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Evan Voytas
Evan Voytas

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

"When you've got a demure woman on the microphone and she can go from a soulful refrain to a heightened howl in the matter of a minute, you know you're in the presence of someone special. I don't know if "special" quite cuts it when it comes to describing Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, but she was the definition of captivating at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at the Swan Dive. I can appreciate a good singer/songwriter, but Lady Lamb's in a class of her own and it was fantastic to see her receive such a warm Austin welcome on her first tour jaunt outside of the Northeast." [dig Boston]
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Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon

We already posted one set of pictures from this Wednesday night show. Here is another. It continues below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ted Leo
Sharon Van Etten

""I write from a painful place," [Sharon Van Etten] recently told SPIN of the inspiration behind her latest release, the seven-song EP Epic. You can say that again. At the Swan Dive venue, just past midnight, Etten played a mournful solo electric ditty, reminiscent early Cat Power, and while her lyrics were largely undistinguishable, the track's title unidentifiable, it didn't matter -- the song gushed emotional ache like blood from an open wound. Words like "pain" and "brave" and "broken" occasionally rose over the five or six simple, tinny electric guitar chords she strummed alone. Even her bassist and drummer watched intently, like they'd never witnessed the emoting force of tangled nerves they in fact support each night. "[I'll] never let myself love like that again," she said. I'd reluctantly advise against it: It sounds like it hurt." [SPIN]
After multiple years of official BV showcases at Club DeVille, we changed it up a bit this year by moving to another Red River venue, the indoor and swanky Swan Dive which was the perfect setting for the sounds of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo), Olof Arnalds (solo), Ted Leo (solo), Sam Amidon (solo, except for when Olof joined him on violin for his cover of "Walking on Sunshine"), Sharon Van Etten (full band), and Evan Voytas (full band). The only negative was that the crowd noise from the back was a bit loud at times, like during Olof especially, but otherwise an amazing evening and end to a long day that started with a two-stage BV day party at Emo's.

More pictures from the show, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Evan Voytas - "Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere" (Snoretex Astral Plain Remix) (MP3)

Evan Voytas
** Evan Voytas photo by Andy J. Scott

Evan Voytas has one more date in his sights, March 11th at The Echoplex in his native Los Angeles, before he heads to Austin for SXSW 2011. He'll play a few parties while down there, including the previously discussed official BrooklynVegan showcase on March 16th at Swan Dive with Sharon Van Etten, Ted Leo, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (who recently played The Studio at Webster Hall), Sam Amidon, and Olof Arnolds. A sampler of songs from that showcase (with everyone but Ted) is streaming below.

Following SXSW, Voytas will hit the road in Europe in May and June, though concrete dates are still TBD.

Evan Voytas's Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere EP is also streaming below in full. You might remember the title track from its now popular Kate Moss video. That's down there too. The song has since been remixed by Snoretex (aka Sam Willis, one of half of WALLS) who put a dubstep & trancey spin on the disco number. We're debuting that remix in this post. Grab the MP3 above. All dates and streams and videos and stuff below...

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it's very white inside new Austin venue Swan Dive
Swan Dive

So it begins. I'm proud and excited to announce the very special lineup of the 2011 BrooklynVegan SXSW official showcase which will take place Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the new and swanky Swan Dive in Austin, TX (conveniently located at 615 Red River St). It looks like this:

08:00 Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
09:00 Olof Arnalds
10:00 Ted Leo (solo)
11:00 Sam Amidon
12:00 Sharon Van Etten
01:00 Evan Voytas
It should be a magical night for both SXSW badgeholders and those who pay admission at the door (details TBA). People have been raving about the new venue which was recently renovated, used to be Barbarella (which has moved next door), is located right at 7th & Red River, and is primarly used as a jazz club.

Ted Leo will be doing his thing solo and early (like he did at one of the BrooklynVegan day parties at Public Assembly this past CMJ), while Sharon Van Etten will be playing with her full band (unlike when she played a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party upstairs at Pianos in 2009).

Evan Voytas played the same BV day party as Ted during CMJ, and will again be showing up with a full band, but this time to close the SXSW night with his smooth and danceable jams.

Swan Dive is white in every direction
Swan Dive

Sam Amidon (who played the very first BrooklynVegan event as part of Doveman's band with Aziz Ansari, Cloud Cult and Dave Deporis) is also bringing some band members, though I think Olof Arnalds will be playing the Swan Dive show solo (like she did at the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase that Dave Deporis also played).

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper will open the show solo like she did at the BrooklynVegan-presented Rock Shop launch party that Tune-Yards and... Sharon Van Etten also played.

I think this is the first BV show with all BV show veterans on the bill, though none of them ever played a BV-SXSW event before (and Sam has never been billed as himself).

Sharon Van Etten & band are back out on tour soon - catch them on the road or when they get back home and headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 16th (exactly a month after the BV-SXSW show) with Little Scream. Tickets are still on sale.

Stay tuned for more BV-SXSW show announcements. An updated set of SVE tour dates, videos of all the artists on the SXSW bill, and more Ted Leo solo dates, below...

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most photos by Andrew St. Clair, Jamie Lidell photos by Leia Jospe
videos by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn

Jamie Lidell / Marnie Stern
Jamie Lidell
Marnie Stern

"As a sucker for daytime events, I headed to Williamsburg's Public Assembly around noon for a show curated by BrooklynVegan. First up (and by "first", I mean, "the first artist I woke up in time to see") was Ted Leo. Performing skeletal, solo versions of his Pharmacists material, Ted more than compensated for the sparse arrangements with furious strumming and hilarious banter. It was nice to see an older, established artist opening a free show designed to showcase rising stars; it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day. His hit-heavy set spanned the full-duration of career, touching on high-water marks like "The High Party" and "Bottled in Cork", and closing with a cover of Euro-dance phenom Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat". This was a perfect set to open the day, and my only recommendation is that the next synth jam he covers be "Chewing Gum", by Annie...

...Closing the show, metal prodigy Marnie Stern dominated stage two, directly opposite neo-funkster Jamie Lidell headlining the main room. While she reveled in the loose atmosphere, dropping hilariously lewd stage banter and slamming PBR's, Lidell tried a throwback set reflecting his early, robotic Warp Records catalog." [MTV Music Blog]

Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.

Hopefully you got there early on Saturday to catch Morning Teleportation who went on when we opened the doors around noon. If so, you may have also grabbed one of the free EarPeace earplugs we gave out, and grabbed a free V-Spot empanada. Hopefully you also had your fill of the free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon and Magic Hat beer we were giving out, snacked on free Raw Revolution bars, bought a free t-shirt or poster for charity (email if you still want one - we have more left). If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream (if we can ever make it available for podcast, I will let you know).

Thanks to Line 6 and Vinny's Music for providing gear. Thanks to Vinnie's Pizza for helping feed our bands!

Speaking of the bands, hopefully Titus Andronicus's short set didn't bum you out. And if it did, hopefully Big Freedia cheered you right back up.

Like for the Friday party, there are two sets of pictures for this one. The second one is on its way. The first one, along with a bunch of videos, continues below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

DOWNLOAD: Evan Voytas - Our Thing (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Evan Voytas - I Took a Trip on a Plane (MP3)

Evan Voytas @ the BrooklynVegan day party, CMJ 2010
Evan Voytas

"Evan Voytas is an LA-based singer/multi-instrumentalist. Born in rural Pennsylvania, Evan was raised on the oldies, listening to his father's cassette tapes of Elvis and the Righteous Brothers. As a teenager, he discovered jazz. At age 18, he moved to Harlem where he immersed himself in various religious texts and 70's new age paperbacks. He grew a beard, moved to the desert, moved back, shaved the beard, played lead guitar for a few pop acts, toured the world, moved to a farmhouse on a dirt road in Pennsylvania, started recording music, and finally ended up in Los Angeles.

Since then, Voytas has released a series of self-produced EPs and singles. His latest single, "I Run With You, Spirit Animal," is a 3-minute race through a magical realm. Set to a score of soaring synths, fun guitars, and fake-ass drums, Evan's lyrics typically address "feeling good" or "feeling bad," with underlying mystical themes of the unknown, nature, and outer space." [Evan's official bio]

That's Evan's story straight from his own website, and now that I know the composer and songwriter once lived in NYC (and was born in PA), I hope that means there's a chance he might move back (no offense LA).

I first heard Evan's music not long before CMJ, when I was booking the BrooklynVegan shows. And it didn't take many listens to know I wanted him to play, especially since it might be the only chance I would get to see him... which is exactly what happened.

Evan went on right at 12:15pm at Public Assembly on Saturday, and his undeniably catchy and addictive, falsetto & synth-filled, smooth disco pop jams were the perfect way to start the day (some would classify him as chillwave). His live show was as satisfying experience as listening to him on record - full band included (he has performed solo in the past). If you missed them during CMJ, I'm sure they'll be back soon (but at the moment they have no upcoming dates scheduled).

In the meantime, listen to what Evan has streaming at MySpace, and on his Muxtape. And check out the videos below, and grab the MP3s above, one of which is the brand new "Our Thing". That track appears on Evan's new Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere EP (out now digitally, out physically on November 22). Check it out. To quote The Line of Best Fit, "On first listen, I was transported to a private party where a (slightly) less camp Scissor Sisters were grinding seductively to Purple Rain-era Prince, all whilst Ariel Pink was dropping ketamine in the toilets."

Fun fact: Evan sometimes plays in the backing band of both Flying Lotus and Gonjasufi.

More pictures of Evan performing at the BrooklynVegan/Converse party, and those videos, below...

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flyer

For those keeping count, BrooklynVegan will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday night, Public Assembly on Friday day, and Sunday night at Union Pool. Add to that list (as previously mentioned): Saturday day at Public Assembly. And for this one we teamed up with Converse to bring you the following stellar 100% FREE SHOW....

The date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
the bands:

STAGE 1
12:00 Morning Teleportation
01:00 Ted Leo (solo)
01:45 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
02:30 Wild Nothing
03:15 Titus Andronicus
04:15 Big Freedia
05:00 Jamie Lidell
DJ sets by SUNCELEb

STAGE 2
12:15 Evan Voytas
01:00 S. Carey
01:45 The Crayon Fields
02:30 Heavy Cream
03:15 Dominique Young Unique
04:00 No Joy
04:45 Reggie Watts
05:05 Marnie Stern

That's sixteen kick ass (yes, Big Freedia is performing) artists (including the DJ) in six free hours (yes, Ted Leo plays at 1pm). But that's not all... We'll have free alcoholic beverages (sorry, this event is 21+) and free food. And free EarPeace ear plugs to the first 50 people through the door (a $14.95 value). Get there for:
* free EarPeace (while supplies last)
* free V-Spot breakfast burritos & empanadas (while supplies last)
* free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon (while supplies last)
* free Magic Hat beer (while supplies last)
* free Raw Revolution bars
No ticket or RSVP necessary. No badges. Just get there early and get inside. You won't need to spend any money, though we will have some schwag for sale to help raise some cash for Music Has Power (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Moby talks more about what that is in a video we posted in our Friday party announcement.

Can't make it? We'll be streaming select sets live on Converse Radio. Tune in.

Converse is doing a lot lately to help support music, and has especially hooked up Brooklyn. You might have heard about this:

"Converse announced details for an unprecedented initiative that directly supports artistic creativity and the music community in a unique way through the opening of a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn, NY later this year. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio alongside a team of experienced local engineers at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide a platform for new musicians and directly help them overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career-affording studio time."
Musicians should apply for free studio time at the Converse Rubber Tracks site.

Stay tuned to @bvCMJ for even more CMJ news and updates than you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com.

Oh, and if you oversleep, you can also catch Ted Leo later that day at the WFMU Record Fair or in December at Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers.

Thanks to: Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude Productions for the sweet flyer you see above, and to Vinny's Music for providing us with some sweet gear, and to Underground Press (who have their own day party on Thursday) for getting us some merch printed to help raise money for charity including screenprinted versions of the above poster that we'll have available at the show.

Some videos below...

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