Entries tagged with: American Music Club
American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel released a solo album, Don't Be A Stranger, earlier this year via Merge and recently finished up a a tour in support of it which hit NYC earlier this month (12/3) at Highline Ballroom. A video of Mark playing "Firefly" at that show is below.
Mark gave us a list of his favorite music and films that he "saw/heard this year that might have been from any year." The whole list, in no particular order, is below.
Stylish Mark Eitzel at Knitting Factory, Dec 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Move over Alex Trebek, Mark Eitzel wants your job. (With his upbeat demeanor and penchant for suits, this probably seems obvious.) The American Music Club frontman is preparing for the October 2 release of Don't Be A Stranger via Merge by releasing a series of trivia questions via the AMC website.
Each Wednesday from now through September 26th, there will be an Eitzel-related trivia question posted... with the answer revealed the following Tuesday. The answers will be tallied and the top 3 contestants (top 3 from the US and top 3 from Europe/Australia/New Zealand) with the most correct answers will win a smattering of Eitzel-related prizes, including concert tickets, autographed albums and more.What, no Turtle Wax or Rice-a-Roni? The first three questions are up and ready to go. How many can you answer?
Are you ready?
Meanwhile, all of you cheaters in NYC won't be able to snag the answers from Eitzel himself in time to make the contest; the man won't swing through the five boroughs until Dec 3 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. The dates are part of a larger East Coast tour for Eitzel, all of which are listed below.
In anticipation of the new LP, head below for a stream of "I Love You But You're Dead." Mark Eitzel is currently trying to update his image, consulting Billy B (Lady Gaga's makeup artist) and Nadya Ginsburg (writer for "Joan Rivers Fashion Police") to make sure he knows what the kids are up to. Grab your notepads and head below to check out video on their advice to Mark.
I knew Tim Mooney for over 20 years. As many Red House Painters' fans may know, American Music Club was very helpful in giving us our start. Later on, Tim played drums on my first solo album, Rock'n' Roll Singer, and then on Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts Of The Great Highway. We shared many long days and hours together. Tim was a peaceful, patient, and incredibly talented person. The last time I saw Tim was in 2009, in Petaluma, he was having ice cream with his daughter. He was as happy and content as ever... I've been overwhelmed with memories of Tim since learning of the news yesterday [June 14th]. My heart goes out to his family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC. -[Mark Kozelek]Rest in Peace to Tim Mooney, member of Sun Kil Moon, Sleepers, American Music Club, Negative Trend and others. If you'd like to donate to the Tim Mooney fund, you can do so via Paypal or you can mail a check directly. Details on the address to send a check, as well as some videos are below. Tim Mooney, you will be missed.
"For The People Who Wonder if AMC is TouringWhile American Music Club may be no more for now (they did tour in recent years though), you CAN catch frontman Mark Eitzel TWICE in the next couple days. TONIGHT (12/6) Eitzel will bless Knitting Factory with Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers and Himalayan Bear. Tickets are still available. Tomorrow (12/7) he plays at Joe's Pub as part of the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series with Amanda Stern, Jesse Browner, and Walter Kirn.
We are not.
During the reunion in 2005 it was good to play with these guys again - though we had changed a lot in a decade. We made a great record - still we didn't have a Bruce Kaphan or a Tom Mallon to keep the music focused and cohesive (I'm certainly not the one to do that when my own songs are involved.) We toured a bit, played one show in 2006 (at a Gap store) then I wanted to work more with Vudi and we put together a band in Los Angeles.
Fans want to see a band frozen in that time when the music meant something to them. A particular record, or a particular show that really knocked them out at the time. I do it too. I knew during the reunion AMC would not be the same group we were in 1991 - and that was tough. You want to give fans what they want (or at least I do) and its a bitch when things aren't the same. You just keep going - you just move on..."
Mark Eitzel's appearance at Joe's Pub is the early show at the venue, with The Barr Brothers headlining the later show, one of two scheduled for the band in NYC this week. They also play Union Pool on 12/8. All of their dates are listed below.
Kathryn Calder is currently on the road with Himalayan Bear in celebration of her new LP Bright and Vivid (out now). Check out a video for "Who Are You?" from Bright and Vivid below, alongside all tour dates...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mac and Britt embrace (Triangle Music)
The much anticipated XX Merge Festival took place last week in North Carolina with a five-day (July 22-July 26), Wednesday to Sunday run of shows. Last night (Sunday)'s show with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak was the only fully announced lineup. The other four nights (and one day) were a grab bag of any number of Merge bands past and present. Did you go? What were the highlights?
Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, who recently played a pair of big NY shows, headlined the fest's first night (which also included Magnetic Fields). Superchunk, which features Merge founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, topped the bill of the second night. The third night included the reformed/reunited lineups of Spent, Polvo and Pipe.
Mac McCaughan came out on stage before [Pipe] instead of the night's emcee and announced that there was a lone protester outside. He invited him up on stage and it was Jon Wurster decked out in Phillies gear as Philly Boy Roy. He was holding a sign that said "Boycot MERGE." He complained that Merge didn't have any Philly bands on their roster and Mac said that they have bands from Jersey, which is close to Philly. You never compare Jersey to Philly in front of Philly Boy Roy. It was hilarious.You can see the partial setlist from Spoon, who headlined that night, below.
All of this led to the introduction of New Jersey punks Pipe. As soon as they kicked into their first song, beer cans and plastic bottles started flying. Frontman Ron Liberti ate it up and even put himself in the line of fire, headbutting some of the cans while kicking some back into the crowd. Liberti bounded around the stage, essentially taunting the crowd. The crowd loved the band's antics as did I (but that may have been different if I hadn't managed to stay dry). [triangle music]
In addition to the Cat's Cradle shows (the venue for 4/5 of the night shows), Saturday featured a day show that included Julian Koster solo as Music Tapes and Mac McCaughan with violin accompaniment as Portastatic. A few videos from that set, below.
M. Ward, who's playing the Central Park Summerstage this Saturday (August 1st), played at the fest's Saturday night showcase. Zooey Deschanel joined him for a cover of the Beatles' "Birthday." Not too big of a surprise considering She & Him headlined the Sunday night show.
Other XX Merge artists who recently stopped in NYC include The Clientele and Richard Buckner (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg last Sunday), Versus and Superchunk (they played South Street Seaport last Friday), and Spent (they played Coco 66). Spoon didn't play a NYC show, but they were spotted in the audience of Paul McCartney's third of three shows at Citi Field in Queens. Destroyer is on his way up. He plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club) played Le Poisson Rouge and Maxwell's before XX Merge, and now he's on his way back for a show at The Bell House.
Lineups for each night of XX Merge, with videos, and a bunch of setlists, below...
Spent was an American Indie Rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey consisting of singer/guitarist John King, guitarist/occasional vocalist/keyboardist Annie Hayden, bassist/occasional vocalist Joe Weston and drummer Ed Radich.As previously noted, Spent are reuniting for the XX Merge Records festival happening in North Carolina in July, but first the band will play a single show, presumably as a warm-up for the festival, and it will take place at Coco66 in Brooklyn on June 29th. Also on the bill at that show is Heather Duby, whose credits include albums released by Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze, and Sonic Boom.
Spent formed in the early 1990's in Jersey City, New Jersey. After releasing several EP's under various independent labels the band released their first full album. Songs of Drinking and Rebellion was released in March of 1995 on Merge Records, a indie label formed by Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance and a band that Spent toured with extensively throughout their career. In September of 1996 the band released an Ep entitled Umbrella Wars, which included a cover of Joe Walsh's A Life of Illusion. Umbrella Wars served as a teaser for their next album released a month later in October of 1996 entitled A Seat Beneath the Chairs. In 1997 John King joined Superchunk lead guitarist Joe Wilbur in a side project called Humidifier releasing the album Nothing Changes on Link Records. On July 21, 1997 the band officially split. In 1999 their last song "(I'll Clean Up) The Mess That You Are" appeared on the 10 year anniversary album of Merge Records called Oh, Merge. The band never received much attention outside of the 90's indie rock world. [Wiki]
Coco66 is killing it with the reunion booking lately. The Van Pelt just played a show there too.
Speaking of Mark Eitzel, his tour dates have actually been updated some since we last spoke. You can check them out below...
XX Merge, the label's 20th anniversary festival taking place in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, NC from July 22nd to 26th, is nearly sold out. The only show with tickets still available is the July 26th closing gig with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak.
Before and after that fest, American Music Club's Mark Eitzel has scheduled NYC-area shows billed as "Mark Eitzel plays American Music Club." He comes to Maxwell's Monday, July 20th and the Bell House on Wednesday, July 29th. Tickets to the Bell House, and tickets to the Maxwell's show are both now on sale.
UPDATE: Mark is also doing this same show on July 18th at Le Poisson Rouge, and tickets are also on sale for that.
A video of Eitzel performing AMC song "The Decibels & The Little Pills" at Noise Pop 2009, which took place earlier this year in his hometown of San Francisco, below...
Julian Koster says 'Go to XX Merge' (more from the Bell House by Tim Griffin)
Merge Records has updated the lineup for its 20th anniversary festival, XX Merge, taking place Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 at North Carolina's Cat's Cradle and UNC's Memorial Hall. Five-day passes for the fest are sold out, but Merge will be releasing individual night tickets on Wednesday, May 13th at 10am.
Ticket info and XX Merge's updated lineup (with the Music Tapes and others) below...
Not only can you see American Music Club at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in just a few hours (April 26), there are still tickets on sale for their Sunday night show at the much smaller Mercury Lounge. The latest tour dates are below.....
American Music Club's ninth album, The Golden Age, is out on Merge Records on February 19th. Then in April and May they tour. Tracklist and dates below....
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$493??? Well, it is for charity, so that's good. For a more affordable donation, the David Kilgour autographed poster is still available for less than $50. David Kilgour plays Cake Shop tonight, tomorrow and the next day. Keep checking Merge's auctions through Christmas - they'll also be selling posters autographed by Robert Pollard, M. Ward, Oakley Hall, Spoon, The Rosebuds, Superchunk, Portastatic, and Destroyer. Or just screw charity, and check out Merge's holiday sale.
Robert Pollard is having an art show at Studio Dante in Manhattan in December. Listen to Spoon on NPR. Big Dipper is releasing an anthology. Polvo are reuniting for ATP. Every single Merge tour date, below...