Entries tagged with: Hamish Kilgour
photo: Thundercat in Philly, 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park
It's the second day of the awesome multi-genre two-day Afropunk Festival, and there's a ton of great artists today including Gary Clark Jr, Kele, Thundercat, Kaytranada, Kelela, Goldlink, Curtis Harding, Petite Noir, and plenty more. Oh, and Lenny Kravitz, who's famous again for, uh... well you know.
7Seconds, Bishops Green, Success @ Saint Vitus Bar
The past few decades of melodic punk as we know it probably couldn't exist if 7Seconds didn't help lay the groundwork with their mid-'80s albums. If you're a punk fan, this show's pretty tough to miss.
Ghost @ Rough Trade (acoustic)
Have you ever wanted to see a band of instrumentalists in ghoul costumes with a singer dressed as a satanic pope strip down their riffy occult-rock songs to an acoustic setting? Then you can't miss Ghost's acoustic in-store at Rough Trade today!
Jamie xx, Nocturnal Sunshine, Andhim, Matador @ Verboten (late)
Jamie already has two great albums out as a member of The xx, and this year he focused his talents on a solo album which is quickly getting as much love as his main band. He plays two NYC shows tonight, both of which have almost the same lineup. At the late one, Maya Jane Coles makes the US debut of her Nocturnal Sunshine project.
Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy, Tweens, Larry and The Babes @ Palisades
Colleen Green's new album is her first with a full band, and it's a great record of lyrically honest poppy punk. Her current tour is also with a full band, and her tourmates are the likeminded Mannequin Pussy, who are also worth catching. This is the second of two NYC shows, and making it even better is this one includes garage pop band Tweens (who play their own NYC show tomorrow).
Graham Nash @ City Winery
In addition to being a member of The Hollies and one of folk rock's most famous supergroups ever, Graham Nash has a very worthy solo career, including the classic 1971 LP Songs for Beginners. You'll likely hear stuff from all three of those things and more tonight.
Jazmine Sullivan, Avery Wilson, Jordan Bratton @ Central Park SummerStage
It's been a good year for neo-soul for a lot of reasons, and one reason is the new Jazmine Sullivan album, Reality Show. She plays another NYC show in support of that tonight, and this one's totally free.
Dead Leaf Echo, Single Lash, Decorum, Future Museums @ Alphaville
Local shoegaze act are currently working on their new album with producer Jorge Elbrecht (who has sprinkled his magic on new records from Tamaryn and No Joy) and hopefully they'll play some of it tonight. Also on the bill: the two-bass-and-drums attack of Decorum (featuring Leif of Orca Team)
Lydia Lunch, Weasel Walter, Bob Bert, Tim Dahl, The Everyothers @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is one of Lydia Lunch's 'Retrovirus' shows, a no-holds-barred survey of her musical output from 1977 to the present that includes Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers), Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks), and Tim Dahl (Child Abuse).
Fly Ashtray, Octagrape, Silk Purse, Hamish Kilgour @ Cake Shop
Having formed in 1983, long-running, sporadically active NYC indie rockers Fly Ashtray remain of the city's best kept secrets. Catch them tonight with Octagrape (the current band from onetime Souljunk and Truman's Water dude Glen Galloway), The Clean's Hamish Kilgour and more.
Of Montreal, Mothers @ Asbury Lanes
Long-running makers of avant-garde pop, Of Montreal are still touring this year's quite good Aureate Gloom. Opening are fellow Georgians Mothers.
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival @ Jones Beach
This may be largely a mainstream pop festival, but there's actually some stuff worth catching. Today has big names like Nicki Minaj and Skrillex, and some cool smaller stuff like iLoveMakonnen, Kiesza, Holy Ghost! and Main Attrakionz.
Laura Stevenson, Leah Wellbaum of Slothrust, Prince Daddy and The Hyena @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
It's another afternoon of music on the beach, this time headlined by Don Giovanni-signed singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Bill Pearis
Beijing trio Birdstriking, who met at a Carsick Cars show in their hometown, make punky, anthemic, shoegazy rock. The band released their debut album back in 2012 which is being reissued by Anton Newcombe's A Recordings on June 12 (Birdstriking and the BJM toured together a while back). There's an almost Swedish vibe to what they do (it reminds me of Soundtrack of Our Lives or Union Carbine Productions) and you can stream the album below.
Birdstriking are in North America for their first-ever tour here which starts this weekend in Los Angeles. They'll be on the East Coast soon, playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on June 15 with Acid Dad, and Hamish Kilgour. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
New Zealand band The Renderers have been around since the late '80s, making dark, bluesy, often bleak rock and have had records out on Flying Nun, Siltbreeze, Ajax and Ba Da Bing. You can stream their 1998 album A Dream of the Sea (which came out on Siltbreeze) via Rdio, below. The band are currently in NYC finishing up work on their new album and will be playing two different shows on Saturday (5/10). First they'll play early at Union Pool, opening for Endless Boogie. Hoagie Jungle are also on the bill and it's $10 at the door.
Then, The Renderers will head to Cake Shop to play a "super show" which are part of the venue's 10th Anniversary celebration. Fellow kiwi Hamish Kilgour (of The Clean, Roya and more) is also on the bill, as are Zuli, Flying Squirrels, and German artist Amber Arcades who is in NYC recording with members of Quilt, Real Estate and producer Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men). That show is also $10 at the door.
While on the subject of Cake Shop's CS10 "super shows," Obnox will be playing one on Friday, May 15. (He plays WFMU Monty Hall the next night.) No other bands have been announced yet, so stay tuned. This Friday (5/8) Cake Shop has Eternal Summers, Misfruits, Telepathic (Rob & Sarah of Bleeding Rainbow), Darlings and Plains. $10 at the door.
Renderers album stream below...
Woolen Men @ Baby's All Right in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Portland, OR trio The Woolen Men will release a new EP, titled Rain Shapes, via Loglady Records in early 2015. You can check out a song from that, "Rain Shapes" -- a driving number in the band's catchy understated style. It premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
Woolen Men, who played the BV-presented Red Bull Sound Select show back in April, will be on a short East Coast tour starting next week, including a few NYC shows. They'll play one of the final shows at Death by Audio on November 6 with Lame Drivers and a mystery TBA headliner. Any guesses on who that might be? That Red Bull show was headlined by Woods (and Woodsist have put out Woolen Men records)...hmm.
They'll also play Shea Stadium on November 11 with Hamish Kilgour, and Cassie Ramone, and finally Cake Shop on November 12 with Journalism and Lures.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Beijing noise rockers Carsick Cars have a new album coming out later this month (2/28) simply titled 3. The album was actually made here in NYC almost a year ago, with producers Sonic Boom and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour at the helm. There are a few tracks up for streaming, and judging on these the band aren't quite as Sonic Youth noisy as they once were, now letting their VU side come to the fore. You can stream four songs from the new album below.
The band have visited before, and will be coming to North America this spring. They're skipping SXSW but will hit other areas of the continent, including NYC at Baby's All Right on April 3 with Hamish Kilgour and White+ also playing. No advance tickets just yet.
All dates are listed, along with new song streams, 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...
Joe Fiorentino, a longterm member of the NYC underground music community who played bass in Artanker Convoy, as well as with James Murphy, Daughter, and more passed away unexpectedly November 15. Tonight (12/5) his friends are throwing a party at the Gutter in Williamsburg (200 N 14th St) called "The Joe 'Fashion Night Out' benefit & memorial Bash." It will feature live performances by Artanker Convoy, Hamish Kilgour, Fly Ashtray, The Jewish, Mossy Pine, Clay Dots and Jonathan Toubin will be the night's DJ. The event is free but donations will be taken at the door that will go to his two kids. Additionally, there will be a silent auction tonight to raise more money for his family.
R.I.P. Joe, and flyer for the show is below.
Moses Archuleta w/ Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There is still little known about Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta's new solo project, Moon Diagrams, other than that he is one of the support acts on Ariel Pink's upcoming tour (but not the NYC date) and was scheduled to open for Julia Holter and Hundred Waters when their tour hits NYC on Friday (8/31) at Bowery Ballroom, but he is no longer listed on Bowery's site (Silent Drape Runners is instead). He is, however, listed on Todd P's site as one of the artists playing 285 Kent TONIGHT (8/30) along with Hamish Kilgour (of The Clean) and Hamish's fellow New Zealanders Team Ugly, plus Mas Ysa, The Lindseys, and DJ Bruno Coviello (of Light Asylum). Admission for this all ages show is $7 at the door, and doors open at 8 PM.
Back in 2009, Moses spoke about why he didn't have any solo material, saying:
It's not like I haven't had opportunities to do it, but it isn't as natural for me as it is for Lockett or Bradford, who have been recording themselves since high school. I'd need to decide pretty pointedly that that's what I wanted to do before doing it.He must have finally decided what he wants to do then, and you can head to 285 Kent tonight to see what he came up with. If you caught Moses DJing at Highline Ballroom on New Year's Day (1/1/12), maybe he dropped a glimpse of what influenced the direction he'll be going in?
The Hive Dwellers
The show scheduled to take place at the Flatiron Hotel Rooftop Patio tonight (4/6) was moved due to a cell phone tower being still located there (aka fear of cancer). Where was it moved? To Market Hotel!
====| FRIDAY 4/6This is a big step for Todd P and the Bushwick venue that is working its way toward being legit. In fact, this will be the first public show at Market Hotel in almost two years, and a rare chance to see the old space before renovation begins.
@@ THE MARKET HOTEL <-venue-change!- |====
:: HIVE DWELLERS --------- feat CALVIN JOHNSON - unamplified acoustic performance
:::: Hamish Kilgour & Leila Adu -- mem THE CLEAN
:::::: the Curious Mystery
:::::::: Katie Eastburn --- x Young People
| THE MARKET HOTEL |
959 Broadway @ Myrtle Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
JMZ - Myrtle Ave, G-Myrtle-Willoughby | 8pm | $8 | ALL AGES
no alcohol will be served at Friday's event
Tonight's Brooklyn show is also just one stop on a larger tour for the Hive Dwellers who also play Staten Island, Hartford CT, SUNY Purchase and Bard by Wednesday. Some of their dates, including tonight, are with their separately touring K Records labelmates The Curious Mystery whose other upcoming shows include a residency at NYC's Ace Hotel. All dates for both bands are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Amor de Días - Bunhill Fields (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Burn the Boats (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Garbage Strike (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beige - Folds (MP3)
Amor de Dias
This weekend is dominated, for me at least, by NYC Popfest but as I've already written an exhaustive (exhausting) post about that, so go read it and we'll discuss other shows here. There's lots more to cover anyway.
One thing, and this is Popfest related really, is that Amor de Días are here this weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (5/22) opening for Damon & Naomi. We've got a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Just send an email with your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Amor de Dias" and we'll pick a winner at random.
As you may know, the duo (Amor de Días) are Alisdair Maclean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, a group who played the first ever NYC Popfest back in 2007. I actually thought it was going to be Amor de Días in the "TBA" slot at the Thursday night Cake Shop show that turned out to be Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For this show to be happening at the same -- but not part of -- the 'Fest seems a little criminal.
MacLean and Núñez-Fernández formed Amor de Días back in 2008 and wrote and recorded whenever they had time, with help from current tourmates Damon & Naomi, indiepop legend (and master arranger) Louis Phillipe and Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson. Their debut, The Street of the Love of Days, came out this week on Merge and is a lovely little album as you might imagine from the talent involved. Their styles and voices are a perfect match for one another and the arrangements are just perfect. Among the treats is a particularly nice version of The Clientele's "Harvest Time." You can download "Bunhill Fields" at the top of this post.
Damon & Naomi's new album, False Beats and True Hearts, is a really nice record too. And if it's still pouring out Sunday night, all the better. It's an evening of rainy day music.
A much louder duo, also in town this weekend, are Minneapolis' BNLX, who play Pianos on Friday (5/20) and The Rock Shop on Saturday (5/21). I've written about them a couple times this year already and I do really dig their mix of rockin' tunes and corporate humor. I'll quote myself again:
Volume isn't just for punishment, though in the wrong hands it most certainly is. But sometimes you just can't achieve that clarity of sound, that particular strain of feedback, that shriiiiiiinnnnng you get from flicking the strings above the headnut, that tone...without cranking the amp. Ed Ackerson, a 20-year veteran guitar slinger of such Minneapolis bands as 27 Various and Polara, knows what he's doing. BNLX didn't just blow eardrums, they kinda blew minds...You can download two tracks from EP#5 at the top of this post, and I have a good feeling they'll have EP#6 at the merch table for the NYC shows. Also playing The Rock Shop show is Black Onassis, which is not the ex-drummer of Urge Overkill but a new group from former member(s) of Kasabian and Daylight for the Birds. Don't know much about them.
...for being just two of them and a laptop, they made quite a racket at the Rock Shop. Normally I'm one to complain about bands using canned backing instead of a real drummer, but vintage drum machine sounds -- right out of 1987, be it Jesus & Mary Chain or Age of Chance -- are kind of integral to what BNLX are doing. With a stroboscopic lightshow (what, no smoke machines?) you didn't really need anyone else.
More interesting is what's happening earlier that same evening at The Rock Shop: a tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets featuring a cavalcade of indie rock talent. Here's the press release:
When Brian Eno's first solo record, Here Come the Warm Jets, came out in 1974 it turned heads. It continues to baffle great minds due to the sneaky way it overlays whimsical pop with the beginnings of Eno's whole philosophy of creativity and experimentation.Musicians performing include Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Rob Christiansen (Eggs), Amy Klein (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street).
Indy music stalwart Rob Christinsen (Eggs, Grenadine, East Ghost West Ghost) and Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden team up to present this great curiosity of a recording LIVE with a melange of rockers and experimentalists.
"It sounds fantastic but one of the things that I tried to do with Warm Jets was to bring musicians together who would normally never play together and to play a music that they couldn't agree upon. The music would come from the chemistry. But of course, it was impossible to do. I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with it. They literally fought." - Brian Eno, 1974.
In that spirit, fifteen singers and ten instrumentalists from all musical worlds team up to perform this masterpiece.
The evening will be emceed by walking/talking Brian Eno encyclopedia, WNYC's John Schaefer.
Of course the big tribute this weekend is Sunday's Our Concert Could Be Your Life which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Michael Azzerad's chronicle of the American indie rock scene in the '80s. The talent assembled paying tribute to the bands covered in the book is pretty amazing, and it's changed/expanded a bit since first announced:
- Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
- Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
- Citay plays Mission of Burma
- Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
- Grooms plays Husker Du
- Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
- Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
- Callers plays Sonic Youth
- Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
- St. Vincent plays Big Black
- Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
- Buke and Gass plays Fugazi
- White Hills plays Mudhoney
- Yellow Ostrich plays Beat Happening
[note: both Tune-Yards and Buke and Gass play a sold out show at MHOW one day earlier. Dan Deacon also plays more shows this week. Delicate Steve has a headlining show coming up soon at Brooklyn Bowl.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars
And lastly, Cymbals Eat Guitars play their first show in a long time this Friday (5/20) at Glasslands. The band are finishing up their sophomore LP which is due out this fall
,so hopefully we'll get a preview of what's to come which they'll be playing in full at the show. The whole line-up is pretty good, with fellow '90s loving indie rockers Radical Dads (whose member Robbie just announced a new album for one of his other bands), Iranian transplants Yellow Dogs, and the psychedelic sounds of Mirror Mirror.
A few more picks, day by day, are below.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
by Bill Pearis
Former Swell Maps and Television Personalities member Jowe Head, who you may have heard guest DJing recently on WFMU, is in NYC this week for three shows: Wednesday (4/20) at Rock Shop, Friday (4/22) at Bruar Falls, and Saturday (4/23) at Cake Shop.
Head is probably best-known for his time as bassist in Swell Maps where he wrote two of the band's catchiest songs, "Harmony in Your Bathroom" and the great "Cake Shop Girl" which did indeed inspire the name of the Ludlow St. indie rock venue (where he's played before). In 1984 he began a ten-year stint with Television Personalities. Since the early '80s, Head has also released solo records with various backing bands, most recently last year's Diabolical Liberties as Jowe Head & the Demi-Monde. He's also an accomplished artist.
Backing him up for these shows will be a nine-piece all-(indie)-star band, including Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, plus members of Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Ladybug Transistor, The Surprisers and Barbez. I'm told they'll be playing material from throughout Head's long career.
There's some pretty good openers as well, some of whom will be doing double-duty in Head's band. At the Rock Shop it's McDonalds (who I just wrote about) and German Measles. At both the Bruar Falls and Cake Shop shows you'll The Surprisers. The Bruar show has a set from The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour's other long-running band) and Devin, Gary & Ross (featuring famed punk rock artist Gary Panter who has designed the sets for Pee Wee's Playhouse amongst many other things). Cake Shop has the NYC debut of Cuffs, the new band from former Pants Yell! front man Andrew Churchman.
If there's a Hanukkah equivalent of the Grinch, they're probably relieved that last night, Wednesday, December 8th, was the final night of Hanukkah and the final night of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows. Those in attendance last night were treated to an opening set by a local band called The National and comedian Marc Maron. Frequent YLT collaborators Bruce Bennett (of the A-Bones) and Gil Divine were special guests during the encore, and Hamish Kilgour of the Clean sat in most of the night on guitar.
Here's the final tally:
12/1 - M. Ward, Todd Barry, Nash KatoYKT's 12/8 setlist is below...
12/2 - The Parting Gifts, Jim Gaffigan, members of The Feelies
12/3 - Jeff Tweedy, Eugene Mirman & Kid Congo Powers
12/4 - Syl Johnson, Jon Glaser, Peter Wolf & Ira's mom
12/5 - Mission of Burma & Wyatt Cenac
12/6 - Mofungo, Amy Rigby, Wreckless Eric, Mikael Jorgensen, Tara Key, Gil Divine & Eugene Mirman
12/7 - Bonnie Prince Billy, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal & Nels Cline
12/8 - The National, Marc Maron, Hamish Kilgour, Bruce Bennett, Gil Divine
DOWNLOAD: Cinema Red & Blue - "Same Mistakes" (MP3)
Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips/Moon Duo (more by Abby Braden)
Wooden Shjips will be at ATP NY this weekend (hand-picked by Jim Jarmusch). That's followed by a show at MHOW on 9/6 (tickets) and then more dates north and west as far as Chicago, but then Ripley Johnson of the psychedelic left coast crew will start heading back east for a different string of dates with his other project, Moon Duo. The band will team up with Crystal Stilts and Messages (mems of Psychic Ills) for a show on 9/17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale.
Crystal Stilts recently played Bowery with Dean Wareham but have otherwise laid relatively low. Members of the band recently completed a new collaborative LP with David Feck of the UK's Comet Gain under the moniker Cinema Red & Blue. You may remember they played here back in September...
"Cinema Red and Blue is a Comet Gain side project featuring frontman David Feck, as well as that band's Anne Laure and Hoffner Burns. They're actually in town to record their album at Gary Olson's Marlborough Studios in Brooklyn and decided to play a show while here. I ran into Feck at a show on Monday and he told me that the album is about half covers and to expect the same from the live show. He rattled off a bunch of the songs they're covering but the only one I remember now is a Julian Cope song from his 1989 album Skellington. The band will be augmented live by former Comet Gain / current Soft City member Phil Sutton, plus JB, Andy and Kyle from Crystal Stilts. I have to imagine Gary Olson will contribute trumpet to at least one song. This should be fun." [Bill]That self-titled LP is due 9/28 via What's Your Rupture, and features the Vic Godard cover "Same Mistakes" which can download above. Finest Kiss adds that, "the makeshift band also employs the services of Amy Linton, Hamish Kilgour and [as Bill predicted] Gary Olson."
Wooden Shjips released Vol 2 earlier this year, a compilation of rare singles available via Holy Mountain. Moon Duo was recently featured on the Woodist comp Welcome Home / Diggin' The Universe.
Messages (the band featuring members of Psychic Ills) also have another show in the near future, supporting Excepter and Up Died Sound on 10/27 at Coco66.
All tour dates and some video is below....
Junius at Public Assembly in April (more by Brian Reilly)
A BIG shout out goes to Junius, who have been added to the KEN Mode / Castevet shindig TONIGHT at Acheron in the place of the ailing East of The Wall. Doors are at 8, and $10 gets you in. GET THERE! - BBG
More, including Lee Scratch Perry at Highline Ballroom in What's Going on Tuesday
by Andrew Frisicano
I snuck this picture of the t-shirt...
"Chris Knox (born September 2, 1952) is a New Zealand rock and roll musician, cartoonist, and DVD reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate, much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles." [Wiki]Jeff Mangum played a set of Neutral Milk Hotel songs for the first time in nine years at the benefit for his friend, musician Chris Knox, last night, Thursday, May 6th. From opener "Oh Comely" to encore "Engine," and "A Baby For Pree," "Two Headed Boy Pt. Two" and "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" in between, Mangum's voice was clear and strong as he sang from a chair into microphones set up a few feet away. Most of the audience looked somewhere between giddy excitement and shock. Some quietly sang along, others broke out into tears - one person choked on frantic, shallow breaths as "Oh Comely" climaxed, another stood with his hand over his gaping mouth, unable to move.
A few photos were furtively snapped in defiance of the posted signs, but most were content to just listen. Though "just listen" doesn't really describe the gasps, tears and unending applause. Mangum played with his eyes mostly closed, neck vein tensed, rocking and swooping to the contours of the songs. His eyelids fluttered open on the chorus of "A Baby for Pree" to reveal eyes rolled back into his head. Between songs Mangum gulped down water and was gracious, bordering on triumphant as he popped up at the end of "Aeroplane." He encouraged the crowd to contribute to the encore, "Engine." After the set, someone caught his attention with a book to sign, which he did. Most people up front looked anxious and ready for a post-show smoke.
It was fitting maybe that the bill for Mangum's last show, in 2001 in New Zealand, was with Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke in 2009. Though Jeff Mangum was a clear pinnacle, the rest of the benefit gig was an engaging, full evening which covered 12 bands and 2 comedians, and ran more than five and a half hours (though at least 1/3 of the venue cleared out after Mangum's 8:50pm set). The show ended at 1am, amazingly, exactly as scheduled.
Coasting (set time: 6:20pm) opened up with appropriately coastal guitar sounds and surefire drums, Sharon Van Etten played three songs with nuanced dynamics on electric guitar. The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson played only one song as a trebly synth trio to cover "Beauty" which the band does on the Chris Knox tribute CD Stroke.
Robert Scott (of the Clean) and TVOTR's Kyp Malone (aka Rain Machine) both played solo guitar sets. Kyp, who told the crowd they should check out the new Devendra Banhart video (he checked it out in a cafe because he doesn't have internet), was joined by Emilyn Brodsky for what he said was a Bob Marley cover. Rachel Feinstein did raunchy comedy.
After that, there was New Zealand band Dimmer (who are in town for a while), The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour of the Clean's other band), David Kilgour of The Clean (backed by Yo La Tengo and one other band member) and comedy from John Mulaney (who killed it) (and who you may have seen doing a bit about girl scout cookies on a recent episode of SNL).
"Portastatic" was Mac backed by Yo La Tengo. They closed with Superchunk's "Slack Motherfucker" complete with windmill guitar moves and pogoing from some of the crowd (even though the concert was going into its fifth hour at this point). Yo La Tengo, with extra member David Kilgour on guitar, covered a Chris Knox song, said many kind words about Chris and closed with two songs from their 1993 album Painful, which Chris Knox contributed art work to.
The Clean, who Ira introduced as the greatest band in the world, and who'd already been up several times as their solo bands, closed the night right, both jangly and poppy. And despite the mass exodus after Jeff, a respectable amount of people were still there right until the last song. Catch the Clean again (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) at The Bell House tonight (5/7).
Editor's note: Ben Goldberg did an amazing job organizing the event, keeping scalpers away, and making sure that pretty much every person in that venue (except maybe the bartenders) paid their $75 donation to Chris Knox to get in the door (or $20 if you showed up after Jeff went off). Ben did less of an amazing job during his pre-Yo La Tengo stand up routine, but nobody's perfect!
Illegally shot (not by us!) audio and video from the event, and the new Devendra Banhart video, and Jeff Mangum's setlist again, below...