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photos by Tim Griffin, words By Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Iran - "Buddy" (MP3)

Iran @ CMJ 2008

Iran (WITH Kyp Malone) will play a show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, TONIGHT (12/18). Also on the bill: Fakers and Lone Wolf and Cub (Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs and Stars Like Fleas - not the metal band). Presumably, Iran will, uh, run... through tracks from their upcoming record Dissolver, due on Feb 3, 2009 via Narnack.

Back to CMJ for a second....before 2 Live Crew played, a Kyp-less-and-still-named-after-a-'rogue-nation', Iran, played a renamed-The Soft Pack-less (they cancelled) and Lee "Scratch" Perry-less (he cancelled) Narnack Showcase this year, at Santos Party House, with the Sundelles, Vaz and Restavrant. Check out the overdue pics from that show above and below, and note - that's Doug Anson that sat in for Kyp. That probably won't happen again though, as we're told that Kyp plans on playing many more shows with the band, including as part of a 2009 tour out of NYC.

In related news, Kyp Malone's other band TV On The Radio, is garnering accolades-a-plenty including album of the year from The Onion AV Club, and from everyone's favorite weirdo Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The Onion AV Club also cornered Santos Party House co-owner Andrew WK about his favorite record of the year.... Lee "Scratch" Perry's Repentance. Hmm... didn't he have something to do with that record?

In more related-to-Glasslands-tonight news, Tall Firs have teamed up with Awesome Color to play the Knitting Factory on Dec 19th (tickets here). Ryan Sawyer's other band, Stars Like Fleas, are recording a new record and have scheduled a show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 24th with Au (tickets here).

A whole bunch of pictures from the Narnack CMJ showcase, and tonight's Glasslands flyer, below...

Continue reading "Iran shows with (tonight) and without (pics) Kyp Malone, TVOTR is #1?, Awesome Color, Tall Firs, Narnack & stuff "

photos by Eric M. Townsend

NY Cares

Nick Diamonds/Thorburn of Islands put together a NY Cares benefit at Knitting Factory in NYC. It happened back on December 8th. The three floor event featured experimental music, art and someone on LSD in a cage on the bottom floor (Old Office), comedy (Eugene Mirman, Dave Hill, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, God's Pottery, Jessie Klein, etc...) followed by Street Carnage (Gavin McInnes showing funny pictures and telling really dirty stories about them) on the second flooor (Tap Bar), and music (Conrad Keely, Leona Naess, Marnie Stern, Despot and Nick Diamonds) and comedy (Eugene Mirman and Fred Armisen) on the main stage. More pictures below...

Continue reading "the rest of the NY Cares Benefit pics (David Cross, Nick Diamonds, Fred Armisen, Street Carnage...)"

by Black Bubblegum

The English Beat
The English Beat

Yesterday we were talking about a reunion of The Specials, as part of their 30th anniversary. The band aren't touring in the US (so far), but another pair of 2 Tone bands are... The English Beat and Bad Manners. Tickets are on sale for a NYC show at Irving Plaza on Feb 6th, 2009... part of a larger late-January/early-February tour that will also take the band to The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on Feb 5th. And if you haven't planned your New Years Eve yet, The English Beat are also playing The Klein in Bridgeport, CT, on December 31, 2008 (tickets here).

For those of you who like your ska in heaping doses, The Knitting Factory has your fix with "3 Floors of Ska" on Dec 29th featuring Westbound Train, King Django, Hub City Stompers, Bluebeats, Royal City Riot, Bigger Thomas featuring Roy Radics, Void Union, Allstonians, The Attack & Skanotto. Tickets are also on sale.

All English Beat tour dates below...

Continue reading "The English Beat tour dates & the last 3-floors of ska @ KF"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

NY Cares

Like Conrad Keely, Marnie Stern played the NY Cares benefit at Knitting Factory on December 8th. Like Crystal Stilts, Marnie Stern is playing Knitting Factory again this Saturday. And like Crystal Stilts, but unlike the Dodos, Marnie Stern made Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2008 (26-50). A few more NY Cares pics below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern in P4K's top 50 + KF past (pics) & KF future (tix) "

photos by Eric M. Townsend

NY Cares

Major label expatriates and rogue rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead announce a national US tour in support of their highly anticipated full-length - The Century of Self - out February 17th, 2009 on the band's Richter Scale Records imprint on Justice Records....produced and mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear) at his DNA Studio in NYC's East Village - The album was recorded Spring 2008 in Austin, TX with Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin) at The Mob House and Chris "Frenchie" Smith (Sixteen Deluxe, Smog, Jet) at The Bubble. Featuring vocal contributions from Yeasayer and Dragons of Zynth, Trail of Dead's sixth full-length is a return to their indie roots while showing the progression the band has made since its inception in 1994.
TOD frontman Conrad Keely performed a solo set at the NY Cares event at Knitting Factory on December 8th. More pictures from that and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - new album, 2009 Tour Dates, NY Cares pics"

by Black Bubblegum

Ft. Greene's own Just Ice
just ice

Since the last time we talked, the Rakim show at Knitting Factory on Dec 19th (Friday) has expanded quite a bit, adding performances by Black Thought of The Roots, (he's) Keith Murray, and the "original gangster of hip hop" Just-Ice. The whole night will be hosted by Sascha Jenkins of ego trip fame and will feature "all vinyl" DJ sets from a sick lineup of DJs including fellow ego trip-per Chairman Mao, along with Dante Ross, Ge-ology, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, JS-1, Dooley-O, DJ Amir (of the legendary Kon & Amir), J-Zone, Jel, and Thanksgiving Brown. That makes it three nights in a row for Jel & Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are still available, check out the flyer below.

Kon & Amir dropped their On Track Vol 2 via BBE in June of this year. When they aren't dropping one of their killer mixes, they can be found either at their blog or behind the decks... which is where you'll find them on Jan 16th, 2009 as part of Disco 3000 NYC at APT. Get your dancin' shoes out (sorry to trample 'ya Showtrotta).

In other news related to what some see as "The Golden Age Of Hip Hop", Irving Plaza added a show on Feb 7th, 2009 billed as.... The Golden Age of Hip Hop Pt 1. No word on what part 2 entails, but we do know that Doug E. Fresh, Chubb Rock, Brand Nubian, Positive K (yeah, him), and Lord Finesse will be on hand for part uno. Tickets are on sale. Lord Finesse recently played Knitting Factory as part of DITC.

While we're on the old school tip, LL Cool J announced a show at Nokia on Feb 19th, 2009 as part of his "Pursed Lickable Lips Tour 2009" (ok, I made that up, it's just the one show). Prepare to wade through a sea of ladies with bamboo earrings (at least two pair). Tickets go on Amex presale on 12/18 at noon and regular sale on 12/20 at noon here.

Continue reading "Rakim, Just Ice, LL Cool J & the Golden Age of Hip Hop "

by Bill Pearis


This time of year is usually pretty slow, show-wise, but this seems to be an especially-packed week for shows. Here's some of the stuff I'm considering attending while I procrastinate on holiday gift shopping and doing all my year-end lists over on my own blog.

Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Crystal Stilts

Speaking of, while I haven't posted my Best Albums of '08 yet, I will tell you Crystal Stilts' Alight of Night did make the Top Ten. They're playing tonight (12/17) at Le Poisson Rouge and even though I've seen them more times this year than I'd like to admit (and will probably see them again later this week), I will probably be in attendance. They're opening for Bay Area neo-fokies Vetiver, whose new covers album, Thing of the Past, is rather lovely.


Hot Snakes
Hot Snakes

Also tonight (12/17), is that double-shot of ex-Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu/Pitchfork bands at Santos Party House: Obits, that's fronted by Rick Froberg; and headliners The Night Marchers, which features John Reis and two other members of Hot Snakes. I have to admit Obits is more of a draw for me, as the band also features Sohrab Habibion who used to front Edsel, one of my favorite bands from the '90s DC scene. Obits just released their debut 7", "One Cross Apiece," which I like a lot. Will there be a mini Hot Snakes reunion tonight? Probably not, but you can always hope for a Christmas miracle.

Plus Minus
Plus Minus

Speaking of '90s indie rock survivors, Thursday (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg is +/-, which is the band/solo project James Baluyut formed when Versus called it quits in the early part of this decade. Versus are playing shows again - and maybe recording new material (so I hear) - but +/- are still very much their own thing and going strong, having released their fourth album Xs on Your Eyes, back in October. Actually the whole line-up at MHoW that night is pretty great: Philly duo Pattern is Movement (who played a BV CMJ day party this year), Brooklyn indie royalty The Ladybug Transistor, and In Interview who I caught at NYC popfest back in June and who don't play nearly enough.

Also on Thursday (12/18): That A.C. Newman Get Guilty listening party at Stanton Public, which I originally thought was last week but wasn't. You can still RSVP for it at Insound. 8-10PM, free beer n' booze.

Sic Alps
Sic Alps

And last but absolutely not least, the can't miss show of the week has to be Saturday's (12/20) three floor-event at Knitting Factory curated by indie rock's original keyboard-drum duo, Quasi. Mates of State, Matt and Kim, etc, bow down to Sam Combes and Janet Weiss. The line-up is kind of staggering: awesome San Francisco garage rock duo Sic Alps (who I've plugged before), the aforementioned Crystal Stilts (a late addition to the bill), Jeffrey Lewis, Soft Circle (ex-Black Dice), plus films by legendary animator Sally Cruikshank (one of which is where Quasi got their name) and Craig Baldwin. Oh yeah, Marnie Stern is also playing. Tickets are $20, and worth it.

Continue reading "Quasi, Vetiver, Crystal Stilts, Marnie Stern, +/-, Hot Snakes, Sic Alps & more in This Week in Indie"

I Love Rainbows

  1. $35.00 gets you general admission to the previously announced show.
  2. $65.00 gets you general admission + "complementary drinks (beer, wine & well) all night".
  3. $100 gets you "VIP/balcony admission plus complementary drinks (beer, wine & well) all night"
They still haven't added any bands to the list though.

Continue reading "Knitting Factory selling 3 types of New Years Eve tickets"

Thanksgiving Brown, Jel and Sixtoo
Thanksgiving Brown

Due to over-whelming demand from their near sold-out [December 18th] Anticon 3rd Annual 10 Year Anniversary show, the Knitting Factory NY adds a 2nd, more intimate Anticon collective event for Wed, Dec 17th in their Tap Bar! Limited to only 200 tickets, and at an amazingly accommodating 'Recession Rate' attendees can purchase an advance ticket for only $5.00!

Anticon Presents: The Visible Ant: An Intimate Night With The Most Personal Posse in Rap...featuring Jel (live set) + a night of music, stories and more with doseone, DJ Odd Nosdam, Yoni Wolf, DJ Thanksgiving Brown, and more!

Tickets are also still on sale for the bigger and more expensive party.

DJ Thanksgiving Brown is also the latest addition to New Years Eve at the same venue, AND he's hosting the Souls of Mischief show there on Tuesday, AND, according to his MySpace, he'll be at the last Variety Shac comedy show, and at the final KF hip hop show with Rakim.

Video of Jel playing "Sweet Cream In It" in his bedroom, below...

Continue reading "Anticon add 2nd, more intimate NYC show @ KF ++ other Thanksgiving Brown appearances"


Liz Harris - a.k.a. Grouper - creates pop songs where the structure is merely hinted at, making it difficult to decide whether her amorphous drones resemble songs or visa versa. On earlier releases, she was awash in reverb, disguising much of her tunes' shapes, hiding melody in trance. [Grouper's 2008 release] Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill continues the minimal whisperings of past LPs, but also features strummed acoustic guitar. Lots of it." [Dusted]
Grouper also recently released a split 7" with City Center. Not surprisingly, City Center is who Grouper played with at Silent Barn in Brooklyn on Sunday. In town from Portland, Grouper plays one more NYC show tonight/Monday at Knitting Factory - it's the WNYU party that Pylon is headlining.

Grouper will also be back in town to play the New Museum on February 13th. Stay tuned for more details. WNYU flyer and a video below...

Continue reading "Grouper - an album & video, KF tonight, New Museum later"

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David Pajo is actually out on tour with Gene Ween which means you can catch him opening the show Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and again the day after that at Highline Ballroom. Tonight/Sunday Gene doesn't have a show though, and David is using his day off to headline the Knitting Factory's Old Office space. Men and Women, Hard Bop and 1200 Trees are also on the bill. In related news, David is putting out a Misfits cover record. He explains...

I'll explain more after the record comes out, but basically I recorded a bunch of misfits songs at a friend's house with a radio shack mic duct taped to a cymbal stand into one of those 70s handheld cassette recorders (back when they had huge hands). it sounded like shit. I was recording the songs to get warmed up (I was about to start work on what became the PAJO record). I usually pick a songwriter that I like and learn some of their songs to get into the mindset. who better than glenn danzig?!

this was in 2004. I forgot all about it but somehow that tape circulated. chan marshal told me she heard it at a photo session a few years ago. it moved to the west coast. it had kids, formed governments, started revolutions. my friend dirk asked me if he could release it on vinyl.

hellz yeh, I replied.

Angelfuck is streaming at MySpace. All dates below...

Continue reading "David Pajo - 2008 Tour Dates (3 NYC shows), Misfits covers"

photos by Leia Jospe

Takka Takka

We've talked about tonight/Friday's show at the Bell House as one of many shows Loney Dear and Melpo Mene are/were playing in NYC, and we've talked about it as a birthday party. This time I'll call it a Takka Takka show (they are headlining), and it's one of two shows they have coming up. The other is January 10th at the BAM Cafe in Fort Greene. More picture from the BrooklynVegan show they played at Knitting Factory in October, and both of those dates again!, below...

Continue reading "Takka Takka - 2 NYC shows, 1 tonight ++ some CMJ pics"

Knitting Factory

Akron/Family curates New Year's Eve! Featuring performances by Deerhoof, Akron/Family, Dirty Projectors, Deer Tick, Megafaun, tons more & very special surprise guests - a full-club farewell to the Leonard Street Knit! - Knitting Factory
Tickets are $35 and ON SALE NOW.

If you haven't been following along, this will also be the last show at Knitting Factory's Manhattan location, ever. Infinity Window is one of the tons more.

Infinity Window

I hadn't heard the ambient music of Infinity Window before today. So far so good. And though they don't really seem like much of a live band, their (Taylor Richardson and Daniel Lopatin) tour dates are pretty interesting:

Dec 13 - NY Eye and Ear Fest, Brooklyn, NY
Dec 15 - Glasslands, Brooklyn w/ Sun Circle, Soft Circle, Bird Show
Dec 31 - Knitting Factory NYE NYC, New York
You also might know Taylor from Sunburned Hand of the Man. All Infinity Window dates below...

Continue reading "Infinity Window - New Years Eve @ KF & other tour dates "

event cancelled

We regret that Flower Travellin' Band's first ever US performance has been postponed to the spring, due to circumstances beyond their control. Refunds issued at point of purchase
That message is in reference Tuesday night's show at Knitting Factory which was the new date (12/9) after the November dates were postponed also. Check out the video for the inappropriately titled, "We Are Here", below...

Continue reading "Flower Travellin' Band's 1st US/NYC show postponed AGAIN"

photos by Leia Jospe

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi return to NYC this week to play two shows - one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Details, all dates, and more pics Leia took at the show they played at the BrooklynVegan party at Knitting Factory in October, below...

Continue reading "The Mae Shi - 2008 Tour Dates, 2 NYC shows, more KF pics"


to quote Nick,

Eugene Mirmen was added to the bill, along with comics Jessi Klein, God's Pottery, & Andres DuBouchet (which brings the total comedy to...a lot considering there's also Dave Hill, David Cross and Fred Armisen). Fred Armisen is going to be doing something special, and Andrew WK is gonna pop by and do a set, i think. Tim Harrington just rang and is gonna have a t-shirt booth, making customized ones for sale. plus, miracle fruit is crazy- it alters the receptors in your taste buds to make bitter and sour things taste sweet. Also, there will be a guy in a cage on LSD who you can interact with (but be gentle). this will be a fun night.

p.s. doing a solo set with accompaniment

Tickets are still on sale. Amazing Baby is playing too. The newest flyer, confirming some of the above information, is below...

Continue reading "Monday's NY Cares event "just got weirder""

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit are on tour with Nada Surf which means they play two NYC show this weekend. The first is tonight, Saturday December 6th, at Bowery Ballroom (sold out). The second is Sunday at Webster Hall (tickets still available).

The pictures in this post are from the show they played for BrooklynVegan at Knitting Factory on October 25th. More of them, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Delta Spirit - 2008 Tour Dates (Nada Surf), BV CMJ pics "

The Nouvellas @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
The Nouvellas

Two Nouvellas appearances, three craft fairs, four NYC holiday events...

Continue reading "Holiday Soul, craft fairs & Nouvellas (upcoming NYC events)"

David Cross

David Cross (you may know him as the Crane from the movie Kung Fu Panda) is confirmed to appear with Eugene Mirman at the previously mentioned Tearing the Veil of Maya holiday show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on December 7th. Tickets are now on sale. That's one day before David appears at Knitting Factory with Marnie Stern and Fred Armisen.

Eugene Mirman is confirmed to appear at Variety Shac's Farewell to the Knit (at the Knit) on December 17th. Also on the bill: Tigers and Monkeys (a band that is often on the bill of comedy shows), Jon Glaser and Stella's Michael Showalter. Tickets are on sale.

Stella performed two shows at Union Hall this past Saturday and will be appearing at Nokia Theatre December 9th and 10th.

Demetri Martin plays UCB tonight, Monday December 1st.

ALSO TONIGHT (MONDAY): @ Pianos - It Is It (free comedy) w/ Pete Holmes, Hannibal Burress, Roger Hailes, Noah Garfinkle, and others.

More like this, HERE.

photos by Faith-Ann Young

DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Sunchips (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Blissout (MP3)


Lemonade went on after 8:00 PM at Knitting Factory on Saturday, October 25th. It was the third of three BrooklynVegan shows that week. It was the final of five days of CMJ. They were the 20th of 21 bands that day. Needless to say, I was in no shape to enjoy music, but their set captivated me in a "I can't look away" kind of way. It's all a blur, but I know I loved it. Luckily, they, having recently moved from California, live in Brooklyn now. And they have two more upcoming NYC shows. The first, as previously noted, is the final date on their tour with El Guincho. That hits Le Poisson Rouge on December 2nd. The second is three days later at Zebulon in Brooklyn. El Guincho is also deejaying Le Poisson Rouge on November 29th (Prefuse 73 is too). More pictures and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Lemonade & El Guincho on tour, NYC shows, KF pics, MP3's "

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Doug Gillard

Doug Gillard's new album "Call From Restricted" is out now on iTunes. "Actual CD copies will follow and be available shortly" - maybe by January? That's when Doug and band will be playing at Pianos in Manhattan every Wednesday night (7, 14, 21 & 28). Doug's last NYC show was (I think) the one he played at Knitting Factory on October 25th (the BV free during-CMJ day party). More pictures from that below...

Continue reading "Doug Gillard (GBV)-a January Pianos residency, BV party pics "


Monday, Dec 15, 2008 // DOORS 7:00 PM // ADV $20// DOS $25

WNYU 35th Anniversary Celebration (a full club event!) with special guests Pylon, Psychic Paramount, Grouper, Ehnahre, Sword Heaven, Zola Jesus, many more!

This is currently Pylon's only scheduled show. Tickets are on sale. Watch a video of Deerhunter covering a Pylon song HERE. The reunited group came around a couple of times last year too.

This event is one more big one in the month-long celebration that is Knitting Factory's final month open in Tribeca. They close for good after New Years Eve. Bands rumored to be playing that night include Dirty Projectors, Deer Tick, Deerhoof and Akron/Family.

photos by Chris La Putt, Zach Dilgard, Leia Jospe; words by Black Bubblegum

Marnie Stern tappin away (by Chris LaPutt)
Marnie Stern

Need to get away from the family this Thanksgiving? Marnie Stern and her fingertappin' toetappers will massage your ears at TWO NYC dates supporting Gang Gang Dance over the Thanksgiving holday weekend. The first is 11/28 with Zs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg (tickets here). The second is 11/29 at Santos Party House with the reunited 18th Dye (tickets here).

It was also just announced that Marnie will be appearing at the NY Cares benefit taking place at Knitting Factory on December 8th with David Cross, Nick Diamonds and others.

Marnie's latest band of merry comrades includes guitarist Mark Shippy of the recently defunct US Maple and ex-Parts & Labor-er Jim Sykes on the kit. Those two spots were previously held at times by Zach Hill (who recently played NYC) and Robby Moncrieff of The Advantage, as well as a friggin' iPod for a short while (the version of her band that sometimes didn't get the best reviews). The Shippy/Sykes incarnation of the Marnie Stern band will be on hand for the upcoming shows this week, and were there to back Marnie Stern on the main stage of the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Oct 25th at The Knitting Factory. That's where the pictures in this post originate.

Admittedly, I never caught Marnie during her Hill/Moncrieff days, but her performance at the BV Day Party left me thinking that Shippy/Sykes added the necessary (seitan) beefy backbone to complement her uniquely cutesy-virtuosic guitar licks... much like the dichotomy of Satomi and Saunier/Dieterich in Deerhoof. Don't get me wrong though, Marnie doesn't just provide the yin to her back-up band's yang... Girlfriend came to shred, and she definitely took care of bidness. Her new album is out now on Kill Rock Stars. Check out video from the show, as well as all Marnie Stern tour dates below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern - 2008 Tour Dates (Gang Gang Dance, NY Cares), Knitting Factory pics"