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Ira Kaplan w/ YLT at The Bell House in December (more by PSquared)
Ira Kaplan

There technically weren't any Yo La Tengo Hannukah shows last year, but YLT member Ira Kaplan will be taking part in a Passover show in NYC this year. He's one of many names appearing at the annual Downtown Seder at CIty Winery on April 7, a venue that often hosts Jewish events (like the Klezmer brunch). (The actual Passover actually starts a week later.) Front and rear tables are already sold out, but you can still reserve a middle table.

The lineup is very diverse (and not all music), including famous radio/tv sex therapist Dr. Ruth, folk singer Pete Yarrow (of legendary NYC trio Peter Paul and Mary), former baseball player Art Shamsky (Mets, Reds) who is in the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, singer/songwriter Keren Ann who is Israeli (as are performers David Broza and J.Viewz), Basya Schechter (lead singer of NYC's American Jewish world music band Pharaoh's Daughter), City Winery regular David Bromberg, Jewish-themed comedian Jackie Hoffman, Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos) and two members of Yiddish theater, Elmore James (not the blues musician) and Zalmen Mlotek.

In related news, Yo La Tengo will appear on Parks & Rec soon.

The 5.6.7.8's at The Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
The 5.6.7.8.s

Japanese garage rock trio The 5.6.7.8.'s who famously appeared in Kill Bill and have also been putting out records for over two decades, are set to return to NYC this year to play a show on October 27 at The Bell House, the same venue where they played the Norton Records 25th Anniversary in 2011. That show is with Brooklyn garage rockers The A-Bones (who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member) and Guitar Lightnin' lee and His Thunder Band. Tickets for the show are on sale now. It's the band's only announced US date at the moment.

Speaking of Yo La Tengo and the Bell House, YLT also just announced three holiday shows they'll play at the Brooklyn venue this December.

Watch a couple 5.6.7.8's videos below...

Continue reading "The 5.6.7.8.'s returning to The Bell House w/ The A-Bones"

by Andrew Sacher

Grateful Dead

One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)

Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:

The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."

"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."

Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra just announced two Best Buy Theater shows (11/29-30). Tickets for those are on sale now.

Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.

And, both Vampire Weekend (tickets) and Kurt Vile (tickets) are each about to play their biggest NYC shows yet this fall.

Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...

Continue reading "The National enlist members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, Walkmen & War on Drugs for Grateful Dead tribute"

photos by Kenneth Bachor

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust @ Maxwell's - 7/30/13
Lee Ranaldo @ Maxwell's - 7/30/2013

The second to last show ever at legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's happened last night (7/30), headlined by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and his current band, The Dust, whose lineup also includes Sonic Youth drummer/Maxwell's co-owner Steve Shelley. The night began with a set from Houndmouth (who had just played Newport Folk Festival), and direct support came from a "secret" band, Single Dynamite, which ended up including Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi/Wild Flag's Janet Weiss. Pictures of last night's show (unfortunately none of Houndmouth) are in this post.

Maxwell's farewell block party just began (4 PM), and the final two shows tonight are an early one with The Individuals and Delicate Steve and a late one with The Bongos and "a" ( both sold out). And just a heads up that if you planned to use the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Maxwell's today, it was apparently closed due to a debris spill but just reopened, reports ABC News.

Lee Ranaldo & the Dust will be heading out on a full tour around the time of their new album that hits NYC on October 25 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures from last night below...

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Lee Ranaldo & The Dust / Single Dynamite (via @countfeed / @everydayanothersong)
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This is it, the last day for iconic Hoboken rock club, Maxwell's which is shutting it's doors tonight (or the wee hours of Thursday) after 35 years. Last night's penultimate show at Maxwell's was headlined by Lee Ranaldo & The Dust. One of the openers was a mystery group, Single Dynamite, which turned out to include Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi drummer Janet Weiss. Did anyone go last night? How was it?

UPDATE: Check out a full set of pictures from the Lee Ranaldo/Single Dynamite show.

Meanwhile, today's Maxwell's closing block party starts at 4 PM on the street outside the club. In addition to the already-announced line-up of The Bongos, The Individuals and "a", Delicate Steve has been added to the bill. NJ.com reports that thing may be broken up into two separate shows inside the club: Delicate Steve and The Individuals at 6 PM; and then The Bongos and "a" at 9 PM.

The block party is free but the shows are notTickets ($10) for those final two shows (Individuals, Delicate Steve and The Bongos and "a") go on sale at 2 PM today.

photos by Greg Cristman

The Remains @ The Bell House - 6/7/13
The Remains

'60s Boston garage rockers The Remains came to NYC for a show at the Bell House on Friday (6/7) with '80s/'90s NYC garage rockers The A-Bones (who featured Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo and the owners of Norton Records). Both bands were introduced by Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith's band (who also just played). Pictures, including ones of the setlists (though The A-Bones replaced "Steady with Betty" with "Real True Love" on theirs) are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "The Remains & The A-Bones @ The Bell House (pics, setlists)"

photos by PSquared Photography

YLT w/ Andrew Bird / the Jons / Titus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012
Andrew Bird and Yo La Tengo
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus opened the night with a roar -- I always read about them as being a punk-rock group, and maybe they are in the old-fashioned (and my favorite) definition of that term as "indescribable." Patrick made the only mention from the stage of the night about Connecticut, which makes him stronger than me. A great set, closing with the breathtaking one-two of "Titus Andronicus Forever" and the seasonal favorite "Roadrunner"...

...If you spend any time around the three of us, sooner or later you'll hear one or everybody burst into "Acappella Ghostbusters," as made famous by Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's Soundtrackappella (or is it Soundtracappella -- I forgot to ask, but that's ok, they'd have given me two different answers). Ten years after Hanukkah 2002, we asked them if they agreed with us it was time for a return engagement. - [YLT]

On the penultimate night of Hanukkah (and a bad vibe day to put it mildly), Yo La Tengo did their best to keep spirits high, with special guest Andrew Bird (as speculated) sitting in on violin for the entirety of their set, and guest vocalist Devendra Banhart (who narrates the Tim Maia short film which screens for free in Brooklyn Sunday) singing for the encore. (Setlist is below.)

As speculated and then expected, fellow New Jersyians Titus Andronicus made for one of the highest profile openers of the week, and Jons Benjamin and Glaser brought the funny.

The night's Charity was Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative and Ira Kaplan made the mix CD. Tonight's the last night of their Hanukkah run -- who will be the openers? UPDATE: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields open the final night.

Past nights included Barbara Manning, El-P, Real Estate, The Feelies, Sun Ra Arkestra, and the Raybeats.

More pictures from Night 7 are below, along with YLT's setlist.

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird, Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser helped Yo La Tengo celebrate Hanukkah night 7 at Maxwells (pics, setlist)"

Ira @ Maxwell's for Hanukkah 2008 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Hanukkah

Ira posted the following to Yo La Tengo's website on Saturday:

Hi everybody, especially those of you with tickets to next week's shows,

We strive to make our Hanukkah shows unpredictable, and in one unfortunate regard we've outdone ourselves this year. I'm going to be a little vague here, but I had a pretty serious health scare earlier this month. I'm well on the way to recovery, but I've not yet been deemed ready to Rock. The good news is . . . well, the good news is I'm on the way to recovery . . . but vis-à-vis next week, the good news is that I've been deemed ready to sit in a chair and play the concerts that mean more to me, Georgia and James than most anything else we do together. Our sets will undoubtedly be tweaked accordingly. In other words, if you were hoping to be in attendance for our annual airing of "Mushroom Cloud of Hiss," I'm afraid that is now zooming up the Unlikely chart with a bullet. But we're confident that it's going to be a great eight days. We're looking forward to seeing you all, and to not answering any questions about what happened to me!

As long as I've got your attention, I'll let you know about one other change this year. We've filled the walls of Maxwell's front room with a bunch of posters and other ephemera from our various closets. Some of it will be for sale (all proceeds to charity) and all of it will hopefully be entertaining.

Hanukkahly yours, Ira

Glad to hear Ira is doing ok, and here's to another great Hanukkah!

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Tandoori Knights @ the Bell House
Norton Records 25th Anniversary

I started the night, the fourth and final night of the the Norton Records 25th Anniversary celebration at the Bell House, watching Andy Shernoff from the Dictators playing an acoustic set in the front room. He ended with his hilarious zombie Jew song, based on Jesus's return to Earth.

The Figures of Light, who originally formed in 1970, played their classic proto-punk songs as well as tracks off their new album, Drop Dead, which was recorded this July in Brooklyn by the Gories' Mick Collins, who plays guitar in the band along with original members Wheeler Winston Dixon and Michael Downey, as well as Mark Natale and Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

The Real Kids had to cancel due to illness, so another New Jersey band, the Swinging Neckbreakers filled in for them.

After them came the A-Bones, who feature vocalist Billy Miller and his wife, drummer Miriam Linna from Norton Records. They were joined at the end of their set Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flaming Groovies, who also played with the Daddy Long Legs the night before, and who played 'Teenage Head,' which was inspired by Kim Fowley when he was recording their record. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, who played the celebration on Friday night as part of the Condo Fucks, was also playing guitar in the A-Bones. as he often does.

Tandoori Knights, a take-off on the British show Tandoori Nights were next. They are fronted by King Khan and Bloodshot Bill, and the band is a slightly slower, more melodic sound than the two are known for in their other projects, but they still kept the crowd moving until after 1 am, when Norton founders Billy and Miriam came out to thank everyone who had made the sold-out four day event such a success. Billy, Miriam, and King Khan also all made late night appearances on the first night of the fest.

The Sonics @ The Bell House
Norton Records 25th Anniversary

After they finished the thank-you's at nearly 1:45, the band everyone was waiting to see, The Sonics, took the stage. They had headlined a show Saturday afternoon at Maxwell's too. I didn't see that, but Sunday night they took the Bell House stage and just completely laid it down. I was really impressed. They played an hour and a half set that just kept picking up energy the entire time, hitting all their well-knows songs, like Strychnine, the Hustler, Boss Hoss, Psycho and climaxed with their first and best-known hit, the Witch, and tore right into a cover of Louie Louie they totally owned, probably playing it better and with more authority than any other band in the world is capable of doing. The biggest surprise to me was how good their new songs are. Usually a band reforms knowing that they have a catalogue that people celebrate and will pay to hear, and they can tour on that nostalgia factor, or write some songs that completely lack the chemistry that the original members once had. I've definitely groaned when a reunion band announces, "we're gonna play some of our new songs tonight." but the Sonics have hit the studio hard. The new songs, Cheap Shades, Bad Attitude, Don't Back Down, and Vampire Kiss were really tight, and would sound right at home on both Here Are the Sonics and BOOM. Their new record, 8, was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino and was released in 2010. It's great to see such an important band still touring and recording great songs......

More photos from the Sunday night show below...

Continue reading "Norton Records @ 25 -- the conclusion w/ the Sonics, Tandoori Knights aka King Khan & Bloodshot Bill & more (pics & review)"

Danny Amis

A message from Danny Amis

Dear Friends...

I can't thank you enough for your generosity.
Thanks to your help, and the upcoming benefit shows,
I no longer need to stress out over my medical bills. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010.
This forced me to stop working and touring.
The type of cancer I've been told I have is called
"Multiple Myeloma", cancer of the bone marrow.
I was caught off guard without insurance, but thankfully was able
to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act which
passed congress last year and for which I am eternally grateful.
Without that insurance I wouldn't have been able to get a necessary
procedure to save my life called a Stem Cell Transplant.
I underwent that procedure in May, and it seems to have been successful.
I now face a couple of months of recovery.

Your generosity has helped immensely, it's a very expensive procedure.
Unfortunately, high medical costs are something I'll have to face the rest of my life,
as this disease is incurable. I can only hope to knock it into remission for a while.
I'm going to leave this donation button up for those who still want to help.
Simply be aware that I'm not set up to accept tax-deductible donations.
Again, I can't thank you enough for your help!

That donation button is at Danny's website, as is a list of upcoming benefit shows including the one taking place at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 29. The Raybeats, The Individuals, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley (of Yo La Tengo), The Schramms, and Tall Lonesome Pines all will play the NJ benefit for the sick member of the instrumental surf group Los Straitjackets. Tickets for the Hoboken show are on sale. Conan O'Brien is performing at the LA one which is also still on sale.

Los Straitjackets go on a very long tour of their own without Amis this summer. The tour stops at City Winery on June 23 and 24 with Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones. Tickets are available for both shows. It also hits Maxwell's on August 4 with Bill Kirchen. Tickets are on sale. All LS dates and benefit dates, below...

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The Baseball Project
Baseball Project

Like he recently did with the Mountain Goats, Twins fan Craig Finn will reportedly make a guest appearance with The Baseball Project at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (4/29). As Wikipiedia puts it, "The Baseball Project is a supergroup composed of Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon formed in 2007." Also playing tonight's show is Baseball Project member Steve Wynn's band Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three.

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan probably won't make it to collaborate or see the Brooklyn show because he'll be busy playing with Marshall Crenshaw over at City Winery. Ira did recently play with a bunch of R.E.M. members though, at a show whose focus was Big Star.

if you miss the Brooklyn show, you have a couple more chances to catch the Baseball Project this weekend, especially if you know Drew (they play at his house in Ringwood, NK on April 30th), and if you don't mind heading to Hoboken for the annual and FREE Hoboken Arts & Music Festival on Sunday (5/1) with Ian Hunter and more on three stages (I bet Ira is at that one). Full fest schedule, a video of Craig Finn playing a new song, and all tour dates bleow...

Continue reading "the Baseball Project is here (Craig Finn will join them), Hoboken Arts Fest this weekend (they play that too)"

Marshall Crenshaw

"Three rocking 30th Anniversary shows, featuring a special live performance of Marshall's critically acclaimed self-titled debut album "Marshall Crenshaw" performed in its entirety.

Crenshaw will perform his debut single and his self-titled debut album in sequence, adding as many other hits and favorites as time permits. He will be joined by Yo La Tengo guitarist Ira Kaplan, longtime associate Graham Maby on bass, drummer Josh Dion, and on the 29th by original drummer (and brother) Robert Crenshaw.

According to Crenshaw, "The emphasis in the advertising, etc. has been on my first album but this year actually marks the 30-year anniversary of the release of 'Something's Gonna Happen' on Shake Records, my first record, and a really, really darn good one, produced by the late Alan Betrock and myself. Therefore, this year marks my 30th year as a recording artist . . . amazing. It's crazy!!"

That's the description of the Marshall Crenshaw shows happening at City Winery on April 29th (tonight), April 30th and May 1st.

Continue reading "Marshall Crenshaw celebrating 30 years, playing 'Marshall Crenshaw' 3 nights @ City Winery w/ Ira Kaplan"

photos by Lori Baily & Ted Barron

DOWNLOAD: Tift Merritt & Norman Blake - Thirteen (Big Star) (MP3)

Tift Merritt w/ Matthew Sweet & friends @ the Big Star Tribute in March (by Lori)
Big Star Tribute

Tift Merritt's is now on tour with Stephen Kellogg, and though tickets are unfotunately sold-out for their show at City Winery (May 6th), she has added another NYC show and this time it's FREE. Tift Merritt will play Madison Square Park on June 22nd at 6PM after her tour with Kellogg, but before she heads out on a string of UK dates with Greg Allman. All tour dates are below.

Add the June 22nd free show to the growing list of free shows happening Madison Square Park this summer. Another is the music portion of the Big Apple BBQ.

Tift Merritt joined an all-star cast that stood up in praise of the late great Alex Chilton (of Big Star) at Baruch College on March 26th, a shade more than one year after he suffered a fatal heart attack. Big Star's Third was the focus of the show, and it featured a revolving cast of musicians on vocals....

"Stipe's performance of "Kanga Roo" was at once fragile and unbowed, while his R.E.M. cohort, singer-bassist Mike Mills, found the holiday in the Christmas song "Jesus Christ." Alternative-country singer Tift Merritt was a vital female addition, showing that the vengeful kick of "You Can't Have Me" could go both ways. Other voices included Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo ("O, Dana," "Take Care"), Norman Blake of the Scottish band Teenage Fanclub ("Nightime"), Matthew Sweet ("Big Black Car") and Django Haskins of the group The Old Ceremony, who carried the bleak weight of "Holocaust" with a wise plain poise." [Rolling Stone]
During the encore Tift performed "Thirteen" with Norman Blake. A recording of that cover from the show is avaialble for download above. A set of pictures from the show are in this post. More of them, with all of Tift's tour dates, are below...

Continue reading "Tift Merritt covered Big Star w/ Norman Blake, Michael Stipe & more (MP3 & belated pics), touring (playing free NYC show)"

photos by Jason House

Obits

West Village record store Generation Records celebrated Record Store Day 2011 by releasing two new records (Off! and Bouncing Souls, both "Live At Generation Records"), and with a day full of in-store performances by Obits, I Hate Our Freedom, The Jay Vons, and Spa Castles. There were also DJ Sets from Yo La Tengo, Tom Scharpling (WFMU's Best Show), and Eric Davidson (and a special appearance by Fred Armisen who also played a secret set before Joan as Policewoman at Mercury Lounge two nights earlier) during the afternoon of 4/16. J Edward Keyes reports that, "Obits [turned] in a great all-covers Record Store Day set at Generation w. special guests: Ira & Georgia from Yo La Tengo!" You can see the action in the pictures from the whole day, above and below.

Obits play NYC again on Wednesday, and they'll play covers again, but this time at Union Pool as part of a tribute to Brendan of Orphan with Krallice, Mira Bilotte (of White Magic & Quix*o*tic), and Dope Body. Tickets are available at the door, and all proceeds go back to Brendan's family. Bands will be playing reworked material by Orphan, other Brendan material, and possibly some of their own material as well.

More pictures from Generation Records, below...

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Big Star

"Big Star's third album, Third/Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album was never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations. That changed in December 2010, when an all-star band unearthed the original scores, assembled an orchestra and performed Big Star's Third at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Performers that night included Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (the dB's) - the creative genesis they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert in New York City.

On March 26th, a mind-boggling array of indie rock all-stars will gather to perform Big Star's Third at Mason Hall. Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Tift Merritt, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Will Rigby (the dB's), Matthew Sweet, Chris Stamey (the dB's), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and M. Ward (She & Him) will be joined by The Lost in the Trees Orchestra with Jane Scarpantoni, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Sidney Dixon and Matt McMichaels to recreate the original scores and breathe life into a bittersweet album that has impacted generations of musicians. Some very special guests will be announced in the days to come. As the evening unfolds, Chilton and Stephen's musical ideas that were far ahead of their time 35 years ago will resonate in the hands of a collective of sympathetic, top-notch musicians. "We have been trying to create a concert piece that can have a life in years to come, trying to keep the spirit of the music and make it come across with the right emotions live," Stamey told Indy Week. "There's something about this record that connects with my generation, and apparently many generations."

The assemblage will perform Third/Sister Lovers in its entirety - fans can expect additional Big Star and Chris Bell songs as well. "It's easier as time passes to revisit that album because it came out of such a dark period," Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told the Raleigh News and Observer. "There were brilliant moments in the studio, especially Carl Marsh's string arrangements, which really take it to a whole other world. But it could be emotionally difficult to watch certain things happen. I was so close to it at the time that I could not see what it was.""

BIG STAR THIRD is happening at Baruch Performing Arts Center (at Baruch College) in Mason Hall (17 Lexington) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Tickets are on presale now (password: Alex), and going on general sale Thursday at noon. More details with the lineup listed out, below...

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Last week Littlefield wasn't listing any more editions of "Hot Tub" on their schedule, but it is in fact back tonight (2/7). Corn Mo, Brent Sullivan, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Free Love Forum will all join Kurt Braunohler (but maybe not Kristen) at the Brooklyn venue this evening. There's also a lineup listed for 2/14 - "Found Footage Festival, Sandra Bauleo, Surprise Guests, + more!" (and Kristen's name is on that bill).

Tonight is also another edition of Kevin Allison's Risk! Storyslam at the Pit, and of course Whiplash at UCB (with Jay Pharoah, Adam Cayton-Holland, Brooke Van Poppelen & Roger Hailes).

Speaking of UCB, the Chris Gethard Show returns to the venue on February 19th. Chris recently returned from a tour that kicked off with some help from Diddy.

Speaking of Diddy (not actually), the great Reggie Watts has announced another big headlining show. Having already sold out Manhattan's Highline Ballroom, his next big NYC conquest will be Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 30th. Tickets for the "partially seated show" go on sale Friday at noon.

Reggie will also join Eugene Mirman (and Kumail Nanjiani) for a special Boston edition of "Pretty Good Friends" on March 1st. Meanwhile catch the next edition of Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" at its usual home of Union Hall in Park Slope this Sunday (2/13), and don't miss the extra-large Brooklyn edition coming to the Bell House on 2/27 in honor of Michael Showalter's new book.

And speaking of The Bell House and new books...

TUE 2/8: 8pm / FREE
JON GLASER BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Please join us for an evening of readings and music from Jon Glaser's new book "My Dead Dad Was In ZZ Top" (Harper Perennial), followed by general hanging out good times. Paul Rudd, Scott Adsit, John Hodgman, Zoe Lister-Jones, Ira Kaplan, Jon Hamm, and other special guests are scheduled to appear. Books will be on sale, plus the first 25 people to purchase books receive a special free un-named gift!
That's like half the cast of the new New Pornographers video all in one place and it's free!

Last but not least, Tuesday night live comedy series "Tell Your Friends" (who are advertisng a secret musical guest for this Tuesday's show) are releasing a movie! Trailer (starring Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal and many others) and more details below...

Continue reading "Hot Tub, Reggie Watts, Whiplash, Jon Glaser's book, Tell Your Friends the movie, Chris Gethard & more shiat"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Peter Wolf & Ira
Yo La Tengo

As someone promised, Syl Johnson was the opener for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Saturday night (12/4). Syl was also in town to play Southpaw on Friday which was the night Jeff Tweedy opened for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Saturday night's comedian was 'Rabbi Attitude' aka Jon Glaser. The special guests were Peter Wolf and Ira's mom who made an appearance in 2008 as well. The mixtape was by Numero Group. Full setlist and more pictures from the fourth night of Hanukkah, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo, Syl Johnson, Jon Glaser, Peter Wolf & Ira's Mom @ Maxwell's (Hanukkah night 4 pics & setlist)"

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Ira Kaplan, The A-Bones + Flamin' Groovies

Among the resurrected bluesmen, rockabilly cats, garage rockers and soul shouters at the eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp were various "Littles," including Little Willie Littlefield, Little Joe Washington, Lil' Buck Sinegal -- not to mention Long John Hunter and Lazy Lester. Though each of these acts that held court at the festival (held April 28 and 29 at the House of Blues in New Orleans), and several others -- including a master's class given by newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson -- demonstrated the breadth and width of American music, one undisputed highlight was the Wednesday reunion of the two prime forces in the Flamin' Groovies, who played a set together for the first time since 1971.

Groovies frontman Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, who co-founded the Bay Area rock band in 1965, tore through selections from the three critically heralded LPs released before Loney's departure, with backing by Brooklyn combo the A-Bones (which featured Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboards and guitar, and, appropriately, former Flamin' Groovies Fan Club president Miriam Linna behind the drum kit). As Loney explains, "Cyril and I rehearsed in San Francisco and the A-Bones rehearsed in New York" -- yet this bicoastal convergence showed no signs of disconnect, jelling as if they were a long-estabished unit. [Spinner]

Pictures from Day One are HERE. The rest of Day Two, below...

Continue reading "the 2009 Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans - Day 2 in pics (the A-Bones / Ira Kaplan / Flamin' Groovies reunion included)"

Ira's mom @ Maxwell's in NJ - Dec 22, 2008 (by Liz Clayton) (via)
Iras Mom

We actually have more pictures of last night's show coming, but in the meantime I can confirm that The Magnetic Fields did open Yo La Tengo's 2nd 2008 Hanukkah show at Maxwell's. Stephin Merritt also stuck around to sing again during the encore, John Hodgman was the comedian, and Doug Gillard and Ira's mom were the other singing special guests.

Tonight/Tuesday is night three (12/23), and I'm not sure we've figured out who the opener will definitely be yet. Do you know? Night one and two's setlists below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo Hanukkah continued, 2008 setlists so far"

photos by Zach Stern

DOWNLOAD: The King Khan & BBQ Show - Teenage Foetus (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The King Khan & BBQ Show - I'll Never Belong (MP3)
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King Khan & BBQ Show

King Khan & The BBQ Show played their 2nd of two Thanksgiving-weekend shows in NYC last night (Sunday, 11/30) at Bowery Ballroom with the A-Bones (a band that features Ira from Yo La Tengo as a member) and Vivian Girls (the makers of the 4th best album of the year according to Gorilla vs Bear). Their (KK & BBQ) next show, as just announced, is this Wednesday at the WIRED Store. Vivian Girls' next local show is New Years Eve at Wellmont Theater with Yo La Tengo. One of VG's other recent NYC shows didn't have King Khan on the bill, but he was also there.

King Khan & BBQ didn't release much this year, but King Khan and the Shrines did release "The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines" on VICE which at least one person thinks was one of the best albums of the year.

More pictures from Sunday night's Bowery show below...

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Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboard (more by Jason Bergman)
Ira

The A-Bones is a garage rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band was formed in 1984 by Billy Miller and Miriam Linna, who had previously been the editors of Kicks, a pop culture journal, and the founders of Norton Records. The band, which was named after a song by The Trashmen, also featured Mike Mariconda, Mike Lewis (a founding member of both Boston's Lyres and Hoboken's Yo La Tengo), Bruce Bennett, Marcus "The Carcass" Natale, and Lars Espensen, with Miller, Linna, Bennett, Natale, and Espensen playing on the bulk of the band's recordings and for most of the band's touring life. Aside from recording three albums, two EPs, and roughly a dozen 45's, The A-Bones also performed as a backup band for acts such as Hasil Adkins, Ronnie Dawson, Cordell Jackson, The Flamin' Groovies' Roy Loney and many others. Though the band broke up in 1994, The A-Bones reunited in 2004 and continue to perform sporadic gigs in the US and in Europe, in their core line-up frequently augmented by Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboard. [Wikipedia]
The A-Bones - 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 7 - Maxwells in Hoboken w/ Magic Christian, New Jersey (TICKETS)
Sep 13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn w/ The Ettes and Nouvellas (TICKETS)