Entries tagged with: Kurt Vile
by Bill Pearis
Real Estate @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Real Estate's new EP, Reality, on Mexican Summer is sold out (including a repressed Record Store Day edition that came with a cassette) in physical form but you can get it digitally from the usual sources. This past Sunday the NJ band played a Kidrockers show at Bowery Ballroom. How was that? What did your kids think?
And there is much more touring in Real Estate's future. In May they head to Europe followed by a brief trip to the west coast. Then not long after the Woodsist Northside show at MHOW on June 25th, the band will go out on a North American tour with Kurt Vile. That trip includes NYC-area shows at Le Poisson Rouge on July 9th (tickets) and Maxwell's on July 10th (tickets).
All dates mentioned so far are before Real Estate plays a free summer show with Deerhunter in August. All dates below...
Truck America is a 3day festival (april 30-may 2) held up in the catskill mountains @ the full moon resort in big indian, ny. the truck family has been putting on festivals and gatherings in the UK for the past 13 years and have just made the jump to the american market. mercury rev (with a full orchestra), white rabbits, here we go magic, ida, the joy formidable and neil halstead are just a few of the confirmed live performances. in addition to lots of live music, they're also going to have handfuls of workshops, kids activities and late night campfire singalongs. weekend pass is only $120 and includes 3 nights of campsite access and parking (day tickets also available). if camping isn't your thing, accommodations are also available at the resort as well as meal packages.The full lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
Before then there are a pair of "warm up shows" happening in NYC. The first is tonight (4/21) at The Bell House and features all bands also playing the festival: Atlantic/Pacific (ex-Texas is the Reason), Dusty & The Dreaming Spires (Robin & Joe from Goldrush/Truck), Oxygen Ponies and Cat Martino. The second happens April 26th at Matchless, with The Caulfield Sisters and the Truck Family All Stars (members of Common Prayer, Dusty & The Dreaming Spires & Hopewell).
Sixties-style rockers The Sadies will be one of the bands at Truck America. They also have a new album, Darker Circles, out May 18th at Yep Roc. Their tour dates take them across Canada and down the West Coast, where they play a few shows with Kurt Vile. Back east, Vile plays a release show for his new 12" EP Square Shells, which comes out at the end of May on Matador, at Union Pool on June 18th. Joining him will be Meg Baird and Mad Scene.
The full lineup for Truck America and other tour dates are below...
Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.
UPDATE: Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.
Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...
photos by Brian Reilly, words by Andrew Frisicano
Apologies to the DJ who went on after Fucked Up last Friday (2/15) at Europa. The balloons he or she carefully inflated, stuffed into bags, taped to the ceiling and rigged up with string to the DJ booth didn't make it through the set. "Last time I was here the bouncer beat me up," said one hopeful crowd member. Nothing like that happened - though there was some pushing and shoving, some ill advised but inevitable backflips off the stage, and the reasonably levelheaded bouncer in front, not beating anyone up.
Fucked Up treated the crowd to its standard repertoire of songs new and old (a partial setlist is below). Surprises included some songs off their just released Couple Tracks compilation and a devout cover of Sex Pistols' "Bodies."
The show was one of two NYC-area dates on their tour with fellow Matador artist Kurt Vile (Frankie & The Outs also opened at Europa). The other was the night before at Maxwell's. Vile opened both with airy, gutted versions of his full-band songs using only an acoustic guitar and some light effects. He opens for Panda Bear in Europe this March.
Fucked Up will be down at SXSW in March. One stop will be the BrooklynVegan Day Show on 3/17 at Emo's, where they'll play alongside Torche, Javelina, Salome, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. They'll also be at their own showcase, and MtyMx the following Sunday.
They recently announced a limited-run Record Store Day 7-inch (April 17th this year), with custom covers for each of 10 stores (including NYC's Generation Records) and one generic cover. Check out the artwork at their site. More pictures from Europa are below...
Tanya Morgan - CMJ 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
tonight in NYC
* Tanya Morgan @ SOB's
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Les Paul Tribute @ Iridium
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* East of The Wall, Descender @ Lit Lounge
* Your Nature, Cavalier Rose, Caveman @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Passive Aggressor, Holy Shit, The Sandworms, The Marshmallows @ Death By Audio
Video of Kurt Vile performing "Dead Alive" at Maxwell's on Thursday below...
Canadian punks Fucked Up play Maxwell's tonight (2/18) and Europa in Brooklyn on Friday (2/19) with Kurt Vile and Frankie & The Outs. Tickets are still available or, if you're feeling lucky, We have four pairs of tickets for giveaway! Details on how to win them below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Neat Parts (MP3)
We are coming back Austin, and we welcome all challengers; your Pheonix's, your xx's and jj's, bring us all the TuNeYaRdS and Passion Pits you have, we are ready. We are coming back for TWO (announceable) special shows, and maybe one 3rd Mexican el concierto especial, and without further adieu, here is some of the info:Fucked Up will not only be playing SXSW this year, they'll be hosting a showcase of their own. The "Fucked Up saves music" lineup is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th at Red 7 Patio (which, the band writes, will be hosting the Woodsist Records showcase indoors at the same time). If there was doubt after their guest-filled Xmas charity single that Fucked Up could pull together some serious talent, their SXSW bill puts that to rest. Besides their own set, the show will include music from J Mascis, Rival Schools, Titus Andronicus, Katie Stelmanis, and one more artist TBA. Cold Cave were originally listed on the bill, but are not anymore. Titus and Katie both also opened for Fucked Up at their last Brooklyn show. The band's other "announceable" SXSW show is a TBA Shirts For a Cure benefit on Friday (3/19).
Fucked Up's current tour dates include a February run with Kurt Vile (which visits the NYC-area on Feb 18th and 19th) and a gig with Leatherface (who are coming to NYC separately) in Toronto. Updated tour dates are below.
Since their Xmas charity single in December, the band has continued in the same philanthropic vein - they recently auctioned off test pressings of their forthcoming collection Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009, due January 26th on Matador Records, for Haiti disaster relief. The Ebay bidding closed as $177.50.
The band also offered some thoughtful words about Jay Reatard's recent passing. That tribute is below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Toronto Star: Nobody really thought this reunion would happen, but here we are nearly five years later and the Dino reunion is still a going concern. Did you think it was going to last this long or did you think you were signing up for one tour and that would be it?Kurt Vile & the Violators were the perfect opener for the full-on guitar assault that was Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (1/16). The two bands went on to shred at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, and then Dinosaur Jr. (this time with Jeffrey Lewis opening) hit Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/18) for their third NYC show in three days. More pictures and the setlist from Bowery, below...
Lou Barlow: I just really didn't know. I guess I'd sort of assumed we'd do a lot of reunion shows and play old songs and that we wouldn't necessarily do new records. It's just been moving along the whole time. There's just been a real momentum to it, and I haven't spent a whole lot of time questioning it.
by Bill Pearis
The '80s-era indie power-pop band The Primitives have reformed and will be playing The Bell House on May 8. Tickets are on sale now. The band, fronted by platinum blonde Tracy Tracy, was best known for their hit "Crash" which was inescapable on modern rock radio in 1988 and has since been covered by nearly every pop punk band in existence. They went on to make three albums, and called it quits shortly after 1991's Galore. The Primitives reformed late last year, playing their first reunion show in their hometown of Coventry on October 2. The Bell House show will be the first American show since their split.
Opening the show are Frankie & the Outs who are currently recording their debut album for Slumberland, and also just posted a bunch of new dates, including February 13 with So Cow at Market Hotel, and February 19 with Kurt Vile and Fucked up at Europa.
Frankie & The Outs @ Cameo on New Years Eve (Abby Braden/PunkPhoto)
Dum Dum Girls' debut LP, I Will Be, comes out via Sub Pop on March 30. Both of Frankie's bands will be hit SXSW in Austin this year too.
Video from the NYE show at Cameo, a couple Primitives videos, all Frankie & the Outs tour dates, plus video of Dum Dum Girls playing Boston back in October, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Kurt Vile & The Violators opened for The Black Keys on New Years Eve at The Riviera in Chicago, part of a multiple night run for the headliners. Graeme (our photographer) was in the windy city with plans to catch Black Keys AND Girl Talk. He succesfully made it to Girl Talk, but the timing didn't work out right for the Black Keys. He did get pictures during Kurt's opening set though. Those, along with video of the Black Keys New Years countdown, are continued below...
photos by Lori Baily
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
Where was Alex Chilton on Wednesday night? At the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, he was onstage, more or less, standing at the far right, sometimes even near his microphone (and sometimes even using it). But as has been the case on and off for the last couple of decades, he was frustratingly hard to find.Kurt Vile opened for Big Star at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on November 18th. More pictures and the setlist from the Scenic-presented show, (especially sorry for the delay on this post) below...
It was the first New York show in several years for Big Star, Mr. Chilton's band, still plying the songs that for a few years in the early 1970s helped shape what power pop was to become, even if it was coolly received at the time. (An impressive Big Star boxed set, "Keep an Eye on the Sky," was released on Rhino in September.)
But memories are made in a variety of ways. The resurrection of Big Star in the early 1990s cemented its legend, and also the lineup: Mr. Chilton, who also played guitar, and the drummer Jody Stephens from the original group, rounded out by the guitarist Jon Auer and the bassist Ken Stringfellow, who were enlisted more than 15 years ago to fill out the band during its first comeback and never left. [NY Times]
DOWNLOAD: Deerhunter - Carve Your Initials Into the Walls of the Night (mediafire)
Atlas Sound @ MHOW in October (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
It's one of two dates currently booked for the group. The other is a February 26th show in San Francisco.
Over the weekend (12/12), Bradford posted a 2005 Deerhunter CD-R, Carve Your Initials Into the Walls of the Night, as a free download on his blog. He writes: "It features only me and Moses and is very experimental in nature. This was during our "tape phase" when we would often play shows as a duo (or as a trio with colin) playing only tape machines and vocal loops." The recording is linked above. Its tracklist, more info, Bradford's favorite albums of 2009, and tour dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Kurt Vile @ Europa
Kurt Vile fit three shows into a recent two-day NYC trip. The first was a solo performance at an invite-only party at Public Assembly early Tuesday night (11/17). Later that night, he played a show at Europa with the Violators behind him and opening sets from Wild Yaks, Pink Reason and Home Blitz. Then on Wednesday (11/18), KV&V opened up for Big Star at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Kurt Vile and the Black Keys added a New Year's Day show after their NYE show in Chicago. In addition to his February tour with Fucked Up (the NYC dates of which are on sale), Kurt Vile will be playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, December 1st with Small Black and DJ Rezound (as part of the Fader Bowl series).
The next show for Wild Yaks happens Saturday, November 28th at the Living Room. The gig is part of Hex Fest that's happening at Cake Shop, Pianos, the Living Room and Googies the same day. The lineup for that includes Das Racist, Your Nature, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Weird Owl and others. Tickets and days passes are on sale.
More pictures and words on the Kurt Vile/Wild Yaks show at Europa are below...
by Andrew Frisicano w/ KV photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Neat Parts (MP3)
Fucked Up @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in November (more by Jake Forney)
2010 is already looking like a good year.Take, for instance, Fucked Up and Kurt Vile's February tour that'll include a pair of NYC-area shows. The first will be at Maxwell's on Thursday February 18th (tickets TBA). The second happens at Europa, a mid-size club whose stage seems awesomely equipped for the gig, on Friday, February 19th. Tickets are on sale. The shows are part of a larger Kurt Vile/Fucked Up tour, the dates of which are posted below.
Fucked Up last played NYC at the much larger Masonic Temple in November. Like the new show at Europa (and the one Kurt Vile recently played at Europa), the Masonic Temple gig was presented by Scenic. Since then the band played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7th and headlined the M is for Montreal Fest on November 21st in their native land of Canada (more on the latter coming from Bill soon).
For upcoming releases, Fucked Up is planning a rarities collection called Couple Tracks, to come out January 26th on Matador. From that, the song "Neat Parts" (originally the B-side to the "Triumph Of Life" 7") is posted above. Preorders for the 7"/singles collection will come with a 7" for a new song called "Couple Tracks" (the b-side is another new track, "Holden"), out the same day.
Fucked Up is also in the process of recording an X-mas benefit single with guests that include TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, GZA, No Age, Yo La Tengo, David Cross, Bob Mould and Ezra from Vampire Weekend. In the November 1st interview with Bring Back the Boombox that broke the news, Pink Eyes also added, "I'm still waiting on confirmation from Feist, Jarvis Cocker, and M.I.A." The money from the single, financed in part with the band's Polaris Prize proceeds, will go to organizations that support Canadian Aboriginal women's rights.
In that same interview (excerpted below), Pink Eyes talks about the band's upcoming single & 7" recording plans with NOFX, King Khan and BBQ and GZA. And the band's blog adds a split with Sareena Maneesh to that list. More info is below.
As mentioned above, Kurt Vile & The Violators just played Europa on November 17th. They also played an invite-only show at Public Assembly earlier that night, and opened for Big Star at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Nov. 18th (Big Star post coming soon).
A set of pictures from Kurt's Public Assembly show, with all tour dates and more info on the Fucked Up recordings are below...
Kurt Vile (in orange) @ Woodsist/CT Fest on July 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
At [D.C.'s] the Black Cat Backstage [Nov. 5th], [Kurt] Vile ambled through the final date of a month of shows with his three-piece band, The Violators, for what he said was the largest crowd he'd played. Double digits, still -- right-sized. He opened the 70-minute set with a solo take of "Peeping Tomboy," which, like so much of the spectral folk side of his songbook, seemed to waft in from some phantom radio. Even when the combo joined him for the stouter stuff -- like "Freak Train," the self-explanatory centerpiece of his just-released "Childish Prodigy" album -- the cacophony was more ethereal than kinetic.The next show for Kurt Vile and The Violators is a November 17th show at Brooklyn's Europa. Also on the bill are local freaks Wild Yaks and Pink Reason and lyrical post-punks from NJ Home Blitz. Tickets are on sale.
After innumerable self-releases, his songs still sound like their paint's still wet, which is part of their appeal. It remains to be seen whether they can, or should, expand beyond the cult of sober head-nodders who paid their respects last night. The only person dancing was a British girl whose accent was pitched just-so to be perfectly audible through the din.
"They're really quite good," she chirped. Cheers. [Washington Post]
In non-New York news, Vile will be playing a New Year's Eve show at Chicago's The Riviera with The Black Keys. Tickets are on sale. Half of the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, plays Webster Hall on Wednesday, November 11th.
A flyer for Vile's Europa show and all upcoming tour dates (in which Vile goes to Europe this December) are posted below...
Monotonix @ Sasquatch Fest in May (more by Chris Graham)
tonight in NYC
* Kiss @ Nassau Coliseum
* Bob Weir @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lord of the Rings @ Radio City
* Kayo Dot, Extra Life @ Drom
* Monk at 92 @ WFC Winter Garden
* Ludlow Lions, Indra @ Union Pool
* Rosanne Cash @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* Clutch, Lionize, Wino @ Irving Plaza
* Owen, The One AM Radio @ Mercury Lounge
* The Gossip, Men, Apache Beat @ Terminal 5
* Mancino, Timber Timbre, Rubik @ Union Hall
* Pierced Arrows, Endless Boogie @ Mercury Lounge
* Valley, German Measles, Blue Jungle @ Shea Stadium
* Monotonix, Turbo Fruits, The Beets @ Santos Party House
* Mason Jennings, Anni Rossi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium
* Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, Islands @ Roseland Ballroom
* Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh and Onlys, The Beets @ Death By Audio
* TV Ghost, Wizzard Sleeve, FNU Ronnies, Unholy 2 @ Silent Barn
* Grand Archives, The Most Serene Republic, The Diggs @ Southpaw
* Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle, The Fresh & Onlys @ The Bell House
* 3 Inches of Blood, Children, Mantic Ritual @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Indian Jewelry, Silk Flowers, The Present, SS Pyramid Snake @ Cake Shop
* Peelander Z, Math the Band, The Eskalators, Lima Research Society @ Maxwell's
* Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey @ LPR
* One Step Beyond w/ Amanda Blank, Devlin & Darko @ Museum of Natural History
* Benefit w/ These Are Powers, Lone Wolf and Cub @ Issue Project Room
* Blue Jungle, Valleys, Waters Wolves, Gary B & the Notions, German Measles, Young Boys, Le Rug, and Effing @ Shea Stadium.
Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on June 4, 1984. His popular and commercial triumph, it found Springsteen marking a departure in his sound - while the predecessor, the dark and acoustic Nebraska featured songs of pessimism and isolation, Born in the U.S.A.'s lyrics expressed signs of hope in the daily fight of the standard American in following the American Dream, a new feeling complemented by synthesized arrangements and a pop-flavored, radio-oriented sound that helped Springsteen to extend his already-growing popularity and dominate the mainstream audiences. In support of the album, there was an enormous commercial and sociocultural exposure throughout a large string of hit singles, remixes and music videos, and also the renewed image that Springsteen delivered - a muscular physique and a tougher, American-hero-like persona. [Wiki]The Boss plays the last of his Giants Stadium shows, doing Born In The USA in its entirety tonight.
Grizzly Bear and Beach House are up at Vassar tonight.
Monotonix are back in NYC for the first time since the release of their hard-to-beleive-it's-their debut LP in September. Turbo Fruits and The Beets open at Santos Party House. Tomorrow they play Market Hotel, again with Turbo Fruits. Listen to an interview with Monotonix below.
Canada's 3 Inches of Blood play Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Children and Mantic Ritual.
Canada's Timber Timbre plays Union Hall with Mancino. Owen, who is at Mercury Lounge tonight, plays Union Hall tomorrow.
Grand Archives and The Most Serene Republic are on tour - they play Southpaw tonight.
Pierced Arrows and Endless Boogie gig at Mercury Lounge.
The ex-Nakatomi Plaza band Ludlow Lions join Indra at Union Pool.
Charlie Looker and Extra Life are at Drom with Kayo Dot.
Rosanne Cash plays only the hits (other people's) at her two-night St. Ann's Warehouse engagement.
The One Step Beyond party at American Museum of Natural History hosts Amanda Blank and Devlin & Darko.
WFC Winter Garden hosts a free Thelonius Monk show, celebrating what would be the pianist's 92nd birthday.
Clutch and Lionize play Irving Plaza for two nights with Wino.
The Gossip's new Rick Rubin-produced record just came out officially last week. They play tonight with Men and Apache Beat at Terminal 5
Issue Project Room hosts a benefit tonight with These Are Powers and Lone Wolf and Cub.
Modest Mouse's new video for "Whale Song" is posted below.
Kurt Vile's video for "Freak Train" is below.
Kurt Vile on WFMU @ UCB - Oct 7, 2009 (notladj)
"Kurt opened the night with two solo numbers that haven't appeared on any record, to my knowledge. I recognized "Peeping Tomboy" from one of the Ray Concepcion videos from Kurt Vile's last Silent Barn show, which I've posted below. If I had any doubt that Kurt Vile has any more good material left in him after this new album, "Peeping Tomboy" puts my worries to rest. With the October 6th release of Childish Prodigy, it was no surprise that Kurt Vile and the Violators mostly performed songs from that album. However, he performed a couple of songs off Constant Hitmaker, and they were given the Violators treatment. Of course, KV and the Violators tackled "Freeway," the song that Kurt once referred to as their Billboard chart hit, "right above 'Like a Rolling Stone.'" By far, the live version of "Freeway" is my favorite, mostly due to J Turbo's added harmonica part. No "My Sympathy" this night, but Kurt said he would definitely play it at his next NYC show. I will be there." [LAMIMAB]That review of from Kurt Vile's show at Mercury Lounge last night (10/7). A few hours earlier he played a set at UCB that was aired live on WFMU (that's where the picture was taken).
Kurt Vile and the Violators are now on tour, but they'll be back soon. They were just added as opener on the November 18th Big Star show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Some tickets are still available.
A bunch of videos below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Canada's Still Life Still (pictured above) just released their debut, Girls Come Too, in August on Arts & Crafts. Behind the controls for the record were Broken Social Scene's Martin Davis Kinack and Kevin Drew, so it's no surprise that the band takes some sonic cues from the influential collective. Still Life Still impart their BSS-style dense arrangements with lyrics and energy that seem rooted in '90s-era pop-punk. Check it out on their MySpace.
They're in town for two stacked shows at Mercury Lounge on October 7th and 8th. On Wednesday, October 7th they play with Kurt Vile & the Violators, Birds of Maya and Coconuts. Then on October 8th they join a bill with Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys (on tour together and playing the next night at the Bell House) and Girls At Dawn. Tickets for both the Oct. 7th and Oct. 8th shows are still on sale.
Still Life Still are also playing a CMJ show October 22nd at Union Pool. It's an Arts & Crafts showcase and they'll be joined by Timbre Timbre, Hollerago, Zues and others.
Kurt Vile's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, finally comes out October 6th and the Mercury Lounge show is just one of the dates he's playing to support it. Two tracks from that record are posted above ("Hunchback" is especially recommended).
While in town, Thee Oh Sees are also opening for Pierced Arrows at Maxwell's on October 10th (the night before, 10/9, Pierced Arrows play Mercury Lounge). Thee Oh Sees have a new record out (or out soon) called Dog Poison on Captured Tracks (information is somewhat scarce). The new LP takes the band in a slightly more acoustic, less straight-ahead-rock direction (at least compared to their early '09 release Help). Its cover is below.
Still Life Still's album art, tracklist and tour dates are also, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Yo La Tengo celebrated the release of their new record Popular Songs at D'amelio Terras Gallery in Chelsea last night. Album & gallery artist Dario Robleto was also in attendance to sign autographs, shake your hand and say hello. The paintings on the wall are/were by Joanne Greenbaum. Her show opens at the gallery Thursday night. Tickets were given away for the September 25th Roseland Ballroom show that Yo La Tengo are playing with Black Lips, and.....Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co...
September, 25 2009 08:00 PM - Roseland Ballroom -- with Yo La Tengo!To answer their question, tickets cost $28.50+fees. Stay tuned for even more additions to the NYC show lineup. More pictures from last night's party, below...
239 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York, New York - Cost? Gosh, what do tix for genuine concerts go for these days?
Go figure. We're playing at Roseland Ballroom with Yo La Tengo. Granted, we're the opening, opening, surprise act -- and we're actually going to be performing in the lobby -- but, yes, we're playing at Roseland Ballroom with Yo La Tengo! We're rather looking forward to it.
David Bazan - live from your computer, tonight at 8pm
tonight in NYC
* Journey, Heart @ Nassau Coliseum
* Hymns, Jason Sadie @ City Winery
* Les Paul Trio w/ Larry Coryell @ Iridium
* Mother Mother, The Daredevil Christopher Right @ Pianos
* David Bazan @ House Show (streaming here)
* Cecil Taylor (Highline Piano Series) @ Highline Ballroom
* Ches Smith's Congs For Brums, Sonic Suicide Squad, Amolvacy @ Cake Shop
* Sigmund Droid, Bottle Up & Go, Diet Kong @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Circle of Buzzards, Naked hearts, Nice Face @ Mercury Lounge
* Small Beast w/ Greta Gertler, Alex & Janal, Kanipchen Fit, Paul Wallfisch @ The Delancy
Dirty Projectors are on Letterman tonight.
David Bazan is playing a sold-out house show tonight in Brooklyn, but don't worry -- the whole thing is streaming live on Brooklyn Vegan. You can even participate in a virtual/unvirtual Q&A. He also plays a full-band show at the Bowery Ballroom on October 18th.
Cecil Taylor closes the Highline Piano Series tonight with two sets at Highline Ballroom. The show was rescheduled from an earlier date.
Drummer Ches Smith, who plays with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog (including at Hudson Square last week) among others, brings his Congs For Brums act to the Cake Shop for a show with Sonic Suicide Squad and Amolvacy.
The new music video for Blank Dogs' "Tin Birds," directed by Michael Worthy of Oh Wow (who have an upcoming release on Captured Tracks) is posted below.
Kurt Vile & The Violators, who play the Mercury Lougne in October, performed at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square earlier this August. A clip from that is below.
Hospitality performed at Littlefield last night. Video below...
Black Lips @ Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
NY Times. As an experiment I put your name into Pandora, the Internet radio service, to see if any of these other bands came up as references, and they didn't. But Lambchop and My Bloody Valentine are two bands I'm not surprised are on your list.That helps explain (not that it needs explaining) why the Black Lips are opening for Yo La Tengo at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on September 25th. Tickets are still on sale.
MS. HUBLEY of YLT: Lambchop is a band that has meant so much to us, musically and personally as well. We've become very good friends with them. I'm not sure how much we overlap, although I think we do some.
MR. KAPLAN of YLT: I think we overlap a lot with them actually. I hear their music in things we've done; I hear our music in things they've done. I first heard them [15 years ago] at the Merge Records five-year anniversary. I was just completely blown away. It may not have been until the Black Lips that I saw another band onstage that I'd never heard and thought, "Wow, that's amazing."
Check out the rest of that NY Times article for more on what Yo La Tengo are listening to (including their Matador labelmate Kurt Vile). Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs will be out September 8th on Matador. "Here to Fall" and "Periodically Double Or Triple" from the record are re-posted above.
Not mentioned in the New York Times article, are Times New Viking, who are also YLT's labelmate, have opened for then on Hanukkah, and who star in YLT's new new video for the song "Nothing To Hide" (re-posted below).
The Roseland show is part of an extensive fall tour in support of Popular Songs. Those dates, along with a series of videos all from the new album (they've been releasing one each week), are posted in full below...
Pissed Jeans @ Market Hotel 4/17/09 (photo by Richard Petrucci)
Pissed Jeans played Brooklyn's Market Hotel twice earlier this year - once with Fucked Up on Inauguration Night (January) and again (as you can see above) in April. There's a video of the April gig below.
The group's new record, King of Jeans, is out today (8/18) on Sub Pop who write...
If 2005's Shallow was Pissed Jeans coping with moving out of their parents' homes, and 2007's Hope for Men their initial reaction to the mechanical lifestyle of a wage-earner, King of Jeans is their formal and uneasy acceptance of adulthood, by way of one hell of a rock record. Working with renowned producer Alex Newport (who holds a Fudge Tunnel pedigree and has worked with such luminaries as At the Drive-In, The Locust and Sepultura), Pissed Jeans have pushed further into the raw, minimal core of heavy rock music with King of Jeans. Masters of the mundane, beasts of the banal, high priests of the humdrum: these four, white, male high school graduates hardly look further than their own appendages for artistic inspiration, content to execute their own brand of brash and heavy punk music in the Joe Carducci-approved standard rock formation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. From simple minds and simple fabrics comes this King of Jeans. And there can be only one.Two tracks from King of Jeans are posted above. It's streaming in full at at Spinner.com. Album art and tracklist are below.
UPDATE: Pissed Jeans is not playing Mercury Lounge with Kurt Vile. Kurt Vile is playing though. Stay tuned for Pissed Jeans NYC show announcements.
That's one of many shows on Vile's packed fall schedule, which is in full below. He'll also be bringing the Violators along for an appearance on WFMU's Brian Turner Show (91.1 FM or online) today (August 18th) at 3pm.
Over the weekend Kurt played shows at both Cake Shop and Silent Barn with Blues Control. Videos from the Silent Barn show, along with all tour dates, album info and videos are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - Overnite Religion (MP3)
Kurt Vile will be playing a Rooftop Films event on July 31st. There he'll ditch his backing band the Violators for a performance before a screening of the documentary on the film Troll 2, "the legendary worst movie ever made, according to IMDB ratings."
That flick is such an event, Rooftop Films decided to stretch it over two nights. On July 30th they will show the actual film, accompanied by a performance from The Drums (one of many upcoming shows from that band, who also played last night at the Bell House). Other bands with Rooftop Films shows scheduled include Stars Like Fleas and Teengirl Fantasy. Full schedule below.
Vile (with the Violators on hand) just played the first of several upcoming shows with Blues Control (who announced more fall dates, below) at Bruar Falls on July 17th. Blues Control's distorted wall of sound worked well through the club's cozy sound system, but the arsenal of the Violators maybe pushed the backline a little too far. Lyrics and flourishes that came through crystal clear at Broadway Backyard (where he played one of my favorite sets of the day) roared out as energetic albeit indeterminate gestures. Not quite as engaging, considering many of the songs still aren't out in recorded form.
Vile's Matador debut, Childish Prodigy, is still on the way. Check out mellow jam "Overnite Religion" off that, above. The full Rooftop Films schedule, with all Kurt Vile and Blues Control tour dates, and the Troll 2 trailer, below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano
The Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival's Day One (7/3) was moved inside the Market Hotel. Thankfully, the weather held out for its second, 4th of July lineup, which went off as planned in the grassy, rock-filled lot of 979 Broadway Backyard.
I arrived just as Real Estate was going on, and the New Jersey band nearly stole the show with dreamy rock that seemed to be made for a sunny afternoon. The Beets held down their set with a casualness befitting a park lodge show (kind of what the fest was on a slightly bigger scale). The guys gave new meaning to the word "ramshackle" as things seemed to be toppling over continually onstage.
German Measles played a set before I got there. Bill caught them and said they "aren't actually that bad... But they're also not very good. And that kind of seems to be the point. Shambolic is an understatement, like 'why rehearse when we can just play shows?"
The Great Excape did a set of Jersey-style pop-punk that included their own theme song, several politically-themed tunes (a nice touch) and a cover of "Summertime Blues." Ganglians brought one of the day's only keyboards, and burst with a flurry of reverb and overdrive.
Brilliant Colors started out with straight-ahead noise punk, with a bit of a melody void left by their super-reverbed vocals (maybe a theme of the night) and washed-out guitar. When the bass stepped up its riffs a few songs in, the band immediately sounded twice as catchy. The Fresh and Onlys took that bass-forward momentum and went with it. Their bassist pounded the notes in between and then some. As a result, the group had one of the most complete sounds of the night (with a tambourine and three-part harmonies rounding it out). They dedicated their last song to the member of Tyvek in the hospital (the reason for that band's cancellation). Hopefully their situation turns out better.
Dum Dum Girls had to be one of the night's cleanest sounding groups. The band relied heavily on singer Dee Dee's vocals, which harmonized with drummer Frankie Rose on their songs' many hooks.
The atmospheric rock of Woods definitely got jammier as it progressed. As Bill Pearis pointed out, the group's fourth member, who sat on the floor twiddling effects and singing into a microphone strapped to his face, was a bit strange considering the rest of the guys were dressed proper enough for church. Whatever you have to do to make it sound good I suppose.
Kurt Vile & the Violators roared into the night as the sun finally went down. Vile and Vivian Girls (who, as one commenter pointed out, "played with a great intensity") more than warmed up the crowd for Thee Oh Sees, who capped the night (for some) with an unstoppable set. Frontman John Dwyer was literally foaming at the mouth as a streak of white drool smeared across his face for part of the set. Thee Oh Sees' strange, repetition-laced anthems are amazing for shaking and rattling, as the crowd proved. The band even got talked into playing an encore before sending everyone into the night.
The rest of the pictures from Day Two, with a bunch of videos, below...