Entries tagged with: Deer Tick
"The Snow Ball Music Festival [in 2011] was chill, in more ways than one. Besides the expected below freezing temperatures Avon gets in early March, the atmosphere of the festival and attitude of the attendees were very relaxed. The tents were set up on snow instead of concrete, and so dancing the first night was no small fete as everyone was slipping on the ice. By the end of the weekend, any movement at all was unpleasant as people were standing in puddles of water, beer, and probably some bodily fluids or stuck to the ground in thick mud. The crowd left their clubbing attire at home and sported their neon ski coats instead as they drifted through the clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke. Despite the cold weather and the impossible dance floor, most importantly, the music was good." [cause=time]The SnowBall Music Festival, for people not afraid to watch bands playing outside in freezing temperatures ("We recommend that you come prepared for snow and winter conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40° range during the day and in the teens at night. Please dress accordingly."), is returning to Vail Valley in Avon, CO from March 2 - 4, 2012. This year's lineup includes Big Boi, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (who just announced a Bowery Ballroom show), Deer Tick, Gauntlet Hair, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Thundercat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others (listed below)
Current lineup below...
photos by Tracy Allison
The night after Lucero played Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick rang in the New Year at the venue with assists from Virgin Forest (Phosphorescent's backing band, now their own band), Dead Confederate, and J. Roddy Walston and the Business. Here are some pictures from the New Year's Eve show (one of many in NYC. Ted Leo, Gogol Bordello and Patti Smith and many others played Saturday night too.).
Unfortunately we didn't get a Diamond Rugs set at Brooklyn Bowl, as promised, but that's because "Steve couldn't make it from the lobos show." Los Lobos was playing the same night at City Winery, and Steve from Los Lobos (who was supposed to cab it over to Brooklyn Bowl) also plays in Diamond Rugs who played their debut live show on 12/29 in Atlanta (two Deer Tick members and one from Dead Confederate play in it too).
That aside, Deer Tick, like Lucero the night before, played a raucous and entertaining show complete with frontman John McCauley in a New Year's Baby costume. They went on not long before midnight, meaning the countdown, which they may have been slightly late for, happened early in their set (complete with Cee-Lo in Times Square on the tv screens). Deer Tick's setlist pulled from their entire catalog and the encore-less night ended with two special guests and a stage full of people (and fallen confetti). First Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (who was also at Lucero) joined Deer Tick on stage for a cover of "Bastards of Young" by the Replacements (not the first time Craig performed that song), and then Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus came out to help them close the show with a drunken singalong of "Let's All Go To The Bar". By the end you couldn't really find Patrick though because half the audience seemed to be on stage... I think that's how it went. Details are fuzzy. Luckily we have these pictures to help jog my memory. More of them, and some videos, below...
Atlas Sound @ Creators Project in Oct (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* The Delorean Sisters @ Barbes
* Wu-Tang Clan @ Best Buy Theater
* Marianne Faithfull @ City Winery
* Delicate Steve, Milagres @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Divining Rod, Vorhees, Dan Matz @ Zebulon
* Marshall Tucker Band @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Lucky Dragons, Gamelan Kusuma Laras @ The Stone
* Guardian Alien, Yautja, Dawn, ATM @ Shea Stadium
* Atlas Sound, Carnivores, Frank Broyles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Blonde Valhalla, Fake Babies, D. Gookin, Jacob 2-2 @ Glasslands
* Technicolor Lenses, Eitch, Misterthumbs, Ian Stewart @ Cake Shop
* Bomb The Music Industry, Laura Stevenson, Titus Andronicus @ Europa
* Bane, Incendiary, Naysayer, United Youth and King Nine @ The Morgan
* No Power, The Marsh Hens, Herzog Rising, Aint Rights @ Death By Audio
* Ignite, Grey Area, Banquets, Live Fast Die Fast @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Matter Waves, Diamond Terrifier, Dharana, Sondra Sun-Odeon @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* New Beard, Lavalier, Toys and Tiny Instruments Band, Gato Loco de Bajo @ Cameo Gallery
* Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Brown Bird @ Union Pool
* The Gregory Brothers, Sarah and The Stanleys, Dusty Brown, Melanie Penn @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Freddie Stevenson, Kevin Calaba, Zane Carney, Chelsea Lee, Alec Berlin, Marissa Hansson, Johanna Samuels, Jonny Hirsch @ Rockwood Music Hall
Thanks to all who came by Brooklyn Bazaar on Friday and Twin Sister last night. Happy Sunday!
Videos of Noel Gallagher, Deer Tick and Dawes on Conan O'Brien last week, below...
Ximena Sarinana at the Parish on 11/21 (more by Tim Griffin)
RS will continue their fest during the day on Monday (12/12) with performances by Freelance Whales (1 pm), Ximena Sarinana (2:30 pm), Deer Tick (4 pm), and MNDR (5:30 pm). RSVP is free but not does not guarantee admission. Details below.
Monday's show falls in the middle of Ximena Sarinana's tour which hit The Parish in Austin last month, and hits Rockwood Music Hall the next night (12/13) for an early and a late show, both with Graffiti6. Tickets for the early show and the late show are available. All dates below.
Tickets are also still on sale for Deer Tick's New Year's Eve show at Brooklyn Bowl with Virgin Forest, who plays Glasslands on Wednesday (12/7) with Deer Tick's Ian O'Neil and Cat Martino. Tickets are still on sale for that show too.
All dates, video, and RSVP details below...
DOWNLOAD: Diamond Rugs - Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant (MP3)
Deer Tick @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Another NYC New Year's Eve option: Deer Tick, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Dead Confederate, and Virgin Forest are taking over Brooklyn Bowl on December 31, 2011. $45 tickets are on sale now for what is sure to be a very drunken welcome to 2012. For $15 more you can also get a ticket to see Lucero who plays one night earlier at the same venue.
Deer Tick also just released a new video for "Main Street" today, full of explosions and urination (which you won't find in the censored version). You can watch it in all its uncensored glory below.
Diamond Rugs, the Deer Tick related project that John McCauley also sings for, and which contains a member of Los Lobos (who are also playing New Year's Eve in NYC), released their first track today too - the Christmas song that maybe you heard Deer Tick perform live at Death By Audio. Download that above. Stream it below...
Deer Tick at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
John McCauley- Vocals, GuitarThey have a record coming via Partisan Records (home of Deer Tick) in Spring 2012, and the band will play their debut show on 12/29 at The Earl in Atlanta with Dead Confederate. Tickets are still on sale. Flyer below.
Ian Saint Pe- Vocals, Guitar
Steve Berlin- horns, keys
Robbie Crowell- Bass, sax, keys
Bryan Dufresne- Drums
Bryan Minto- harmonica
Bucky Baxter - pedal steel
Spencer Collum - pedal steel
Oscar Utterström - trombone
JP Frappier - trumpet
The Earl performance is right before Los Lobos head to NYC to play a pair of shows on New Year's Eve at City Winery. Tickets are still available for both the early and the late shows. All Los Lobos dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Deer Tick @ Webster Hall
Deer Tick hit Webster Hall last night (11/20) with Guards and Thomas Hardy (of Dead Confederate). it was the last date on a larger tour that kicked off in October and hit Reggie's in Chicago along the way, and it was probably the largest headlining show on that tour (and definitely much bigger than Death By Audio). Here are some pictures from Webster Hall, though none of the destruction (aka broken instruments) that ended the two hour show (Deer Tick is always good for ending things in style).
Two days earlier, the same lineup hit Ithaca where someone wrote...
Deer Tick's set was not as much a performance as much as it was a time for both fans and players to come together and enjoy each other's company through their love for music. Deer Tick was not playing and singing for us; they were playing and singing with us. This could not be articulated as accurately as when McCauley led a sing-along on opening number "The Bump," wailing "I suggest you move/We're full-grown men/We act like kids." This youthful playfulness that the band set forth from the get-go marked what would become an evening of a shared joy between the band and the crowd. But as much as both the musicians and the fans seemed to be enjoying themselves, the band may have overstayed their welcome. Even with a set that clocked in at over two hours in length including Deer Tick's set, some solo tunes from McCauley, and new material with a freshly formed supergroup featuring McCauley and opening acts Thomas Hardy and the Guards, the boys of Deer Tick seemed to have enjoyed themselves a little too much....The dates were in celebration of Divine Providence, the Deer Tick's new LP out now on Partisan Records.
-[Cornell Daily Sun]
When the Webster Hall show was first announced, I'm pretty sure Virgin Forest were listed as opener. I'm not sure what happened there, but today another Virgin Forest show was announced and it's happening at Glasslands on 12/7 and Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick is opening. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures from Webster Hall and a video of the Deer Tick/Guards/Thomas Hardy supergroup (see above), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DEER TICK @ KUT Radio
Deer Tick, who played a free BV-presented show at Death By Audio back in October, are now completing a tour right here back in NYC at Webster Hall on Sunday night (11/20). Openers for the 9pm show are both Guards and Thomas Hardy of Dead Confederate, and some tickets are still available.
Earlier on the tour (10/25 to be exact), Deer Tick hit the new Emo's East in Austin, and also played a session for KUT radio and played an instore at Waterloo Records while they were in that Texas town. Video and more pictures from those two special appearances, below...
Yuck @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Comic Con
* Royal Flush Festival
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Loser's Lounge @ Joe's Pub
* Yngwie Malmsteen @ Irving Plaza
* Hessian, Big Gunz @ The Acheron
* Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Signal Path, FaltyDL @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jozef Van Wissem @ Issue Project Room
* Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut @ The Stone
* Iron & Wine, The Low Anthem @ Terminal 5
* Rhiannon Giddens, Sxip Shirey @ Joe's Pub
* Spin Doctors, James Maddock @ Bowery Ballroom
* Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers @ Beacon Theatre
* Conversion Party, The John Steel Singers @ Cake Shop
* Marky Ramone, Tri-State Conspiracy @ Gramercy Theatre
* Cochemea Gastelum, Smoota, Little Shalimar @ Cameo Gallery
* Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Gross Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sightings, Doomsday Student, Child Abuse, Mangular @ Cake Shop
* The Crystal Ark, Light Asylum, Ghe20 G0thik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* YellowFever, Ava Luna, Night Manager, Soft Spot @ Death By Audio
* Gotham Chamber Opera and Nico Muhly Conspire @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab), Mansions and Junipers @ Mercury Lounge
* HPrizm aka High Priest (of Antipop Consortium), Aaron Burnett @ The Stone
* The Present, DJ Dog Dick, Glossy Wheel, Prayertown, Mr. Sympathy @ Shea Stadium
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Woodsman, Shark?, Juan Waters of The Beets, special guest @ 285 Kent Ave
* Long Distance Poison, Sondra Sun-Odeon, Helena Espvall, Melanie Moser & The 11th Hour Band, Dead Men From Mars @ Zebulon
Check out This week in Indie for more.
Jon Spencer's Maxwell's show is rescheduled.
Cavalera Conspiracy show @ Best Buy Theater is cancelled.
Deer Tick returned to Letterman last night (Bill Clinton was the only other guest). Video below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
John McCauley of Deer Tick made it clear at last night's free BV-presented Brooklyn show that they weren't there to protest with the protesters of Occupy Wall Street. Nothing against Occupy Wall Street, but the band more importantly wanted to to help bring attention to the police brutality that is happening to the protesters at Wall St., because everyone has a right to protest.
Everyone also has the right to rock! And Deer Tick rocked for two hours at Willliamsburg venue Death By Audio, a DIY space that the now-Webster Hall-headlining band last played about three years ago. The all ages capacity crowd started lining up at 8pm, the place filled quickly, and the band (no opener) was on around 9. Without the pressure of playing to a paying audience, Deer Tick had fun and played their hearts out. They debuted many new songs live, played a bunch of covers, and lots of classics too. The sound was excellent and loud.
John McCauley has never been afraid of sharing the mic with guest singers, but the past couple of years have also seen Deer Tick increasingly showcasing the singing abilities of other permanent members of the band as well. Most notably, guitarist Ian O'Neil takes center stage at times, but drummer Dennis Ryan also gets to showcase his voice, like he did on one crowd favorite they tested out for the first time last night, that will appear on the band's new album Divine Providence (out 10/25).
One of the live sort-of-debuts wasn't a Deer Tick song, but one that will appear on an album by yet another supergroup side project. The crowd thought for sure John was talking about Middle Brother when he started to intro the song, but it quickly became apparent that in fact there is now a supergroup #2. Diamond Rugs is its name (Damn I Am On Drugs), and its members include Ian from Black Lips (who also have a Webster Hall show coming up), Hardy from Dead Confederate, Bryan Dufresne from Six Finger Satellite (who was at the show), Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and John & Robbie from Deer Tick. The Diamond Rugs song they played is a Christmas song, which I called a "sort-of-debut" because it has been played in front of people at least once before (video from the Hamptons below). Stay tuned for more about Diamond Rugs.
To the delight of many who were shouting out requests, Deer Tick played a hard-hitting full band version of "Christ Jesus" and closed the set with the fast and fun Ramones-esque "Let's All Go To the Bar", complete with John McCauley stage dive.
As previously mentioned, the venue asks that nobody lineup before 8pm to help avoid any police action of our own.
In related news, a NY Times reporter was among those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday.
Deer Tick @ Pier 54 in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present another free show. But I'll let Deer Tick do the talking:
Deer Tick will be playing a show on Monday, presented by Brooklyn Vegan, with the intention of raising awareness of the unnecessary and unjust police brutality on the part of the NYPD against the 'Occupy Wall Street' peaceful protesters this past weekend... Most specifically, the band would like to draw attention to the group of women who we're assaulted by NYPD officers. While standing peacefully, these women were sprayed with pepper spray and dragged across the ground. The band would like to see the NYPD take responsibility for the unnecessary use of force that took place on Saturday, and requests that deputy inspector Anthony Bologna (aka Tony Bologna) face charges and is immediately dismissed from his position at the NYPD. While Deer Tick is grateful for the great service that the NYPD-- and all police agencies for that matter-- provide in keeping citizens safe, the band is outraged by this instance of unnecessary use of force and power against citizens standing peacefully. Please join the band on Monday, October 3rd in "exercising their first" and letting the NYPD know that this type of behavior is completely unacceptable.The all ages show will take place at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on 10/3. It's a venue Deer Tick hasn't played in a few years, and much smaller than the one they'll play in NYC as part of their fall tour. It's first come, first served, but please help us avoid any complaints by not lining up for the show before 8pm. Flyer below...
In case you're not up to speed on the events of last weekend, this is a good starting point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgr3DiqWYCI
photos by Chris La Putt
Deer Tick & fans @ Pier 54
Deer Tick are set to release their new LP Divine Providence on October 25th via Partisan Records. The album was produced by the band, in conjunction with Adam Landry and Justin Collins in their native Rhode Island. It's not only the follow up to 2010's Black Dirt Sessions, but will also mark the group's fourth album in only five years.
The record's single, "Miss K." is available for FREE streaming / download via a mini-site they've created. Divine Providence will be up for pre-order soon via Partisan Records in CD, Vinyl, and Digital Formats.
In support of the album, the band will hit the road for a North American tour this fall. From mid-October to mid-November they'll hit all major tour stops including: Philly, DC, Austin, LA, Chicago, and then some. All dates are listed below.
The tour will conclude right here in NYC, with a big Webster Hall show on November 20th. Like most of the dates, NYC will receive an opening set from Virgin Forest (aka Phosphorescent minus frontman Matthew Houk). Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale this Friday, at noon.
Catch Virgin Forest even sooner this Thursday night (8/25) at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn.
You can view Divine Providence's tracklisting and cover art, plus all 2011 tour dates, and a 2nd set of photos from the recent free Pier 54 show, an an (((unartig))) video from that show, below...
photos by Jim Brueckner
Day two (7/31) of Newport Folk Festival featured performances by The Cave Singers, Wanda Jackson, Justin Townes Earle, Middle Brother, Elvis Costello, M. Ward, Emmylou Harris and others. If you missed the fest, you can listen to archives of the sets at NPR.
Like they've done in the past, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello performed together on one of Elvis's songs. She performed guest vocals with him and The Imposters on "Scarlet Tide."
Cerebral Ballzy at the Acheron in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Daytrotter is presenting the 'Barnstormer 5,' the website's first East Coast tour, at the end of this month into early September. Various bands play on various dates from New Hampshire to Iowa. All dates are listed below.
As of today, the tour hits NYC twice. First on August 27 at Brooklyn Bowl (instead of Ghent, NY where the show was originally scheduled) with JBM, We Are Augstines, Guards, Doug Paisley, Des Ark, Christopher Paul Stelling, and The Loom. Then again on August 29 at The Living Room with Cerebral Ballzy (??!?), Princeton, Guards, and We Are Augustines. Tickets, not cheap, are available for the whole tour including both NYC dates, but we are also giving away a pair of tickets to each NYC show. Details on how to win, with all dates (most with White Rabbits and some with Deer Tick), below....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
This summer seems to be the summer of ticks. Spend one hour outside in some tall grass and you are sure to have a tick crawling somewhere on your body. To make matters worse, as soon as you find one, you will no doubt have that creepy crawly feeling that they are all over you.Deer Tick played the final free 'Hudson River Rocks' show at Pier 54 on Thursday (8/11) with DOM and Translations. Pictures and a video of Deer Tick covering "La Bamba" are in this post.
Minnesota has two species of ticks, the wood tick and the deer tick. Wood ticks are relatively harmless, while deer ticks can carry lyme disease and more recently, Powassan virus. [Echo Press]
Deer Tick also played a benefit for the Tommy Brull Foundation at Mulcahy's in Wantagh, NY one night earlier (8/10). There they played a two hour career-spanning set of thirty songs including covers of Nirvana, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, The Champs, and Lightnin Hopkins. Download MP3s of the entire set at NYC Taper.
More pictures and video from Pier 54 below...
Deer Tick as Deervana at Brooklyn Bowl in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Tommy Brull Foundation, whose "mission is to raise money to benefit people and organizations dedicated to serving people with physical, mental, and emotional challenges in Nassau and Suffolk counties," are presenting "Shine A Light Music Festival" at Mulcahy's in Wantagh, NY on August 10 (TONIGHT). That's near Jones Beach. Deer Tick headline the show which will also feature performances by Wormburner and Bad Boy Bench.
The "festival" is a non-profit event; all proceeds will be donated to the Camp Anchor Building Fund in memory of Michael Mulhall, Jamie Malone, and Paige Malone. Info on reserving a spot via advance donations are available at Tommy Brull Foundation's website. Doors open at 7 PM.
Deer TIck also play a free show with DOM at Pier 54 TOMORROW (8/11).
Wormburner video and a live Deer Tick video along with all Deer Tick dates below...
photos by Jim Brueckner
Sallie Ford @ Newport Folk Fest
Partisan Records was repping hard in Newport over the weekend. Between the fest itself and a bunch of afterparties, there were all kinds of Deer Tick-related collaborations going on including Partisan's Mountain Man playing the fest and later joining Middle Brother on stage, and Partisan's Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside playing the fest (pics in this post) in addition to Sallie singing John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves" with Deer Tick's John McCauley, twice - both at the fest and at an afterparty. Video of both times can be watched below.
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside make their network television debut on Letterman tonight (8/3). They also open for Jolie Holland (like they did recently at Bowery Ballroom) in Philly tonight before continuing on tour. Deer Tick play a free show with Dom in NYC soon and other dates. All Sallie Ford dates and those videos and more pics from Newport too, below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
John McCauley, Jonny Corndawg, Matt Vasquez @ BV-SXSW
Jonny Corndawg is releasing his album Down on the Bikini Line on August 30. He'll celebrate the release of the album that same day (8/30) at Union Pool. Other bands TBA. John McCauley of Deer Tick provides guitar on the album. Check out the artwork and stream two tracks below.
The Union Pool show is 4 days after Jonny Corndawg plays The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ (8/26) with Jessica Lea Mayfield. Tickets are on sale now. Jessica Lea Mayfield recently contributed a cover of Nirvana's "Lounge Act" to Newermind. Kinda funny that Deer Tick isn't on that album.
Speaking of Deer Tick, friends, lovers and frequent tourmates Those Darlins are currently on an extensive tour that includes some dates this month with Old 97's. Those Darlins will hit NYC on October 14 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Middle Brother (featuring John McCauley of Deer Tick) are not done yet and will play a rare set at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island at the end of the month. It is their only scheduled date though. Delta Spirit (whose singer is also in Middle Brother) also play the SOLD OUT fest. Middle Brother, Dawes, Cordawg & Deer Tick played Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall in April, not long after Middle Brother and Deer Tick (and Corndawg) played a set at the Partisan Records/BV day party in Austin that The Old 97's also played. A belated set of pictures from that free show at Barbarella are in this post. More of them below.
Dawes (whose singer and drummer are also in Middle Brother) are currently touring overseas, but will return next week and head out on tour with Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas). That tour hits Beacon Theater on August 2nd (the show is sold out though tickets are still available for the NJ show happening one day later). All dates are listed below.
Deer Tick also has dates coming up including a free show at Pier 54 (8/11) with DOM. More dates below.
Jo Schornikow of the John McCauley approved Shivers plays on Sunday (7/24) at Death by Audio as part of the "Permanent Wave's SOUND WAVE to Benefit the International Women's Health Coalition" at the all ages venue. Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus, Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick's previous band, is on the bill too.
More Middle Brother pics, tours of tour dates and stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: The Shivers - "Love Is In The Air" (MP3)
"it is the first Shivers record released on a label. Everything the band's done previously--five records since 2004--has been recorded, produced, funded and distributed by the Shivers themselves. In that time the band has amassed a small, but devoted following (to which I belong), but little in the way of critical notice or material success. By any measure, this should be the Shivers' coming-out moment, a chance for the band to make a long-overdue move to the Next Level." [The Awl]This week, they've made the album available for free download via The Awl. You can also grab the single "Love Is In The Air" above.
The Shivers play a CD release party tonight, Wednesday (6/29) at Glasslands. Trash Gut are on the bill too. Trash Gut's lineup includes an ex-member of Deer Tick, who are openly huge fans of The Shivers...
John wearing a Shivers shirt onstage with Deervana (more by Jessica Amaya)
Watch a video of Deer Tick's John McCauley covering The Shivers' "L.I.E." backstage at Music Hall of Williamsburg below.
The Shivers also play Seedstock at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on July 9 with The Sharp Lads, My Gay Banjo, Soft Black, Elizabeth Devlin, and Franz Nicolay.
All dates, album art and tracklist below...
most photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Andrew Sacher
Let me start off by saying the Deervana (aka Deer Tick as Nirvana) show at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (6/19) was the most fun I had at all of Northside Festival.
WATERS opened the sold out show, which was appropriate. Deer Tick was covering Nirvana and WATERS is the indie-folkie turned '90s-guitar-rocker Van Pierszalowski's new project. WATERS played material off their upcoming debut Out in the Light, which is being released on TBD in September. If the recordings sound as good as the songs did at Brooklyn Bowl, then Out in the Light is definitely an album to look out for. Towards the end of their set, Van said, "Nirvana are one of my favorite bands of all time and In Utero is my favorite album of all time. I'd also like to pay tribute to one of my other favorite bands of all time." WATERS then proceeded to, possibly ironically, cover Hole's "Violet." They ended the set with the one song they've released, "For The One." Catch them at their third and last NYC show on this run, this Tuesday (6/21) at Mercury Lounge before they head back to Oslo, Norway, where the band is based.
About 15 minutes, 9 guitars, and a few beer pitchers later, Deervana walked out on stage and said, "Tonight we are not Deer Tick." They proceeded to pay a more-than-sincere tribute to Nirvana. I very unfortunately never saw Nirvana, though I know Deer Tick honored them in more ways than one. Their set notably left out hits such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," and "Heart Shaped Box," in favor of the less popular, but even more revered live mainstays like "School," "In Bloom," "Aneurysm," "Scentless Apprentice," "Blew," and others. Deervana not only echoed Nirvana in their approach to live setlists, but also in their raw energy and silly stage antics.
Mosh pits broke out to every song (save for "Something in the Way") and the crowd often overpowered Deervana while singing along. Fans crowd surfed, stage dived, grabbed band members, and threw drinks in the air. "It's like playing a party in your friend's garage whose dad is really rich and bought a bowling alley," said Deer Tick/Deervana frontman John McCauley. After only an hour of thrashing around to Nirvana songs, Deervana thanked Fender for "giving them things they could break," and broke into "Curmudgeon" which they ended by kicking over their drums and destroying their guitars, aptly aided by the dropping of bowling balls on the instruments. Despite the fact that Deervana could have played for another hour without losing crowd interest, the conditions on stage made it pretty clear they weren't even doing a one-song encore.
Setlist and more pictures from the show below...
DOM at BV-CMJ 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The openers have been announced for the free shows happening at Pier 54 this summer. We already mentioned that Austra is opening the tUnE-yArDs show on July 14. It was also revealed that Class Actress open the Metronomy show on July 28, and DOM open the Deer Tick show on August 11.
In related news, DOM announced that the Family of Love EP, their follow up to Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, will be released August 9 via Astralwerks. The EP was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Bjork). "I want to pump out as many records as possible," Dom said, "and actually make a difference in pop music. No matter how a.d.d. it all sounds, the more I write, the more I really wanna do this thing."
All DOM and Deer Tick dates and the EP tracklist below...
Pier 54 @ a 2010 concert (more by Chris La Putt)
One of New York City's quintessential free outdoor concert series, Hudson River Park's RiverRocks marks its 13th season this summer by presenting headlining performances by the sonically-nuanced experimental group tUnE-yArDs, the dance/art crossover phenoms Metronomy, and the alt-country/folk rockers Deer Tick.Meanwhile tUnE-yArDs is out touring in support of her awesome new album, and Deer Tick will play as Deervana at Brooklyn Bowl during the Northside Festival.
Staged on Hudson River Park's Pier 54, the RiverRocks schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 14 -- tUnE-yArDs
Thursday, July 28 -- Metronomy
Thursday, August 11 -- Deer Tick
Opening acts for the three-date series will be announced in the coming weeks.
Located adjacent to New York City's Meatpacking District (at 14th Street), the Pier 54 gates open at 6 p.m. for all RiverRocks shows, with opening performances scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
In other free show news, Wavves is playing in East River Park this summer, Brooklyn Bridge Park released their schedule of free movies, The Radio Dept and other bands are playing South Street Seaport in 2011, and the initial lineup was announced for this year's Bang on a Can Festival.
photos by Ryan Barkan
DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Me Me Me (MP3)
Jonny Corndawg, Matthew Vasquez, Taylor Goldsmith
"There's a singer-songwriter intimacy in many of the songs on Middle Brother, as though band members John McCauley, Taylor Goldsmith and Matthew Vasquez were sharing secrets and anecdotes and decided to set them to music. All three men belong to bands -- Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit -- that trade on folk, blues and country traditions; even their up-tempo songs are less rave-up rockers than hand-clapping foot-stompers." [NPR]That blurb comes from a March 28th (yesterday) NPR feature on Middle Brother that you can listen to at NPR's site. On April 3rd Middle Brother kick off a west coast tour, but earlier this month they toured through NYC on their way to SXSW, and while they were here they played epic shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom with opening collaborative sets by Deer Tick, Dawes, Jonny Corndawg and Matthew Vasquez. The MHOW show ended with everyone back out on stage during the encore, along with special guest Phosphorescent for the final jam of the night.
Since then I saw Middle Brother again at SXSW, where, like in NYC, the country-stylish Jonny Corndawg (as seen in today's NY Post) almost stole the show. The Austin show I saw was the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Barbarella, but they also played an official showcase at Auditorium Shores which is streaming at NPR.
I just realized that not only haven't I posted the SXSW pictures yet, I never even post the NY ones, so here is the set from Bowery Ballroom and it continues below...