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Cake Shop wrapped up its month-long 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday (5/30) with a pretty killer lineup of The Men, The Gotobeds, SAVAK, and Christines. Pictures from all four sets are in this post.

This was the live debut of SAVAK, which features Sohrab and Greg from Obits, and they seem to have appeared fully formed. (Obits made their live debut at Cake Shop, too.) Drawing from a variety of "pre-funk post punk" influences, SAVAK (their name a reference to the Shah of Iran's infamous/feared/hated secret police) pretty much knocked the unsuspecting audience for a loop. Sohrab traded vocal duties (often within the same song) with the band's other guitarist, Michael Jaworski, which brought an interesting dynamic to the band's, taught, angular punk. SAVAK also had two drummers: Matt Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck, Late Night w/ Seth Meyers band) joined themfor the first half of the set which leaned more "rock," and then Benjamin Van Dyke (who's played with Will Oldham and others) joined them for the second half which leaned more towards artier post-punk. Both were excellent. (Schulz, in particular, is a fun drummer to watch.) SAVAK's set included a cover of The Stranglers' "Get a Grip On Yourself" and "This Currency Exchanged" which BrooklynVegan premiered a couple weeks back. A very, very impressive start.

The Gotobeds seemed a little more at home in the tight confines of Cake Shop than their last NYC show (The Wick with Protomartyr) and really fed off the audience on Saturday. Their set featured most of the "hits" from last year's Poor People Are Revolting, including shout-along "NY's Alright." They were terrific. Christines, whose stratospheric shoegaze is in the Swervedriver universe, started off the evening's festivities. I bolted before The Men's headlining set (their first NYC show in nearly a year) to catch Darling Buds at Knitting Factory. Next time.

More pics from Cake shop, below....

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photos by P Squared Photography

Condo Fucks @ Cake Shop 5/22/2015
Condo Fucks

I'll admit that it was somewhat surreal to see the three members of Yo La Tengo enter tiny basement stage at Cake Shop. We've seen hundreds of bands on this stage, but perhaps never one of the kind of legendary status that YLT possesses. The set began as all of the Condo Fucks shows we've seen have begun, with the instrumental Booker T track "Outrage" before the band personalized the Harmonics song "On the Warpath". The remaining set-proper was a high-energy run through the band's usual garage covers -- Rascals, Flamin Groovies, The Exciters and the like. At the mid-set mark, the Condo Fucks were joined by long-time friend Gaylord Fields ("The Great Gaylord") on vocals for a four-pack of songs that we've never seen the band perform before. The clear highlight was the extended version of the Swamp Dogg cult classic "Total Destruction To Your Mind" which we're streaming below. A Condo Fucks show is a rare event and it was a very classy move that Yo La Tengo celebrated Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary by treating the venue to this special show. - [NYC Taper]
Cake Shop has been celebrating their 10th anniversary all month with a series of "super shows" featuring bands they love and sometimes ones don't normally play somewhere as small as this Ludow St. venue. That was the case on Friday (5/22) when Yo La Tengo played under their covers-loving alter ego Condo Fucks. Pictures and setlist from the show are in this post. NYC Taper recorded the show and you can stream "Total Destruction," which featured Gaylord Fields on vocals, below and download the whole thing over his way.

That show also had sets from a couple other long running NY-scene bands, Antietam and Speed the Plough (who we missed.) Pictures from Antietam's set are below.

Cake Shop's #CS10 celebration wraps up Saturday (5/30) with the final "super show" featuring The Men, The Gotobeds, Obits offshoot SAVAK, and Christines. Tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo played a Cake Shop anniversary show as Condo Fucks w/ Antietam & Speed the Plough (pics, setlist, audio)"

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Cake Shop's monthlong 10th anniversary wraps up on Saturday (5/30) with their final "super show" featuring new Sub Pop signees The Gotobeds and SAVAK, the new band from Obits' Sohrab Habibion and Greg Simpson. The show is now more "super" as The Men have been added as headliners, and Christines will open the show. Advance tickets are now available and that's the flyer above.

The Men haven't played an NYC show in nearly a year but are "back" says the most recent post on their website, and they'll also play an all-NYC edition of City Sounds Festival in Paris on July 17 & 18 with Thurston Moore Band, Beech Creeps, Heavy Trash, White Hills, and The Mystery Lights. Flyer below.

The Mystery Lights, meanwhile, play NYC NYC tonight (5/26) at Baby's All Right with Austin's Holy Wave, as well as Laser Background, and Annique Monet. Flyer for that show is also below.

Continue reading "The Men are back, added to final Cake Shop "super show" w/ Gotobeds, SAVAK & Christines, playing Paris' City Sounds Fest"

by Bill Pearis

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It was sad news when Obits called it quits in April, but on the good news front: guitarist Sohrab Habibion and bassist Greg Simpson will continue to play together in new band SAVAK. What's it all about? Sohrab fills us in:

Greg and I started writing songs with Michael Jaworski (The Cops, Virgin Islands) a few months before Obits flashed the lights and announced last call. Compared with The Obits, SAVAK is slightly more Mutant Pop 78/79 and slightly less Nuggets/Pebbles. We're covering a tune off The Stranglers first album, which gives a reasonable clue of our sound, but there's also elements of Spaghetti Western soundtracks, Zamrock riffage and the entrails of the Wailing Ultimate comp, so it's fun to see how it all shakes out.
You can get your very first taste of SAVAK with "This Currency Exchanged" which makes its premiere in this post. It's a slow build, tension-cranker that's not unlike what Wire were doing circa Chairs Missing. (It's also a little more like Sohrab's '90s band, Edsel.) Stream it below.

SAVAK will be making their live debut at Cake Shop on May 30 with Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds (who recently signed to Sub Pop). That's one of the venue's "super shows" to celebrate its 10th anniversary. About the rest of SAVAK's live lineup, Sohrab adds, "we're going to split our set between the two drummers we play with, Matt Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck) and Benjamin Van Dyke (Silent Majority, Will Oldham)." Rest of that Cake Shop bill is still TBA but it's $10 at the door.

Continue reading "Sohrab and Greg of Obits form SAVAK (listen), making live debut at Cake Shop "super show" with The Gotobeds"

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More of Cake Shop's 10th anniversary "super shows" have been announced. Next Friday (5/22) it'll be Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo in cover band mode), plus a couple more veteran NY-area indie rock acts, Antietam and Speed the Plough (which counts Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski as a member). Tickets are on sale now. (Will advance tickets for Cake Shop be a regular thing? They did finally redo their website.)

Then on Saturday, May 22 it's a bunch of Cake Shop faves: Juan Wauters, Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, Green Pages, and Paper Fleet. That show is $10 at the door. Flyers below.

As mentioned, this Friday (May 15) is Obnox and the bill now also includes PC Worship, Rips and Endless Boogie. No advance tickets for that one. On Saturday night (5/16) it's Nude Beach, OCDPP (aka OJ from Xray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Weird Womb, Cold Waste and Young Ruins. Both of those shows are $10 at the door.

The final weekend of super shows (May 29 & 30) will be announced on Friday, but the last night of the month (Sunday, May 31) is a staff party that's open to everyone.

Not a "super show" but interesting: Mary Epworth, sister of Paul Epworth (producer of Adele, Bloc Party & more) plays Cake Shop on May 24 with Dominique Leone, Thomas Dimuzio, and Nick Didkovsky. You can check out the video for Mary Epworth's "Long Gone" below. And don't forget that Cake Shop will also host NYC Popfest on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romace, Wildhoney Roman a Clef, and Souvinir Stand (tickets).

Flyers and videos below...

Continue reading "Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) playing Cake Shop anniversary show; Nude Beach, Juan Wauters & more are too"

by Bill Pearis

The Renderers
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New Zealand band The Renderers have been around since the late '80s, making dark, bluesy, often bleak rock and have had records out on Flying Nun, Siltbreeze, Ajax and Ba Da Bing. You can stream their 1998 album A Dream of the Sea (which came out on Siltbreeze) via Rdio, below. The band are currently in NYC finishing up work on their new album and will be playing two different shows on Saturday (5/10). First they'll play early at Union Pool, opening for Endless Boogie. Hoagie Jungle are also on the bill and it's $10 at the door.

Then, The Renderers will head to Cake Shop to play a "super show" which are part of the venue's 10th Anniversary celebration. Fellow kiwi Hamish Kilgour (of The Clean, Roya and more) is also on the bill, as are Zuli, Flying Squirrels, and German artist Amber Arcades who is in NYC recording with members of Quilt, Real Estate and producer Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men). That show is also $10 at the door.

While on the subject of Cake Shop's CS10 "super shows," Obnox will be playing one on Friday, May 15. (He plays WFMU Monty Hall the next night.) No other bands have been announced yet, so stay tuned. This Friday (5/8) Cake Shop has Eternal Summers, Misfruits, Telepathic (Rob & Sarah of Bleeding Rainbow), Darlings and Plains. $10 at the door.

Renderers album stream below...

Continue reading "New Zealand band The Renderers playing shows, including a Cake Shop 10 show; Obnox playing one too"

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LES venue, coffee shop, record store and general music-loving good vibes spot Cake Shop is 10 years old this month and will be celebrating with 10 "house shows" every Friday and Saturday in May, promising "extra-special power-packed" lineups. The fun starts tonight (5/1) with live band emo/pop-punk karaoke. Saturday's show (CS10 #2) features Frankie Cosmos, No One and the Somebodies, Outside World, Marigolds and Memorial Gore. Next Friday (5/8) features Eternal Summers, Telepathic (Rob and Sarah from Bleeding Rainbow's new band), Darlings, Plains and one more TBA.

That's all that's been announced so far, but Cake Shop's May calendar also features Swedish band Les Big Byrd on 5/12, and their annual NYC Popfest show, happening 5/28 with Beverly, UK band Young Romance, Baltimore's Wildhoney, Roman a Clef and Souvenir Stand (tickets). As for what else is in store, Cake Shop says:

In addition to all the great music we'll be hosting, we are planning loads of surprises: one night, we may have a keg in the back, or a reading of biographies in the daytime. Another night, we might sell half-pint bottles of Jim Beam, or serve pancakes during a Sunday matinee. Perhaps we will have a mustachioed guy in a vest serving the freshest, most well-balanced cocktail you've ever had. Maybe that singer with the bangs you saw in Oakland last winter will be guest bartending, or the guitarist who just played at Music Hall of Williamsburg an hour before will be DJing upstairs. At times we will serve shots in plastic cups for $3, or have a food truck take over the cafe operation for the day. You'll just have to watch for our announcements and find out!
Check Cake Shop's calendar or twitter for updates...and happy birthday Cake Shop! We're glad you're still here.

DOWNLOAD: Cake Shop 2014 End of Year Mixtape (MP3)

photo: Cake Shop in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cake Shop

Lower East Side indie rock fixture Cake Shop turns 10 this year. Unfortunately, despite the successful Pledgemusic campaign that helped them secure a new 10-year lease in 2012, the venue is still having financial problems. They posted a letter on their Facebook today. Here's an excerpt:

The last two years have been a well-documented struggle. If it wasn't for the amazing patrons and bands who supported us through crowd funding site PledgeMusic.com, we would have closed in 2012. Now we are starting to fall behind in rent and other bills as we enter the slow 1st Quarter of cold winter months.

We are not looking for a handout, but we need a like-minded investor to come in and buy 25% to 40% of Cake Shop. Now is your chance to be a part of a special NYC venue/bar/cafe/record store, and save a well-curated stage for talented emerging artist (which include comedians and authors). In addition to increasing sales, we have always wanted to grow Cake Shop into other areas of music discovery, but all these things take money.

Cake Shop is looking for a serious investor and there's lots more details in the full letter which you can read below. Best of luck, Ludow St. would not be the same without you, Cake Shop.

In more pleasant news, Cake Shop co-owner/music fiend Andy Bodor recently posted his annual End-of-Year mixtape which contains lots of great music and you can download that above and check out the tracklist below....

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photos by Bruno Simões; words by Bill Pearis

Univers

As mentioned, Barcelona's Univers are here, playing a couple NYC shows after SXSW. Well most of them. Their guitarist got detained at the border, so their bassist switched to guitar and their manager is playing bass. It all seemed to work out ok -- the band sounded fine just fine at Cake Shop last night. (If you like Crystal Stilts or Girls Names, you'll like Univers. Stream their album below.) We've got a few pictures from their show in this post.

Univers plays again tonight (3/22) at Shea Stadium on with Celestial Shore, Tiny Hazard, Zula, and Body Parts. More pics from Cake Shop below....

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Chicago experimental wrecking crew Dead Rider, which is fronted by former US Maple guitarist Todd Rittmann, are gearing up for the release of their third album. It's called Chills on Glass and is slated to hit stores next week via Drag City, and the whole shebang is streaming ahead of its release date at the bottom of this post (via High Times). It's some fairly brain-melting stuff. Later this month, Dead Rider will be embarking on a spring US tour in support of the LP. That tour includes a stop at Cake Shop on March 29 with Greg Saunier's Les Bon Hommes and Skull Practitioners. $8 will get you inside.

All Dead Rider dates and a stream of Chills on Glass lie after the jump...

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photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

shoppers at Other Music on #RSD13
Record Store Day 2013

So how did you fare on Record Store Day 2013? I was surprised that I found most of my big wants, including Ty Segall's Ty Rex 2 (found at Academy Annex in Williamsburg), the Trouble in Mind four-way split and Stephen-Malkmus-plays-Can 12" (acquired at Cake Shop), the first two Orange Juice albums (Turntable Lab) and Pulp's "After You" 12" (Co-Op 87 at midnight). Did anybody spot the No Alternative reissue? That was the only thing on my list I didn't find.

The busiest store was probably Other Music which still sported a 40-person line to get in when I went by around 2:30 PM. Kim's still had a lot of exclusives left when I swung by around 3 PM, despite being open at 8 AM. Customer Service Award goes to the nice folks at Turntable Lab who actually came out and asked people on line what they were looking for and then pulled it for them!

I also enjoyed hanging out at In Living Stereo, which had free PBR and live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert Drops. They didn't have the most RSD stuff, but they do have one of the better curated used sections I've flipped through in a while. Didn't make it to Generation for their in-store performances, but Andrew did and said it was a good time. (It was, Swearin' (pictured below) played an especially great set including some new stuff that I'm hoping means a new record is coming - Andrew.)

We've got more pictures from Kim's, as well a few from Other Music, plus a few shots courtesy of the BrooklynVegan Instagram, below...

Continue reading "how was #RSD13? (pics from Kim's, Other Music + more)"

by Bill Pearis

line to get in Other Music on Record Store Day 2012
Other Music

As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:

We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.

While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.

Over at In Living Stereo on Great Jones, they'll have live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert's Drops, plus free PBR from noon. More info here.

Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Wild Nothing

Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).

Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Kim's Video & Music promises "DJ sets from some of your favorite local artists and DJ's" but they don't name names. They are, however, open at 8 AM.

Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.

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Cake Shop

Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.

Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."

Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.

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For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:

"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"
Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.

As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,

And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.

And if you're in the Windy City, BV Chicago and Saki Records are throwing a RSD party with live performances from Pink Avalanche, The Beets, Twin Peaks and more.

BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.

Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.

Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.

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Palma Violets at BV SXSW 2013 day party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year with a lineup that includes Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock all playing together), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Palma Violets, Trash Talk, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Inc., Ducktails, Royal Teeth, and Black Dave, plus more TBA.

The first festival takes place in NYC from May 10 to 11 across multiple venues, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Angel Orensanz, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, and Element. The full lineup and schedule for the NYC shows has not been announced yet, but we do know that it includes the previously announced Palma Violets show at Bowery Ballroom (which is now sold out, but tickets are still available for PV's MHOW show a day earlier). We also hear that they're trying to put up an outdoor stage and shut down Ludlow St to car traffic (which Pianos and Cake Shop are both on) for the festival, but no exact word on how that will work out.

2-Day Passes for the NYC festival are on sale now and tickets for individual nights go on sale Friday, April 12 at 11 AM.

After NYC, the festival will also pass through Philly, Toronto, Boston, LA, Denver, and Las Vegas, but the dates for those cities has not been announced yet.

by Bill Pearis

Permanent Collection

San Francisco's Permanent Collection released their debut album, Newly Wed Nearly Dead, last August on Loglady Records. Frontman Jason Hendardy, who runs the label with Lauren loPrete, used to be in Young Prisms and there's more than a little shoegaze in PC's sound but is definitely poppier than Hendardy's old band. You can stream the whole thing below.

Permanent Collection are visiting NYC at the moment, playing Shea Stadium tonight (3/8) with Darlings, Field Mouse, and Honeydrum (info here, that's a good show!); and the previously-mentioned Cake Shop show on Saturday (3/9) with Italy's His Clancyness, Spires and former Get Him Eat Him frontman Matt LeMay.

Meanwhile, Cake Shop and Loglady will be in Austin next week for SXSW, co-presenting a showcase that happens Friday (3/15) at Trailerspace Records. Permanent Collection are playing, as are Part Time, California X, TV Ghost, Grandma's Boyfriend, Waxahatchee, and Dead Angle (ex-Tartans). It's a free show, all ages. More info here, and all Permanent Collection dates are listed, along with the Loglady/Cake Shop flyer, below.

Continue reading "San Francisco's Permanent Collection are on tour, including two NYC shows ++ Cake Shop/Loglady showcase during SXSW"

Phosphorescent

Bob Mould just debuted his new video for "Star Machine," which is from last year's loud and highly-enjoyable LP, The Silver Age. The video was filmed at Cake Shop and was directed by Jon Glaser who you may know from Delocated or, most recently, HBO's Girls (he was Laird, the junkie). What starts as a fun "bring your kids to work" day turns sour when drummer Jon Wurster brings marrital problems instead. Watch it below.

Bob and the band will be in NYC next month when his tour hits Bowery Ballroom on February 26 and 27 and tickets are still available. The band will stick around to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 28 to perform "Star Machine." Bob also just announced a few new tour dates and those are listed below.

Continue reading "watch Bob Mould's "Star Machine" video, directed by Jon Glaser and shot at Cake Shop; new tour dates announced"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: BLURRY BITTERS - A CAKE SHOP BEST OF 2012 MIXTAPE (MP3)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring

One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.

Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.

Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...

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Front St. on Monday evening (via @iggsactly)

Lower Manhattan got it pretty good by Sandy, South Street Seaport included. The area was under multiple feet of water. The Seaport Music Festival, who put on the free shows down there, still had their stage set up. Some gear was ruined though they luckily had taken down the deck, lights, tent and canopy in preparation for the hurricane. No word on how the Beekman Beer Garden fared, though one Tweeter fears it is "definitely gone". Wine store Pasanella and Son was reportedly "decimated". Sadly, there has also been some looting at the Seaport's shops.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, who recently confirmed at least 18 Sandy related deaths in NYC, announced that like the subways (Buses start returning tonight [10/30]), it may be three or four more days before power is restored to the tons of residents who lost it due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes all of lower Manhattan where, as you know, a whole lot of Manhattan music venues are. Which probably means no shows till the weekend for Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge and others.

Good news, apart from no power, the Ludlow St. area venues all came out ok, with folks at Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery specifically saying there was no water damage. Williamsburg clubs, are getting somewhat back to normal sooner, with shows at Union Pool and Glasslands tonight.

Elsewhere, Park Slope/Gowanus's Bell House reports that they "had some minimal flooding but will be back to business as usual by tomorrow. Working on fundraiser ideas for you now " Bar 4 in Park Slope lost their awning.

Brooklyn Brothers

From a year-old story on Deadline:

The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best premiered in Toronto last night, and while there's no distribution deal to report yet, writer/director and star Ryan O'Nan and Michael Weston have scored a contract that turns their fictional band into a real thing. The duo plays The Brooklyn Brothers in the film, and now O'Nan and Weston have signed a record contract to record under that band name for Rhino Entertainment. It's an extension of a deal Rhino made to release the soundtrack of a film that also stars Arielle Kebbel, Melissa Leo, Andrew McCarthy, Christopher McDonald, Jason Ritter, and Wilmer Valderrama.
That now-real band from the film, which now does have a distribution deal, plays a FREE film release party at Cake Shop in Manhattan on Tuesday (9/11). MEANWHILE, you can see the film for free at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/10).

Brooklyn Brothers

The actual film trailer is below...

Continue reading "fictional turned real band 'Brooklyn Brothers' playing Cake Shop Tuesday; the free movie screening is TONIGHT @ KF"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Airiel - Flashlight Tag (MP3)

Airiel
Airiel

Chicago dreampop outfit Airiel are on a quick, four-date East Coast dash that hits NYC on Saturday (8/18) at Cake Shop with Screen Vinyl Image, The Stargazer Lilies, and Luxa. All tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

Going since the late '90s, Airiel weave heavily treated guitars and glacial synths for a crystaline sound somewhere between the Field Mice and Slowdive. The band just released Kid Games, a terrific new EP on Shelflife records that finds the band hitting their stride 15 years into their career. They've clearly mastered their effects pedals -- it's gorgeous sounding at times -- but there's a driving melodicism that keeps things from dissolving into the ether. You can download "Flashlight Tag" at the top of this post and stream the whole EP via a Spotify below.

Touring with Airiel, including the Cake Shop show, are DC area shoegazers Screen Vinyl Image who veer a little more into late-'80s dark post-punk territory. You can stream their album, Strange Behavior, at the bottom of this post.

Tour dates and streams are below.

Continue reading "Airiel released 'Kid Games,' touring East Coast with Screen Vinyl Image (dates and streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Splash at Bowery Ballroom, July 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As we pointed out in What's Going on Saturday, while Real Estate are headlining Webster Hall tonight (8/11), their former drummer Etienne Duguay's new band, Splash, will be laying down their Ariel-Pink-meets-New-Edition style dance music at Cake Shop (who aren't going anywhere). Also playing, the feeling good about feeling sad sounds of Plastic Flowers, CH-Rom and "Secret Guest."

Cake Shop has had some cool secret guests lately, though usually they provide a clue. Not this time. Any guesses?

Flyer for the show is below.

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Cake Shop

As you know, LES music venue Cake Shop has been busy raising money to help keep their doors open. Good news! They've officially hit 100% of their goal, and today announced that "we can't tell you how grateful we are to everyone for their support. Now we can square up with our landlord and sign a new 10 year lease to keep the music going on the Lower East Side. Stay tuned..."

Upcoming shows at Cake Shop include Tiger Waves on August 10, Splash on August 11, and a Brian Jonewtown Massacre post-tour, post-Webster Hall-show party on August 25 with The Vacant Lots, Rosco (Sterling Roswell of Spacemen 3, The Darkside), Flavor Crystals, Chatham Rise, and DJ Frankie Teardrop of BJM ($10 or $5 with BJM Webster Hall ticket stub, 21+, 11pm-4am).

Magic Castles open for the Brian Jonestown Massacre at Webster Hall earlier that night. Tickets are still on sale.

by Bill Pearis

Tiger Waves

Austin's Tiger Waves are in town this week for their first NYC shows: Thursday (8/9) at Pianos with Golden Animals; then Friday (8/10) at Cake Shop with Night Panther, Popular Culture and Mariner; and Saturday (8/11) at The Rock Shop with Wyatt and The Happy Problem. All tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

You can stream Tiger Waves' Don't Be Yourself EP from earlier this year at the bottom of this post as well as their new "Weekends" single and both of them are free downloads from their Bandcamp site. The band make straight-up hooky guitar pop with some baroque touches, putting them somewhere between, say, The Shins and The Crayon Fields. Pretty catchy stuff.

A list of dates and streams are below.

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Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Hollywood, Florida's Beach Day are visiting NYC again, playing two shows: tonight (7/25) at Public Assembly with The Babies (of a few shows the Babies have going on), Wild Yaks and Daytona; and Cake Shop Thursday (7/26) with charming local indie poppers Chalk & Numbers, and Island Twins. All Beach Day tour dates are listed below.

As mentioned before, Beach Day have signed with Kanine Records who just released the band's debut 7". Echoing early '60s pop, it's custom-made for sunny weather and comes on white vinyl, to match your jeans. You can stream both sides of the single below.

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photos by Sophia Peer

Surfer Blood

As strongly hinted, Surfer Blood was in fact the secret band at the struggling Cake Shop Thursday night. They opened for Death Cab For Cutie earlier in the night at Wellmont Theater in NJ, and then shared a bill with Grand Rapids at the much smaller basement club in Manhattan. They play with Grand Rapids and in NJ again on Monday. Here are some pictures from the intimate NYC show. More of them below...

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Surfer Blood in Long Island in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Surfer Blood

As mentioned L.E.S. rock club Cake Shop is going through some tough financial times and have started a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money to stay alive. There's seven days left on that campaign and the venue is 63% of the way there. If they don't reach their target, they won't get any of the money raised, so show your support -- we need Cake Shop around!

Meanwhile, Cake Shop has had some benefit shows like the one earlier this month where Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were the secret headliner.

The venue is throwing another benefit show this Thursday (7/19) with Grand Rapids, Shark? and a headliner listed as "extra secretly special band (bring yr wakeboard and some band aids!)." Hmm. $12 - 20 sliding scale cover.

In other news, Surfer Blood opens for Death Cab at Wellmont Theatre that night (7/19) (sold out) and also plays with Grand Rapids at Maxwell's on July 23 (tickets).

And in more related news, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard will release his debut solo album, Former Lives, on October 16 via Barsuk in the US and a day earlier in Europe via City Slang. The album was recorded at Aaron Espinoza's (Earlimart) studio, The Ship. Some tour dates in support of the release are TBA.

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