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photos by Tim Griffin
"This solo project from Animal Collective's Deakin (or Deacon, or Josh Dibb) was just as psychedelic, but in more of a dub vein, with spacey, ambient guitar over echoing reverberating distorted drum-pad beats. A pair of smoking-hot yoga-body hipster girls were dancing throughout--no idea how they found a beat to lock into, as loose as the rhythm was, but none of the guys nearby were complaining." [Dallas Observer]From some of our posts, you might think metal and punk dominated at Fun Fun Fun Fest, and honestly it kind of was the metal and punk bands who packed the most punch making it harder to enjoy the lighter fare all in one day, but there are many who probably spent all weekend at Waterloo Park and never even ventured over to the Black Stage once, not even to check out the spectacle that is Gwar who were on that the same time as Dirty Projectors on Saturday.
If indie rock/pop/chillwave was all you were looking for, or even just dancing and hip hop, you had more than your share of best new music to keep you occupied from noon to 10pm on the Orange and Blue stages. Sunday alone featured Deerhunter, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Deakin, Magic Kids, Best Coast (Wavves played the day before) and Cults, not to mention Yelle, Polvo, P.O.S. and A-Trak. Those are most of the artists pictured in this post which continues below...
Beirut @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Sir Richard Bishop @ Zebulon
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Vivian Girls, Dutch Treat @ Union Pool
* Beirut & Woom @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kaki King, The Ballet & Julia Weldon @ Littlefield
* Unrest, Tuscadero, True Love Always, Jonny Cohen @ The Bell House
* Faith No More, Neil Hamburger & James Chance @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Yesterday was July 4th, but today is the day lots of people get off work, so I hope you're enjoying your day off.
Sir Richard Bishop kicks off a four week residency at Zebulon tonight.
Vivian Girls are playing a show?!?! That used to be an extremely common occurrence. Now it's an extremely rare one.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ the Seaport in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Andrew WK DJ w/ live performances @ Santos
* Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
* GWAR CRACK-A-THON @ MF Gallery
* Aloha, Pomegranates @ Maxwell's
* Hanne Hukkelberg @ Rooftop Films
* "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opening
* Yellow Dogs, Hypernova @ 92YTribeca
* Budos Band, The Jay Vons @ Southpaw
* Cable, Slacks, Goes Cube @ Union Pool
* Kaki King, An Horse @ Bowery Ballroom
* Caveman, Arms, Quiet Lights @ The Cameo
* The Low Anthem, Timbre Timber @ The Bell House
* Natural Child, Liquor Store, Foster Care @ Lulu's
* Liturgy, White Mice, Suffering Bastard @ Shea Stadium
* Suprise Me Mr. Davis, Anne & the Beekeepers @ Union Hall
* Wussy, The Fervor, Mystery of Two, Little Big @ Cake Shop
* Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Golden Triangle @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tao Saxo Quartet, Butchy Fuego, The Sway Machinery @ Zebulon
* The Little Death, Gordon Gano & The Ryans @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Rykarda Parasol, Bootblacks, Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch @ Littlefield
* Claymation Velociraptor,Sigmund Droid,LookBook,Common Loon,No Place @ Pianos
* Girls & Boys presents VIKING, The Hood Internet, Telephoned (Live) @ Webster Hall
* Air Waves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Eternal Summers, Beachniks @ Bruar Falls
* Alex Battles, Gabe Rothschild, Lenny Molotov, B is for Baroness @ Petes Candy Store
* Real Estate, Family Portrait, Liam the Younger, Big Troubles @ Monster Island
* Justice of the Unicorn,Untied States,Lucky Pineapple,Pet Ghost Project @ Glasslands
* Fiasco,Daniel Francis Doyle,Dinowalrus,Pterodactyl,Dana Falconberry @ DeathByAudio
* Contact! w/ NY Phil plays Nico Muhly, Sean Shepherd, Matthias Pintscher @ Symphony Space
UPDATE: Shrinebuilder have added a last minute show tonight thanks to the volcano.
More about some of tonight's shows in This Week in Indie.
South Street Seaport just announced some of the bands playing there this summer.
The Banksy documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opens this weekend at Sunshine Theater and Lincoln Plaza. As everyone that was clapping at the screening we hosted on Sunday will tell you, it's a great movie. Mr. Brainwash FTW!
Speaking of movies, I haven't seen it, but No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh) also opens tonight...
"Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence more », and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy..."Iranian indie rock bands Hypernova and Yellow Dogs both star in the film and then are playing its opening party at 92YTribeca.
The Iranian event is not part of the Tribeca Film Festival which starts on April 21st.
The Roadburn Festival is underway in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Stay tuned for reports from the ground.
Coachella starts today in California. You can stream it online.
Have Coachella open in one window and the Gwar Crack-A-Thon open in another (or go to the Crack-A-Thon in person).
The Cribs were supposed to be one of the streaming Coachella performances today, but not anymore.
Pavement played a US show at the Fox Theater last night. A video from the show below...
Spoon played Kimmel last night. Video below...
Kaki King plays Bowery Ballroom tonight. Last night she was at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Two nights ago she was on Fallon. Video from the TV appearance below...
Caribou's recent video for "Odessa" below...
Kaki King @ MHOW in December (adam weinberg)
Kaki King has been working on her fifth album, the follow-up to 2008's Dreaming of Revenge, and that release is expected to come this year (though no date or name have been announced). She did take time away from recording to play a one-off at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 12th. At that show, she debuted a bunch of new material, which you can check out in the videos below.
Her upcoming tour plans, with opener An Horse (who are currently on tour with Tegan & Sara in Canada), are starting to unfold - a handful of announced dates range between mid-April in NYC and mid-May in California. For those NYC shows, the first is Thursday, April 15th at Music Hall of Williamsburg; the second, Friday, April 16th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, January 13th at noon; general sale is Friday at noon.
New songs live at MHOW and tour dates are below...
Kaki King @ BAM (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Talibam! @ The Stone
* The Sway Machinery @ a Synagogue
* Roedelius & Celletti @ Saint Peter's Church
* Hanukkah Gone Metal @ Knitting Factory
* The Havens, Annie Crane @ Sycamore
* Your Nature, Blood Orange @ Union Pool
* Mister Saturday Night Loft Party @ Market Hotel
* Unsilent Night @ Washington Square Park
* Tyvek, The Beets, Home Blitz @ Silent Barn
* La Otracina, Early Man, Naam @ The Charleston
* Black Metal Theory Symposium @ Public Assembly
* Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ BB King's
* Matisyahu, John Brown's Body, Dynasty @ Webster Hall
* Kaki King, A Rose Parade @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tombs, Junius, Irepress, Rosetta @ Studio at Webster Hall
* AXIOM plays Steve Reich & John Adams @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Six Gallery, Noxious Foxes, Aficionado, Vesper @ Spike Hill
* A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall
* Vivian Girls, Yellow Fever, Happy Birthday @ Death By Audio
* Menorah Horah feat. Golem & burlesque by The Schlep Sisters @ Southpaw
* The Rapture (DJ), Populette, James F!*#% Friedman @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Petrol Emotion, The Forgery Series, The Mad Scene @ The Bell House
* A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Frances, The Jaguar Club, Wooden Sky @ Union Hall
* Small Black, Tickley Feather, Aeroplane Pageant, Translations @ Cake Shop
* The Fiery Furnaces, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Human Hearts @ Bowery Ballroom
Happy Haukkah. Check out our new guide to Chanukah events.
Bill's top pick for tonight is That Petrol Emotion.
About the Kaki King show @ MHOW tonight
Kaki King is currently recording the follow-up to 2008's Dreaming of Revenge with producer Malcolm Burn at his Kingston, NY, studio. The new record, tentatively titled Junior, is due out in Spring 2010.Vivian Girls + YellowFever + Happy Birthday @ DBA.
King will be debuting material from the new LP at her show on December 12th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg before heading Down Under for a two-week tour of Australia's major clubs and festivals, including the Falls Festival, Woodford Folk and Southbound Festival.
A Rose Parade will open the Brooklyn show. ARP is a newly formed collaboration between Shannon Funchess (!!!) and Gerard Smith (TV On the Radio).
The Fiery Furnaces play for the 2nd night in a row tonight. Check out their new video for "Even in the Rain", below...
Lightspeed Champion's solo project Blood Orange is at Union Pool tonight. Lightspeed Champion plays Bowery Ballroom in 2010.
Tickets are on general sale for the Eric Clapton / Jeff Beck shows.
Muse tickets are on sale too.
Darlene Love is at BB King's on Sunday.
Kaki King plays Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on December 12th. Tickets go on American Express pre-sale on Wednesday at noon, and then on general sale Friday at the same time. Someone set Kaki's song "I think She Knows" to a Disney-themed "Femmeslash". Confused? Check out the video below...
Black Dice when they opened for Animal Collective (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Mitch Easter @ Maxwell's
* N.A.S.A @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dave Hill: Big in Japan @ UCB
* Wicked Awesomes @ Cake Shop
* Kaki King @ Galapagos Art Space
* Juana Molina, Lia Ices & Jetty Rae @ MHOW
* Alasdair Roberts & Bert Jansch @ City Winery
* Alina Simone, Ben & Vesper, Emilyn Brodsky @ Pianos
* Gringo Starr, Band of Skulls & Joel Plaskett @ Union Hall
* Asshole Parade, Apeshit! & Vermefug @ the Charleston
* Electric Six & Les Sans Culottes on a Rocks Off Cruise
* Amazing Baby (secret show) & No Bra @ Bruar Falls
* Bouncing Souls, Lifetime & None More Black @ Webster Hall
* Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Von Iva & Jennifer O'Connor @ Mercury Lounge
* Das Racist, Best Fwends, Body Language & Natureboy Jim Kelly @ Studio
* Black Dice, Landed & Chinese Stars (Adult Swim party) @ Santos Party House
Bouncing Souls play their first of two NYC shows at Webster Hall tonight. Check out what Greg had to say to Kevin.
Black Dice just opened for Animal Collective. Tonight it's a free show at Santos Party House. "Adult Swim Presents Summer At Santos Series curated by Christy Karacas with Black Dice, Landed and Chinese Stars. Hosted by Tim Harrington"
"Zero Film Festival, the first festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers, has our New York Premiere August 20th at Galapagos Art Space, in build-up to our week-long festival in December." Music by Kaki King, Soundpool, and Setting Sun.
Amazing Baby, who are headlining their own show at Bowery Ballroom on October 3rd (tickets now on sale), play a secret set at Bruar Falls tonight at 11pm.
Jennifer O'Connor says, "I'm playing 2 shows this week. One on Thursday, August 20, opening for the force of nature that is Amy Ray and her rock band. This will take place at Mercury Lounge in NYC. I will be playing with my own band/brand of rock (Michael Brodlieb on bass - and Jon Langmead on drums - Jon is also the drummer for Choo Choo la Rouge). Then I'm playing on Saturday August 22 at Union Hall in Brooklyn as part of a special Kiam Records showcase/record release party for the Choo Choo la Rouge record. I'll be going on first this night and be playing solo acoustic. I want ALL OF YOU in New York to please come to this show!"
A new video for a new song by Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Kaki King in Stuy Town
Hey everyone!That Facebook-based project will come to life on August 7th at the new venue Littlefield in Brooklyn. Last night (7/15), like Jay Reatard before her, Kaki King played a free NYC show in Stuy Town. More pictures from that show, and all tour dates below...
I set up this page as a forum for everyone to witness and provide (helpful) commentary on this art project I had in mind.
What I want to do is to meet twelve amazing artists, give them each a blank guitar, and let them go wild creating anything their heart desires. The theme of each piece would be the title of one of my songs, and my only artistic contribution would be to paint my fingers and 'play' the fretboard (wherever it ends up) as I would during the song so as to create a visual representation of where my hands travel.
Everyone tells me that my playing is best witnessed visually--so this is one interpretation of that statement. At the end of this project we're going to display all of the guitars in a gallery and throw a party with performances and perhaps the finalization of the last guitar.
Right now I'm extending an open call for artists to submit their websites/jpegs/etc. and ideas about how they could redesign/paint/burn/disembody/what have you a guitar. Those who have experience working with mixed media and found objects will probably do best with this. I will be honest--artists in the NYC area will be considered slightly more favorably due to the expense of shipping costs (and the fact that I like meeting people face to face), but I felt that it was unfair to limit the submissions to just my hometown.
If this is a project for you or anyone you know then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Send any relevant links or materials, your basic bio, and if possible a song title that you'd be interested in. I will answer every single email personally and provide you with all of the relevant details that aren't already here.
For those non-visual artists, feel free to comment about the project, favorite song titles, and any other feedback you feel is relevant. I'll be updating this site and my own as the project progresses. And please, no haters. This is just supposed to be good creative fun.
Thanks for reading! Can't wait to see what y'all got!
DOWNLOAD: Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens: What Have You Done (MP3)
Sarah Siskind @ Living Room in April (by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Zap Mama @ Joe's Pub
* Toadies @ Irving Plaza
* Blacklist @ Home Sweet Home
* Ciam, Bell @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Your Nature, Real Estate @ The Annex
* Unwigged & Unplugged @ the Beacon Theater
* BLK JKS, The Present, Popo @ The Bell House
* Kylesa, Wetnurse, The Nolan Gate @ Maxwell's
* Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens @ Joe's Pub
* Keane & the Helio Sequence @ Radio City Music Hall
* Angel ov Death (Jamie Saft & Mike Pride) @ Zebulon
* Lary Seven, Nonhorse: Non-Amoral Confusion/Drone @ The Stone
* Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Rubin Museum of Art
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hallelujah The Hills, Ford and Fitzroy @ Southpaw
* Sarah Siskind, Catherine MacLellan, Waz, Kate Havnevik @ The Living Room
* Buru Style, Faith, Hanuman Sextet & John Sinclair, DJ Spirit @ Cake Shop
* Jukebox The Ghost, Jenny Owen Youngs, These United States @ Bowery Ballroom
* A Place To Bury Strangers, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Sisters, Coin Under Tongue @ Pianos
Tonight, the Living Room hosts Sarah Siskind (Bon Iver & Bill Frisell tourmate & collaborator), Kate Havnevik and others. Kate will be joined by Kaki King on drums, Mike Savino (from Tall Tall Trees) on upright bass and Daniel Cho on cello.
Bowery Presents is hosting a big birthday party with five bands at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. It's free, but invite only. The birthday party happening at Pianos is open to the public, but costs money.
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens celebrate the release of their new album, at Joe's Pub tonight.
Zap Mama plays the first of three shows in a row at Joe's Pub tonight.
A video of the Thermals making things with clay on IFC, below...
High Places @ Stuy Town Oval 2008 (thepiratehat)
Music on the Oval will feature free family-friendly concerts at 7:00 p.m. New Yorkers and visitors will groove to a different pre-show DJ each night starting at 6:00 p.m...The Stuyvesant Town Oval is located between 16th and 18th Streets and Avenues A & B and the entrance is off First Avenue and 16th Street.We already mentioned that Jay Reatard is the family-friendly artist playing there on July 1st. Kaki King, The Budos Band and a few others are playing there this summer too. Full schedule below...
Kaki King @ BAM 2/7/09 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Others will be celebrating, that same night, right here in Brooklyn at Glasslands Gallery where Kaki King will play a "special set" at a Morrissey birthday celebration. Beta Beta, the Bodgea Girls and the Stationary Set are also on the bill. Flyer below.
This summer, King will be at Bonnaroo on June 12th and Northern California's music & yoga festival, Wanderlust, on Saturday, July 25th. The lineup for that fest includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jenny Lewis, Amanda Palmer, Spoon, Broken Social Scene...and many more big "indie" names. The festival also offers yoga sessions with a full schedule of guest yogis. Both music+yoga tickets and music-only tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 12th.
Kaki King's newest record is her Mexican Teenagers EP, released March 30th by Cooking Vinyl.
Full details of both Morrissey's b-day and Wanderlust Festival, with posters, and Kaki King dates, below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
Beirut thrives on the indie-rock circuit playing music that has little to do with typical rock sounds or rhythms. On Friday its nearly all-acoustic lineup included accordion, trumpet, trombone, bass fiddle and drums; Mr. Condon switched between rotary valve flugelhorn and ukulele. Beirut rarely uses a standard rock beat; more often it has the sputtering snare drum and occasional bass-drum thuds of waltzes, tangos, polkas and Balkan dances.Beirut played four shows in Brooklyn in two weeks. It started with a secret show at Coco66 in Greenpoint on January 27th. Then on February 4th came Music Hall of Williamsburg, and finally on Friday (2/6) and Saturday (2/7) came the two shows with the Vassar Orkestar at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Kaki King opened those last two. Beirut also appeared on Letterman Friday night. Video from that, and more pictures from the last BAM show, below...
On Friday night Beirut was backed for part of its set by the three dozen musicians of the Vassar Orkestar -- on strings, reeds and horns, with arrangements by Beirut's trumpeter Kelly Pratt -- who added elegant pizzicato parts and put more oomph in the oompah. Mr. Condon beckoned the audience out of the opera-house seats, to throng the stage as if the Brooklyn Academy of Music were just a bigger club. [NY Times]
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "Run Over By A Truck" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "A Shocking Interrogation" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wetnurse - "Not Your Choice" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lewd Acts - "Play Me Something That I Know" (MP3)
Sweeeet undies, GOrlock!
What do you get when you cross a metal band with a serious case of ADD and multiple personality disorder, spazzy-grinders with a Point Break fetish, and a crew from a whale's vagina with a Deathwish? A f'n good show, that's what!
Wetnurse, Graf Orlock, Lewd Acts, and 26 Beers will redline the RPH meter (that's riffs per hour) when they team up to destroy The Charleston in Brooklyn on Sunday Jan 18th. The shindig kicks off at 9.
Graf Orlock and Lewd Acts are in the midst of an East Coast tour that also brings the band to New Brunswick, NJ on Saturday Jan 17 and completes in Atlanta on Jan 24.
Wetnurse recently released Invisible City, garnering heaping shit-tons of end-of-year accolades, including by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats...
John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats' Best of 2008:We interviewed Wetnurse drummer Curran Reynolds around the time the album came out.
Wetnurse, Invisible City (Seventh Rule)
Larkin Grimm, Parplar (Young God)
Tata Young, One Love (Sony/BMG)
Kaki King, Dreaming of Revenge (Velour)
Aura Noir, Hades Rise (Tyrant Syndicate)
Cece Winans, Thy Kingdom Come (EMI Gospel)
Killer Mike, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind 2 (SMC Recordings)
Planet Asia & DJ Muggs, Pain Language (Gold Dust Media)
the Breeders, Mountain Battles (4AD)
Enslaved, Vertebrae (Season of Mist)
Lewd Acts recently signed on with hardcore heavyweights Deathwish Inc, and are finishing up their LP with Kurt Ballou at God City Records. Until that drops, the band has a few 7"s including their latest one, Lung Patrol, on 16oh Records... check out "Play Me Something That I Know" from the Lung Patrol 7" above and pick one up at the show!
By the way, I'm not usually one to point out merch, but one gander at Graf Orlock's merch from past and present is good for a chuckle.
All dates and Sunday's flyer below...
DOWNLOAD: Beirut - Elephant Gun (MP3)
Beirut @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival is a borough-wide celebration of Brooklyn's musical talent, comprising mainstage events at BAM (performances by Beirut, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kaki King, and Chairlift), music in BAMcafé, off-site performances at thirteen Brooklyn venues (The Bell House, Bodega, bushbaby, Le Grand Dakar, Frank's Lounge, Goodbye Blue Monday, Monkey Town, Pete's Candy Store, Solomon's Porch, Sputnik, Southpaw, Union Hall, Zebulon), and a BAMfamily event (featuring Guy Davis).Tickets are now on sale for Friends of Bam only. Public sale begins Friday December 12th. More dates and details below...
BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo commented, "Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival demonstrates BAM's continuing commitment to celebrate the borough's vibrant music scene and its wealth of talent. We're thrilled to partner with many of Brooklyn's most dynamic clubs and venues, and we're excited to present exceptional artists in our own house."
[the new album] Guilt By Association Vol 2 was conceptualized and produced by [former BV contributor] Wesley Verhoeve and lends towards danceable covers of some of the artists favorite pop songs. "We wanted to take what was done on Volume 1 and pour it into a cohesive framework. We're big fans of pop music, but also of indie music and in that sense there's nothing ironic about this project. Together with the artists we picked pop songs they loved that might sometimes be painted as guilty pleasures by some (but not us), and then attempted to shine a light on them in a way that exposes what is so awesome about these songs," says Wes.Download the MBD track above. Stream the whole album and check out the full tracklist below. All MBD tour dates are down there too...
The Forms's cover of Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire' or My Brightest Diamond's take on 'Tainted Love', are transformed into a slamming modern indie dance party track that fits right into today's' Brooklyn scene. Others like Matt Pond PA's version of My Chemical Romance' "I'm Not Okay" provide us with a quick mellow moment of melancholy.
words and photos by Faith-Ann Young
You know who I'd like to see duel? Kaki King vs. Gabriela from Rodrigo y Gabriela. just a random thought.
Anyway, Sunday night, Kaki King closed out almost a year of touring. Though she was visibly tired, relieved and even teary-eyed at times, Kaki cathartically plucked, strummed, and beat her long-nailed fingers over her guitar...ferociously, yet seemingly effortlessly. In the first 5 minutes, she proved worthy of Rolling Stone's label of one of the 100 best guitar players of all time. Plus, with the help of her band, (a feirce bassist/guitarist, a fiercer drummer, a synth dude, and a guy who plays an quirky electronic valve instrument that looks like a bong), she cohesively melded punk rock, acoustic folk, and shoegaze throughout the set. (set list in pictures below)
How much is a Mountain Goats show worth? One chick in the front spent $500 to fly from Indiana just to see The Mountain Goats perform in NY this weekend (Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Sunday at Webster Hall) (not to mention accomodations and concert tickets)....pretty impressive. Anyway, Mountain Goats entered the stage to "December 63 (Oh What A Night)." In minutes, John Darnielle was full of sweat and energy, chatting with his usual easy banter, making his fans both clap, laugh and cry. Kaki came back on to play a few songs mid-set, first on guitar, and then on what looked like an electronic autoharp....To prove how close they had gotten during the tour, at the end of set, the whole Kaki crew came out and danced onstage alongside the goats......Hugged, cried - it was good (if emotional) night...
More pictures and a whole bunch of setlists below...
Kaki King @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Hold Steady and Drive by Truckers play their second of two shows together at Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (11/7), and two more big indie rock pairings are rolling into town to play their own doubleheaders this weekend. Deerhunter, Times New Viking play Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Knyfe Hyts) and Bowery Ballroom (with Vivian Girls) on Friday and Saturday. The Mountain Goats and Kaki King are at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall on Satuday and Sunday.
Also this weekend: Conor Oberst at Terminal 5 (Saturday and Sunday), and the show I'm presenting, Deer Tick at Southpaw on Saturday. I have one pair of Deer Tick tickets to giveaway. If you want them...
The Mountain Goats @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
When I try to talk about Kaki my usually reliable fund of superlatives seems insufficient. She is just the best. I am so excited about this tour. We can't wait to play music with her every night, and we can't wait to see you all there. [John Darnielle]This is probably a dream come true for John. Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall are among the venues The Mountain Goats & Kaki King will visit this fall. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. All dates below....
Kaki King @ a BV show in Austin (more by Ryan Muir)
Kaki King slayed the crowd at Club DeVille just before midnight. Playing with her full band, the diminutive guitar virtuoso demonstrated how finger-picking is really done. The instrumental numbers often sounded like something you'd hear at a Pinback show, if that band had honed its chops on bluegrass and Ani DiFranco. Truly an impressive set, with a bang-up closing number: a riotous punk jam sung by its author, the Bubonics' Sara DeCastro. [Rolling Stone]Shredmaster Kaki King headlines Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (for the first time?) (April 9, 2008) (tix). Stream another show she played at SXSW at NPR. The rest of her upcoming tour dates below...
words & photos by Ryan Muir
I flew in to Austin on wednesday morning and the festival was already going strong. After picking up my credentials and looking out from the top of the convention center I started to get a feel for the scope and scale of the whole event.
on top of the Austin convention center
My first stop was the Mohawk for a party sponsored by the familliar Gothamist/Austinist websites. While the first band i saw 'We Barbarians' didnt impress me much, their set allowed for ample time to catch my bearings and down a few complimentary beers. It wasn't too long before i realized Phosphorescent was playing inside downstairs to a packed house. Then Shearwater started their set outside. I tried to catch as much of each set without jumping back and forth - a strategy I would get better at as the days went on.....
DOWNLOAD: Kaki King - Two O'Clock (MP3)
I've mentioned in the past that women with guitars make me weak. Foremost on that list is Kaki King, one of my favorite guitarists. Dreaming of Revenge finds her stellar playing featured alongside her surprisingly ever-impressive songwriting and vocals. If you're in Austin this week, catch her set right before Martha Wainwright at the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase.
Speaking of SXSW, this week's music conference means a lack of big name indie music releases, but there are still reasons to head to the record store. Autumn Fallin', the debut album by singer-songwriter Jaymay (I am a longtime fan) is out on Blue Note.
Other discs I can strongly recommend include Why? 's Alopecia, Transmissionary Six's Cosmonautical, Nick Jaina's Wool, Cassettes Won't Listen's Small-Time Machine, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's Eleventh Hour, Farmers Market's Surfin USSR, and Hymns' Travel in Herds.
What new releases are you picking up? What can you recommend from this week's list?
DOWNLOAD: Kaki King - Two O'Clock (MP3)
Kaki King returns with her fourth album after her contributions to Foo Fighters and Tegan & Sara's latest albums, and having been nominated for a Golden Globe award for "Into The Wild" together with Eddie Vedder.Kaki King is playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at SXSW, touring, and headlining Bowery Ballroom on April 9th. Tickets are on sale for Bowery. All dates below....
Dreaming Of Revenge (out March 11, 2008 by Velour Music Group) showcases Kaki King's desire to branch out with songs that feature electric and pedal-steel guitar, horns, and,
for the first time,vocals....
"We really concentrated on the melodies. Everything I write tends to be dense and chordal, but this time the idea was to layer
the challenging guitar work under very simple, beautiful melodies. I really wanted them to be memorable." - KAKI KING
I've gone "official" again. The lineup of the first-ever official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase is... (in no particular order...):Club de Ville in Austin, TX. To get in, you either need a SXSW badge, a SXSW wristband, or one of the tickets we'll be selling at the door (more details & set times TBA - I don't even know 100% how it works yet).
More bands playing SXSW are listed HERE.
DOWNLOAD: Kaki King - Two O'Clock (MP3)
Kaki King @ The Apple Store, NYC - Jan 20, 2008 (Jason Bergman)
The video for the title track from Nick Cave's upcoming album "DIG!!!, LAZARUS, DIG!!!", is below. What else?