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Porches with Greta Kline @ Baby's All Right (via beccaliebert)
Porches

Porches played their first of two nights at Baby's All Right last night (10/17), part of the the Baby's ongoing, pre-CMJ one year birthday party. The band were also celebrating their new Terrible Records single which you can pre-order on vinyl and listen to now below. The new song "Forgive" features a guest appearance by Greta Kline who also plays in Porches and leads her own project Frankie Cosmos who opened last night, but switches the order and headlines Baby's after Porches play tonight (10/18). After Frankie Cosmos, you can catch a set by Cashmere Cat who was added to the venue's schedule today.

If you can't make it to Baby's, Porches also added a Saturday night CMJ show at the soon-closing Death By Audio. The Arbutus/Terrible/JMC Aggregatee showcase also features sets by Tops (who played the even-later show at Baby's last night), Lydia Ainsworth and Regal Degal. The flyer for that is with the two new Porches songs below...

Continue reading "Porches released a single, add DbA CMJ show, finishing 2-night run @ Baby's (where Cashmere Cat was added tonight)"

by Bill Pearis

Dirty on Purpose
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Over the years, Death by Audio has been spiritual home to bands to more than a few bands, whether they've worked for the venue, the pedal shop or have just been part of scene. (It was almost like they lived there.) Some of those bands who have since called it quits are getting back together to say goodbye to DbA on November 1. Headlining the show are '00s-era underappreciated poppy shoegazers Dirty on Purpose who played their last ever show on New Year's Eve 2008. I was a fan and a friend (the first show I saw at DbA was Dirty on Purpose during CMJ 2005 back when they just called it the Sugar Factory), and anxious to see them again. If you've never checked them out, you can stream 2006's Hallelujah Sirens (via Rdio) below.

Also on the bill are Sisters (aka DbA co-runner Matt Conboy and Aaron Pfannebecker who made calamitous pop); San Francisco transplants French Miami (frontman Jay Heiselman now plays in Grooms, Roya and is a busy recording engineer); and Darlings who I was unaware broke up, and and if they did it's been really recent and they didn't tell anybody (we premiered a new song back in July and they just played Knitting Factory two weeks ago). [UPDATE: They didn't break up, but are pals with all the bands.] What, no Coin Under Tongue? The lovefest is $10 at the door. Flyer below.

Speaking of French Miami, next time you're at DbA on the way in or out, there's a box of French Miami's self-titled 2009 album on vinyl. Help yourself to one (it's a good record and you can stream it below).

While on the subject of DbA house bands, A Place to Bury Strangers are surely the venue's official one, as frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the pedal shop out of DbA's backroom. APTBS will play DbA on October 27 with Olympia, WA's Broken Water, plus Gold Dime (ex Talk Normal), and White Suns. That show is $8 at the door, and is just two days after playing Rough Trade (10/25) as part of Austin Psych Fest's CMJ showcase with White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Bo Ningen and more (tickets).

In other DbA news, we mentioned that construction has already begun on the building's transformation into Vice's new megafacility, and DbA suffered a bit on Monday (10/13) when the construction crew sawed open an active water line directly above the main showspace, sending 50+ gallons of water down through the drop ceiling. It was cleaned up by the time of the show that night. But let's not destroy the place before they close (that goes for showgoers too), ok?

Streams and flyers below...

Continue reading "Dirty on Purpose, Sisters & more reforming to play Death by Audio; A Place to Bury Strangers playing DbA show too"

Wreckless Eric

New wave/punk veteran Wreckless Eric just played a WFMU show in NJ over the weekend (10/11), and he'll be heading out on a full tour of the US and Europe which kicks off later this month and continues into December. The tour begins in NYC on Tuesday (10/21) at Death by Audio which is a small and very cool place to see him, especially with the venue's impending closure. That show is with quality Brooklyn-via-Australia indie poppers Scott & Charlene's Wedding and $10 gets you in. All of Eric's dates are listed below.

Wreckless Eric is also continuing his reissue series with a new reissue of 1996's The Hitsville Houseband '12 o'clock Stereo' coming December 2 via Fire Records. You can stream a track from that, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Wreckless Eric reissuing another LP, touring, playing Death by Audio with Scott & Charlene's Wedding (dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

JEFF the Brotherhood / Diarrhea Planet @ DBA 10/12/2014
Jeff the Brotherhood
Diarrhea Planet
Jeff the Brotherhood

Death by Audio still has another five weeks open but signs that things are changing are already apparent. Construction scaffolding is already up outside the building, and inside they've knocked down part of the wall that divides the front and back rooms of the DIY venue so you can see the stage all the way back at the bar. While the former is kinda depressing, the wall being gone inside actually makes the place a little more comfortable, especially for bananapants shows like JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet on Sunday (10/12). A little more room to breath and be clear of the constant crowdsurfing (for those not into that). Apparently, a lot of big, potentially wild shows are in the works.

There are few bands, to me at least, that are as synonymous with DbA as JEFF. Some of the craziest things I've ever seen at the place were during JEFF shows (including personally getting hit with a bottle rocket [unharmed] which was crazy, maybe not cool, but I won't forget it) and the band always make time to play there. Part of their tour with fellow Nashvillians Diarrhea Planet, this was the NYC debut of a new four-piece version of JEFF with a guitarist and bassist giving Jake and Jamin Orrall a little more oomph. I never had any problem with the duo version, mind you. Jake riffing away while Jamin, head down, laid down a motorik beat like a machine. But they sounded great. The crowd went the most nuts for We Are the Champions' "Mellow Out," at least till "the Wizard" made an appearance for a set-ending cover of Rush's "Working Man."

One more note about their set: I've seen a handful of shows at DbA since they announced the end, and JEFF were  the first band not to sentimentalize on stage. Which I was personally thankful for, as it's felt like the longest eulogy ever sometimes (though the sentiment is certainly commiserated). They came to rock not to mourn, though Jamin said before their set he felt a little overwhelmed.

The crowd for Diarrhea Planet was actually much wilder than JEFF's, with near-constant crowd surfing, which seemed to fit their guitar-heavy, beer-rock anthems. There were a lot of guitars/guitarists on stage, all with Big Rock Moves, and the crowd was singing along to all the choruses, fists in air. I saw two amazing things during their set, both crowd-surfing related. Number 1: some kid, while atop the crowd, began taking selfies with a disposable camera. Whether intentional or not, he was immediately dropped. (I'd like to think it was on purpose). Number 2: One of the more frequent crowdsurfers was a girl whose birthday it was (apparently), and at one point she grabbed onto one of the fans in the drop-ceiling which immediately came down though was still hanging by the wires. Some guy raced from the back of the room, got hoisted up by the crowd and shoved the fan back into place. The band and the crowd went wild. This is the guy who put it back:

Diarrhea Planet

Before the headliners were Brooklyn's Scully, most of whom used to be in The Splinters (who played early DbA shows with JEFF) and who played a fun set of garagey pop. I missed first group: Nashville dancehall act Punani Huntah that features Jake Orrall on the decks (or laptop in this case).

JEFF and DP also played Santos Party House on Monday (10/13) as well. Pictures from the whole DbA show continue below...

Continue reading "JEFF the Brotherhood & Diarrhea Planet played Death by Audio (which is closing way too soon) --- pics"

Liturgy in 2009 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Liturgy

Black metal transcendentalists Liturgy are a full band again (beastly drummer Greg Fox included), and it's good news (and perhaps not a surprise) to hear they'll be playing Death by Audio before it closes. They're playing night 1 of their Thrill Jockey labelmates Oozing Wound's previously discussed two-night stand happening at the venue on Mischief Night (10/30) and Halloween (10/31). Also on that first night is Child Abuse and Cellular Chaos. $10 gets you in.

The 10/31 show is DbA's Halloween Haunted House Party and also features the re-active Knyfe Hyts, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. (Sounds spooky!) $10 gets you into this one too, and the show goes lateeee (til 3 AM).

Continue reading "Death By Audio announces final Halloween show, part of Oozing Wound's 2-night stand (now w/ Liturgy too)"

Oozing Wound

Sludgy thrashers Oozing Wound are releasing their sophomore album, Earth Suck, on October 21 via Thrill Jockey, and while no songs have been released from that yet they did put out the ripping "Drug Reference" as an Adult Swim single earlier this year and you can stream that below.

Oozing Would will also be kicking off a tour a few days after the new LP drops, and they'll come to NYC for a two-night stand at the soon-to-close Death by Audio around Halloween. First they play 10/30 with Child Abuse and then play the venue's Halloween Haunted House Party on the 31st with more TBA.

UPDATE: Liturgy and others were announced for the shows.

All dates are listed, with the "Drug Reference" stream, below...

Continue reading "Oozing Wound releasing a new LP, touring, playing Death by Audio's Halloween Haunted House Party (dates)"

Walter TV @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)

Walter TV are probably best known as Mac DeMarco's backing band (that Mac often plays in). But the band, who are based outta LA these days (Mac's in Brooklyn) are going out on tour Mac-free this fall with Tonstartssbandht (whose Andy Boay is in the new lineup of Mac's band). The tour kicks off at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 6. No other bands on that bill, currently. That tour will also be in Austin for ACL fest and then heads to the West Coast. All dates are listed below.

There's a new video for "Master Ludi" from Walter TV's 2012 album, Appetite, which was recently just released for the first time on vinyl via Sinderlyn Records (part of the new Captured Tracks umbrella corp Omnian Music Group). You can watch that below.

Continue reading "Walter TV reissued 'Appetite' on vinyl (watch a video), touring w/ Tonstartssbandht, including Death by Audio (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

sensitive flowers: Las Rosas
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Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas have a new single out with two terrific tracks -- the upbeat "Ms. America," and the more laid back "Sensitive Flower" -- both of which show off their flair for hooks, melody and arrangement. There is no reinvention of the wheel but Las Rosas sound fresh. There's limited-edition clear, square vinyl and you can check out both sides in this post.

Las Rosas have a few shows hometown shows coming up. They'll play at Rough Trade on September 27, a free day show Cassette Store Day party with Fletcher C. Johnson and BOYTOY. The next day (9/28) they'll play Rippers in Rockaway Beach with Scully, Wild Yaks, and more. That's also a free day show. And then they'll also play Burger Records' unofficial CMJ showcase at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on October 23 with more TBA.

Dates are listed, along with the new 7" stream, below...

Continue reading "Las Rosas release new 7" (stream it), playing Cassette Store Day party, Burger Records CMJ showcase at DbA + more"

by Bill Pearis

Axis: Sova
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Ty Segall will be in NYC next week for two shows at Webster Hall on September 17 with Wand and Axis: Sova (sold out) and then September 18 with La Luz (tickets). Both of his 9/17 openers will play Death by Audio show while in town. Wand play Death by Audio on Tuesday (9/16) and they are currently the only band listed on DbA's website for that day (update: Honey are also on this show). I haven't heard anything... but it is an off day for Ty, who has played the soon-to-be-closed DIY venue many times over the years. Wand's very good new album is out on Ty's God label and will likely appeal to his fans. But who knows?

Axis: Sova, meanwhile, will play DbA on Thursday (9/18) with San Francisco's Life Stinks. The moniker of Chicago musician Brett Sova, Axis: Sova just made the tape Worse Fools Cease to Be a Shadow which for the first time features him backed by other musicians (two in this case). It's shitgazy psych and you can stream a few songs (and one from Life Stinks) in this post. Axis: Sova has some other non-Ty dates as well and those are listed below.

And in other news there's a new Matt Yoka-directed video for Ty Segall's "Manipulator," the title track of his excellent new album which you can watch below. But if you go to Ty's website you can actually manipulate it by clicking on different parts of the screen. Kind of cool. Watch it below...

Continue reading "Wand playing Death by Audio before show with Ty Segall; Axis : Sova playing DbA after ++ new Ty video"

Ty Segall at DbA in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
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Today we learned that beloved, long-running Brooklyn DIY venue Death By Audio is closing. It felt inevitable but we sure hoped it wasn't going to be so soon. Though we didn't mention it earlier, our first thought was that it might be related to reports earlier this year that VICE, who just received another $500 million in funding (!), is expanding and taking over the 60,000 sq.ft. building at the corner of S2 and Kent (NYC gave them $6.5 million in tax credits not to move out of the city).

Gothamist wondered about DbA too -- Death By Audio had no comment on the situation, but it's hard to believe the two situations are not at all related. Right now it is pure speculation. We just hope Glasslands doesn't suffer the same fate (they're in the same building too).

Meanwhile, DbA is open for another two-and-a-half months and they're promising to "swing for the fences" as far as final shows. (Will Ty Segall squeeze in one more DbA show next week?) One show that's a guaranteed don't miss is JEFF the Brotherhood on 10/12. Tickets are still available.

by Bill Pearis

Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
Death by Audio

Well this one hurts. Long-running Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio is shutting down in November:

After seven years of operation Death By Audio will close on November 22, 2014. Running this space has been an incredible undertaking and a joy since day one. We have been fortunate enough to host bands from all over the US and the world nearly every night of the week. Amazingly, we've hosted in excess of 1000 acts a year for the past seven years. The effect pedal company will remain open and relocate to a temporary space until we find a more permanent home.

When we first moved onto south 2nd street the only things on our block were a used police car lot and several empty buildings. Now there are a half dozen expensive restaurants, bars, a daycare center and a new condo building (that was an empty lot when we moved in). All ages DIY music venues are almost by definition temporary, and we feel fortunate to have lasted in this space for this long. We knew from the beginning that it couldn't last forever and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has preformed or attended any of our shows. We are still weighing options about what happens next and will let everyone know more about the future of Death By Audio as soon as we can.

Our closing party starts Wednesday Sept 10 and we will have great programing for these last 75 days. We are looking forward to putting on some really incredible shows to send off what has been one of the greatest undertakings of our lives. We hope to see you there.

Edan and Matt

P.S. If you're in Hot Snakes please get in touch.

Well, damn. It was a good run, but as one of my favorite places to see shows in the neighborhood, it'll be especially sad to see this one go. Glasslands is the last man standing on the block (which will soon include new Vice offices). This one really feels like end of an era.

Meanwhile the club is still open for two more months. On Thursday (9/11) you can see Shannon & the Clams, Liquor Store, Juniper Rising and Hobocop which should be a fun show. Advance tickets are available.

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The good folks at guitar pedal shop Death by Audio have just announced their latest limited-edition artist collaboration: The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal. That's what it looks like (naked torso not included), above, and here's a description of what it does:

The Flaming Lips have worked with Death By Audio to design a truly unique effect capable of manipulating and transporting sound into exciting new dimensions. The circuit works by using a telephone decoding chip that is then squashed into a ring modulator comprised of specially matched diodes and custom wound transformers. This creates blooming, rich sounds ranging from warped tremolo staccatos to wild arpeggiator type sequences to alien fax machines hurled at the sun.

The Space Ring has knobs for Volume, Psychedelic Warp, and an XYZ switch that flips the carriers with the modulators to create more modulated insanity.
To hear what that actually sounds like, check out a video in this post. The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal is only available the month of September and comes with a poster designed by Wayne Coyne. The first 200 pedals are signed by the band -- order yours.

Previous DbA collaborations have included Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.

In other news, Lips side project Electric Wurmz released their album a couple weeks back, and Flaming Lips' song-by-song cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is due later this year.

The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal demo video below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips collaborated with Death by Audio on limited edition "Space Ring Pedal""

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center - 8/24/14
AF
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire completed the three-night Barclays Center run of their current tour last night (8/24). Like the first two, Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns opened, but this one was extra special because it also included an opening set from New York's legendary Television.

The Unicorns kicked things off early at 7:15 PM, and unfortunately the soon-to-be-filled venue was mostly empty for them, but this rare set (one of six dates they're playing this year) was a treat for those in attendance. They mostly stuck to material from their classic Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, and despite Nick Diamonds and Alden Penner's more "serious" recent projects, they retained all the quirk from their Unicorns days for this show. Alden and Nick both ran around on stage, cracked jokes ("Some people have told us now that they've finally seen us they can die happy ... that is very accurate"), and seemed to be having a genuinely good time on stage playing those old songs. We certainly had a good time hearing them.

Television followed with an excellent set that included half of the classic Marquee Moon ("See No Evil," "Prove It," "Torn Curtain" and it's sprawling title track), but was more of a jammy psychedelic trip than a rehashing of old favorites. The band, whose lineup is 3/4 of the one that recorded Marquee Moon (Jimmy Rip in place of Richard Lloyd), are now almost 40 years past the release of that album and they don't perform all that frequently, but they were dead on last night. The interlocking guitar solos went on endlessly without dragging, and the rhythm section was locked in for all those jams. As improvisational as some of it sounded, parts like the ending of the instrumental break on "Marquee Moon" were exactly like the album. It was as powerful blasting from the stage at Barclays Center as it was the first time you heard it on record.

Immediately after Television's set, Dan Deacon got started on the small stage on the opposite end of the floor, hosting a huge dance competition on Barclays Center's ground floor which ended with the whole floor dancing. A second dance competition was then framed as a battle between Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio and NYC print-only show listings publication Showpaper. This was the second recent show we've attended that a now-big act playing to a lot of people in NYC gave props to Death by Audio from the stage (the last was Future Islands). Also spotted dancing in the crowd to Dan Deacon was fellow bald, bearded indie music maker Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav (Dan thanked him at the end). Dan's set was both a fun/funny activity for the crowd and an entertaining precursor to what was to follow.

Arcade Fire then took the stage at 9:30 for a 2-hour set (encore included) which was all thrills. At least in the world of music blogs and music twitter, Arcade Fire have gotten more than a little criticism for the last year or so of their career, which has included an elongated album rollout, lots of costumes, cover songs, and other gimmicks. But last night's show was such a truly good time, you'd have to be bitterly cynical to have been there and felt otherwise. Yes, it is a huge spectacle built for the huge venues they now typically play (this was their third arena show of the weekend in Brooklyn, and all three were full), but they do it without falling into bombast.

One of Arcade Fire's first NYC shows was ten years ago at the tiny Mercury Lounge (October 2004 to be exact). Core members Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Sarah Neufeld were all on stage that night, and impressively they're all still there ten years later. This time around they're joined by multiple other musicians (including sax genius Colin Stetson who you can catch in a more intimate environment at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (8/25)), a few people in paper mache bobblehead masks, dancers, confetti, and an elaborate light show, but they make it all unmistakably their own. The Arcade Fire of 2004 may not have written the dance-heavy "Reflektor" or "Sprawl II," but when the Arcade Fire of 2014 plays them right next to "Rebellion (Lies)" and "No Cars Go," nothing sounds out of place. The setlist was heaviest on Reflektor and lightest on Neon Bible, but it mostly felt like a very well curated collection of the many sounds Arcade Fire have made over the years, each song flowing perfectly into the next.

You know by now that Arcade Fire have been doing location-specific covers on this whole tour, and with NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them for a cover of "Hot Hot Hot" on Friday, followed by Marky Ramone joining for two Ramones songs on Saturday, and Television opening last night's show (not to mention Deborah Harry joining them at Coachella), it seemed like a pretty good bet that they'd keep the CBGB theme going for this final show. And they did. But Television, though their opening set fit the theme, did not end up being the guest. Win Butler, like Dan Deacon before him, did point out how amazing it was to play with Television though. In fact, Win said last night's show was the best lineup of bands they ever played with at one show.

Arcade Fire & David Byrne
Arcade Fire

The CBGB-themed cover ended up being Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream," after a fake-out of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" playing through the PA as The Reflektors mimed the song from the smaller stage at the back of the floor. Nobody from Suicide joined them for this one, but they brought out Talking Head David Byrne (who was also on stage with Arcade Fire almost ten years ago) to sing guest vocals, complete with white face makeup on. It seemed like a good bet that David would be joining them when we heard he was spotted in the building, and we're pretty sure he was even out dancing in a mask to Dan Deacon. (There was a rumor they'd be covering Bruce Springsteen after someone got a hold of the setlist early, uploaded it to setlist.fm, and must have mistakenly not realized Bruce's recording of that song is in fact a Suicide cover.)

"Dream Baby Dream" segued into "Here Comes the Night Time," followed by "Normal Person" (which included Win singing "New York I love you, but you're bringing me down" over the intro, further teasing those of us who were hoping for a James Murphy cameo), and then the show ended with the longest-ever version of "Wake Up." Even after the song's huge ending and the crowd's applause, Win started singing the "whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh" part again as he and the band walked off stage, then the horn players joined back in, and the whole band proceeded to leave the stage in marching band fashion (the same way they had entered the venue 2 hours earlier) playing the song even once the PA was turned off until they fully exited the room.

Pictures of the third and final night are in this post (though unfortunately none of the openers this time). Saturday pictures HERE. Friday pictures HERE. More from Sunday, with a video of the Suicide cover and AF's setlist, below...

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A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers

Noisy Brooklyn shoegazers A Place to Bury Strangers have a number of international dates coming up, including a Taiwan festival in early August and a European tour in September-November. But in between that, they'll play a tiny show at their hometown stomping grounds Death by Audio on August 22. It's always a great to see APTBS back at DbA (like we did in December) when many of their shows now happen at larger places like Music Hall of Williamsburg, but this one's especially great because it's an all-killer bill of Philly noisemakers Bleeding Rainbow (who have toured with APTBS), Northampton indie rockers Potty Mouth, and Brooklyn indie rockers Shark? (who are labelmates with Potty Mouth and played Shea with them last night [7/25]). Admission for the show is $10 at the door.

All APTBS dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers playing Death by Audio w/ Bleeding Rainbow, Potty Mouth & Shark? before European tour (dates)"

photos by Vladislav Grach

Speedy Ortiz @ DbA - 7/5/13
Speedy Ortiz @ Death By Audio - 7/5/2013

Like the album, which at its best is clever and cutting, the show picked up in the second half, when [Sadie] Dupuis began to slash through the heaviness of the room, and also climb above the rest of the band -- Matt Robidoux on guitar, Darl Ferm on bass, Mike Falcone on drums -- with a voice that could be savage, on "MKVI," or deceptively sweet, on "No Below," or tart, as on "Gary," which is the album's emotional highlight. That song includes some of Ms Dupuis's sharpest lyrics, aimed at someone who left her for someone far less interesting. [New York Times]
Speedy Ortiz release their debut album, Major Arcana, this week (7/9) via Carpark, and over the weekend they played release shows in NYC and Boston. The NYC show was a very sweaty one at Death by Audio on Friday (7/5), where they played the new album front to back, which singer Sadie Dupuis told the crowd they've never practiced or done before, as the NY Times (!!!) review quoted above points out.

The NYC release show had support from a totally stacked lineup, which also included grungy Baltimoreans Roomrunner, sludge rockers California X, no wave revivalists Sediment Club, and No One & the Somebodies. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Speedy Ortiz kick off their full tour in support of the album this week, hitting Chicago, Austin, and many other US cities.

More pictures from DbA below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz played a hot release show at Death by Audio w/ Roomrunner, California X & Sediment Club (pics)"

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It probably goes without saying that long-running Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio gets a lot of good shows. Many of those are recorded  -- you may have noticed a microphone sticking out of the drop-ceiling tiles. DbA has cherry-picked a dozen of the best moments from last year for a book of flexis simply titled Live at Death by Audio 2012 that is being released by Famous Class at the end of July. That's the cover art above.

Bands featured include JEFF the Brotherhood, METZ, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and A Place to Bury Strangers. It also features art by Brian Chippendale, Dave Singley, Perry Lubin, Matt Leins, Ron Rege Jr, Jon Vermilyea, and Brendan Nakahara.

Pre-orders are available now and comes with not only a digital version of the flexis but also a recording of the full Oh Sees / Ty Segall show. Full track list below.

Continue reading "Famous Class releasing 'Live at Death by Audio 2012' flexi book w/ Ty Segall, METZ, Thee Oh Sees, APTBS & more"

Fuzz War Overload

You may remember that Ty Segall collaborated with the noisemakers at Death by Audio (the pedal company, not the Williamsburg venue, though they're related) to create the (now sold out) Sunshine Reverb pedal. Now they've worked with John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees to create Fuzz War Overload which takes their extremely popular Fuzz War to the next level. How? The DbA folks explain:

We've always been impressed by John's intensity and it's been inspiring to work with him to create this unique effect. We went back and forth with John to craft what he thinks is the ultimate fuzz tone. This design has been road tested by Thee Oh Sees for over a year, and can be heard extensively on their latest record Floating Coffin.

This pedal is based on the super powerful circuit of the Fuzz War combined with a switchable hot-rodded treble boost. The Fuzz circuit controls include Gain, Level, Tone and the Boost circuit has a Level control. Combining these circuits unlocks new and virtually endless guitar tone possibilities. The specialized Tone knob allows you to sweep between rumbling low end, scooped out mid section and sizzling highs. The Gain knob can go from a smooth overdrive through distortion and up into uncharted territories. Thee Fuzz Warr Overload combines raucous fuzz and a killer treble boost to bring your sound to the next dimension.

There's only 500 Fuzz War Overload pedals being made and you can pre-order yours now.

For more on the benefits -- and dangers! -- of the Fuzz War Overload pedal, check out a video starring Dwyer below.

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer helped create Death by Audio's new guitar pedal, "Fuzz War Overload""

photos by Devan Council; words by Bill Pearis

Fuzz @ Death by Audio, 6/6/2013
Fuzz

The tireless Ty Segall brought his new trio, Fuzz, to NYC on Thursday (6/6) for two shows with Ex Cult: a free early show at Red Hook Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn, and then later that night at Death by Audio where they were also joined by Pampers. Pictures from the latter are in this post.

Ty is no stranger behind the kit (he was Sic Alps' drummer for a while) and Fuzz almost seems like an excuse for him to go apeshit with a near constant barrage of fills. In the Black Sabbath/Blue Cheer school of proto metal, Fuzz clearly love this stuff and were pretty awesome at DbA, ending with a cover of King Crimson's "20th Century Schizoid Man."

Memphis' Ex Cult were pretty great too, playing a menacing brand of punk that seems rooted in the early '80s LA scene, with a little post-punk angularity too. Ty joined them on vocals for one song. (Ex Cult also opened for fellow Memphis residents The Oblivians the next day at Beekman Beer Garden.) I only caught the last song of Pampers' set and mainly remember them being very, very loud.

Ty Segall will be back in NYC, on guitar, for two shows in August. More pictures from Death by Audio below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall's new band Fuzz played Red Hook & then Death by Audio with Ex Cult and Pampers (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Nuclear Santa Claust - "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)" (MP3)

Nuclear Santa Claust (via)
Nuclear Santa Claust

As mentioned, the annual Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcase is going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 and 9 with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on 2/8 and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on 2/9. Tickets are still available for night 1, night 2, or both nights.

Don Giovanni have also added a third night that Thursday (2/7) at Death by Audio with Nuclear Santa Claust, California X (who have a new record out soon), Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission is $8 at the door and the show flyer is below.

The DBA showcase is also doubling as a record release show for Brooklyn trio Nuclear Santa Claust, who will have their new record, Order of the New Age, out via Don Giovanni for that show. The album follows their 2011 self titled EP, and like on that EP, you can tell that NSC's two vocalists have picked up a few vocal tips from Joey Ramone, but they've amped it up to edgier levels more akin to the hardcore bands that formed in the Ramones' wake.

Nuclear Santa Claust aren't a backwards thinking tribute to the punk of yesteryear though. On Order of the New Age, they've been able to harness their older influences and use them to create bashing punk that pushes forward, rarely looking back. We've got a download of the album's first single, "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)," which you can grab above, or you can stream it below, where you'll also find the album's cover art and tracklist.

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photos by Andrew St. Clair; words by Bill Pearis

APTBS @ DBA, 12/15/2012
A Place to Bury Strangers

Long-running Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio threw a very fun holiday party on Saturday (12/15), headlined by A Place to Bury Strangers whose frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the Death by Audio effects pedals shop that's in the same building at the club. APTBS had the most gear I've ever seen on DbA's stage, complete with two projectors that enveloped the club in psychedelic visuals which, along with the sheer volume the band is known for, made for some serious sensory overload.

The rest of the night featured other bands in the DbA family. The Immaculates cranked out the garage soul and flung gifts into the audience. They did their seasonal single from last year, "New York is Mine for the Holidays," as well. Jay Heiselmann, who sings for The Immaculates, also now plays in the radically-revamped line-up of Grooms who also played the DbA party. We got a few songs from Grooms' third album which will be out sometime in the first half of 2013. Shoegaze/noise trio The Dreebs opened the show.

With Santa hats given out at the door it was a festive night all around. More pics from the DbA holiday party below...

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Roomrunner at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Tracy Allison)
Roomrunner

Baltimore noise punks Roomrunner, who were just in NYC for a few CMJ shows, including one with their sonic brethren METZ, will kick off a tour in NYC at Death by Audio tonight (11/11) with Sleepies and Eula (both of who teamed up as the Pixies for the Halloween covers show at DBA last night), and Big Ups. Roomrunner will return to NYC to open for Future of the Left when their tour hits Knitting Factory on November 27.

A list of all Roomrunner dates, a video of them at Paper Box during CMJ, and a stream of their Super Vague EP, which came out this past May, are below.

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Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Hurricane Sandy

Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.

Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.

Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.

Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:

8:45 GO GO's
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:15 Bauhaus
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
10:45 Mummies
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
11:30 GirlSchool
11:45 Cramps
12:00 BLITZ
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:30 Nirvana
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.

Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:

Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
$5 with costume, $7 without.

Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.

Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,

sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
NO SMOKING

Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.

Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.

Death Grips finally announced a tour! It doesn't include any NYC dates at the moment, but they tweeted, "more tour dates to be announced! (pretty much all the missing spots being mentioned).'

You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.

Willis Earl Beal, who is on tour now, released a "free digital Principles Of A Protagonist soundtrack EP of 5 re-recorded songs from Acousmatic Sorcery" via BitTorrent.

Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.

Generation Records will give you a free ticket to one of the Rev25 shows at Irving Plaza with purchase of a Chain of Strength t-shirt.

Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).

We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.

You can stream the new Converge record in full.

Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.

Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Public Assembly is hosting a hummus cook-off and raffle on October 14 to help raise money for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger in memory of Craig Murphey.

Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.

Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.

Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.

More stuff below...

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by Bill Pearis

Margy Pepper
Margy Pepper

With a distinctive ramshackle, shouty, indiepop sound, you might guess Margy Pepper were from Olympia, WA if we weren't telling you so here. The band's album, Golden Webs, owes more than a little to '90s K Records. It's also pretty good, especially if you tastes lean in that direction and you can stream the album below.

Margy Pepper are currently on the road with fellow Olympians Soil who don't share much sonically with their tourmates. The band jokingly call their style "gardencore" but their brand of farming is definitely aggressive and loud, as you can hear on their album, Suelo, which you can also stream below.

The Margy Pepper/Soil roadshow hits NYC at Death by Audio tonight (8/23), with Tin Vulva, Flown and Hot Tears. A list of remaining tour dates and the album streams are below...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Peelander-Z at GoogaMooga (more by Ryan Barkan)
Peelander-Z

Peelander-Z will host "P-Party #4" at Death by Audio tonight (8/7) featuring The Netherlands (billed as "A KIND OF FUTURISTIC BIKER ROCK"), Drums & Red & Tuba ("Electronic Tuba Rock" featuring Peelander Red), Japan's Ryo Inoue and PeeWonder-Z ("Sister of Peelander-Z"). Though Peelander-Z wont actually be performing, I wouldn't be surprised see each of them jump on stage during the show, much like they did with Anamanaguchi recently.

Speaking of the mighty Peelander-Z, the band will hit the road with Japan's Electric Eel Shock for some US shows. So far the dates include only an LA and an NYC show, The Studio at Webster Hall on October 12th. Tickets go on sale on August 17th at 10PM.

All tour dates and video from the 3rd P-Party show are below.

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