Entries tagged with: Cheeseburger
Archy Marshall, who previously operated under the Zoo Kid moniker, now records as King Krule. He'll release a self titled EP under the name on November 8 via True Panther. That's the album art above. You can check out the EP's last track, "The Noose of Jah City," along with the tracklist below.
King Krule has a few international dates coming up including some CMJ shows, which will also act as his US debut. He's scheduled to play the True Panther showcase at Glasslands on October 19 with Tanlines, Trash Talk, Lemonade, Teengirl Fantasy, and Little Red. He'll also play a Fader Fort CMJ Party on October 21 and a secret True Panther warehouse party on October 22. Stay tuned for more details on those.
Trash Talk also have other CMJ shows including a late one at Cake Shop on Thursday, October 20:
LIFE or DEATH PR CMJ SHOWCASELife or Death PR also rep Odd Future and GZA, so that 3am special guest should be interesting. Trash talk ALSO play Santos on Saturday, October 22 with Kylesa and others (details TBA soon).
THE CAKE SHOP
Doors at 7PM - 4AM., $12.00
FREE BEER FROM LONG TRAIL. DASSS WASSUP
DJ sets from NNA TAPES & Todd Pendu / ElectricLady
9PM Chelsea Wolfe
10PM Psychic Ills
11:15PM Chrome Sparks
12AM Wise Blood
1AM Main Attrakionz
2 AM Trash Talk
3 AM SPECIAL GUESTS
Trash Talk have a new video for "Burn Alive" off their upcoming Awake EP, which comes out next week (10/11) via True Panther. Check out that video and one for the EP's title track below.
All dates, videos, song stream, and other stuff below...
Fucked Up at House of Vans in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Bruise Cruise II, which will take place February 10-13, 2012 off the coast of Miami, added a few more artists to their lineup earlier this month. Those additions include Fucked Up, The Togas (feat. Ty Segall, Philip Sambol of The Strange Boys, Lance Wille of Reigning Sound, and Shannon Shaw of Shannon & the Clams), Vivian Girls (DJ set), and more to be announced soon. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.
Bruise Cruise and Panache Booking (who co-founded the cruise) have a CMJ showcase scheduled too. The showcase will take place at Public Assembly on October 22 with Shonen Knife, Cheeseburger, White Fence, Vockah Redu, Turbo Fruits, Jacuzzi Boys. and others. Tickets for the showcase are on sale now, or you can try to get in with a CMJ badge.
Panache Booking are also doing their own showcase at Knitting Factory on October 20 with Matthewdavid (who plays Highline Ballroom with Dam-Funk 5 days later), Pterodactyl, Evi Antonio, Mike Viser, and The Immaculates. TIckets are on sale now.
Speaking of Fucked Up, who just played Webster Hall with Wavves, they've got a video for the song "Do You Feed" by the fictional band Animal Man, from Fucked Up's fictional compilation album. You can watch that below. You can also watch a video of Damian Abraham dancing on stage with Yo Gabba Gabba.
photos by Winnie Cheung
Cheeseburger & Hard Nips kicked off the series of free Sunday shows at Beekman Beer Garden on Sunday (7/10). The outdoor setting, complete with fake beach, tent, an amazing view, food and, well, beer, is the perfect setting for a summer show. According to Bill, it was a " sedate Cheeseburger show... which means [it was] only 82% insane." More pictures from the day below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Cheeseburger @ BV-SXSW
Sunday (7/10/11) is the penultimate Sound Bites Series show with pow wow! who are currently finishing up their debut album. After garnering a lot of buzz (and playing what seemed like every week) back in 2009, they took most of last year off to regroup and rethink. With a slightly retooled sound -- they're definitely a little more '80s indie and a little less early '00s rock now -- they'll play the Fulton Stall Market at 3PM. I DJ before and after.In honor of Cheeseburger's free show today, here's a set of unposted pictures from a BrooklynVegan SXSW party in 2010 at Spider House. They continue, along with the Seaport show flyers, below...
Then after the Sound Bites show, you should head over to the Beekman Beer Garden for the first of the summer's Beach Party shows. This week it's the wildness that is Cheeseburger, plus Hard Nips. I hope Beekman (formerly Water Taxi Beach formerly Spiegeltent) is ready for flying beer. This should be fun. With the truncated Seaport Music Festival schedule this year (and no Pool Parties) I'm glad more is going on down at the Seaport, one of my favorite places during the summer.
[This Week in Indie]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Amor de Días - Bunhill Fields (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Burn the Boats (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Garbage Strike (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beige - Folds (MP3)
Amor de Dias
This weekend is dominated, for me at least, by NYC Popfest but as I've already written an exhaustive (exhausting) post about that, so go read it and we'll discuss other shows here. There's lots more to cover anyway.
One thing, and this is Popfest related really, is that Amor de Días are here this weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (5/22) opening for Damon & Naomi. We've got a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Just send an email with your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Amor de Dias" and we'll pick a winner at random.
As you may know, the duo (Amor de Días) are Alisdair Maclean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, a group who played the first ever NYC Popfest back in 2007. I actually thought it was going to be Amor de Días in the "TBA" slot at the Thursday night Cake Shop show that turned out to be Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For this show to be happening at the same -- but not part of -- the 'Fest seems a little criminal.
MacLean and Núñez-Fernández formed Amor de Días back in 2008 and wrote and recorded whenever they had time, with help from current tourmates Damon & Naomi, indiepop legend (and master arranger) Louis Phillipe and Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson. Their debut, The Street of the Love of Days, came out this week on Merge and is a lovely little album as you might imagine from the talent involved. Their styles and voices are a perfect match for one another and the arrangements are just perfect. Among the treats is a particularly nice version of The Clientele's "Harvest Time." You can download "Bunhill Fields" at the top of this post.
Damon & Naomi's new album, False Beats and True Hearts, is a really nice record too. And if it's still pouring out Sunday night, all the better. It's an evening of rainy day music.
A much louder duo, also in town this weekend, are Minneapolis' BNLX, who play Pianos on Friday (5/20) and The Rock Shop on Saturday (5/21). I've written about them a couple times this year already and I do really dig their mix of rockin' tunes and corporate humor. I'll quote myself again:
Volume isn't just for punishment, though in the wrong hands it most certainly is. But sometimes you just can't achieve that clarity of sound, that particular strain of feedback, that shriiiiiiinnnnng you get from flicking the strings above the headnut, that tone...without cranking the amp. Ed Ackerson, a 20-year veteran guitar slinger of such Minneapolis bands as 27 Various and Polara, knows what he's doing. BNLX didn't just blow eardrums, they kinda blew minds...You can download two tracks from EP#5 at the top of this post, and I have a good feeling they'll have EP#6 at the merch table for the NYC shows. Also playing The Rock Shop show is Black Onassis, which is not the ex-drummer of Urge Overkill but a new group from former member(s) of Kasabian and Daylight for the Birds. Don't know much about them.
...for being just two of them and a laptop, they made quite a racket at the Rock Shop. Normally I'm one to complain about bands using canned backing instead of a real drummer, but vintage drum machine sounds -- right out of 1987, be it Jesus & Mary Chain or Age of Chance -- are kind of integral to what BNLX are doing. With a stroboscopic lightshow (what, no smoke machines?) you didn't really need anyone else.
More interesting is what's happening earlier that same evening at The Rock Shop: a tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets featuring a cavalcade of indie rock talent. Here's the press release:
When Brian Eno's first solo record, Here Come the Warm Jets, came out in 1974 it turned heads. It continues to baffle great minds due to the sneaky way it overlays whimsical pop with the beginnings of Eno's whole philosophy of creativity and experimentation.Musicians performing include Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Rob Christiansen (Eggs), Amy Klein (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street).
Indy music stalwart Rob Christinsen (Eggs, Grenadine, East Ghost West Ghost) and Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden team up to present this great curiosity of a recording LIVE with a melange of rockers and experimentalists.
"It sounds fantastic but one of the things that I tried to do with Warm Jets was to bring musicians together who would normally never play together and to play a music that they couldn't agree upon. The music would come from the chemistry. But of course, it was impossible to do. I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with it. They literally fought." - Brian Eno, 1974.
In that spirit, fifteen singers and ten instrumentalists from all musical worlds team up to perform this masterpiece.
The evening will be emceed by walking/talking Brian Eno encyclopedia, WNYC's John Schaefer.
Of course the big tribute this weekend is Sunday's Our Concert Could Be Your Life which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Michael Azzerad's chronicle of the American indie rock scene in the '80s. The talent assembled paying tribute to the bands covered in the book is pretty amazing, and it's changed/expanded a bit since first announced:
- Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
- Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
- Citay plays Mission of Burma
- Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
- Grooms plays Husker Du
- Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
- Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
- Callers plays Sonic Youth
- Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
- St. Vincent plays Big Black
- Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
- Buke and Gass plays Fugazi
- White Hills plays Mudhoney
- Yellow Ostrich plays Beat Happening
[note: both Tune-Yards and Buke and Gass play a sold out show at MHOW one day earlier. Dan Deacon also plays more shows this week. Delicate Steve has a headlining show coming up soon at Brooklyn Bowl.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars
And lastly, Cymbals Eat Guitars play their first show in a long time this Friday (5/20) at Glasslands. The band are finishing up their sophomore LP which is due out this fall
,so hopefully we'll get a preview of what's to come which they'll be playing in full at the show. The whole line-up is pretty good, with fellow '90s loving indie rockers Radical Dads (whose member Robbie just announced a new album for one of his other bands), Iranian transplants Yellow Dogs, and the psychedelic sounds of Mirror Mirror.
A few more picks, day by day, are below.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
There are two new events to go along with the Islands show set for June 27th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is part of the Northside Festival (Tickets still on sale).
For one, the band will take part in the next Radio Happy Hour at (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 15th along with actor Eddie Kaye Thomas (aka Finch from American Pie). Tickets are on sale. The last monthly Radio Happy Hour show featured David Bazan and Jesse Eisenberg.
For the other, Nick from Islands will re-assume his Nick Diamonds stagename for a Saturday, May 29th "Tux and Chucks" show/party at the Bell House with Nick Diamonds and the Skylighters, Cheeseburger, Hard Nips and DJ Kristine Barilli. RSVP for that here.
Islands and Diamonds videos are below...
Brooklyn party-rock band Cheeseburger will be playing a show at the Bell House on Saturday, March 13th (after the venue hosts tough-act-to-follow The National for two nights). Opening the show will be Valley Lodge (a band that features writer/comedian Dave Hill) and a special set from another writer/comedian, Jon Glaser. Tickets are on sale.
Cheeseburger, who have their second album on the way, recently played Brooklyn Bowl on February 13th with Diamond Nights. At the show, singer Joe Bradley was absent (to be with his newborn baby), and the band was led by a series of guest vocalists who included Jon Glaser, Jason Green of Violent Bullshit, Diamond Nights' Morgan Phalen, and Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington and Andy Reuland. A video of Tim Harrington (on a ladder) fronting the band is below.
Total that makes at least three times Jon Glaser and Cheseburger have shared a stage. The other time I'm thinking about was that Adult Swim show at Santos over the summer.
Cheeseburger will also be in Austin for SXSW, and one of their shows will be the BrooklynVegan/Annie from Panache Day Party at Spider House on Thursday, March 18th along with a ton of bands that including Tyvek, Thee Oh Sees, Jim Jones Revue, Everybody Was In the French Resistance Now and DM Stith (to just name a few).
Dave Hill performs his "Big in Japan" one-man show at UCB Theatre in NYC this Thursday, March 11th. Tickets are on sale. He'll also be performing as "The Dave Hill Explosion" at the same venue on March 25th. Tickets for that are up too.
A video and tour dates are below...
yes we've lost our minds...
BrooklynVegan & AnSo Present:Thank you to Annie Southworth of Panache Booking aka AnSo for partnering with us on this amazing party. More info on the bands and stuff as we find time. In the meantime, happy to get this (yet another BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this year) announced!
A Day Party in Austin, TX!
@ Spider House (2908 Fruth St @ Guadalupe)
Thursday March 18, 2010
ALL AGES-FREE [No badges, wristbands or RSVP necessary]
19 bands on 3 stages (1 indoor and 2 outdoor)
Full bar w/ Drink Specials. In house restaurant & backyard BBQ.
6:00 Human Eye
4:00 Thee Oh Sees
3:00 Golden Triangle
1:00 The Beets
5:00 Jim Jones Revue
4:00 Slim Cessna's Auto Club
3:00 Kid Congo Powers
2:00 Carletta Sue Kay
1:00 Or, The Whale
12:00 La Strada
4:30 Everybody Was In the French Resistance Now (w/ Eddie Argos of Art Brut)
3:30 DM Stith
1:30 A Sunny Day in Glasgow
12:30 The Sandwitches
P.S. Odawas is also on the bill of the free BrooklynVegan Happy Hour show happening at Noise Pop in San Francisco this Saturday (2/27)
UPDATE: SXSW flyer below...
Tegan & Sara @ T5 in 2008 (more by Kurt Christensen)
tonight in NYC
* John Cale @ MoMa
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Holly Miranda @ Other Music
* The Love Hangover @ Union Hall
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute @ Iridium
* Talea Ensemble @ Issue Project Room
* Bluebrain, Fredrik, Treasure @ Pianos
* VV Brown, Gordon Voidwell @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tegan & Sara @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mute City, Storms, Jeffertitti's Nile @ Zebulon
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Plastic Ono Band (Yoko dress rehearsal) @ BAM Opera House
* Daffed Punkz (Daft Punk Tribute), Cobra Krames, Greg 2000 @ Europa
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins, Royal Bangs @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames, The Old Believers, Led to Sea @ Mercury Lounge
* Dream Diary, North Highlands, Phil and the Osophers, Fluffy Lumbers @ Bruar Falls
* Double Leopards, No-Neck Blues Band, Michael Chapman, Endless Boogie @ Market Hotel
"The brainchild of musician Richard Alwyn, The Love Hangover is now in its 11th year of pairing up musicians to perform a post-Valentines showcase of duets about love in all it's many guises: the joy, the pain, the humor, the frustration, the agony and the ecstasy." Tonight's lineup at Union Hall includes:
Tracy Bonham & Garrison StarrCheeseburger played Brooklyn Bowl with very special guest vocalists. Video below...
Hannah Marcus & Rick Moody
Kendall Meade & Dave Derby
Keir Woods & Richard Alwyn
Anna Johansson & Pete Fitzpatrick
Margaret White & Joe Seely
Therese Cox & David Nagler
by Bill Pearis
Diamond Nights, who also play Coco 66 the night before (2/12), haven't played together since 2007. For a while it seemed like they were going to be the next big thing with their mix of Thin Lizzy and The Cars and a song -- "The Girl's Attractive" -- that was everywhere for a while. They were also a fun, super-tight live band. But Diamond Nights dissolved soon after the release of their debut album, Popsicle, and singer Morgan Phalen moved to California and guitarist Rob Laakso joined Amazing Baby. Pretty sure these two shows are for the fun of it, but as someone who thought they ended too soon, maybe playing live again will rekindle things.
Meanwhile Cheeseburger (who played at least a few shows in 2009) have just put the finishing touches on their second album and have grown from a bassless trio to having two guitarists and a full rhythm section and one of our premier party-rock bands. I've heard some of the new record and while it would be incorrect to say they've grown up, they've definitely matured as songwriters and musicians. Live shows are still mayhem, though more from the fans than on-stage shenanigans these days. I hope shiny Brooklyn Bowl knows what it's in for.
However, this won't be your typical Cheeseburger show. Singer Joe Bradley is due to be a new father any minute and won't be there. Instead, the band is getting a different guest vocalist for every song, including comedian Jon Glaser (Adult Swim's Delocated), Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington and Andy Reuland, Jason Green of Violent Bullshit, Diamond Nights' Morgan Phalen, and some surprise guests. Personally, I think they should rename themselves Cheeseburger Deluxe for this gig but that's just me.
A couple Diamond Nights and Cheeseburger videos after the jump...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - It #1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - The Drag (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Charlie & the Moonhearts - Cagemouth (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Most Serene Republic - Heavens to Purgatory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Nature - Triangle Eyes (M4A)
This week it's all about San Francisco, as far as this column is concerned. (Actually, next week will also be all about San Francisco, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Especially, I've already digressed into a long parenthetical statement after only one sentence.) As mentioned previously, garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall will be in town this weekend and I really hope you go see him. His new album, Lemons, is just fantastic, much better than I was honestly expecting and I like his debut. It's thick and sweaty sounding, perfect for the hot and humid nights that are just around the corner. And while the sonics are not so difficult to master (reverb, in-the-red levels), it's the songs that has kept Lemons on repeat lately. The album's not out till July 14, but he'll have copies for sale at the shows: Saturday (6/27) at Cake Shop and Sunday (6/28) at Death by Audio.
Girls with girls
Saturday's Ty Segall show at Cake Shop is the don't miss show of the week, however, as San Francisco's hazy, folky, occasionally very very loud Girls are also on the bill. It's been almost a year since they last played in town. I saw them twice then -- at Market Hotel and Glasslands -- and they had people going crazy then (as you can kind of see in murky video I shot, which is at the bottom of this post) with only one single out. A year later, they still haven't released much else but that will change soon -- their debut album is due out on True Panther Sounds on September 22. You can still download two tracks from RCRD LBL, including the awesome, epic "Hellhole Ratrace" which will be released as a 10" single (it's nearly seven minutes long) prior to the album's release. The just-released video for the song is at the bottom of this post.
Actually, all three shows Girls are playing this weekend are worth seeing. Tonight (6/25) is the first, at Mercury Lounge where they share the stage with St. Louis' Radical Sons, Philadelphia DFA signees Free Energy (who are kind of like the Strokes covering Journey, which is better than that may seem), and Texans The Paper Chase whose new album, Someday This Could All Be Yours, just came out on Kill Rock Stars.
Friday night (6/26), Girls play Monster Island Basement with Real Estate (kind of a perfect match), Kurt Vile & the Violators (now on Matador) and Beach Fossils. (Both Real Estate and Beach Fossils also play the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival next week.)
If you miss Girls this time around, they'll be back in August with Los Campesinos!
Other worthy show choices for you: Tonight is also the latest Adult Swim Presents' Summer Series at Santos Party House. I feel confident in saying that, apart from maybe a festival somewhere down the line, this may be your only chance to ever see Cheeseburger and A.C. Newman on the same bill. Mr. Newman, if by chance you're reading this -- wear old shoes. The stage will be an inch-thick in beer after the mayhem that is a typical Cheeseburger set. There's also the garage rock sounds of Atlanta's Woggles, and burlesque fun with the Pontani Sisters. The evening is hosted by "Jon" from Adult Swim's very funny Witness Protection Program reality show Delocated. As I said, it's free so get there early if you want to get in. Doors are at 7PM, 18+.
Following the Adult Swim mayhem, they're gonna mop the stage (well, they should) and get ready for the second show of the evening: The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who've been gigging a lot lately, which isn't surprising as their debut album just came out this week on Friendly Fire. If you haven't seen them yet, you should definitely make a point to do so -- they are quite the '70s disco/rock explosion. If you RSVP, admission is free for the first 100 through the door -- after that it's only five bucks. If you don't RSVP, you're dumb, and it's $10. Doors are at 10PM, and this one's 21 and over. We've also got a couple pair of tickets to give away.
The Most Serene Republic
Also tonight (6/25): Canada's Most Serene Republic are in the midst of a short East Coast tour, revving up interest in their new album, ...And the Ever-Expanding Universe, which is out July 14. While I often find their music a bit too complicated for its own good, I have always found them fascinating live, that they can actually pull off those complex arrangements. I haven't heard the new album, but "Heavens to Purgatory" which you can download at the top of this post, clocks in at a mere 2:34 and is pretty catchy. So maybe they've turned over a new, concise leaf. Most Serene Republic play tonight at Cake Shop with Your Nature who sound like a lot of things I liked in the '80s (U2, The Chameleons come to mind), and you can download thier song "Triangle Eyes" as well at the top of this post. MSR also play Union Hall on Saturday (6/27) with Pursesnatchers and Adam's Castle. In between (6/26), they fit in a Philadelphia show too. All tour dates at the bottom of the post.
Also also, a bunch of good show options on Friday: The Feelies play an special, acoustic show at the Whitney on Friday; Blonde Redhead and the Olof Arnalds play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park; and I did a double take when I saw that '80s Australian noisemongers Lubricated Goat were playing Don Pedros. Was unware they were still together -- clearly I don't follow this site close enough.
The Legends are also here.
And finally, Steve Wynn and his current band, The Miracle Three, will perform The Dream Syndicate's classic 1984 album, Medicine Show, in full on Saturday (6/27) at the Bell House (tix) -- the first time the album has been played live start-to-finish by Wynn, ever. (They'll do it again in LA on July 9.) One of the originators of LA's '80s "Paisley Underground" scene, The Dream Syndicate were one of those bands that never quite managed to capture the magic of their live performance on a studio album -- but Medecine Show comes pretty close.
Videos, tour dates, and flyers after the jump...
From 11 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions -- from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock -- perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, Make Music New York is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.This year's citywide Make Music New York fest is set for Sunday, June 21st (the longest day of the year). It'll be the third year for the event - after June 21, 2007 and June 21, 2008. If you would like to take part - either as an artist or a location (that an artist can play), make sure to sign up now. We'll publish updated lineup and schedule information as it becomes available.
The above flyer points out that there will be a free show this Friday at Santos Party House in NYC with comedian Jon Glaser, Andrew WK, and Cheeseburger all on the bill. The below list contains the special guests that will be appearing at Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me show during the month of February...
DOWNLOAD: USA for Affluence - Cash for Christmas (MP3)
The star-studded video is below...
Photos by Zach Dilgard
"I have an upcoming full-length "Little Hells" which is a significant record for me in many ways." [Marissa Nadler]TK Webb, Marissa Nadler, The Muslims and Dungen were scheduled to play the Kemado Records showase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night before midnight (10/24). Children and Cheeseburger were going on after. Zach was going to stay to see Dungen (he had somewhere else to be late), but they were running late so he only caught the first three bands. It was the only show Marissa played during CMJ (I was sad to miss it) and it was one of many for the Muslims (though they cancelled at least one - the Narnack showcase at Santos that was the next night). More pictures from Music Hall below...
In the short time Bill has been here, many bands have been featured in his Week In Indie column on BrooklynVegan. At least 19 of those bands are playing shows for, and during, CMJ in NYC this week. Each of those bands is listed below with links back to what Bill said about them...
Portastatic @ Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
It's the "CMJ Artist Lounge at Red Bull Space Presented By Paste, KCRW.com, and indie outlaw." Open to CMJ artist badges all day. Free to the public at night. Band schedule and flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sky Larkin - "Molten" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BOAT - "(I'm A) Donkey for Your Love" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BOAT - "Last Cans of Paint" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BOAT - "The Bar is Too Low to Fail" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cheeseburger - "Jelly Bean" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cheeseburger - "Saturday Night" (MP3)
Don't miss show(s) of next week: The American live debut of Leeds, UK group Sky Larkin, who are one of 2008's real hopefuls (to me at least). Not really part of any scene that would get them on the cover of NME, Sky Larkin are pretty straight-forward melodic guitar pop with a charismatic frontperson (Katie Harkin) and two ace singles under their belt. A bit slow in released material (they've been together since 2005), but the floodgates are about to open as the band have just finished recording their debut album in Seattle with producer John Goodmanson. They're here in New York to shoot a video and are thankfully playing two shows when not in front of the camera: Wednesday (8/13) at Pianos and Thursday (8/14) at Union Hall (tix).
Seattle's sloppy, poppy BOAT are making a rare trek to the East Coast for a tour they've dubbed "We Jam Super Econo and a Bit Cramped." Signed to one of my favorite American labels, Magic Marker Records (Tullycraft, The Bats, The Owls), BOAT have a sort of classic American indie rock sound (think Pavement or Butterglory), with super-catchy songs and a nice sense of humor. I highly recommend last year's Let's Drag Our Feet, and hopefully the band will be bringing lots of copies of their new baseball-themed single "Topps" that comes with trading cards and stiff, crunchy bubblegum. Along for the ride will be similar-minded Philly band Creeping Weeds. The tour hits Cake Shop on August 17 and Union Hall (with the great My Teenage Stride as well) on August 20 (tix).
This weekend is all about All Points West (well, Friday and Saturday...are people going on Sunday?), but there are some worthy shows that aren't part of the megafestival.
This Friday's entry in the Seaport Music Festival is a good one: Cass McCombs, who didn't get as much attention as he probably deserved for last year's fine Dropping the Writ; and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson who might be getting more attention than he really needs right now, like him as I do.
Saturday (8/9) brings the Vice/Colt 45 Tour with Cheeseburger to Glasslands Gallery, the last date on the tour. Has there been a more perfect marriage of rock to tour sponsors? I've never been good at math but Cheeseburger + free malt liquor + last night of the tour = mayhem. It's also free with an RSVP but, you know how these things work, get there early or don't get in.
Rogue Wave @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Also on Saturday at Union Hall is "Endless Shovels", a "Rogue Wave Tribute Band" which seem like an odd thing to have when Rogue Wave are actually in town the next day playing APW. Hmm... Tickets are on sale.
And if you are going to APW on Sunday, be sure to get there early to catch supertalented Slowdive/Mojave 3 guitarist Neil Halstead (check out our interview) who'll be there supporting his brand-new, very good 2nd solo album, Oh Mighty Engine. He's also playing Hamptons celeb hangout The Surf Lodge on Saturday if you're up that way, as well as opening for Jack Johnson on a few dates before continuing on his own. All dates and videos below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sic Alps - Bathman (MP3)
Sic Alps (BullyRook)
Another busy weekend, eh? The Village Voice Siren Festival, now in it's eighth year, is just one of those things you go to, despite massive crowds and the tendency for it to always fall on the hottest, most humid day of the Summer. (Saturday's high is predicted as 90°.) It's a good excuse to visit one of the last seedy places left in New York before it gets its makeover and, for me, a chance to ride the Cyclone and visit my favorite pizzeria in the five boroughs, Totonno's.
Despite falling on the same weekend as the Pitchfork fest in Chicago (and competition from River to River, Summerstage and JellyNYC's Pool Parties), the Siren organizers have put together a good lineup. Hard to really complain about a free show, especially one with Stephen Malkmus, Broken Social Scene, Islands and The Dodos. Also Film School who I don't think get enough credit as good as they are. I'm also curious to see new Matador signees Jaguar Love who I bet will be entertaining even though I find the singer's voice a bit hard to take.
This year's Siren Fest also features an Official Afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Apes and Androids, A Place to Bury Strangers and Marnie Stern which could upstage the Coney Island show, depending on how all-out A&A go. (And they tend to go all-out.) However, it's not your only good option in Williamsburg on Saturday night (July 19).
At Glasslands on Saturday, there's a pretty killer bill featuring The Crystal Stilts, San Francisco's Girls. I caught the Crystal Stilts at the Charleston last week, and they just get better (and further from the JAMC comparisons) every time. Definitely one of my favorite NYC bands of the moment and their full-length debut is due out later this year on Slumberland. Meanwhile, Girls are fairly new to me but the songs on RCRDLBL are really good fuzzy pop (I'm trying really hard not to use "shoegaze" so much anymore) and even better is the single "Morning Light" to which there's a good video found further down this post. This is the first time in NYC, and they'll be playing four shows total here, including the Stereogum/MyOpenBar show tonight (July 17) at Market Hotel with Quinn Walker and Imaad Waasif.
Also visiting this weekend from San Francisco (and also a two-piece) are Sic Alps whose fourth album, U.S. EZ, was just released this week. If you're unfamiliar with them, it's sort of '60s psychedelic rock/pop/folk with some '90s indie rock int there too. As much as I like the new album (check out "Bathman" at the top of this post), the best place to start is with A Long Way Around to a Shortcut, which collects a handful of singles and EPs the band have released over the last couple years. Sic Alps play Death by Audio on Saturday (7/19, with Cause Co-Motion and others) and Union Pool on Sunday (7/20). As DBA and Glasslands are literally right around the corner from each other, it might be possible to hit the key bands at both shows if set times allow.
L.C.H.C - Liberty City HardcoreThat's just the hardcore channel. Justice, Les Savy Fav, !!!, LCD Soundsystem and even Cheeseburger are among those who made it on the new video game soundtrack too.
Liberty City HardcoreDJ: Jimmy Gestapo
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Murphy's Law - "A Day In The Life"
Maximum Penalty - "All Your Boyz"
Underdog - "Back to Back"
Leeway - "Enforcer"
Sick Of It All - "Injustice System"
Cro-Mags - "It's The Limit"
Sheer Terror - "Just Can't Hate Enough"
Bad Brains - "Right Brigade"
Killing Time - "Tell Tale"
Agnostic Front - "Victim in Pain"
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Murder (MP3)
No tickets necessary to see the Big Sleep on December 3rd at Knitting Factory though. The show - originally part of the weekly "Blogger's Delight" free show series in the smaller Knitting Factory Tap Bar - is now happening in the larger main space. Free with RSVP. Cheeseburger (CHEESEBURGER!!!), Neckbeard Telecaster (members of Dirty on Purpose/Shorebirds) and Coin Under Tongue are also on the bill. It's all in honor of Jinners' 5th anniversary. More Big Sleep tour dates below....
Cheeseburger & Jon Glaser @ Union Hall, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
Jon Benjamin & David Cross @ Union Hall, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
* Crown Point Festival
* Duran Duran on Broadway
* Sia is @ Highline Ballroom
* Sea Wolf & Tiny Vipers are @ Mercury Lounge
* Stars Like Fleas are @ Death By Audio
* Grand National & Thomas Dybdahl play Gramercy Theatre
* Blue Cheer & Awesome Color play Knitting Factory
* Neighbors Helping Neighbors benefit @ Union Hall
* Matt Pond PA is at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Show: Voxtrot at Northsix for YuppiesWhy Muddd isn't going to Bowery Ballroom tonight:
Why I'm not going: I'm fucking tired and not terribly psyched about going back to "Music Hall of Williamsburg." Never mind that the place is as clean (and has as much character) as a movie theater at the mall, the staff there is a total bunch of assholes. Last show I saw there (Boris with Damon and Naomi) I saw a bouncer kick a couple out for -- get this -- crouching against a wall. Fuck this place. Fuck it right in the ass.
Show: Voxtrot and The Rosebuds (with many others) at Bowery BallroomCheck Muddd's blog for more CMJ recommendations. Check below for more Cheeseburger tour dates...
Why I'm not going: Cheeseburger calls.
Much like looking at the schedule of free stuff going on today for "Make Music New York", I totally procrastinated posting these pictures of Best Fwends playing my show at the Red Scoot Inn during SXSW (March 15, 2007)....
I can't say exactly why, but I loved them. They hit play on an iPod or something, and then jump around like maniacs singing to the songs they wrote. They look and act nuts, and they're really a lot of fun unless you don't think they're fun like my own best fwend who was standing next to me at the show and thought they were like Beavis & Butthead (in a bad way), and was pretty much embarrassed for herself to even be standing there in front of them at all. I wished they kept playing after they stopped.
So, maybe you'll love them, or maybe you'll hate them, but either way you can find out for free if you happen to be in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn today (June 21, 2007) when they play an incredible free show w/ the incredible Oxford Collapse (also BV show veterans), and Cheeseburger - who I'll even admit to liking sometimes.
More pics & info & tour dates & videos below...
French new wave cover stars Nouvelle Vague are @ The Guggenheim
Nouvelle Vague take to the stage at this month's First Fridays. Band producer and DJ Marc Collin spins tunes while you spin your way around our stunning Shapes of Space exhibition and take in masterpieces by the Italian Divisionists. Enjoy a short live set too as the French band perform their post punk classics, remastering the likes of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, and the Cure, in a sophisticated combination of bossa nova, jazz and sixties pop. [Guggenheim[Above photo of Nouvelle Vague @ Castle Fun Park via HERE. And here's some from Joe's Pub.
Also this weekend, NYC...
* The Boggs, High Places & Cheeseburger for free in Brooklyn
* Nada Surf, Vic Thrill & Cheeseburger for free in Brooklyn
* Roky Erickson & Alejandro Escovedo for free in Mahnattan
* Calvin Johnston @ Don Pedro's
* Animal Collective at the Seaport