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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.

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...

Continue reading "New Party Systems (members of TVOTR, Oneida, Liturgy, Notekillers) playing Toubin benefit; more bands added to Stones tribute"

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
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....

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Jonathan Toubin benefit flyer

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.

continued below...

Continue reading "The Stepkids, Cuckoo Chaos, Radical Dads, Backwords & more in This Week in Indie"

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...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs & friends raised money for Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

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
Parlovr/MforMontreal

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.

Serenades

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"

Toubin

JONATHAN TOUBIN BENEFIT
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.

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)
Toubin

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...

Continue reading "Jonathan Toubin updates"

JT

Two official messages have been posted to Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Facebook this afternoon.
FIRST:

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.
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 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).

I love jtI love jt

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!

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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!

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MOTOR CITY

10PM - 4AM Drew Redmond/Jerry Lee

Suzanne Rogaleski will be donating a private trapeze lesson to raffle winner!
MORE STUFF TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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...

Continue reading "Gonerfest schedule, Nobunny dates w/ Girls, celebrity judges @ Jonathan Toubin's dance-off, James Chance"

James Chance @ LPR in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
James Chance

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.

Continue reading "James Chance & Jonathan Toubin Saturday"

Panda Bear @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Panda Bear

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

The Hairs go on at South Street Seaport's Fulton market at 3pm.

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.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"

Bruise Cruise (more photos by Gabi Porter)
Bruise Cruise

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!
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.

Read all about the first Bruise Cruise HERE. A video promo and the flyer for the 2012 edition, with more Quintron tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Bruise Cruise announces its return & lineup, The Soft Pack also playing free CA shows, Quintron & Miss Pussycat touring"

words & photos by Gabi Porter

Soul Clap

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."

Turbo Fruits

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...

Continue reading "the Bruise Cruise in pics & review (part 2)"

photos by Greg Cristman

James Chance & The Contortions

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?

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]

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.

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...

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James Chance and the Contortions

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

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Rain

Tombs @ the Studio in 2009 (more by Jason Jamal Nakleh)
Tombs

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...

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photos by Rachel Carr

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Garotas Suecas

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...

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Gumarot drinkin @ #mtymx listening to Health (TiTa_Elizondo)
MtyMX

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...

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Marc Ribot @ Maxwell's in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Marc Ribot

tonight in NYC
* Lost
* 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...

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Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 in December (more by Chris La Putt)
Screaming Females

New York Night Train, the almost-nightly dance party run by DJ Jonathan Toubin, will be hosting New Year's Eve events at three LES venues this year. Cake Shop, Home Sweet Home and Motor City (127 Ludlow) are signed on for the event with all-night liquor licenses. Cake Shop is the real highlight though. Bands playing the basement there include Talk Normal, Screaming Females, Frankie and the Outs and CSC Funk Band (ex-USAisamonster), while the other two venues get a few bands (like A.R.E. Weapons) and a slew of DJs, comedians, burlesque performers and more. More details are below.

For Frankie & The Outs, it's one of two New Years Eve shows. They'll also be at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn with Beach Fossils, We Are Country Mice, Lemonade and Surfer Blood. Tickets are on sale.

Screaming Females have a few upcoming shows too - they play with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park on December 29th, and kick off their February tour with JEFF the Brotherhood with a Feb. 6 Bowery Ballroom showcase for their label Don Giovanni.

Before then, there are plenty of chances to catch the NY Night Train crew in holiday party mode. Tonight (12/21) Jonathan Toubin DJs with Revered Vince Anderson at his weekly Union Pool residency. Toubin will also be spinning at the BV-sponsored Jewltide 7 party happening at Southpaw on Christmas Eve (12/24). Tickets are on sale and the flyer is below with a full schedule...

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah started Friday night, but due to the sabbath, Matisyahu (and his non-Jewish openers) kicked off his annual eight-night run on Thursday night (12/10). He continues tonight (12/12):

12/10 @ Webster Hall (w/ Glitch Mob)
12/12 @ Webster Hall (w/ John Brown's Body)
12/13 @ Webster Hall (w/ Cage)
12/14 @ Webster Hall (w/ Brothers Past)
12/16 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Rana)
12/17 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Kid Koala)
12/19 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Travis McCoy)
12/20 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Kevin Divine)
Tickets for all shows are on sale.

Yo La Tengo often plays eight Hanukkah shows too, but unfortunately not this year. Grab a shirt from their 2008 shows HERE.

City Winery is celbrating "Hanukkah Three Ways" with three separate shows in a row on Sunday (12/13).

12/13 {12pm} $5/$10/$25 GA
The Macaroons
Special family show

12/13 {3:30pm} $20 - GA
Yehonatan Geffen
The writer/lyricist/playwright performs his works

12/13 {9pm} $15 GA
Keren Ann
Join the chanteuse for a rare New York show.

The Keren Ann show may be sort of rare, but it's actually just one of two she has scheduled in NYC during Hanukkah. Grab a Macaroons MP3 above.

Union Hall hosts some holiday-themed burlesque on Thursday, December 17th ("Hanukkah Hotness, Solstice Sexiness, Xmas Exploits, Yuletide Yumminess, and New Year Nudity, courtesy of your host GiGi La Femme with Anita Cookie, Jonny Porkpie, Nasty Canasta, Sizzle Dizzle, and Doc Wasabassco!"). Flyer below.

Speaking of Hanukkah Hotness, "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" is running at the Bleecker Street Theatre.

-"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" is a night of comedy, music and burlesque, told by the gals who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than the chupah. These badass chosen chicks boldly dare to deconstruct years of tradition, expectations and guilt in a fast-paced vaudeville extravaganza.
Menorah HorahSouthpaw in Brooklyn also gets in on the action with the Menorah Horah feat. Golem & burlesque by The Schlep Sisters. Tickets and more info HERE.

Also tonight/Saturday (12/12), but at the new Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, it's the Major League Dreidel 2009 Tournament. Gods of Fire will be performing songs from their new album, Hanukkah Gone Metal.

Also at Southpaw, but not until Christmas Eve (12/24), BrooklynVegan is proud to be a sponsor of Jewltide 7, brought to you by JDub and Jewcy with "Boogaloo, Funk, Soul, Menorah Lighting, Soul Clap, Brooklyn Rhythms, Donuts". Dan Saks (aka DeLeon) will be performing with a DJ set by Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are on sale. Heebonism goes down the same night at Fontana's.

And as previously noted, you can also catch DeLeon Wednesday night (12/16) at Knitting Factory. Pharaoh's Daughter is also on the bill, and it's part of the The 5th Annual Sephardic Music Festival which runs from December 12th through the 19th with events at 92YTribeca, Union Hall, Joe's Pub and other places. Full schedule below...

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