Entries tagged with: Cameo
photos: The Catenary Wires @ Cameo in May (more by PSquared)
As all good things must come to an end, Cameo Gallery will be closing its operations on Nov. 21st, 2015. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been part of an amazing music scene. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to all those who have been a part of our existence since we opened our doors 7 years ago.The November 21 closing is almost exactly (minus a day) the one-year anniversary of Death by Audio's final night. Cameo says they'll be announcing their final round of shows soon, but in the meantime they'll be business as usual, including a very busy CMJ. As we mentioned before, those streamers were as iconic a stage backdrop as Glasslands' clouds and it will be sad not seeing them -- or seeing shows or dancing -- at Cameo once it's closed. You'll be missed.
photo: The Loft @ Cameo Gallery in May (more by PSquared)
UPDATE: It's official... Cameo will close on November 21.
More changes to the Williamsburg club scene. Though no official announcement has been made (and, update: the club say it's not true), we hear (and have been hearing for a while) that Cameo Gallery will be closing soon. It opened in the back of the Lovin' Cup Cafe on North 6th St in 2008 (who saw Mumford & Sons there in 2009?).
A look at their calendar has nothing booked for September past the 9/19 edition of Mondo!, and only one show for October (Gringo Starr on 10/10). Their streamer-lined ceiling is second only to Glasslands' clouds as iconic Williamsburg club backdrops went. It will be sad to see those go.
UPDATE: Cameo reached out and says this is "all rumors right now! Not true." We hope so!
Also: that 9/19 edition of Mondo! will be the last for the long-running indiepop danceparty which is calling it quits after 11 years of playing "This Charming Man" and other favorites. Before Cameo, Mondo! threw down at Don Hill's. We'll miss ya, Mondo.
Big Terrific, the long-running, weekly comedy show at Cameo, already said goodbye earlier this year.
Check out a few videos from the club, below...
Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.
Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.
Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.
Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:
8:45 GO GO's$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:
Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies$5 with costume, $7 without.
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,
photos and words by Caroline Harrison
The Psychic Paramount at Cameo, 7/8/2012
The Psychic Paramount kicked off a month-long tour last night at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. They were supported by Stabbing Eastward and Guardian Alien.
Guardian Alien took the stage first, playing a 40 minute piece driven by the crescendos and decrescendos of Turner William's shahi baaja, a kind of electric Indian zither. However, singer Alex Drewchin's yogic convulsions distracted from the set's otherwise hypnotic drone.
Stabbing Eastward took full advantage of singer Tunde Adebimpe's voice (of TV on The Radio), layering loops and samples underneath his eerie falsetto. Adebimpe snapped and rapped his knuckles on a stool, uniquely complementing Ryan Sawyer's virtuoso drum performance.
The Psychic Paramount produced a dizzying wall of sound in no time at all, filling space between songs with with knob-twiddling tones. The band thudded along at a relentless pace behind their wall of fog and light. The set was exhausting and, despite the lingering smell of the smoke machines, thoroughly cathartic.
Psychic Paramount will return to Union Pool on August 9th, so anyone who missed last night's show will have a second chance to catch the trio. The band heads to Pitchfork Festival this weekend.
More pictures from Cameo on Sunday are below.
by Bill Pearis
Orca Team at NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.
By Bill Pearis
Minneapolis trio Now Now are currently on the road with The Naked & Famous, a tour which rolls into New York next week for a sold-out show on Wednesday (4/4) at Terminal 5. For those who want to see them in a less cavernous (yet still high-ceilinged) venue, Now Now play a headlining gig on Tuesday (4/3) at Cameo Gallery with Lightyear and Field Mouse. After their stint with the Naked & Famous, the band will then hook up with fun. who will be atTerminal 5 on June 15 and 16 (both sold out).
Now Now's second album, Threads, came out earlier this month on Chris Walla's Trans Records. As you might expect from a label run by a member of Death Cab for Cutie, Threads is expansive, ocean-sized, heart-on-sleeve pop. (You can fill in your own late '90s/early '00s sensitive genre names.) It's a big, ambitious record that sounds like it was built for places like Terminal 5 and, who knows, it may not be long before they are headlining there themselves.
You can stream a couple Threads tracks at the bottom of this post and watch the video for "Dead Oaks" as well. Or you can stream the whole album on Spotify. All Now Now tour dates are below too...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: AU - Solid Gold (MP3)
Portland, Oregon's AU are in town, playing Cameo tonight (3/29) with Howth, Skeletons and Leverage Models. The duo (a trio playing live) will release their third album, Both Lights, next week (4/3) on Hometapes. It's a mix of orch-pop not that far from what Beirut or Fanfarlo do, to more challenging, clattering, experimental material. Colin Stetson, who has shows coming up soon, features heavily on the new album as well. You can download "Solid Gold" at the top of this post or stream it below along with live video of the same song, plus a stream of another Both Lights track.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Bachelorette @ Cameo
Annabel Alpers, known by her stage name Bachelorette played Cameo on March 4th with support from Baby Alpaca and Bermuda Bonnie. She has also been opening for the Magnetic Fields. Someone who saw the Albany show wrote:
"Bachelorette - the stage name of New Zealand singer-songwriter Annabel Alpers - opened the show with a hypnotic solo performance that was dripping with new wave-vintage electro-pop, from the throbbing, big-buzz backbeat of "Blanket" to the gauzy, reverb-drenched swirl of "Love Is a Drug." She accompanied herself on a pair of laptops, the occasional shake of a maraca or the tap of a tambourine and dreamy, drifting vocals as she wove a sparkling sonic tapestry."Bachelorette opens for the Mag Fields in Philadelphia tonight and then will take a couple weeks away from the road before jetting to the West Coast to support Stephin Merritt for another string of dates that head Eastward by month's end. Tour dates are listed below.
The new record by The Magnetic Fields, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, is out NOW via Merge and the band will hit Beacon Theater for two nights, April 3rd and 4th with Devotchka, as well as SXSW for a few shows. Tickets for 4/3 and for 4/4 are still available.
All tour dates and pictures from Cameo are below...
FaltyDL at PS1 in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
One day after Sepalcure plays Cameo Gallery and a day before the venue hosts a Sub Swara New Year's Eve party (details HERE), FaltyDL will play Cameo Gallery on December 30 with Dave Q, Kuhn, Rimar, MAUI, and DJ Discophantom. If you buy advance tickets online for the Sepalcure show, you will receive half-priced tickets for the FaltyDL show (which doesn't appear to have a ticket link of its own).
FaltyDL released a ton of stuff this year, including a remix of Sepalcure's track "Love Pressure." Stream that remix below and check out a list of every release FaltyDL was a part of.
Ital, who recently played 285 Kent with Blondes, and who has a new LP coming out on Planet Mu in February, was added to the Sepalcure show, along with Heathered Pearls. And as mentioned, Machinedrum (who is one half of Sepalcure) also plays.
Song stream and FaltyDL's list below...
I didn't check any other price points, but I was able to pull up a $1000 ticket no problem to tonight's show at Beacon Theater no problem. It's this one:
JIM GAFFIGAN, RICKY GERVAIS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JON STEWART, AND THE MAX WEINBERG BIG BAND JOIN FORCES WITH THE BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION AND THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL TO BRING LAUGHTER AND MUSIC TO THE 5TH ANNUAL STAND UP FOR HEROES EVENT.Bruuuuuuce...
Tickets are much cheaper, if not already sold out, for the rest of the events comprising this year's NY Comedy Festival which runs through November 13th. Venues range from the fancy Beacon to the homes of drink minimums to more indie offerings. The official schedule lists Big Terrific at Cameo and multiple things happening at UCB East and West tonight.
Tim Minchin, Cintra Wilson & Colson Whitehead are appearing at the Greene Space today and tickets are still available.
Male Bonding @ ATAS in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
The Male Bonding, Love Inks and Fort Lean show scheduled for Saturday night at Glasslands has been moved to Tuesday August 30th @ Cameo Gallery. The tour also hits Mercury Lounge on Monday. Updated dates below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
The War on Drugs @ Cameo Gallery
The War on Drugs played two NYC shows this past weekend that took place at Cameo Gallery on Friday (8/19) and Mercury Lounge on Saturday (8/20). The Cameo show was with the impressive lineup of both Caveman and Porcelain Raft, and the Mercury show was with Porcelain Raft and Arc in Round. We've got pictures and videos from the Brooklyn show (Cameo) in this post.
The War on Drugs released the Slave Ambient LP on Secretly Canadian last week (8/16). You can order the album in a number of different formats at the Secretly Canadian webstore. The video for album track "Baby Missiles" is below and a free download of the track is HERE. The band will tour this fall with Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton. No NYC date has been announced for that tour (yet?). It took a few years for The War on Drugs to work out their kinks, but the band has really come into their own now. If Bill is right, we won't be seeing War on Drugs in venues as small as Cameo for much longer. All dates are listed below.
More pictures and videos from the Cameo show and all dates below...
"felt like i was gonna die from both heat stroke and excitement many times during @pictureplane at 285 kent last night" - Emmi Lichtenberg
"pictureplane 285 kent the hottest show of my 40 years earthly existence..
the good hot" - Steven Read
"Best out to Todd P, 285 Kent, Teengirl Fantasy & Pictureplane for helping me sweat out all those toxins, I had a good time" - Brandon Ynocencio
Pictureplane at 285 Kent (via Steven Read)
Pictureplane played 285 Kent on Saturday (7/23) as part of his tour with Teengirl Fantasy. The show was the album release party for Thee Physical, which was available as a cassette. Despite Todd P's valiant efforts to provide A/C at 285 Kent, they weren't able to cool down the extremely hot venue. Todd P retweeted Mookie Singerman of Lovepump Records (home of Pictureplane) who said, "AC IS ON AT 285 KENT!!! WATERSHED MOMENT IN DIY TODD P HISTORY." with the added, "Somebody spoke too soon!" And they did. Pictureplane said the show "was a high point in my 'career' as a performer. I didn't know my body could sweat like that." Those in attendance (tweets above) suffered the heat too, but feedback was still positive as ever.
I wonder what the A/C situation will be at 285 Kent tonight (7/26) for the Silent Barn Benefit. with Bomb the Music Industry and secret guests.
There are a few more dates on the Pictureplane/Teengirl Fantasy tour which culminates at the end of the month in Buffalo, NY. Each artist will also play their own Warm Up show at PS1 in August. Pictureplane's is on August 20, after he finishes a tour with Javelin. The PS1 bill also includes Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, and Ford & Lopatin (DJ). After that, Pictureplane will play two more NYC shows. The first is on September 1 at Cameo Gallery. Lineup and ticket info coming soon. He'll then play a Jelly RockBeach show on September 3 with Wise Blood and others.
Pictureplane's tour with Javelin doesn't hit the east coast at all, but Javelin play their own NYC show at 285 Kent on September 17.
Updated dates below...
Mike Volpe aka Clams Casino released an instrumental mixtape in March, largely made up of beats he produced for Lil B and Soulja Boy. He'll follow that up with his first collection of exclusively instrumental material, Rainforest EP on June 27 via Tri Angle. The EP is available for pre-order on Tri Angle's website and is streaming now below. You can also watch the video for the EP track "Gorilla" below and grab the MP3 above.
A brand new hip hop mix he made for FACT Magazine can also be downloaded above, and streamed below.
Clams Casino doesn't make it easy to figure out where he'll be performing live, and he doesn't seem to do so that often, but he actually was in Brooklyn on Sunday. He and DJ Neon Indian were added very last minute as surprise guests to the Northside dance party hapening at Cameo (Wise Blood, Creep, etc were on the announed lineup). I don't think anyone actually knew though (not to mention it was a Sunday). IGIF tweeted, "cameo is empty for clams casino, dude doesn't seem too into it, speakers sound blown out... but overall sounds hot." The circumstanes should be much better when Clams plays a PS1 Warm Up event on August 13 with Black Dice, His Name Is Alive (DJ set), and Tri Angle labelmates oOoOO, Ayshay, and Water Borders. It's his only announced date at the moment (that we know of).
Killer Mike recently freestyled over the Clams Casino track "Brainwash by London" off his instrumental mixtape for Pitchfork TV. Check out the video below. Killer Mike is currently working on a new album with El-P who just announced a Company Flow reunion show.
Clams Casino album stream and videos and stuff below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: WATERS - "For the One" (MP3)
Van Pierszalowski, former lead singer of the recently broken-up Port O'Brien, now records under the moniker WATERS. Rather than the indie folk/pop Port O'Brien had become known for, in WATERS Van opts for a fuzzy '90s-lo-fi approach which can be heard above in the song "For the One." WATERS releases his debut LP Out In The Light on September 20 via TBD Records.
He's currently finishing up a tour in Europe with Wye Oak which he'll follow with three NYC dates. WATERS plays the Flavorpill/IROCKIROLL/The Bell House Northside showcase at Cameo Gallery on June 18 with Sean Bones, Neighbors, Zuzuka Poderosa, Young Adults, and Wojick. They also open for Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) at their sold out Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19. WATERS then plays a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 21 with Exitmusic, Milagres, and Anni Rossi. Tickets are on sale.
The Cameo show is one of many that Sean Bones has happening at Cameo this month. He already played there last Thursday and he also plays there on June 23rd (with afro-funk band/collective Superhuman Happiness) and June 30th with the great New Moods. Full residency show lineups are below. Sean is playing new songs at the shows. Those songs will appear on the new record he's finishing recording with Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend). Sean's last record came out on Frenchkiss.
All tour dates below...
Holy Ghost! in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
The second edition of Noncerts goes down at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn tonight (4/29). Elvis Perkins, Martha Wainwright, and Jesse Harris will all play sets with the all-star house band and tickets for the benefit are still on sale.
Stick around after Noncerts for the dance party happening in the same venue with DFA DJs Jee Day, Matt Cash and Juan Maclean who may not be joined by his bandmate Nancy Whang even though she will probably make an appearance earlier in the night across the street at the sold out Holy Ghost! show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Nancy is scheduled to instead appear with Classixx tonight at Webster Hall (flyer below). If that's not enough DFA for you, Free Energy play a show tonight at Glasslands too. Oh, and if you're going to Holy Ghost!, save your ticket stub (if you have one). It gets you $3.00 off admission to Cameo (doors at midnight).
Holy Ghost! just got off a tour with Cut Copy whose next NYC show is in Prospect Park with Midnight Magic who you can catch way before that on North 6th Street too. On Cinco de Mayo, while BOBBY are doing there thing over at Knitting Factory, Midnight Magic, Arthur Baker, and DFA DJ Matt Thornley will play a show in the back room of Public Assembly while Colin Rogister [Disocography], Joakim [Paris/ Tigersushi], Sal P [Liquid Liquid], and Tim Sweeney [Beats in Space/ DFA] hold it down in the same venue's loft space. A $15 ticket will get you into both the main event and the "Discography" party in the loft, or you can skip the downstairs and pay only $5. The flyer for that part is below...
by Marley Lynch
R. Stevie Moore @ Knitting Factory in 2007 (by Leia Jospe)
Talk about eccentric. R. Stevie Moore opened his show at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery on April 14th wearing a white linen suit over a short-sleeved hoodie imprinted with neon skulls, rubbing a towel over his belligerent grey hair and moaning wordlessly into the microphone. And it only got weirder from there.
Fans who came to see the 59-year old original seemed to know what to expect. They danced to his experimental songs, laughed nervously at his semi-articulate digressions, and played along with his rambunctious antics. Indeed, they seemed pleased with Moore's delivery of his pop, punk and prog rock songs, which were backed by attractive Brooklyn band Tropical Ooze. Instead of being just plain bizarre, the concert was ultimately mesmerizing and inimitable; it offered a window into Moore's mysterious world, the man hailed as the "Godfather of Home Recording" who remains lamentably unrecognized.
The son of Bob Moore, revered session bassist who played with the likes of Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline, Moore Jr. grew up in Nashville and learned to play the guitar, piano, bass, and drums as a teenager. This self-sufficient method also extends to his production - the DIY stalwart writes, plays, records and mixes all of his music. He has now released over 400 genre-crossing records over a course of 32 years. Can you say prolific? If you'd like to delve into this indefatigable music catalogue, you can find it on a variety of domestic and international indie labels, as well as much that was released through Moore's own Cassette Club which then became the CDR Club.
Moore's releases are enough to send any record store employee into a head-scratching frenzy - what bin should they be placed in? This question is simply impossible to answer as his music captures an incredible range of styles and influences. Present are the sounds of the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, 10cc, Talking Heads and the Ramones. Moore is also a lo-fi movement pioneer, long before it became popularized by bands such as Pavement and Guided by Voices.
The tightness of last week's performance is even more impressive when you consider the diverse and formidable material Tropical Ooze was faced with learning (also keep in mind the challenges of working with a musician as idiosyncratic as Moore). On "Irony," an appealing, poppy song, his characteristically nasal falsetto was expertly backed by T'Ooze's gentle guitar twangs and melodic keyboard strokes to create a funky, danceable groove.
Towards the end of the show, Moore stormed offstage along with his band, only to return on his own - "totally unrehearsed the way you like," he assured his audience with a creepy giggle. Tenderly fondling his guitar, which was covered with a peeling sticker of the Virgin Mary, he delivered a solo acoustic session. His diffidence was only betrayed by his wailing lyrics: "Mama I'm at the top of my game // They all in the palm of my hand // What do I do now?"
If you did not catch him at Cameo, Moore will be back in the Big Apple on June 2nd to open for Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza. He is currently raising money for a world tour, so curious non-New Yorkers (as well as NYC dwellers) should donate at his Kickstarter Campaign to be sure to take advantage of his rare forays out of the recording studio (also known as his living room). His value as a live performer is seriously underrated, and he definitely doesn't leave his audience bored.
We announced tentative R. Stevie Moore June/July tour dates in March, and those dates are still tentative. In fact, Stevie is raising money to help make them happen via Kickstarter. He says:
This past January, Kickstarter nation helped get R. Stevie out of the house and into the studio. With the FANtastic momentum, R. Stevie is looking now to get out of the studio and into to your town!Meanwhile, Tropical Ooze will back Stevie for the first time live TONIGHT, 4/14, at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. Tropical Ooze will also open, along with Purchase, NY's BIG MUFF. You might consider it a warm up show for his hosting gig at SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock festival this weekend.
He will be joined in his crusade by bad boy Brooklyn backing band Tropical Ooze and documentary filmmakers Jon Demiglio and Tricia Gray.
Kickstarter tour video and more info below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"Gene Ween closed the night with a set that boasted numerous Ween songs as well as a cover of Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Were a Rich Man" that featured the house group's string section. In addition to the show's house band, Ween's set featured accompaniment from longtime Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz." [jambands.com]First of all, sorry for the delay in this post - I was originally waiting for some video (coming soon!), and then I just fell behind. Second of all, the first-ever edition of Noncerts back on February 20th was a magical night of music at Cameo in Brooklyn with special sets by Gene Ween, Hamilton Leithauser, David Dondero, and Dave Godowsky, not to mention the 10-piece rotating house band full of acclaimed musicians who have played with everyone from Jay-Z to Bon Iver to Yo-Yo Ma. Plus, all proceeds form the show are being given to music funding at public schools in Brooklyn.
Stay tuned for video and audio, and for the lineup of the next Noncert (date TBA), but for now check out the full setlist and more pictures from the first one, below...
"Noncerts is a charity-based concert series in Brooklyn, NY. The idea is to bring together some of the finest musicians in the area to back-up prominent songwriters, putting established artists in a unique musical environment while encouraging community and collaboration."BrooklynVegan is proud to be on board as co-presenter of this new series conceived by Dave Godowsky who is also performing at the inaugural event on February 20th at Cameo Gallery alongside David Dondero, Gene Ween, and Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen! Those great men will be backed by an unbelievable house band comprised of Pico Alt, CJ Camerieri, Dave Godowsky, Jesse Harris, Marika Hughes, Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Ben Lester, Eivind Opsvik, Jenny Scheinman, and Doug Wieselman! It will be a special night, with all the money going to charity, and tickets are on sale now.
Stay tuned for more future Noncerts announcements. More Walkmen tour dates HERE.
photos & video by Jessica Amaya
The Forms @ Cameo
The Forms played a show at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on Saturday night, 12/18, with Balene whose members include Chris Bordeaux of Rahim. A set of pictures from that show, and a video, continue below...
PLAYING LIVE EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY - schedule here: www.cameony.com. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, direct from Brooklyn. Our residency continues Wed, Sept. 1st & 15th at Cameo/The Lovin' Cup (93 North 6th Street, btw Berry & Wythe, 11211), and every first and third Wed in 2010.The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra continue their residency tonight (9/1). Listen to their covers of Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire and CSS, below...
The WSO is a 12-piece band playing big Latin arrangements of our favorite indie tunes. Come see us live!
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Promises (MP3)
The Morning Benders tied up their succinct CD release show at the Cameo Monday night (3/8) with "Excuses," the album's ambitiously arranged, counterpoint-heavy opener. The shimmery violins and chorus of backup singers (see the video below) were nowhere to be found - instead the five-piece carried the cruise-ship sway themselves, with singer Chris Chu and the band looping up a cappella vocals until its climactic crest. Their live set and their Big Echo T-shirts were both worthy adverts for the new disc, which expands on their concert sound with the studio touch of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor (and Chu, who coproduced). "Promises," above, is a particularly expert unfurling of that in-studio tool kit. A sun-ready sound practically begging for the Seaports or Waterfronts of the summer.
The Cameo show was the last in a run of NYC gig for the band. Their continuing tour includes SXSW (where they'll be at the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on Wednesday March 17th, for one) and a return to NYC for a shows at Mercury Lounge in April.
More pictures from the Cameo (and their video for "Promises") are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Promises (MP3)
A trio of bands - Cuddle Magic, Morning Benders and Shark? - played acoustic sets at Housing Works's CD swap on Thursday, February 25th. Two separate sets of pictures from that Hype Machine-sponsored event are in this post.
Morning Benders then played Market Hotel two days later and they have a busy upcoming schedule - they'll tour to SXSW and return to NYC for a show on April 22nd at Mercury Lounge which is now sold out (though Harlem, the early show at the same venue that night, is still on sale). Didn't grab tickets? Well, they've added a second show. The new Mercury Lounge date is Wednesday, April 28th. Tickets go on sale soon.
Can't wait that long? The band's album, which you can stream online and get a song from above, comes out March 9th on Rough Trade. So to celebrate they'll play a BrooklynVegan-presented CD release show at The Cameo this Monday, March 8th. The place is small. The show is FREE. Arrive early if you want a shot at getting in. Flyer below.
The rest of Morning Benders' tour dates, including SXSW, are HERE (plus there's at least one more Austin show still TBA). Flyers, a live session with friends (that include members of Girls & John Vanderslice), and more pictures are below...
Surfer Blood & Marnie Stern @ Cameo on NYE (by Abbey Braden /PunkPhoto)
Surfer Blood played the Cameo with We Are Country Mice, Beach Fossils, Frankie & The Outs (who played in their swimsuits) and others on New Years Eve. As you can see in the picture above, Marnie Stern (who's been quiet recently show-wise) joined Surfer Blood on stage at the party.
Surfer Blood has quite a bit of tour dates (with interesting tourmates like Monotonix) scheduled between now and SXSW. On Wednesday, January 13th, they'll play a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with The Drums and Depreciation Guild. They'll also play Brooklyn's Market Hotel on February 27th with Beach Fossils and Grooms, and New York's Mercury Lounge on Sunday, February 28th with We Are Country Mice and Radical Sons. Both NYC shows are also with Turbo Fruits who they'll continue on the road with for a bunch more dates. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 8th at noon for the Manhattan show.
Video of Surfer Blood playing with Marnie Stern, other songs from their NYE set, and all tour dates are below...