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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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dead-rider-2

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.

still from Cake Shop's RSD video
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.

Co-Op 87 (via)
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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)
Palma Violets

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)
Splash

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.

CYHSY at CBGB Fest in Times Square 7/7/2012  (via @Boxset)

We mentioned in What's Going on Saturday? that there's a Cake Shop benefit tonight at the NYC club to help supplement their PledgeMusic campaign. It's $12 - $20 sliding scale entry with a "secret" headliner. Cake Shop's Twitter gave a few clues to who it might be:


UPDATE: Cat's officially out of the bag -- it's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who played early today at in Times Square as part of CBGB Fest. The Cake Shop show will now be CYHSY's last with Tyler and Robbie. Bands start at 9PM.

by Bill Pearis

Hollows

Chicago's Hollows are currently making their way around the country on tour and are stopping in NYC tonight (7/3) to play Cake Shop. (They played last night at Glasslands too). The band are signed to great Chicago indie Trouble in Mind who released their new album, Vulture, earlier this year.

Where most of the label's artists lean towards garage and punk (and garage punk), Hollows are more paisely/fringe indie with a sound driven by prominent combo organ and harmony (four of the five members sing). Early Bangles comes to mind. You can stream about half of Vulture below or listen to the whole album on Spotify. There's also a video for "Golden Chain" below.

Tonight's show is with Ottowa's Boyhood which features members of White Wires and you can stream their EP below.

All Hollows tour dates are listed below, along with videos and streams.

Continue reading "Hollows released 'Vulture,' touring, playing Cake Shop tonight"

by Bill Pearis

Orca Team at NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Orca Team

Seattles's Orca Team were one of my highlights of this year's NYC Popfest and, we already told you about this, but just a heads up that the band will be back this weekend playing Cameo on Sunday (July 1). The show also features Persephone's Bees, Treasure Mammal, underrated punks The Numerators. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door. If you can't make it to Cameo on Sunday, Orca Team will be back on Wednesday, July 18 for a show at Cake Shop with fellow Portlanders Woollen Men, plus Lame Drivers and Pale Lights. The band are playing all over and all tour dates are listed below.

Since we last wrote about them, Orca Team released their new album Restraint which melds early '60s pop and surf pop with Krautrock rhythms and basslines, and you can stream that below.

Continue reading "Orca Team streaming new LP, in NYC this weekend"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Mean Jeans - Anybody Out There?(MP3)

Mean Jeans

One of the most spirited crowds I experienced at this year's SXSW was during Mean Jeans' set at the Dirtnap Records showcase. The room was packed, the pit went half the way back and everyone in it seemed to know the words to every song. It was a super fun show.

The Portland party punks are currently on tour which slams into NYC tonight (6/20) at Cake Shop where they'll play with Liquor Store and Foster Care. If you can't make it tonight they also play June 25 at Knitting Factory with The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, The Nightbirds and Dopamines (tickets). The band are out supporting their new album, Mean Jeans on Mars, which rips through 13 snearing, uber-catchy punk anthems in about half an hour. You can download "Anybody Out There?" at the top of this post and watch the video below, along with a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Mean Jeans released 'On Mars,' touring, playing 2 NYC shows"

photos and words by Caroline Harrison

Royal Headache
Royal Headache

By the time Aussie headliners Royal Headache took the stage Wednesday night (6/13), the Cake Shop was packed to capacity. The eager crowd was crammed into every corner the oddly shaped basement could offer, anticipation as palpable as the sweaty basement humidity.

While waiting for the four-band show to begin, I witnessed a number of puzzled show attendees wander downstairs, stumble into a literary mixer, and check their watches to make sure they were in the right place. About 10 minutes before 9, the Cake Shop's sound guy subtly hinted that the remaining mixer attenders should head home, blasting Iron Maiden's "Run to the HIlls," and New York locals Lame Drivers began setting up their gear.

Despite a rushed set-up to keep the show on schedule, Lame Drivers warmed up the room with an energetic set of their wacky punk-tinged rock. They were followed by Scott & Charlene's Wedding -- named after Australian soap opera "Neighbors" -- a laid-back trio from Australia whose set was marked by accomplished but not flashy bar-rock lead guitar. Home Blitz's set left audience members calling out for more songs that the band was unable to deliver -- since the sets were still running behind schedule.

Royal Headache's set featured songs from their recently released eponymous album including the driving single, "Girls," in addition to a couple of new tunes. Drummer Shorty relentlessly drove the music while singer Shogun paced back and forth, forcefully howling through each song. The band's encore wasn't much of choice -- they couldn't have gotten through the crowd to leave if they had wanted to -- but they fully delivered on the recent hype. [Ed: And then some, they were great! - Bill]

Royal Headache will be continuing the tour at the Warsaw in Brooklyn tonight as part of the Northside Festival, opening for Ceremony (who we interviewed), before continuing on to Boston.

More pictures from Cake Shop last night are below.

Continue reading "Royal Headache played Cake Shop with Home Blitz, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and Lame Drivers (pics/review)"

by Bill Pearis

Orca Team at NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Orca Team

Looking more than a little like Joy Division, black-clad Seattlites Orca Team played Knitting Factory on Friday night (5/18) as part of NYC Popfest and were one of the highlights of the weekend for me. Though his resemblance to Ian Curtis was unmistakable, singer/bassist Leif Anders laid down a serious groove with his instrument (played high Beatles style) and never stopped dancing the whole set. Orca Team were crazy tight and a lot of fun.
If you missed their terrific Popfest set a couple weeks ago, Seattle's Orca Team are spending the bulk of Summer 2012 on the road, hitting most spots in the U.S., including two stops in NYC: Cameo on July 1 and Cake Shop on July 18. In between those two NYC dates, the band will fly to Europe for a few dates surrounding the Indietracks Festival which happends July 6 - 8 in Derbyshire, UK. All upcoming Orca Team tour dates are listed below.

Look for Orca Team's new album, Restraint, to be out June 14 on the fine Happy Birthday to Me label. In the meantime, you can watch video of Orca Team's Popfest performance below as well as their video for "Too Busy to Love Me."

Continue reading "Orca Team releasing 'Restraint,' going on tour (dates)"

Cake Shop during NYC Popfest (more by Chris La Putt)

Cake Shop has been a key part of the vibrant New York music scene. Bands both local and from all over the world respect Cake Shop as a launching pad to success. Acts like Surfer Blood, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and many more played some of their first gigs here. In addition to being a venue, we also try to foster a sense of community with our cafe, coffee, teas and, of course, cakes! We even have a hand picked bin of vinyl records from our favorite bands. We set a place up that we wanted to hang out in and luckily, many artists and fans have responded by continually coming in to hang out and support the scene.

Some financial hurdles that all compounded over the past 3 months (including new Real Estate Tax to landlord, added security costs and changes to the forms of ID we are allowed to accept) have caused serious potential of losing our space plus the one time fines and legal fees have caused us to reach out to the fans of live bands to help us keep the music going. We want to remain open and continue to bring you phenomenal emerging talent. That's where you come in. You can pledge to keep Cake Shop going.

We've listed some pretty sweet and unique exclusives that you can pledge for. A number of our longtime friends have graciously offered some truly special things. Everyone will receive a digital download of a compilation tape featuring handpicked songs by us (Cake Shop owners Andy and Nick Bodor and Greg Curley). Included will be some rare and unreleased live gems from the vault.

Once you pledge, you get instant access to a pledger-only part of the site. Here, we'll dig even further into the vault and give you streams of unseen live performances, live downloads and unreleased music from some of our favorite acts. We may even give away the recipe of one of our world-famous woopie pies!

Best of all, a portion of what's raised above our target will go to Musicians on Call, which is an amazing charity that provides live music in hospitals. They're a great organization, so help us help them.

Come be a part of music history as we keep live music vibrant in New York.

While they overcame an urgent financial crisis last month, Lower East Side rock club Cake Shop still needs help and they've started a PledgeMusic campaign and you can help out. There's a variety of donation levels with incentives like being on the guestlist for six months, secret showcases only open to those who donate, and other stuff. Details are at their PledgeMusic page.

In the meantime, Cake Shop's doors stay open. Tonight (5/25) it's Male the Horse and Miniboone and Saturday (5/26) it's Michigan's Bad Indians and the Beets' Juan Wauters solo, and upcoming shows include Iceland's Muck (6/8) and Royal Headache (6/13). You can watch Cake Shop's Pledge Music video below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Popfest Mix (ZIP)

Burning Hearts @ NYC Popfest 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Burning Hearts

It's NYC Popfest time again. Popfest happens Thursday - Sunday (May 17 - 20) at various venues around Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can still get 4-day Festival Passes ($50) that will get you into all the weekend's shows, or you can buy tickets to individual shows.

There's a couple quick ways to check out all that's going on: Popfest has put together a free downloadable mix (linked above) with all the bands playing this year; and I put together a Spotify playlist with a couple songs from all the Popfest bands that have songs available on the service. If that's not enough, here's a little more about what's ahead, and this post covers Thursday and Friday night's shows. Saturday and Sunday preview will be later this week.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 (CAKE SHOP)

Like usual, Popfest kicks off Thursday (5/17) at Cake Shop. Headliners are Finland's Burning Hearts who were last here for Popfest 2009. The band's new album, Extinctions, mixes shimmery synths, jangly guitars and cooing guitars. You can stream the whole album at the bottom of this post. Burning Hearts also play a free show at LES store Ivana Helsinki (251 Elizabeth St.) and the Rock Shop on Monday (5/21) as part of a post-Popfest hangover show with Vancouver's Sleuth, the Philippines' Outerhearts and Orca Team (more on them below),

Staying in the same part of the world, Swedish powerpop band Speedmarket Avenue are also playing Thursday night. It's been four years since the band released their last album but, but a recently posted new song on their website gives hope for new musical activity. Hopefully we'll get a preview of their new album this week.

The rest of the Thursday Cake Shop lineup is from New York: Dear Marje and The Marshmallows are in the classic Tiger Trap style cute indiepop vein; Heaven's Gate (ex-Sweet Bulbs) veer more shoegaze.

Orca Team
Orca Team

FRIDAY, MAY 18 (KNITTING FACTORY)

Friday night is at Knitting Factory with headliners Michigan's Saturday Looks Good to Me who haven't played NYC since the band dissolved in 2008. Main man Fred Thomas is promising a new album, so good to hear this will be more than just remember when.

For me the band I'm most excited to see Friday is Pacific Northwesterners Orca Team whose music is like a '50s dance party on a submarine with Tim Gane piloting. Their new album, Restraint, is out June 14 on the Happy Happy Birthday to Me label and is a little less specifically retro (and all the better for it). If you can't make it Friday night, Orca Team play two non-Popfest shows while here: a free show at XPO 929 (aka Party Expo) on Saturday (5/19) and they're also playing that 5/21 show at the Rock Shop with Burning Hearts and others.

Also playing Friday night are organ-fueled partiers Cola Jet Set from Barcelona, who sing in Spanish and maintain an impeccable wardrobe. The band also play a FREE show at Cake Shop tonight [5/15]).

Plus at Knit: Houston, TX's danceable and swooning Wild Moccasins; and the fuzzed-out sugarpop of Philadelphia's Catnaps.

As I said above, look for a preview of Saturday and Sunday's Popfest events later in the week. Meanwhile, the full NYC Popfest schedule (bands, set times, etc) is below.

Continue reading "NYC Popfest 2012 in preview (part 1): Burning Hearts, Orca Team, Speedmarket Avenue, Saturday Looks Good to Me & more"

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