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After the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Center, "Nirvana" headed over to Saint Vitus for another show.

Actually it's happening right this second (2:30am Thursday night). Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for more. UPDATE: 4am: It's over.

Joan Jett, J. Mascis, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, John McCauley of Deer Tick (and Deervana when Deer Tick is a Nirvana cover band), and Kim Gordon fronted Nirvana (aka Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at the gig.

More photos, video setlist from the surprise Greenpoint gig, below...

Continue reading "'Nirvana' & guests played Saint Vitus after Barclays Center! (video, pics, setlist)"

Doug Keith

You may know Doug Keith as a member of Sharon Van Etten's band but he's also a solo artist and will release a new album, Pony, on February 11 via The Village Label. The record was recorded with drummer Zeke Hutchins, who also plays with Doug in Sharon Van Etten's band, plus Brad and Phil Cook of Megafaun. A few months back, he revealed the first single from that album, "Pure Gold In The 70s," which features a guitar solo from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, and he's since released a second single, "Harvest Home."

Now, we're premiering a third track from the album, "You Can't Stand To Be Alone," in this post. If you're a fan of the folk rock that Doug's pals like SVE and Megafaun make, you might want to dig into Doug's solo stuff too. You can listen to all three of those tracks, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Continue reading "Doug Keith releasing an LP w/ members of Megafaun, Dinosaur Jr & Sharon Van Etten's band (stream three tracks)"

Mohawk photos by Tim Griffin

J. Mascis & Residual Kid in Mascis-chusetts
Residual Kid

Residual Kid @ Mohawk in Austin - 1/3/2014
Free Week in Austin - 1/3/2014

They may be young, but they are talented and apparently J. Mascis agrees because the Austin band, who we also caught at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012, recently spent some time in Massachusets recording with none other than the Dinosaur Jr. frontman. Residual Kid's recent Facebook posts include quotes like: "Having a blast recording in Mascis-chusetts! J. Mascis rules!", "Man, you're gonna LOVE these new recordings with J.Mascis!", and "Mascis-chusetts has been awesome! Recording with J.Mascis was an amazing experience - can't wait to share the new songs with you!"

Meanwhile, Ben Redman (drums), Deven Ivy (guitar) and Max Redman (bass) are back in Austin and celebrating the annual week of free shows known as 'Free Week' which continues through 1/11. Residual Kid played a free show at Mohawk on 1/3 and pictures from that show, which was with What Made Milwaukee Famous, are on this post. If you missed it, RK play again Thursday (1/9) at Holy Mountain and Friday (1/10) at Cheer Up Charlies, both also free.

Their upcomin gCheer Up Charlies show will also sadly be one of the last happening at the eastside space which is closing down after this weekend and moving to Red River in the former home of Club DeVille. This is big music venue news for locals and SXSW-tourists alike. Both DeVille and Cheer Up Charlies have been very active venues during SXSW, with Cheer Up Charlies especially notorious for being the location of many unofficial Todd P shows.

Club DeVille, where we hosted a bunch of BrooklynVegan SXSW shows, is (was) also right next door to Mohawk where we recently caught Big Freedia and Public Enemy and.... Residual Kid. More pictures of the latter below....

Continue reading "Residual Kid recorded w/ J. Mascis, played Free Week (pics); Cheer Up Charlies moving to Club DeVille spot"

Magik Markers

Noise trio Magik Markers hadn't released an album since 2009's Balf Quarry until this past November when they put out its followup, Surrender to the Fantasy, on Drag City. The record was recorded partially in J Mascis' attic in Amherst, and as you might expect, sounds completely void of any type of studio work. You can hear the whole thing over at SPIN, and stream one of its tracks, "Bonfire," below.

Magik Markers will celebrate the new album with a slightly belated record release party in Brooklyn on January 4 at Union Pool with Degreaser and Lushes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Magik Markers released an album, playing release show"

MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (More by Sarah Frankie Linder)
MGMT

As discussed, indie-pop-turned-psych-weirdos MGMT are currently on a tour which brings them to NYC for a huge show at Barclays Center on December 13 with Dinosaur Jr. and Kuroma (fronted by a member of MGMT's live band). Tickets for that show are still available, but we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

If you're wondering what to expect from this ever-changing band at the Barclays Center show, this review on Memphis Flyer of Saturday's Orpheum Theatre show sheds some light:

You wanted to hear their big hits, like "Kids," "Time To Pretend," and "Electric Feel?" Score.

You wanted to hear the trippy stuff like "Siberian Breaks" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters?" Score.

You wanted to hear material from the new album? Score.

MGMT's set list broke down cleanly, with 6 cuts from Oracular Spectacular, 5 from Congratulations, and 5 from the newest album, MGMT.

You could use those numbers as a guideline and come up with many permutations of set lists, but MGMT elected to play their most accessible material. So they didn't play "4th Dimensional Transition" but they did play "Weekend Wars"; they didn't play "Lady Dada's Nightmare" but did "Flash Delirium"; didn't play the 2nd half of MGMT but did the first half.

Looking at the nightly setlists they've been posting on Instagram, they do change the order up from show to show. Speaking of their instagram, they're running a contest on it where you can win a chance to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie" on stage with them.

In other Dinosaur Jr. news, J Mascis recently teamed up with Fred Armisen to cover TLC's "Waterfalls" at Berklee Performing Arts Center, which you can watch a video of below. J Mascis also just teamed up with Sharon Van Etten collaborator Doug Keith (not long after teaming up with Sharon Van Etten herself) to contribute a guitar solo to "Pure Gold In The 70s" off Doug's upcoming LP, Pony (due out 2/11). You can listen to that (via SPIN) below too.

Updated dates are listed, along with contest details, video and song stream, below...

Continue reading "MGMT on tour; win tix to their Barclays show w/ Dinosaur Jr"

Kim Gordon w/ Dinosaur Jr at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Kim Gordon

As mentioned a few times, there's a benefit honoring Kim Gordon happening at Issue Project Room on November 13 and 14, and the full lineup has finally been announced. It looks like this...

On the first night (11/13), there will be a VIP reception at 7 PM which will feature Kim performing as a duo with drummer Tim Barnes (who has played with Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, etc), along with food and drinks by Rucola. Then at 9 PM, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr will play a solo set, followed by Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) performing as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori. Tickets are available for the VIP reception and 9 PM concert ($250, but $150 tax-deductible), and also just for the 9 PM concert ($35).

Then, on night 2 (11/14), Kim will first perform as a duo with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Koether, and will then do a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing). Tickets for night 2 are available.

The week after the Kim Gordon benefit, there's also the Body/Head show at MoMA (11/21), featuring a DJ set from Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin, Le Tigre, Bikini Kill). Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also win a pair.

J Mascis just played a Brooklyn show with Speedy Ortiz last week (10/23) in celebration of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr clothing line. Dinosaur Jr will open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets), and Dinosaur's Lou Barlow will bring his other band, Sebadoh, to NYC when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on Friday (11/1) (tickets).

Speaking of Gang Gang Dance side projects, Brian DeGraw's new solo project bEEdEEgEE will make its live debut on November 30 at Glasslands. Since we last spoke, Mas Ysa was added to that show. Tickets are still available.

We also just posted some tributes/sentiments from Kim Gordon and other Sonic Youth members to Lou Reed.

Tonight (10/29) in NYC is also Lee Ranaldo's guitar clinic at Other Music, which starts at 8 PM.

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with a video of Kim Gordon playing "Don't" with Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2012, below...

Continue reading "benefit honoring Kim Gordon at Issue Project Room full lineup revealed: J Mascis, Lizzi Bougatsos, Tim Barnes & more"

Dinosaur Jr

NYC clothing company Mishka (also known for putting out rap mixtapes) is teaming up with mutual fan/friend J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. to give his band their own clothing line. Above is a picture of one of the hats, and below you can see the Dinosaur Jr. beanies, t-shirts, jacket and more hats. The clothing line will drop on Wednesday, October 23 at NYC's Mishka Store (where Pictureplane just played).

J Mascis will be doing an in-store signing at the store at 6 PM, and afterwards he'll play the previously discussed afterparty with Speedy Ortiz at The Flat (308 Hooper St) at 9 PM. Nick Gazin will also be DJing. More info at the Facebook event. Show flyer below.

Dinosaur Jr. will also open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Previously in Dinosaur Jr news, an emo supergroup is releasing a Dinosaur Jr tribute LP and J. Mascis and Sharon Van Etten just made a video for their John Denver cover.

More clothing line pictures and show flyer below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr. gets their own Mishka clothing line; J. Mascis playing release party with Speedy Ortiz"

Jon Wurster as John Denver
John Denver

Back in April, ATO Records released The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which featured covers of the singer by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten, My Morning Jacket, Evan Dando, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, and more. Now, the J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten cover of "Prisoners" has been given the video treatment by Funny or Die, which, needless to say, means it came out pretty funny. The video stars Superchunks's Jon Wurster as John Denver and Aimee Mann as a female John Denver. Both of them have animal puppets as friends and (spoiler alert) they meet at the end. Check it out below.

J. Mascis has a Brooklyn date with Speedy Ortiz coming up, and then his band Dinosaur Jr. will open for MGMT at Barclays Center (tickets).

Video below...

Continue reading "J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten made a video for their John Denver cover w/ Superchunk's Jon Wurster & Aimee Mann"

Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Speedy Ortiz

Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.

The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.

After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.

All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz on tour, playing Pitchfork CMJ (lineup) and other CMJ shows (dates)"

Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5, 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
J. Mascis

Prepare for a triple dose of J. Mascis this weekend. First up, Dinosaur Jr. play twice on Friday (6/7): first at Governors Ball and then one of the fest's official afterparties happening at  Irving Plaza that night. Blown-out bluesman Reignwolf opens the show (and also plays Govs Ball) and you can check him out in a video below. Tickets are still available for Dinosaur Jr., but you can try your hand at winning some, we've got three pair to give away. Details are below. Good luck!

Then on Saturday afternoon (6/8) at Union Pool, Mascis plays again with one of his other bands, the instrumental, psychedelic blues-jamming Heavy Blanket. You can find out just how heavy a blanket can be by streaming a couple tracks below.

The show is part of the BrooklynVegan-presented edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder series (that kicked off last week) and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.

Invisible Oranges is also proud to sponsor a Summer Thunder event on June 15th with Inter Arma and Pyrrhon.

Song stream, videos and contest details below...

Continue reading "J. Mascis' Heavy Blanket plays free Summer Thunder show at Union Pool on Saturday; win tix to Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza"

by Bill Pearis

Fred Armisen & friends / Stefon & Seth / Kanye & Ben on SNL
SNL
SNL
SNL

Even without Kanye's musical appearance, last night's Ben Afleck hosted Saturday Night Live season finale was especially eventful (and teary) as it was the final show for three long-running star players: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.

Fred got his farewell moment via a sketch featuring his punk character Ian Rubbish who performed song called "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day." His band featured fellow departing castmembers Hader and Sudekis (and Taran Killam, sure to be a big player next season), and then he welcomed a cavalcade of musical talent onstage, including his Portlandia costar Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. With a chorus of "It's been alright, I've had a lovely night," it was a nice little sendoff. Video of that is below.

Hader got his sendoff moment, as expected, as Weekend Update nightlife correstondent Stefon, where anchor -- and soon to be Late Night host -- Seth Meyers finally gives in to his advances. "Weekend Update" also featured a surprise appearance by former co-anchor Amy Poehler who came out for "REALLY??" and stuck around to read the news. Seth, who is also SNL's head writer, will leave midseason next year to take over for Jimmy Fallon who is moving up to The Tonight Show.

Hader, Armisen, Sudekis and Meyers' departure leaves a giant comedy hole for next season. It will be interesting to see how Lorne Michaels fills it.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen, Bill Hader & Jason Sudekis bid SNL farewell w/ help from J. Mascis, Carrie Brownstein, Amy Poehler + more"

J Mascis with Dinosaur Jr at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
J Mascis

One of the best things about summer is all of the free live music, and one of the great series in NYC is Union Pool's Summer Thunder! This year the series is even bigger, going every weekend from early June until September. The shows begin at 2PM, are 21+, and will feature drink specials all afternoon. The shows are FREE, and two of them are presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges respectively.

Summer Thunder kicks off the season on June 1 with Rocksteady Yeti DJ Crew. BrooklynVegan will present the second Summer Thunder event set for June 8 featuring Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Invisible Oranges will present the June 15 Summer Thunder, with Inter Arma and more TBA.

Heavy Blanket released their self-titled debut last year on Outer Battery Records and you can stream that below. Love is Laughter also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (5/18) with Starlight Girls, Honduras, Birthdays and more.

More details on the rest of June's lineup of Summer Thunder, including shows with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Endless Boogie and more, is below. See you there!

Continue reading "Union Pool free Summer Thunder June 2013 show lineup (BV show w/ Heavy Blanket, IO show w/ Inter Arma & more)"

Sub Pop Silver Jubilee

While Sub Pop officially began in 1986, their offices opened in 1988 which they're using as an excuse to celebrate royally:

Sub Pop Records is visibly full of itself in sharing the initial lineup for our 25th anniversary celebration, the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, to be held July 13th in Seattle, Washington. The event will feature music and comedy performances from artists from the label's roster and beyond, both past and present.
And pat their own back they will, the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee snagging appearances from Mudhoney (who play NYC soon), Greg Dulli, J Mascis, Father John Misty (him too), Shabazz Palaces with THEESatisfaction (ditto), Pissed Jeans (and them), The Baptist Generals (yep), ShearwaterBrothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. Tad Doyle) and Endino's Earthworm (with Jack Endino). The show is FREE and open to the public (all ages), and scheduled to go down on July 13 at Airport Way in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Additional bands (like maybe The Postal Service???) and events will be announced.

If you're going, a suggested $5 donation at collection stations at the Jubilee will get you a limited-edition tote bag, set to benefit "local charities like 90.3FM KEXP, Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation."

Sub Pop are also celebrating 25 years by releasing Sub Pop 1000 for Record Store Day 2013. Inspired by the label's landmark 1986 compilation Sub Pop 100, it features contributions by Peaking Lights, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred and more, all exclusive to this compilation. It's on silver vinyl with an 11"x11" booklet and a MP3 download coupon. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.

Speaking of Baptist Generals, in addition to their shows with Mountain Goats, they're playing a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (4/10) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday at noon.

Tracklist for Sup Pop 1000, plus details of the Silver Jubilee event, are below.

Continue reading "Sub Pop celebrating Silver Anniversary with Record Store Day compilation, free concert in Seattle"

words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Gretchen Robinette

J. Mascis / Frank Black
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.

Throughout the 90s and the first half of the 2000s, Dinosaur Jr. was one of the last rock groups you would have expected to get the old band back together, go on tour, and record new music--not to mention new music that's every bit as good as anything the original lineup made in the 80s. When J Mascis unceremoniously kicked out Lou Barlow, his high school friend and longtime bandmate, in 1989, it seemed like a mercy killing of the original lineup, which had devolved into a psychodramatic mess, marred by lack of communication and irreconcilable personality difference between Mascis and Barlow. ("It makes me sick that I spent six or seven years putting my heart and soul into that band," Barlow told Cut zine in 1990. "They're sleazebag snob pigs like no one I have met in my entire life. J's always been an asshole.") Mascis and Murph, and then just Mascis, went on to record a string of major-label records throughout the 90s that, though inconsistent, contain some of Dinosaur Jr.'s best and most well-known songs.

When Mascis killed Dinosaur Jr. in 1997, it seemed inconceivable that, a decade later, Mascis, Barlow and Murph would reunite. Time heals all wounds, I guess. It's perhaps less surprising that the band would be able to ably reprise their sprawling, melodic, blitzkrieg guitar-rock sound. Three records in to the latter-day reign of Dinosaur Jr., the band sounds as good as they ever have.

On Saturday at Terminal 5, Dinosaur Jr. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of You're Living All Over Me, their second album and the one that made nonchalance cool, made the extended guitar solo cool (again), and wedded melodic tendencies with noise and feedback in a theretofore unheard of fashion in the indie rock underground. The band opened their set with "Thumb," from 1991's Green Mind, with Suzanne Thorp of Mercury Rev guesting on flute, before Mascis matter-of-factly announced that now they'd be playing You're Living All Over Me in full.

A sleepy-looking Lee Ranaldo came out to share vocals with J on "Little Fury Things." Guests, some announced ahead of time, would be a recurring theme throughout the night, but not until later. Dinosaur Jr. ripped through the songs on their best album as if it were 1987 all over again. "Sludgefeast" was a punishing onslaught of guitar and staccato, gunfire drums, with Mascis's high lonesome whine cutting through the gain and distortion. "Tarpit" set off joyous dancing, propelled by Barlow's chunky bass chords and a deafening roar from Mascis's Jazzmaster that threatened to draw blood from the ears.

Watching Barlow and Mascis play on stage, it's not hard to extrapolate the personality differences that created their rift. Barlow, with his black Rickenbacker slung low, literally bounces from one foot to the other when playing, the joy at doing just this very thing--playing to an audience--so evident. He smiles, he cracks jokes, he acts as if he's living through the music. Mascis, on the other hand, with his laconic, slowhands style and deadpan announcements ("All right. Thanks a lot. That was side one."), plays as if the music lives through him. He's the hermetic savant tuned in to a frequency no one else can hear.

Barlow brought out a ukulele for "Poledo," the "awkward end to the amazing record," in his words. The cavernous space of Terminal 5 made the strident desolation of the song even more acute.

The second half of the show is the stuff legendary bootlegs are made of. A succession of guests filed onstage to help Dinosaur Jr. play their songs, or to transform them into other bands entirely. The first was Frank Black, who sang and played guitar on "Almost Fare," from this year's I Bet On Sky. Next, the band plus Black covered one of Black's songs--"Tame," from The Pixies' Doolittle. Black roared the chorus, tossed a painting into the first rows of the crowd, and exited. Kurt Vile, whose band opened the show, and Al Cisneros from Sleep were next. Cisneros took over bass duties from Barlow for a couple of songs, including the doom metal glazer "Alone" from 1997's Hand It Over. Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence took the drums for that one.

Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and Broken Social Scene guru Kevin Drew emerged to play "The Wagon" with J, Lou and Murph. Then they covered Smiths track "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side," the words to which J was, uh, a little unsure of. Melvins drummer Dale Crover relieved Murph behind the kit for a skin-searing rendition of "Training Ground," a song by Mascis and Barlow's pre-Dinosaur hardcore band, Deep Wound. Don Fleming of Gumball and Dante Ferrando of Iron Cross helped the band cover "Crucified," and Kim Gordon gave a tempestuous performance on "Don't", Barlow's song from Bug that directly addresses the fractured relationship between him and Mascis. Gordon screamed, bellowed and cooed the song's one lyric ("Why don't you like me?") over and over again, dropping to her knees and falling to the stage like she was having an exorcism. It was intense. If Sonic Youth is over, she should start a hardcore band.

The encore began with a cover of the Stooges classic, "T.V. Eye," with Tommy Stinson on bass and Fred Armisen (whose show, Portlandia, will feature an appearance from J Mascis in its upcoming third season) on drums. Dinosaur Jr. closed with two classics: "Start Choppin" and "Freak Scene," the song that invented the slacker generation. It was a poignant, circle-closing moment. "Because when I need a friend," J sang, "it's still you," we all responded. The night was an amazing tribute to a great band, 25 years removed from their (so-far) signature achievement and, improbably, still going strong.

More pictures, some videos, and the setlist from the show (which also counted John Petkovic of Death of Samantha as a guest), below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr. and many guests celebrated 'You're Living All Over Me' at Terminal 5 (pics, videos, setlist)"

Dale Crover w/ Melvins Lite in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dale Crover

Dinosaur Jr. just keep adding more alternative rock royalty to their upcoming You're Living All Over Me 25th anniversary show, which happens in NYC at Terminal 5 on December 1. They've already announced Johnny Marr (of The Smiths), Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), and Al Cisneros (of Sleep), and now they've added Dale Crover (of Melvins) too. Kurt VIle, who carries the torch that those musicians all helped light well, opens the show and tickets are still available.

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is also one of the many guests appearing on the third season of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's IFC show, Portlandia, which returns on January 4 at 10pm ET/PT, prefaced by a pre-premiere episode on December 14 at 10:30pm ET/PT. In addition to J, other guests include Dirty Projectors, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, George Wednt and more. You can check out the full list of guests for season three and a video clip of the upcoming season below.

Speaking of Melvins, they're playing a New Year's Eve show in LA at The Alexandria with Redd Kross, who released their first new album since reuniting in 2004 this year. Tickets for the LA show are on sale now.

Portlandia video and list of guests are below.

Continue reading "Dale Crover will guest at Dinosaur Jr's NYC show; J Mascis & Dirty Projectors will guest on 'Portlandia'"

Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.

As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."

Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac reuniting in 2013; stream songs off their tribute LP; Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham on tour (separately)"

Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.

Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.

Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.

The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.

Fleetwood Mac

In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells, The Kills and more are playing free shows in Hudson River Park; new Fleetwood Mac tribute LP on the way"

by BBG

Mike Watt, J Mascis & friends
Mike Watt, J Mascis & friends

In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.

Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".

If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.

Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...

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photos by Sarah Coulter, additional photos by James Conaboy

Witch @ Santos Party House
Witch

Stoner metal supercrew Witch, featuring Dave Sweetapple (Sweet Apple), J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Graham Clise (Annihilation Time/Lecherous Gaze), and Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), played a show at Santos Party House on April 9th. Pictures from the one-off date in NYC adorn this post.

Witch have no other dates to speak of outside of an appearance at Roadburn this week, but J Mascis (and Murph, both of Dinosaur Jr) will join Mike Watt for his book launch show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 2nd. Tickets are still available. J Mascis will ALSO appear "with friends" at Prema Yoga on May 19th (236 Carroll Street in Brooklyn) as part of a benefit for Embracing the World. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Witch's appearance at Santos are below, alongside Dinosaur Jr and Lou Barlow tour dates...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Kyle (right) on stage with King Tuff at Knitting Factory last year (more by Jessica Amaya)
King Tuff

For me, the best moment of SXSW 2012, came late Saturday night. The Spider House, a coffee/bar/venue about 3 miles north of the main drag, threw a seven-stage all-day show with Burger Records. A bit after midnight, King Tuff took the main stage, a plush ballroom with disco ball queasily spinning overhead. I'd seen the band play one night before at the Sub Pop showcase at Red 7, where they focused on their new, great self-titled LP, out May 29 on the label. There, the front of the crowd danced around prodded by the trio's radiant weirdness, but here, King Tuff, in matching USA-themed outfits, completely unleashed on their instruments and the crowd followed suit. Some videos can be watched below.

The new Sub Pop release, the follow-up to 2008's Was Dead, features the new single "Bad Thing", which is available at Sub Pop for the price of an email address.

King Tuff's last NYC show was January 2011, and another is long overdue, so here's hoping the new album brings him back to the East Coast. No "King Tuff" dates to report at the moment, but....

Meanwhile, the Tee Pee-signed Witch will headline a one-off NYC show at Santos on April 9th. Support for the show has not been announced, but you can expect Witch to feature the lineup of Dave Sweetapple (Sweet Apple), J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Graham Clise (Annihilation Time/Lecherous Gaze), and Kyle Thomas (King Tuff). Tickets are on sale.

J Mascis also has a special show coming up at Le Poisson Rouge in May.

Check out some live video of Dinosaur Jr in action at SXSW 2012, and King Tuff too, below.

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Mike Watt's new book
Mike Watt Book

Hellride East (Murph, Mascis & Watt)
Hellride East

Happening at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC:

On Wednesday, May 2nd, 7 p.m., Three Rooms Press presents the NYC book launch for Mike Watt: On and Off Bass at Le Poisson Rouge. The event will feature live performances by Mike Watt + J Mascis + Murph, with opening acts Appomattox and Dead Trend, plus a reading & signing by Mike Watt along with additional very special surprise guests. The new book will be available for purchase at the event.

This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 7-8pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.

Tickets are on sale. As you can see in the above picture, it won't be the first time the three greats formed a band. In July 2000 Hellride East, as they call themselves, performed a set of Iggy Pop covers at Knitting Factory in NYC.

J Mascis recently played with Sharon Van Etten at SXSW where he also played with Murph. Check out a video of Dinosaur Jr. at Bar 96 in Austin, below.

Mike Watt's book of "photography, reflections and diary excerpts" will be available for preorder at Three Room Press soon. They write:

Order "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass" between April 1 and April 30 and receive a copy of the book signed by Mike Watt PLUS an 8 x 10 photographic print of an image used in the book, also signed by Mike Watt. NOTE: Pre-orders will be available beginning April 1 through April 30 only. The link to the preorder will be available at threeroomspress.com at 10 am (EST) on April 1. Pre-order quantity is extremely limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mike will also be on the road soon with fIREHOSE who are releasing "their first major collection ever", "lowFLOWs": the Columbia anthology ('91 - '93). Check out fIREHOSE's "Brave Captain" video (taped off MTV who wrote "Firehouse" on the video), below...

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J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten @ the Mohawk (pic by jaredeberhardt)
J and Sharon

Sharon Van Etten kept it minimal at SXSW this year. She played NPR's big, annual, and still-streaming show at Stubb's, and the showcase of her label at the Mohawk which is where, to quote jaredeberhardt, she "pulled J Mascis out of the audience to play an encore." J was in Austin to play a single show with Dinosuar Jr. Check out a video clip of Sharon & J jamming, below. Check out Sharon on Conan O'Brien tonight (3/20), and at one of the tour dates listed below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Sebadoh @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sebadoh

Barlow's songs like "Freed Pig," "Soul and Fire," and "Magnet's Coil," made their expected appearances, but it was the Lowenstein songs that were the true highlights of the night. Playing with such speed and energy that belied his age, the songs seemed as fresh as they must have in the early 90s. Even "Sister," off 1993's Bubble and Scrape, took on new life as Lowenstein's crushing vocals and bass work seemed even improved from those early lo-fi years.... As they made their way through songs like Bakesale's "Got It," "Rebound," and "Careful" -- which Barlow referred to as the best Sebadoh song- it was evident that this was a triumphant night. -[One Thirty BPM]
Sebadoh played two NYC-area dates over the weekend with Mazes, including 11/11 at Maxwell's with Risk/Reward and 11/12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dichroics. Pictures from the latter adorn this post. Sebadoh have no other dates in their near future other than an appearance aboard the Weezer Cruise in early 2012.

In related news, Lou Barlow's bandmate in Dinosaur Jr, J.Mascis, is preparing to release a new 7" with Sub Pop on 11/22. Stream "I've Been Thinking" from said 7" (the flip is a cover of Edie Brickell's "Circle") below and look for J aboard the Weezer Cruise as well.

J.Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. tour dates, that song stream, and pictures from MHoW are below.

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Battles @ ATP NJ (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
BATTLES

today in NYC
* comedy
* Todd Barry @ the Pit
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Glenn Jones, P.G. Six @ Zebulon
* Wim, Aaron Roche @ Mercury Lounge
* Nite Jewel, Acrylics @ Mercury Lounge
* Battles, Nisennenmondai @ Webster Hall
* Steuart Liebig's Small Fry @ The Stone
* Vinny Golia, Denman Maroney @ The Stone
* Conan O'Brien writers @ Gotham Comedy Club
* Terry Malts, Wax Idols, The Foxxx @ Cake Shop
* Matthew Sweet, The Shadowboxers @ City Winery
* The Biters, Wyldlife, Liquor Store @ Maxwell's
* Badenhorst/Neufeld/Costa Trio, Dan Peck @ Sycamore
* SBTRKT, Cubic Zirconia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Le Butcherettes, The Black Bellies @ Santos Party House
* Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ Best Buy Theater
* VV Brown, Jay Brown, Christina LaRocca @ Knitting Factory
* Trevor Dunn, Travis Laplante, Ryan Sawyer, Tall Firs @ Union Pool
* Strange Rivals, Thought Forms, Crown The Invisible @ Death By Audio
* Christopher Paul Stelling, The Yes Way, Tall Tall Trees, Howth @ Cameo Gallery
* Psychic Ills, Endless Boogie ("Dragonslayer: The Movie" Release Party) @ Public Assembly
* John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Paul Rudd, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, David Rees, Cynthia Hopkins @ Bell House
* Special Disco Version, James Murphy, Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean DJ set, Midnight Surfer DJ set @ House of Vans

A video of J Mascis performing at one of the BrooklynVegan day parties during CMJ, below...

What else?

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CMJ

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
01:30 Widowspeak
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
04:15 Hospitality
05:15 Gauntlet Hair

Stay tuned for the missing set times and full lineup, but you can see most of the bands on the flyer above! Also stay tuned for the linuep of our Saturday party happening in the same venue at the same times.

In addition to free music, here are some more reason to stop by Friday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.

We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).

As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.

Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.

See you Friday! And meanwhile to see A Place to Bury Strangers at Union Pool tonight, and see you Thursday afternoon at Knitting Factory too.

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