Entries tagged with: Don Giovanni
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Reigning Sound, the Memphis garage rock band led by Greg Oblivian, signed to Merge back in 2012 and they're now set to release their first album for the label, Shattered, which comes out on July 15 and follows 2009's Love and Curses. You can get a taste of the new album from its lead single, "Falling Rain," along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below.
Reigning Sound also have a number of tour dates planned, including a NYC show happening on May 22 at Brooklyn Bowl with local power pop trio Nude Beach, who they've toured with before and who shared a Brooklyn bill with Reigning Sound's pals Detroit Cobras earlier this year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
In related news, Nude Beach announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee), which shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering they played DG's 2014 showcase, have shared bills with DG bands recently, and Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau's old band Dustheads was signed to DG as well.
They have other dates coming up before the Reigning Sound show, including a previously announced tour with The Men which hits NYC on May 10 at The Wick with more garage rock faves, Obits. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Nude Beach dates are listed, with a live video, the list of Reigning Sound dates and their album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Long Island punks Crow Bait, whose lineup includes Mike of Iron Chic, just announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee), who will release their debut album, Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate, on May 20. The record's first single, "83," keeps some of Iron Chic's throaty punk, but brings in some '90s alt-rock jangle and twangy guitar leads too. Check it out, along with the LP artwork below. The new record follows a split with NONA, which came out on Dead Broke Rekerds this past February. You can stream that below too.
Crow Bait have a couple shows coming up, including a previously discussed NYC show with Mapmaker (ex-Get Bent) and Even Hand on April 17 at Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave). They also play a Long Island show on June 12 at Soul Sounds in Sayville with San Pedro punks Benny The Jet Rodriguez (who are releasing a split with Martha), Make It Plain, and Trifles.
Crow Bait LP artwork and streams below...
Folk rock veteran Peter Stampfel, of the Holy Modal Rounders and a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, has signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) to release his newest solo album, Better Than Expected, on April 22. Peter recently released the single, "NSA Man," which you can listen to below. That's the single's artwork above, designed by Faye Orlove (who did Potty Mouth's recent "Black and Studs" video). The album artwork is below.
Peter Stampfel and his band, The Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron, will celebrate the new record with a release show on April 24 at Mercury Lounge. Opening that show is Peter's pal Jeffrey Lewis and Jrams, the Bushwick Gospel Singers (featuring Peter's daughter Zoe), and Modern Hut, the solo project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon. Show flyer, designed by Jeffrey Lewis, below.
Nude Beach at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have signed to Don Giovanni for their new LP, Bootleg (due out 2/25), and will play a release show for the new album on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Since we last spoke, that lineup got even better because power pop trio Nude Beach (who just played the Don Giovanni showcase) were added. Advance tickets for the show are available. Nude Beach's only other upcoming dates at the moment are some support slots on The Men's tour (none in NYC), all of which are listed below.
In other Don Giovanni news, New Brunswick punks Brick Mower, who also just played the DG showcase, announced that their new album, Teenage Graceland, will be out on the label on March 25. You can stream its first single, "Shitty Parade," below.
All Nude Beach dates are listed, along with the Brick Mower stream and a few more streams from the new Marvin Berry LP, below...
"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil
"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez
"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly
Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.
Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.
As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.
Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.
Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.
All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Priests (via Unruly Factions)
DC postpunks Priests have a few shows coming up this month, including opening the DC stop on the Pissed Jeans / Purling Hiss tour tonight (2/7), and as discussed, they come to NYC for the Don Giovanni showcases this weekend. Those showcases kicked off at DbA last night (2/6), and they continue at MHOW tonight with Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Nude Beach, Upset and Worriers. Priests play Saturday (2/8) at MHOW with Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower and Black Wine. Tickets for tonight and Saturday (including a 2-day pass option) are still available. Priests also return to NYC later in the month on February 16 at The End (94 Bogart St) with Lazyeyes, Truthers and more TBA.
Priests have also announced that they're planning an April tour with UK punks Good Throb. And that's with an emphasis on UK punks. Good Throb use a strong accent in the brash, crude way that the Sex Pistols did, though musically they're more of the dissonant '80s/'90s post-hardcore variety. It's great stuff, and though not too similar to Priests, if you're a fan of one band you'll likely dig the other. You can stream two recent 7"s below and download them for free at bandcamp.
Most dates for that tour are still tentative, but we do know the two bands will hit NYC together on April 5 at Death by Audio. And if you're into the kind of punk that Priests and Good Throb make, that DbA show has a great all around lineup. There's local support from Nuclear Spring, whose 2013 7" was one of my favorite punk records to come out of NYC last year (they haven't played a hometown show in a while either). There's also local support from the great La Misma, and Boston punks Exit Order round out the bill. Admission is $10 at the door.
If you haven't checked out Exit Order's 2013 7-song demo tape, the whole thing is a total ripper. Of the DbA bill, Exit Order are probably the most straight-ahead, in-your-face punk band. The singer sounds like she's literally putting everything she's got into it, with all kinds of pent up anger and aggression coming out in every word. She's matched in intensity by the mile-a-minute band, and as a whole this Boston crew is delivering the kind of power some bands never manage to recreate in the studio, let alone on a demo tape. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.
All known Priests dates are listed, along with streams from each band on the DbA show, below...
Who doesn't love a good underdog story? The classic tale of "man works his way up the ranks of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, man is cast on a Comedy Central show that is cancelled after one season, man creates his own show on public access and does bizarre shit until he's discovered."
If you've been following the inspiring trajectory of The Chris Gethard Show over the past few months, you were probably screaming and crying with the rest of the GethHeads when Gethard announced that Comedy Central ordered a pilot of the show. You also probably attended, or wish you attended, his album recording at the Creek and the Cave.
Well lucky for you, he's finally releasing his debut comedy album, titled simply, My Comedy Album. It's coming out digitally and on vinyl through NJ punk/indie label Don Giovanni Records. The record is out on April 22, but you can preorder both vinyl and digital copies HERE now. Lose well, GethHeads.
Speaking of Don Giovanni, the label's annual Brooklyn showcases happen soon on 2/6 at DbA and 2/7 - 2/8 at MHOW with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Tenement, Nude Beach, California X, Priests, Night Birds and more. Tickets for the DbA show and the MHOW shows are still available.
Watch a video from The Chris Gethard Show below...
Cincinnati poppy punks Vacation were already announced as one of the bands playing the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcases, and since we last spoke they've announced a full tour surrounding that show. The tour includes another NYC show happening a few days after the Don Giovanni show on February 10 at Cake Shop with Flykills. All upcoming dates are listed below.
Vacation play the first night of the Don Giovanni showcases, which happens at Death by Audio on 2/6 with Tenement, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists (tickets). The other two nights happen at MHOW on 2/7 & 2/8 with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Nude Beach, California X, Priests and more (tickets).
Speaking of Screaming Females, they're also about to record a live album in Chicago that Steve Albini is recording, and after that they're heading out on a tour with The Julie Ruin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but it will be nearby when it hits Asbury Lanes on April 12 in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Vacation and all Screaming Females dates are listed, along with a stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn garage rockers Marvin Berry and the New Sound have been playing around their local scene for a while now, and they've just signed to Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee) who will release their debut full length, Bootleg, on February 25. There's hints of '60s garage rock and '70s power pop on the album's first single, "White Jungle," which you can stream below. That's the artwork above.
Marvin Berry and the New Sound were supposed to open for Swearin' at their Rough Trade show (3/7), but they've since dropped off that show and added a record release show happening on February 21 at Union Pool with Liquor Store and Hector's Pets. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.
In other Don Giovanni news, they've put a bunch of stuff up for action on eBay including artwork by Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females, Noun), test pressings of DG releases, and more.
Don Giovanni also do their annual Brooklyn showcases on 2/6 at Death by Audio and 2/7-8 at MHOW with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Priests, Tenement, Night Birds, Worriers and more. Tickets for DbA and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Song stream below...
Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.
The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
Priests at MHOW in October (more by Chris La Putt)
DC punk/post-punk band Priests have been making quite the impression with some solid tapes/7"s and passionate live shows, and it's just been announced that they've signed to Don Giovanni (home of Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Worriers, and other great bands). They'll be doing their next record with them, and the label hopes to have it out in early 2014. Congrats to Priests on the signing!
Priests also have some shows coming up, including a return to NYC on December 6 at Silent Barn for bi-weekly webpaper Fvck The Media's public editorial meeting. The meeting takes place at 7 PM, followed by live music from Priests, Noun (Marissa from Screaming Females), Heavy Bangs (featuring Cynthia of Radiator Hospital) and Arm Candy. Admission is $10 at the door. Flyer below. More info here and here.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of their latest tape and a video from their Pitchfork CMJ show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Waxahatchee / Screaming Females
It's been a great year for NJ independent punk label Don Giovanni Records, who celebrated their tenth anniversary earlier this year and have also seen a rise in popularity thanks to the increasing success of bands like Waxahatchee and Screaming Females. So it's pretty exciting that those two bands decided to tour together, and as support they took out a smaller but still great Don Giovanni band, Tenement.
The tour just came through NYC for shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/14) and Bowery Ballroom on Monday (9/16). Making Monday's show even better, Brooklyn's poppy, punky Aye Nako (who both headliners are fans of) opened. Tenement followed, and while they've been in NYC for small punk gigs like Grand Victory with Night Birds and Brooklyn Fireproof with Swearin', this show put them on a bigger, more professional stage. But that didn't sacrifice their rowdy live show, which included scissor kicks, tambourines as guitar picks, and ruthless melodic punk rock. (Stream their 2011 LP below.)
Screaming Females, always a killer live band, were up next. It seems like each Screaming Femals show I see is darker, heavier, and jammier (in a good way) than the last, and even though it's a cliche to say a band "gets better every time," I really think they do. Waxahatchee wrapped things up with the most somber set of the night, but powerful as ever. While shows she did earlier in the year saw much of her set transformed into "Coast to Coast"-style pop punk, this one saw her songs (especially "Swan Dive") taking on a slower, grungier feel.
Catch Aye Nako again at one of their other upcoming shows, including our BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select show with The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom show below...
by Andrew Sacher
After The Measure [sa] broke up (not counting their one-off in August), the members have been keeping busy with other projects. One of those, Lauren Denitzio's band Worriers (who recently played NYC with Noun, Modern Hut, and Shellshag), have announced that they'll release a new album, Cruel Optimist, on October 29 via Don Giovanni (Waxahatchee, Screaming Females). The band's got a rotating lineup, and for this new album the lineup features Mikey Erg (whose in a ton of bands himself) on drums, plus guitarist Rachel Rubino (Bridge & Tunnel) and bassist Tim Burke.
The album's first single/title track is pop punk in a raw, honest way, not unlike The Thermals, Ted Leo, or Lauren's past band The Measure [sa]. It not only lives up to the promise of Worriers' past singles/demos, but might be the strongest thing they've done yet. Put Worriers next to a line of other recent bands like Swearin', Aye Nako, and Big Eyes, and you can make a pretty good argument that pop punk is living strong past its mallcore corruption.
Worriers' only upcoming dates at the moment are Gainesville's The Fest and a European tour. All dates are listed, along with the new single and album artwork, below...
Marissa w/ Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster is producing the new Modern Hut (the project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt) album, Generic Treasure (due out 8/6), and she's now announced that she'll be taking her solo project, Noun, on a short Northeast tour with Modern Hut around the time of the album's release. The tour hits NYC on August 9 at Death by Audio with their labelmates Shellshag, who will be playing unplugged, Lauren Measure's current band, Worriers, and singer/songwriter Mal Blum, making for an all-around great bill. Admission for that show is $7 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Marissa's band Screaming Females were the special guest opener at Titus Andronicus' Maxwell's show last night, their second of three shows (the final one is tonight, 7/16). CoolDadMusic caught the show, and wrote:
Marissa Paternoster showed up in her usual black, though in short sleeves and collarless this time, perhaps in a nod to the sweltering temperatures. The band opened with "I Don't Mind It" from 2010's Castle Talk and blazed through other favorites like "Expire," "Extinction," and "It All Means Nothing" from 2012's Ugly and "Poison Arrow" from this year's Chalk Tape EP. Paternoster's fingers appeared never to cease moving, while the rhythm section of King Mike and Jarrett D kept everything moving forcefully ever-forward.Screaming Females play their own Maxwell's show on Sunday (7/21) with Nuclear Santa Claust (sold out). It's an early show before Ted Leo and Shellshag play (also sold out).
Then, as just mentioned, Screaming Females will head out on the road with labelmates Waxahatchee and Tenement for a tour that hits the NYC-area on 9/14 at MHOW, 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. Check Asbury Lanes' site for ticket info on that show.
All dates on the Modern Hut/Noun tour are listed, along with the tour flyer and some song streams, below...
Screaming Females at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
As you may know, legendary Hoboken venue Maxwell's is unfortunately closing at the end of July. As we've said before, many local bands who have called the venue home for years are playing in its final months (check out the upcoming schedule), and another one's just been added. NJ DIY heroes Screaming Females will play the venue on July 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Screaming Females' Don Giovanni labelmates/collaborators Shellshag have a show there with Screamales' pal Ted Leo, and another Don Giovanni band, Black Wine also play one with The Everymen, Life Eaters, and The Brooklyn What.
In related news, Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster produced the new Modern Hut (the project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt) album, Generic Treasure, which is due out on August 6. You can check out a track from that album, "History," below.
Shellshag at Don Giovanni 2013 Showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
Brooklyn duo Shellshag, who recorded the track, "Green Vapors," with Screaming Females for their Chalk Tape, will release their new album, Shellshag Forever, on April 16 via Don Giovanni. The album features the track, "Face to Face," which Shellshag performed an acoustic version of for the BrooklynVegan 'Green Room Sessions', and you can stream the punky studio version below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
As usual, Shellshag have a number of upcoming local (and some non-local) shows. Most excitingly, they'll share a bill with Screaming Females on April 20 at Maxwell's, which hopefully means they'll collaborate on stage during "Green Vapors." The rest of that show's lineup is great too, including Swearin' (who play Indie Pop Prom tonight [2/28]) Hilly Eye, and Great Thunder (the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and her boyfriend/Swearin' bassist Keith Spencer). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Shellshag's other local dates include Friday (3/1) at Lulu's (113 Franklin St), March 11 at Acheron with Pity Party, March 21 at Silent Barn with Extra Feeler, and April 13 at Union Pool with RVIVR, Dogjaw, and Extra Feeler. Advance tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Stormshadow at MHOW earlier this month (more by Caroline Harrison)
New Brunswick punks Stormshadow, who were around from 1995 to 2000, reunited this year to finally give their only album, Set On Destroy, a proper release through Don Giovanni Records. They played their first reunion show a the Don Giovanni showcase earlier this month, and you can see pictures and a review of their set HERE. During our interview with the band, co-lead vocalist Matty King said the MHOW show might have been it for the reunion, but they had a blast at that show and have decided to schedule two NJ shows that will take place this March. The first happens on March 28 at Asbury Lanes with World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stolen Babies. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then the next one happens at the newly reopened Court Tavern on March 30 with The Scarlet Letter, Brick Mower, Plastic Cross, and The Luckless. Admission for that show is $9 at the door.
Stormshadow's record is out now and if you still haven't heard it, two tracks are streaming HERE, and a third, "Forty Ounces and the King of Smoke," is streaming below. Like the other two, it's fast, punchy, and awesomely combines growled male vocals with cleanly sung female vocals.
photos/words by Caroline Harrison
Screaming Females @ MHOW 2/9/2013
Independent punk rock label Don Giovanni just finished up a three night 10th Anniversary celebration in Brooklyn. Night three, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Feb 9) featured Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, Shellshag, and a surprise guest performance from Rubber Molding.
Shellshag, like a couple of other bands on the bill, are better suited to a sweltering, crowded basement show than a ballroom or music hall. They play facing each other, singing into a bizarrely constructed speaker unit resembling a Dalek. Their energy treads a fine line between infectious and overly precious, but luckily most people in the crowd seemed to enjoy Shellshag's unpretentious pop punk. They closed with a Dino Jr-style cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" before leaving the stage to make way for Home Blitz.
Home Blitz doesn't rely on bombast the same way Shellshag does. The quartet's set was understated, modest garage rock. Front man Daniel DiMaggio hangs off of the microphone as he sings, enhancing the impression that he's sneering through his raw and earnest vocals.
Our own Andrew Sacher talked to Stormshadow last month about the band's history, their reunion, and the decision behind re-releasing their 1999 album "Set On Destroy." The set, punk with a political bent and bar rock sensibilities, was a welcome comeback for this New Brunswick band. Stormshadow's male/female vocal approach is evocative of some Fucked Up tracks, though Stormshadow vocalist Matty King is not prone to the same onstage histrionics as Damian Abraham. Sue Werner's consistent vocal presence adds a nice back-and-forth dynamic to the band's stage routine.
Black Wine is sort of like a Don Giovanni supergroup, featuring former members of The Ergs! and Hunchback. They were originally supposed to support Screaming Females on the tour that got canceled due to Marissa's health problems, so it was nice to see the band getting to support them. Following Black Wine's set, Rubber Molding took the stage to blast through an unannounced, absolutely riotous (and spot on) cover of Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell, complete with a cape and some glitter-bombing..
While it was no surprise that Screaming Females absolutely destroyed, there was palpable relief from the audience that lead guitarist and howling vocalist Marissa Paternoster seems to have recovered from her long illness. The band just released a tape of new material, including a song they recorded with Shellshag, and they debuted a few new songs. The setlist is below (except the last song in the encore, because I can't read my own handwriting. Anyone out there remember?).
There are no upcoming dates for Screaming Females, but you can catch Black Wine at the Cake Shop on March 23 with Hilly Eye, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Lauren of the Measure.
More pictures and the Screaming Females setlist is below.
Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
The Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcases begin TONIGHT (2/7) with the previously mentioned Death by Audio show, which features California X, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for tonight's show is $8 at the door. Then, the Don Giovanni fun continues with two consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg which feature Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on Friday (2/8) and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on Saturday (2/9). Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and a 2-day pass are still available.
In related news, Screaming Females are releasing a cassette of home recordings this weekend (2/10) and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release at Pitchfork. It features the track "Green Vapors," which was done with DG labelmates Shellshag.
Laura Stevenson is also releasing a new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni. You can stream the lead track, "Runner," at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, if you miss the showcases this week (or just want more), three of the bands playing -- Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Nuclear Santa Claust -- are teaming up again for a NYC show at Cake Shop on March 23 with Lauren of The Measure. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
And in even more related news, Miranda Taylor of Black Wine just interviewed Caroline Rue, Hole's first drummer, who played on their 1991 debut, Pretty on the Inside. Here's an excerpt...
The evolution of Hole's sound is, in my opinion, extreme. What do you think contributed to the sound/style changes over the years?And you can read the rest at Miranda's blog.
Well, first off, Courtney and I were the least skilled musicians and needed time to catch up with Jill and Eric. We hung out, listened to records, and they turned me on to the Pixies, which I had only seen the MTV video for "Here Comes Your Man." We became better players, so we were starting to refine our tool to do what we were intending.
Laura Stevenson song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Stormshadow - "Watson Brake" (MP3)
The New Brunswick, NJ punk/DIY scene is one that has been thriving for years, and while some of its bands have achieved widespread recognition, it goes without saying that many others never leave New Jersey and eventually fade out. One of those bands that has gone unfairly overlooked is Stormshadow, who were around from 1995 to 2000. As mentioned, they're reissuing their 1999 album, Set On Destroy, via Don Giovanni Records on February 9, the same day they play the Don Giovanni showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). Don Giovanni label head Joe Steinhardt calls the band the reason he co-founded the label ten years ago and though they've been unknown to most people outside of New Brunswick, he describes them as an important influence to all the bands in the scene. That's the album's cover art above and the tracklist is below.
Stormshadow's influence can certainly be heard in the Don Giovanni bands of today and it makes a lot of sense that a label that picked up bands like Lemuria, Black Wine, and Screaming Females are fans of Stormshadow. Their lead vocal duties are split between the Cali hardcore growls of Matty King and the much cleaner Breeders-esque vocals from Sue Werner. It's not unlike the male/female split vocals in Fucked Up's "The Other Shoe," but while Fucked Up often brings in guests to achieve those sounds, Stormshadow are constantly delivering a yin and yang of the clean and the dirty. The band isn't just schizophrenic when it comes to vocals though -- the songs go through tons of ups and downs in their short timespans (most are under two minutes) in the manic manner of The Minutemen, who the band cite as an influence. The record will be available at the Don Giovanni showcase, but until then, you can download the track "Watson Brake," which is making its premiere in this post, at the top of this post, or stream it below, along with another album cut, "Switched On."
We also just spoke to Matty King about the band's reunion, their history, and the New Brunswick scene. Head below to check out the interview and listen to those song streams.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Nuclear Santa Claust - "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)" (MP3)
Nuclear Santa Claust (via)
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females in LA in October (more by Wei Shi)
New Brunswick label Don Giovanni are throwing their annual Brooklyn showcases in 2013 at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 and 9, and this year they're doubling as the label's tenth anniversary shows. Both nights have typically great lineups, with the 2/8 show featuring Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye, and the 2/9 show featuring Screaming Females (I hope this means Marissa is getting better!), Black Wine, Stormshadow (who the label refers to as "original, political, tight musicians" who "made fantastic art" but "broke up and no one outside of New Brunswick knew who the band was," and they'll be reuniting for this show as well as reissuing their album, Set On Destroy, via Don Giovanni this winter), Home Blitz and Shellshag. Tickets for both nights and a 2-day pass option go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon and AmEx presale for the individual nights begins Wednesday (12/12) at noon. The flyer for the showcases is below.
California X at Tommys Tavern in June (more by Fred Pessarro // BBG)
One band that we're a little bummed to see not on this lineup is Amherst's grungy California X, who have a great self titled LP coming out via Don Giovanni on January 15. I know we're still in year-end-list of 2012 mode, but this is already one of my most anticipated records of 2013. You can stream the single, "Pond Rot," below.
Song stream and show flyer are below.
Hilly Eye at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Devan Council)
Hilly Eye (aka Amy Klein formerly of Titus Andronicus and Catherine Tung) will release their first 7" on Don Giovanni Records this spring and will follow that with a full length, due out on the label this summer.
They've got two local shows coming up, including one on Thursday (2/23) at Cake Shop with Quiet Loudly, Magnetic Island, and Passenger Peru, and another on March 11 at Public Assemly with Shigeto, Gross Relations, Hard Nips, Desert Sharks, and more. The show is part of Sunrise Fest, a memorial/benefit festival for the one year anniversary of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last year (3/11/11). The fest runs all day from 2 PM to 11 PM with over 20 performances and is open to "all ages, all races, all people in this generation."
Both dates dates are listed with a video of the band at Ladyfest Boston below...