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DOWNLOAD: Dean & Britta - Making Me Smile (MP3)

Sing Me to Sleep

"Sing Me To Sleep" is a really fun compilation of lullabies and popular songs re-imagined as lullabies by some of today's best indie artists including: Dean & Britta, Tanya Donelly, The Leisure Society, The Rest, Telekinesis, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Real Tuesday Weld, Snowbird, Neil Halstead, and many more. All proceeds from this wonderful album are donated to The Valerie Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. It's a beautifully produced album for indie-hipsters young and old.
Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies came out in May on American Laundromat Records (the first pressing came with a bonus 7" with a song by Sigur Rós). Check it out if you can, it's a great compilation (for adults at least - I haven't tested it with kids!)

Coming up, Joe's Pub will be hosting a June 13th show for the album with contributors Tanya Donelly, backed by a jazz ensemble, Jenny Owen Youngs and Julie Peel. This all-ages, kid-friendly (with face painting, free souvenirs and door prizes) starts at noon. Tickets are on sale.

Songs from the record (including Stars cover of the Smith's "Asleep") are streaming, and the Dean & Britta track is available above. Tracklist for the CD and show flyer are below...

Continue reading "Sing Me to Sleep - indie lullabies out now + an MP3 & NY show"

The Blow @ Glasslands on May 13th (n. moena)
The Blow

The Blow's May 13th show at Glasslands mixed older songs from Paper Television and before with new material set to come out later this year. Khaela will play another now-hometown show on July 9th at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale.

YACHT (ex-Blow)'s next NYC show takes place in August at South Street Seaport.

Another video from the Blow's recent show at Glasslands is posted below...

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DOWNLOAD: Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - Something, Somewhere, Sometime (MP3)

Daniel Martin Moore & Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore are on tour in support of their Jim James produced record, Dear Companion, which came out in February on Sub Pop. Check out a song from it above.

The trip comes through New York for two nights at Joe's Pub on Friday, March 5th and Saturday, March 6th. Tickets are on sale.

The guys did a series of in-stores to celebrate the CD around its release. Videos from those and all tour dates (which include SXSW) are below...

Continue reading "Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - 2010 Tour Dates (2 shows @ Joe's Pub this weekend, SXSW & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Holly Miranda - Waves (MP3)

Holly Miranda @ Webster Hall in September (more by Bao Nguyen)
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda is going to be on tour with Tegan & Sara for quite a while after this weekend. Before then, she'll manage to get a few more hometown dates in. On Wednesday, February 10th (tonight), she plays Happy Ending Music & Reading series at Joe's Pub with authors Joshua Ferris, Ron Carlson and Padgett Powell. Tickets are on sale.

She's also playing a free in-store at Other Music on Monday, February 15th (8pm), while Tegan & Sara play a seated show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The spacey, enigmatic "Waves" from her upcoming record, The Magician's Private Library, is posted above. That disc comes out February 23rd on XL. She did an acoustic version of the song in a quiet San Francisco living room (with guitarist Timmy Mislock) the day after a show on her tour with the xx and Friendly Fires last November. That's below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda - new MP3 & 2 small NYC shows "

by Andrew Frisicano

Andrew W.K. w/ Fucked Up in Brooklyn on November 5th (more by Jake Forney)
Andrew W.K.

One of the best kept secrets in the entertainment industry, Jonté is known to the stars as a virtuoso choreographer, able to bring out the beast in his clientelle, which includes Beyonce Knowles among others. As a solo act, he brings it on all fronts, executing the freshest moves while spitting the fiercest vocal heard. His unique urban fem style is shattering culture barriers and leaving liberation in its wake. - Santos website
Jonté and a crew of Santos regulars that include Cherie Lily, Bad Brilliance, Narcissister and DJs Roxy Cottontail and Andrew W.K. will be at the club for a party on Thursday, January 28th. Tickets are on sale. We have two pairs of tickets to give away (one of which comes with a bottle of champagne signed by Andrew W.K.). Details are below.

As previously mentioned, Andrew W.K. has quite a bit going on in the coming months. He appears at Joe's Pub on February 11th as part of Gonzales' residency there. He'll be answering your questions at Santos on February 23rd (the same day he releases a new album), and he'll be on Warped Tour this summer.

Andrew W.K. produced a new album for performance artist/cabaret singer/songwriter Baby Dee, though not her next upcoming record A Book of Songs for Anne Marie, which comes out March 23rd on Drag City (pushed back from its original January release date). An album and book with the same name was released by Dee in 2004, but Dee points out "this is a new version of the album, now produced and arranged by Maxim Moston from Antony and the Johnsons." The album Andrew worked on does not yet have a name or release date. He has also played as part of Baby Dee's band in the past,

On February 4th Andrew will be part of "We Sing Baby Dee! #3," a night at Joe's Pub organized by composer Sxip Shirey and dedicated to "Interpretations of the songs of Baby Dee." Also performing will be Corn Mo, Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch, Curtis Eller, Aimee Curl, Lance Horne, Mathew and Sarah, Philip Raia and Lila, "a special guest appearance by 9 year old singer Frankky Lou Hightower from Kansas City" and Baby Dee herself. Tickets are on sale.

Baby Dee will also be performing at The Stone the next night (2/5) with cellist Matthew Robinson. Baby Dee will be touring extensively this February and March in Europe and April and May in North America.

All tour dates, contest info and videos are below...

Continue reading "Baby Dee playing shows, touring, releasing album --- collaborator Andrew WK playing too (win tix & champagne)"


Chilly Gonzales is currently celebrating two new releases: a spellbinding 7" piano remake of Erol Alkan and Boys Noize's club banger "Waves" (coupled with a spoken music lesson on the B-side) and his 4-album live Guinness World Record set "The Works" (released through Believe digital). Listen to the "Waves" remake below
The Paris-based pianist will be in NYC for the month of February for four special shows at Joe's Pub, each now with a special opener:

Feb 4 w/ guest SIA
Feb 11 w/ guest Andrew WK
Feb 18 w/ guest DJ A-Trak plus surprise guest
Feb 25 w/ guest Princess Superstar

Andrew WK and Jamie Lidell joined him last time he played the same venue. Check out the "Waves" video below...

Continue reading "Chilly Gonzales adds guests to his Joe's residency, plays Erol Alkan & Boys Noize song on piano "

words & photos by Chris La Putt

Steep Canyon Rangers

I spent all of Friday night checking out three very diverse and entertaining shows at Joe's Pub (literally three separate ticketed shows, one after each other). First up were the bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers from North Carolina. They were quite a force to be reckoned with, even without their occasional band member and comedian Steve Martin who joined them the last time they were in New York City.

The quality of their harmonies were impressive, especially in "Sylvie", like a more simplistic Dirty Projectors, but not at all plain acapella style. As one reviewer
writes, "the Steep Canyon Rangers again demonstrate that a band can be musically innovative while reaching into the past. Like other younger bands, Steep Canyon Rangers straddle the blurred edges of traditional and progressive bluegrass; that they do so as successfully as they do is a testament to their continued and expanding appeal." The ended their set with a song dedicated to Tiger Woods entitled "Lovin' Pretty Women" which you can see in the video below along with more pictures and the recap of more of the night...

Continue reading "The Steep Canyon Rangers, Sophie Madeleine, Kristina Train & Alice Smith @ Joe's Pub in NYC - pics & video"


You may remember Gonzales from his piano battle with Andrew W.K. at Joe's Pub last September, which Gonzales won. Gozales returns to the same venue this February for a four-week, Thursday night residency where he'll present his Piano Talk show, which includes lots of talking, jokes and guests (Jamie Lidell showed up in September) (don't expect a piano battle between him and Andrew again though).

Thu February 4th - Gonzales: Piano Talk Show (tickets)
Thu February 11th - Gonzales: Piano Talk show (tickets)
Thu February 18th - Gonzales: Piano Talk show (tickets)
Thu February 25th - Gonzales: Piano Talk show (tickets)
You can get acquainted with him through the videos below or from the songs streaming on his Arts & Crafts subsite Gonzpiration. Past credits include working with Feist, Peaches and Jane Birkin (who's coming to town in February too).

Gonzales' fellow Canadians and Arts & Crafts labelmates Still Life Still have an NYC residency of their own. They're at Mercury Lounge for four Wednesdays in January (the first of those was last night). They also play Death By Audio on January 11th, and tour with Wild Beasts in February (which includes Bowery Ballroom and MHOW shows).

All Gonzales tour dates and videos are below...

Continue reading "Gonzales taking residency at Joe's Pub, Still Life Still add a Brooklyn show"

photos by Chris La Putt

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/first week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Butch Walker

Butch Walker played Joe's Pub in NYC on December 4th, 2009. More pictures from his set below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Suzanne (Hope Sandoval cover) (MP3)

Asobi Seksu @ Joe's Pub
Asobi Seksu

"Brooklyn dream-pop outfit Asobi Seksu just released a 10" anchored by "Transparence," a standout from this February's Hush LP. Before the clock strikes '10 they'll have a third release on the year by way of Rewolf, an LP offering acoustic versions of Seksu songs spanning their three albums, including a few b-sides and this cover "Suzanne." As headlined, the source comes not from Leonard Cohen but rather the recently reactivated Mazzy star Hope Sandoval's 2002 album Bavarian Fruit Bread. The warmly narcotic, Velvet-undertoned original is classic Sandoval, but the reverent, acoustic and glockenspiel-tinkled cover is atypical Asobi, a band better known for its shoegaze atmospherics and coruscating waves of James Hanna's guitars." [Stereogum]
The Anna Ternheim + Asobi Seksu + Loney Dear tour is just about complete. Tonight (10/15) they play Maxwell's in Hoboken, and then its second to last stop is Friday (10/16) at Bowery Ballroom. Bowery Ballroom is where Hope Sandoval just played her 2nd of two NYC shows, both of which included "Susanne" in the setlist. Download Asobi's cover above.

Back on September 16th, Asobi Seksu played their own show at Joe's Pub (acoustic). A few more pictures from that set, below...

Continue reading "Loney Dear almost done touring w/ Anna Ternheim & Asobi Seksu who played Joe's Pub (pics), covered Hope Sandoval"

by Andrew Frisicano (who went to this show after Yo La Tengo @ Roseland)

Thanks to all who supported me and @Andrewwk in the immortal piano showdown last night...We're all winners! -chillygonzales

Andrew W.K.

Gonzales's midnight set at Joe's Pub on Friday (9/25), the second of two that night, was packed. Before the show, the small club had a line that stretched down the block, which meant most of the floor space between the limited seating was filled with people either sitting or standing. Gonzales (pianist, Feist producer, and world record holder for longest solo-artist performance) started out with a solo "piano talk" set of equal parts jokes and songs. He read a fictional, satirical preview for his own show, explained the difference between major and minor chords (the former inspire false optimism and pacify the working class) and played some of his "hits" (his word) like "Slow Down" and "Take Me to Broadway."

Throughout, Gonzales sported a pair of white cotton gloves (kind of like Mickey Mouse) that were relayed from an overhead camera onto a screen. As billed, Jamie Lidell came out to sing, though he did just one song, "What Is It This Time?" Then it was time for the piano battle arranged and judged by Akira the Don, some kind of rapper/British personality. Andrew W.K. went first (he won a coin toss) and the pair exchanged lengthy improvisations that fluttered from Romantic ballads to stride piano licks to light rock covers. Andrew W.K. nearly lifted the piano off the group, Gonzales played with a blindfold over his eyes. Both responded quite well to the musical barbs of the other. Ultimately, Gonzales was declared the winner (though the crowd seemed to suggest otherwise). Videos of Jamie Lidell's song and the piano battle are posted below.

Andrew W.K.'s tour with the Calder Quartet begins today. They play Joe's Pub on October 2nd (it sometimes helps to make a table reservation - and show up early - to get a seat at the venue).

More pictures and videos are below...

Continue reading "Gonzales battled Andrew W.K. (whose tour starts today) @ Joe's Pub (Jamie Lidell was there) - pics & video"

by Andrew Frisicano

Big Apple tonight! 10 pm show with Jamie Lidell and midnight PIANO SHOWDOWN with @Andrewwk and @akirathedon. Joes Pub!!!!! -Gonzales

Andrew W.K.

Hello! I hope you're well. I recently released an album called 55 CADILLAC. The Guardian asked me to write about it here. They requested I explain why I made the album and why it contains only improvised piano pieces. That's somewhat of a tall order for me at the moment (I just had a gag order put on me - really!), but I will do my best to type some words and hope they cover some of the desired bases.

Why and how I made this album is somewhat difficult for me to write about. Allow me to state the following: Over the past 10 years, I've had personal and professional issues with several people involved in my career, and due to formal agreements, I'm partially forbidden from going into detail regarding certain aspects of my recent work and, as a result, the making of the 55 CADILLAC album.

Here's what I am able to say: At the end of 2004, an old friend of mind got in some business trouble and basically decided to take it out on me. To cut a long story short, this person is someone I worked very closely with and had a formal and family business relationship with. Due to various complaints this person had with me, they were able to turn my life and career upside down. I wasn't allowed to use my own name within certain areas of the US entertainment industry and we were in a debate about who owned the rights to my image, and who should get credit for "inventing" it. This made my life complicated and intense for a few years, but I kept working and doing whatever I could to keep moving forward.

By 2008, and after a lot of negotiating, my new business team and I had come to an agreement with my opponent, and I was finally in the clear. That's how this new 55 CADILLAC album became possible - we based the new record label in the UK, so there were no issues within the US. However, as of last week, we've been partially pulled back into the thick of it and I'm getting hourly updates from my lawyer as I type this. I really don't know how to feel about it ñ it's beyond frustrating - it almost feels like a hallucination. It inspires so much rage inside me that my mind has to seek other outlets for that energy and I start to feel dizzy and see stars. Fortunately, I don't have to deal with anyone directly. Thank goodness my lawyers do all the real work.

Anyway, I wanted this new 55 CADILLAC album to sound like freedom. The sound of a piano being played by a free man - nothing more, nothing less. This was the first chance in almost 10 years where I was allowed to simply play and record an instrument - no songwriters, no lyrics to learn, no overdubs, no slow fixes, no remixes, no video shoots or interview practice ñ just the sound of someone sitting in room playing piano for the sake of it. No one telling me what to play, or how to play it. And no masterplans, high-concept visions, worldwide goals with roll-out schedules. No style consultants or acting coaches. No more meetings with sponsors or computerized yelling. No more threats.

Just a huge black piano. And a huge black car.

Andrew W.K. will be one of the unexpected guests at Gonzales' show at Joe's Pub tonight (9/25). Gonzales plays two sets, but the piano battle with Andrew W.K. will be at the midnight show only. Jamie Lidell will be there as well.

Andrew W.K. goes on tour with the Calder Quartet starting September 29th - they play Joe's Pub together on October 2nd.

After that, Calder Quartet plays music of Janácek and Fred Frith with Iva Bittová at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 17th. Tickets are on sale.

Andrew W.K. is playing with Fucked Up in Brooklyn on November 5th.

See Gonzales challenging Andrew W.K. to a piano battle in the video below...

Continue reading "Andrew W.K. piano showdown tonight w/ Gonzales ++new Skyscraper EP, Calder Quartet shows coming up"

LPR review by Showtrotta

Jamie Lidell @ Warp's 20th Anniversary @ Le Poisson Rouge - September 5, 2009

Following a great first day at Electric Zoo, I somehow found the energy to head to Le Poisson Rouge to see Jamie Lidell who was performing in one of the many celebrations for Warp's 20th Anniversary (9/5). While Jamie was alone, without any of his bandmates that typically make up the live Jamie Lidell experience, simply armed with a couple of laptops, a mixing board, and some other items indiscernible from the crowd's side of his table of gear...he put on an excellent show. While the set was stripped down, without all the bells and whistles that come with a live band, the solo set-up allowed Jamie's talent, both musically and as a true entertainer and showman shine through.

He opened with the track "What Is It This Time?" off of Multiply before turning to the table of gear which he was behind for much of the set. While I'm not sure if he was playing specific older tracks with which I am not familiar, or if much of it was improvised/experimental, Jamie poured over the equipment, beatboxing, recording and looping vocal snippets, only to sing over and loop them again, tweaking nearly every sound that emerged from behind that table. While more abstract, experimental pieces can sometimes be a bit too out there for a listener of an artist's more everyday fare, the intensity and passion with which Jamie performed, combined with everything sounding amazing, made the show engaging regardless. He sang a few more songs including "When I Come Back Around" and "Music Will Not Last" the latter of which he dedicated to Warp, which he spoke of fondly multiple times during his set. The set finished with a slowed down, much more electronic-oriented version of "Another Day", the perfect ending to a show that combined elements of Jamie Lidell's style both past and present.

Battles, Chk Chk Chk, Flying Lotus and Pivot played the Warp20 show that took place one night earlier at Terminal 5.


Jamie Lidell is from England and resides in Berlin, but this month he might be staying in NYC because there are now two more chances to catch him here before September is over.

We've long followed the collaboration between Jamie and his Canadian friends Feist and Gonzales (and Mocky), but we don't hear much about Gonzales here in the U.S.A. That should change soon. On September 22nd, Arts & Crafts is re-releasing Gonzales's Solo Piano album "as a special deluxe edition- It comes complete with a DVD bonus disc, featuring the documentary 'From Major To Minor' as well as various other entertaining visual complements." One day later, Gonzales kicks off a four day North American tour in LA. From there he goes to NYC for TWO September 25th shows (early and late) at Joe's Pub. Jamie Lidell will be at both of them, and tickets are on sale.

Gonzales may be best known as the producer of Feist's Let It Die and The Reminder. Feist is known lately for playing 'special guest', and her last such appearance just took place at a NYC show on September 10th. So who knows, maybe she'll be there too - the Joe's listing does read that Gonzales will be "Accompanied for each show by unexpected (or expected) guests from the gang".

In related news, Gonzales recently launched a sitcom, filmed in Paris, "Superproducer", and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for longest solo performance - over 27 hours (in June). A picture of him with his award and all dates below...

Continue reading "Gonzales re-releasing Solo Piano, touring, playing Joe's Pub (twice) w/ Jamie Lidell who played Warp20 (review)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Princeton - Calypso Gold (MP3)
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Wild Beasts @ Joe's Pub, Tuesday night - 9/8/09
Wild Beasts

Even without All Tomorrow's Parties, this week is bananas with quality shows, so much so I'm dividing this week's column into two parts. (Which means more tomorrow.) I caught Wild Beasts' New York debut last night (9/8) at Joe's Pub and they were fantastic, wowing pretty much everyone in the room. I wrote over at Sound Bites...

Wild Beasts' magic is in the interplay between the four members, and it's best just to think of them as one slithering unit. Vocals trade lines between Flemming and Thorpe like twins, and the guitar lines snake around one another, bass pulses and ebbs, while drummer Chris Talbot (the band's secret weapon) gives most songs a tribal feel -- lots of toms, not so much cymbals. Nobody stood still for a second, bassists-guitarists-singers Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming swinging and swaying, hooting and howling. A bit more "rock" than the versions on new album Two Dancers (Talbot plays a little more four-on-the-floor live) but if it's subtleties are missing, it's made up in a mesmerizing group performance.
Wild Beasts have two more shows this week and you should really, really go see them. They play Thursday (9/10) at Mercury Lounge (tickets still available) and then Friday at Union Pool (no advance tickets). Video from Joe's below.

Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Tuesday night - 9/8/09
Knitting Factory

After Wild Beasts, I bolted back to Williamsburg for the "soft opening" of the new Knitting Factory space which will get baptized officially tonight (9/9) by Tim Harrington and the rest of Les Savvy Fav. No bands last night, just drinks and a looksee around the place. It's nice. The Knitting Factory folks have completely transformed the Luna Lounge space which suffered from being one giant space with nowhere to go if you wanted to escape the noise. They smartly divided the space in half, with a bar room up front and the performance space in back. The front bar room has a number of booths and a nook where a small band could play. The actual bar is set against the wall that divides it from the performance space which is where the double-layer of super-thick soundproof glass windows are, so you can still see the bands play even if you'd rather be talking to friends. They'll pipe in a monitor feed to the bar room so you can still hear the bands, just at a much lower volume.

Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Tuesday night - 9/8/09
Knitting Factory

The elongated Knitting Factory performance space looks to be about the same capacity as Mercury Lounge, with what looks to me like a slightly smaller stage than when it was Luna Lounge. There's a bar stage right so you don't have to go to the other room for a drink. The floor slopes down slightly from the sides of the room, like the world's gentlest half-pipe so the shorter among us might want to stay to the sides for a better view. There was no band playing last night, so I can't say how it sounds, but stage lighting looked really nice and they have built-in smoke machines for when Blacklist or Cold Cave play. It's a nice space and I'm anxious to actually see a band play there. Tonight will definitely be a trial by fire with Les Savy Fav, and the place should have a bit of that lived-in feel after they get done. Tomorrow night (9/10) is Boss Hog and Shilpa Ray, and Friday has Seattle's The Spits and Austin's Woven Bones, two bands who might just put those smoke machines to use. More on them tomorrow in TWII Pt2. More upcoming shows mentioned HERE. More pictures inside the new venue at Gothamist.

Sondre Lerche @ Bowery Ballroom, Tuesday night - 9/8/09 (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche

Just a couple other reminders of shows I've mentioned before. Sondre Lerche played Bowery Ballroom last night (9/8), which was a record release party of sorts for his very entertaining sixth album, Heartbeat Radio. He does it again tonight, this time in his neighborhood at Music Hall of Williamsburg. You should be able to get tickets at the door. As I said last week, he's a funny, entertaining performer with lots of between-song stories.


Princeton play Union Hall tonight (9/9) which is kind of a record release party for their full-length debut, Cocoon of Love. It's not actually out till Sept 29 but you can get it via iTunes as of yesterday. It's a really nice bit of harmony-laden chamber pop (you can stream the whole thing at Spinner), with shades of Belle & Sebastian and Magnetic Fields. You can download the album's "Calypso Gold" at the top of this post. They're pretty good live too. After tonight's Union Hall show, Princeton head out on tour with Ra Ra Riot. All tour dates are below.


And Indianapolis' Marmoset hit town today for their first of two shows. Tonight (9/9) it's Cake Shop and Thursday is Bruar Falls. If you like your indie rock heavily influenced by the likes of early Creation records, Syd Barrett, and Swell Maps while being filtered through some sort of off-kilter David Lynch sensibility, well you probably already know and like Marmoset. In reviewing their 2007 album Florist Fired, Pitchfork wrote "Marmoset's previous full-length, 2001's 13-song, 33-minute exercise in Anglophilic indie Record in Red, quietly ranks among the best albums released by Secretly Canadian." Marmoset's brand-new album, Tea Tornado, is more of the same. And that's a good thing.

Tomorrow in TWII Pt2: Kings of Convenience, Super Furry Animals, The Intelligence, Woven Bones, The Spits and more.

Tour dates and appropriate video after the jump...

Continue reading "Wild Beasts (played Joe's, 2 more to go), Knitting Factory (opens tonight), Princeton & more in This Week in Indie"

photos by Lori Baily

DOWNLOAD: Larkin Grimm - Pigeon Food (2005 MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Larkin Grimm - Ride That Cyclone (2008 MP3)

Larkin Grimm

"Larkin Grimm (born September 18, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and musician born in Memphis, Tennessee.

She was born into a spiritual commune/cult called 'The Holy Order of MANS'. Her father is a fiddler of German, Afro-Caribbean, and Sinti descent, and her mother is a hippie folk-singer of English, French, and Cree descent. After her parents left the cult, they relocated to Dahlonega, Georgia, where she grew up. She won a scholarship to study at Yale where she painted and sculpted. At 20 years old she dropped out of Yale, and moved to Alaska, where she hiked and began to experiment with singing. She later was convinced by a friend to return to Yale, where she began to record 'Harpoon', which was inspired by a love affair at that time. She then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where she has since produced another album called 'The Last Tree'. Larkin's third album 'Parplar' was released October 2008." [Wikipedia]

As embarrassing as this is, Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors is always the first thing I think of when I hear "Yale". Interestingly (I never knew this before), according to her bio, Larkin Grimm knew Dave at Yale and even played in the Dirty Projectors for a short time.

Parplar was released by Michael Gira's Young God Records in October 2008. Sample tracks from all three of her albums are available for free above. Check 'em out.

Larkin often gigs around own with Michael or her Young Gold labelmates. On September 3rd, she played Glasslands with Extra Life, Zs and Liturgy. The pictures in this post are from that show.

Coming up, she's playing September 11th in Boston and Sept. 12th in NYC - the latter of which will be at the new Knitting Factory Brooklyn (set to open on Sept. 9th with Les Savy Fav). There she plays with circus rock bands Mucca Pazza and Beat Circus. She's also at Santos' Musicka Mystica Maxima Fest on September 21st and 22nd. Finally, she is scheduled to play the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub on October 7th.

All dates and more pictures from the Glasslands show, below...

Continue reading "Larkin Grimm - Glasslands pics, MP3s & 2009 tour dates"

Peter Bjorn & John @ MSG on 8/4 (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter Bjorn and John

Peter, Bjorn and John are still on their Depeche Mode-supporting tour that brought the band to NYC for two large shows at Madison Square Garden, and two smaller ones at Cake Shop and Rockwood Music Hall. When they return again, they have now confirmed that it will be during their promised November tour with El Perro Del Mar, and that it will be at Terminal 5 on November 10th. Tickets go on presale today (Aug 12) at 11am. General sale starts Friday, August 14th at noon. All dates below.

One day before that gig, on November 9th, El Perro Del Mar will play a headlining show at Joe's Pub. Tickets are now on sale.

A video of PB&J at Rockwood (doing a super-subdued version of "Amsterdam") and clips of El Perro Del Mar are below...

Continue reading "Peter Bjorn & John & El Perro Del Mar dates (T5 & Joe's Pub)"

King Khan & the Shrines @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
King Khan

The Almighty Defenders CD, out September 22nd on Vice, brings together the Black Lips, King Khan and Mark Sultan. The latter two make up King Khan & the BBQ Show, which is the band that'll be playing Brooklyn's Bell House this Halloween (its an early show - 7:30pm doors / over by 10:30pm) (there's a TBA late show at the same venue). Prizes for best costume. As you can see above, King Khan already has some ideas in mind. Tickets are on sale now.

Can't make it Halloween? King Khan and BBQ are also playing Bowery Ballroom one night earlier (10/30). Ticket info TBA. Full tour dates are still forthcoming, but there are a few more below (including November 1st in Philly). They'll be touring in support of the new King Khan & the BBQ Show album, Invisible Girl, out November 3rd on In the Red.

Another Halloween NYC gig happening in Brooklyn is the Mount Eerie metal show at the Market Hotel. His tourmates, No Kids and Tara Jane O'Neil, will also be his backing band for a set that promises "2 drummers, some gongs and a wall of amps." Liturgy is one of the bands on the bill. Another will be Malkuth. That tour formerly had a TBA for another NYC show. That will happen (with No Kids & TJO playing sets too) on Sunday, November 1st at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that Manhattan show (which does not include Liturgy or Malkuth) are on sale (Market Hotel doesn't have advanced tickets).

The LPR show is put on by Wordless Music, who has a bunch of big shows coming up (not the least Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail on Saturday). There's also Warp20NYC, the Wordless series at Columbia's Miller Theatre, Deefhoof and Why?.

The Market Hotel show is curated by Brandon Stosuy - music writer and organizer of Show No Mercy (that Black Bubblegum co-curated this past Sunday). Tonight (August 5th) Brandon will be be presenting from his "in-progress oral history of American black metal [briefly excerpted at Believer] joined by Matt Luem for "Joe's Pub's Happy Ending Reading & Music Series. Also at the event will be "Rachel Cohen reading from her book A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists. And Lawrence Weschler reading from his work on the visual artists David Hockney and Robert Irwin. And Colin Stetson delivering an opening invocation on saxophone. And Buke & Gass playing a short set of clear voiced yet fuzzed out pop experiments on homemade instruments." Tickets are still on sale.

Videos, new KK&BBQ album tracklist and tour dates from King Khan & the BBQ Show, below...

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El Perro Del Mar @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
El Perro Del Mar

Sweden-based El Perro Del Mar, known informally as Sarah Assbring, is set to release her third full-length album Love Is Not Pop (The Control Group) on October 20, 2009. Following the album release, El Perro Del Mar will be supporting Peter Bjorn and John on their North American tour in November. Further details on those dates are to come.
The PB & J tour referenced above has not yet been announced. In the meantime the group is opening a series of shows on the North American leg of Depeche Mode's massive 2009 tour. That includes the DM's shows on August 3rd and 4th at MSG. Tickets to both (Aug 3 and Aug 4) are still on sale.

El Perro Del Mar has confirmed a pair of headlining shows for NYC and LA in November. One of those will be at Joe's Pub on November 9th. No ticket info yet. All dates below.

The first two singles off EPDM's new record (which came out in April in Sweden) are currently streaming on her Myspace. Two are also embedded in videos below.

Album art, tracklist, a note from Sarah about the record, two sample tracks and all tour dates below...

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photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

The legendary Lee Fields
Lee Fields

"NPR Music and WBGO boldly attempt to go where few have gone before: Deep soul, indie funk and polyglot jazz share a stage and a bill. We bring you three very different, very large bands, recorded live from Joe's Pub in New York City. Lee Fields And The Expressions headline the night of music, with The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Fight the Big Bull." [NPR]
NPR not only hosted Tuesday's show at Joe's Pub, they recorded the whole thing and made it available as a permanent stream on their website. More pictures from the show, below...

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Shudder To Think @ Webster Hall, Oct 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shudder To Think

In the fall of 2008, ten years after the band's breakup, ...Shudder To Think embarked on a limited number of tour dates during which the band delivered some of the most compelling and potent shows of their career... The best of the band's live shows can be found on Shudder To Think's new album Live From Home to be released via Team Love on September 15.
And with that live album comes ANOTHER live date for NYC (yay!), Sept 2nd at Bowery Ballroom. Amex Presale kicks off at noon TODAY (7/15), with gen pop getting a crack at 'em at noon 7/17. No more Shudder dates to report at the moment, though STT front-man Craig Wedren has a show scheduled at Joe's Pub on August 4th. At that one he'll be playing with The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). Not only does that sound like a bill straight out of the Worldless Music Series, it is a bill straight out of the Wordless Music Series.

Team Love, the NYC-based label that was co-founded by Conor Oberst (and who are releasing the new Shudder album) are also the people that released Craig's 2005 solo album.

Live From Home cover art and full track-listing, along with a message from Craig about the album, is below..

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DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Ladies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Love Comes and Goes (MP3)

Lee Fields buttons (on sale now)
Lee Fields

Soul crooner Lee Fields's new LP, My World, is out now on Truth and Soul Records. Fields and his band the Expressions, made up of Dap Kings, Budos Band and Antibalas members, celebrated that disc with a CD release show at Southpaw on Friday, June 5th. Two songs from that record are posted above.

Coming up, he'll be at Joe's Pub on Tuesday, July 21st with The Phenomenal Handclap Band (who just put out an album of their own) and Fight the Big Bull. Tickets are on sale. Fight the Big Bull, an ethnic folk-inspired jazz band, is also playing an early set that same night with Sex Mob. Tickets to that are on sale too, and you can get a two-ticket package by phone.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band also have a show coming up at Le Poisson Rouge.

Fields was recently sampled by J. Cole, "Jay-Z's first and only signing to his newly formed label, Roc Nation." The mix tape with that on it, titled The Warm Up, is streaming on Vibe (RIP).

A video of Lee doing "Love Comes and Goes" at that Southpaw show, with more vids, below...

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Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs doesn't know how many more winters he may be able to spend in Chicago. He told me that he just can't stomach the icy cold temperatures during the cruelest and most drawn out season that the Midwest always buckles under, no matter how prepared we all are for its impending beat down. We all become either become ninnies and turn hermitic come late January/early February or we get aggressively perturbed and grouchy, grumbling about it all - the weather from Siberian hell. It all seems so strange because McCombs - one of America's finest songwriting talents, who deserves many more dollars to his name - does icy and desolate so well. [Daytrotter]
Cass McCombs is opening up five dates of the Walkmen's summer tour, though none of the band's NYC shows. Both bands will instead play NYC on their own.

The Walkmen perform at the Guggenheim on Friday, August 14th with High Places, and then at a free Central Park Summerstage show two days later (August 16th) with Dinosaur Jr.

Cass McCombs plays a show at Joe's Pub on Monday, July 27th with Mike Bones. Tickets to that are on sale. Then he performs at Brooklyn's Union Hall on Saturday, August 1st with Jennifer O'Connor. Tickets are on sale.

McCombs's new album, Catacombs, comes out July 7th (in North America) on Domino Records. The video for its first single, "Dreams Come True Girl," which features Karen Black (Nashville, The Great Gatsby, more), is posted below. Album art and track list, with all tour dates, are also below...

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DOWNLOAD: Loney Dear - Airport Surroundings (MP3)

Asobi Seksu @ Irving Plaza / Loney Dear @ MHOW (more by Leia Jospe
Asobi Seksu

Music Hall of Williamsburg show on May 5th was Loney Dear's last NYC visit. Asobi Seksu's last NYC show was at the same venue on June 13th, as part of the Northside Festival. This fall, the two bands will go out on a three-week North American tour together.

The tour includes NYC-area shows at Maxwell's on October 15th and at the Bowery Ballroom on October 16th. Tickets to the Bowery show go on AmEx presale today (June 24th) at noon. General sale Friday, June 26th at noon. Tickets to the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

Before the tour, Asobi Seksu will play a handful of September shows. One gig will be a "special acoustic performance" at Joe's Pub on Wednesday, September 16th. Tickets to that are on sale now.

Polyvinyl, the label of both acts, is releasing an Asobi Seksu limited edition 10", Transparence, on August 25th. Artwork and track listing for that are below. Loney Dear's latest record, Dear John, also on Polyvinyl, came out earlier this year. The lead track off the record, "Airport Surroundings," is posted above, with a video for it, with all dates, below...

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words & photos by Chris La Putt

Anna Ternheim

Of all the the other Swedes Anna Ternheim (who actually now lives in the East Village) has accompanied on tour, none sounded just like her, and yet, numerous reviews abound comparing her to them. Much like indie rock cannot be pigeonholed into one neighborhood in Brooklyn, Swedish singers cannot all sing like Abba.

Monday night's sold-out show at the intimate and mostly-seated Joe's Pub marked Ms. Ternheim's last American show for the summer. A few days earlier she opened for Kristin Hersh at the Bell House in Brooklyn. In July she heads out to tour her native country's festivals to promote the release of her upcoming album "Leaving on a Mayday" produced by none other than Björn Yttling (of Peter, Björn, and John). All dates below.

Suffused with dark and disquieting lyrics, Ternheim sings of love lost and death. It seemed apt for a rainy Monday in a rather lonesome city. On stage with Anna and her guitar was a chorus of three girls, and additional male band members playing various instruments. More pictures from the show, along with an official video of Anna accompanied by Björn on piano for her latest single "You Are My Everything", below..

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Pete YornPete Yorn has added to his two-month North American summer tour a show at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Friday, July 24th (tickets on sale Friday, June 19th at noon). The previously announced NYC dates are July 28th and 29th at Webster Hall.

The singer also added a last-minute CD release show at the much smaller Joe's Pub on Thursday, June 18th to mark the release of his latest disc, Back and Fourth, though that is sold out.

If you missed tickets to that (and have time to wait in line), you can still catch Yorn playing at the Apple Store in Soho tomorrow (June 16th) at 7pm. First come, first served.

In addition to that new album, Yorn will also be releasing a CD with Scarlett Johansson in September.

A video of Yorn covering The Smith's "Ask" at Joe's Pub in 2006, below...

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