Entries tagged with: Habibi
After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and
Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).
UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.
Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.
Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Habibi @ Bowery Ballroom in November (more by Dylan Johnson)
Habibi's self-titled debut album is due out January 28 via Burger Records. (Fans of limited edition colored vinyl, it's up for pre-order.) You can stream "Let Me In" from it below and is a good example of their appealing, post-punky take on girl group sounds.
The band will be playing a record release show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on January 29 with Hector's Pets, Mystery Lights and Jonathan Toubin on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale. Flyer for the show is below.
No other tour dates right now, but Habibi will be at SXSW in March so expect a tour around that. Stay tuned. Song stream, album art and tracklist below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Bree Roberts
Black Lips, and their documentary, are on tour, and the band played a show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Monday November 4th with Subsonics and Weird Womb, before hitting up Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday 5th November with Tweens and Habibi. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post, but I was at the one in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn punks Weird Womb opened the show. They amused the crowd with their self-deprecating humor and between song quips, "Lets do Four Loko and Five Hour Energy drinks- it's a Four By Five!", but singer Dakota seemed mostly keen to just get off stage. This made more sense later, as I learned the guitarist had no voice and should have been at home drinking lemon tea.
Described as "the best band in Atlanta" by the Black Lips-and chosen for this show and others on the tour by the band specifically for that reason- Subsonics, who remind me a little of the always awesome 'The Gories', came out like a surf punk garage noir dream, and rocked it out for their whole set. My personal favorite band for the night, Subsonics killed it with songs from their new release 'In The Black Spot' (Slovenly Recordings)- 'Too Damaged' rocked, as did the older hit "Frankenstein". Singer Clay Reed was definitely channeling the late Lou Reed a little tonight with his vocals and stance, and the crowd was more than receptive. Subsonics have been around since the early 90s and hopefully with more exposure will gain the recognition they so clearly deserve.
The venue packed to capacity as the Black Lips came on stage. The last time I saw them was Halloween 2011 at Webster Hall with Puerto Rican rockers Davila 666- who are no longer active. I don't remember much of that shit show, because I was wasted like most of everyone else I know that was in attendance (including the bands) - but from what I recall- they played technically better tonight. 'Dirty Hands' was a bright light sing along for the entire room, and 'Bad Kids' will always be a crowd surfing highlight. Even the fluffy haired, leopard print fur coated Bebe Buell copycat groupies that were endlessly pushing in front of me knew the lyrics to that one. The only criticism with Black Lips is that they keep getting better, smoother, more shiny- less Black Lips! The stage antics they built their reputation on are over. Black Lips are all grown up now, ironically on Vice Records, and in case you didn't notice- Vice is all grown up now too. The old school antics are gone. They're Beastie Boys gone from talking about your Right To Party to talking about Buddhism. I'm not hating, everyone needs to pay their bills. As a reviewer though; it does make for a less interesting show. Nobody got their dick out, nobody pee-ed, it was post-garage punk by numbers; delightfully inoffensive rocknroll. Very "nice"- your mom would have loved it. I quite liked it too.
More pictures from the Bowery show, wild crowd included, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Black Lips are about to start their East Coast tour which includes two NYC stops: Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 4 with Subsonics and Weird Womb, and Bowery Ballroom on November 5 with Tweens and Habibi. They're also playing NJ's Asbury Lanes on November 3 with Subsonics. Tickets those shows are still available. All upcoming dates are listed below.
In addition to their live shows, Black Lips will also be presenting the film Kids Like You & Me, which documents their 2012 tour of the Middle East a trek that took two years of planning and incurred no shortage of figurative and literal roadblocks. You can watch the trailer below. In NYC the film screens on November 4 at Nitehawk Cinemas at 7:30 PM (tickets) and on November 5 it screens at the Village East at 7 PM (tickets). All screening dates are in a flyer below.
Meanwhile, Black Lips good pals King Khan and the Shrines play a big gig tonight (10/30) at Webster Hall. These guys always put on a wild show and add in that it's Devil's Night and who knows what mischief they'll get into. HELL SHOVEL open the show, with DJ sets from Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are still available. If you haven't heard KK&tS' new album, it's terrific and can be streamed in full over at Merge's site.
And related, ATL garage rockers Carnivores (also pals of the Black Lips) are playing a NYC Halloween show at Shea Stadium where, in addition to their own stuff, they'll do a set as The B-52s. Other "costume" sets include Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground, which they announced well before Lou Reed's passing) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). $8 at the door ($10 without a costume).
Black Lips tour dates are listed, along with the film trailer and screening dates flyer, below...
photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis
The Growlers / Gap Dream / Together Pangea @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013
The Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars rolled through NYC last weekend, stopping at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5) for a sold out show. While The Growlers were the official headliners, Burger Records itself seemed to be the star of the show and seem to be a lifestyle choice as much as a label or record store, promoting good time OC party vibes throughout the night. Apart from the headliners, most bands' sets were short and the sceney crowd seemed to be there for everybody.
The highlight of the evening for me was Gap Dream, aka Ohioan Gabe Fulvimar who moved to Burger HQ in Fullerton, CA to make his new album, Shine Your Light. (Like, literally. He moved into a storage room in Burger's warehouse.) The new album (which is great) is synth-and-drum-machine heavy and the live band, just guitar-bass-keys, reflected this. Normally no live drummer is an immediate strike against the band in my book, but Gabe's onstage charisma won me over almost immediately. Looking like he stepped straight out of WKRP in Cincinatti, Gabe is a confident charmer and the word "superstar" definitely popped into my head watching him work the crowd.
The rest of the show was a little more trad garage styles, ranging from party punk (White Fang and Together Pangea whose wild set security was maybe not expecting), '60s Phil Spector pop (Habibi, whose line-up has changed significantly since I last saw them), psych-pop (Cosmonauts), and Colleen Green's winning solo set that came early in the night. The Growlers' crunchy party rock finished off the night. My only real disappointments of the night were that A) Gap Dream didn't play just a little longer and B) they sold out of Burger Records t-shirts early in the night.
More pics from Burgerama at Bowery (minus openers Habibi, who our photographer missed) below...
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, The Growlers are headlining the "Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars Tour" which hits NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Together Pangea. The line-up has expanded since our first posting, and now also includes Brooklyn's Habibi, Portland scuzz-pop inhalers White Fang and LA's charming bedroom pop songwriter, Colleen Green. Tickets are still available.
Before that show, some of those bands -- Colleen Green and White Fang -- will play Death By Audio on October 2 with The Memories (who also play select Burgerama dates) and Hector's Pets also on the bill.
Speaking of the label and the venue, Burger is presenting a show at Death by Audio on October 18 with Fletcher C. Johnson, Tough Shits, Zig Zags, Habibi, Peach Kelli Pop and Dirty Fences. That's during CMJ but it's not an official show. It is, however, FREE.
All Burgerama and Colleen Green dates are listed, along with a Colleen Green video and White Fang stream, below.
Anthrax at Wellmont Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* Jamie Saft @ The Stone
* Furthur @ Capitol Theatre
* Kingston Yard @ The Stone
* Junior Brown, Sturgill Simpson @ City Winery
* Dead Milkmen, The Brooklyn What @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gracie & Rachel, Money and King, Luray @ Cameo Gallery
* Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail @ Irving Plaza
* Brother Reverend, Reputante, Divining, No Kill @ Glasslands
* Raven, A Sound of Thunder, Holy Grail, Brohammer @ Saint Vitus
* Big Neck Police, Bluffing, The Gradients, Large Lady @ Silent Barn
* Colleen Green, Habibi, Pop Zeus, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* The Nowadays, Tommy Kodak & The Loaders, Viking @ Cake Shop
* Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, Todd Barry, Calez @ Knitting Factory
* Dusty Brown, Life In A Blender, Sarah Donner @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Sadat X, Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian), ArtiFacts, DITC Crew @ S.O.B.'s
* Aspects of War, Bad Noids, Violent Reaction, Slugz, Anasazi @ Saint Vitus
* Vulture Shit, Clean Girls, Old Monk, Low Fat Getting High @ Bowery Electric
* Drowners, Summer People, The Can't Tells, Rewards @ Brooklyn Bowl (DJ)
* O'Death, Big Wilson River, Nude Dudes, Thomas Wesley Stern @ Mexicali Live
* The BlkHands, Skyzoo, Skyway, Ragnarok, Doc Casion @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Crazy Spirit, Green Beret, Hound of Hate, Extoplasm, Altered Boys, Nomad @ 285 Kent
* After The Burials, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, City in The Sea @ Santos Party House
* En Nihil, The [law-rah] Collective, Iron Forest, A Murder of Angels, Kama Rupa, Lussuria, Jane Vixen (DJ), Theologian Prime (DJ) @ Public Assembly
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Hope everyone had a great Record Store Day yesterday. As always, many of the previously unreleased tracks that came out yesterday have wound up on the internet. Check out streams of MGMT's new single, "Alien Days," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away b-side, "Animal X," Chelsea Wolfe's "Fight Like Gods" from her split with King Dude, Nicolas Jaar's remix of Grizzly Bear's "Sleeping Ute," and the video for Garbage and Screaming Females' Patti Smith cover below.
As mentioned, Pharrell was promising something "extra special" for his House of Vans show on Friday (4/19), and though Daft Punk didn't show up, he did play his new collaborative single with the duo, "Get Lucky." Three times. Check out a video of that below (via CoS).
Photos by Greg Cristman
Redd Kross @ Santos 4/6/2013
"It felt a little bit like, who knows if anybody is going to care about a new Redd Kross record. We had no idea," says Steve McDonald. "We were just doing it because we thought it was great and we had to get it out of our systems."Veteran LA powerpop band Redd Kross stopped in NYC this past weekend on their current North American tour, playing Santos on Saturday (4/6) with Habibi. More pictures from Santos, plus video of Redd Kross performing their classic "Peach Kelli Pop," below...
They needn't have worried. The album is indeed great. Direct and timeless, with a healthy dose of Beatlesque harmonies, it's everything Redd Kross does best.
And now the band is about to embark on its first full tour in 15 years. They're back in the van and back in the clubs. On Sunday, they come to Kung Fu Necktie, which should be a great place to witness Redd Kross' jangly, punchy rock-and-roll.
"We kind of have no idea how it's going to go," Steve McDonald says. "We're going to take a swan dive into it. It really is back to the station wagon for us, which was how we first came to Philadelphia in 1985." - [Philly.com]
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals at 285 Kent - 3/7/13
While it was some kind of wintry mix outside, things got pretty hot and sweaty in the packed 285 Kent last night (3/7), where The Thermals were playing a BrooklynVegan-presented show with Hilly Eye and Habibi. And if you don't believe me, just ask Hutch from The Thermals, who stripped down to his underwear to deal with the heat. The band also remained in great spirits after breaking a kick drum one song into the set, rocked the whole time, and high-fived the moshing crowd at the end of their set. It was all pretty inspiring to see in a DIY club from a band ten years into their career.
Because of the ten year anniversary of their first album, More Parts Per Million, they played almost the entirety of the album, ripping through its many highlights like "It's Trivia," "Back to Gray," "A Passing Feeling," "Brace and Break," and of course, "No Culture Icons." And on top of that, they also took the time to preview almost the entirety of their upcoming album, Desperate Ground, which will be out on April 16 via their new home, Saddle Creek. The band have already revealed the album's single, "Born to Kill," (which they played last night), and if you liked that song (or any other Thermals song for that matter), you'll like this new stuff too. It's the classic Thermals formula and just as urgent as the rest of their catalog. They also worked in a few cuts off The Body, The Blood, The Machine, which had the crowd going pretty wild, especially during "Returning To The Fold" and "Here's Your Future."
The Thermals continue on tour, hitting the NYC area again on Saturday (3/9) at Maxwell's with TEEN and Monday (3/11) at Ace Hotel for their '5 at 5' series (bands play 5 songs at 5 PM, and it's free). They'll also be in Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party with The Polyphonic Spree, Akron/Family, Diamond Rings, KEN Mode, Pallbearer and more.
More pictures, the setlist, and videos (via (((unartig)))) from 285 Kent below...
The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, scrappy pop punks The Thermals will release their sixth album, and first for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, on April 16. The band just revealed their first taste of the new album with "Born to Kill," a quick, unrelenting ripper that benefits from John Agnello's thick, raw-but-clear production. You can watch a lyric video for the track and download it exchange for your email address below (via SPIN).
As mentioned, The Thermals will be touring this year and hitting the NYC area for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi and Hilly Eye (tickets) and March 9 at Maxwell's with TEEN (tickets).
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Bleeding Rainbow at Fred Perry Artist Lounge, CMJ 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
Bleeding Rainbow's new album, Yeah Right, is out next week. If you liked their single "Wasting Time" you'll probably really dig the new album which is full of hooky, noise-and-harmony filled guitar pop. Pitchfork is streaming the album in full despite giving the album a middling review. (The band and P4k writer Steve Hyden got in a bit of a Twitter spat over it.) Personally, I like it a lot.
The band are going on a short run of dates next month in support of the new album, including two shows in NYC: February 11 at Cake Shop (openers TBA) and February 12 at Glasslands with Habibi, Census and Spires. No advance tickets for Cake Shop but Glasslands tickets are on sale now.
All Bleeding Rainbow tour dates below...
The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been ten years since The Thermals released their great, scrappy debut, More Parts Per Million, and as mentioned, their sixth album will come out at some point this year. No release date or title has been announced for that yet, but the band did reveal that they'll reissue their first three albums (aka the three albums that came out on Sub Pop) on March 5 on vinyl. Those albums, in addition to More Parts Per Million, include Fuckin' A and The Body, The Blood, The Machine, plus the rare "No Culture Icons" 7".
The Thermals will also be touring this way to SXSW this March, and on the way they'll play two NYC areas. We at BrooklynVegan are proudly presenting the Brooklyn show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi, and tickets for that show are on sale now. The band will also play a Hoboken show at Maxwell's on March 9 and tickets for that one go on sale today (1/24) at noon.
A list of all dates and the classic video for "No Culture Icons" below...
by Bill Pearis
Chickfactor #17 with Grass Widow on the cover
Despite Hurricane Sandy playing havoc with area airports, San Francisco trio Grass Widow are here and kick off an Easterly North American tour tonight (11/2) in NYC at 285 Kent with Royal Baths and Habibi also on the bill. $10 gets you in at the door. The band were last here for the Northside fest back in June. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Grass Widow are the cover stars for all-lower-case "legendary indie nerd bible" chickfactor's first new issue in over ten years. The issue will also features interviews with Sharon Van Etten, Black Tamborine, Frankie Rose, and many more. You can pre-order the issue via Kickstarter now and get cool extras if you care to pledge extra, or just pick it up at Other Music or other locations when it comes out later this year.
Grass Widow also recently recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here and their new album, Internal Logic, is highly recommended too. You can watch the video for the album's "Goldilocks Zone" below.
Olympia, WA trio Naomi Punk, who recently signed to Captured Tracks and rereleased their debut, The Feeling, on the label in October digitally and on CD (it's out 11/20 on vinyl), will be playing some shows in November leading up to the vinyl release of their album. Two of those shows happen in NYC on November 16 at 285 Kent with G Green, Parquet Courts, and Psychic Blood; and November 17 at Cake Shop with Habibi, The Mallard, and Noons. All Naomi Punk dates are listed below.
For Brooklyn's Habibi and San Francisco's The Mallard, the Cake Shop show is part of a November tour they'll be on together which also hits Death by Audio on November 18. All dates on this tour are listed below.
As for Parquet Courts, they just wrapped up a bunch of NYC shows in October, and this 285 Kent show appears to be their only upcoming scheduled date at the moment. If you're headed to that show, it's worth getting there early to catch their set.
Lists of all dates, some song streams and videos are below.
Royal Baths circa now
Royal Baths are opening for Moon Duo tomorrow night (10/5) at Knitting Factory and the show will be their first with a new line-up that includes Lesley Hann of Friends on bass (who seems to have left that group, along with Matthew Molnar, if their most recent 285 Kent show is any indication). Tickets are still available.
If you can't make it tomorrow night, Royal Baths have a bunch of other shows coming up, including Sunday (10/7) at Bowery Electric (whose booking seems to be getting more interesting now that Sam Mickens has been handling some of the shows there) with Larkin Grimm, Behavior & M. Lamar; Wednesday (10/10) at Glasslands with Grooms, Dum Dum Girls offshoot SISU and Punks on Mars (tickets); October 16 at 285 Kent with Forma and the Golden Awesome; and a CMJ show at Cheap Storage on October 19 with King Tuff, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker (tickets). Royal Baths tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Royal Baths' Jeremy Cox features on Blasted Canyons' version of "Venus in Furs" that will be on the upcoming Castle Face Velvet Underground tribute album we told you about. That album is out November 6. Royal Baths most recent album, Better Luck Next Life, came out back in February.
Speaking of Total Slacker, the band have had a sad week with the death of their drummer Terence Connor in a hit-and-run. The band will pay tribute to him this Saturday (10/6) at Cheap Storage with a dance party featuring DJ sets from Weird Rivers, Cool Serbia, DOM, and Prince Rama. Suggested donation is $5 and all procedes go to Connor's family. More info here.
No Wave legend and all-around cool dude Arto Lindsay will be performing this evening (8/8) in Union Square as part of the free Summer Nights series which is presented by the Arte Institute. Tonight's program, curated by Sao Paulo, Brazil's Instituto de Cultura Contemporeana-ICC, begins at 8 PM and also features videos by artist Eder Santos and director Cao Guimaraes. More info on tonight's show is here.
Arto Lindsay has also been added to the 285 Kent show on Friday (8/10) that was already a really good line-up with Fergus & Geronimo, Peoples Temple, Family Curse, Mannequin Pussy and DJs Habibi.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Habibi at Fullton Stall Market 8/05/2012
Brooklyn's Habibi kicked off the 2012 Sound Bites Series down at Fullton Stall Markets on Sunday afternoon (8/5). This is the third year I've booked this little concert series and the third stage location we've done it. The stage is now set up on Beekman street sidewalk just off South St which is probably the best place we've had it, as it didn't conflict with the folks trying to get to the different farm stands but was still basically right there with the market. (It also will allow bands to play a little longer/louder than last year.) Habibi, who are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut LP, sounded great if I do say so, despite some humidity-induced fret problems that guitarist Caroline worked around with good humor.
Habibi will open for Chain & the Gang and Calvin Johnson at 285 Kent on Thursday (8/9) and next month will be on a tour with Vetiver which includes a show at Glasslands on September 21.
The Sound Bites Series happens every Sunday afternoon in August. This Sunday (8/12) is Eternal Summers.
More pics from Sunday's show below...
by Bill Pearis
Vetiver at BXSXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
San Francisco's Vetiver will tour the East Coast tour next month, with two upcoming NYC shows: He'll play Glasslands on September 21 and then the recently-relocated ATP NY the next night (9/22). Tickets to Glasslands and ATP are on sale now.
Joining Vetiver for the tour will be Brooklyn's Habibi, who you can see this Sunday, August 5, the kickoff of this year's Sound Bites Series at the Fulton Stall Market (which, full disclosure, I curate). The show is free and happens at 3PM sharp. I'll be DJing before the band if you care to come early. I interviewed Habibi singer Rahill Jamalifard over at Sound Bites who relayed this anecdote about touring with King Tuff earlier this year:
We played at Johnny Brendas in Philly... They were kind enough to bring out a generous sized hummus plate for us and King Tuff before our show. The King Tuff boys hadn't come into the bar yet and we basically bodied the whole thing and did some heavy heavy damage, to the point where the manager asked us kindly to please leave some for the other band. We laughed inside but cried a little too.OK Vetiver, you've been warned. Guard your snacks. All Vetiver/Habibi tour dates are listed below.
Audacity is preparing a new set of poppy garage-punk for Burger / Recess Records on July 10. The record's titled Mellow Cruisers and features the singles "Garza Girls" and "Punk Confusion," the latter of which was just made into a video and we're premiering it right here in this post. Watch it below, along with a stream of it and "Garza Girls," and a list of all their current tour dates.
While you can't catch Audacity as a band in NYC anytime soon, you can catch them in the flesh as the backing band for King Tuff. King Tuff played 285 Kent on June 9 with Habibi as part of their current tour, and will return to the NYC area to play Maxwell's in Hoboken on Thursday (6/14). Tickets are still available and remaining tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Habibi at NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Habibi, Eternal Summers, Caged Animals and Ski Lodge will be this year's lineup for the third Sound Bites series which will take place Sunday afternoons in August at the Fulton Stall Market by South Street Seaport... which I curate. (Shameless plug). There will be a DJ (probably me) at 2PM with the bands playing at 3PM and it's all free. The schedule is this:
August 5: HabibiHabibi will be opening for King Tuff for a few dates, including the show at 285 Kent on June 9. The band have also just made their first music video, "Tomboy," which you can watch below and features guest appearance by some other bands you may recognize.
August 12: Eternal Summers
August 19: Caged Animals
August 26: Ski Lodge
Eternal Summers, meanwhile, just announced a late show at Mercury Lounge on July 26 which is most likely a record release show for their fantastic new album Correct Behavior (one of my favorites of 2012 so far) which is out July 24. Check out the video for "Millions" at the bottom of this post. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 8. No openers listed yet.
Caged Animals, meanwhile, just released a video for a new song, "This Summer I'll Make it Up To You," which is off their This Summer EP which is out June 12 on Lucky Number. Caged Animals are also playing Saturday (6/2) at Bobby Redd Project Space in Bushwick with Kent Odessa, Bright Future, Sagopalm and The Zabalas.
And Ski Lodge are next playing Pianos on June 13 with Cool Serbia, The Hudson Branch and new Kanine Records signing Beach Day. Ski Lodge also have a new video for "A Game" which you can watch below. Their debut album will be out later this year.
Tour dates for Habibi and Eternal Summers, and videos for all four bands, are below.
by Bill Pearis
After a 2010 album with his band Happy Birthday, Scuzz popper extraordinaire Kyle Thomas has returned to his solo King Tuff moniker for his brand new album, out this week on Sub Pop. The self-titled LP is 12 songs of boogie riffs, Stonesy sneer, big hooks and that nasally whine you either dig or dislike. You can download two tracks at the top of this post ("Bad Thing" is pretty damn catchy) and stream the whole album -- and watch the horror spoof video for "Bad Thing" -- below.
King Tuff, whose shows at SXSW this year were rauccous fun, is heading out on tour with two stops in the NYC area on June 9 at 285 Kent with Habibi, and June 14 at Maxwell's with Habibi and Natural Child. Tickets to the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
Part of King Tuff's tour -- not the part coming to NYC -- is with Sub Pop labelmates Jaill whose new album, Traps, will be out June 12. That's a pretty good double bill! You can download a couple tracks from Traps at the top of this post as well. All King Tuff and Jaill dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
"comet gain & pooh sticks were great last night @ public assembly in brooklyn. only took approx 15-20 years to see them live." - @dfarecords
The Pooh Sticks
It was the kind of night that could really only happen at Public Assembly. The back room rumbled from the crush of Ulcerate (who had their gear stolen later that night) and Tombs, while the front was hosting the third evening of NYC Popfest, which made for a culture clash in the mutually shared hallway. With The Pooh Sticks on the bill, it was hardest Popfest has ever come to "rocking," what with the legendary Welsh band's proclivity towards crunchy powerpop a la Slade or The Sweet. No better example of that than their 1991 single "Young People," with it's twin guitar leads and lyrics that rang of even more irony now that that song is old enough to drink. (And it was ironic when first released.) A truly fantastic set.
Despite the gray hair, frontman Hue Williams was a bundle of energy and the band was tight and, yes, rocking. In addition to "Young People," we got pretty much all The Pooh Sticks' well-known material, including early indiepop sides "I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well" and "On Tape," as well as later tracks like "Who Loves You" and "The World is Turning On."
Headliners Comet Gain rocked too, albiet in a more shambolic indie kind of way, despite frontman David Feck's threats of putting the audience to sleep after the Pooh Sticks killer set. But Comet Gain fans are fervent and the crowd was pumped and loaded for the band who hadn't played NYC in four years. (A little too loaded, some friends of mine got hit by projectile vomit from someone who couldn't hold their booze.) Check out video of their set at the bottom of this post.
The evening started with Sweden's Pushy Parents who were playing their second-ever show, but they sounded pretty together to these ears. Speedmarket Avenue's Isak Klasson played drums. (His own band played earlier in the week.) It was a short set, highlighted by current single "Secret Secret."
The rest of the night: Seattle's winsome and tuneful Seapony were good but needed to be louder (the metal show next door won that round); and Sweden's Electric Pop Group were pleasant enough but with a laptop rhythm section, maybe they should've played first.
Earlier Saturday it was the Popfest day show at Spike Hill with Filipino duo Outerhope, Sweden's Lisa Bouvier and locals Pale Lights and Habibi. I didn't make that one, but our photographer did and pictures of all Saturday Popfest action are below, along with Bleary Eyed Brooklyn's videos.