Entries tagged with: Finger on the Pulse

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Peace at Glasslands, December 2012 (more by Robert Altman)

Lilys @ The Bell House in 2008 (more by Bryan Bruchman)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Peace @ Knitting Factory
They look like the '90s but sound a little closer to Mystery Jets' avant-pop, UK buzz band Peace's tour hits NYC tonight for the first of two shows. Tonight's is at Knitting Factory with tourmates Team Spirit (the newish band from onetime Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy) and the gentle shoegaze of Hints. Tickets are still available.

Spinal Tap Vinyl Reissue Party @ Passenger Bar
Come out and celebrate the first vinyl pressing of Spinal Tap's debut album since its initial release tonight at Williamsburg's Passenger Bar. We're presenting the party which features Brooklyn Brewery beer specials and DJ sets from Mike V of The Everymen and D. Jane Gherkin. "The DJ's are hand picked Tap fans who will play a mix of Tap and hits (and misses) from the Tap era. The movie will be playing, $3 Brooklyn Brewery specials, and an opportunity to celebrate the Tap with your fellow Tap heads." Insert your favorite Tap quote here.

We're also giving away a copy of the vinyl reissue of the Spinal Tap soundtrack. Flyer for tonight's party below.

The Menzingers @ Saint Vitus
The Menzingers have been on tour for a few weeks with Fake Problems, Restorations, and Captain, We're Sinking, and they're about to wrap that tour up in the NYC-area this weekend. It ends completely in Asbury Park tomorrow, but not before a sold out show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus tonight.

Elliphant @ Glasslands
Swedish pop singer Elliphant has been on tour with Twin Shadow (who just played Governors Ball), and she'll take a night off from that for her own NYC show at Glasslands tonight with Heartsrevolution and a DJ set from Computer Magic.

Chickfactor 21 @ Bell House
The best sideways, lower-case indie zine around, chickfactor is celebrating 21 years in existence this week at The Bell House which means its legal to drink so buy it a shot. The first night of the three-day fest features the mercurial Lilys, plus onetime Tiger Trap singer Rose Melberg, Australia's legendary Cannanes, local indie rockers Versus and "special guests" which will actually probably be quite special. Tickets are still available.

Villagers @ Bowery Ballroom
Last seen playing acoustically at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn, Villagers return to NYC for a full-band show at Bowery Ballroom. San Fermin opens and tickets are still available.

The Suzan

The Suzan, Xenia Rubinos and more @ The Delancey
From Japan but living here in NYC, The Suzan are always a lot of fun live. Hopefully they'll soon deliver a follow-up to 2010's Bjorn Yttling-produced sophomore album. This show is an official New Music Seminar showcase that also features the talented Xenia Rubinos and is FREE.

Los Straitjackets @ Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival
Luchador surf band Los Straitjackets will be playing City Winery tonight as part of the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival. Because nothing says wine festival like five masked men playing you instrumental rock and roll. Hey, it's free.

The Postelles, Pretty & Nice at Studio @ Webster Hall
The band we're most interested in on this bill are Pretty & Nice, whose nervy brand of power pop recalls '80-era Squeeze and XTC, or the twisty melodies of AC Newman and can be heard on their new album. This one is also part of the New Music Seminar, but it's not free. Tickets are $13.

Life Size Maps, Friend Roulette & more @ Pianos
Another New Music Seminar show happening tonight is the one at Pianos which includes Life Size Maps, Friend Roulette, The Grizzled Mighty, and Twin Wave.

Saul Williams @ Highline Ballroom
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues with a sold out spoken word set from Saul Williams at Highline Ballroom tonight. Jennah Bell is on the bill too.

Mother Falcon @ Littlefield
18-piece baroque pop collective Mother Falcon continue their two NYC residencies with a Littlefield show tonight. Gary Lucas (Gods and Monsters, Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) will be the special guest at tonight's show.

Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, and Shahzad Ismaily @ Le Poisson Rouge
Le Poisson Rouge continues their ongoing billing of experimental artists (as part of the LPR X 5 Series) with a great lineup tonight of Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, and Shahzad Ismaily, plus Matana Roberts.

Pictureplane DJ set @ The DL
We know it's just a DJ set, but Pictureplane finds a way to make any event that he's part of interesting, so this should be a good one. Other DJs on the bill include Becka Diamond and Silent Drape Runners.

Finger on the Pulse BBQ Blowout @ Good Co.
The Bresnitz brothers behind Finger on the Pulse and Snacky Tunes are back with another summer's worth of BBQ Blowouts at Williamsburg spot Good Co. DJ Todd will be spinning tunes with onetime Top Chef contender Dale Talde will be manning the grill. $10 advance tickets ($15 at the door) get you a plate of (probably mostly un-vegan) food and a beer. 7 PM - 10 PM.

"Sinatra in the Park" at Central Park Summerstage
If you happened to have $25,000 extra dollars this evening, you may consider buying a VIP Pass to Summerstage's all-star fundraiser gala that, this year, is a Frank Sinatra tribute. The package includes backstage passes, a cocktail party, a shout-out from the stage, a three course dinner and a full page ad in the program. If you are feeling a bit more reserved, the $15,000 package is a nice one as well, but good luck getting backstage. Either way it goes to City Parks Foundation and is tax deductable. John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven, Andrew Bird, Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III and (just announced) John Legend will be among those covering Ol' Blue Eyes in Central Park. $100 general admission tickets are sold out.

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Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (Chickfactor 21, Peace, Elliphant, Villagers, The Menzingers, Spinal Tap reissue party & more) "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Oberhofer - Landline (live @ Snacky Tunes) (MP3)

Ex Cops @ South Street Seaport, 7/13/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ex Cops

We mentioned before that there was a Sandy relief benefit happening at Cameo on Tuesday (11/13) being presented by Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes folks (Greg and Darin Bresnitz). The benefit also doubles as the release party for Snacky Tunes Vol. 3, the the latest free, downloadable collection of live performances from their internet radio show of the same name that broadcasts on the Heritage Radio network (whose booth is in Roberta's back yard). The new volume includes songs from Wallpaper, Zambri, Spinto Band, Sinkane and Brad Oberhofer who performs a solo acoustic version of "Landline" which you can download at the top of this post.

The line-up for the Cameo release party/benefit has changed since we originally posted about it. Emil & Friends have dropped off the bill, replaced by Ex-Cops. Moon Hooch and Erika Spring with both be performing as well, as mentioned previously, and Computer Magic will be on DJ duty throughout the night. A $5 donation at the door gets you in (feel free to donate more) and all proceeds (as well as 10% of the bar, so drink up) go to the Red Hook Initiative. Updated flyer is below.

Meanwhile, Ex Cops have announced details of their debut album, True Hallucinations, which comes out January 22 via Other Music Recording Co. Produced by John Siket (Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead), the record shows off Brian Harding's strong songwriting chops (and the lovely vocals of Amalie Bruun) over the course of 11 jangly, just-hazy-enough songs that all get straight to the hooks. You can stream "James" from the album below and check out True Hallucination's cover art and tracklist.

Continue reading "listen to new Ex Cops & a live Oberhofer track (MP3 / dates) "

Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day

Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.

The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.

Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.

A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.

Continue reading "Beach Day touring, playing 2 NYC shows; 1 w/ Blonds, who also play Brooklyn, Sweden (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - "I Don't Care" (MP3)

Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Dum Dum Girls

House of Vans, who already hosted their first House Party of the summer on June 20 with The Rapture and Tanlines, and has their next one scheduled for July 12 with H2O, 7 Seconds, and more, will also throw a "Classic Summer Party" on July 21. Dum Dum Girls and Widowspeak will play the Brooklyn space that day with a DJ set from Finger on the Pulse and live video installation from Radical Friend and Discipline. RSVP for that show is now open.

This Classic Summer Party falls five days before the third Vans House Party (7/26), which along with 8/2, 8/16, and 8/29, has still yet to announce their lineups.

Last month, Dum Dum Girls wrote a theme song for an issue of Rookie Mag. You can grab an MP3 of that track above, and check out a list of all DDG's dates below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls and Widowspeak playing House of Vans"

DOWNLOAD: Ramesh - Berlin Without Return (MP3)

Ramesh at Mercury Lounge (more by Chris La Putt)

Food-minded DJs Darin and Greg Bresnitz (aka Finger on the Pulse aka 2/3rds of Punches) will release Vol. 2 of their Snacky Tunes compilation on June 24, which collects live performances from their internet radio show of the same name that broadcasts on the Heritage Radio network (whose booth is in Roberta's back yard). Vol. 2 of Snacky Tunes will feature Light Asylum, Hands, Warm Ghost, Mark Vetri and will be a free download, but right now you can check out Ramesh's reworked version of "Berlin Without Return" by his old band Voxtrot (it sounds entirely different). You can download that at the top of this post or stream it below.

Ramesh will be in New York later this month, playing Glasslands on June 25 with openers Heaven and Eastern Midwestern. Tickets are still available. He'll also play the Finger on the Pulse Summer BBQ Blowouton June 30 at City Winery that also features a performance from Rewards. Details and tickets are here. Ramesh's three song EP is still streaming at his website and you can stream two newer tracks, "Dancer" and "Requiem" below.

Continue reading "Finger on the Pulse releasing 'Snacky Tunes Vol. 2' comp, download Ramesh's contribution to it (MP3) "

photos by Chris La Putt

Hall & Oates & Peelander-Z - in Prospect Park (5/20/2012)
Hall & Oates
Lez Zeppelin

Unlike Chris (who took these pictures), I didn't get to the Nethermead until 5pm, but what I saw was consistent with reports that the second day of GoogaMooga was free of a lot of the kinks experienced on Saturday. Lines were shorter on Sunday, there was more food, there were maybe a few less people, and everyone just generally seemed to be having a great time. Conversations on the first day were all about how long you had to wait to get something. Conversations on the second day seemed to be more about how much better things were, and how awesome it was to hear Hall & Oates play 80 minutes of hits in a huge park on a beautiful day to thousands of people, many of whom were dancing and singing along. Sure there were still lines for popular items, but nothing like the day before, and there were a lot less of them (would you agree?).

Other highlights of Sunday's free but ticketed event included a memorable performance by colorful punks Peelander-Z (whose red member can be seen flying over a porta-potty in one of the pictures above), a rocking set of Led Zeppelin tunes by Lez Zeppelin, soul by both Charles Bradley and Fitz & the Tantrums, another hour ExtraMooga Q&A session by the extremely entertaining, even to vegans, Anthony Bourdain who went into detail on his opinions of vegetarians at the request of one audience member (Anthony appears live in Brooklyn again at BAM on June 9), and an ExtraMooga night-closing Big Gay Ice Cream Dance Party complete with a DJ, alien dancer things, drag queens, free ice and ice cream, and scantily clad stilt workers (also ExtraMooga only).

The plan seems to be to bring GoogaMooga back in 2013 (hopefully next time with more vegan options), so stay tuned. More pictures from Sunday in Prospect Park, below...

Continue reading "GoogaMooga day 2 in pics (Hall & Oates, Peelander-Z, Fitz, Patton Oswalt, Tom Colicchio, Charles Bradley & more)"

photos by Alex Reside

Kid Cudi

Pictures and video from last night's Converse party at Music Hall of Williamsburg continue below...

Continue reading "Rostam, Best Coast & Kid Cudi performed "All Summer" (and others songs) @ MHOW (pics & video)"

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Brahms @ 450 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY - July 15, 2010

I felt weird as soon as I walked in the room, which had a girls giving out candy standing by two Toyotas, opened up like they were in a showroom. There was a DJ playing club music, and signs that read Toyota and the Village Voice everywhere, because everyone knows the only thing more important than throwing a party is constantly reminding people WHO is throwing the party. On the other hand, there were pretty women giving out free Cabo Wabo tequila, so I decided to have some drinks and try to relax. As I watched people take photos of themselves in a car turned into a makeshift photo booth, I still felt more like I was at a mall than about to witness one of the most unique touring rock bands in the world.

Brahms was the opener, and they seemed a curious choice to me - not only their music, but because the band stood almost motionless behind orange pieces of plexiglass or something. They were the exact opposite of what was gonna happen when Monotonix came out. I listened to a couple songs, and went backstage to watch my friend Haggai (the drummer) do push-ups in Garfield underwear.


While getting warmed up for the show he told me they had just come from Chicago where they finished a third recording session with Steve Albini. They had originally planned on doing a single, but it went so well they went back two more times and ended up recording an entire album, still untitled, that will drop this winter on Drag City. "I'm really excited about this record, I feel like it's the first time we really got the live show energy into an album format," he said. Monotonix formed in Tel Aviv, Isreal, in 2005. This record will be their third.

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Continue reading "Monotonix Up The Antics @ Siren Fest pre-party (pics & more) "

The xx @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
The xx

The xx's ongoing tour, which just made a stop at Coachella, will be in NYC on Thursday, April 22nd for a show at Terminal 5 with Hot Chip.

After their last NY gig at Webster Hall, Jamie xx, who does the band's beats and drum pads live, DJed the afterparty at Santos. This time the party will be at (Le) Poisson Rouge where he'll DJ with (update: with Romy) and Finger On The Pulse. Tickets are on sale. Romy DJ'd the same venue in January (and it sold out).

The band just put out a new video for their song "Islands." That and Jamie's DJing date are below...

Continue reading "new xx "Islands" video, DJ gigs after NYC & Baltimore shows"

photos by Samantha Marble

DOWNLOAD: Gators! - Dinner With the Band theme song (MP3)

The Sword @ IFC House in Austin
The Sword

IFC House at SXSW this year was a venue dedicated to all things IFC. Bands performed in front of video cameras for webcasts and possible IFC channel tv coverage. They had everyone there from Neon Indian to Broken Social Scene to The Sword who played a show in conjunction with a Dinner With The Band party at the venue. Chef & DWTB show host Sam Mason, and show creators Greg and Darin Bresnitz, were among those in attendance at the packed metal and food event. Pictures from that show are above and below.

The IFC Channel's rock 'n roll cooking show, Dinner With the Band, kicks off its official first season, with ten new artists, on Tuesday, April 27th (it then airs on the cable channel every Tuesday at 10:30pm). That's still two weeks away, but another party in the show's honor will happen at Santos Party House in NYC tonight (4/12). The free event will feature DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone and Vega, and live performances by Gators! (they wrote the show's theme song - MP3 above), Bad Brilliance, and CX Kidtronik. Andrew WK, along with Sam and Thu Tran, host the night which simultaneously celebrates Thu's IFC show "Food Party" (whose new season starts in two weeks too). "There will be FREE Thu Tran inspired munchies, beer and Sam Mason signature cocktails from 7-8PM". The flyer, along with more pictures from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "The Sword played an IFC party in Austin (pics), Au Revoir Simone & Vega DJ a free one in NYC tonight (flyer)"

photos by Tim Griffin

"Just saw Fucked Up tear it up at Emo's, with a cameo from two of the Wu Tang Killa Bees. That's gonna be hard to top" - mehan jayasuriya

"FUCKED UP: Frontman Pink Eye says Emo's was first place he ever went shirtless. "Fat guys everywhere felt a little bit skinnier."" - Rolling Stone

""GZA? He just couldn't make it," Killah Priest told BrooklynTheBorough.com later. "He told us to come and help him out. He'll be here though - somewhere - he'll be here.""

Fucked Up

"The first show I caught at South by Southwest was The Morning Benders at Emo's for the Brooklyn Vegan day party. I talked with Christopher Chu, the lead singer and while he was warming up near the stage, I snapped a few pictures. If you have not purchased Big Echo, their latest album it is worth the dinero." [Harmon Drive]
As previously mentioned, GZA didn't show up but Killah Priest and 9th Prince made a quick but special appearance on the main ("outside") stage at the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Austin, TX. The two stage party featured a Torche-headlined metal stage "inside", and great sets by YellowFever, The Morning Benders, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, The Black Angels and Fucked Up outside. Finger on the Pulse played tunes between sets.

The last few bands got slightly longer sets due to the gap in the schedule that GZA created. The capacity crowd enjoyed free Magic Hat beer, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Vitamin Water, Mr. Natural breakfast tacos, Nadamoo coconut milk ice cream, Daily Juice catering, Raw Revolution bars and Hail Merry granola. It was an amazing first day at the festival that was quickly followed by our official showcase right down the street at Club DeVille. More pictures from this stage (metal coming later), and a video clip of the Killah Priest part, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Emo's day party pics (SXSW 2010 - Fucked Up, Titus Andronicus, Japandroids, Morning Benders, more) "

SXSW flyer

As previously mentioned, we've lost our minds and are doing seven shows in Austin during SXSW this year. The first of those parties kicks off at Emo's at noon on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 (doors @ 11:30am) on two 100% FREE stages:

Outside/Main Stage
12:00 YellowFever
12:45 The Rural Alberta Advantage
01:30 The Morning Benders
02:15 Japandroids
03:00 Titus Andronicus
03:45 The Black Angels
04:30 GZA
05:15 Fucked Up

DJs: Finger on the Pulse

Inside/Metal Stage (Emo's Jr)
12:00 - Kill The Client
12:35 - The Atlas Moth
01:20 - Javelina
02:05 - Dark Castle
02:50 - Salome
03:35 - Landmine Marathon
04:20 - Withered
05:05 - Torche

FREE DRINKS COURTESY OF: Magic Hat & Firefly Vodka & Vitamin Water (while supplies last)
(starting @ noon. while supplies last)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Daily Juice (catering from 2-5)

We previously announced the entire metal stage for this Wednesday day party, but Dallas's Kill The Client is an even newer addition. They start the inside stage of off right, right at noon (as you can see above).

Thanks Zach Jaeger for the sweet flyer.

The Morning Benders, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Austin's own YellowFever, AND GZA are all being announced for the first time in this post. Those following along already knew about Fucked Up, The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, and Japandroids.

It should be a wild first day in Austin and needless to say, we're very excited for this one. And did we mention this was all free? No RSVP. No Badges. Just stop by. Get there early if you want a free vegan breakfast taco. Stay around if you want even more catering by Daily Juice. Drink for free from our 10 kegs of Magic Hat beer and the many bottles of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka that we'll be pouring. Then after the show, if you're still hungry (and standing), get dinner quickly and head over to the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club DeVille right down the block (Dawes go on at 8, Serena Maneesh finish things off at 1am). Then get some rest because you've got 19 more bands to catch on Thursday afternoon at Spider House.

And for those in NYC, don't forget that we're also hosting a free Morning Benders show, TONIGHT (3/8).

We also just announced the full lineup of our Saturday day party at Red 7 which is happening at the same time as our Saturday day party at Galaxy Room.

GZA's "Liquid Swords" video below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan presents a day party @ Emo's (Fucked Up, GZA, Black Angels, Torche, TRAA, Withered & much more) "


"Williamsburg/Lower East Side types - Models okay." [FOTP]
Video of Yacht performing on the recently-aired episode (the last of the preview season of the IFC show), below...

Continue reading "Dinner With the Band needs audience members "

Romy Madley Croft @ Le Poisson Rouge - Jan 2, 2010
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Saturday night The xx's female vocalist Romy Madley Croft spun records for her headlining 2AM DJ set at the West Village's Le Poisson Rouge. Finger on the Pulse and VHS or Beta packed the dance floor with their pounding DJ sets before handing the decks off to Romy.

Quite different from what you'd expect to hear on an album by The xx, Romy's solo set consisted of hip hop and pop classics from the likes of Aaliyah, Adina Howard and beyond. It was a great way to kick off the first Saturday of 2010. [Tastes Like Caramel]

The xx will headline Webster Hall in NYC on March 31st, part of their tour with jj. Tickets go on American Express presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday the same time (thx Phil).

Tickets are also on sale for the show jj are playing at Knitting Factory one day earlier.

photos by Paul Birman

DOWNLOAD: The xx - Space Bass (Jamie xx's Remix of the xx) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The xx - Do You Mind (Kyla cover) (MP3)

the xx

"In a recent interview, the xx talked about expanding their sound. So much has happened to them in the short space of time since they recorded this debut that their next record can't fail to be infused with this experience. All the more reason to cherish this album, then. For this was more than just the sound of 2009, it was a distinctive musical statement of the like we may never get to hear again." [The Guardian]
The xx finished a tour with Friendly Fires at Webster Hall in NYC on December 5th. We already did a post about that show, but then the very talented Paul Birman mentioned he had a set of pictures that could use a home. Those are the pictures in this post.

Five days after the NYC show, The xx made their network television debut on the Carson Daly show. Video from appearance is below.

And I'm not sure what brings them back, but The xx must be hanging around a bit because they have another NYC appearance scheduled for January 2nd.. It's not a live show though, they are just DJing at Le Poisson Rouge at a late night party with VHS or Beta Dee Jays and Finger On The Pulse. Tickets are $5+fee if you buy them in advance or slightly more if you wait for the door.

Tickets are also still on sale for the show that The xx is playing with Hot Chip at Terminal 5 on April 22nd.

All dates with the rest of those pictures and the video below...

Continue reading "The xx Carson Daly video, (another set of) Webster Hall pics & an upcoming DJ gig in NYC "

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Sharon Jones (and fan) & the Dap Kings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn


Brooklyn venue Southpaw has two Daptone Records-related shows in its future. Lee Fields & The Expressions, whose new album actually came out on Truth & Soul, will return to the club on December 18th for a show with their T&S labelmates Michael Leonhart & The Avramina. Tickets are on sale. The Budos Band play Southpaw on January 16th. Tickets are on sale for that too.

Lee Fields and The Budos Band shared a not-actually-CMJ bill with their Daptone labelmates Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and The Menehan Street Band at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on October 23rd. It was a private show that the Brooklyn label set up to showcase its artists while CMJ was in town.

"The headliner, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings along with guitarist Binky Griptite, was truly the anticipation of the night. This frantically dancing and singing queen wasn't afraid to bring the audience on stage or get down and dirty with her sassy self. Bereft of the glitz and glamor of the previous act, Jones was perfectly quaint in her dark jean jacket and slacks. Her voice had more power than anyone that night, and it's no surprise that she is Daptone Records' star. Outrageously genius, Jones and Griptite ripped the stage apart and threw it at the audience with a grin. Good thing this was the kind of audience who knew how to throw it right back." [Performer Blog]
The pictures in this post are from that Brooklyn show.

Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens (aka the Gospel Queens of Brooklyn) play every Friday night at Fat Cat.

Sharon doesn't have any NYC shows coming up, but she and the Dap Kings are going on a short tour in December which includes a NJ date. Recently the group performed with Phish in California.

Dinner with the BandShe and the Dap Kings will also be appearing on television TONIGHT (11/24). If you've been near the Bedford L in Brooklyn lately, you may have noticed the mural. Dinner With The Band, "A new series from IFC with tasty meals and rocking tunes", is on IFC every Tuesday at 11pm (starting tonight). Set your DVR.

As previously mentioned, chef Sam Mason will cook not-necessarily-vegan meals with guests that include Final Fantasy, Les Savy Fav, Men, Kid Sister, Flosstradamus, Yacht, and... Sharon Jones.

"Dinner With the Band" started as an online show conceived by Darin and Greg Bresnitz, brothers who were both passionate about music and food. (Mr. Mason is still devising ways to get musicians more involved in the kitchen. "I wanted to help, but he didn't let me," said Kid Sister, a Chicago rapper who appears on a coming episode. "He was real in-control.") When the brothers asked Mr. Mason to host in 2006, they "didn't really know who he was," Darin Bresnitz recalled.

Mr. Mason added, "No joke: they Googled 'tattooed hipster chef', and I came up." [NY Times]

You also know series creators Darin and Greg by their DJ duo name: Finger on the Pulse. The prolific twins seem to be everywhere - that includes their stint as contributors to this very blog. Appropriately enough, one of their posts here included nine remixes of Daptone songs (4 Sharon Jones tracks included), and you can still download every one of them.

The artists that appear on the IFC show play music in addition to cooking. Check out two clips from tonight's Sharon Jones episode, along with more pictures from Knitting Factory, below...

Continue reading "Dinner With The Band on IFC (tonight) w/ Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings + upcoming Daptone shows & Knitting Factory pics"

DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Terminally Chill (MP3)

Neon Indian

Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo)'s tour dates have been updated since August. Alan (pictured above) can currently be found down South enjoying the warm weather in Florida and will then make his way up to NYC in time for at least two shows over CMJ weekend. The first is a free-with-RSVP (topman@jellynyc.com), Topman-sponsored, JellyNYC-produced show at Root Studios in Brooklyn on Saturday night, October 24th with The Almighty Defenders, Cale Parks and a bunch of DJs: X-Wife, Finger on the Pulse, NROTB, and Designer Drugs. Flyer below.

The second Neon Indian show is the next afternoon with Real Estate at The Living Room (kids only!). Real Estate are also playing the Mexican Summer showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg unlike Washed Out who is only playing a pre-CMJ NYC show at Santos... which Finger on the Pulse are also DJing.

As you know, The Almighty Defenders is new VICE-signed group that combines King Khan, BBQ, and The Black Lips into one big band. This NYC show is one day before they play Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still on sale for that.

Neon Indian's debut album Psychic Chasms is out today (10/13) (vinyl available October 27th). Pitchfork gave it Best New Music. "Terminally Chill" from that CD is available for free download above.

All Neon Indian dates and a Topman show promo video and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian on tour, playing free Topman show w/ The Almighty Defenders & Cale Parks during CMJ (2009 dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Tim Sweeney Live @ Sunday Best - August 16 (MP3)


It's been a very exciting week in dance, with both Bassment Jaxx and Royksopp show announcements. Unfortunately we still have to wait a few months before those happen. In the meantime, here is what's going on this weekend:

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 2) (Joakim, Michna, Theo Parrish, Holy Ghost, Soul Bowl, the Drums & more) "

photos by Bao Nguyen

DOWNLOAD: Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (feat. Beth Ditto) (MP3)

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"On what was expected to be a rainy Sunday, it turned out to be a hazy day at the Brooklyn Pool Party where Fiery Furnaces performed and Simian Mobile Disco spun some music.

If you haven't already heard this new track from SMD's upcoming album Temporary Pleasure, then have a listen." [Persona Sauna]

That new SMD track features none other than Beth Ditto of the Gossip (who have some shows coming up too). Download above. More pictures from Sunday's Pool Party (8/9), below...

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Building in the inaugural success of 2008, Famous Friends, a New York-based promotion company, in conjunction with Noise Problem, a leading multi-faceted music agency, are pleased to announce the line up for The Second Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). Spanning two stages, indoor and out, BEMF will be headlined by The Juan Maclean (live) and also feature Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic as well as dozens of other DJs and performers.

Famous Friends will be announcing a very special surprise guest headliner via twitter on the day of the show. RJD2 will not be performing as previously announced.

The fest will take place at Brooklyn's Old American Can Factory. Tickets are currently on sale through PayPal. Lineup and more info on the fest, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Thunderheist - Nothin 2 Step 2 (Idiotproof Remix) (MP3)


Canadian electro-hop duo Thunderheist kicked off a North American tour last night (June 18th) in Boston. That trip brings them to NYC tonight (June 19th) for a show at Studio B's Finger on the Pulse 'Yikes' party. Also at the show will be Wallpaper and resident DJs Terry Diabolik and Never Forget. Tickets are on sale, and we have THREE pairs to give away. Info on how to win is below.

DJ duo Finger on the Pulse appear regularly at Studio B and elsewhere in the city. On August 9th (not 2nd - there are two dates floating around), they will be DJing at the free Williamsburg Waterfront show (that Simian Mobile Disco is also playing).

Thunderheist's self-titled debut LP came out on Big Dada earlier this year. The latest single from that, "Nothing 2 Step 2," was released on its own EP in May. A video for that song, with the EP art, track list, and all tour dates, is below...

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DOWNLOAD: Fiery Furnaces - The End is Near (MP3)

The Fiery Furnaces @ Middle East Downstairs (6/12/09) (gikthechamp)
Fiery Furnaces

"Eleanor kept mentioning how most of the new songs were about ex-boyfriends, and at one point was almost apologizing for that fact, joking that they were now out of ideas. She shouldn't be so concerned. I love the more obscure and whimsical topics that have come up in past Furnaces releases, but I welcome this more straightforward, emotionally driven material. They've done it before, but it's never been as bittersweet as this, nor as neat and soulful. It was time to shift gears, and they made exactly the right decision -- their melodic sensibility is front and center, the preciousness is dialed down considerably." [Fluxblog]
Fluxblog's review refers to the June 11th show at Le Poisson Rouge where the Fiery Furnaces played a complete and re-arranged version of their new album I'm Going Away (out July 21 on Thrill Jockey). Setlist below. New studio-recorded track from that album, above.

Three days later, Matt's other band King's Crescent played a Martin Bisi-curated Northside Festival show at Spike Hill. Lucid Culture writes that they "flipped the script and played a joyous, virtuosic, completely in-the-pocket set of vintage Meters covers."

On August 9th, the Fiery Furnaces will join Simian Mobile Disco (who are playing DJ) on the bill of the free JellyNYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Finger on the Pulse are also DJing at this one. All FF dates below...

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Crocodiles @ Bowery Ballroom 4/2/09 (more by Tim Griffin)

Crocodiles were scheduled to open both of the upcoming Holy Fuck/A Place to Bury Strangers NYC tour dates on May 22nd and 23rd.

The Saturday, May 23rd show with all three bands at the Bowery Ballroom is still on as is. Tickets are still on sale.

But the night before, Friday, May 22nd, while HF and APTBS play the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Crocodiles will instead play a free gig at Studio B with Japanese Motors and Finger on the Pulse DJs. That show, dubbed "Tux With Chucks Prom," is being presented by Converse and Death + Taxes; to get in, RSVP to tuxwithchucks@dt-mag.com. Tickets for Holy Fuck/APTBS on Friday, now with The Morning After Girls opening, are still on sale.

After their month-long tour with Holy Fuck ends on June 15th, Crocodiles come back to NYC for two shows this summer: June 18th at Union Pool and June 20th at the Mercury Lounge. Ticket info TBA. All dates, and a poster for the Studio B show, below...

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Santigold show @ Irving Plaza (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

"Santigold will take her endless dance party across the US one more time this spring before heading back into the studio to record the follow up to her smash self-titled debut. Santigold will be performing with a full band and dancers for the first time in North America to bring her genre-blending sound to life. Virgin Records artist Trouble Andrew, who can be heard on the Santigold track "I'm A Lady," along with Downtown Records' singer/mc Amanda Blank will be the openers." [PR]
As already mentioned, the NYC show will take place at Terminal 5 on June 9th. Tickets are now on sale.

Not part of the tour is Santigold's upcoming appearance at the new Topshop store opening in SoHo. According to NY Mag, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga will also be there on April 1st, the day before the store on Broadway and Broome officially opens. And there will be deejays...

"It's always nice to have tunes while you're shopping your latest look. It's even nicer when they're played by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Justine D, The Whip and other surprise acts. With DJs on hand throughout the opening week, tapping your toe is inevitable. Make sure you check out the instore schedule to see who is spinning the decks daily." [TOPSHOP]
One of the surprise acts is Kim of Matt & Kim who's spinning on Sunday, April 5th.

UPDATE: Here's the whole DJ (I think just DJ) schedule:

Top Shop

"Fashionable UK clothing stores Topshop and Topman are opening their first American outpost here in New York City, on Thursday, April 2, and EVR is the first to announce the lineup at their grand opening event. EVR's own Andrew Andrew and Cassie and Harley will be there along with The Rapture, Kid Sister, Misshapes, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and many more. Located at the corner of Broadway and Broome Street, Topshop and Topman are a celebration of downtown fashion, music, and culture, and East Village Radio is proud to be their radio partner."
The Whip will be in town as part of their tour with Late of the Pier (who are also on the DJ bill as you can now see above). All Santigold tour dates below...

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