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Japanther and Tiny Moving Parts

The BrooklynVegan-presented Japanther / Tiny Moving Parts tour begins tonight (3/9) at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, BUT UPDATE: Japanther cancelled "due to "last minute unforeseen circumstances... Refunds are available through ticketfly"..., Tiny Moving Parts is now headlining. .

UPDATE 2: Japanther have cancelled the whole tour, SXSW included, but Tiny Moving Parts is still doing it.

Not headed to the show? You can stream it live from the comfort of your home in the player below:

Continue reading "Japanther & Tiny Moving Parts...UPDATE: Japanther cancel Brooklyn show & whole tour, Tiny Moving Parts still playing (and streaming online)"

Japanther at MHOW in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Japanther

The always-riotous Brooklyn duo Japanther are set to head out on a tour this March with mathy post-hardcore trio Tiny Moving Parts (who just played our holiday party), which we at BrooklynVegan are proud to be presenting. The tour begins here in NYC on March 9 at Saint Vitus with two local openers TBA. Tickets for that show will be on sale via Ticketfly, and we'll let you know when they are.

The tour then heads south and brings both bands to Austin for SXSW a few days later. All dates are listed, along with videos from both bands and the tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "Japanther & Tiny Moving Parts touring together (BV-presents)"

Tod Seelie

NYC photographer Tod Seelie has been taking pictures of New York City since 1999 (including some for BrooklynVegan), and he's now compiled selections from his 14 years of photographing the city into a new book, Bright Nights. In a piece on the new book, Animal New York writes:

[Tod] has been shooting iconic New York -- not your shiny postcard tourist New York, not your banal work-a-day New York. Seelie shoots sweaty basement DIY shows, firey tall-bike jousting Bike Kill, Swoon's Swimming Cities trash-art-rafts on the Hudson River, lawless block parties, artists, train-hoppers, anti-heroes -- our heroes. He's kayaked to abandoned hospitals on New York's lesser known islands, crawled down subway tunnels and climbed bridges. Name a place. He knows how to get there. I've asked him, "How?"

"If you see an island and there's water in the way, get a boat," he says, smiling. "Figure it out."

...

For two months, Seelie sifted through 14 years of New York photographs, film rolls and negative stacks, mating deliberate diptychs for the book. "That's at my ex-girlfriend at my old apartment in Bed-Stuy in 2003... That's my friend Porkchop in Staten Island on the train tracks in mid-2000s. It was like a playground out there."

Why now? "I'm trying not be an art handler anymore. I have to start having a career," he says. "There're all these hacks doing boring photography. I'm doing something wrong."

The book is being celebrated with a party in Brooklyn at Silent Barn tonight (11/7), which includes sets from local rock bands The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, Amour Obscur, and Japanther, whose Ian Vanek contributed an essay to the book. Advance tickets to tonight's show are off-sale but there may still be tickets at the door..

Tonight's party is about a week and a half ahead of Tod's book tour, which includes dates in Asbury Park and Philly but no other NYC dates at the moment. All dates (many venues still TBA) are listed below...

Continue reading "Tod Seelie released a NYC photography book, 'Bright Nights'; Silent Barn hosting book party tonight before tour (dates)"

LVL UP at Big Snow
LVL UP

NY/NJ indie rockers LVL UP are set to go on a tour this summer, which includes a handful of hometown-area shows in Brooklyn. The first of those happens on June 21 at Shea Stadium with Japanther and Weird Womb. And then, they've got two with Julia Brown (who we recently profiled): July 21 at Shea Stadium with Coma Cinema and Alex G, and August 8 at Big Snow (UPDATE: moved to Silent Barn) with Julia Brown, Twin Steps, Four More Years, and Charly Bliss and The Jean Jackets. All dates are listed below.

In advance of the tour, LVL UP filmed live in-studio videos at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge of their tracks "*_*" and "Graveyard." Check out those videos, along with their tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "LVL UP playing shows with Japanther and Julia Brown, filmed live in-studio videos (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Japanther - Stolen Flowers (MP3)

Japanther

Long-running, highly-prolific artrockers Japanther will release Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart on May 21 via Recess Records. You can download the sneery, poppy first single, "Stolen Flowers" above.

The band's only upcoming date is as part of next weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. They'll play on Saturday, April 27 at the BAMcafe. That night also features TV on the Radio, Phosphorescent, Here We Go Magic and more. Tickets are still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.

Festival passes to all three days of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry are on sale now as are tickets to April 25 (The Roots), April 26 (Solange), and April 27 (TV on the Radio).

Continue reading "The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio headlining 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (initial line-up announced, tix on sale)"

photos by Dan Bracaglia

The Misfits @ Highline Ballroom, 12/16/12
The Misfits
The Misfits

The Misfits, or what remains of them (the band is now comprised of Jerry Only, Dez Cadena and Eric "Chupacabra" Arce, but not Danzig who hates them all and has done his own Misfits sets lately with just Doyle), played Highline Ballroom on December 16, a make up show for their Hurricane-Sandy-interrupted, annual Halloween shindig. With Attack, Heart of the Matter and Japanther all joined the crimson ghost on that rainy Sunday evening as well.

Right after Christmas, Japanther will play a few dates in Texas leading towards a New Year's Eve show in Austin. All tour dates are listed below, along with more pics from Highline ballroom and the "Misfits"' setlist.

Continue reading "Misfits played Highline Ballroom with Japanther (pics, setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Yelawolf & Travis Barker - "Push Em" (feat. Tim Armstrong) (MP3)

Ninjasonik at Bowery Ballroom in July (more by Leia Jospe)
Ninjasonik

Brooklyn bands/friends/collaborators Japanther and Ninjasonik have a local show coming up together which happens on November 27 at Cameo Gallery. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In addition to that show together, both groups also have other upcoming shows in the area. Ninjasonik will play a CMJ show at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 18 with Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids, Vault Boys (Heroes & Villains), MopTop, Chase N Cashe, ASAP TyY, GDP, Vyle, Blvckalfred, and Curtains. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Japanther will open for the current incarnation of The Misfits at their annual Halloween show, which happens at Highline Ballroom (10/31) with Attack and Heart of the Matter. Tickets for that show are still available. After that, they'll head out on a tour supporting The Coup which hits NYC on December 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public Friday (10/5) at noon. All dates on that tour are listed below.

Chuck Inglish & Travis Barker
Chuck and Travis

Speaking of Chuck Inglish, yesterday (10/2) he revealed on twitter that he's working on an instrumental album with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. That's the two of them pictured above in the studio together. Travis, who has a longtime interest/involvement in hip hop, is also releasing an EP with rapper Yelawolf, titled Psycho White, which is due out on November 13 via Shady/Ghet-O-Vision/Interscope Records. The EP features two collaborations with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, and you can download one of those, "Push Em," at the top of this post or stream it below, if you dare.

That stream and a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Ninjasonik & Japanther playing shows (together & separately); Chuck Inglish releasing album w/ Travis Barker"

Electric Eel Shock at 502 in San Antonio, TX
Electric Eel Shock

After a show at Death By Audio earlier this month, Japan's Electric Eel Shock are returning from a trek down to SXSW with Peelander-Z. Their first trek in the US in six years is almost complete, but they have a few shows left on their itinerary with Hot Cha Cha that include a final show at Cake Shop on March 25th with The Vandelles, Hard Nips and DJ Eric Davidson (Livids, New Bomb Turks). $8 gets you in.

Hard Nips are also on board for the four-day Aputumpu Music Festival that will take place across four venues in NYC over the next four days. The party kicks off TONIGHT (3/22) with a show at Shea Stadium featuring The Suzan, Radical Dads, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Habibi, and The Toothaches and continues with shows at Public Assembly, Cameo, and a headlining appearance from Japanther at LPR. Tickets are on sale for the entire weekend.

The full festival lineup with all EES tour dates and some video of EES's metal-punk party vibes, below...

Continue reading "Aputumpu Fest begins today; Electric Eel Shock on tour"

by BBG

Citizens Arrest at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Citizens Arrest

"Joe Martin, who played in Citizens Arrest during ABC No Rio's early days, remembers the space as offering a second chance. "For me, I had made the promise to myself that I would stop going to hardcore shows the day I got beat up. And then it happened to me, at one of the hardcore matinees they had--Judge, Born Against, and Affirmative Action. Some skinhead picked a fight with me and maybe I didn't get beat up, but I did get punched. So I said, that was it, no more, because I knew everytime I would go to a show from then on, I'd see this guy and panic and run away. But then ABC started, and right then and there, that feeling stopped. Every week I'd go there, I didn't care who was playing--I'd go support any band, and I guess for a while a lot of other people did too. There'd be a solid 50 people for every show."" [ABC No Rio history]
Citizens Arrest will play ABC No Rio again on 12/17/2011, their first time since 1991! Joining them is the all-star lineup of Mind Eraser, Night Birds, The Inflatable Children and Death First at what will one of the last shows in the old ABC No Rio space. It's also a benefit for the the organization which will get a new building in 2012 (we don't have an exact close date yet). $10 gets you in the door. No advanced tickets.

Other upcoming shows at ABC No Rio include Japanther with The Homewreckers, Devestation Wagon, TitFit on 10/29, Boom Boom Kid, Wud Link, Ilegales Sin Fronteras, and Mi Culpa on 11/5, Wound, Skelptarsis, Kama Rupa, and (A)Truth on 11/12,Miscegnator, Coke Bust, DBCR, Sick Fix on 11/19 (Coke Bust play later that night with Masakari at Acheron), Tombs & Inhuman on 12/3, and Mischief Brew, The Swaggerin' Growlers and more TBA on 12/10.

Japanther, who played CMJ last week at Party Xpo and DROM on 10/21, has one other date scheduled before the end of the year, on 12/2 in Troy, NY at EMPAC as part of a "commissioned performance piece."

As previously mentioned, members of Mind Eraser will hit Acheron next week (on 11/3) as part of The Rival Mob, with appearances from Young Offenders, Give, and Airfix Kits.

Check out a video of Citizens Arrest and other bands playing ABC No Rio in the early 90s, below...

Continue reading "ABC No Rio's new building coming soon; Citizens Arrest, Japanther, Tombs & others playing shows in the current one"

Japanther

Japanther will play The Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ on 9/2 with Cerebral Ballzy (who had to cancel their Living Room show the other night). It will be the first of several NYC dates for Japanther in the month of September, in preparation for their new LP Beets, Limes and Rice due on 10/18. The weekend of September 10th will see a pair of shows from the rowdy duo, including 9/10 at Shea Stadium with Night Toilet, Nonhorse, & Sun Color and a 9/11 show at 285 Kent. Then after two weeks off, the band will embark on a weekend of dates that will conclude with Bowery Electric on September 26th (21+).

Japanther, who celebrated their 10th anniversary as a band earlier this year, clearly have food on the brain with their new LP, which is seemingly inspired by the similarly-titled A Tribe Called Quest LP. Beets Limes & Rice is dedicated to their fallen comrade Beau Velasco of The Death Set (who have dates coming up too) .

All Japanther tour dates and a live video from their recent showing at House of Vans are below.

Continue reading "Japanther schedule a bunch of shows (dates)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair, word by Andrew Frisicano

Against Me
Against Me!Against Me!

Here's the rest of the pictures from the House of Vans show on Thursday, August 18th (you've already seen the ones from Big Freedia and Tokyo Police Club). Team Robespierre played the opening set followed by Japanther; the two-piece is currently on tour and they have a bunch more NYC shows in September; dates below.

I missed both those bands (these things start around 7pm), but did arrive in time to see Against Me!, who put on an intense, highly entertaining show. Though their past few CDs have been less than exciting, the band hasn't lost a bit of its energy live. Even songs like "White Crosses" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," which come off way too polished and poppy on record, sounded at home along the older cuts that made up about half the set. Playing the hits was definitely a good move: early on, the highly sing-along-able "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" set the tone for the night.

The crowd was a combination of people psyched for the bands (and free beer) and people trying to figure out whether playing/attending a corporate sponsored show constituted "selling out." Still, for all the bitching I overheard, I suspect that Against Me! changed the minds of some people who had written them off.

More pictures, Japanther tour dates and Against Me set list below....

Continue reading "Against Me, Japanther & Team Robespierre also played House of Vans (pics, setlist, more dates)"

Rock Yard

Just one day after all the commotion related to whether "Rock Beach" was a success, Jelly slightly redesigned their rockbeach.us website to remove mention of their sponsor Top Man (they taped over their name) and announce that they're bringing back a more conveniently located "Rock Yard", but not in the same location it was last year since that location is now a restaurant. That's their flyer above.

photos by Chris La Putt

Fucked Up

The lineups have been (almost) completely revealed for the three remaining free House of Vans House Parties. The series continues this Thursday (8/4) with the previously revealed lineup of Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers.

As mentioned Tokyo Police Club are playing August 18 and Big Freedia is in fact on the bill along with Against Me!, Japanther, and Team Robespierre.

As predicted, Converge and All Pigs Must Die are the bands that play August 25, though there's also a secret guest on that show too ("xxxx xxxx").

RSVP is open for all of them.

Though Crystal Antlers and Team Robsepierre play separate House Parties, they'll share a bill at Glasslands on August 6 with Balkans. Tickets are still available for that.

Cro-Mags, Fucked Up, Screaming Females & Pissed Jeans played the last show. A second set of Fucked Up pics from that show continue below...

Continue reading "House of Vans announce more bands --- almost-final lineup (and more Fucked Up pics from last time)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Japanther

Ten years of screaming into telephone receivers, bouncing crowds, recordings, livid circus officials and more were celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (6/14). Japanther celebrated their tenth anniversary at the Brooklyn venue with some help from Shellshag and Heavy Cream. The Brooklyn two-piece play to MHOW for about an hour, with Shellshag and Heavy Cream logging 45 and 20 minute sets respectively.

Heavy Cream are now on their way to NXNE, but will return to play Death By Audio on June 22nd with Teen Witch, Elks & Hunters. All dates below.

Shellshag have a pair of NYC dates as well, on July 1st at Knitting Factory with Nobunny and TV Ghost (tickets) and July 2nd at Silent Barn with Unstoppable Death Machines.

All tour dates, more pictures from MHOW and a video, below...

Continue reading "Japanther played MHOW w/ Shellshag & Heavy Cream (pics)"

unruly Japanther @ Big Apple Circus (more by Chris La Putt)
Japanther

Japanther are in Eindhoven, Holland this weekend for a string of European dates that include a stint as part of the Venice Biennial in Venice, Italy. A couple of weeks after the band returns from that European trip, they'll hit Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show on June 14th with Shellshag and DJ's Spam and Ryan. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/11).

Shellshag meanwhile have a gig scheduled at 538 Johnson in Brooklyn in May 18th, and then will be touring down to Texas for Chaos in Tejas, but back in time for this newly-announced show.

The last time that Japanther played NYC was as part of a benefit for Japan on April 30th at Brooklyn Fireproof. Video from that show as well as all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Japanther & Shellshag playing shows, one together (dates)"

photos by Andrew Boyle

Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink, who is among those playing Coachella this year, made his network television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other day. If you haven't seen it yet, the video from that, with a new set of pictures from the show Ariel played under a NYC circus tent, is below...

Continue reading "Ariel Pink Fallon video & more Japanther circus pics"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The So So Glos
The So So Glos

About 100 fans of the Brooklyn-based band Japanther rushed the stage during the Rock N' Roll Circus in Damrosch Park at 11:30 p.m., said the event's co-producer, Jessica Resler.

"People were crowd-surfing and jumping on each other. It was like, what the hell just happened?" Resler said.

A teenager who went to see her favorite band with two pals said she was scared to death.

"Oh, my God, it was crazy. I was off my feet for a whole minute. I thought I was going to die in there," said Jessica Schmidt, 18.

"I thought my friend was going to get trampled because he fell and hit his head pretty hard."

The event, which attracted more than 1,000 people, took place in the tent that normally houses the Big Apple Circus, which helped produce the event. -[NY Post]

Mosh pit + Lincoln Center = sensational NY Post article about last night's 'Rock N Roll Circus' show. We previously posted about it, but here's a full set of pictures that includes every band who played (it first got rowdy during the So So Glos set)...

Continue reading "more pics from the Rock n Roll Circus night 1 (So So Glos, the Pharmacy, mad security guards, etc)"

photos by Chris La Putt

""Ladies and gentlemen get out of the ring or they will not play"" - Leia Jospe

""That's what i'm talkin about. Carnage. Total carnage. Up the punks!" -guy smoking inside @japanther show/riot/fail, lincolncenter" - Nina Mashurova

"What a mess. Japanther got stopped twice - lights on, music off, so floor could be cleared of moshers. People were booing and throwing shit." - Pamela Z

"Japanther gets shut down at Damrosche Park because it's a "security f**king circus."" - Rozalia Jovanovic

"A riot at the circus #2011" - Leia Jospe

Japanther

"that was one of the craziest, oddest shows i've been to in a while. pandemonium broke loose. if tomorrow's day 2 even happens, that'll be the last time lincoln center opens its doors to rock bands. it was pretty fun till the very end. stupid kids, agro's for dorks."
[Anonymous | January 4, 2011 1:11 AM]
They probably shouldn't have booked Japanther at the "Rock & Roll Circus" if their goal was complete order. Not only that, Monday night's Lincoln Center-presented show under the Big Apple Circus big top was free. Things will surely be calmer for the ticketed Tuesday night show that Ariel Pink is headlining (assuming it is still happening). More about what happened later (with more pictures of all bands and the aftermath), but in the meantime, you can check out more pictures taken during Japanther's set, below...

Continue reading "the Japanther show @ Big Apple Circus didn't go so well (pics)"

flyer

"The Rock & Roll Circus, a two-day, three-ring, musical extravaganza featuring Ariel Pink, Amazing Baby, Nick Zinner and Aska, Saint Motel, contortionist, acrobats, and more will kick off 2011 under the 40,000 square foot Big Apple Circus Tent at Lincoln Center on January 3rd and 4th."
Meanwhile you can catch Ariel Pink (who strangely replaced OK Go on the originally advertised circus lineup) in Brooklyn on New Years Eve (aka tonight).

by Andrew Frisicano

Cold Cave @ Market Hotel during CMJ (more by Leia Jospe)
Cold Cave

Cold Cave and a surprise headliner will top a free concert on Saturday, April 24th at Solar One (same location as the annual CitySol, 23rd Street at East River) as part of NYU Earth Week. Also on the bill are lightly orchestral, layered pop band North Highlands and echo\y, tuneful Oberhofer. The show starts at 4pm and Andrew WK DJs between bands. The headliner will be announced the day of the show.

Columbia University is hosting a show with Of Montreal, Wiz Khalifa and Ghostface Killah the same day.

Cold Cave also playing the WBAR-B-Q the next day (4/25) and LPR on April 29th.

Also NYU-related is the annual Strawberry Festival on Friday, April 30th, noon to 4pm, outdoors on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd and 4th Sts. The show (an "NYU only event") includes music from Hop Along, Little Lungs, Fiasco, Screaming Females and Japanther.

Video from last year's Strawberry Fest and a recent gig by Japanther at Party Expo are below...

Continue reading "Cold Cave, a surprise headliner, Screaming Females, Japanther & other bands playing upcoming free NYU shows"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Japanther - Spread So Thin (MP3)

Mariachi el Bronx @ MWTX (not-SXSW 2010)
The Bronx

[The Bronx] has an alter ego: Mariachi El Bronx, which released an album last year and showed up Wednesday night at Emo's in traditional embroidered mariachi costumes with traditional instruments, from trumpet to guitarron. It performs the Bronx's repertory, but with long-lined melodies and the rhythms of Mexican rancheras and sones. It turns out that Matt Caughtran, the Bronx's lead singer, doesn't have to shout; he can carry a tune. And the Bronx taps a side of Los Angeles that many rock bands ignore. [NY Times]
The pictures here are from Mariachi El Bronx's set at MWTX Fest's first day in Austin, TX on Friday, March 19th.

The Bronx
and their alter-egos Mariachi El Bronx start a run of three NYC-area shows with a gig at Maxwell's tonight (4/1). Tickets are still on sale.

They go on to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2nd, then after a pair of out of town shows, Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, April 6th. Tickets are still on sale for those.

Opening the shows will be Dead Country and Violent Soho, but not Japanther as previously reported ("Due to circumstantial differences").

Japanther did play at new show space Party Expo last night (3/31) with Boys Who Say No and Filthy Savage though. How was that?

More Mariachhi el Bronix pics and all Bronx tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Bronx on tour w/ Mariachi el Bronx, but not Japanther anymore - 3 NYC-area shows starting now + MWTX pics"

Party Expo

"You might have heard that the debut show at SUPERCHIEF's new venue, PARTY EXPO was ridiculously fun. Thanks again to everyone who came out, we made a lot of money for renovations to make the place legal for more shows soon! Thanks to everyone and all the bands, this scene is great already." [Superchief]
That message was posted on January 28th. The next show at Party Expo (929 Broadway in Brooklyn) takes place on Wednesday (3/31). Japanther is the headliner, and $5.00 tickets are on sale.

DOWNLOAD: Japanther - Spread So Thin (MP3)

Japanther...
Japanther

The "clubs" portion of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival goes into full force tonight (2/4), Friday and Saturday with shows all over the borough. One of those will be at 171 Lombardy St (now called Station 171) where Leaders, Boogie Boarder, Cerebral Ballzy, The Death Set and Japanther are on the bill.

Japanther have a new album, Rock 'n' Roll Ice Cream, due March 2nd on Menlo Park. The label write:

The album was recorded at the end of 2009 in Los Angeles with producer Michael Blum. Michael is known for having produced such names as Madonna, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd..so why Japanther? That's a question we never thought we'd pose either, but taking a quintessential DIY band and putting them in a fish out of water context was just too irresistible to pass up. He was confused as they preferred to use their own telephone mics instead of his $10,000 ones, but the results are pure specialness, and goes to show intriguing results happen if you simply do what you feel. Anita Sparrows joined the band for the writing and recording of the album, along with NYC beat poet Eileen Myles on two tracks and one with brothers Ninjasonik; the cover was done by artist Elisabeth Arkhipoff.
Get the song "Spread So Thin" off the new record, above. They'll be playing a CD release show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday, March 4th. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th at noon.

Japanther will also be at Santos for Cloak & Dagger on Thursday, February 11th. Ninjasonik, Fashen, Team Facelift, "(Not So) Secret European Guests" and more will be there too. Tickets are on sale.

After those shows, they go on tour with the Bronx and their spin-off Mariachi El Bronx across the US. That tour has shows at Maxwell's on April 1st, Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on April 6th. Tickets for Maxwell's and tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday at noon. Bowery tickets seem to be TBA.

Full tour dates, Japanther cover art & videos and some mariachi are all below...

Continue reading "Japanther releasing new album (MP3), playing shows (tonight), touring w/ The Bronx (2010 dates) "

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Saxon Shore - "This Place" (MP3)

Saxon Shore (photo by Geordy Peterson)
Saxon Shore

American post-rockers Saxon Shore hit back. It Doesn't Matter, the quintet's follow-up to 2005's The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore is a welcome return to form for the band and their original leader Matthew Doty.

Having gone through a long period of upheaval - be it line-up changes and relocations - the band spent four solid years as a unit before plucking up the courage to hit the Tarbox Road Studios Cabin out in Cassadega, New York.

Apt then, that the unearthing of It Doesn't Matter follows a line of melodic delicacy that recent post-rock efforts appear to have departed. Album opener "Nothing Changes" rocks gently into the onslaught of feedback drenched guitars while 'Bar Clearing Good Times' maintains an unexpected steadiness that other same-vein bands like Explosions In The Sky often make the habit of breaking from. -[Altsounds]

Saxon Shore released their gorgeous Dave Fridmann-produced LP It Doesn't Really Matter last year. The song "This Place" from that album is available for download above. You can catch the band live (their only upcoming scheduled show) at the Knit on 2/5 as part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival put on by BAM ("60+ shows. 15 venues. 2 weekends. Celebrating Brooklyn's best music and bands with shows throughout the borough.") American Dollar and The Abbasi Brothers open the NYC show. Tickets are on sale.

Les Savy Fav @ BAM - 1/29/10 (photo by Steven P. Marsh)
Les Savy Fav

'Sounds like Brooklyn' kicked off last night (1/29) at BAM (the only venue hosting shows during this first weekend of the fest) with Les Savy Fav and Vivian Girls...

"To my surprise, [Les Savy Fav] played very tight rhythms that zagged all over the place but were not sloppy. I was reminded of times I had seen Modest Mouse, Built To Spill or The Flaming Lips, with the music being loose and jangly, yet deliberate and well-crafted at the same time. The band itself held my interest quite well, as they played the straight men to the antics of Harrington, who, instead of being a distraction, complemented the instruments rather well, reminding me at times of Jello Biafra with his voice and dialogue with the audience. Yes, he was a crazy looking fat dude running all over the stage and into the crowd, but his angry-goofy-gibberish song rants, energy, enthusiasm and sheer earnestness overcame my pre-judgment. At the start of LSF's set, Harrington dropped into the crowd beckoning people to stand, and it ended up being the right thing to do. Despite the opera house setting with assigned seating, it quickly became apparent that it would take a lot more than that to contain the force that is Les Savy Fav." [Qbertplaya]
The fest continues tonight (1/30) at the same venue with a show by Rain Machine and Anti-Pop Consortium. Tickets are still available. The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot play the opera house venue on February 5th.

The full Sounds Like Brooklyn schedule, along with a Les Savy Fav video from last night, below...

Continue reading "Les Savy Fav played BAM, Saxon Shore playing the Knit, 'Sounds Like Brooklyn' underway - full schedule & more "

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