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Bleached on the Bruise Cruise - 6/16/12
NXNE 2012 Day 3

With the backdrop of a beautiful day on Lake Ontario, the M for Montreal Bruise Cruise set sail on the afternoon of June 16th, the third day of the NXNE festival in Toronto. Featuring appearances from headliners Bleached, Mac DeMarco (who also played on Thursday), Teenanger, Hooded Fang, and back-in-action NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin. Pictures from the cruise are below.

If you missed it, check out pictures from Thursday's shows HERE as well as a set from Friday HERE.

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CYHSY at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Sept 2011 (more by Colin Kerrigan)

Superchunk and Redd Kross aren't the only CBGB Fest show happening at South Street Seaport venue Beekman Beer Garden (where we hosted a Hold Steady show last year). Wyclef Jean headlines the venue on July 7 as part of the fest, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah do the same on July 8. It's also the location of the Spirits Festival which also happens July 8, but earlier in the day (2 - 6PM). No advance ticket info (or openers) for either Wyclef or CYHSY, but you can keep an eye on Ticketweb and/or try to get in with a CBGB Fest badge.

There are lots of other shows happening at Beekman this summer, including the 4Knots afterparty with Black Lips (and just-added Jonathan Toubin). Dan Bern, moe. and more.

The CBGB Festival is happening at venues all over the city. Those venues include Webster Hall which will host two big hardcore shows, and Central Park Summerstage which will be home to Guided by Voices and more.

Delicate Steve at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Delicate Steve

As mentioned, 4Knots Music Festival happens on July 14 at South Street Seaport. The lineup already features Archers Of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Team Spirit, Doldrums, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse and Devin, and now also includes Delicate Steve. The festival is free and runs from 1 - 8 PM.

In other news, the 4Knots afterparty (which is not free) has been expanded as well. Jonathan Toubin will join the previously announced lineup of Black Lips, Kid Congo Powers, and The Pink Monkey Birds at Beekman Beer Garden after the fest (doors are 7 PM). Tickets for the afterparty are still available.

Jonathan will also be spinning at The Box on July 6 as part of CBGB Festival. As usual, he's continuing his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home, and is doing his last ever Soul Clap and Dance-Off at Glasslands on July 21.

A list of all Delicate Steve dates are below.

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Josh Styles
Josh Styles

Our pal Josh has to have hip replacement surgery. He will not be able to work. He managed to get on Medicaid but they are only partially paying for the surgery and he is going to end up with a BIG medical bill. He will be out of commission for a while to heal up. Everyone knows a party without Josh is no party at all!!!!!!!! Let's help raise some money to help him out and have a GREAT time doing it!
Union Pool is throwing a benefit for Josh Styles of long-running party Smashed!Blocked! this afternoon (6/10) and proceeds will go towards his medical bills. It's a $15 suggested donation, bands start at 4PM and include Philadelphia's The Tough Shits, Ex Humans, Baby Shakes and a "super secret special guest" at 11:30. Jonathan Toubin will spin from 12:30 - 2AM. (Josh spun at his big return gig last month at Brooklyn Bowl.) If you show up just for Toubin's DJ set, it's a $5 donation to get in.

In addition to the bands and DJs, there will be raffles, arts and crafts tables, rummage sales and more. Details (including how to donate if you can't make it today), band schedule, and the flyer are below.

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by Andrew Frisicano

Ty Segall @ Webster Hall (photo by roedood)
Ty Segall

Of the handful of times I've seen Ty Segall live (admittedly only a fraction of his shows in the city), his set at Webster Hall was without a doubt the best. People often talk about performers feeding off the energy of the room--that interaction was palpable between Ty and crowd Wednesday night.

The band pieced together a front-to-back set of rockers, and the front half of the crowd went nuts: kids dancing, smashing into each other, doing back flips off the stage, passing around flask-sized bottles of Jack, screaming about being on mushrooms (that last one was just one guy, but he was loud). It was nothing you wouldn't see on a Friday night at most sweaty DIY spaces, but still pretty encouraging considering the scene: a large venue that was at or near capacity for a lineup of unpolished rock bands. Assuming no one landed on your head, it was hard not to have fun (Ty at one point politely reminded everyone to be careful and watch out for one another).

And the snotty garage rock tunes fit perfectly with the offstage madness. Ty and band seemed gamely down for the end-of-semester party they'd walked into and ripped through the material, hitting "Girlfriend" and "Finger," two Melted highlights, early with the requisite head-banging, and easing judiciously into new songs before coming back into some extended jams (Slaughterhouse, the first record with the touring band, is due June 26 on In the Red). A crushing version of "Caesar" closed the encore. Barking into his overdriven mic, Ty twice called it the best show ever.

White Fence, who played before, were also in punky, blown-speakers mode, leaving behind the druggy jangle that marks most of their recorded output and honing in on driving rhythms and lots of Tim Presley solos. The joint songs, from the White Fence/Ty Segall split Hair, were great too. The pair--aided by Ty bassist Mikal Cronin and White Fence drummer Nick Murray--sandwiched those tunes between their band's sets and traded off licks and lyrics. Hopefully they'll get together again.

On the undercard, Strange Boys growled through a set of swampy rock tunes. Jonathan Toubin, who has lots gigs scheduled now that he is back, provied the music between sets. The Men started things off, but I missed their set (how was it?).


Ty Segall and White Fence continue on tour.

by BBG

Ty Segall at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Ty Segall

Just a reminder that Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys, The Men, and the impeccable record collection of the one and only DJ Jonathan Toubin will descend upon Webster Hall tonight (5/16). This is an extremely solid, rockin' lineup and tickets are still available for all of you procrastinators.

The show is one of several Jonathan Toubin DJ gigs currently scheduled on his unofficial comeback. He will also play Home Sweet Home on Friday (5/18) in addition to Glasslands on June 9th, Lincoln Center on July 7th, a "special amazing free tba" on July 14th, Glasslands again on July 21st, and ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on September 22nd. Full set of Jonathan Toubin dates are below.

Speaking of Home Sweet Home -- SHAMELESS PLUG -- I will also be behind the decks tonight (5/16) as part of the weekly WIERD party at the venue. Cleansing Wave will headline the evening with special guest Goosebumps, and I'll be manning the turntables along with Zach of Freshkills and Glenn from Cult of Youth. The show/DJ event will set you back a cool $5 and more details are available at the Facebook event.

A listing of all tour dates and related flyers are below.

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Jonathan Toubin Sunday night @ Brooklyn Bowl (via nickgazin)

Welcome back Jonathan.

Toubin drawing

today in NYC
* Fred Armisen @ Union Pool
* Barkuna @ The Manhattan Inn
* George Clinton @ BB King's
* Nanci Griffith @ City Winery
* Anita Baker @ Radio City Music Hall
* Royal Canoe, Ginger Kid @ Spike Hill
* Comedy Night @ The Knit w/ Hannibal Buress
* R. Stevie Moore, Ry Crane @ Cake Shop
* Howth, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
* Woods, Widowspeak @ Storm King Art Center
* Scissor Sisters, Zebra Katz @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sun Ladders, Widow, Dev Donna @ Mercury Lounge
* White Life, Sasoon, DDm, Shams @ Death By Audio
* Questlove celebrating Kraftwerk @ PS1
* Pierced Arrows, Mount Carmel @ Knitting Factory
* Shearwater, Dawn Landes, Ray Rizzo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Otto Hauser, Anders Griffen, Cracked Vessel @ The Stone
* Pyyramids, Not Blood Paint, Russ Marshalek @ Glasslands
* Desert Stars, Early Spring, TEEN, Bad Girlfriend @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Dru Cutler, Archie Powell & The Exports, Sandman Viper Command, Nat Osborn @ Pianos
* Free Paint, Shy Hunters, Shahzad Ismaily, Ryan Sawyer, Darius Jones, Interstitials @ Zebulon
* New Country Rehab, Aunt Martha, The Dead Exs, Christopher Paul Stelling, Kat Edmonson @ Public Assembly
* The dBs, The Front Bottoms, Freedy Johnston, Demolition String Band, The One & Nines, WYLDLIFE @ Hoboken Music & Arts Festival
* DJ Jonathan Toubin, Ian Svenonius, Mr. Fine Wine, Josh Styles, Kid Congo Powers, K Holes, Daddy Long Legs, Expensive Shit, Anna Copa Cabanna, Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa-Anne @ Brooklyn Bowl

Questlove performs a DJ tribute to the works of Kraftwerk today at P.S. 1

Jonathan Toubin celebrates a successful recovery from the unexpected with a welcome back gig at Brooklyn Bowl. Other performers/DJs include Ian Svenonius, Mr Fine Wine, Josh Styles, and Kid Congo Powers.


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After a freak accident put Jonathan Toubin in critical condition last year, he finally came out of the hospital this past January. Last week, we were excited to announce that he'll be part of this year's NXNE lineup, and we since found out that his official welcome back party is a free New York Night Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on May 6 with a huge lineup including Ian Svenonius (Chain and the Gang) (DJ Set), Mr Fine Wine (WFMU's Downtown Soulville) (DJ Set), Josh Styles (Smashed! Blocked!) (DJ Set), Kid Congo Powers, The K-Holes, Daddy Long Legs, Expensive Shit, Performances by Anna Copa Cabanna & Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, Visuals by B.A. Miale & Spencer Bewley. RSVP is open. The flier for this show is below.

He has other upcoming apperances too, including his weekly parties at Home Sweet Home (every Wednesday) and his monthly Soup Clap and Dance Off party at Glasslands. He'll also host a silent disco at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park on July 7 with JD McPherson. Tickets are available. And he'll be at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ.

All dates and flier below...

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Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)

The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:

NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).
Jonathan Toubin!!

This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.

Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.

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

Jonathan Toubin

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.

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!

The Austin Chronicle reports that the man himself has since also left a message on Facebook:
"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.

Recent benefits happened in Chicago, San Francisco, Austin and in Brooklyn at Union Pool and Music Hall of Williamsburg. How were those shows?

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.

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.

Watch a video of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing the big JT benefit that happened at Brooklyn Bowl, below...

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New Party Systems art
New Party Systems

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.


More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - Shadows on Behalf (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - Legend in My Own Mind (MP3)
DOWNLOADCuckoo Chaos - Just Ride It (MP3)

The Stepkids

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.

Cuckoo Chaos
Cuckoo Chaos

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
Radical Dads

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
King Krule at Mercury Lounge, 1.11.2012

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....

Jonathan Toubin benefit flyer


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.

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Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot in Feb (more by Harriet Roberts)
Chain and the Gang

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)
Religious to Damn

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 Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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...

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By Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Parlovr - Heaven/Hell (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - Terra Incognita (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound- Te Amo (MP3)

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.

Brooklyn Bazaar
BK Bazaar

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.

Frankie Rose
Frankie Rose

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.

As previously mentioned, Frankie will debut her new record and new band at the Knitting Factory on February 21.

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.

Atlas Sound
Atlas Sound

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.

Continue reading "Parlovr, Fucked Up, Dom, Frankie Rose, Atlas Sound, Serenades, Jonathan Toubin & more in This Week in Indie"


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


11:30pm Friday night. Tickets are on sale.

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
818 SW 3rd Ave
PO Box 293
Portland, Or 97204-2405
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.

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 ihearttoubin@gmail.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...

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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 ihearttoubin@gmail.com This will be the most direct source to helping Jonathan and his family. Thanks.
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 rockfortoubin@gmail.com We'll be organizing benefits via that email account. Thanks for your support. Paypal donations go to ihearttoubin@gmail.com Thanks.
Meanwhile, two benefits happening in NYC TONIGHT (12/9).

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The Facebook Invite reads:

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!


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!

Jonathan is currently in a Portland hospital after a horrible freak accident yesterday.

Jonathan Toubin

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."

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]

Please get well soon Jonathan!

UPDATE: There will be benefits for Jonathan at both Motor City and Home Sweet Home in NYC Friday night (12/9).

Jonathan Toubin's shindig at Beekman Beer Garden tonight is cancelled, but may be rescheduled.

St Vincent's Met roof show tonight "WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN A GALLERY SPACE WITHIN THE MUSEUM." Check out St. Vincent's brand new video HERE.

Human Eye at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
Human Eye

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.

The wild and crazy Nobunny will support Girls on a tour that includes shows at Bowery Ballroom on 9/22 and 9/23 (tickets).

Shannon & The Clams will play Public Assembly on 10/22 with Shonen Knife during CMJ. Shonen Knife's tour also brings them to the Bell House in November with Heavy Cream and Hard Nips (tickets).

Sydney's Royal Headache have multiple shows coming up.

Sydney's Straight Arrows do too.

And more imminently:

Soul Clap

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!

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

You can also catch James Chance in action TONIGHT (8/24) at the Manhattan Inn.

The Gonerfest trailer & schedule, poster designed by Per Byström, tour dates & more, below...

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