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words by Bill Pearis; photos via @Glasslands

Peelander Yellow working on Glasslands' backstage mural
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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.

Tickets are still available to all of Glasslands remaining shows (including TR/ST on 12/29 and Cymbals Eat Guitars on 12/30) except the NYE closing night extravaganza which is sold out.

A rundown of Glasslands' art installations, along with a few images, below...

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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 booking@theglasslands.com.

Continue reading "Rami & Jake from Popgun list their favorite LPs of 2014 & favorite Glasslands shows; tickets on sale for NYE finale "

photos by Jessica Amaya

Suckers / DOM / Future Punx @ Glasslands 12/11/2014
Suckers

Dom
Future Punx

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...

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by Andrew Sacher

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Knitting Factory - 12/12/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
CEG

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...

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Glasslands has a little more than two weeks left on Kent Ave, the final night being New Year's Eve. They've just announced that that will be a celebration with four secret bands:

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!

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!
xoxo
Glasslands

Tickets for the final night of Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM.

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

Wisdom Tooth
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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.

Continue reading "Wisdom Tooth (John from Quilt) releases new 7" via Singles Club (stream); Quilt opening for Widowspeak at Glasslands"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee

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.

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 and more.

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.

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Tim Harrington @ one of DBA's final shows (more by Alex Olsen)
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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.

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.

Meanwhile, Vice says they didn't kick anyone out and that DBA did take a "buyout". Here's what a Vice spokesperson told us:
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:

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.
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:
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
Yellow Ostrich

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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Blow / Zambri
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...

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Jana Hunter at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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...

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How to Dress Well at Glasslands in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
HTDW

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...

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Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
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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.

Bass Drum of Death play December 28 with Mitski (who plays Knitting Factory before that), Sundelles and LUSHES (tickets).

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...

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Yellow Ostrich @ Pianos in February (more by David Andrako)
Yellow Osterich

Yellow Ostrich released Cosmos at the start of the year and will finish 2014...by calling it quits. Frontman Alex Schaaf wrote on Facebook today:

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.

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.

Schaff also mentions that the first-ever full band Yellow Osterich 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.

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 Osterich, but now in a little more R&B direction. You can stream it below.

Continue reading "Yellow Ostrich breaking up, playing final show at Glasslands; frontman starts new band Human Heat (stream first EP)"

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:

Waxahatchee, who play Asbury Lanes tonight, will play "in-the-round" Glasslands on December 10 with Steve Gunn, and the Goodbye Party (tickets).

Ducktails play Glasslands on December 26 with friends Julian Lynch and Family Portrait (tickets).

Ex Cops, whose very poppy new album Daggers in out now, play Glasslands on November 25 (tickets).

Nils Frahm, who is playing St. Paul & St. Andrew Church on November 21, will play a "special set" at Glasslands on November 20 (tickets).

Com Truise, who just headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg, will play Glasslands on December 20 with Figgy and Nitemoves (tickets).

The Blow, who just finished up a residency at Union Pool, will play Glasslands on December 5 with Zambri (when was the last time they played?) and Cookies (tickets).

TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TPOBPAH

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.

That show is just two days after Death by Audio's final night. Glasslands, whose last night is New Year's Eve, is promising lots of special shows in their last month on the block. Stay tuned.

Updated TPOBPAH dates are listed, along with their video for "Kelly," below...

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the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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First Death by Audio, and now their neighbors Glasslands. The venue just posted the following:

Dearest friends -

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.

Love,
Glasslands

Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "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)
Cat Power
Sky Ferreira

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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / Cole & Sky
Elliot Smith Tribute
Elliot Smith Tribute

[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.

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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]

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.

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...

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Elliott Smith

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 night
* 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
Check out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...

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Bear in Heaven at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (more by Greg Cristman)Bear in Heaven

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.

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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.

Speaking of Glasslands, after remodeling their bathrooms, and replacing their clouds installation with with a new tube-based lighting design, the venue just upgraded their sound system:

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!

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.

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.

Flyer for the Depreciation Guild show and a stream of In Her Gentle Jaws' title track below...

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Do you go see a lot of shows at Glasslands? If so and are here this summer, the venue is offering a pretty nice deal they're calling Summer Pass. For $225 you get entry into every show at Glasslands during the summer and one free drink every time you stop by. They're planning to have around 120 shows during this time and if you go to just 20 of them you'll probably get your money's worth. They're only selling a "very limited run" of these season passes. Details -- like start and end dates, and a link to buy -- are still forthcoming.

Hopefully by that time the venue will have the replacement for the clouds up as well. Wonder what it will be?

Parenthetical Girls up in the clouds this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Clouds

One of the most iconic backdrops in the NYC music scene has left the building: Glasslands' clouds. The venue just posted this on Facebook:

well folks, after a few long happy years, the time has come for the glasslands clouds to float off into the sunset. kyp malone's group Rain Machine will have been the last to perform under them last night, and that seems right.

we used to rotate these art installations regularly before the clouds, and always intended to continue doing so, but we had no idea how warmly (and strongly) you all would feel about the clouds, and so i guess over time it just stuck.

but now it's spring again people, and it's time for change. we're hard at work on a new installation that we hope you'll like.

thanks again to vashti windish who designed and created the clouds, with some help from our awesome staff.

more to come on this new setting soon!

Nooooooo! (On the plus side, Glasslands does have new bathrooms.) We'll miss the clouds, but look forward to seeing what replaces them.

Antlers @ Glasslands (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Antlers

Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal started Popgun Booking back in 2008 and in a very short amount of time became prominent tastemakers, with their homebase of Glasslands becoming one of the first stops for any new hyped band (Django Django, Savages, Palma Violets to names some recent UK ones). They also have (and in some cases still do) book shows at Cameo, Irving Plaza, Santos, Knitting Factory and more. Jake and Rami gave us a collaborative list of Popgun's favorite LPs of 2012. Check it out below.

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