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Paul Banks at Webster Hall - 12/14/12
Paul Banks

Interpol frontman Paul Banks played a hometown show at Webster Hall on Friday (12/14), after rescheduling the date, which would have been part of his now-concluded North American tour. Ex Cops were the support for the evening. Paul split the set pretty well between material off of his new album, Banks, and material from back when he was still calling himself Julian Plenti.

Both Paul and Ex Cops gave us lists of their favorite things of 2012, and Ex Cops also turned in a nice cover of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time." More pics and the setlist from the show are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Paul Banks - The Base (MP3)

Paul Banks

After a couple releases under the guise of Julian Plenti, Interpol frontman Paul Banks will release his first record under his own name on October 23 via Matador. You can download Banks opening track, "The Base," at the top of this post. While still from the same gloomy mold as Interpol, there's a sweeping orchestral/electro sheen to this that suits Banks well.

While no tour has been set up, Paul will play L.A.'s FYF Fest in September and Austin's FFF Fest in October. You can check out the LP artwork and tracklist below.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Snoop Doggy Dog

Last night (April 19) Williamsburg's expansive new venue, Brooklyn Bowl, was filled to the brim with Snoop Dogg fans. Dressed in a Yankees bomber jacket, the West Coast legend and his Dogg Pound ran through an hour-long set of their greatest hits.

Snoop opened up with his classic track "Murder Was the Case" and kept the momentum going with explosive performance of "Gin and Juice."

Towards the middle of the show The Doggfather held a tribute to hip-hop's beloved fallen soldiers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G, leading the crowd in a sing-along of the rap icons' biggest songs, including "Hail Mary" and "Hypnotize," respectively.

The show then took a smooth turn as the D-O-double G went into "Sexual Eruption." Surprisingly, Snoop's band transformed the laid back cut into a cover of House of Pain's "Jump Around," whipping the audience into a frenzy.

After finishing off his set with his funkdafied banger "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)," Snoop reminded everyone of the three most important things to do everyday--brush your teeth, be thankful for another day...and you know the rest.

Snoop Dogg's new album, More Malice, is in stores now.
[Claire Lobenfeld]

DJ Fancypants (aka Paul Banks from Interpol aka Julian Plenti) opened the night.

Snoop follows that up with a 4/20 show at Irving Plaza in NYC tonight (4/20). More pictures the full setlist from last night (4/19), below...

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Julian Plenti @ Guggenheim in September (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Julian Plenti

Paul Banks has been covering the Pixies song "Into the White" since his official "Julian Plenti" debut show at the Guggenheim on September 25th. Now coincidentally his current tour coincides with the Pixies' Doolittle tour. They both played the song in Chicago on November 21st. The Pixies played it again last night at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Both acts will share a town again for the next two nights (November 24th & 25th) - the Pixies are at Hammerstein Ballroom and Paul Banks/Julian Plenti at Bowery Ballroom then Brooklyn Bowl. I'm In You opens the Plenti shows, as they have all tour.

Videos of both acts playing "Into the White" on their respective tours (plus Plenti with another song he's been covering, "A Horse With No Name") are below...

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photos by Vincent Cornelli

Julian Plenti

"On Friday night we stopped in at the Guggenheim for the second in the museum's "It Came From Brooklyn" concert series [(the first featured The Walkmen)]. This time around, the main event was Paul Banks' solo project Julian Plenti, with a solid dose of comedic input from MC Eugene Mirman...

...Banks took to the stage around 10:30, with a band significantly larger than his usual four piece. In addition to Banks on guitar, there was an additional guitarist, bass, drums, and a three piece string section. The mix of instrumentation served to flesh out the sound, and moreover it served as a solid foundation for the atmospheric sound of Julian Plenti....

...One of the more interesting points of the evening was Banks' choice of covers. They included America's "Horse With No Name" and the Pixies B-Side "Into The White". [Hippies Are Dead]

Banks/Plenti's core band consisted of the unmistakable Damian Paris of The Giraffes (who played their own show one night later at The Studio) on guitar, Nick Stumpf of The French Kicks on drums, and Dmitry Ishenko of I'm In You on bass. I'm In You was also the opening band and is currently still on tour with Julian. Banks was also joined by Yuiko Kamakara on viola, Erica Dicker on violin, and The Great Yoed Nir on cello.

There were also readings by Hampton Fancher and Rivka Galchen before Julian played.

Due to Julian's 10:30 set time, there was actually time on Friday to see Passion Pit and Phoenix at Summerstage before Julian, and then Rorschach and Hellbastard at The Charleston afterwards. At least a few people did just that.

Julian Plenti plays two more NYC shows in November. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from the Guggenheim (where Kandinsky works are now on display), and Julian Plenti's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Julian Plenti & band played The Guggenheim w/ I'm In You, Eugene Mirman & friends - pics, setlist "


According to their label Matador Records, Ira, Georgia and James (Yo La Tengo) will be "augmented by additional strings on this evening". Also on hand at Roseland Ballroom tonight (9/25) will be the Black Lips, Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co (performing in the lobby), visuals by Joshua White & Gary Panter Light Show, and host and comedian John Oliver (tickets).

According to the Guggenheim, Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol) (also signed to Matador Records) (like Ted Leo) "will be backed by a full band plus strings and horns" tonight (9/25) at the Guggenheim Museum. Also on hand will be I'm In You, Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher (they'll do readings) and host and comedian Eugene Mirman. Here are the set times:

8 pm: Doors open. The audience may view the Kandinsky exhibition or enjoy refreshments at the bar.
9 pm: Eugene Mirman welcomes the crowd and kicks off the evening.
9:15 pm: I'm in You
10 pm: Readings by Hampton Fancher and Rivka Galchen
10:30 pm: Julian Plenti
Julian Plenti also has NYC shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl (both of which are on sale). All dates below...

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Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at the Guggenheim.

Joe Pernice is performing "Music and Stories from It Feels So Good When I Stop" at Mercury Lounge on November 6th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Har Mar Superstar shows at Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Athlete is playing Bowery Ballroom on November 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Florence & The Machine are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 27th. Tickets are on sale.

Three Pavement shows are on sale and/or sold out.

Do Make Say Think, Art Brut, Girls, and Land of Talk tickets went on sale today.

Wolfmother, The Cult & Type O Negative tickets are on sale.

New Yorker Festival tickets went on sale at noon.

Breakfast at Sulimays reviews DJ Tiesto (featuring Tegan & Choir) and Volcano Choir (Bon Iver) in the video below...

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DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Games for Days (MP3)

Julian Plenti

Though the solo debut of Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol) has been out for over a month, the singer still hasn't played any shows. His official live debut takes place September 25th gig at the Guggenheim Museum, as part of its It Came From Brooklyn series (which brought the Walkmen and High Places in August). Also on the bill are I'm In You, authors Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher, and host Eugene Mirman. Tickets are still on sale to that show. We also has a pair to give away - details are below.

Past that it looks like Julian will be going on a North American tour in November, though not many dates are public yet. NYC was announced though, and the shows are November 24th at Bowery Ballrom and November 25th at Brooklyn Bowl. Ticket info TBA (on sale Friday?). He's also scheduled to play Europe in December.

Two tracks from Julian Plenti is Skyscraper are posted above. Contest details and known tour dates are below...

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Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti aka Paul Banks of Interpol show happening at the Guggenheim Museum.

DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Games for Days (MP3)

'Plenti' of tour dates on the way?
Julian Plenti

The inaugural "It Came From Brooklyn" show at the Guggenheim happens this Friday, August 14th with The Walkmen (who also play Summerstage on the 16th with Dinosaur Jr. and Saviours), High Places and the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band (plus Colson Whitehead and emcee Leo Allen). Tickets are still on sale.

The next edition of that monthly series on September 25th will feature a headlining set by Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol). Presumably this will be his first real show as Julian Plenti (and the September show that was promised). Also on the museum bill are I'm In You, readings from Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher and host Eugene Mirman. No tickets yet.

Banks's Julian Plenti is Skyscraper album came out on August 4th. Two tracks from it are above, and the full record is streaming at Rhapsody. It looks like he'll be planning a bigger tour around the Plenti material this fall.

Interpol frontman Paul Banks has revealed today (August 11) that he plans to tour as his solo alter-ego Julian Plenti.

The singer, who recently released the album 'Julian Plenti... Is Skyscraper', spoke to NME Radio about his plans for his solo project.

"I'm really enthused about this music and making more of this music and doing everything that goes into it," he told DJ Iain Baker. "There are some shows that are just getting booked now. There will be a tour!" [NME]

He played the album's first single, "Games For Dates," August 8th on Jimmy Fallon. That video, with the Emily Haines-starring official music video, below...

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"after seeing this video I lost any respect I had for Perry Farrell. Why is he even bothering with music anymore? He and his wife should stick with porn exclusively". - Anonymous | August 8, 2009 1:32 AM

"Perry's" stage @ Lollapalooza - August 8, 2009 (by kazahel)

Julian Plenti FTW....

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Marnie Stern @ NYU (more by Chris La Putt)
Marnie Stern

tonight in NYC
* Jon B @ Marcus Garvey Park
* Cursive, The Love Language @ Maxwell's
* Tyshawn Sorey's Oblique @ The Stone
* Daryl Hall & John Oates @ Seaside Park
* Bad Veins, The Dead Sparrows @ Mercury Lounge
* Scott H. Biram, Boss Tweed & Slim Twig @ Union Hall
* Stlyes P featuring Metermaids & NSR @ Southpaw
* John Kelly sings Joni Mitchell @ Castle Clinton
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza
* Ga'an, Naam, La Otracina, Warmth @ Death By Audio
* Eagles of Death Metal, Rival Schools @ Webster Hall
* Mark Kozelek, Mia Doi Todd @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Hard Nips, Ramble Tamble, Invisible Circle @ Bruar Falls
* Brothers, pow wow!, Maricopa, Spirit Houses, Jon Lall @ Pianos
* Das Racist, Gordon Voidwell, Popo, Old Money @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nicole Atkins & The Sea, Hymns, Bird of Youth @ The Bell House
* Darlings, Senors of Marseille, Teddy Blanks, Holiday Holiday @ The Cameo
* Anamanaguchi, Starscream, Graffiti Monsters @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest w/ Hip Hop Generation Next @ Damrosch Park
* Fucking Ocean, Shivers, Psychic Reality, Royal Chord, Golden Birds @ Cake Shop
* Marnie Stern, Jason & The Scorchers, Oakley Hall, Drink Up Buttercup @ Santos
* Heartthrobz, Bright Light Bright Light, Neon Gloworms, Beach Fossils, Ivory Coasts, Oblisk @ Public Assembly
* Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine & Gillian Welch, Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle @ Beacon Theatre

Free outdoor music tonight includes Daryl Hall & John Oates at Seaside Park in Coney Island, Escort in Prospect Park, a Woodstock Celebration with John Kelly singing Joni Mitchell at Castle Clinton, Jon B at Marcus Garvey Park, the Asphalt Orchestra (who plays through Sunday) at Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest's Hip Hop Generation Next lineup at Damrosch Park Bandshell.

Cursive plays a sold-out gig with The Love Language at Maxwell's.

"A federal jury on Friday ordered a Boston University graduate student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music online to pay $675,000 to four record labels." [MercuryNews]

Adult Swim's free biweekly series at Santos presents Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies) and music from Marnie Stern, Jason and The Scorchers, Oakley Hall and Drink Up Buttercup.

The Big Surprise Tour brings Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine & Gillian Welch, Felice Brothers and Justin Townes Earle to the Beacon Theatre. One Felice played Mercury Lounge on Tuesday.

"No matter how clearly Tenenbaum broke the law, it doesn't change the only real fact: the RIAA has failed to embrace new business models when they appear, has attacked and held back new technologies and innovations at nearly every opportunity until dragged kicking-and-screaming into the new era (which it still refuses to fully embrace), and has created a PR nightmare for itself that isn't helped by lying to the public in the name of a bunch of bogus "FACTS."" [Techdirt]

Eagles of Death Metal play with Rival Schools at Webster Hall. Rival Schools' Walter Schreifels plays a show on August 11th at Maxwell's.

Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters plays Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mia Doi Todd.

Tyshawn Sorey, The Stone's August curator, leads two sets at the venue tonight.

"In the five days since a US district court jury ordered Tenenbaum to pay damages to the record labels for illegally sharing 30 songs, nearly 100 people have donated a total of more than $2,000, according to Debbie Rosenbaum, a fourth-year student at Harvard's law and business schools who assisted in Tenenbaum's defense." [Boston.com]

A Camp's new video for "Love Has Left The Room" below...

Paul Banks's Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper came out earlier this week. The video for "Games for Days" featuring Metric/ex-BSSer Emily Haines is below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Games for Days (MP3)

JapandroidsThis week's music release list may be short, but it contains a surprising quantity of great music.

Of the week's releases, Japandroids' Post-Nothing has spent the most time in my CD player and is inching its way up my ever-changing albums of the year list. The Polyvinyl reissue of that disc is out this week. The band was in NYC last month when they played the Siren Festival in Coney Island.

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (under the moniker of Yim Yames) releases his solo EP of George Harrison covers Tuesday. You can catch Yim on tour this fall as part of Monsters of Folk. Tickets to their NYC shows are on sale.

This week Joe Pernice drops both his new novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop (called by Tom Perrotta, "a hard-boiled slacker chronicle of heartbreak and self-renewal") and its companion album of the same name.

Frrom what has already been sent my way, I can also recommend The Fruit Bats' The Ruminant Band, Julian Plenti's Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper, Lightning Dust's Infinite Light, and Throw Me The Statue's Creaturesque. Julian Plenti is otherwise known as the singer to Interpol.

Seven Oasis albums are reissued on vinyl this week: Be Here Now (2-LP), Definitely Maybe (2-LP), Don't Believe the Truth (1-LP), Heathen Chemistry (2-LP), The Masterplan (2-LP), Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2-LP), (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (2-LP)

Another vinyl reissue worth picking up this week is my favorite Guided By Voices album, Under the Bushes, Under the Stars.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Have I left any interesting releases off the list?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Games for Days (MP3)

Julian Plenti

We just wrote about Julian Plenti, the solo project of Interpol's Paul Banks. His debut under that name, Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper, is due out August 4th on Matador. A second MP3, "Games for Dates," is now legally available for download above.

It was also announced today that Plenti/Banks will be making a TBA live appearance in September (stay tuned for details), and that he'll be on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday, August 7th. Album art and tracklist (again), below...

Continue reading "Julian Plenti (Paul Banks) will play TV & somewhere + an MP3"

DOWNLOAD: Julian Plenti - Fun That We Have (MP3)

Julian Plenti

Since we just mentioned one new solo project from a band on hiatus (Julian from The Strokes), it'd be good to mention two other similar albums in the works.

In May, it was announced that Paul Banks of Interpol will be releasing a solo record called Julian Plenti is Skyscraper (Plenti being his own moniker) through Interpol's ex-label Matador on August 4th. Listen to "Fun That We Have," from the record, above.

This'll be the recording debut from "Julian Plenti," but the project itself is nothing new.

From 1998 to 2003, Julian Plenti performed in and around Manhattan as an acoustic solo artist. Venues that played host included Tobacco Road, Pete's Candy Store, The Knitting Factory, The Living Room, and "Lach's Antihoot" at Sidewalk Cafe.

In 2006 Plenti began to demo a selection of his music using Logic Pro, including some older acoustic songs ("Girl on the Sporting News," "On the Esplanade," "Fly as you Might," "Fun that We Have") with added beats and string arrangements.

In the Fall of 2008 Mr. Plenti took the demoed album to the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn to be re-recorded with live instrumentation.

He hired session performers to play the string and horn arrangements, and also enlisted some friends. Mike Stroud of Ratatat and Charles Burst of The Occasion guest on "Skyscraper;" Sam Fogarino of Interpol plays drums on "Games For Days;" and Striker Manley of Stiff Jesus appears on "No Chance Survival" and "Fun That We Have."

Shows in support of the record are expected (...as are Julian Casblancas shows. I vote they play a show together).

Alec OunsworthAnd it was announced this week that another frontman-cum-solo-performer, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who we reported in January will be taking a break... possibly a very long one), will be releasing his debut, Mo Beauty, on October 20th on Anti- Records. That album was recorded at New Orleans' Piety St. recording studio...

For Mo Beauty, Ounsworth was backed by George Porter, Jr. on bass, Stanton Moore on drums, Robert Walter on keys, and Matt Sutton on baritone and pedal-steel guitars, with additional help from some members of the diversely talented New Orleans community such as Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, Greg Hicks, Washboard Chaz, Shannon Powell, John Boute, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, and Meschiya Lake. The album was produced by veteran musician/producer and fellow Philadelphian Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Blasters, John Lee Hooker, The Replacements).
This is not the first non-CYHSY project from Alec (though maybe the first that has a record), and this is not the first announcement this month from Anti regarding a new solo album from a popular Brooklyn band member (though I think Alec actually calls Philly home).

Other CYHSY side-projects include Uninhabitable Mansions and Radical Dads. Interpol Sam drums in Magnetic Morning. None of these bands have any upcoming dates.

Tracklists for Mo Beauty and Skyscraper, with a YouTube video that purports to be the first 30 seconds or so of each Julian Plenti track, below...

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