Entries tagged with: Eugene Mirman
photos by Ryan Muir
"Chatroulette @ Union Hall, Brklyn. I laughed, I cringed, I screamed. I witnessed THE pinnacle moment of Eugene Mirman's career. Amazing!" - kotter
Kristen Schaal as a smoking whoopie cushion...
Heeb Mag:What do you love most about living in New York? And your neighborhood in particular?Eugene Mirman and Friends performed comedy (and went on Chatroulette) at the Bell House on Saturday, February 27th as part of the Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn membership campaign. The 'Friends' included Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Showalter, Marc Maron and Kristen Schaal.
Eugene Mirman: One thing I love most about living New York is that you can walk out of your apartment at any time of day, go into almost any type of restaurant, point at someone and fuck them in the bathroom with no questions asked. It's so cool how up for anything New Yorkers are.
Eugene pulled up Chatroulette again Tuesday night at Union Hall which is where his next Tearing the Veil of Maya show (with friends, again) is scheduled for this Sunday, March 7th.
More pictures from the Bell House are below...
photos by Jonny Leather
'@Joslynm congrats on your pop culture trivia expertise!' - Pat Kiernan
"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.
All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.
More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...
The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
As the Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th approaches, the show's lineup keeps getting more and more interesting. Since the initial announcement a few changes have been made (The Walkmen replacing Cold War Kids for one) and more acts have been announced. The schedule
below reflects the expected set times, with the disclaimers that "performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets" and "line up subject to change."
AC Newman (who's putting out a new New Pornographers record), Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins are playing as a Seekers cover band (a supergroup similar to what St. Vincent & Bon Iver did at MHOW on Saturday). Zach Galifianakis was also at the BV Haiti event,
UPDATE: Despite a press release that went out, The Bell House says that Paul Rudd & Zach Galifianakis are not on this benefit (they never said they were, but the press release did). Also the venue says that the set times that were posted (including here last night) are wrong.
Tickets for the benefit show are still on sale.
The Blow's last album was 2006's Paper Television, when Jona Bechtolt from YACHT was still in the group. For YACHT's upcoming tour, Bechtolt and member Claire Evans will bolster their live show (previously them and a laptop) by a band consisting of Rob Kieswetter of Bobby Birdman (who is also opening), Jeff Brodsky of Jeffrey Jerusalem, and D. Reuben Snyder of Rob Walmart. The backing band's name is 'The Straight Gaze'. A tour preview clip is posted below.
More Bell House info with full lineup & poster below...
Handsome Furs @ Bowery in July (more by Alex Reside)
tonight in NYC
* benefit @ City Winery
* Ghostface & friends @ Knitting Factory
* Handsome Furs @ Maxwell's
* Blind Shake, Vaz, Loose Limbs @ Cake Shop
* Laurel Halo, Air Waves, A Rose Parade @ Zebulon
* David Sutton, 2673, Hikikomori @ Issue Project Room
* Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dinosaur Feathers @ The Bell House
* Lady GaGa, Jason Derulo, Semi Precious Weapons @ Radio City Music Hall
* Das Racist, Sonia's Party and Everyone's Invited, Junk Science @ Southpaw
* Reading Rainbow, Family Trees, Total Slacker, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Death By Audio
* Big Troubles, My Teenage Stride, The Sundelles, Lame Drivers @ LPR
* Freelance Whales, Animal Tropical, Still Life Still, Faces on Film @ Mercury Lounge
The four Haiti benefits at City Winery kick off tonight. The most updated lineup for this evening is: "Patti Smith, The Swell Season, The Antlers (Just added) John Wesley Harding,Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People's Chorus of New York City, Joshua Bell & Surprise Guest". General admission tickets are sold out, but $200 tickets are still available.
Ends up Handsome Furs didn't come all the way here to play just one show. They played a private CNN/Vice party at Public Assembly in Williamsburg last night.
CNN.com is throwing a party in Brooklyn [on 1/19] to celebrate new content partnerships with Vice magazine's video site and Seattle-based record label Sub Pop.Comedian Eugene Mirman has been added as the opener for tonight's show at Maxwell's.
Every Wednesday, starting this week, CNN.com will feature a new web series produced by VBS.TV. The first feature, "Vice Guide to Liberia," follows Vice's founder Shane Smith as he travels through the the country's slums interviewing ex-war lords and residents...
...As for rock and roll bands, Sub Pop will also be contributing a series of documentary shorts to CNN.com, starting this Thursday. Handsome Furs, a Canadian husband and wife band on the Sub Pop label, used Flip cams to document their first tour across Asia in support of their second album release
, Face Control. CNN.com visitors will find those documentary snippets on www.cnn.com/IndieAsia. [Business Insider]
Lady GaGa is playing four shows at Radio City. You may have heard - Kid Cudi is no longer opening the tour. Opening will be Jason Derulo and Semi Precious Weapons. Witty banter and other clips from her Chicago show on Jan. 10th are below.
Kid Cudi instead plays shows at Irving Plaza starting tomorrow.
Spoon are at Mercury Lounge tomorrow.
A BENEFIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITIThe above-described event will take place on Wednesday, January 27th @ 6pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn (cost = $50).
100% of the proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health.
All performers will be playing abbreviated and stripped down sets. Scheduled to appear:
New York State Senator DIANE SAVINO
COLD WAR KIDS
AC NEWMAN of NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with RHETT MILLER of OLD 97s and NICOLE ATKINS as THE SEEKERS.
More performers and ticket information to be announced on Monday, January 18.
City Winery also has some fine benefit shows coming up.
Others are raising money for Haiti with vegan baked goods.
Polar Bears in Coney Island on Sunday (bklynpolar)
For one group of New Yorkers, the season's first snowfall was the signal to head to the beach in Brooklyn.tonight in NYC
The legendary Coney Island Polar Bear Club saw in the icy cold Atlantic Ocean Sunday morning.
The club swims in the water every Sunday from November through April.
In addition to the exercise and cool thrills, they also raise money for the charity organization New York Cares and a camp for sick children.
While most New Yorkers would not even dare go near the ocean this time of year, veteran swimmers say it's a thrill unlike any other.
"I mean the first time I came down here I was apprehensive, nervous, scared, but once I went into that room over there in the [New York] Aquarium, it was amazing," said Polar Bear Club Vice President Tony Nastro. "There's an energy that comes from the people that do this, that just makes you feel you're in the right place, you're doing the right thing."
The club plans to ring in 2010 with a swim on New Year's Day. [NY1]
* Whiplash @ UCB
* John Blum Trio, Talibam! @ Pianos
* DFA Records (DJ) @ Insound Design Store
* Christina Courtin, Henry Wolfe @ Union Hall
* Melanie Moser' Holiday Revue@ Zebulon
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Jose Feliciano @ Iridium
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The Nymphets, Attack Release, Sigmund Droid, Shadowbox @ Mercury Lounge
* Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra & Ikebe Shakedown, and special guests from Fela! on Broadway! @ Knitting Factory
* Knight School, The Bright Lights, Blister Pack, Moonmen On The Moons Man, The Hungary Brothers @ Cake Shop
"Melanie Moser's Holiday Revue" at Zebulon will feature "mike Wexler Melanie moser kyp Malone Zeke healy mike bones alessandra Maria w/ desert stars begushkin Sara bartley"
"City Finalizes Deal To Buy Coney Island Land"
TOMORROW @ THE BELL HOUSE
TUE 12/22: 7:30pm / $15Tickets are on sale. Eugene Mirman is part of a late night show at The Bell House in January.
COMEDY ON ICE
A holiday variety show benefiting the homeless.
Hosted by GABE & JENNY (Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate).
Proceeds benefiting RunTellmanRun Entrepreneur Tellman Knudson is running across the country barefoot, raising $100 million for the homeless. He is funding the run himself, so 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to shelters and homes assisting homeless youth. More details at runtellmanrun.com
Eugene Mirman covered the Climage Change Conference in Copenhagen. Videos below...
Eugene Mirman @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
On October 6th, we at Sub Pop will once again celebrate the lonely art of stand-up comedy with the release of Eugene Mirman's new album God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's. This will mark only the 5th comedy record we've released in our entire history. With our catalog numbers soaring impressively skyward, numbering in the 800s now, that's a fact worth noting. 5 out of 800+? That means just about one half of one percent of our releases are from stand-up comedians. What I'm driving at here, people, is that we're really choosey about our comedy. God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's is Eugene Mirman's second record on Sub Pop and we couldn't be more proud.Check out the premiere of a new track off Mirman's record above. We're also running a contest where you can win a copy of the record, and more importantly a Eugene Mirman tote bag. Details below.
Nerve: What's the best way to pick up a comedian?Some of Eugene's recent accomplishments include performing at ATP NY (see above), holding his own comedy festival (Sept 17-19) (for the second year in a row), and appearing at the Julian Plenti show at the Gugg on September 25th. He also often appears on the TV program Flight of the Concords, and Sub Pop is releasing that new album too. I Told You I Was Freaky is out October 20th. And we have an exclusive musical track, "Sugalumps," from Season 2 of the show, which can also be found on that record, above.
Eugene: It depends where they are in their career. If they're just at the beginning, you can offer to buy them socks. That would probably cover it. And in the middle, you could either recognize them or pretend to recognize them, and they would be delighted. And then at the highest echelons, you would ignore them or be mean, say you've never heard of their movies, something like that.
We see you girls checkin' out our trunksComing up, Eugene can be found at the Highline Ballroom on November 17th with "Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott, Todd Barry, Rick Moody, David Rees, Jonathan Ames, Starlee Kine, Care Bears on Fire and more Special Guests tba."
We see you girls checkin' out the front of our trunks
We see you girls lookin' at our junk
Then checkin' out our rumps
Then back to our sugalumps
Contest details, and album art and tracklist for both discs are below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"On Friday night we stopped in at the Guggenheim for the second in the museum's "It Came From Brooklyn" concert series [(the first featured The Walkmen)]. This time around, the main event was Paul Banks' solo project Julian Plenti, with a solid dose of comedic input from MC Eugene Mirman...Banks/Plenti's core band consisted of the unmistakable Damian Paris of The Giraffes (who played their own show one night later at The Studio) on guitar, Nick Stumpf of The French Kicks on drums, and Dmitry Ishenko of I'm In You on bass. I'm In You was also the opening band and is currently still on tour with Julian. Banks was also joined by Yuiko Kamakara on viola, Erica Dicker on violin, and The Great Yoed Nir on cello.
...Banks took to the stage around 10:30, with a band significantly larger than his usual four piece. In addition to Banks on guitar, there was an additional guitarist, bass, drums, and a three piece string section. The mix of instrumentation served to flesh out the sound, and moreover it served as a solid foundation for the atmospheric sound of Julian Plenti....
...One of the more interesting points of the evening was Banks' choice of covers. They included America's "Horse With No Name" and the Pixies B-Side "Into The White". [Hippies Are Dead]
There were also readings by Hampton Fancher and Rivka Galchen before Julian played.
Due to Julian's 10:30 set time, there was actually time on Friday to see Passion Pit and Phoenix at Summerstage before Julian, and then Rorschach and Hellbastard at The Charleston afterwards. At least a few people did just that.
More pictures from the Guggenheim (where Kandinsky works are now on display), and Julian Plenti's setlist, below...
Eugene Mirman @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Today (9/17) is the first day of the New Languages Festival. Today is the first day of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival. Today is also the first day of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival!
Eugene held an audition for bouncers. Video below...
Though the solo debut of Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol) has been out for over a month, the singer still hasn't played any shows. His official live debut takes place September 25th gig at the Guggenheim Museum, as part of its It Came From Brooklyn series (which brought the Walkmen and High Places in August). Also on the bill are I'm In You, authors Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher, and host Eugene Mirman. Tickets are still on sale to that show. We also has a pair to give away - details are below.
Past that it looks like Julian will be going on a North American tour in November, though not many dates are public yet. NYC was announced though, and the shows are November 24th at Bowery Ballrom and November 25th at Brooklyn Bowl. Ticket info TBA (on sale Friday?). He's also scheduled to play Europe in December.
Two tracks from Julian Plenti is Skyscraper are posted above. Contest details and known tour dates are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
Friday, September 11th - Stage 1:The floors have been waxed. The bathroom tile is dry and shiny. Couches are not draped with bodies. Kutsher's and it's distinct 1960s time capsule "charm" is still in full force, though the place seems oddly tidied. Doorways that last year lead to muddy, mold infested corridors have been nailed shut. Random holes punched into the drywall have been patched. The musty smell that permeates the building is "covered" by an equally foul carpet deodorizer. I arrived a shade past 3PM on Friday (9/11) and it was obvious the ATP crowds hadn't sunk their fangs into the Country Club yet. Everything was still nice and clean.
3.15pm-4.15pm : The Drones performing Wait Long By The River...
4.45pm-5.30pm : The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms
6.00pm-7.00pm : Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs
7.30pm-8.30pm : Suicide performing Suicide (First LP)
9.00pm-9.45pm : Panda Bear
10.15pm-11.15pm : Iron & Wine
11.45pm-1.00am : The Jesus Lizard
Friday, September 11th - Stage 2:
9.00pm-9.30pm : Jon Glaser & Jon Benjamin
9.45pm-10.15pm : Derrick Brown & The Navy Gravy
10.30pm-11.00pm : Eugene Mirman
11.15pm-11.45pm : David Cross
As a veteran of multiple music festivals, I think that most feel very familiar... borderline generic even. ATP is an animal all its own. There is an energy that is positive, creative and palpable. Musicians wander about the grounds, checking out the bands. The sound system is killer. It's like an indie summer camp complete with a poorly functioning shower.
We arrived early enough to catch the first part of The Drones whose current tour also had them at The Bell House in Brooklyn two days earlier.
"I hope you like bronchitis, 'cause that's what all you're getting" the guitarist said while pointing toward the front row of the audience.
Bronchitis or no, the band's angular and sometimes atonal pop was immediate and fun despite anyone's poor health.
The Feelies followed with Crazy Rhythms indeed, alternating between jingle bells, timbale, shaker, maracas, hanging lead pipe as well as a satellite floor tom and snare drum. It was great to see those songs come alive. See them in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
Dirty Three was four, as Nick Cave sat in the tickle the ivories. Nick played a backseat role, no singing, none of his songs... For all intensive purposes he was John Q. Pianoplayer. Ocean Songs is a very affecting record, and their engaging post-rock-y compositions swelled and collapsed with emotion. Just don't call them emo.
"I'd like to set the record straight for Pitchfork and those guys... we did not invent emo. Blame it on some other cunts," Warren Ellis quipped between songs.
During songs, Ellis hopped around on one leg while playing his violin, sashaying to melodies and punctuating key moments with jump-kicks. Dude has ups, especially in a suit. Those in NYC have another chance to catch the band Sunday at Bowery Ballroom.
Suicide followed, and I am definitely a fan of their first LP. In the Stardust Ballroom, a ski-goggled Martin Rev banged away at his Triton producing compelling keyboard squelches and 200 BPM kick drum assaults, while Alan Vega barked lyrics from his music stand like an ornery old man. It was very loud. Fun for a while, but I couldn't watch the entire set.
Panda Bear's loopy harmonious bliss is something that I enjoyed on the Person Pitch LP, but was not looking forward to in a live setting. Nevertheless, I checked out Noah Lennox's knob-twisting live set which contained backlit projections. It's hard to pull off a one man show effectively, especially if there is limited crowd interaction. Noah's other band headlines Saturday night (tonight) of the festival.
Iron & Wine was solo acoustic, and Sam Beam engaged the crowd fully. I caught a few songs until leaving catch some of David Cross's set before The Jesus Lizard.
Kicking off with "Puss" and heading into "Gladiator" and "Seasick", The Jesus Lizard attacked the stage with their trademark screechy guitar lines and high frequency bass lines. Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, and Mac McNeilly were tight as hell and the band roared through their classics to an extremely enthusiastic crowd all while David Yow acted like a buffoon.
Either I'm showing my age, or he his, but I used to find David Yow and his antics menacing. That's not to say he was anything less than riveting. He performed 1/3 of the show from the crowd (surfing or otherwise). When on stage, Yow mock-jerked himself off, hula-danced, slap-boxed the microphone stand, pointed at women while crotch-thrusting, and wished the audience a.... "Happy 9/11".
By the way, if you're wondering who IS responsible for emo. David Yow has the answer.
"That's Slint's fault"
John Wesley Harding & Eugene Mirman @ CoW in April (more by Tim Griffin)
John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders variety show, which graced the city in February, March and April, in addition to tour dates around the country, will be back for shows on September 16th, October 7th and November 18th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets for all three are on sale now, AND now the shows have full lineups.
Like before there will be many special guests at each show. These include Tanya Donelly, John Roderick, A.C. Newman, Todd Barry, Rhett Miller, and many others. Each night is different. Full lineups with all JWH tour dates, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Secret Wars @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
So we've got the Del Close Marathon happening this weekend (8/14-8/16) and we've got the New York Comedy Festival happening in November. And now it is with unbridled enthusiasm that I can achieve a comedy-festival-posting-hat-trick by announcing the EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL which is set to take over Brooklyn venues Union Hall and the Bell House from September 17 - September 20. OK, so we briefly mentioned the festival before, but with line-ups, showtimes, as well as venue and ticket info just released, it's time to spread the word.
Curated by the great Eugene Mirman, this year's festival has a gasp worthy line-up that is truly beyond belief and will feature stand-up, panels, videos, special guests, 'theme' shows, the occasional free drink, after-parties, and much more. The highlight of the festival for me are two Daniel Kitson headlining gigs at Union Hall. Daniel is a British Stand-up comedian who I've only had the opportunity to see once, but that one experience was epic. More monologuist than stand-up comedian, he is one of the smartest, funniest, most energetic and eloquent performers I have ever seen. We are blessed to have two chances to see him headline such an intimate room. Besides that, the festival boasts appearances by Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Bobby Tisdale, AD Miles, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Jon Benjamin, and many many more. And, of course, Eugene.
The schedule so far is below. According to the folks in charge, even more excitement will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!! Tickets for all shows go on sale
Sunday August 16 Saturday, August 15 at noon via Ticketweb (Bell House, Union Hall).
Full lineup and more below...
'Plenti' of tour dates on the way?
The inaugural "It Came From Brooklyn" show at the Guggenheim happens this Friday, August 14th with The Walkmen (who also play Summerstage on the 16th with Dinosaur Jr. and Saviours), High Places and the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band (plus Colson Whitehead and emcee Leo Allen). Tickets are still on sale.
The next edition of that monthly series on September 25th will feature a headlining set by Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol). Presumably this will be his first real show as Julian Plenti (and the September show that was promised). Also on the museum bill are I'm In You, readings from Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher and host Eugene Mirman. No tickets yet.
Banks's Julian Plenti is Skyscraper album came out on August 4th. Two tracks from it are above, and the full record is streaming at Rhapsody. It looks like he'll be planning a bigger tour around the Plenti material this fall.
Interpol frontman Paul Banks has revealed today (August 11) that he plans to tour as his solo alter-ego Julian Plenti.He played the album's first single, "Games For Dates," August 8th on Jimmy Fallon. That video, with the Emily Haines-starring official music video, below...
The singer, who recently released the album 'Julian Plenti... Is Skyscraper', spoke to NME Radio about his plans for his solo project.
"I'm really enthused about this music and making more of this music and doing everything that goes into it," he told DJ Iain Baker. "There are some shows that are just getting booked now. There will be a tour!" [NME]
All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is happy to announce its return to Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, New York for the 2nd annual ATP New York festival. The event will be held Sept 11-13, 2009. Last year's festival, co-curated by My Bloody Valentine, was a critical and cultural success with rave reviews from media and fans. This year's Fest will be co-curated by The Flaming Lips.ATP has announced the final lineup additions to this year's festival. That includes the comedians who will be joining David Cross on Friday night, and official confirmation that it will in fact be Bob Mould who will be playing Husker Du songs (a whole LP to be exact) with No Age (who also just announced some NYC shows). Every act who plays Sunday will be playing some kind of special set...
Recently added were Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, Boris performing Feedbacker, Low Lows and "Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, combined with the astounding Mighty Robot Visuals light crew. Other announced acts include Boredoms continuing their BOADRUM series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and more.Other brand new additions to Sunday are Menomena, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds Of Avalon, and Hopewell.
Circulatory System, was added in the last announcement, and have since revealed an entire tour. Dead Meadow play ATP on Saturday and will perform on a boat in NYC that same week. The Feelies have a Brooklyn show scheduled. Super Furry Animals play NYC and NJ in addition to ATP. The list of related shows goes on...
Unfortunately missing from the ATP NY schedule is Nick Cave - not that he was ever supposed to be there, but in addition to being very involved with ATP in general, he was recently confirmed to be only a short car ride away just one day after the festival ends. Full 2009 lineup below...
"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....
by Andrew Frisicano
John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) enjoying some cricket...
As you can see above, John Wesley Harding has been taking a vacation abroad (documented on both his Twitter and MySpace blog). It wasn't all fun though -- the trip included a set of overseas shows too. Actually, hopefully those are fun too.
Harding's next show will take place July 8th at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. After that, Harding has a few full band gigs scheduled. John and friends come to the NYC area for a show at the Bell House on July 25th. Tickets are on sale. No word on which friends he'll bring with him, though we're willing to bet one of them will be Eugene Mirman who is also performing at the Brooklyn venue less than a week earlier.
JWH will be starting up his "Cabinet of Wonders" shows again too. That monthly residency at (Le) Poisson Rouge runs September 16th, October 7th and November 18th. No lineups have been announced, but past event fixtures have always included Eugene Mirman, and other authors and musicians.
Before those dates, Harding jumps on another friend's revue -- "Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals?" hosted by Errollyn Wallen at LPR on Tuesday, July 14th. Others on that bill include Margaret Leng Tan, Rita Porfiris, David Grand and Djonque.
Tickets for all of the John Wesley Harding LPR shows are on sale.
Harding's Cabinet of Wonders revue last visited NYC on April 15th, after a national March/April tour. If you're wondering, What the hell actually happens at these Cabinet of Wonders things? You can check out our coverage of the event's February 11th, March 11th and April 15th performances at LPR. Or look at the performer/set list chart from one of the most recent CoW events in Pittsburgh, with all tour dates, below...
photos by Lori Baily
backstage shenanigans at the Bell House
On Thursday [June 11th] I saw Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey - at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Ken Stringfellow of the Posies opened in a solo capacity; he was preceded by Takka Takka.Robyn Hitchcock opened for the Decemberists at Radio City a day before that. Two days after the Bell House show, he performed at this year's Bonnaroo...
Despite owning at least eight of his albums, and enjoying them always, I'm not the world's biggest Robyn Hitchcock expert. But I was surrounded by people who were, and they rated it one of his better shows... [Tony Fletcher]
"This is the first festival I've really been to since seeing Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wright in 1970," [Hitchcock] tells Spinner. With his typical self-deprecating sense of humor -- we think that's what it is, anyway -- he recalls that after the massive Isle of Wright festival, as a performer he "decided to take a different tact and wherever there were going to be lots of people I'd be naught," says Hitchcock. "And, 40 years later, I'm beginning to reconsider my game. Should I do more public appearances where there are people? A lot of my colleagues in show business have answered with a vigorous nod -- 'Yes, Robin, play in front of an audience.'"That trend continues. His next show is at Glastonbury later this month. His next scheduled stateside gig will be at the Austin City Limits Festival in October. More Bell House pictures below...
So Robin Hitchcock and the Venus 3 did indeed take the stage, to massive applause and in front of thousands...
Hold Steady @ Bowery Ballroom - June 8, 2009 (Photo by Alex Reside)
tonight in NYC
* Booker T. @ Joe's Pub
* Gil Scott-Heron @ SOBs
* Olof Arnalds @ Sycamore
* Julianna Barwick @ Pianos
* The Budos Band @ Stuy Town Oval
* Antibalas @ Rock Off Boat Cruise
* The Mummies, The Back CC's @ Southpaw
* Bloodhorse, Medusa, Pollution @ Union Pool
* Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood @ Izod Center
* Survival, Exactly, Gates of Heaven @ Glasslands
* Deastro, The Upwelling, Le Mood @ Mercury Lounge
* Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes @ Beacon Theatre
* Vernon Reid, Jamie Saft's Burning Genitals @ The Stone
* The Hold Steady, Gost Trio @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rooftop Films w/ Glass Ghost @ Brooklyn Tech High School
* Apostle of Hustle, Forro in the Dark, Brian Bonz @ Bowery Ballroom
* Vision Festival w/ Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra @ Abrons Arts Center
* The Decemberists, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 @ Radio City Music Hall
* Brightblack Morning Light, Mariee Sioux, Zomes @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Zambri, The Drums, Last Year's Model, The States, Do You See The Dark @ Annex
* John Medeski/Billy Martin/Charlie Hunter/John Ellis, Big Sam/Joe Russo/Otis Grove @ Sullivan Hall
Stuyvesant Town's weekly Music in the Oval series starts tonight with a set by The Budos Band.
Deastro plays Ghostly International's 10-yr Anniversary Bash on Friday June 12th, as part of the Northside Festival. Catch them tonight at the Mercury Lounge.
Eugene Mirman gave this year's commencement speech at his alma matter, Lexington High School. Yes, that's the same school that produced Amanda Palmer's "With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart" earlier this year. Video of the speech, below...
Fanfarlo are offering their new album for $1.00. Video below...
Eugene Mirman @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)
Dates have been announced dates for this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which will take place September 17th - 20th at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Lineup and ticket info to come.
Last year's fest happened September 15th-18th, with events at the Bell House and Union Hall. Featured acts included Janeane Garofalo, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Aziz Ansari, Michael Showalter, Mike Birbiglia, Fred Armisen and many others.
Aziz Ansari, now an even huger celebrity thanks to a co-starring role in the new NBC TV series Parks and Recreation, will be back in NYC soon and will be making at least two appearances while he's here. The first is at Eugene Mirman's weekly Tearing the Veil of Maya show at Union Hall on Sunday, May 3rd @ 7:30 pm (tickets at the door) (Eugene won't actually be there though). The next is one night later at UCB as part of Leo Allen's weekly, late-night Whiplash show. Tickets to the latter are free, and you probably want to make a reservation.
Aziz's other upcoming appearances include the Sasquatch Festival, Bonnaroo, and a TBA DVD taping in NYC in "early June".
Mirman also recently toured with John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. That show visited NYC three times: February 11th, March 11th, and April 15th (all three links have pics, one of which is reposted above). There remains a May 21st show hosted by Philly radio show World Cafe Live. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Speaking of John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), on Thursday, April 30th, he'll be performing at CUNY's Proshansky Auditorium on a bill titled "Collaborations/Elaborations: The Music of Daniel Felsenfeld." The event is part of the PEN World Voices Festival, and will feature Harding, Mark Z. Danielewski, Daniel Felsenfeld, Rick Moody, and others. Details on that below.
In addition to that show, Harding has his own UK tour coming up. He just did a reading/performance at the Union Square Barnes and Noble on April 27th.
Details on the PEN Festival show, with all upcoming Eugene Mirman dates and a video roundup of the comedian's recent activities, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
" Graham Parker (musician, Bloodshot Records)That's how John Wesley Harding's April 15th (last night's) show at Le Poisson Rouge was billed. The show marked the end of a tour and the end of a three month NYC residency at Le Poisson rouge. February pics HERE. March pics HERE. April pics below...
" Josh Ritter (singer-songwriter) (moved from March)
" Eugene Mirman (comedian, Flight of the Conchords)
" Daniel Wallace (magician/author, Big Fish)
" Dan John Miller (actor/musician, ex-Blanche, played Luther Perkins in I Walk The Line)
" Sam Lipsyte (author, one of New York Magazine's "Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of")
" Daniel Felsenfeld (classical composer/author)
April 14, 2009 (lana adinne)
Last night (April 14th), Flight of the Conchords played the first of two NYC shows with Kristen Schaal at Radio City.
Sporting boxy robot helmets (red eyebrows, bobbing antennae) and silver lame shirts, the pop duo Flight of the Conchords took the vast stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall last night and launched into their current hit, "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)."The band's second Radio City show is tonight (April 15th).
An expressive crowd -- every one of the venue's 6,200 seats was filled, as they will be for an encore performance tonight -- responded to the nerdy New Zealanders with raucous catcalls and applause that rarely let up during the hourlong set. [Bloomberg]
Mirman will also be appearing at John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonder show at (Le) Poisson Rouge later in the evening.
Like Flight of the Conchords, Neko Case did a two-show NYC run -- the second of her two shows at Nokia was last night. Opening her first show (April 13th) on was Crooked Fingers, who played a second show at the Bell House last night. Tallest Man on Earth played their first of two shows last night - the second is at Bowery Ballroom tonight with Red Cortez - both bands will play Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase this weekend.
Last but not least (and not related), just wanted to throw in a mention of Canadian songster Hawksley Workman, who played Joe's Pub shows in December and January, is at the same venue tonight. Tickets are still on sale.
Did you do your taxes?
Videos from FOTC's set last night below...
McSweeney's, Smith Mag, and The Rumpus Present: Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, and special guests at Highline Ballroom on May 30th. Readings by Anthony Swofford, Jessica Anthony, James Hannaham, The Six-Word Memoirists, and Amy Tan. Hosted by author and Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott. Tickets are on sale.
Nada Surf (the full band) has a show coming up much sooner - April 15th at The Bell House, but that one is sold out.
Tickets are now on sale for the Holy Fuck shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Tonight's Roots show (4/6) is sold out, but tickets are still available for a lot of the other ones coming up at Highline Ballroom. The April 1st show featured "James Poyser, Fresno Rapper, Fashon, Vernon Reed from Living Colour, and an eclectic cast of characters who usually perform in the subways of NYC." Video clips from that show from the week before below...
The Roots are also playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival.
Todd Barry insulted Louis CK in a car. That video below too..
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
At Le Poisson Rouge[on March 11th], the Cabinet of Wonders show unfolded with an appealing airiness and a confident sort of self-deprecation. Mr. Whitehead read an essay in which the narrator encouraged T.S. Eliot's character J. Alfred Prufrock to lighten up. While reading from a novel in which he fictionalized the life of Rudolf Nureyev, Mr. McCann plugged in Mr. Harding's name for one of his characters. Ms. Wallen's performance of her suite for children, text by Mr. Harding, was a delight, and Ms. Cash's reading from her memoir contained a touching passage about her late father, Johnny Cash. She sang a few songs with her characteristic perceptive grace.John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders has been working through its three-show Le Poisson Rouge engagement plus tour. The first show took place on February 11th, and on March 11th, JWH and friends (Rosanne Cash, Colson Whitehead, Colum McCann, Errollyn Wallen, and tour-regular Eugene Mirman) returned to the venue (more pics below).
A spoof by the new duo of Harding and Mirman of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" gave the evening its touch of vaudeville. The song concluded with the comedian unleashing wild feedback-like squeals via a handheld oscillator that let him play the rock star for a few seconds. Mr. Mirman glowed with glee, as did Mr. Harding, who stepped back to enjoy the inspired silliness. The audience roared in delight.-[Wall Street Journal]
Tonight (3/20), the traveling revue hits SXSW, with a show at Maggie Mae's.
Then "Wes & Eugene's Cabinet of Wonders" tour heads across the US, before a final show at LPR on April 15th (feat. guests Graham Parker, Josh Ritter, Eugene Mirman, Daniel Wallace, Dan John Miller, Sam Lipsyte, Daniel Felsenfeld). Tickets are still on sale.
More pictures from the March 11th show, below...