Entries tagged with: Glasslands
by Bill Pearis
Sky / DIIV @ Glasslands' final show
New Year's Eve was the last-ever show for Glasslands on Kent Ave in Williamsburg. The night's secret lineup turned out to be DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns, and openers Beverly. Right before midnight, Glasslands/Popgun owners Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal took the stage to thank everyone, bring a few other staffmembers up and ring in 2015, right after which Sky and her band came out, kicking of their set with "Everything's Embarrassing."
Beverly's opening set finished with a cover of The Smiths' "I Know It's Over," which they worked up especially for the night. For the Smith Westerns, who flew in from Chicago just for this show, it was not only their last show at Glasslands, it was their final show ever. (The band decided to break up when guitarist Max Kakacek quit; frontman Cullen Omori is going solo.) DIIV played a handful of new songs alongside favorites like "How Long Have You Known" and "Sometime." Once the live music ended, the danceparty with DJs Discovery began and continued to late into the night.
With that, the once busy block has now gone quiet, musically, as Vice moves into the spaces that once were Glasslands, Death by Audio, Indiescreen, etc. RIP Kent / S. 2nd. Glasslands have said, it's "not forever," so maybe we'll see a new location (or a new club from the same folks)?
A few more cameraphone/instagrams from Glasslands' final night, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
"It is still tough to play it cool when a crowd goes as nuts as you guys did @glasslands last night. Thank you for an amazing show." - @CYMBLS_EAT_GTRS
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Glasslands 12/30/2014
Cymbals Eat Guitars headlined Glasslands' penultimate night (12/30) on Kent Avenue last night, and the venue was as packed as I've ever seen it. As the band mentioned in their above tweet, the crowd was indeed going nuts, at least the 75 or so nearest the stage. No crowd surfing, but a constant, simmering pit and lots of pumped fists. The band, who've been touring most of the last six months or so on the back of their great new album LOSE, were definitely feeding off crowd energy and were just terrific. Joseph D'Agostino was drenched in sweat by the third song. Before the encore, they brought up the Zambri sisters to sing, and Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux to play guitar, though he spent much if his time onstage bear-hugging D'Agostino. It was a very Glasslands moment.
The rest of the line-up was also very Glasslands, with Keepaway (who peppered their set with "Goodbye Glasslands" robot voice samples), Mon Khmer (who may have played the venue more than any other band), and Air Waves (Brian from Hospitality was filling in on bass). Everyone was in (and full of) good spirits. With all the new art they've put up everywhere, the place maybe has never looked better. The DJs for the evening were spinning Super Hits of the '90s which kept people lingering after CEG finished (and loudly singing along to Seal's "Kiss from a Rose"). Pictures from the night are in this post.
Tonight (12/31), Glasslands' New Year's Eve Party, is the last-ever night for the venue. which has been in operation since 2006. (And with that the block of Kent/S2 goes dark, musically.) Tonight's show, which sold out basically instantly, still has a mystery lineup but they have revealed tonight's set times: 9:30, 10:30, 12:05, 1:30. (Who are your guesses for the final lineup?) They also warn that everyone is on the will call list, so go early or be ready for a line. If you didn't get tickets and still want to say goodbye in person, after the bands finish at 2:30 AM the place will be open for anyone to stop by.
More pics from Tuesday's Cymbals Eat Guitars show, below...
Every few months, it seems, one of the spaces that transformed Williamsburg from warehouse-heavy cultural dead zone to warehouse-heavy primordial soup for the city's creative life finally surrenders to the neighborhood's ongoing condo-fication, literal and metaphorical. At the beginning of the year, it was 285 Kent, which not that long ago was followed into the ether by Death by Audio. Now it's Glasslands's turn.The secret show on New Year's Eve is sold out, but you can still get tickets to see TR/ST at Glasslands TONIGHT (12/29), and to see Cymbals Eat Guitars play the closing club on 12/30. Three more shows, and then Glasslands is closed forever. The full lineups look like this:
Never again will you be able to wait at the top of that staircase behind the bar to go into the questionable bathroom. Never again will you wonder if the art installed on the wall is secure enough to hold up against the sound rumbling from the stage. [NY TIMES]
12/29 TR/ST, Beacon, Klaus, SoftSpot, Big Al (DJ Set) @ Glasslands 7:00pm// $20-$25 // 21+And while you're there, check out the new art. Then look for Rami & Jake and let them know what you think of their favorite albums of the year.
12/30 Cymbals Eat Guitars, Keepaway, Mon Khmer, Air Waves @ Glasslands // $12 ADV / $15 DOS // 7pm // 18+
12/31 New Year's Eve, Goodbye Glasslands! @ Glasslands // $50 // 8pm // 21+
words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands
Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural
Williamsburg venue Glasslands only has eight more nights left in business. In its early Glasslands Gallery days, the place had a lot of art-related events and, in that spirit, has added a bunch of new pieces for it's final days, all curated by Collective Craft. They include a mini-cloud above the soundboard, a plexiglass chandelier above the bar, an "Infinity mirror" created by Anamanaguchi bassist James Devito, the support beam in the middle of the room has been turned into a tree, and there are illuminated screens in the bathrooms. If you happen to look up while in the bathrooms, you'll notice an illustrated history of Glasslands' bathrooms. More art is being added daily.
While the art is only viewable during normal business hours, tonight (12/22) might be a good night to check it out as its Glasslands' free holiday party with Cerulean, Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, DJ Jonathan Toubin, and there will be karaoke too. This will also be the general public's only chance to peek backstage and see Peelander Yellow's new mural he painted back there. Doors are at 7 PM tonight.
A rundown of Glasslands' art installations, along with a few images, below...
photo: Glasslands, night of Wu Lyf show, 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
As mentioned, Glasslands will be closing out their time on Kent Ave with a New Year's Eve Party featuring four "special, secret" guests, all of whom have history with the venue. None of those guests have been revealed yet, but the night includes a one-hour open vodka bar early and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
We asked Glasslands/Popgun's Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal for Top 10 lists. Rami gave us his favorite albums of 2014 (many of the artists have played Glasslands over the years); Jake gave us his 10 favorite Glasslands shows ever. You can find out who ended up their lists, below. What was your most memorable show at Glasslands?
Rami and Jake also asked us to let folks know that they are looking to collect any physical memorabilia from Glasslands, be it flyers, posters or whatever. If you have something, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Suckers / DOM / Future Punx @ Glasslands 12/11/2014
As you may know, Williamsburg's Glasslands -- the last holdout of the Kent/S. 2nd block -- will be closing at the end of the year. Like Death by Audio did, Glasslands has seen a few mainstay bands get back together to say goodbye to the venue. Last Thursday (12/11) saw Brooklyn band Suckers come out of their cave after a year-plus hibernation. Main man Quinn Walker is a longtime member of the Glasslands family, so this was a real homecoming for the band. Also playing were DOM who seem to be back in action after frontman Dominic Cournoyer dabbled in dancepop as Kiss108 last year. Future Punx, who are very active, opened the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Other final Glasslands shows so far have included Waxahatchee, Yellow Ostrich, The Blow, and more. Still to come is How to Dress Well (tonight, 12/16), Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Cymbals Eat Guitars and more.
DOM were also supposed to play Mercury Lounge later this month but that show's been cancelled. More pictures of their Glasslands show with Suckers and Future Punx below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Knitting Factory - 12/12/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Cymbals Eat Guitars wrapped up their tour with Alex G (more on him here) over the weekend (unfortunately they had to cancel their Albany show though), hitting NYC on Friday (12/12) at Knitting Factory. It was the seventh NYC show they played this year in support of their great third album, LOSE, which takes the band in exciting new directions. They were great opening for Bob Mould in September, but seeing them headline on Friday to a packed crowd was really the way you want to experience these songs. Awesome show.
As discussed, CEG are touring with This Will Destroy You in 2015 (they're not on TWDY's NYC shows though), but before that they'll play NYC for yet another time in 2014. They've just added a show happening on December 30 at Glasslands, which will be the venue's second to last show before closing. Keepaway, Mon Khmer and Air Waves open. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, with the video for "Warning" from LOSE, below...
Join the Glasslands family for our venue's final night of music on planet Earth - we're bringing back four very special SECRET guests (TRUST US) from our past to send things off in ass-kicking name-taking style!Tickets for the final night of Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM.
Come early for the hour-long vodka open bar and midnight champagne toast, and stick around until the very end. Come share your Kent Ave stories, let's laugh, let's cry, and let's rock.
Thank you to all the artists that made our venue a special place for so many years, and to Brooklyn for making Glasslands your go-to home for good feels. Welcome to 2015, a brave new future!
See you at the finish line!
Who do you think the four special secret guests will be? Yeasayer? Bear in Heaven? Das Racist reunion? Neil Diamond? Pearl Jam? Two Live Crew? We shall see.
by Bill Pearis
Singles Club is a combination music journal and record club where you get a zine and an exclusive 7" delivered to you quarterly. Issues from this year featured Daniel Bachman, Small Sur, and Woodsman, and the final 2014 issue came out this week featuring Wisdom Tooth, the solo project from John Andrews of Quilt. We've got the premiere of "Silver" from it in this post. With saloon piano backing it's a little more backwoods folky than what he does with Quilt. You can stream it below.
You can still subscribe to get 2014 issues/records as well. The first Singles Club issue of 2015 will feature a 7" from LA band Monster Rally who have made a mixtape for Singles Club which you can stream below as well.
In related news, Quilt will be playing Glasslands on December 20 with What Moon Things, Shana Falana and headliners Widowspeak. That's one of the venue's last shows before they close and tickets are still available.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
Tim Harrington @ one of DBA's final shows (more by Alex Olsen)
Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio held its final show on November 22nd, and Glasslands -- a club located in the same building, closes after New Year's Eve (and 285 Kent, also in that building, closed earlier this year). Though nobody knows the FULL story, it's clear that Vice, who is turning 20 and celebrated in a big way in Brooklyn over the weekend, is moving its headquarters into the building. All tenants, including a circus school, need to be out.
Though the story was interesting/sad from day one (beloved venues closing, the irony of Vice being the ones moving in, etc), it grew to be a regular soap opera during Death By Audio's final month. The saga so far includes a Death By Audio co-founder posing with anti-Vice-co-founder art and that art allegedly then censored, musicians expressing anti-Vice sentiment, and Vice magazines being ripped up and thrown around the venue on its final night. The concept of 'Vice vs. DIY' in Williamsburg is officially a thing. Advertising Age even wrote about it.
That brings us to the latest chapter which is an interview Death By Audio booker Edan gave to Bedford and Bowery. Edan, who moved the Florida the day after DBA closed, discusses the possibility of opening a new venue and the challenges he'll face ("I feel like with Bushwick, it's already too late"), and says more about the Vice stuff. For instance, he clarifies that the Vice magazines ripped on the last night were actually his personal collection (that's one way to avoid having to move them!).
About the lease and stuff, Edan says:
Well, we didn't get bought out. At no point did money change between hands, we just waited for our lease to end.and then:
Our landlord had a meeting with us in September and we thought our lease was going until June, because we thought we'd signed a two-year lease. We've always been good friends with our landlord and we were never really good with the business side of things, and we thought we got a copy of our lease, and we just didn't. That's one of our bads, but we're just not business people.Meanwhile, Vice says they didn't kick anyone out and that DBA did take a "buyout". Here's what a Vice spokesperson told us:
So they produced our lease and said it was a year and five months, but we had no recourse at that point. We scoured for a copy of our lease, because we think [they showed us] a doctored lease. But we can't say for sure. It's one of those dumb-ass things we never thought would be a problem.
The only time Vice was in touch with us was that day when we had the meeting in September, and we agreed to leave at the end of November. No problem. We didn't want to make waves because we felt that if we gave any shit to Vice they would just squash us like a bug.
But they were like, "What's it going to take to get you out today?" And I was like, look, I've got two months of shows booked and these personal relationships mean a lot to me, and I want to make sure all the shows happen.
We've been quiet throughout the last few months, but facts are facts and they should be made clear. The reality here is that DBA took a buyout from the landlord. No one kicked anyone out.Hmm. Vice also directed us to the landlord's lawyer who told us this:
Thank you for reaching out to me and giving my client the opportunity to correct several falsehoods conveyed to you by Mr. Edan Wilber from Death By Audio ("DBA"). Here are the facts:Vice mentions a" buyout", but the lawyer talks about not having to pay back rent. Are these the same thing? I asked the Vice spokesperson to clarify:
DBA's fully executed lease was dated as of July 1, 2013. It had a term of one (1) year and five (5) months with an expiration date of November 30, 2014. The lease did not contain any right for DBA to extend or renew the term of the lease. The lease was never modified or amended. DBA stopped paying rent in July, 2014. At the time DBA vacated the premises at the end of November it owed my client in excess of Fifty-Five Thousand ($55,000) Dollars. This amount does not include (i) any late fees on any of the rents then due and owing, or (ii) the costs and expenses incurred in connection with repairing the substantial damage DBA did to the premises. In an effort to amicably part ways, DBA and my client entered into a legal agreement, pursuant to which my client agreed to waive all of the rent DBA owed in exchange for DBA agreeing not to hold over in the premises after their lease expired. Throughout the negotiation DBA was represented by a litigation partner from a well-respected law firm.
The fact is, Death by Audio took a significant sum of money from the landlord to be bought out of their lease, and then lied about it.I told you this was a soap opera!
We're reaching out to Edan and Matt to see what their reaction to Vice's reaction is, but meanwhile read Edan's entire interview over at Bedford and Bowery, and check out a show at Glasslands before it's too late.
photos by David Andrako
Yellow Ostrich @ Glasslands 12/8/2014
It was a double goodbye for Yellow Ostrich last night, as they said farewell to Glasslands, which is closing at the end of the month, and the show was also their last one as a band. Bittersweet, but a good time, with a packed crowd of fans. Tei Shi, who sings on Yellow Ostrich singer Alex Schaaf's new project Human Heat, had an impressive opening set. The night opened with Norwegian Arms and pictures from the whole show are in this post.
Glasslands has three weeks left. They've added some new artwork on the walls for their final month, including an homage to their beloved cloud installation. Be sure to check it out if you're there. Still no word on what they've got in store for New Year's Eve, their final night in business.
More pictures from last night's Glasslands show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Blow / Zambri
Brooklyn venue Glasslands has less than a month left before the corner of S. 2nd & Kent is no longer a hub for live music in Williamsburg (Death by Audio and 285 Kent have already said their farewells), and this past Friday (12/5) they hosted The Blow, Zambri and Cookies. The Blow changed it up a bit from the kind of shows for which they had become known. It used to be Khaela Maricich putting on a show that was as much a concert as it was performance art, and with funny/endearingly awkward banter between songs. But this one was different, with both Khaela and her bandmate Melissa Dyne hunched over keyboards playing a less confrontational set -- one that was maybe not suited for a chatty crowd like the one there. Reviews have been mixed. One person said, "The Blow stripped down sounding absolutely beautiful underneath these 200 people's conversations," while another said, "The Blow kinda #blew tn ;(". Were you there? What did you think?
This was Zambri's first show in a while which pulled mainly from 2012's House of Baasa. You can check out pictures from the whole night in this post. Other upcoming shows at Glasslands before they close include How to Dress Well, Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Waxahatchee, Jana Hunter and more.
More pictures from The Blow's show below...
Jana Hunter at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lower Dens singer and psych folk solo artist Jana Hunter has been pretty quiet since touring with Sharon Van Etten earlier this year, but she'll be capping off the year with two more shows in NYC. The first is one of the final Glasslands shows, happening Tuesday (12/9) with Christian Peslak (of Delicate Steve and Saint Rich) and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
She also plays the first night of Deer Tick's 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl. That's Friday, December 26, the night Deer Tick plays NRBQ's Tiddlywinks and their own War Elephant in their entireties. Tickets for that show and most others in the Deer Tick residency are still available.
Those are Jana's only two announced shows at the moment. Watch a video of her below...
How to Dress Well at Glasslands in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Brooklyn music venue Glasslands has just over a month left before they close and they keep expanding their schedule of cool final shows. The newest addition is an especially cool one: How to Dress Well on December 16 with a DJ set from Heems and a special guest. HTDW made his live debut at the club in August 2010 and now plays much bigger venues, and says "Glasslands and Popgun have supported me since the beginning of my career and I am honored to be invited to play at one of their final shows, back where it all began for me." Tickets are on sale now.
HTDW also made a second mixtape of 2014 which you can stream below. This one has music by Jacques Greene, twigs, Default Genders, Akron/Family, Majical Cloudz, The Microphones, Dej Loaf, Philip Glass, Sia and more. He also has a few other dates (NZ, Australia and Japan) which are also listed below...
Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:
TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).
The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).
Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).
Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).
Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).
There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.
Dave Harrington holiday party info below...
Yellow Ostrich @ Pianos in February (more by David Andrako)
alex here. Some big news to pass on today -- on December 8, Yellow Ostrich will be playing our final show as a band. We've had an amazing few years together, and we couldn't be more grateful and satisfied, but the time has come to move on to the next thing.Schaff also mentions that the first-ever full band Yellow ostrich show was at Glasslands in 2010 and they'll play one last show at Glasslands on December 8. Tickets for what they promise to be a "special show" are on sale now. It's one of a bunch of goodbye shows just announced by Glasslands, which closes at the end of the year.
We want to give a huge thanks to all of you, for giving us a chance and listening. Connecting with you guys was the whole point, and we couldn't have gotten as far as we did without you. we went all over the world with this band, and it was a great ride.
Schaaf tell us "I'm sad to see it go, but i'm happy to be going out on a good note, we're all still close and there's no bad feelings." Meanwhile, he's already has announced his new project, Human Heat, whose first EP just went up on bandcamp. It's still recognizably from the same creative force that gave us Yellow ostrich, but now in a little more R&B direction. You can stream it below.
TR/ST @ Irving Plaza in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Glasslands is planning some cool shows for their final month. Among them is Toronto's Trust, who are now offically spelling their name TR/ST, on December 29. That show is with Klaus, SoftSpot, and a DJ set by Big Al. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 1 PM. TR/ST's last NYC visit was at Irving Plaza in September.
In addition to this and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart show on 11/24, some of the other just-announced Glasslands shows that all go on sale at 1 PM today include:
Ducktails play Glasslands on December 26 with friends Julian Lynch and Family Portrait (tickets).
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are currently on tour with The New Pornographers, and both bands hit NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets). One day after their tour ends, the Pains will play soon-to-close Glasslands on November 24 with Hooray For Earth, GABI, and Ablebody. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 1 PM.
Updated TPOBPAH dates are listed, along with their video for "Kelly," below...
the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dearest friends -Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."
You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.
When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.
It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.
Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.
We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.
Goodbye for now, but not forever.
We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.
Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.
Cat Power / Sky Ferreira at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may have heard, on the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a tribute show went down at Glasslands in Brooklyn with a number of musicians, including Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and more. We already posted pictures, the setlist, and a fan video from the show, and now there's professional video of the show, courtesy of The Bomber Jacket (one of the show presenters). They're planning on releasing the audio from the show as well ("hopefully by Christmas"), and all proceeds from that release will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.
Meanwhile you can watch those videos below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cat Power / Cole & Sky
[Sadie] Dupuis delivered the night's heaviest alt-rock blast, leading a Nirvana-like performance of "Abused" by dialing up the track's soft-loud-soft dynamics. [Marissa] Nadler offered a mesmerizing lullaby with the gentle strums of "Pitseleh." [Yoni] Wolf played three tracks solo on piano, including "Angeles" and "Say Yes," adding his own spin lyrically and musically, something a "chord guy" like Smith would appreciate, Wolf joked.On the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a number of musicians gathered at Brooklyn venue Glasslands for a tribute show. The night's cast included Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu. Pictures of the show, a partial setlist, and a video of Sky Ferreira joining Cat Power for "Pretty (Ugly Before)" are in this post.
Cat Power soon walked onstage and raised a glass from behind the piano -- "cheers to Elliott," she said. She played a solo version of her own tune, the haunting "Names," from 2003's You Are Free, before her band joined for a jazz/R&B-flecked "Between the Bars," which hit with extra punch due to Marshall's own history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.
She handed out knit caps, like those Smith so often wore (Marshall sported a yellow-gold beanie over her bleached blonde hair all night), and closed with From a Basement on the Hill's "Pretty (Ugly Before)." Ferreira joined Marshall onstage, and the two traded verses and invited the crowd to join -- "Fucking sing it if you know it!" shouted Marshall -- on the repeated outro: "I was so ugly before didn't know what to do." The jam-packed audience inside the DIY venue all sang in hushed tones together, in unison. [Rolling Stone]
For Cat Power, this show was ahead of her upcoming solo tour which brings her back to NYC for two shows on November 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (early and late). The early show is sold out but tickets for the late show are still available.
Sadie Dupuis played this just after her band Speedy Ortiz wrapped up a number of CMJ shows, including our Friday party. Speedy Ortiz returns to NYC tonight (10/23) at The Flat for a Mishka show with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr). It's an afterparty for the debut of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr line, which happens at their store (and J will be there doing an in-store signing).
More pictures, the partial setlist and video below...
Like the four Elliott Smith tribute shows that took place in August to honor the songwriting legend in the ten-year anniversary of his death, another will happen in NYC on the actual day of the anniversary, October 21. The tribute show happens at Glasslands and includes some pretty great musicians like Cat Power, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards, ex-Chairlift), Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu.
$50 tickets for the show are on sale now, and some of the proceeds will benefit Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. That fund benefits Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children, and there's also an IndieGogo campaign raising money for Outside In that includes rewards related to the Glasslands show:
* Set lists from the nightCheck out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...
* High-quality 12" x 11" concert posters, designed by local artist Allison Specketer
* Live recording of the show (participating bands TBA)
* Goodie Bag (details TBA) from Kill Rock Stars
* High-quality 18" x 24" concert poster, autographed by all the musicians
Bear in Heaven at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (more by Greg Cristman)
Kent Avenue club Glasslands is turning seven this summer and they're throwing a birthday party on July 25 with live sets from Bear in Heaven and Quinn Walker and DJ sets from Lemonade and Aaron of Rewards. It's $5 at the door but you do need to RSVP.
As you may know, Bear in Heaven just wrapped up their tour with Wire, having played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (7/16). And if you want to see Lemonade play live instead of DJ, they'll be at Mercury Lounge next Saturday (7/27) with Selebrities. That show is free but you need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app.
Glasslands birthday party flyer below.
While Kurt Feldman, who plays drums in The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, is doing just fine with his current synth outfit Ice Choir (maybe you saw them at Northside), he's revisting his recent musical past for one night this summer. His old 8-bit-meets-shoegaze band, The Depreciation Guild, are getting back together to play their 2007 album, In Her Gentle Jaws, in its entirety at Glasslands on August 3. Opening are Infinity Shred (formerly Starscream) and tickets are on sale now.
so we're very excited to announce that yesterday we officially replaced our sound system with a brand new one, a massive and much needed upgrade that has been about a year of research and planning (and saving) in the making!You might want to check out that new system on Monday (6/24) when Denmark's When Saints Go Machine make their U.S. debut. Tickets are still available.
power, clarity, and versatility were most important to us when choosing glasslands' next system: our new speciality subwoofers and tops, built by Danley Sound Labs, Inc., will give the room a thicker and cleaner sound for both live shows and dance nights. after some tuning and testing, we've got the highs shimmering and the bass punishing.
it's bittersweet to see the old one go. it was a Frankenstein of gear from various systems donated by various people over many years, and basically represents the generosity of a community without which glasslands would never have been.
while i'm sure our engineers will miss the late night thrill of riding that system in the red and hanging on for dear life, we're excited to hear what all you guys sound like on a sick. new. rig.
Flyer for the Depreciation Guild show and a stream of In Her Gentle Jaws' title track below...