Entries tagged with: JEFF the Brotherhood
Hot Chip at Pitchfork Festival Chicago (more by Fred Pessaro)
today in NYC
* Nate Radley @ Barbes
* Railbird @ Pete's Candy Store
* Bakurocho Band @ XPO 929
* Refused, OFF! @ Europa
* Forro in the Dark @ Nublu
* Electric Six, Romans @ Maxwell's
* Refused, OFF! @ Williamsburg Park CANCELLED
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Beach Arabs, Abby Rock @ Cameo Gallery
* Yonder Mountain String Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Dunwells, Sahara Smith @ Mercury Lounge
* MNDR, Javelin, Delicate Steve, Red Baraat @ Intrepid CANCELLED
* Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl @ Queensbridge Park CANCELLED
* Leela James and the Family Stone @ Highline Ballroom
* Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber @ The Stone
* Hot Chip, Gang Gang Dance @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Fuck Ton @ Santos Party House
* Lotus Plaza, Ape School, Hollow Stars @ Mercury Lounge
* Clare & the Reasons, Michael Hearst @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sontag Shogun, Maica Mia, Liam Singer, Buris @ Zebulon
* Telepathe, Feathers, Eraas, Faith (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Woodpecker, Osei Essed, Food Will Win the War @ Union Hall
* Blonds, Fly Golden Eagle, Busy Busy Busy @ Knitting Factory
* Pale Lights, Orca Team, Woolen Men, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
* Pyrrhon, Sons of Tonatiuh, Cousin Sleaze, Forced @ Saint Vitus
* Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Chubb Rock, Marley Marl & DJ Scratch @ BB Kings
* Girl in a Coma, The Black Box Revelation, Deadbeat Darling @ Bowery Ballroom
* Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground @ Roseland Ballroom
* The Tony Castles, The Disappointments, Bottom Dollars, Early Ape @ Bowery Electric
* NinjaSonik, Unstoppable Death Machines, Team Spirit, Secret Music @ Public Assembly
JEFF the Brotherhood played The Late Show with David Letterman last night and you can watch video of that below. Don't miss them at Santos tonight! Free show! No RSVP, all ages, and inside.
Tonight's Summerscreen show with Talk Normal, Tim Harrington, Dustin Wong and a screening of the Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona at McCarren Park has been called off due to rain.
The Intrepid show is also postponed.
The Spy Music Festival is still ongoing.
Stream a new track from Sabbath Assembly's new album, Ye Are Gods, set for release on September 21 through The Ajna Offensive (for North America) and Svart Records (for Europe and the UK).
Shut Up and Play the Hits, the LCD Soundsystem documentary, begins screenings today! (And basically only today.) Theaters are dry!
Here's an interesting article that cites Chris Corry's (Mind Eraser/Magic Circle/etc) 100 favorite NYHC bands.
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We're throwing a photo show at 92YTribeca in August.
Tonight is the first of two NYC shows for Lotus Plaza.
The new JEFF the Brotherhood album is out now and streaming in full below. Our free record release show goes down at Santos Party House in NYC TONIGHT (7/18). Oh, and it's officially all ages, no RSVP necessary.... and indoors. Fuck Ton on at 8:30pm. See you there.
by Bill Pearis
JEFF the Brotherhood, who are just wrapped up a tour with Best Coast, have been on a steady climb for the last three years or so, touring their asses off, playing killer show after killer show and cranking out awesome records to boot. And even while the venues get bigger, JEFF always make a point to play smaller shows as well -- they have pretty much fit in a Death by Audio show every time they come through NYC. To boot, Jake and Jamin are also two of the nicest guys you're likely to meet.
I have a feeling JEFF are about to bust wide with their new album Hypnotic Nights, their first for Warner Brothers and maybe their best yet. Co-produced by JEFF and Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the album is one catchy, crunchy jam after the next. And while I'm pretty sure Jake's guitar still only has three strings, the album sprinkles in keyboards and other instrumentation (did I hear saxaphone in there?) to fill out their sound just a bit. But it's the songs that make this record, crammed with stick-in-your-head hooks and riffs, "ooh oohs," "whoa-ohs" and big sing-a-long choruses that make this such a fun, inventive album. Oh, and it rocks. It's out Tuesday, July 17 and if you pre-order the album through their website you get a free can koozie, button and bumper sticker. It's streaming in full at NPR.
BrooklynVegan is happy to announce we're presenting a record release show at Santos Party House on Wednesday, July 18 with openers Fuck Ton. It's in the smaller Santos basement, not the main room, and is FREE. First-come, first served. Doors are at 8PM and the show's at 8:30PM. Flyer for the 16+ show is below.
We're also giving away five autographed vinyl copies of Hypnotic Nights with multi-use gatefold sleeve and a CD of the album too. Details on how to enter are below.
King Dude at WIERD in April (more by Phil Maler)
today in NYC
* CBGB Fest
* Willy Nile @ Joe's Pub
* Bombay Rickey @ Barbes
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Killer Whales, Glass Lux @ Lit
* Popa Chubby @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Rooftop Films in Williamsbug
* Van Hunt @ Metrotech (free, noon)
* The Werks, Damn Right @ Brooklyn Bowl
* King Dude, Rosenkopf, Italian Horn @ Glasslands
* Viva la Death Ray Music, One Year Band@ Zebulon
* Eugene Chadbourne @ The Stone
* Wombat In Combat, M.A.D., (A)Truth @ Acheron
* Cubic Zirconia, Nick Catchdubs, Nick Hook @ Cameo
* Harry Waters, Willie Nile, Dayna Kurtz @ Joe's Pub
* Tacocat, Slutever, Mannequin Pussy @ Death by Audio
* Free Healthcare w/ Colin Quinn @ The Pit
* Violent Bullshit, Chron Turbine, Cave Bros @ The Flat
* Ben Taylor, Shayfer James, Sophie Medline @ Canal Room
* Escort, Xylos, Firehorse, Ursa Minor @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Agnostic Front, Madball, Murphy's Law, Maximum Penalty @ Webster Hall
* Bi-Polar Bear, Junk Science, Tone Tank, Cavalier @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Chadbourne, Thomas Heberer(Spy Music Festival) @ The Stone
* Beat Connection, White Arrows, Teen Daze, Rioux @ Knitting Factory
* The Orion Experience, My Pet Dragon, Eytan & The Embassy @ Littlefield
* Band of Outsiders, Gods and Monsters, Jon Derosa, Tom Simon @ The Delancey
* David Johansen, Mary C, Daddy Long Legs, Andy & The Rattlesnakes @ Sullivan Hall
* Cheetah Chrome, The Bowery Tones, Faith, Indecent, Waldos, more @ Bowery Electric
* Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, California, JAYMAY, Lou-is, Aurical @ Living Room
* Fidlar, The Pinz, The Suicide Bitches, Wicked Tomorrow @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Clox, Man on Earth, Apollo Run, Two Lights, Edelweiss, Gone By Daylight @ Pianos
* Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady), The Baseball Project, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan @ City Winery
* The Dirty Pearls, Bebe Buell, The Killing Floor, The Noise, Ingrid & The Defectors, The Lights Out @ Highline Ballroom
Richard Lloyd was scheduled to play Bowery Electric tonight, but cancelled due to illness.
The 2012 Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Feast will be held from Thursday July 5th 2012 till Monday July 16th, 2012 (annual Giglio Fest street fair in Williamsburg).
JEFF the Brotherhood make a good case for rural life in their video for "Six Pack" which you can watch below.
by Bill Pearis
Get well soon, Jake! This only affects four dates of their tour with Best Coast -- Those Darlins begin as openers starting June 26, which includes the 7/17 show at Terminal 5 -- but it will unfortunately mean JEFF's appearance at Choas in Tejas this is a no-go.
The rest of JEFF's June tour dates are still on, including their June 17 show at Bowery Ballroom (tickets are still available) and June 18 show at Maxwell's (tickets). All unaffected tour dates are below.
In happier news, JEFF the Brotherhood just released their new EP, Hypnotic Knights, which is the first release through their new deal with Warner Brothers (a phrase that still seems a little unbelievable). The four songs are all from the band's third album, similarly titled Hypnotic Nights, which is out in July on Warner Brothers via Jake and Jamin's Infinity Cat label. The fidelity is a little higher (Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced), but this is still the JEFF we know and love. You can stream the Hypnotic Knights EP below.
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
JEFF The Brotherhood at Terminal 5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"On October 18th, 2011, JEFF The Brotherhood [were] joined by William Tyler (Tompkins Square), Loney Hutchins (Cleft Records) and Joey Plunket in recording Volume 3 of the Upstairs at United series. Each song in this session was recorded in a single take direct to ¼ inch tape then cut at 45 RPM for the ultimate listening experience."
Jeff The Brotherhood show an interesting side to their influence on this release. They cover Hawkwind and play epic, eight-plus-minute jams that make up the four-song EP that will be released on Record Store Day (4/21).
My guess is that JTB will concentrate on their old garage-punk standards on a recently announced string of dates in May/June. Look for the duo at Bowery Ballroom on June 17th (get your tickets starting at noon on 3/30) and Maxwell's on June 18th (no tix yet). All other tour dates are listed below.
In other news, The Guardian has an interesting article on the growing Nashville scene and how it is "American rock's hottest property"...
its On a sunny Sunday afternoon, this place doesn't look much like hipster central.. Nevertheless, this homely area of East Nashville, across the Cumberland river from downtown, is now home to possibly the biggest concentration of exciting guitar bands in one city since the White Stripes and their garage cohort emerged from Detroit at the start of the last decade.Check out the entire article at The Guardian, and watch a short documentary with the band, with all tour dates, below...
There's Pujol, playing a snarly, unconstrained version of rock'n'roll; there's Natural Child, with their goofy Stonesisms; Heavy Cream, beefing up a more traditional version of indie rock; D Watusi, bringing the beat pop; there are the teenagers of the Paperhead, offering a Sealed Knot-style re-creation of the sound of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd; there's the noisy sibling two-piece Jeff the Brotherhood, who would be the parents of all this, were it not for Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville teens who caused a brief sensation in the middle of the last decade. Oh, and did we mention one of Jeff was also in Be Your Own Pet? There's more, too - how about Diarrhea Planet, and their toppling-sideways take on hardcore punk?
Best Coast at LPR (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Best Coast have announced a big tour in support of their new LP The Only Place, due on 5/15 via Mexican Summer. Check out the tracklisting/art for The Only Place below.
The tour, part of which is with Jeff The Brotherhood (who recently played Terminal 5), and part of which is with Those Darlins (who recently lost a member), kicks off in LA in May and hits NYC at Terminal 5 on July 17th (with Those Darlins who they also played that Planned Parenthood event with at Le Poisson Rouge). Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale Wednesday (3/7) at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
The NYC stop falls toward the end of fashion mogul Beth Consentino's trek, and is also one of TWO stops they'll make to the NYC area this summer, the first being... supporting Metallica in Atlantic City. All dates are listed below.
If you have ever seen Nikki or Linwood's VHS collections, you know that their copies of Repo Man are well worn. Hell, we are pretty sure that Nikki's not driving might have something to do with Miller's philosophizing.Look for covers by Mike Watt, Matthew Sweet, Black Francis, Weekend and more to round out the rest of the LP, and look for it on 9/8 via American Laundromat.
So, it is very cool that we can now announce that Those Darlins have recorded a cover of the Iggy Pop title track for an upcoming tribute album on American Laundromat Records.
All tour dates, SXSW included, and the new BC album cover, below...
photos by Devan Council
Alison the red haired JEFF member hood
We already posted a set of pictures from The Kills' show with JEFF the Brotherhood @ Terminal 5 on Saturday night (complete with opener Hunters and the setlist), but here's another. More below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Kills @ Terminal 5 - 2/11/2012
"The Kills' show [Saturday] night at Manhattan's Terminal 5 was billed as a 10th anniversary concert, but the band hardly acknowledged the occasion over a 90-minute set focused mainly on material from their two most recent albums. There were a few surprises particular to this show: They were joined by four additional percussionists in matching black leather and red bandanas whose drumming was more ornamental than audible, and they revived the seldom-performed No Wow gem "At the Back of the Shell." But for the most part, this was business-as-usual for a band more invested in their present than their past." [Rolling Stone]The Kills, no strangers to Terminal 5, completed their tour with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters at the big NYC venue on Saturday night. They also hit Letterman and The Standard while in town. The openers also played their own shows at Maxwell's and Death By Audio.
Here are the pictures from Terminal 5. More of them with the Kills' setlist, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Death By Audio - Wednesday night - 2/8/2012
The Kills, JEFF the Brotherhood & Hunters play their sold out NYC show at Terminal 5 on Saturday, 2/11, a date that coincidentally (probably not) falls right during Fashion Week. If we had put two and two together earlier, we probably would have theorized that the band that contains Kate Moss's husband would be playing more than one show while in town. Who caught the invite-only show at The Standard last night?
Who caught JEFF the Brotherhood & Hunters (Uncle Bad Touch got stopped at the Canadian border) at Maxwell's instead? We didn't, but we do have a second set of pictures from the show they played one night earlier at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. They continue below...
photos by Devan Council
JEFF the Brotherhood & Hunters, both on tour with The Kills (pics from their Austin show HERE), played a sweaty, sold-out show at Death By Audio in Brooklyn last night (2/8) The Numerators. Here are some pictures (Uncle Bad Touch were originally on the bill, but replaced by Hunters).
If you found yourself out of luck in getting tickets last night-- or for their sold-out Saturday night Terminal 5 show with The Kills-- you can also catch JEFF and Hunters again at Maxwell's tonight (2/9), with support from Devin. Tickets are still available for the Hoboken, NJ show.
More pics from DbA below...
JEFF The Brotherhood at Stubb's (more by Tim Griffin)
Jeff The Brotherhood are currently on the road with The Kills and Hunters. Check out pictures from both Wednesday's Austin show and last week's Chicago date. The tour hits a now-sold-out Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/11.
Don't have tickets to Terminal 5? Rather see JEFF the Brotherhood somewhere smaller? The band also have a pair of other NYC-area dates, both with Uncle Bad Touch. In addition to the previously discussed Maxwell's on February 9th (with Devin), JEFF & UBT will play Death By Audio on February 8th (with The Numerators). Advanced tickets for Death By Audio go on sale at noon, while tickets for Maxwell's are still on sale now.
Uncle Bad Touch welcomed their self-titled LP late last year via Infinity Cat. Check out a video for "I Wanna Love You" from that LP, as well as all tour dates below.
JEFF the Brotherhood at Matchless in August (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Two days before that show happens, JEFF the Brotherhood will headline their own show at Maxwell's (2/9) in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
Updated dates below...
The Kills @ MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
The Kills, who are about to celebrate their 10th anniversary, will head out on a headlining tour in early 2012 with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters. Beginning in Chicago on January 20th, the Kills will end it back at their favorite NYC venue Terminal 5 on February 11th. Tickets for all North American dates go on band presale today. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday and general sale Friday.
Meanwhile the Kills will spend November traveling around Europe with Weekend. All tour dates and a brand new video for "Baby Says", below...
Austra @ Pier 54 in July (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Bebel Gilberto @ City Winery
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Carla Rhodes @ Bowery Poetry Club
* The Soft Moon @ Home Sweet Home
* Doron Sadja @ Issue Project Room
* James Blake, Chairlift @ Webster Hall
* Elvis Costello @ Wellmont Theater (NJ)
* Deadmau5, Excision @ Roseland Ballroom
* Thomas Dolby lecture & show @ 92YTribeca
* Petty Fest @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Ramblin' Jack Elliot @ Highline Ballroom
* Styles P, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch @ BB King's
* Useless Eaters, Liquor Store @ Cake Shop
* Ted Leo (solo), Friends @ Knitting Factory
* Austra, Light Asylum, Lydia @ Bowery Ballroom
* Yvette, Ivez, LUSHES, Buddy Bag @ Shea Stadium
* Young Magic, Love Connection @ Mercury Lounge
* Kayo Dot, Ergo, So Is The Tongue @ Littlefield
* Portishead, Thought Forms @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Brass Castle, Dead Stars, Fountains @ Union Pool
* Travis Laplante, Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith @ Zebulon
* Fang Island, People Get Ready, Fort Lean @ Glasslands
* Ha Ha Tonka, Tall Tall Trees, Hoots & Hellmouth @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Night Manager, Alan Watts, Guardian Alien, Gospels @ Bruar Falls
* The Selfsame, Spacecamp, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Momo Swift @ Pianos
* Toubab Krewe, Zongo Junction, Superhuman Happiness @ Le Poisson Rouge
* She Keeps Bees, Ivana XL, Last Good Tooth, Abraham King @ Death By Audio
Black Star at Irving Plaza is cancelled.
Portishead at Hammerstein Ballroom and on Fallon tonight.
Jeff the Brotherhood are on Fallon tomorrow!
New Jeff the Brotherhood video for the Jack White-produced "Whatever I Want", below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Cy Barkley & fans
"Since the unfortunate passing of Jay Reatard, there has been a void in the hearts of scumfucks everywhere. Enter Cy Barkley, a man straddling the line between garage and punk with a black Gibson in hand. Rock Together showcases a more accessible side of Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders' dirty punk music that could put a wistful tear in Keith Morris' eye. "When you say you don't know, please tell me, I'll follow you," Barkley shouts over glammy riffs, pounding bass and unrelenting drums in "Rock Together", the EP's Single. The four track 7" is surely not the height of what this band could be - or will be - but this album marks the beginning of an era for Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders as they expand beyond Nashville's city limits." [Get Bent]Jeff The Brotherhood did in fact play Matchless last night (8/22) with their friends/collaborators/city-mates/label-mates Cy Barkley & The Wayoutsiders. It was the first of three NYC dates for Cy. Catch them at Death By Audio TONIGHT (8/23) and Cake Shop tomorrow. Jeff played LPR with Pentagram one night earlier.
JEFF's Jake told the sold-out show's crowd that it would be the last time Jeff would play NYC "for a while" while the band records a new album. More pictures from Matchless, including some shots of a few partying Titus Andronicus-ians, are below...
photos by Greg Cristman
JEFF the Brotherhood @ LPR
Pentagram headlined Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday night (8/21) with Jeff The Brotherhood, Valient Thorr and local addition ELKS, just a few days after playing dates on the West Coast as part of Power Of The Riff (check out the LA and San Fran pics). The LPR show is part of a string of dates that continue on 8/26 in Pittsburgh at Mr Small's before concluding at Sonar in Baltimore on 8/27. Pictures from the NYC show are in this post.
The day after LPR (last night, 8/22), Jeff The Brotherhood hit Matchless to play with Cy Barkley as part of his three show NYC tour that hits Death By Audio TONIGHT (8/23) and Cake Shop tomorrow. According to Rebecca Seung,
Cy Barkley is the man to know in Nashville, TN. Fronting both Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders and the hardcore punk band Slammers with Jamin Orrall from Jeff the Brotherhood, Mimi Galbriez from Heavy Cream, and Josh Shearon from Cannomen and Cy's current band the Way Outsiders, he's like the Kevin Bacon of the underground scene in Nashville--it probably only takes three moves to get to him. But then, it is a small town and a smaller scene, so it probably only takes six moves at most to get to anyone. Cy also lives with Nashville's Dead founder Ben Todd and throws a few shows a month attheir south side space Glenn Danzig's House, recently hosting touring acts like Personal and the Pizzas, in addition to frequenting local favorites like Useless Eaters, Natural Child, and D. Watusi.Personal and the Pizzas arrive in NYC Friday.
ELKS are prearing to release their debut LP Destined for the Sun via Tee Pee on September 13th. Look for a new track to stream on BrooklynVegan in the coming days.
More pictures from LPR are below.
Cy Barkley at Glenn Danzig's house in 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
Cy Barkley & the Way Outsiders kick off a trio of NYC dates, their first ever, TONIGHT (8/22) at Matchless with "Bogus Bros" and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. But who are Bogus Bros... could it be that Bogus Bros are actually Jeff The Brotherhood? According to a post by Cy Barkley and hint by Jeff The Brotherhood, all signs point to yes. Jeff The Brotherhood played LPR with Pentagram last night, pictures are on the way.
If you can't make it to Matchless tonight, you have two more chances to catch Cy Barkley this week. Look for them at Death By Audio tomorrow (8/23) with Shingles, Enthusiasts, and Hunters ($7 gets you in, all ages) and Cake Shop on Wednesday (8/24) with Foster Care and Dry Feet ($7, 21+).
Cy Barkley & The Wayoutsiders released "Rock Together"/"Econoline" 7" via Jeff's imprint Infinity Cat earlier this year. Check out an amazing video for Rock Together below alongside all tour dates.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
JEFF the Brotherhood / Friends (the band is called Friends)
A set of pictures from Sunday's free show continues below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.
Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.
It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.
The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).
Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).
If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.
What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:
Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.
The Night Beats
Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.
The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.
Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30) -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.
The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.
And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!
Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.
The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.
There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.
Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.
The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.
"Please keep an eye out for Jake's white three string guitar, it was stolen out of our van last night along with amps" - Jeff The Brotherhood
The gear was stolen from JEFF The Brotherhood's van in their home base of Nashville last night (7/20). Keep an eye out! Hopefully the band will recover or replace the gear before next week when they play a free NYC show. They hit the road with Pentagram and Valient Thorr in August (and play LPR on 8/21, tickets). Even more tour dates are listed below.
In related though much happier news, Valient Thorr has a new video for "Sleeper Awakes" which made its premiere at Metalsucks. All tour dates and that video is below.
Kingdom @ PS1 in 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Speaking of Nguzunguzu, they played a show last month at New Museum with Kingdom, whose label their most recent EP was released on. Kingdom has shows coming up too including two in NYC. He plays a TURBOTAX hosted party on Friday, July 22 at The Cove with Distal, Shigeto, and others. On July 31 he plays a free RCRD LBL Rock-A-Way Summer party at Rockaway Beach with JEFF the Brotherhood and (the band named) Friends (RSVP required). Fliers for both NYC shows are below.
JEFF the Brotherood returns to NYC in August as part of their tour with Pentagram.
Kingdom recently revealed the track "Take Me" which will be released on July 26 via Fool's Gold as a single b/w "If You Buck." Naomi Allen of Electrik Red contributed vocals to the track. Listen to it at Pitchfork.
Friends, who are on the Rockaway Beach bill, recently made a video for their track "Friend Crush" off the 7" single that you can download/stream on their bandcamp. They also play NYC the night before the Rockaway Beach party on July 30 at Glasslands with Sonny & the Sunsets, The Sandwitches, and Carnivores. Tickets are still on sale. The show is the last of a Sonny & the Sunsets/The Sandwitches' tour which also hits Mercury Lounge the night before (7/29). Tickets for the Mercury show are still on sale too.
All tour dates, fliers & stuff below...
Meat Puppets recently finished up a tour in support of their most recent LP Lollipop which came out this past April. After a couple dates with Soundgarden at the end of the month, the Meat Puppets will take a short break before playing a few more dates this fall. Their last string of dates never came through NYC, but this one will on November 4 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Meat Puppet Curt Kirkwood recently spoke to JSOnline about their tour and Nirvana, who they played with at Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance, and whose seminal album Nevermind celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Meat Puppets recorded a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Spin's new Nevermind tribute album, Newermind. The album also features contributions by EMA (who has shows coming up soon), The Vaselines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Amanda Palmer, Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood and others. The album will be available for free download on Spin's website starting July 26. Tracklist below.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, Universal is also releasing a deluxe edition of the album on September 19. The reissue includes a 4 CD/1 DVD boxset with rarities, B-sides, unreleased recordings, BBC radio appearances, and an unreleased concert on DVD.
Universal will also reissue 1991: The Year Punk Broke on DVD on September 6. The film documents a Sonic Youth tour with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. The reissue includes a bonus film titled (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, which features live footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
Meat Puppets dates and video of them with Nirvana at MTV Unplugged in 1993, below...
Jeff the Brotherhood followed and Jake kept getting shocked from the mic, so he put his sock over it to dampen the effect. Given how hot and sticky it was in there, that had to be kinda gross to put his mouth against. Nobody ever said rock'n'roll was easy. Or wouldn't involve singing into your sock.
Fucked Up soundchecked with the Game of Thrones intro song, which was really badass. It reminded me of when Slash played the Godfather theme at Guns shows. Damian seems to be on a workout regimen of powerlifting audience members to stay in shape. He also passed out waterbottles to the crowd to give him a shower, which had to be refreshing because it was motherfucking hot in that place. It seems to be cooled with a single air-conditioner in the back wall. It read 60 degrees, which I assume was celsius.
It was one of those shows that when it's over everybody in the front is literally drenched in sweat, and most of it other people's. Some guy wiped his face all over Damian's stomach pretty far into the set, and I could see Damian's gut sweat running off the dude's face after he did it. I honestly can't imagine ever being drunk enough to think doing that is a good idea, but whatever, it's a party.
Oh yeah, also, some dude was stagediving barefoot. Just for the record, dudes' feet are totally gross. If some guy is up on the crowd barefoot, and his toe goes in your eye or mouth, it is completely justifiable for you and your friends to stomp the ever-loving shit out of him to discourage any type of that hippie behavior in the future. Dudes' toes have absolutely no place at rock shows, unless you are taking your sock off to put it on a microphone......
More pictures Saturday night's show at 285, and a video, below...