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Mike Birbiglia & Michael Showalter @ Mirman Fest (more by David Andrako)
Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia, you know, the guy from the subway ads that has a book out, celebrates, well, that book, at Caroline's on Tuesday, November 2nd. Tickets are on sale.

Amazingly there are also still tickets left for Birbigs' November 22nd "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" show at UCB. That's a Monday which is convenient because then you can stick around for Whiplash.

One week earlier, Nick Kroll does the pre-Whiplash show for only $5.00 which is cheaper than the shows he'll be practicing for.

The New York Comedy Festival presents "Louie: A Conversation with Louis C.K.", at the Paley Center this Wednesday, November 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Louis plays Carnegie Hall one day later which is almost three months before Aziz Ansari plays Carnegie Hall with Eugene Mirman, but only two days before Aziz plays Beacon Theatre.

Who knows who will show up to play later that night, and the night after that, at UCB for two special non-Monday editions of Whiplash, aka "The Best of Whiplash."

Also Wednesday: "The world premiere of Dave Hill's Rock Shop with special guests PAT KIERNAN of NY1, MICHAEL SHOWALTER, and DOUG GILLARD (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf)!" I mean, I don't think you need to know more than that to immediately want to buy a ticket, but just in case:

Dave Hill's Rock Shop is a new comedy "talk" show which will hopefully happen the first Wednesday of each month at Park Slope's newest buzzworthy club, The Rock Shop. The show will run approximately an hour and will feature comedian/guitarist and Ohio native, Dave Hill hosting the shit out it. Dave Hill's Rock Shop will feature interviews with a famous or semi-famous or not so famous person, a famous or semi-famous or not so famous comedian, plus the focus of the show: Dave challenges a famous or semi-famous rock musician to a guitar duel (possibly to the death). The show is being produced by Caroline Creaghead (Tearing The Veil Of Maya / Eugene Mirman's Comedy Festival / The Rope Swing) and Jack McFadden (The Bell House / The Rock Shop booking guru) and is sure to have South Brooklyn peeps peeing in their seats (don't worry, we clean them, sorta).'

Our debut show will be on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm and features Pat Kiernan of NY1, comedian Michael Showalter, and guitar hero Doug Gillard of Nada Surf & Guided By Voices. The show will cost $7 and you'll feel pretty good about getting your 7 dollars worth. There will be no refunds.

Unlike one of the the non-Doug Gillard Guided By Voices shows coming up, The Rock Shop is offering no refunds.

One of Dave Hill's bands, the one with Moby in it, plays Mercury Lounge on December 4th. 21+. No refunds.

PREVIOUSLY: Tim & Eric add a show, Eugene Mirman & Hannibal Buress every Sunday & other comedy stuff too

Mike Birbiglia was on Jimmy Kimmel last week. Video of his segment below...

Continue reading "Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Hill, Pat Kiernan & other tickets "

Palomar

In their own words, "PALOMAR is playing a "benefits residency" every Tuesday [at the Rock Shop] from Nov 16-Dec 14, called 5 GREAT NIGHTS, 5 GREAT CAUSES. The band will play songs from their new, yet-to-be-released album, and have roped in some big names including Nada Surf, Charles and Kevin of The Wrens and many more." Other guests at the shows include Walter Schreifels, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman, and Robbers on High Street. Right now only $40 tickets are on sale. That gets you into all five shows. Individual show tickets will be on sale Friday.

Exact dates, full lineups, flyer, and more below...

Continue reading "Palomar playing benefit shows w/ very special guests (Nada Surf, Wrens members, Todd Barry, Walter Schreifels, more)"

by Klaus Kinski

Nick Kroll
Nick Kroll

When Rififi shuttered it's doors back in 2008, the part of my brain that required comedy in order for me to live also shuttered itself, though not completely. I did, and still do, continue to see comedy, but for some reason when the Rififi option was off the table, my zeal plummeted to a dangerous low and I psychologically couldn't overcome it. Melodramatic, huh? Yeah. Rififi exposed me to bazillions of comedians who to this day I still regard as favorites, but one favorite who I haven't seen much of since Rififi's closure is Nick Kroll.

Nick is part of a gaggle of comedians, including Jon Daly, Brett Gelman, and John Gemberling, who kill me not so much for their stand-up prowess (though, they don't lack in that department) but more for the insanely funny characters they come up with and perform as on stage and in videos.

Nick's characters include Bobby Bottleservice (1/2 of the Ed Hardy Boyz), a Rich Dick, and Fabrice Fabrice, among others. I cannot remember the last time I saw Nick live, so I was chuffed to see that he is doing two Comedy Central tapings at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 18th, early and late. These tapings will amount to a future 1 Hour Nick Kroll comedy special called Thank You Very Cool. I don't know what to expect, but I am hoping it will feature both stand-up and sketch material. Get your tickets! For serious.

In other, closer-to-now-shows-news, did you get your tickets to see Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, and Reggie Watts at NYU's Skirball Center this evening (10/21)? It carries with it a $25 price tag, but if you've got it spend it! You have to support your local favorites when they hit the larger stages people. Be loyal, not a dicknose. Oh, and you also might be able to get in to this one with your CMJ badge.

OK. Fine. I totally get it. You were a good pup and bought your tickets to tonight's comedy-free BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. That was a smart move, and I now see why you didn't buy your tickets to see Ms. Schaal, Mr. Braunohler, and Mr. Watts at Skirball tonight.

So, since you missed the show at Skirball tonight, you should be happy to know that you can still see Reggie Watts for FREE at the BrooklynVegan and Converse FREE Saturday Party that's happening at Public Assembly from 12:00pm - 6:00pm.

Once you've had your fill of beer and other free goodies Saturday, you and your buddies are going to hop in a cab and head over to Union Hall for the Heart of Darkness: A Night of Forgiveness and Salvation CMJ show that features Greg Barris, Reggie Watts (again!), Kurt Braunohler, Dave Hill (who's band Diamondsnake has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge), and Kristen Schaal. There will also be music by The You Are Forgiven Choir featuring Ariel East, Mother of Three and New Beard. Tickets are only $10 and are, inexplicably, STILL AVAILABLE.

So tonight, Tivo Night of Too Many Stars and rock your socks off with BV at the Music Hall. And then on Saturday, see a ton of comedy and music, drink for free, and go to bed happy for a mere $10.

flyers and videos below...

Continue reading "comedy at CMJ, a Nick Kroll taping and MORE!"

photos by David Andrako

Fort Greene Park - Sept 14, 2010
Naomi Shelton

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off tonight (9/16) at The Bell House and other venues. One of the performers you'll find on Friday's bill is the multi-talented Reggie Watts. Hopefully you have a ticket for that one though, because that is actually one of the two Bell House shows that is already sold out. Four of them, including the one Yo La Tengo is showing up at, still have tickets though.

You can also now buy a ticket for a comedic CMJ show taking place at Union Hall on Saturday, October 23rd, which also features Reggie Watts:

SAT 10/23: 8pm Doors / $10 ADV / $12 DOS
2010 CMJ Music Marathon
HEART OF DARKNESS: A NIGHT OF FORGIVENESS AND SALVATION
FEATURING COMEDIANS:
GREG BARRIS, REGGIE WATTS, KURT BRAUNOHLER, DAVE HILL AND KRISTEN SCHAAL
Music by The You Are Forgiven Choir featuring Ariel East, Mother of Three and New Beard
You can also try to get in to that, whatever it is, with your CMJ badge if you have one.

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and Reggie Watts played a free show in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on Tuesday night (9/14). According to David Andrako, the mixing of gospel and comedy worked out wonderfully. A set of pictures from that outdoor event continues below...

Continue reading "Reggie Watts played Fort Greene Park w/ Naomi Shelton (pics), playing Mirman Fest & CMJ (dates) "

by Klaus Kinski

Diamondsnake @ Highline Ballroom in June (more by Gabi Porter)
Diamondsnake

Comedian and opinionated audiophile John Frusciante (editor's note: NOT the Frusciante from the Chili Peppers) hosts a revolving panel of music-loving comedians, writers and musicians for a live monthly discussion about the state of music past and present, what you should and shouldn't be listening to, and why KISS sucks so much. It is a guarantee that your favorite band will at some point be brought up, dissected, and either praised to the rafters or dismissed with the wave of a hand that knows how to properly handle vinyl.
In the world of befuddling circumstances flying out of nowhere and landing in my lap, being asked to be a panelist alongside Moby (who played the Electric Zoo Festival over Labor Day Weekend), Dave Hill, and Jake Fogelnest (who, like BrooklynVegan, can be heard on SIRIUS XMU) at the UCB Theater in NYC on Saturday, September 11th at Midnight takes the frikkin cake. The event is essentially going to be a round-table discussion about the state of music past, present, and future (see a more detailed show description above). What will I, an ambassador for BV, be bringing to the table?

  • a vomit inducing fear of public speaking
  • very little knowledge of music past, present, or future
  • an eagerness to learn about music past, present, and future
  • a dislike for most music that people nowadays think is just wonderful
  • a distaste for a few bands I've never even heard before
  • a vomit inducing fear of public speaking
  • the sweatiest palms you've ever smelled
  • an unbridled loathing of your stupid tattoos
  • hopefully some articulate points that will make people think, laugh and, hell, maybe even cheer.
  • a disdain for most everything, actually
Ironically, I don't think there's even going to be a table there to bring the aforementioned attributes to; rather, we'll be in chairs, un-miced. I'll have nothing to hide behind and will have to do my best Richard Burton to be sure my voice projects. Annnnywhoozle. Having Moby and Dave Hill on the same panel does make quite a bit of sense. You see, Moby and Dave Hill are in a band called Diamondsnake, a band that also features Phil Costello (frontman of now defunct Bee Gees cover band Tragedy and guitar player for the probably defunct Satanicide) and Tomato (Sound of Urchin, Moistboyz)(look closely at the Moistboyz Live Jihad video, recorded at Bowery. A drunken Klaus appears occasionally in the front row with a red hat).

Diamondsnake has 2 NYC SHOWS coming up. The first is on October 2nd at Mercury Lounge, and the following NYC show is at Brooklyn Bowl on November 4th as part of Lebowski Fest.

The UCB show is going to be tons of fun and even though I have a propensity towards negativity, I'm going in with my mind, ears, and guts wide open. Hope you can make it! Cheap beer! RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW!

photos by Gabi Porter

US Air Guitar

Face-melting faux guitar and a pair of furry red legwarmers led Matt "Romeo DanceCheetah" Cornelison to victory at the National Finals of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships at Irving Plaza Thursday night.

DanceCheetah, from Milwaukee, will go on to represent the United States at the World Championships in Oulu, Finland. He played Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on his way to the title.

The champion came dressed in cheetah-print leggings, a flare-collared top and a massive belt buckle emblazoned with his initials.

"My mom helped me out with this belt," he said.

Cornelison beat out Ryan "Dreamcatcher" Laman, who played The Eagles' "Witchy Woman" in the final air-off.

The event's judges were comedian Myk Kaplan, talk-show host Rachel Maddow and her on-air contributor Kent Jones, and "Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones. [DNA Info]

The US Air Guitar Finals took place Thursday night at Irving Plaza, one night after a related event happened at Lukcy Cheng's. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Romeo Dance Cheetah wins Air Guitar Finals in NYC (pics) "

photos by Gabi Porter

Diamond Snake

"Hello there. As many of you know, I can't stop rocking. And now- in addition to fronting my own incredible rock band Valley Lodge and also playing guitar in the incredible Walter Schreifels Band- I have joined forces with my friends Phil Costello (Valley Lodge, Satanicide, Tragedy, "Phil" from the hit television program "The King of Miami"), Tomato (Sound of Urchin, T.H.O.R.), and Moby (Moby) to form Diamondsnake, an unstoppable band that defies categorization, melding elements of rock, hard rock, metal, and heavy metal into something no one has ever heard before ever." [Dave Hill]
Diamondsnake made their live debut at Highline Ballroom in NYC on June 17th. More pictures from the show, and their official video for "Storm the Fucking Kastle" (which sums up their sound pretty quickly), below...

Continue reading "Diamondsnake debuted @ Highline Ballroom (NSFW pics) "

Here We Go Magic @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin )
Here We Go Magic

tonight in NYC
* Jeff Beck @ Iridium
* Patty Griffin @ Town Hall
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Skeletons Big Band @ Roulette
* Frankie Negron @ Red Hook Park
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucile Lortel Theatre
* Fiasco, Okie Dokie, Zulus @ Death By Audio
* Les Claypool, Hot Head Show @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The High Dials, Asteroid #4, The Runaway Suns @ Cake Shop
* The Futureheads, The Like, The Static Jacks @ Bowery Ballroom
* This Will Destroy You, Light Pollution, Slow Six @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Simon & Garfunkel tribue 25th Anniversary SummerStage Gala @ Central Park SummerStage
* Here We Go Magic, The War on Drugs, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley and Sxip Shirey's Evelyn Evelyn project, which has drawn a fair amount of controversy on the web, starts a six-night run at Lucile Lortel Theatre. Videos, including a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," are below.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson has been added as an opener for Here We Go Magic at MHOW tonight. The War on Drugs is also on the bill. We have some free tickets for the show. If you want a pair, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: HWGM). Include your first and last name. Winners will be contacted.

The show at Summerstage tonight:

This year's benefit will feature the songbook of Simon & Garfunkel with unique duets performed by Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joan Osborne, Stephen Kellogg, Dean & Britta, Cory Chisel, The Holmes Brothers, John Forte, Valerie June, John Roderick, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nile, Paula Cole, Alejandro Escovedo, Marc Cohn, Ben Gibbard, David Hinds, St. Vincent, Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jill Sobule, Livingston Taylor, Brendan Benson, Gordon Kennedy, Olivia Mori, Ollabelle (house band), and many more.
Very expensive tickets are still on sale.

Dave Hill, Moby and Satanicide/Tragedy Phil have a new band called Diamondsnake. They play Highline Ballroom June 17th. Their new video for "Storm the Fucking Kastle" is below...

Speaking of Dave Hill, he performs his Big in Japan show at UCB on Wednesday.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

by Chris La Putt

Tragedy

On January 28th, Tragedy (the all-metal Bee Gees tribute band), was slated to perform at Maxwell's in Hoboken but was abruptly cancelled. Rumors of band break-up were confirmed when it was announced in March that their last show would take place at the Bowery Ballroom on March 12th. I've never had the Tragedy experience before and thought it best to at least document it. I arrived early to see the Blondest (a Blondie cover band), Les Sans Culottes (a faux French Brooklyn-based band), and the Upper Crust (an aristocratic hard rock band dressed in period wigs and costume). It was bemusing display of outlandishment but all three bands paled in comparison to Tragedy and their resplendent metal debauchery of the Gibb brothers' music.

For the encore, Moby arrives and plays a coruscating melody on a sparkling Gibson Flying V. Tragedy's lead singer strips off his immaculate disco suit and displays to the crowd a one-piece string mankini barely covering his package and butt crack. The band's cover of Donna Summer's Hot Stuff reverberates throughout Bowery. As the barely clothed lead singer moons the crowd, a girl near me lays her hand on his ass cheeks and plays them as if they are some hairy bongo drums.

Tragedy is gone, but its members are still keeping busy. In fact, Tragedy Phil and Moby have formed a new rock band with Dave Hill called Diamondnsake (catch them at Highlline Ballroom on June 17th).

More pictures from the epic Bowery Ballroom show can be seen below:

Continue reading "Tragedy played their final show @ Bowery Ballroom w/ the Upper Crust, Moby & others - belated pics (NSFW)"

Cheeseburger

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...

Continue reading "Cheeseburger playing SXSW & Brooklyn w/ Jon Glaser & Valley Lodge (featuring Dave Hill who has other shows too)"

'It's amazing what these sick f#%ks will do right out in the open' - Dave Hill
Dave Hill

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Scissor Sisters shows coming to Bowery Ballroom.

Lupe Fiasco is playing Irving Plaza on April 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the show Gogol Bordello are playing at Irving Plaza on March 9th.

Tickets are on sale for the Dead Meadow & Imaad Wasif show at Bowery Ballroom.

Dave Hill brings his "Big in Japan" show back to the UCB Theatre in NYC tonight (3/1) and March 11th.

After Dave Hill's show you can stick around UCB for Whiplash. Tonight's guests include Hannibal Buress (SNL), Kumail Nanjiani, Sheng Wang & guest host Sean Patton.

For more shows happening tonight, check out "What's Going on Monday".

Leo Allen benefiting Haiti @ MHOW on 1/23 (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Leo Allen

Aziz Ansari added an extra two shows to his previously-announced run of CD Release shows at Comix. The new total is eight shows over four days (2/3-2/6) and they all appear to be sold out. "Friends scheduled to appear throughout the weekend:" Todd Barry, Moshe Kasher, John Mulaney, Max Silvestri, Joe Mande, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Leo Allen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Anthony Jeselnik. A fine set of openers indeed.

Don't have a ticket, but still want to see Aziz during his now-rare trip back to NYC? You can also catch him tonight (2/2) for free at the Apple Store in SOHO. Sarah Silverman will appear in the same venue one night later.

Speaking of Max Silvestri, don't forget to catch his Big Teriffic show every Wednesday night at The Cameo (free!).

Speaking of Kristen Schaal, you can catch her tonight (2/2) as part of Sara Schaefer & Kim Armstrong's new free weekly Tuesday night comedy show in the front lounge of The Bell House (which is also hosting a "TOTALLY SOLD OUT" Lost premiere party this evening as well).

Speaking of Kristen Schaal performing comedy at The Bell House, tickets are on sale for a February 27th show described as "Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn present Winter Warm-Up featuring Comedy with Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends, Special guests include Kristin Schaal & Michael Showalter".

Speaking of Hannibal Buress, he hosts a comedy show every Sunday night at Knitting Factory (free!).

Todd Barry, John Mulaney and Hannibal Buress all return to Comix on the same (February 18th) night (code TBAF saves $5).

Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at UCB

A few shows other shows coming up at UCB and other surprises below...

Continue reading "Aziz Ansari at Comix & The Apple Store, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress & other upcoming comedy shows"

photos by Samantha Marble

Passion Pit

"Gigantic LED screens lit the stage as Passion Pit took the stage with entrance music pounding through the speakers, an evolutionary gesture. The crowd, a mixture of hardened hipsters with their battle stories and tweens with tickets bought on parental credit cards, lost their collective minds in that cocktail of excitement and uncertain celebrity usually associated with mid-level professional athletes and reality television stars. Passion Pit, the kids from Boston with that independent EP turned Columbia Records LP, proved as magnanimous as confident in their pose, saying something unspoken like, "Dear 3,000 people, thanks for buying tickets to see us. Appreciate it. Now we're going to light this place up, okay?"" [32Ft/Second]
Passion Pit finished their three-night run at Terminal 5 with s final show on January 10th opened by Tragedy (an "all-metal BeeGees cover band") and Brahms (who have a show coming up with Lemonade and Delorean). Tragedy brought out a special guest fitness instructor (aka Dave Hill) in very tight shorts. More pictures of that night are posted below.

Passion Pit pictures from night one are HERE and pics of night one opener Rural Alberta Advantage are HERE.

Passion Pit has shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe coming up, and they'll be back to tour North America with Mayer Hawthorne in late-March/April (no NYC dates yet). We already posted most of the dates. They are updated with more pictures from Sunday below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit played 3 nights @ T5 (Sunday w/ Tragedy) - pics & updated tour dates w/ Mayer Hawthorne "

Dave Hill

I already used the above picture on the top of Dave Hill's Best of 2007 post, but thought it deserved an encore performance in light of the recent bad news. Get well soon Dio!

Dave Hill. A man of many talents. Huge in more than just Japan (if you know what I mean). Check out what he had to say about 2009, 2010, 1989, naked dudes, murderers, rapists, Janeane Garofalo, and more. below:

Continue reading "an end of 2009 interview with Dave Hill"

Sheff and Caws

Field Music didn't make it, but there was a special reunion set by Pulsars, followed by the super duper Wye Oak who played before special guest Rumours last night at The Bell House in Brooklyn (12/3).

As advertised (at the last minute anyway), Rumours was a Fleetwood Mac cover band. Cover song experts Loser's Lounge made up the band and a rotating cast of singers came to the stage to play individual tunes. Those vocalists included Dave Hill dueting with Erika from Au Revoir Simone, Will Sheff dueting with Beth Wawerna, Matthew Caws, Britta, Sharon Van Etten, Wye Oak, and many more. The show was in honor of Bell House booker Skippy. Well, it was his birthday party, and he even came out to help perform "I Don't Wanna Know" with Mia Riddle. The full setlist (which did not include AC Newman or Eugene Mirman - both must be out of town) with a couple of videos below...

Continue reading "Rumours (indie all-star Fleetwood Mac band) played the Bell House w/ Wye Oak & Pulsars - video & setlist"

Dave Hill

Comedian/musician Dave Hill is a man of many talents, and many projects. One of those projects is his power pop band Valley Lodge ("an unstoppable rock band from New York City" according to their bio).

Valley Lodge came together when John Kimbrough, former singer-guitarist for Minnesota power pop band Walt Mink, met up with comedian/musician Dave Hill (formerly a member of bands such as Cobra Verde, and Sons of Elvis) to compare the home demos they were working on.

Joined by bass player/singer Phil Costello (Satanicide, Tragedy), and drummer Rob Pfeiffer (Sense Field) and inspired by bands such as Cheap Trick, The Raspberries, Thin Lizzy and Big Star they released their eponymous debut in 2005. The album proved particularly popular in Japan even getting a re-release with bonus tracks in 2008. The band went on to tour there in March 2009. [Wikipedia]

That March trip inspired Dave Hill's new one man show "Big in Japan" (which he performs this week in LA).

If Valley Lodge wasn't so busy being unstoppable, I think they would make great sitcom theme song writers. Actually, I think some of their songs should be sitcom theme songs. One such guilty pleasure is the song "All of my Loving" for which they made a brand new, and very shiny, (and NSFW) video. That's a picture from the video above (Dave never loses his sense of humor, even when making music). Check it out below...

Continue reading "new Valley Lodge video - 'All of my Loving' (a BV premiere)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Walter Schreifels

The Walter Schreifels Band, led by Walter Schreifels of Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits Civ, Rival Schools, and Youth of Today fame, performed at the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 20th (with Fanfarlo, Laura Marling, The Antlers, Think About Life, and The Wheel.) Since then, the band (which also features Dave Hill on guitar and Arthur Smilios of GB/Civ on bass) played another show in Austin. They were actually on the same bill as Voxtrot at the Mohawk on Saturday night. It was a Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparty and Walter and Arthur were already in town because Gorilla Biscuits played the fest proper (those pics coming soon).

Walter's next show will take place this Saturday night, 11/14, at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. Also on the bill are Atlantic/Pacific (Garrett from Texas Is The Reason), Dave Walsh (The Loved Ones), and Tom Dunphy. Walter is also making an appearance at Lolita Bar in NYC on Wednesday, 11/18, but at that...

"I'll be reading with this Italian translator reading some choice Italian pop songs in translation, A banjo playing double decker bus tour guide and the beautiful banshee Kamara Thomas from Earl Greyhound."
He also has two shows coming up in California. All dates, the NJ flyer, with more pictures, video, and the setlist from CMJ, below...

Continue reading "Walter Schreifels Band played BV-CMJ (pics & setlist) & a FFFFest afterparty, playing Court Tavern, Lolita Bar"

Dave Hill

Attention People of New York City:

Hello. This is your man Dave Hill writing to let you know that Thursday, October 15 at 8:00pm, I will performing my brand new one-man show "Dave Hill: Big in Japan" like a motherf@#ker for the very third time over there at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in historic Chelsea. Attendance is mandatory unless you hate having a really, really nice time that might also lead to sex. Anyway, I realize there has been a lot of confusion- especially in the Scandinavian press- about my new one-man show. And while there is some truth to the rumor that my new one-man show is a coming-of-stage tale based on my early years as a young Austrian girl who wanted nothing more than to express herself through dance even if her pimp Danny had different plans for her, it is mostly about one man's (me, silly!) undying will to rock the f@#k out of people and also this one time I went to Japan and rocked the f@#k out of people with my rocking rock Valley Lodge. Also- and I cannot stress this enough- it is NOT the same show as the Dave Hill Explosion so stop thinking that, dammit. However, my new one-man show is explosive in nature and possesses similar heatbringing properties and an almost identical bang quotient (sin(ax)sin(bx) - k cos(ax)cos(bx) = number of chicks who totally want to bang me). Anyway, I really hope you can make it. Aside from all the heat I will be bringing to the show, it is directed by the great Jeff Tomsic and assistant directed by the super dupes Nicole Brodeur. It also features the winsome Chris Chuang and the fiery Zachary Danziger in the roles of a lifetime. And as if all of that is not enough, my show is immediately followed by Pangaea 3000 Sucks, a great show that you totally don't have to pay extra for. So come, you know, if you want. I'm tired of fighting about it. You can get tickets right here.

Love,
Dave Hill

That "Big in Japan" show is TONIGHT (10/15). The next "Dave Hill Explosion" is at the same venue on October 22nd and features special guests Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes and the RETURN of Dick Cavett (not to be missed). Tickets are on sale.

In between those two UCB events you can catch Dave Hill playing two roles in one night. I'm talking about the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 20th where Dave is both playing guitar in the Walter Schreifels Band (expect Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools and more), AND telling some jokes and hosting the night. Tickets are still on sale.

"Big In Japan" happens again on October 29th at UCB. The flyer along with a very recent video of Walter performing solo in a store... IN JAPAN, below...

Continue reading "in addition to being funny, and playing for Walter Schreifels (and hosting BV CMJ), Dave Hill is big in Japan! (@ UCB)"

Micachu & The Shapes @ Cake Shop in March (more by Tim Griffin)
Micachu

Holy Fuck @ MHOW in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Holy Fuck

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Foreigner @ Nokia Theatre
* Dam-Funk @ The Guggenheim
* NY Burlesque Fest @ The Bell House
* Holy Fuck, AutoErotique @ Webster Hall
* Andrew W.K. & The Calder Quartet @ Joe's Pub
* Little Joy, Swami Shave-us Jr. @ Webster Hall
* Evan Parker, Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans @ The Stone
* The Albertans, Apollo Run, Ed Vallence @ Union Hall
* Tragedy, Johnny Headband, .357 Lover @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium
* The Mess Around, Ex-Humans, Born Loose, Images @ Don Pedro
* Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, Noveller, BJ Rubin @ Death By Audio
* Micachu & The Shapes, Julianna Barwick, Mon Khmer @ Littlefield
* Cheap Time, Fluffy Lumbers, White Diamonds, Beachniks @ Silent Barn
* My Robot Friend, Cheval Sombre, Dean Wareham, special guest @ 92YTribeca
* Burnt by the Sun, Tombs, Black Anvil, Bloodhorse, Torchbearer @ Cake Shop
* The Soft Pack, The Dig, Right on Dynamite, The Sundelles @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Twilight Sad, BrakesBrakesBrakes, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw
* Future Islands, Lonnie Walker, Graffiti Monsters, Darlings, Effing @ Market Hotel
* Thomas Function, Yussuf Jerusalem, Georgiana Starlington @ Bruar Falls
* WFMU Fest w/ Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, VeeDee, Guinea Worms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

WFMU Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg goes into its second night with Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, VeeDee and Guinea Worms. Faust, who first stopped in Philly, were the headliner last night.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band play all of Darkness at the Edge of Town at Giants Stadium tonight. Two nights ago he played "Born to Run".

The Twilight Sad, BrakesBrakesBrakes and We Were Promised Jetpacks have added a show at Southpaw, tonight, on their current tour.

It's the last night of You Are Here: The Maze at Death by Audio - bands include Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, Noveller and BJ Rubin.

NY Burlesque Fest is at The Bell House.

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Micachu & The Shapes play Littlefield tonight with Julianna Barwick and Mon Khmer. Tomorrow they perform with ACME at LPR.

Andrew W.K. returns to Joe's Pub less than a week after his piano battle with Gonzales, to perform with The Calder Quartet.

The record release for My Robot Friend is at 92YTribeca with Cheval Sombre, DJing by Dean Wareham and a "special guest" act (Dean & Britta).

Little Joy and opener Swami Shave-us Jr (Devendra Banhart) play a show at Webster Hall.

After the Little Joy show, Holy Fuck play for $1 at Webster Hall with AutoErotique.

There's no Governors Island show tonight with Brazilian Girls, Man Man and Phenomenal Handclap Band. It was canceled. PHCB have a few of their own coming up though.

The Cake Shop hosts a five-band, BV-presented metal bill with Tombs, Black Anvil, Bloodhorse, Torchbearer, and headliner Burnt by the Sun. Check out our interview with BBTS's Dave Witte.

Carrie Brownstein asks if you can love the art, but not the artist? The new video for the Black Lips' "Let It Grow" is below...

BV CMJ showcase host Dave Hill interviews Buckcherry in the videos below...

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Faust

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Polyphonic Spree @ Webster Hall
* Tim Exile @ Santos Party House
* Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Beacon Theatre
* Fight Amp, Voyager, Moth Eater @ Fontana's
* Evan Parker, Richard Teitelbaum @ The Stone
* New Model Army, EDP, Livan @ Mercury Lounge
* The Nouvellas, Revival Times @ Bowery Electric
* Dredg, Salman Rushdie @ Housing Works Bookstore
* Drunkdriver, Failures, Salvation, The Men @ Market Hotel
* Thomas Function, Yussuf Jerusalem @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Richard Lloyd, Demander, Tourmaline, The Old Wives @ Maxwell's
* WFMU Fest w/ Faust, Cold Cave, Aluk Todolo @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mal-O-Mar Nite w/ Ariana Reines, Dan Hoy, Holy Shit, more @ Issue Project Room
* Jay Reatard, Box Elders, Hunx & His Punx, Nobunny, Useless Eaters @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Crash Diet Crew, Cntrl Top, Hotchacha, Coin Under Tongue, Island's Eyelids, Deborah Karp & Meredith Arena @ Death By Audio

The Roots are at Brooklyn Bowl. You can check out the video for their new single "How I Got Over," below. Questlove invited the Dirty Projectors to come when he was on Fallon. That would be pretty cool if they showed up and played (I know nothing. Just saying).

It's the first night of WFMU Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg with '70s krautrock band Faust, new Matador signees Cold Cave and more. Pissed Jeans and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks headline the next two night, respectively.

Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform "Buster Voodoo" tonight on The Tonight Show with Conan O'brien.

Grizzly Bear will make their Tonight Show debut on October 12th

Jay Reatard plays a Shattered Records showcase at (Le) Poisson Rouge with Box Elders, Hunx & His Punx, Nobunny and Useless Eaters. Check out our interview with Jay.

Dredg and Salman Rushdie visit Housing Works Bookstore for a benefit.

Book publisher Mal-O-Mar (who's putting out a newly translated version of Baudelaire's My Heart Laid Bare) hosts a show at Issue Project Room with Genesis P-Orridge (s/he canceled), Holy Shit and others. "Holy Shit is artist and designer Matt Fishbeck in collaboration with a lot of different people - Ariel Pink, Christopher Owens of Girls, and more. Their record, Stranded at Two Harbors, is out on UUAR."

Television's Richard Lloyd plays Maxwell's with Demander, Tourmaline and The Old Wives. Maxwell's is also where The Wrens have three shows coming up.

The show you've been waiting for: Dru Hill, Kace, Next, Intro, Mace and Nice at Nokia Theatre. Video below.

There's only two nights left for the Maze at Death by Audio - see Crash Diet Crew, Cntrl Top (which has members of These Are Powers), Hotchacha, Island's Eyelids, and Deborah Karp & Meredith Arena.

We're just hours away from Pitchfork revealing the top 20 albums of the 2000s.

If you're in Montreal, it's Pop Montreal.

Dave Hill interviews Halestorm in a video below...

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Walter Schreifels, Laura Marling, The Antlers
Walter Schreifels
Laura Marling
The Antlers

"I went to see Walter Schreifels at the Studio in NYC. I didn't bring my camera because I had never been to the place and wasn't sure of the policy. I wound up regretting it. A few nights ago [August 11th] Wally played here in Hoboken [at Maxwell's] and I decided to bring the appendage along with me. Walter best known for his sheer genius as a song writer, guitar player, producer and singer for countless bands including Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, Walking Concert and countless others plays a stripped down version of various tracks from those projects. All while throwing in some tracks from his solo album which is due later in the year." [Photogeek]
The Walter Schreifels Band will play a special early set (like Sufjan did at ATP) to start the BrooklynVegan CMJ night at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. From there we'll go into Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel (Denver) followed by Laura Marling (UK) followed by The Antlers (NYC) which will then transition beautifully into Fanfarlo (UK) who will close out the night. Set times TBA.

Dave HillThe mutli-talented Dave Hill, who plays guitar for Walter, will also stick around to host the night (and tell some jokes). Tickets are on sale will go on sale Friday at noon, and a bunch of CMJ badges will be let in.

This will actually be one of two official CMJ shows we're doing this year. The other one will be much heavier and put together by Black Bubblegum. Day party announcements are coming too.

The Antlers are currently on tour with the newly-signed Holly Miranda who is also playing CMJ.

Laura Marling is playing solo at this show, and at a few more US shows that week. Those dates include a 2nd NYC show at Joe's Pub on October 23rd which is now unfortunately sold out. All dates, and some videos, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Pictures of Trees (MP3)

Ladybug Transistor opening for Of Montreal at MHOW in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Ladybug Transistor

today in NYC
* DANCE
* Surfer Blood @ Bruar Falls
* Sway, Lady Bright @ Bruar Falls
* Inlets & Glass Ghost @ Sycamore
* John Roberts & David Cross @ Comix
* The Silent League, Bear in Heaven @ Union Pool
* Geronimo, Pollution, Hex Machine @ Death By Audio
* Spindrift, The Electric Tickle Machine, Werewolves @ Cake Shop
* Effi Briest, Mahogany, Free Blood, The Tony Castles @ Glasslands
* Doug Gillard (ex-GBV), Get Help, Eastern Anchors, Dave Hill @ Maxwell's
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums, Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl
* These United States, Motel Motel, Company of Thieves, Nick Howard @ Mercury Lounge
* Ladybug Transistor, Meeting Important People, Kevin Barker, Grand Salvo @ Union Hall

Geronimo, who in the midst of a short tour, join up with Pollution and Hex Machine at Death By Audio tonight.

Spindrift are in back on stage tonight at Cake Shop, playing a second show in NYC after supporting Hopewell last night at Union Pool. The band professes to be influenced by Carnival Music, Vampire Soundtracks, Norwegian Classical Folk Music, Swamp Blues (Lonesome Sundown), Outer Space, Henzig and ICE-T O.G. among other things, but I hear the gunslinger moments of Ennio Morricone on acid tabs. Electric Tickle Machine and Werewolves support. - Black Bubblegum

Comedian John Roberts kicks off his residency at Comix tonight alongside special guest David Cross. - Klaus Kinski

West Palm Beach, Florida's post punk beachcombers Surfer Blood play the last of their four NYC shows tonight at, appropriately enough, The Surf Bar Bruar Falls (it moved) in Williamsburg. I spaced and forgot to put them in TWII this week -- worth checking out. - Bill Pearis

Ex-Guided by Voices guitarist Doug Gillard plays an electric set at Maxwell's with Get Help and Eastern Anchors, plus comedy from Doug's sometimes-bandmate Dave Hill.

These United States just opened for Deer Tick and Dawes at the Bowery Ballroom. Tonight they headline a show at the Mercury Lounge with Motel Motel, Company of Thieves and Nick Howard.

Union Hall hosts E6 band Ladybug Transistor with Meeting Important People, Kevin Barker and Grand Salvo.

Insound's 10 year anniversary show comes to the Brooklyn Bowl, with a great lineup that includes Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, The Drums and Real Estate. Real Estate, who go on first, at like 7:30 tonight, also played earlier this week at Vivian Girls' tour kick off at DBA. Two videos from their set are below...

New Peaches video for "Take You On" below...

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Leo Allen opening for the Walkmen @ the Guggenheim (more by Kurt Christensen)
Leo Allen

Daniel Kitson tickets and other Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival tickets are on sale.

Tickets are also on sale for the New York Comedy Festival shows.

Leo Allen opened for The Walkmen at the Guggenheim Museum on Friday night. Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at the UCB Theatre in NYC. David Cross, Ted Alexandro & Aparna Nancherla are among those performing there tonight (8/17).

Also tonight, but in Brooklyn: Falling Down, a new monthly comedy series at Bruar Falls hosted by Ali Wong, features Todd Barry, Dave Hill and more.

Bowerbirds @ Mercury Lounge 4/27 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bowerbirds

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Todd Barry @ Caroline's
* Tanya Morgan @ Southpaw
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Forro in the Dark @ Music on the Oval
* Toby from Youth Group @ Living Room
* Bowerbirds, Megafaun @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mahavishnu Project @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Stepping Off "The Corner" @ Rockefeller Park
* The Duhks, Red Molly @ Madison Square Park
* The Sundelles, Little Girls, Browns @ Cake Shop
* Juana Molina, Curumin, El G @ Central Park Summerstage
* The Church, Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) @ Irving Plaza
* Taigaa!, Your Nature, Susu, Pursesnatchers @ Death By Audio
* Handsome Furs, Dri, The Cinnamon Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Friend With Benefits (reading series) w/ Jeff Lewis, Dave Hill, more @ Bruar Falls
* Latin Alternative Music Conference w/ Los Hollywood, Domino Saints, more @ Mercury Lounge
* Telecult Powers, Totally Dad, Peopling, Manburger Surgical, Gay Bomb, Peter J. Woods @ Glasslands

Iron Man is screening for free as part of Riverflicks at Pier 54 and 14th St, while Reality Bites plays at McCarren Park's SummerScreen.

You have your choice of New vs. Old with both Jet at Gramercy Theatre and
Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick at Jones Beach Theater happening tonight.

Juana Molina, Curumin and El G play a free show at the Central Park Summerstage tonight. Other free music includes a tribute to Miles Davis' On the Corner at Rockefeller Park, Forro in the Dark at the Stuy Town Oval, and The Duhks and Red Molly at Madison Square Park

The Church come all the way from Australia for their gig tonight at Irving Plaza with Swervedriver's Adam Franklin.

The Roots reside at Highline Ballroom.

Bowerbirds' Upper Air just came out yesterday on Dead Oceans. They play tonight with Megafaun at the Bowery Ballroom

Tonight at the Bruar Falls: "CAPESHOK and IMPOSE present: "FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS" a new reading series featuring stories from the world of rock and roll tour horror! featuring readings by JEFFREY LEWIS, DAVE HILL, CHRIS LEO, PEPI GINSBERG, ALICIA JO RABINS."

Andrew Bird is (essentially) on tour through November. See an interview with Bird on QTV and a performance of "Fits and Dizzy Spells," below.

On August 1st, Mike Watt (as part of the supergroup Floored by Four) will be opening for M. Ward (who will play without his own supergroup Monsters of Folk) at the Central Park Summerstage. Check out a Dirty Laundry interview with Watt, below.

What else?

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Comedian and musician Dave Hill was summoned to Bonnaroo this past weekend to be part of both the comedy and music going-ons at the four-day Tennessee festival. I asked if he'd mind sharing his experiences (and pictures) with BrooklynVegan.com. He agreed. I regretted it. He sent it anyway, so here it is (starting with some MP3's by his rock band Valley Lodge), but warning: this post is not for the squeamish (NSFTS)...

DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - All of My Lovin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - Hangin On (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - The Door (MP3)

Dave Hill tests face-melting licks out on some chairs
Dave Hill at Bonnaroo 2009

I've just returned from four magical days and nights at Bonnaroo, where my rock band Valley Lodge was the house band for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's "Bonnapoo 2009" shows, which featured all sorts of awesomeness from Robert Smigel aka Triumph as well as sets from the great Todd Barry, Amy Schumer, and Kumail Nanjiani.

"Smigel performed four sets as Triumph at Bonnaroo, which annually hosts a comedy tent along with its smorgasbord of music acts, spread out over five main stages on a farm in rural Tennessee.

"My live act is a huge undertaking because Triumph kind of thrives on the immediate, discussing what everybody's thinking about," said Smigel while whisking past festival-goers in a golf cart, puppet on hand." [AP]

The excitement started on Wednesday night when I got on a plane to Nashville with my close personal friend Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, and the rest of my rock band Valley Lodge. If you've ever wanted to be on a completely hilarious plane, you could do a lot worse than to have been on this plane. As you can probably imagine, all of us were running back and forth between our seats spraying each other with seltzer bottles and throwing pies in each others' faces. At one point, Pete Holmes came over to my seat to shake my hand and it turned out he had one of those joy buzzers on his finger. Man, was my face red. I got him back though by spraying him in the face with a prank flower I was wearing at the time. We both just laughed and laughed after this happened. He couldn't stay mad at me.

Once we got to Nashville, some unmarked vehicles took us all to Murfreesboro, the popular Tennessee town where we all stayed at the Doubletree Hotel, which is really classy. Because I snore and also like to get up to all sorts of hardcore banging in hotels, I had my own room. When I dropped off my bags, I looked around the room and got all excited about all the snoring and hardcore banging I would be doing in my room over the next few days and nights.

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