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Market Hotel

As Todd P continues to turn Market Hotel into a new and fully legal Brooklyn venue, a sale is happening to clean out some of the old stuff. Details, live music included, below...

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Market Hotel - January 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Market Hotel

In addition to working on a completely new venue somewhere in the Buswhwick area, DIY Brooklyn show promoter Todd P reports that the project to reopen Market Hotel is still very much underway....

MARKET HOTEL PROJECT - a project to reopen a long-shuttered, beloved concert space / art space
http://markethotel.org
Construction has finally commenced! Opening date tbd. Nearly 2 1/2 years ago Market Hotel closed as an underground event space. A decision was made to fight to reopen this unique place and to relaunch with our legal ducks in order - but also to turn down commercial investors and instead make it work as a not-for-profit dedicated to the community (without using crowd sourcing). It has not been easy, nor glamorous, but after much struggle the project finally found its necessary funding roughly a year ago, and has spent the last 12 months navigating the permitting process to reopen with proper alcohol license, occupancy permit, permit for "assembly," and other necessary paperwork. These things are not yet in hand, but our legal and financial pathway is finally in sight to begin construction to satisfy the requirements to get to those goals. Some may be surprised to hear that this project is alive - but rest assured: nearly every day we are working behind the scenes to make the reopening of Market Hotel a reality. This space will re-open not as some temple of "indie" whatever, but as a space dedicated to bringing the privileged concepts of all ages access and affordable tickets to many music genres. **ACTUALLY HAPPENING** seriously! Stay tuned.
Read this (older) article from the Brooklyn Rail for some background on the project. - Todd P
We last thought about Market Hotel in April when a show was actually announced as happening there, and before that in October 2011 when we heard about the funding Todd references above. Prince Rama held a party on the roof there earlier in 2011. The venue 'went dark' in April 2010 after a bit of trouble with cops.

In its heyday the ex-Dominican Speakeasy hosted shows with the likes of Surfer Blood, Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings, Cold Cave, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Wavves, The Intelligence, USAISAMONSTER, Times New Viking, Fucked Up, Pissed Jeans, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, HEALTH, Black Dice, Titus Andronicus, Ted Leo, No Age, Islands, and many, many, many more.

The Hive Dwellers
Hive Dwellers

The show scheduled to take place at the Flatiron Hotel Rooftop Patio tonight (4/6) was moved due to a cell phone tower being still located there (aka fear of cancer). Where was it moved? To Market Hotel!

TONIGHT:

====| FRIDAY 4/6 @ @ THE MARKET HOTEL <-venue-change!- |====
:: HIVE DWELLERS --------- feat CALVIN JOHNSON - unamplified acoustic performance
:::: Hamish Kilgour & Leila Adu -- mem THE CLEAN
:::::: the Curious Mystery
:::::::: Katie Eastburn --- x Young People

| THE MARKET HOTEL |
959 Broadway @ Myrtle Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
JMZ - Myrtle Ave, G-Myrtle-Willoughby | 8pm | $8 | ALL AGES
no alcohol will be served at Friday's event

This is a big step for Todd P and the Bushwick venue that is working its way toward being legit. In fact, this will be the first public show at Market Hotel in almost two years, and a rare chance to see the old space before renovation begins.

Tonight's Brooklyn show is also just one stop on a larger tour for the Hive Dwellers who also play Staten Island, Hartford CT, SUNY Purchase and Bard by Wednesday. Some of their dates, including tonight, are with their separately touring K Records labelmates The Curious Mystery whose other upcoming shows include a residency at NYC's Ace Hotel. All dates for both bands are listed below...

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a scene from Market Hotel, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Market Hotel

"despite the travails of the scene and setbacks experienced by [Todd] Patrick himself--in June, Community Board 3 denied him and his partners a liquor license for a restaurant/avant-garde performance space on Avenue A--the summer also ushered a new era for him. He became a father in August. (He took a few months off.) Weeks later, he received a $100,000 grant to renovate Market Hotel, the Bushwick loft that was his flagship space until 2010. The space, which was founded in 2008 when he built it out with Ahearn and local punk outfit The So So Glos, has been largely inactive since the cops raided it during a Smith Westerns gig in early 2010, though a rotating cast of artists-in-residence has remained.

The anonymous grant was funneled through the Solo Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that supports arts initiatives with social agendas. It will allow Market to make improvements and obtain a certificate of occupancy, a place of assembly permit, and a liquor license. Market Hotel will then be a licensed not-for-profit venue. "We won't have to hide in the shadows," Patrick says. The hope is that we can be open seven days a week." [Village Voice]

Long live Market Hotel.

photos by WEIRD MAGIC

Prince Rama

The event description read:

Prince Rama will be releasing their first single off their new LP, TRUST NOW, due out on Paw Tracks October 4th. At sunset [on July 9th], 30 mini-cds containing the new single will be tied to balloons and released off the roof into the great beyond...
Come for yoga, bbq, DJ sets by Prince Rama and special guests, and VJ sets by Total Slacker. Bring stuff to grill! Cosmic Yoga led by Austin Samsel at 7:00PM, get in the zone
Prince Rama took the term "releasing a single" to a whole new level on Saturday 7/9 on the roof of Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Pictures below from the "single release" party are in this post. There was music from Ka, some yoga, and a lot of balloons (note: BrooklynVegan does not condone or agree with the idea to release balloons into the environment). Prince Rama only DJ'd, released balloons, mingled...

Prince Rama has a pair of upcoming appearances, including a DJ set at the Julian Lynch/Dent May show on July 21st at Glasslands (tickets) and the previously described Aug 26th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Sun Araw, Julianna Barwick, and Pterodactyl. As mentioned, the MHOW show will be the first NYC performance of Sun Araw and Prince Rama's aptly titled joint project Prince Sunarawma." Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/14) at noon.

More pictures from Market Hotel roof party below...

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Prince Sunarawma at Brave New Books at SXSW (by Erez Avissar)
Prince Sunarawma

The bill is looking pretty stacked on August 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Sun Araw, Prince Rama, Julianna Barwick, Pterodactyl, and Teengirl Fantasy (DJ set). Check ticketmaster for tickets, probably next week when the show gets officially announced.

The Brooklyn show will be the first NYC performance of Sun Araw and Prince Rama's aptly titled joint project Prince Sunarawma. They debuted the project during SXSW at Brave New Books on March 19 (pictured above). The show will also be the album release show for Sun Araw's upcoming LP Ancient Romans, due out three days earlier on August 23 via Sun Ark / Drag City. Catch Sun Araw and Tanlines again the next night (8/27) at PS1's Warm Up.

Prince Rama has other upcoming shows happening sooner too, like... this Saturday (7/9) on the Market Hotel Roof in Brooklyn where Prince Rama will celebrate the release of the first single off their new LP Trust Now, which will be released on October 4 via Paw Tracks. According to the facebook event, "At sunset, 30 mini-cds containing the new single will be tied to balloons and released off the roof into the great beyond." And by "into the great beyond" they of course mean into someone's backyard or stuck on an electrical pole or in a tree or in a bird's nest or down a dolphin's throat, or stuff like that. Prince Rama and special guests will also DJ and Total Slacker will VJ. No word on who will BJ, or whether there will be JJ. "Cosmic Yoga led by Austin Samsel at 7:00PM, get in the zone." FREE.

Prince Rama also DJs on July 21 at Glasslands with Julian Lynch and Dent May. Tickets are on sale now.

You have a few opportunities to catch Teengirl Fantasy before the show as well. They open the sold out James Blake show at Webster Hall on July 13. They'll also head out on tour with PIctureplane later this month, which hits NYC on July 22 at a TBD location and July 23 at Coco 66 with Gatekeeper. Tickets for the Coco66 show are still available.

As mentioned in This Week in Indie, Pterodactyl also plays Saturday (7/9) at Death By Audio. The show is Grooms' record release party for their new LP Prom which drops next week via Kanine. The Immaculates are also on the bill. Pterodactyl will release the LP Spills Out this November on Brah/Jagjaguwar.

More dates below...

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"secret location"
John Maus

To quote Altered Zones...

[This MP3 is an] Excellent new romantic pop jam from innovator + former Ariel Pink/Panda Bear-collaborator John Maus, teasing his forthcoming album We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, coming soon on Upset the Rhythm. (via Gorilla Vs Bear)

MP3: John Maus: "And The Rain"

Keep an eye on Upset the Rhythm for more info, or ask the man yourself at one of the two shows happening in Brooklyn, both after midnight, this Friday at a secret location and Saturday at Knitting Factory

UPDATE: Despite previously reported info, this MP3 of "And The Rain" is not the official album version and is a rough cut leaked by Maus' brother.

The Saturday Knitting Factory show is presented by Todd P and is billed as a "Max Eisenberg Showpaper Curation Launch Partay" with John Maus, Dogleather (Sewn Leather + DJ Dog Dick Collab), and DJ Jan Woo Midelfort (Body Actualized Control / Vibes Mangagement). Gary War is also on the Friday secret show. UPDATE: A resident of Market Hotel said to spread the word that any show that may or may not have been happening at Market Hotel on Friday is cancelled.

photos by Erez Avissar

Teen Inc
Teen Inc

LA's Teen Inc (who are back in town for CMJ) dropped in at Brooklyn's Monster Island on 10/8 with Gatekeeper, Blondes, Teengirl Fantasy, and Greatest Hits. Prior to that show, White Rainbow soundtracked a yoga session on top of Market Hotel. Pictures from both events are in this post, and continue below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Trans Am - Apparent Horizon (MP3)

Trans Am

Thrill Jockey: You've spoken before about a desire to transcend music. Do you think this album accomplishes that?

Trans Am: Absolutely. This album isn't about music at all. It's about being prepared mentally and physically. It's about training 8 hours a day for the past two years. You know, too many people today are results-oriented. We want to win as much as anyone, but we're not going to abandon our system now. That's what got us where we are and we're not going to throw everything away and just play for music's sake.

Trans Am will put out their ninth (!) LP, Thing, on April 20th, and you can hear a tight, vocoder-riffing rack from it above.

The band is currently on tour with Portland noise-rock band Nice Nice and Jonas Reinhardt (a group not a person). They play two NYC shows. The first is at Santos this Saturday (4/17). Tickets are still on sale.

Their other NYC show, on Sunday (4/18), was relocated from Market Hotel to the Knitting Factory. Oneida (who headlined the venue in March and who play the Joshua Light Show fest this May) is also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.

Album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Trans Am on tour (dates), NYC show w/ Oneida moved to Knitting Factory, new album out soon (MP3)"

High Places

Todd P reports that, "Thursday's HIGH PLACES show is moving to SHEA STADIUM --- 20 Meadow St @ Waterbury St, just 2 blocks from the corner of Bushwick Ave & Grand St, aka the Grand St L stop, Williamsburg, Brooklyn". The show was supposed to happen at Market Hotel. More info on the show and all High Places tour dates below...

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How convenient that Party Expo appears from out of nowhere right before Market Hotel closes down. Tuesday (4/6) night's Darwin Deez birthday show has been moved from the closed venue to the open one. No word yet on what is happening with the rest of Market Hotel's schedule. All Darwin Deez dates below...

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Market Hotel (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Market Hotel

"so.... Market Hotel got into some police trouble. What does this mean? Hard to tell. Places have survived such things before, including Market Hotel, but every situation is different and we will have to wait and see. For the near future, Market Hotel will go dark, and scheduled events will be relocated. The longterm goal remains as it always has been: to make Market Hotel a licensed community space... but money is a challenge of course. We have consulted many times with architects / lawyers and it is attainable! If you want to help achieve that goal, please get in touch @ themarkethotel@gmail.com. Thanks for your support!"

Please remember, shows in other spots are not affected - including tonight's Easter punk show at Monster Island Basement. Come out, it'll be terrific, and triumphant!" [Todd P]

The trouble happened last night at the Smith Westerns / Golden Triangle show. Get in touch with Todd or Market Hotel (see above) if you want to help.

Video of Beach Fossils playing "vacation" at the temporarily (?) closed venue (in August 2009), and the current schedule that needs to be relocated, below...

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"Market hotel busted by twenty cops!" - The Smith Westerns

Babies

Saturday night's Smith Westerns show at Market Hotel got cut short thanks to a group of cops that showed and told everyone to leave (possibly due to a noise complaint, possibly due to "business inspection", maybe because The Smith Westerns were peeing all over the place, or possibly just because the cops felt like shutting it down). What this means for the large DIY venue remains to be seen. Upcoming shows there include High Places (April 8), Trans Am (April 18), Harlem (April 23), Sleigh Bells (May 11), and Pissed Jeans (June 19). The next scheduled show is Tuesday, April 6th with Darwin Deez. Hopefully it's still happening.

UPDATE: Market Hotel is going to close while they figure things out. All upcoming shows are being relocated.

As of this writing I'm not sure if The Smith Westerns ever got to play anywhere Saturday night. There was talk of the show moving to Party Expo, but that didn't seem to happen. Regardless, you can catch the band at their next NYC show which takes place tonight, Easter Sunday, at Mercury Lounge with Male Bonding (who played MHOW with The Soft Pack last night) and So Cow.

For So Cow it's one of two NYC shows on his current tour (all dates below). The next one takes place a few days later, April 7th at Death By Audio with Sunday Times, The Surpriser (ex Cause-comotion) and The Babies (pictured above).

For The Babies the Death By Audio show is one of many chances to see the Vivian Girls/Woods side project this month. The very next chance happens to be tonight (4/4, Easter) at Don Pedro with WetDog who Bill said were good the other night (they played Glasslands and Death By Audio). If you don't remember that Wetdog were playing this third NYC show tonight, that's because it's actually not in their tour dates (but it is listed by the venue and the Babies).

The Babies are also playing with Best Coast and The Bitters at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (4/6) (tickets still on sale). Maybe you caught Best Coast when they opened for Japandroids at Bowery Ballroom. You can also catch them Monday night (4/5) at the Meatlocker in Montclair and Wednesday (4/7) at Mercury Lounge with The Bitters again (tickets) (no other Bitters dates anywhere).

The Babies will soon also kick off a very short tour with Titus Andronicus in CT on April 11th. That tour hits Rodrigues Coffee House at Fordham University in the Bronx on April 13th and SUNY Purchase the next day. Titus also plays a Babies-less early Men Can Stop Rape Benefit show at Red Hook High School on Sunday, April 11th (before the CT show).

Red Hook flyer and lots of dates below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Beach Fossils & (crowd) Surfer Blood...
Beach Fossils
Surfer Blood

[Surfer Blood's] set on Saturday [2/27] was all material from the debut album, but what set it apart was the fun the band was having with the crowd -- enough so that a Weezer guitar tease gave way an audience-led run through "Sweater Song". The band persisted through some technical problems to end the show with a crazy stage and audience jumping version of "Swim" where most of the vocals were sang while John was held aloft by the crowd.
[NYC Taper who also recorded the set]
Also on the bill were Grooms, Morning Benders, Beach Fossils and Turbo Fruits.

The show was part of Surfer Blood's tour with Tubro Fruits (they also played Mercury Lounge on Sunday, Feb 28th). That trip continues down to SXSW, where all of the above bands will be performing, and beyond. The full dates are below.

Morning Benders' new record Big Echo, which comes out March 9th on Rough Trade, is streaming online.

Upcoming shows for Beach Fossils include a Kidrockers show on March 7th at the Living Room with Bottle Up and Go. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Surfer Blood, Morning Benders, Grooms, Beach Fossils & Turbo Fruits played Market Hotel - pics, audio, more dates"

"Last minute NYC show at Market Hotel Fri. night (2/5) - Neon Indian, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Adventure, Blissed Out - @ 9PM!!!!!!"
UPDATE: exact show listing with flyer below...

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Tonight/Friday's Yummy Fur show is now taking place at Market Hotel. Another video from their first reunion show in Glasgow, and an updated flyer, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: So Cow in the Sitting Room: Covers EP#2 (Zip)

So Cow @ Bruar Falls
So Cow

If you missed Ireland's So Cow when he toured last summer, he's coming back in February for a six week North American tour, including two stops in New York: Feb 13 at Market Hotel with Grooms and Frankie & the Outs, and Feb 14 at Cake Shop. He'll also be playing SXSW in March and should have a new album out before that. If you haven't heard last year's self-titled release on Tic Tac Totally, you should definitely seek it out. It's a real treat. While you're waiting for the new record, you can download an EP of covers, including songs by The Go-Betweens, Tall Dwarves, The Soft Boys, Shonen Knife and more (above).

We recently spoke with Grooms in our end of the year inteview series (Frankie too).

All So Cow North American tour dates below...

Continue reading "So Cow - free covers EP & 2010 tour dates (NYC, SXSW, etc)"

photos by Alexandra Ursitti

small black

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

A set of pictures from a show Small Black played at Market Hotel in December, continued below...

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photos by Alexandra Ursitti

Bitters

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

A set of pictures of The Bitters at Market Hotel in November, continued below...

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photos by Erez Avissar

Pictureplane

"Leichtung moved from San Francisco four years ago to study music technology at NYU's Steinhardt School. While perfecting his scruffy college boy look - think black-framed glasses, beat-up Converse sneakers, lots of band t-shirts and a permanent five o'clock shadow - Leichtung also found himself getting sucked into the DIY scene. He started out interning for Todd P, but now lives and works at the Market Hotel along with four friends and a revolving door of artists who rent out storage and rehearsal space for $394 a month. Though the Warhol's Factory aura of the Market is creatively appealing, Leichtung confesses, "Trying to go to bed before 4 a.m. around here can be a problem."" [The Brooklyn Ink]
More pictures from Friday's show, below...

Continue reading "Vega, Tanlines, Pictureplane, Reading Rainbow & friends @ Market Hotel in Brooklyn - pics "

Neon Indian @ Mercury Lounge (more by Erez Avissar)
NEon Indian

Neon Indian finished their three-night NYC run with a show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (12/17). Toro y Moi didn't open that show like he did at the two previous gigs which were both at Mercury Lounge, but he will play Brooklyn Bowl on March 26th when he opens for The Ruby Suns. Tickets are now on sale...

"[At Brooklyn Bowl, the] electronic musician known also known for his recordings under the name VEGA, blasted off into the lo-fi synthy stratosphere along with his three compadres, including what looked like a 17 year-old D&D player (cape included) and a cute girl in hot shorts that acted as band cheerleader. Playing tracks exclusively from their excellent debut LP Psychic Chasms while doctored images from teen-angst film The Doom Generation played behind them, Neon Indian had fun and looked good doing it. Their brand of dance music has a whimsical, nostalgic feel to it without sounding forced." [NY Press]
Pitchfork just named Psychic Chasms the 14th best album of 2009. VEGA was just added to tonight's show (12/18) at Market Hotel with Tanlines. Future Islands canceled due to illness.

And the Market Hotel show is actually one of two appearances Neon Indian band members are making in Brooklyn tonight. Neon Indian (aka drummer Jason Faries) is also listed as a DJ at the new Germs party at Europa. More details on both shows below...

Continue reading "VEGA added to Market Hotel tonight, Neon Indian played Brooklyn Bowl (Toro Y Moi is playing there w/ The Ruby Suns)"

photos by Leia Jospe

DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - Hey Cool Kid (MP3) (via)

Real Estate
Real Estate

"Saturday Night Live" has drawn praise for an episode (hosted by the "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively) that opened with a satire on Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama's first state dinner. But the show took criticism for a skit that tweaked Tiger Woods and the speculation about marital difficulties between him and his wife, Elin, since his car accident late last month.

In the comedy sketch, Tiger Woods (played by the "S.N.L." performer Kenan Thompson) gives a series of press conferences attempting to apologize for acts of infidelity. In each appearance, the fictional Woods appears with more bruises and injuries, evidently sustained at the hands of Elin (played in the skit by Ms. Lively).
[NY Times]

Real Estate headlined a show with Cloud Nothings (their first show) and Woods at Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Friday night (12/4). On Saturday, Rihanna was the musical guest on a new episode of Saturday night Live that featured the above-described skit that parodied the Tiger Woods controversy. Pictures from Market Hotel and the SNL video below...

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forgetters @ Red 7 (Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparty) in Austin - 11/8/09
forgetters
forgetters

forgetters, the newish trio fronted by Jawbreaker's Blake Schwarzenbach (a punk rock poet and a scholar), have scheduled a short tour down the East Coast that kicks off with a Brooklyn show at Market Hotel on Friday, December 11th with Humanbeast and Chastity Wig.

forgetters made an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. Actually they played one of the fest's official afterparties at Red 7 on Sunday, November 8th. The two pictures here are from that stelllar and surprisingly tight show where Blake introduced and closed the set by reminding the Texas crowd that they were "forgetters from Brooklyn, NY". Two weeks earlier the group played one of their only other shows ever, an in-store at NYC's Generation Record (10/25). A video from the in-store show and all tour dates below...

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words & photos by Jake Forney

Fuck Buttons

Monday's show was a display of the full spectrum of showmanship, from milking the crowd to ignoring it. Openers These Are Powers found all three members nearly equal in enthusiasm, vocalist/noise-maker Anna Barie only barely distinguishing herself as the front-person of the group. Bassist Pat Noecker (formerly of Liars) marched along to his riffing on his modified bass, often in the upper register, leaving much of the low-end to drummer/sampler Bill Salas. Of the three bands, they were the most pop-oriented, playing the only set that was not non-stop from start to finish, but had distinct beginnings and ends of songs. Their forward-driving beats have an undeniable dance-ability, getting even a half-full room to move a bit. Their next NYC show is this Friday with three bands from China.

Growing, also of New York, presented a complete about-face. The trio took the stage, each behind a table with their respective pedals. Aside from guitarists Joe Denardo and Kevin Doria rocking back and forth to their delay-drenched loops, the band remained relatively stagnant. The crowd however, did not. The beats blasting out of the Ampeg onstage rivaled the PA for anyone within the first ten rows. In response to the music, the crowd sometimes limply nodded heads or draped limbs, though other times the Ballroom could have been mistaken for a nightclub, hands in the air, and yes, even some grinding was witnessed. As the last loop faded and the lights went up, newest member Sadie Laska simply looked at the crowd and raised one eyebrow with a small grin and then exited the stage.

Headliners Fuck Buttons presented a high-energy mixture of the two openers in demeanor. The set, primarily their new album Tarot Sport, didn't take long to get the now packed room moving again with the heavy club beat of album-opener "Surf Solar." Each track was surprisingly spot-on to the recording, the only variations were nuanced changes - sometimes sooner, but more often later in a song than on the album. Standing at opposite ends of a folding picnic table, the British duo, Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, kept an eye towards the crowd. They read the room for the right time to push the scale of things from grand to epic, or to take it away, fading the beat into a static of chords, produced from a collection of small keyboards and pedals housed in suitcases. Their teamwork was evident too, simple nods led to the next transition, most evident during the encore of "Sweet Love for Planet Earth" off last year's Street Horrrsing.

It's hard to deny the grandeur of Tarot Sport. And even harder when you can feel the floor shake when they unleash the gnarliest synth drones from small, modified kids' toys. The effect is akin to the visual of the movie 300, except Fuck Buttons has nuance and adrenaline-laced buildups where the movie has cheese and abdominals.

Fuck Buttons and Growing are now on tour and will in fact be back in NYC to play Market Hotel on November 27th. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

Continue reading "Fuck Buttons & Growing played Bowery Ballroom w/ These are Powers (pics), WILL be back to play Market Hotel"

photos by Leia Jospe

Delorean
Delorean

Though the Saturday night Pitchfork-curated Showpaper-benefit show at Market Hotel promised two special guest headliners, the addition of Cold Cave, who played before Cymbals Eat Guitars, was the only lineup change come Saturday (10/24).

The lineup, which also featured Delorean, Real Estate, the Smith Westerns, Javelin, Small Black, Bear in Heaven, Surfer Blood and Highlife, highlighted some of CMJ's busiest, most talked-about acts - especially nice since, unlike much of CMJ, Market Hotel is an all-ages venue. Aside from sound problems causing bands to cut out, it seems like it was a great night.

DJ's on the bill for the early-morning party afterwards included Lemonade, Neon Indian/Alan Palomo, Jaime from the xx and 20 Jazz Funk Greats (and Pitchfork also lists Deerhunter's Moses Archuleta as one of the people who spun).

I personally didn't make it over to the Brooklyn show, though I caught The Smith Westerns and a face-melting set by an under-the-weather-frontman-fronted Cymbals Eat Guitars earlier the same day at the BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents show at Pianos. I also stuck around Pianos that night and saw an awesome danceable set by Spain's Delorean at the True Panther show at midnight (after their set at Market Hotel) - definitely one of the best new bands I caught at CMJ for the first time.

Leia, who also saw Cymbals Eat Guitars at Pianos, made it to Market Hotel in time to see Real Estate, Delorean, Cold Cave and Cymbals Eat Guitars (she then took off and went to the Above the Auto Parts). The rest of her pictures, below...

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