Entries tagged with: Living Room
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Chumped have been leaving their mark on the local punk scene for a little while now (and just returned home from The Fest), and this past October they finally put out their self-titled debut EP. It's a super catchy, super fun EP of pop punk with lower-fi indie rock sensibilities like The Get Up Kids or Superchunk. Singer Anika Pyle's got razor sharp delivery, dropping lines like "The subway smells like shit, but it's lovely isn't it? / In the sense that it will take you anywhere," in EP opener "Union Square." And though subtle, the guitar riffs are endless. Take a listen to the EP in full below.
Chumped will be celebrating the record with a release show in their hometown on Friday (11/15) at Suburbia (330 Melrose St). The show's got a great lineup, including Waxahatchee/Swearin-associate Sam Cook-Parrott's emotionally-charged basement punk project Radiator Hospital and another great Salinas-signed Philly DIY punk band The Ambulars, plus Suburbia residents Living Room (literally, they live there, pun intended?), Scottish sad-bastard acoustic punk Billy Liar, and NYC's Outta Gas. $5 at the door. Show flyer below.
Show flyer and streams below...
photos by Vladislav Grach, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along @ Saint Vitus, 9/5/2013
Hop Along made their way to NYC a couple times earlier this year as openers for Title Fight and Fucked Up and for The Thermals, but Thursday night (9/5) they returned as the headliners for a show at Saint Vitus. They've always been a strong live band, but seeing them headline was way more wild. The place was packed as Hop Along played, with members of both the band and the audience stage diving, and a big portion of the crowd screaming along the whole time.
Their tourmates The Sidekicks went on right before them, playing an excellent set of punky power pop (mostly from 2012's Awkward Breeds), and also getting sing-alongs going, especially during set closer "Daisy."
It was the last night on their tour together and while Hop Along has already headed home (singer Frances Quinlan had to work on Friday), The Sidekicks are staying on the road supporting The Gaslight Anthem. Those dates include a Long Island show on Sunday at The Paramount (tickets). All are listed below.
Meanwhile, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon will be in NYC again for our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako (who play Glasslands tonight [9/7]) and one more TBA on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Admission is $3 at the door (first come, first served), and Chris Gethard is hosting.
Chris Gethard also hosts today's free Don Giovanni show in New Brunswick, NJ's Boyd Park (9/7) with Screaming Females, California X, Black Wine, and Brick Mower (1 PM start). And Screaming Females will be back in NYC when their tour with Waxahatchee and Tenement hits MHOW on 9/14 and Bowery Ballroom on 9/16, the latter of which Aye Nako opens (tickets).
All upcoming Gaslight Anthem/Sidekicks dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Saint Vitus show, below...
outside of the Living Room (more by Amanda Hatfield)
At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.
In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).
In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.
Front St. on Monday evening (via @iggsactly)
Lower Manhattan got it pretty good by Sandy, South Street Seaport included. The area was under multiple feet of water. The Seaport Music Festival, who put on the free shows down there, still had their stage set up. Some gear was ruined though they luckily had taken down the deck, lights, tent and canopy in preparation for the hurricane. No word on how the Beekman Beer Garden fared, though one Tweeter fears it is "definitely gone". Wine store Pasanella and Son was reportedly "decimated". Sadly, there has also been some looting at the Seaport's shops.
At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg, who recently confirmed at least 18 Sandy related deaths in NYC, announced that like the subways (Buses start returning tonight [10/30]), it may be three or four more days before power is restored to the tons of residents who lost it due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes all of lower Manhattan where, as you know, a whole lot of Manhattan music venues are. Which probably means no shows till the weekend for Pianos, Cake Shop, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge and others.
Good news, apart from no power, the Ludlow St. area venues all came out ok, with folks at Pianos, Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery specifically saying there was no water damage. Williamsburg clubs, are getting somewhat back to normal sooner, with shows at Union Pool and Glasslands tonight.
Elsewhere, Park Slope/Gowanus's Bell House reports that they "had some minimal flooding but will be back to business as usual by tomorrow. Working on fundraiser ideas for you now " Bar 4 in Park Slope lost their awning.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Spirit Family Reunion - "I Want To Be Relieved" (MP3)
Brooklyn old-time folkies Spirit Family Reunion will release their debut album, No Separation, on June 15. Steeped in the sound of old midwestern country and bluegrass and the rowdiness of other revival bands like The Felice Brothers and Deer Tick, Spirit Family Reunion fit right in with the bands they'll be sharing the stage with at this year's Newport Folk Festival. You can stream three tracks below and download a new one, "I Want to Be Relieved," which is making its premiere in this post above.
Spirit Family Reunion are playing a free show in NYC TONIGHT (5/14) at Living Room. It's their last local show before they hit the road for the next month, returning for a record release show with Hurray for the Riff Raff on June 15 at Mercury Lounge, the day that No Separation comes out. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (5/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/16) at noon. They've also got another free show coming up as part of Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 4 with bluegrass vets The Del McCoury Band and revivalist duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
All dates and streams below...
Though it might be invite/contest-only, as you can see on Living Room's website, Howlin Rain are playing an acoustic show there at 7pm TONIGHT (2/6). Their tour which is now with D. Charles Speer & The Helix instead of Soliders of Fortune who cancelled, begins at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (2/7) and hits Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (2/8).
As usual, since it's a Monday, the Living Room also hosts The Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost followed by the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump and Tony Mason.
There's also an interesting show happening at Cake Shop which is right next door.
Howlin Rain's new album The Russian Wilds is out Valentine's Day, 2012. That's the cover art above.
The Head & the Heart @ MHOW (photo by shoobysnaps)
If you missed The Head and the Heart at one of their sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg the past two nights, and won't be able to make it to their sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight either, you have one more chance to catch the quickly rising Seattle band in NYC. They play a free, first-come-first-served show at the Living Room today (9/28) at 4pm.
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down opened both Head & the Heart shows so far and also play their own show today. Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons and These United States are the openers at Bowery tonight.
I'm not sure what his first day back was, but after a short break, Jim Campilongo is back in his Monday night residency spot at The Living Room on the LES. Tony Scherr and Tony Mason will be there too, now through Oct 31st at least.
Jim Campilongo also plays in the band the Little Willies (so does Norah Jones). They have three dates scheduled for October, including one at the Bell House which is on sale now. All of Jim's dates are listed below...
Joseph Arthur art
Joseph ArthurWatch Joseph's new video that combines both his art and new music, and a video about the exhibition too, below...
MOMAR (Museum of Modern Arthur) at The Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th St., New York, NY
June 2 to June 30, 2011
To celebrate the release of 'The Graduation Ceremony' (May 24 / Lonely Astronaut Records),
Joseph will be performing 10 consecutive nights at the Living Room in NYC: June 12 - 22, 10pm / $15
Like every Monday, you'll be able to catch guitarist Jim Campilongo & friends playing a show at the Living Room at 10pm tonight (5/2), but tonight's show will also feature a 9pm set by Ulysses S. Grant, "a NYC-based, Classic Country & Western band." Their members are: Jim Campilongo - Guitar, Rich Hinman - Pedal Steel & Guitar, Dan Rieser - Drums, Chris Morrissey - Bass, J. Blynn - Vocals, Guitar, and Pete Harper - Vocals, Piano. Check out a video from rehearsal HERE.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Ivan and Alyosha & NYC's Living Room
Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha played a pair of NYC dates in March: 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom supporting Bobby Long and 3/4 at the Living Room (where these pictures come from). Since then they visited SXSW, and hopped on tour with John Vanderslice. That tour ends in Seattle on 4/21. In June they'll return to NYC to play two free shows in one day at NYC's World Financial Center. That's listed like this:
Ivan & AlyoshaUPDATE: These two shows are NOT the same day.
Presented by Arts World Financial Center and Arts Brookield
Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers, but a new brand of tender dreamers. They navigate the music world contemplating their path as a band, and, despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha's soulful folk tunes suggest a band inspired, hopeful, and longing, unafraid to probe their collective faith and doubts. Acoustic, 12:30pm. One New York Plaza. Also full band, 5:30pm. June 23 World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street.
All tour dates and more pictures from the Living Room are below....
The Baseball Project at Maxwell's (more by Lori Baily)
"Well, we had so much fun the first time that we just had to do it again. Scott, Peter, Linda and I spent much of the last few years on the road, in the studio and trading files, ideas, anecdotes and laughs and the result is the second album by the Baseball Project: Volume 2: High and Inside." - The Baseball ProjectHigh and Inside is out now via Yep Roc Records and streaming in full at Spinner. The all-star, baseball-themed band will hit the road in support of the record starting off in Atlanta on 3/11, hitting SXSW, swinging through Spring Training (#srsly), and eventually terminating on the West Coast in early April. Before that, Baseball Project member Steve Wynn will hit Living Room on March 4th with Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three. Tickets are still on sale.
Meanwhile, Peter Buck is keeping busy with R.E.M. as the band has a new album, Collapse Into Now, which is currently streaming in full at NPR. No tour dates for R.E.M. as of yet but if you have tickets for the Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall on 3/3, you can catch R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe there. Mike Mills of R.E.M. can be found at the Big Star Third show at Lexington Hall on March 26.
Martha Wainwright at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Chris La Putt)
[Monday] night was the first of Martha Wainwright's four Monday night shows at The Rockwood Music Hall. Although Martha said she was thinking of the scene in Crazy Heart where only four people show up, the smaller room at The Rockwood was at capacity. Martha played solo guitar but was joined by Thomas Bartlett on piano for a few songs. The program was a combination of songs written the past week, some older material and one cover, a Kate McGarrigle (Martha's mother) song. -[Now I've Heard Everything]The above review comes from Martha Wainwright's 1/10 show at Rockwood Music Hall, the first night of an every-Monday-in-January (except for 1/3) residency at the LES venue. The residency continues tonight at Rockwood Music Hall at 9PM (1/17) and on the following two Mondays (1/24 & 1/31). As the review states above and as Wainwright stated on her site, the focus of the shows are mostly to work out new material.
I'm not sure if Thomas will be there to play with her again tonight, and I'm not sure if Martha will be one of Thomas's guests at one of his two upcoming shows at LPR, but I wouldn't be surprised if she was. Thomas's guests this past week were Sam Amidon, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, and as hinted, St. Vincent.
If you need a double dose of Wainwright this week, you can also check for Martha on Wednesday, 1/19, at the Living Room when she joins Addie Brownlee as a special guest in celebration of Dolly Parton. Tickets are still available.
If you need somewhere to go after Martha tonight, the Living Room is also a good option with Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason) on at 10pm. Maybe Martha will head there too since Jim happens to also often play in her band. Jim is also in the midst of his own (very long-running) Monday night residency on the Lower East Side.
Martha Wainwright's full tour schedule and some videos below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Alcoholic Faith Mission
"...focus has always been an issue for Alcoholic Faith Mission, even when it comes to their name. The story goes that an inebriated Jensen and Solund were wandering the streets of their adopted New York home when they happened upon a neon cross emblazoned with 'Apostolic Faith Mission', words they drunkenly misread as Alcoholic Faith Mission and appropriated for their band - even if Dyslexic Faith Mission might have been more accurate. As a backstory it has many of the Bukowskiesque themes of the band's lyrics, but Let This Be The Last Night We Care actually sounds more like they were wandering pissed around Montreal and fell over a copy of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible rather than a neon crucifix. For Alcoholic Faith Mission's third album has much more in common with their Canadian counterparts like Broken Social Scene - and most obviously Arcade Fire - than it does with any band they've share a Brooklyn zip code with. That's not just because they've increased their membership - with fellow Scandinavians Kristine Permild, Laurids Smedegaard and Gustav Rasmussen now joining Jensen and Solund full time - but also because the expansion in personnel has been matched by an encompassing expansion in scope...." [Drowned in Sound]Denmark's Alcoholic Faith Mission was Amanda's highlight of the day on Tuesday, 10/19, CMJ Day 1. She caught them along with Freedom or Death, Kidstreet, Emmanuel and the Fear, Motel Motel, Young Mammals and Saadi at the Paper Garden Records day party at the Living Room.
Right before NYC, Alcoholic Faith Mission played Iceland Airwaves. Their next show is tonight (10/21) at Millcreek Tavern in Philly, and then back to NYC for one more CMJ show Saturday night (10/23) at Fat Baby.
More pictures from Living Room below...
"Just returned from tonight's Pavement show. When I grow up, I want to be Bob Nastanovich." - Eric Weaver
Pavement setlist - September 19, 2010 (michaeldayers)
"Pavement were amazing. They went on 8:10, done by 9:50. Endless Boogie were cool. Other opening band (jenny and something) was awful. Pavement did 25 songs and all 25 of them were among the best 100 songs ever written." [Anonymous]One down, four to go.
Also, Bob Nastanovich is DJing the Living Room Monday night. Flyer below...
photos by KILLDISCO DESIGN
"Jim Campilongo RULES!!! and him playing with Nels is the one of the greatest fun I've ever had. No shit. Damn..." - Yuka Honda
"Nels Cline just DESTROYED the Living Room!!!" - Alex & Janel
The Jim Campilongo Trio plays the Living Room in NYC almost every Monday, with guests. This week, like others before it, featured a special appearance from Nels Cline on second guitar. Tony Scherr, like he will be for the next five weeks, was also on the bill, but this set of pictures is just from the Jim/Nels set, and they continue below...
Will Sheff & Beth Wawerna @ Living Room
Tonight, Tuesday, August 24th, marks the third week of the Bird of Youth residency at the Living Room in NYC. Tonight's guest is Charles Bissell of the Wrens, so that should be especially good. The first week's special guest was Will Sheff who played solo, as a duo with (his girlfriend) Beth, and with her band Bird Of Youth who also played without him. Videos of all four situations, including previews of possible new Okkervil River songs, below...
The Golden Palominos, a multifarious project led by drummer Anton Fier, got together for their first shows in 23 years in May. The group, fronted again by singers Syd Straw and Robert Kidney, will be performing on September 10th at City Winery. Tickets are on sale.
Also in the group's lineup are guitarists Jim Campilongo and Tony Scherr, who will be opening the show with their own trios. Meanwhile you can catch Tony at three Mondays this month at Living Room, and Jim at two of them. They're both there every Monday in September too
All Jim & Tony Living Room dates, and videos from the Palominos reunion show at (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 7th are below...
DOWNLOAD: Bird of Youth - "Stop Staring" (MP3)
Roky w/ Okkervil River @ Webster Hall in May (more by Kurt Christensen)
Austin songwriter Roky Erickson will be touring again in November. That includes at least two NYC-area shows. Those happen November 10th at the Bell House (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and November 12th at Maxwell's (tickets also on sale Friday at noon). More dates, including Boston, TBA.
Roky's most recent set of shows and album included Okkervil River as his backing band. That won't be the case this time, but you can catch Okkervil frontman Will Sheff when he plays a solo show at the Living Room on Tuesday, August 10th. That show is part of Bird of Youth's Tuesday in August residency at the Living Room. Bird of Youth (the band led by BK musician Beth Wawerna)'s other guests include Charles Bissell of the Wrens and Timothy Bracy's Collection Agency (ex-Mendoza Line). They all, or most of them, also contribute to Bird of Youth's upcoming debut album (MP3 from that above). No advanced tickets. A flyer for the residency is below...
photos by Chris La Putt
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Chris Thile - The Blind Leaving the Blind - third mvt (MP3)
Punch Brothers, the alt-bluegrass group led by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, have a slew of tour dates lined up across the country over the next four months. But the group only has one NYC show currently. They're at the Living Room this Thursday (1/7) for P-Bingo, which is a looser, more variety show like affair (opposed to their shows at, say, Carnegie Hall) with cover songs and guests. In the past, P-Bingo covers have included Elliot Smith's "Son of Sam," "Reptilia" and Bach. Tickets are on sale.
The track above is off their 2008 album, Punch, on Nonesuch Records. The other movements of "The Blind Leaving the Blind" are streaming on their MySpace. Videos from past p-Bingo nights and all tour dates are below...
"Sarah Siskind (1978 - ) is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville and grounded in folk and Appalachian roots. Her music has been classified as: rock, folk, americana, and alternative. Alison Krauss has championed Sarah and values her songs so highly that she's recorded two of them, both of which became singles and videos that received widespread airplay. Bluegrass/Folk legend Tim O'Brien calls her a rare talent...Sarah and Bon Iver have also toured together, and Sarah just finished opening for Bill Frisell on a tour that brought the pair to Minneapolis, MN on April 11th. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) just happened to be in the neighborhood (I guess?), and he joined Sarah and Bill on stage for the above-mentioned favorite song. Watch that video, and others like it, below.
...In 2002, Sarah released "Covered." Despite its title, it featured mostly original songs that dealt with love, family and relationships... Sarah invited Bill Frisell, a modern-day giant of jazz guitar, to anchor the studio band.....
...Indie-rock act Bon Iver was so taken with Sarah's song "Lovin's For Fools" that the group closed most of their 2008 tour sets with the song each night, and invited her to join them on their December 2008 European tour. In addition, Ireland's legendary artist, Paul Brady, invited her to join him on-stage for a collaboration in New York City that same year, and had her contribute backing vocals on his new album." [Wikipedia]
Tonight (Monday, April 27), Sarah is in NYC to play a free show at the Living Room...
7PM - Sarah SiskindAll tour dates below...
8PM - Jo Williamson
9PM - Caroline Jones
10PM - The Makepeace Brothers
11PM - Jim Campilongo
I was never an Indigo Girls fan, and for whatever reason, the inner immature child in me still thinks it's funny just to say their name ("Indigo Girls. ha ha ha! worst! ever!...").... They're probably amazing. My experience is limited to, like, "Galileo"....
I already mentioned that I thought it was
funny interesting that PJ Harvey (who is playing Irving Plaza tonight (3/26)!) was opening for the Indigo Girls at Stubb's during SXSW. Even more interesting, was that the special guest at the Perez Hilton SXSW party was not, as rumored, Britney Spears, but was in fact the Indigo Girls (on the same bill as Ladyhawke, Ida Maria, Little Boots, etc...).
I have since also found out that the Indigo Girls have at least three NYC shows coming up. The first is tonight, March 26th, at the very tiny Living Room on the Lower East Side (file under big artist playing very small venue), and after that it's Highline Ballroom on April 15th (file under Tax Day concerts), and finally a much larger headlining performance this summer (June 16) at Central Park Summerstage (file under who is playing Central Park Summerstage this year).
More Lilith Fair fans HERE.
DOWNLOAD: David Thomas Broughton - Weight of My Love (MP3)
Talented UK experimental-folk artist and friend of Doveman/Sam Amidon, David Thomas Broughton will make a rare and brief stop in NYC before heading to SXSW next week. All in all he'll play only two shows in the US, both of which are for The Local. "The Local is an evening of fine live music hosted by Howard Monk. It's an unpretentious affair, and friendly too." More specifically, The Local is a UK EVENING of fine live music, and on March 17th they will be "in New York for a second time"...
Hosted by Howard Monk ('Later with Jools Holland meets Phoenix Nights. Result!' Time Out), The Local hosts two events in the U.S, in NYC and Austin, Texas (SXSW) and will feature live performances from the inimitable David Thomas Broughton (SXSW & NYC), last seen layering and sampling his melancholy tales with a banana in his mouth; the much celebrated Liz Green (NYC & SXSW), winner of Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent competition last year, and with a new album on its way, the 'flickering and hummable' stories of Shearwater (SXSW) and the much vaunted Alela Diane (SXSW).Full lineups for both shows below...
DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - Blind Spot (Daisy Chain cover) (MP3)
Vivian Girls @ the Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ (thepiratehat)
Vivian Girls, NYC & NJ 2009
Dec 31 (NYE) - they opened for Yo La Tengo
Jan 04 - they played the Court Tavern (see above)
Jan 11 - they're playing for kids @ the Living Room
Jan 14 - they're playing w/ Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's
Jan 20 - they're playing w/ Fucked Up & Pissed Jeans @ MARKET HOTEL *
Feb 19 - they're opening for M Ward @ Apollo Theater $
* the MH show was moved from Danbro Studios
$ one of three shows they're playing with M Ward. Weird? yes.
All dates below...