Entries tagged with: Central Village
Vampire Weekend @ MHOW, Brooklyn, NYC - Sept 8, 2007 (CRED)
No band is more hotly debated among NYC music-heads right now than XL Recording's latest signing (and critical darlings - and don't forget Sasha) Vampire Weekend. Very few argue that the band isn't making enjoyable, catchy music. Some just seem to be offended, or confused, by the vanilla nature of it. My favorite line came from a friend who recently dubbed them the "Jimmy Buffet of indie rock". Then again, that friend hates everything. And from Central Village:...
How on EARTH did these guys become a 'blogger' favorite?.....It's perfectly good music for what it is. It just sounds a lot more like something I'd be embarrassed to tell people I liked, rather than something I'm embarrassed to tell people I've never listened to. That make any sense?Vampire Weekend played to a sold out crowd at the new around-600-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this past weekend. Were you there? (don't worry - this site allows commenting anonymously). A week before that, they opened for Clipse at a free show on the steps of Columbia University (their alma mater). Undisputed Wes was at the Columbia show, and he reports...
They were enthusiastically received by the students, some of which seemed to know the words to a good amount of the songs. They divided their set equally between bouncy, danceable indie rock, and Paul Simon-esque African-infused indie pop with a smidgen of world music. Dancing/awkward teenage hopping took place and the banter ranged from distractingly long to endearingly funny.Tour dates below....
Download: White Light / White Light (new MP3)
Supersystem are playing Mercury Lounge in NYC tomorrow night (August 30, 2006). They go on right before Central Village's new favorite band Bound Stems. Supersystem are also at the Touch & Go 25th Annivesary festival on Septmeber 8th, and then touring with Zombi from September 22nd in Atlanta until October 20th in DC. On October 21st they're back in NYC (Brooklyn) to play a show with my new favorite band Professor Murder at Northsix (tix). All tour dates below...
At the risk of losing my last shred of indie cred, here's some upcoming info on free shows, presales, and benefits....
Corinne Bailey Rae's free show is tomorrow.
"164 pop culturally relevant samples forced into a perfect 45-minute party mix."
If you're like Pitchfork, Central Village, and every other person I talk to (including myself), the new mixtape by Girl Talk called Night Ripper is what you've been listening to. If you were in the know before the July 17th 8.4 Pitchfork review, you may have caught Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) at his July 7th show in the basement of Lit (NYC). If you missed it, you have another chance at Mercury Lounge (NYC) on August 18, 2006 (tix not on sale yet).
YANP is hosting Bright Eyes' whole Bonnaroo set as MP3/M4a download. Central Village has a few more photos.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 11am for Muse's August 3rd NYC show at Hammerstein Ballroom. Ultragrrrl posted some presale info, but Central Village says the NYC presale is already sold out. All tour dates below...
"Sorry for the mass email, but I wanted to let you know about an upcoming secret show by my band THE RAPTURE on Sunday, June 11th!! The proceeds from the ticket sales will go to benefit the band's dear friend who is battling brain cancer. For more information or to make a donation check out: www.goodtimekidfund.org. This will be the ONLY show this summer by The Rapture before their new album comes out in September, so come on by and get a sneak preview of their new music!" (via Loose Record & Central Village)
"Who the f*ck is Lily Allen? I take one week off from the Internet, and three (3!) f*cking bands pop up as the next greatest thing ever. Beirut? Lily Allen? At least I knew I didn't care about Cold War Kids before I left for LA." [Central Village, post-Coachella]
"Beirut is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based musician Zach Condon, but his sound is more Prague than Park Slope. And don't be fooled by his weary voice: Condon is only 19. With assistance from members of A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut's inventive Gulag Orkestar conjures up Old World sights and sounds: Parisian street cafes, Gypsies, silent movies, marching bands, funeral dirges. Created without guitars, Gulag Orkestar instead incorporates an orchestra full of mandolins, ukuleles, violins and glockenspiels." [Kathryn Yu for NPR]
Crackers United: First Listen for SXSW 2006 | Part 5
Catbirdseat: I present Beirut
Strawberry Fire: Band de Jour - Beirut
Said the Gramophone: Beirut
Gorilla vs. Bear: Top 8 albums of 2006
Good Hodgkins: Five more essential releases from 2006
Yeti Don't Dance: Beirut: album buzz, live
Crackers United: Beirut | Gulag Orkestar
electric boogaloo: soundz : : beirut (believe the hype)
Village Indian: MP3 Masala: Beirut | Rufus Wainwright
Stereogum: The Inevitable Beirut Post
Yet Another Indie Disco: yet another blog hype: beirut
Gorilla Vs Bear: Best of April
Young Poisoner's Handbook: Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Harmonium: Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Yeti Don't Dance: Beirut at the Top of the Charts
Pitchfork: Track Review
BrooklynVegan: And bloGOD said let there be Beirut
BEIRUT - 2006 TOUR DATES
May 10th 8pm - Knitting Factory, NYC w/ Irving and Group Sounds (TONIGHT)
May 22 8:30pm - Mercury Lounge, NYC w/ Frog Eyes and Sunset Rubdown
June 8 7pm - Joe's pub, NYC w/ The Wiyos
"Expect an east coast summer tour with dates starting in NYC"
And bloGOD said let there be Lily Allen
BOWERY SHOW MOVES TO WEBSTER HALL
There was some initial confusion about the May 21st National show at Bowery Ballroom because "The Hold Steady" were listed as opener. People found out quickly that wasn't happening, and the show sold out in no time anyway. (Doveman and Baby Dayliner are opening instead). Then ticketholders found out the show was moved to the larger and less desirable Webster Hall. The National sent out this message:
Hi Everyone. Just a quick note to let you know the May 21st Show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom sold out very quickly and has been moved to Webster Hall for the same night (it wasnt possible to add a 2nd Bowery show). So there are more tickets available now. Thanks and hope to see you there!
PEOPLE ARE PISSED
"I feel taken advantage of. They didn't even offer a half-assed refund option, as they sometimes do when dates or venues get moved around." [Central Village]
"I'm bummed." [in an email I got]
"the f*cking national show was moved to webster hall...a-holes." [in the comments]
SO I CONTACTED THE NATIONAL, AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID....
"We agreed to play a benefit at the Bowery Ballroom on May 21st for the not-for-profit writers' workshop 826NYC, but the organizers couldn't get other bands to committ to play. Bowery then asked us if we wanted to play a headline show instead on that date. We agreed and confirmed it mid last week and announced the show in an email to our mailing list. We didn't realize tickets would sell out as fast as they did and before the show was listed in the papers. So there were lots of fans/friends who didn't have a chance to buy tixs before they were gone. We tried to add a second night at Bowery but that was impossible as Monday the 22nd was already reserved. We decided with Bowery to move the show to a larger room since we are about to enter the studio to record a new album, and therefore won't be playing shows in NYC again until at least the Fall. That's the story....it didnt occur to us that the switch could bother some folks who prefer bowery until the decision was made....in hindsight, we all feel bad that some people who prefer Bowery and bought tickets thinking that was the venue are upset by this. but that being said, we will make sure the show at Webster is great."
* The April 18th show is Gothamist's Movable Hype which just became an even awesomer show with the announcement that Land of Talk and Stars of Track and Field were added to the bill. Central Village couldn't be more excited.
* The April 19th show is FREE and INTIMATE and ACOUSTIC and upstairs at Pianos. It's part of Liberated Matter's Cross Pollination actually, and that means members of Cloud Cult will play their own set and then jam with someone else. 'Someone else' will be M Shanghai String Band.
* The April 21st show is with the Undisputed Heavyweights. Cloud Cult @ 8. Undisputed Heavyweights @ 9. According to Wes, Cloud Cult will be joining the Heavyweights on stage for some more jamming too.
All of Cloud Cult's tour dates below...
The Young Knives were one of many, and one of the best, 'hot' British bands I saw at SXSW. They didn't blow me away, but I left happy. Think Art Brut meets Revenge of the Nerds (Art Brut was headlining the show I saw them at actually). "In their home country, The Knives have often been compared to punk pioneers Gang of Four, and the resemblance is not entirely a coincidence; the band was originally discovered by Go4 guitarist Andy Gill, who helped produced some of the tracks on the band's latest EP, 'Junky Music Make My Heart Beat Faster.'" [Live Daily]
Brakes are the band that has an ex-British-Sea-Powerer. After the Plan B, Boy Kill Boy, Towers of London and The Rakes show at Bowery Ballrooom tonight, Brakes and The Young Knives are playing a show at the Annex (doors at midnight). $6.00 to get in, or FREE to the first 150 people to come from Bowery Ballroom (leave your wristband on).
Members of the Cloud Cult fanclub (also known as the CCC) are: Pitchfork writer Marc Hogan, Jeff from Heartonastick, Jeff from Central Village, and myself. Jeff, Jeff & Marc don't actually know about the club because I created it without telling them (now the'll know though). Membership was based on love for 2005's Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus.
Marc Hogan, reviewer of AFTHH for Pitchfork, was the only critic to vote for the album in the 2005 Jazz and Pop. Blogger Jeff from Central Village named it his favorite album of 5765. Jeff Heartonastick himself was the only other blog that listed Cloud Cult as 'top 10' in Heartonastick's 2005 Bloggregate. I never made a list, but Cloud Cult's lack of representation almost motivated me to. Marc gets bonus points for using (three of my faves) Cloud Cult, Arcade Fire and Antony & The Johnsons in the same sentence in his recent Pitchfork feature.
Econo Culture | A Cloud Cult Interview from Tonic
Cloud Cult @ 169 Bar, NYC | CMJ 2005 | pics
BMJ - Soundcheck @ Tonic, NYC | pics
Cloud Cult MP3s, News & Tour Dates
BMJ: pre-CMJ Show w/ Doveman & Cloud Cult @ Tonic
Cloud Cult | Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus
DOWNLOAD: Socialize (MP3)
METAL HEARTS @ KNITTING FACTORY
The Central Village, MOKB, 3Hive, Done Waiting, Three Imaginary Girls and Chromewaves approved band, Metal Hearts, played Gothamist's Movable Hype party at Knitting Factory Wednesday night (February 8, 2006). As CV pointed out, the loud crowd was tough on this quieter act, but the show was still good.
They're back at Knitting Factory on March 4th. All tour dates below...
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase wrote in their message board, "christy and emily is a duo i play with every now and then. i'm not their regular drummer and i've only performed live with them once. their great, though, and you should check them out. they've got amazing songs.
i do play around new york, semi-frequently, mostly in brooklyn with a good mix of improv/rock/jazz/classical/experimental musicians. my next gig is on feb. 4th (past) at the backroom in a bar in williamsburg called union pool. i'll actually be playing tabla on one song with one of the most ass-kickin' bands around right now, oakley hall. oakley hall is opening up for yyys the second of the two bowery shows.
my next gig after that will most likely be on feb. 12th at a place on ludlow st. called cakeshop. if it happens, i'll be performing in a duo with a friend of mine who plays an old school modular synth called the serge. our music is very stagnant and texture based. the other bands that night should be pretty fun. there's a band called 'people' which is one of my local fav's right now and a band that features members from a group called 'Zs' which is another great local band."
And if you didn't know: Yeah Yeah Yeahs now have a fourth member.
"...the place started to get packed as (what we thought) was devendra and his band setting up. at about 12:30 the band launched into their first of three fifteen minute free-form rock jazz songs. the crowd started to realize that although devendra's guitar was on stage, he wasn't coming on stage anytime soon. devendra finally joined the band on stage to noodle some guitar for the last song, but by then most of the crowd had left, wondering if they should have spent their six bucks on a shot and pbr...." [Central Village]
MARCH 2006 TOUR DATES
14th - 18th - AUSTIN (USA), SXSW
MON 20th - LOS ANGELES (USA), Spaceland w/ Battle
TUE 21st - LOS ANGELES (USA), Cinespace w/ Battle
THU 23rd - NEW YORK (USA), Mercury Lounge
XFM session [Fifteen / Ten / Nine / Thirteen] - recorded July 2005 - streamed here
More info and videos at their site
I guess I'm Floating has rare live Arcade Fire, Alec Ounsworth, Sia remixes, new Vines, new Elefant, and new Built to Spill.
So Much Silence has Tom Vek on KCRW and new Built to Spill.
You Ain't No Picasso has the new Shins song.
Torr has new Delays.
My Old Kentucky Blog has new Lauren Hill.
Central Village has Forward Russia!
Sixeyes has new Magnet.
3Hive has Metal Hearts.
Indie Interviews has indie interviews.
Fluxblog has Johnny Boy.
Insound has tons.