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Karen O hearts Jonathan Toubin (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Rolling Stone talked to Jonathan Toubin from his extended stay room in Portland:
"I woke up a month later. There were some friends and family there, and I didn't know what happened. I didn't even know what year if was. Everyone had to explain it to me, and it was kind of unbelievable. I was really horrified at first - the thing is that when they woke me up, they weren't sure how long I was gonna be there and didn't know how normal I was gonna be. Turns out things are gonna be a lot better than they thought, so that's good. But the first thing that happened when I woke up in the hospital was like, I gotta get out of this place. They showed me some of the news articles and, wow. Some were depressing, but there have been a couple about what people have been doing for me, which really, I'm just bowled over that anyone went to any trouble."Previously: Jonathan Toubin out of the hospital, records intact
As you may already know if you look at the IHeartJT Facebook page more often than I do, or read Oregon newspapers, Jonathan Toubin was recently released from the hospital! The 1/14 Facebook message reads:
All of Jonathan's friends and fans will be ecstatic to know that he has raced through the first part of his healing. Last Monday he was discharged from ICU to a private room. On Friday he was discharged from the hospital!!! The doctors and the whole staff are in awe of his progress. He is having a quiet weekend of R & R at a nice hotel near the hospital and thinking through what he wants to do for the next stage of recovery.The Austin Chronicle reports that the man himself has since also left a message on Facebook:
Jonathan is talking (the trach is completely out and the would is healing fast) and sounds like himself. He is eating real food--cheesecake and lasagna, yumm!. His strength and independence are returning. Jonathan will probably stay in Portland for a few weeks for his physical and occupational therapy. He likes all the staff and will see his same doctors for check-ups. He will likely be there for a few more weeks--no one is guessing how long as he has zoomed along so fast the past two weeks. They say he is THREE MONTHS further down the road than anyone had predicted at this point! Amazing!
None of the above plans or details have been confirmed. After the weekend of peace and privacy and gathering his wits, he will decide what he will be doing and where he will go. He has an undetermined course of long, hard therapy. No one is guessing when he might return to his beloved DJ-ing, but it looks like it won't be long before he returns "home" to NYC!
All his family, friends, and fans are enormously happy and relieved. Our thousands of prayers seem to have been answered, but don't stop now--we're not finished yet. Everybody give everybody else a hug for Jonathan, smile, and DANCE!
"While I still have a mountain in front of me, everyone is very optimistic about the next phase of my recovery," wrote Jonathan. "As I learn more about what happened to me and all that you have done I am totally blown away by all of your love and support."Can't wait to find out JT is in fact home.
Meanwhile, those in the DC area can help Jonathan this coming Friday by partying at Comet Ping Pong with entertainment by Chain and the Gang, Cane and the Sticks & Deathfix, DJS Kid Congo Powers & Baby Alcatraz.
The NY Times also recently ran a feature:
...For Mr. Toubin's family members, who have spent much of the past month at his bedside in Portland, the focus on his music has inspired some reminiscing. Ms. McLendon recalled that her son played her ukulele when he was 4 -- he was small enough that it looked like a guitar in his hands, she said -- and once completed an oil painting of ZZ Top in junior high school. It still hangs in her home in Houston, Ms. McLendon said.Watch a video of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing the big JT benefit that happened at Brooklyn Bowl, below...
Charles Toubin, Mr. Toubin's father, said the groundwork for his son's career was laid when he bought him, at age 14, a guitar and amplifier for about $25 at a pawn shop. "We're not talking about top of the line," he said.
And on the day of his accident, even as he struggled to breathe in the emergency room, Ms. McLendon said, doctors told her they could make out a single request from Mr. Toubin: "I've got to have my records."
The next day, she said, the family went to the hotel room, ravaged by the accident, to search for them. In the rubble, they found the box where Mr. Toubin kept his treasures.
The case was mangled, Ms. McLendon said. But the records were still intact.
New Party Systems art
Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host another Jonathan Toubin benefit show TONIGHT (1/18). The show will feature "a three ring circuit of cross-fading solos, duos, trios & big bands" with The Notekillers, Kyp Malone, Kid Millions, Greg Fox, and Bernard Gann. That big band they speak of? New Party Systems:
New Party Systems came together when four musician friends - Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), David First (Notekillers), Greg Fox (X-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and Bernard Gann (Liturgy) all ran into each other the same day at Zuccotti Park, early on during the Occupy Wall Street occupation. Out of that fateful meeting came the decision to form a music collective inspired by and supporting the movement. The video by director Toni Comas and producer Anna Franquesa feature people from all over the world, including musicians Martin Bisi, Kid Millions, Bob Ostertag and the students who were involved in the UC Davis pepper spray incident."Purchase the song at Bandcamp. View the video and stream the songbelow.
Speaking of Jonathan Toubin benefits, there's also one going down in Chicago on Friday.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, they've been added to the Rolling Stones tribute show going down at Carnegie Hall. The lineup is now MARIANNE FAITHFULL, RICKIE LEE JONES, RONNIE SPECTOR, ROSANNE CASH, STEVE EARLE, TAJ MAHAL, MARC COHN, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, PEACHES, JOVANOTTI & TV ON THE RADIO, GLEN HANSARD (OF THE SWELL SEASON), RICH ROBINSON (OF THE BLACK CROWES), CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, and JACKIE GREENE (with more TBA).
More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...
by Bill Pearis
Is it too late to say Happy New Year to all of you out there? Probably. Okay, nevermind. It is a New Year though, and the rock machine is already in full swing. If you haven't spent all your money on tickets to the chickfactor fest (I can't tell you how psyched I am to see Small Factory) there's some good options.
Top of my list this weekend is the previously mentioned Stepkids show at Knitting Factory on Saturday (1/14). Their self-titled debut made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list (#36) and don't feel it got enough attention. I wrote:
Like The Bees, The Stepkids recreate a specific era of sound -- early '70s psychedelic soul -- with such skill you might think it was some obscure Fifth Dimension album or outtakes from Psychedelic Shack. That it works beyond an exercise is mimicry shows how talented these three are.And they are crazy talented. All three members write and sing and spent time playing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent before deciding to take a stranger path in music. I do wish they'd make a 15-piece Stepkids Love Unlimited Orchestra so they could really do the complexities of the album justice in a live setting, but what they accomplish as a trio is still pretty damn impressive. (A killer light show helps in that department.) They were great when they played our day party at Public Assembly during CMJ week during which we taped them doing an acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the Tom Sharpling-directed video for "Legend in My Own Mind" which is pretty funny.
Opening for The Stepkids are San Diego band Cuckoo Chaos who also play Friday (1/13) at Mercury Lounge with Country Mice. The band have toured with Anna Calvi and were last in town during CMJ. The band play an appealing take on afrobeat-y indie rock with nice harmonies. I do really like their song "Just Ride It" which is downloadable at the top of this post. If you like that one, check out their album Woman (listen on Spotify, buy at eMusic) and consider going to one of their shows this weekend.
Radical Dads at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, December 2011
A few spots above the Stepkids on my Albums of 2011 list (#29) is Radical Dads' debut, Mega Rama, which is nine tasty chunks of shouty/catchy indie rock wrapped up in one of my favorite sleeves of the year. They're also a total blast live, as evidenced by anyone who showed up early to the BV-presented show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last month.
You've got your first chance to catch Radical Dads in 2012, as previously mentioned, Friday night (1/13) where they play Cameo Gallery. The whole evening's card is pretty stacked with local talent. Also playing are mellow folk pop band Backwords (stream their new album below), the sloppy pop of Moonmen on the Moon, Man and the electro-tinged stylings of Yanqui.
King Krule, last night at Mercury Lounge
I would mention the King Krule shows happening this weekend but as they're all sold out, you're either going or you're not. I thought he was good when I saw him at Glasslands during CMJ. He looks even younger in person, but that voice seems to be from someone 30 years older. Anyway, a few more weekend picks are below, day-by-day....
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins and many more play a Jonathan Toubin benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Next door at Public Assembly, the Juan Maclean and Com Truise are playing a party celebrating new MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Tickets were free with RSVP but list is at capacity.
Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot in Feb (more by Harriet Roberts)
Like many other venues have been doing, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a Jonathan Toubin benefit which is taking place on January 12. The benefit's got a stacked bill including Chain and the Gang (whose frontman Ian Svenonius DJ'd a JT benefit at Zebulon on Christmas Eve), Eleanor Friedberger (who recently played the BV Holiday Party at the same venue), Shilpa Ray, Nicole Atkins, Two Tears, 5 Dollar Priest, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, and An American Dream. There will also be DJ sets by JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) and Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman) who both play the Here Comes the Warm Jets show at Joe's Pub in January and a DJ set by Mick Collins, who fronts The Dirtbombs, and whose other band The Gories are playing two shows in NYC this January. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale.
Religious to Damn at Glasslands in January (more by Harriet Roberts)
More and more Jonathan Toubin benefits are continuing to appear, including one happening TONIGHT (12/20) at Lit Lounge with performances by Religious to Damn, Sean Ragon (of Cult of Youth), Anasazi, Bootblacks, and Jailbait, and DJ sets by Josh Styles, Cowboy Mark, and Andy Animal. All proceeds and donations from Lit go to the IHeartJT fund for Jonathan's medical expenses.
Another benefit is taking place on Christmas Eve (12/24) at Zebulon with a midnight dance party by Ian Svenonius and friends.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Karen O gets her Santa and JT on @ Brooklyn Bowl
The ongoing "I heart Jonathan Toubin" movement now has a website in addition to a Facebook. Check those sites for info on more upcoming JT benefits like the big one that happened at Brooklyn Bowl late Friday night into Saturday morning with appearances from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Reverend Vince Anderson (who plays Union Pool most Monday nights), Heavy Trash (with Jon Spencer), Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths and more. Here are some pictures. More of them below...
By Bill Pearis
Parlovr at M for Montreal 2011
It's that time of year again, so let's sing it up real pretty. Are we all in the spirit? Better be, because there's a zillion holiday parties going on this weekend, including two thrown by this very blog you are currently reading. How these parties differ from the shows we go to the rest of the year? Only a Scrooge would ask such a question. But to answer it: there's maybe more strand lights. And some Christmas songs thrown in sparsely by DJs or as covers by the bands playing. And some snowflakey sweaters. Whatever you call it, there's lot of great music to go see this weekend. Here's some of it.
Montreal's Parlovr are visiting, playing two shows. Tonight (12/15) they play the Popgun Holiday Party at Glasslands and then tomorrow (12/16) at Mercury Lounge with Shout Out Louds offshoot thing Serenades.
I'm on record as being a fan of this trio who I most recently saw at this year's M for Montreal. I'm not sure any of their records have quite captured the band's live energy, which is why you should go see them. But the recorded version of my favorite song, "Hell/Heaven," comes pretty close. You can download it above. Live, there's lots of flying hair (via singer/guitarists Alex and Jeremy) and flying limbs (lanky drummer Louis) that fits well with Parlovr's spiky indie rock. The band have recorded a holiday track called "Spike the Eggnog" which judging from the video (you can watch below) the spiking involves something much stronger than whiskey.
The Popgun Holiday Party tonight looks to be a good time, with Bell and TWII-faves North Highlands playing as well. There's also a "+ Special Guest" listed as well, no idea who that might be but the Popgun folks usually don't throw around that phrase too lightly.
Tomorrow's show is with Serenades which is a Swedish super-duo consisting of Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and Markus Krunegård of Laakso. Their album Criminal Heaven is out next year in the U.S. and is chock-full of sparkling pop that seems aimed directly at the charts. It's slicker than Shout Out Louds (Laakso were pretty shiny, though they sang in Swedish) but still maintains that sharp melodic sense and shaggy, sad-eyed lyrical bent. You can download a track at the top of this post. Serenades also play tonight (12/15) at Knitting Factory.
There's also the Brooklyn Night Bazaar which runs tonight through Saturday. The enormous space (40,000 square feet!), the layout of which was based on the set of Lars Von Triers' Dogville (!!!), is a holiday shopping, eating, drinking and live music extravaganza as you have probably already heard. Tonight (12/15) is James Murphy DJing, along with Poolside, the Crystal Ark Party Machine and Midnight Magic. Saturday night (12/17) is The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus and Wakey! Wakey!
Friday (12/16) is the BrooklynVegan Presents night with a SPIN Album of 2011 winners Fucked Up, plus Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, and Radical Dads. Frankie Rose and myself will be spinning tunes before the bands start and between sets. And only $10, so that's only two bucks a band. What a bargain! Tickets will be available at the door too. I am DJing starting at 5PM, Frankie will be there from 6PM and bands start at 7PM, with Radical Dads up first. (Then Caged Animals, Big Troubles, Dom, and Fucked Up.) If you're coming, do make an effort to get there in time for them, they're awesome. As are all the bands on the bill I think. Shop, eat, rock out, eat and shop some more, rinse repeat. Say hi.
In addition to DJing our party tomorrow, Frankie Rose is also playing an acoustic set at Glasslands on Saturday (12/17) as part of a Jonathan Toubin benefit that also features Xray Eyeballs, K-Holes and The Stalkers. Frankie Rose's new album, Interstellar, is out in February and I think will surprise a lot of people. She is definitely out of the garage on this one, ditching the reverb and embracing synthesizers, jangly guitars and her inner pop star. Like a lot of folks this year, The Wake seems to be an influence. Fans of Craft Spells are gonna like it.
And to wrap up BV holiday party related items, Saturday's fest with Twin Sister, Widowspeak and Ava Luna is sold out! Hope you got tickets! If you're going, we're raffling off a load of cool prizes -- like every Domino release of 2011 -- with all proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.
And last but not least we've got Atlas Sound here for two shows this weekend:The Bell House on Saturday (12/17, tickets still available) and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (12/18, sold out). Andrew Sacher wrote about Atlas Sound's new album Paralax a few weeks ago which I'm gonna quote:
The flow of the album subtly works in the slower, more ambient cuts to space out the relatively high amount (for an Atlas Sound record) of pop standouts. Like many pop experimentalists before him, Bradford Cox has mastered the art of leaving his own weird touch on even the simplest tune. This comes across most strongly on "Mona Lisa," a re-recording of a track that appeared on his Bedroom Databank collection. The song is carried by the sort of upbeat acoustic guitar rock that Bowie experimented with on Hunky Dory, and Bradford sings with a fragile falsetto that brings to mind Lennon's "#9 Dream."I'll add that Parallax has a post-2AM vibe to it and some of Cox's best songs yet. It also reminds me, a bit, of Spoon too.
That's the big stuff. Some more picks, day-by-day, follow.
JONATHAN TOUBIN BENEFIT11:30pm Friday night. Tickets are on sale.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash, Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths, Rotating DJ's All Night Long: Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Billy Miller (Norton Records), Bear In Heaven, Leo Fitzpatrick, Habibi, and Slowdance
FRI, DECEMBER 16, 2011
DOORS: 10:30 PM / SHOW: 11:30 PM
$25.00 - $100.00
THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER
100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO ASSISTING WITH JONATHAN'S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL BILLS.
$25 MINIMUM DONATION IN ADVANCE.
$35 MINIMUM DONATION DAY OF SHOW.
Also, another update from the IheartJT Facebook page:
IheartJT Update: Hi everyone! We've set up a po box so that you can send gifts/cards to Jonathan. Please don't send perishables or flowers to this address though. The address is:Jonathan Toubin has been in a Portland hospital since a car drove through the wall of his hotel room while he was sleeping on December 8th. For other recent updates, see HERE.
818 SW 3rd Ave
PO Box 293
Portland, Or 97204-2405
dude (from Xray Eyeballs) in a Jonathan Toubin t-shirt (by carlyrab)
The following message was posted to the IheartJT Facebook page yesterday:
IHeartJT Update from Jonathan's family: The Toubin family is so grateful for the love and support of everyone at this emotional time. Jonathan is still in critical condition and needs your positive thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery. Please keep your love and energy flowing.That unfortunately conflicts with rumors that his condition had improved to "stable" or "serious." In fact, Howie Pyro wrote in a comment on the same page (but in an earlier post):
I hear that Jonathan will NOT be paralized, he has been updated from critical to serious condition (good thing!), he's having some issues with punctured lungs & other stuff, but he is waaay better than expected and things are looking up!!! please donate to his paypal fund at email@example.com and keep praying! It seems to be working...Benefits continue to happen around the country. Turbo Fruits headlined one in Nashville on Saturday. There were at least three in NYC over the weekend and one in Austin, and more are being planned, including at least one in Chicago.
T-shirts, like the one you saw above, were made and worn by friends and fans at the benefits. Photos are currently being collected for the Facebook page.
Info on how you can help is HERE.
Watch a short documentary about Jonathan below...
Two official messages have been posted to Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Facebook this afternoon.
Thank you for everyone's amazing love & support. Everyone needs to stay strong and send as much love as they can to Jonathan right now. Jonathan's family has started a paypal account where you can send donations, please paypal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org This will be the most direct source to helping Jonathan and his family. Thanks.SECOND:
Hi, this is Michelle, Jonathan Toubin's friend and booking agent. If you are interested in organizing a benefit for Jonathan as I've been hearing a lot of people are, please direct your emails/ideas/ requests to email@example.com We'll be organizing benefits via that email account. Thanks for your support. Paypal donations go to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.Meanwhile, two benefits happening in NYC TONIGHT (12/9).
For those of you who know Jonathan you know hands down he is one of the greatest and most generous human beings on this planet and right now he needs all of us to show him some love. Friday night there will be a benefit for Jon at both Home Sweet Home & Motor City. Please come out!Jonathan is currently in a Portland hospital after a horrible freak accident yesterday.
HOME SWEET HOME
8PM - 9PM Ethan Miller
9PM - 10PM Andy Animal/Danny Goldshtein
11PM - 4AM Josh Styles/Billy & Miriam of NORTON RECORDS
There will also be a raffle for a bunch NORTON RECORDS merchandise!
$10 suggested donation! ALL MONEY GOING TO JONATHON!
10PM - 4AM Drew Redmond/Jerry Lee
Suzanne Rogaleski will be donating a private trapeze lesson to raffle winner!
MORE STUFF TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Please keep Jonathan Toubin in your thoughts today....
"..The [Portland] room's occupant, Jonathan Toubin -- a DJ from New York in town for a Thursday night show at a Southeast Portland club -- "was literally stuck under the front of the car."Please get well soon Jonathan!
The cab couldn't be backed out of the room because its back wheels were stuck on what was left of Room 115's front wall or window panel.
Palmiter, standing by the driver's side rear quarter panel, and three maintenance men lifted the cab's back tires up and off the front wall.
Within 10 to 20 seconds, they freed the tires and hotel worker Albert Abad was able to inch the cab in reverse, off Toubin.
Toubin was unclothed and semi-conscious, able to move his hands and legs slightly as paramedics rushed to treat him, police said.
Toubin had been pinned between the cab and the room's back wall, said Lt. Rich Tyler, of Station 1. Firefighters placed the man on a backboard. "As he was carried into an ambulance, he was able to talk, but completely covered in blood," Tyler said. " [Oregon Live]
UPDATE: There will be benefits for Jonathan at both Motor City and Home Sweet Home in NYC Friday night (12/9).
Human Eye at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
As previously mentioned, Goner Fest is back for its eighth year in 2011. The Memphis, Tennessee festival will pack multiple noatable garage-punk bands over its four day span (9/22 - 9/25) including appearances from Gories, Human Eye, Ty Segall, Royal Headache, OBN IIIs, Straight Arrows, Coasting, Alarm Clocks, and too many others to name individually. Check out the official schedule and the show flyer below, and get your tickets now.
If you can't head down to Gonerfest 8, then you can still attempt to have your own version of it in NYC in the coming months. Check out some of these upcoming shows...
Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Human Eye will play Bowery Ballroom on 9/29 (tickets). An updated set of dates, that also include some shows with Stephen Malkmus for Ty, below.
Sydney's Royal Headache have multiple shows coming up.
Sydney's Straight Arrows do too.
And more imminently:
After a hiatus, America's most popular soul party, New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF is returning to its NYC home! Seaport Music Festival, Panache Booking, and Metropolis Vintage celebrate both the party's local return (resuming third Saturdays at Glasslands starting next month!) and the kickoff of NY Night Train's Thursdays at South Street Seaport's Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club with this one-off party under the stars!You can also catch James Chance in action TONIGHT (8/24) at the Manhattan Inn.
10pm-2am: dancing w/DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN
12am: DANCE-OFF for $100 grand prize and $75 at Metropolis Vintage w/guest selections by FINE WINE, hostess LAURA LEIGH, and a distinguished panel of local celebrity judges including:
- JAMES CHANCE (leader of The Contortions/James White and the Blacks)
- JUDY CHANCE (cultural hero/NYC legend)
- KEMBRA PFAHLER (leader of Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, performance artiste, actress, model, goddess, etc)
- LEAH FISHMAN (vocalist for Dansettes/Nouvellas)
- MICK COLLINS (vocals/guitar for Gories/Dirtbombs/etc)
RAIN OR SHINE! the beer garden is very well covered... 21+, $5
The Gonerfest trailer & schedule, poster designed by Per Byström, tour dates & more, below...
James Chance @ LPR in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
New York Night Train is presenting the James Brown Dance Party at Zebulon this Saturday (8/13) with NY Night Train's DJ Jonathan Toubin and No Wave saxist James Chance. Starting at 11 PM, James Chance and his band, which includes Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids), Robert Aaron (B-52s, Blondie, Afrika Bambataa, Wu Tang Clan), Kim Clark (Defunkt and other jazz projects), and Richard Dworkin (James White and the Blacks, Alex Chilton). At midnight Jonathan Toubin and James Chance will spin "original vinyl recorded, produced, written, covered by, or otherwise related to James Brown." In the middle of that set, James Chance will play a short solo saxophone set over his own backing tracks and James Brown instrumentals. Jail Bait open the show. flyer below.
James also has a show coming up at Manhattan Inn.
Panda Bear @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* It Is It @ Pianos
* ASSSSCAT @ UCB
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* Very Be Careful @ Barbes
* Japan benefit @ Bowery Electric
* Jaga Jazzist @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Hairs @ South Street Seaport
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Protect-U, Ital, Dariius @ Cameo Gallery
* Sade, John Legend @ Mohegan Sun (CT)
* Rob Curto's Pe De Serra All-Stars @ Barbes
* Luis Lopes Humanization Quartet @ The Stone
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Cameo Gallery
* Panda Bear, Ducktails @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary Lucas & Gods & Monsters @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Boy Friend, Phonetag, Speculator, Kruxe @ Glasslands
* Home Video, MillionYoung, Tiny Victories @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bomb The Music Industry, The Wilds, Cheap Girls @ Europa
* Necking, Father Amos, Earthmasters, Lazurite @ Silent Barn
* The Dangerous Boys Club, DJ Night School @ Mercury Lounge
* Kirk Knuffke, Stephen Gauci, #1, Kenny Wollesen @ The Stone
* The Suzan, Bad Indians, Haunted Leather, Pass Kontrol @ Bruar Falls
* Outer Borough Brass Band, Wasabassco Burlesque @ The Bell House
* The Vandelles, Heaven, Dead Leaf Echo, Ringo Deathstarr @ Shea Stadium
* RAM, Group Doueh, Baloji, GlobeSonic Sound @ Central Park Summerstage
* Tinsel Teeth, Satanized, Xaddax, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Death By Audio
* New York Night Train's Beach Party Happening @ Beekman Beer Garden
* The Mess with Julia, Evanss, Brian Thompson & Good People, The Lynguistic Civilians @ Union Hall
New York Night Train's Beach Party Happening @ Beekman Beer Garden is also free and right next door a few hours later. More info below.
Monday is the Fourth of July.
Some new PunkCast videos to check out below. David First & Kid Millions performing at issue Project Room. Religious to Damn playing a new song at 285 Kent.
Bruise Cruise (more photos by Gabi Porter)
The Soft Pack, who will in fact be the surprise guest at both of the upcoming free Vice shows (that the band curated) in Costa Mesa and San Diego, are among those just announced on the lineup of Bruise Cruise II. The drunken "3 day tropical rock n roll vacation" opportunity will return in 2012 and is even already on sale!
BRUISE CRUISE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS SECOND YEAR!Read all about the first Bruise Cruise HERE. A video promo and the flyer for the 2012 edition, with more Quintron tour dates, below...
FEBRUARY 10-13, 2012
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
THREE DAY TROPICAL ROCK 'N' ROLL CRUISE VACATION
SAILING FROM MIAMI TO THE BAHAMAS AND BACK
FEATURING KING KHAN & THE SHRINES, THE SOFT PACK, THE DIRTBOMBS, THEE OH SEES, QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT, NEIL HAMBURGER AND DJ MR. JONATHAN TOUBIN WITH MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
After a successful first year, Bruise Cruise Festival is back for round two. This year's lineup will feature an even crazier spectacle of today's best rock 'n' roll talent, including King Khan & The Shrines, The Soft Pack, The Dirtbombs, and America's funnyman Neil Hamburger. Coming back for another blast of sun-soaked fun will be Bruise Cruise favorites Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and New York's infamous soul DJ, Mr. Jonathan Toubin.
words & photos by Gabi Porter
If you're just joining us, start with PART ONE before continuing on....
Saturday morning we all woke up in the Bahamas, hit the buffet and the pool before the next show, fueling up for a day on the beach and a night at Senor Frogs. Situated on deck chairs with coconuts in hand, two pro-surfers were up-and-at-em bright and early. Alek Parker and Dylan Graves were there to judge Jonathan Toubin's late-night Soul Clap party, along with John Norris, Ben Blackwell from the Dirtbombs and others. Parker and Graves set the tone and brought the party - and their bathrobes - to the Lido Deck.
The Vivian Girls held court poolside and Kickball Katy (aka Katy Goodman aka La Sera who plays NYC shows with Tennis this week) won the hearts and lots of hugs from all the kids on board. In their set on Saturday at Senor Frogs they sounded more confident and melodious than I'd ever seen them before, finally growing into their echo chamber garage sound, or maybe it was the fruity "yard long" drinks their biggest fan (seriously, he had a different Vivian Girls t-shirt for every day of the cruise) bought for each of them before the show. Watch out for a cameo from them in the forthcoming Black Lips video.
New Orleans based Quintron and Miss Pussycat closed out the Bruise Cruise with their psychedelic organ fest. Miss Pussycat brought along her absolutely delightful puppet show for that morning's "Pancakes and Puppets" breakfast. I didn't see enough of The Strange Boys - if they'd played just one more set I suspect they might have been my faves, but at least that means I have something to look forward to the next time they play New York. They were on the bill at Senor Frogs and I loved their jangly guitars, open sound and the tight and twisted vocals from Ryan Sambol. And ditto for Miami youngsters The Jacuzzi Boys who were loved by many, including John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees. After all the bands had finished playing at Senor Frogs on Saturday, Dwyer grabbed his beer and said he was off to tell The Jacuzzi Boys "they were the best thing [he'd] seen at this thing."
Ty Segall's one short set on Saturday before Thee Oh Sees wasn't enough - Ty Segall opened the festival on board the ship that day and played a restrained and somewhat shy set behind his curtain of hair. Someone commented that if they work on their stage presence one day they might grow up to be like Thee Oh Sees.
Everyone was curious how the Bruisers (aka the people there for the bands) would get along with the "normal' cruisers (who were also on the same ship) (Bruisers were given wristbands so the cruise staff knew they were allowed in the shows), and I'd like to think that we brought a little something-something to people's normal, regular vacation. Poolside at a photo shoot with Turbo Fruits (see above) one very nice lady asked me, completely unperturbed about the quadruple cannonball photo-op that splashed everyone, "Is that one of the bands on the Bruise Cruise?" I told her it was Turbo Fruits. "Oh, I've never heard of them," she said a little sadly, then she looked at the bright side, "But at least now I can tell people I saw them!"
You already saw one set of pictures. The rest of the pictures from the Bruise Cruise continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman
The crowd was evenly split between old-timers who'd probably seen James Chance in the '70s, mostly middle-aged men with fedoras--and one woman who told the bouncer as she stepped out for a cigarette, "Remember this face, I've got a bingo-playing face"--and younger record geeks with black-rimmed glasses and just the right amount of stubble (permanently two-day old). Also at least one person with a Talk Normal t-shirt; I guess you could call Talk Normal no-wave-revival?No-Wave heroes James Chance & The Contortions headlined Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (11/13) with help from Five Dollar Priest. Greg said the cover of "Super Bad" was stunning.
James Chance had on a white suit, sort of lounge singer-ish, and a David Lynchian pompadour. If you closed your eyes and listened to him sing, you wouldn't know whether it was 2010 or 1978. If you opened your eyes, it was almost like watching a ventriloquist throw his voice, seeing this 57-year-old man sing exactly the same way he did 30 years ago... They played "Contort Yourself," of course, and also sped-up covers of "Chain of Fools" and "Super Bad." -[Anastasia Friscia]
Lindstrom played the venue later that night. Jonathan Toubin DJ'd the James Chance show and the official afterparty at Don Hill's.
Though James Chance still gigs, the LPR show was the first for the reunited Contortions "in a decade." As previously listed, it was "the most complete lineup to ever re-unite - James Chance (thee James White himself - who needs no introduction), Pat Place (the ultimate no wave guitar heroine also of Bush Tetras etc), Don Christensen (super-drummer also of Raybeats, etc.), Jody Harris (another distinguished guitar legend who, also played with Lester Bangs, Raybeats, Golden Palominos, Richard Hell, John Zorn, and many more), Robert Aaron (not an original Contortion but this multi-instrumentalist is James' frequent collaborator - known not only for his avant-jazz solo records but his studio work with everybody from B-52s and Blodie and Chic and Afrika Bambataa and Wu Tang Clan), and, for the first time since the 1970s, Adele Bertei (who went on to form The Bloods then become a world-famous disco/dance music vocalist after leaving the Contortions in 1979)."
Five Dollar Priest supported, though Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) played guitar instead of Norm Westberg who Greg spotted in the audience. Other Five Dollar Priest members are/were Ron Ward (Speedball Baby),George Porfiris (Heroine Sheiks), and Patrick Holmes.
More pictures, and some videos (two by Punk Cast) from the show, below...
Sat, Nov 13 (early): West Village - Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker): the original CONTORTIONS reunion (no wave pioneers' first Manhattan show in many years!) w/Five Dollar Priest, Peter Agoston, and Mr. Jonathan Toubin, 7PM DOORS, 8PM SHOW, $15/$17---
THE ORIGINAL CONTORTIONS are reuniting for their first Manhattan show in a decade! This is the most complete lineup to ever re-unite - James Chance (thee James White himself - who needs no introduction), Pat Place (the ultimate no wave guitar heroine also of Bush Tetras etc), Don Christensen (super-drummer also of Raybeats, etc.), Jody Harris (another distinguished guitar legend who, also played with Lester Bangs, Raybeats, Golden Palominos, Richard Hell, John Zorn, and many more), Robert Aaron (not an original Contortion but this multi-instrumentalist is James' frequent collaborator - known not only for his avant-jazz solo records but his studio work with everybody from B-52s and Blodie and Chic and Afrika Bambataa and Wu Tang Clan), and, for the first time since the 1970s, Adele Bertei (who went on to form The Bloods then become a world-famous disco/dance music vocalist after leaving the Contortions in 1979). A stellar aggregation! Also, get there early (8pm) to catch Five Dollar Priest a skronky swamp blues super-group featuring Ron Ward (Speedball Baby), Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), George Porfiris (Heroine Sheiks), Patrick Holmes (downtown clarinet legend) - whose members have included Norman Westberg (Swans, Foetus, etc!) and Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Sonic Youth, etc.) and regular guest are the likes of James Chance, Tami Lynn (that's right, the legendary soul diva!), and more. The Djs are Panache Booking's Peter Agoston and New York Night Train's own Mr. Jonathan Toubin. This is gonna be killer! Get you tickets now and, whatever you do, don't miss it!
then, follow The Contortions, Jonathan Toubin, and the rest of the cast to Don Hills!
Sat, Nov 13 (late): Soho: Don Hill's (511 Greenwich St) Contortions official afterparty w/DJ Jonathan Toubin, T.V. Baby and a very special surprise musical guest, 11pm, FREE
Tombs @ the Studio in 2009 (more by Jason Jamal Nakleh)
today in NYC
* H2O on a boat
* Robert Black @ The Stone
* Ute Lemper @ Joe's Pub (early & late)
* Leon Russell @ Mexicali Live (NJ)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
* Forest Fire, Oh Land, Normandy @ Glasslands
* Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, Springs @ The Rock Shop
* Diddy, Rick Ross, Ciara & more @ Governors Island
* Hannibal Buress, King Sickabilly @ Knitting Factory
* Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Okkyung Lee @ The Stone
* Reid Paley Trio, Sam Chanse, Sugar Life @ Knitting Factory
* Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, Glomag, NO CARRIER @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Tombs, Radiation, Planks, Gods & Queens, Dawn @ Death By Audio
* Chromeo, The Suzan, Telephoned, Kid Sister @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Metal Rouge, Sam Hamilton, Jane Austen, Greg Fox, Diablo @ Silent Barn
* Seaven Tears (Charlie Looker), Tartar Lamb (Toby Driver), Music of the American Avante-Garde (Bracken/Kidambi) @ Zebulon
* Religious To Damn, Fielded, Psychic Steel, Kevin Hufnagel @ Bruar Falls
* The Big Sleep, Fan-Tan, Sensual Harassment, Replicas, Michna (DJ Set) @ Cameo
* Mia Riddle, Pearl & The Beard, Madison Square Gardeners (Farm To Folk Fest) @ Union Pool (see below)
* New York Night Train's Ya Ya Yacht w/ DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin & DJ Ian Svenonius
* Saviours, Priestess, Ramming Speed, Antidote [NYHC 1983], Rorschach DJ's, Hamsoken, Gatekeeper, Cult of Youth, Naam, Titan, Natur, Snake Sustaine, Primitive Weapons, Cleen Teeth @ Santos Party House
* K Holes, Electric Tickle Machine, My Teenage Stride, Food Stamps, Weekends, Weed Hounds, Shark?, Lost Boy, The Runaway Suns, The Caterpillers (and much more) @ Don Pedro (see below)
A lot to do today for a rainy Sunday at the end of a slow week.
Individual tickets are on sale today for the 2010-2011 NY Philharmonic concert season.
To make sure they don't get shut down, tonight's sold out H2O show happening on a Rocks Off boat is going to be dry ("Our First Ever NO BOOZE CRUISE - Straight Edge on the Hudson!"), which is ironic since those that step outside will probably not be dry at all thanks to the H2O coming down from the sky.
Good thing there's going to be a Pool Party on August 29th. Otherwise they would have went out on a rainy note. If it doesn't get cancelled, Chromeo, The Suzan, Telephoned, and previously-known-as "Special Guest" Kid Sister play the free show at the Williamsburg Waterfront today.
Today is the day The Specials were supposed to play in the rain at Central Park Summerstage.
Though there are still free events, there are no more free concerts on Governors Island this summer, which means tonight's potentially-soggy Diddy fans paid for their tickets. Same situation for the Jonas Brothers fans at Jones Beach.
Two indoor options today include "Farm to Folk Fest" at Union Pool (3-8pm) and "My Endless Summer" at Don Pedro from 4pm to 4am. Flyers and more information for both below...
photos by Rachel Carr
DOWNLOAD: Garotas Suecas - Codinome Dinamite (MP3)
Garotas Suecas (Swedish Girls in Portuguese) comprises Guilherme Saldanha (vocals and harmonica), Irina Bertolucci Chermont (organ), Perdido (bass), Sesa (guitar) and the Paoliello brothers, Nico (drums) and Tomaz (guitar).The Brazillian band just released a 7" on American Dust. Grab one of the songs off that above for free. Now on a tour that started at SXSW, they played Spaceland in LA on 3/24 (pictures in this post), and will be at Kungfu Necktie in Philly tonight (3/29). The NYC shows are April 1st with Golden Triangle, Jonathan Toubin, and Rev Vince Anderson at Knitting Factory, and then April 2nd at Cake Shop w/ The Beets and Grooms. All dates with those pictures, below...
Gumarot drinkin @ #mtymx listening to Health (TiTa_Elizondo)
Like many others, DJ Jonathan Toubin never made it to the MtyMX Festival in Mexico on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. His story is in a letter he posted to his website. You can read it below...
Marc Ribot @ Maxwell's in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ the Apple Store
* Bushwick Book Club @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Those Darlins @ Wonder Bar in Asbury Park
* Scrambler/Seequil, Sugarlife @ The Stone
* The London Souls, The Auctioneers @ Mercury Lounge
* Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Skeletons @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Das Racist cover Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique @ The Cameo
* Oberhofer, Blair, Cabinet Of Natural Curiousities @ Pianos
* Scary Mansion, Pepi Ginsberg, Alps, The Wailing Wall @ Cake Shop
* Retribution Gospel Choir feat. Alan Sparhawk, Object @ Union Hall
* BKLYN2HAITI Benefit w/ Girls In Trouble, Air Waves, Screens, Ill Ease, DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Southpaw
* Get Off Your Knees w/ Sara Schaefer & Kim Armstrong, Kristen Schaal, Claudia Cogan, Adira Amram @ The Bell House Front Lounge
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Skeletons play at (Le) Poisson Rouge as part of NY Guitar Fest. On Thursday (2/4) Chicha Libre and Gyan Riley close out the Fest when they soundtrack silent films at Merkin Concert Hall. Skeletons play with another multi-venue local fest that night, Sounds Like Brooklyn, at Zebulon with Up Died Sound.
bklyn2haiti at Southpaw tonight "is a benefit concert raising funds for Partners in Health. This organization has been actively providing health care services to the Haitian community for over 20 years." Bands are above. Flyer below.
Das Racist cover Beastie Boys at Cameo tonight. Actual Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, a.k.a Ad-rock, has been making cameos at a monthly show at Joe's Pub called Our Hit Parade. Videos from those appearances below...