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Glass Ghost

Glass Ghost, whose lineup includes vocalist/producer Eliot Krimsky (also of Here We Go Magic and founder/drummer Mike Johnson (also of Dirty Projectors), are set to release a new album, LYFE, on September 16 via Western Vinyl. The album features contributions from Brian Betancourt of Hospitality, Joan Wasser of Joan As Police Woman, Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin, and ex-TEEN member Jane Herships. We've got the premiere of a new single from the album, "Sound of Money," which is a nice dose of arty pop that should appeal to fans of the other projects these guys are in. You can stream that, with the LP tracklist, below.

Glass Ghost are also performing during the Sound + Vision Festival. They play the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater on August 5. Here's what Lincoln Center's site says about the performance:

Centering around the music of the band Glass Ghost, the visual component of this show is based on audience data, which is mined by LYFE™, a fictional company that identifies, analyzes, and advertises users emotions. Pre-show, participants take the MyLyfe™ survey, which asks them for a selfie, their online behavior, and drawings of a better future. During the show, as the music of Glass Ghost plays, audience members witness themselves and their data on the a screen--watched, quantified, and advertised, and then digitally disrupted as the LYFE™ software acquires an error and all data is erased and forgotten. The audience is then given a chance see their authentic selves laid out in front of them. LYFE™ is a music-video concert and audience participatory work in progress set for its world premiere in April 2015.
Tickets are still available.

Song stream below...

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by Bill Pearis

Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.

The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).

All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.

Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.

Kvelertak at the Studio at Webster Hall, May 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Kvelertak, Extinction AD, Kosmodemonic @ Saint Vitus
Kvelertak pull from some of the biggest rock giants of all time (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ramones) and inject blackish vocals and a party attitude that's really entirely their own. This is a much smaller show than the larger venues they've been playing opening on tour for Mastodon, and is sold out.

Fredo Santana, Black Dave @ Highline Ballroom
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana made his NYC debut just a few months ago at Santos Party House, and now he's already on to the much larger Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available.

Owen Pallett, Doldrums @ Bowery Ballroom
Having collaborated with Arcade Fire, Brian Eno and others in the last year, Owen Pallett straddles the line between pop musician and composer, a tightrope act he walks deftly on new album In Conflict. Read our recent interview.

Metronomy, Cloud Control @ Webster Hall
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, was an all-analogue affair, coming off more like something from the '70s, though still viewed through leader Joe Mount's quirky worldview. Live, it's a little more dancey and a a little more magenta.

Blood Red Shoes, Radkey, Rad Dreams @ Glasslands
Brighton, UK duo Blood Red Shoes raise a ruckus, making highly danceable rock (and putting on a well-regarded live show). The band's self-titled fourth album came out in March.

The Faint, Suuns, Darren Keen @ MHOW
Dancepunk vets The Faint released their first new album in six year, Doom Abuse, back in April which finds them picking up pretty much where they left off. Tonight's the first of three NYC shows. Don't miss Montreal's Suuns who open.

Howler, Frankie Teardrop @ Mercury Lounge
Minneapolis' Howler are descendants of The Replacements' sloppy guitar pop tradition, as heard on the band's new album, World Of Joy, which owes more than a little to The Strokes lineage as well.

Divining Rod, Small Apartments, Hamish Kilgour, The Dead Blue Sea @ Cake Shop
Diving Rod is the new band from Miyuki Furtado who used to co-front The Rogers Sisters. Check out the band's new single below. Also playing: Clean drummer (and Brooklyn resident) Hamish Kilgour.

Here We Go Magic, Gospels, Porcelain Raft @ Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
This is a free outdoor show, and the official pre-party for the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon. 8 PM.

Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets with Allen Toussaint, Daedelus, Amp Fiddler, David Murray, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Shigeto, Petra Haden, Jherek Bischoff and more @ Town Hall
Like last year, this year's Red Bull Music Academy will feature a 'Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets' which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like it is. Two musicians share the stage improvising, one leaves and a different one joins. Rinse repeat. Tonight's lineup includes electronic producers Daedelus and Shigeto, guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more.

Eddie Izzard @ Beacon Theatre
Eddie Izzard brings his current show, "Force Majeure," to North America and this is his second of three NYC shows at Beacon Theatre.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's packed bill features Mike Recine, Greg Barris, Jake Weisman, John Early, Kara Klenk, Baron Vaughn, and Roger Hailes.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (Kvelertak, Metronomy, Owen Pallett, The Faint, Daedelus, Here We Go Magic & more)"

Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Endless Boogie, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, CCDJ @ Baby's All Right
Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase has been playing a lot of experimental shows of late, and tonight is the debut of a new ensemble he's apart of -- Cochrane, Chase, DuClos and Jones -- who'll be playing "a set of driving instrumental arrangements created by Chris Cochrane." Also on the bill are Tunde Adebimpe's group Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band and the perfectly named Endless Boogie.

Small Black, Radical Dads @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is part of the family-friendly Kidrockers series, today with dancerockers Small Black and highly-underrated trio Radical Dads who'll be playing to a lot more actual dads than usually do. Show starts at 11:30 AM.

Until The Ribbon Breaks, Dusted, Porcelain Raft, The Range @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday series "It's a School Night" is throwing their Holiday Party tonight with an interesting bill, including IDM producer The Range (he of the acclaimed Nonfiction LP) and the ethereal electronics of Porcelain Raft. Free with RSVP (do so by 3PM today) or $7 at the door.

Here We Go Magic, Celestial Shore, Les Bonhommes, and Ron Shalom/Austin Vaughn @ Silent Barn
While Luke Temple is busy with a solo album, and an experimental collaborative residency at Union Pool, he's also been playing a lot with his band Here We Go Magic. Is a new album in the works? Also on the bill are the lovely, intricate sounds of Celestial Shore.

Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House
One of the many sad things about Maxwell's closing this year was that Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah shows would no longer be happening. It's not quite the same but their four sold-out holiday shows at The Bell House will hopefully have some of the same spirit and surprises. Friday's show featured two sets and no openers. This is Night 3.

Dave Hill, The Gregory Brothers, Andy Burri, Stuckey & Murray, John Early, The Reformed Whores @ Union Pool
Variety show The Moon is throwing their holiday party tonight with an evening that's a little more musically oriented than they usually do. BV contributor Dave Hill is on the bill, as are the Gregory Brothers aka the guys behind Autotune the News, "Double Rainbow" and more.

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe's Pub
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy continues his Sunday ministry / residency at Joe's Pub which runs through December 22.

Blanche Blanche Blanche, Guerilla Toss, PC Worship @ 285 Kent
Owing a lot to nervous staccato new wave groups, Blanche Blanche Blanche released their very tightly wound Breaking Mirrors earlier this year. Guerilla Toss aren't too far off from that description either.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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It is with great excitement for us to unveil The Silent Barn's Winter 2013 Fundraising Campaign to our fantastic community of supporters! As we pass the first anniversary of our 10-year commitment to our new building, we cannot help but be excited about all of the projects, installations, and performances that can be created here over the remaining decade. To assure that the Silent Barn dream continues, we are working to raise $20,000 by January 1st, 2014, which will finish renovations, strengthen our infrastructure, and enable us to continue offering diverse programming in the new year.

We are seeking your support, as our community, to help us raise achieve this goal. Your donation will help to complete the last of our startup costs, investing in the Silent Barn's infrastructure for years to come. In gratitude, your donation to the Silent Barn is tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Flux Factory, and you will receive an exclusive donor gift currency that brings you artworks, records, tshirts, beer, entry to shows, tea blends, haircuts, craft supplies, noise friends, cassette tapes, and many great gifts made by the Silent Barn family.

Silent Barn opened in their new location (603 Bushwick Ave) back in January and have had an ambitious first year there but are looking to raise $20K by January 1 for reasons explained above. For more on their fundraiser (and an explanation of the donor incentives, called "barnacles"), you can watch a short video below and or visit Silent Barn's donate page.

Tonight (12/10) at Silent Barn you can see Motion Studies (feat. member of Mr. Dream) who are making their live debut, plus Fasano, Courtship Ritual, The Flag, and Horselover Fats (also making their live debut).

UPDATE: Here We Go Magic, who we just caught at Baby's All Right, play an intimate show there on Sunday (12/15) with Celestial Shore, Les Bonhommes, and Ron Shalom/Austin Vaughn.

Meanwhile, the old Silent Barn space is now Todd P's new spot Trans Pecos and its schedule is starting to fill up.

Silent Barn fundraiser video below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Here We Go Magic / Christopher Bear Trio @ Baby's All Right - 12/9/13
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Chris Bear Trio

Luke Temple is in the middle of his December residency at Union Pool, but last night (12/9) he teamed back up with his band Here We Go Magic to headline a show at Brooklyn's new-ish Baby's All Right. Opening the show was a trio set from Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear with Aaraon Arntz (who tours as a live member of Grizzly Bear) and Benjamin Campbell, who also played last week's installment of Luke's residency, plus a set from guitar/drum machine/vocal loop one-man-band Nightlands (aka War On Drugs/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Dave Hartley). Members of Caveman were also DJing in the venue's front room. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Luke Temple's Union Pool residency continues tonight (12/10) with Daniel Carter/Austin Vaughn, Sam Owens (of Celestial Shore), and "Delicate" Steve Marion. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: Here We Go Magic also play an intimate show at Silent Barn on Sunday (12/15) with Celestial Shore, Les Bonhommes, and Ron Shalom/Austin Vaughn.

More pictures from Baby's All Right below...

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Christopher Bear w/ Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Zombi, Gatekeeper, Vissacoor, Dariius @ Saint Vitus Bar
It's the release party for EBM duo Gatekeeper's bombastic new Young Chronos EP, and special guest experimental duo Zombi are taking a night off from their tour with Goblin to headline.

Here We Go Magic, Nightlands, Aaron Arntz/Benjamin Campbell/Christopher Bear @ Baby's All Right
In the midst of Luke Temple's ongoing residency at Union Pool, he'll be joining his band Here We Go Magic for a show at Baby's All Right. Openers are good too: Nightlands (aka War On Drugs/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Dave Hartley) and a trio set from Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear, Aaron Arntz (who tours as live member with Grizzly Bear), and Benjamin Campbell (member of Joakim's live band and others). That trio also played last week's installment of Luke's Union Pool residency.

Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), special guests @ The Grand Victory
Matt Pryor is fresh off a collaborative EP with his Get Up Kids bandmate James Dewees and a new rock-oriented solo album. While he's currently on the road supporting Max Bemis which hits NYC for a sold out show this Thursday, he'll stop in NYC for a much more intimate headlining show tonight. Special guests are promised, and you might hear some Get Up Kids songs.

Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon), Threats @ Mercury Lounge
Portland's Dead Moon, a band highly influential on the "Seattle Sound" of the early '90s, broke up back in '06, but two of its members Fred and Toody Cole (also of The Rats and Pierced Arrows) are out on an acoustic tour which hits NYC for two shows this week, this being the second.

Lupe Fiasco, Stalley, Mickey Factz, Boy Illinois, Kris Kasanova, Chris Cartier @ Irving Plaza
Lupe Fiasco plans to release his new album Tetsuo and Youth in early 2014 (so, in non-rap speak, basically whenever), but until then he'll be doing some shows, including four nights in the NYC-area this month.

Cyndi Lauper @ Highline Ballroom
Cyndi Lauper just did her holiday show at Beacon Theatre which included tons of big-name guests, and tonight she's on her own, continuing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of She's So Unusual for a TV taping. Sold out.

P!NK, The Hives @ Barclays Center
Opening for P!NK in an arena may not be your ideal way to see The Hives, but we'd be remiss not to mention that these highly entertaining Swedish rockers are in Brooklyn tonight.

CHVRCHES @ iHeartRadio Theatre
Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES are doing two intimate, somewhat private/exclusive NYC shows this week, including tonight's which you had to enter iHeartRadio's contest to get into, and tomorrow's, which you had to enter SiriusXM's contest to get into.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Get on board Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show, this week with Ali Wong, Guy Branum, Found Footage Festival, Robert Dean, Brian Parise, Alison Leiby and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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by Bill Pearis

Rock Lottery

The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...

The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.

I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.

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The improvisationally-oriented Undead Music Festival is back for another year, happening May 1 - 5 in NYC. The fest, which has expanded beyond its jazz beginnings, overlaps a bit with Red Bull Music Academy's NYC takeover that begins on Sunday (4/28). The first Undead event is the previously mentioned, now sold-out "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" happening at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1 featuring Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, Andrew Bird and more. More info on what this all entails:

The format? Simple. One musician starts a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then joins him for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on and so forth for two hours. The music? Expect the unexpected. A once-in-a-lifetime experience with 20+ artists from jazz, electronics and everything in between...
Then on May 2 - 4, it's "Three Nights of Dosh" at Shapeshifter Lab featuring drummer/multi-intrumentalist Martin Dosh collaborating with a host of other musicians (including pal/collaborator Andrew Bird for one of them):
MAY 2:
8pm Theo Bleckmann solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, Andrew Bird band), Alan Hampton (Andrew Bird band), Mike Bloch and Pete Hale (from Here We Go Magic)

MAY 3:
8pm Aaron Parks solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Aaron Parks, Chris Morrissey, Jeremy Ylvisaker
("Due to some unique circumstances, Dosh will be participating in this night via skype. It's going to be wild.")

MAY 4:
8pm Shane Endsley / Todd Sickafoose / Ben Perowsky
9pm Martin Dosh + Andrew Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Todd Sickafoose

Individual tickets are $15 for individual nights or $30 for all three.

Then on May 5 there are three separate events:Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Hubble will be at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets); Vinnie Sperrazza/Jeff Davis Duo, Jesse Stacken Group, Brian Drye Duo and Big Eyed Rabbit at IBeam; St. Helena, Surface To Air and Option Copter III at 35 Claver Place.

There are more Undead related events happening on May 5 in other parts of the U.S. and there's more info here. For more info, visit the Undead Music Festival's website. Flyer is below.

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Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.

Festival passes to all three days of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry are on sale now as are tickets to April 25 (The Roots), April 26 (Solange), and April 27 (TV on the Radio).

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As mentioned, Callers are about to start a March residency at Williamsburg venue Union Pool and we now know the rest bills for each show. The kickoff show on March 7 features Olga Bell and TEEN; the March 14th show is with Fang Island; and on March 21 it's Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple and still-to-be-revealed "special guests." Tickets for each show are $8 and and advance tix for the 3/7 show are on sale now.

Flyer for the residency is below.

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Brooklyn/Providence crew Callers released their third album, Reviver, last year via Partisan. Originally a collaboration between Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton, Callers are now a four-piece band and if you haven't heard the new album, you can stream it below via Spotify.

The band are gearing up for a March residency at Union Pool where they'll play the first three Thursdays in the month (3/7, 3/14, 3/21). Callers are promising some exciting guests to share the bill with for these shows, including Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, and Fang Island. As full line-ups (which will include "secret guests") and schedules haven't been finalized, we don't know which dates they are playing (maybe on the same bill, maybe not) but we'll keep you informed. No advance tickets as of right now.

Album stream below....

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Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Tracy Allison)
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Local Natives, who we hadn't heard from in a while until they were revealed as the secret headliner at a Bowery Ballroom show during CMJ, soon after announced that they'll release their new album, Hummingbird, on January 29 via Frenchkiss, the followup to their 2009/2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. The new album will be supported by a tour which includes three sold out NYC shows in February.

But while we wait for new material from Local Natives, we're still wrapping up our 2012 coverage so we asked Local Natives for a list of their top 10 albums of 2012, which singer/guitarist/bassist Taylor Rice and singer/keyboardist/percussionist/guitarist Kelcey Ayer compiled and sent our way. You can check out their list below.

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by Bill Pearis

Hospitality @ Brooklyn Bowl, 8/31/2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Hospitality

While I haven't revealed by Favorite Albums of 2012 list yet, I'll let it slip that Hospitality's eponymous debut album is pretty high up there. If you've yet to hear it's many guitar pop pleasures, you can stream it below. Wondering what the band have listened to the most in 2012? They've offered up their Top 10 of 2012 which you can peruse below. It's actually nine new albums and then the last slot goes to Led Zeppelin which singer Amber Papini admits she's been gorging on ever since Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy caused the band's headlining show at Bowery Ballroom to be postponed and the make-up date is right around the corner on January 10 with TEEN and Household. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

Meanwhile, Hospitality next show after that will be as part of the Kidrockers series at Brooklyn Bowl, happening Sunday, February 10 at 11 AM. Tickets are $8 and on sale now -- kids 2 and under get in free. It's all ages on Sundays at Brooklyn Bowl till 6PM when it becomes 21+ like the rest of the week.

Kidrockers have announced a few other 2013 shows as well: Caveman (who just announced a big tour, including Webster Hall on 4/10) play on January 27 (tix); and Hooray for Earth play on February 3 (tix, they also play Knitting Factory next month). There is also the previously-announced DIIV show on January 13 (they play an "adult" show at BB that same night).

Hospitality's list of Top 10 LPs of 2012 is below.

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Peter of HWGM @ Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
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Here We Go Magic's A Different Ship has made a few Best of 2012 lists, including ones from The Fly, Q, Johnny Beach of Bowery Presents and Freelance Whales. But what records did they like this year? Drummer Peter Hale submitted a list to us, with the following note:

Two confessions: I've ordered these very haphazardly, and I added my band's record as number one.

I don't get asked to do this very often (maybe that's why), but I'm honored to do it and humbled (really) by the multitude of beautiful records. I'm probably wrong, but I imagine anyone who's ever worked as hard as he or she could on an album would agree that celebrating it is the best way to let it go; to release it not just to the public, but from those straps -- the emotions and toil -- that bind it so closely to our hearts. Like so many graduation days, this is letting go. What a great year!

Here We Go Magic only have one show on their schedule: January 17 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets are on sale now. Meanwhile, HWGM started a Pledge Music campaign to fund a new live EP. There are some fun incentives, including having Peter cook for you or a private gig from the band.

You can check out their Pledge Music video below, alongside Peter's Top 11 of 2012.

Continue reading "Here We Go Magic readying live EP, list favorite LPs of 2012, playing NYC in January"

Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall, 11/7/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
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Winsome indie outfit Freelance Whales released their latest album, Diluvia, back in October and were just on NPR's World Cafe for a chat about the album and live session as well. You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. The band are also have a few shows with Hundred Waters coming up including Maxwell's on January 15 (tix), Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 (tix). The band were kind enough to give us their Top 10 LPs of 2012, which includes some of their Brooklyn neighbors (Bear in Heaven, Here We Go Magic), their tour-mates Hundred Waters, and year-end list regulars Tame Impala, Purity Ring and Django Django. Check out their full list below.

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Bowery Ballroom (more by Tracy Allison)
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If a show is happening at NYC's famous Bowery Ballroom, it was booked by Bowery Presents talent buyer Johnny Beach (who started at the company booking Mercury Lounge). Johnny also keeps busy by co-booking Webster Hall, Terminal 5, Union Transfer in Philly, and other Bowery Presents-affiliated venues. The man books shows all day and is literally at one or more almost every single night. He told us what albums he listened to the most in 2012. Check out his list, and some related videos, below...

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Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

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It's that time of year again, judging by the posts on this site today, with lots of Holiday-themed shows coming up. Unsurprisingly, The Bell House lives for this kind of yuletide cheer and has about a dozen or so holiday shows lined up in the next month. Here's a rundown.

First is the Everything's Terrible! Holiday Special 2012 which happens December 12 (tickets). If you think the Star Wars Holiday Special is the worst Christmas-related thing television has ever birthed, the Everything's Terrible folks will likely prove you wrong. For an early taste, there's a trailer for the crap extravanga below, along with a list of all dates for this ironic roadshow which is touring both coasts at the same time.

On the next night (12/13) it's The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout with hosts Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios with guests Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram & the Experience with proceeds going to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Red Cross Disaster Relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $12 and still available but probably not for long -- don't delay.

More funny stuff (with music): On December 16, Fred Armisen hosts The Snow Ball Ball: A Winter Formal To Benefit 826NYC, with guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe and Peter Hale of Here We Go Magic. Tickets are still available.

And for ska fans there's The Slackers Christmas Celebration on 12/22 which also celebrates the band's 20th anniversary. The show also features The Frightnrs, Sammy K, and Caz & the Day Laborers. Tickets are still available.

Wait there's still more holiday fun at The Bell House: for burlesque fans there's Doc Wasabassco's Birthday Celebration And All-Holiday Party on 12/14 (tickets); for the wizards and muggles out there, you can celebrate at The Harry Potter Yule Ball 2012 on 12/15 with Harry And The Potters, Potter Puppet Pals, The Whomping Willows, and The Home Alones (tickets); later that night (12/15) it's The Rub's Holiday party with Eleven & Ayres and special guests Kon & 7L' and for those who need some twang in their stocking, on December 16 it's The Suzi Shelton Band's Fourth Annual Rockin' Holiday Party with Amelia Robinson From Mil's Trills (tickets).

Everything Is Terrible trailer and flyer for the Snowball Ball are below.

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The Comedy

On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.
As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.

Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.

The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.

You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).

You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)

The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.

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Ryan, Jen & friends at Bowery Ballroom in September (via QRO)

Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman surprised NYC with his first-ever solo show back in August at Cameo Gallery, and it looks like it has become a thing. At that show he was joined by multiple guests (Jen Turner formerly of Here We Go Magic, Jeffrey Lewis, Devin, and Penn Badgely from Gossip Girl), and then in September he opened for The Vaccines at Bowery Ballroom with a band billed as Ryan Jarman's Exclamation Pony. He's since said, "We don't officially have a name yet. We had one for that show. When it's official, you'll all know." You can watch a video of the band from that show below. Like at that first solo show, Jen Turner was again involved and has since been confirmed as an official member of the band. NME reports:

Jarman has previously told NME of the project: "The whole point of what we're trying to do is be very liberated, to be able to do what we want and live how we want - we live at the end of the day, we find we write better at the night, late at night or seven in the morning. That really adds a whole different feel to it. It suits both our characters better. We both live at the other end of the day anyway."

The duo are already believed to have completed an album after an intensive month of nocturnal sessions. The "experimental" record has seen the band track a brass section, and Jarman added: "A couple of the songs are more experimental. Jen's quite an experimental guitar player, but it's not even all guitar-led stuff."

Don't worry, The Cribs have not broken up and will tour the UK and Europe beginning October 19. Before that, however, Ryan will play another show at Cameo Gallery on Thursday (10/11) with Mon Khmer and Bennio Qwerty (members of North Highlands, Wise Blood, and Forest Fire). Regarding his set up for this show, Ryan tweeted, "Will it be the new band or solo?? Not sure, come!" Tickets are on sale now.

The video from the Bowery Ballroom show and a list of all Cribs dates are below.

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photos by Sarah Gainer

Here We Go Magic at Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012
Here We Go Magic

Black Book: What are you looking forward to the most about this particular tour? Any cities you're hitting for the first time?

Yeah! It's funny; the majority of the U.S. cities are ones we haven't played, or have only played once. The routing is really interesting. There are three shows in Florida, which is really unheard of. You never hear of small-budget rock music playing Florida, you know? (Laughs) It's sort of a coup. There are a lot of dates in the South, and I think as far as Europe is concerned, we actually wound up having to cancel several dates this August. I'm looking forward to making up some of those and getting back to where we left off.
Here We Go Magic kicked off their fall tour with a free NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday (9/18) with High Highs. The tour, in support of the A Different Ship LP, has expanded considerably since we last wrote about it, heading north to New England and beyond in the coming days, including dates from coast to coast and on to Europe, stretching into middle November. All dates are listed below, along with more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl.

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Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

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Here We Go Magic at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
HWGM

Brooklyn's Here We Go Magic have been touring in support of their new album, A Different Ship this year. They've already squeezed two hometown shows and they've just announced another one which will go down on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl. It's a free 'Denim & Supply' show with RSVP or $5 at the door. All HWGM dates are listed below.

As mentioned, there will also be a free 'Denim & Supply' this month on August 31 at Brooklyn Bowl with Hospitality and ARMS. RSVP is open, or you can pay $5 at the door.

A list of all Here We Go Magic dates and the video for "How Do I Know" off of their new album are below.

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