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Teenage Cool Kids
Teenage Cool Kids

Denton, TX indie punk outfit Teenage Cool Kids, whose members include Andrew Savage of Fergus & Geronimo, kick off a Northeast tour with their first show in the last year and a half TONIGHT (2/22) at Cake Shop in NYC. The show is part of Old Monk's residency at the venue and Little Gold is also the on the bill. The tour also includes a Brooklyn show happening on Friday (2/24) at Death by Audio with Mannequin Pussy, NT, and Priests.

All dates, tour flier, and a live video of the band from SXSW 2010 below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Dum Dum Girls @ Cake Shop - 2/6/12
Dum Dum Girls

As hinted earlier and then 100% confirmed before showtime, Dum Dum Girls & Widowspeak layed Cake Shop last night (2/6) with The Babies, and Punks on Mars. It looked like both Widowspeak and Dum Dum Girls were sporting new bass players. Here are some pictures.

Three of the four bands (sans The Babies) will play again at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/7, tickets) and at Maxwell's on 2/11 (tickets). Both NYC-area shows are part of a larger tour for Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak. All DDG dates, including the recently-announced Sasquatch, and more pictures from Cake Shop, below...

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Punks on Mars

"Harsh Realm" are headlining Cake Shop tonight/Monday (2/6) after sets by The Babies and Punks on Mars. UPDATE: now there is also a "TBA" 4th act on the bill too.

In other news, Widowspeak kicks off a short tour with Dum Dum Girls at Music Hall of Williamsburg Tuesday night (2/7). Punks on Mars (aka Ryan Howe) open the Brooklyn show too, and tickets are still on sale.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Valentine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Ace (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonmen on the Moon, Man - Hey Look, a Sweat Baloon Artist (MP3)

Hospitality (photo by Kyle Dean Reinford)

Happy Groundhog Day folks. As you may have heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we're getting six more weeks of winter. If that means the kind of winter we've had so far, I'm okay with that. I'm much more likely to head out and go see shows when not faced with the dreaded wintry mix. And there's lots of good shows this weekend, so let's get out there.

First up, the Hospitality record release party at Glasslands this Friday (2/3) (tickets still available). Their album came out this week on Merge, and I think makes a great case for not rushing things. Hospitality started playing about three years ago and released a CDR EP in the spring of 2009 that got them some notice. Most bands would've had an album out by the end of the year, but Hospitality took their time, honed their craft and became a really great live band. And the album is terrific, not a bad song in the bunch; winsome but there's some muscle in there too. You can stream the whole shebang at Merge's website or with Spotify.

The record release party also Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong on the bill. The band are also heading out on a quick tour of both coasts and will be in Austin for SXSW. All scheduled tour dates are below.

The Darkness
The Darkness

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum are The Darkness who are back for their first US tour in six years, playing Irving Plaza on Saturday (2/4, sold out) and Monday (2/6, still available). As stated before, I'm a huge fan of the Darkness' first album, 2003's near-perfect Permission to Land, which I picked as one of the best of the '00s. As a pop album. Justin Hawkins knows his way around a giant hook. After the overblown excesses of One Way Ticket to Hell (And Back) and Justin Hawkins' ill-advised Sunset Strip spandex group Hot Leg, the band seem to be back on track with new single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" which is a little more in the "Growing on Me" vein.

The Darkness' show at Bowery Ballroom back in 2003 was one of the most fun shows I've been to in the last ten years, and from YouTube footage of recent shows it looks like they've still got it. They are a kick-ass live band -- it takes skill to play "I Believe in a Thing Called Love's" solo whilst riding on your roadie's shoulders through the audience. (I hope they're still doing that.) Tickets are still available for Monday's show.

The Big Sleep
Big Sleep

Hospitality aren't the only ones with a record release party this week. The Big Sleep released The Nature Experiments this week, their first album in four years and their record release show is tonight (2/2) at Knitting Factory. It might be their most melodic record to date, with more songs that have caught my ear on first listen than I remember them doing before. You can download two of the album's best tracks at the top of this post and the listen to the entire album at Spotify. The Big Sleep are touring as well, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

Moonmen on the Moon, Man
Moonmen on the Moon, Man

Still more record release party fun: Tomorrow night (2/3) at Cake Shop is a dual record release party for Moonmen on the Moon, Man and Glass Anchors who both have record coming out on the venue's subsidary Cape Shok label which finally seems to be in gear after a lot of promise but inactivity. MMotMM, which might feature members who work or even own Cake Shop, rock in an late-'80s/early-90s college radio kind of way. Their endearingly sloppy pop -- with a little punk and twang -- woulda been right at home on, say, Frontier Records, nestled in amongst Flop and Thin White Rope and Redd Kross. You can download a track from the EP at the top of this post.

Glass Anchors is the musical project of songwriter Annie Sicherman who I admit to not knowing much about but her Cape Shok EP is lovely, dusty folk pop. Says the press release:

Honing her songs in various bands over various years, soaring songstress Annie Sicherman brings us GLASS ANCHORS. The songs on her fledgling EP are plaintive, reflective, honest, and good. GLASS ANCHORS sounds best tearing up road (preferably dirt), the one to oblivion - right after you ended the longest relationship you ever had, the one you thought would last, the one with the proposal. That road can be in your head, but certainly GLASS ANCHORS has the ability to take you there every time... with Glass Anchors, we have the real Annie 3000%, no matter what road you're on.
You can stream Glass Anchors' EP at the bottom of this post. The Cake Shop show also features Bright Lights, Overlord and Fergus & Geronimo.

That's the big stuff this week. A few more picks, day-by-day, are below of things not already covered here.



LA's Classixx play the Popshop party at Santos with Workout and The French Horn Rebellion. You may know Classix from their remixes, like the excelent one they did for Phoenix's "Lisztomania." The group's new single is out this summer on a new label that's a joint venture from the Kitsune Maison folks and, I'm not kidding, the Cobrasnake.

Spacecamp, Mon Khmer, Romans and Skaters are at Bowery Electric. Spacecamp's new EP is pretty good, especially if you like a little Police in your pop rocks.

The Death Set, who I haven't seen play since maybe SXSW 2008, are at the Delancey. Always fun live.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Old Monk - Warm Moustache (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Monk - Butter and Toast (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Monk - Sacred Birds (MP3)

Old Monk

Brooklyn trio Old Monk start their month residency at Cake Shop tonight (2/1), playing the first four Wednesdays in February. Tonight's show is with Black Forrest and the Dearloves.

Old Monk just released their debut album, Birds of Belize, on Eenie Meanie Records a couple weeks ago. It's choc-a-bloc with big riffs and sticky choruses, with a little of Pavement's brainy cool, and surprisingly complex structure (there's a whiff of prog) given that most of the songs are well short of the three minute mark. Some serious chops too. There's three tracks from the album available to download at the top of this post. "Warm Moustache" is particularly catchy.

Click through for streamable versions of the MP3s, plus Birds of Belize cover art.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Averkiou - Present Tense (MP3)


IIf you read this week's, er, This Week in Indie you saw that Gainsville, Florida's Averkiou will be in town this weekend with fellow Floridians Guy Harvey for two shows: tonight (1/27) at Cake Shop and tomorrow (1/28) at Death by Audio.

Averkiou have a new EP, The New Imperative, coming out February 10 on Sound Study Recordings and we've got the premiere the track "Present Tense," which you can download at the top of this post. (You can also stream it below.) Averkiou wrap their songs in a warm sweater of distorted, tremeloed guitar and vocal harmonies and those who are fond of early '90 Yo La Tengo, and Teenage Fanclub will likely dig this.

Click through for cover art for The New Imperative EP, "Fuzzy Photogragh" stream, and all upcoming Averkiou tour dates.

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Todd P reports:


So, tickets are SOLD OUT to 2NITE's AraabMuzik NYE @285KENT AVE & tickets will NOT be released at the door.

... But what are you doing late nite? After the ball drops & after the amateurs go home, come out to @285KENT AVE again & 2012 it up starting @ 2:30am!
Trippple Nippples | DIVE | Shea djs @285KENT AVE 230am 12/31 aka 1/1 NYE
+ Reyka Vodka open bar starting at 3am

Dive also playing Cake Shop earlier in the night.

Trippple Nippples also play Shea Stadium before they leave town.

Lee Fields (more by Bryan Kremkau)
Lee Fields

Deer Tick (more by Tim Griffin)
Deer Tick

Charles Bradley (more by Ryan Barkan)
Charles Bradley

New Year's Eve show listings HERE and HERE, and one late addition is Cake Shop which is listed below:

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Bruar Falls

Sad news:

It is with great sadness and a touch of disappointment that Nick and
Andy Bodor from Cake Shop are announcing the closing of Bruar Falls,
our sister venue in Williamsburg.

After two and a half quick years, Bruar Falls will cease to exist on
November 1st 2011. We opened with nothing but optimism and
excitement, after designing and building our ideal combination of a
local jukebox bar with a stage to showcase all the great bands coming
out of Brooklyn. It was soon apparent to us, however, that people in
Williamsburg have lots of other options to see bands. We love and are
inspired by these places, but really, between loft/warehouse parties
and D.I.Y spots, where you can bring in your own cheap beer, smoke
inside and hit on the same people...we totally understand why it's hard
to spend money at your local legit small club. It is difficult not to
be a bit jealous of their freedom, but we have always worked hard to
be in for the long haul.

Our closure is not a victim of Whole Foods' bulldozers, nor did we get
our sound equipment stolen by thieving assholes. Actually, we wish it
was something that dramatic and awful. No, its due to the classic
creative differences issue, plus the fact that we had to maintain a
hard-to-honor midnight curfew; and the simple fact that if you can't
bring in enough money to pay your bills (no matter how low your rent
is), you can not stay in business. At this point, it is actually way
easier to shut down, save the name for another location, and start anew.

We created Bruar Falls to assist in nurturing the Brooklyn independent
music scene, and help the bands that continually inspire us. We hoped
to serve as a Williamsburg outpost for the bands that enjoyed the NYC
Cake Shop experience in the borough where many of them live. We
wanted a place where fledgling bands played for free to get started
and be seen by their peers before maybe going on to bigger rooms and
more pay. Many larger-stature bands played here to intimate crowds to
help keep everything in perspective. We hold most every band that
played here close to our hearts.

Of course, Cake Shop will continue with your help, we are now better
than ever: we are developing our ongoing filmed-band series,
"Cakeshop Presents" on www.cake-shop.com (which you can check often
for new videos). We will be starting "Cakeshop/Capeshok Presents"
bills at larger area clubs, featuring Cake Shop graduates. Our
partner and us are close to announcing the Cake Shop club experience
to another area of the world (location TBA) in late 2012.

So... Thank you to every single band that ever graced our stage.
Thanks to each and every crowd member who paid for those bands, thanks
to all who sweated through their shirts when the AC was busted. And
huge thanks to the incredible local and touring talent that played for
peanuts all in the name of art, rock & roll, and a good time.

Please support Bruar Falls the entire month of October for our last
CMJ Music Marathon, and crazy Halloween closing-night parties. We
want everyone to take a few last glances at the club, but we really
need your help to get out of debt. Both Nick and Andy have been
working for free to keep Bruar Falls going as long as we could, and we
have many bills that need to be paid so that we can walk away...We
will be offering drink specials and hoping to secure only the best
bands in our final month.

Continue to check www.cake-shop.com, for what we will be up to next.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about upcoming secret shows
and drink deals...and thank you for your endless support for anything we
love enough to attach our name to.

RIP Bruar Falls.

Meanwhile go see a show there while you can!

by BBG

The Psychic Paramount @ Cake Shop
The Psychic Paramount

I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) -[Bill Pearis]
I'd have to agree with that sentiment even though my experience was with the show last night (7/27) at Cake Shop with Spectre Folk. Besides their ongoing dates together, Krautrock is the tie that binds the two; The Psychic Paramount's reverb-drenched prog adheres closer to psychedelia while Disappears uses Krautrock groove as a jumping off point for punk-infused songwriting. Both bands were impressive, albeit in very different ways.

If quality was measured in volume, The Psychic Paramount would win hands down. The band's big bang live show is sustained by near infinite looping run through similarly endless reverb; they literally have reverb for their reverb... mics that capture the band's sound and run it through a Fender twin reverb. Though loud is always good, you definitely don't have to be good to be loud. The Psychic Paramount is most definitely good.

If you can, catch Disappears on the road in the coming months with either The Psychic Paramount or OBITS. Tour dates and more pictures are Cake Shop, where they played with Spectre Folk, are below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pains @ Webster Hall (more by Winnie Cheung)

There has been an "11PM TBA" slot on the opening night of the fifth-annual NYC Popfest for the last month, and I've been hoping it would be someone really cool, and it is. Popfest HQ has announced that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -- who just headlined Webster Hall -- will headline the May 19th show at Cake Shop. TPOBPAH last played Popfest in 2008 before most people knew who they were.

Individual tickets for that show are sold out, but four-day passes which will get you in are still available. More about all the bands playing Popfest this year coming soon. More Pains dates below...

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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...

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DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Kudos (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Crazy Ruler of the World (MP3)

Surf City
Surf City

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.

05.04 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
05.07 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
Tonight's Brooklyn Bowl show is only $5.00 and with Xray Eyeballs and Darlings.

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
Hunx and His Punx

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...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Davila 666

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...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Prisoner (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Through the Floor (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zaza - Distance Creator (ZIP)


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.

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

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 cakeshopusa@gmail.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
Crystal Stilts

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.

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photos by Jason House, words by BBG

Fuck The Facts

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...

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photos by Jason House, words by BBG

Government Warning

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
Jeff and Peter

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).

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!

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...

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by BBG


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...

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Lewis and Peter

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...

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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.

by BBG


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...

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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...

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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...

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