Entries tagged with: JEFF the Brotherhood
by Bill Pearis
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.
Miracles of Modern Science
If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.
Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva), The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.
Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg -- for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.
At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.
The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.
While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.
Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.
The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.
They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.
A few more shows, night by night:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.
Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."
Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...
photos by Lauren Monaco
"wow. being blown away by screaming females. all nyu folks, strawberry fest is FREE and happening now." - Jason Lindy, April 30th
JEFF & strawberry
As mentioned a few times, NYU held their annual Strawberry Festival on Friday. The free concert included sets by Screaming Females, Hop Along, Little Lungs, Fiasco and JEFF the Brotherhood. JEFF are back in NYC in June as part of a tour with Quintron and Miss Pussycat. More pictures from Friday below...
JEFF the Brotherhood play Death By Audio a lot (more by Leia Jospe)
JEFF the Brotherhood will be making an appearance at this Friday's NYU Strawberry Fest with Screaming Females, Japanther, Hop Along, Little Lungs and Fiasco. The free show, which isn't technically public but probably okay to go to (unlike Fordham's on-campus MGMT show) (though you can go to the Fordham show with a student), runs from noon to 4pm on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd and 4th Sts.
JEFF have plenty of shows coming up, including a tour with Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Those include a gig at Death by Audio on June 11th and one at Santos Party House on June 13th (which tickets are on sale for). Between those two dates they play NJ's Asbury Lanes.
All dates are below...
photos by Leia Jospe
JEFF had to cancel their show scheduled for tonight (2/25) in Ithaca (bummer!) because of weather. Instead, they'll be playing at Meat Town in New Brunswick, NJ (and as they tweeted, someone named christian is buying the keg!!). Their tour continues to SXSW and beyond.
More pictures from (the last two bands at) Death By Audio are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Don Giovanni Records sampler (ZIP)
forgetters @ Bowery Ballroom (twipic)
Don Giovanni Records hosted a seven-band showcase at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, February 6th. The lineup for that included Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Measure (SA), Black Wine and Groucho Marxists - all of which, minus JEFF and forgetters, are represented in the compilation linked above.
Videos from the Bowery Ballroom show are posted below. One clip captures JEFF starting off their set with a pitch-dark solo guitar intro to their album-opening rocker "Heavy Days." JEFF the Brotherhood and Screaming Females have added a Brooklyn show to their upcoming tour dates together. They'll be at Death By Audio on February 23rd with Stupid Party. A show flyer is below
Other video highlights include a look at forgetters, Blake Schwarzenbach's newish trio who have yet to release a proper recording (song intro: "this is a psychedelic odyssey...to Southern California"). forgetter's only other upcoming show is a certain festival down South: Harvest of Hope Fest, taking place March 12th-14th in St. Augustine, FL. The massive, impressive lineup for the fest (which hosted the National, Broken Social Scene, Girl Talk, the Faint & more last year) includes Billy Bragg, The Mountain Goats, Dr. Dog, Anvil, Rogue Wave, Strike Anywhere, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Man Man, Dead Prez, Japanther, Freelance Whales and many more. Tickets are on sale. The full list of bands is below. (As for that other upcoming festival, we hope forgetters make it to SXSW, but it should be noted that they did just play Austin in November.)
The Bowery show was a release party for Shallshag's new Rumors in Disguise and Screaming Females' self-explanatory Singles, both of which come out February 9th on Don Giovani. The video for Shellshag's "Resilient Bastard," off that, is below.
More videos of guitar shredding, pop-punk, crowdsurfing, etc. are below...
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.
In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).
The full (and intimidating) list is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
JEFF the Brotherhood has quite a few tour dates lineup up already for 2010. The band is touring with Psychedelic Horseshit in January, Screaming Females in February, and Ty Segall after SXSW (which they'll be playing) in March. In between, they have some shorter trips that include shows Upstate and around the North East.
As previously mentioned, JEFF comes to NYC with Screaming Females for the first date of their tour on February 6th at Bowery Ballroom. Also on the bill are forgetters, Shellshag, The Measure (SA), Black Wine and Groucho Marxists. Tickets are still on sale.
JEFF just put out a CD version of Heavy Days, previously LP and download-only, on their Inifity Cat label (it adds bonus track "Pleasure Centre"). There's also a new video for their slow-jam "The Tropics," which we're premiering below. Filmed while on tour, the video takes the song's opening lament of "Do you really want to hurt me" to heart with some kitchen wrestling and angsty slow-mo party footage. That video, with a repost of the psychedelic "U Got the Look" vid and all tour dates, below...
photos by Andrew Frisciano
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
Another set of pictures from the October show JEFF the Brotherhood played at Above the Auto Parts Store, continued below...
by Bill Pearis
Sisters @ Above the Auto Parts Store (more by Leia Jospe)
While they have yet to release an album, Brooklyn duo Sisters have been busy releasing split 7"s with JEFF: the Brotherhood and helping run Death by Audio the venue. Death by Audio, the label, will release their full-length debut in the spring of 2010. The guys don't have any local shows till February (when they'll open for Atlas Sound and Neon Indian) but they play Toronto on January 15 with Little Girls. Singer-guitarist Aaron Pfannnebecker, and drummer/keyboardist Matt Conboy sum up their 2009, and explain why two people need so much volume...
Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 last night (more by Chris La Putt)
Screaming Females are in midst of their two night run opening up for Arctic Monkeys at Terminal 5. The second of those is tonight (12/11). Also playing a NYC show tonight are Blake Schwarzenbach & forgetters, who kick off their tour at Market Hotel (with Humanbeast and Chastity Wig).
forgetters and Screaming Females play a NYC show together on February 6th for a Don Giovanni Records showcase show with Shellshag JEFF The Brotherhood, The Measure (SA), Black Wine(ex-Ergs) and Groucho Marxists at Bowery Ballroom (note: forgetters & JEFF are not actually on the label). Tickets are on sale.
Don Giovanni is putting out a new 7" collection from Screaming Females, Singles, on February 9th. The Bowery show is the first date in Screaming Females' tour with JEFF the Brotherhood, which runs through February (best. tour. ever.).
JEFF just opened for Ted Leo at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday and played Mercury Lounge the night after.
Show flyer, more dates & stuff below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Big Pink - Velvet (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Pink - Dominoes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pants Yell! - Cold Hands (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Bone Jam (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Heavy Damage (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sisters - Accolades (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sisters - Street Cars (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coin Under Tongue - Junksmith (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dinowalrus - Electric Car, Gas Guitar (MP3)
Slow week my ass! The next four or five days are positively packed with shows, at least from a TWII standpoint. No time for small talk, let's get into it.
Tonight/Thursday's the big birthday celebration for Skippy who books The Bell House and Union Hall. I wish I could throw a party for myself and get bands like
Field Music (one of two American Performances in 2009) and Wye Oak to play it, not to mention a rare appearance by the mostly defunct '90s electropop band The Pulsars. Also, a band (or someone) called "Rumours" is on after Field Music play. Skippy has been tight-lipped about what this is, but my money is on some sort of all-star Fleetwood Mac cover band. (And if that's the case I'd bet you $20 it involves Carl Newman.) You're invited, too, to this "Improbable Birthday Concert" as tickets ($12, cheap!) are still available.
I've had the new Field Music album, Field Music (Measure), on repeat for the last couple days and it's another knockout from the Brewis brothers, 20 tracks that further refine their distinctive mix of baroque pop, nervy new wave, prog, krautrock and whatever else they're into at the time. It's a Field Music album, no doubt about it, but it's less buttoned up, more rhythm heavy ("Let's Write a Book" shows that one of them's been listening to Can) and willing to give anything a try. If you've never seen Field Music live before, you should definitely come out, the Brewises are shit-hot musicians as well (David is an especially impressive drummer). There used to be a lot of switching instruments when they were a trio, but now as a four-piece I wonder if that'll still happen.
We'll see tonight
Long-running Upstate New York power pop band The Figgs are are in town for two shows (or three if you count Saturday night in Staten Island): tonight/Thursday (12/3) at Bruar Falls with the Nouvellas and Friday (12/4) at Cake Shop. Both shows are with Detroit's The Sights who open for The Queers at Maxwell's on Saturday (The Queers play Southpaw tonight).
The Figgs are a band who I've always liked but never closely followed. Luckily, my friend Steve, who writes a genuine photocopied fanzine The Reynolds Report (now also available in convenient blog form) is arguably the foremost Figgs authority (and you'd be a fool to argue with him on this subject), so I asked him to write a little guest paragraph for this week's TWII:
The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, their annual Christmas shows are always a great time to catch them as the coming of winter seems to kick the trio's playing up just a notch. Look for them to break out songs from their upcoming album (due out in April), a choice Christmas cover or two, a wide selection from their nine albums and their brand new 45 "Casino Hayes." I'm pretty sure it's the best song about a gambling-addicted drummer (um, their own) ever.The Figgs rock, so go see them! All dates below.
There's a competition for the power pop dollar this weekend. If you're not going to the Figgs on Friday (12/4), it's probably because you're going to see Sloan at the Bell House. That's where I'll be. My love of these Canadians is no secret, and even when they've made a less-than-totally-awesome album they're always worth seeing in concert, one of my favorite live bands of the '00s. (I'm pretty sure I've seen them at least once a year since 2001.) They've got a new five-song digital-only EP, Hit & Run, which is pretty darn good. Chris Murphy contributes two tracks, including the excellent "Take it Upon Yourself," and the rest of the band each gets one. Tickets ($17.50) are still available. They play with fellow Torontonians, the lovely and talented trio Magneta Lane, and locals Deleted Scenes.
And wait there's more on Friday! Speaking of Canadian, maybe you happened across one of the 37 reports I recently filed from this year's M for Montreal festival. One of that city's more exciting underground bands, Red Mass, make their American debut at Live With Animals Gallery in Williamsburg (same address as Monster Island). Their brand-new EP on Montreal label Semprini is a nice chunk of psych-garage and they definitely put on a good show. The big question is how big a Mass will they be? I've seen them twice -- once there was 10 of them, the second time only four. Safe bet would be somewhere in between. (Canadians love a good excuse to come party in NYC.) If I wasn't already spoken for, I'd definitely being going to see them. Golden Triangle are also on the bill. Singer Choyce told me their might be a house party gig on Saturday too, so look out for that.
The Big Pink
Oh crap, there's still more. The Big Pink, who are making a stink in the UK, are on their first major tour of the U.S., stopping at Bowery Ballroom tonight (12/3) and Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (12/4). Haven't seen them live, but their album A Brief History Of Love is a nice slice of electro-shoegaze that reminds a lot of 30-somethings of early-'90s band Chapterhouse. The anthemic, fist-pumper "Dominos" might not stand the test of time but as an of-the-moment signifier, it's one of 2009's more memorable indie singles. You can download it at the top of this post. I hope they use lots and lots of dry ice and strobes. Crystal Antlers and Von Haze open both shows.
Pants Yell! @ The Bell House on 11/14 (more by Tim Griffin)
If you missed them when they played the Slumberland 20 party at the Bell House a few weeks back, you can download the audio from that show, and you can catch Boston's Pants Yell! at Bruar Falls on Saturday night which might be the last time they ever play the NYC area as they've vowed to break up next year. They'd be going out on a good note if that holds true, as their new album on Slumberland, Received Pronunciation, is another charming slice of deceptively gentle guitar pop. Pants Yell! rock more live than you might expect, they're drummer in particular is kind of a beast on the kit. They also know their indie rock history, from the Pastels and Felt to the Aislers Set, Unrest and beyond. The cover art, complete with a faux Japanese Obi strip, was done by Unrest/Teenbeat/Air Miami/Flin Flon/Cotton Candy maestro Mark Robinson.
JEFF the Brotherhood @ Glenn Danzig's House in Nashville (more by Paul Birman)
BV faves JEFF the Brotherhood, who've had a pretty good 2009, are back in town for the zillionth time this year (seems like they're here as much as Nashville) but that's okay, you don't really tire of their awesome power. Have you heard their album, Heavy Days? It's great. I know I tend to like the cardigan pop, but riffs and grooves this intense can not be denied. And they are just the best live. The vinyl of Heavy Days just got a second pressing with a new back cover, and there's also a new single, "Heavy Damage," which you can pick up at the merch table. The play Saturday (12/5) at Bowery Ballroom opening for Ted Leo (sold out), and then again on Monday (12/7) at Mercury Lounge for what they say is their last show of '09.
The Monday show is solid as a rawk. (Did I just write that? I'm doing this super late at night.) Also on the bill are Death by Audio's Sisters (noise pop backed by a foreboding amp monolith) and Coin Under Tongue (old school riff-heavy hard rock), plus Dinowalrus (kitchen sink psych not unlike early Flaming Lips). Sure it's a Monday, you're tired, but this bill is like aura caffeine. Show's eight bucks and tickets are still available. It's a bit weird to have JEFF in town and not playing Death By Audio, but if they can tear up Pianos on a Thursday afternoon (as they did at the BV day party during CMJ), they can destroy Mercury on a Monday night.
Dinowalrus, fronted by Titus Andronicus guitarist Pete Feigenbaum, are also at Union Pool tonight (12/3) with Dan Friel and others.. The MP3 on top of this post is from their debut album "%" which comes out on Kanine in January.
And finally, Brooklyn indiepop mainstays The Besties are calling it quits. I know, it's sad. Here it is in their words, straight from MySpace:
The Besties are officially done. As happens with many awesome relationships, stuff happens and things get hard, and so you end it and remain friends and all that junk. It's like that. We guess? Well, Kelly moved to Asheville, and Frank renewed his vows with the city of Boston. And other stuff. So there's that.Those two shows are Friday (12/4) at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ and then their last-ever performance will be Sunday (12/6) at Bruar Falls, which is made extra special because Bunnygrunt are coming in from St. Louis just to play this farewell show.
Here's the good news! We are playing two last shows around NYC in December, and we plan on going out with a serious bang. So sell some CDs (keep the Lemonheads ones), bodily fluids or organs for plane ticket money, start hitchhiking, do whatever you need to do - let's party!
Like the Besties, I must now say goodbye. But just for this week. Flyers and applicable tour dates follow...
Screaming Females @ The Yard - 8/29/09 (more by Sarahana)
Screaming Females just played a show with the So So Glos on Wednesday night at The Bell House. Did you go? How was it? Earlier in the month the NJ-based band's drummer Jarrett Dougherty posted a list of his favorite albums of 2009. Check out what he wrote, below...
photos by Liz Pelly
Jeff the Brotherhood are currently on tour with Shonen Knife. Both band played Maxwell's on Saturday, November 15th with Girls At Dawn. One night later (last night) they played at Great Scott in Allston, MA. The pictures, and one video, in this post are from that show.
The killer double bill hits NYC on Tuesday, Nov. 17th (tomorrow) at Brooklyn Bowl. Golden Triangle opens that one (making it a killer triple bill). Tickets are still on sale.
JEFF will also be playing a show at the Mercury Lounge on Monday, December 7th. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 17th at noon. That's one day after the brothers, along with Stupid Party, open for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Bowery Ballroom (12/8).
All tour dates and more pictures are below...
The Almighty Defenders @ Root Studio last night (by Andrew Frisicano)
Jeff the Brotherhood @ Above the Auto Parts Store last night (by Andrew Frisicano)
tonight in NYC
* Girl Talk at a pier
* Math the Band @ Silent Barn
* Xeno & Oaklander, Led Er Est @ Fontana's
* Satyricon, Bleeding Through @ Irving Plaza
* The Almighty Defenders, US Royalty @ Maxwell's
* Van Morrison @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
* Thursday, Far, Midnight Masses @ Bowery Ballroom
* Air Waves, Gray Goods, Tijuana Panthers @ Union Pool
* The Blind Boys of Alabama & John Hammond @ City Winery
* Youth Group, Findlay Brown, Jacob Augustine @ Littlefield
* An Albatross, Dark Meat, Jeff: The Brotherhood, Ill Ease @ Cake Shop
* Wild Yaks, Blood Warrior, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Beat Circus @ Glasslands
JEFF the Brotherhood, who played a totally packed lineup of CMJ shows over the past week, tacks on one more, with a show at at Cake Shop tonight. An Albatross, Dark Meat and Ill Ease play too. JEFF's last gig on Saturday was a 2am set at Above the Auto Parts Store. A picture from that is above.
The Almighty Defenders played a short, tight headlining set at the Root Studio party last night (picture above). Tonight they're at Maxwell's with US Royalty. The King Khan & BBQ Show have Friday and Saturday NYC shows later this week with Dum Dum Girls who played Saturday night at Mercury Lounge.
NYC gets its first look at the reunited Far when they play tonight with Thursday and Midnight Masses at Bowery Ballroom.
Van Morrison plays the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
If you test drove a Kia, you can see Girl Talk tonight.... (like we saw many people doing as they drove by Pianos on Thursday and Saturday)
by Bill Pearis
As I mentioned in that big post about Montreal bands at CMJ, The High Dials are among them and are just great live -- sort of country-tinged jangly shoegaze -- and they're impressive live. They play Lit Lounge at 10:15 and then Arlene's Grocery at 12:30AM. If you like Ride, The Byrds, or Brian Jonestown Massacre, you shouldn't miss these guys. Also playing at Lit Lounge, earlier in the evening (8:30) are Montreal's Black Diamond Bay which features a couple former members of the Dears and feature a similarly bombast rock sound. They're very good live too, especially if you have an appreciation for the live musician O Face.
If you like electro /dance there is an insane lineup at Santos tonight. And it's free. No badges required. The killer lineup includes three UK dancepop acts: Dan Black whose album Un is pretty fun; the borderline-novelty (but fun) Man Like Me and trio We Have Band who played here back in March. It keeps going: there's also Australia's Midnight Juggernauts, Montreal's We Are Wolves, Denmark's Spleen United (somewhere between Placebo and Presents), Toronto's Parallels, and LA's Paparazzi. There's also a slew of NYC acts: Maluca, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Lemonade,Heartsrevolution, Javelin, and The Golden Filter. Did I mention it was free?
At Union Pool, the folks at Panache Booking are showcasing a big handful of their bands, many of which have unnecessary repeated consonants: recent Brooklyn Vegan Day party veterans JEFF the Brotherhood and Lovvers, plus Flexions, zZz, Turbofruits, UUVVWWZ, and Dark Meat. Having seen at least half of these bands, I'm going to go ahead and say this'll be quite a party, whether you like it or not.
If you're going to the Pitchfork/Showpaper show at Market Hotel and wished that it was rock all night instead of switching over to electronic acts/DJs after midnight, your admission will also get you into the show happening down the street at Todd P's Above the Auto Parts Store venue (600 Bushwick), which has four great bands: Sisters, Screaming Females, Surfer Blood (again) and JEFF the Brotherhood (again). To get in for free you need to get there before 11PM; afterwards it's $10.
Or, you might think about heading to Silent Barn before or after (or instead of). Popjew has a great line-up of bands, including much-loved-by-me Let's Wrestle, A Classic Education (who were great at our Thursday day party), twangy West Coasters Slang Chickens, My Teenage Stride and the electro-rock of Jacques Detergent.
And at The Bell House, there's Au Revoir Simone and the related (literally, by marriage) Pursesnatchers; the lush, 60s-ish chamber pop of Florida's The Postmarks, indiepop ska band Still Flyin' and Brooklyn-via-Australia band The Miracles of Modern Science. The Bell House may seem like truly dedicating your night to one venue, but luckily it's one of the nicest, most comfortable in the city.
One of the CMJ shows I'll most regret missing tonight (10/23) is the "Evening with Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" It's "a multimedia event" at 92YTribeca. And actually, I don't think it's part of CMJ, and tickets are still on sale.
Yesterday (10/22) Ted Leo could be found enjoying a set by his tour-mates JEFF the Brotherhood at the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos. Tonight (10/23) is his set at the Matador CMJ showcase at The Suffolk. Flyer below.
Also playing that Matador party are Cold Cave who so far also played the Stereogum party at The Studio, canceled their appearance at Public Assembly for Vice, and were just added to the Pitchfork party happening at Market Hotel. Flyer below.
Also playing the Matador showcase are Harlem who play the Vice party tonight (10/23) and haven't cancelled so far that I know of.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - We're Layabouts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - Sun A.M. (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - War on Sound (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonbabies - Take Me to the Ballroom (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Bone Jam (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Heavy Damage (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lovvers - Human Hair (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Ghosting (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor (MP3)
JEFF The Brotherhood in Nashville (more by Paul Birman)
Today's the free Brooklyn Vegan party at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street, NY, NY). Downstairs I've dubbed the "TWII Stage" as every band playing has been written about on This Week in Indie at some point over the last year, even the just-announced Sky Larkin. I'm super excited that the day starts with Moonbabies' first U.S. show in eight years. We've also got Italy's A Classic Education, who are a more orchestral take on '90s indie rock and are pretty great live. Then there's the wild, in-your-face triple threat of the UK's Lovvers, Montreal's Duchess Says and Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood which might leave Pianos in shambles. And then of course Surfer Blood who are playing a total of 12 shows this week. Insane. Buy some throat coat tea, guys. Upstairs is a little more civilized but no less awesome, including Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth, Freelance Whales, Peggy Sue, former Jealous Girlfriends singer Holly Miranda who is now on XL, her Saddle Creek-signed friend Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and more. Full lineup with set times below.
Not that you'd really have any reason to leave our party at all, but Aquariam Drunkard is throwing a very good party too over at Fontana's. Playing are The Love Language (who play the BV loft party tomorrow night), neo trip hoppers Phantogram, Local Natives (who also play the loft party and the BV/Bowery Presents day party on Saturday), The Happy Hollows, The Roadside Graves, Joshua James, and Blair.
If you can't make it in time for Moonbabies noon set time at Pianos, they're playing tonight as part of an all-Swedish event at the Norwood Club in the Meatpacking District featuring bands and DJs. Along with Moonbabies, performers include the smoky jazz pop of Francis, singer-songwriters Sofia Talvik and Jaw Lesson. Also, for those curious types, Norwood is a chi chi private club, so here's your chance to see how the other half parties.
There's a good lineup at The Rose in Williamsburg which is usually a jazz club but tonight plays host to four electronic-leaning bands. The one I really want to see is FOUND who are an artist collective/band from Edinburgh, Scotland whose sound ranges from celtic to glitchy funk. They are a little odd, in a good way, and I hear are worth seeing live. You candownload their Fidelities EP here. Also on the bill: Gainsville, FL's Oh Fortunamake infectious synth-pop; Detroit's Computer Perfection who are an offshoot of Pas/Cal and make highly orchestrated '60s psych pop; and Brooklyn's interestingly-named Binary Marketing Show.
And at Music Hall of Williamsburg is an almost entirely UK line-up, the kind that would probably have editors at Q and Uncut salivating. And the one band that's not British, Australia's The Temper Trap, pretty much sound like they're from the UK (I'm thinking the U2s, Travises and Keenes of the Brit scene). More interesting to me are openers The Golden Silvers, who seem to pull influence from equal parts ELO and ABC. It is at times so sugary your teeth hurt, but they know their way around a good hook. Also playing are Mumford & Sons who are the most celtic-leaning of the London folk scene that gave us Laura Marling and Noah & the Whale. They are impressive live, really nailing those lush harmonies. I don't know a lot about Goldhawks but their reach-for-the-stars brand of Brit Indie will probably sound even bigger with MHoW's kick-ass soundsystem. The Music Hall show is now sold out, but you can still get in with a badge.
Our hip hop recommendations (including the BV-sponsored show at Southpaw tonight) HERE. The xx (who played to an overpacked Mercury Lounge last night) is at the Apple Store at 7, and then they play the NME party at the Delancey tonight with The Antlers who played an in-store at Sound Fix yesterday where Cymbals Eat Guitars DON'T (CANCELLED) play today before heading to Public Assembly for the late night Vice party with Ume who play our day show at Fontana's on Friday with Crystal Antlers who played the Vice late night party last night with Grooms who replaced Cold Cave who cancelled.. Deer Tick headline Bowery Ballroom tonight. Chris Denny, who also plays the BV day party today, is one of the openers on that show. Fliers, a Golden Silvers video and day party set times after the jump...
photos by Paul Birman
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Bone Jam (MP3)
BV photographer Paul Birman happened to be in Nashville last week (10/13 to be exact) on the same day JEFF the Brotherhood were playing a hometown show at "Glenn Danzig's House" which is literally someone's house, though it doesn't actually belong to Glenn. The bill also included Grooms. The pictures in this post are from that show (and they're continued below)
JEFF the Brotherhood's new album Heavy Days was released the same day on vinyl and as a digital download. Their brand new video (a BV premiere) for the song, "U Got The Look", is below.
Tonight (10/21) JEFF kick-off a NYC-area CMJ run of shows in New Brunswick, NJ. Tomorrow (10/22) they play their first NYC gig at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos. After CMJ they take a short break before heading out on the road with Shonen Knife. They're also back in December to open for Ted Leo at Bowery Ballroom. All dates and more pictures from Nashville, and that new video, below...
sorry it took me so long to get a post up on this...
DOWNSTAIRS14 bands. 100% FREE. At Pianos on the Lower East Side (158 Ludlow Street, New York City). Free Miller beer so get there early. Free Vitamin Water so get there early too. No badges or money necessary. See you there, and then see you in the same exact place with lots more free bands with the same free drinks on Saturday.
12:45 A Classic Education
02:15 Surfer Blood
03:45 Duchess Says
04:30 JEFF the Brotherhood
01:00 Freelance Whales
01:45 Rebecca Schiffman
02:30 Peggy Sue
03:15 Chris Denny
04:00 Holly Miranda
04:45 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
05:30 Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY)
And in between those two, see you at Fontana's on Friday.
Moonbabies, on at noon, are making a rare appearance from their home in Sweden. This day party is in addition to their other two previously-announced CMJ shows.
More later. If I type any more this post will be even more late. Duchess Says and Rebecca Shiffman video below...
DOWNLOAD: Shonen Knife - Super Group (MP3)
Shonen Knife kick off the North American tour for Super Group (their new album) today (10/16) with a show at Santos Party House. Joining them will be Miho Hatori's New Optimism and Shellshag. Tickets are still on sale.
The rest of the dates for their tour have been greatly updated. Their post-Fun Fun Fun Fest run in November with Jeff the Brotherhood now includes a Saturday, November 14th show at Maxwell's (with Girls At Dawn too). Tickets are on sale. The penultimate date on the tour is a November 18th show at Brooklyn Bowl with Jeff and Golden Triangle. Tickets are up for that.
All updated dates are below...
Ted Leo @ Pier 54 (more by Chris La Putt)
Check out Ted's message below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned deep within another post, both JEFF the Brotherhood and Lovvers are both set to play at Union Pool on October 24 as part of a pretty killer CMJ show, along with UUVVWWZ, An Albatross, Dark Meat, Flexions, and ZzZ. So this seemed like a good opportunity to update you on the whereabouts and goings-on of these two bands, both of whom have large upcoming North American tours mapped out. All dates below.
Lovvers (pictured above) have released their debut album, OCD Go Go Girls, in the UK -- no North American date set unfortunately -- and it's a 33-minute blast of garage-y punk, indebted to '80s Twin/Tone and SST (look no further than the album's "d.boon " for proof) as well as the current L.A./The Smell scene. Noisy, but they never forget the tunes. I saw their Cake Shop show last month and they are a bundle of energy and expect you to have fun too: trying to provoke a reaction from solemn, photo-happy girl s standing at the front of the stage, singer Shaun Hencher planted a kiss right on the mouth. (Didn't work unfortunately, she stood there afterwards like it never happened.) Just warning you for when they tour again here in October (they also play Santos on October 20th). You can check out the video for OCD Go Go Girls title track (as well as live footage from the Cake Shop show) further down the post.
Nashville's awesome JEFF the Brotherhood, meanwhile, have managed to finish their album, Heavy Days, despite near constant touring. It pretty much rocks the whole way through, and is indeed heavy (three tracks on the album have that word in the title), sometimes veering into metal territory, then back into driving hard rock, with a little surf and psych in there as well. It's out October 13 on Infinity Cat. I've written about these guys plenty this year, but I will reiterate: Jake and Jamin are great live, so do go see them as they seem to be hitting most of North America between now and November where they'll be touring with Ted Leo, Ty Segall, and Shonen Knife. You can check out two tracks from Heavy Days at the top of this post. Cover art and tracklist along with all dates and videos, below...
DOWNLOAD: TRAA - Don't Haunt This Place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Orenda Fink - Bloodline (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Orenda Fink - No Evolution (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Canes - Taxi On Vermont (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: UUVVWWZ - Shark Suit (MP3)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Union Hall 10/1 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's Summer of Fear, the follow-up to his 2008 self-titled debut, is set for an October 20th release on Saddle Creek. The label, which recently signed the songwriter, tells the TVotR/Grizzly Bear-littered story of the new record...
TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone--a close friend since the pair met en route to a Grizzly Bear show in 2005--helped bottle Robinson's bruised hymns last winter, ramping up the tension in such standout tracks as "Death by Dust," "Summer of Fear pt. 2," "The Sound," and the 11-and-a-half draining minutes of "More Than a Mess," a haunting epic that deserves its own short film. (Or more than half of Side D; Summer of Fear is spread across two LPs like one of Robinson's favorite records, Tusk.) Since they both "have a tendency toward a generally and hilariously doom stricken worldview," Malone also understood what Robinson was going for with his redemption songs. After all, he was there that summer. He saw it all go down, and now that he's heard the whole thing told through Summer of Fear's relentless and raw tone poems, he can't wait to see what Robinson comes up with next. (Robinson is desperate to record his third record--yes, already. Written last year in the midst of touring to support his unexpected self-titled debut, he describes the disc as containing,"actual songs...as opposed to vaguely melodic litanies of grievance.")Robinson recently made a video for the song "Woodfriend," which is posted below.
October 20th will be a big day for Saddle Creek (home of Tokyo Police Club, Cursive and Land of Talk). It's also the release date for the latest by new signees Old Canes. The record, Feral Harmonic, is the Lawrence, KS band's second.
Old Canes architect Chris Crisci (also known as half of Appleseed Cast) constructed Feral Harmonic largely alone in his basement studio. He played the majority of the instrumentation himself with additional help from a cast of musician friends contributing various parts, including trumpet, harmophone, cello, and hammer dulcimer, among other instruments. As recording was regularly interrupted by touring, work, other projects, and life in general, production on the album took nearly three and a half years to complete.Tracklist and album art are below.
The label will also be dropping a new album from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila, O+S), titled Ask The Night, on October 6th.
Ask The Night was primarily recorded live to 8-track by Stephen Bartolomei (Mal Madrigal) in Orenda's former Omaha, NE, basement (she is now based in Los Angeles, CA), as well as by Andy LeMaster (Now It's Overhead; production on Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Azure Ray) in his Athens, GA, living room.Lawson also provided the album's art, which, with the tracklist, is below.
The album features a wide variety of players and singers, including producers Stephen Bartolomei and Andy LeMaster, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), and Adrianne Verhoeven (Dri, The Anniversary, Art In Manila), among others. Four songs on Ask The Night are collaborations with Birmingham, AL-based artist and poet Chris Lawson...
The Rural Alberta Advantage's previously-self-released debut came out on Saddle Creek on July 7th. The band was featured on ABC's Amplified on August 17th, and they have shows coming up. Those include the Positive Jam with the Hold Steady in Ithaca on September 6th, and a show at the Bowery Ballroom on October 7th. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.
UUVVWWZ also released an album on Saddle Creek on July 7th, and they'll also be in NYC in October (for CMJ). In fact, they'll be playing what looks like an extremely sick bill at Union Pool on October 24th with An Albatross, Dark Meat, Lovvers, Flexions, ZzZ, and JEFF The Brotherhood.
For a taste of what Saddle Creek has been up to over the past year (before any of the new bands mentioned above), check out the free sampler they're giving away on Amazon. All upcoming TRAA and UUVVWWZ tour dates, and above-mentioned things, are below...