Entries tagged with: Babys All Right
photos by Chris La Putt
Shilpa Ray @ Baby's All Right -- 5/24/2014
Alt-punk-rock-bluegrass-appalachian-country band O'Death are not only still at it, they recently announced they have a new album on the way via Northern Spy. No other details at the moment, but it will be their first since 2011's Outside.
On June 7, O'Death will play the Wick with fellow long-running (minus hiatuses) NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray along with guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C. Johnson (who also recently played with Parquet Courts, Guards, Shy Hunters, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). Tickets for the Brooklyn show, which is also Vietnam's only upcoming date, are on sale.
Meanwhile you can catch Fletcher and band at Baby's All Right tonight (5/30). They're the "special guest" opening the Hector's Pets record release show.
What a crazy night! Baby's is so much fun. WAY TOO MUCH FUN. I've got a severe headache and I believe someone walked away with my boots last night. Give em back! I know you've got big feet and there is no way you're a ladies 5 1/2 - 6, so quit pretending. As for the rest of you thanks for coming out!! Loved Clapperclaw, Triptides, and D'NT. Special thanks to DJ Andrew Haynes.We missed Loved Clapperclaw and Triptides, but caught D'NT (who open for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw) and the intense harmonium playing Shilpa. Pictures from that show continue, along with a cover of the Pixies by O'Death you can listen to, below...
I could say something rash, like I'm not drinking for the rest of this week, but we know that is a lie. Cheers to the Mid Atlantic states! Happy Memorial Weekend!!
I'll leave you with this: (yeah that's Stiv Bators) http://youtu.be/5CYN14Ki5o8
Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Fest in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Megafaun kicked off their short tour in their hometown of Durham, NC last night (4/29) and it continues with another show there tonight (4/30) before hitting DC and finally wrapping up in NYC on Friday (5/2) at Baby's All Right. Opening the DC and NYC shows is, as Megafaun puts it, "a chance to see the legendary Grandma Sparrow," otherwise known as the solo project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund. The band also mentioned earlier this month on Twitter, "This will be it again for a while on the 'ol Faun front. Anticipate some special guests and a very good time. We are real excited!" Baby's All Right mentioned the guests on Facebook too, saying "Friday will be a very special night with some very special guests. Please take our word for it and be here. You won't regret it." Keep in mind that Megafaun's list of past collaborators and friends is long and impressive. Before Megafaun they had a pre-Bon Iver band with Justin Vernon called DeYarmond Edison. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.
In related news, Megafaun members are some of the many people contributing to The National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. Phil Cook spoke to Jambands.com back in October:
We are also going to record with Justin [Vernon] and [The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner] on their Grateful Dead tribute. We are going to record out stuff at Justin's studio which is going to be a trip.The tribute will also feature members of Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Vampire Weekend and more. The National's Matt Berninger also gave an update on the project not long ago to Billboard:
I know the members of Megafaun have deep roots in the Phish world, but were the Grateful Dead an influence on you as well?
Not as much growing up but it has been a more recent thing. My dad was a big Deadhead and he'd take us all to Phish shows to kind of see where the scene was going. So I got into them through him but Phish was one of the bands that my brother and I grew up listening to at jazz camp. Growing up in a kind of removed area, camp and that music opened up our eyes to so many things.
Speaking of the Grateful Dead project, is the National doing a song for that?In other Megafaun news, related band Sylvan Esso just released a new video and announced they'll be playing a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC before their tour with tUnE-yArDs.
MB: Yes. And there's a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about "Box of Rain" for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together.
Do you think the surviving members like Bob Weir and Phil Lesh would play on it?
MB: I think so. I don't know. That's a good question. I don't want to say "yes" but certainly Bob Weir ... we've done a couple things with him already and he's the nicest guy. All the surviving members are totally supportive of the project. They sent everybody box sets that we could pass around. They just opened up their entire catalog to us. They've been 100% behind it. I'm not sure who's signed up.
Updated Megafaun dates are listed, with videos (including one of Sharon Van Etten fronting Megafaun), below...
We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.
Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).
Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:
-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.
The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .
This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain, Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
"indie pop prom was everything i could dream of and more" - Sad Girls Guide
Katie & Allison Crutchfield of Bad Banana @ Indie Pop Prom (via BV Instagram)
The second annual Indie Pop Prom went down in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on Saturday (2/22), and like last year was stacked with incredibly solid bands the whole night. All of the bands were relatively "small," and there was certainly no clear cut headliner, but the 200+ capacity venue still sold out, and the place was celebratory the whole time. In prom/party mode as much as "show" mode, Baby's was decorated in balloons, most of the bands were dressed up, and all of them wished Maria Sherman a happy birthday (the show doubled as her birthday bash), two of them even got the crowd singing to her.
And it's inspiring to see how such a celebration could be sparked by bringing together these six small indie and punk bands. The crowd was warmed up by the dramatic post-punk of Syracuse's Friendless Bummer and Pity Sex's choice blend of emo and shoegaze, and by Atlanta's punky Places to Hide (maybe because the punch was starting to kick in), the crowd was dancing, smiling, and singing in a way that only increased as the show went on. Radiator Hospital followed, great as always, playing crowd favorites like "Your Boyfriend," "Do You Remember?" and of course "Our Song" which may have been the loudest word-for-word singalong of the night. (Or was that when Weekend's Shaun Durkan DJed Finch's "Letters to You"?)
After them was maybe the night's most special set, a one-off reunion from Bad Banana. Bad Banana is one of the old projects from Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and her twin sister Allison of Swearin' (both of whom played Indie Pop Prom last year), and after P.S. Eliot's one-off reunion in August, was the second time in the past few months that the Crutchfields revisited an old band following the recent success of their current ones. They were joined by Kyle Gilbride on bass and Jeff Bolt on drums (both of Swearin'), and looked like they were having a legitimately great time playing those old songs. The crowd loved it too. In a live setting without the noisy lo-fi of their recordings, Bad Banana's poppy punk isn't wildly different from what Allison does in Swearin', but while Katie is most often found playing somber Waxahatchee sets these days, it was great to see her getting another chance to rock out.
Perfect Pussy @ Indie Pop Prom (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The show wrapped up with the "secret" set from special guests "Traitor Bitches," who, as we guessed, turned out to be Perfect Pussy. The band's noise-fueled punk and intense stage show were killer as ever, and they had hands down the most wild set of the night, resulting in the only part of the show you could actually say broke out into a mosh pit. Forget the hype, if you haven't seen this band live, it's well worth it.
The Crutchfield sisters play NYC again TONIGHT (2/24) at Saint Vitus for the BrooklynVegan/Shiner/Transmission-presented show which features Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder (aka Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band). The show is free but you had to RSVP, which is now closed. Swearin' have other dates too.
by Andrew Sacher
MV & EE in a Brooklyn church in 2009 (more by Nathan Miller)
MV & EE, the psychedelic project led by the duo of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder but often featuring multiple collaborators (past contributors include J. Mascis, members of Chelsea Light Moving, and more), recently returned with a new album, Shade Grown. For this album, they recorded with their longtime backing band The Golden Road, and you can get a taste of it by streaming the single, "Cocola Parabola (Sugar On Snow)," a jammy trip through droning atmospheres and psych-rock guitar noodling, below.
This month, MV & EE are playing their first Northeast shows in support of the album. They just played Northampton, MA last night (2/16), and tonight (2/17) they kick off their "Aquarian Shade" residency in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right. The residency has them playing two sets each night with special guests a both. They do it again the next Monday (2/24), and both shows are totally FREE. They also specify tapers are welcome.
Stream the new single below...
by Bill Pearis
UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.
Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.
Eternal Summers "Gouge" still
Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.
In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.
All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...
Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
More Rough Trade shows this month are moving due to the still-unresolved sound/noise issues they're dealing with, including Friday's Lanterns on the Lake show (2/7) which is now an early show at Baby's All Right (doors 7:30 PM) with Jesse Woods and Andy Shauf (tickets); and Saturday's Mutual Benefit show (2/8) which is now at Knitting Factory (tickets).
Moves since we last posted include: the American Royalty show with Ghenghis Hans on 2/13 is now at Baby's All Right (doors at midnight, tickets here).
Juan Wauters was to play a record release show at RT on February 15 with Household and Las Rosas. That has been moved to the next day (2/16) at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Surfer Blood were to have played on March 3 with Wake Up. That show has moved to Glasslands and tickets are on sale now.
Cities Aviv (2/18) and Water Liars (3/1) have been canceled.
by Bill Pearis
Sondre Lerche: "Master Of Jevning" (via Sondre's instagram)
Sondre Lerche and Kato Ådland's score for Norwegian thriller The Sleepwalker (some may know it as Søvngjengeren) is out now and you can stream the very dreamy "You Sure Look Swell" below and listen the the whole thing via Rdio. The film just made it's US premiere at Sundance a couple weeks ago and you can check out the not-in-English trailer below.
As you may know, Sondre was to play two shows at Rough Trade this month (Feb. 21 & 23), but do to the venue/record store's not-quite-resolved sound/noise issues, those shows have been combined and moved to Baby's All Right on a new date, February 20. All tickets honored and refunds available at point of purchase. Tickets are also still available.
After that Sondre heads to Japan for a short tour. All dates are listed below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Broken Bells @ Baby's All Right - 1/31/14
Broken Bells (aka Shins singer James Mercer and production wizard Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley and others) will release their funky new album After the Disco this week (2/4), and ahead of its release they stopped in NYC for a very short show at new-ish Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right on Friday (1/31). Their show was the first of three shows at the venue that night (before Mark McGuire and Eagulls), and beginning at 6 PM, saw them playing only three songs, followed by a screening of a short film with music from the band. It was a free show, part of Tumbrl's "IRL" series, that you had to RSVP for, so at least they weren't worried about anyone getting "their money's worth," but still... three songs? You could also check out Danger Mouse's photography which was hung all over the venue during the event, so there was that too?
Broken Bells will go on a full tour soon which brings them back to NYC on March 7 at Webster Hall (sold out), and will presumably feature them playing more than three songs. They'll also be back in NYC for Governors Ball in June.
Pictures of the Baby's All Right show are in this post. More below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Marnie Stern / Torres @ Baby's All Right - 1/28/14
Earlier this week, doNYC hosted a two-night celebration of their one year anniversary at Baby's All Right with a rowdy FIDLAR/Big Ups/Amanda X show on Monday (1/27) and an equally notable Marnie Stern / Torres / Porches show on Tuesday (1/28). Porches, who are a regular on the local live circuit, were a late addition to the bill and seemed to win over much of the crowd. Torres' grungy folk was great as always, and she took the opportunity to show off a few new songs.
Marnie closed out the night, and though her funny stage banter (usually about her vagina) and unconventional guitar playing are always highly entertaining, she was very drunk and took things a bit over the top. She went on a lengthy, belligerent rant, screaming about stretching her vagina across the stage, and made so much intentional, blaring feedback in between songs that a chunk of the crowd left early. Not everyone was turned off though, one instagram commenter said:
She is so drunk and it's amazing. And by "amazing" I mean it's sloppy, uncomfortably sexual and the feedback is killing me. Good stuff. More great bands need show public displays of drunkenness, forgetting all the words to your songs is so punk.What did you think? Pictures from the show are in this post.
There's never a lack of Porches shows in NYC and you can catch them again this weekend, 2/1, at Cameo Gallery with Howth and Stranger Cat. They also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in February with Widowspeak and Jessica Pratt. All of their dates are listed with more pictures below...
Ambient guitarist Mark McGuire, formerly of the now-defunct trio Emeralds, is set to release his new solo album (and first for Dead Oceans), Along The Way, on February 4, but it's streaming ahead of its release via The FADER. Listen to it in full below.
Mark also has a few upcoming dates this year, including Big Ears Festival, Mission Creek Festival, SXSW, and two appearances in NYC. First is a live headlining gig at Baby's All Right on Friday (1/31) with solid local support from Imperial Topaz and Forma. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show starts at 9 PM and Mark is on at 11.
Then on Sunday (2/2), Mark DJs the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Brooklyn. All of his dates are listed below.
Mark's Baby's show is actually one of THREE shows happening at the Brooklyn venue that night. At 6 PM it's a sold-out Broken Bells show ahead of their much larger (but also sold out) Webster Hall show. Broken Bells are streaming their new album, After The Disco, on iTunes.
And lastly, as discussed, the Rough Trade stop on Eagulls' tour was moved to Baby's All Right and happens that same night, with doors at midnight. Eagulls' tour also hits Mercury Lounge tonight (1/29) with Yvette. Tickets for both of their NYC shows are still available.
All Mark McGuire dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
London Grammar @ Baby's All Right - 1/15/14
UK electronic pop trio London Grammar landed in NYC earlier this week to play Fallon, and last night (1/15) they played their first of two intimate club shows. Last night's was at new-ish Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right, and it was a short set including a handful of tracks from their debut album If You Wait, plus their cover of indie standard "Wicked Games" (by Chris Isaak), which they said they won't be doing anymore when their full North American tour begins. Pictures of last night's show, including one of the setlist (which may not have been entirely accurate), are in this post.
London Grammar do it again tonight (1/16) at swanky Manhattan venue The Box, and then it looks like there's a pretty good chance they'll be sticking around for Disclosure's T5 run. Their full tour brings them back to NYC for a larger, BV-presented show at Irving Plaza on 4/9, which is currently sold out.
More pictures, including shots of local indie folk opener Wilsen, below...
Maker of one of Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2013 (Top 100 tracks too), Rhode Island beatmaker The Range has some upcoming shows around the country including one in Chicago and two at Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right (where KiT plays late tonight - 1/9).
The first Brooklyn gig we mentioned already and is just a DJ set as part of a 1/25 benefit for the Ali Forney Center. Members of Au Revoir Simone are DJing that too, and bands like Big Ups are playing., You can see the flyer below.
The second Brooklyn show is on 2/8 and an actual Range set. Tickets are on sale for that.
Check out a video interview conducted at Glasslands along with all dates, Festival Nrmal in Mexico included, below...
by Andrew Sacher
"The first half of us made it to NYC. Waiting for the rest!!! Loving the weather ;-)" - KiT
There are plenty of bands that have tried to do the "traditional music remixed with electronica" thing and truthfully, many of them kind of suck. But KiT pulls it off extremely well, with a zero-cheese approach and an electronic sound that manages to be organic, raw and heavy all at once. The band's most recent single is "Jackhammer," featuring a bubbling beat with Dutch house synths, baile funk-influenced drum fills and dancehall vocals, and it could easily become the global bass hit of the summer. [MTV Iggy]KiT (aka Kuenta i Tambú) hail from Curaçao and the mix the traditional Caribbean music style Tambu with modern day electronic styles resulting in what they call "tambutronic." Their recent single "Jackhammer" does this in a super fun way, and like the review quoted above opines, does so "with a zero-cheese approach." Watch its video below.
KiT are in NYC this week to play globalFEST at Webster Hall on Sunday (1/12) with a ton of different performers from around the world (sold out), but you can catch part of the group much sooner than that. They'll DJ with live vocals in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (1/9) with Cookies and Tropic of Pisces. Show starts at 9 and they go on around midnight.
UPDATE: Check out a picture from the Baby's All Right show!
by Doug Moore
Perfect Pussy at NYU, 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned a few weeks ago that Syracuse-based noise punkers Perfect Pussy were slated to play a New Year's Eve party at Baby's All Right, along with DIIV, Nothing, Potty Mouth and Ratking. For reasons unknown (the band hasn't issued a statement), they've dropped off the Baby's bill, and instead hopped aboard the lineup for the previously mentioned NYE party at Acheron, which features No Statik, Nomad, Grudges, La Misma and Creeping Dose. Perfect Pussy took a lineup hit as part of the switch; they're billed fourth to last at the Acheron as opposed to second to last at Baby's All Right, but they arguably fit into Ach's lineup a little better.
As discussed, Disclosure collaborators London Grammar will be touring North America in 2014, including a stop in NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on April 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available, but they've since announced another smaller NYC show, happening sooner at Baby's All Right on January
16 (update: moved to 1/15). Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale today (12/13) at noon. It currently appears to be a one-off in between their Australian and UK dates. Updated dates are listed below.
London Grammar, like Angel Haze and Haim before them, have taken on a cover of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." They performed it this week in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and you can watch a video of that performance below.
Updated London Grammar dates are listed, along with the video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Here We Go Magic / Christopher Bear Trio @ Baby's All Right - 12/9/13
Luke Temple is in the middle of his December residency at Union Pool, but last night (12/9) he teamed back up with his band Here We Go Magic to headline a show at Brooklyn's new-ish Baby's All Right. Opening the show was a trio set from Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear with Aaraon Arntz (who tours as a live member of Grizzly Bear) and Benjamin Campbell, who also played last week's installment of Luke's residency, plus a set from guitar/drum machine/vocal loop one-man-band Nightlands (aka War On Drugs/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Dave Hartley). Members of Caveman were also DJing in the venue's front room. Pictures of the show are in this post.
UPDATE: Here We Go Magic also play an intimate show at Silent Barn on Sunday (12/15) with Celestial Shore, Les Bonhommes, and Ron Shalom/Austin Vaughn.
More pictures from Baby's All Right below...
DIIV at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
UPDATE: Perfect Pussy dropped off this show, but the rest is intact...
More artists have now been announced and the lineup is looking pretty impressive: reverby indie rockers DIIV, heavy shoegazers Nothing, punky indie rockers Potty Mouth, and still more TBA. Maria Sherman is DJing. Tickets for the show are on sale now, and will include a coconut champagne toast and some sort of open bar (details TBA).
Stream some tracks below...
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Saintseneca made a pretty great impression last month with "Uppercutter," their first single for ANTI- following years of cutting their teeth touring and in the Ohio DIY scene. The song will appear on their upcoming full length, Dark Arc (due out in March), but it's out as a 7" single now, and the band just put its b-side "Visions" up for free download on bandcamp. When I was talking about the a-side, I namedropped Arcade Fire, and it applies maybe even more so here. Like many of the songs on Funeral, "Visions" is an arena anthem bursting at the seams of old timey instruments and lower-fi production. Check it out below.
Saintseneca also have a bunch of tour dates coming up, including one in NYC on January 18 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome
After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.
Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.
Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.
After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.
Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.
Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck
Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.
We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.
Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.
After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.
Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).
More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
Nothing @ BV Party at Baby's All Right - 10/19/13
Philly's Nothing just wrapped up a few shows with Weekend and Disappears, including one at NYC's Glasslands last week (10/22). Before that they played their only CMJ show at our BrooklynVegan party at Baby's All Right on 10/19, which went from noon til just after 2 AM and had tons of complimentary Sailor Jerry in addition to the hours of music. Nothing are a band that get tagged as shoegaze and are signed to a metal label, but in a live setting they just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre. Their show seriously rips too. It was one of my favorite sets of CMJ. A set of pictures from their appearance at our CMJ party is in this post. We already posted a video from their set, but you can refresh your memory by watching that again below.
If you missed Nothing's two recent NYC shows, or just need to see them again, you're in luck because they've just added a last-minute show happening on Tuesday (10/29) at 285 Kent with Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO (for whom the show is a release party for their "If Life Was Like A Movie" b/w "Snake Song" 7"), in addition to Shadow Walker, Sunflower Bean (mems. Turnip King), and a DJ set from Oberhofer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and a stream of the a-side of the new LODRO 7" below.
In related news, members of Nothing and another metal-friendly shoegaze band that Nothing has toured with, Whirr (ex-Deafheaven), have a side project called Death of Lovers, who have signed to Deathwish (also home to Deafheaven). They'll release an EP, Buried Under a World of Roses, on that label at some point in the near future. Check out the video for the title track, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and more Nothing pics from CMJ, below.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Ex Hex casting a spell on the @brooklynvegan party " - Amanda Contrada
Mac & Ex Hex @ BV CMJ @ Baby's All Right - 10/19/2013
After our Friday CMJ day party on opening day of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, we returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday party that went from noon til just after 2 AM, and with even more complimentary Sailor Jerry flowing.
Eight hours in, Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan played a rare solo set that reminded me of a past BV-CMJ party when Ted Leo did a similar thing -- scrappy and powerful like he is with his main band, but still stripped down and intimate. His setlist, which you can see below, included Superchunk and Portastatic songs, and a Mary Lou Lord cover (video of that one below).
Then Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), whose guitar Mac was borrowing, made the NYC debut of her new band Ex Hex. Betsy Wright of The Fire Tapes plays bass, Laura Harris of Aquarium is on drums, and it was a killer first set from the trio. It was immediately appealing to fans of Mary's previous bands while also the most riffy rock n' roll thing she's ever done. Their set consisted of basically every song they have so far, including "Hot and Cold" (listen on NPR). Everyone had a blast. A couple of videos are below.
More about the other artists on the show in a minute. Here's pictures from Mac and Mary's set. More of them with videos and Mac's setlist, below...
videos by (((unartig))), photo by Chris La Putt
(((unartig))) was in the house to capture some video at our 2nd of two CMJ shows at Baby's All Right over the weekend. The fruits of his labor include footage of Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, Pallbearer, King Dude and Nothing, Watch away, below...