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Phos @ the High Violet Annex in May (more by David Andrako)
Phos

Tickets are now on sale for two NYC shows that Akron/Famiily will be playing in 2011, one at Knitting Factory ane at Bowery Ballroom in support of their new album coming soon on Dead Oceans.

Their Dead Oceans label-mate Phosphorescent headlines Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (12/10). Man Forever (members of Oneida) and Alex Winston are both opening the show and tickets are still on sale. Phosphorescent brought the full band and then some to David Letterman last night. Video of that horn-filled performance below...

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Florence & the Machine @ Voodoo (more by Alysse Gafkjen)
Florence and the Machine

Florence & the Machine will keep busy on their trip to NYC this month. In addition to the previously announced 12/14 RXP Irving Plaza show, they'll play a (private?) SPIN party at Don Hill's with Surfer Blood on 12/15, and a "Live on Letterman" webcast at Ed Sullvan Theater on 12/16 (8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT). The "Live on Letterman" show will take place right after Florence tapes a regular appearance on Letterman which will broadcast that night. You'll be able to watch it online, OR....

Want to go to the Live On Letterman show to watch it in person? I have 25 pairs of tickets to give away to the show. Details on how to win are below.

In Florence release news, you can now buy her "Live From SoHo" session recorded at the SoHo Apple Store, and the vinyl of a session she recorded in 2009 for KCRW.

Contest details below...

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Darlene Love Christmas

Darlene Love will perform her Christmas classic, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," at the lighting of the South Street Seaport Christmas tree at 6:00pm today (11/26). Santa will be there too, as well the "Elves of Heaven" featuring Corinne Caouette, and the Pace University Department of Performing Arts who will read/perform excerpts from A Christmas Carol.

UPDATE: Pictures of the Christmas tree lighting HERE.

And two nights after Ronnie Spector plays her Christmas show at BB King's in Times Square, Darlene Love will play a Christmas show at the same venue. Tickets are on sale for the December 19th show which is one day before Darlene appears again on Letterman. On December 22nd, she does a holiday show in Englewood, NJ.

All dates, a flyer showing all Christmas events at South Street Seaport, and a video of Darlene's 2009 Letterman performance, below...

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photos by Richard Termine

DOWNLOAD: Antony - Thank You For Your Love (MP3)

Anthony and The Johnsons

"This is how it must feel to be an ovum," the singer Antony Hegarty said with a tone of gentle amusement as latecomers flooded down the aisles of Alice Tully Hall during the concert he presented there on Saturday night. It was the second time this singer, who goes by his first name, stopped to let stragglers find their seats. Earlier he had abruptly cut off a song just started -- "Ghost," from his rapturously lovely new album, "Swanlights" -- then tried to smooth over an awkward silence by whistling Satie's "Gymnopédie" No. 1...

...Here, performing as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, Antony stood shrouded in shadow and sheathed in a flowing black gown. In place of his Johnsons, the Orchestra of St. Luke's accompanied him in songs largely drawn from "Swanlights" and its predecessor, "The Crying Light." Rob Moose, elsewhere a musically polyamorous violinist, conducted; at the piano was Thomas Bartlett, a sensitive chamber-pop singer otherwise known as Doveman. [NY Times]

Reading that first paragraph of the Times review makes me feel a little better, since I was also late to the show, but I was so late I actually missed all of that starting and stopping happening.

I think there were at least two big issues that caused people to be late. One of them was the show's kind-of-unfortunate 7:30pm start time (7:30 sharp on a Saturday night with no opener). The other was that the 1/2/3 trains were all screwed up, and I personally spent the first 30 minutes of the show sitting underground in a train that wasn't going anywhere. At least there were people dressed up for Halloween adorning all the stations and cars. That made the situation feel slightly less tense. That said, by the time I got there, every seat in the house was full, so late or not, everyone eventually got there, and what I saw was unsuprisingly beautiful and worth finally making it there for.

Nico Muhly was responsible for many of the arrangements of the night, and behind Antony and the orchestra was the film "Mr. O's Book of the Dead", a 1973 film by Chiaki Nagano featuring the Butoh master Kazuo Ohno and his troupe. Kazuo is the one on the cover of Antony and the Johnsons' 2009 CD The Crying Light. And as the NY Times sums up nicely, it was "Projected overhead throughout the performance -- even during the awkward breaks -- it was both a potent visualization of gender ambiguity, vulnerability and pain, and a garish distraction from music's transfixing intensity and beauty."

It was Antony's only North American show this year. Hopefully he'll tour some more in support of his new album "Swanlights" which was released on October 12th via Secretly Canadian. Download "Thank You For Your Love" from that LP above, and watch Antony's performance of the same song from the October 8th episode of Letterman in the video, under the rest of the pictures from Lincoln Center, below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

a super blonde Mark Ronson at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/11), the first of two NYC shows for producer/instrumentalist and his band of special guests. Toby says...

"Ronson went on stage at 10:15 PM just as the crowd started to get a little antsy following the almighty storm outside. His band, which included Amanda Werner aka MNDR, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Spank Rock (Naeem), Pill and Rose Elinor Dougall, all took turns to share duets, lead vocals and center stage under the watchful gaze of the bleach blonde uber-prooducer himself. Featuring a mix of tracks from earlier albums and recent release Record Collection, the Brooklyn crowd shared the band's enjoyment of performing at a venue 'six blocks from where the band recorded the album last year'. A sort of homecoming, and a great show indeed."
Another NYC appearance took place at the Greene Space this afternoon (stay tuned for footage from that to be online), and the next show is at Webster Hall TONIGHT (10/12).

As discussed, Mark also made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last night with Q-Tip and MNDR. The video of that with more pictures and the setlist from Music Hall, below...

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Gorillaz

The night before the MSG show, Gorillaz and guests played a 45 minute set at the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC. Watch the whole thing below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Black Angels - "Telephone" (MP3)

photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by BBG

The Black Angels

The Black Angels and Black Mountain should sue Danzig for defamation. The pair of retro leaning bands will hit the road for a string of dates during the exact same period that the Misfits mainman will head out for his Blackest of The Black tour. That tour doesn't even have one band with Black in their title!

Ah well, you won't see Danzig, Withered, or any of the other reported "blackest" folk at either Bowery Ballroom (11/3) or at the recently-added show happening at MHOW (11/4), but you will see Black Angels and Black Mountain. Tickets are now on sale for both shows.

In other Black news, The Black Angels made quite the impression on Letterman & Co in Their recent appearance on the show:

The Black Angels played the Late Show With David Letterman last night (9/8), and it's possible that no late-night host has ever been more enthusiastic about a band. The Austin psych-rockers trotted out "Telephone" from their new album, Phosphene Dream, and if you listen closely..., you'll hear Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra segue into the closing credits with its own take on "Telephone." They give it a house-band sheen that evokes mortgages and alimony payments more than psychotropic abandonment, but it's good exposure, nonetheless. -[Onion AV Club]
Video from the recent TV appearance is below.

The Black Angels' new album, Phosphene Dream, is out now (only $5.99 at Facebook) and in addition to their recent appearances on Letterman and at ATP NY, the Austin band played a private, invite/contest-winner-only show at Angel Orensanz Foundation in NYC on 9/7. More pictures and the setlist from that show, Big Ass Lens videos from that show, videos from a recent Gothamist House session, the Letterman video and all dates below...

Continue reading "updated BLACK ANGELS dates (2 in NYC), belated private show pics & videos (Big Ass Lens, Gothamist & Letterman)"

photos by KILLDISCO DESIGN

"dead weather @ don hills an awesome, sweaty mess" - Stuart Willson

Dead Weather

The Dead Weather kicked off their set at the invite-only show at Don Hill's last night right around the same time they were appearing on Letterman, and one night after they headlined a public show in Prospect Park.

On Letterman they played "Blue Blood Blues" with most of the focus, vocals and camera work, on drummer (and vocalist) Jack White. TV viewers seeing the band for the first time may have thought Allison was just the band's tambourine player (and backup singer and keyboard and guitar player). At Don Hill's they played to a beyond packed and sweaty and smoking and wasted crowd. One friend who got in told me it was "scary and dangerous but pretty sweet".

The Don Hill's show was billed as "pre-renovation", but the club is not closing yet. There's a show there tonight, and another one on Friday that will feature a set by Standard Fare (who play Bruar Falls tonight). In fact, there's a bunch of stuff on the club's schedule for this whole month.

More pictures from the Don Hill's show & the Letterman video below...

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Interpol

Interpol played new song "Barricade" last night (7/29) on the Late Show with David Letterman. The same song appeared in their set list five days earlier at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT (one of their not-cancelled smaller July shows). The full Toad's Place setlist, and Letterman video, and more tour dates leading up to their previously-announced United Palace gig, below...

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Wayne Coyne & bear @ Terminal 5 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Flaming Lips

Right before NYC got two Flaming Lips/Fang Island shows (Summerstage & Terminal 5) and three by the Black Keys (Summerstage, Summerstage, Terminal 5), all three bands played one show at CMAC, the Bowery Presents-booked venue near Rochester...

"Patrick Carney (drums) and Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) held their own through a high-energy, in-your-face performance that included favorites like "I Got Mine" off the album "Attack and Release." The duo filled the amphitheater with ear-pounding precision despite looking a little lonely on the huge stage for most of the set. The crowd responded jubilantly to the Keys' classic style and the band fed off the upbeat vibe, funneling its stripped-down sound all the way out to the lost lawn dwellers.

But The Flaming Lips, a band known for its ridiculous stage antics, was in a league of its own. The band was birthed on to the stage, emerging from a projected 30-foot vagina. Wayne Coyne, looking much like a fetus in a growing uterus, slowly stood up within a huge, plastic sphere that he called a "spaceball" and rolled his way through the pavilion on the hands of fans during the opening track, "Worm Mountain." The only word that came to mind was "epic."" [Rochester City Newspaper]

Last night, Wednesday, July 28th, the Flaming Lips followed their three NY shows with another appearance on Letterman. It was at least their fourth. Videos of all four (including "Vaseline" in 1995!) below...

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photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Alejandro Escovedo - Silver Cloud (MP3)

Alejandro Escovedo & Tony Visconti @ Bowery Electric
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo played two NYC-area shows this past week. The gigs followed his appearance on David Letterman Wednesday night (video below), and both featured their own special guests.

At the Wednesday night (7/21) Bowery Electric show, the guests were appropriate considering the venue: the East Village bar attracted a host of neighborhood regulars - some better prepared than others (crib sheets littered the stage). The on-stage friends included Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), Garland Jeffreys, "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, Bowery Electric owner Jesse Malin, Amy Cook, Kristeen Young, Tony Visconti (who also turned up at Alejandro's City Winery shows), James Mastro, Nicholas Tremulis and Fiona McBain. Alejandro Escovedo's new record, Street Songs of Love, stood up through the diverse interpretations: from Kristeen Young's octave-jumping belting to Ivan Julian's snarling drawl. Though the show's tightest moment caught Alejandro locked in with his band, the Sensitive Boys, like on the show-opening "Always A Friend," from his previous album, Real Animal. For the encore, a swamped stage worked through the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and Mott the Hopple's "All the Young Dudes."

After the set, the band and friends hung around upstairs to catch themselves on Letterman. Our photographer Lori Baily hung around too, and her pictures from the entire show are below.

Two nights later (7/23), Alejandro invited a different guest up on stage for his show at New Jersey's Stone Pony. Bruce Springsteen joined for their Street Songs duet ("Faith"), an Alejandro song covered by the Boss in the past ("Always A Friend") and (like at Bowery Electric) "Beast of Burden."

Check out "Silver Cloud" from the new album, posted above. Videos from NJ & Letterman, and more pictures from NYC, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Laurie Anderson

Concerts are for improvisation, jamming and vacations from the real world. Laurie Anderson doesn't do concerts. Her performances are art exhibitions, intricately constructed to intrigue, inspire and, yes, entertain. Over two nights at World Café Live [July 11th and 12th], she and her Homeland Trio presented "Another Day In America," an hour's worth of music from her incredible new album, Homeland. Each night was essentially identical, though it was the precision of the twin performances that added another level of reverence-inducing admiration to the audiences' already overwhelmed sense of awe. With keyboardist Rob Burger (who played on Homeland) and bassist Bill Laswell (who didn't, but has played with just about everyone else), Anderson's two-night residency was a captivating and mesmerizing display.
[Ugly Rumor]
The above-described Philly shows happened right before Laurie's NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge (July 13) which happened one day before her appearance on David Letterman.

Rob Burger and Bill Laswell were also on hand for Laurie's Letterman performance on July 14th. For their live take on "Only An Expert," she also brought along a trio of backup singers and Colin Stetson, who subbed gigantic-sax squeals for the original's Lou Reed guitar shredding. That video is below.

Tonight (7/21) Laurie Anderson has an instore signing and brief performance (as Fenway Bergamot, her male alter-ego, pictued above) at Other Music (15 East 4 St) from 8pm to 9:30pm. It's free (so no chance toask for your money back).

Up next for Laurie is a run of her staged work Delusion at BAM Next Wave Festival, starting in September.

Videos are below...

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MIAs

Video from last night's episode of Letterman below...

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Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar, the irascible writer who spun the mundane details of his own life and the quotidian existences of his fellow Cleveland residents into comic-book narratives, and who showed that the comic-book panel could include everyday feelings of anxiety and disappointment as easily as it does the adventures of costumed heroes, has died, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported. He was 70.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's office told The Plain Dealer that Mr. Pekar was found dead by his wife, Joyce Brabner, at around 1 a.m. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Mr. Pekar was given a diagnosis of lymphatic cancer in 1990, an experience he documented in the graphic novel "Our Cancer Year."
[NY Times]

RIP Harvey.

A Brooklyn cartoon Harvey wrote, videos of Harvey recently shopping for jazz records (he was also a critic), classic David Letterman, and more, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Wait Up (Boots Of Danger) (Dom Remix) (MP3)

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club are in town as part of their tour with Passion Pit to play two sold out shows starting tonight, June 29th at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Wanna go? I have a pair of tickets to give away. Details below.

In fact, I also have a pair of tickets to give away to the show Wednesday at Governors Island. Details also below.

Last night, TPC appeared on Letterman (again). They played "Wait Up" which is the song Dom remixed. Download the Dom remix above. Check out the Letterman video (with contest details and other stuff) below...

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Jay Z and Eminem

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Jay Z and Eminem

After the city denied Jay-Z and Eminem from performing on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater, they just moved their Letterman taping to the roof of the building. The above pictures were taken earlier this evening, Monday, June 21st. The mini-concert will air on Letterman on Friday night.

And as I type this, Red Bull is hosting an event in Bowery Ballroom named "Red Bull Emsee: The Road to 8 Mile". Not surprisingly (based on that event name, their promise of "Special Guest Performances", and Eminem's location earlier today), Eminem is rumored to be making an appearance (after midnight). Maybe Jay-Z will stop by too?

UPDATE:
Eminem did in fact play Bowery Ballroom. a picture below.

Tickets to Eminem and Jay-Z's upcoming show at Yankee Stadium go on sale soon.

Continue reading "Jay-Z & Eminem played the Ed Sullivan Theatre roof (instead), Eminem playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (update: he played)"

Ed Sullivan

Mayor Bloomberg was in no Empire State of Mind yesterday.

Jay-Z had planned to put on a surprise performance atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater Monday but the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting put the kibosh on it yesterday.

Like Paul McCartney last year, the Brooklyn-born rap superstar had planned to use his appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to give a show in the middle of rush-hour Midtown.

"There was discussion of a concert, and ultimately it was decided there would be no permit," said Julianne Cho, spokeswoman for the film office.

The mini-concert was axed abruptly after weeks of planning and negotiations, sources said.

The decision came on the heels ofa free performance by rapper Drake at the South Street Seaport that was canceled Tuesday after 10,000 people -- triple what was expected -- grew unruly when the entertainer kept them waiting for 90 minutes.

Six people suffered minor injuries. Two people were arrested.

Sources told The Post that a permit for Jay-Z's performance would have been granted only if organizers could keep the show secret, but word of the show leaked out yesterday.

"Many permits are granted on the condition that the event is not made public beforehand for capacity and security reasons," Cho said. "This event was made public." [NY Post] (via)

Note that the NY Post says "10,000 people -- triple what was expected" which is different than that NY Times article which said "The concert space at the Seaport can hold about 10,000 people, but far more came on Tuesday. The police did not release a crowd estimate, but some reports have put it at 25,000..." Which is it?

That said, I wouldn't exactly start caling this the end of free shows in the city. Jay-Z for free in midtown doesn't really seem like it was ever a great idea, Drake show or not.

Speaking of free shows, JG Thirlwell leads an orchestra in Prospect Park tonight (6/18). Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & Wild Nothing play Governors Island on Saturday.

And in related news, tickets to see Jay-Z play Yankee Stadium go on sale in a week.

Band of Horses

Video from David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Carson Daly, below...

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The National

As I was saying, The National taped a performance on Letterman yesterday before heading to the High Violet Annex. They brought Sufjan along to both events. The video from Letterman, which aired last night, below...

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photos by Ryan Barkan

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

"This past Saturday night it was a trip to the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem. The act was Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. After three albums and 10 years they are an overnight sensation. For the obvious reasons seeing this show at the Apollo was completely appropriate.

Let me just say that if you have not caught this act put it on your bucket list. Sharon Jones is a combination of the great funk-soul singers of years gone by. Names like Mavis Staples, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner come to mind.

Sharon and the 18 piece band put on a fabulous show. Everyone in that band are top level A team players. Sharon and the Kings do a soulful version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land' which had the entire audience up and dancing - rocking the Apollo...."
[Harry Sandler Productions]

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings played two shows at the Apollo last weekend. The review above is from Saturday (5/1). If you missed them and still need to knock Sharon off your bucket list, your next NYC chance is in Prospect Park this summer. More pictures from the Friday Apollo show (4/30), video from Fallon (4/28), and Letterman (5/5) (already posted Colbert), below...

Continue reading "Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings played Fallon & Letterman (video) & 2 shows @ the Apollo (pics)"

MGMT @ Coachella (sta.helena)
MGMT

MGMT, who recently performed at Coachella, are playing Fordham's Spring Weekend concert this Saturday, May 1st (12:30pm; 441 East Fordham Rd, Bronx) along with Average Girl and Penrose. The show is closed to non-students, but you can have a friend there (or a Craigslist creep) sign you in as a guest.

The band plays Bamboozle, which runs Saturday and Sunday in NJ. And they'll be on Letterman on May 11th, where they'll do a webcast-only set to be broadcast online earlier that night.

MGMT were on Saturday Night Live on April 24th. Videos from that and their full tour dates are below...

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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari's listed the following stuff on his 2009 Gummy Award Ballot....

BEST ALBUM
4. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
2. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
G-Baby - "Welcome To Heartbreak" and Kanye West - "We Were Once A Fairytale" and Major Lazer - "Pon De Floor" (3 way tie)

INDIE ROCK CRUSH
This really hot girl I saw buying a hot dog at a Phoenix show

BEST NEW ACT
Drake

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE
In alphabetical order...
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Kanye West - Graduation
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Rapture - Echoes

BEST TV SHOW
Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Summer Heights High, Mad Men, Delocated, Eastbound And Down (7 way tie)

BEST MOVIE
Inglourious Basterds

BEST WEB VIDEO
David After Dentist

Aziz Ansari's Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening will be released on CD and DVD on on January 19, 2010. Aziz plays ($30 and $35) shows at Comix in NYC on February 4th, 5th and 6th. Tickets are on sale. All dates and video of Aziz on Letterman (where he discusses "an evening at the club with Kanye West and Jay-Z"), below...

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by BBG

Dan Auerbach, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Patrick Carney, and Damon Dash
Blackroc

Just in time for the holidays and to remind the hip hop listmakers that The Ecstatic was/is the truth, the two-time Grammy nominated Mos Def has scheduled a show on 12/20 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets, though not cheap, are on sale.

Mos Def was also recently announced as a contributor to the new Gorillaz record, along with a host of notables

The third Gorillaz album will feature one newly announced GPS voice, two iconic frontmen of the '60s and '70s, and more, lending to a contributing line-up as eclectic as the one heard on 2005's Demon Days.
The GPS voice, Snoop Dogg, plus Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, will be heard alongside Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors and the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra in Plastic Beach, out 2010.
Mos Def is also part of another notable crew, Blakroc, a project featuring The Black Keys as a backing band for a crew of killer MCs!
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have wanted to make a hip-hop album since they were teenagers....
"All the blues music I liked was super simple and stripped down. All the hip-hop I liked was super simple and stripped down," says Auerbach. "We always heard that connection."
The Black Keys' first demo reflected their hip-hop tastes. It featured drum loops and samples, which their first record label later told them to scrap. Years later, following recent praise for their minimalist, bluesy jams, The Black Keys have finally recorded a hip-hop album. Their collaborative ensemble is called BlakRoc.
"What makes this special is the guys' sensibility of hip-hop," [Pharoahe Monch] says. "The drum loop-like timing and patterns make a groove that is easy to rhyme to and to write over."-[NPR]
The self-titled, Damon Dash-presented BlakRoc LP is out now and also features Q-Tip, ODB, RZA, Raekwon, and Jim Jones among others.

Raekwon
is on tour now and also has a NYC show coming up.

The Capo Jim Jones and Mos Def, along with the Black Keys, (BlakRoc) played Letterman last night (12/8) - the same night that Jawbox was burnin' Fallon to the ground. It was also rumored that the group might play a secret show at new venue Under 100 (in the basement of Damon Dash's building) later that night, but though Mos Def was there hanging out (again), he and the group didn't actually play (pictures from that event coming later).

Dig on the live Blakroc video from Letterman, the official video for the same song, as well as more videos from Mos, below...

Continue reading "Mos Def on new Gorillaz album, playing Highline, in Blakroc w/ Black Keys & Jim Jones (video from Letterman last night) "

photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Bill Pearis

The Cribs @ Bowery Ballroom
The Cribs

The Cribs played two sold out nights at Bowery Ballroom last Thursday (11/12) and Friday (11/13) -- their first NYC shows with new band-member Johnny Marr. The Von Bondies opened both nights. Thursday the Cribs also played The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "We are the Same Skies" from their new album, Ignore the Ignorant. Video of that, along with the brand new official video for the same song with more pictures from the first night at Bowery Ballroom, below.

I was at the first of the two shows, and the Jarman brothers were in fine form. Maybe not as rowdy but there's been no signs of change with their increased popularity. I think Ryan Jarman was wearing the same clothes as the last time I saw them a year and a half ago. They are a down-to-Earth, no bullshit kind of group.

As for for their new addition, the Jarmans and Marr acted like it was no big deal that one of the greatest guitarists of the last 25 years was now in the group, but there was extra oomph on older tracks like "Hey Scenesters" and "Mirror Kissers," and you could definitely feel Marr's influence on the Smith-y current single "We Share the Same Skies" and Ignore the Ignorant's title track. Likewise, the crowd didn't seem to pay Marr's presence any mind -- maybe some of them didn't know who he was? -- as they were too busy going mental, at least near the stage. I'm a Cribs fan, but I do think this was the best I've seen them since they made the leap from smaller-sized clubs.

Meanwhile, The Cribs just announced dates for a North American tour in early 2010, including a January 16 stop at Irving Plaza. Adam Green & The Dead Trees open that show and most of the dates on the tour. Jemima Pearl then replaces him as opener for the last six dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesdday at noon. All announced tour dates, plus those videos and pictures, below...

Continue reading "The Cribs played Bowery Ballroom (pics) & Letterman (video) - announced tour w/ Adam Green (dates) ++ new video "