Entries tagged with: Max Silvestri

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David Bazan

David Bazan kicks off a month of solo shows, many intimate "living room" gigs, in New York on Friday. That show and the next night's in Brooklyn are unfortunately sold out, but Bazan will also be appearing on Saturday (5/8) afternoon (2pm) at (Le) Poisson Rouge's monthly Radio Happy Hour - a variety show with comedy, scripted drama and music. Joining him will be comedian Max Silvestri and big movie-star Jesse Eisenberg. Tickets are on sale.

Past [Radio Happy Hour] shows have seen Norah Jones as a motel manager; Michael Showalter as the host of his very own cable fitness show; Andrew W.K. as the iconic John Bender character from The Breakfast Club; Tunde Adebimpe as the founder of a wilderness camp for ineffectual men; Kumail Nanjiani as a ventriloquist with a southern dummy; Craig Finn & Tad Kubler as brothers and Chuck Klosterman as their dad on a doomed road trip to a small town called Manhattan, Minnesota.
Past episodes of the show are available for free on iTunes.

In June, David Bazan plays shows with mewithoutYou and Rubik. All dates and past Radio Happy Hour videos with the Hold Steady, Jolie Holland and Jessi Klein, below...

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"Playing Fordham's Spring Weekend w/ @birbigs and so far what I've learned about the youths of today is they still love flip flops and cargs." - Max Silvestri

'Only mgmt singing my fav-song-of-the-moment, Congratulations. Nbd.' -mickiemyheart
MGMT

MGMT went from Fordham on Saturday (5/1) (where Max Silvestri and Mike Birbiglia also performed), pictured above, to the Bamboozle in Jersey on Sunday...

[After Girl Talk was] MGMT, the glam-prog outfit whose new album Congratulations is being met with confusion from some corners. It's certainly not as immediate a listen as the group's keyboard-spangled Oracular Spectacular, but it is a somewhat bewitchingly strange pop album. At one point a man canvassed the crowd handing out 3-D glasses, which seemed appropriate both for the red-and-blue beams surrounding the band and for the pillowy, proggy songs they rocked from the new record. MGMT brought back the doubters by closing their set with the sugar-coated "Kids," and as fans' camera phones were held aloft, they lobbed a question at the next headliner: "Hey, Weezer, are you playing this song, too? It's our song."

As it turned out, the answer was "yes," although it wouldn't be answered until much later in Weezer's set...It was during the first encore (which was introduced by the band replicating the drum and guitar solos that open Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher") that "Kids" was brought out and interpolated with Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," not to mention a blonde wig on Cuomo's head. While the borrowed bits of other songs delighted the crowd, Weezer opted to end the night and the festival with "Buddy Holly," demonstrating they still have plenty of firepower from their own catalog." [Rolling Stone @ Bamboozle]

Videos of both versions of "Kids" are below.

MGMT will be be on Letterman on May 11th. And they're playing Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, August 17th. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am. I wonder how many, if any, show they'll add. Can they beat Vampire Weekend's three? Peter Gabriel plays his second show at the venue tonight (5/3).

The MGMT show comes at the end of the band's summer-long tour of North America (the May/June secion of which will be opened by Tame Impala). They also have European dates from September to December mapped out. All tour dates and videos are below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Promises (MP3

Morning Benders...
Cuddle Magic

Morning Benders, Shark? and Cuddle Magic all convene at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for a show/CD swap at 6:30pm tonight (2/25). The event, hosted by Max Silvestri and The Hype Machine, benefits Housing Works and to get in you need $5 + at least 1 used CD (to trade).

The Morning Benders' new album Big Echo comes out March 9th on Rough Trade. You can check out a song from it above, or catch the band at one of their many upcoming dates, posted below. They'll be at Market Hotel with Surfer Blood this Saturday (2/27). The band will also tour to SXSW for shows that include the Rough Trade showcase at Emo's Jr. on Wednesday, March 17th with The Strange Boys, The Unthanks, Basia Bulat, Dylan LeBlanc and Warpaint. They'll be back in NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge on April 22nd with Minature Tiger. Tickets are on sale now.

A flyer for the HW show and all Morning Benders and Shark? tour dates are below...

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Leo Allen benefiting Haiti @ MHOW on 1/23 (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Leo Allen

Aziz Ansari added an extra two shows to his previously-announced run of CD Release shows at Comix. The new total is eight shows over four days (2/3-2/6) and they all appear to be sold out. "Friends scheduled to appear throughout the weekend:" Todd Barry, Moshe Kasher, John Mulaney, Max Silvestri, Joe Mande, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Leo Allen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Anthony Jeselnik. A fine set of openers indeed.

Don't have a ticket, but still want to see Aziz during his now-rare trip back to NYC? You can also catch him tonight (2/2) for free at the Apple Store in SOHO. Sarah Silverman will appear in the same venue one night later.

Speaking of Max Silvestri, don't forget to catch his Big Teriffic show every Wednesday night at The Cameo (free!).

Speaking of Kristen Schaal, you can catch her tonight (2/2) as part of Sara Schaefer & Kim Armstrong's new free weekly Tuesday night comedy show in the front lounge of The Bell House (which is also hosting a "TOTALLY SOLD OUT" Lost premiere party this evening as well).

Speaking of Kristen Schaal performing comedy at The Bell House, tickets are on sale for a February 27th show described as "Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn present Winter Warm-Up featuring Comedy with Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends, Special guests include Kristin Schaal & Michael Showalter".

Speaking of Hannibal Buress, he hosts a comedy show every Sunday night at Knitting Factory (free!).

Todd Barry, John Mulaney and Hannibal Buress all return to Comix on the same (February 18th) night (code TBAF saves $5).

Leo Allen hosts Whiplash every Monday night at UCB

A few shows other shows coming up at UCB and other surprises below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Yeasayer

"[Friday] night the Guggenheim hosted another event for their It Came From Brooklyn series, which brings talented Brooklynites all the way to the Upper East Side. The evening was hosted by Max Silvestri, and featured a (bit too maudlin) reading from Rachel Sherman, and live sets from Tanlines and Yeasayer. A 3-D light show was also advertised, but as the evening went on we were told the glasses were merely for "enhancement" purposes.

The $45 ticket price is a bit high, but those in attendance were also able to check out the Kandinsky retrospective while there... just so long as they didn't have their 3-D enhancement glasses on. The guards were unusually strict about this.

There was a bar set up, with a ticket system in place (one wine was 3 tickets, aka $6); and the museum served as a gorgeous venue, with plenty of great sightlines. Frank Lloyd Wright, however, didn't design it to be acoustically perfect for future indie bands -- leaving Yeasayer sounding more like Mehsayer (sorry). That said, we sort of prefer these museum rock shows over the status quo -- so we hope there are many more to come!" [Gothamist]

Yeasayer's new and free single is out now. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...

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Natasha Leggero & Morgan Murphy
Natasha and Morgan

1. On Wednesday night Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate [SNL] and I [Max Silvestri] have an especially spectacular Big Terrific for you all. It's almost too famous? We've got some special Halloween shenanigans planned (poisoned candy, knives, etc) as well as comedy appearances from Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, Funny People), Natasha Leggero (Tonight Show), Joe Mande (Best Week Ever), John Mulaney (Conan O'Brien, writer for Saturday Night Live), Andrea Rosen (Stella, Flight of the Conchords) and Reggie Watts (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). Are you kidding me? That is so crazy fun. Be there at 8pm at Cameo Gallery, located at 93 North 6th Street between Berry & Wythe in Williamsburg. It's free. The after-party will be something special too.

2. What is funnier or more rocking than a museum? Literally nothing. I am very proud to be emceeing It Came From Brooklyn at the Guggenheim on Friday night

That Cameo lineup is giving the UCB show (which also starts at 8:00 and has many of the same comedians performing) a run for its money!

Yeasayer @ Hudson River Park in August (more by Bao Nguyen)
Yeasayer

Yeasayer recently revealed in an interview with Pitchfork that they had finished their sophomore album and it would be released on January 19, 2010. There are four new songs they've been playing live; the four new songs are "Madder Red," "O.N.E.," "I Remember," and "Amblin' Alp." Yeasayer has also hinted that they would do something big in October.... [Wikipedia]
One "big thing" Yeasayer will definitely be doing in October is playing the next date of Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn Series on Friday, Oct. 30th. Rounding out the lineup are Tanlines (their only scheduled show as of now), author Rachel Sherman and comedian Max Silvestri as MC. Tickets are on sale.

Guggenheim's last "It Came From Brooklyn" show featured Julian Plenti aka Paul Banks from Interpol. Julian has more shows on the way in November.

Yeasayer is currently in the UK, on tour with Bat for Lashes (who played NYC in August).

Yeasayer's Anand Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton worked on Bat for Lashes' new record, Two Suns, which came out in April. As for their own still-untitled CD, Yeasayer's new disc is expected early next year (see above). Pitchfork called their last album, All Hour Cymbals, the 197th best album of the decade.

At least one member of Tanlines (also playing the Guggenheim show) is in a new group with members of Professor Murder called Restless People.

A Jools Holland video, and all tour dates for Yeasayer, which include Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7th and Brown University on Nov. 13th (with Javelin), are below...

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Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate & Gabe Liedman @ Rififi (Marianne Ways)
Max jenny gabe

Hi buds,

Woah, get ready. I have some huge news! As you know, one of my lovely Big Terrific co-hosts Jenny Slate has been absent as of late doing "showbiz" stuff, and a lot of you have been all "more like no-biz!!" Well first, stop saying that, and also, it's paid off! She is the newest cast member on Saturday Night Live, which is a long running television show that you have heard of. Won't that be amazing? She is going to be their go-to person for Gloria Estefan impressions. Also, she is going to be their go-to person for everything because she is the best, we love her so much, are so very proud, and cannot think of anyone who would be better on that show. It's really just perfect. Like, we were all surprised to get the news but also we totally weren't, you know? That's how great she'll be.

Jenny will be back at Big T soon to tell lots of showbiz stories about what Megan Fox smells like and how Ted Danson always has mints handy or whatever. Come this Wednesday and celebrate with Gabe and me, before all of us are too famous.

We've got super guests too: Eugene Mirman, Leo Allen, Brent Sullivan and more! We're so psyched. It's Wednesday September 2nd at 8pm at Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th St between Berry & Wythe in Williamsburg. Come hang out!!

Thanks guys. You guys make Big Terrific the most fun. (Also us, but definitely you a bit too.)

-Max Silvestri

Klaus also tells me that comedian Hannibal Burress has been hired by SNL as a staff writer... which is confirmed by the Apiary that also says UCB performer Christine Nangle will also be writing for the show. Congrats to everyone! Some Jenny videos below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Secret Wars @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Eugene Mirman

So we've got the Del Close Marathon happening this weekend (8/14-8/16) and we've got the New York Comedy Festival happening in November. And now it is with unbridled enthusiasm that I can achieve a comedy-festival-posting-hat-trick by announcing the EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL which is set to take over Brooklyn venues Union Hall and the Bell House from September 17 - September 20. OK, so we briefly mentioned the festival before, but with line-ups, showtimes, as well as venue and ticket info just released, it's time to spread the word.

Curated by the great Eugene Mirman, this year's festival has a gasp worthy line-up that is truly beyond belief and will feature stand-up, panels, videos, special guests, 'theme' shows, the occasional free drink, after-parties, and much more. The highlight of the festival for me are two Daniel Kitson headlining gigs at Union Hall. Daniel is a British Stand-up comedian who I've only had the opportunity to see once, but that one experience was epic. More monologuist than stand-up comedian, he is one of the smartest, funniest, most energetic and eloquent performers I have ever seen. We are blessed to have two chances to see him headline such an intimate room. Besides that, the festival boasts appearances by Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Bobby Tisdale, AD Miles, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Jon Benjamin, and many many more. And, of course, Eugene.

The schedule so far is below. According to the folks in charge, even more excitement will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!! Tickets for all shows go on sale Sunday August 16 Saturday, August 15 at noon via Ticketweb (Bell House, Union Hall).

Full lineup and more below...

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by Klaus Kinski (of Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon)

Patton Fan

Two films I've been dying to see quickly made their way in and out of our fair city this past June. Being an idiot that cannot seem to prioritize anything, I missed them both. The films I speak of are Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt and Visioneers starring Zach Galifianakis. You may recall from previous articles that Zach and Patton are among my favorite comedians of all time; thus the eagerness to see these films and the anguish at missing them. Big Fan is the directorial debut of Robert Siegel, the man wrote The Wrestler, a film that featured comedian Todd Barry (another favorite). In Big Fan, Patton plays the role of Paul.

Paul is a 35-year-old toll booth operator from Staten Island who lives and dies by his New York Giants. When he has a chance encounter with Giants linebacker Quantrell Bishop, however, things go horribly wrong and a brutal beating at the hands of his idol tests Paul's allegiance to the team. Comedian Patton Oswalt delivers a heartbreaking, layered performance in this pitch-black comedy that reveals the disturbing side of obsessive fandom.
Thankfully, word is out that Big Fan will begin showing in theaters in New York and Philadelphia August 28th, Los Angeles, D.C, Dallas and Houston theatres September 11th and then expanding! In the meantime, visit the official website for trailers and whatnot. And definitely check out Patton's diaries from when Big Fan played at Sundance back in January. Trailer below.

VisioneersHaving seen the trailer last year, I feel like Visioneers has been on my radar for a really long time. It definitely looks to be a somber, Orwellian, supremely dark comedy. The film, directed by Jared Drake, stars Galifianakis as George Washington Winsterhammerman.

George lives a comfortable yet completely uneventful life, and when he starts having dreams in which he's the first President of the United States, his doctor informs him that they could be signs of impending explosion. Later, as the dreams become more frequent and his co-workers continue to detonate, George is prompted to reevaluate his mundane existence.
It looks like that June 3 screening at the 92Y Tribeca may have been my only opportunity to see it theatrically; it comes out on DVD July 21st (using Zach's role in The Hangover to reach a broader audience) and there only seems to be independently organized screening parties scattered across the US. Trailer below.

Zach did a split 7" with Ted Leo a while back, available only via Chunklet.com and only available if you purchased another item from the Chunklet store. Now you no longer need to buy a second item in order to purchase the record. This extremely limited edition 7" is only $5 and is available on four different types of wax. Get 'em while they're hot!.

In Other News........

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Hold Steady @ Bowery Ballroom - June 8, 2009 (Photo by Alex Reside)
Hold Steady

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Booker T. @ Joe's Pub
* Gil Scott-Heron @ SOBs
* Olof Arnalds @ Sycamore
* Julianna Barwick @ Pianos
* The Budos Band @ Stuy Town Oval
* Antibalas @ Rock Off Boat Cruise
* The Mummies, The Back CC's @ Southpaw
* Bloodhorse, Medusa, Pollution @ Union Pool
* Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood @ Izod Center
* Survival, Exactly, Gates of Heaven @ Glasslands
* Deastro, The Upwelling, Le Mood @ Mercury Lounge
* Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes @ Beacon Theatre
* Vernon Reid, Jamie Saft's Burning Genitals @ The Stone
* The Hold Steady, Gost Trio @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rooftop Films w/ Glass Ghost @ Brooklyn Tech High School
* Apostle of Hustle, Forro in the Dark, Brian Bonz @ Bowery Ballroom
* Vision Festival w/ Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra @ Abrons Arts Center
* The Decemberists, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 @ Radio City Music Hall
* Brightblack Morning Light, Mariee Sioux, Zomes @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Zambri, The Drums, Last Year's Model, The States, Do You See The Dark @ Annex
* John Medeski/Billy Martin/Charlie Hunter/John Ellis, Big Sam/Joe Russo/Otis Grove @ Sullivan Hall

Happy 1-year anniversary to Max Silvestri's Big Teriffic party which takes place tonight at Cameo (located behind the Lovin' Cup Restaurant). Kurt & Kristen and many other comedians are on the bill.

Stuyvesant Town's weekly Music in the Oval series starts tonight with a set by The Budos Band.

Deastro plays Ghostly International's 10-yr Anniversary Bash on Friday June 12th, as part of the Northside Festival. Catch them tonight at the Mercury Lounge.

Jamie Saft premieres his Burning Genitals trio with the dual drums of Mike Pride and Bobby Previte tonight at The Stone. They'll play material from their forthcoming Veal Records release, "Crabz."

Eugene Mirman gave this year's commencement speech at his alma matter, Lexington High School. Yes, that's the same school that produced Amanda Palmer's "With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart" earlier this year. Video of the speech, below...

Fanfarlo are offering their new album for $1.00. Video below...

What else?

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The Forms @ Sound Fix on Feb 20, 2009 (by Jonny Leather)
The Forms

1. This Thursday's (Feb 26 @ 8pm) Big Terrific is our last show at Sound Fix ever! Isn't that so sad? Sound Fix is closing down, as you may have heard, to become an Urban Outfitters that only sells toe rings. Who even wears toe rings besides little babies? Ugh. I have been hosting shows there for over a year and this is very disappointing, but we're going to send the place off right. We're saying goodbye with some of our favorite guests ever: improvisational musical wunderkind Reggie Watts, one of the best stand-ups in New York and SNL writer John Mulaney, Videogum internet sexebrity and dear friend Gabriel Delahaye, all-star jokesmith Jesse Popp, and Brooklyn master storyteller DC Benny. This show will be funny and sweet and sad and please come help us say goodbye.

2. Luckily, nothing can stop Gabe & Jenny and me and our love of attention. Beginning March 11th, Big Terrific moves to every Wednesday night at Cameo, a gorgeous new music/art/performance space behind the Lovin' Cup at 93 North 6th Street between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg. Still at 8pm, still free, just on Wednesdays now. And even closer to the train! We are super excited about this venue, and they are really committed to cool things. The show will be even better because now there is a green room for costume changes, and we can have live music. Are you even ready for how fun this will be? There's a SHOWER we can use. Tell your friends. Starting March 11th, Big Terrific is on Wednesdays. NOTE: this venue has nothing to do with the funk-inspired R&B outfit Cameo, though they do provide Gabe Liedman all his wardrobe.
[Max Silvestri] (who is not in the above picture)

Marissa Nadler plays the final Sound Fix in-store concert on Saturday.

The Future of Comedy Is Music (Max Silvestri video below...)

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Los Campesinos! @ Sound Fix Records (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Los Campesinos

After "Anonymous" posted "soundfix closing at the end of FEB???? true or rumor??" in the comments yesterday, I investigated, and sadly one person that would know did get back to me with a simple "True". Free Williamsburg called Sound Fix "and they confirmed that they were indeed shutting down, 'just the bar,'"

This sucks for the free shows, and this is especially unfortunate for comedy. As we were just pointing out, Sound Fix has filled the gap left after Rififi closed. The Williamsburg bar has in fact become one of NYC's most consistent weekly (free) comedy show locations. The comic's comic writes...

If it seems like only a year ago that live comedy shows were beginning to find a new happy home behind the Sound Fix record store, that's because it was only a year ago, as Max Silvestri started hosting shows then and I was pitching the venue as a potential full-on replacement for the East Village's Rififi, which closed last summer, in part, because that club's owner gave up a similar battle with the neighbors. Gabe & Jenny joined up with Max for weekly Big Terrific shows that have lived up to the name, and other shows soon followed suit, making for lively lineups and large audiences just about every weeknight.
As we've pointed out many times, Sound Fix has been battling neighbors and the city over noise and other violations practically since they expanded into being more than just a record store. At least the record store isn't also leaving with them.

In the meantime, go check out a show at the venue during its final days. A few of them are listed below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Max & Gabe D & friend @ MoMA - Jan 6, 2009 (by Fred Benenson) (via)

I don't get to see nearly as much comedy as I used to, but the scene is as vibrant as ever. If the mood strikes and I find myself wanting to get my yuck-on there is absolutely no shortage of one-off shows and recurring weekly shows. The Tribeca branch of the 92nd St Y has been booking some insane comedy shows recently. I caught Zach Galifianakis there a few weeks ago and was mightily impressed by the performance space and the insane, reasonably priced beer list at the bar. Sound Fix in Williamsburg has free comedy every Wednesday and Thursday. Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkle host Totally J/K every Wednesday at 9:30pm, while Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate host Big Terriffic at 8:00pm on Thursdays. These shows fill the void left by the demise of Rififi and its staples Invite Them Up and The Greg Johnson & Larry Murphy Show by attracting big names like Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, and zillions more. Speaking of Greg Johnson, he's got a free show every Sunday at Pianos. And speaking of Invite Them Up, former host Bobby Tisdale now has a semi-regular, RSVP only show happening in Greenpoint called Wards of Merkin. It's usually $10 and there's usually free booze and top shelf comedians. And don't forget that the UCB Theater and The Pit have calendars bursting with options as does Comix's underground lair Ochi's. And that's just barely scratching the surface of the goings ons. Below are some shows currently on my radar...

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Jaydiohead

That 2nd Thievery Corporation show at Terminal 5 (Feb 26) is now on presale (password=thieveryretaliation).

toysAntibalas Afrobeat Orchestra are playing two shows at Southpaw in Brooklyn this month. Tickets are on sale for January 30th and 31st.

Busta Rhymes is playing BB King's on March 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the Ida Maria show happening at Mercury Lounge. Union Hall is sold out.

Tickets are on sale for the Thermals show at The Bell House. The access code is "SALTY", but I'm not sure it's necessary or does anything.

Telepathe are opening for M83 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for both Cat Power shows happening at the Apollo.

toysTickets are on sale for the Frightened Rabbit show happening at Le Poisson Rouge.

Tickets are on sale for the Lady Sovereign show happening at Pianos.

Comedian Marc Maron is performing at Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 15th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the John Doe & Exene of X show happening at MHOW on Saturday. One day later they also play Joe's Pub.

Tickets are still on sale for the Great Lake Swimmers and A Hawk & A Hacksaw show happening at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Brooklyn Qawwali Party was added to GlobalFEST. Femi Kuti was taken away. It's this Sunday at Webster Hall and tickets are still on sale.

Note that ALL the NYC-area Morrissey shows are going on sale at 11AM on Friday (not noon).

Have you listened to Jaydiohead yet?

Radiohead think Max Silvestri is funny... his Internet Thing anyway. Video below...

Continue reading "the Thermals, Antibalas, Busta Rhymes, Thievery Corporation, Marc Maron, other tickets & stuff"

Thunderant

People like Fred Armisen, Carrie from Sleater-Kinney (and NPR) (man, she was rough on Tallest Man on Earth), Joe Mande and Nick Kroll will be watching comedy shorts (with piano accompaniment) tonight...

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photos by Lori Baily

Deerhunter

Many predicted that Deerhunter would get Pitchfork's #1 album of 2008, but in fact they gave it to Fleet Foxes. Bradford Cox should still be happy with both Deerhunter at #5 and Atlas Sound at #26 though. Speaking of Bradford Cox, he blogged this...

Just got of the phone with Brian Weitz [Geologist of Animal Collective]. This was sent out via the bands email earlier this morning:

"it has come to my attention that 2 full length tracks off of our upcoming album, merriweather post pavilion have surfaced online. david, noah, and I please ask that someone assist us and leak all of the remaining tracks on the album.

the album is intended to be heard as a whole, and nothing bothers us more than individual tracks leaking and ruining the the overall album experience

-brian Geologist"

Total Bullshit. Someone actually had the nerve to hack into their e-mail account and send this out. The truth is that AC do not want their album to leak and are trying very hard to avoid the drama around said album that has risen to a fever pitch.

I am not trying to involve myself in AC's business, I am just voicing my own independent opinion.

Back in the 90's when I was first starting to make 4-track tapes I had a game where I would make a fake version of an album I was anticipating. If Pavement's Brighten the Corners were coming out soon, I had to wait till release day to hear it. I would record a set of songs that I would want the Pavement album to sound like. Some of those songs ended up becoming Atlas Sound and Deerhunter songs years later.

My advice to those who are so desperate for AC's album to leak is to pick up instruments and make your own version of what you would want it to sound like. Respect the BANDS wishes and wait till release day. Then you can compare your new songs with theirs. Who knows. Maybe your album will be the one people are wanting to leak next year. -Bradford

Previously there was whole Web Sheriff / Grizzly Bear thing. It was also announed that the album is coming out early on vinyl. It better be good!

The pictures in this post were taken at the Stereogum Gummy Awards at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this month. More of them below...

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Jose Gonzalez @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Jose Gonzalez

today in NYC
* Blip Festival
* Red Hot & Rio @ BAM (with Jose G)
* Ohgr @ Blender Theater
* Dufus @ Knitting Factory
* Max Silvestri @ Sound Fix !
* Benjy Ferree @ Union Hall
* BB King @ Wellmont Theater
* Tina Turner @ Nassau Coliseum
* Vampire Weekend & Telepathe @ Terminal 5
* Orphan, Red Dawn II & Pollution @ Union Pool
* Suicidal Tendencies & Madball @ Irving Plaza
* Snowden, Villa Vina & Twin Tigers @ Southpaw
* The King Left, Howlies & The Kiss Off @ Mercury Lounge
* Tim Hecker & Wordless Music Orchestra @ (le) poisson rouge
* Stellastarr*, Comandante Zero & Ghosts in the Valley @ Pianos
* The Teenagers, Heloise & The Savoir Faire & Lissy Trullie @ MHOW
* R. Stevie Moore, Unicornucopia, Tele V. Cheeseburger & The Ocean Floor @ Death By Audio

Tonight would have been the Noah & The Whale show at Bowery Ballroom.

! TONIGHT @ Sound Fix: "Comedy hosted by Max Silvestri (BestWeekEver.tv), Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate. Featuring: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, DC BENNY (Comedy Central Presents), ANDRES DU BOUCHET (Conan), JAMIE LEE (New Orleans Comedy Fest) + BRENT SULLIVAN (Official Friend of The Show). maxsilvestri.com / gabenjenny.com". Also supposedly Jon Benjamin and Larry Murphy.

No Age was nominated for a Grammy.

Ohgr = Mark Walk and Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy.

Lissy Trullie opens for the Teenagers tonight. Video of her and Adam Green in the Santos Party House bathroom, below...

What else?

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photos by Tim Griffin

Bell

Obama supporter and talented musician (Olga) Bell played a free show at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn on Friday night. She plays another one (not free) at Glasslands on October 9.

Speaking of free shows at Sound Fix,

Oct 2, 2008 8 PM Big Terrific w/ Max, Gabe & Jenny
Comedy presented by Max Silvestri (BestWeekEver.tv), Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate. Featuring: AZIZ ANSARI (MTV's Human Giant), ARJ BARKER (Dave on Flight of the Conchords), JACK KUKODA (writer for The Onion News Network), MATT MCCARTHY (Live at Gotham, the cable guy on those Verizon FiOS commercials), PATRICK BORELLI (presenting the 6th season of The Wire, live. You will not want to miss this.) (maxsilvestri.com)
Ra Ra Riot is also playing a free show there there October 19th 14th. More pictures of Bell below...

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Sarah Silverman @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Aug 19, 2008 [YouTube]
Sarah Silverman

Tonight [August 21] we bring you:

Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Anchorman)
Todd Barry (The Flight of the Conchords, Letterman, Conan)
Heather Lawless (Comedy Central, Stella)
Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, VH1)
Rich Juzwiak & Tracie Egan (Jezebel.com's Pot Psychology)
...and a secret surprise guest!

And as always, Gabe & Jenny & I [Max Silvestri] are going to be really goofy and make you feel electric downstairs.

Sound Fix Lounge
110 Bedford Ave at North 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
FREE!

Did anyone go to UCB last night? Was Sarah the special guest? Will she be the special guest tonight? Max won't say. Meta video of Sarah saying don't tape this show at Knitting Factory the other night, below...

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words by Klaus Kinski, photos by Bao Nguyen

Louis CK @ Pianos

As a person who gets pretty agitated when a schedule starts to fall apart before my very eyes, the fact that the Channel 101 show was running 45 minutes behind schedule had me wound pretty tight. Add to that the fact that we couldn't get The Perfect Storm's sampler working, forcing them to (rightfully) bail, and you've got a Klaus on your hands who's on the verge of frenzy. Luckily, a blown schedule and the loss of part of our line-up turned out to be really just minor bumps in what ended up being a completely off the hook night of comedy and music (May 5, 2008).

When I got to Pianos, somebody told me that a beardless Louis CK was hanging out and host Max Silvestri persuaded me to see if he'd want to do a set. He agreed on the condition that he could go on as early as possible in the show. I was beside myself with glee. However, we were plagued with delay upon delay, so much so that during Max's opening, Louis waved good-bye to me and left. I was heartbroken. But then a few minutes later he re-appeared, I gave Max the 'times-up' light, and Louis ended up doing nearly 20 minutes of completely new (to me at least) material. As already pointed out, his set really was mostly amazing. Like any comedian trying new material, some of his jokes didn't hit the mark, but even those were hilarious. Louis is beyond one of my favorites. He's almost a deity to me. The fact that he showed up to do a set was really a ridiculous honor.

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by Klaus Kinski

John Mulaney
John Mulaney

Our last Rock 'n ROFL was seriously off the hook. Our May 5 Rock 'N ROFL will be no different. The comedy portion of Rock 'n ROFL begins a little after 9:00. Here are four reasons why you should line up early (or buy tix now)...

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Sound Fix

Great news, everybody: the Department of Health was nice enough to shut down Sound Fix Records 20 minutes ago because their CDs were dusty or something. So no show tonight. Hopefully some other time? I'll try to do comedy again.

But really, the venue just got shut down by the Department of Health. I'm SUPER happy about it and not at all troubled how late this notice I'm giving you is.

If you get this AFTER you show up to a closed Sound Fix tonight, I will buy you a drink ASAP.

I'm really really sorry. [comedian Max Silvestri]

Leo Allen, Brett Gelman, Dave Hill, Pete Holmes and Kumail Nanjiani were all scheduled to perform at Max's show tonight (April 3, 2008). Shows were also cancelled for the same reason this past weekend. The Postelles & Bachelorette are scheduled to play tomorrow.

APRIL 4 UPDATE: Just to clarify, the record store is open, but the lounge (venue part) is closed (still).