Entries tagged with: Halloween
a scene from Sunday's parade (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Zion I @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Swingadelic @ Maxwell's
* R. Crumb @ Barnes & Noble
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* David Sedaris @ the Apollo Theater
* Neil Diamond on the Today Show
* Superhuman Happiness @ Coco 66
* Elvis Costello @ The Greene Space
* Recoil, Architect, Conjure One @ Highline Ballroom
* Jonathan Richman, Tommy Larkins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Annie and The Beekeepers, Twain, Birdie Busch @ Union Hall
* The Meligrove Band, Thrift Store Cowboys, Alexis Foxe @ Pianos
* Vagina Panther with Cassette Kids, At Sea, & Phone Home @ S.O.B.'s
* Talib Kweli, Junot Díaz, Lisa Dierbeck, Wahida Clark and Wally Lamb @ LPR
* Florence & The Machine, The Smith Westerns, Hanni El Khatib @ Terminal 5
* A Reading of Joe Mande's Screenplay Adaptation of Glenn Beck's Novel: The Overton Window w/ guests (instead of Whiplash) @ UCB
Glenn Beck's new best-selling political thriller, The Overton Window, was so inspiring to comedian Joe Mande that he sat down and re-wrote the story for the big screen. Come watch as Mande and a few of his friends read the script on stage for the first time, in hopes of getting a movie deal.Dum Dum Girls were supposed to play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
And a few very impressive SURPRISE GUESTS!
Stay in the Halloween spirit with Recoil tonight at Highline Ballroom. Nicole Blackman is "guest vocalist" on the goth-friendly show featuring Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode. Tickets still seem to be available.
Check out a set of pictures from Sunday's Halloween Parade.
Florence and the Machines play their first of two shows with the Smith Westerns at Terminal 5 tonight.
Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins also play their first of two shows tonight.
Chromeo were Kiss for Halloween. Video from their Chicago show below...
Local Natives encored with "Sun Hands" in Halloween costumes at Webster Hall this weekend. Video below...
photos by Chris La Putt
today in NYC
* the Halloween parade
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* tribute bands @ Union Pool
* Sun Ra Arkestra @ Sullivan Hall
* The Dresden Dolls @ Irving Plaza
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* The Old Ceremony, Mascott @ The Rock Shop
* Rocky Horror Picture Show Anniversary Party @ Le Poisson Rouge
* World/Inferno Friendship Society (Hallowmas 2010) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Felice Brothers, Adam Haworth Stephens @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Robbers On High Street (as ELO), Black Dragon, Blue Album Group @ Mercury Lounge
* Delicate Steve, Golden Ages, Crinkles, Lawrence Welks and Our Bear To Cross @ Cake Shop
* Das Racist, Keepaway, Pictureplane, The Intelligence, The Beets, Cassie Ramone & Justin from The Babies as The White Stripes, Janka Nabay, Blissed Out @ Ridgewood Temple (Todd P's Halloween Party)
This year is the 38th Annual Village Halloween Parade.
This year's theme: "Memento Mori"
Twenty years ago the iconic Day of the Dead puppets first appeared in the Village Halloween Parade, our festival of All Souls to ritual traditions worldwide -the Guede in Port-au-Prince, the Skull and Bones Gang of New Orleans, in the calaveras of Oaxaca, the Midnight Robbers of Trinidad, and beyond. Often it is in the places where tragedy is more ubiquitous and everyday existence can be more of a struggle, that expressions of the Dead are the most exuberant, a reminder that life itself, despite itshardships, is a gift. The Dead - as they return to drink coffee, play checkers, watch TV,but above all, to dance - offer us a mirror to see with fresh eyes the everyday things in our lives, rendered invisible by routine. Every sound, action, and motion we take for granted, they rejoice in - on the one night they can. So each year, when the skeletons take their place at the head of the Halloween Parade, they are not grim expressions of the morbid but rather joyful reminders of all that is vital.Also check out the previous post (and its comments): "What's happening on Halloween weekend in NYC this year?"
As the beloved dancing skeletons enter their third decade in the Village Halloween Parade, we seek to honor them - and in doing so, to honor all those who have walked in their footsteps. Official Parade puppeteers Superior Concept Monsters, Master Puppeteer Basil Twist and Haitian Artist Didier Civil plan to work with the Mexican, Haitian and arts communities to make and remake, create and re-create, re-envision and resurrect the entire Day of the Dead section, calling forth not only the spirits of the Dead, but many of the puppets of past VHP artists that had long been absent from the streets of Greenwich Village. Drawing on traditional forms from Trinidad to Tibet, Haiti to Mexico, new 12'-foot tall skeletal puppets will add new life to the VHP's jubilant underworld - a cortege drawn by galloping night-Mares, an illuminated Ghost Train, and a dozen brand-new dancing Calaveras skeletons and who knows what else to join their brethren at the head of the Parade.
As the perennial community of Halloween volunteers gathers again this year to build and rehearse our memento mori ("Remembrance of Death") we'll look back on 37 years of Halloween in NY with another Latin adage: "Vita Brevis Ars Longa" : life is short, but art endures.
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black was supposed to play Santos Party House, but the venue is closed.
Did you catch Legendary Pink Dots at Le Poisson Rouge the other night? Since their tour was announced, they were also added as opener for tonight's Dresden Dolls show at Irving Plaza.
That Dresden Dolls show also promises "special guests, rare performances, and a cacophony of Brechtian entertainment." AND: "This triumphant return will be documented by the Dresden Dolls fan base in a project spearheaded by This One Is On Us. Fans from all over the world will record, edit, design, and promote to produce a DVD of the evening for all the world to cherish and enjoy. This project aims to blur the link between author and reader even further - until both are one and the same."
Tonight's show at Union Pool show:
HALLOWEENCheck out Violens' new Halloween-friendly video for "Violent Sensation Descends" below...
DAMN! a Halloween tribute to WHAM!
(Max and Kev from Pizza Party on EVR)
THE CURE(Warm Ghost)
ELO(Members of The Mad Scene and The Flaming Fire)
DANZIG/MISFITS(Members of Love as Laughter, Children, and Violent Bullshit
Check out Howlies' new Halloween-friendly video for "Zombie Girl" below...
TONIGHT, FRIDAY, 10/29, AT DEATH BY AUDIO
PRE HALLOWEEN COVER SHOWThe Death By Audio show is real bands pretending to be other bands for Halloween. The Sublime tribute band playing Mercury Lounge tonight is a Sublime tribute band all year long. Same is true about the Smiths and Radiohead cover bands playing Littlefield this evening.
KISS ::: Boogie Boarder
THIN LIZZY ::: Passive Aggressor
NIRVANA ::: Reality War (Michael Jordan)
GREEN DAY'S DOOKIE ::: Freudian Slit
BLACK FLAG ::: Necking/Zulus
BABES IN TOYLAND ::: mems of Pygmy Shrews
Mr. Brownstone, a Guns n Roses cover band that comes in and out of retirement, is at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday.
Cassie & Justin from the Babies will be the White Stripes on Sunday - the same (Halloween) day that Robbers on High Street will be ELO at Mercury Lounge where a Weezer cover band will open. Mouth Breather, a Jesus Lizard cover band, plays Fontana's. And at Union Pool:
SUNDAY, 10/31, AT UNION POOL
DAMN! a Halloween tribute to WHAM! (Max & Kev of Pizza Party on EVR)More Halloween shows listed HERE.
THE CURE (Warm Ghost)
VIOLENT FEMMES (McDonald's)
ELO (Members of The Mad Scene and The Flaming Fire)
DANZIG/MISFITS (Members of Love as Laughter, Children, and Violent Bullshit)
Past Halloween, another tribute band is coming out of retirement, a very short retirement. Tragedy played their final show in January. The All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees plays their next show November 12th at Brooklyn Bowl (billed as their "last show ever").
The Fab Faux are performing The White Album in its entirety at Terminal 5 on December 11. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Zoso is playing 'The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience' at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29th. Tickets go on sale at noon.
And tribute bands are always playing BB King's.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Speaking of bloody, BrooklynVegan photographer Kurt Christensen happened to be walking through Times Square on Tuesday when he was suddenly surrounded by zombies. Naturally he pulled out his camera. His shots are in this post.
AMC and FOX international networks are planning to stage a worldwide stunt that will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 26th. Taking direction from "The Walking Dead's" legendary make-up artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period. The planned global outbreaks will center in and around the world's major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more.It was all just a publicity stunt to promote AMC's The Walking Dead - not quite as legendary as the recent Zombiecon event, but we like zombies and it's almost our favorite holiday Halloween, so what the heck. Pictures continue below...
Allo Darlin only played two shows during CMJ (their guitarist had to fly back to England for a wedding on Friday) and suffered dual indignaties last Thursday: the atrocious sound at The Woods for their day show and then having to play Kenny's Castaways. I thought Elizabeth Morris was going to kill the sound guy at the Woods, but they persevered despite the omnipresent feedback.
They're back this Saturday, playing The Rock Shop as part of the Mondo! Halloween Party. They go on at 11pm - it's dj's the rest of the night (costumes encouraged). I know Saturday is main party night for Halloween stuff, but make room for this if you can. The band just released a new video for single "My Heart is a Drummer" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Their debut album just got its North American release a couple weeks ago and you should definitely pick it up. And definitely definitely go see them. Hopefully they'll be back sooner than later.
Another set of pictures from the Woods show, continues below...
Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of PurchaseAccording to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.
Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.
Halloween (more by Paul Birman)
What are some good Halloween shows happening this year? There's always the parade. And Todd P has his thing. Knitting Factory has all the metal you need. Hippies will be down the shore gambling. The Dresden Dolls are at Irving Plaza. World/Inferno Friendship Society do two shows at Brooklyn Bowl. The Felice Brothers and Adam H. Stephens of Two Gallants play MHOW (not a very Halloween-like option). Robbers on High Street will be ELO at Mercury Lounge. A Weezer cover band opens for them.
Deidre of Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion hosts Deidre's Hoochie Coochie Halloween at Zebulon. Michael T hosts a Rocky Horror Picture Show anniversary party at Le Poisson Rouge. The always-costumed Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black play Santos. What else?
There's always Saturday/Mischief night to celebrate. Since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, Halloween will probably last all weekend long (plus, Halloween technically begins at midnight). Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone are at Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday evening before Das Pop play the Halloween party there later that night. Allo Darlin play the Mondo Halloween Party at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn on 10/30. The previously mentioned Pelly Twins Pre-Halloween Partay is happening that night too:
Saturday October 30th @ 171 LOMBARDYAntony and Cloud Cult both also play that night, as do
:: PELLY TWINS PRE-HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:::: SMITH WESTERNS
:::::: Yellow Fever
:::::::: Total Slacker
:::::::::: Sweet Bulbs
| 171 LOMBARDY |
502 Varick Ave @ Lombardy St | East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Grand St, G-Nassau | 8pm | all ages | $tba
Get in the mood with some videos below...
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)
Sunday October 31st @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLEI suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.
:: PANACHE + TODD P HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: DAS RACIST
:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE ]
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.
Updated Intelligence dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Watching Deer Tick at One Eyed Jacks in
the French quarter..." - Wayne Coyne, one day after ACL
"Burbank, CA - What would Halloween be without THE FLAMING LIPS? Certainly nothing as magical and incendiary as their annual Ghouls Gone Wild event held in their hometown of Oklahoma City, that's what. As we fall into the crisp Autumnal night air of the season's darkest yet sweetest holiday, THE FLAMING LIPS ask the question: Want to Participate in This Year's MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS?The Flaming Lips played a nine-song set opposite Band of Horses at Austin City Limits on Sunday (10/10). Coming up, the band will play a week of shows in Florida before their pre-Halloween parade (see above), and then another week of shows in Asia after Halloween, and eventually, in July 2011, a very special performance in the UK. All dates with more ACL pictures, the setlist, and a video of Wayne screenprinting an ACL poster with his own blood, below...
This October 23rd, The LIPS will once again host their annual MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS Parade in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district, just a stones throw away from FLAMING LIPS ALLEY.
Last year's third annual Ghouls Gone Wild event was a huge success that drew LIPS fans from around the globe. Naturally, this year's Supernatural procession will be even more elaborate as festive floats, (in)appropriately adorned cars, walking groups and plenty of surprises along with 1000 strong undead snaking through the streets of Oklahoma City.
Order your costume bundle for this year's parade now in the official Flaming Lips store: www.flaminglips.com/store
Chris Grigg at The Studio at Webster Hall with Woe (more by Samantha Marble)
This year, as the clock swings from devil's night to Halloween, BrooklynVegan and Haunting The Chapel will present a night of black metal with the return of Krieg and the fantastic Woe at Knitting Factory! The show takes place at 11:59PM on Saturday, October 30th directly after the previously discussed AGE/Hellshock show happening in the same venue that evening, and will be $5 to get in, or just $2 if you paid to see the show earlier that night. Tickets are on sale.
Both Krieg and Woe feature Chris Grigg (on drums and guitar/vox respectively) and both have new LPs on the way in October via Candlelight Records. The new Woe, Quietly, Undramatically, hits record stores on 10/12 while the new Krieg, The Isolationist, impacts 14 days later.
Neil Imperial of Krieg also logged hours on he latest Twilight (the band) record, and two of his Twilight band mates (Blake of Nachtmystium and Steve of The Atlas Moth) played The Studio at Webster Hall on 9/15.
In related BV-presented show news, a reminder that the Batillus and Kowloon Walled City tour kicks off tomorrow (9/18) at Cake Shop with Riff Cannon. The early show will have doors at 5PM and cost you $10.
Halloween show flyer (created by the uber-talented Sophie Penrose), and some videos below.
After what seems like a long period of Amanda Palmer establishing herself as a solo artist, Amanda and Brian are getting back together again. Dresden Dolls tour dates and more info below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Like Like Like Like Like Like Like (MP3)
The Intelligence @ Market Hotel in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of Seattle's finest, The Intelligence, have a new record and are gearing up for a big fall tour, including an October 30 stop at Cake Shop and will also play the Todd P Halloween Show somewhere in Brooklyn, details TBA. The band were last here about a year ago supporting one of 2009's best albums, Fake Surfers.
Its follow-up, Males, is the band's sixth album (third for In the Red) but marks a couple of firsts for the band. It's the first Intelligence album that wasn't played entirely by main brain Lars Finberg and marks a bold leap into fidelity. Scraping off the scuzz hasn't removed any of the band's weird charm -- Males is quite possibly their best album yet. (And Fake Surfers was hard to top.) You can download "Like Like Like Like Like Like Like" at the top of this post.
Finberg discusses these new developments in the Intelligence's sound in a very entertaining interview over at The Finest Kiss:
Each new Intelligence record seems to sound a little more 'produced'... and you seem to have become more collaborative if not with the rest of the band at least with the producer. With Males you've even let the rest of the band into the studio. Are you weakening in your old age, or just more open to collaboration?If the new album isn't enough Lars Finberg for you, he's got a side project, Puberty, you might want to investigate.
I'm weakening, I'm lonely. It's more fun to make something with everybody else now, it's new. My ears are just tired of the 'LO-FI' sound for us, I'm also sick to death of being called that, it's stupid but nothing gets called mid-fi or hi-fi, such a tired and petty complaint I know. I thought the most interesting thing we could do would be to try to make a big clean record. But really it's just the most interesting path to go down for me, we can record on dirty blank cassette tapes forever, it's easy but the challenge of having real bright vocals up front was scary and fun. Also our bass sound is cool with Susanna I wanted the record to have a lot of low end. Beren is a great drummer and we wanted a record with US as a band playing, since the 3 of us have been together a long time now it's just more fun to have something we make as a group. Plus if it sucks it's THEIR FAULT TOO.
Hi-fi or lo-fi, you seem torn between them (ie. Surfers vs Pacman). What is your preference and has it changed over the years?
It's Hi-Fi for now, I want our records to sound good with the windows down! I want it to sound good on a P.A. in a club and DJ's to be able to play it next to Adam Ant and the Buzzcocks without people involuntarily grinding their molars.
Meanwhile, Finberg's old band, the under-appreciated early-'00s A Frames, have come out of retirement -- albeit without him. (He left the drum stool in 2006.) Earlier this year saw the release of 333, an odds-n-sods triple platter of 7" sides and demos and with it came some new shows.
A Frames are making it to the East Coast in October, playing Cake Shop on 10/8 and Death by Audio on 10/9. They also play Philly on 10/7 at the Danger Danger Gallery. Video from a recent show in Seattle is at the bottom of this post
All Intelligence and A Frames tour dates below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
Jones Beach, 8/18
One of the best things about Phish Tour is getting to see and enjoy shows with so many friends gathered in one place. It's social multi-tasking. It's a big fucking party! I met up with some of said friends and we pre-gamed appropriately for such an occasion: Phish's 2010 Summer Tour closing run at Jones Beach. Hershey Park was a lot of fun, but wasn't completely satisfying. This being the end of the tour, I hoped the boys would have their Tour Legs on and be ready to kick some major ass, as per the 2009 MSG run. -[Jambands.com]Hackey sacks were brought, bowls were packed, nitrous tanks were confiscated, and tailgates were ajar on August 17th and 18th as Phish played Jones Beach. The 18th was the night of the unfortunate balcony jumping. Pictures in this post are from both shows - the inside shots are from the 17th, the outside shots are from the 18th.
Phish is back on the road this fall, tie-dying the rest of the East Coast and NYC does not get a look in this go around, but Atlantic City gets four shows including Halloween, and there are strong rumors of Madison Square Garden on New Years Eve (and speaking of hippies at MSG, Further is playing there twice in November). Tickets for the new Phish shows go on sale to the general public on Sept 10th and 11th, but a fan "ticket-requesting" system is up and running until then. For the upcoming fall trek, all concert-goers will receive copies of the show they attended (in MP3 form). The band also recently posted a free-for-download live sampler entitled Live Bait.
More pictures and the setlists from Jones Beach and the new tour dates, below...
The Felice Brothers...
The Felice Bros. are back in NYC this fall too, as part of a tour with with Adam Haworth Stephens (of Two Gallants). They play at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, October 31st (spooky!). Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
The boys are also at the Newport Folk Festival on August 1st, and more shows, including the UK in September, are listed below...
photos by Fresh Bread
"It wasn't until concertgoers arrived at the gates that they finally learned what classic album Phish would cover in its entirety during their "musical costume" set at Festival 8. Reviving a tradition that began in 1994 when Phish covered The Beatles' The White Album, last night the quartet staged an ambitious cover of the Rolling Stones' 18-song double LP, Exile on Main St. As in years past, the costume choice was a closely-guarded secret until the day of the show, when thousands of "Phishbill" programs (à la Playbill) were distributed, complete with bios of the "cast," which included Sharon Jones on vocals and members of the Dap Kings on horns." [LAist]Phish fans (see above) decscended on the Coachella Music Festival site for three days over Halloween weekend. Lots of pictures, and all tour dates (including a just-announced four-night New Years Eve run in Miami, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - To Where (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose - Thee Only One (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mary Onettes - Puzzles (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mary Onettes - Dare (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Carsick Cars - You Can Listen You Can Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Carsick Cars - Zhong Nan Hai (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: PK-14 - Behind All Ruptures (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Xiao He - MTV (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Answering Machine - Another City, Another Sorry (MP3)
Frankie & the Outs - debut show @ The Woods on Halloween
I'm barely recovered from post-CMJ cold and we've got a week that is so packed with good shows it feels like another festival is in town.
Mercury Prize nominees The Invisible are playing their first U.S. shows this week, starting with a free one tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. Their lauded debut album doesn't fit into one easy category, which befits a band on Matthew Herbert's label. It's all fairly warm and soulful, but with forays into funk, sparse ballads, electro and Krautrock. There's a lot going on and I'll be curious to see how a three-piece can pull it off live. The Invisible also play Santos tomorrow (11/5) opening for Dragonette, and then on Friday at Pianos (11/6) where they'll be on the same bill as Freelance Whales.
The Mary Onettes, here from Sweden, play their first NYC show this year, tonight (11/4) at Union Hall where they'll play with Blacklist. As I said before, like a lot of the bands on Labrador, The Mary Onettes love the '80s and wear those influences on their black-clad sleeves. But their second album, Islands, wears them a little more subtly, though they are still writing reach-for-the-stars chorus -- now with strings. I like them a lot. They also play Friday (11/6) at Studio @ Webster Hall and then Sunday (11/8) at Mercury Lounge.
San Francisco's awesome Grass Widow are also in town this weekend for a string of dates, starting tomorrow (11/5) at The Woodser with Frankie & the Outs, Air Waves and Hot Box. (There was to be a second show tomorrow, late at Monster Island, but that has been cancelled.) There are more than a few all-girl trios out there playing vaguely C-86 style indie (including fellow San Franciscans Brilliant Colors), but Grass Widow write better songs than most, and I really like both 12" EPs they've released this year.
The Woodser show was to be notable as the live debut of Frankie & the Outs, but then they went and played Halloween night at similarly named Willliamsburg bar The Woods (picture above). Frankie's debut single, "Thee Only One," is out now and is worth picking up -- though I think more for the dreamy b-side "Hollow Life" than the A-side (good as it is, and downloadable above) which is a little more of what you'd expect from someone who spent time in Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts. Frankie's got a way with harmonies, and the less that gets in the way of them, the better. There were a couple of songs The Outs did Saturday which were similarly laid back, and the best songs of the night.
Grass Widow also play Market Hotel on Friday night (11/6) along with Vivian Girls, The Bitters and Stupid Party. If you haven't heard The Bitters, the Toronto duo feature Ben Cook of Fucked Up (who play Thursday at Masonic Temple) and Aerin Fogel. They've got a single and an EP on Captured Tracks, the latter of which I dig (haven't heard the single yet). While definitely on the "low" end of the "fi" scale, Bitters are different from anything else on Captured Tracks with an early-'60s rock n' roll vibe (or early '80s West Coast punk), and Ben and Aerin's harmonies front-and-center.|
Grass Widow also play Saturday (11/7) afternoon at the Brooklyn Museum with Crystal Stilts and the Beets, a show which finally today was officially announced by the museum...
"Inspired by Gail's idea, and because we love Brooklyn photographers, on First Saturday we are inviting local photographers to come and shoot the bands that are playing and post their photos to the Brooklyn Museum's flickr group. Afterwards, Bob Gruen, a rock photography legend who is featured in the exhibition and has shot the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and The Clash, will look at the photos and blog about his favorites here!" [Brooklyn Museum]Grass Window then play again at Market Hotel that night, for a show with Small Black, Pictureplane, Girls at Dawn and Cale Parks (formerly of Aloha). They're also going to play somewhere on Sunday (11/8)... venue TBA. Go see them if you can.
There's also the China Underground Invasion tour this weekend, with three of Beijing's best indie rock bands: Carsick Cars, PK-14 and Xiao He. In particular, I'm excited about Carsick Cars who I've actually heard of prior to this tour thanks to a friend who is living in Beijing and occasionally sends me music. They're definitely of the Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr school of noise n' drone. I only just got their new album, You Can Listen, You Can Talk, but have been listening to their 2008 debut a lot, and am told that its "Zhong Nan Hai" is like the Beijing indie anthem. The tour hits PowerHouse Arena tomorrow (11/5), Glasslands on Friday (11/6) and Santos on Saturday (11/7).
Tonight (11/4) is also the second week of The Answering Machine's three-week residency at Coco 66. The band has also added three more NYC dates while they're here: Nov. 9 at Pianos, Nov. 11 at Bruar Falls and Nov. 12 at Cake Shop.
And finally, Saturday night (11/7) French pop band Tahiti 80 play Mercury Lounge (tickets). When it comes to Franco-pop, Phoenix get the lion's share of the attention, but Tahiti 80 have been at it almost as long (if not just as long) and have made four danceable, hook-filled albums. The most recent of which, Activity Center, came out last year in France but is just now getting an American release. The band have retreated a bit from the full-on disco that was 2005's Fosbury, and gone back to the '60s sunshine of 2002's Wallpaper for the Soul which definitely suits them better. I haven't seen them play in ages, but they were always a good live band. Opening is Brookville, the other band from Ivy's Andy Chase -- who also produced Tahiti 80's first two albums.
Videos, tour dates and flyers are after the jump...
photos by Sayard Egan
Deer Tick's John Joseph McCauley III as Johnny Rotten...
At Brooklyn Bowl's Halloween party, Deer Tick ditched their other costume ideas for a night as the Sex Pistols. The night's semi-surprise opener was Dead Confederate, who covered Sonic Youth. Dangerous: All Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson played from that artist's body of work. All this while down the street at a different show, an (unhappy) Titus Andronicus sped through a set of Weezer covers (while the actual Weezer played Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan).
If those tribute acts weren't enough - you can see Rotten himself with PiL if you're in the UK this December; Sonic Youth will play three pre-Thanksgiving shows in NYC; and Michael Jackson's This Is It is in theaters now.
More pics, videos (including "Sid" singing "My Way") and all upcoming Deer Tick tour dates are posted below...
DOWNLOAD: Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground (MP3)
Sleigh Bells (by Rob Loud)
After the Very Best canceled their CMJ appearances in late-October because of travel issues, the band had apparently sorted things out in time for their Halloween show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The band wrote: "were super sorry and gutted we had to cancel all the shows so far on the USA tour. we where applying for another visa which took longer than we where told and esau's passport was held. we finally got the passport back and will do the last leg on the tour startin on staurday in new york! sooo sorry and we hope to be back soon and make up for this fuckup."
Despite that, the group performed without singer Esau Mwamwaya at the Brooklyn Halloween show. The only members in attendence were DJ Johan Hugo (aka 1/2 of production team Radioclit) and two of the group's dancers. (Flavorpill, who put on the show, describe the act in their post-show coverage as "The Very Best Sound System.") Other performers on hand for the charity event were Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew, Sub Swara, DJ Kyle Hall, DJ Stretch Armstrong, $mall ¢hange, and VDRK & Bradley D.
Esau did play Boston the following night and will (we hope) be in attendence at their Santos Party House show on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets are on sale. Sleigh Bells ("electroclash/dancepunk [from] ex-Poison the Well Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss") open.
This will be Sleigh Bells' first post-CMJ show. They left the festival with lots of extra hype. Sheena Beaston wrote, "There's so many great things I coud tell you about their [October 21st] performance [at Santos Party House], which consisted f 5 songs, a guitar on 3, a tmabourine, and an iPod as a backing track. In short, it was one of the best live shows I've seen all year." Stereogum named them a "Band to Watch" one day after that same show. Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal said they were "one of this week's legit breakouts-- just might be the best thing I see all week." Pitchfork then gave their song "Crown on the Ground" "Best New Music" a few days later. Download it above.
All tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano
King Khan & BBQ Show headlined two NYC shows on their brief tour with Dum Dum Girls. Those shows happened Friday, Oct. 30th at Bowery Ballroom, and Halloween night at the Bell House. (Dum Dum Girls also played Saturday, Oct. 24th for CMJ, and Monday, Oct. 26th at Bruar Falls.)
The King Khan & BBQ Show - the two-man-band of King Khan and singer/drummer/rhythm guitarist Mark Sultan - were also in town to play their parts in Almighty Defenders, who performed at the Root Studio on Saturday, October 24th. Even though they were joined on stage by the energetic Black Lips at that show, the Bowery show with the duo alone was the grimier, rawer affair. That's where the pictures in this post were taken.
At the Bowery, King Khan, in a turquoise, fringed dress, and Mark Sultan, in a turban and cloak, swarmed the stage to the opening riff of "Johnny B Goode." People danced (got kicked out), cups flew out of the crowd, King Khan did his rounds and then settled into a sitar-position at the foot of the stage, and Mark Sultan laid out rhythm guitar, kick drum and dulcet tones.
A homespun aesthetic was central to the set - the pair played through tiny Vox Pathfinder amps more suited to a bedroom practice session, and sported an attractively handcrafted backdrop. They exchanged cues with telepathic charm and made a whole lot of noise playing from records old and new (including their newest LP, Invisible Girl). There was even some overlap with the Almighty Defenders set; the song "Too Much in Love", for one, done in shambolic, backyard fashion. The band paused on a serious note to give a dedication to musician and one-time Black Lip Bobby Ubangi, who passed earlier this year.
Earlier in the show, opener Lover (not to be confused with Lovvers) kicked things off with melodic garage punk that worked best played fast and harmonized. In the same vein, Dum Dum Girls (they played right before King Khan and BBQ) benefited from the emphatic desperation of songs like their closer, "Jail La La." Its pitiful cry of "Someone took my baby" put an emotional angle on their detached, vintage-reverb sound.
Dum Dum Girls' cover of GG Allin's "Don't Talk to Me" and another song from their Bruar Falls show are posted below.
The King Khan & BBQ Show have North American shows scheduled into December. Those dates and more pictures are below too...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum @ Market Hotel...
The haunting, cryptic grind of Malkuth and the high-intensity shriek of Liturgy (in full corpsepaint) were quite the introduction for Mount Eerie's headlining set at Market Hotel on Halloween. The latest opus from Mt. Eerie (aka Phil Elverum), Wind's Poem, is a metal-inspired noise odyssey that manages to expertly pair brutal passages of distortion with ethereal lyrics and tender interludes usually found in his acoustic work. The somewhat rare occurrence of Phil's full-band tour, armed with the abrasive new album, was the obvious impetus for the creative holiday-night booking. Mount Eerie's live set, with Elverum backed by No Kids' Nick and Julia on synths and two drummers (one of which manned a massive gong), did not disappoint with its dynamic range - guitars blasted and died alongside Phil's whispered words.
No Kids, the quiet, restrained indie pop trio responsible for 2008's excellent Come Into My House, must have felt a bit out of place in the opening Halloween-night spot, but it was a different scene the following night at (Le) Poisson Rouge (I showed up too late to see them on Halloween so I stopped by the next night at LPR). At that show, the band followed classical pianist Dina Pruzhansky, whose opening set included selections from Debussy and Schumann. Welcoming the diversity, singer and songwriter Nick Krgovich played all his synth parts on the club's grand piano. Phil Elverum has been playing drums with the group all tour (drummer Justin Kellam has been living in Berlin) . His casual, sound-sensitive approach to the kit is rooted in his production style - subtle and unafraid of the occasional slip.
No Kids played a set of all new songs written for a forthcoming LP expected in fall 2010 (no word if they played the supremely excellent "For Halloween" on the night itself). The tunes dealt in Tin Pan Alley melodies (aided by the piano for synth substitution) and lyrics that painted a Hopperesque picture of isolation (and focused on Hollywood in specific terms). The crowd sat, still in a haze from Halloween, and soaked in the restrained songs.
I didn't see Tara Jane O'Neil's set either night. I don't believe she played at Market Hotel, but she was definitely set up to go at LPR. The Mount Eerie/No Kids/TJO tour continues through November 8th. Dates and more pictures from both shows are below...
Fuck Buttons @ McCarren Park Pool in summer '08 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* free comedy @ Pianos
* Girls, Real Estate @ Maxwell's
* Salt & Samovar @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Fuck Buttons, Growing, These Are Powers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Eli Valley vs. the Sway Machinery, Girls in Trouble @ Joe's Pub
* Noah And The Whale, Robert Francis, Alex and Janel @ Mercury Lounge
* Electric People, Jason Anderson, Psychedelic Disco Angels @ Cake Shop
Todd Barry, Jason Ross, Matt Goldich "Plus a special guest" perform for free at Pianos tonight.
David Cross judges a guitar battle at Santos Tuesday.
Green Jelly was supposed to play Santos tonight, but it was cancelled.
A video of Black Dice's set at Above the Auto Parts Store on October 30th is posted below.
Monsters of Folk were Kiss for Halloween. Video below...
photos by Rachel Carr
We will be playing a secret show at a historic Los Angeles venue tonight. It holds a small amount of people and while we would love to have everyone join us, there just isn't room. So here's the plan... The first 30 people to sign up here will win a pair of tickets. If you are one of those lucky 30 people, you'll hear back from us with info on the show and location. For those of you who miss the cut off for the Halloween show, don't worry, we'll be playing a free Dia De Los Muertos show [on Sunday]. -Vampire WeekendThat was a message Vampire Weekend sent out on Halloween. The band played new songs from "Contra", and old songs, at that Halloween show and at the free one the next day at Hollenbeck Recreation Center Band Shell. Videos and more pictures from the Halloween show, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
David Yow rides the crowd as beer flies
Titus Andronicus drama aside for a second, I was worried that the "party" crowd wouldn't be a good audience for the Jesus Lizard and Bad Brains. But as security pointed out, the audience very much treated the show like the "concert" it was. It got crazy for Jesus Lizard, energetic front-man David Yow included...
"The Jesus Lizard performed a ferocious set, with singer David Yow crowd diving and singing noise rock anthems while sweaty hands held him aloft. Meanwhile, the line outside on North 10th Street snaked around the block, as hundreds of costumed revelers waited in the rain to get inside." [The Wall Street Journal???]The crowd was ferocious too, but ironically they were 10 times more ferocious for Bad Brains whose front-man just stood there in a white hoodie. Luckily for security (who after a few songs of frustration just let the show be), Bad Brains played a lot of reggae jams. That kept it relatively calm. Bad Brains setlist below. The Jesus Lizard will be back for two more NYC shows later this month.
The bands played upstairs in the two-level warehouse on North 10th Street between Berry and Wythe. Downstairs, and between bands, there were DJs. I was especially appreciative of all the classic 90's techno hits (at the 1994-themed party). The music mixed with the warehouse location, lights, and smoke machines probably made the Vice event more Maskarave than the actual Maskarave happening across the river. That felt especially true late night, after Bad Brains which was when the majority of the crowd left (and they weren't letting anyone else in). I don't know a lot of song names, but Moby's "Thousand", Josh Wink's "Don't Laugh", and "Percolator" were at least three of the more popular ones I remember hearing during the DJ sets from Dave 1 from Chromeo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nick Catchdubs, Rub-N-Tug, and/or Blu Jemz. Earlier in night there was also lots of classic hip hop, sometimes accompanied with the song's video.
As promised, there was a skate ramp with skaters too (and all the alcohol was free) (I wish they had more porta potties though). More pictures below...