Entries tagged with: Cake Shop
by Bill Pearis
I absolutely hated Cake Shop, which opened around this time back in 2005, the first few times I went. Not the idea of the place, which was fantastic: part coffee shop, part record store, part indie rock venue. More the practicality of the place. The inclined floor meant that you had to (and still do) have to be in the first few rows of people to see anything. I was used to the clear sightlines of Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom and Knitting Factory. What the hell was this?
But the place became hard to avoid if you went to a lot of shows. The people booking seemed to get really good shows, and some surprising ones. And they clearly loved '90s indie rock and Flying Nun. I think it was the in-store with The Bats back in March of 2006 that finally warmed my heart to Cake Shop. It was around this time as well that I learned that if you wormed you way to the front of the downstairs room, not only could you see, there is an intimacy and connection with the bands you don't get at many other "legit" venues. Some of my most memorable shows of the last few years have been there.
While the record store has given way to more couches, Cake Shop remains one of the places in the city to catch emerging talent -- and cool veteran artists almost no one else would book. As previously mentioned, the venue celebrates its 6th Anniversary on Saturday night (5/7) with six bands for six bucks. Headlining are The Beets whose new album, Stay Home, is another fine slab of protopunk folk rock, this time slightly less murky. The guys, who managed to get themselves featured on the Howard Stern Show recently, are heading on tour with Eternal Summers soon and all dates for that are below.
Also playing are New Zealand's Surf City, whose sound reverberates with their country's indie rock past. They are maybe the most Flying Nun sounding NZ band never to be on Flying Nun. The new album, Kudos, is worth checking out. (They're here recording another.) Then there's Conversion Party whose anthemic pop stylings should be more popular (seriously these guys are good). If you can't make it Saturday, they play Cake Shop's sister venue Bruar Falls tonight (5/6).
More bands playing: Holy Shit who is San Francisco artist Matt Fishbeck (and sometimes Ariel Pink). At their website you can listen to what is certainly the only electro cover ever on Felt's "Final Resting of the Ark." Still more: reclusive Faunelle (dreamy, gothy synths) and poet Ariana Reines.
Holy Shit also play Monday at Glasslands with John Maus.
Beets tour dates below...
If you missed them in April:
NZ shoehazers, Surf City will hunker down in New York City to begin recording their follow up to the acclaimed Kudos (to be released by Fire Records in 2012). They will be stepping out for a few shows in the NYC area to rip through new material and a barrage of Surf City favorites.Tonight's Brooklyn Bowl show is only $5.00 and with Xray Eyeballs and Darlings.
05.04 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
05.07 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
The Cake Shop show is the "CAKESHOP 6th ANNIVERSARY MELTDOWN! - balloons, festivalities, drink specials and all the usual awesome shy!!" Surf City play that Saturday night show before The Beets, and after Conversion Party, Holy Shit (not to be confused with Holy Fuck), Fanuelle, and Arianna Reines.
For 5-piece Brooklyn (via CT) band Conversion Party, the Cake Shop show is also the 2nd of two EP release parties. The first is one day earlier at Bruar Falls. Their new Sean Greenhalgh (drummer of CYHSY)-produced four-song EP was recently released on Kimono, and it's streaming in full at their Bandcamp page.
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris La Putt
Hunx & friend @ Cake Shop, 4/20/2011
Davila 666 might have been the headliner, but it was Hunx's show Wednesday night at Cake Shop. Their set had the biggest, most amped-up crowd in the sweaty space, with plenty of dancing and shoving around. It started out with a bit of coy deception: a shirtless, fake Hunx (pencil thin mustache, biker hat and mop of black hair) in leopard print tights took the stage first, before introducing the real thing: Seth Bogart, wearing a similar costume--pink leggings and a biker jacket. Despite touring on Too Young To Be in Love, it was the songs from 2010's Gay Singles that were the real party-starters: "Good Kisser," "You Don't Like Rock & Roll" and others. It seemed like lead backup singer Shannon did some damage to her voice in the time since SXSW. During the opening Shannon and the Clams set, the pipes were stressed just enough, fuzzing through the Cake Shop's feeble speakers with a bit of grime, but during Hunx's set that turned into croaky warble. Not that Hunx's music really requires pin-point precision, but it seemed like she could use a bit of rest.
All of this isn't to say that Davila 666 was a let-down: the guys are pros at the beer-fueled throw-down. They tone it down a bit, and get into a whole range of weirder garage sounds, on their excellent new Tan Bajo, which is worth a listen.
I also caught a few songs by The Foxx, the glammy, power-pop project fronted by the Rondelles' Juliet Swango. It's not exactly a new group, but it seems like they've been making a push to play more shows lately (and Wikipedia says they're at work on an album). I've been enjoying the clips on their Myspace (http://www.myspace.com/thefoxx), so hopefully more are on the way.
The Hunx/Shannon tour continues and hits Glasslands on April 23rd. Davila 666 play Knitting Factory that same night. Pictures from Davila's Cake Shop set are HERE. Pictures from the rest of the show are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Davila 666 (who play Vassar tonight) played their first of three April/May NYC shows last night (4/20). It was originally two NYC shows, but now we know they're also playing a tequila-sponsored Vice event at Good Units on May 5th which is free with RSVP. Tickets are also still on sale for their April 23rd show happening at Knitting Factory. Last night's show was at Cake Shop with Hunx & his Punx and Shannon and the Clams. More pictures from Davila's set from that one, and all tour dates, are below...
by Bill Pearis
Coachella may be happening on the other coast but it's a lovely day here in NYC and I don't feel like I'm missing anything this weekend staying here. For one thing it's Record Store Day which also falls the same weekend and Tax Day which may be good or bad depending how you did this year. And there's lots of other stuff worth seeing too, so let's get into it.
McDonalds are one of these local groups whose name I'd seen around for a while and given the bands they often played with -- German Measles, Home Blitz, Tyvek -- I had it in my mind they sounded one way when, in fact, they don't. Well, that's not exactly true. They are kind of shambly indie. But their great new single "Good Parts" is like some lost obscure 7" from 1990 Manchester, that era when C-86 melted into the baggy scene. You can check it out -- in video form -- at the bottom of this post in a fun green-screened clip starring a lot of people you might recognize if you hang out at Bruars Falls or Cake Shop with any regularity.
McDonalds have three shows coming up in the next week: tonight (4/14) at Union Pool with Lyonnais and Helado Negro, then Saturday (4/16) as part of Cake Shop's Record Store Day extravaganza (more on that in a minute), and then next Wednesday (4/20) with former Swell Maps/Television Personalities dude Jowe Head & The Extremities.
As mentioned above, also playing the Union Pool show tonight are Atlanta four-piece Lyonnais whose dark, ethereal sound will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Their debut album is still being shopped around, but you can stream "Transitive Properties of Youth" at the bottom of this post, and a few more at their MySpace.
In addition to tonight's show, Lyonnais play tomorrow (4/15) at Glasslands and I imagine playing under the venue's stormcloud installation will be pretty apropos. I hope they are really loud too.
That Glasslands bill also features Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who have a new EP titled Prisoner out on Kanine/Forrest Family next week. The title track -- downloadable above -- is one of my favorite Eternal Summers songs yet and the whole EP is pretty excellent overall. The band, at least the last time I saw them, have expanded to a trio for live shows which fills out their sound nicely.
The Glasslands show, in addition to Eternal Summers and Lyonnais, features Toronto's Golden Dogs and locals Dream Diary who don't play together so much anymore now that guitarist Madison moved to Memphis. Brad Oberhofer will DJ in-between bands. That's a good night of music.
Eternal Summers also play Cake Shop on Saturday (4/16) which is the venue's Record Store Day extravaganza, featuring a slew of great -- mostly local -- bands. The downstairs will be a record mart during the day (noon - 6PM). Bands during the evening include the previously-mentioned McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Overlord, Hands & Knees, Night Collectors and Twitchers. Eternal Summers head out on tour next month with the Beets and all those tour dates are at the bottom of the post.
Also, for the real record nerds, Cake Shop is running a fun little contest. They've made 77 versions of the Record Store Day flyer, each with different backgrounds taken from album covers. Take a look, name the artist and album of as many as you can and email your answers to email@example.com. The entry with the most correct answers (or first entry in case of a tie) wins either a $77 bar tab at Cake Shop or $77 credit for the Cape Shok record mart during that day. Winner's choice. I got about 55 for sure, with another 15 I could figure out with a little time.
And finally, Spectrum (aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember who also co-fronted Spacemen 3) are in town this weekend playing two shows with Crystal Stilts: Saturday (4/16) at Le Poisson Rouge and Sunday (4/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Kember is one of the forefathers of drone pop and in the past few years has become known for his work behind the boards, having produced MGMT's underrated/misunderstood Congratulations album, and he mixed the new Panda Bear. There's a new Spectrum album duo sometime soon too. Kember's influence seems more relevant than ever. Glad to see he's staying busy.
Crystal Stilts owe more than a little to Kember's many records. The band just released their second LP, In Love with Oblivion and I think it's pretty great, pretty easily besting their 2008 debut (which was one of my favorite albums of that year.) The production's better, the songs are better, and the artwork's really nice as well. It's hard to listen to the new album without thinking of Frankie Rose whose relentless drumming style, I feel, probably had a lot to do with the way standout songs like "Sycamore Tree" and "Death is What We Live For" were formed. Both of those Kraut-heavy tracks made their debut in late 2008. As much as I like Rose's solo work, I miss her being in this band.
But the new new songs show that it's still guitarist JB Townsend and singer Brad Hargett writing great songs. The biggest improvement over the first album is probably the influence of keyboardist Kyle Forrester, whose parts add a bright color to Crystal Stilts' sound, especially on "Silver Sun" and single "Shake the Shackles." The record got a deserved 7.9 in Pitchfork today. You can download "Through the Floor" at the top of this post and watch the video below. Crystal Stilts are on tour starting next week and all dates are below.
That's it for this edition. Some daily picks and more after the jump.
photos by Jason House, words by BBG
After a set in Pomona at Scion Rock Fest 2011, Fuck The Facts headed east for a short tour that ended at Cake Shop on Saturday. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Canadian band's material they showcased at the Manhattan show was spread across all of their output, touching on burners like "The Sound of Your Smashed Head" from Sigmata Hi-Five, to "Wake" from the band's latest Unnamed EP.
Psychic Limb directly supported FTF, and in speaking with the band following their set I found that the band played all of a forthcoming LP (!) in order. PL hopes to have the new LP up and out by their appearance supporting Unbroken at a sold-out Santos. We'll keep you up to date.
Radiation Blackbody is 2/3 (Josh/Joel) of Defeatist, and their uber-complex hardcore-meets-tech was fascinating and offered a good counterpoint to the late 90s post-hardcore stylings of Swords of Chaos from Iceland who were also on the bill. Josh of Radiation Blackbody/Defeatist is also the bassist for Castevet, who will play the BrooklynVegan/ProfoundLore show at Lovejoys in Austin on 3/19 followed by the Profound Lore official showcase at Valhalla later that night.
More pictures from Cake Shop are below...
photos by Jason House, words by BBG
Richmond's Government Warning have officially called it quits. The hardcore band looped through NYC on Saturday as part of a final run of dates with Night Birds (ex-The Ergs). The two bands played 538 Johnson on Saturday night (2/19) with Omegas, and a show earlier that same day at Cake Shop with Perdition and Ex-Humans.
More pictures from Cake Shop (538 pictures are on the way), below...
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Jeff & Peter @ Cake Shop
If you missed them at Cake Shop in January, here's your next chance::
Tuesday, February 15, Brooklyn NYC - Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel album release show at Shea Stadium in Bushwick! With Lail Arad (from London, has played UK and Israel w/ Jeffrey).Also, if you missed them at Cake shop, video of pretty much their whole set, along with a list of more upcoming shows, is below...
Shea Stadium is in Bushwick at 20 Meadow St, near the Grand St station of the L train. SIX bux admission, ALL-AGES (21+ to drink), and BYOB if you wanna. This is the album release show for Come On Board, the new Stampfel/Lewis collaboration album... the last Stampfel/Lewis NYC show (at Cakeshop last month) was totally sold out, too bad the album wasn't back from the plant yet... sob! But now the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band is back home from tour, with albums and comic books and bottle cap slideshows etc.
8 pm = doors
8:30 = John Kessel
9 pm = Lail Arad
9:30 = The Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel 6-Piece Band, featuring: Anders Griffen! Spencer Chakedis! John Kessel! And Dave Beauchamp!
A hiatus, a reformation, a break-up, a departure and another reformation all were the prelude to 108's return to the stage on Saturday (1/8). The band played the first of two NYC shows that day (the first of three overall) at Cake Shop. The show took place earlier in the day, and was followed by the ill-fated Forgetters show that eventually led to the the Cake Shop basement being closed down by police (due to capacity concerns).
Cake Shop was predictably packed for 108 too, and the band easily delivered the best set of all the bands on the bill, much like they reportedly did a few hours later at an also-packed Death By Audio. Each show featured different sets and different support: Ensign, Incendiary, and Torchbearer opened Cake Shop, while DBA got Black Kites, Heavy Breath, and Primitive Weapons.
More pictures from the Cake Shop show below...
One of anti-folk's most talented stars, Jeffrey Lewis, has teamed up with folk legend Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders (and the Fugs) for a new LP entitled Come On Board (I'm not sure of the release date). The two will also be playing shows together, including a January European tour, but first you can catch them at Cake Shop in NYC TONIGHT (1/10) with Dufus frontman Seth Faergolzia who didn't stay away long. "Dufus" played their final show at the same venue in September, but I guess Seth hasn't technically retired.
A video of Jeff and Peter playing together at the January 2010 Tuli Kupferberg benefit at St. Ann's Warehouse, below...
The Homewreckers @ Cake Shop (pre-bust) - 1/8/2010 (by Shawn Scallen)
Forgetters were scheduled to play a late show at Cake Shop on Saturday night, but the cops shut down the venue for being over capacity before they went on. That's a picture of the Homewreckers playing right before the cops burst in and people made their way out to the frigid street. The LES venue has since reopened.
108 played Cake Shop earlier on Saturday. More on that show soon.
Gaza headlined Cake Shop on November 21st with Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, and Elitist, the first stop after their stint with The Red Chord on the "To Catch a PredaTOUR". In their first ever NYC appearance, Gaza's atonal and punishing riffs caused a ruckus on the floor of the venue as the band pummeled the moshing masses with tracks like "Calf", "Windowless House", and a new and unreleased track written since their mammoth 2009 release He is Never Coming Back. Fantastic live band.
Support was similarly impressive. Much like Gaza, Tiger Flowers also trotted out new material in their appearance but also relied on standards like "Last Horse" and "The Weight". Meek is Murder's tech-y screamo was highly energetic and powerful in the live setting, featuring a moshing bass player and a spastic frontman. Their Mosquito Eater EP is available for purchase or for free. Of the support, Elitist was the biggest surprise. The Portland band's gale force destruction reminded me of Trap Them, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, and a host of other bands that blend the intensity of hardcore, sludge, and grind with a blackened aesthetic. Look for their new material to be released on Season of Mist.
More pictures from the show are below...
words & photos by BBG
The ongoing Bloody Panda/Monarch tour (they stop at O'Briens in Boston tonight, 11/15 ) made its first stop in NYC on Friday (11/12) where the pair teamed up with the off-their-rocker Providence band Tinsel Teeth (warning: link NSFW). There was considerably less nudity in the performances following Tinsel Teeth, but the bands made up for it in thundering riffs and eardrum-bursting feedback.
Monarch! & Bloody Panda then wowed NYC a second time at Union Pool one day later, 11/13, with Evoken as support. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are on the way. More pictures and some (((unartig))) video from the Cake Shop show, including all of Monarch!'s set, is below...
Tinsel Teeth at Cake Shop, one of the only pictures that is SFW
Tinsel Teeth played Cake Shop on Friday, 11/12, supporting the killer doom bill of Monarch! and Bloody Panda who also played Union Pool the next night. Though the Providence band doesn't neatly fit into the metal, punk, or noise genre (they are more of a noise-damaged hardcore/punk band), Tinsel Teeth won over the Cake Shop fans with their beyond incendiary live show and its subsequent over-the top moshing, crowd surfing, standing on the bar, blood, a strap-on (yes that kind), and nudity.
More pictures, and (((unartig))) video of the last ten minutes of their set at Cake Shop (which includes the bar-serenade and subsequent crowdsurfing) are below (pictures of the other bands are on the way, and from both shows), but note: this photo set is SUPREMELY NSFW....
While watching Off! at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday, I remembered that I forgot to post this hilarious video of Henry Rollins stopping in Cake Shop in NYC (thx Torsten for the tip). Check it out below...
photos by Chris La Putt
""Nobody's been in my vagina for sooo long!" If you haven't been made aware of Marnie Stern's monotone hollers and fiercely angular guitarwork by now, then maybe you've just been purposely ignoring her. Again in the Cake Shop's sweaty, packed, and miserable basement Stern and her two bandmates gave the supportive crowd her thing just so - blast beats and rapid-fire guitar taps meet in perpendicular, with plenty of raunchy between-song banter from the infamously dirty-mouthed and adorable Stern." [City Pages]We already posted a few pictures from Wednesday's Terrorbird day party at Cake Shop. Now here is a more complete set, complete with Baths, the busy Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. , and headliner Marnie Stern who has also been keeping busy at CMJ. Catch both Marnie and Dale at the BrooklynVegan day party Saturday. Check out more pictures from Cake Shop, below...
photos by Daniel Sieradski
As promised Adam Green showed up to sing a tune with Dufus (Seth Faergolzia and band) at Cake Shop on Saturday night, but he wasn't alone. Fellow Moldy Peach Jack Dishel also sang, and so did two other members of the defunct anti-folk band: Brent Cole and Toby Goodshank, who both also play in one of the opening bands, Berth Control. Kimya Dawson, who now spends most of her time on the other coast, was not in the house, but Regina Spektor was and she also sang a song as you can see in the pictures (it was two nights before she headlined a benefit for Daniel Cho at MHOW).
Olice Juice Music points out:
"3/4 of the way through the Dufus show [Saturday] night the fire alarm at Cakeshop got tripped (rumor has it due to some suspect smoke inhalating). Everyone had to evacuate the building while the fire department came and reset the alarm. But this could not stop the show! The band took it to the streets and proceeded to perform it's appropriately entitled song Fireman. Luckily, it was just a brief intermission for this, truly epic, nearly 3 hour last Dufus performance."You can see the street scene in the pictures too, and luckily someone grabbed the fireman incident on video, real fireman pulling up included. You can watch it, with two other videos and more pictures from the show, below...
Rob Fish OF 108
After a bit of a false alarm, Rob Fish is BACK in 108 and BrooklynVegan and 1000 Knives are proud to present their return with Ensign and Incendiary at Cake Shop on January 8, 2011! Tickets are on sale, and going FAST. The show is part of a short tour that will be announced soon.
The band released the excellent 18.61 earlier this year on Deathwish Records.
Hi Friends! This is Seth from Dufus. I'm writing this to inform you ofGet your $10 tickets at the door Saturday night. Flyer below...
the completion of Dufus. We're planning our last show on September
25th at Cakeshop, NYC. This will also be a CD release (with FREE CDS!) and our 13th Anniversary Celebration.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Please donate to the cause so we can finish the album... It's mostly recorded but needs mixing, mastering and
reproduction. I've started a Kickstarter account for this purpose...
Kickstarter is an awesome way for artists to receive a "peoples'
grant." Plus if you donate you get prizes! Here's the site...
Also on the bill for this night will be...
Ed Schrader (recently signed to Load Records
If anyone has any questions as to why this is happening or suggestions
as to what we should perform that night, please do respond to this.
Please pass this along to your friends! Thanks and love from me to
photos by Justin Tyler, words by BBG
Destroyed in Kowloon
KWC faithfully reproduce some of their fantastic guitar tones live, and then some. The four piece delviered a blistering set at Cake Shop that was as impressive as their recent recorded output. Batillus improve every single time I see them, and the Brooklyn band delivered another fantastic set that included material from their recent split with Hallowed Butchery and future/previously-unreleased material.
If you missed the show, you can catch both KWC and Batillus when the bands play Acheron with Liturgy on Oct 2nd.
More pictures and some video from Cake Shop is below...
"Just saw Spoon for free at the Cake Shop and they played "Car Radio" and I'm seeing them later tonight too best day!!!!!!!" - Kelly Conaboy
Spoon just played a free lunchtime show in Cake Shop's intimate basement room. The occasion was reportedly a video shoot for "Nobody Gets Me But You". The written setlist was approximately eight songs long (we'll have the whole thing later), and they played "Car Radio" by request for an encore.
The above cell phone snaps show the line to get in, and the band bathed in red lighting during soundcheck (thx PP).
Catch Spoon again (if you have a ticket) tonight at MHOW.
Spoon says, "We're playing a short, free lunchtime set at Cake Shop in NYC tomorrow. Entrance at 1245, show at 1pm." Tomorrow = Monday. Cake Shop = SMALL. They play a slightly bigger show at Music Hall of Williamsburg later the same night. Sunday was their free show in Jersey. The setlist from that is below...
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Ben of Helms Alee, gettin' rowdy-rowdy
Sleep? Who's that? While some band was filling the Brooklyn Masonic Temple with riffs and indo smoke on Monday (9/6), Young Widows, Helms Alee, and Marching Teeth were playing at a packed Cake Shop and earning beaucoup raves. Although NYCers are no strangers to Young Widows and they surely earned their own accolades from the night, Helms Alee featuring Ben Verellen of ex-(current?) Harkonen seemed to be the clear winner of the "OMG-I-didn't-know-they-ruled-so-hard" award. Cake Shop marked their debut performance in NYC and first East Coast tour since the release of Night Terror via Hydra Head in 2008.
The Young Widows/Helms Alee train has come to an end, with the Louisville boys currently at home and Helms Alee working a few dates in the Northwest on the way back out to their native Seattle. Current Helms Alee dates are below with more pictures from the Cake Shop show...
DOWNLOAD: Elks - "Destined For The Sun" (MP3)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Heavy Suzan Cream
Liquor Store will team up with Heavy Cream, Grooms, and Hunters for a show at Death By Audio TONIGHT (9/7). It's one of a few shows that Heavy Cream have/had scheduled in the NYC area. They played Union Pool and Cake Shop last week and Rock Shop last night. Pics from the Cake Shop show, which featured a headlining set from Unnatural Helpers (who played a bunch of shows in town too) and support from The Suzan (ditto), are in this post.
Heavy Cream are on the road surpporing their new LP Danny which was just released on Infinity Cat Recordings. Dig on what's left of their tour sked below.
Meanwhile, the headliners at Death by Audio tonight, Liquor Store, will also play Music Hall of Wiliiamsburg on 10/28, alongside Elks, Ninjasonik, and "hosts" Jeff The Brotherhood (who are very good friends of Heavy Cream). Tickets are still on sale.
Elks also played Rock Shop last night with Heavy Cream, and are prepping to release their new six-song EP Elks In Space produced by Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies. No word on when/who will release the effort, but until then, download one of the tracks above.
More pictures from the Cake Shop show (which doubled as Heavy Cream guitarist Mimi's 23rd birthday party), and UH's setlist, and tour dates, below...