Entries tagged with: Green Day
Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When you started playing little punk clubs in California, I imagine the furthest thing from your mind was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were announced back in October, and now they've revealed that Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band have all been inducted into the Rock Hall. Additionally, Ringo Starr will be honored with the Award of Excellence, and The "5" Royales with the Early Influence Award.
We've known each other since we were 10. We came up as the MTV kids. I think at some point, when we started getting into punk rock, we thought it was never going to go this route. We never thought we'd actually get on MTV. The stuff that was on there was all surface. I don't know, man. It's just a trip. [Billie Joe Armstrong to Rolling Stone]
The awards ceremony takes place on April 18 in Cleveland. Tickets for that go on sale at 10 AM on 12/18.
The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, N.W.A., Sting, and Kraftwerk were all also nominated, but not inducted.
Billie Joe Armstrong at SXSW 2014 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Geezer is an upcoming Lee Kirk-directed film due in 2015 that's about a 40-year old man dealing with a mid-life crisis by revisiting his punk past, and they've got few people with their own punk pasts on board to work on it. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and SNL's punk rocker Ian Rubbish aka Fred Armisen (also of Portlandia and actual band Trenchmouth) are both starring it, and Billie Joe wrote and performed new music for the film. Joining them on the cast will also be Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Archer), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead), Chris Messina (recent Sam Smith video star) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office), Variety reports. Here's more from their article on the premise:
"Geezer" centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel -- where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things.Billie Joe has a few acting credits to his name, including that time he was a guest star on the Broadway musical for his album American Idiot. Relive that moment (if you dare) below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
Nine Inch Nails at Jones Beach in August (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced including The Smiths, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill WIthers and Sting (who's also in the Rock Hall with The Police), all being nominated for the first time. Additionally, there's Lou Reed (who's also in the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground), NWA, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvellettes and The Spinners.
To be eligible, your first release has to be at least 25 years old, and this year both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are on their first year of eligibility, for the 1,000 Hours EP and Pretty Hate Machine, respectively.
Last year, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were all inducted.
Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala (which Brian Wilson played last year) happens this year at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23 and honors Joan Jett. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will present Joan with the award and Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle and Jesse Malin will all be on hand to perform Joan's songs as a tribute to her. The event is produced by Jake's fellow E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen (both also of The Sopranos). You can reserve a seat now ($25,000 seats are the cheapest ones remaining, but there's a waiting list for the two lower levels).
Joan doesn't have any regular shows in NYC on her tour schedule, but she will be nearby not long before the gala for a show at NJ's Count Basie Theatre on October 11 with Jesse Malin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All of her dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jawbreaker already reissued Bivouac (+ the Chesterfield King EP) in 2012 for its 20th anniversary, and now they'll be doing the same for 1994's classic Steve Albini-produced 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, as Property of Zack points out. The album comes with alternative takes of four of the LP's tracks, plus two outtakes, "First Step" and "Friends Back East" (which both also appeared on 2002's Etc. compilation). It will be out on October 14 via Blackball Records and can be pre-ordered at Music Direct. Music Direct also mentions that a full-length documentary on the band is in the works. Tracklist and some classic 24 Hour Revenge Therapy streams below. Also below is a funny and entertaining video of a 1994 interview Jawbreaker did on Public Access TV show Sideshow, the show run by Stefanie Reines (interviewer) and her brother Richard (cameraman), who two years later founded Drive-Thru Records together.
In related news, Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler recently formed the band California, which is fronted by Green Day's touring guitarist Jason White, and features Dustin Clark (The Insides) on bass. (Meanwhile, Green Day's singer is currently The Replacements' touring guitarist.) The band have been working on their debut record, and while there's no music from that out yet, you can watch a live video of them playing "Woodson Lateral.: It's not the highest quality video, but it does sound promising. Check it out below.
photos by Ellie Pritts
Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.
They continue below...
Billie Joe filling in for & helping carry Paul @ Coachella
After what was regarded as a lackluster first weekend set, the Replacements returned to Coachella's Outdoor Stage with a vengeance, recruiting Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong to fill in for ailing frontman Paul Westerberg, who was laid up on the couch -- literally. [Billboard]The reunited Replacements now played Riot Fest in multiple cities and Coachella twice including the second week which was this past weekend when they were joined by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (see above).
Their upcoming festival dates continue to get announced and include Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Forecastle in KY, Boston Calling, Osheaga in Montreal, and two weekends of Austin City Limits. They are being picky. The Boston Globe reports that, "Westerberg's manager, Darren Hill, said the band has been invited to play at every major festival, but is only playing a few."
Meanwhile still no NY, but the band today announced their "long-anticipated homecoming show at St. Paul's Midway Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Tickets for the show, taking place at the home of the Saint Paul Saints, go on sale Saturday, May 3 at 10 AM CDT." Opening acts TBA.
Get well soon Paul!. All dates are listed along with both of their Coachella setlists below....
The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.
Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.
Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Dudeeee, Barclays Center is the coolest place ever-
so stoked to play here tonight." @Best_Coast
Green Day / Best Coast @ Barclays Center 4/7/2013
Now that Billie Joe is out of rehab, Green Day are on the road again and played their rescheduled Barclays Center show on Sunday (4/7) that was originally supposed to have happened back in January. Also on board from the original dates were openers Best Coast who seemed to be enjoying the amenities of the Brooklyn arena. Here are some pictures.
Green Day and Best Coast play the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Tuesday (4/9) and their tour continues throughout the summer. Remaining dates, more pictures from Barclays and Green Day's setlist are below....
Best Coast at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned earlier today in a tickets-on-sale post, Best Coast, who were initially supposed to open for Green Day on the latter's tour before it was postponed, are in fact opening for them on their rescheduled dates which include a NYC show on April 7 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the original date (1/16) will be honored. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of artists that would probably be better fit to headline Terminal 5 but are opening in big arenas for pop stars, Miguel was announced to open for Alicia Keys on her tour which hits NYC on April 5 at Barclays Center and April 11 on Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates. All dates are listed below.
And one more: The Hives are touring in February and March as an opening act for Pink and that tour hits Madison Square Garden on March 22. That show is sold out, but the tour also hits Izod Center (3/23) in NJ and Nassau Coliseum (3/25) in Long Island and tickets for those shows are still available. All dates are listed below.
In related news, bands who you would think might be opening for bigger acts at Madison Square Garden, but are actually the headliners themselves include Sigur Ros (3/25) and Passion Pit (2/8). We're not sure who is opening for Sigur Ros, if anyone, but Matt & Kim open for Passion Pit. Muse also has two MSG shows coming up (as does Lady Gaga). Mumford and Sons also have two upcoming Barclays Center shows, one with The Felice Brothers, the other with Haim (both with Ben Howard).
All lists of dates below...
As mentioned, Green Day cancelled a bunch of tour dates due to Billie Joe Armstrong going to rehab, including their Brooklyn show which would have happened on January 16 at Barclays Center with Best Coast. The band have now rescheduled those dates to take place later this year, and they're currently set to play Barclays Center on April 7. It's not clear if Best Coast is still on the tour. Tickets for the newly scheduled Barclays Center show are on sale now and all tickets purchased for the 1/16 show will be honored.
Updated dates listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
Barclays Center has only been open for like a month and they've already racked up three cancellations. Green Day, who previously cancelled some stuff when they announced Billie Joe was going to rehab, has appropriately chosen the day of Hurricane Sandy to announce they're cancelling even more:
Green Day announced today they will cancel their club tour that was due to launch in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre on September 26th and wind down in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theatre on December 10th. Tickets for these clubs shows will be refunded at point of purchase. Additionally, Green Day will postpone all scheduled appearances for the months of January and February 2013. New dates for these rescheduled shows will be announced shortly and previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates.The full list of cancelled and postponed dates (many with Best Coast), January 16th at the Barclays Center included, below....
"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern," said Mike Dirnt. "We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon.
Green Day also announced they would move up the release date of Green Day ¡Tré! to December 11, 2012 from its original date of January 15, 2013.
"We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned," said Tré Cool. "If we couldn't be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing."
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.
Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.
And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.
As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.
In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.
Apple knows its maps app sucks.
Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."
Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.
On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.
Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.
Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."
While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."
If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?
Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:
It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.
Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.
Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.
Kreayshawn's new album flopped.
Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.
more stuff below...
And just when we were starting to wonder if Billy's freak out was a PR stunt, Green Day announces:
Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.As AP points out "Sunday's announcement by the band's rep comes after the rock frontman had a meltdown onstage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas."
Which appearances are being cancelled is unclear, but the band is supposed to be on Kimmel and Ellen this week along with some other California gigs. Their proper tour with Best Coast doesn't start for a while though. Take care Billie Joe.
Watch the on-stage freakout HERE.
UPDATE: In the wake of this incident, Billie Joe is going to rehab.
"I'm not fucking Justin Bieber you motherfuckers!", says Billie Joe in the entertaining video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Best Coast at Terminal 5 in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Last year, a video made internet rounds of Best Coast covering Blink 182's "Dammit" at one of her shows, and soon after she contributed vocals to New Found Glory's 2011 LP, Radiosurgery. But Best Coast's pop punk love doesn't stop there. It's just been announced that Best Coast will open for Green Day on their upcoming tour which hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on January 16. (Tickets for that show are still available.) Maybe this also has something to do with Green Day's desire for power pop, garage rock, and a return to the simplicity of Dookie?
This tour kicks off in January, 2013 but in advance of it, Green Day stopped by NYC for an initimate show at Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/15). At that show, they played a 38-song set spanning their career and included eight songs from their Lookout! Records days. The setlist and a video from that show are below.
You can also stream ¡Uno!, the first of their three upcoming albums, in its entirety at the band's facebook page (in exchange for liking the page).
A list of all dates, along with that setlist and video are below.
Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.
The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.
Tickets for the Bob Dylan show at Barclays Center just went on bobdylan.com presale (password: "MONOTONE"). Live Nation presale starts Wednesday (9/12) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (9/14) at 10 AM.
Green Day, who are playing an intimate NYC show at Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/15), announced a much larger tour in support of their new albums, which comes to Brooklyn's Barclays center on January 16, 2013. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon with an Internet presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at 10 Am and an Idiot Club Membership presale starting Thursday (9/13) at 10 AM. All Green Day tour dates are listed below.
Rihanna will bring her 'Diamonds World Tour' to the Barclays Center on May 4, 2013. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon. All Rihanna tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned, the Barclays Center opens later this month with eight shows by venue director Jay-Z. Other shows happening there include Smashing Pumpkins (tickets), Neil Young and Patti Smith (tickets), Leonard Cohen tickets), Rush (tickets), and more.
Brazilian Girls just announced a last-minute show, happening this Wednesday (9/12) at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Green Day dates and Rihanna dates are listed below.
Tickets for the recently added Swans shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Devendra Banhart go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their less recently announced Bowery Ballroom show with A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which happens about two weeks before the new ones, are still available.
Hot Tuna (electric) are returning to Beacon Theater on November 30 and December 1. Tickets for that show are on internet presale now and go on sale to the general public on Saturday (9/8) at 9 AM.
Chris Brokaw (of Codeine, who reunited this year but may be done for good) has been added as an opener to the Mono shows at Le Poisson Rouge and Glasslands. Tickets for the LPR show and the Glasslands show are still available.
Green Day, who are working on new material this year (three albums to be exact), are playing an intimate (for them), but not this intimate, show in NYC at Irving Plaza on September 15 to celebrate the launch of Nokia Music. To get tickets, you have to "like" the Numero Uno Fan Facebook App presented by Nokia Music and AT&T and then click through to get all the details. The disclaimer reads: "Warning: Serious Green Day fans only."
Slash is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on September 18 with Myles Kennedy and Foxy Shazam. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
With all the '90s nostalgia that goes on, here's a bit that we might have been okay with not coming back. The Summerland tour with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms, and Marcy Playground hits NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom tonight (7/18). Tickets for tonight's show are available. The tour also hits Bethal Woods Center for the Arts on Friday (7/20) in Bethel, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center on Saturday (7/21) in Holmdel, NJ.
Speaking of '90s nostalgia that should have stayed put in the '90s, The Offspring are playing Terminal 5 on September 19. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general sale starting Friday (7/20) at noon. In other news, did you hear that new Green Day song?
The Morning Benders, who changed their name (and err, their sound too...) to POP ETC are playing NYC shows on Sunday (7/22) at Bowery Hotel with Angela McCluskey, Sean Rowe, and special guests, and August 2 at Santos with Haim. They will also perform live on East Village Radio on Friday (7/20) at 4 PM. RSVP for the Bowery Hotel show is open and tickets are on sale for the Santos show.
The Killers (early '00s nostalgia?) play Webster Hall on July 23 after Firefly Music Festival. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon. They also play a "private" NYC show one day later (7/24) for a taping of 'Live from the Artist's Den.' You can enter for a chance to go. What do you think of their new song?
The 14th annual Voodoo Music & Arts Experience happens from October 26 - 28 at City Park in New Orleans. Among the 70+ acts at this year's fest are Jack White, Green Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Skrillex, Justice, Silversun Pickups, Thomas Dolby, Die Antwoord, The Dirty Dozen Brass, and Bootsy Collins. Tickets are on sale with a variety of options as is the usual with festivals these days.
Full Voodoo Experience line-up is below.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Mean Jeans @ Cake Shop - 6/20/2012
The recently released The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore compilation release will be celebrated tonight (6/25) and tomorrow (6/26) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The comp, out via Adeline Records (aka Billie Joe of Green Day's label), features sixteen bands in total. Larry Livermore, who co-founded Lookout! Records, compiled the album. Larry says:
When Billie Joe asked me to put together this compilation, my First reaction was to say, 'Absolutely not.' I was too busy with other projects, and besides, I'd been saying for years that I was done with the music business, that people should take me out and shoot me if I ever showed any sign of wanting to get back into it," said Livermore. "But then I realized that this was an opportunity to do for a whole new crop of bands what we'd been able to accomplish at Lookout back in the 80s and 90s, which was to bring exciting and passionate music to the attention of a public that might otherwise never get to hear it. Once I thought about it in that light, it was impossible to say no...Check out The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore cover art and tracklist at the bottom of this post. Ten of the bands on the comp will make an appearance at the Knit shows. The Copyrights, Dear Landlord, Night Birds, Dopamines, and Mean Jeans play tonight/Monday (tickets). Emily's Army, House Boat, Mixtapes, Lipstick Homicide, and City Mouse play tomorrow (tickets).
...I chose the bands using the same standards I used when I was at Lookout: I looked for those bands with a certain heart and soul that sets them apart from the literally thousands of run of the mill bands out there, the heart and soul that makes them capable of giving voice not just to their own ideals and visions, but to those of a generation.
Mean Jeans is currently on tour supporting their recent Mean Jeans on Mars LP. The band swung through Cake Shop on June 20 alongside Hollywood, Liquor Store and Foster Care. Pictures of three of the four (we missed Hollywood) from that Manhattan show are below.