Entries tagged with: Halloween
DOWNLOAD: MC Steinberg - Frankensteinberg (MP3)
words and photos by Faith-Ann Young
A hugely hormonal, mostly teenage crowd packed into Webster hall last night (October 30, 2008) to see MGMT...... the average age around 18 to mid twenties. Rumor was the tickets for this show sold out in minutes and I would say most MGMT fans were at a loss when opener (co-headliner?) Suicide came on.
Now, if you know anything about the 1970s and 80s post-punk scene, you know about Suicide's eccentric performance history and their prominent place in rock and roll history....(Hell, even Springsteen lists them as influences.) Since MGMT are big fans of Suicide (which they've cited several times in interviews), it is perhaps not so random that the two bands share a stage (although most still living post-punk groupies may slit their wrists upon hearing legends like Suicide opened zealously for new pups MGMT.) But let's be clear: the crowd was not ready for Suicide's avant-garde performance art. Musically, Martin Rev and Alan Vega's experimental no wave rock was too heavily distorted, disorienting, and frenetic for any of the kids to appreciate. Plus, it didn't help that ski goggles on a sixty-year old man just makes him look senile- rather than 'punk' or badass. Slow moving onstage, yet trying zealously to motivate the crowd with hand punches and pointing, Suicide's duo more ressembled "oh no, grandpa got into the medecine cabinet again" retirees than fabled rock legends. And shamefully, the eccentric synth moves of Martin Rev, who at one time simply pounded the synth machine with his fists, was old news to electronically-immersed "Mac Garage-band" generation; one teenager mumbled "All they are doing is playing a backing track." The sad reality is, while it's always cool to watch real legends in action, these men are unappreciated by the new kids on the block. When Alan Vega started motioning with his hands, one kid just shouted "we don't know what that means," which was just a feeble reminder, punk as Suicide know it anyway, is dead.
So needless to say, the highlight of the night (editor in disbelief) came when MGMT came onstage in full mariachi suits, laughing. The whole crowd cheered, giggled and toasted their beer cans, as a thick haze of pot smoke wafted down the front row. Visibly refreshed and at ease (especially compared to their lackluster performances at United Palace Theatre opening for Beck weeks ago), the band played to their fans. The crowd pleasers like "Kids" caused the most commotion; at one time the whole of Webster Hall appeared to be jumping up and down (like kids on a trampoline) hands in air, with glee. (Truth be told; when MGMT played a couple unrecognizable songs- i.e. newbies not on their current album - the songs were not so impressive). Best part of the night? When lead singer Andrew broke into a sick rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," apparently using something (a vocoder?) to adjust his voice to a helium-level octave. Ahhh, to be young again.
MGMT play one more NYC show tonight, Halloween 2008, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night below...
Wayne Coyne, director of Christmas on Mars and visionary frontman of rock band the Flaming Lips, will join fans and friends for Cinema Purgatorio's screenings of Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips, on Wednesday, November 5, 7pm and 9:30pm, at the KGB / Kraine Theater.Tickets are HERE. Lots and lots of related merchandise is HERE. Info on work the Flaming Lips are doing for NBC HERE.
Below you will find the CoM trailer(s)/ads, AND some (other?) Halloween-related Flaming Lips videos...
In the spirit of the season, I put some tracks up on my myspace of the soon to be rereleased Ballads of Living and Dying (on limited edition vinyl on Mexican summer) which remains to this day my spookiest record to date.The above "creepy halloween photo" of Marissa was taken by James Reed at the Old American Can Factory.
On this blog, I put up two new home recordings. Still I have to eagerly wait to put the tracks from Little Hells out there. The first is called "So long theresa," a song written by a friend of mine, Dave Godowsky. I saw him play it at Toad, this bar in Cambridge, MA, and was blown away by it. In addition to his solo work, he is also Izzy in the riotous Guns and Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone. I love his songs and this recording is still a work in progress. I'm just happy he let me cover it.
The second song I wrote 10 years ago and the recording is still a work in progress as well. It was the first song I liked that I wrote. "August Rose Gently" [Marissa Nadler]
Dave Godowsky performs at Toad again this Sunday, November 2nd. Mr. Brownstone has a show coming up with Satanicide at Irving Plaza on November 28th. Marissa Nadler's last NYC show was during CMJ. Her next two non-NYC shows are listed below...
Love is All's new album "A Hundred Things Keep me Up At Night" will be released on November 18th (not the 11th as originally planned) via What's Your Rupture. In the meantime, and perfectly timed for Halloween (today), the band created a series of Halloween-themed videos for every song on the album. Each video was then assigned to a different website. We got the track "19 Floors"....
DOWNLOAD: No Kids - For Halloween (MP3)
This little-known sequel to the much-better-known 1966 hit, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" came out in 1977 as a TV special. It's worth noting that the only mention of Halloween is in the title (indeed, starting in the late 90's, it was released under the name "It's Grinch Night," leaving Halloween out altogether). However, the events portrayed here clearly take place in late autumn. Grinch Night, perhaps, is the Whoville equivalent of Halloween. [Wikipedia]The music for Halloween is Grinch Night was done by Joe Raposo and thanks to YouTube, you can watch the entire obscure cartoon below...
DOWNLOAD: Night Creatures (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Haunted House (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Dungeon (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Witches (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Encounter in the Fog (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Grave Matter (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mad Scientists's Laboratory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Elements (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Creatures (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ghosts and Phantoms (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frightening Devices (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Haunting Music (MP3)
There's much more where this came from at Dave's Free Hallloween Sounds.
DOWNLOAD: Beastie Boys - Sabotage (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Heartsrevolution - C.Y.O.A.! (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hot Chip - One Pure Thought (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kinski - Daytime at Narita Int'l (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Streetlab Remix) (MP3)
Tonight - HALLOWEEN - 11PMish - Streetlab LIVEA whole bunch more NYC Halloween events are listed HERE (both in the post and in the comments)
FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY
Stanton Public - 17 Stanton St @ Christie
This party is totally free. Walk in...
NO GUESTLIST NEEDED.
-= Streetlab LIVE @ Midnight =-
Like he did last year, Tim Fite is giving away an awesome and free Halloween-themed EP on his website. Don't wait to grab it though. After today it will be gone (until next year at least because this year he is offering last year's again too).
Fite says ³I will be handing out more candy on Halloween this year, and all the bad kids are excited!!!²If you're in Philadelphia you can catch Tim Fite opening for Man Man at Starlight Ballroom tonight (Halloween). If you're in Texas, Tim, like many others will be performing at the Fun Fun Fun Fest next week. If you're in NYC, Tim is opening for the Constantines at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December. All dates below....
..This year Fite is adding a few more songs to his costume clad repertoire in the form of a brand new EP ding-dong, Ditch!!! - a bone crunching examination of the less savory rituals of Hallows Eve. If you have ever hurled an egg at a neighbor, stolen candy from a baby, dug a shallow grave, or been disappointed by a box of raisins ding-dong, Ditch!!! is the soundtrack for your Halloween mischief!
Dear Friends and Fans,Free MP3 and new video are both at Bruce's site until Sunday night. The lyrics to "A Night with the Jersey Devil" are below...
If you grew up in central or south Jersey, you grew up with the "Jersey Devil." Here's a little musical Halloween treat. Have fun!
the Last Shadow Puppets @ Sound Fix (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in NYC
* Cypress Hill @ Nokia Theatre
* MGMT & Suicide @ Webster Hall
* Henry Rollins Spoken Word @ Town Hall
* Professor Pez @ Public Assembly
* Justice, Busy P, Sebastian & So Me @ Webster Hall
* The Last Shadow Puppets @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
* O'Death, Hoots and Hellmouth & La Strada @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rachel Yamagata, Meiko, Thao Nguyen & Samantha Crain @ Bowery Ballroom
Halloween is tomorrow. Some classic videos below...
Yacht @ SXSW (more by Ryan Muir)
Blake & Amy Winehouse (more)
Halloween is Friday! NYC shows this year include Apes & Androids @ (le) poisson rouge, Ryan Adams @ the Apollo, World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Matt & Kim/Ponytail/etc @ Danbro, Danielson @ Knitting Factory, the Misfits @ BB King's, Cafe Tacuba @ Terminal 5, the Black Crowes @ Hammerstein, Phil Lesh @ Nokia, MGMT/Amazing Baby/Violens @ MHOW, and Voodoo Culture Clash @ Spiegelworld
Then of course there's the parade.
New York's Village Halloween Parade. The 95th Annual!The official parade afterparty is at Webster Hall.
Friday, October 31, 2008 Starting at 7 p.m.
This year's theme is Ghost. This year's Parade is dedicated to Rudie Berkhout --Merrymaker, Genius, Creator, Humanist, Lover, Composer, Artist, Holographer, Mentor,Explorer, Visionary, Mystic, Instigator, Teacher.
We truly miss him.
What else is happening that you recommend? Please post-anything going on Halloween-related in the comments.
Bradford Cox made some Halloween songs. Get them at the top of this post. Dancin Kim teaches you to do the Thriller....in the video below...
by Black Bubblegum
Is this like a tradition now? The Cardinals featuring a Ryan "Grizzly" Adams have scheduled a show at the Apollo on Halloween, thats the second year of Halloween shows for "Grizzly". Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct 18th at 10AM (password = FIXIT). Post-Halloween, "The Griz" has a short UK tour mapped out before he hits the road with the Gallagher brothers (Oasis) including a show at MSG on Dec 17th. Tickets are still available.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals are on the verge of dropping Cardinology, which hits store shelves/the interwebs on Oct 28th... you can preorder it here. The first single, "Fix It", is available for purchase now, but check out a snippet of it live below.
Grizzmiester R (OK, I'll be the the first to admit when something doesn't work) played Tulsa on Thursday Oct 16th. Peep the setlist below and peep all of his recent setlists, as well as why Danzig rocks his face off at his blog.
All dates below...
Amazing Baby - 2008 NYC tour dates
Sep 15 - MHOW w/ A Place to Bury Strangers (tonight)
Sep 18 - Roseland Ballroom w/ Bloc Party (free)
Oct 31 - MHOW w/ MGMT, Violens, Boy Crisis & Francis & the Lights
Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders & Chrome/Helios Creed are opening the MGMT show at Webster Hall on October 30th. Tickets for both MGMT shows are on sale this Friday and the pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10:00 am, ending at 10:00 pm the same day (password = congratulations). All AB tour dates below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
Soulwax recently remixed MGMT. Get the MP3 HERE.
One of the music stories of the summer was, like it or not, that MGMT drew huge crowds almost everywhere they played. Lollapalooza was one of those places. The (not yet posted) pictures in this post are from that performance.
MGMT start a tour with Beck later this month and play two shows with him in NYC on October 9th and 10th. Later that month they'll play two soon-to-be-announced NYC shows of their own. All dates (and more pics) below...
DOWNLOAD: Daft Punk - Human After All (Justice Remix) (MP3)
DAFT PUNK IS ON...
I'm sure you already know that Daft Punk recorded their 1st show on this latest string of live dates at the Paris Bercy back in June. I'm also sure that you know that Daft Punk just released this recording as Daft Punk Alive. What you might not have known (if you didn't read the live webchat on Wednesday) is that the INSANE (TOGETHER!) mashup that DP play as their encore is not included on Alive. It is available on the deluxe edition which is $15.99 here. And to celebrate....
DAFT PUNK'S ALIVE 2007: OFFICIAL LP RELEASE PARTYNote: I'm not in Faux Punk and I won't play a single Daft Punk track, but I'll (David Bruno) definitely be doing a special set for this party and it will be mental.
An All Night Dance Party with Faux Punk: A Daft Punk Cover DJ Crew
+ David Bruno (Slap You in Public) + giveaways & prizes
Friday, December 7, 2007, 10pm Doors - 18+
Celebrate the release of Daft Punk's Alive 2007 lp at Brooklyn's Studio B on Friday, December 7, 2007. The all night dance party will feature an extended set from Faux Punk, the world's best/worst/only Daft Punk cover dj crew, whom will spin Daft Punk music, remixes and surprises throughout the evening. There will also be tons of Daft Punk giveaways and prizes to be won!
CONTEST 1: The robots in Faux Punk have granted us the power to award 2 pairs of tickets to the release party. Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: PUNK) with your name. Two randomly selected names will be selected Thursday December 6th.
CONTEST 2: The rad doods from Fixed (JDH + DAVE P) have given us two pairs of tickets to the next edition of Fixed with Tiefschwarz on Saturday December 8th at Studio B. Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: FIXED) with your name for that random drawing. Same deal, Thursday winners will be emailed.
Tiefschwarz are two brothers from Germany that have been making house music since they were born. I first heard of them when they were putting out sublime deep house cuts around 1997 or 1998. Around 2002 - 2003, their sound turned a bit bigger, more electrofied, slightly insane, and clubby. They blew up. They also most likely influenced a lot of the crunchier music you are hearing in clubs these days (and your sweethearts Justice). You have no doubt caught drift of their remixes for Goldfrapp, The Rapture, Depeche Mode, Kelis, Freform Five, and their own massive tracks including "Warning Siren" with Mattie Safer from the Rapture on vocals. Party starting is not something Ali and Basti are opposed to... -David
Tickets are also on sale for two screenings of Daft Punk's film Electroma at Music Hall on December 22nd (you may have seen it already in August). The NYC shows are part of a movie tour. All dates, the trailer and a lot more pictures of people dressed like Daft Punk, below....
DOWNLOAD: Arcade Fire - Win Butler Rebelion against Nottingham (MP3) (via)
Alicia was Regine for Halloween (CRED)
I forgot the SNL appearance was happening...
"In the mid-90s, that's when I went indie." [Daryl Hall]
Hall & Oates, Halloween 2007
Also a popular Halloween costume, Daryl Hall & John Oates just added a 2nd NYC show at Beacon Theatre - part of their "Home For Christmas Tour 2007". The new date is December 11th. Tickets go on sale Saturday @ 10am ($150.00, $75.00, $40.00). December 12th is sold out. More Hall & Oates Halloween costumes, below....
I have to finish what I started, and I guess that would be compiling the world's biggest collection of people dressed as Amy Winehouse for Halloween. I was already up to 92 pictures. By the end of this post you'll have seen another 166. Some are great, and more than a few paired Amy with her boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil. This photo falls into both of those categories....
Even more looked less like Amy, and then there were many Amys that decided to hang out with Pete Doherty instead of Blake - a pairing that makes a lot of sense from the English musician drug addict tabloid point of view. This picture falls into both of those categories....
Pete Doggerty & Amy Doghouse
In related news,
After Amy Wino's hideous performance at the MTV Europe Awards last night, she was booed when she accepted an award for Artists' Choice. Pete Doherty immediately came to her defense.Then there was Amy with Lily Allen...
He was asked what advice he would give Wino, "I wouldn't give her any. She's fine. It's all bollocks. People should leave her alone. I went for a drink with her earlier today and she's totally fine. Perfectly healthy and happy.
"People are saying she's out of control, but she's not. She's a sensible girl and she knows what she's doing. She ain't doing nothing wrong." [dlisted]
and even Amy with M.I.A....
Now we'll get to more Amy's in a second, but first: To answer my own question, "no", Amy is no longer playing the MTVu Woody Awards or Saturday Night Live due to visa issues. Oh well - not a big loss considering how scary her last live appearance was. That video, and a zillion more Amy impersonators, below.....