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Jose G on stage w/ The Books
The Books

One of the best concerts of summer 2011 was probably the one by The Books in Prospect Park (maybe you saw Beirut that night instead). One of the highlights of that show was when Jose Gonzalez, whose band Junip opened, joined the headliners on stage to perform "Cello Song" which is a collaboration the two artists released as part of the "Dark Was the Night" compilation. I just realized we had these unposted pictures, so here they are...

Continue reading "The Books @ Celebrate Brooklyn (belated pics) "

photos by David Andrako

Jose & band
Red Hot & Rio

Jose Gonzalez, while he was in town to play Prospect Park with Junip, DJ the afterparty at the Bell House, and play a show for Rooftop Films (who were screening a movie about him), also played a private Red Hot & Rio2 party at the "Red Bull Loft" in SoHo on Monday (6/20).

Like the private Beirut loft party before it, the event was happening mainly to create promo videos for the upcoming charity CD. The other artists who played this one were Om'mas Keith and Mia Doi Todd, and they were all backed by a house band consisting of Stuart Bogie, Luke O'Malley, Miles Arntzen, Adam Weinger, David Ellenbogan, Mike Loren Lavalle and Chelsea Baratz.

That's 10 musicians total, but don't worry, you didn't miss much. They only played a total of three songs throughout the night (all of which appear on the CD), though actually they did play each song multiple times (until they got one they were happy with releasing). Some more pictures from the shindig below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez, Mia Doi Todd, Om'mas Keith & friends filmed videos for Red Hot & Rio2 (pics)"

photos by Winnie Cheung


PopMatters: José, at what point did you so decide you wanted to focus your creative energies on Junip?

José González: : Ever since I started touring seven years ago. After my first album [Veneer], our first attempt with Junip was in 2005. I've been really bad at saying "no: to stuff, so I was always headed back out on tour. So in 2008 it needed us to just put our foot down and decide properly that "next year we're going to record it, right? Right?!'

PopMatters: Do you work better when you set a deadline for yourself like that?

José González: It wasn't a deadline. It was more about a start line. More about saying 'no' to other stuff--not having a deadline, but starting to write and letting it take the time it needs. Deadlines are bad actually.

PopMatters: You guys met on the hardcore scene in Gothenburg in the 90's, which coincided with the city's death metal scene.

Tobias Winterkorn: I played bass in a death metal band. Very briefly. Some death metal stuff is quite good. I liked it more than I liked the hardcore scene for example.

José González: And Elias used to play drums in a death metal band.

Sweden's Junip (featuring Jose Gonzalez, Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya), and NYC band Acrylics brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (5/19), an opening set by High Highs included. Junip returns this summer to play a free show at Prospect Park, and Jose will be performing solo while he's here too. More pictures from the Bowery show (where the Antlers play with Little Scream tonight), below...

Continue reading "Junip, Acrylics & High Highs played Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

Jose G (Junip) @ Irving Plaza in 2010 (more by Toby Tenembaum)

Jose Gonzalez will in fact be the musical guest at Rooftop Films' screening of the movie about him...

Rooftop Films is excited to announce that Jose Gonzalez will be the headlining artist for the 2011 Summer Series Live Music program. Rooftop's music programming has long been ahead of the curve and is an integral part of what makes Rooftop events so distinctive. Rooftop Films is proud to continue this tradition with Mr. Gonzalez's performance, along with concerts by rising stars such as the Brooklyn based bands Widowspeak, playing on May 27th and Snowmine, playing June 3rd. Additional bands will be announced shortly.

Mr. Gonzalez will perform on Sunday, June 19th, ahead of the new documentary The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez, in which filmmakers Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand follow the fascinating Swedish artist for three years at home, in the studio, and on tour around world.

Tickets for the Jose show and movie are on sale.

As previously mentioned, Prylf and other special guests will be performing with the musical movie "Sound of Noise" tonight (5/19). (And the timing of this is actually a coincidence but) Ela Orleans, who I just highlighted one post ago (and who also plays a show tonight) plays with the Rooftop film screening on 5/26.

Jose Gonzalez ALSO plays a NYC show tonight, but as part of his band Junip at Bowery Ballroom as part of their tour with Acrylics. High Highs are also on the bill. Tickets are still available.

Junip will be back NYC this summer to play a free show in Prospect Park with the Books and Doveman on June 17th, two days before Jose makes his 'Rooftop' appearance.

one of many films playing during the Rooftop Films summer season
Jose Gonzalez

Rooftop Films have announced their initial 2011 movie screening schedule with events happening in NYC "every weekend from May 13th - August 20th." It's chockful of films - shorts and features, with subject matter as varied as wrestling, codependent lesbian space aliens, and a documentary on musician Jose Gonzalez. The films screen at "15 spectacular outdoor venues with stunning views across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & The Bronx," and as you know, are usually paired with a live music performance.

The live entertainment lineup is still mostly TBA, though they're listing the bands Fishermen Three and Secret Mountains on dates TBD. They'll also have filmmaker Q&As, "a live wrestling match at the screening of Robert Green's Fake it So Real, featuring the semi-pro wrestlers from that film, and a sneak attack performance by the musical guerillas from the Swedish comedy The Sound of Noise." No word on whether Jose Gonzalez will also accompany the screening of his film.

Stay tuned for music lineup updates as they come, but check out all the films and dates and other stuff that has been announced, below...

Continue reading "Rooftop Films --- initial 2011 schedule"

Little Scream @ a BV Day Party @ SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Little Scream

TV on the Radio's (new album and) Brooklyn show date has arrived, and though they're not listing any opener, I think there might be a surprise tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Not a surprise at all is that Light Asylum is opening for TVOTR at RCMH on Wednesday. Tickets for that larger show are still on sale. AND, we have TWO PAIRS of tickets you can win to see the band headline Radio City. Want them? Details on how to win are below (all of TVOTR's dates are down there too).

Speaking of bands opening sold out shows at Bowery venues on 4/12 (today), Frankie Rose is the reason to show up early to the Go! Team's sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Jesper Of Junior Senior DJs before The Go! Team play their set at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (their second of two NYC shows which are part of a short tour). That show is also sold out, though the venue says, "WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF ADMISSIONS TO RELEASE ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW STARTING AT 11:00 PM. ALL ADMISSIONS AT THE DOOR ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE AND WILL BE $12, CASH ONLY."

Speaking of opening bands playing shows in Williamsburg on Saturday night, Little Scream is NOT. Sadly, at some point after it was announced, Little Scream dropped off the last six dates of Sharon Van Etten's tour to instead play some dates with Jose Gonzalez in Europe. Don't worry, everyone's still friends. BV Zach was actually at their final show together the other day at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, and he told me...

Little Scream announced that it was their last show on tour with Sharon Van Etten, and that it has been an honor to work with her. Little Scream consists of two strong female singers (playing guitar and violin respectively), plus an also guitar-toting drummer. Their sound referenced the likes of Andrew Bird-esque violin plucking, interwoven with streams of freak folk and choral arrangements. Later during Sharon's encore, all of Little Scream returned to the stage to take part in a cover of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy".
The good news is that Little Scream will make it back to NYC while on tour with The Antlers.

She Keeps Bees, not to be confused with Sea of Bees (I was actually confused until I wrote that sentence), have replaced Little Scream on the Brooklyn Bill. Megafaun also play that Brooklyn show and amazingly tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Frankie Rose opening for Go Team!, Little Scream not opening for Sharon Van Etten. Someone opening for TVOTR? (win tix)"


"We've released a new digital-only EP. It features "In Every Direction" and remixes by Dale Earnhardt JR JR and White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83), as well as three brand new, unreleased B-sides; "Näckrosdammen", "Pling", and "White Rain".

The video for "In Every Direction" was directed by our drummer Elias Araya. Elias found inspiration for the video in his father's art, the painter and sculptor, Kent Karlsson.Elias presents images in a simple, iconic way using different backgrounds refracted through a diamond. A few of his father's porcelain dog collection also made the video." - Junip

Check out the video for Junip's "In Every Direction" and a stream of "Näckrosdammen" below, and snag a copy of their new digital-only EP via iTunes.

Junip, José González included, will hit the road for a string of North American dates in April and May with NYC band Acrylics, including May 19th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (3/9) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. Junip is also scheduled to play Bonnaroo in middle June. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile Acrylics will be down at SXSW and at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on March 29th with Papercuts & Banjo or Freakout.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have a few dates scheduled on their way to Austin for SXSW, and it looks like they'll be spending some time on the road in May too, hitting NYC's Mercury Lounge on May 11th. Tickets for that one go on AmEx presale Wednesday (3/9) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. All currently known dates, and the Junip stuff, below...

Continue reading "Junip touring w/ Acrylics, released digital EP w/ remix by Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr (who have upcoming dates too)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Rachel Kowal


The members of Junip may not have celebrated Thanksgiving growing up, but the Swedish group's music was perfect for Wednesday night's lazy, pre-holiday haze.

The evening began with a set by the talented group Lost in the Trees. From watching the cheerful interactions among the musicians on stage, it may be tempting to write off the North Carolinians as a bit too precious, but chief songwriter/composer Ari Picker's dark lyrics and foreboding orchestral solos are often anything but sweet and innocent. Dead babies, dashed hopes, dirty secrets, and sick hearts were all mentioned in the band's opening song, "All Alone in an Empty House." With the lyrics in mind, all those knowing glances exchanged on stage take on the sinister tone of a conniving group of co-conspirators.

The band may not have directly serenaded the audience by unplugging their instruments and hopping off stage as is often the case at their shows, but their performance was certainly not lacking in bravado. The audience easily warmed to their satisfying set.

Following Lost in the Trees, a strange series of projected images and videos (like psychedelic shadow puppets and car-driving cats) filled the screen as a way to distract concert-goers during the set-up process. Then, the screen lifted and Junip began to play at 9:45 sharp.

Even those who are relatively new to Junip may recognize the dulcet tones of José González on vox. What may come as a surprise is that González began making music with Junip more than four years before he embarked on successful career as a solo artist. Junip retains González' understated, largely indecipherable vocals and serious guitar work while boasting peppier percussion and fuller instrumentation thanks to collaborators Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn. Now, after over a decade of sporadic activity, the group has embarked on a more serious regimen to coincide with the recent release of Fields.

In my personal experience, getting used to a bedroom musician's work with a band can be rough (Iron & Wine, anybody?), but since this project's name denotes a departure from José González, the solo artist, Junip becomes much easier to digest and enjoy.

Junip's setlist, more pictures from the show, and a Big Ass Lens profile of the band that was filmed at the show, below...

Continue reading "Junip & Lost in the Trees played Irving Plaza (pics, setlist) "


Junip, singer Jose Gonzalez's band with fellow Swedes Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn, will be touring of North America this June (in addition to a bunch of European shows they have planned). They play two NYC shows: one at the Knitting Factory on June 9th and another at Bowery Ballroom on June 10th. Tickets to the first are on sale. Tickets to Bowery go on sale Friday at noon.

The band isn't new - they've been playing together since the late '90s and put out the Black Refuge EP in 2006 - but they will be releasing new material. Expect a new EP and a full-length later this year (on Mute in the US and Canada, City Slang in Europe, Shock in Australia and Ultra-Vybe in Japan).

A new song is available on through the band's site (for your e-mail address). Other tracks are streaming on their Myspace. Videos of the band and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez's old band Junip releasing music & touring"

Twi getting crazy with Jose Gonzalez

Twi the Humble Feather open for Lambchop tonight (2/12) at Bowery Ballroom. They're also playing Glasslands with Rings on March 4th, Music Hall of Williamsburg with Stars Like Fleas on March 5th, and the Living Room with She Keeps Bees on March 17th. Those exact dates repeated below...

Continue reading "upcoming shows Twi the Humble Feather are playing"

Bebel Gilberto

As far as I can tell, Bebel Gilbeto has just four shows coming up, and all of them are in NYC, which makes sense since the Brazilian singer-songwriter was born and lives here.

Tickets are still available for both Red Hot + Rio 2 shows happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight/Thursday and Friday. As previously noted, CéU, Curumin, José González, Otto, João Parahyba (from Trio Mocoto), and Bebel Gilberto are the artists playing those shows.

An all-star benefit tribute to the music and culture of Brazil, Red Hot + Rio 2 salutes Samba Soul, the post-tropicália movement of the 70s that merged elements of North American soul music with Brazilian rhythms. Mixing samba with R&B, soul with baião, pioneering artists like Jorge Ben Jor and Tim Maia signaled a cultural awakening that changed the direction of Brazilian music forever. The concerts at BAM bring together the newest generation of Brazilian and international artists who represent the legacy of this influential musical style.
Bebels' third upcoming show is in a much more intimate setting, but unfortunately/not surprisingly, the $40 tickets to her December 9th show at Joe's Pub are all sold out. Tickets are still on sale though for her recently announced, fourth upcoming NYC show, at Town Hall, but that's not until June. All dates, in a list format, below...

Continue reading "Bebel Gilberto tour dates - BAM (today), Joe's Pub, Town Hall "

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

JosŽ Gonz‡lez

"Our first stop was the Sweet Leaf Tea booth to show our text message coupons for a free tea. Then over to Old 97s. We sat near the back so we could make an easy retreat in time for Jose Gonzalez. That was another good show, but we keep wondering how come we sit down and then every pot smoker and cigarette smoker in Austin comes and sits near us. It's some kind of strange attraction!" [The Tsarina's Journal]
Jose Gonzalez went from playing two shows in Austin on Saturday to playing one in Brooklyn for NY Magazine on Sunday at The Yard. How was the NY show (that UCB also performed at)? He's now probably home resting, but will be back in NYC in December to play BAM. All dates, past and present, are HERE. More pictures from his official ACL festival set, below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez played The Yard & ACL (pics)"

Artist Talk with ETHEL, Bill Bragin & Guests - Oct 16 @ BAM

Tickets are now on sale to the public for the BAM Next Wave Festival which includes the "Red Hot + Rio 2" shows which include CéU, Curumin, Bebel Gilberto, Otto and José González.

José González is also playing a NY Mag event at The Yard. Tickets are also on sale for that.

NY Magazine is also hosting a National & Grizzly Bear concert at Hammerstein Ballroom for which tickets also went on sale.

Jose Gonzalez

NY Mag's next 'indie rock' event takes place this Saturday with Islands. The one after that will take place on September 28th and be called "Campfire by the Canal"...

Unlike all those years you spent at Boy Scout camp, no group push-ups, map making or log carving will be required for you to feel the love at this special campfire celebration at The Yard in Brooklyn. All you'll be asked to do is sit back and enjoy a full set by José González. We're also giving you hilarious tales of summers gone by performed by members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Campfires never looked this good.

Tickets on sale in August 2008

And that's not it for Jose and NYC in 2008. He'll be back again to perform two more times in December, again in Brooklyn, but this time at BAM:
Red Hot + Rio 2
The Next Generation of Samba Soul

Dec 4 & 5 at 8pm

An all-star benefit tribute to the music and culture of Brazil, Red Hot + Rio 2 salutes Samba Soul, the post-tropicália movement of the 70s that merged elements of North American soul music with Brazilian rhythms. Mixing samba with R&B, soul with baião, pioneering artists like Jorge Ben Jor and Tim Maia signaled a cultural awakening that changed the direction of Brazilian music forever. The concerts at BAM bring together the newest generation of Brazilian and international artists who represent the legacy of this influential musical style.

Featured artists: CéU, Curumin, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Otto
Backing band: Kassin +2, Moreno Veloso, Domenico, João Parahyba Sr. & son
Music Directors Kassin & Mario Caldato, Jr.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit BrazilFoundation's AIDS-related projects.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Running time: 120min, no intermission
$25, 45, 65

BAM tix go on sale to the general public on September 2nd. All Jose G dates below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez - 2008 Tour Dates (BAM, NY Mag @ the Yard)"

DOWNLOAD: Mogwai - Folk Death 95 (MP3)

photos by Rae Holtsabum

Sled Island

I'm still trying to properly wrap my mind around (and recover from) the amazing performances (and blazing sun) I was able to experience at Sled Island. It's hard to believe both the amount and range of wonderful music that was up for consumption over the course of four days, and last night's set from mainstage headliners Mogwai, shredding guitars with grace like only they can, followed by a flawless late-night club show by underrated Canadian folk rockers Rock Plaza Central, was the perfect send-off to a festival that defined itself on eclecticism and near unmitigated musical quality. [Beyond Robson]
As you know, we've been covering the 2008 Sled Island Festival that went down recently in Calgary. In the name of finishing what we started, here are the rest of Rae's pics from day four of the festival (June 28, 2008)...

Continue reading "Wire, Mogwai, and the rest of the pics from Sled Island 2008"

actual pie chart (Reverb)
Jose Gonzalez

I'm not sure exactly what the pie chart means, but I think as fans we could maybe be doing a better job if we ever want to catch up to Grand Transport. More stuff and tour dates below.....

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez - a pie chart, a remix EP & 2008 Tour Dates"

Jose Gonzalez @ Terminal 5 (Plug Awards) (Ryan Muir/Metromix)
Jose Gonzalez @ The Plug Awards

Jose only played 2 or 3 songs at the Plug Awards the other day. Catch a full set tonight (March 11) at Highline Ballroom and tomorrow in Brooklyn at the Masonic Temple. Win tickets to the Brooklyn show by being the 10th person to email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Jose) right now. All dates below....

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez is back in town - WIN TIX"

by BrooklynVegan Mike

DOWNLOAD: Melpo Mene - Hello Benjamin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Melpo Mene - Good With The Mothers (MP3)

Melpo Mene

When I was offered the opportunity to do a monthly spotlight on a band that I think deserves to be heard, I knew immediately who I would present. A couple months back, I was youtubin' and stumbled on a video from a Swedish band that combined gentle acoustic folk with an electronic pulse that's hella addictive, and of the 4500 views since Auguest 20th, 2006(!), I have to be responsible for at least a hundred of them...

Continue reading "a spotlight on Melpo Mene from Sweden -- MP3, videos, SXSW"

David Cross @ The Plug Awards, 2007 (CRED)
David Cross at the Plug Awards

David Cross and Patton Oswalt must still agree on at least one thing: hosting the Plug Awards ceremony is OK. I say that because, David Cross hosted them last year, and Patton Oswalt will be hosting them this year. They take place at Terminal 5 in NYC on March 6th. St Vincent is playing, and so is Jose Gonzalez. More TBA.

VOTE for the winners while you still can.

Jose Gonzalez thenJose Gonzalez now

Mute Records is proud to announce Jose Gonzalez' Green Tour of North America in the spring....in partnership with Reverb, a non-profit organization designed to educate and engage music fansand promote environmental sustainability. They work closely with artists to create earth-friendly events and tours. As part of the greening of Gonzalez' upcoming tour, his rider will include biodegradable catering products, and a reduction of plastic water bottles will be facilitated by providing his crew with re-usable water bottles to carry throughout the tour. In addition, Gonzalez and Reverb will calculate the CO2 footprint of the tour and neutralize emissions from venue energy use, ground transportation, flights and hotel accommodations by supporting clean renewable energy projects.

greenThere will be a 50 cent add on to general ticket purchases that will support Reverb's greening efforts. Pre-sale ticket purchasers via Ticketstoday.com will also have the option to add an additional 50 cents to Native Energy's CO2 Offset program. At the shows, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a custom Jose Gonzalez sticker, the money from which will be used to purchase carbon offsets generated fromtravel to/from the show.

I don't totally understand what they just said, but it sounds nice. Awareness is good, and it's probably better than NOT doing all that (whatever it is they're doing).

As part of the green tour, Jose is playing NYC twice: Highline Ballroom on March 11th, and Brooklyn Masonic Temple the next day. AND, he is also playing a shorter set @ Terminal 5 on March 6th as part of the Plug Awards (DID YOU VOTE YET?). All tour dates below....

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez going on a "green" tour, playing Plug Awards"


Tough call, but I think I'm going to have to vote for Escort to win this year's Plug "Music Video of the Year". Check out all twelve of the nominated videos below....

Continue reading "the 12 music VIDEOS of the year (according to Plug)"

Jose Gonzalez @ Gramercy Theatre - Sept 28, 2007 (CRED)
Jose Gonzalez @ Blender Theater

Tickets are on sale for December 9th Jose Gonzalez show at Webster Hall in NYC. This show is not to be confused with Jose's recently scheduled NYC shows which are now all in the past - that includes one at the Spiegeltent, two at Gramercy Theatre, and one at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tonight's Jose show in DC is going to be broadcast and streamed on NPR. His new album In Our Nature came out last week. He was also just on Conan. All tour dates, and the Conan video, below...

Continue reading "Jose Gonzalez played NYC, will stream on NPR, played Conan (video) + more 2007 Tour Dates"


The bar/table/dancing/hammock area at Spiegelworld by the South Street Seaport is really nice - outdoors and right on the water. Last night I was there for the Jose Gonzalez show (which is in the inside ticketed part - the outside is sort of a separate thing). It was cold and rainy, so there weren't that many people out there, but as you can see from the above photo (that I just came across on Flickr) - occasionaly it can become a regular party. Caption the photo in the comments, and if you also want the chance to win tickets to a show at SpiegelWorld, or a "SXSW Live 2007" DVD, keep reading below for instructions.....

Continue reading "SpiegelWorld - caption it & win (tix or a SXSW DVD)"

DOWNLOAD: Jose Gonzalez - Teardrop (live) (MP3)

Swamp Thing

Jose's first of many upcoming NYC shows is just a few days away. Here's his new (NSFW??) video for 'Killing For Love'....

Continue reading "VIDEO: José González - 'Killing For Love' ++ Spiegeltent soon"