Entries tagged with: Mark Eitzel

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Stephin Merritt

The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:

This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.

This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.

Tickets at BAM's website.

Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:

Continue reading "2nd 'This American Life' BAM show added (Stephin Merritt included) ++ Merge25 Fest updates (Duke University shows)"

Mark Eitzel

American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel released a solo album, Don't Be A Stranger, earlier this year via Merge and recently finished up a a tour in support of it which hit NYC earlier this month (12/3) at Highline Ballroom. A video of Mark playing "Firefly" at that show is below.

Mark gave us a list of his favorite music and films that he "saw/heard this year that might have been from any year." The whole list, in no particular order, is below.

Continue reading "Mark Eitzel's top 10 list of 2012 ++ a video from his NYC show"

John Lennon

Today is John Lennon's birthday, and so Yoko Ono is giving Lady Gaga an award, in Iceland. John would've been 72. Check out a gallery of the former Beatle's drawings (like the one above) over at the Huffington Post. Yahoo Canada takes a look at some of his letters.

Joe's Pub is celebrating John's birthday tomorrow. Symphony Space honors the man in November. Glasslands gets down in December.

Speaking of Lennons, Martha Wainwright's new album Come Home to Mama, which is also streaming at NPR, was recorded "mostly at" Sean Lennon's home studio in New York City. We're giving away tickets to see Martha at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/11) via our Facebook.

We are also giving away tickets to The Walkmen's 10/18 show at Terminal 5 with Dum Dum Girls; and Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Owen Pallett, Dawn Landes, and Steve Salett at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/12.

Speaking of Doveman shows and Wainwrights, help support marriage equality later this month at the Beacon.

In other milestones, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 this year. To commemorate, the band are reissuing it as a box set, with "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music." Yours for only $136.

Likewise, Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their entire discography as a huge box of 7"s. Pre-orders began today.

To quote Merge Records, "You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr., the groundbreaking album from the masters of alt-guitar rock, turns 25 this fall. To celebrate, Merge Records is releasing Chocomel Daze, a rare live show (featuring the classic, original line-up of J, Lou, and Murph) recorded in 1987 at Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Limited edition on 150-gram vinyl for the first time, this release follows their recent I Bet on Sky." Listen to one of the tracks at the bottom of this post.

Other new Merge releases include the Mountain Goats, Mark Eitzel, Mount Moriah and The Music Tapes.

Mark Eitzel is going on tour later this year.

Rick Ross dropped a new mixtape called The Black Bar Mitzvah. Give it a listen over at bvChicago.

The downside of Louis CK's massive, self-ticked tour: his Emmy-winning FX show Louie won't be back until 2014.

Bummer All Tomorrow's Parties news: ATP Japan has gone from postponed to canceled.

AND more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: John Lennon's Birthday, Rancid & RATM box sets, ATP Japan, Trail of Dead, Kylesa, Luyas, Black Keys & more"

Stylish Mark Eitzel at Knitting Factory, Dec 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mark Eitzel

Move over Alex Trebek, Mark Eitzel wants your job. (With his upbeat demeanor and penchant for suits, this probably seems obvious.) The American Music Club frontman is preparing for the October 2 release of Don't Be A Stranger via Merge by releasing a series of trivia questions via the AMC website.

Each Wednesday from now through September 26th, there will be an Eitzel-related trivia question posted... with the answer revealed the following Tuesday. The answers will be tallied and the top 3 contestants (top 3 from the US and top 3 from Europe/Australia/New Zealand) with the most correct answers will win a smattering of Eitzel-related prizes, including concert tickets, autographed albums and more.
Are you ready?
What, no Turtle Wax or Rice-a-Roni? The first three questions are up and ready to go. How many can you answer?

Meanwhile, all of you cheaters in NYC won't be able to snag the answers from Eitzel himself in time to make the contest; the man won't swing through the five boroughs until Dec 3 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. The dates are part of a larger East Coast tour for Eitzel, all of which are listed below.

In anticipation of the new LP, head below for a stream of  "I Love You But You're Dead." Mark Eitzel is currently trying to update his image, consulting Billy B (Lady Gaga's makeup artist) and Nadya Ginsburg (writer for "Joan Rivers Fashion Police") to make sure he knows what the kids are up to. Grab your notepads and head below to check out  video on their advice to Mark.

Continue reading "Mark Eitzel is a quizmaster, plotting East Coast tour, seeking fashion advice (dates, streams, video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Just back from seeing Mark Eitzel at The Knitting Factory.
Intimate. Intense. Inspiring. - The Rockdoves

Mark Eitzel / Kathryn Calder
Mark Eitzel
Kathryn Calder

Mark Eitzel played between tour-mates Kathryn Calder and Himalayan Bear at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (12/6). Here are some pictures. They continue below...

Continue reading "Mark Eitzel, Kathryn Calder & Himalayan Bear @ Knitting Factory (pics)"

Mark Eitzel
Mark Eitzel

"For The People Who Wonder if AMC is Touring

We are not.

During the reunion in 2005 it was good to play with these guys again - though we had changed a lot in a decade. We made a great record - still we didn't have a Bruce Kaphan or a Tom Mallon to keep the music focused and cohesive (I'm certainly not the one to do that when my own songs are involved.) We toured a bit, played one show in 2006 (at a Gap store) then I wanted to work more with Vudi and we put together a band in Los Angeles.

Fans want to see a band frozen in that time when the music meant something to them. A particular record, or a particular show that really knocked them out at the time. I do it too. I knew during the reunion AMC would not be the same group we were in 1991 - and that was tough. You want to give fans what they want (or at least I do) and its a bitch when things aren't the same. You just keep going - you just move on..."
[Mark Eitzel]

While American Music Club may be no more for now (they did tour in recent years though), you CAN catch frontman Mark Eitzel TWICE in the next couple days. TONIGHT (12/6) Eitzel will bless Knitting Factory with Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers and Himalayan Bear. Tickets are still available. Tomorrow (12/7) he plays at Joe's Pub as part of the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series with Amanda Stern, Jesse Browner, and Walter Kirn.

Mark Eitzel's appearance at Joe's Pub is the early show at the venue, with The Barr Brothers headlining the later show, one of two scheduled for the band in NYC this week. They also play Union Pool on 12/8. All of their dates are listed below.

Kathryn Calder is currently on the road with Himalayan Bear in celebration of her new LP Bright and Vivid (out now). Check out a video for "Who Are You?" from Bright and Vivid below, alongside all tour dates...

Continue reading "(no American Music Club, but) Mark Eitzel is here, Kathryn Calder touring, Barr Brothers too"

photos by Chris La Putt

Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
Blood Red Shoes

After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.

The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...

Continue reading "Chapel Club played CMJ w/ Everything Everything & Blood Red Shoes (pics), playing SXSW 2011 (intial lineup)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Mac and Britt embrace (Triangle Music)
Mac and Britt

The much anticipated XX Merge Festival took place last week in North Carolina with a five-day (July 22-July 26), Wednesday to Sunday run of shows. Last night (Sunday)'s show with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak was the only fully announced lineup. The other four nights (and one day) were a grab bag of any number of Merge bands past and present. Did you go? What were the highlights?

Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, who recently played a pair of big NY shows, headlined the fest's first night (which also included Magnetic Fields). Superchunk, which features Merge founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, topped the bill of the second night. The third night included the reformed/reunited lineups of Spent, Polvo and Pipe.

Mac McCaughan came out on stage before [Pipe] instead of the night's emcee and announced that there was a lone protester outside. He invited him up on stage and it was Jon Wurster decked out in Phillies gear as Philly Boy Roy. He was holding a sign that said "Boycot MERGE." He complained that Merge didn't have any Philly bands on their roster and Mac said that they have bands from Jersey, which is close to Philly. You never compare Jersey to Philly in front of Philly Boy Roy. It was hilarious.

All of this led to the introduction of New Jersey punks Pipe. As soon as they kicked into their first song, beer cans and plastic bottles started flying. Frontman Ron Liberti ate it up and even put himself in the line of fire, headbutting some of the cans while kicking some back into the crowd. Liberti bounded around the stage, essentially taunting the crowd. The crowd loved the band's antics as did I (but that may have been different if I hadn't managed to stay dry). [triangle music]

You can see the partial setlist from Spoon, who headlined that night, below.

In addition to the Cat's Cradle shows (the venue for 4/5 of the night shows), Saturday featured a day show that included Julian Koster solo as Music Tapes and Mac McCaughan with violin accompaniment as Portastatic. A few videos from that set, below.

M. Ward, who's playing the Central Park Summerstage this Saturday (August 1st), played at the fest's Saturday night showcase. Zooey Deschanel joined him for a cover of the Beatles' "Birthday." Not too big of a surprise considering She & Him headlined the Sunday night show.

Other XX Merge artists who recently stopped in NYC include The Clientele and Richard Buckner (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg last Sunday), Versus and Superchunk (they played South Street Seaport last Friday), and Spent (they played Coco 66). Spoon didn't play a NYC show, but they were spotted in the audience of Paul McCartney's third of three shows at Citi Field in Queens. Destroyer is on his way up. He plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club) played Le Poisson Rouge and Maxwell's before XX Merge, and now he's on his way back for a show at The Bell House.

Lineups for each night of XX Merge, with videos, and a bunch of setlists, below...

Continue reading "Merge celebrated their 20th w/ 5 days of shows in North Carolina (lineups, reviews, pics, video setlists...)"

Spent

Spent was an American Indie Rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey consisting of singer/guitarist John King, guitarist/occasional vocalist/keyboardist Annie Hayden, bassist/occasional vocalist Joe Weston and drummer Ed Radich.

Spent formed in the early 1990's in Jersey City, New Jersey. After releasing several EP's under various independent labels the band released their first full album. Songs of Drinking and Rebellion was released in March of 1995 on Merge Records, a indie label formed by Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance and a band that Spent toured with extensively throughout their career. In September of 1996 the band released an Ep entitled Umbrella Wars, which included a cover of Joe Walsh's A Life of Illusion. Umbrella Wars served as a teaser for their next album released a month later in October of 1996 entitled A Seat Beneath the Chairs. In 1997 John King joined Superchunk lead guitarist Joe Wilbur in a side project called Humidifier releasing the album Nothing Changes on Link Records. On July 21, 1997 the band officially split. In 1999 their last song "(I'll Clean Up) The Mess That You Are" appeared on the 10 year anniversary album of Merge Records called Oh, Merge. The band never received much attention outside of the 90's indie rock world. [Wiki]

As previously noted, Spent are reuniting for the XX Merge Records festival happening in North Carolina in July, but first the band will play a single show, presumably as a warm-up for the festival, and it will take place at Coco66 in Brooklyn on June 29th. Also on the bill at that show is Heather Duby, whose credits include albums released by Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze, and Sonic Boom.

Coco66 is killing it with the reunion booking lately. The Van Pelt just played a show there too.

Other bands playing XX Merge with upcoming NYC shows include Richard Buckner, The Clientele, Versus, Destroyer, Conor Oberst, Polvo, M Ward, and Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club).

Speaking of Mark Eitzel, his tour dates have actually been updated some since we last spoke. You can check them out below...

Continue reading "Spent playing NYC b4 XX Merge ++ updated Mark Eitzel dates "

Mark Eitzel

XX Merge, the label's 20th anniversary festival taking place in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, NC from July 22nd to 26th, is nearly sold out. The only show with tickets still available is the July 26th closing gig with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak.

Before and after that fest, American Music Club's Mark Eitzel has scheduled NYC-area shows billed as "Mark Eitzel plays American Music Club." He comes to Maxwell's Monday, July 20th and the Bell House on Wednesday, July 29th. Tickets to the Bell House, and tickets to the Maxwell's show are both now on sale.

UPDATE: Mark is also doing this same show on July 18th at Le Poisson Rouge, and tickets are also on sale for that.

A video of Eitzel performing AMC song "The Decibels & The Little Pills" at Noise Pop 2009, which took place earlier this year in his hometown of San Francisco, below...

Continue reading "Mark Eitzel as American Music Club twice in NYC + XX Merge"