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Marnie Stern will be one of the bowlers (but not one of the performers) at a Stereogum "Gumbowl" charity event tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. You can't watch her bowl yet, but you can go to the concert afterwards (that she is not playing)....

"While the doors have to be closed during the tournament in order to film it all for charitable posterity -- and be sure we'll present you with the footage -- we're celebrating afterward by throwing open the gates for a FREE CONCERT, headlined by Woods, and featuring an opening set from the 'Gum-beloved rising sextet Effi Briest, DJ magic from Ms. St. Vincent Annie Clark, and loitering by our celebrity bowlers, who may or may not still be wearing the sweet-ass bowling jerseys we're throwing on them. We want you there (if you're 21 or older (sorry, kids!))." - Stereogum
They had an RSVP for the concert part, but now they just say "THERE WILL BE SOME "TICKETS" AT THE DOOR! COME EARLY IF YOU WANT IN. DOORS OPEN AT 9PM". Brooklyn Bowl is a big place. The flyer is below.

Other charity bowlers include The Blow (who has a show coming up at Joe's Pub), Nick Islands Thorburn Diamonds (who has 3 NYC shows coming up), Alan Neon Indian Palomo (who has multiple NYC shows coming), and Tim Les Savy Fav Harrington (who has a scheduled Brooklyn show too). The full list of bowlers is also below.

If you want to catch Marnie Stern play live, her next show will be at Glasslands on Friday, June 18th along with White Hinterland, Anni Rossi, Translations and True Womanhood. It's not free, but you get a discount if you RSVP to that here.

Anni Rossi will also be playing Pianos the night before (6/17).

More info on the Gumbowl and flyers are below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern bowls tonight (before the free Woods show), plays in June w/ Anni Rossi who has 2 upcoming shows"

by Andrew Frisicano

Jemina Pearl @ Union Pool...
Jemina Pearl

The audience was left to wonder exactly what happened when Jemina Pearl walked off stage less than 30 minutes into her headlining set Saturday night (2/13) at Union Pool. The question wasn't the shortness itself, but the abruptness of her departure: after getting increasingly frustrated with something, she kicked the drum set, gave the one-finger salute to her band and left, to the stunned then embarrassed faces of her supporting trio. The show was really just getting started. "As long as everyone had fun, that's what matters," said the bass player sheepishly before getting a lit cigarette thrown at him by the singer, in a brief return to the stage.

They did manage to get through "I Hate People," a cover of "Band on the Run" and a handful of others (though not "Heartbeats" which one of the most enthusiastic fans requested as a not-to-be encore). It was an awkward hometown end to nearly a month of touring.

Openers Harlem were admirably sloppy and enthused (it's hard not to think of a less manic Black Lips). Their animated, banadana-ed singer/guitarist and more straight-laced drummer swapped roles halfway through the set, which brought out a different dynamic for sure - round two was cleaner with more of a focus on pointed guitar riffs and less on effusive vocals. The Austin band's second album is due this summer on Matador, and they'll be touring the West Coast for the next few weeks.

Jemina's next scheduled show/shows are SXSW. The full Ecstatic Peace SXSW showcase lineup (Thurston Moore, J Mascis & Andrew WK included), more Union Pool pictures, a video and Harlem tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Jemina Pearl played Brooklyn w/ Harlem, stormed off stage (pics), playing SXSW w/ Thurston, J. Mascis, Andrew WK"

by Andrew Frisicano

Jemina Pearl @ Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Jemina Pearl

Ex-Be Your Own Pet singer Jemina Pearl is already a week into her January/February tour across North America. The trip finishes with a show ("with special guests") at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday, February 13th.

While we're on the topic of special guests and Union Pool, The Ghost Of A Saber Toothed Tiger, the psych-pop band fronted by Sean Lennon, play the venue "with guests" on February 19th. Last time they performed, in November, the band consisted of keyboardist Yuka Honda, drummer Yuko Araki and singer/bassist Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, a group that Lennon & Honda both perform with, bring a ton of guests to their show at BAM on February 16th.

The former BYOP-bandmates of Jemina & co-songwriter John Eatherly, Jake and Jamin Orral of JEFF the Brotherhood are touring (with a New York City show) too.

So far it's been quiet on the newsfront for Jemina in 2010, minus a blog post about her injured toe (which hopefully doesn't affect her on tour). Gross toe pic and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Jemina Pearl - 2010 tour dates include Union Pool where Sean Lennon is also playing (with guests)"

photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Bill Pearis

The Cribs @ Bowery Ballroom
The Cribs

The Cribs played two sold out nights at Bowery Ballroom last Thursday (11/12) and Friday (11/13) -- their first NYC shows with new band-member Johnny Marr. The Von Bondies opened both nights. Thursday the Cribs also played The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "We are the Same Skies" from their new album, Ignore the Ignorant. Video of that, along with the brand new official video for the same song with more pictures from the first night at Bowery Ballroom, below.

I was at the first of the two shows, and the Jarman brothers were in fine form. Maybe not as rowdy but there's been no signs of change with their increased popularity. I think Ryan Jarman was wearing the same clothes as the last time I saw them a year and a half ago. They are a down-to-Earth, no bullshit kind of group.

As for for their new addition, the Jarmans and Marr acted like it was no big deal that one of the greatest guitarists of the last 25 years was now in the group, but there was extra oomph on older tracks like "Hey Scenesters" and "Mirror Kissers," and you could definitely feel Marr's influence on the Smith-y current single "We Share the Same Skies" and Ignore the Ignorant's title track. Likewise, the crowd didn't seem to pay Marr's presence any mind -- maybe some of them didn't know who he was? -- as they were too busy going mental, at least near the stage. I'm a Cribs fan, but I do think this was the best I've seen them since they made the leap from smaller-sized clubs.

Meanwhile, The Cribs just announced dates for a North American tour in early 2010, including a January 16 stop at Irving Plaza. Adam Green & The Dead Trees open that show and most of the dates on the tour. Jemima Pearl then replaces him as opener for the last six dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesdday at noon. All announced tour dates, plus those videos and pictures, below...

Continue reading "The Cribs played Bowery Ballroom (pics) & Letterman (video) - announced tour w/ Adam Green (dates) ++ new video "

DOWNLOAD: Jemina Pearl & Iggy Pop - I Hate People (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Toro Y Moi - "Human Nature" (Michael Jackson Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tori y Moi - Blessa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Toro y Moi - Talamak (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: washed out - feel it all around (toro y moi remix) (MP3)

Tori y Moi
Toro y Moi

The Islands and Jemina Pearl tour is almost over. The NYC stop of the trek just one day away. It happens at Bowery Ballroom on 11/5 (tickets), and playing first of three at that show (like he did on the whole tour) will be Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bundick...

Toro Y Moi, is the brainchild of South Carolinan Chaz Bundick, a 23-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist whiz-kid and graphic design graduate who grew up in New York with a Filippino mum and African-American dad listening to everyone from Daft Punk to J Dilla, and everything from freak-folk to French House - he's also got a dance alias, Les Sins. Bundick is apparently working on two different Toro Y Moi albums for release in 2010, and maybe Blessa and 109 represent the two extremes he'll go to on those two records. Whatever, expect lots of funk bass and fuzztone indie, and plenty of somnolent keyboard pop with a budget-lavish sheen, wafting beautifully but hazily out of your speakers like a weak radio transmission from a parallel universe where Kevin Shields was executive producer of Pet Sounds ... [Guardian]
As seen on Gorilla Vs Bear, Stereogum, Pitchfork and elsewhere, grab a bunch of MP3's above.

Also up there is the first single off Jemina Pearl's new album ("Break it Up") which also happens to be a duet with Iggy Pop. Jemina "friend of legendary rockers" Pearl is also opening for her friend Thurston Moore's band Sonic Youth at MHOW on Nov. 24th. All dates below...

Continue reading "Toro Y Moi (MP3s) on tour w/ Islands & Jemina Pearl who sang with Iggy Pop (another MP3)"

Talk Normal photos by Lori Baily

Thurston "goes acoustic" @ United Palace Theater in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth will follow up their currently-sold-out November 21st Terminal 5 show (with Dinosaur Jr. and Cold Cave) with a pair of shows at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, November 24th and Wed, Nov. 25th. Talk Normal opens the 24th, while Jemina Pearl opens the second night. Tickets go on "artist presale" Thursday, October 8th at noon (Password: ETERNAL). General sale starts Friday, October 9th at noon. The band writes: "Tickets will be available with no service charge at the Mercury Lounge box office."

The band pairs those NYC shows with with two gigs at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on November 22 (with the Feelies, who play NYC the night before) and Nov. 23rd (with Meat Puppets and Cold Cave).

Jemina Pearl wraps her upcoming tour with Islands at Bowery Ballroom on November 5th. Talk Normal has two other NYC shows coming: on October 27th they play a record release party for their Sugarland LP, out the same day on Rare Book Room Records, at Cake Shop with Pterodactyl and Antimagic, and on October 30th show at Death by Audio with Teeth Mountain.

On October 3rd, Talk Normal opened the final night of the WFMU Fest at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the night Lydia Lunch's Teenage Jesus and the Jerks headlined, but not with Thurston Moore as a member of the band this time).

Texture Magazine: You've been continually (and I'd say accurately) compared to artists from the original No Wave era such as Lydia Lunch and DNA. Is that something that you aspired towards, or did it surprise you when you first heard the comparisons?

Talk Normal's SR: It wasn't an aspiration, per se, but the minimalism (at times equalizing maximalism) and fierceness, among other things, appealed to both of us. Broken down structures, broken sounds, different forms, making noises naturally yet seemingly 'inappropriate' to the source... Initially we aspired to be a take on a broken-down blues band, a la Geeshie Wiley/Jessie Mae Hemphill. Simple is always interesting, though not always the end result, and also (as it would) the 'idea' is always evolving. Too hypocritical to stay still or try to be only one thing. Of course there are many potential influences.

Pictures from Talk Normal's WFMU opening set are below.

Also related to Sonic Youth, L.A. Times reports that Thurston is getting deeper into the book business...

[October 3rd], Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore announced the upcoming launch of Ecstatic Peace Library, a boutique publisher of art books to debut in 2010. Catalogs of the initial releases...will be available from the publisher's website on Jan. 1. The publisher intends to release the art books in tandem with recordings from the artist-authors, slated to include Raymond Pettibon, Dave Markey and Kim Gordon, his wife and band-mate.
All tour dates and those Talk Normal pictures, posted below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth add 2 MHOW shows - 1 w/ Jemina Pearl, 1 w/ Talk Normal who played WFMU Fest - pics & tour dates"

Thomas Function @ Cake Shop in January (more by Fresh Bread)
Thomas Function

tonight in NYC
* Rubies, Essie Jain, The Snow @ Union Hall
* Kid Koala, Adira Amram @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Woes, Phil and the Osophers, Shark? @ Glasslands
* Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium
* Jemina Pearl, Two Tears, The Hoof & The Heel @ Bruar Falls
* A Rose Parade, Midnight Masses, Big Honey Mama @ Union Pool
* The Coathangers, Prisms, Ex-Humans, The Nymphets @ Cake Shop
* Nymph, Emma Kupa, Eskalators, Ava Luna, Aldertone, Air Waves @ Death By Audio
* Thomas Function, Yussuf Jerusalem, Liquor Store, Pink Reason, Indian Casino & Jail Hippies @ Silent Barn

Springsteen does the "albums" thing for the first time tonight, when he and the E Street band play Born To Run at Giants Stadium.

Code 46 and 24 Hour Party People are screening at 92YTribeca tonight.

Hatcham Social were scheduled to open for the Charlatans UK at Maxwell's tonight, until that tour was canceled. Now Hatcham are going on tour with Echo and the Bunnymen in the fall, though they won't be opening the show Echo just announced at Mercury Lounge.

Kid Koala presents The Slew: Live - a show that's "drums, bass/keys [featuring ex-Wolfmother rhythm section]...and six turntables [in] seventy minutes of raw guitar cuts and heavy beats" - at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Adira Amram opens. Her video for "Mom Song" is below.

According to their bio, "In less than three years, The Coathangers, Julia Kugel (guitar/vocals), Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals), Candice Jones (keyboard/vocals), and Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) have grown from a band of girlfriends buying the cheapest instruments an Atlanta pawn shop could offer, to a group of formidable, adaptable performers..."

The Coathangers played the Maze at DBA last night. Tonight they play at Cake Shop with Prisms, Ex-Humans and The Nymphets. Bands at the Maze tonight include Nymph, Emma Kupa, Eskalators, Ava Luna, Aldertone and Air Waves.

Also from the South (though she lives in NYC show): Jemina Pearl plays Bruar Falls tonight. In October she goes on tour with Islands.

A video of Nat Baldwin at the Silent Barn from 2006 is posted below. Tonight the venue hosts Thomas Function and others.

Nat is in Dirty Projectors who played Fallon two nights ago.

Sunny Day Real Estate performed "Seven" on Jimmy Fallon last night. Video below...

Wayne Coyne talks about the new Flaming Lips album in the video below...

What else?

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Jemina Pearl @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Jemina Pearl

"introducing my band! maxwell peebles on rhythm guitar, ben pearson on bass, erik ratensperger on drums, and john eatherly on lead guitar. what a good looking group of guys! i can't wait to start traveling in a smelly van with them.

we had a another great practice last night after a full of day of recording. we are getting ready for our two shows next week, and we are all very excited! also some more shows got added to our tour in october, so see if we're coming to your city on the myspace page.

finished up the b sides yesterday. we had ben and max come play on one song. it was the first time we actually had a live band recording. usually it's just john and i doing everything, and really it's mostly john. anyway, we might play one of the covers on monday if we can get it together." [Jemina Pearl on August 15th]

Jemina Pearl (former singer of Be Your Own Pet) has a bunch of shows coming up, four of which are in NYC.
Jemina Pearl - 2009 NYC Tour Dates
8/27 J&R Music World (City Hall), Manhattan NY (6pm)
9/15 Southpaw, Brooklyn NY
9/19 Pianos, Manhattan NY
11/5 Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NY
The November show is part of her tour with Islands. The August date is a free show, and one of the previously-unannounced slots at the J&R Musicfest (that Buckshot, KRS-One, Clipse and others are also playing).

At the September 15th show, she's opening for The Zeros (tix) who are also playing Maxwell's one day earlier (tix).

On August 25th (not one of the dates above) (tomorrow) (at 2:30 pm), Jemina is filming a video in Long Island City. Want to be an extra, or maybe just watch? Find out how, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "be in a Jemina Pearl video, see her live (2009 tour dates) "


Islands recently played The Bell House. Islands will tour and play Roseland Ballroom with the Psychedelic Furs and Happy Mondays, but first there's a tour with Jemina Pearl that brings them to Bowery Ballroom on November 5th. Those dates below...

Continue reading "Islands - 2009 Tour Dates w/ Jemina Pearl (Bowery) "

Electric Six

The following can be attributed to Dick Valentine [Electric Six singer]:

Hello everybody. We've needed an update for a while, but I am of the mind that you don't force things like that. You bring it when it's time to bring it. Yes, we've been recording and I suppose that's newsworthy. Our sixth album will be finished soon and it will be released in October. It sounds wonderful and I fully intend for this to be the first Electric Six album that sees each and every song being included in our live set when we tour this fall. Because you see, I am getting older and I have very little patience for bullshit.

Electric Six's sixth album, KILL, is set to come out October 20th on Metropolis Records.

The band has a short run of August dates before their not-yet-announced album-supporting tour this fall. The first of those takes place tonight (Aug 19th) at Maxwell's with Les Sans Culottes and Jemina Pearl (Be Your Own Pet). Tickets are still on sale.

The group also plays a Thursday, August 20th Rocks Off Concert Cruise show aboard the Temptress, again with Les Sans Culottes. Tickets are on sale for that too. The band played a similar boat cruise last year. A video of that gig with a brief introductory clip from Tragedy, the all metal Bee Gees tribute band, with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Electric Six - new album soon, four August shows (dates) "

photos by Bao Nguyen

"that guy from fucked up is fucking hot" - nicholas

Fucked Up
Jemina Pearl

On Sunday afternoon, the young and not-so-young of indie Brooklyn convened along the Williamsburg waterfront for the first of this summer's relocated Pool Parties concerts. For the last three years the shows were the miracle of McCarren Park Pool, turning a civic ruin each weekend into an instant oasis of loud -- loud music, loud fashion, loud shouts from the dodgeball court. But with McCarren booked for a $50 million renovation, the Pool Parties were moved to East River State Park, a seven-acre chunk of grass and concrete flanked by luxury condo buildings. (Kind of like McCarren, actually.) Would they still have the magic?

For the 6,000 or more who came out on Sunday for Mission of Burma, Ponytail, Jemina Pearl and a certain hardcore band from Toronto led by a big bear named Pink Eyes, the prevailing feeling about the new space seemed to be positive. But opinion was divided along two lines: those who considered its view and riverside breeze a delicious improvement, and those who found it nice but lacking the character of McCarren.

"I like this much better," said Sacha Chernoff, a teacher who lives in Carroll Gardens. "The water, the view -- it's beautiful." [NY Times]

The NY Times is not allowed to say "Fucked Up".
crowded: yes
lines to get in: no
separate area for booze: yes
[Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:58 AM]
Videos, reviews, and setlists from Sunday's show are HERE. The entire summer Pool Party schedule is HERE. The Mission of Burma pics (and info on a new album) are HERE. The rest of the pictures are below...

Continue reading "Fucked Up, Jemina Pearl & Ponytail @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (JellyNYC's first 2009 Pool Party) - pics"

photo by Bao Nguyen, words by Andrew Frisicano


The first Jelly NYC Pool Party of 2009 went off under blue skies at the new Williamsburg Waterfront location. A more-than-6,000-strong crowd (according to the NYT) visited East River State Park for a four-band bill of Jemina Pearl, Ponytail, Fucked Up and Mission of Burma.

Baltimore's Ponytail began right at 4pm and blazed through a set of joyful, proggy pop. "Celebrate the Body Electric" came with a bout of crowdsurfing by singer Molly Siegel, who was in energetic top form.

Fucked Up's Pink Eyes was already undressing during opener "Son the Father" - before the end of the set he'd be down to just boxer briefs. The band's fans showed up to sing along and dance. Event security strained to keep the barricades - a good five-plus feet from the stage - in place despite the surging crowds. That didn't stop Pink Eyes from engaging those right up front; the singer was more than happy to pass the mic, give a high five or, in my case, grab your face and rub it in his bare chest. The band joked around on stage as they layered three-guitar riffs over the hook of "Black Albuno Bones," slow jam "No Epiphany" and the rest. The security got a shout out at the end for doing what looked like one of the day's toughest jobs.

Mission of Burma took the stage after an introduction from the requisite NYC politicians (BP Marty Markowitz even got part of his speech looped by MoB's Bob Weston) (video below). Weston manned the tape and effects from the sound booth, leaving the stage to guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley and drummer Peter Prescott, all of whom sang at times. The guitar tone was edgy and pointed, in a good approximation of the band's recorded sound, with the bass loose and under the surface.

The sun, which set right behind the band, backlit the stage and made it tough to see at times. But also provided a perfect chance to check out the area behind the stage. That space allowed a great view of the band and a closer look at the waterfront itself. A roar let loose when the crowd recognized the opening notes of "That's When I Reach For My Revolver." The band closed with "This Is Not a Photograph" and left with a wave of applause and looping static.

In the back of the park, Pool Party staple dodgeball was happening next to a 3-on-3 basketball game. The segregated beer area, a fenced in section along the left side of park, was one change mandated at the new space. For one, it made the area right in front of the stage less congested - not totally a bad thing on a sunny summer afternoon.

The next Pool Party will be on Sunday, July 19th with Magnolia Electric Co., Dirty Projectors and Crystal Antlers (who replace White Denim).

More pictures coming soon. F'd Up, Ponytail & Jemina pics HERE. Mission of Burma pics HERE. Fucked Up and Mission of Burma's setlists, and video of Marty Markowitz's speech, and other videos below...

Continue reading "Mission of Burma, Fucked Up, Pontail, Jemina Pearl & Marty Markowitz @ the Williamsburg Waterfront - setlists, video"

Dont bring these things

"The emails have been piling up and everyone's asking, "dude, what's up with the Pool Parties?" Well DUDE, so sorry to keep you waiting, but here at JELLY we've been working our asses off to bring you one of the greatest free concert series in history. The Pool Parties are going to be extremely crucial this year, "epic" or "amazing" as you people say these days. Seriously, eight weeks of FREE shows on the waterfront of Williamsburg? Does it get any better? You might be thinking "waterfront"? Yeah, in case you didn't hear the McCarren Pool's closed so get over it :) , and yeah we kept the name Pool Parties even though the East River's not at a pool, so what? We've still got DODGEBALL, basketball, DJ's, bands, burgers the works! We love you more than your parents ever could, and if you want to have fun and hang out with us this summer. [Full schedule below]. Bring your friends but please don't bring these things [pictured above]. As you can see below, underage drinking will not be tolerated. . You guys wouldn't do that though, so there's nothing to worry about. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!!" -Jelly
The big news here is that they finally announced! As far as this year's lineup, well, we figured most of that out already. The Black Lips will also play the show with Trail of Dead, HEALTH, and Grupo Fantasma. Jemina Pearl is also on the bill of the first show on July 12th (Mission of Burma). Full lineup poster and a video below...

Continue reading "JellyNYC announces Pool Parties @ Williamsburg Waterfront!"

photos by Lori Baily

The Homosexuals

Matador Records helped Sonic Youth celebrate the release of their new record The Eternal with a party at Home Sweet Home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan last Friday. The semi-private show had local bands playing Sonic Youth covers while the actual Sonic Youth was hanging out in the crowd.

Bands included The Antlers, Tiny Masters of Today, Apache Beat, The Homosexuals (backed by members of Fiasco), and "The Goo Believers" (at least that's what I think they called themselves). They were Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), Jemina Pearl (Be Your Own Pet, Ecstatic Peace label), Matt Krefting (Ecstatic Peace label), Zachary Cale, John Maloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), and Jaiko Suzuki (Electroputas). You can see Thurston Moore watching them from the sidelines in some of the pictures below...

Continue reading "pics from Sonic Youth's 'Eternal' party @ Home Sweet Home (Homosexuals, a supergroup of Thurston's friends, more)"

Martin Bisi

Just when you thought there couldn't be another Au Revoir Simone, Dirty on Purpose or Clap Your Hands Say Yeah side project... Radical Dads is a bass-less trio that shares two members with Uninhabitable Mansions. One of the members of both of those bands is Robbie from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Listen to Radical Dads at MySpace. See them live at Cake Shop tonight (2/19) or at the Castle in Hell in Brooklyn tomorrow (2/20). Uninhabitable Mansions play Union Hall on 2/27. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah played BAM last week.

After making her first post-Be Your Own Pet solo appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in January, Jemina Pearl promised she would "start playing around New York and New Jersey pretty frequently." Staying true to that promise, you can catch her and her band "Bad Attitude" at Glasslands tonight (2/19).

Martin Bisi's name tends to be preceeded with "New York super producer/musician/studio owner/legend". He is performing tonight (2/19) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn with Bill Laswell. All dates below...

Continue reading "Martin Bisi, Radical Dads, Jemina Pearl - tonight, other dates"

photos by Nathan Miller

The Fluid

"The Fluid came out hungry. Although they were the first non-Northwestern band to sign to Sub Pop (a cred-worth footnote, if ever there was one), they never achieved the success as their labelmates Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. There aren't even any Fluid records in print right now! (Their merch tonight was shirts that featured a Ford-like logo for their name.) They reunited for Sub Pop's 20th anniversary fest last year and, from what I heard, came off as surprised at the positive reception they got. Tonight, they played many songs from their classic Roadmouth as well as a favorite of mine, "Cold Outside," from Clear Black Paper. Frontman John Robinson bounded about the stage, though the band seemed more comfortable sticking to the back. Nonetheless, they lived up to their legacy. Now all they need to do is to get their records back in print." [Sadness is Delicious]
The Overcasters and Jemina Pearl opened the show Saturday night (1/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Fluid and The Overcasters also played a show one day earlier at Maxwell's in Hoboken.

More pictures from Brooklyn below...

Continue reading "The Fluid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - pics"

photos by Nathan Miller

Jemina Pearl

Pitchfork: Are you anxious about your first post-Be Your Own Pet show this weekend?

Jemina Pearl: Oh no, I'm super excited. It's been so long since I've played a show. I've been compensating by doing karaoke and stealing the microphone from people. So it's probably good for all my friends that I'm getting back onstage.


Pitchfork: Do you want to go into any more detail about the breakup?

JP: That's a loaded question, my friend. I probably shouldn't! I feel like it's been a scab that I keep picking at. It's just now starting to heal, so I need to leave it alone. I'll probably talk about it eventually, but right now it's too fresh.

Pitchfork: Fair enough. Let's move onto your new project, which includes BYOP drummer John Eatherly, right?

JP: Yeah, me and John started writing songs when BYOP was still a band. We'd write these kind of 60s girl group-sounding songs. Once the band broke up and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do, John brought me some music that he'd written, but he was having a hard time coming up with lyrics and vocal parts. He moved into my house in Nashville and we would just stay up all night writing and it felt really natural.

We had both been wanting to move to Brooklyn, so we just left Nashville and took a Chinatown bus up to the city for like $40. It was kind of like, "Fuck it, there's no reason to be here." Nashville's an interesting city but it's one of those places that's better to visit. I'm sure everyone in Nashville's going to be like, "fuck you," but I'll say "fuck you" right back to them. It was really a spur-of-the-moment move. I brought two suitcases and my guitar; John brought one suitcase.


Pitchfork: Have you started recording?

JP: We're actually about to go do our first real batch of demos in Northampton [Massachusetts], where Thurston [Moore] lives, after the show. We want to record the album in March. And I think we're going to try and start playing around New York and New Jersey pretty frequently.

Jemina Pearl and new solo band played that first show on Saturday night (1/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. She was opening for The Fluid. Thurston Moore was there, as you can see in one of the pictures below...

Continue reading "Jemina Pearl now in NYC w/ new band, recording (near Thurston), played Brooklyn (pics, setlist & a video)"

Jemina Pearl

According to her (and Be Your Own Pet's) label Ecstatic Peace, ex-Be Your Own Pet frontwoman Jemina Pearl is busy "writing and recording" her debut solo album. Since BYOP broke up, Jemina surfaced once in the form of a Ramones cover she sang with Ecstatic Peace label boss Thurston Moore for an episode of Gossip Girl. She'll surface again (now with brown hair?) when she opens for The Fluid at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this Saturday night (1/17). It is apparently her first, and only scheduled, solo show, for now. Denver band The Overcasters are also on the bill. Tickets are still on sale.

The Fluid and The Overcasters also play Maxwell's in Hoboken on Friday, one night earlier (tix).

Listen to Jemina and Thurston in the video below...

Continue reading "Jemina Pearl of BYOP writing, recording, playing a show"

by Ryan Barkan

Gogol Bordello @ Irving Plaza (more by Jefferson)
Gogol Bordello

The second edition of this controversial new feature is back. "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" (or is it?)...

Pacific RiftAggressive racing game, Motorstorm, was one of the most successful titles for the Playstation 3 in 2007 (selling over three million copies world wide). It was only natural then, that Sony Computer Entertainment would get a sequel out in 2008. Enter Motorstorm: Pacific Rift. The game recently hit shelves in the US at end of October and in the UK this past week. The TV spot announcing the new game brilliantly matched Motorstorm's crazy, edgy style of racing on tracks in exotic locations with the "authentic energy" of Gogol Bordello's "Wonderlust King." Watch the video of the commercial below. Gogol Bordello tour dates are HERE.

While Gogol did not make the in-game soundrack, David Bowie, Clutch, Megadeth, The Hives, Simian Mobile Disco, Death From Above 1979, and more all made the cut. Eight of the forty-five songs are exclusive to the game including a remix by Diplo of Nirvana's "Swap Meet" *.

Thurston MooreSpeaking of exclusives, The Ramones' classic jam "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" was covered by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and singer Jemina Pearl (from the now defunct Be Your Own Pet). Their version exclusively premiered in this past week's episode of Gossip Girl. Love & Rockets made the episode too...though not as an exclusive.

Other Notable Licensing News:

On the tube, One Tree Hill had songs by Ra Ra Riot and Margot & the Nuclear So-So's; 90210 had Florence & The Machine, The Raconteurs, and The Bravery; Grey's Anatomy had The Bird And The Bee, Whitest Boy Alive, and Brett Dennon.

M83's "You, Appearing" provides a solemn background to a French commercial for Douleurs' "Pain Without Borders" commercial. Watch the video below. M83 is currently on a tour of the US (and in NYC this week).

Cadbury's new "Favourites" commercial features the song "Stars and Sons" by Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene. Watch the video below. Pics from the band's recent show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple can be seen HERE.

Bad Brains

Supreme continues its love for musical collaborations with the announcement of a Bad Brains x Supreme collection. The line consists of a couple hoodies, a t-shirt, and two different styles of Vans shoes. Bad Brains have been busy lately playing shows in Austin, NYC and elsewhere.

Iron MaidenVans recently released its fourth Iron Maiden tribute shoe, this time featuring the artwork from the Powerslave album. The Sk8-Hi and slip on models are available at the vans online store as well as local distributors.

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