Entries tagged with: Black Lips
photos by Andrew Frisicano
"...big thanks to S.I.T. & Die, The Black Lips, John Oliver, Gary Panter and Joshua White. YLT tour phase 2 begins Friday in Montreal!" - Yo La Tengo
DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Here to Fall (MP3)
"YLT augmented their show with a light show by Joshua White and Gary Panter projected on a large screen at the rear of the stage. It very much reminded me of the time they played The Sounds Of Science at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but this time without the angry octopus. From the Mezzanine, I had a good vantage point from which to spy the setup. The band played on the stage where you'd expect them to be while the light show crew of about ten people worked behind the screen.A video of "Here to Fall" from the show is below.
Pretty nifty! It resulted in a great psychedelic backdrop which pulsated and evolved with the trippy music, kinda like seeing the old Pink Floyd laser light show at the Hayden Planetarium, except live and more organic. [During] "Here To Fall"...they brought on a small troupe of accompanying strings" [QbertPlaya]
Andrew stopped by the show last night (9/25) and took some pics, but he got there too late to see opener Black Lips (who after the show went to Brooklyn and caused some WAVVES-related trouble). He did see host John Oliver, and Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co, who were playing in the lobby, though. How was the show? More of his pictures below...
WAVVES @ Market Hotel last night (9/25) (more by Leia Jospe)
"Wavves was playing with Zach Hill as his drummer [at Market Hotel] and the sound was different and pretty cool.My friend Dave G tells me there was a broken bottle which might explain Jared's blood and serious anger. Stay tuned for more details.
We were partying pretty hard, and as always seems to happen, the party moved to Daddy's after everything was settled up. Daddy's was packed and the remnants of the Beets (welcome home, boys!) show at Dead Herring (happy birthday Cathy!) and the Black Lips show [at Roseland Ballroom (they opened for Yo La Tengo)] also had migrated to the ever popular "hot spot". Star Studded scene to the maxxxx, if you like slightly "important" indie rockers.
Now, I didn't see exactly how the fight happened, but I had heard the gossip a few months back about Jared (from Black Lips) talking shit about Nathan on the Internet. Pitchfork went as far as to wonder if Nathan and Jared would have a confrontation when they both played this summer's p4k fest in Chicago. Needless to say, that didn't happen.
Well, I suppose last night was the perfect storm. I didn't see the beginning, but I did see people dragging Nathan and Jared apart, and then Jared and a popular DJ running at Nathan again, spilling beer all over everyone (including me), and punches being thrown. The lights at Daddy's were turned on, the cops showed up, but Jared and the chick were not ready to stop fighting and were even trying to fight other people outside the bar. Jared was bloody. Nathan was fine. Insane. Weirdest indie rock moment I've experienced." [PopJew]
"The Almighty Defenders self-titled debut will be widely available on September 22nd at your favorite independent record store and digital service provider. But for all you awesome people/Black Lips/King Khan & BBQ fans you can pre-order it now off the Vice Records store. As reward for your undying loyalty to Vice we are throwing in a bonus track, "Ghost With The Most" (recorded live at the Practice Space) when you pre-order the album off us.Two track from that supergroup's new album are also available above the cover art for free MP3 download.
Like winning? New Practice Space, new album, and bonus track? Whose Tuesday just stopped sucking? Oh, we will send you "Ghost With The Most" as soon as your order goes through!" [VICE]
Tickets are now on sale for a live Almighty Defenders show at Maxwell's on October 25th. The NJ date is right before King Khan and BBQ head out on a short tour with the Dum Dum Girls which brings them into NYC on October 30th and 31st. The Black Lips will be in NYC, opening for Yo La Tengo at Roseland, this Friday night (September 25th).
The above-referenced episode of VBS.TV Practice Space, can be watched below...
Black Lips @ The Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Deborah Kee Higgins (ATP organizer) to the Village Voice: We have a "No Assholes" policy. You can play once because we don't know you're an asshole, but you can't play twice.ATP NY runs Sept 10-13 in Monticello, NY. Killing Joke are the subject of a new documentary. Butthole Surfers, who are going on tour soon, will probably never play a Bowery Presents venue ever again either. Then again, the first time I ever saw the Black Lips, they peed on the Mercury Lounge stage, and they've definitely returned to Bowery venues more than a few times (though their next NYC show happens to be for Live Nation).
Barry Hogan (ATP organizer): Killing Joke and the Butthole Surfers will never play ATP again, and they can both suck my balls. And you can put that in print. The Black Lips will never play again--they're assholes. They broke into a chalet and started stealing stuff.
This Saturday, the Black Lips play the FYF Fest in LA. At this summer's Leeds Festival they incited a stage invasion. Video below...
The one-day-fest's lineup is a combination of bands that are coming to NYC soon (Black Lips, Kurt Vile, TNV, Cold Cave, to name a few) and bands that hopefully will be coming back to NYC sometime soon (Dillinger Escape Plan, Fucked Up, Mika Miko, "Tim & Eric Special Musical Performance"). The full schedule and more is below.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Joseph Xu
Pharoahe Monch @ the 2009 Pitchfork Fest
Though APW's addition of Jay-Z is rather notable (just a tad), it's the reunion of Organized Konfusion that sets the stage for a big hip hop weekend at APW. Organized Konfusion originally stepped away from the mic in 1997, flirting with a return as recently as 2004, but APW marks their first show back.
Since 1997, both Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch of Organized Konfusion have been busy as solo artists, with Monch recently logging time at the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (pics here) and Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Pics from Pitchfork in this post, along with fellow hip hop luminary (who didn't send a decoy?) Doom. Chicagoist dug Monch, but Doom... not so much.
After that was Pharoahe Monch, who's hip hop set was everything Doom's Saturday set wasn't: intense, ferocious, and with a level of personality the masked wonder couldn't summon on Saturday. Drawing from the crowd, Monch gave props to those such as Rakim, Mos Def, and Michael Jackson. He was the act we knew least about going into the weekend and coming out he's left us only wanting to hear more.Speaking of Mos Def, the routing for The Ecstatic Tour is solidifying more and more. Details are below. Tickets are still available for his show at The Beach at Governor's Island on 9/12.
Mos Def's partner in the recently reunited Black Star, Talib Kweli, is making his way back to the stage with Reflection Eternal at BB Kings on August 28th, a little more than a month after Rock The Bells. Tickets are now on sale.
Styles P, who provided direct support for Pharoahe Monch at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest, will headline the first night of the Rock The Block Fest at Southpaw (Aug 6, tix here), with Freeway taking over for the second (Aug 7, tix here). Tickets are also available bundled together (here).
DJ STV SLV (of The Hood Internet) recently remixed Pharoah Monch's "Mayor" with The Black Lips "The Drop I Hold". Hilarity ensues. Download that above. Black Lips' collaboration with GZA is is up there too.
The previously mentioned Ghostface, Redman/Method Man jumpoff at Nokia Theater on July 30th is sold out. We're still waiting for Diesel to announce who the special guests will be at the Roots Webster Hall show happening the same night. Speaking of the Roots, their Highline Ballroom residency has now been extended through November 24th. Tickets are on sale.
In other hip hop news, Q-Tip is paying tribute to Michael Jackson at Nokia Theatre, Jedi Mind Tricks and Brother Ali have announced tours, and The Cool Kids are playing SOB's less than a month after All Points West.
More Pitchfork pics, the Rock the Block flyer, and all Mos Def tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Gaye Blades
Retro rock band Georgiana Starlington (which features ex-Black Lips guitarist Jack Hines) kicks off a monthly residency at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn tonight (7/29). Opening up the show will be Atlanta's The Gaye Blades, a group fronted by current Black Lips member Jared Swilley (who is probably still in town since Black Lips played Sunday's Pool Party show). We think it's probably the group's (Gay Blades) NYC debut.
UPDATE: We realized right after posting that Benjamin Jay Womack (Bobby Ubangi) was also a member of the Gaye Blades (and Black Lips) at one time. Ben "passed away on July 1, 2009, following a nine month battle with cancer. B. Jay was 35 at the time of his death." Bradford Cox called him "A great friend and an amazing human being." RIP.
The Gaye Blades appear on the Wild About Jenkem comp put out by Killer Diller Records in 2008. The songs on the record, contributed by bands that include Coconut Coolouts (who played NYC over the weekend), Back C.C.s and Livefastdie (who played their their last show in NYC over the weekend) (see below), are all about jenkem, which, according to Wikipedia, is "a hallucinogenic recreational drug composed of noxious gas formed from fermented human feces. In the early and mid-1990s, several reports stated that Jenkem was being used by Zambian street children." Sounds great! Charles Gaskins, who heads the Killer Diller label, will also be DJing at Bruar Falls tonight (7/29); Bosco Delray rounds out the bill.
LiveFastDie (final show) w/ crazy girl @ Rock Star Bar in Brooklyn - 7/25/09 (VICE)
VICE: Why's Livefastdie breaking up?If the "Gaye Blades" sounds familiar, that might be because...
LFD: It's just time to call it a day. Four years is a lot longer than I thought it would go. Weird punk's taken over. Hippy shit. No room left.
The Mighty Hannibal @ McCarren Park Pool Party 2006 (heartonastick)
"When soul singer the Mighty Hannibal invites you to his birthday party, it's wise to take him up on it! The Atlanta-born Hannibal--who has been making records for 50 years for labels including King, Aware, Josie, Decca, Kent, Loma, Sue, Venture, and Shurfine (and has a terrific greatest-hits package, Hannibalism, available on Norton Records)--is on a bit of a tear lately, packing halls in New Orleans, in Atlanta, and right here in his adopted hometown of New York. He's also the subject of a documentary that's currently in production, in which hitherto-unheard details of his colorful life will be revealed--a life packed with more mind-blowing adventures than any ten normal lives. Too many of his close friends have checked out in recent years (James Brown, Ray Charles, and Johnny Guitar Watson among them), but the man behind such hits as "Hymn No. 5," "Jerkin' the Dog," and "The Truth Shall Make You Free" is here to state with authority that he's NOT DONE YET!The Highline Ballroom will host "'I'M NOT DONE YET!' The Mighty Hannibal's 70th Birthday Party" on Friday, July 31st. Tickets are on sale.
Playing behind Hannibal will be local soul outfit the Sweet Divines, who have quickly gained a reputation as New York's premier backing group for veteran soul artists. Dynamic sets with underappreciated legends of the genre such as Maxine Brown, Howard Tate, Baby Washington, Tami Lynn, Harvey Scales, Delia Gartrell, Garland Green, and Renaldo Domino have been hailed by artists and fans alike as their best shows in decades--due in no small part to the Divines' knack for combining a reverent attention to detail with a youthful energy in their approach to classic soul."
The Sweet Divines also backed Hannibal at a more low key show in Brooklyn in January. They played with the Bo-Keys on July 17th at Southpaw (the pre-Ponderosa Stomp show). In August, they are one of the house bands at The Brooklyn Soul Festival happening at The Bell House.
In 2007, the Mighty Hannibal played in his hometown of Atlanta with the Black Lips as his backing band. That group just played a "Pool" Party last Sunday. The Mighty Hannibal played his own Pool Party gig, as you can see by the pic above, in 2006. For that show, the Dansettes were his banding band. The Dansettes have since called it quits. Their members formed Nouvellas and... The Sweet Divines.
A set of videos from the Mighty Hannibal with the Black Lips, and a flyer for the Highline show, below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
'my first time seeing black lips live and i never thought i'd see a group of energetic white teens mosh to a song about hurricane katrina.' - eric p
"Was anyone else shocked by the NYPD? I saw them arresting 2 hipsters, and the cops were quite aggressive and violent, like one guy was put down, and the other one had his arm twisted in his back and it looked painful. I am sure there were some kind of legit reasons for taking these hipsters away, but not so violently!!!" [pilou]Unlike Trail of Dead, but like HEALTH (and Grupo Fantasma) the Black Lips played a set at the JellyNYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday (7/26). Black Lips return to NYC in September to open for Yo La Tengo at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, the Black Lips are also now members of the Almighty Defenders supergroup. More pictures from the Watefront, the new video for "Drugs", and all tour dates, below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Speaking of Northside Piers, its access to the Burg waterfront might be harmful to your health, but only if you're hungry. A tipster writes: "The Northside Piers pier has all sorts of signs warning pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and children against eating the eels in the East River. Which sort of implies that the Williamsburg waterfront is rife with mutant eels? Eels or no, the pier is actually a pretty great addition to the neighborhood." This is the type of story that needs visual accompaniment. Luckily, we've got it!" [Curbed]Unlike Trail of Dead, HEALTH played a set at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday (as did Grupo Fantasma and the Black Lips).
"What's the deal with everyone so in love with some generic 50's garage rock with a southern twang. I thought HEALTH was way cooler and way more interesting although I'll admit they're probably better suited for a dark dingy inside venue. Their market hotel show was amazing." [DM]If you missed HEALTH, they are back on tour in September with Pictureplane. Tickets are still on sale for a September 24th show at Bowery Ballroom (much more dark and dingy and mutant eel-free). More pictures from the Watefront, with all tour dates, below...
Black Lips @ MHOW in March (more by Faith-Ann Young)
tonight in NYC
* Dawes @ Union Hall
* Shilpa Ray @ 3rd Ward
* Curumin, Apsci @ Southpaw
* WAAW Band @ Riverside Park
* Judy Collins at Governors Island
* Squirrel Nut Zippers @ Highline Ballroom
* Magic Magic, You Can Be A Wesley @ The Tank
* Willie Mae Ladies Rock Camp @ Public Assembly
* Caroline Weeks, Lewis & Clarke, Corridor @ Union Pool
* Rise Against, Rancid, Billy Talent @ Roseland Ballroom
* Boy Crisis, Kuroma, Leif, Acrylics @ Santos Party House
* Ginuwine, Joe, Chico DeBarge @ Central Park Summerstage
* Torche, Harvey Milk, Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Wand, Larkin Grimm, D. Charles Speer @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Blank Dogs, Little Claw, Yellow Fever, Talk Normal @ Monster Island Basement
* ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Black Lips, HEALTH, Grupo Fantasma @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Free music today includes the third installment of the Jelly NYC Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront. The bill consist of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Black Lips, HEALTH and Grupo Fantasma. Also free tonight are WAAW Band at Riverside Park, Ginuwine, Joe and Chico DeBarge at the Central Park Summerstage, and Judy Collins at the Beach at Governors Island.
Trail of Dead are also playing All Points West next weekend.
Wand (aka James Jackson Toth) follows up his Issue Project Room gig with a show tonight at The Studio at Webster Hall featuring Larkin Grimm and D. Charles Speer.
Black Lips' video for "Drugs," off their newest record, is posted below.,,,
Junior Boys played Webster Hall on Friday. Video from that show below...
DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Here to Fall (MP3)
Another free MP3 has been released from Yo La Tengo's new album "Popular Songs". Grab "Here to Fall" above. And there's a tour. Yo La Tengo will be on the road from mid-September through most of October. Dates include the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco on October 18th, and a NYC show at (I wouldn't believe if I didn't see it...) Roseland Ballroom with Black Lips on September 25th. Tickets for many of the dates are already on sale. Roseland goes on sale Saturday, 7/25 at 10am.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Almighty Defenders - Bow Down and Die (MP3)
It's supergroup day on BrooklynVegan. Some of it is catch up news. We have a new MP3 and tour dates from the new Black Keys-related Drummer band, and then there's the signing of Dum Dum Girls whose first live show over the weekend brought together member of four other bands. Jack White's new supergroup The Dead Weather is streaming their new album today, and we finally did a post on the Monsters of Folk album (Bright Eyes+My Morning Jacket+M Ward). Supergroups are not to be confused with side projects which were sort of a theme today too - first with Wolf Parade-related Handsome Furs, and then the Mazzy Star/My Bloody Valentine-related Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (which I guess could be considered a supergroup too). Next up....
The Almighty Defenders (Black Lips + King Khan + BBQ)
The Almighty Defenders, a meeting of might between Atlanta garage goblins The Black Lips, Berlin-based soul punker King Khan, and Mr. BBQ himself, Mark Sultan. Conceived during the Lips' Berlin exile (after their VBS-documented ejection from India), the band's self-titled debut is a madcap, liquor-drenched revival, a blissfully fucked up realization of one of garage rock's most fitting collaborations. "Bow Down And Die," the "booming, chivalrous third song," is an off kilter, beer-swilling chant-along that borrows just as much from choral church music as it does from skuzzball rock n roll.You can check out that song above. The band's self-titled debut is set to come out September 22nd on Vice. Clips of the group live are below.
No tour dates for the Almighty Defenders yet, but The Black Lips will be at the July 26th Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party, playing with Health, Grupo Fantasma and Trail of Dead. The Black Lips are actually one of the only artists to play a 'Pool Party' two years in a row. Ironically(?), when they played last year, it was on the same bill as King Khan. Maybe they'll bring him along again, or maybe they should just make an Almighty Defenders show which would be cool.
The Black Lips are also playing a few other festivals this summer, including Pitchfork Fest and Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party. The band was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna film Rudo Y Cursi, which came out in May. That disc includes contributions by Devendra Banhart, Juana Molina (who's playing tonight, July 8th, in Central Park) and even Bernal himself. Album art and tracklist for that below.
Bernal is hardly the only actor getting into music these days. Dead Man's Bones, the combo of actors Zach Shields and Ryan Gosling, is set to release a self-titled album, produced by Tim Anderson of I'm A Robot, October 6th on Anti-. Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir, who you can see below, also pitched in vocals. Two videos of the band are below.
You can catch a different kind of supergroup in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on August 1st. Dangerous, an "All Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson," features members of Tragedy (the "Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees" who are playing the Beach at Governors Island this summer) and the 2 Skinnee Js. Tickets to that are on sale now.
And if that's not enough...
Members of Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age are working together on a new project...The as-yet-unnamed supergroup unites Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and lead Foo Fighter (né Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl. The trio are presently in Los Angeles, recording their debut album.[Guardian UK]John Paul Jones also recently worked with Sonic Youth.
Check out Almighty Defenders videos, album art and tracklist, with Rudo Y Cursi album info and Dead Man's Bones videos, below...
"The emails have been piling up and everyone's asking, "dude, what's up with the Pool Parties?" Well DUDE, so sorry to keep you waiting, but here at JELLY we've been working our asses off to bring you one of the greatest free concert series in history. The Pool Parties are going to be extremely crucial this year, "epic" or "amazing" as you people say these days. Seriously, eight weeks of FREE shows on the waterfront of Williamsburg? Does it get any better? You might be thinking "waterfront"? Yeah, in case you didn't hear the McCarren Pool's closed so get over it :) , and yeah we kept the name Pool Parties even though the East River's not at a pool, so what? We've still got DODGEBALL, basketball, DJ's, bands, burgers the works! We love you more than your parents ever could, and if you want to have fun and hang out with us this summer. [Full schedule below]. Bring your friends but please don't bring these things [pictured above]. As you can see below, underage drinking will not be tolerated. . You guys wouldn't do that though, so there's nothing to worry about. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!!" -JellyThe big news here is that they finally announced! As far as this year's lineup, well, we figured most of that out already. The Black Lips will also play the show with Trail of Dead, HEALTH, and Grupo Fantasma. Jemina Pearl is also on the bill of the first show on July 12th (Mission of Burma). Full lineup poster and a video below...
No one is pushing too hard on Sky Saxon anymore. The leader of '60s garage band the Seeds died overnight in Austin, where he recently relocated. He had been in critical condition in the ICU at St. David's South Austin Hospital, Saxon's publicist Jennifer Marchand said.That tour included an August 5th show at Maxwell's and one on August 9th at BB King's. RIP. All of those dates are below, with some videos...
Saxon, born Richard Marsh, is credited with being a founder of the Flower Power movement in rock. "Pushin' Too Hard" was his only song to ever make the Top 40, but Saxon leaves behind a large body of work and an important legacy to American pop music. He's been described as one of the progenitors of garage rock and psychedelia, and like Roky Erickson and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, is frequently cited as an important proto-punk influence.
Despite largely disappearing from the pop radar screen by the end of the '60s, Saxon stayed involved in music and art the rest of his life. Perhaps the most ironic thing about his passing is that he had booked a long tour for this fall with fellow Nuggets A-listers Electric Prunes and Love. [Houston Press]
NXNE has announced its lineup for the 15th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto from June 17 - 21, 2009.A one day music and film/no conferences ticket to the festival costs $25, while a 5-day pass runs $50. All details, with schedule, below...
NXNE will be taking over Toronto with live performances, films, and conference sessions in neighbourhoods all over the city. The hub of this invasion is Yonge-Dundas Square, where a huge shot of adrenaline will slam straight into the heart of downtown with four days of free concerts on the NXNE Mainstage, featuring performances by Black Lips, Burning Brides, Wintersleep, The Sonics, Youth Brigade, The Cool Kids, GZA and more.
by Ryan Barkan
Miller Chili or mojitos anyone?
Phone wars 2009 - Verizon vs. AT&T. It is always a battle when these two giants square off with their :60 second spots in tow to prove which company provides the best cellular service and coverage. In recent years, Verizon has enlisted the likes of AC/DC and The Killers. Included in the deal with the Aussie rockers was the right to exclusively offer the band's music digitally. On the other side, AT&T has hammered home their phone offerings and 5-bar messages with a spot including a track from Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott, "Daydreamin", one with Mates Of State, and an Amos Lee commercial, among others. Both have recently gone to the licensing well again to soundtrack new technology and coverage, but with different strategies.
Verizon's new "Hub" decided to go the synergy route, using one of the most popular mainstream tunes of the last year, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", in multiple spots showcasing the company's new phone technology.
AT&T meanwhile went with different tunes for each of the new 5-bar spots, matching songs with each commercial's creative direction. In "Backpackers", the sentimental "Falling in Love in a Coffeeshop" by Landon Pigg tells the story of two lovers who met on a brief European backpacking trip. However, because of the quality of the service and technology, they not only can stay in touch with great coverage but end up together again with a touching beachfront reunion. Another boxing themed spot brings to mind Rocky with "Gonna Fly Now." Eighties rockers Journey power this commercial for the symphony. Lastly, an inspirational spot based on Venice, CA, store Tom's Shoes. The store has one premise -- each pair of shoes bought equals one free pair for a child in need. The commercial uses an instrumental version of James Blunt's "Same Mistake." Watch that spot here.
Other Notable Commercial Licensing News:
An instant classic commercial from Heineken -- the beer company celebrates responsible drinking (title is called "Let A Stranger Drive You Home") with the help from Biz Markie's "Just A Friend". Watch the spot below.
Beer maker Miller went with San Fran's The Dodos as the music for their new Miller Chill commercial. Watch it below.
"Daylight," a track by Matt & Kim, provides the vibe in a new commercial for Bacardi Mojitos. See it below.
The 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood July 24-25. The Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 12 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into Seattle's most anticipated outdoor party. With over 40 bands on 3 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is by far the best party of the summer.Initial lineup (including Jesus Lizard) and more info below...
by Black Bubblegum
Golden Triangle with the "W" (Photo by Van Ditthavong)
To the victor go the spoils and on 3/20 at the Dickies Battle Of The Bands in Austin, the winner was the feisty Golden Triangle and the spoils were TEN Gs of cold hard cash... or at least a really big posterboard check certifying said payment. I (Black Bubblegum) was one of the "judges" (hate that term, everything is relative) at the Battle of The Bands, along with both Randy & Dean of No Age and GZA.
The Dickies Battle was one of ELEVEN shows for Golden Triangle during SXSW, not including their appearance on stage with GZA and Black Lips immediately following their win. Four videos of that performance, which I did not stay for (more on that later), are below.
Golden Triangle are currently (back home?) in NYC, and will open for the very SXSW-busy Garotas Suecas at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (3/24) and play with The Weakends at Don Pedro's on March 27th. A shade over a month later, April 29th, look for the crew (with shiny new instruments, no doubt) to play The Bell House as part of A Benefit for Rory O'Sullivan with Amazing Baby, White Williams, The Fugs, Acrylics, Further Reductions, Mount Olympus, George Positive, and Spiderfang (tickets here).
All videos and tour dates below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Hot Legs @ the SPIN party @ Stubb's in Austin - March 20, 2009
AUSTRALIA's THE AGE's SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BREAKDOWNThe novelty act played two shows (that I know of) at SXSW this past week. There was the Friday afternoon SPIN party (pictured above), and the 11pm set at Emo's Annex the next night. I caught the latter which satisfied my need to see the leader of the Darkness's new band at least once. I doubt i would go see them again, or even really listen to more than maybe a single, but they were fun, and they shred on guitar.
Bizarre supergroup: Tinted Windows features members of Hanson, Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains of Wayne playing catchy guitar-pop.
The pin-up: Sienna-lookalike Little Boots combines pre-recorded beats with synth and live drummer.
Commercial breakthrough: Cutesy New Yorkers Chairlift are already featured on an iPod ad.
Novelty act: Hot Leg is the new 1980s hair-metal project for Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.
Critical darlings: UK act Mumford and Sons and their four-part harmonies.
Stadium potential: London goths White Lies attempt to merge U2 and the Killers. Playing Splendour in the Grass.
Crowd favourite: Boston act Passion Pit -- big on hand claps and synths.
Best new band name: Airborne Toxic Event have just signed to Universal and combine Bruce Springsteen and the Hold Steady.
More pictures Jacob took on Friday, below...
photos by Faith-Ann Young
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A set of pictures from Tuesday's Black Lips show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the lineup for next Saturday's free, 3rd annual Mess With Texas party in Austin, below....
"Having previously conquered Mexico and the Holy Land, in this edition of Music World the Black Lips set out for a six-city tour of the Indian subcontinent.That blurb is the description of a video documentary VBS.TV posted about the trip Black Lips took to India in January. Watch the whole thing below. Check out the two MP3's off their new album 200 Million Thousand, out now via VICE.
While bringing punk to the second most populous (and first most insane) nation in the world may seem relatively cut and dry to you, the band quickly find their missionary work complicated by an endless series of unforeseen factors including crowded trains, extremely conservative and homophobic cops, cheap hash, guys in knitted caps, unlabeled pills, weird bathroom practices, the McDonalds Chicken Maharaja, a tour manager so shitty he's like the villain from a Beatles movie, starvation, excellent haircuts, secret whisky, and the half-buried skeleton of what's either a camel or a dinosaur."
Now on tour, the Black Lips made a stop at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (3/9), and do it again tonight (3/10) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. If you go, make sure you don't miss Let's Wrestle who are in NYC for a few shows before touring over to Austin for SXSW.
The latest tour dates, and those India videos, below...
DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - Short Fuse (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Noel Heroux (Hooray For Earth) & DJ Die Young - With Every Heartbeat (Robyn Cover) (MP3)
School of Seven Bells @ LPR in January (more by Natasha Ryan)
today in NYC
* Thenewno2 @ Mercury Lounge
* The Bad Plus w/ Wendy Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
* Medeski, Martin & Wood (acoustic) @ 92Y Tribeca
* Ben Harper & The Relentless 7 @ Highline Ballroom
* Fujiya & Miyagi & School of Seven Bells @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Anamanaguchi, Familytime & Valley Lodge (w/ Dave Hill) @ Union Hall
One MP3 there is off the new Black Lips album, 200 Million Thousand, out February 24th on VICE. Black Lips are going on tour includes a March 10th stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Let's Wrestle.
Look our for Daptone Records' stuff.
Neil Halstead is going on tour.
Marissa Nadler is going on tour.
Iron & Wine are going on tour.
Wavves is going on tour.
Gang Gang Dance are not still on tour.
J Tillman of Fleet Foxes' new video for "Firstborn" below..
Head Automatica (Daryl Palumbo) are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 8th. Tickets are still on sale.
OK Go play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 8th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.
The Virgins are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.
Loudon Wainwright III is playing Blender Gramercy Theatre on February 18th. Tickets are on sale. Every other Wainwright is playing Carnegie Hall tonight/Wednesday December 10th. Tickets are still on sale.
Alex Battles will celebrate Johnny Cash's 77th birthday at Southpaw on February 28th. Tickets are on sale.
Will Sheff plays a free show at Other Music tonight/Wednesday.
Black Lips = "Fueled by Toyota" (more by Leia Jospe)
"NEW YORK - December 8, 2008 -- This spring Black Lips will return with the follow up to the widely successful Good Bad Not Evil with 200 Million Thousand, out February 24th on Vice Music. In addition, MySpace Music, the world's most popular and most trafficked music platforms, will be presenting a spring North American tour beginning March 4th in Carrboro, NC. Teaming up with MySpace Music empowers Black Lips to connect intimately with fans by enabling artists to upload video content, blog, post tour dates, lyrics, and make their music available to fans for stream or download.The NYC dates are March 9th and 10th at Bowery and Music Hall. They're also playing SXSW. All dates below...