Entries tagged with: Babys All Right
photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars in Philly this month (more by Mimi Hong)
We just told you about a zillion New Year's Eve shows in NYC, and here's one more: Local indie rock staples Cymbals Eat Guitars (who played a lot this month) team up with chiptuners Anamanaguchi to ring in the new year at Baby's All Right. Many more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now, and they're $25 or free with the purchase of a Baby's All Right Keychain. Like the watch they had for sale ahead of last year's NYE show, the keychain gets you into any Baby's All Right show in 2016. The keychain is $150 now but the price will go up in 2016.
Listen to some Cymbals and Anamanguchi below...
Courtney Barnett @ Baby's All Right's second day in business (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Courtney Barnett is opening for Blur at Madison Square Garden on Friday (tickets). She'll stick around the city to play a much smaller venue, Baby's All Right on Saturday (10/24) with Widowspeak. It's sponsored by concert affinity program Jukely and is exclusive for its members. (Just like the Hot Chip show at Baby's in August.) Tickets go on sale through Jukely on Thursday (10/22) at 11 AM.
You may remember that Courtney played the second day that Baby's All Right was in business, as part of BrooklynVegan's CMJ 2013 day party action. Immediately after her show on Saturday, it's the Baby's Turns 2 Party with Neon Indian, Porches and a "special guest" (tickets).
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Empress Of / Moses Sumney / Kirin J Callinan
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (where BrooklynVegan just hosted three CMJ shows) is now in its second year and it celebrated its terrible twos with a party of Terrible Records artists last night (10/20). Okay Kaya opened, but I didn't get there until a few songs into Moses Sumney's set. It was definitely a party crowd, but Moses' quiet songs still went over really well and the place was roaring and cheering after every song. Moses' guitar songs are nice, but his biggest appeal is the parts where he loops himself beatboxing and then layers his vocoder/auto-tune vocals over it in sort of a James Blake way. It was cool stuff.
Then it was Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez with a two-piece backing band) whose debut album Me is one of my favorites of this year and who was the main draw for me on the show. They played most of the new album (and an old one that Lorely said they never used to play live) and they really sounded great. The beats were heavier/dancier live, and i think just about everyone was into that. Most people around where I was standing were dancing for every song, and a good amount of people were singing along too. Just about every song was met by really appreciative shouts from the crowd. People really love her.
Most people had filtered out (or at least gone to the front room) by the time special guest Kirin J Callinan went on, but he wasn't exactly playing a set so much as being a party DJ and his usual quirky/hilarious self. He had the remaining crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to Baby's over a dance beat, and then celebrated the venue's hometown with a dance remix of Sinatra's "New York, New York." (And later "Mambo #5" and a house version of the Game of Thrones theme.) Kirin himself went into the crowd a few times to dance with people and kept saying, "I don't know why you're all looking at me, it's a birthday party!"
More pictures from Tuesday night below...
photo: Porches @ BVCMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It's Second Anniversary Week for Brooklyn club Baby's All Right, and tonight they're celebrating with a sold-out show featuring Empress Of, Moses Sumney, and "special guest." They'll be continuing to welcome their terrible twos with another 'Baby's Turns 2' party on Saturday (10/24) with Neon Indian, Porches, and another "special guest." That's a late show -- doors at midnight -- with two one-hour open bars and tickets go on sale today (10/20) at 2 PM.
photo: Empress Of at Terrible Records CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right is about to turn two -- you may remember their first show was the 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ party -- and in what's becoming a tradition, they'll throw themselves a birthday party. It's just after CMJ, October 20, with Empress Of, Moses Sumney, and a special guest. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/9) at noon. Flyer below.
That's just one of three NYC dates on Empress Of's current tour. She opens the sold-out Glass Animals show at Terminal 5 on October 15 and also plays the stacked Cymbal X Terrible Records X Cameo CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Cameo on October 16 with Le1f, Porches, Kirin J Callinan, Deradoorian and more. It's FREE with RSVP or a CMJ badge. Flyer below. Empress Of's very good debut album is out now on XL/Terrible. Video for "Standard" off that album and her list of dates, below.
Tanlines have just made a new video for "Palace" from this year's Highlights. Starring Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne and Girls' Alex Karpovsky (who co-directed with Teddy Blanks who did the music for Tiny Furniture), the video takes a ripple theory approach to relationships/breakups, asking "what if?" and watching how things play out. Much of it was filmed at Baby's All Right and it's pretty funny. The video was inspired by the fact that Karpovsky and Tanlines' Eric Emm often get mistaken for each other. Watch it below...
photos by James Richards IV
UMO @ Lincoln Hall -- June 6, 2015
It has finally been revealed who is playing Baby's late Friday night... Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The band announced it and is giving away tickets:
New York! We are excited to announce that we will play a last minute free after-party show at Baby's All Right tomorrow night, after our sold out Warsaw show! There will also be a DJ set by Wild Nothing. Doors at 1am and UMO will play at 1:30am. The show is 21+. We are giving away 75 pairs of tickets. Include your name as a comment [HERE] and we will be picking 75 random winners and your name will be on the list at the door for two tickets. We'll post the names of the winners tomorrow morning on our Facebook page!Baby's ticket page also says RSVPing on UMO's Facebook page is the way to get in.
We recently caught UMO at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and have some pics and the setlist here. More below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Crazy & the Brains -- 4/14/15 @ Baby's All Right
Following the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Menzingers and Big Eyes at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11), those same two bands played another in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right last night (4/14), also with Crazy & the Brains. We posted one set of pictures to Facebook, and another is in this post.
Crazy & the Brains kicked things off in style with their set of xylophone-driven punk. Chris Urban is a natural frontman, with his shoulder-high kicks, '70s punk-style charisma, and an on-stage attire that he seems dedicated to sticking to at every show. He's decked out in a sailor hat, a thick gold chain, and a sleeveless tee showing off anchor and heart tattoos. The image and attitude would be nothing without great tunes though, and they have plenty of those too.
Then it was Big Eyes, who were the night's hardest-hitting band and incredibly tight all around. The rhythm section plays like a hardcore band, and Kait Eldridge mixes borderline-metal guitar riffs with power pop vocal melodies, giving the band a sound that's super heavy but catchy too. There were some recognizable highlights in there (like "Being Unkind"), but Kait recently said she was writing new songs and it sounded like we got some of those too.
Finally The Menzingers wrapped things up, and like in NJ, the whole place went wild with crowd surfers and constant singalongs. Just five years ago The Menzingers were playing tiny Bushwick punk spot 538 Johnson (as they mentioned before playing 'The Obituaries'), but lately they've been playing much bigger rooms. Up close and personal is the best way to see them though, so getting to see them in a small room like Baby's was a real treat, as most people who were there last night would likely agree. Just about every song got a huge response from the crowd, the band was smiling the whole time, and it felt like the set flew by. It was also co-lead singer Greg Barnett's birthday, and during the set someone brought out a cake for him and the band led the crowd in singing happy birthday.
Once again Brett Davis hosted (as Brett's uncle the college professor), and recited intentionally groan-worthy poems with dark and self-deprecating endings before introducing each band. BV's Andrew Sacher also DJ'd before and after the show and between sets. Posters were given out for free as people exited the venue.
The NYC Sound Select series of shows takes a break in May due to the many Red Bull Music Academy events happening, but they will return after that. The next BrooklynVegan installment is in August at a venue TBD. Stay tuned.
The Menzingers have more shows coming up in NJ, Kingston and elsewhere. Crazy and the Brains play Palisades in Brooklyn this Sunday (4/19). Big Eyes have a few upcoming shows too, including one with Pale Angels and one with Treasure Fleet. They're all listed under the rest of the pictures, below...
by Bill Pearis
Baby's All Right offers $1 tacos during Happy Hour. What better to promote it than to put a guy in a taco with a big sign and put him on a skateboard down the pedestrian ramp of the Williamsburg Bridge? Also film it for instagram. The human taco in question was Baby's employee Jon Newport who was a pro skateboarder when he was 16. What could go wrong? Not being able to stop, for one, which Newport solved by plowing into a green sedan. He was ok, as was the car and driver, but the skateboard was toast. (Believe it or not, I was just randomly walking down Bedford and saw it happen in real life.) Animal NY interviewed Baby's employee Ben Wilkes who shot the video:
The driver, too, seemed okay -- just a little shocked. Wilkes paraphrased the driver as saying, "I have no idea what happened to me because a taco in a skateboard just crashed into me."This was all shortly after "Drunk Yoga" with Kirin J Callinan at Baby's, and $1 tacos will definitely be happening this Tuesday (4/14) which means even more reason to get the BrooklynVegan-presented Menzingers show early (admission is first come, first served, even with RSVP). Watch the taco eat shit below...
When asked if he would have crashed into the car had he not been drunk, Newport said, "I wouldn't have put that suit on if I had not been drinking."
"I pre-gamed for 3 hours," he said, laughing.
The drunk taco confirmed that he got paid for the gig, but wouldn't disclose how much. He did, however, get a promotion thanks to the stunt.
He plans to do something similar again. "It worked out great, I can't wait to do it again," he said. "I probably won't get hit by a car, but I will risk my life."
photos by Drew Gurian
Dan Deacon and Future Punx @ Baby's All Right
Dan Deacon played the Popgun-curated edition of Red Bull Sound Select (RBSS) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Tuesday (2/10). The packed house for the $3-with-RSVP show were also treated to opening sets by NY bands The Great Void and Future Punx (who also just opened for their friends Parquet Courts at Palisades). Pictures from the Baby's show are here.
Stay tuned for future RBSS NYC show lineup announcements. The next two NYC ones are both at Baby's too: March 10 (curated by AfroPunk) and April 14 (curated by BrooklynVegan) (we also did the January show at Baby's). Speedy Ortiz, who just released a great new track, headline one in Toronto tonight. Peaking Lights do Philadelphia on 2/19. LA gets How to Dress Well with Cherry Glazerr on 2/25.
For Dan Deacon, who already has a sold out record release show later this month at Rough Trade in the same neighborhood, the Baby's gig was a special, intimate show. Now Dan has announced even more tour dates, including a much bigger Brooklyn show happening at Warsaw on May 22nd. Tickets for that one go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13).
Check out the full list of tour dates, along with a stream of just-released Gliss Riffer track "Learning to Relax", and more pictures from the Red Bull show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
After the sold-out Porches / Frankie Cosmos show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/6), an official afterparty went down at soon-to-be-open-to-the-public East Village bar Elvis Guesthouse, which was having its soft opening that night. It's located downstairs at 85 Ave A (location of the old Arrow Bar) and run by the people at Baby's All Right. Colorful, though dark, the new bar was designed by Isaac Nichols.
There's no stage, but the opening night had a set by Girlpool who were set up in the back of the bar where the place widens out a bit. Considering the size of the venue, it's not really the kind of place where more than 50 or so people can see the band at once, but it's a good spot for a late-night, semi-secret show, which the Girlpool show was and which they plan to do more of.
After Girlpool, Katie Garcia and Dustin Payseur (of Beach Fossils and Frankie Cosmos' label Bayonet Records) were DJing and had everyone dancing. It's definitely a good place for that. At one point everyone was singing Happy Birthday to Dustin. The scene wasn't too different from the front bar at Baby's and they plan to keep the DJ booking very similar (not to mention the occasional show). It should be a cool spot to end your night if you just went to a show in Manhattan (or if you live there).
Oh, and the bar has a legend associated with it...
On August 16, 1977, the morning after Elvis Presley theoretically met his end on the toilet in Graceland, a chubby man in a white linen suit and an ill-fitting blonde wig bought a one way ticket from Memphis to Istanbul. He paid in cash and used the name John Burrows.Girlpool will hit the road soon with Waxahatchee.
Once he arrived in Turkey, he bounced around the hippie trail, hitchhiking from Tehran to Peshawar, Kabul to Lahore, Delhi to Goa, Kathmandu to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Instead of staying in the finest hotels, where he would have certainly been noticed, he bunked in guesthouses, small lodgings run by local families and foreign Heads.
In 1979, political changes in the Middle East put an end to the hippie trail. John had grown tired of his nomadic lifestyle and settled on the outskirts of Kathmandu, where he opened a small bar inspired by his years spent in guesthouses. He named it ELVIS GUESTHOUSE.
After the place had been open for a year, John disappeared one day. A gin soaked journalist claimed to have spotted him on the beach in Occupied Cambodia, and others said that he had made his way into the ethnic minority areas of Southwest China. Eventually, the building was demolished to make way for a shopping mall. But a few photos of the bar survived, and we have created its exact replica here.
More pictures of the bar and the Girlpool show below...
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Pink Baby
Hop Along / Beach Slang / Ryley Walker / Aye Nako
The latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select happened at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (1/13) with Hop Along, Beach Slang, Ryley Walker and Aye Nako.
The place was already pretty full before Aye Nako's opening set, and remained that way throughout the $3-with-RSVP show. The local punk band played a few favorites off their 2013 debut LP, Unleash Yourself, and like they've been doing lately, took the chance to preview a handful of new ones. From the sounds of a couple of those, it looks like their next record may be a bit heavier than their debut. Looking forward to finding out.
Next up was Ryley Walker, the Chicago psychedelic folk singer, who's got a new LP on the way via Dead Oceans. He flew in for this show. It was just him on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by a standup bassist, and while that could seem out of place on this punk/indie rock bill, Ryley was too intense not to fit in. Rather than performing as a hushed folk singer, Ryley howled and had no trouble filling that venue with his huge voice. He and the bassist are also highly talented players and fed off each other like crazy on their extended, mesmerizing jams. Ryley will be back at Baby's soon as part of his tour with Kevin Morby.
After Ryley it was back to the rock, with the first of the two co-headliners, Beach Slang, taking the stage. It was clear that plenty of people were there for them -- this was maybe the most amount of people at once singing along and pushing around to Beach Slang we've seen yet. They gave us one new song, "Ride the Wild Haze," which sounded as awesome as all their others and will most likely appear on their debut full length, due out at some point this year. Other than that we got all eight songs from their two EPs, sounding as cathartic and downright fun as always. As of today, those EPs are also available on one cassette via Business Casual Records. Catch Beach Slang again on tour with Cursive.
Lastly, fellow Philly band Hop Along wrapped up the night, and also had the place full of people who were going nuts and yelling every word. We got the live staples from 2012's Get Disowned that we usually do like "Kids on the Boardwalk," "Young and Happy!" and "Tibetan Pop Stars," the 2013 one-off single "Sister Cities," and some new ones from their upcoming LP on Saddle Creek. The old favorites just seem to get better every time we hear them, and those new songs sound great too, which is making the anticipation for this new album pretty high. Keep your eyes out for that.
All door money went to CancerCare. Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Baby's, and everyone who came out to what was an epic night of music (DJ sets between bands by Andrew Sacher included). If you were one of the first 100 in, did you enjoy the free sweet potato fries? We hope you also grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on the way out.
The next two NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows will take place February 10th (curated by Popgun Presents) and March 10th (curated by Afropunk). Both are at Baby's again. After that BrooklynVegan is up again with an April 14th show at a TBD venue. No lineups for any of those shows have been announced yet.
More pictures from the show (including portraits of the bands) below...
Photo: Hop Along @ BK Bazaar on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Photo: Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Red Bull Sound Select series of shows is continuing into 2015, and the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment happens January 13 at Baby's All Right. The show will be co-headlined by two killer Philly bands, Hop Along and Beach Slang, and joining them will be NYC punks Aye Nako and Chicago psych-folk singer/guitarist Ryley Walker, who will be flying in for this show and playing as a duo with a bassist. We couldn't be more excited for this lineup.
Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm, and like most RBSS shows it's $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare, an organization that provides"telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial and co-payment assistance." Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!
Check out some videos/song streams of all four bands below...
Perfect Pussy at P4k 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Glasslands just announced their New Year's Eve show, and now another Williamsburg venue, Baby's All Right, is announcing theirs. It's a stacked, multi-genre night with rapper Mykki Blanco, noise punks Perfect Pussy (who were supposed to play Baby's on NYE last year but dropped off), Ricky Eat Acid, Porches frontman Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch (DJ), Mr. UNO (DJ), and a "Special Secret Guest" (who could it be?).
Doors open at 7 PM with two hours of open bar from 7-9 PM with Perfect Pussy singer (and solo artist) Meredith Graves DJing. Then EVR radio show Chances With Wolves will be DJing the front room all night after 9 PM.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (12/16), and there's an option for some extra dough to also get the "Baby's 2015 Watch" which gets you "free shows for ONE YEAR when you buy this limited edition watch including New Year's Eve (only 100 available!). Some restrictions may apply.
As discussed, Animal Collective are on a DJ tour which hits NYC tonight (11/14) at Brooklyn Bowl with Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin in tow. It also returns to that same venue on December 12 without Avey Tare. Tickets for both nights are still available.
While Geologist is in town this weekend, he'll stop by Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/15) to DJ their recurring Grateful Dead brunch, which as you may have guessed is an afternoon of brunch and DJs spinning Dead tunes. Saturday's show will be hosted by Schaeffer Beach (aka TAO's Rich Schaefer and Bowery Presents' Johnny Beach), goes from noon to 4 PM and is free (the music, not the brunch). Flyer below. As you may remember, Animal Collective are no strangers to the Grateful Dead, having gotten the first ever licensed Grateful Dead sample in their song "What Would I Want? Sky."
Meanwhile, to hear some Dead tunes in a live environment, the ongoing Phil Lesh & Friends residency at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre continues this weekend with shows tonight (tickets) and Saturday (sold out). You can also get tickets to their upcoming shows the following two Fridays and Saturdays -- 11/21, 11/22, 11/28, and 11/29. Phil also plays three shows leading up to New Year's Eve at that venue with JRAD. 12/30 and 12/31 are sold out, but tickets to 12/29 go on sale today at noon.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Pink Baby
Fat White Family / FWF w/ Har Mar / OBN IIIs
If there's a way to end a five-day music festival, when you're beyond tired and maybe in a funny mental space, and somehow it's 2:30 in the morning...it's seeing Fat White Family. Which is how our 15-hour BV takeover of Baby's All Right on Saturday of CMJ (10/25 which included a day party and official evening showcase) ended. It didn't even matter that they had played hours earlier as part of our day show, they brought the insanity all over again. The day show had crazier lights and fog and opened with a psych jam, but this one was definitely more casual and got right into their best songs. The last minute late crowd was understandably not as big as the day crowd (we announced Fat Whites' 2:30am set after midnight), but almost everyone who was there was going wild, very wild, for the Fat Whites. Beers were flung to and fro, bodies atop the crowd and at least one couple was slow dancing in the middle of all this. The band was going wild too, and as he's been known to do, frontman Lias Saoudi let it all hang out. (Though one helpful audience member hilariously pulled his briefs back up.) The crowd included J. Spaceman of Spirtualized (who played NYU with the Joshua Light Show earlier in the evening) and Har Mar Superstar who, at one point, joined Fat Whites on stage. They finished their set with a encore reprise of "Touch the Leather" that seemed to rile folks up even more than when they played it maybe 40 minute earlier. All the while, they sounded great while on the knife-edge of completely falling apart. But they never did. One for the books.
Our free, impromptu late night party began around midnight with locals Sunflower Bean who are no strangers to playing Baby's All Right, and they kicked off the show with a set of psychedelic rock. NPR's Bob Boilen has since named them one of the top 10 bands he saw at CMJ.
Then came OBN IIIs, one of the artists we were excited to see this year. Orville (who is usually in pure frontman mode) was on guitar for this and their other CMJ shows. He seemed especially ornery that night. We probably all were. It was a weird set.
Beverly / Fat White Family
For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).
With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown.
UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.
Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.
At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.
At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.
Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.
Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.
Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.
Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).
Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.
Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...
Dilly Dally / Tweens
The Canadian group Dilly Dally exude a combination of nonchalance and expertly-concealed nervousness. Their songs are bloody-knuckled marvels, big, hammering numbers that are grainy and gritty and yet still centered around clear and cunning pop melodies - it's like sucking into a milkshake and getting a mouthful of sand. The reference points are all late '90s - there are nods to Nirvana and L7 in both the charred scrap metal guitars and Katie Monks's roaring, blown-throat vocals. Their force and power was breathtaking, the sound of a band discovering itself in real-time and reveling in the possibilities. - [Wondering Sound]The first of our two CMJ week day parties happened on Friday and kicked off with one of the bands we were most excited about, Toronto's Dilly Dally, playing their first US show. Even with it being Friday at noon and with Colin Meloy playing a last minute set on the street a few blocks away, there was a good crowd there for their noon set -- including a lot of label folk to see the unsigned (in America) band. As the Wondering Sound review above points out, they delivered and then some.
Then came UK grungy punks The Wytches who brought shades of early Nirvana to their early set.
Tweens, who have great rock hair to go along with their undeniably catchy, spunky indie rock, followed. At this point, we'd now seen two of our top 10 live sets of CMJ week (Tweens and Dilly Dally).
Then there was King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, no strangers to Baby's All Right, who came armed with three guitarists, two drummers, a flute and an insane amount of energy. If anyone could follow Tweens, they could. The Australian band may have played more shows during CMJ than any other band and their crazed stage presence never flagged, nor did audiences bouncing. The band's new album, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, is out on John Dwyer's Castle Face label and they've clearly nicked a few tricks from Thee Oh Sees. They barreled through their set with nary a pause for breath.
Protomartyr, whose Under Color of Official Right is one of 2014's best albums, brought a typically intense set (one of four at CMJ) characterized by inventive arrangements and killer musicianship (drummer Alex Leonard's contributions should not be undervalued). At the helm, frontman Joe Casey (wearing his free Bell's Brewery sunglasses) offered up tales of everyday life in his typical, witty and poetic off-the-cuff style. He may have also tailored lyrics for "Tarpeian Rock" for our party/commenters. Great set.
After Protomartyr, the vibe changed from post-punk cool to cathartic emo as The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die took the stage. The band fuse the genre with chamber pop-style arrangements and had multiple members singing throughout the set, including spoken word artist Chris Zizzamia joining them for a couple songs. As far as modern emo bands go, they're really a thing of their own and that was clear from Saturday's set, which unlike their Cameo show later that night, went off without a hitch.
Canadian punks Single Mothers followed with what had to be the most intense set of the day party. They were a 5-piece this time, adding in a second guitarist, and all five members were in 100% anger mode the entire time, never looking anything but intimidating. They showed up (a little) fashionably late, set up quick, and just did their thing and left. No frills, no nothing, just badass.
At noon we gave out a keg of delicious and rare (1 of less than 10 kegs in NYC) Bell's Brewery Sweet Potato Stout. Bell's was also giving out koozies, bottle openers, sunglasses and other goodies, and was represented on three of the venues taps.
Sailor Jerry drinks were also complimentary for much of the afternoon, and the buzz of a Three Kings tattoo gun could be heard in the side room all day as people signed up to win Sailor Jerry tattoos and get inked right on the spot.
We then did it all again Saturday.
More pictures from Friday below....
Beach Slang / Pity Sex / The Jazz June
After our Saturday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right, we went right into the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Sport, who are in the US from France for just a few shows on their way to The Fest, started a little after 8 and were unfortunately forced to play as a 3-piece due to their other guitarist's hand injury. Even with the smaller setup though, Sport sounded great. Somewhere between a hardcore band and noodly emo, there's obvious influences on their sound but they really have a cool thing going on and never sound like one particular band. A small group of people up front were clearly familiar and knew every word, but it seemed like Sport won over even those who weren't. They were a great start to what would be an all around great night.
Cayetana followed. I hadn't seen them since they opened for The Menzingers before their album was out, and they were great then too, but Saturday's show was on another level. They were super tight, and considering Augusta Koch's lyrics are a huge part of their sound it was great to hear her voice cutting through the mix loud and clear. Up next were their Philly neighbors and Tiny Engines labelmates Beach Slang, who kept the good vibes going and inspired the biggest singalongs of the night. They played all seven full-band songs from their two EPs and even though it had only been 11 days since they last played them in NYC, it was refreshing all over again.
Pity Sex followed, and they've come a long way since they played our CMJ day party on the same stage almost exactly a year ago. Their debut album had been out for a few months at that point, but it's really picked up steam and this time the room was packed with people who clearly knew the songs. My personal highlight was that it was the first time they played the stripped-down Britty Drake-fronted "Hollow Body" at a full-band show, and like at Webster in August they included their spot-on cover of the PIxies' "Gigantic" which is always super fun.
The show wrapped with a set from The Jazz June, the one veteran band on the bill, but their set wasn't only nostalgia. They've got a new album coming in November (their first in 12 years) and the songs they played off that fit right in with the newer bands on the bill. Of course they included old favorites too, and in a year that's had no lack of reunions from the late '90s emo scene, it was great to hear The Jazz June's stuff holding up and played in great form too.
In between sets, Tom Mullen from Washed Up Emo spun golden era emo which inspired a few singalongs from the crowd up front. Thanks to Tom, all the bands, everyone at Baby's All Right and everyone who came out to the show. We hope you had as much fun as we did.
More pictures from the whole night, below...
Porches with Greta Kline @ Baby's All Right (via beccaliebert)
Porches played their first of two nights at Baby's All Right last night (10/17), part of the the Baby's ongoing, pre-CMJ one year birthday party. The band were also celebrating their new Terrible Records single which you can pre-order on vinyl and listen to now below. The new song "Forgive" features a guest appearance by Greta Kline who also plays in Porches and leads her own project Frankie Cosmos who opened last night, but switches the order and headlines Baby's after Porches play tonight (10/18). After Frankie Cosmos, you can catch a set by Cashmere Cat who was added to the venue's schedule today.
If you can't make it to Baby's, Porches also added a Saturday night CMJ show at the soon-closing Death By Audio. The Arbutus/Terrible/JMC Aggregatee showcase also features sets by Tops (who played the even-later show at Baby's last night), Lydia Ainsworth and Regal Degal. The flyer for that is with the two new Porches songs below...
UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
flyer by Kevin Showkat
This year BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's All Right for our annual free day parties on Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th during CMJ, from noon-7pm each day. Bands will be announed next week (though we already revealed Protomartyr, King Gizzard and Bo Ningen). Meanwhile RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter.
UPDATE: FRIDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
UPDATE: SATURDAY LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Sailor Jerry returns as a sponsor and of course that also means free tattoos and complimentary beverages throughout the day. Stay tuned for exact details.
We're also happy to welcome Bell's Brewery as an official BrooklynVegan show sponsor. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase, and we'll have a free keg while it lasts at noon each day.
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual). The show tripled as a benefit for Shoe4Africa, a charity that promotes health, physical fitness and education in Africa.
The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.
A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake were then flung into the audience.
Headlining the "early show" (the "late" Ryn Weaver show started after 1am) was the free-spirited, wavy blond haired Connan Mockasin (not to be confused with Ariel Pink who also recently played an after-midnight show at Baby's). Connan warned the crowd that they hadn't played in two months and the set might be rough, but it was a typical loose, wild set from the New Zealander and his talented band (which included Ariel Pink guitarist Tim Koh for much of it), with as much between-song banter as there was music with friends -- not to mention the Big Baby coming and going, joining the band here and there.
At one point Connan said their last NYC show, which was at MHOW, had 30% of the crowd get naked and asked what we thought of that. At least a few folks, including two girls in front of us, thought that was their cue to whip off their shirts. (They then put them back on, at least for the moment.) Connan also sang happy birthday to Baby's again at midnight before closing with an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love." (The song is 10 minutes as it is.) For the encore, Connan brought his whole band back on stage, plus good friend Liam Finn and most of his band, plus Mac DeMarco and Kiki of course. Things quickly turned even more interesting as a shirtless Connan, still stuck on besting the 30% naked average, kept encouraging everyone to take their clothes off. All the male members of Connan's band obliged, as did many men in the crowd, and many women as well. Those near the front who weren't sure at first, were urged along by Conanan's keyboardist Sofia Karchi, who jumped into the crowd to help shirts over people's heads. After an improvised cover of "Tutti Fruity," it was back to banter mode. He encouraged the now at least 10% topless room to sit down, where Connan told the still-shirted members of the audience he didn't hold it against them, sheepishly admitting that if he was at a show where the singer was asking folks to get naked, he wouldn't do it. The night ended around 1 AM with a loose take on "Megumi the Milkyway Above." What was supposed to be a 30-minute set hit an hour-and-a-half.
We didn't stick around, but as mentioned, wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver (whose next show is at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ) played her 2nd ever show even later (her first show was at Baby's two nights earlier).
More pictures, videos, songs and tour dates, below...
Ariel Pink @ Baby's All Right 10/2/2014 (via @deeaannaaa)
Ariel Pink may have dropped the "Haunted Graffiti" from his name but remains resolutely idiosyncratic on his new double album opus, pom pom. At times chaotic, somehow Ariel pulls it all together in a manner only he would. Fusing what feels like multiple songs together into one coherent thing seems like a huge pain in the ass but here we have Ariel referencing everything from Devo-like lunacy to the drama of King Diamond to the earworm madness of commercial jingles. Some brains just work that way.
Ariel was in NYC earlier this month for a beyond-packed, scene-of-all-scenes, post-midnight show at Baby's All Right. Though Madonna was nowhere to be found, the audience was a crazy who's who of Brooklyn music, best represented by the trio of DJs for the night: Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber, 285 Kent/Palisades/Webster Hall booker Ric Leichtung and Baby's' own Billy Jones (who was also celebrating a birthday that night). Sky Ferreira, Mac DeMarco, members of Real Estate, John Norris and Marnie the Dog were just a few of the familiar faces who came out to see Mr. Pink and drink Pink Babies at the intimate Williamsburg show. Featuring mostly songs off the new album, the late late late set showed off the breadth of his vision, from the totally out-there "Dinosaur Carebears" to album-closing highlight "Dayzed Inn Daydreams."
Ariel was still or back in NYC because apparently he just visited the kids of PS 22 in Staten Island to play some songs with them (they famously covered him a few years ago). Stay tuned for the video of that to surface.
One day before the Baby's show, BrooklynVegan interviewer Jessica Pilot visited Ariel Pink at his hotel. Here is their conversation...
Jessica: Are there any stories behind any of the new tracks that you might want to share that might be interesting to tell?
Ariel: You're making me think way too hard already. [laughs] I mean they all have their own stories.
Jessica: Is there one in particular that you think would make a cool story?
Ariel: Let me think about it for a second.
What's your favorite color?
Okay, easy: none. I don't have any favorite colors whatsoever. I've got a really long-winded explanation for it too. I'm colorblind, but that's not the reason. I'm one of the least artistically minded people you've ever met. I have no aesthetical preferences for anything.
Is that true?
It's the truth! Despite my wonderful wardrobe and attire, I actually have zero--it's only because people leave good clothes at my house that are very stylish themselves. I actually don't have a favorite color. I don't think in color.
Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right opened last year around this time -- their first show was BrooklynVegan's CMJ day party on October 18. The place has been pretty much an instant hit since. As mentioned, Baby's is celebrating its first birthday with a special week of shows, including tonight's sold out White Fence show (10/13), the Mexican Summer party with Connan Mockasin, Quilt and more on Thursday (10/16, sold out), and Wampire & TOPS late show on Friday (tickets), and Frankie Cosmos, Porches & more on Friday early and Saturday (October 17 & 18, tickets).
Other shows happening that we haven't mentioned yet include Young Magic, Princess Nokia and Prince Rama (DJ) on Tuesday (10/14) (tickets); and Caveman, Icewater, Public Access T.V., and Lily McQueen on Wednesday (10/15) (tickets). Stick around late night on Wednesday for a midnight set from Endless Boogie (tickets).
The Baby's show is one of three East Coast shows Caveman have this week. Dates are listed below. Icewater, meanwhile, have a new self-titled EP and you can stream the two tracks from that below. And Public Access T.V. will play another show at Baby's this week, a midnight set with Ryn Weaver (tickets), that starts immediately after the Connan Mockasin show.
A birthday gift for all of us: their delicious/deadly frozen Pink Baby cocktails are just $1 at happy hour this week. BV will be back at Baby's for CMJ next week, with day parties on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25), full lineups TBA, plus a Saturday night show with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport.
Happy birthday, Baby's All Right! Icewater stream below...
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! are currently on a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem which included two big shows also with Jimmy Eat World, last night (9/12) at Philly's Mann Center and earlier tonight at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center. If you'd like to see them in the area at a much smaller venue, you're in luck. Before the tour picks up again in Boston on Tuesday, Against Me! will headline a last-minute all ages midnight show at Baby's All Right on Sunday (9/14) (so technically 9/15), after the Alice Boman show at the same venue. Tickets will be available at this link today at 8:01 PM and you can also get them at Baby's tonight. Not the first time this year Against Me! squeezed in a last-minute small NYC show.
Updated dates are listed below...