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The Mayfair Set
"Festival is a very misleading term to describe this showcase because this wasn't really a festival. There were a lot of bands playing which is a prerequisite for a festival, but beyond that there wasn't a whole hell of a lot that qualified this as a festival. It was basically just a really kick-ass show that lasted for two days. There was rain on Friday, and the show was moved indoors. I discovered this after circling the block several times. I could hear the music, and I could tell something was definitely going on but for the life of me I could not find the fucking place. Finally, I stopped two people who looked like they would definitely know where the show was and when I asked them "Do you know where the show is?" they responded by saying "Show? What show?" and then I tried again, this time clearing my throat before speaking, "I am looking for the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest-i-val. Would you happen to know where it is located?" and then the bro gave me an approving nod and explained to me that the show was going on above a grocery store called Mr. Kiwi's and that the way to get there is to slip through the door on the side. Many thanks to that dude because I found what I was looking for shortly there after." [no gift for the gab]Considering all the rain we've been having, it's amazing how nice it ended up being over Fourth of July weekend. Saturday's show in Battery Park, as well as the 2nd day of the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest at 979 Broadway Backyard had beautiful weather. Friday's show at South Street Seaport was completely dry and breezy as well. Unfortunately though, there was some rain earlier on Friday (6/3), and so the Woodsist Fest organizers were forced to make a decision, and that decision was to move the day's festivities to Market Hotel... the very, very hot Market Hotel.
Bands on the bill for that first day were Blank Dogs, Psychedelic Horseshit, caUSE co-MOTION!, the Mayfair Set, Gary War, Little Girls, Kid Romance, Beachniks, and the Gutsies. What were the highlights?
As Bill pointed out, the Mayfair Set is "a collaboration with Blank Dogs (and Captured Tracks domo) Mike Sniper" and Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls, who, as I just pointed out, is actually Kristin Gundred from Grand Ole Party. Live it was Kristin, Mike, JB from Crystal Stilts, Jeremy from Woods, and Jarvis Taveniere from Woods, Meneguar & other bands. For Mike and Kristin, it was the first of two bands they debuted at the fest over the weekend. On Saturday it was Dum Dum Girls. Both new bands were filled out by members of other bands (Dum Dum Girls had a Crystal Stilt and a Crocodile).
More pictures from Day One (minus the first three bands), below...
DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Blue Tears (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - One Block Wonders (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Mini-Mythomania (Edited by C Spencer Yeh) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Tail & Mane (MP3)
"Cryptacize is former Kill Rock Stars artist, Nedelle Torrisi, plus Chris Cohen of The Curtains/ex-Deerhoof and Michael Carreira. Mythomania is their second album - out now on Asthmatic Kitty. Cryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment."Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (aka Owen Ashworth) released two albums earlier this year -- a singles collection, Advance Base Battery Life, and his fifth LP, VS. Children, both on Tomlab. "Old Panda Days," from the former, and "Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm," from the latter, are posted above.
Ashworth is currently on a summer-long North American tour, which has been fleshed out with a full schedule, listed below. He'll be playing Friday, July 3rd at the Market Hotel with Katie Eastburn and tourmates Cryptacize.
Unlike his recent European tour, which featured CFTPA as a four-piece band, these Casiotone dates will be solo. Sets will include "selections from Vs. Children & Advance Base Battery Life plus reworked olden times CFTPA classics in solo formation."
Cryptacize's new album Mythomania was released on April 21st. Three tracks off that album, and one made "mini", are available for free above. Buy it HERE.
Ashworth (Casiotone) recently posted a Myspace note about his tour plans for the fall, with info on how you can get him to play your town. That's posted below, with all tour dates and a selection of videos from his June 27th tourstop in KY, and some Cryptacize videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
It used to be Independence Day weekend was dead in NYC, the city emptying out, leaving only tourists and those unfortunate enough not to have some sort of beach hookup. There was nothing to do but barbeque with fellow left-behinds and see whatever Will Smith movie had just been released. (Actually, I like it when the city is empty.) And the only show would be whatever was at Battery Park on the 4th. Not this year.
The Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival is two days of just about every band on the two label's roster and also manages to be one of the best collections of reverb-lovin' lo-fi/pych/garage bands you're likely to see, including many names you may recognize if you read this column on a regular basis. You can buy a two-day pass for $25 or buy individual $15 tickets for Friday or Saturday.
As both Woodsist and Captured Tracks are Brooklyn labels, a lot of the bands are local and chances are if you're into this kind of music at all you've probably managed to already see some of these bands, probably more than once: Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Blank Dogs, The Beets, caUSE co-MOTION, Kurt Vile, and Woods.
The Fresh & Onlys @ SXSW 2009
But there's also a bunch of great West Coast bands who have yet to hit NYC, which is what makes it most exciting for me. First and foremost are San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys who I caught at the Todd P/Woodsist party during SxSW and have become one of my favorite new bands. They play the Saturday (7/4) which is definitely the more essential line-up of the two days. The band features members of Skygreen Leopards and Black Fiction, and have also spent time recently backing up Rodriguez and Ty Segall (though not on the East Coast.)
The band's first album of 2009 came out in April on John Dwyer's Castle Face label, with a sound not that far off from what you might expect from cohorts of The Oh Sees (who headline the Saturday show), though The Fresh & Onlys are definitely more pop and less psychedelic freakout. Their second album of 2009, Grey-Eyed Girls, is out in August and they've also got 7"'s out or out soon on Chuffed, Dirty Knobby, Hozac and Captured Tracks. If you like 13th Floor Elevators, The Chocolate Watchband and other Nuggets era bands, I think you're going to dig them. I interviewed bassist Shayde Sartin a couple months ago on my blog if you'd like to know more.
If you can't make the daytime show, The Fresh & Onlys also play a post midnight show that same day at Market Hotel that also features Babies (members of Woods, Vivian Girls and Bossy) (does anyone know which members?) and Pink Reason, and
maybe a solo performance from Crystal Stilts drummer Frankie Rose. And The Fresh & Onlys will be here again in October when they'll be on tour with fellow San Franciscans Thee Oh Sees.
Thee Oh Sees are also playing Siren in July, and playing maybe the best of the Woodsist fest's offshoot shows on Thursday night (7/2) at Glasslands. They're headlining the Glasslands show and Saturday night of the fest, and are definitely worth seeing twice, or even thrice. Also playing Glasslands: Golden Triangle who are working on their debut album for Sub Pop offshoot Hardly Art; The Beets who, the last two times I've seen them, have had Crystal Stilts' JB Townsend filling in on drums for an absent Jacob Warstler; and German Measels which features half of caUSE co-MOTION wearing fake moustaches.
A little earlier at Woodsist Fest on Saturday (3:45 if they keep to the posted schedule) are Sacramento's Ganglians, who just released an EP and an album on Woodsist. Not all that far off from The Fresh & Onlys, Ganglians have equal worship for solid songwriting and trippy arrangements/production. I think both records are worth picking up: the self-titled EP shows off more of their rocking side (which they favored when I saw them at SxSW), like the surfy, Kiwi-esque "Hair" of which there's an MP3 at the top of this post. The album, Monster Head Room, is more acoustic and owes a lot to Brian Wilson. If you can't make the July 4th show, they'll be playing the next night (7/5) at Monster Island basement with Psychedelic Horseshit.
In between Ganglians and Fresh & Onlys on Saturday (4:30PM) are San Francisco's Brilliant Colors, an all-girl trio who play short, scratchy pop with a definitely New Zealand vibe. They also play the late show that night at Market Hotel, and will be on WNYU on July 8.
Dum Dum Girls, who play after the Fresh & Onlys at 6PM, are from L.A. and owe much to the C-86 scene that has been an influence on Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Vivian Girls. Actually, Dum Dum Girls is just one girl, Dee Dee, who may or may not have a band with her when she plays. Dee Dee is also in The Mayfair Set, a collaboration with Blank Dogs (and Captured Tracks domo) Mike Sniper, who will make their live debut (I think) Friday (7/3) at 6:30.
I've got MP3s for most every band playing the Fest over at my blog.
A couple non-Woodsist/Captrax Fest recommendation for the Fourth weekend. New Zealand's Bachelorette is back in town, playing the kickoff show of this year's Seaport Music Festival, opening for Here We Go Magic. I saw Bachelorette at Cake Shop a couple weeks back and was so smitten I bought everything at the merch table. There was a fair amount of laptopping going on, but Annabel Alpers' breathy, fragile voice was definitely live and the three-piece oozed unassuming charm. Bachelorette also play the sold-out Rooftop Films Fourth of July party Saturday night which happens on the roof of the Chelsea Art Museum.
And Thursday (7/2) starts The Feelies' three-night run at Maxwell's. Friday's show (7/3) is sold out but you can still get tickets for Thursday and for Saturday (7/4). Bring comfortable shoes -- they're doing two sets each night. The excitement of their reformation may have faded a bit since this time last year, but their great songs -- and still-awesome guitar interplay -- have not.
Full Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival schedule and other tour dates after the jump...
Market Hotel (more by Lori Baily)
Hey there Bklyn, so here's the deal...HEALTH also has shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom and the Williamsburg Waterfront.
-2NITE's- huge HEALTH / NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN show moved to MARKET HOTEL due to rain!
So... it's clearly going to be a rainy day, but never fear... tonite's huge HEALTH show w/ Awesome Color & Kid Congo Powers & New York Night Train djs & lots more will go on! We've moved it inside to the ever fabuloso MARKET HOTEL! -&- we're bringing in an AMAZING sound system, so that already great sounding room will sound positively spectacular!
(though we'd advertised a different rainout locale, the building we advertised is having a leaking water issue so no dice...)
MARKET HOTEL will be awesome!!!
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Strange Boys - Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up (MP3)
The Saturday, June 13th show at the Market Hotel seemed to be running pretty closely on schedule. Unfortunately, that meant I missed the sets by Fiasco, Germs (MIA) (a Germs cover band) and most of Atlanta's Coathangers. What I did hear from that last band was loud and brisk and definitely put them on my must-see list for the next time they're in town.
Closing the night were Austin's The Strange Boys and L.A. band Mika Miko, who have been on tour together since the beginning of June (they also played a show on Sunday at Tilden Beach - more pics HERE, and later Sunday night at the Cake Shop, and travel together through the month).
The Strange Boys clicked through a set of blues-tinged garage rock that filtered its sound through the sun-baked expanses of the South. Singer Ryan Sambol's voice croaked through the band's twangy guitars and distorted swampy ambiance. The guys played a straight-ahead cover of Creedence's "Lodi," which garnered catcalls throughout the set for more CCR. At one point, Jenna from Mika Miko jumped in for a sax solo that squonked clean through the roar of the band.
Beer flew through the air for Mika Miko's set. Even before it started, someone spilled a beer on Michelle Suarez's guitar amp, forcing her to borrow another. Shortly after the band kicked things off, someone in front blew their foamy Bud into the crowd, covering most of Mika Miko and those around. Not taking any shit, singer Jennifer Clavin confiscated the offending drink and took a swig. Besides the beer, there was also a lot of sweat in the room, which lubricated the room's moving bodies. On stage, Mika Miko inflected garage punk forms (mined minutes earlier) with the flavor of post-punks like Wire and SoCal trio the Minutemen (who themselves covered CCR). Mic troubles were certainly forgivable in the context (lots of people falling on the stage) -- you can't really tell what they're saying anyway. An encore finished out the night.
More pictures and tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Howl is one of many greats lined up for the BV-BBG Northside Show at Club Europa on June 14th. Make sure that night is free to receive a severe pummeling from:
* DoomridersThat last band that on the list is the newest addition to the Europa roster... NYBMers Liturgy! Tickets are still on sale, or use your Northside Badge to get in.
Liturgy dropped their 2008 LP Immortal Life on Infinite Limbs (get it here), but have completed recording on their next LP, Renihilation, which will see will release on the mighty 20 Buck Spin (!!!) this fall. "Ecastatic Rite" is from that LP, and downloadable above.
The band will be playing a double header on June 14th, having also lined up an acoustic (!) gig earlier in the day along with 47 others as part of Todd P's Unamplified Acoustic BBQ.
And you can catch Liturgy TONIGHT, Friday, June 5th, at Market Hotel. They're on the bill with Titan, Child Abuse, Nymph, and Gay Beast.
Liturgy is also part of an ongoing art exhibition at Dispatch entitled Mirror Me by Brandon Stosuy & Kai Althoff. More details on that exhibition are here.
All Liturgy dates, and a video from a previous time they played Market Hotel, are below...
In their disheveled attic studio, the members of Gay Beast don't talk mathematics. Early on, they don't talk much at all. Today, singer and keyboardist Dan Luedtke is busy screen-printing the inserts for the vinyl version of the band's latest spazz-rock collection, Second Wave. The process, it seems, is nearly as painstaking as creating an actual Gay Beast tune, minus the eyeballs-on-fire jitters their adrenal scores provoke...The noisy Minneapolis band kicks off a three night stay in in NYC, tonight (6/3), with a show at the Silent Barn featuring Satanized, Joe Lentini and Hot Guts. They'll be at Bruar Falls June 4th with Talk Normal and Body Type[s], and at the Market Hotel on June 5th with Titan, Child Abuse, NYMPH and Liturgy.
Luedtke: Our friends in AIDS Wolf are on the label. We were looking for a label, putting together demo packages, trying to do it differently this time, trying to be more proactive. They were going to sign two bands for '09. The label owner lives in Vienna, so there was a bit of a courting period, talking to each other on the phone.
Explain the new record's title, Second Wave.
Luedtke: Second Wave relates to second-wave feminism, and the songs include portraits of different feminists. Before this record, we did a split 7-inch about Donna Harroway. There's a song about Andrea Dworkin. For me there's an interest because I feel it intersects with queer politics a lot. We can look at what feminists worked on as a way to talk about personal politics and strategies for changing things. There is a lot of interest with the second-wave feminist era because there was a lot of idea creation happening. Modern, radical ideas, some of which were far-fetched and impractical. People wanted something so badly they'd make up new means for accomplishing it.
Gay Beast's Second Wave LP came out a few weeks ago, at the end of May on Skin Graft Records. Check them out for yourself. There's a video of Gay Beast at NYC's Cake Shop in 2006, with all tour dates, below...
On Friday, May 22nd, Whack, Grocery Thief, and No One & the Somebodies play the venue. Then, Shea hosts a kick-off party on Sunday, May 24th with Golden Error, Pow Wow!, Bad Credit No Credit and Donner Party Picnic with the So So Glos DJing.
It turns out the venue is also rigged for live recording and has plans to release recorded shows on their website ("think Daytrotter with an audience").
Shea Stadium is a progressive art space that serves a dual purpose as both a recording studio and live music venue. Our deal is simple....bands are invited to come and use our space and our equipment free of charge to make a live recording of their set. During these live recording sessions our doors will be open to the public: all bands are encouraged to treat these sessions as a show and bring as many of their friends/fans as they like. A small cover charge at the door (we have to pay the bills right??) grants you admission to the entire night of sessions as everyone is welcome to stay for the duration of the evening's festivities. As both a studio and show space, our mission is to create a fun-loving environment that will bring out the best in all the bands who perform, as well as the audience.The new venue was started by producer Adam Reich, who is a childhood friend, and the producer of, The So So Glos, who are some of the people behind Market Hotel. It's one big DIY family.
More info on the venue, the kick-off-show flyer, and more below...
photos by Lori Baily
sad but triumphant nightUSAISAMONSTER's final show happened Saturday, May 9th at the newly-decorated Market Hotel in Brooklyn. The bill included Awesome Color, Juiceboxxx, Eloe Omoe, Tunnel of Love, Bow Ribbons, Jason Crumer, Animental, Hot Box and Buck Gooter. At one point the show was stopped and the cops showed up because someone passed out. They left the club in an ambulance (I hope he is OK!), but the show went on. More pictures (including the ambulance) below...
Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2009 4:47 AM
Was it as epic as the Bjork/Dirty Projectors show? I mean will it live on in infamy like that show? I mean will you be telling your kids 20 years from now how you were at this show?
Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2009 5:18 AM
fuck your kids. :) USAISAMONSTER was great.
Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 2:29 PM
fancy new art & Times New Viking @ Market Hotel (c89)
"So, just to get this out of the way: Market Hotel's new art installations make for some fucking awesome background shots. A bit less 'punk'/'DIY' than before, but way more art school dropout/middle school play about the inside of your stomach." [DARKWAVEVAWKRADARKWAVE]Times New Viking played two NYC shows earlier this week: one on May 10th at the Market Hotel with Blues Control and Pink Reason, and another May 11th at the Bowery Ballroom with Vivian Girls and Stupid Party. MusicSnobbery said, the Bowery show "was a triple dose of low-to-no-fi garage rock as all the bands on the bill had three members."
With those gigs gone, the Bell House has announced that TNV is the "secret guest" at the Agit Reader's one-year anniversary celebration at the Brooklyn venue on Saturday, June 13th. Other acts include Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, the Mad Scene and El Jesus de Magico. Tickets are on sale.
Blues Control, who played with TNV on Sunday the 10th, has a short weekend tour coming up and NYC shows scheduled. Those include a Thursday, May 21st show at Coco 66 with Thrones, Lake and Popped Blimp; a Northside Fest appearance at the Shank with Kurt Vile, Grooms, Woods and Pygmy Shrews; and a set on June 21st at Goodbye Blue Monday's Make Music NY festivities. A new LP/CD from Blues Control is due in July on Siltbreeze.
All TNV and Blues Control tour dates, with a video of TNV playing two songs on Record Story Day '09 from their forthcoming Matador album, below...
"MARKET HOTEL HAS ROOMS AVAILABLE. They are $394 per month, app 150 sq feet, and feature natural light & private, secure locking access + private common area and kitchen area. Perfect for artists / small office space. Tenants get a say in the Market Hotel collective and can organize events and curate art shows. for more info, email: THEMARKETHOTEL@GMAIL.COM" [Todd P]
by Andrew Frisicano
The Coathangers @ Pianos (more by Faith-Ann Young)
I say converge because that show is part of the Mika Miko/Strange Boys tour that'll be cutting across the US in June. The Coathangers share the bill on some dates. That's until July, when the Strange Boys switch ships and continue on the road with just the Coathangers. All details below.
The Coathangers, who releaed their third record, Scramble, on Suicide Squeeze in early April, also play another NYC show on Sunday, June 14th at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery with Ex Humans, K-Holes, DJ Aliz. The same Sunday, Mika Miko and the Strange Boys will venture into Manhattan for a show at the Cake Shop.
Both mentioned Brooklyn shows happen during the Northside Festival.
Fiasco doesn't have a new record -- though in January '09 they did release a free, split, two-song EP (with NYC band Banzai) called Fabulous Bozo, where both bands cover the NYC band Snuffy. It's available courtesy of Beautiful Records for free (zip file above). Fiasco is also playing this year's Citysol Festival at Stuyvesant Cove Park
on Tuesday, July 7th in July. Carebears on Fire played Citysol in 2008.
All tour dates, with videos of all four bands at SXSW '09, below...
WAVVES SUXX (Psychedelic Horseshit) @ BV day party @ Emo's - March 18, 2009
Washington Post: Vivian Girls, Wavves - why is everyone in a lo-fi band now?The interview continues at Washington Post's site.
Psychedlic Horseshit's Matt Whitehurst: I have no idea. I don't know. It became in vogue sometime in the last year due to a few figureheads talking a bunch of [expletive] on Terminal Boredom. And now it's exploded into this thing there where Wavves is getting $30,000 to [expletive] crank out this [expletive] generic [expletive].
There's a lot of one-person things now.
Right it's one person with GarageBand and a few chords and like -- Wavves to me sounds like [expletive] TV on the Radio. That band sucks [expletive]. It's one of the worst bands to get popular in a long time. They [expletive] trump No Age because I think it's worse than No Age. No Age is just like, [expletive]. It's really [expletive].
But you're playing at least one show with Wavves down here.
Three of them, yeah.
So how do you reconcile that?
We made "Wavves Suxx" t-shirts with it spelled S-U-X-X. We got tons of people taking pictures with us in those. People are all into it. And actually Wavves came up to our drummer and our drummer had no idea it was Wavves. And Wavves took like six pictures with Rich with the "Wavves Suxx" t-shirt on. So, you know, that little [expletive]'s probably into it or something. And is probably like, Oh, it's like hip-hop, man!
Friday April 24th @ MARKET HOTELWAVVES is playing a free show in Brooklyn on Saturday. Students can go get their tickets today (4/24). Crystal Stilts also play the Topshop/WAVVES show, and they're at Maxwell's on Sunday.
:::: Psychedelic Horseshit
:::::: Wizzard Sleeve
| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
Updated WAVVES flyer and Psychedelic Horseshit dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Black Dice - Glazin' (MP3)
Black Dice @ Market Hotel (more by Lori Bailyt)
====| SATURDAY 4/11/2009 @ MARKET HOTEL |====Black Dice's new album, Repo, came out April 7th on Paw Tracks. Members of Animal Collective work on/co-own that label - which makes it no suprise that the Black Dice are going on tour with Animal Collective in May and June. The shared dates don't include Animal Collective's Brooklyn Prospect Park shows (opener for those is still unannounced). All dates below.
:: BLACK DICE "REPO" RECORD RELEASE PARTY
:: BLACK DICE
:::::: dphokcheong 2000
:: dj Ron Morelli
About the new record, Paw Tracks writes:
REPO is the fifth album by Black Dice. The Brooklyn, NY-based trio has never worked harder at crafting a set of concise, sonically battering, or flat-out bizarre tunes than on this collection of fringe-surfing tone bombs. Yet a new roadhouse blues-band philosophy has simultaneously emerged, allowing the group to loosen up and toss off a record packed with blurry hooks and zoomed-in riffs as casually as a grizzled denizen of roadside dives might spew out aural alchemy in-between a few brews.All tour dates, with Repo art work and track list, below...
photos by Lori Baily
WAVVES / These are Powers
Baltimore City Paper: How'd your first NYC and European shows go? Do you think you were received well?WAVVES play their third of three NYC shows on this tour, tonight (3/29) at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan. Last night (Sunday) was Cake Shop and the night before that (Saturday) was Market Hotel. All three NYC shows are/were with Vampire Hands. These are Powers were also on the bill at Market Hotel, and that's where the pictures in this post were taken. More of them below...
Nathan Williams: Really well! Everything has been super fun. Very positive vibe.
CP: Tell me a bit about how Wavves started, and how you arrived at the name.
NW: Me and my friend Andrew kind of came up with the name together, kind of a joke on how I was pretty afraid of the ocean. Wavves started in my room-just fucking around.
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Leia Jospe
It's a cliche, but Titus Andronicus has got to be one of the hardest working/most tour-prone bands around. After a show-filled 2008, the band headed out on a monthlong winter tour with Los Campesinos, culminating in two Bowery Ballroom shows on February 14th and 15th (pics from Los Campesinos set). That was followed by a set of European dates, a Mar 13th KEXP Benefit at Bowery Ballroom with the Wrens , two shows with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and a bunch of SXSW shows in Austin (where they also met the mayor).
In April, the band heads out on tour with Lucero, stopping at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 18th (Tickets are still on sale). In June, the band will play a series of dates with their friend Ted Leo. No NYC date on that tour, but they will hit Toad's Place in New Haven on June 19th.
The band also recently released an iPhone application. Description: "Think Tetris, except you're their roadie and you have to load their gear into their tiny touring van."
More Bowery Ballroom pictures and all tour dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
USAISAMONSTER @ the 1896 (more by Lori Baily)
-founded in early 2000 by Tom Hohmann and Colin Langenus out of the ruins of Boston legends Bull RoarerThat's how the USAISAMONSTER story starts on its website - nine years, several line-ups (see 2-person and 4-person incarnations below), and lots and lots of shows later, the band's Myspace reports that USAISAMONSTER's last show ever will happen May 9th at the Market Hotel (full line-up below).
-spring 2000, 1st incarnation includes 7 people, releases self titled diy cdr, does 1 week south eastern usa tour, breaks up
-summer 2000, becomes 4 piece with Jeremy Harris and Adam Tabor, diy releases trippy yet wholesome cdr, weedblood cdr, and soul jerker 7"er, does 1 week north eastern USA tour, breaks up -[USAISAMONSTER's web bio]
Before that final gig, the band also has a monthlong European tour in April, and two other planned NYC shows: on March 25th, USAISAMONSTER will join Arabrot (Norway), Uke of Spaces (Maine), Caethua (Maine) and Weirding Module at Brooklyn's Death By Audio. Then, on Thursday, April 2nd , USAISAMONSTER plays with Library is on Fire, Pterodactyl and Dj Scotty Karate at Glasslands Gallery.
All tour dates, a video from the band's "Brooklyn vs. Baltimore" show appearance on January 30th, and a full three-song set from Brilliant Corners in Keene, NH (recorded on April 21st, 2007), below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Tomlab SXSW Mixtape Tracklist (mixed by Rafter)Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (Owen Ashworth) just finished playing a bunch of shows at SXSW this past week (his "HELL WEEK" TEXAS TOUR). If you're in Austin, you may have caught him last night (3/19) at Ms Bea's free Todd P patio party.
No Kids - Prisoner of Desire
Fol Chen - Cable TV
LAKE - Blue Ocean Blue
Jeremy Jay - Gallop
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days
What's Up - Seasonings Greetings
Grampall Jookabox - The One Thing
Parenthetical Girls - GUT Symmetries (Deerhoof Remix)
Rafter - No Fucking Around
Desolation Wilderness - No Tomorrow
DM Stith - Thanksgiving Moon
Tara Jane ONeil - Believe
In April, Cftpa will tour Europe on the "'VS. CHILDREN VS. EUROPE' FULL BAND TOUR" in support of new album Vs. Children, out in early April on Tomlab. The record will be Ashworth's first new-material LP since 2006's Etiquette (see art and track list for the new record below). The label also just released a Casiotone "singles, covers, collaborations, & other rarities" record, Advance Base Battery Life, in early March.
Cftpa returns to the States in June/July for dates that include a Friday, July 3rd, Market Hotel show with Cryptacize.
All tour dates, and Vs. Children artwork (by Heidi Anderson) and track list, below...
As previously mentioned, Times New Viking are playing a show with the Vivian Girls at Bowery Ballroom on May 11th (tix). Ends up, they're also playing a show in Brooklyn at Market Hotel one day earlier (more details TBA).
Last month TNV played a show at the Wexner Center in their home-stage of Ohio. What makes that interesting is that they played almost all Velvet Underground covers...
their set consisted completely of Velvet Underground songs, in honor of the Andy Warhol "Other Voices, Other Rooms" exhibit, which finished its run at the Wexner Center this past weekend. TNV are joined by C. Spencer Yeh on violin and Mike Hummel on guitar and vocals.Also in February, Pitchfork TV debuted a series of videos that had TNV playing each track off their new EP Stay Awake (pictured above)...
A>D>D, Pitchfork.tv's brand new analog-to-digital video series, features some of our favorite new artists performing live through an anachronistic haze of lo-fi audio tape hiss and VHS tracking.Ponytail's laundromat performance was part of that series. TNV videos, and all tour dates below...
Wavves @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
VICE: You've had a pretty intense amount of coverage on music blogs considering you've only been doing this since February. Do you think they picked up on it so quickly because you are a blogger yourself?Wavves is touring pretty much non-stop between now and the end of April. Between now and then he'll be all over Europe, all over America, at SXSW, and, as promised, back in NYC in March - the 28th at Cake Shop and the 29th at Market Hotel to be exact. All dates below...
Maybe. The blogging thing just came about because I was working in this music store in San Diego called Music Trader. It was an awful place filled with racist jocks and douchebags and I just couldn't handle the 9 to 5 so I ended up quitting. The sparkle in my day while I was there had been these nice guys who would just come and in and talk rap records with me. Once I quit the job I suddenly had all this time on my hands and wanted to talk rap records but had no one to talk about them with so I started Ghost Ramp. I'd always listened to rap though because as a kid the two things my mum wouldn't let me listen to were West Coast G-funk and alternative guitar music so those were the two things I got heavily into.
words & photos by Jonny Leather
If I had a reputation to gamble, I'd put it all on Motel Motel. I've said it all before, but this is a gifted band which equals the sum of all its parts. Each of the 5 members is a technically efficient musician that brings in different tastes and ideas. That in itself is the foundation for a good band with a unique sound. You put 5 guys influenced by the Pixies together, and you're gonna get a band sounding remarkably inspired by the Pixies. Motel Motel, on the other hand has influences all over the map, most noticeably classic folk, indie rock and even a bit of punk rock.
I've seen them quite a few times now, and every time I'm just a bit more blown away at their compositions. With each performance they seem to get tighter, and seem to add something else to make their songs even grander. Their first album "New Denver" was a great record, pretty much overlooked by the music media, but the new songs they are introducing to their sets are even more dynamic and ambitious. The guitars are bigger, the lyrics smarter, and they've very intelligently brought vocal harmonies into the mix.
Saturday night (1/31) they played Market Hotel in Brooklyn and just as always they played with a refreshing enthusiasm, taking a break midway through the set to wish guitarist Mickey Theis a happy birthday with a lit birthday cake.
While they haven't yet gotten the praise they deserve, 2009 could definitely see that change. Their next NYC show is February 13th at Southpaw - part of the BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn festival happening at multiple venues in the borough. The Canon Logic and Holly Miranda are also on that bill. More Motel Motel Market Hotel pictures, and a couple more dates, below...
photos by Edwina Hay
The show kicked off with '80s Hardcore, which plays exactly that. The band opened with a cover of Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" and burned through a set that came to a frenzied head with Black Flag's classic "Wasted." Cover bands don't normally do it for me, but I was won over by the excellent song choices and infectious gusto of the band...We already posted Andrew Frisicano's take on Fucked Up's set. Pictures from the whole show below...
...Pissed Jeans took the stage in a mess of flash photography and wall punching. The band ripped through a set that brought to mind the great Arab on Radar/Locust tour of '99--everyone was spazzing just cause it felt so good. I'd be hard pressed to name a band today that puts on a better show ("This looks like the end of the world," a genteel friend of mine commented. "I love it.") or whips the audience into more of a frenzy. People were standing on amps! People were diving through the air! Pissed Jeans makes the sort of music that turns good kids bad. [NY Press]
words by Andrew Frisicano, photo by thepiratehat
Excited about a Fucked Up/Vivian Girls reunion after their October Market Hotel romp, I showed up at the venue just as Vivian Girls were starting...and just in time to find the show filled to capacity. Making the best of the night, I headed to Goodbye Blue Monday for a couple beers while a banjo-playing Texan and a keys-bass-and-drums trio ("sound like the Dresden Dolls") serenaded.
After two half-quarts of Ballantine, I decided to try my luck again, this time finding the doors reopened and Pissed Jeans finishing up their set to a still very full room.
Fucked Up opened with their quintessential opener - the searing "Son the Father." Early on guitarist Gulag a.k.a. Josh Zucker could be heard tossing off some Ginn-esque noodling into the guitar-rich mix. Pink Eyes a.k.a. Damian Abraham reminisced somewhat fondly of an incident the night before in Boston involving himself and an overhead pipe that ended up costing the band their guarantee for the night.
The set was equal parts old and new albums - from the sing-along chorus of "Invisible Leader" to the ultra-ridiculous verses of "Black Albino Bones" that ended up only half sung as Pink Eyes caught his breath and let the crowd take over.
Speaking of the crowd: a seemingly inexhaustible supply of audience members climbed, as if from a clown car, toward the stage for a never ending cycle of stage dives, many of which played out like a game of King of the Hill on Abraham's shoulders and Half Dome-shaped forehead. As is customary, cameras illuminated the stage with blinding bursts of blue and yellow light throughout, casting Abraham's shaved head in eerie relief to the shadowy backdrop of duct tape and mattresses. At shows like this it's always interesting to see how the photographers and the fans get along, one onstage shielding their thousand dollar cameras and the other throwing themselves onto each other and the floor of the venue, all within inches of the band.
During "Crusades," power to the bass and other instruments cut out - which led to a few a capella numbers in between to kill time (one or two of the covers that kept getting shouted out?). When the band came back, the set closed out strong around 1am - to a crowd that seemed mostly ready to get out and wake up for their first Obama A.D. commute.
last time F'd Up & VG played Market Hotel (more by Zach Stern)
hello President Obama!I love Mr. Kiwi.
celebrate the start of a new president (and the end of the old one) in the best way possible - with a smart punk show 2NITE!
====| 2NITE TUESDAY 1/20 @ MARKET HOTEL |====
:: INAUGURATION DAY PUNK SHOW
| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Mrytle/Willoughby | 8pm | all ages | $10
| MYSPACE |- http://myspace.com/markethotelnyc
IF YOU WANT TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS TO THE INAUGURATION SHOW, WE WILL BE SELLING PAPER TICKETS IN MR KIWI'S GROCERY (directly downstairs from the venue) STARTING AT 6PM 2NITE. [Todd P]
photos by Tim Griffin
Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Box Elders, Medication, and Kid Romance played a sold out show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Saturday night. I walked in to the second floor venue a fan of Crystal Stilts and Tyvek, and left with a crush on Box Elders.
The Box Elders were one of those bands that caught everyone by surprise last year, and with their one little miraculous self-released 7" EP making the rounds and winning over everyone in it's path, they even one up themselves in the live format, which is always a nice touch. [Victim of Time]Medication, who are from CT (and not the nu-metal band from LA), were good too...
If you've checked out and absorbed their debut 7" released on HoZac last fall, you'll know the eerie vibes and echo-soaked mantra that Medication disseminates so well, and how quickly it gets under your skin. Although the recordings tend to be a one-man job, Medication's brain, Mr. Hyde is joined onstage by a few others for the full effect, and should snare you into a trance of ghostly guitar reverberations and gypsy drum beats that will split your mind wide open. [Victim of Time]I unfortunately missed Kid Romance.
People were crowd surfing during the Crystal Stilts set, which, if you know their music, is a little weird, but the rowdiness fit right in since the previous bands, and the crowd in general, were just full of (possibly drunken) energy. Crystal Stilts sounded great, but were plagued by technical difficulties that included a crackling coming from the speakers, and at the end, a broken string... which caused them to quit one song (and possibly an encore) early.
More pictures from the night below...