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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.

After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.

Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.

Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.

Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

We also caught the Bad Seeds' tour in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. The day after Prospect Park, the tour hit NYC again at Hammerstein Ballroom. Pictures of that one are coming soon.

More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...

Continue reading "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds played Prospect Park with Devendra Banhart & Nicole Atkins (pics & setlist)"

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More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.

The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.

Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...

Continue reading "Arthur Russell tribute LP details revealed (ft. Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Sufjan Stevens & more) (tracklist, video)"

Vashti

As if it wasn't enough that we got a new Linda Perhacs album this year, it's also been announced that we'll get a new one from another cult folk legend, Vashti Bunyan. Vashti will release Heartleap on October 6 via FatCat in Europe and a day later via DiCristina in North America. It's her third album overall, following her legendary 1970 debut, Just Another Diamond Day, and 2005's excellent comeback album, Lookaftering. Vashti also says this will be her last.

Though her last two albums were recorded with multiple collaborators (including Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart on her most recent one), Vashti chose to make this one mostly on her own (it does include Devendra on one song and Andy of Vetiver on two). She says, via press release:

[I] wanted it to be more akin to my very first recordings, pre-'Diamond Day.' I wanted to see what I could do without using the ideas of others. It would have been much easier had I recorded it with an engineer - I would not have had to spend so much time on editing - but that's been the interesting part. If I'd taken these songs and gone into a studio with them they might have turned out very differently, perhaps more 'produced' - but not as near to how I hear them for myself.
She also talks about using synthetic/electronic instruments instead of the entirely acoustic arrangements of Lookaftering:
The whole point of the album was finally to learn a way that would enable me to record the music that is in my head, by myself. I neither read nor write music, nor can I play piano with more than one hand at a time, but I have loved being able to work it all out for myself and make it sound the way I wanted. I've built these songs over years. The album wouldn't have
happened any other way. Sometimes when I replace the arrangements with real instruments they don't work in the same way. The extended notes of the clarinet on the song 'Heartleap' for instance could not be played on a real clarinet. I can't 'play' a musician playing their instrument - I can't make them play each note as I want it, but with a keyboard and a music program I am the player.
The artwork for the album (above) was taken from a painting by her daughter, Whyn Lewis, much like the Lookaftering cover which looks strikingly similar to this one.

Check out the album tracklist and her list of UK tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Vashti Bunyan details new (and "final") album, 'Heartleap'"

Reich Glass

Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.

"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.

Members can get early access to tickets starting May 21, and they'll become available to the general public BAM's site on May 28.

The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.

Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...

Continue reading "Steve Reich/Philip Glass, Devendra/Stephin Merritt/Iron & Wine, Robert Plant, more playing "Nonesuch Records at BAM""

Devendra Banhart @ MHOW, 2/8/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Devendra

As you may recall, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will touring North America this summer, and while openers haven't been announced for the whole tour, Devendra Banhart and Nicole Atkins will be opening both the Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on July 26 and the Philadelphia show at The Mann Center on July 25. Tickets to both the NYC and Philly shows are still available.

Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco

This Friday (2/7) at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, Creators Connect will present the multimedia 'Creation Is Love II" which features performances from rapper Mykki Blanco, Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground band Pizza Underground, The Mystery Lights, Shining Mirrors, Lewis Lazar, Frances Rose and Labanna Babalon. There's also DJ sets by Devendra Banhart, DIIV, Jake B, Exitmusic and Liza Thorn of Starred. Plus, projections by Agnes Thor, Samantha Casolari, Angelina Dreem, Nicole Van Straatum, Lina Plioplyte, Felipe Vasquez, The Tramp Artists, Anchovy Warhol and more TBA; poetry programming by Josh Schneider, tarot readings programed by Witches of Bushwick, pop-up art store from Luck You Collective, an open bar and more.

Tickets ($5 advance, $10 at doors) are on sale now. More info here.

Flyer below...

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photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Linda Perhacs @ Mexican Summer 5
Linda Perhacs

One of my personal favorite rediscovered gems from the late '60s/early '70s psych-folk era is Linda Perhacs' Paralellograms, an album quite literally ahead of its time that mixed the contemporary folk sounds of that era with eerie layers of dissonance that didn't become commonplace in folk music until decades later. Linda's been slowly gaining recognition and reigniting her career in recent times, having just made her NY debut at the Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary that took place in October. I unfortunately missed that show, but BV's Bill Pearis was there and said she had probably the biggest crowd of the day, seemed taken aback by all the love from the audience, and sounded great. Durga McBroom, who has also done backup for Pink Floyd, sang with her at the show, and some of Linda's well-known fans like Devendra Banhart (pictured below) were in the audience. Pictures and videos of her set from that show are in this post.

Now, after talking about it for some time, Linda has finally announced that she'll release The Soul of All Natural Things, the loooong-awaited followup to Parallelograms, on March 4, roughly 44 years after its predecessor initially came out. The album is coming out via Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label, and as discussed, features contributions from Nite Jewel and Julia Holter. The new album's first single is "Freely," a song that picks up right where Parallelograms left off and still sounds entirely of the moment considering artists like Marissa Nadler, Jessica Pratt, Mariee Sioux and others are keeping this sound alive. Her voice is still in fine form too.

Watch the video for the new song, along with the album's tracklist and more pics/videos from Mexican Summer 5, below...

Continue reading "Linda Perhacs releasing 1st LP in over 4 decades on Sufjan's label (new song ++ belated pics & video from her NY debut)"

by Andrew Sacher

Linda Perhacs

The Mexican Summer fifth anniversary lineup was just announced, and it's a pretty exciting lineup for more reasons than one. One of those reasons is that it's the first-ever NY show for psych-folk legend Linda Perhacs. Along with other likeminded late '60s/early '70s artists like Vashti Bunyan, Mark Fry, Sibylle Baier, Gary Higgins and more, Linda Perhacs was mostly unknown in her time but achieved the recognition she deserved over the years and is now a cult hero. She's made fans out of Devendra Banhart, Julia Holter, Nite Jewel (the latter two of which have since collaborated with her) and many others, who have helped bring her music into the public consciousness.

Linda's sole album, 1970's Parallelograms, wonderfully captures the experimental, psychedelic sounds of its era, and is also entirely ahead of its time. There's hints of more popular contemporaries like Joni Mitchell or the folkier side of Jefferson Airplane on much of the album, but certain parts, like the swirling layered vocals of the title track and its break into avant-garde dissonance, didn't widely enter the music world's vocabulary until years later. The record touches on classic blues, tribal percussion, spacey psychedelia, and a recording quality that's been in style since the lo-fi breakout of the '90s. it's very much a classic, and if you aren't already familiar, you can stream the entire album below.

Linda has been talking for a while about releasing a followup to that album, titled The Soul of All Natural Things. Not many details on that have been revealed, but from the looks of her website, it sounds like Julia Holter and Nite Jewel are contributing to that album. Check out a video of the Linda Perhacs Ensemble (Holter and Nite Jewel included) performing the new album's title track in 2011, below.

Linda's performance at the Mexican Summer festival happens on its second day (October 12) along with sets from Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockaskin (US debut), Lansing-Dreiden, Quilt, Soldiers of Fortune, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. Her only other date at the moment is in San Francisco on 9/26.

Julia Holter brings her tour to NYC soon too.

LP stream and live video below...

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Benjamin Curtis plays on... (via @benjamincurtis)
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As you guys know, Benjamin has been going through numerous chemo and radiation treatments since January. I'm so happy to say that they have found a bone marrow match for him, and he will be going into the hospital to begin the the transplant process in mid August. Thank you beautiful friends for all of your awesome messages and support. We appreciate it more than we could ever express in one lifetime. I hope to see you on the 22nd. So much love and gratitude, Alley
As you may know, School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year. The good news is, as mentioned above, they've found a bone marrow match. Many of his friends have come to his aid for a benefit show at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on August 22. Interpol's Paul Banks and the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. will perform live, and there will be DJ sets from DJ MomJeans (aka actor Danny Masterson), Alexa Chung, and Fabrizio Moretti with Devendra Banhart. Tickets come at three different levels: $40 general admission; $60 general admission + a vinyl copy of the SVIIB Put Your Sad Down EP (pressed specially for this benefit); and $100 that comes with vinyl and a limited-edition t-shirt.

During the event, there will be a silent auction with items donated by The Black Keys, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, David Cross, Aziz Ansari, Adam Green, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Polyphonic Spree, Zachary Quinto, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more. 100% of the money raised will go directly to Benjamin's fund (which you can donate to directly).

Flyer for the benefit show below...

Continue reading "Paul Banks and Albert Hammond Jr. playing benefit for SVIIB's Benjamin Curtis (who found a bone marrow match)"

FYF

LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Lineup (My Bloody Valentine included)"

Devendra Banhart @ MHOW, 2/8/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Devendra Banhart

Mr. Banhart, who says he rarely listens to his earlier work, admits to a degree of progress on "Mala." "I don't think I'm getting better, quote unquote, as a singer or guitar player," he said. "But I'm more comfortable in this particular space. I get better at being a bad singer, so to speak."

In other words, Mr. Banhart is no longer especially freakish nor folksy, much like the other wider-ranging musicians with whom he's been linked. Yet they've all managed to stay true to their outlier roots while attaining a degree of musical adulthood. In pop that balance can be the freakiest, and most rewarding, trip of all. - [NY Times]

That Times article above, is a follow-up in a way to its 2004 article on the "freak-folk" scene on the "freak folk" scene that also included Joanna Newsom and Animal Collective. Devendra Banhart, who released his new album Mala a couple weeks ago, is definitely playing nice venues these days, and has just added a show at NYC's Town Hall on June 12. Tickets for that show go on sale on Friday at 11 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Devendra Banhart no longer a 'freak,' playing Town Hall and other tour dates"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Devendra Banhart @ MHOW - 2/7/13
Devendra Banhart

Freak folk mainstay Devendra Banhart came to NYC last night (2/7) to open the second of two Swans shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, rescheduled from October (when Hurricane Sandy's wrath cancelled it). Devendra was the original opener of both of Swans' NYC shows in October, including the one that wasn't cancelled. Like at that October show, Devendra played seated and by himself, and he sounded great last night. Pictures of his set are in this post, and pictures of Swans' set are HERE.

He opened his set by explaining how lucky he was for getting to open a show he was later going to watch. It was the first of many flattering things he said about Swans and bandleader Michael Gira (whose label, Young God, Devendra was once signed to). He mentioned that he "owes his life" to Gira and was honored to be playing with him. In the midst of all this banter, he actually pointed out that he tries not to talk too much, and then it happens anyway, but he was pretty personable the whole time and the crowd never minded. A lot of the people in front were mega fans, a few of which even flew in to see him (!), and the crowd was loving him the whole time. They were completely silent during the songs, and excitedly cheering and clapping otherwise.

A portion of his set (at least three songs) was sung in Spanish, possibly including his just-released single, "Mi Negrita," the third track to be revealed from his upcoming album, Mala, which is due out on March 12 via Nonesuch. The set also had some classic Devendra songs, including "Little Yellow Spider," which was requested by the crowd (and Devendra forgot some of the words part of the way through).

A stream of the new single, another Mala cut, "Never Seen Such Good Things," and more pictures from the MHOW show below...

Continue reading "Devendra Banhart sang in Spanish opening for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, released "Mi Negrita" (pics, song stream)"

by Caroline Harrison

Swans @ MHOW, 2/6/2013
Swans

New York legends Swans played the first of two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (2/6), supported by singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. The shows replaced the ones that Hurricane Sandy so rudely postponed last October.

Nadler's melancholy set was a nice counterpoint to the Swans set to come. She played solo, finger-picking an acoustic guitar to accompany her airy soprano voice. Classifying Nadler as folk doesn't quite capture the depth and breadth of her influences. Her vocals sit somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Shara Worden. Her performance was subtle, almost economical, and it was a nice reminder that much of Swans' newer material does draw on folk influences, even if Swans' music comes in a more aggressive package.

There's something uniquely New York about Swans. They have the grit and fear of 1980s New York baked into their sound. Though their sound has morphed pretty widely over their long and complicated history, Swans retains the quintessential elements. Gira sneers and snarls his way through savage and abusive vocal patterns. He's equal parts front man and conductor, prone to now infamous tantrums when the band isn't meeting his expectations, but the Gira I saw last night was in a downright genial mood. He threw a towel at percussionist Thor Harris to get his attention, but that was the closest Gira came to cussing out anyone on stage.

The band played for just over two hours, incorporating a fair amount of new, unreleased material into their set. They were chest-crushingly loud, and I could feel waves of sound trying to use my abdominal cavity as an echo chamber. A little after midnight, when it seemed like the band could keep going for at least another half hour, Swans finished playing. Gira thanked the audience, and announced, "We are finished for the night. We appreciate your attention."

Swans play again tonight, this time supported by Devendra Banhart, the original opener for the October show. Bring earplugs.

Continue reading "Swans played Music Hall with Marissa Nadler (pics, review), play again tonight with Devendra Banhart"

Sasquatch

Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
Gorge
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! Music Festival 2013 lineup is here"

Mala

As mentioned, freak folk mainstay Devendra Banhart is releasing a new album, Mala, this year. He just revealed more details, including that it will come out on March 12 via Nonesuch, the tracklist (below), the cover art (pictured above), and the first single, "Für Hildegard von Bingen," which you can hear over at Pitchfork.

Devendra will be in NYC to open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 (sold out). Swans also play the same venue a day earlier (2/6) but no opener has been announced for that one yet. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tracklist below...

Continue reading "Devendra Banhart reveals album details and new song (listen)"

Swans at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Swans

As mentioned, Swans will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 as a makeup date for their October 29 show, which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. When we first mentioned the show, it was unclear if Devendra Banhart, who was set to open the 10/29 show, was still on the bill but it has since been confirmed that Devendra will in fact be there. Tickets for that show are still available and any tickets purchased for 10/29 will be honored as well. If you had a ticket to their 10/28 Bowery Ballroom show, which wasn't cancelled, but couldn't make it because of Hurricane Sandy, Michael Gira is inviting you to send the band a facebook page and they'll help you out.

Swans have also added a second date happening at the same venue one day earlier (2/6). No opener is listed for this show at the moment. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (12/19) at noon.

A list of all dates and a stream of "The Seer," the massive title track to the even more massive album of the same name, below...

Continue reading "Swans add second NYC date; Devendra Banhart opening the previously announced show"

photos by PSquared Photography

YLT w/ Andrew Bird / the Jons / Titus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012
Andrew Bird and Yo La Tengo
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus opened the night with a roar -- I always read about them as being a punk-rock group, and maybe they are in the old-fashioned (and my favorite) definition of that term as "indescribable." Patrick made the only mention from the stage of the night about Connecticut, which makes him stronger than me. A great set, closing with the breathtaking one-two of "Titus Andronicus Forever" and the seasonal favorite "Roadrunner"...

...If you spend any time around the three of us, sooner or later you'll hear one or everybody burst into "Acappella Ghostbusters," as made famous by Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's Soundtrackappella (or is it Soundtracappella -- I forgot to ask, but that's ok, they'd have given me two different answers). Ten years after Hanukkah 2002, we asked them if they agreed with us it was time for a return engagement. - [YLT]

On the penultimate night of Hanukkah (and a bad vibe day to put it mildly), Yo La Tengo did their best to keep spirits high, with special guest Andrew Bird (as speculated) sitting in on violin for the entirety of their set, and guest vocalist Devendra Banhart (who narrates the Tim Maia short film which screens for free in Brooklyn Sunday) singing for the encore. (Setlist is below.)

As speculated and then expected, fellow New Jersyians Titus Andronicus made for one of the highest profile openers of the week, and Jons Benjamin and Glaser brought the funny.

The night's Charity was Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative and Ira Kaplan made the mix CD. Tonight's the last night of their Hanukkah run -- who will be the openers? UPDATE: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields open the final night.

Past nights included Barbara Manning, El-P, Real Estate, The Feelies, Sun Ra Arkestra, and the Raybeats.

More pictures from Night 7 are below, along with YLT's setlist.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird, Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser helped Yo La Tengo celebrate Hanukkah night 7 at Maxwells (pics, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

A still from 'The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia'
Tim Maia

Tim Maia had a huge voice, with appetites to match. The voice made him one of Brazil's most popular singers for nearly 30 years, a pioneer in adapting American soul music to Brazilian tastes; the outsized cravings for drugs, alcohol and food derailed his career, killing him in 1998, just as he seemed to be getting back on track.

But now, nearly 15 years later, Maia's comeback seems to be complete: a musical about him has been one of the biggest hits of the last year in his hometown, Rio de Janeiro; a biopic is in the works; and his influence can be heard in contemporary Brazilian pop stars like Seu Jorge and Marcelo D2. - [NY Times]

Back in October, Luaka Bop released Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia, a project the label had been trying to make happen for over ten years. You can stream the whole thing below via Rdio. To help promote the collection Luaka Bop made a short animated film chronicling Maia's wild life that is narrated by Devendra Banhart (who has a new album coming). It airs on cable network IFC on Monday (12/17). But folks in NYC can catch the premiere of the short at free screening of it at Videology in Williamsburg on Sunday (12/16). The afternoon party (5 - 7 PM) features DJs sets from Lemonade, True Panther Sound System and Matthew of RVNG Intl. There will also be "Christmas cookies, Christmas drinks and Christmas give-aways." More info is here.

Meanwhile, as mentioned, Lemonade are performing live Saturday night (12/15) at Glasslands, along with Rush Midnight, Star Eyes, Jubilee, with True Panther on DJ duty. It's a late show, doors at 11:30 PM, and tickets are still available. Lemonade and True Panther, don't forget to set your alarm on Sunday!

Flyer for the premiere party and Tim Maia album stream are below.

Continue reading "Devendra Banhart narrates TIm Maia film; Lemonade DJing its premiere in NYC this weekend"

Swans at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Swans

As mentioned, Swans, who managed to play Bowery Ballroom on October 28, one of the few shows that actually happened that day in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ended up having to postpone their Music Hall of Williamsburg show which would have happened a day later (10/29). They've just announced that the makeup date for that show will happen on February 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon and all tickets purchased for the 10/29 date will also be honored. Otherwise refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Devendra Banhart was scheduled to play the original date (and he also played the Bowery Ballroom show that happened the day before), but he doesn't appear to be on the bill for the new one. He did, however, just announce that he'll release the followup to 2009's What Will We Be at some point (release date TBA) on his new label home, Nonesuch. The album's called Mala and it was produced by Devendra himself and his bandmate Noah Georgeson.

A live video of "Apostate" from The Seer live DVD and a list of all Swans dates are below.

Continue reading "Swans reschedule Music Hall of Williamsburg show; Devendra Banhart announces new album"

photos by Greg Cristman

Dirty Projectors / Real Estate @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 11/17/2012
Dirty Projectors
Real Estate

Without the rhythm section, [Dirty Projectors'] meticulous vocal work was overwhelming. The songs seemed less tightly wound, voices filling up the tall room in a wash, punctuated only by the peculiar, skewed twang of Longstreth's guitar playing. The band skipped hits "Stillness Is the Move" and "Gun Has No Trigger." Instead, Swing Lo Magellan cuts like "See What She Seeing" and "Impregnable Question" stood out thanks to slower, more delicate interpretations. For the band's last song, Longstreth revived the title track from his 2007 Black Flag covers project, Rise Above. The song's opening lyrics evoked the spirit of the Occupy movement: "Jealous cowards try to control/ They distort what we say/ Try and stop what we do/ When they can't do it themselves." [Rolling Stone]
Dirty Projectors (David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle), The Walkmen (Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer), Cass McCombs, Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, and Real Estate teamed up for a show of intimate acoustic sets at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/17). The show was a benefit for Occupy Sandy, where all proceeds were donated.

More pictures from the benefit are below.

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors, Walkmen, Cass McCombs, Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, Real Estate @ Occupy Sandy benefit (pics)"

Occupy Sandy

Occupy Sandy is presenting a benefit show with acoustic performances by Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, Cass McCombs, The Walkmen members Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, and Dirty Projectors members David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle on Saturday (11/17) at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity (157 Montague St.) in Brooklyn Heights. It's a day show which runs from noon to 5 PM. Tickets are on sale (suggested donation of $30 minimum) now and all proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy who has been doing great work around the city since Hurricane Sandy.

The flyer is below...

Continue reading "Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Cass McCombs, Walkmen, Dirty Projectors & more playing Occupy Sandy benefit (on sale)"

Devendra Banhart at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Devendra Banhart

A bunch of artists, including Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Devendra Banhart, Oorutaichi, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Dan Friel, and Mrs. Adam Schatz are getting together to play a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit show in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/1) at Public Assembly in the front room. In addition to those performances, there will also by DJ sets by Dapwell of Das Racist and Ghostdad of Win Win. There's a $5-$20 donation at the door for entry and all proceeds go to Renegade Sandy Relief, "a direct action relief initiative for the hardest hit victims of Hurricane Sandy," founded by iO Tillett Wright, Holly Miranda, and Lane Sanders (owner of The Drink).

Head over after our free screening of the Comedy at Knitting Factory.

Devendra Banhart was supposed to open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, but that show was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and the venue is working to reschedule it but no new date has been announced yet.

The flyer for tonight's show is below...

Continue reading "Devendra Banhart, Miho Hatori, Dan Friel & others playing Renegade Sandy Relief benefit in Brooklyn tonight"

Swans at Bowery Ballroom last night (photo by Chris Clarke)
Swans

Looks like Swans couldn't hold off the apocalypse two nights in a row. Their Music Hall of Williamsburg show with Devendra Banhart, which was the only major show still on tonight, has now been postponed. A tweet from Music Hall of Williamsburg confirms, "Tonight's Swans show is not happening. We're working to reschedule it b4 we make an official announcement but we will be closed to tonight."

"Swans aren't canceling their Bowery show tonight. That's pretty badass, but it's sort of impossible to get around the city tonight. #refund?" - Dylan Treadwell

"Swans. Single handedly attempting to protect New York with a force-field of post-punk-noise from their Bowery Ballroom fortress. #Godspeed" - Wazu

"Of course Swans are still doing their NYC show in the face of imminent natural disaster. #Frankenstorm #Sandy" - @bloodandwires

Swans @ Bowery Ballroom - 10/28/12 (photo via Chris Clarke)
Swans

With almost everything else in NYC being cancelled, Swans, who already sound like the eye of the storm, decided to keep their Bowery Ballroom show on last night (10/28). Sandy hasn't really kicked into full effect yet, but with NYC public transportation shut down, many people were unable to get to the sold out show. Did you go?

Grimes would have played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (where Swans are still set to play tonight), but her show was cancelled. She tweeted, "Swans is the only band that didnt cancel their show tonight despite the hurricane lol SOOO awesome." Swans band member Thor Harris also took to twitter, saying, "Swans are playing Bowery Ballroom in NYC to ring in the apocolypse. See you all in Hell."

The show was their first of two NYC shows with Devendra Banhart, and the second is scheduled to happen tonight POSTPONED. Most shows in NYC are already cancelled, but perhaps unexpectedly, this one is still on at the moment. Tickets are also still available... if you dare.

Some more Instagrams from the Bowery show are below.

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photos by David Andrako

Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest 2012
Petty Fest 2012

Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.

More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...

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