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DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - The Place Where You Belong (MP3)


Teengirl Fantasy, whose July Brooklyn show was moved from the closed Coco66 to 285 Kent, lost two NYC shows to Irene: Warm Up @ PS1 today and a Sunday night appearance at The Museum of Art & Design (both cancelled). Their friends Lemonade were supposed to play the cancelled Out In the Streets Fest Sunday. All is not lost though, as all signs point to Zebulon still being open tonight (8/27) with Teengirl Fantasy, Callan Klein (Lemonade), and Pasternak (Lemonade) all on the bill.


Exactly two weeks ago Lemonade posted a new song to Soundcloud. Download it above. Stream it, and check out all current Teengirl Fantasy tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Teengirl Fantasy & Lemonade (who have a new song) lost shows, but still playing Zebulon tonight (and other dates)"

They were optimistic, but the two-day "Out In the Streets" festival that was scheduled to take place at Brooklyn Fireproof this weekend is now cancelled too. Bands affected include NewVillager, Mi Ami, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, The Forms, Milagres, and many more. PS1 still holding out.

Black Pus at Summerstage in July (more by David Andrako)
Black Pus

As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday?, High Places play Glasslands tonight (8/18) with Soft Circle (featuring Hisham Bharoocha formerly of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice), Zambri, and Driphouse. Tickets are still on sale.

Zambri, who are also on the Glasslands bill tonight, recently signed to Kanine Records. They were set to play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on 8/3 along with a screening of Clueless but the show was rained out. It's since been rescheduled for August 24 at McCarren Park. The band are set to release their debut EP Glossolalia on November 8 via the label. They'll play a record release show at Glasslands on November 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the EP's artwork, tracklist, and a teaser video below.

Speaking of Lightning Bolt, Black Pus aka Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt, plays Death by Audio on Friday (8/19) with Cosmonauts, Zulus, and Happy New Year.

Happy New Year aka Eleanor Logan of Adult Themes, who is on the DbA bill with Black Pus, also plays Out in the Streets Festival which takes place on August 27 and 28 at Brooklyn Fireproof. Other artists on the festival include NewVillager, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, The Forms, Computer Magic, Magic Mountain, Physical Therapy, Milagres, Mi Ami, and more. A flier for the festival is below.

All dates, video and other stuff below...

Continue reading "High Places, Lightning Bolt, Zambri, Happy New Year, Out in the Streets Fest & more "

photos by Chris Doss

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

8:00pm Aarnio
9:00pm Class Actress
10:00pm Lemonade
11:00pm Javelin
12:00pm Penguin Prison
1:00am Azari & III
2:15am The Knocks
3:15am Punches

8:00pm Free Magic
8:45pm Lloydski & Blu Jemz
9:25pm Michna
10:15pm oOoOO
11:15am Falty DL
12:15am Treasure Fingers
1:15am Tittsworth
2:15am Star Eyes
3:10am Dave P

8:00pm Boody B & Marcus Price
8:30pm The Glass
9:15pm Body Language
10:05pm FHR
10:55-11:30pm BRAHMS
11:40am CREEP
12:30am Cubic Zirconia
1:15am Kid Sister
2:00am Sinden
3:00am Kingdom

Those were the set times of Saturday's Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival that took place in both venues in one night. A set of pictures from the event, continues below...

Continue reading "the 2010 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival in pics"

photos by Diana Wong, words by Jared Levy


As the holiday season rapidly approaches, last summer feels more and more like a distant memory. So, how can a collection of bands whose music felt topical a few months ago sustain interest in the late fall and winter? In the service of answering this question and building on their success this year, the Spanish Balearic band Delorean, along with True Panther label mates Lemonade and Chicago indie-rockers Light Pollution, added a stop at the Bowery Ballroom, the perfect NYC venue to gauge their current appeal. And, judging by the near capacity crowd gathered as Delorean eased into their set, either New Yorkers cannot let go of breezy pop or these bands offer an infectious sound irrespective of season.

Speaking to the latter, the Brooklyn band Lemonade opened in a style befitting the night. With drums, bass, and electronics, the trio focused on explosive rhythms and playful samples of four-on-the-floor style dance music. In support, members of Delorean stood on the side, dancing and, in the case of one member of Delorean, wearing a sharpie penned Lemonade fan t-shirt. These bands are kindred spirits of sorts and their mutual support lent a familial feel to the show.

Following Lemonade, Delorean issued a quick sound check as the crowd packed in. Once on the stage, guitarist and sampler artist Guillermo Astrain triggered an ambient loop, presumably easing the audience into Subiza stand-out "Stay Close." This loop, however played far longer than expected, and after an apology for the uncertain glitch, the familiar vocal sample kicked in, sign posting the larger than expected opening song. Immediately the band embraced the energy of the room, with keyboardist Unai Lazcano shifting and jostling his set-up to the rhythm and drummer Igor Escudeo switching in and out of double time.

Where Subiza can feel a bit hollow, tracks such as "Real Love" sounded richer from lead singer and bassist Ekhi Lopetegi's melodic accompaniment. At times Lopetegi's voice got swallowed in the mix, highlighting the group's frustrating tendency to indecipherably blend song parts and sounds together, but Escudeo's precise drumming kept the crowd and band perpetually engaged. Also, between songs, an airhorn blast, reminiscent of being at a European football match, cut through the silence, another reminder of the band's foreign culture and approach.

Regardless of the temperature or one's temperament, Delorean makes effective dance pop. The crowd ecstatically clapped, jumped, and grinded throughout the show, displaying if for nothing else that Delorean creates music that moves bodies. But, beyond the revelry, Delorean taps into a sound that produces moments, rather than having context dictate its appropriateness. And, when judging the merits of a band, longevity beyond a limited seasonal window surely speaks to strong song writing and staying power.

Delorean, Lemonade and Light Pollution continue on tour, and if you missed the Bowery show last night (11/21), there's always Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday. Tickets are still on sale.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

Continue reading "Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Bowery Ballroom (pics) "

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2010

It's a little bit later this year, but the third annual The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival will take place across two venues in Williamsburg on December 18th: Music Hall of Williamsburg and Public Assembly (if you didn't know, they are right next door to each other). The "fest" will feature acts from across the digital spectrum ("emerging and established bands, DJ's and producers from the Boroughs and beyond") including Sinden, Kid Sister, Javelin, Tittsworth, Class Actress, Brahms, Lemonade, and many others, with more to be announced.

Tickets are currently on "Super Limited Reduced Price Advance" sale.

Lemonade meanwhile is out on tour with their True Panther labelmate Delorean. Two NYC shows happen very soon and both are still on sale.

Initial BEMF lineup and two videos from last year below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Electronic Music Fest returning (in 2 venues), Lemonade on tour w/ Delorean (dates) "

DOWNLOAD: Blonde Redhead - "Here Sometimes" (Pantha Du Prince remix) (MP3)

Matador flyer

Don't plan on being at the BrooklynVegan official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (now with more Suuns, less Yuck)? Looking for something to do afterwards? The above flyer illustrates another October 21st CMJ option, and though there will be no live music, there will be free beer, giveaways courtesy of Converse, free t-shirts, free beer, prize packs, free beer, and lots of people who work at record labels in the house including two who will be playing music . DJ sets will be by True Panther Soundsystem, Matador founder Gerard Cosloy, Lemonade, and Matador's Dave Martin. The party is also completely free and requires no badge at all. Oh, and it's all in the name of buying music.

Speaking of the 21 year old Matador aka Beggars, the Blonde Redhead/Pantha Du Prince tour, two shows at Webster Hall included, kicks off in Philly tonight (10/15), and 4AD aka Beggars has released a new free remix to celebrate. Grab that above. All dates below...

Continue reading "Matador & Sub Pop throwing 'I Buy Music' CMJ party, Pantha Du Prince remixed Blonded Redhead (MP3 & dates) "

photos by Chris Doss


After much hub-bub, the final Jelly Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront of summer 2010 (and possibly ever) went down as planned on Sunday, with a multitude of special guests, and two pre-announced acts. Guests included Gucci Mane, Doug E Fresh, DMC, The Cool Kids, Tim Harrington, Andrew WK and more. Pre-announced bands were Dominique Young Unique and Delorean.

More about the whole day is coming shortly, but in the meantime: Delorean have already announced two more NYC shows because the Spanish band can never stay away long. The new dates are November 21st at Bowery Ballroom and November 24th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows will be opened by their True Panther lablemate Lemonade, as will their entire November tour that starts in Texas and includes Fun Fun Fun Fest..

Tickets for both new NYC shows will go on sale Friday at noon (with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at the same time). All Delorean dates and some more pics from Sunday, below..

Continue reading "Delorean played the Pool Party (pics), adds MORE NYC shows (as part of their upcoming tour w/ Lemonade) "

Bouncing Souls @ The Stone Pony in 2009 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Bouncing Souls

Tickets for Bouncing Souls' previously mentioned Rocks Off boat show, set for September 13th, are finally going on sale. Get those Friday at 10am.

The night before that gig, the Souls have a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (along with Defiance, Ohio, The Great Explainer). Tickets are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Friday at noon.

Ready for CMJ? Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are. The punk rock supergroup (Spike Slawson, Joey Cape, Chris Shiflett, Fat Mike, Dave Raunwith) play a Fat Wreck Chords CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 23rd. Also on the lineup are None More Black, Teenage Bottlerocket, Smoke or Fire, Dead To Me, The Flatliners and Cobra Skulls. Tickets are still on sale. Me First play another CMJ show, this time on a boat, on Friday, October 22nd (also with Teenage Bottlerocket and Cobra Skulls). Tickets are on sale for that too. They also play Asbury Lanes is Asbury Park, NJ, on October 24th (tickets).

Jersey punk-related band, Miss TK & the Revenge (led by husband and wife duo Ari Katz of Lifetime and Tannis Kristjanson) play a free show at Santos Party House on Tuesday, July 27th, along with Lemonade and DJ Au Revoir Simone. RSVP here.

"Led by the husband and wife duo of Tannis "Miss TK" Kristjanson on vocals, and Ari Katz aka "Mighty Lion" on drums, the six member gang of Miss TK & The Revenge have been dropping scattered bits of their punk disco dance hits since their 2004 debut XOXO on the legendary NJ punk label Gern Blandsten. Formed in the wake of the short lived Zero Zero (Katz has also spent the last 20 or so years as the singer for influential NJ punks Lifetime), Miss TK & The Revenge have been deep in the studio producing new tracks for the past few years, resulting in the dynamic new LP The Ocean Likes To Party Too."
Miss TK's new record, The Ocean Likes To Party Too, came out on July 13 on Ernest Jenning Records. It should also be noted that Lemonade's only other upcoming NYC show is August 6th at a venue called the Cove (formerly Hugs) on North 6th Street.

A flyer, Miss TK video, and Bouncing Souls tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls & Me First and the Gimme Gimmes playing boats & other shows ++ Ari Katz of Lifetime's other band too"

photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano

Alan Palomo

In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."

It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.

For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.

For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).

Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...

Continue reading ""Creators Project" announces free show w/ Interpol, Die Antwoord, Mark Ronson, the Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Neon Indian & more"

by Andrew Frisicano

Dan Deacon

After spending four days in Austin for SXSW, my personal MtyMx experience started with an all-day trip from Austin to Monterrey on Sunday. I arrived to see Andrew W.K.'s set that night, the after-party at the Garage, and Monday from first to last band (minus the comedy set with Dan Deacon, though there are pictures of him too). I'm now writing this from Tennessee where the Big Ears Fest is about to begin. Stay tuned for reports about that, and check out my pictures from the festival in Mexico, with captions, below...

Continue reading "pics from MtyMx (Todd P & Yo Garage's Mexico Festival) "

by Andrew Frisicano

Neon Indian @ MtyMX

The experiment that was the first MtyMx Festival is over. The last day of Todd P's Mexican festival (3/22) featured 14 acts, half of which were from Mexico. Liars, HEALTH, and Neon Indian all made it for their headlining sets (the acts that were flown in had very few problems for the most part). The rest of the last day's lineup included Ratas del Vaticano (Mexico), Indian Jewelry, Lemonade, BamBam (Mexico), Jóvenes y Sexys (Venezuela), Mockinpott (Mexico), Best Fwends, High Places, Alexico (Mexico), Mentira Mentira (Mexico) and Sr. Amable & Mr. Racoon (Mexico). The Monday after-fest show that was held at Yo Garage for all three nights featured sets by Coasting, noisepunks XYX, and Mentira Mentira (again).

Bands that didn't make it for their Monday sets for one reason or another included No Age, Thee Oh Sees (they tried to get past the border at least twice), Liturgy, The Sandwitches, Javelin, Salem, DD/MM/YYY, Fergus and Geronimo, Big Troubles, Pictureplane, Gauntlet Hair, Tearist, Josephine and the Mousepeople, and Baths. Remember that was just day three. It was a similar situation each day, but I never planned on being there for the first day (SXSW), and I got there much later than expected on the second. As I write/dictate this, I'm currently waiting for a noon (note: it's two hours earlier here than it is in NY) Greyhound bus out of Monterrey that's going back to Austin (an approximately 8 hour trip that took about 11 hours of driving and 8 hours of waiting on the way in). There were two 1am Todd P buses that left last night directly after Liars, but our stuff (and a bed) was in our hotel room.

[note: Andrew is now on the bus]

How to get home seemed to be the main focus on everyone's mind early on the last day. Once that was all figured out, things turned more optimistic and Todd P even made announcements referencing next year.

Dan Deacon was a constant presence at the festival. He actually replaced Thee Oh Sees on the last day as "Dan Deacon & friends", a short comedy set. Another group that performed for multiple days was Das Racist who treated late Sunday night arrivals to an energetic set at the after-party.

Though I only spent 36 hours total in Monterrey and saw fewer bands than I caught Thursday afternoon in Austin, I made lots of new friends, saw some great sets, and it was an experience that won't soon be forgotten. Safety was a big question, but though the festival had issues (including theft on the festival grounds, and at least one mugging), people actually getting hurt wasn't one of them.

For more, read yesterday's recap and follow the @bvSXSW Twitter. Videos from the event are below...

Continue reading "MtyMx finishes - 14 bands played Monday, many more didn't show (Andrew reports from his bus ride home)"

As anyone following along on @bvSXSW knows, after some serious transportation issues, Andrew Frisicano eventually made his way down to Monterrey, Mexico from Austin, TX (counting waiting for the bus to show up, it took him something like 18 hours which was 4 hours shorter than it took Ryan Muir) in time for a bit of the 2nd night and all of the third day (aka today, 3/22). Here is some of his story so far...

The Coathangers @ MtyMX (by TiTa_Elizondo)

"You Will Remember Tonight" was the song that stuck out in Andrew WK's headlining set at MtyMx Festival last night in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the second night of the fest, and the only set I saw because of a lengthy, complicated bus trip that started much earlier in the day.

There were a lot of questions coming down to Mexico: transportation, accommodations and food were mostly left in the hands of the festival, and at MtyMx now (5pm Monterrey time), most of those continue to be issues, sadly distracting from the bands who did make it. For some bands and showgoers the trip took 20+ hours of waiting and riding on buses, but if one thing has been consistent, it has been that no two MtyMx trips have been the same.

Due to spotty bus service from Austin, shaken confidence in the festival and scheduling issues, a number of the bands on the bill have canceled or been unable to make it down. Those bands (editor's note: which Todd P sarcastically addresses in a video below) include Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy. On the festival's last day, arranging transportation back to Austin or elsewhere has been an overriding theme.

story continued below with video & more pics...

Continue reading "Andrew Frisicano reports from MtyMx (which he had much trouble getting to, and he's not sure how he's getting back) "

Most awesome show tonight for @truepanther with Lemonade + Tanlines + Blondes + Pictureplane and new fav beats man Janka Nabay.-ilirjana

photos by Erez Avissar


Tanlines, Lemonade and Janka Nabay played a co-release party at Monster Island on Friday, March 5th for each of their three EPs. Tanlines' Settings is out March 9th (today) on True Panther Sounds/Matador Records, as are Lemonade's Pure Moods and Janka's Bubu King EPs. Also at the show were Pictureplane and Blondes.

The show took place right before Pictureplane played two more NYC shows, but with Washed Out and Small Black (the beginning of the three bands' tour together).

Tanlines play NYC again this Friday (3/12) at Eyebeam's Mixer: Olympiad (540 W 21st St) with Maluca and many many visual artists ("Artists, designers, musicians, engineers, and hackers alike will stage events that evoke the passion, the drive, the danger, and the majesty of competitive sport and mass spectacle. Join one of the five competing nations, and race for Olympic glory!") Tickets are on sale.

Lemonade is on tour with MNDR and These Are Powers, and plays Mercury Lounge on march 29th with Delorean and Brahms (tickets are on sale).

Most of the band mentioned here are heading to SXSW. Delorean, Lemonade, and Tanlines all play the True Panther showcase Todd P is hosting at Cheer Up Charlie's on March 18th. Tour dates for all of the above bands and more pictures are below...

Continue reading "Tanlines, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, Pictureplane & more played Monster Island (pics), touring (dates including SXSW) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (MP3)

Micachu & The Shapes @ Pop Montreal 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Micachu & The Shapes

Micachu & The Shapes are touring with Spoon and Deerhunter this April. Before that, they'll be doing a Tuesday, March 30th show at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge with Tanlines. Tickets are on sale.

In addition to being at SXSW and MtyMx, Tanlines is playing a release party for its Settings EP (out March 9th on True Panther Sounds) on March 5th at Monster Island Basement. Also on the bill are Lemonade, Janka Nabay and Blondes. (It's not just a release party for Tanlines, you can get entry and 3 new 12"s from Tanlines, Lemonade and Janka Nabay for $25.)

Raisa Khan of Micachu & The Shapes sat in on keys and vocals with her friends UK band Laurel Collective at Hindenburg Mile High Club in London on Saturday, February 6th. The show was part of the band's monthly residency at the spot. Laurel Collective's debut album (actually a mini-album), Feel Good Hits Of A Nuclear Winter, came out in 2008 on Domino. Their more recent material (including a free cover of Micachu's "Golden Phone") is available online. They live up to the collective part of their name with a youthful group feel similar to Los Campesinos or Nana Grizol. Laurel Collective will be at SXSW this year for shows throughout the festival. Videos of their show with Raisa, tour dates and more are below...

Continue reading "Micachu & The Shapes touring w/ Spoon, playing LPR w/ Tanlines, collaborated w/ Laurel Collective who are at SXSW"

the concert site...
Todd P


It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural MtyMx All-Ages Festival of Art and Music!

The MtyMx festival will happen on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd at Autocinema Las Torres in Monterrey, Mexico

The MtyMx festival is a collaboration between Yo Garage and Todd P and will feature up to 25 bands a day for three days, playing outdoors on two stages in a beautiful drive-in movie theater on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental. Over one third of the bands playing are from Mexico!

Tickets are $30 for a three day pass. 75 bands!

Confirmed bands include: Dan Deacon, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Thee Oh Sees, Pocahaunted, Indian Jewelry, Male Bonding, Best Fwends, Banjo or Freakout and many many more, along with Mexican groups Los Fancy Free, Los Margaritos, and more to be announced in the coming days. -Todd P

You can add to that list of confirmed bands: No Age, Fucked Up, Das Racist, dd/mm/yyyy, Lemonade, Quiero Club (MX), Los Llamarada (MX), Toro y Moi, Small Black and Liturgy.

The only bad news (for SXSWers) is that Todd will not be bringing his multi-day fest of day shows to Ms. Bea's again this year, though he doesn't seem to be ruling out doing at least something in Austin before Mexico.

Scared of Mexico? In an e-mail, Todd P told us, "Monterrey has a lower violent crime rate than NYC, Dallas, or Houston, even accounting for international drug trade violence. A major goal of the festival is to dispel US misconceptions that Mexico is the 3rd world, uneducated, dangerous and backwards. Mexico is a modern country with a surging middle class and a vibrant, plugged in 1st world art and music community. Another major goal is to correct the disenfranchisement of Mexican artists and bands caused by strict US visa restrictions on Mexicans. In short: these bands and fans can't go to SxSW."

Details and reservations for Austin-to-Monterrey round-trip bus service, hotel options and onsite camping are forthcoming. More info on MtyMx is below...

Continue reading "Todd P officially announces MtyMx Fest (March 20-22) in Monterrey, Mexico (expanded lineup - No Age & more)"

The show Cold War Kids are playing at Terminal 5 on 1/29 is sold out, so they added a 1/28 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opens both dates. Tickets for the new one are on sale (@ noon).

Delorean are going on a tour with Miike Snow that brings them to many North American venues including Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/26), Webster Hall (3/27), and Paradise in Boston (3/31). Now add Mercury Lounge to the list. Delorean will play a Snow-less show at the smaller venue on Monday, 3/29 with Lemonade (who they shared at least 1 CMJ bill with). Tickets for the new show are on sale at noon.

DOWNLOAD: Crystal Fighters - I Love London (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Fighters - I Love London (Douster remix) (MP3)

Crystal Fighters looking sexy in the woods
Crystal Fighters

Crystal Fighters - 2009 NYC Tour Dates
Thursday Nov 19 @ Santos Party House
Friday Nov 20 @ Glasslands w/ Tanlines & Lemonade
Saturday Nov 21 @ Le Poisson Rouge w/ Little Dragon & Body Language
The Kitsune-signed, London-Based (but from Spain) electronica band Crystal Fighters (not to be confused with Crystal Castles, Stilts, Antlers, or Skulls) are kicking of a three night run of shows in NYC tonight (11/19). NYC dates above. Videos, flyers and all tour dates below....

Continue reading "Crystal Fighters (their name) are here from the UK/Spain - MP3s, videos, 3 NYC shows, other 2009 tour dates"

True Panther

After months of speculation (much of it in our own corridors), we can happily announce that Matador Records has purchased the True Panther Sounds label. TPS, best known to many of you as the imprint behind Girls' recent rise to prominence, will continue to be managed by label founder Dean Bein. What would possess Matador to become involved with another label in this capacity? As Victor Kiam once explained his decision to purchase the Remington Shaver operation, "I liked it so much, I bought the company." Needless to say, we like Dean, Girls, Glasser, Tanlines, Lemonade and Hunx & His Punx much more than than Mr. Kiam appreciated those razor blades.

At the moment, Girls' 'Album' is the only True Panther Sounds title to be worked through Matador's fearsome promotional & marketing machinery (ie. Hunx' recent 'Gay Singles' LP, was not). However, in the months to come, additional offerings from TPS' impressive roster (prior releases have included titles from The Fly Girlz, Ty Segall, Rainbow Bridge, The Standing Nudes amongst others) will receive similar treatment. Stay tuned! [Matador]

Girls, who Amazon says put out the 6th best album of 2009, are on tour with Real Estate. They play a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (11/6).

Girls were not here for CMJ when Matador and True Panther teamed up for a showcase at The Suffolk.

Tanlines' last NYC show was at the Guggenheim with Yeasayer.

by Bill Pearis

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood


As I mentioned in that big post about Montreal bands at CMJ, The High Dials are among them and are just great live -- sort of country-tinged jangly shoegaze -- and they're impressive live. They play Lit Lounge at 10:15 and then Arlene's Grocery at 12:30AM. If you like Ride, The Byrds, or Brian Jonestown Massacre, you shouldn't miss these guys. Also playing at Lit Lounge, earlier in the evening (8:30) are Montreal's Black Diamond Bay which features a couple former members of the Dears and feature a similarly bombast rock sound. They're very good live too, especially if you have an appreciation for the live musician O Face.

If you like electro /dance there is an insane lineup at Santos tonight. And it's free. No badges required. The killer lineup includes three UK dancepop acts: Dan Black whose album Un is pretty fun; the borderline-novelty (but fun) Man Like Me and trio We Have Band who played here back in March. It keeps going: there's also Australia's Midnight Juggernauts, Montreal's We Are Wolves, Denmark's Spleen United (somewhere between Placebo and Presents), Toronto's Parallels, and LA's Paparazzi. There's also a slew of NYC acts: Maluca, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Lemonade,Heartsrevolution, Javelin, and The Golden Filter. Did I mention it was free?

At Union Pool, the folks at Panache Booking are showcasing a big handful of their bands, many of which have unnecessary repeated consonants: recent Brooklyn Vegan Day party veterans JEFF the Brotherhood and Lovvers, plus Flexions, zZz, Turbofruits, UUVVWWZ, and Dark Meat. Having seen at least half of these bands, I'm going to go ahead and say this'll be quite a party, whether you like it or not.

If you're going to the Pitchfork/Showpaper show at Market Hotel and wished that it was rock all night instead of switching over to electronic acts/DJs after midnight, your admission will also get you into the show happening down the street at Todd P's Above the Auto Parts Store venue (600 Bushwick), which has four great bands: Sisters, Screaming Females, Surfer Blood (again) and JEFF the Brotherhood (again). To get in for free you need to get there before 11PM; afterwards it's $10.

Or, you might think about heading to Silent Barn before or after (or instead of). Popjew has a great line-up of bands, including much-loved-by-me Let's Wrestle, A Classic Education (who were great at our Thursday day party), twangy West Coasters Slang Chickens, My Teenage Stride and the electro-rock of Jacques Detergent.

And at The Bell House, there's Au Revoir Simone and the related (literally, by marriage) Pursesnatchers; the lush, 60s-ish chamber pop of Florida's The Postmarks, indiepop ska band Still Flyin' and Brooklyn-via-Australia band The Miracles of Modern Science. The Bell House may seem like truly dedicating your night to one venue, but luckily it's one of the nicest, most comfortable in the city.

Other shows tonight include Mum, Sufjan's BQE screenings, the Sub Pop showcase, the Kemado/Mexican Summer showcase, and the Topman party with the Almighty Defenders and Neon Indian.

And then we rest. Saturday day parties HERE. Hip Hop shows HERE. Flyers and set times below.

Continue reading "CMJ 2009 - Bill's Saturday nighttime picks"

DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (Violens remix) (MP3)

Ted Leo @ Pier 54 in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo is one of many the acts lined up for the space at 107 Suffolk St (alternately called The Suffolk, Flamboyán Theater and Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center) during this year's CMJ Festival. The space, which also has a "beach" bar, isn't unaccustomed to shows - it hosted Ponytail in April - but around this time of year its usually set up as a haunted house (now housed elsewhere).

Ted Leo (now on Matador) will be headlining a True Panther/Matador Records showcase at the Suffolk on Friday, October 23rd. The impressive lineup for that night includes Glasser, Harlem, Cold Cave (who just played NYC with Faust) and Lemonade (who have many other CMJ shows, listed below). It's one of the official CMJ shows there (full schedule is below).

That gig is one of two shows set up by True Panther - on Saturday, October 24th they're also putting on a show at Pianos with Restless People (mems. of Professor Murder/Tanlines who debut five days earlier at Santos), Janka Nabay (backed by Javelin), Glasser (backed by Tanlines), Delorean and Lemonade. Flyer below.

Ted Leo also has some other upcoming dates scheduled including a post-CMJ headlining gig at Bowery Ballroom

The Suffolk is also playing host to unofficial, non-badge, first-come, first-served parties. AAM has one on Thursday, October 22nd (10pm) with Surfer Blood, Air Waves, Surf City, Violens (Very Vest remix MP3 reposted above), Lemonade and New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin (who has his own showcase at Santos on Tuesday).

Finally, it should be noted that The Suffolk has a "back room" and that will also be hosting shows, including a Japanther performance on Wednesday, Oct. 21st (Fool's Gold is also on that bill).

Schedules and flyers for all of the above shows are below...

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I haven't gone out yet this week. Last weekend I was out of town and missed Joakim's deejay set at the Tribeca Grand (among lots of other events), but have since managed to get a copy of his new album, Milky Ways which I strongly recommend.

While I found his last album Monsters & Silly Songs a bit inaccessible overall in comparison to the singles "Lonely Hearts" and "I Wish You Were Gone", Milky Ways is much more listenable while still being interesting. Over the course of just 10 tracks, Joakim manages to at times channel Radiohead, Talking Heads, hints of noise rock, both modern & retro disco, and robots, to create his own unique sound. Milky Ways is scheduled for release on September 15th in the US, 14th in the UK, and August 31st internationally. !K7's set up a website dedicated to the release where you can find out more about the album, stream some tracks, and get a free download of "Watermelon Bubblicious" after signing up for the !K7 newsletter.

Moving on to this weekend, here's what's happening starting with Saturday (8/29):

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DOWNLOAD: Cale Parks - One at a Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Faunts - Feel.Love.Thinking.Of (Lemonade remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Faunts - Explain (Home Video version) (MP3)

Cale Parks @ Bowery Ballroom 2/4 (more by Leia Jospe)
Cale Parks

Filter: What were the inspirations (both musical and non-musical) for your first EP, To Swift Mars?

Cale Parks: Musical inspirations include the Yamaha DX7 synth, Roland 707, and Roland 505 sounds, as well as albums by The Durutti Column, Harmonia, Cocteau Twins, Peter Gabriel and anything on the Sincerely Yours label.

Non-musical influences includes the ways in which we imagined a world of the future, The Lost Boys, The Neverending Story, and poverty.

F: Who are you touring with in the upcoming months?

CP: I'm touring with a fantastic band called Lemonade. I'm really, really excited for it. They're such a high energy group live that there may be some onstage jamming, yes. I look forward to the invitation.

F: As a classically trained musician, have you found it easier or more difficult to craft your music for fan acceptance?

CP: This is a difficult question to answer. I guess that some things have come easier, in terms of knowing what type of chords should go after each other, or what notes to put where, that type of thing, but the general vibe of the music is something people are either going to like or dislike. People like what they like, but in some cases they like what they think they should like.

"One at a Time" off of Parks's new Polyvinyl EP is posted above. Check out the tracklist and album art below.

As he said above, Parks will join electro-pop group Lemonade on a somewhat short tour that kicks off Tuesday, August 18th in NYC at Santos Party House. Also on the bill are Dinowalrus, Teengirl Fantasy, and JDH & Dave P of FIXED. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Santos, Animal Collective are DJing at the venue tonight, Aug 17, at a benefit for Cinema Nolita with sets from The Virgins and The Beets.

Lemonade recently remixed the title track of Faunts' 2009 album Feel.Love.Thinking.Of, which is posted above with another remix from BK's Home Video. Lemonade have a new music video directed by collective Weird Days, for their song "Big Weekend." That with all tour dates and Cale Parks EP info is below...

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