Entries tagged with: Doug Gillard
The *other* Monty Hall...
WFMU's performance space, located in the ground floor of their Jersey City building, is now open and has a name fitting the radio station's spirt: Monty Hall. It was christened last month with a show featuring Doug Gillard, Pampers, Spectre Folk and Watery Love. Watch some videos below.
Now more shows are beginning to appear. The next performance at Monty Hall is September 7 is the previously mentioned Sir Richard Bishop and Tashi Dorji show which will be recorded for Brian Turner's show on the station:
Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show.The other upcoming show happens September 13 and features People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) who is presenting "two performances of audio and moving image." She'll be first performing solo and then People Like Us will be joined by M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett for a collaborative performance. Tickets to both shows are on sale now. Flyers below.
The space will also be hosting a quarterly variety series called Prove It All Night. The first installment took place earlier this month with Joe Jack Talcum from the Dead Milkmen, PUNK magazine creator John Holstrom, and stand-up comedian Sean Donnelly. Host/organizer/WFMU DJ Pat Byrne told NJ.com, "We'll eventually be streaming live video of the series to the web...we have four cameras set up in the studio, and it's a theater but everything can be broadcast on the Internet as well as the airwaves."
Show flyers and those videos from the first show, below...
Last fall, WFMU reclaimed the ground floor space in their building at 43 Montgomery St in Jersey City, NJ with plans to turn it into a performance space. That's finally happening with the grand opening on July 12 featuring performances by Pampers, Watery Love, Doug Gillard, and Spectre Folk. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds go to benefit WFMU.
UPDATE: the space is now called Monty Hall.
Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/2014
On Friday (5/23), garage rock legends and future liver transplant recipients Guided By Voices waltzed into the Bowery Ballroom for a sloppy and extremely sold out show with support from Doug Gillard and Atomic Forces. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
I missed Atomic Forces but according to friends who were there since doors opened at 8 PM, AF's 9 PM set lasted about as long as an average bathroom break, if said bathroom break was spent making a brisk #2. Apparently their set barely clocked in at 20 minutes, but the consensus was that they were actually pretty good. Sad I missed them.
Doug Gillard and full band were scheduled to hit the stage at 10, but I think the awkwardly long intermission Atomic Force's mini-set created compelled them to hit the stage a little before . Which was fine with me because seeing Doug was just as important to me than seeing GBV. For the uninitiated, Doug Gillard is a guitar God and possesses the finest rock chops in the business. As a guitar player myself, Doug is a personal hero of mine. He's not the type of player who can whip out a shredding Nuno Bettencourt-esque rendition of Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee or anything. Rather, he is the master of the fundamentals who can navigate a fret-board better than anyone in the biz. His CV as a guitar player is staggering, having played in Death Of Samantha (who just reformed and are playing shows), Gem, Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, Bambi Kino, Richard Buckner's band, Children's Crusade, Starvation Army, Yuji Oniki, My Dad is Dead, The Mice, Bill Fox, Fence Lions, Zest Of Yore, Stewart Pack, The Oranges Band, and more. Doug's set consisted of a very thoughtful array of tunes old and new, all of which the crowd was going bonkers over. Doug ended his set with probably his most famous anthem, "I Am a Tree," which appeared on GBV's 1997 release Mag Earwhig! but is 100% the brainchild of Gillard and served as the perfect segue into the short intermission that would lead to GBV's set. Video of Gillard's "I Am a Tree" Bowery performance -- plus pics from his is below.
I've been seeing GBV live for over 15 years now and I can tell you that a GBV show is one of the most consistently satisfying show-going experiences out there. The crowd at Bowery was what a GBV crowd has always been because, well, over the years, the crowd make-up of a GBV show has remained largely unchanged. You've got your older indie dudes, tons of drunk bros, tons of older couples from out of town making a night of it, newbies who discovered GBV late in their career looking to enjoy the shows while GBV is still able to put them on for us... most everyone's drunk. Most everyone's singing along at the top of their lungs. Friday's GBV show was as boilerplate as it gets, and, goddamn, was it ever fun.
I am not going to lie; I did a great job of drinking my memories into oblivion Friday night. But several things stand out in what's left of my mind. First off, GBV front man Robert Pollard polished off his bottle of tequila before hitting the stage. Normally, he's got that bad boy with him for about the first half the set (or for as long as it lasts). I've seen Bob take the stage in various stages of inebriation over the years, but Friday he was well in the bag before they played a single note of their massive set list. Which brings me to memory number two of the evening; the setlist was massive. I mean, a GBV setlist is always a sight to behold, but Friday they played nearly 50 songs and the evening concluded with a whopping three encores. I guess a 50-song, three-encore set is sort of par for the course with GBV, but it blew my mind regardless. Let's face it; they ain't no spring chickens.
GBV w/ Doug Gillard
As kick-ass as GBV was on Friday, one of the more bummer memories that has been plaguing me is that the "original line-up" thing is really losing it's luster for me. I find myself pining for the days of guys like Nate Farley, Chris Slusarenko, Doug Gillard (who joined them for "Fair Touching" & "Teenage FBI" at Bowery) and Tim Tobias. After firing "original" drummer Kevin Fennell in 2013 GBV re-hired powerhouse drummer Kevin March which was a genius move because these days they really need someone as solid as him in their back-line. Tobin Sprout is a genius guitar player whose skills are irreproachable. Mitch Mitchell can hang still as well. But Greg Demos seems to get sloppier as the years go on. He spends so much time playing the roll of rock star, looking a lot like a cross between Davey Jones and Top Gear's Richard Hammond, that he was clamming left and right. Missing notes, playing the wrong notes, completely missing plucking an intended string. I became fixated on it. Distracted. If he would only stop swirling around, licking his lips, and falling on his knees and pay a little more attention to the 4-stringed apparatus in his hands everything would feel so much more cohesive. But what do I know.
Technical gaffes aside, it was as classic a GBV experience as it gets and I had a flipping' ball. Sure, my liver fell out somewhere on the J train at around 3am following the show, but it was so worth it. And if anyone has a recording of Bob's stage banter that night, press it and release it. It was pure comedic gold.
In other GBV related news, don't forget that they have an upcoming summer tour that lands at Toad's Place in CT on July 10, Irving Plaza on July 11, then The Paramount in Long Island on August 22 and finally Asbury Park, NJ's The Stone Pony on August 23. Tickets to Irving, The Paramount and Stone Pony are still available, as well as Toad's Place, are still available.
In other Doug Gillard News, his old band, Death of Samantha, will be playing their first NYC show in over 23 years THIS THURSDAY (MAY 29, 2014) at Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available and cost a measly 10 bucks. Also head over to Doug Gillard's website for details on his upcoming West Coast Tour.
Oh yeah, also, White House press secretary and confirmed Guided by Voices fan Jay Carney surprised attendees at a sold-out GBV show at Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat on Saturday May 24 when he appeared on stage to introduce the band. Gawker's got all the deets on that craziness.
Setlist and more pictures of GBV's Bowery Ballroom set, plus pics Atomic Forces and Doug Gillard's opening sets, below...
Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.
If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...
by Bill Pearis
Cleveland's Death of Samantha existed from 1984 to 1992 and made fierce, riff-heavy rock (sometimes straight-ahead and ballsy, sometimes Television-y) with singer John Petkovic sharp lyrics overtop. Death of Samantha made three albums for Homestead (Gerard Cosloy's pre-Matador label) before fizzling out. (The band, which included Doug Gillard, went on to form the equally awesome Cobra Verde.) The original Death of Samantha lineup (Petkovic, Gillard, David James and Steve-O Eiredam) got back together a couple years ago and have played sporadic shows in Ohio.
Before the first of those reunion shows, Death of Samantha recorded some of their favorite songs live to tape, the results of which is new album If Memory Serves Us Well which sounds pretty fresh to these ears. You can stream it over at Spotify. To celebrate that record's release, Death of Samantha are playing a string of dates, including their first NYC show in 23 years, which will happen at Baby's All Right on May 29. Lame Drivers and onetime Cobra Verde bandmember Dave Hill will open the show. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Two of the DoS shows (Cincinnati and Pittsburgh) are opening for fellow Ohio indie rockers Guided by Voices. Here in NYC, Doug Gillard (who was also in GbV for a while and just released a new solo album that's well worth checking out) will open the sold-out Bowery Ballroom show.
All Death of Samantha dates are listed, plus a stream of "Savior City" from If Memory Serves Us Well, below...
by Bill Pearis
(photo via @impose)
Doug Gillard released his excellent new solo album, Parade On, earlier this month which features 11 examples of his expert popsmithery. If you haven't heard it yet, you can check out the video for "Ready for Death" and a stream of dreamy new single "Your Eyes" below.
Having previewed some of this material earlier in the month at Cake Shop, Gillard and his band were in fine form as they showed off new songs from Parade On alongside older Gillard songs like "Me & the Wind" and "Drip-Nose Boy". For a special treat, Gillard closed the set with one of Doug's earlier songs "I Am A Tree", first performed by his band Gem, and later, Guided by Voices.You can stream NYC Taper's recordings of "Overseas" and "I Am a Tree" below and download the whole set at his website.
Doug's next solo dates are opening for his old bandmates Guided by Voices. He's playing both the NYC show (May 23. Bowery Ballroom) and the DC show (May 24. Black Cat) which are sold out.
Streams and video below...
by Bill Pearis
the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.
The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.
Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.
Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.
Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.
East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.
Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.
Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."
At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."
Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.
Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.
Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.
Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.
Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.
If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.
Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...
by Bill Pearis
Casper & the Cookies are local legends in Athens, Georgia. Main man Jason NeSmith, who was in of Montreal circa Satanic Panic in the Attic, has been using variations of the Casper moniker for nearly 20 years, and the Cookies have been in existence since 1999. The man knows his way around a hook and puts more good ideas into one song than most folks do on an album.
For example: the band's just-released ninth album, Dingbats, has the feel of a concept album (or rock opera at times) with the frantic dB's/XTC style powerpop they're known for, giving way to contemplative Beach Boys numbers ("White Noise") and other diversions. Its 38 minute running time is crammed with inventive hooks, and while a little disparate, it all pretty much works. You can stream the whole thing below and we've got the premiere of the "White Noise" video, which you can watch below as well.
Casper & the Cookies are on a short East Coast tour and that hits NYC Saturday (4/5) at Cake Shop with fellow pop pop maven Doug Gillard and Lame Drivers. I haven't seem them play since NYC Popfest 2009 but they were a bundle of energy then and a lot of fun.
All dates are listed, along with the video premiere and album stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
Doug Gillard's CV is impeccable, having logged time in Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead, just to name three. With those groups he was more of a background player, but he's a more than capable frontman and songwriter on his own. His new solo album, Parade On, is a real class act -- sparkling, muscular powerpop, touched by a style and grace that never falls out of fashion. The album's out next week (4/8) but you can get a taste on the album's first single, the lightly Harrison-esque "Ready for Death." You can stream it below.
Gillard's got a couple shows this weekend to celebrate the new album. He plays Cake Shop on Saturday (4/5) with Georgia power pop band Casper & the Cookies and Lame Drivers. The official record release show happens on Tuesday (4/8) at Glasslands with White Lighters, Workout, and Dear Comrade. Tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.
Doug also opens for his old bandmates Guided by Voices at Bowery Ballroom on May 23 which is sold out.
Doug Gillard also plays a release party for his new album, Parade On (due out 4/8 via Nine Mile), at Glasslands on April 8 with White Lighters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Billy Idol is playing The Space at Westbury on June 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The Whigs are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 24 with Nikki Lane. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Guided By Voices (more by Tim Griffin)
The legendarily prolific Guided By Voices have announced another album coming out this year, not to be confused with the 20 track Motivational Jumpsuit that was released on 2/18. "Recorded during the sub-freezing Polar Vortex of 2014, the next GbV record is titled Cool Planet" and it's out May 18/19 via Fire Records. Listen to the track "Bad Love Is Easy To Do" below where you'll also find the full 18 song tracklist.
To celebrate, the band (Robert Pollard - vocals, guitar; Tobin Sprout - guitar, vocals; Mitch Mitchell - guitar; Greg Demos - bass; Kevin March - drums) will head out on the road to play some intimate shows including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 5/23. Tickets for that show which Doug Gillard (ex-GBV) and Atomic Forces are opening, go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
All known dates (three of them), the new song, and a 'Funny Or Die' video for "Planet Score" from their less new album, below...
Dave Hill kicked off 2014 with the first shift on WFMU. You can stream it here. That was actually a fill-in slot for "Seven Second Delay," but he'll premiere "The Goddamned Dave Hill Show" on it's regular Tuesday 9 PM slot (old home of "The Best Show") this week (1/7).
In addition to that, Dave has a couple live performances with his band Valley Lodge. One will be at Union Hall on Friday (1/10) as part of his "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" series which started back in October. This edition, "an incredible night of comedy, music and gunplay," features Har Mar Superstar, Jackie Kashian, Cleveland indie rock legend Doug Gillard, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman, Alex Edelman, and Jodi Lennon with Valley Lodge as the house band. Tickets are on sale. Dave says Har Mar and Doug will do a few songs each. Valley Lodge will also play The Rock Shop on January 17.
Speaking of Har Mar Superstar, he's got a couple shows coming up this month. He'll headline Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 25 with Computer Magic, Not Blood Paint, and Static Jacks also on the bill. Then on January 31 it's the next of his Free Fridays at Knitting Factory which happen at midnight.
by Bill Pearis
Though she put out an album with Anders Parker earlier this year, it's been a while since we heard from Kendall Meade in solo Mascott mode. That changed this week with the release of a new EP, Cost/Amount which was produced by Jennifer O'Connor and is out via Kiam Records. The four cuts feature three very catchy originals in her typical sparkling guitar pop style, plus a lovely cover of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know About Us" (made famous by Tracy Ullman). You can watch the video for the EP's title track and stream another song from it below.
Mascott plays a record release show for the EP on Sunday (9/22) at Mercury Lounge which is her first NYC show in two years. Her band features O'Connor and man-about-town Doug Gillard. Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra are opening and tickets are on sale.
Meade and O'Connor will be playing a few East Coast shows together, most of which are "living room" shows. More details and tickets for those are here.
All dates are listed, along with video and song streams, below.
Please come out and celebrate the life and work of Jim Bentley. Since 2003 my dear friend and man with the golden ears recorded hundreds of records at the Fort. This is a free event with a donation jar for which proceeds will go directly to his mother to help with expenses. Everyone is welcome whether you knew Jim or not for this is not only a celebration of his life and the friends that he touched but a celebration of the beautiful music that he helped create. We love and miss you Jimmy. - [via Facebook]James Bentley, who owned and was the engineer at The Fort Studio in Bushwick, passed away last month. Some of his friends and bands who recorded there are hosting a memorial show this Sunday (8/18) at Cake Shop. The line-up includes Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard, Doug Keith (of Mascott & Sharon Van Etten) and more. The show is free but donations are being suggested and all proceeds will go to James' mother.
Full line-up and flyer for the memorial show, below...
Forgetters at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Brain Cave Festival is returning this year and it begins TONIGHT (4/11), continuing through Sunday (4/14). Most shows happen at Europa, and there's also a free day show on Saturday at the Greenpointers.com Market. When we first posted the lineup, there was a "Surprise Special Guest TBA" listed for Saturday's show, and we've since learned that it's Forgetters, the currently project of Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, who released their self titled album in late 2012.
The Forgetters show is with Monogold, Clouder, and Quiet Loudly. Other bands playing other days of the festival include Peelander-Z, The Suzan, Eula, Cat Martino, Lemonade, and more. Tickets for individual nights and 4-day passes are still available. Updated lineup below.
Forgetters are also playing a Record Store Day (4/20) in-store at Generation Records with Swearin' (who have other local shows with Shellshag coming up), Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Nada Surf), and Livids (whose lineup includes New Bomb Turks singer Eric Davidson, and who just opened for The Hives). Blake Schwarzenbach will be DJing, along with Tom Scharpling and others.
Meanwhile, in other Brain Cave Festival related news, Lemonade have been added as an opener to the previously discussed John Talabot tour, including his NYC show on May 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lemonade dates are listed, along with the updated Brain Cave lineup, below...
Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...
Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.
But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.
alternate headline: GetHard with Tasteful Nudes
by Klaus Kinski
Back in January, I briefly mentioned the profoundly hilarious book A Bad Idea I Am About to Do by one of NYC's most brilliant performers Chris Gethard. I was so focused on all the other bullshit I was writing about in that article that my short, simple, brief mention of this masterpiece of a book was a profane oversight. Gethard is a phenomenal comedian and storyteller who also happens to have his own Manhattan cable access show every Wednesday night at 11:00pm. The show is absolutely crazy, insane, funny, irresistible, addictive and totally viewable LIVE online. Each week the show manages to feel somehow crazier and funnier. Sometimes Chris is in a great mood and the show is brilliant. Sometimes he's in a crummy mood and the show is brilliant. He's got a lot of help, care of his fabulous in-studio audience, but the dude carries that sucker to an unprecedented plateau of brilliance. But, the book... the book is one of the funniest, most well articulated canons of short (true) stories I've ever read. Even if you knew nothing about Chris, what he does, where he's coming from... if you read this book with absolutely no precedent or preconceptions about the author, you'd still laugh your eyebrows off. The stories are funny and even touching, but it's Gethard's agilities as an author that is most remarkable. I've said it before and I will say it again; I am nobody's shill. But when something is this good, this under-appreciated, this remarkably-not-in-the-hands-of-people-who-read-on-the-subway, I feel that it is my duty to make things right. Buy it. Unless you hate laughing. And good writing. Then f-off outta here.
In keeping with the concept of a bad idea someone (Chris) is about to do, Chris recently announced that he would be making his way from Los Angeles, California all the way to the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on foot. By June 7th. Without any money. Or places to stay. Or a phone. Or anything. This is a fan-propelled mission. It sets out to determine whether a person can get from point A to point B with just the help of his admirers and fans. Murder, starvation, molestation, exploitation, dehydration, masturbation(?) are all perils of a project this stupidly brilliant. The entire journey will be documented for your viewing pleasure. Want to help out? Check out the video below and allow Gethard do the 'splaining for me. There's tweetables and hashtags and cyberwhatnots for you to know about.
Oh, hey! Speaking of comedians I love who are also now published authors and are into Bonnaroo, I am sure you have by now done the right thing and pre-ordered Dave Hill's new tome Tasteful Nudes, right? Another absolutely hilarious and well executed book from another absolutely hilarious and well executed NYC based comedian. At the end of May, Dave will embark on a completely non-pretentious book tour that will make its way to The Bell House on Thursday May 24th (one night after Dave has a public conversation with Ira Glass in SoHo). This no holds barred event will have Mr. Dave Hill pulling out all the stops with appearances by John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, David Rakoff and music by Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf) and TAB the Band. There may even be an appearance by Little Michael Jackson, a bunch of lowrider cars, live animals, and maybe even a dunking machine. All tour dates, which were too difficult for me to cut and paste into this article because my hands hurt, can be found here. Tickets for the Brooklyn show, which are a measly $10, are available now. Oh, and buy the book if you haven't already because maybe he'll sign it or throw it out a window at one of his apperances, depending on the vibes. Check Dave's awesome book related rock and roll video, as well as a video featuring him, Dick Cavett, and Malcolm Gladwell, below.
by Klaus Kinski
Blackout survivor Ted Leo in the rain (more by Chris La Putt)
You know, I've been bugging BV to put on a show with me since I became aware of just how much I missed helping put together our RoFL shows at Pianos. Doesn't it figure that when we finally get it happening mother nature sends along one of her most loathsome weather systems to go head and destroy my, our, dreams. Folks, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that the BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski present Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, Broadcaster, and Dave Hill scheduled to take place at the Rock Shop on Saturday August 27th has been CANCELLED.
If you've been a good little pup and have been reading BrooklynVegan over the past coupla days, you'd know that shows all over the city this weekend are being cancelled. I was really hoping that we could hang in there. However, with the MTA closing down tomorrow at noon, and with the very real possibility that bridges and tunnels might also close, we've got no choice but to cancel the show. What's the point of having a show if people can't even get to it? And Broadcaster has to get to and from Providence. During a hurricane? What're you, some kind of a masochist?
Ideally we would like to reschedule this somewhere in the near future, with the same Dave Hill and the same bands performing. It is a pain in the ass to try and get so many schedule's to sync up, but I am tenacious and really hope we get a mulligan. Refund information to follow.
Other Ted Leo dates below...
by Klaus Kinski
Ted Leo @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Back in 2008, BV and I used to put on shows at Pianos called Rock n ROFL. As the title implies, these shows featured legendary comedy line-ups curated by me followed by musical onslaughts curated by BV. The lead up to each and every one of those shows always stressed me the F out, but as the room would fill up and the shows got under way, all the stress would dissolve and turn into feelings of sheer joy. Our generous drink specials always helped. Although, when the Futureheads played I got a little anxious because I thought for sure the floor of the live room was about to collapse under our feet...
Dave Hill @ BV & KK Rock n ROFL in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Anywhoozle, for whatever reason, the RoFL's ceased to be and that was ok because, well, life started to get pretty busy. But the other day I came across a poem called Around the Corner by a dude called Henson Towne. After a good cry I realized that, man, life is short and I miss the stress and relief that comes with putting on a show...
So it is with profound joy that I announce BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski Present happening at the Rock Shop on Saturday August 27th (8:00pm doors, 21+). The show will be hosted by the great and much loved comedian Dave Hill and feature sets by Rhode Island's own Broadcaster, Doug Gillard, and Ted Leo!
Full disclosure: my brother is in Broadcaster. But before you raise your pitchforks and head into the comments section to cry nepotism, be advised that my adoration of the band has nothing to do with the fact that my brother is in it. They are flat out, ass kickingly awesome. And you don't have to take my word for it; they recently won the Breakthrough Act of the Year award at this year's Providence Phoenix readers poll. The PEOPLE have spoken! They are even Ted Leo Approved! So don't dilly dally getting to the show. Get there early, have some booze, and experience the fury that is Broadcaster.
Doug Gillard @ BV-CMJ 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
And there is no hiding my adoration of the great Doug Gillard. This axe-wielding ex-GBV and ex-Cobra Verde (a band Dave Hill was also in) troubadour makes some of the best rock in the biz. Backed by a full band, he will blow the wig right off your head. And to cap things off, Klaus Favorite, BV favorite, and all around nicest guy in music, Ted Leo will horse around on stage for our listening pleasure.
I honestly could not be happier with the line-up we've cooked up. And I am beside myself that it will happen at the Rock Shop. The intimacy of the room and their kick ass sound-system is going to make for one helluvan evening. Hopefully we'll be able to finagle some sweet ass drink specials for those with the sense not to miss this most majestic evening. Friends, get your tickets before they sell out (on sale at 5pm).
All Ted Leo dates, this weekend in Camden, NJ included, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Doug Gillard @ Irving Plaza NYE (more by Chris Gersbeck)
I got heavily obsessed with Guided By Voices after the demise of the "classic '93 - '96 line-up" which featured Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, and Greg Demos (a line-up that reunited in 2010 and has been blazing a sweaty, beer soaked trail across the US since) (this past weekend's Sasquatch Festival included).
I've now seen the classic line-up twice thanks to the reunion, but prior to that my live experience was always delivered by Robert Pollard, Nate Farley, Doug Gillard, Kevin March, Tim Tobias and, later on, Chris Slusarenko. I often had to be rolled out of those shows in a wheelbarrow, and memories of those shows are muddied and schizophrenic, but two things I always took away from a GBV experience was A) that I had had the time of my life and B) that lead guitarist Doug Gillard was, and is, easily one of the most agile guitar gods in rock 'n roll. I mean, forget about shredding and other wanky guitar-athleticism bullshit. What Doug brings to the table is a prodigal level of rock-solid, rock guitar purity and proficiency. Doug is an absolute master of his craft, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone out there these days who can get such a thunderous onslaught from his Les Paul and his amps. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find that your man Klaus has been following Doug's solo career with great interest and it is because of non-GBV-related Gillard news that I write to you fine people today.
Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), & Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart's entire catalog, from his 1966 debut "Safe As Milk" to his final record "Ice Cream For Crow", released in 1982.Captain Beefheart died on December 17, 2010 from complications from multiple sclerosis, so it's fitting that ALL PROCEEDS from this show (a reasonable $10) will go directly to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you can't make it to the show, watch the live stream. And consider donating to the MS Society.
Besides the MS/Beefheart show, there are many more opportunities to catch Doug live. Speaking of beef, on Saturday June 11th, get your non-vegan ass to the Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park at 1:00pm on Saturday June 11th. While you're feasting on various forms of carrion with gristle and BBQ sauce dribbling from your lips (editor's note: Klaus!), the band Bambi Kino will be performing. Bambi Kino features Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (Ex Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) and were formed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' first concerts in Hamburg Germany. Back in those days, the Beatles were essentially a cover band themselves, and Bambi Kino's setlist is culled from the Beatles' set list from back in those days. So it's like a cover band covering a cover band who were doing their own versions of the whole blues thing. And it's free! More about who's playing the Big Apple BBQ, HERE.
You can also catch Doug when he goes on tour with Tommy Keene and Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves. Doug recently wrote and recorded songs on Sally's upcoming 5-song EP "Transmit/Receive". Tommy is touring in support of his new LP, and Doug Gillard will have a new vinyl 7" he'll be promoting. The tour lands at the Rock Shop on September 10th, 2011. Complete tour dates below.
Oh, and before I forget... Doug is recording tons of guitar for the upcoming Nada Surf LP, which is due out in Fall of 2011. Look out for that as well as a tour in support of said LP. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws joined Doug on stage at Irving Plaza on New Years Eve when he opened for GBV.
Catch Guided By Voices, Wavves, and Surfer Blood during the Northside Festival on June 18th, yo.
Catch Bush Tetras (Cynthia Sley is also playing the Beefheart show) at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 10th.
Doug tour dates and the Beefheart flyer below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
I'm starting to think Bob Pollard is some sort of miracle of modern science; a man capable of extreme alcohol/tobacco consumption, yet somehow able to give a flawless vocal performance. "Anybody got a joint?" Pollard asked a few songs in (someone from the crowd did in fact pass him one). The 53 year-old singer was swigging off a bottle of tequila most of the night and was practically incoherent between songs, but was shockingly able to hit every note and land every high kick on his own two feet. All this in a nearly three-hour New Year's Eve set from his band Guided by Voices that stretched past 1AM at Irving Plaza.
Former Cobra Verde and Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard opened the show with full band in tow. Gillard's backup group held their own with a great set of songs that I'm certain any GBV fan could appreciate. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws made a special appearance for one song, but the real highlight of the set came aftger Gillard subtly suggested someone else join him on stage for their last song. Of course, this was the cue for Pollard to sing the post-classic lineup song "I Am A Tree" (which Gillard wrote), and halfway through the song, Pollard did just that. I don't think I was alone in hoping/predicting this would happen as soon as it was announced Doug Gillard was opening this show, and I was ecstatic when it did.
When I saw Guided By Voices at Terminal 5 back in November, I was impressed by how tight they sounded, especially considering how ridiculously lo-fi the recordings of these songs in particular are. This performance was no different. And much like that show, Tobin Sprout was again given the spotlight to sing three of GBV's most classic songs penned by the guitarist: "A Good Flying Bird", "Awful Bliss" and "14 Cheerleader Coldfront". There's something about this lineup that just seems so right. Forget that these songs are among Guided By Voices' most memorable and popular throughout their prolific catalog, the five of them seem to have great admiration for each other. The crowd was a different story. I witnessed two scuffles break out on the floor during the set and before GBV came out there was one fan vocally upset that his girlfriend was talking to a group of guys ten feet ahead of him. I guess this is what happens when emotions and champagne run high...
But leave it to a band like Guided By Voices to play a New Year's Eve show and totally miss the countdown at midnight. Despite several warnings that they were going to stop at midnight, it became apparent towards the end of "Exit Flagger" that, yeah, it was now 2011. It was definitely funny, but something tells me there were a few people who were a little confused. Either way, the band played for over another hour, returning for three encores (48 songs total), and ending with the appropriate "Don't Stop Now". Hopefully if you're a GBV fan you made it out to one of these New York-area shows, but something tells me this is not the last we'll see of this lineup.
They also played Maxwell's in Hoboken one night earlier. Both setlists and more pictures from the NYC show, below...
Mike Birbiglia & Michael Showalter @ Mirman Fest (more by David Andrako)
Amazingly there are also still tickets left for Birbigs' November 22nd "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" show at UCB. That's a Monday which is convenient because then you can stick around for Whiplash.
The New York Comedy Festival presents "Louie: A Conversation with Louis C.K.", at the Paley Center this Wednesday, November 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
Who knows who will show up to play later that night, and the night after that, at UCB for two special non-Monday editions of Whiplash, aka "The Best of Whiplash."
Also Wednesday: "The world premiere of Dave Hill's Rock Shop with special guests PAT KIERNAN of NY1, MICHAEL SHOWALTER, and DOUG GILLARD (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf)!" I mean, I don't think you need to know more than that to immediately want to buy a ticket, but just in case:
Dave Hill's Rock Shop is a new comedy "talk" show which will hopefully happen the first Wednesday of each month at Park Slope's newest buzzworthy club, The Rock Shop. The show will run approximately an hour and will feature comedian/guitarist and Ohio native, Dave Hill hosting the shit out it. Dave Hill's Rock Shop will feature interviews with a famous or semi-famous or not so famous person, a famous or semi-famous or not so famous comedian, plus the focus of the show: Dave challenges a famous or semi-famous rock musician to a guitar duel (possibly to the death). The show is being produced by Caroline Creaghead (Tearing The Veil Of Maya / Eugene Mirman's Comedy Festival / The Rope Swing) and Jack McFadden (The Bell House / The Rock Shop booking guru) and is sure to have South Brooklyn peeps peeing in their seats (don't worry, we clean them, sorta).'Unlike one of the the non-Doug Gillard Guided By Voices shows coming up, The Rock Shop is offering no refunds.
Our debut show will be on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm and features Pat Kiernan of NY1, comedian Michael Showalter, and guitar hero Doug Gillard of Nada Surf & Guided By Voices. The show will cost $7 and you'll feel pretty good about getting your 7 dollars worth. There will be no refunds.
One of Dave Hill's bands, the one with Moby in it, plays Mercury Lounge on December 4th. 21+. No refunds.
Mike Birbiglia was on Jimmy Kimmel last week. Video of his segment below...
Built to Spill @ Siren Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Al Green @ BB King's
* Mat Maneri @ Barbes
* Bambi Kino @ Bowery Electric
* Kato Hideki @ The Stone
* Ray Anderson @ The Stone
* Cubic Zirconia, Chin Chin @ Union Pool
* Beige, Forest Magic, Contramano @ Pianos
* Riverboat Gamblers @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Hood Internet, Tanya Morgan @ Knitting Factory
* Marina and The Diamonds, Young The Giant @ Webster Hall
* The Beets, Backwords, Tatters and Rags, Brian @ Union Hall
* Chikita Violenta, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves @ Mercury Lounge
* Zach Williams, Thad Cockrell, Sarah Fullen @ Bowery Ballroom
* Larkin Grimm, Birds Fled From Me, Diane Cluck @ Knitting Factory
* ArpLine, Dinowalrus, Triangle Forest, Translations @ Death By Audio
* Party Police, Unnatural Helpers, Heavy Cream, The Young Things @ Cake Shop
* The Meters Experience (w/ Leo Nocentelli of The Meters) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Franz Nicolay & Major General, Yula Be'eri, Eddie The Gun @ Highline Ballroom
* Amber and The Little Criminals, Atlantic/Pacific, The Wind-up @ Mercury Lounge
* Built To Spill & DJ Doug Martsch @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress)
* Order Of Ennead, Wormrot, Mobile Deathcamp, Skull Crusher @ Santos Party House
* Octavio Lafuentes, Bona to Vada, Jason Anderson, Moxie Block @ Pete's Candy Store
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Uli Krieger), Loud Objects @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alaskas, Weekends, Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship, Human Resources, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Shea Stadium
* Beach Fossils (DJ set), Apache Beat, Blood Orange, We Are All Romans @ Coco 66
Bambi Kino is a Beatles cover band featuring Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, etc), Erik Paparazzi (who has played with Cat Power and others), Ira Elliot of Nada Surf, and Mark Rozzo of Maplewood. They recently played four consecutive shows in Hamburg, Germany beginning on August 17, performing the exact sets The Beatles performed in Hamburg exactly 50 years ago. Tonight they play Bowery Electric in NYC.
New Drums video for "Down by the Water", below...
Bill Goffrier, self-portrait
Bill Goffrier is playing The Rock Shop tonight, August 26th, with Doug Gillard and The Norfolk Downs. Bill Goffrier is the singer of Big Dipper, who split up in 1992, two years after the release of their fourth full length album Slam. He also played guitar in The Embarrassment prior to forming Big Dipper. Big Dipper reformed in 2008 and signed to Merge Records who compiled a 3-disc anthology of their work titled Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology and released it the same year. Since that release, Big Dipper recorded a new song titled Princess Warrior and posted it on their myspace in April 2009.
This past April (2010), Goffrier played a solo show in Lawrence, KS performing a mix of old Big Dipper and The Embarrassment songs, plus some new material. He told Lawrence Journal-World, "I've been writing a lot of songs for Big Dipper because we're working on a new CD. But we have three pretty prolific songwriters, so there's a lot of material to pick and choose from. Sometimes I'll say about a song I've got, 'This would be good for Big Dipper, but this one, clearly not.'" He also claims to have an existing offer to release a solo album. Videos from the Lawrence, KS show are below.
Tonight's show at The Rock Shop also features Doug Gillard and The Norfolk Downs. Doug Gillard, as we've pointed out numerous times, was a guitarist in Guided By Voices but is not part of the currently reunited "classic lineup." He also played in Death of Samantha, Gem, Cobra Verde, and various other bands. The Norfolk Downs are an acoustic duo featuring Dave Derby of Dambuilders, Brilliantine, and Gramercy Arms, and Kendall Meade of Mascott, Juicy, and Gramercy Arms.
Bill doesn't have any other shows scheduled that we know of. Those videos below..