Entries tagged with: Christmas
by Bill Pearis
Throw your arms around Paris in this lovely sweater...
Hanukkah is behind us, and Christmas is two weeks away and we know what you're thinking -- "my shopping is done except for my Morrissey-obsessed friend/coworker/child/parent." If there's something you'd like to
try buy, we're here to help. We've scoured the internet for 14 cool gifts that even the most fickle Moz fan would want, from records to books to clothing and more. There is probably a "shoplifters of the world" joke to make here, but there's probably enough Smiths lyrics quotes in the guide already, which you can peruse below.
Morrissey also just played that Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway, performing "People Are The Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart," and his cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love." Video of that is below as well...
by Andrew Sacher
Murder City Devils are heading out on the road again in 2014, but before that, they've gifted us with a stream of their 1998 Christmas single via their website. If you don't already have the 7" buried in your collection, you can stream the a-side in all of its raw-throated, holiday-spirited balladry, below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Christmas song stream, below...
The Roots will be performing again at the annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, now in its 7th year, at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, December 9 with host Hannibal Buress and a few "surprise special guests." No one's been announced for this year (hence "surprise") but Q-Tip, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle, A$AP Rocky, Big Daddy Kane, John Legend, Estelle, TV on the Radio, and more have appeared in years past. The event is private but Okayplayer is giving away 25 pairs of tickets and you can enter to win by filling out this form. BrooklynVegan is also giving away a pair and details on how to enter are below.
Speaking of holidays and The Roots, Okayplayer -- a music site which was started by Questlove in 1999 -- is selling a Cosby-style Roots holiday sweatshirt, which is part of the site's gift guide. That's it above.
Contest details and the flyer for the Holiday Jam, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Unlocking the Truth at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this year, ears were turned when video emerged on YouTube of a trio of pint-sized metalheads destroying the streets of NYC. Their synchronized headbanging, shred skills, and massive breakdowns were the real deal. Their name: Unlocking the Truth.
Unlocking the Truth may need to get dropped off at their gigs, but they're sharing the stage with some big names at some pretty big shows. They recently shared a billing with metal legends Slayer (who just played The Theatre at MSG) at Fun Fun Fun Fest and played Afro-Punk Fest earlier this year. Now they're scoring pretty sweet deals--they're already sponsored by ESP guitars, and here they are looking super dapper in their own br00tal take on "Jingle Bells" (Jingle Hells?) that they recorded as part of a Cole Haan promotion. Slaying with style, for sure.
Video of Unlocking the Truth destroying Christmas, "Master of Puppets" and more below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Nicole Atkins @ South St. Seaport, 11/29/2013
The annual tree-lighting at the Seaport went down over the weekend (11/29) with Nicole Atkins and "It's My Party" singer Lesley Gore singing, along with appearances from comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. Pictures of the celebration are in this post.
Nicole Atkins, whose new album Slow Phaser will be out February 4, will play a record release show on February 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/4) at noon.
More pictures from the tree-lighting below...
Like she's done in past winters, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will come to NYC this winter for a 2-night stand at the historic Radio City Music Hall on January 17 and 18. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at 11 AM. Her only other announced date at the moment is a show in her hometown of Detroit this month (12/21).
Besides those two shows, Aretha will be appearing in public even sooner at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in DC, which takes place on Friday (12/6) at The Ellipse, not far from the White House. Both Barack and Michelle Obama will be there, and other performers include Janelle Monae, The Avett Brothers, and more. The ceremony will stream live online at 4:30 PM.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video from her 2012 Radio City show, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Some of those logos look different...
Clothier, dorm room furnisher, vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works. Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?
In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...
GWAR at the 2013 GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA (more by Josh Sisk)
While we're still feeling aftershocks from MIA's bird-flipping incident during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show, there is currently an online petition to get GWAR for the 2015 Halftime show. So far, nearly 40,000 people have signed it. GWAR have officially endorsed this, with bandleader Oderus Urungus saying:
It has long been the joy of GWAR to submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures, and I can't think of anything more horrible than you having to watch acts like The Black-Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars perform. So the temptation to ignore this is great! But then you start thinking about all of the people that who have never experienced GWAR before, and will be forced to do so if we do get the gig, well, at that point my colossal mega-ego kicks in and I am all over it.You can sign the petition too.
Meanwhile, in the present, GWAR (who played Riotfest Chicago recently) released their new CD, Battle Maximus last week (9/17), and you can stream the title track below. They'll be on tour for most of the fall. While none of those dates hit NYC, they have announced a short run of holiday shows in December that includes a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on December 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at 11 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
With Thanksgivukkah (first night of Hanukkah is the same day as Thanksgiving this year) and Christmas on the way, it'll soon be time to get in the holiday spirit. If you're looking ways to celebrate in NYC, you're in luck, because plenty of holiday shows are getting announced.
Matisyahu, who just played Central Park and is working on a new album with an expected summer 2014 release, has announced his annual "Festival of Light" shows. The run begins in Chicago on November 30 and comes to NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (9/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, on the eve of Thanksgivukkah, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer will do a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at Highline Ballroom (11/27). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Though Yo La Tengo haven't announced any shows happening during Hanukkah this year, they did just announce three holiday shows happening at The Bell House in December.
Individual shows haven't been announced yet, but the Sephardic Music Festival will return to various NYC venues from November 27 to December 5.
Speaking of BB King's and Christmas, the venue will also again host their annual shows from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singers Darlene Love on December 6 and Ronette Ronnie Spector on December 22. Tickets for the Darlene Love show and the Ronnie Spector show are on sale now.
But before we get too ahead ourselves, Halloween is on the way too!
All Matisyahu dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sufjan Stevens brought his The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice tour with comedian "Sheila Saputo" (aka singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas) to NYC last week for shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/21) and Saturday (12/22), the final two nights of the tour. Like the other shows on the tour, he played a long set of mostly Christmas songs and then returned for an encore of Sufjan classics. It was a wild, confetti-filled holiday celebration and pictures from the second night of his NYC run are in this post. More, along with the setlist from night one, below...
photos by Joe McCabe
The Polyphonic Spree at Webster Hall - 12/15/12
For the show the Spree performed two sets: a Christmas spectacular and a regular rock set. But of course this wasn't a solemn Christmas affair. Not a bit of that. Featuring Christmas songs old and new (A Nightmare Before Christmas's "Town Meeting Song" was sung) the set included confetti, balloons, Santa, a snowman, and more rocking the yuletide spirit. And of course there was the large band all dressed up in festive versions of their usual chorus dresses. The only band member in pants was lead singer Tim DeLaughter (his dress came out in the second set) who exuded a wonderful demented Christmas Willy Wonka vibe--especially when he invited the children in the audience up on stage. It was all very silly, and by the time "Feliz Navidad" it was hard not to bounce around, high on the holidays, and forget the latest horrible news [Gothamist]The Polyphonic Spree brought their Holiday Extravaganza! Tour to NYC for a show at Webster Hall last Saturday (12/15). As mentioned in the above review, the show included a set of Christmas songs, in addition to a set of Polyphonic Spree songs, which included their cover of Nirvana's old chesnut, "Lithium."
More pictures and a video from the show, below...
Twin Sister at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* John Hodgman @ The Creek & Cave
* Blood Orange @ Sony Style
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Ask Me Another @ The Bell House
* Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ Le Bain
* Linfinity, Free Blood, Waking Lights @ Mercury Lounge (cancelled)
* Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Havana Brown @ Highland Ballroom
* Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, John Moloney @ The Bowery Electric
* Belle Mare, Elephant Wrecking Ball, Four Visions, Wilsen @ Cameo
* Juggernut, Ken South Rock, Filthy Savage, Jah Jah of Ninasonik (DJ set) @ Pyramid Club
* Chairlift, Twin Sister, Empress Of, Slowdance, Jason McMahon, Ice Choir DJ set @ Glasslands
* Ben Taylor, Menahan Street Band, Ki:Theory, Sinkane DJ set, In Transit DJ set @ The Bowery Hotel
* Caribbean Music Festival w/ Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Mr. Vegas, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh @ Barclays Center
The Caribbean Fever Music Festival, which was supposed to take place on November 2 but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, goes down at the Barclays Center tonight with Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Mr. Vegas, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh. Tickets are still available.
For more old school hip hop in NYC tonight, you can also head to The Standard at Le Bain to catch Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) DJing.
T.I., who plays a sold out show at Best Buy Theater with A$AP Rocky on Tuesday, has landed in NYC ahead of that show. He'll be taping a performance in midtown this afternoon and will head to Fuse Studios after that for a performance at 9 PM, which will stream live at the Fuse YouTube channel. His new album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, drops tomorrow and since we last spoke, he revealed two more songs: "Hello" feat. Cee Lo Green and "Wildside" feat. A$AP Rocky. You can stream them both below.
And for even more hip hop, don't forget that the Duck Down Music and Javotti Media holiday party, which BrooklynVegan is co-sponsoring, is tomorrow (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin. Tickets for that show are still available.
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It's about that time of the year when the Christmas songs start piling. We just heard Ex Cops take on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime", and now The xx have revealed a cover of Wham's "Last Christmas" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge this morning. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.
Bad Brains, who recently released their new album "Into the Future", are actually holding a 'holiday sale' in their online store, but what this post is really about is the great Peanuts/Bad Brains mashup video below...
Music/comedy group The Gregory Brothers, who are known for the viral Auto-Tune the News videos (Bed Intruder anyone?), told us their ten favorite viral YouTube videos of 2012. You can check out each video on their list with commentary, and some of their recent hits, at the bottom of this post. Let us know what you think they missed, in the comments.
The Gregory Brothers will play their seventh annual Christmas show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall on December 12 with Dusty Brown, Melanie Penn, and Sarah and the Stanleys. Tickets for the show are on sale now and all proceeds go to Sandy Recovery. They're promising "Christmas Cheer, Christmas Beer, Hot Toddies, Hot Bodies and music too!"
Sarah and the Stanleys is Sarah Gregory's band and Andrew Rose Gregory also has a number of solo albums out, having most recently released a covers EP over the summer, which featured covers of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," Simon & Garfunkel's "Only Living Boy in New York, Lana Del Rey's "Video Games," and more. You can stream the entire release below or purchase it for $5 on bandcamp.
Check out their Top 10 Viral Video picks, and stream Andrew's EP, below....
photos by Jonathan McPhail
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King did a two night run in NYC last week at (where else?) BB King Blues Club and Grill on Thursday (11/29) and Friday (11/30). We caught the Friday show and pictures from that show are in this post.
BB King will play NYC again at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival at MSG (4/12-4/13) in 2013 (tickets). He also plays the NYC area right before that at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on April 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon.
Speaking of the venue BB King's, don't forget Darlene Love is doing her Christmas shows there on December 9 -10 (tickets), and Ronnie Spector is doing her Christmas party there too on December 14 (tickets).
More pics from Friday's show (including opener Chris Bergson) below...
Back by popular demand is the uber-kitschy Descendents sweater, which features the band's mascot with crossbones amidst a grid of musical notes Available in two colors, this bastion of ridiculousity is on sale now for the Milo in your family.
Similarly, Slayer, the obvious go-to for holiday merch, has a Christmas sweater of their own on sale now. Because nothing says holiday cheer like a chest full of skulls and pentagrams.
This of course isn't the first time that Slayer has been juxtaposed against the holiest of days. Check out some of our favorite videos of Christmas lights below.
Don't like Slayer or Descendents? How about a David Bowie sweater? Or a Morrissey one? Or New Kids on The Block? Check out a few different ideas at Buzzfeed.
Lets keep on, keepin' on with spreading the holiday cheer by letting everyone know that King Diamond's holiday classic "No Presents for Christmas" will see a picture disc release for the first time in 25 years. Get yours today, Black Friday at your nearest participating record store.
Deck the halls, and reign in blood.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (aka Will Oldham) released his first ever holiday release this week (11/20) with past collaborator Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables), the "Christmas Eve Can Kill You"/"Walking the Dog" single. The songs were recorded in Nashville with Emmett Kelly, Dave Roe, Kenny Malone, Billy Contreras, David Ferguson (who also recorded the tracks) and Matt Sweeney. Will's brother Paul mastered the tracks. You can check out the video for the a-side below and order the single in 7" viny and digital formats at the Drag City webstore.
WIll and Dawn also have a full length record of Everly Brothers covers, What the Brothers Sang, on February 9 via Drag City.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy also has some dates coming up in 2013, including the previously discussed NYC show at Lincoln Center on February 7, which is part of the American Songbook 2013 Season. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and that video, below.
Darlene Love @ South Street Seaport 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
November 2012 update from The Howard Hughes Corporation:
The safety and security of our employees, tenants and customers is always our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was seriously injured at The Seaport during the storm.May the Seaport rise again, but meanwhile that means no Christmas Tree this year, or at least no tree lighting ceremony, which in 2010 included a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love.
Hurricane Sandy caused incredible devastation to our City, and The Seaport was seriously impacted.
While we currently do not have a definitive timeline for reopening, The Howard Hughes Corporation is very committed to rebuilding the Uplands and Pier 17 as soon as possible. To that end, we are working diligently to coordinate all necessary assessment, remediation and inspection of the many buildings that make up South Street Seaport. In fact, remediation in some areas is already underway, including certain common areas. However, because of the various issues related to the Uplands and Pier 17, it will be several weeks before everything is fully evaluated by experts and a more firm timetable can be established. Some buildings at The Seaport may open sooner than others and we will share updates through our website and other channels as available.
At this time, tenants are being permitted to access their spaces to assess damage and address their own business issues. Otherwise, Pier 17 is currently closed to the public, except for essential personnel.
The Seaport is a popular and treasured destination in Lower Manhattan, and we have an exciting redevelopment plan for Pier 17 that will continue despite the storm. We are very proud of the hard work of our team and hope to be able to share more updates soon. We look forward to rebuilding and welcoming visitors and neighbors back to The Seaport as soon as possible.
Darlene Love, as always, will still be celebrating the holidays though. Her Annual Christmas Celebration at B.B. King's in NYC has gone from one to two nights of cheer. Tickets are sale for shows on December 9 and December 10. You can also catch Darlene on Letterman on 12/20 (watch the video of her appearance last year below and at NJPAC in Newark two days later. All of her dates are listed below along with the video of her performance on Letterman last year.
Ronette Ronnie Spector, also in the Hall of Fame and who has also played the Seaport tree lighting, is also keeping up tradition and will bring her "Best Christmas Party Ever!" back to NYC, DC and CT this year. Tickets are on sale for the 12th annual show at B.B. King's on 12/14. All dates are listed below...
Jonathan Coulton and past collaborator/tourmate John Roderick (of The Long Winters) released a Christmas album, One Christmas At A Time, together with ten original Christmas songs by the two musicians ("actually one of them is a Chanukah song, so OK, nine"). Listen to two tracks from the holiday release below.
They'll support the release with another tour together this fall which brings them to NYC on December 14 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Jonathan Coulton is also the house musician on NPR/WNYC puzzle show Ask Me Another which tapes live at The Bell House in Brooklyn . The shows are hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and tickets are on sale for five upcoming dates, all also listed below...
The Polyphonic Spree at Webster Hall in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The Polyphonic Spree released their new Christmas album, Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One on October 23. Of the ten standards it features, the collective just made a video for "Winter Wonderland," and you can watch that for the first time at the bottom of this post.
The video's director Josh David Jordan writes:
"When I first heard Winter Wonderland I was really moved by the way it had a beautiful haunting beginning. I remember thinking, " What happens when Santa has had too much of the elves, the up keep of the North Pole's day to day, and turns in the cookies and milk for a glass of scotch." Lucky for me my friend Jack enjoys scotch, has Santa's snowy locks and can be easily found on the patio of the City Tavern in downtown Dallas. Jack was also the original voice of Popeye's Chicken commercials, so when I asked him to recite 'Twas the night before Christmas' intro, he didn't hesitate. Spontaneity took over for the rest of the video. I dressed my youngest as the elves, my beautiful and talented wife Jessica Jordan (who is a member of the Spree) assumed the part of the queen elf and partner in crime ( we broke into an old abandoned church for her scenes), and Tim allowed me to get up close and personal for the mouth shots. In the end, Santa just may have had one too many scotch's and will be back to the milk and cookies just in time for Christmas this year."As mentioned, the band are celebrating the album with their Holiday Extravaganza! Tour which brings them to NYC on December 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
The "Winter Wonderland" video and the album's trailer video, below...
REMINDER: (Despite what was initially reported) tickets go on sale on 12/19 for Sufjan's two upcoming Christmas shows at Bowery Ballroom. Meanwhile head below to watch his new Christmas-themed video for "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (from his new Christmas box set which is out now), below...
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" (MP3)
As mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is going on "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" tour which hits NYC on December 21 and 22 at Bowery Ballroom, two very intimate shows for Sufjan, whose last shows in NYC were a two-night run at Prospect Park.
Tickets for both Bowery Ballroom shows go on sale today at noon.
Sufjan also just revealed another song off of his upcoming Christmas box set, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10 (due out 11/13 via Asthmatic Kitty). You can download that song, titled "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling," above, or stream it below.
In other holiday show news, Matisyahu is bringing his "Festival of Light" tour to the NYC area on December 15 at Terminal 5 with The Dub Trio and December 16 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show and the Capitol Theatre show go on sale today at noon. He also plays NJ's Starland Ballroom on November 3 (tix) as part of the fall tour he's on right now.
Lists of all Sufjan and Matisyahu dates, and that Sufjan song stream below.
This one gets a big "!!!!". Listen to the song, with more info about the above-pictured new holiday album, below...
Sufjan at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is releasing more Christmas music this year, and he'll continue the celebration with a series of shows dubbed "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" with support from Sheila Saputo. Those shows include a two-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom from December 21-22. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon.
A list of all Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long dates and a stream of "Christmas Unicorn" from his upcoming release are below.