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Tobacco, aka Black Moth Super Rainbow's Thomas Fec, hasn't released a proper new album since 2014's Ultima II Massage but things are stirring in his world. He released 23-minute experimental track titled "Mohawk Skeleton Meat" back in the spring and an instrumental version of Demon Queen's The Exorcise Tapes (which he produced) over the summer. Stream those below.

He's also just announced a few 2016 tour dates, including one in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on March 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tobacco announces 2016 tour dates"

by Bill Pearis


This week (5/13), Black Moth Super Rainbow's Thomas Fec released his third album as Tobacco, titled Ultima II Massage, via Ghostly. It's full of the distorted synths, warped beats and even some really poppy melodies buried under all that other stuff. The album opens with "Streaker" that adds vocoder, an unrelenting buzzsaw synth hook, and a quaalude haze to the mix. It's vaguely creepy, but that's nothing compared to its video which was directed by eww-master Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric). In it, we take a first-person visit to the Ultima II Massage Parlor where there are scuzzy clowns, unpleasant nudity, and no happy endings. Watch the decidedly NSFW video below.

Tobacco has a few dates this summer, including Toronto's NXNE Festival and a short Northeast tour with The Stargazer Lilies. Those shows include a stop at Brooklyn Bowl on July 16 with Zackey Force Funk. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with that music video and a stream of an another song off the album, below...

Continue reading "Tobacco released new album & Eric Wareheim-directed NSFW video, touring w/ Stargazer Lilies (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Casket Girls

Savannah, Georgia's The Casket Girls will release their second album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, on February 11 via Graveface Records. Ryan Graveface, who is also in Black Moth Super Rainbow, is a member of the group but it is fronted by Elsa and Phaedra Greene. The new album takes very hummable pop and runs it through dirty electronics, a production style that should be familiar to BMSR fans. You can stream True Love Kills the Fairy Tale's opening cut, "Same Side," below.

The Casket Girls will be touring once the LP is out, and that includes a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on February 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (11/27) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Casket Girls releasing new album, touring (dates/stream)"

The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)

The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.

If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.

As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.

The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.

Continue reading "The Faint and Trust list their Favorite Music of 2012; on tour, playing Terminal 5 this week"

Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)

Moogfest, which is becoming one of the most intriguing US music festivals, is returning to Asheville, NC this year on October 26 and 27. Like in past years, the festival includes some legends like Thomas Dolby and GZA performing Liquid Swords (like he is in NYC and other cities), some of our favorite newcomers like Julia Holter, Trust, and Disclosure, electronic heavy hitters like Orbital, Four Tet, Squarepusher, Richie Hawtin, Mouse on Mars, and Prefuse 73 with Teebs, in addition to a diverse list of other artists like Killer Mike, El-P, The Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Divine Fits, Actress, Pantha Du Prince, Bear in Heaven, and more. Tickets for this year's fest go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. The initial lineup is listed below.

Orbital, who released their new album, Wonky, this year, which featured a track with Zola Jesus, have a few other North American dates this year (still none in NYC though).

For Divine Fits, the new band featuring Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), who recently made their live debut in Austin, Moogfest is one of the few shows they've got scheduled this year, including the Chicago show they played last night (8/5) and an upcoming NYC show.

Moogfest 2012 lineup is listed below.

Continue reading "Moogfest 2012 lineup (GZA, Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Julia Holter, Disclosure, Orbital, Four Tet, Divine Fits, Killer Mike & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Ugly Orange Head

Psych synthesists Black Moth Super Rainbow are preparing to self release their new album, Cobra Juicy, on October 9 and though they record all of the music themselves at no cost, they're funding the album on Kickstarter to offer different physical versions of it. As with all Kickstarter campaigns, different levels of donations get you different rewards, and for this album they vary from a simple CD release to vinyl in a lenticular sleeve, to a limited edition mask emulating the "Ugly Orange Head" that graces Cobra Juicy's album artwork. That's a picture of the mask being worn by BMSR leader Tobacco above. The cover art version is below.

The band have revealed two tracks from the album so far, "Spraypaint" and "Windshield Smasher," both of which you can stream below. Both tracks are still weird, but "Spraypaint" is actually a pretty beautiful sounding song as far as BMSR go.

The band will be supporting the album with a US tour this fall which comes to NYC for shows on December 5 at Bowery Ballroom and December 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon. There is currently no ticket link for the Bowery Ballroom show.

A list of all dates, song streams, and cover art are below.

Continue reading "Black Moth Super Rainbow releasing 'Cobra Juicy', touring (dates & streams)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

John Stanier w/ Battles at Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)

First it was Dirty Projectors, then The Rapture and Prefuse 73, and on March 16, the 2012 One Step Beyond series at American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center will continue with DJ sets by John Stanier/Battles and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of Battles, they'll release a remix album of every track off 2011's Gloss Drop called Dross Glop on April 17 via Warp. The album features remixes by Shabazz Palaces, The Field, Kode9, The Alchemist, Pat Mahoney and Denis McNany, Hudson Mohawke, and more. Listen to remixes by Kode9, Shabazz Palaces, The Field, and Gui Boratto below along with the tracklist.

Continue reading "Battles releasing remix LP, DJing Museum of Natural History"

photos by Tim Griffin

Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Psych Fest
Austin Psych Fest

"We came back."
While Black Moth Super Rainbow won't win any points for enthusiasm in the above website update, most likely they'll save some of that for their ridiculous costumes and dancing at a forthcoming set of live dates. Announcement of the fall shows, which kick off in early September in the Midwest and the East Coast, coincides with the release of an expanded edition of the Dandelion Gum that includes an additional 14 tracks and is called Dandelion Gum Extra Flavor Deluxe Reissue. Look for BMSR on the road, including at Le Poission Rouge on 9/22 (tickets) and Bell House on 9/23 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Black Moth Super Rainbow was one of many psychedelically tinged artists to make their way down for Austin Psych Fest. We've previously posted pictures of Prefuse 73, Black Ryder, Spectrum, Bass Drum of Death, and more but swing below for a belated set of pictures of Black Moth Super Rainbow from the fest as well. Those pictures and all tour dates, which also include an appearance at Camp Bisco with Four Tet, are below.

Continue reading "Black Moth Super Rainbow released expanded 'Dandelion Gum', announced tour, played Psych Fest (pics & dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Practically Immaculate (MP3)


"The Black Angels and Reverberation Appreciation Society are happy to announce the dates, location and initial lineup for Austin Psych Fest 4. The 4th annual festival will be held at The East Side Drive In, an outside venue in the heart of downtown from April 29 - May 1, 2011. Spanning the full range of the psych sounds, the festival honors the past while also magnifying the modern vanguard of mind-expanding music. The festival grounds will feature a multi-stage setup and wide-open spaces for you to stretch out and enjoy live performances from these bands and many more to be announced."
Grab the free new Crystal Stilts holiday track above. Check out the Psych Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Crystal Stilts release a holiday song, playing Austin Psych Fest w/ Black Angels, Spectrum & more (MP3 & lineup)"

by BBG

Appleseed Cast

If one stands back from the mayhem of life around them and will honestly realize what has been done on volume one of Low Level Owl, they will be floored. Here is a band who has, for the most part, orchestrated a symphonic masterpiece and glides effortlessly from one track into another. Odd for the average indie rock fan? Perhaps. Unapproachable? Hardly. Ambience and environment are the keys here. Through a number of experiments and hard work, the band has made a piece that is truly larger than what many people may be able to appreciate. -[Allmusic review of Low Level Owl Vol 1]
The Appleseed Cast will revisit their popular Low Level Owl 1 & 2 LPs by playing them in their entirety on a two-month US tour with Chicago's Dreamend. The tour kicks off in the tail end of February and ends in April with NYC getting April 17th at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale.

The Appleseed Cast are preparing to release the 3LP vinyl of Low Level Owl Vol 1 and 2 via Graveface Records. Preorder it here.They'll also offer a new live LP while on the Low Level Owl tour. Their last full-length Sagarmatha was released in 2009.

Dreamend contains one Ryan Graveface, owner of the Graveface Records (TAC's vinyl label) and a member of Black Moth Super Rainbow.

All tour dates and the tour flyer are below...

Continue reading "The Appleseed Cast playing Low Level Owl Vol 1 & 2 on tour - 2010 dates w/ Dreamend"

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir

some of the stars of ATP NY 2009

What's almost the exact opposite of a soothing set of Seven Swans performed by one of the most delicate singers in indie rock? Try nine drummers (including Hisham Bharoocha, Zach Hill, and Kid Millions among other notables) bashing your fucking skull for so long that the stage manager has to come out to unplug their gear and remove toms from underneath them! That's how I started my ATP Day 3... with the Boredoms blowing my mind.

Starting off with sparse chords on the monstrous multi-neck guitar/percussive device, Eye set a calm and reflective mood... and then the cymbals. And then the toms. And then eight drummers pummeled away led by Yoshimi P-We. And then the synced rimshots that recalled an Animal Collective beat. All of this happened before a ninth drummer was carried into the show like an emperor while doing a call and response with the other eight.

Within about 10 minutes, I knew that Boredoms would take the prize as best show at Kutsher's that weekend. The sheer power of the coordinated drums, along with pregnant pauses and killer synth effects performed via keys, CD-DJ tables, and broomsticks (!) were beyond jaw dropping.

Following Boredoms, I poked my head into Oneida's Ocropolis for the first of many times. For 10+ hours, Oneida basically had the small and very decorated room all to themselves for a long jam session with their friends. Reportedly, the band had tape rolling the whole time (Ocropolis is the name of their Brooklyn recording studio) and had visuals provided by the Mighty Robot AV Squad. With local standbys like BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor/Shooting Spires fame, Chris Weingarten (ex P&L), Todd P, and many others spotted in the Sportsman's Bar, it seemed like Brooklyn in the Catskills. Unfortunately, I missed every single special guest appearance (word is, and in part according to a sign on the door, Soft Circle, Yoshimi, Aaron from Tall Firs, Zach Hill, Steven Drozd and many others all popped in) but the band was very interesting to watch, alternating between songs, and droney ambient jams.

Caribou was next in the main room and the 16-piece(!) band including Sun Ra Arkestra member Marshall Allen, Koushik, Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and many others. I had no expectations heading into the set and was pleasantly surprised, although I found the mix to have waaay too much low end.

I ducked out of Caribou early to catch the last twenty minutes of Hopewell who was billed to be playing "The Desperation Suite," "complete with a female choir and avant-garde saxophonist Mark Marinoff". From what little I saw, the three person "choir" did little but coo, ooh, ahh, and coordinate a dance, but the band did close with a rousing cover of Jane's Addiction's classic "Of Course".

continued below...

Continue reading "ATP NY 2009 - Day 3 pics & review (Boredoms, Caribou, Deerhoof, Boris, Jarmusch, Oneida, that crazy guy...)"


All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is happy to announce its return to Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, New York for the 2nd annual ATP New York festival. The event will be held Sept 11-13, 2009. Last year's festival, co-curated by My Bloody Valentine, was a critical and cultural success with rave reviews from media and fans. This year's Fest will be co-curated by The Flaming Lips.
ATP has announced the final lineup additions to this year's festival. That includes the comedians who will be joining David Cross on Friday night, and official confirmation that it will in fact be Bob Mould who will be playing Husker Du songs (a whole LP to be exact) with No Age (who also just announced some NYC shows). Every act who plays Sunday will be playing some kind of special set...
Recently added were Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, Boris performing Feedbacker, Low Lows and "Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, combined with the astounding Mighty Robot Visuals light crew. Other announced acts include Boredoms continuing their BOADRUM series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and more.
Other brand new additions to Sunday are Menomena, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds Of Avalon, and Hopewell.

Circulatory System, was added in the last announcement, and have since revealed an entire tour. Dead Meadow play ATP on Saturday and will perform on a boat in NYC that same week. The Feelies have a Brooklyn show scheduled. Super Furry Animals play NYC and NJ in addition to ATP. The list of related shows goes on...

Unfortunately missing from the ATP NY schedule is Nick Cave - not that he was ever supposed to be there, but in addition to being very involved with ATP in general, he was recently confirmed to be only a short car ride away just one day after the festival ends. Full 2009 lineup below...

Continue reading "ATP NY final 2009 lineup -- Bob Mould (now official), Eugene Mirman, Menomena, Hopewell & more (but not Nick Cave) "

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
All Points West

tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* A-Trak @ Webster Hall
* ArpLine, Prima @ 92YTribeca
* AC/DC & Anvil @ Giants Stadium
* Polvo, Obits @ South Street Seaport
* Crystal Castles (DJ) @ Red Bull Space
* Morton Subotnick @ Issue Project Room
* Steely Dan: The Royal Scam @ Beacon Theatre
* The Mekons, The Horse's Ha @ The Bell House
* Vivian Girls, These Are Powers @ Whitney Museum
* Me'Shell N'degeocello & Brandon Ross @ The Stone
* Saviours, Sourvein, Bezoar, Pollution @ Cake Shop
* Dredg, Rx Bandits, Zechs Marquis @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rooftop Films w/ Kurt Vile @ Automotive High School
* Sigmund Droid, Shadow Box, Action Painters @ Shea Stadium
* Langhorne Slim, Polite Sleeper, Marcellus Hall @ Maxwell's
* Midnight Masses, Justin Ripley, Katie Eastburn @ Glasslands
* Grooms, Bouncer Fighter, Ogre Smash Death Boom @ Littlefield
* Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson & Paul Motian @ Village Vanguard
* Hey Willpower, Hot Lava, That Ghost, Crime Novels @ Bruar Falls
* Blacklist, Ringo Deathstarr, The Vandelles, deVries @ The Cameo
* Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Ben Sollee, Holly Miranda, Julianna Barwick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Team Robespierre, Math the Band, IJI, Watercolor Paintings @ Death By Audio
* Lubricated Goat, Netherlands, Beauty Apes, EMOK, Porfirio @ Delancey
* Soulive w/ John Scofield, Christian Scott/Ivan Neville @ Prospect Park
* Wolff, Builders & the Butchers, Illinois, Drink Up Buttercup, Elfi Snow @ Pianos
* Chainsmokers, The Albertans, Your 33 Black Angels, Worst Case Ontario, The Brilliant Sweaters @ Queens Palace
* All Points West w/ Jay-Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, more @ Liberty State Park

Free outdoor music tonight includes Polvo and Obits at South Street Seaport CANCELLED and a Celebrate Brooklyn show titled The Royal Family: Soulive's 10th Anniversary Celebration, which features guests John Scofield, Christian Scott, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

It's the first soon-to-be-rainy day All Points West at Liberty State Park. Jay-Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National and Fleet Foxes are among the headliners. Seasick Steve and many others have played already.

Crystal Castles, who play the fest on Saturday, are DJing its offcial afterparty tonight at Red Bull Space.

The Modern English won't be playing the Studio at Webster Hall.

The Whitney Museum hosts Vivian Girls and These Are Powers, the final free Dan Graham-related show. These Are Powers will "feature Providence Dance Troupe JAZZ HAND JOB who will perform original choreography to [their] live music". The dance troupe will join them again Saturday at Secret Project Robot.


3 to 7pm- Rummage:
A handmade furniture show on river street with food and drink
curated by Gabby Shaw

9 to 2am- Dance of the Sugarplum Ferry Party:
Fountains and Kiddie pools with
These Are Powers, Javelin, Mirror Mirror, DJ cool Places Sound System
hosted by Live With Animals and Secret Project Robot $8

The Mekons play a "semi-acoustic" show with The Horse's Ha at The Bell House tonight. They also play Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Kurt Vile plays a Rooftop Films show at the Automotive High School with the Troll 2 documentary. The Drums played last night with Troll 2 the actual movie.

Repulsion, making their NYC debut, play the Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer. Saviours, Sourvein, Bezoar and Pollution play the Cake Shop. Saviours will open the Dinosaur Jr./Walkmen Summerstage show on August 12th.

Justin Ripley, with "half of the awesome, raucous Rooftop Vigilantes" as his backing band plays Glasslands with Midnight Masses and Katie Eastburn.

An interview with the creepy masked guy from Black Moth Super Rainbow and a clip from their July 24th South Street Seaport show are below.

Also, the trailer for Wes Anderson's new film The Fantastic Mr Fox.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Twin of Myself (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Twin of Myself (Go! Team remix) (MP3)

Black Moth Super Rainbow

"Eating Us is the fourth album by Pennsylvania based band Black Moth Super Rainbow released on May 26, 2009 on the CD format. With a running time of just under 36 minutes, it is the shortest full-length release by the band to date. The album was released in a limited-edition "hairy" version, which includes synthetic hair inside the CD's inner sleeve, and also in a regular "super jewel" casing. The "hairy" version was sold-out before the album was even released due to pre-orders." [Wiki]
Both songs available for download above are from that new album. A triple bill of Black Moth Super Rainbow (here from Pittsburgh), Blank Dogs, and Dan Friel (of Parts and Labor) played the weekly free show at South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Friday night (7/24). More pictures from the show, and more BMSR tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blank Dogs & Dan Friel @ South Street Seaport in NYC - pics "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Culver City (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Joe Brown (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Harder Than It's Ever Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Kids - Hey Boy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coconut Coolouts - Party Jail (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Seaport Music Festival Sampler (Zip)

YellowFever @ Death By Audio - July 22, 2009 (by Bryan Bruchman)
Yellow Fever

There are a lot of out-of-town bands I'm looking forward to seeing this weekend, and luckily they're all playing more than once, and many are sharing the same bill.

First is Austin duo Yellow Fever who I have caught a few times in the last year and they are really something special I think. I wrote this the first time I saw them: "Their sound couldn't be more spare -- usually just drums, the simplest guitar (often just single notes, not chords), and Jennifer Moore's understated, kinda haunting voice. It's that space in between the instrumentation that makes them so special. It's a little bit like Young Marble Giants if Beth Orton was the singer instead of Alison Statton." My only complaint would be they are slow on releasing records, but I look forward to hearing new stuff from them while they're here. They played last night at Death by Audio, where Vivian Girls said this via Twitter: "Yellow Fever were amazing tonight! Don't miss their other NYC shows this week." So, yeah, don't miss 'em -- you've got four more chances, including tonight at Cake Shop. All dates HERE.

Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus and Geronimon

While we're in the Lone Star state, let's talk about another duo, Fergus & Geronimo, who are from Denton, TX and are playing two NYC shows this weekend. Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly are also in such Denton bands as Wax Museums and Teenage Cool Kids respectively, bonded over a love of '60s pop, Motown and psych-rock (a Texas specialty). Those influences come through loud and clear in their music, most of which is, at this point, only available on their MySpace, which was enough to get interest from Tic Tac Totally, Transparent, and Woodsist all of whom will be putting out their records. The Woodsist 7", "Harder Than It's Ever Been," is out now and you can download the A-side at the top of this post. It's a 1:47 pop gem, one of the best of its kind since Box Elders' "Hole in My Head." This is super-catchy stuff, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them this weekend.

Fergus & Geronimo, who are a five-piece when they play live, are at 92 Y Tribeca on Friday (7/24) with Crystal Stilts, Portland's Little Claw and Memphis' Magic Kids who I'll get back to in a second. They also play Saturday (7/25) at Market Hotel, also with Magic Kids, as well as YellowFever and the ever-present (and very good) Beets (who have a tour coming up with the Vivian Girls). Tickets are still on sale for Friday's show.

Magic Kids
Magic Kids

Now onto Magic Kids. They're from Memphis and I first heard of them from a MySpace bulletin from Girls who played a show with them and enthusiastically raved about them. There's not a lot of bio info out there, but there seem to be a lot of them, and they clearly love '60s pop: Beach Boys, The Association, Tommy James & the Shondells, etc. The band have a record coming out sometime on Goner (home to Ty Segall and Box Elders and others) and you can download their single "Hey Boy" at the top of this post. They play Cake Shop tonight (7/23), that 92 Y Tribeca show tomorrow (7/24) and Market Hotel on Saturday night (7/25).

Personal and the Pizzas
Personal and the Pizzas

Also this weekend we've got a couple West Coast bands, both of whom love a good slice, neither of whom seem to mind a little extra cheese, and they play together at Silent Barn on Friday and Cake Shop on Saturday.

Looking like greasers and sounding like New York 1975, Personal & the Pizzas originally hailed from New Jersey but now seem to call San Francisco their home. I'm not sure that there's a whole lot you need to say about these guys, you see their name you hear one song and you kind of know whether you're gonna like it or not. Maybe not for a whole album, but tracks like "I Don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza" or "Brass Knuckles" would add flavor to any mix, and you just know they'll be fun live. Pizza Slayer interviewed them:

PS: Do you have pizza at all your shows? How does it enhance the experience?

P&P: Everybody loves the pie!! We probably order it like half and half..we're usually pretty broke so it's kinda hard to shell out like 70 or 80 bucks just for the love of it, but we'll do it. We don't care. Everyone loves Pizza and Pop. One time we was all dressed up in haWaiian shirts and coconut tits and all, and then we ordered some a them hawaaiian pizzas and then that delivery chic delivered the pies to us while we was playin with them shirts on and and she didn't know what the hell was goin on.

Meanwhile, Coconut Coolouts are from Seattle and feature not one but two stand-up drummers which would be enough to get me to the show. That and their songs are a lot of fun, sort of bouncy party garage rock and I'm pretty sure they have more songs about Pizza than P&Ps do. For a little more on them, I defer to my blog source for Seattle, The Finest Kiss:
The Coconut Coolouts remind me of the Nuggets box set, where there are so many great bands with seminal songs on those cd's that I had never heard, it's hard to believe that the bands weren't bigger than their regional popularity. The Coconut Coolouts will likely be on on a Nuggets comp sometime in the year 2040 and people will be wondering why they had never heard of these guys with classics like Spinaround, Coconut Weekend, Party Jail and Stickup. Apparently they sometimes dress in banana costumes for gigs, no bananas were on stage but they were throwing out lifesavers saying they were acid.
Personal & the Pizza and Coconut Coolouts have a split tour "Pizza Army" 7" that you'll wanna pick up at the merch table. Both NYC shows and a bunch of their other tour dates are with Tyvek.

Coconut Coolouts
Coconut Coolouts

A few more shows of interest this weekend. Black Moth Super Rainbow make their second Seaport Music series appearance on Friday (their first was in 2007 opening for Fugiya & Miyagi), this time headlining. Their latest album, Eating Us, was produced by Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips, MGMT among other things) and is pretty good. Opening will be low fi electro goths Blank Dogs whose new album, Under and Under, on In the Red Records I like a lot. They are also a band that benefits from good sound, something the Seaport has brought to every show this year. (Here We Go Magic in particular sounded stellar.) Also playing is one-man experimental band Dan Friel. Between the three acts there's gonna be a lot of temperamental old synthesizers, patch bays and homemade equipment on the Seaport stage -- let's hope it doesn't rain. I should also mention that Seaport Music has a "digital mixtape" you can download via Insound that features 15 of the acts playing this year, including all three of this week's acts (plus Superchunk, Casiokids and more). Download link is at the top of this post.

And don't forget Sissy Wish has added another show while in NY -- she plays Union Hall on Saturday night. She's better than her name.

Tour dates and video after the jump...

Continue reading "Fergus & Geronimo, Coconut Coolouts, Magic Kids, Personal & the Pizzas, YellowFever & more in This Week in Indie"

Woods @ 979 Broadway Backyard (more by Tim Griffin)

tonight in NYC
* Dayna Kurtz @ Sycamore
* Sara Siskind @ Joe's Pub
* Aimee Mann @ City Winery
* Bonnie Baxter @ Silent Barn
* Kaki King @ Music on the Oval
* NY Philharmonic in Prospect Park
* Toby from Youth Group @ Living Room
* Jucifer, Mount Vicious, J.A.C.K. @ Cake Shop
* Asher Roth, Kid Cudi @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
* Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black @ Bell House
* Wavves, Woods, Real Estate, PoPo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Don Byron plays Junior Walker @ Madison Square Park
* Midsummer's Night Swing w/ Otros Aires @ Lincoln Center
* Charlie Hunter/Douge Wamble/Tony Mason @ Jazz Standard
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Sweet Divines, The Bo-Keys, The City Champs @ Southpaw
* The Jaguar Club, The Grates, Apollo Run, Spiral Beach @ Pianos
* Cheval Sombre, Speck Mountain, Georgiana Starlington @ Bruar Falls
* Jeff the Brotherhood, Coin Under Tongue, Sisters, Lame Drivers @ Death By Audio
* Air Waves, Dan Friel, Ed Schrader, Turn Into Something, Lesser Gonzales Alvares @ Market Hotel

Free music for tonight includes Kaki King at the Stuy Town Oval, Don Byron plays the music of Junior Walker at Madison Square Park, Luisito Rosario y su Orquestra play at Battery City Park and George Lamond and Judy Torres perform at Crotona Park.

Wavves returns to live performance tonight (despite a broken wrist) at the Bowery Ballroom. Woods and Real Estate (who play tomorrow at the Cameo) open with PoPo.

Andy Rourke of the Smiths DJ's at Beauty Bar (in Manhattan). Flyer below...

Jeff the Brotherhood kick off three nights of NYC shows with a gig at Death By Audio. Coin Under Tongue, Sisters and Lame Drivers also play.

Aimee Mann caps her trio of shows at City Winery tonight.

"Wearing jeans and a tailored black blazer, she played a solid two-hour set, breezing through old hits (a folksy take on her '80s hit with 'Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry," was a highlight) and newer favorites, including some from her latest disc, the Grammy-nominated @#%&*! Smilers. It was a fantastic show, but I was secretly hoping she'd rock out a little more--and she eventually did, trading in her acoustic for an electric bass during the encore." [Elle]
The Grates start their Pianos residency.

Michael & Michael Have Issues, the new show from Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, premieres tonight on Comedy Central. The pair appear for a performance and release party at the Bell House.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, at LPR tonight, is a big band with a modern twist. See a video of the group below.

Black Moth Super Rainbow has a new video, below...

Breakfast at Sulimays listened to St. Vincent and Isis -- that video, below...

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South Street Seaport

"It's simple really: Summer. Friday night. New York City. The first port in the new world hosting some of the best new music, as well as those established and influential artists you already know and love. All of this amidst the city's most inspiring views of tall buildings, historic ships and nighttime sky. All for FREE.

Get ready, cause summer is coming and with it another great line up on Pier 17 at the Seaport. Hard to believe we're entering our eighth season of summer shows but 2009 promises to be amongst our best.

Highlights this year include Superchunk, Polvo, Obits, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and well, pretty much every night is a highlight to us.

Our FREE, outdoor series runs every Friday night from July 3 to August 14. The music starts at 6pm with a Guest DJ and bands go on around 7pm. Join us downtown to take in the stunning backdrop and enjoy New York's best open air venue.

Seaport Music is presented by the River to River Festival."

Updated free NYC show lineup below...

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South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport - initial 2009 show schedule
June 13 (noon) - Children's Day
June 27 (7:00) - New York City Opera
July 03 (6:00) - Here We Go Magic & Bachelorette
July 10 (6:00) - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & TBA
July 17 (6:00) - TBA
July 20-30 --- Sitelines (see below)
July 24 (6:00) - Black Moth Super Rainbow & TBA
July 31 (6:00) - TBA
Aug 07 (6:00) - Moshi Moshi day w/ Casiokids, The Wave Pictures & Slow Club
Aug 14 (6:00) - TBA

NYC's summer-long Seaport Music Series, part of the River to River Festival is back with more free, outdoor concerts in 2009. The initial portion of the always-indie-heavy lineup is here - both above, and in more detail, below...

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School of Seven Bells @ LPR last Tuesday (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
School of Seven Bells

"Tuesday night I caught School of Seven Bells and Fujiya & Miyagi at Le Poisson Rouge. School of Seven Bells were basically brand new to me and their performance sounded great. I'm still not quite sure how to describe them (electronic/rock with a hint of psych and umm...other stuff), but would definitely check them out again (unfortunately they mentioned it's the last time they'll play here for a while)." [Showtrotta]
By a while they must have meant June 12th. Tickets are no on Am Ex presale for a Bowery Ballroom show on that date which is not long after SoSB get back from a short tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow. All dates below...

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Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Jane's Addiction

Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.

Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM

Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.

Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info below...

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LCD Soundsystem, RJD2, Devendra Banhart, Mum, The Decemberists, Neon Neon, Devlin & Darko, My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Diplo, Gnarls Barkley, Tim & Eric, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are among the artists contributing tracks to Causes 2, an album to benefit Darfur (out March 2009).

Causes 1 is out now and has tracks by Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Death Cab, Spoon, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Cornelius and many others.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and the Decemberists are also among the artists who contributed to Dark Was the Night, a new comp to benefit the Red Hot Organization which will be released in February.

Sharon Jones just announced some tour dates. My Morning Jacket will be at MSG on New Years Eve.

A video trailer for Causes 2, below...

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Photos by Gabi Porter


I didn't get the chance to catch (Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman) Tobacco this CMJ, but the reviews I heard ranged from "amazing" to "good visuals" to "totally pointless live show" (aka he might as well just hit play). What did you think? On Wednesday night (10/22) he shared a bill with Sebastien Grainger at Mercury Lounge. A few more pictures from that below...

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DOWNLOAD: Tobacco - Truck Sweat (MP3)

Fucked Up Friends - out Oct 14 on Anticon

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