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by Andrew Sacher
The Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory Brooklyn begin tonight, and here's a rundown of what they've got going on:
NIGHT 1 (February 6)
Tonight's headliners are '70s-style power pop trio Nude Beach, who put out their newest album, 77, on the label last year, followed by a new single this year (listen below). They've been playing around a lot lately (maybe you caught them at Bowery Ballroom last month), and they have two NYC shows coming up after this: Bowery Electric on 3/5 (free with RSVP) and The Bell House with White Hills in April.
Also of note tonight is The Hamiltons, a punk trio inspired by the Ramones and the film Dirty Work, who may actually be The Ergs. Listen to a couple tracks below.
Brooklyn's Mal Blum, one of the label's newer signees, has been a singer/songwriter in the local folk punk/anti-folk scene for a few years now. Maybe you've caught her with Noun, Allison Weiss, Worriers, Chris Gethard, Stephen Brodsky or at Tinderbox Fest. Her first Don Giovanni release should be out later this year, but meanwhile you can stream her 2013 album, Tempest In A Teacup, below.
Crow Bait, the Iron Chic-related alt-country/punk band who put out their solid debut LP on Don Giovanni last year, returned a few weeks ago with the Separate Stations 7" EP on Drunken Sailor Records. If you like jangly '90s alternative rock with a little twang in it, you should check this out. Listen below.
Tonight's bill is rounded out by one of NYC's longest-running DIY scene duos, Shellshag, NJ indie rockers Black Wine and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
NIGHT 2 (February 7)
Saturday's lineup is headlined by the great Amherst, MA band California X, who recently dropped their sophomore album, Nights in the Dark. The sludgy Dinosaur Jr-isms of their debut are still here, but this time they're a little overshadowed by a handful of '70s influences, pulling from that decade's hard rock, power pop, punk, and a love of twin leads. Stream the whole thing below.
Downtown Boys, another recent addition to the label, are a band you have to see live to fully experience. And if you haven't seen them, it's highly recommended. Head HERE to see what we've said about their shows in the past. They'll also be on tour with Screaming Females soon.
Nuclear Santa Claust have a new album, Je Ne Sais Claus, coming out on DG next week (2/10), and they'll have it on sale at the show too. Like their last album, lead single "Sayonara Baby" is indebted to early hardcore with a good dose of Ramones worship. Check it out below. You can catch them in NYC again at the Nate Gluck benefit with Night Birds in March.
Opening Saturday's showcase is the label's newest band Alice (who count music writer/Silent Barn booker Liz Pelly as a member). They announced their signing this week, and will release their debut album, Revenge Pop, later this year. You can listen to the reverb-ed out "Nightmare" below.
The rest of Saturday's lineup is noisy punk duo Pinkwash (mem Hume, Bleeding Rainbow), Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, NJ punks Brick Mower, and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: Screaming Females @ DbA in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
NIGHT 3 (February 28 -- early and late shows)
The third and final showcase has a 6:45 and a 10:45 show, both with the same lineups. Screaming Females are headlining, and these are the record release shows for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, which a few great singles have already come out from. If you haven't heard them yet, check those out below with a recently-released live video (dir. Lance Bangs) of another new song, "It's Not Fair." Screaming Females also have many other tour dates, including Asbury Park in April.
The openers at both shows are political DC post-punks Priests, '90s-inspired melodic punks Tenement, and the garage-y Vacation. Those bands have a bunch of other dates together without Screaming Females, including a Hoboken show on 2/25. All dates are listed below.
Tenement are releasing a new rarities collection, Bruised Music Volume One, on March 10 via Grave Mistake Records, and Toxic Pop Records. You can check out the ripping "Spaghetti Midwestern" from that, below.
The early Knitting Factory show is sold out, but tickets for the late show are still available.
In other Don Giovanni news unrelated to their showcase, the label is putting out a collection from The Lookouts, the band that included Lookout! Records founder Larry Livermore, and drummer Tre Cool before he joined Green Day. The collection features guest appearances from Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong. Stream a track below.
photo: Nude Beach at 4Knots 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's raucous power-pop band Nude Beach released their latest album, 77, last October via Don Giovanni and they've now dropped a new single culled from the 77 sessions, the shimmering and carefree "Been Waitin'." Listen below.
They've also got a handful of dates coming up, and play their hometown a few times during the run. The first is this Thursday (1/22) at Bowery Ballroom as an opener on the previously discussed Amen Dunes / Kevin Morby show. Tickets are still available. Then, as mentioned, they play the first night of the three Don Giovanni showcases at Knitting Factory on February 6 with Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait and host Chris Gethard. Tickets for that one are still available too.
Lastly, they've got a newly-announced show happening at Bell House on April 3 with White Hills. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (1/23) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In news related to this Thursday's show, Amen Dunes just released the new Cowboy Worship EP through Sacred Bones Records which includes reworked versions of four songs from last year's Love, one from 2011's Through Donkey Jaw, and a cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" featuring Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg, ex-The Men, also of Uniform). Listen to that one below.
Also, Kevin Morby's band with Cassie Ramone, The Babies, have a new digital single out on Woodsist with two previously-unreleased b-sides. Listen to one of those, "Got Old," below.
As for noisy psych rockers White Hills, they also have a number of dates coming up in addition to that Bell House show with Nude Beach. Their tour includes stops at ATP Iceland, Primavera Sound and another NYC show happening at Mercury Lounge on March 10 with Australia's The Black Ryder. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for Nude Beach and White Hills, as well as the Nude Beach, Amen Dunes and Babies song streams, below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
And a new Screaming Females song...
Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three showcases in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. This year though, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.
NIght 1 (February 6) includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, with Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on) hosting.
Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice, also with Chris Gethard hosting.
Night 3 (February 28) includes Screaming Females (record release show for Rose Mountain), Priests, Tenement and Vacation.
Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).
Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Downtown Boys at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Their singer spent most of the time on the floor, and the other musicians often joined her. Meanwhile, a few crowd members (who the band appeared to know personally) spent the show dancing on stage. In between songs, the band preached equality for all genders, races and sexual orientations, and delivered these speeches in both Spanish and English. (She once pointed out how when she spoke in Spanish it was alienating to the non-Spanish speakers as an example of how many groups of people feel alienated in American society.) The band's hi-speed, danceable saxophone-fueled punk was also a total party.Providence's Downtown Boys are one of those bands you just have to see live (I wrote the above when I saw them earlier this year), but the recordings are great too so it's exciting to learn that they've signed to Don Giovanni for their debut album which will be out in 2015. That album will follow their 7" that came out earlier this year on Sister Polygon, the label run by another Don Giovanni band, Priests.
UPDATE: Don Giovanni also signed Pinkwash and Mal Blum.
Downtown Boys are promising a summer tour for 2015, but as of now they only have two upcoming shows booked for November (none in NYC), including one with their new DG labelmates Screaming Females. Those dates are listed, with a stream of their 7", below...
Blonde Redhead @ Webster Hall 2010 (more by Chris Gerbeck)
Interpol @ FYF Fest 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Interpol @ The Met's Temple of Dendur
Interpol's new album, El Pintor, is out today and the band are celebrating with this special show amongst the ruins of The Met's Temple of Dendur. Sold out, as is their Bowery show later this week.
Blonde Redhead @ Rough Trade
Blonde Redhead's new album Barragán, their first in four years, is also out today and they're celebrating with this in-store at Rough Trade. You need to buy the LP or CD today (store opens at 11 AM) and that gets you two wristbands to get into the show.
Mal Blum, Worriers, Arm Candy, Chandeli'ers, CCTV @ Death by Audio
The Measure [sa] is over, but Lauren Denitzio now makes similarly great poppy punk in her band Worriers. If you like them, you might wanna catch Arm Candy too.
Alt-J @ Le Poisson Rouge
Alt-J's anticipated sophomore album isn't out for a few weeks, but you'll be able to hear it performed in full tonight at this intimate show (if you got in via NPR's RSVP).
KEN mode, Psalm Zero, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
Metallic noise rockers KEN mode return to Brooklyn tonight and should be as intense as ever. Strong support from experimental metal duo Psalm Zero and Couch Slut. Invisible Oranges is proudly presenting this one.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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As mentioned, comedian Chris Gethard is releasing My Comedy Album on April 22 via Don Giovanni, and he's celebrating with a release show in NYC at Knitting Factory the day it comes out. When that show was first announced, not many details were announced, but here's more. He'll be joined by a number of musical/comedic guests including Mikey Erg (of The Ergs and tons of other bands), Shannon O'Neill, who will reprise her Prison Freaks comedy show for this one night only, local DIY vets (and Don Giovanni labelmates) Shellshag, DG label head Joe Steinhardt (who's promising quality jokes), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, and comedian/Bob's Burgers star Eugene Mirman. Still more unannounced guests will be showing up as well. Tickets are still available.
Chris also recently released the first track from his new album, "Mother's Day," a bit about how on a recent Mother's Day his mom told him "a story she's never told anyone" about his birth. Listen to that, with his full list of upcoming dates (including other Chris solo and Chris Gethard Show events in NYC), below...
Mutoid Man is the meeting of Ben Koller of Converge with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In, a new project that also features bassist Nick Cageo of Brohammer. The band is prepping the release of their new LP, Helium Head (art above), via Magic Bullet Records on November 29. The first released track is "Gnarcissist" that features the signature jaw-dropping fills of Koller and Brodsky's clean vocals, but is an entirely different trajectory from both bands. Stream it below.
Mutoid Man's new track also appears on the latest Magic Bullet Records compilation alongside tracks by Integrity, This Will Destroy You, Rot in Hell, Wormwood and more. Head below for a full stream of the comp.
In related news, Stephen Brodsky will bless Saint Vitus Thursday night (8/29) alongside Snake Oil and PC Worship, a
one-off for the now-Greenpoint-er. Tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: He also plays Union Hall on September 20 with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Head below for the Magic Bullet compilation stream.
Marissa w/ Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster is producing the new Modern Hut (the project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt) album, Generic Treasure (due out 8/6), and she's now announced that she'll be taking her solo project, Noun, on a short Northeast tour with Modern Hut around the time of the album's release. The tour hits NYC on August 9 at Death by Audio with their labelmates Shellshag, who will be playing unplugged, Lauren Measure's current band, Worriers, and singer/songwriter Mal Blum, making for an all-around great bill. Admission for that show is $7 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Marissa's band Screaming Females were the special guest opener at Titus Andronicus' Maxwell's show last night, their second of three shows (the final one is tonight, 7/16). CoolDadMusic caught the show, and wrote:
Marissa Paternoster showed up in her usual black, though in short sleeves and collarless this time, perhaps in a nod to the sweltering temperatures. The band opened with "I Don't Mind It" from 2010's Castle Talk and blazed through other favorites like "Expire," "Extinction," and "It All Means Nothing" from 2012's Ugly and "Poison Arrow" from this year's Chalk Tape EP. Paternoster's fingers appeared never to cease moving, while the rhythm section of King Mike and Jarrett D kept everything moving forcefully ever-forward.Screaming Females play their own Maxwell's show on Sunday (7/21) with Nuclear Santa Claust (sold out). It's an early show before Ted Leo and Shellshag play (also sold out).
Then, as just mentioned, Screaming Females will head out on the road with labelmates Waxahatchee and Tenement for a tour that hits the NYC-area on 9/14 at MHOW, 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. Check Asbury Lanes' site for ticket info on that show.
All dates on the Modern Hut/Noun tour are listed, along with the tour flyer and some song streams, below...
As mentioned, Laura Stevenson is releasing her new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni, and she's announced that she'll support the album on a full band tour with Field Mouse this spring. That tour culminates in a NYC show on May 24 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
As usual, you'll have plenty of chances to catch Field Mouse in NYC before and after that tour, including this Friday (3/8) at Shea Stadium with Darlings, Permanent Collection, and Honeydrum; March 20 at Pianos with Fear of Men, Slander, The Lost Patrol and a DJ set from Silent Drape Runners (tickets); and an Aputumpu Festival show on March 28 at Cameo with Dickpic (aka Pictureplane and DJ Dog Dick), Psychic Twin, Silent Drape Runners, Vensaire, and a DJ set from Chrome Canyon (tickets).
In related news, Field Mouse's friends Allison Weiss and Candy Hearts kicked off a tour together this past Saturday (3/2) in Virgina and after moving across the country through SXSW, it returns to the east coast, ending in a NYC show on April 6 at Shea Stadium with Mal Blum and Banquets.
All dates for both tours are listed, along with Laura Stevenson's new single and Field Mouse's recent shoegazey track "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," below...
As you may know, comedian Chris Gethard usually has a band on his weekly NYC cable access / online talk show. Last night, for example, Screaming Females played (archived video of that is not online yet, unfortunately). Tonight (1/17) at Death by Audio you can go see four former music guests of The Chris Gethard Show at a party they're calling "Come Take A Ride With The Weirdest Bands We Know, Vol. 2." Those bands are Dolchnakov Brigade, Mal Blum, Claire's Diary, and Electric Monday. In addition to the music, expect "many of the oddballs who appear on the show, and will feature not just music but ill advised crowd participation, stunts, and prize giveaways." Says Chris on Facebook:
One thing I'm super proud of at the last concert we threw is that it was a straight up DANCE PARTY. So many shows around New York are just standing around and staring. Not at TCGS concerts. At most NY shows, people are embarrassed to dance. At our shows, people are embarrassed NOT to dance. Come by this Thursday night and see four of our best ever acts throw down.You can watch clips of all four bands appearing on The Chris Gethard Show below, along with a flyer for tonight's Death by Audio show.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Cocorosie / Jean Grae
The third annual Tinderbox Music Festival went down across three stages at Webster Hall this past Sunday (11/11). The festival aims to showcase "powerful, diverse, and innovative female artists and female-fronted bands" and this year's fest included Cocorosie, Jean Grae, Selebrities, Sirius Plan, Mal Blum (who plays Mercury Lounge on 12/11 with Zoe Boekbinder and tickets go on sale Monday [11/19] at noon), and more.
The festival doubles as a benefit show, and like in past years proceeds went to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Girls Write Now, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, but due to recent circumstances, this year they also donated part of the proceeds to New York Cares to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Glamour Magazine talked to Sierra from Cocorosie right after the show:
Glamour: How do you feel right now after this amazing performance?What, what was the question? Read the rest of the interview at Glamour (yes, Glamour).
Sierra: I feel very lucky. I feel really blessed. The main thing we try to do is find our fear and run towards it. So lucky to have [Bianca] because there have been moments when I didn't have the courage to go through what I have, so I feel great. There are artists who have to do this, totally solo. I don't think I could do that, so working with fear is a big thing for me. For young artists and women, working with fear is probably what inspires us the most.
More pictures of many of the artists who played the festival, Cocorosie crowdsurfing included, and a few videos, below...
This Sunday (11/11) is the third-annual Tinderbox Music Festival which "powerful, diverse, and innovative female artists and female-fronted bands." We already mentioned that the line-up includes headliners Cocorosie but will also feature Jean Grae (who playes the Hurricane Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory on Thursday), Selebrities, Lili Haydn, Computer Magic, Hard Nips and more. Full line-up, which takes over all three stages at Webster Hall, is below.
Like the two years past, Tinderbox fest goes to support the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Girls Write Now, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, but this year part of the net proceeds will go to New York Cares helping with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief. Tickets ($25) are still available. We're also giving a pair of tickets away and details on how to enter are below.
"TINDERBOX Music Festival aims to create more space for women musicians by bringing together and promoting established and emerging female artists. Rooted in the vibrant New York City music scene, TINDERBOX fosters community by providing opportunities to perform, collaborate, and connect. TINDERBOX donates 100% of net proceeds to organizations involved in giving rise to the next generation of women musicians."Head over to Southpaw after you're done perusing the Atlantic Antic on Sunday. The Tinderbox Music Fest features 18 female artists on 2 stages and looks like a lot of fun. It kicks off at 3:30pm and will probably run until at least midnight. Advanced tickets are on sale for $17. The full lineup (Bitch, Shipa Ray, Larkin Grimm, Jenny Owen Youngs and many more included) with set times and some videos below...