases," which he's performing from tonight. Ex-Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire was initially DJing this show, but he is now billed as "live," making this an excellent bill for fans of ambient/experimental music.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Skies @ Manhattan Inn
Alex Bleeker spends much of his time playing in Real Estate, but his own band is quite different, giving him the opportunity to dive into bluesy psychedelia. They're playing acoustic at tonight's show, which is free and starts at 10 PM.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
You may know John Hodgman as a Daily Show correspondent, but he's also got tons of his own excellent (and hilarious) material. Tonight's another of his Secret Society shows at Union Hall.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Hop aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show, Night Train, which this week features Marina Franklin, Joe Zimmerman, Sabrina Jalles, Lukas Kaiser, and Matt Koff.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Real Estate at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Real Estate have been relatively quiet lately, though they do have a third album in the works, but they will play a last-minute NYC one-off happening on Saturday (12/7) at Baby's All Right with Chicago's Bare Mutants (who are touring), Free Time, and Turnip King. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/6) at 11 AM. Their only other announced date at the moment is San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival in 2014.
And you can also see Turnip King tonight at Emet (75 Stewart Ave in Brooklyn) for the Showpaper benefit that also includes Painted Zeros, No One and the Somebodies, Hippy and Gingerlys.
Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).
We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Quilt at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)
Boston's Quilt make folky psychedelia recalling the Summer of Love sounds of the Haight-Ashbury scene. They released their self-titled debut LP on Mexican Summer back in 2011, and its followup, Held In Splendor (which we've already heard a few songs from), comes out January 28 via the same label. The band's been known for some cool, jammy live shows too, and you'll be able to see those shows on their previously announced 2014 tour which hits NYC on February 28 at Rough Trade (tickets).
Meanwhile, Quilt singer/guitarist Shane Butler has given us a list of his top 10 things of 2013. None of them are albums, but one is in reference to some cartoons he and other bands drew at Woodsist Fest in Big Sur, one of which is pictured below. Check out the whole list below...
Real Estate at Crest Hardware in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We're less than a week away from the official closing of Hoboken rock venue Maxwell's, and still more shows are being added to the club's final schedule. Another NJ band who has gone on to achieve higher levels of success, Real Estate, will play a late show (11 PM doors) on Monday (7/29). It's the second show members of Real Estate will have played there this month, considering Martin Courtney joined The Feelies a few weeks ago. Tickets for Monday's show are on sale now.
You can also catch Real Estate side project Ducktails at MoMA tonight (7/25). Then they play more shows in August, including a free NYC show with another NJ band who just played Maxwell's, Titus Andronicus on August 8 on Pier 84 with Juan Wauters (of The Beets). That show is part of the River Rocks series, which hosts Foxygen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and The Aves tonight. All Ducktails dates are listed below.
Another Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks open for Woods at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (7/27), and after touring the US and Canada for the next month, return home for a show at Cake Shop on August 28. All Freaks dates are listed below.
Thermals @ 285 Kent, March 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Kim Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Dave Davies @ City Winery
* Laura Marling @ Roulette
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ The Stone
* Dawn Richard @ Gramercy Theatre
* Pantha Du Prince @ West Park Church
* Kuroma, Fort Lean, IDEATH @ Glasslands
* CAROL LIPNIK and SPOOKORAMA @ Barbes
* Della Mae, Margaret Glaspy @ The Rock Shop
* Tica Douglas, Woof Woof, Hayley Coupon @ Cameo Gallery
* Deiphago, Mutant Supremacy, Damnatum, Agrath @ Saint Vitus
* Wakey!Wakey!, Michael Daves, Ana Egge @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Thermals, Screaming Females, Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Spectre Folk, King Cyst @ Knitting Factory
* A conversation with J. Cole and Elliott Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Apache Dropout, Blank Realm, Three Tsunamis, Pop Zeus @ Death By Audio
* John Talabot, Pional, Lemonade, JDH & Dave P @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gobby, SFV Acid, Fur, Kuhrye-oo, Ian Isia, fLako, Pick A Piper, Shadowbox, Lavina Yelb, Kraftmatiks @ Le Baron
* You Bred Raptors?, Two Seconds to Midnight, Pillow Theory, The Karma Exchange, Dave Wanamaker @ The Mercury Lounge
The Thermals bring their tour in support of their new Desperate Ground LP to NYC for their first of two Bowery Ballroom shows tonight. As discussed, Screaming Females open both dates, and Hop Along opens tonights show. Since we last spoke, Don GIovanni band Black Wine were added to Wednesday's (5/29) show.
Back in March, The Thermals came to NYC for a few shows including Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' series. Check out a video of them playing an acoustic version of "You Will Be Free" from their new album at that Ace Hotel show, below.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks' new album, How Far Away, is out today on Woodsist. The band play a record release show tonight at Knitting Factory with Spectre Folk (who count Steve Shelley as a member) and Big Troubles side project King Cyst. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can also listen to the album in the Knit's front room at 6PM where it'll be spinning on vinyl. You can also bring your own vinyl and they'll play it too as part of the club's new Tuesday series, Release and Rewind. The front room is free. You can stream a track from their new album below.
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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
shoppers at Other Music on #RSD13
So how did you fare on Record Store Day 2013? I was surprised that I found most of my big wants, including Ty Segall's Ty Rex 2 (found at Academy Annex in Williamsburg), the Trouble in Mind four-way split and Stephen-Malkmus-plays-Can 12" (acquired at Cake Shop), the first two Orange Juice albums (Turntable Lab) and Pulp's "After You" 12" (Co-Op 87 at midnight). Did anybody spot the No Alternative reissue? That was the only thing on my list I didn't find.
The busiest store was probably Other Music which still sported a 40-person line to get in when I went by around 2:30 PM. Kim's still had a lot of exclusives left when I swung by around 3 PM, despite being open at 8 AM. Customer Service Award goes to the nice folks at Turntable Lab who actually came out and asked people on line what they were looking for and then pulled it for them!
I also enjoyed hanging out at In Living Stereo, which had free PBR and live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert Drops. They didn't have the most RSD stuff, but they do have one of the better curated used sections I've flipped through in a while. Didn't make it to Generation for their in-store performances, but Andrew did and said it was a good time. (It was, Swearin' (pictured below) played an especially great set including some new stuff that I'm hoping means a new record is coming - Andrew.)
We've got more pictures from Kim's, as well a few from Other Music, plus a few shots courtesy of the BrooklynVegan Instagram, below...
Tickets to see Paul Weller at Apollo Theatre, Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.
As mentioned, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks will also play a Record Store Day in-store at In Living Stereo, and they're also playing their own show on May 28 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
As mentioned, Fake Problems are going on a tour with The Menzingers that hits NYC on Saint Vitus on June 11. That show has since sold out, but you can catch Fake Problems a couple days later at Mercury Lounge on June 13. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Big Black Delta, who are playing Glasslands in June, have added another NYC show happening a few days earlier at Mercury Lounge on June 19. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still available too.
UK synthpop artist Frankmusik are playing Maxwell's on June 6, Pianos on June 8 and Union Hall on June 12. Tickets to Pianos and Union Hall are on sale now. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale today at noon.
Kuroma, Fort Lean and IDEATH (DJ set) are playing Glasslands on May 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
by Bill Pearis
line to get in Other Music on Record Store Day 2012
As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:
We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.
While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.
Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).
Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.
Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.
still from Cake Shop's RSD video
Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.
Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."
Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.
Co-Op 87 (via)
For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:
"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.
DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.
As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,
And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.
BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.
Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.
Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
Woods @ MHOW, Nov. 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Brooklyn's Woods will be spending most of the summer on tour and to commemorate the jaunt they'll be releasing a new single via their Woodist label. The b-side of that 7" is a very faithful cover of The Kinks' "God's Children" which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1971 penile transplant comedy, Percy. You can stream it below.
The North American leg of Woods' tour wraps up here in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on July 27 with openers Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. No word on advance tickets but you can keep checking Ticketmaster if you like.
Woods' last NYC show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in November. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Quilt at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn venue Glasslands will a feel a little more like late '60s San Francisco on February 17, when they host Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & The Freaks (who are way more psych/blues than Alex's other gig), the Summer of Love vibes of Boston's Quilt, and the drone folk of Weyes Blood. Tickets for what should be an all around great show are on sale now.
In related news, Alex Bleeker just interviewed Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham for Relix. One of the things they spoke about was Fleetwood Mac's influence on Alex and the surrounding indie culture:
AB: I have my own opinion on this, but have you noticed a younger audience showing up at your shows or showing an appreciation for not only Fleetwood Mac records but your solo work? Have you noticed any increase in that [demographic] in the past couple of years?Read more at Relix and catch Fleetwood Mac on tour soon.
LB: Well, you know, I guess you can qualify anything I say by saying, "The longer you're around, [the] younger people start to look." But yes, I'd say that it's probably true. Even if you were to take the solo work out of the equation and just talk about the body of work that Fleetwood Mac has. Sometimes it takes sowing those seeds and letting things take root and seeing what is going to make sense to people down the line. What's going [on] in an album like Rumours makes sense to any number of generations on a mainstream level, but then you've got something like Tusk which is going to make sense to people that have a more indie sensibility. That's been very gratifying because that's what that album is all about.
AB: Well I don't know if [ Relix ] told you anything about me, but I'm not a journalist or writer. I'm 26, I play in a rock band and I can confidently tell you that Fleetwood Mac and of course your solo work has had a tremendous influence and is particularly popular with musicians right now in a more countercultural community.
LB: You know, that's one of the lessons you start to learn. And again, why being in Fleetwood Mac is so helpful and so meaningful is because I can go out there and undermine the brand, if you will.
Some song streams and lists of other upcoming dates for all three artists, below...
The Allman Brothers are playing ten shows at Beacon Theatre between March 1 to March 16. Tickets for all ten nights are on Fan Club presale now, go on AmEx presale today at noon, and general sale starts January 11 at 10 AM.
The Black Crowes are playing four nights in the NYC area this Apirl, with shows at The Capitol Theatre on April 2 and 3 and Terminal 5 on April 5 and 6. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows and the T5 shows go on sale January 11 at 10 AM.
The Big Pink are playing an Encore! Session at Le Baron Chinatown on January 7.
Zs, Mick Barr, Hubble, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, and DJ Ripley are playing Public Assembly on Sunday (1/6). No advance tickets, more details at the facebook event.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Lux Perpetua, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Death by Audio on January 19. Admission is $7 at the door.
photos by Tracy Allison
Deer Tick & friends @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick have been up to a lot this month, and after just posting pics from their set at the Capitol Theatre last night (12/27), where they were supporting My Morning Jacket, we've got a slightly belated set of pics of the third and final night of their Brooklyn Bowl residency, where they performed an album and an EP in its entirety each night. Night 3 (12/19) saw the band, who were joined by a horn section, playing Divine Providence and the Tim EP. Here are those pictures.
Like the first two shows, Deer Tick's Ian O'Neill opened the show (no pics of his set), and for this one he was followed by Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks whose bluesier (than Real Estate) sound had them fitting in with Deer Tick a lot better than Real Estate or Ducktails would have. Then Yaps (whose Top 10 Albums of 2012 list is below) introduced author/comedian Dave Hill (who just gave us his Best of 2012 list) who introduced Deer Tick (shirtless, obviously) before they went on to play a booze-soaked set of Divine Providence, Tim and covers of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Paul Westerberg's "Mr. Cigarette," Elliot Smith's "Between the Bar," Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your RIght (To Party!)," plus a few other original tunes worked in. Members of Delta Spirit also joined for the encore.
As mentioned, Deer Tick play a sold out show at Maxwell's tonight (12/28) and NYE in Boston with Two Gallants.
More pics and Deer Tick's setlist from the third show at Brooklyn Bowl, and Yaps' Top 10 list, below...
Real Estate in a church in Brooklyn last month (more by Greg Cristman)
Mini have teamed up with RCD LBL to present the Normal Crashing Tour, which brings a different band to a secret location in different US cities. The "tour" began in Chicago on Monday (12/3) with Twin Shadow and comes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Friday (12/7) at 5:30 for a free Real Estate show in a TBA location. More info on that show at the facebook event but RSVP is not required. The "tour" will also come to Austin and LA soon. Stay tuned.
In related news, Real Estate member Alex Bleeker (and The Freaks) will open the third of three shows in Deer Tick's upcoming Brooklyn Bowl residency, where Deer Tick will be performing an album and an EP in full each night. Alex is on board for the December 19 show where Deer Tick is doing Divine Providence and the Tim EP. Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick is also playing an opening set. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can also pick up a three night pass, which gains you access to all three shows, the first of which is tonight (12/5).
As mentioned, the other Real Estate side project Ducktails (led by Matt Mondanile) will play a guest-filled record release show for their new album, The Flower Lane, on January 23 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). Matt just dropped a new song off that album, "Letter of Intent," which features Jessa Farkas (of Future Shuttle) on vocals, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin) on synth, and Joel Ford (Airbird, Ford & Lopatin) on bass. You can stream that song below. Jessa and Joel are both on board for the release show at LPR and it wouldn't be a surprise if Oneohtrix Point Never, who just played MoMA PS1 with Ducktails, shows up too.
Sigur Ros at Celebrate Brooklyn in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tickets for the SIgur Ros tour, MSG show included, go on Fan Club presale (password: "BRENNISTEINN") today at 10 AM.. The MSG show goes on AmEx/MSG presale Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on sale starts Friday (11/16) at 9 AM.
Flogging Molly are playing Roseland Ballroom on February 2. Tickets for that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Live Nation Mobile App presales start Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at 10 AM.
Lotus are playing Best Buy Theater on January 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. AEG Live presale starts Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at noon.
Tickets for the They Might Be Giants show in Long Island go on venue presale today at 10 AM (password: "PULSE"). Tickets are also still available for their 12/30 show at MHOW, which is part of a three night run, but the other two are sold out.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Prince Rupert Drops. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.