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Dirty Projectors @ South Street Seaport

The Friday evening (August 15, 2008) rain caused the cancellation of an outdoor NYC performance involving 200 guitarists, but like Regina Spektor's gig in Brooklyn, the free show at South Street Seaport went on... it just went on for a slightly shorter period of time than originally planned. Opener White Williams played four songs. Dirty Projectors played for around 50 minutes. It was a not-that-short headlining set that included one new song - the same new song they played at Music Hall of Williamsburg in April, and a song that will likely appear on the new album they're working on in Portland for Domino Records. More Dirty Projectors pics below...

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Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Juechao Xu)
Dirty Projectors

AUGUST 11th: Domino Radio hosts David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors!

Monday, August 11th from 10am-12noon, Domino Radio hosts David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. David and company are in town from Portland, OR, where he and his band have been busy at work on their next album (for Domino! no less) to play the South Street Seaport - Friday August 15th with White Williams.. Tune in live, or stream / podcast later..

East Village Radio have their own show coming up at the Seaport too.


The four-day Citsol festival kicks off in NYC Thursday night with a free show at Solar One. It looks like this:

6:00 - Ryan Glass aka Slim Dixon
6:45 - Apollo Heights
7:30 - All Out Collective (AOK)
8:30 - Care Bears on Fire
Dirty Projectors were supposed to play the Saturday event, but "unfortunately due to other conflicts the Dirty Projectors will not be able to play their scheduled time slot". There is a secret guest playing the Saturday show though, and The Acorn were also added to the bill.

Now Dirty Projectors' only free NYC show this summer is the one they're playing at South Street Seaport. Read the Citysol site for a listing of all of this weekend's festivities.

photos by Kate Pedatella

details on Simian Mobile Disco's broken gear at the end of the post....


The Sonics rolled back the years during their highly anticipated comeback set at Primvera Sound, as old met new at the eclectic festival. The punk pioneers played a hit heavy set on day two of the festival (Friday), wowing the Barcelona audience with classics including 'Strychnine' and 'The Witch'.

Playing a rare festival show as part of their comeback tour, the Seattle band headed up a line up packed with returning legends.

Earlier on, the Bob Mould Band raced through favourites from the singer's former bands, Sugar and Husker Du, including 'Hoover Dam' and 'Hardly Getting Over It'.

Post punk trailblazers Devo received one of the best receptions of the festival so far, with a set as tight as their trademark yellow jumpsuits - which were disgarded towards the end of the show.

Spanish favourites Sebadoh made their return to the Barcelona festival to perform their debut album 'The Freed Man'.

And Portishead played their second set of the festival, following on from Thursday's showstopper, this time in the indoors Auditori. [Virtual Festivals][

The 2008 Primavera Sound Festival happened in Barcelona this past weekend. I just posted a bit about Portishead, and some Atlas Sound and El Guincho too. The rest of what we've got is below....

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Brighton Port Authority

Fatboy Slim's new project is called "THE BRIGHTON PORT AUTHORITY". David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal sing on a song and you can hear it ("Toe Jam") at MySpace.

David is also working with The Dirty Projectors

I recorded a couple of songs Sunday and Monday with the band Dirty Projectors for an upcoming Red Hot project. Red Hot puts out compilation albums to benefit AIDS research and I've been on a few of them since they started in 1990. So, who's on this one? Feist, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Sharon Jones, The Decembrists, The National -- jeez, what a lineup!

Dave LongstrethAnyways, I like what Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors are doing, although part of what attracts me to them is something I can't exactly place, can't figure out. Their music has familiar elements, yet often sounds like pop music by someone who has read about the form, but never heard it, and then handed the essential building blocks to make some songs. That's not actually true though, as Dave made plenty of jokes about music while we were working --he has a deep knowledge of tunes and their respective artists. But the band's music remains completely strange and oddly familiar at the same time. I'd been told more than once that we should all work together, and it seems the suggestion was fated to be realized.

For one song, Dave L sent me a demo by email that he had recorded in a Vienna hotel room on tour. I did my best to figure out the chords and the tempo, and record my own version, for which I then wrote the words. We didn't end up using my recorded version; but the words, and my somewhat straightened out version of the melody, came in handy. [David Byrne]

THIS WEEKEND: "Playing the Building" opens in NYC!

More good news for David Byrne below....

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DOWNLOAD: Dirty Projectors - Hyperballad (Bjork) (MP3) (info)

Citysol 2007 (more)

Last year I helped put together the music portion of Solar One's NYC Citysol festival. This year the honor went to Alec Hanley Bemis of Cantaloupe and Brassland Records. I think he did a really good job.....


JUNE 26 - opening night w/ Care Bears on Fire, A-OK Collective

JUNE 28 - all day music festival w/ Dirty Projectors, Ecstatic Sunshine, No Surrender, Shilpa Ray (Beat the Devil), Burkina Electric, So Percussion, Selan and Blitz the Ambassador. (and maybe more TBA)

That makes two free Dirty Projectors shows this summer because they're playing the Seaport in August too (with their Domino labelmates White Williams).

Les Savy Fav played last year. Les Savy Fav are playing their next show at Highline Ballroom in NYC on May 21st.

More Citysol 2008 info below....

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Animal Collective @ the South Street Seaport, June 2007 (more)
Animal Collective at the seaport

"On-the-Side" with Jack Lukeman, featuring "Jack Lukeman Sings Newman."

Thursday, May 8
6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show

Friday, May 9
6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows

"On-the-Side" shows are held at the new arts venue @Seaport, located in the South Street Seaport historic district at 219 Water Street (at Beekman Street). Admission is free.

More info on this week's shows HERE. More upcoming free 2008 NYC Seaport shows below.....

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Dirty Projectors in DC (Lexie Moreland / BrightestYoungThings)
Dirty Projectors

Throughout the set, Longstreth's seemingly improvised intros reminded me of Captain Beefheart's deliberate but dissonant explorations of delta-blues guitar rhythms. But with a progressive-punk sensibility. When combined with sparse but potent drum fills and splashes, and the girls' interwoven harmonies, the songs had an almost gospel-like tinge to them. It was as if they should have been playing at an AA meeting in a Cathedral. Nonetheless they held the Cat's audience spiritually captive for their hour-plus long set. Following some real barn-burners and foot-stompers, I couldn't help but jot to myself: "This guy wails!" And he did. And so did my Monday night (April 7). [BrightestYoungThings]
I went to the show last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Wednesday, April 9, 2008). There's nothing to say I haven't said before (I think I said that before though). I loved every second of it. They played some new songs. More tour dates below....

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photo of Bell by Alix Winsby

Bell (aka Olga Bell) is a musician from NYC. That might be how you know her, and/or maybe you downloaded that Radiohead cover she did, or maybe you saw her open for Au Revoir Simone, and/or maybe you read about her on Stereogum the other day. If you haven't heard Bell yet, go check out the songs streaming on her MySpace. If you're like me, Bjork will immediately come to mind. That's why I think Stereogum made a good choice when choosing Bell to cover "It's Oh So Quiet" for their ridiculously awesome-looking new "Post" tribute album called "Enjoyed"
(though I haven't heard it yet).....


1. Liars - "Army Of Me"
2. Dirty Projectors - "Hyperballad"
3. High Places - "Modern Things"
4. Bell - "It's Oh So Quiet"
5. Pattern Is Movement - "Enjoy"
6. Evangelicals - "You've Been Flirting Again"
7. Xiu Xiu - "Isobel"
8. Final Fantasy & Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) - "Possibly Maybe"
9. White Hinterland - "I Miss You"
10. El Guincho - "Cover Me"
11. Atlas Sound - "Headphones"
Nuts... PLUS, the whole album will be a free download starting March 31st (like the REM & Radiohead ones before it). March 31st is also the day that Klaus Kinski and I are throwing our next edition of Rock 'n' ROFL at Pianos which, coincidentally, also happens to include Bell (aka BELL IS PLAYING ROCK N ROFL).

Takka TakkaTakka Takka are playing the show too. It's not the first time they've shared a bill with Bell either, and that's NOT a coincidence. Bell contributed to the new Takka Takka album which is being finished as we speak - an album that takes Takka Takka in a completely new direction with a new sound and a significantly different lineup than who was in the band when their last release came out.

So, it's looking something like this....

BrooklynVegan & Klaus Kinski present
The unofficial & unauthorized "Enjoyed" release party
(aka Rock 'n' ROFL II)
@ Pianos in NYC
on March 31, 2008

7-8 pm: DJ David Bruno AND all the free Newcastle you can drink

8-9 pm: comedy by Will Franken, Larry Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Sean O' Connor and Reggie Watts

9-10 pm: music by Bell
10-11 pm: music by Takka Takka
11-12 pm: music by TBA (** can't announce yet, but it's good **)

also: $3.00 Svedka lemon drops all night AND a 2nd hour of free Newcastle (time TBD) (that's 2 hours of open bar). All that for just $10. Tickets are on sale.


Related story: I put together a whole bunch of shows during CMJ. One was on Saturday October 20th at Pianos, during the day, upstairs & downstairs. The Maccabees were the last band to play downstairs. Doveman, Erik Friedlander and Craig Wedren were playing upstairs at the same time. Jefferson, who was there in a semi-official capacity to take pictures, wanted to shoot the Maccabees, but ended up missing them because of the upstairs lineup.

By the time he came back down, the Maccabees were already long gone and the next, unrelated show had started. He really didn't know the difference and started taking pictures of (who he thought was) the Maccabees. Eventually he figured it out and realized he'd just discovered Bell.

When Jefferson and I finally reunited, I think I said something like (now on like no sleep and 4 days into CMJ), "Where the hell have you been? Did you even see the Maccabees? We have to go see Santogold. Let's get out of here." He said something like, "Dude...chill. I was shooting this girl Bell. She was great." I think then by the next day I totally forgot about it, and it wasn't until I recently showed him the already-booked March 31st lineup that he pointed out that he had some never-before-seen Bell pictures (aka the ones you see in this post.....below) (the end)....

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High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
High Places @ Market Hotel

For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]
SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston Cover) (MP3)

Deer TicksAs each day goes by, I keep falling more and more in love with Deer Tick. Check out the non-album cover of a Sean Kingston song above. Check out Deer Tick with Doveman (who I also love) TONIGHT (Feb 15, 2008) @ Southpaw in Brooklyn (A Zombieville party). You can run back and forth between Southpaw and Union Hall where the Forms are playing (a Gothamist party).

I've got two pairs of tickets to give away to the Southpaw show tonight. To win, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Dove Tick). Include your first and last name in the email. Two winners will be contacted soon.

DoveDoveman is also playing Saturday night (Feb 16th) at the Stone (or so says his website anyway).

Deer Tick is also playing Glasslands on February 28th, and my official SXSW showcase in Austin.

Doveman also listed some of his favorite things in 2007, and I accidentaly never posted it. The abridged version is below....

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DOWNLOAD: No Kids - The Beaches Are All Closed (MP3)

No KidsNo Kids

No Kids' (not to be confused with No Age) album Come Into My House is out February 19th on Tomlab. Get one MP3 above, and one in another post. Tour Dates below...

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Feb 1 - Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
Feb 2 - Silent Barn, Ridgewood, New York w/ Deer Tick
Feb 8 - CakeShop, NYC w/ White Hinterland
You probably know Angel Deradoorian as 1/4 of the current Dirty Projectors lineup, or as a member of Inlets. The above listed shows are her solo. For Dirty Projectors dates, click here.

Dirty ProjectorsTickets go on sale Thursday for a Dirty Projectors show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 9th. Before that they play the incredible Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett)-curated Maximum Black Festival with Final Fantasy, Six Organs of Admittance, Deerhoof and Frog Eyes - a 3-date tour that goes from Vienna to London to Berlin. They also play the Bryce Dessner (The National)-curated musicNOW Festival in Cincinatti, Ohio on April 4th. That festival bill also features Bang on a Can, Bill Frisell, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, and Glenn Kotche. All dates below....

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FADER record - Matt Furie art

You might recoginze the style of that pretty picture up there as the art of Matt Furie. It's the cover of a new limited edition FADER/Southern Comfort Dirty Projectors/White Williams 7". I have three of them to give away.

I also have three pairs of tickets to the FADER Issue 51 party happening at Studio B in Brooklyn tonight (Jan 16, 2008). Not surprisingly, Santogold is playing it. So is Izza Kizza, and DJ Switch. Details on how to win, below...

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MTV News highlights Brooklyn, Todd P, Yeasayer, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, MGMT and The Muggabears....

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Dirty Projectors @ Knitting Factory, NYC - New Years Eve, 2007/8 (CRED)
Dirty Projectors @ Knitting Factory

BV contributor Nick Masi was there, and he sent me this quick review:

They were great, of course. It was cool seeing them at Knitting Factory and Longstreth seemed to be in the best spirits I have ever seen him. They went on around 11:40 and played til about 12:20! That was the worst part of the show. I was kind of shocked. Especially because they didn't play "Rise Above." They missed the countdown, like everyone always does, but they made up for it. They stopped "Gimme Gimme Gimme" to do the countdown, and then went right into "New Attitude" to start 2008!
More pics and video @ Stereogum.

Dirty Projectors were also recently featured on NPR where the comments indicate they are as controversial there, as they are around here.

Dirty Projectors

What sucks about this is that I already have plans. Dirty Projectors (and many others) are playing the 'After The Jump' New Years Eve party at Knitting Factory in NYC. One pair of free tickets goes to someone who....

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Todd P

"Dirty Projectors. Or High Places. Or The USA Is a Monster. They’re basically making this pop music that is appealing to a lot of people but has textures that are very avant and very experimental, while at the same time being accepted by mainstream crowds. That’s something that didn’t exist in New York. When I moved to New York, pretty much the best bands in the scene sounded like Gang of Four. You know?"

"Cakeshop. I like Glasslands. Those are two places that have all the legal things they have to have to be a club while at the same time being relaxed places that are about the music. I like the Knitting Factory."

"I was handing out the fliers on the sidewalk outside of Bowery Ballroom. The bouncer came over, knocked me down and knocked the fliers out of my hand."

That and more in today's Gothamist Todd Patrick interview by John Del Signore.

Todd is currently on a break, but his page still lists a few shows - like a High Places show at Death By Audio on Monday December 10th, and a Team Robespierre one at Silent Barn on the 14th.

"There’s a world of cross-references in Dirty Projectors’ music: stuttering modal riffs from Mali, the meandering melodies of opera or modern music theater, pygmy antiphonal vocals, Captain Beefheart, Zimbabwean and Congolese rock, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Usually Mr. Longstreth sustained a sweetly androgynous croon as the music jittered all around him, but in “Police Story” — set to slow tom-tom thumps, steady guitar chords and a descant from the women’s voices — he followed his winding, leaping melody up to a yelping crescendo of desperation." [NY Times]

More on the Bowery show HERE.

Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom

My opinion hasn't changed. A Dirty Projectors concert is an extremely pleasant experience. Like the friendly heckler said, "Why are you so amazing?!" I just wish they played an encore. More photos by Bao Nguyen below....

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DOWNLOAD: Sidetrack (Dirty Projectors) - Too Much Pressure (MP3)


This song will appear in the soundtrack for an independent film, 'Vernon Avenue' by Steffani Jemison and Amiel Melnick that takes place in Bed Stuy. The words are adapted from a scene in the movie where a man is teaching a girl how to play the guitar. I wrote the music, SideTrack and I co-produced. They are playing second at the Bowery on Tues, after Julianna Barwick and before White Williams." -Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors
This song is the perfect addition to one of my favorite albums of the year.

Tonight's show is still not sold out (Dec 4, 2007). Sidetrack was also scheduled to back Grizzly Bear on Conan O'Brien - the show that never happened due to the writer's strike. Grizzly Bear recently offered up these two sweet tracks.....

DOWNLOAD: Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) - Too Little Too Late (Jo Jo cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear - Graceland (Paul Simon) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Feist - Intuition (alternate version) (MP3)

Ed Droste top 15 albums of 2007 below.....

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Tinariwen @ Oya Festival, Norway, 2007 (CRED)
Tinariwen @ Oya

Bill made my day yesterday when he pointed out Other Music's upcoming free in-store show schedule...

Tinariwen - Wednesday, November 28 @ 8PM
Celebration - Friday, November 30 @ 9PM
Richard Hawley - Monday, December 3 @ 8PM
White Williams - Thursday, December 6 @ 8PM
That means....

Richard Hawley

NYC, 2007
Nov 27 - Tinariwen @ Highline Ballroom (How was the show?)
Nov 28 - Tinariwen @ Other Music (TODAY!)
Nov 28 - Celebration @ Bowery Ballroom (TODAY!) (win tix)
Nov 30 - Celebration @ Other Music
Dec 01 - Richard Hawley @ Bowery Ballroom (excited) (not sold out yet)
Dec 03 - Richard Hawley @ Other Music (double excited) (all dates)
Dec 04 - White Williams & Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom (triple excited) (tix)
Dec 06 - White Williams @ Other Music (all dates)
Dev 18 - Celebration @ Crash Mansion (with comedians)

A few new Dirty Projectors dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: White Williams - New Violence (MP3)

White Williams @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - Oct 17, 2007 (CRED)
White Williams @ Bowery Ballroom

White Williams has been added as opener for the Dirty Projectors show at Bowery Ballroom. After seeing White Williams twice during CMJ (one of them being at the show pictured above), I thought, "he's good - kind of mellow, but I don't really need to see him again. Having the album, and having seen him at least once is good enough for now. " That said, I'll still show up early enough to catch him anytime he opens a show that I'm going to anyway. His (their) most recent NYC show was opening for Battles at Webster Hall (which I didn't go to). All tour dates below...

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