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The once extinguished but now active Versus is scheduled to play Mercury Lounge on February 19th, their lone East Coast date as part of a handful of US dates late next month. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. The band released their first LP in ten years, On the Ones and Threes, via Merge Records in 2010.

You can also catch Versus's Richard Baluyut when he appears during Jennifer O'Connor's residency at Rock Shop on February 8th. Tickets are still available, and he'll be joined by Charles Bissell of The Wrens and Kendall Meade of Mascott.

Speaking of Charles Bissell, he is also on the bill of a Project Matters Benefit at Maxwell's in Hoboken on January 23rd with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Escape Directors. Tickets are on sale.

Versus is also on board for Noise Pop 2011 in San Francisco, CA. To be exact, they play Cafe Du Nord with their touring labelmates Telekinesis & The Love Language on February 23rd. The whole festival will take place at multiple venues from February 22-27 and will also feature appearances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service), Ted Leo (solo), The Concretes (who are touring), Waaves & Best Coast (who are touring together), How to Dress Well (who plays Brooklyn soon), No Age, Yo La Tengo, and many other favorites. The full slate of initially-announced bands is below, and you can get your badges now.

Full list of Noise Pop bands, some video and all Versus dates are below.

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Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie sang the National Anthem at the San Francisco Giants v. Philadelphia Phillies playoff game in San Francisco that is happening right now (go Yanks!). Video below...

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"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann

Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)

Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)

Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
Simon and Garfunkel

SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.

How did the new speakers at Central Park sound? The SummerStage series continues through August. Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off TONIGHT (6/9).

No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...

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Dean @ LPR (more by Chris La Putt)

Abrons Art Center hosts The Joshua Light Show In Residence May 12 - 15, 2010: Four evenings of live music and visuals featuring Spectrum, Dean & Britta, Silver Apples, Oneida, Woods, MV & EE, Steve Moore, and itsnotyouitsme. Tickets $15 advance/$20 door.

Silver Apples will also play a 2nd show in Brooklyn on May 16th.

Dean & Britta also play as part of an expensive benefit at Central Park Summerstage on June 8th (which Ben Gibbard & St Vincent have since been added to), and they'll be doing a "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" show at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on October 22nd (possibly part of CMJ).

Spectrum also plays Knitting Factory on May 19th.

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Klaus Kinski

Joe Mande @ Club DeVille

2007 ECNY Emerging Comic Award winning comedian Joe Mande is a major favorite of mine, and he's no stranger to the Brooklyn Vegan Live Event Planning Committee (not a real committee). Not only was he on the bill of the very first installment of our epic comedy / music show Rock n' RoFL, Joe (who also performed at the Stereogum party on Saturday) was also one of two comedians to perform to a chatty crowd at the BrooklynVegan / DailyMotion SxSW Day Party on Friday March 19th, 2010. Tig Notaro was the other comedian on our show, and another personal favorite (you may know her as officer Tig on the Sarah Silverman Program).

I didn't realize until very recently that Joe has been working on a book and that it is set to drop on Tuesday March 30, 2010. The book, entitled Look At This Fucking Hipster, began as a modest Tumblr blog but quickly ballooned into a heavily followed phenomenon.

Look at this Fucking Hipster (LATFH.com) was born in April 2009 as a way to help author Joe Mande help his dad answer the question, "Is that a hipster?" Months later, with millions of followers and dozens of parodies, it has become a cultural phenomenon, referenced in media, newspapers, blogs, and more.

Look at This Fucking Hipster is a collection of photos, snarky captions and short essays exploring--and, let's be honest, poking fun at--the wide world of hipster culture, from Williamsburg to Silver Lake and points between. Chapters cover types of hipsters, celebrity hipsters, hipsters through the ages, hipster love connections, and the next generation of hipsters (AKA hipster babies).

To celebrate the release of the book (which you can get at Amazon), the March 31, 2010 installment of Totally J/K with Joe and Noah at NYC's UCB Theater will be devoted to celebrating its release with guests including Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal (who you can also catch this Friday, 3/26 at Karma Lounge), BEEAAAANNSSS, and MANY MORE. And don't forget that the UCB theater is a dark, dank, subterranean venue that always has $2 hipster champagne (PBR). So grab your mom's glasses, your tightest jeans, your daddy's Red Wings (that may have actually seen some hard labor in their past), and your terrible cassette tape / bird / star tattoos and join the fun!

P.S. By BEEAAAANNSSS we assume they mean they got the actual Darren Mabee (a regular character on the latfh site) to make an appearance.

More pictures from our SXSW party, and a video of Joe interviewing Ben Gibbard at the Stereogum party (with Scott from Stereogum), below....

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Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Jack Groetzinger)
NAda Surf

There weren't a ton of shows going on in NYC last night (10/28), relatively speaking, but members/collaborators of most indie rock bands in existence were part of them. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, husband of She of She & Him) played with Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) at Webster Hall with John Roderick (The Long Winters) opening.

"Along with all 12 songs from the album, Farrar and Gibbard each sang a song from a different project, before finishing with a pair of covers. Gibbard sang a rootsy version of "Couches in Alleys," a tune he sang on a 2004 album by the Belgian electronic band Styrofoam. Farrar opted for a rousing take on "Voodoo Candle," from his 2001 solo debut, "Sebastopol." And the covers: Farrar handled lead vocals on a countrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie," and the pair closed the show with Gibbard singing lead on a shattering version of Tom Waits' "Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)."" [listen, damnit]
Full setlist and some videos below. John Roderick plays again tonight at Union Hall.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Nada Surf (who played electric instead of acoustic as originally advertised) (and who played as Holly Miranda's backing band at Bowery Ballroom one night earlier) teamed up with Charles Bissell of the Wrens and They Might Be Giants for an indie rock benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Videos below.

Over at BAM it was "The Long Count" featuring the we've-collaborated-with-everyone Dessner twins from the National in partnership with the Breeders-Deal twins who count a member of the Pixies among them. Joining them on stage was Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists) and many other indie-friendly musicians, classical and otherwise. Everyone who wasn't playing at one of these shows, was probably in the audience of this one. Check out pics and our review HERE, and our interview with Bryce Dessner HERE, and then check the show out, if you haven't already, on Friday (Mischief Night) or Saturday (Halloween).

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Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar @ Bimbo's 365 Club, 10-24-09 (pneyu)
Gibbard Farrar

John Roderick of the Long Winters is the opener of the Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar Kerouac-tour that ends with a show at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (10/28). Tickets are still available. John will then stick around for a day, and headline his own show at the intimate Union Hall in Brooklyn on Thursday (1/29). Tickets are on sale for that too.

Greg Kot was at the Gibbard/Farrar show in Chicago the other day...

"The one-week old band," as Farrar called it, devoted the show to playing the album in its entirety, plus a handful of loosely related songs: Farrar's "Voodoo Candle," Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and Tom Waits' "Old Shoes (And Picture Postcards)."

The "Big Sur" songs put the focus squarely on Kerouac's lyrics, which detail the dissolution of a drunk looking for sobriety and inspiration in a cabin on a remote stretch of the California coast. The material's tailor-made for Farrar: His voice has a natural slope to it, an ache that shades even his most optimistic sentiments, and his melodies are steeped in mourning.

Videos from the show in LA, below...

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Bill Cosby Kids

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Fiery Furnaces shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar show happening at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Cass McCombs show happening at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Longwave & The Grates show happening at Bowery Ballroom.

Them Crooked Vultures went on presale yesterday and go on general sale Saturday.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for two Bill Cosby shows happening at the Wellmont Theatre in NJ on April 11, 2010. ($60.00, $50.00 & $40.00).

Ben Gibbard

Aside from getting married this week, Mr. Zooey Deschanel (aka Ben Gibbard) is keeping busy. He'll be playing a few shows this October with Jay Farrar of Son Volt in support of their new collaborative record, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. The album, coming out Oct. 20th on F-Stop/Atlantic Records, is the soundtrack to a documentary on Kerouac's Big Sur. The songs, written specifically for the project, take their lyrics from the novel. The setlist for the four-date tour will include songs off the soundtrack and "other surprise material," and the band will conist of Farrar, Gibbard, Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie), Mark Spencer (Son Volt) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats).

The NYC show is happening October 28th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, September 23rd at noon. General sale starts Sept. 25th at noon.

Jay Farrar was just in NYC Thursday (9/17) with Son Volt, who are currently on tour.

"The gig in New York was mostly a success. Although I'm confident that the sound in the house was solid, on stage it was loud and lacking in definition. Also, for some reason the lighting director decided to black out the stage in the middle of a song. Not sure what that was about.

Being that we were in NYC, we all stayed out too late and paid dearly the next day. Jay had it the worst, however, as he had to be up early to play on the radio." [Son Volt]

The trailer and more info on the film (which has guests that include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith and Tom Waits) and the album (with a video for its last song, "San Francisco")are below...

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Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel

Was there any Death Cab For Cutie on that mixtape Zooey Deschanel made for Yo La Tengo fans (and charity)? Because, according to US Magazine (and just about every other website on the Internet at this point), she is now engaged to Ben Gibbard! Congrats to the happy couple.

M Ward (Him) (best man?) is playing the Apollo Theatre on February 19th. All dates HERE.

Ben and Zooey sing "Dream" together in the video below...

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Dark Was the NightDark Was the Night

"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."
More info on the previously mentioned comp below...

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To some, Kozelek may come across as a recluse, but he's anything but: since the release of Sun Kil Moon's debut--2003's extraordinary Ghosts of the Great Highway--he's scored a film, acted in the movie Shopgirl, and put out a double-disc live album as well as a Sun Kil Moon record consisting of nothing but Modest Mouse songs. [Popmatters]

Ben Mark

Ben Gibbard: When I was in my early 20s, I saw people in their 30s or 40s very differently than I do now. There's a level of confusion that is never really quelled as you get older.

Mark Kozelek: I hear what you're saying about the confusion of it all. A part of you feels like you haven't grown up as much as you should at this age. I'm really in a strange position, where I'm 41, still don't know how to drive a car, I'm not married, I don't have kids. When I go back to Ohio, that's where it really kicks in. Everyone around there is dealing with their mortgages and their kids and all these things. That's where I really feel the confusion, and I really feel like the odd man out. There, nobody really cares about my record deals or my little bit parts in movies or these little blurbs I get in magazines. Everything's more like, "If you don't have kids, and you don't have religion, and you don't go to church, and you don't drive a car, and you don't own a home, and you're not married, you just don't have shit." [Laughs.]

The rest of that conversation is at the Onion.

Ben Gibbard plays McCarren Pool tonight. Mark Kozelek plays Highline Ballroom on Friday (the 13th). All of Mark's tour dates are below....

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photos by Chris Graham


In case you don't recognize him, that's Ben Gibbard at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington this past Sunday (May 25). He is a member of the #1 band in America Death Cab For Cutie who are playing a show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on June 10th with Rogue Wave (who also played Sasquatch). After the McCarren show, the party continues at Music Hall of Williamsburg:

Post Death Cab For Cutie Show!

The XYZ Affair
Action Painters

Tue 6/10, 18+, Doors 9pm / Show 10pm, FREE

More pictures and video from Sasquatch below...

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DOWNLOAD: Feist - Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) (MP3)

Kevin Drew and Ben Gibbard

Death Cab For Cutie is coming out with a new album in May 2008. You can watch a trailer for it on their new website.

Also to look foward to in 2008: a collaboration between Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard and Leslie Feist...

during a recent off day in Louisville, she and her touring band got the itch to roll tape. "We thought, day off? Let's just do something fun," she recalls. "Bowling? A hike? Instead, we rented a studio."

There, "we took turns and played together," she says. Feist "fooled around on some new stuff" and sang a Grizzly Bear song. She also recorded the basic track for a collaboration with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, which will appear on the "Red Hot and Indie" compilation being produced by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner. [Billboard]

For a taste of what Gibbard & Feist sound like together, download the Postal Servce remix of "Mushaboom that is linked on the top of this post - right over that picture of Ben singing with Feist's Broken Social Scene band-mate (and boyfriend) Kevin Drew. That photo was taken by Chona Kasinger at a "Spirit If" show in October - a few weeks before a member of Pavement played with Kevin in NYC..

DOWNLOAD: Cloak & Dagger radio w/ a Ben Gibbard "ambush interview" (MP3) (info)

Bright Eyes w/ guest Ben Gibbard @ Town Hall, NYC - May 30, 2007 (CRED)
Gibbard & Bright Eyes

Where Conor's hand went after this picture was taken, only those who were there know for sure. (listen to the mp3),

Last night's Bright Eyes guest was Steve Earle. According to one commenter,

...he guested on 4 songs with BEs.

1. God, is Bush horrible or what?
2. I mean come on, he is really horrible, right?
3. Damn remember how much fun we had on the Vote For Change tour Conor?
4. Under Bush the whole world has gone to hell.

Actually I love Steve Earle and would love to see him with BEs but sometimes the above is what his solo shows start to sound like. He is a rocker with amazing knack for writing great songs, he just needs to lay off the heavy politics sometimes.

Ben's "friend" Johnathan Rice was one of Conor's guest a few nights ago.

BRIGHT EYES' Town Hall residency continues w/ the Little Willies (Norah Jones), Nick Zinner & Ben Gibbard.

Last night (May 30) Ben Gibbard came out and performed his own three song set at the Bright Eyes show that Maria Taylor and Nick Zinner were also guests at. People got a mini-set by Norah Jones' side-project The Little Willies the night before.

Bright Eyes & Norah Jones @ Town Hall, NYC - May 29, 2007 (CRED)
Norah Jones @ Town Hall

Before that there was Jenny Lewis, Ben Kweller, and Lou Reed. Am I missing anyone? Norah Jones-night set list below....

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Bright Eyes is bringing out a special guest at each of his seven shows at Town Hall in NYC this week. Many were dismayed by the appearance of Lou Reed at night one. Ben Kweller came out during night two, and I'm losing track, but Jenny Lewis was the guest at either night three or four, or both or something like that. I don't have a picture, but there is the recent video of Jenny on stage with Ben Gibbard & John Vanderslice, and here are some photos from October of Jenny on stage with Feist (actually the other way around).....

Jenny Lewis & Feist

Jenny Lewis & Feist

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* Cannes Film Fest Award Winners
* Concerts get 'Second Life' on Internet
* Kanye West samples Peter Bjorn & John & Daft Punk
* Sufjan Stevens & friends 'Take Away show" video @ Blogoteque
* Jenny Lewis contributed vocals to Jayhawk Gary Louris' new album
* Mocky, Feist, Gonzo, Lidell | Zero 7 & Jose Gonzalez | MP3s
* Mocky, Gonzales & Lidell helped make 'The Reminder' happen
* CBC Radio 3 Exclusive: Fans Ruin Feist Show (for me)
* LIVE: Feist Audience A Little Too Respectful

Mocky feat. Feist - Fightin' Away The Tears

More pics of Jenny, Feist & The Watson Twins below......

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It's like if the cast of The OC, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars & Grey's Anatomy all got together for one big Christmas special hosted by Zach Braff...

Continue reading "VIDEO: Ben Gibbard, John Vanderslice, Jenny Lewis & David Bazan - 'Such Great Heights' @ the Fillmore"

The only thing worse than regular people who mislabel Flickr photos (for instance the people who tagged every single photo from their NYC vacation with "CBGB"), are street team people who mislabel pictures on Flickr - actually - street teams just need to stop using Flickr at all. For instance, here's a few pictures that came up when I just did a search for "Arctic Monkeys"....

Street Team

Street Team

Street Team

Yep, that's David Bazan in the last photo (sometimes mistaken for an Arctic Monkey - especially when holding a small flag, but actually just a Pedro the Lion), and it was just announed that David signed to Barsuk - ex-home of his tour-mate Ben Gibbard's band Death Cab For Cutie.

How were Arctic Monkeys at Hammerstein, and while we're at it - how were Ben Gibbard and David Bazan at Town Hall?

DOWNLOAD: DNTEL - Dumb Lunck (MP3)

DNTELAmong this week's new releases you'll find "Dumb Luck" by DNTEL aka Jimmy Tamborello aka James Figurine aka 50% of The Postal Service (the other 50% is Ben Gibbard).....

An album five years in the making, and Jimmy Tamborello's first for Sub Pop. Thick with his signature sampler finessing, warm electronic washes, and genius beat placement, Dumb Luck is an album lyrically as much about human distance as connection. Includes vocal contributions from Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher (Lali Puna), Mia Doi Todd, Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott (Arthur & Yu), Andrew Broder (Fog), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and Christopher and Jennifer Gunst (Mystic Chords Of Memory).
DNTEL (in town from LA) is DJing at Union Pool in Brooklyn this Wednesday April 25th at 10:30pm. Ed Droste (part of the all star cast listed above) and Chris Bear from Grizzly Bear will be there to help him out as well.

And now...
* Dntel's Dumb Luck Inspired By Animal Collective
* Remix DNTEL, win prizes
* Jenny Lewis Receives Award; New Rilo Kiley LP Due
* Maria Taylor Plays Down Her Conor Oberst Connection
* Ben Gibbard played drums w/ The Long Winters
* Ben Gibbard touring w/ David Bazan + Johnathan Rice
* Bright Eyes touring, playing Town Hall a lot
* Ed Droste plays DNTEL on Sirius Radio
* Grizzly Bear touring w/ Feist & stuff

Ben Gibbard & Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos (CRED)
Ben Gibbard & Alex Kapranos

Pedro The Lion's David Bazan is going on tour with Will Johnson of Centro-Matic in April. Then David is going on tour with Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis' Johnathan Rice. Gibbard, Bazan and Rice play Town Hall in NYC on May 8th.

Food aficionado Alex Kapranos does not curretnly have any shows scheduled (that I know of).

All tour dates below....

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"...So here's a live set from the Bowery Ballroom, in N.Y.C. on 1/10/06. Some good mope rock for those so inclined. Here's the first 9 songs, the second half tomorrow...."

"The first video from Death Cab for Cutie's innovative anthology of 12 short films inspired by each song on their album, PLANS, has been unveiled. The video for 'Marching Bands of Manhattan,' was directed by acclaimed video director P.R. Brown, and is now available for viewing at the band's website. The short films from the project, entitled DIRECTIONS, will be screened one by one exclusively online at deathcabforcutie.com."

The list of 12 video titles and directors below...

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