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photos by Amanda HatfieldDominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Deap Vally @ Public Assembly (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Foxygen @ Public Assemby (by Amanda)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Our Friday not-CMJ day party (10/19) at Public Assembly, our first of two day-long, two-stage shows at the venue over the weekend, had my favorite one-two punch of the entire 2012 CMJ week: Savages followed by METZ both of whose performances we wrote about already (click the links). But I'll add that even though it was a shorter set (that didn't include "Flying to Berlin"_ than when I caught them at Glasslands earlier in the week, Savages were more, relaxed, more electrifying at our show. And METZ bring their insane level of energy (and volume) to every show they do, day or night, and they knocked the crowd for a loop. CMJ in a nutshell right there.

The rest of Friday's line-up was highly diverse: Israeli prog rockers Tiny Fingers; Wisonsin folk duo Blessed Feathers; the retro-fueled shenanigans of the terrific Foxygen; Murals' laid-back dreampop; FIGO and Toys that Kill bringing some punk; Deap Vally bringing riffs and sex appeal; IO Echo's gothy shoegaze pop; MSMR's big pop sounds (a little like an indie Sophie Ellis Bextor?); Doldrums on what was one of their 8000 highly energetic shows that week; Braids' new, electronic direction; and the brainy fake surf of The Intelligence.

Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty. If the PBR and Poggled photographer took your picture, look for it on our Facebook.

We already posted pictures from this party of METZ, Savages, and Sky Ferreira. More from the whole show, below...

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We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Friday looks like...


BrooklynVegan FRIDAY DAY PARTY - 10/19/2012

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Tiny Fingers (from Israel)
01:00 Murals
01:45 Deap Vally
02:30 Savages
03:15 METZ
04:00 MS MR
05:00 Braids

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:00 Blessed Feathers
12:40 Foxygen
01:25 FIGO (live)
02:10 IO Echo
03:00 Sky Ferreira
03:40 Doldrums
04:30 Toys That Kill
05:15 The Intelligence

That's 15 bands in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. If you have to work, call in sick!

And show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. You can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars. Get your photo taken in our free photo booth courtesy of PBR and Poggled.

Saturday lineup (same time, same place) coming soon...


Meanwhile you'l also find us, or our BV Austin site to be more specific, repping Texas at Rebel (a free and official CMJ party), and at Saint Vitus on Saturday night.

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
Cassie & Justin

"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.

Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.

This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]

Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.

Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...

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The Intelligence @ Market Hotel (more by Tim Griffin)
The Intelligence

The Intelligence have added another NYC show happening before they continue out of town on tour. It's happening at Don Pedro's rooftop with Woven Bones TONIGHT (9/15). The Intelligence say they go on at 9PM sharp.

Swell Season @ Rumsey Playfield this time last year (more by Kurt Christensen)
Swell Season

tonight in NYC
* OK Go @ The Bell House
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Soulico (early) @ Cake Shop
* The Swell Season @ 92YTribeca
* The Zeros, The Choke @ Maxwell's
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* 826NYC benefit @ Highline Ballroom
* Kings of Leon, Glasvegas @ Nassau Coliseum
* Autolux, Sleepy Sun, Bridezilla @ Bowery Ballroom
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Jose Feliciano @ Iridium
* Fruit Bats, Iran, Kevin Barker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Urgehal, Spearhead, Eyes of Noctum, Black Anvil, Villains @ Europa
* Hanne Hukkelberg, Sian Alice Group, Highlife, Vorhees @ Mercury Lounge
* Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso, Desolation Wilderness, Regattas, City Center @ Death By Audio

The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) have a new album coming out; tonight they play 92YTribeca which is a much smaller venue than Radio City and Central Park Summerstage.

Autolux travels from ATP NY to play two shows in NYC this week. Tonight's is at Bowery Ballroom with Sleepy Sun and Bridezilla (who also played ATP).

Kings of Leon and Glasvegas are at Nassau Coliseum.

"Israeli DJs Soulico will be playing a 'secret' industry-mostly show at Cake Shop on Monday (9/14) night. It's early (6-9PM) so you can come straight from work, and there will be FREE Brooklyn Lager in case you get thirsty. "

Rev. Vince Anderson plays Union Pool (like he does every Monday).

Aerosmith and ZZ Top were supposed to play MSG tonight.

Sub Pop band Fruit Bats released their latest LP, The Ruminant Band, on August 4th. Their tour comes to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show tonight with Iran and Kevin Barker.

Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso, Desolation Wilderness, Regattas and City Center play Death By Audio and its newly arted-up space tonight. A video of Arrington de Dionyso (of Old Time Relijun) performing at this summer's What the Heck Fest in Anacortes, WA, is posted below.

Great Lake Swmimmers' new video for "Still" is below...

(Another) Video from The Intelligence's Friday night (9/11) Market Hotel show is below too.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)

photos by Tim Griffin


Honestly, I wasn't expecting all the moshing and crowd surfing. I'd hopped in a cab seconds after seeing Wild Beasts for a third time in one week and headed to Market Hotel to see Seattle's finest purveyors of bent surf garage. On record, The Intelligence are genuinely weird, like they try and make normal music and this is what comes out. It's not dissimilar to what Sic Alps or Thee Oh Sees do, but there's a sinister edge, kind of like in a David Lynch movie. Slightly uncomfortable. But live, Lars Finberg and the rest of The Intelligence are here to rock. Market Hotel didn't seem that crowded to me, but when the second song kicked in it was a like a mosh magnet, everyone who was still there rushed towards the stage and collectively lost their shit. In particular, Golden Triangle's OJ (the band had just played) was a crowd surfing dynamo, despite there not being quite enough crowd to hold him. No matter how many times he got dropped, OJ kept getting back up there. "Let's see how many people get hurt on this one," a perplexed Finberg joked during the encore. The guy might have bruises all over his body now, but Friday night [9/11] that little dude was all smiles.

Finberg kept asking the crowd if we could he his vocals -- we could I thought they sounded great -- but judging by that I don't think they could hear anything. Sometimes you just move forward via instinct and muscle memory. [Bill Pearis]

The review and photos here are both from The Intelligence's Sept. 11th show at Market Hotel. Their current tour also brought them to Cake Shop two days later (last night) on Sunday the 13th (with a Philly show in between).

Today (Monday, 9/14), the band is scheduled to stop by both Viva Radio (who is currently interviewing the xx) and WNYU (89.1 FM, where they'll appear on The New Afternoon Show sometime between 4-7:30pm).

The band's remaining tour dates across North America run into October. Those and more pictures from the show are posted below...

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Naked Raygun

tonight in NYC
* Chuck Berry @ BB King's
* Phoenix & Kid Cudi @ Terminal 5
* The Angry Samoans @ Southpaw
* The Feelies @ Bearsville Theater
* Holy Ghost! (DJ) @ Santos Party House
* Kings of Leon, Glasvegas @ Izod Center
* Telefon Tel Aviv, The Race @ Mercury Lounge
* All Tomorrow's Parties @ Kutshers Country Club
* The Spits, Woven Bones, Liquor Store @ Cake Shop
* Super Furry Animals, The March Fourth @ Maxwell's
* Acrylics, The Tony Castles, Mr. Dream @ Union Pool
* The Loom, Hanne Hukkelberg, Sydney Price @ Sycamore
* NY Gypsy Fest w/ Sway Machinery @ South Street Seaport
* Trey Anastasio & New York Philharmonic @ Carnegie Hall
* Theophilus London, BLK JKS, Wild Yaks @ Santos Party House
* Care Bears On Fire, Blame The Patient, BYS @ The Bell House
* Diego Garcia (of Elefant), Contramano, Linfinity @ 92YTribeca
* The Hood Internet, Car Stereo (Wars), DJ Mr. F @ The Bell House
* Moving Sounds Fest w/ Music for 18 Musicians @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Mucca Pazza, Beat Circus, Larkin Grimm @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Medina Green @ Beach at Governors Island
* Wordless Music w/ Destroyer, Loscil, JACK Quartet @ Miller Theatre
* Naked Raygun, Paint It Black, Shot Baker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Extra Life, Lichens, Pygmy Shrews, Seth, Up Died Sound @ Death By Audio
* Hymns, Eric & The Truthseekers, Jessie Murphy in the Woods @ Living Room
* Glass Candy, Eamon Harkin, Justin Carter, Mike Simonetti @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Real Estate, Desolation Wilderness, Zola Jesus, Big Troubles @ Silent Barn
* Experimental Dental School, Le Rug, Lionshare, DJ Ducktails Arcade Dynamics @ Market Hotel
* Nakatomi Plaza, Cities For Small Towns, Lemuria, I Am Champagne, Man Without Plan, Ludlow Lions, more @ Shea Stadium

If you're at ATP NY's second day, you're seeing Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Melvins, Circulatory System...the list goes on. WFMU will be broadcasting from the concert from 6pm-midnight. Their first broadcasted set will be Panda Bear which actually happened last night. This is the schedule:

Saturday, September 12 (Eastern Time listings)
6:00 PM Panda Bear
7:15 PM Grouper
8:15 PM Black Dice
9:15 PM Antipop Consortium
10:15 PM Atlas Sound
11:15 PM Akron Family
Old school punks The Angry Samoans play Southpaw tonight. Tomorrow the venue hosts The Feelies, who are upstate at Bearsville Theater tonight.

Naked Raygun, not to be confused with pictures of naked girls with rayguns, play with Dan Yemin & Paint It Black and Shot Baker at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

BLK JKS, whose debut LP just came out earlier this week, have been added to the bill of the Theophilus London/Wild Yaks show at Santos.

Aerosmith and ZZ Top were supposed to be playing PNC Bank Arts Center today.

Telefon Tel Aviv plays a second night in NYC at Mercury Lounge with The Race.

Super Furry Animals do their Welsh psych-rock at Maxwell's with The March Fourth opening. Last night they were at Highline Ballroom.

Experimental Dental School play Market Hotel with Le Rug, Grandchildren, DJ Ducktails Arcade Dynamics (Matt and Etienne of Real Estate) and more. A short distance away, those guys rejoin Real Estate for a show at Silent Barn with Desolation Wilderness, Zola Jesus and Big Troubles.

Mos Def comes to the Beach at Governors Island.

The new Knitting Factory Brooklyn hosts Mucca Pazza, Beat Circus and Larkin Grimm.

Moving Sounds Festival is happening at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight, Sunday and Monday. Tonight's program includes Mantra Percussion ensemble performing Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. Monday's bill gets JACK Quartet, who play tonight at Miller Theatre (the last show in the Wordless co-presented series there). They open for Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and Loscil.

Walk around the Maze at Death By Audio with music from Extra Life, Lichens, Pygmy Shrews, Seth and Up Died Sound.

It's the last show ever for Nakatomi Plaza. They play Shea Stadium with Cities For Small Towns, Lemuria and more.

Bill got a video of The Intelligence at Market Hotel last night. Watch it below...

What else?

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'this week in indie' PART TWO actually...

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Super Furry Animals - Inaugural Trams (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Desolation Wilderness - Boardwalk Theme (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Woven Bones - Yr Sorcery (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Box Elders - Hole in My Head (MP3)
STREAM: Kings of Convenience - Boat Behind (asx STREAM)

Kings of Convenience

Earlier this week we had two nights with Sondre Lerche and tonight (9/10) is more Norwegian jazz pop when Kings of Convenience play a sold-out Bowery Ballroom, their only U.S. show, that I'm guessing they're playing while in NYC doing press for their new album, Declaration of Dependence, which is out next month. Quiet remains the new loud for Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye if the reports are true that the single "Mrs. Cold" is the really the most upbeat track on the record. If so, it's going to be a super mellow one, though really you could say that about all their records. I think we tend to remember singles like "I'd Rather Dance With You" and forget that the rest of Riot on an Empty Street was pretty spare too. I've only heard a few tracks from the new one, so I'm looking forward to more tonight. Hopefully we'll get a lot of everything, as they don't play America very often. As there's no opener, we can hope for an epic "evening with Kings of Convenience." The band's on at 9:30.

Super Furry Animals

As I'm sure you've heard if you read this site with any regularity, this weekend is All Tomorrow's Parties and if you're not going there's a little runnoff with bands playing New York shows around it. Case in point: Super Furry Animals will do their only U.S. shows in support of new album Dark Days/Light Years. Specifically, tomorrow's (9/11) show at Highline Ballroom (Tickets still available) is the "only U.S. club show for 2009" and Saturday (9/12) at Maxwell's (tickets) is the "only U.S. restaurant concert this year!"

I'm a huge SFA fan, think they're one of the most consistently great bands of the last 15 years. I've seen them upwards of 20 times and they're always entertaining. Their live shows got a little over-the-top around 2005's Love Kraft with electric jumpsuits, synched video projections and prerecorded backing tracks, but they've scaled back the last couple years and there's a more spontaneous vibe these days. And the new album is really good, a nice mix of punchy rockers, sunshine pop, epic space rock, Welsh boogie, and weird disco. In other words, a Super Furry Animals album.

Woven Bones
Woven Bones

Did I mention this weekend is super-packed? Austin's Woven Bones are on a fairly extensive U.S. tour, making two stops in NYC this weekend with Seattle's The Spits. They play the brand-new Knitting Factory on Friday (9/11) and Cake Shop on Saturday (9/12). Woven Bones spew out dirty, fuzzed-up blues-punk surf rock. Their new EP, which they will hopefully have for sale this weekend, is on San Diego's Zoo Music who put out the first Crocodiles single and a Dum Dum Girls EP, so that right there should give you an idea what to expect. You can download the a-side from their "Yr Sorcery" single at the top of this post. The Spits, meanwhile, straddle the line between straight-up garage punk and Devo-esque lo-fi keyboard proto-punk. Both are pretty catchy, but I think the latter is more interesting as you just don't hear that sort of thing so much these days. And something tells me their show might lean toward the theatrical. If you can't make either of these shows, Woven Bones play Monster Island Basement next Wednesday (9/16) with Box Elders, and then Cake Shop again next Friday (9/18) with Girls at Dawn and Reading Rainbow.

The Spits
The Spits

Fake SurfersWe'll continue with the garagey sounds because Seattle's mighty Intelligence hit New York this weekend too, playing Market Hotel on Friday (9/11) and Cake Shop on Sunday (9/13). The Intelligence's new album, Fake Surfers, has yet to get old for me, I listen to it at least once a week. I think it's one of the year's best. While the building blocks are the same (surf, garage, reverb, distortion), Lars Finberg exists in his own weird universe of lyrics and sound and his songs just come out different than your Oh Sees or Sic Alps or Ty Segalls. (All of whom I love too, btw.) I know this weekend is choc-full of must-see shows, but make some time for the Intelligence.

The Market Hotel show also features Brooklyn's own (and awesome) Golden Triangle, plus Wild Yaks, Arrington de Dionyso (of Old Time Religun) and Smarts.

Desolation Wilderness
Desolation Wilderness

The Intelligence Cake Shop Show on Sunday is with fellow Seattle band Desolation Wilderness who are worth seeing as well. If you like the breezy beach music that is coming out of NJ's Underwater Peoples (or anything Dean Wareham's ever done), then you'll probably dig Desolation Wilderness if you if you're not already familiar with them. Their new album, New Universe, is their second for K Records and is just lovely stuff -- languid, dreamy melodies, with guitar flourishes that ebb in and out, perfect for this late summer weather. You can download "Boardwalk Theme" from the new album at the top of this post. They also play Silent Barn on Saturday (9/12) with Real Estate and "The Maze" at Death by Audio on Monday (9/14).

Box EldersAs mentioned fleetingly in the bit about Woven Bones, Omaha, Nebraska trio Box Elders are here next week before hitting their record label's garage rock extravaganza, Gonerfest in Memphis from Sept. 24 - 26. They play Cake Shop on Tuesday (9/15) and Monster Island Basement the next night. These are their first NYC shows since April, and their first since the release of their debut LP, Alice and Friends. With that Leslie speaker keyboard sound and their major chord melodies, Alice and Friends is like '60s bubblegum and R&B as reproduced by a bunch of kids in a basement. Which I guess it kind of is. They are really entertaining live, with drummer Dave Golberg simultaneously manning his kit as well as the keyboards, and brothers Jeramiha and loin-cloth clad Clayton McIntyre rocking and bouncing in the foreground. It's a fun show.

So that'll do it for this weekend. For more picks (Marmoset, Wild Beast) see yesterday's TWII Pt 1. Videos and tour dates for most bands mentioned can be found below...

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DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - It #1 (MP3)

Ty Segall @ Cake Shop (more by Tim Griffin)
Ty Segall

After my own greasy foray into a Popeye's a few blocks away, I was ready to see the wunderkind, who is freshly graduated from the University of San Francisco. Once upon a time, Segall was a one man band, but he's expanded his outfit to a three-piece. Clearly the night's headliner at Amnesia, he packed the joint. After sets by openers Snakeflower 2 and the Rantouls, he mostly played familiar songs from his 2008 self-titled release on CastleFace Records. However, he also delivered a few examples of his self-described "sludgier" work on the brand new Lemons (Goner Records).

Sludge or no sludge, Segall's solid work ethic is evident. He's constantly playing gigs at bars like the Knockout, the Hemlock, and the Eagle Tavern -- basically anywhere flannel is the prevailing fashion, alongside those straw fedora hats favored by the fixed-gear crowd. Despite his omnipresence on SF's dive bar scene, he's pretty modest about his dedication to his music. "There are a lot of ways that I am a slacker," he explains over the phone a month after the fateful Amnesia show as he and his band drive to New Orleans. "But if I'm not doing music, I feel like I'm wasting my time." [SF Bay Guardian]

An MP3 from Lemons is at the top of this post. Ty returns to NYC for a trio of shows on his North American tour in September. On September 18th, he'll play Death By Audio's 'The Maze' (the art installation being supported by this Saturday's 12-hour benefit at the venue).

Ty plays a Mercury Lounge show on September 20th with Golden Triangle and tourmates and fellow SF band The Mantels. Tickets for that go on sale Saturday, July 25th at noon. Ty Segall then goes to New Jersey for a September 21st show at Maxwell's. The Mantels opens that too, with Digital Leather. Tickets are on sale now.

Ty will be one of the acts at Goner Fest 6, put on by Goner Records September 24th-26th in Memphis, TN. Other acts include a reformed version of Jay Reatard's first band The Reatards, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Magic Kids (who are in NYC this weekend), Box Elders, The Intelligence, Nobunny, Cheater Slicks and just about every other vital band you could vaguely lump in with the current "garage" scene (No Sic Alps, though). Tickets for day one, two and three of the fest are on sale now (though three-day 'Golden Passes' seem to be either sold out or hard to find).

More info on that festival, with all Ty Segall dates and a couple videos, below...

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Glasslands Gallery

Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, now with full liquor license, hosts New York Night Train's Terror Fest and BBQ this Saturday, September 20th....

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