Entries tagged with: Maxwells
As mentioned back in 2005, Todd Abramson, is "a veteran music booking agent and part owner of the legendary Maxwell's rock club in Hoboken." More recently, Todd, who sometimes puts a show at the Landmark Loew's Theatre in Jersey City, was also booking shows at Southpaw in Park Slope. He won't be booking shows at Southpaw anymore though. Instead, Todd has taken the position of head booker at the Bell House in the same neighborhood. He'll also be booking some shows at Union Hall, but not as their head booker.
Todd (who will continue to book Maxwell's too) took over for Skippy who recently left the Bell House & Union Hall, and has since found a home as the booker for The Rock Shop.
The Mugs, a band who Skippy especially has supported through the years, play their final show at The Bell House tonight (7/23).
The Dirty Glamour play The Rock Shop tonight.
Southpaw is hosting The 2010 Coney Island Cockabilly Roadshow (Real Live Sideshow! Real Live Burlesque! Real Live Rock and Roll!!).
Union Hall has: "SIKELIANOS & SIKELIANOS / MY GAY BANJO / THE LESBIAN DORKESTRA / KAREN AND THE SORROWS / DJ LIL RAY "
words & photos by Tracy Allison
Last night (7/19) Jonny Corndawg, These United States, and Deer Tick played a sold out show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey (the first date of many for Deer Tick on a month-long summer tour). The crowd packed into the approximately 200-person venue was treated to three hours of lively and enthusiastic performances.
The evening began around 9 p.m. with a set from Jonny Corndawg. Like they did recently on a boat, the members of Deer Tick (including newest member, Rob Crowell) played backup for Corndawg who jumped and danced around the stage throughout his 30 minute set that included songs like "Shaved Like A Razor", "Family Tree", and "Shut up".
Not long after Corndawg left the stage, These United States appeared and played a phenomenal set consisting mostly of songs from their new album What Lasts, which drops today. Lead singer Jesse Elliott hopped off the stage twice to dance amongst the crowd, and took a moment to express the band's gratitude for having the opportunity to play with Deer Tick. This was the last show These United States will be playing on the East Coast until their return to Mercury Lounge on August 28th.
Deer Tick took the stage once again at 10 p.m. and played a 2 hour, 16 song set made up of songs from their three albums War Elephant, Born on Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions. Additionally, they played covers of the MG&V songs "Me, Me, Me", and "Middle Brother". Corndawg joined in on the latter (which he co-wrote). Guitarist Ian O'Neil took over lead vocals for the songs "Hope is Big" and "Maybellene", a Chuck Berry cover which has become a staple in the band's recent performances. Towards the end of the show, audience members began shouting out requests for Chris Ryan to play bass solo. While he opted out of the spotlight, drummer Dennis Ryan (joined by Robby Cosenza of These United States) gladly jumped to the front of the stage, and, with three microphones in hand, sang a very passionate rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On". One witness to the event said, "It was the best cover of any song, ever."
Deer Tick will play Webster Hall on August 13th with help from Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez. More pictures from Maxwell's below...
photos by Keith Marlowe
"You know it's hot at the Murder City Devils show at Maxwell's when I'm considering pissing myself to cool off!" - John Agnello
If you missed the insanity that was Murder City Devils at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Friday night, well, then don't miss them today (Sunday, July 18th) them when they play for 100% free at the "Pool Party" at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn with JEFF the Brotherhood, Obits and Silverghost. More about the Maxwell's show later. More pictures and the setlist from the show, below...
The Night Marchers come back to NYC soon to play a 4pm set at the tenth annual Siren Festival on Saturday. Those who miss it can also check out the band, whose lineage includes Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Rocket from the Crypt, and Hot Snakes, at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Sunday, July 18th with No Pasaran. Tickets are on sale.
All dates, mostly on the west coast, and some videos, below...
Michael Rother (Neu!) / Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) (crlsblnc)
The wealth and breadth of musical treats on offer at Barcelona's annual Primavera Sound Festival hit home with a suckerpunch on Saturday May 29th at 7pm, when I was forced to choose between live sets by The Clean, Michael Rother's new project "Hallogallo 2010", playing the music of NEU! and Harmonia, and Van Dyke Parks. After much deliberation I chose The Clean. My consolation prize for being forced to reject other such riches came during the walk over. The seaside stage The Clean were playing on was only accessible by first walking past another stage, where Michael Rother and pals Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, drums) and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs, bass), were playing what is perhaps the definitive piece of motorik Krautrock, "Hallogallo", by Rother's legendary '70s Düsseldorf duo NEU! I hung around for a few minutes, then headed over to see a few songs by The Clean, one of which ("Tensile") drummer Hamish Kilgour dedicated to Rother. Heading back to the WFMU tent to begin our broadcast day, I stopped to linger in the sweet spot where the sounds of both bands collided, then procrastinated more at the Rother stage again to soak up the melancholy majesty of the Harmonia track "Deluxe (Immer Wieder)".WFMU's review of Hallogallo 2010 at Primavera Sound also includes the audio from the set, which is streaming at the link.
In an age where "heritage" acts are propped up to play their catalog on-demand for crowds ravenous to devour them in order to chalk up some bogus experience, a cynic might find something crass in the presentation of this music today; a purist might consider Rother's longtime partner, the late Klaus Dinger, irreplaceable. And it's right for a fan to always be on guard against the creep of hired-hands, or an artist's alienation from the art s/he created many years ago. I was prepared for disappointment; I got transcendence. Shelley and Mullan showed a sympathy to the music worthy of the people who created it. The power of this music filling limitless space and spreading outward to the Mediterranean Sea bordered on the religious. Give thanks and praise to Rother, Shelley and Mullan for allowing us to share their set with you. [WFMU]
Hallogallo 2010 will be in NYC for Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on August 6th. Their other US shows currently include Philly, ATP NY, Columbus, Ohio, and a newly added date at Maxwell's on August 4th, where they perform as performing as "Michael Rother and Freunde." Tickets are on sale.
Videos from Primavera and all tour dates are below...
Cap'n Jazz reunited @ the Empty Bottle - Jan 2010 (DrLama)
While we wait patiently for Jelly to announce this summer's lineup of seven free Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront, one of which may be a July 25th Cap'n Jazz reunion day time show, tickets have gone on sale for a July 25th night time "Tim Kinsella" show at Maxwell's in Hoboken (thanks Keith).
In related news, you can download a soundboard recording of the above pictured reunion show, for free! Updated Cap'n Jazz dates below...
"I'm smelly, but saw the Vivian Girls and conquered the PATH" - Samantha Onorato
Titus Andronicus w/ Cassie from Vivian Girls @ SUNY - 4/14 (OpenEye)
That's Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls on stage with Titus Andronicus at the SUNY Purchase student center on 4/14. Her other band The Babies also played that show.
Vivian Girls played with the Grates and Reading Rainbow at Maxwell's in Hoboken last night (4/23). The show was to celebrate 5 years of MusicSnobbery. Titus Andronicus's tour continues with a show at the same venue tonight (4/24). The sold out gig also has Harlem and Spider Bags on the bill, BUT FIRST: Los Campesinos! will play Maxwell's after all. After rescheduling and then cancelling the show completely, Los Campesinos! have re-rescheduled their show at the NJ venue for 3PM TODAY ("NOTE: if you bought tix @ Ticketweb for 4/17 or 4/21 you will need to re-buy. We regret the inconvenience.").
Los Campesinos! kick off the rest of their tour Sunday in Boston. The new date for the NYC show at Irving Plaza is Monday, April 26th.
Harlem played a show last night at Monster Island Basement (originally scheduled for Market Hotel), and at Mercury Lounge the night before that.
"RIP Devon Clifford. We have never met a more awesome dude than you. <3" - Los Campesinos!
The following event has been cancelled:Oh well, they tried. The cancelled date was a new date after they had to cancel Saturday. They've also so far had to cancel Culture Shock, Vermont and Toronto.
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UPDATE: Irving Plaza is rescheduled. And there are other changes.
Tonight's Toronto show, and tomorrow's show at Maxwell's, New Jersey are CANCELLED :(All dates below.
Thursday's New York show rescheduled for Monday 26 April.
Saturday's Boston show will happen one day later than orginally planned on Sunday 25 April.
Above is a re-post of a recent remix LC! did for You Say Party We Say Die whose drummer Devon Clifford passed away over the weekend. According to the Canadian Press, it was a "massive brain hemorrhage that was the result of undetected congenital defects".
"Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character," the band's publicist, Darryl Weeks, said in the statement.Los Campesinos! tweeted the above pic in remembrance. The bands have toured together. Video from one of their shows together, with those rescheduled dates, below...
"He loved his family, loved his band, loved travelling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world. He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him.
He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with."
In the statement, Clifford's family reminded young people "to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did."
"Maxwell's, come on! Don't let me down, LCs!" - Anonymous
"As ash continues to belch into the atmosphere from Iceland's now world-famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, stranding thousands of travelers around the globe, two main questions are: How long will the eruption last, and could it eventually affect the world's climate?The other problem with volcanic eruptions is that they totally mess with bands' ability to travel the world freely. After already being forced to cancel their Friday night Culture Shock show, Los Campesinos! have announced they also won't make it in time for Saturday's show with Cymbals Eat Guitars at Maxwell's either.
Unfortunately, scientists appear uniform in their uncertainty.
"We don't know how long this eruption will go on," says Stefan Wastegard, a geologist who studies ancient ash falls from Icelandic volcanoes at Stockholm University in Sweden. "That's the problem with volcanic eruptions, you really don't know how they're going to go.""
Luckily they have some free time in their schedule though (LC! are scheduled to play Toronto on April 20th and Irving Plaza in NYC on April 22nd), because they're going to make up the NJ show on Wednesday, April 21st. All tickets from Saturday will be honored, and I assume there will be refunds and new tickets opening up as well.
Their tour is with NYC's Cymbals Eat Guitars who are still scheduled to appear, earlier in the day, at Generation Records this Saturday (unlike Walter Schreifels who was forced to cancel because of the volcano). (thx Adam & Chris & Chris)
Stay tuned for more Volcano updates as we hear about them.
The Feelies @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
In what is now becoming somewhat of a tradition, the reunited Feelies will return to Maxwell's in Hoboken this July for three shows in a row over Independence Day weekend. Tickets for the July 2nd, 3rd & 4th shows are on sale... at Ticketfly (as are all shows at Maxwell's from July on) (April-June shows can still be found at Ticketweb).
The Feelies are also playing one other show, much sooner. Tickets are on sale for a Saturday, April 17th gig at World Cafe Live in Philly. All of those dates again, and a video, below...
by Anna Scialli
Apparently, in Hoboken, St Patrick's Day is on March 6th. I did not know this when I headed to Maxwell's on Saturday night to see Sondre Lerche finish up his most recent tour to a sold out audience. As a result of the premature Hoboken celebration, the PATH train took over an hour and a half to show up and getting to the venue was nearly impossible due to the hordes of drunks swarming Washington Street. Finally, after a very long commute, I arrived at Maxwell's - Only to find out that Sondre Lerche had four songs left.
Those four songs were great though. I've seen Sondre Lerche a few times but this is the first time I've heard him play "I'm A Boy" by the Who. His acoustic, poppy rendition was fun and catchy - a very interesting adaptation for his solo show. For his last song, Sondre played "Modern Nature" encouraging the audience to sing along in place of the female vocals from the recorded version.
After the show, I explained to Sondre my PATH dilemma. He generously offered to do an interview after he gave autographs and talked to all his fans at the show. Of all the musicians I've seen, Sondre Lerche has always been the most gracious and friendly. So, I quickly scrambled to jot down some interview questions and thanks to my iPhone, the interview happened.
That interview, a few pics from the show and the setlist, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Here We Go Magic, a band who have already headlined the 600+ capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg, are playing a show at the much tinier Zebulon this Friday, March 5th. The gig is free (they usually pass the hat for the bands) and also on the bill are Caveman and Glass Ghost. Brooklyn's Glass Ghost are a keys and drums duo whose play synth-based, rhythmic pop that doesn't fall into standard electro cliches (in particular see "The Same," above). Their debut, Idol Omen, came out on Western Vinyl last September. Their video for "Like a Diamond" is posted below.
Here We Go Magic's upcoming North American tour includes SXSW, where one their shows in the official Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Club DeVille on March 17th with Califone, Dawes, Bowerbirds, The Middle East and Serena-Maneesh. They also play Pitchork's official showcase three nights later. They'll be back in the NYC area for an April 30th show at Maxwell's. Tickets are on sale.
They're also touring North America with White Rabbits and Europe with The New Pornographers. All dates are below...
Roky Erickson @ Maxwell's on January 2nd (schwartzray)
"Roky tore it up again [at Maxwell's on January 2nd], but I noticed he was really, really nervous for this show. He wasn't committing to the final notes or chords on each song and would turn and face the drummer to hide his fear and insecurity during the end of each song. in his defense, the crowd was loud and demanding, the space was small, it was late and freezing outside, and they played a huge set. His vocals were dead on for most songs and his guitar playing overall was pretty good. They played some really amazing cover songs really well, and I was overall very pleased with the night. When they closed with "Don't Slander Me" and left the stage, I swear I saw tears in Roky's eyes. I really hope they were out of happiness because the man has really left a great mark on my soul, and I know I speak on many other's behalf."Roky Erickson was in the NYC-area for three New Year's shows - he played Maxwell's on NYE, Southpaw on New Year's Day, and then returned to Maxwell's for a January 2nd show. The above pic and review are from the latter and its setlist is below.
[I Must Find Atlantis]
Okkervil River just teamed up with the Levon Helm Band to play Terminal 5 on January 7th (we almost had pics, but then Levon said no cameras were allowed). A few video clips of Okkervil's set closer, "Unless It's Kicks", are below.
Will Sheff & co. will again pair with a legendary rocker. They produce and play on Roky Erickson's new record set to be released by Anti-...
Legendary musician Roky Erickson triumphantly returns on April 20th with the Anti Record's release True Love Cast Out All Evil his first new album in fourteen years. Produced by Will Sheff and featuring his band Okkervil River backing Erickson, the record is comprised largely of unreleased songs that Austin, Texas native Erickson wrote throughout his decades-long career - detailing with heart-breaking candor a harrowing life that has included shock treatment, imprisonment, mental illness, and irreversible loss. With a wisdom that can only be marshaled by someone who has been through all of the this, Erickson also interjects the songs with love, hope, and spiritual grace.Anti- is also putting out the new Dr. Dog album in April.
More Roky album info and videos are below...
Handsom Furs @ Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Alex Reside)
While I am still grieving the fact that this year is over for our touring (since the shows of 2009 comprised the very best year of my life) and I have to sigh and gulp that it is coming to a close, I see a silver lining gracing my very near future. Handsome Furs happily announce a show in the very new year at Maxwell's in Hoboken New Jersey. To those who can make it, we look forward to seeing you. And to those of you who came to our shows this past year, thank you for everything. Wild big love to the whole wide world we met.Watch a Handsome Furs Take Away Show, below...
photos by Liz Pelly
Jeff the Brotherhood are currently on tour with Shonen Knife. Both band played Maxwell's on Saturday, November 15th with Girls At Dawn. One night later (last night) they played at Great Scott in Allston, MA. The pictures, and one video, in this post are from that show.
The killer double bill hits NYC on Tuesday, Nov. 17th (tomorrow) at Brooklyn Bowl. Golden Triangle opens that one (making it a killer triple bill). Tickets are still on sale.
JEFF will also be playing a show at the Mercury Lounge on Monday, December 7th. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 17th at noon. That's one day after the brothers, along with Stupid Party, open for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Bowery Ballroom (12/8).
All tour dates and more pictures are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Bad news, my friends. I'm down with what my doctor now believes to be the dreaded H1N1 flu virus. I was especially bummed to cancel my hometown Halloween show on Saturday, but now I'm sorry to announce the following performances w/ Fiery Furnaces and Cryptacize have been cancelled:As noted by the date above (11/4), that Maxwell's show is tonight. According to the venue's website, there is no one replacing him and tickets are still on sale. Feel better Dent!
11/4 hoboken, nj
11/5 northampton, ma
11/6 troy, ny
11/7 toronto, on
I'll be back in full force for a special headlining show at Schuba's in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov 10th, and I'll continue on with the Furnaces and Cryptacize to finish out the tour. I can't apologize enough to you guys, and I hope to make it up to the aformentioned cities sooner than later. - Dent May
More picture of Dent May from the BV/BoweryPresents day party at Pianos on Saturday (10/24) during CMJ, a video of him playing in Fader's CMJ bathroom, and all tour dates, below...
Holly Miranda joins The Antlers @ Maxwell's - Oct 3, 2009 (Audrey Culver)
"On their return home after another extensive and triumphant tour, last night The Antlers continued their evolution at Maxwell's [on October 3, 2009]. As a headline band, they packed the legendary Hoboken club and performed a sixty-five minute set of Hospice material -- with several reworked numbers. Opening with a quiet rendition of "Bear", the band immediately turned up the energy as the song growled to a intense conclusion. "Thirteen" followed, with Sharon Van Etten's vocals from the album filled in admirably by set opener Holly Miranda. Holly and her guitarist Tim returned and contributed to the set's highlight -- a thoroughly entrancing version of "Wake"." [NYC Taper taped the show]The Antlers have announced their first big NYC headlining show. It's at Bowery Ballroom on December 15th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (openers TBA).
The Bowery show is a little less than two months after The Antlers play the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Walter Schreifels Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel, Laura Marling, and Fanfarlo (and one more TBA). It's eight days from the time I type this. Tickets are still on sale.
The October 20th Music Hall show is one of many BV shows during CMJ this year. Another one is happening all day at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd. That full lineup is TBA shortly, but I can tell you that it does include Holly Miranda (who recently signed to XL).
Sharon Van Etten, also referenced in the review above, is on the bill of the free BrooklynVegan (in partnership with Bowery Presents... details TBA) show happening at Pianos on the afternoon of Saturday, October 24th.
All Antlers dates, including one more CMJ show, below...
The Raveonettes @ Siren Fest in July (more by Tim Griffin)
In addition to their NYC shows (October 14th at Webster Hall and Oct. 18th at Music Hall of Williamsburg), the Raveonettes will be playing a late-starting set (11pm) at Maxwell's on October 13th. Tickets are on sale.
Unlike their other shows, the Maxwell's gig won't be with Austin rock band The Black Angels, who are opening the October leg of the Raveonettes' tour.
The Raveonettes' new video for "Last Dance," off In And Out Of Control, which came out October 6th on Vice Records, is posted below. It's directed by Matthew Lessner, the same video whiz who gave us Dirty Projectors on a mountainside. That plus videos of The Raveonettes in the studio, answering questions and live at Rough Trade...
Spend New Years Eve with Roky Erickson in Hoboken! OK, I admit that seems like an odd concept. Neverthelees, that's where he'll be playing on December 31st. According to the venue (Maxwell's), "He has a splendid new band and alongside his current live faves, has added such Top Ten hits as "Don't Slander Me" and "Reverberation" to the set." Tickets go on-sale Friday at noon via Ticketweb and will also be available at Tunes in Hoboken and Other Music in Manhattan.
Much sooner Roky is headlining the massive and free (thx Scion) Garage Fest going down in Portland Oregon. More details on that, below...
The Wrens @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Howdy,Wrens member Charles Bissell also has a show coming up in Brooklyn.
Just dropping to our own electronic ghost town to say that we've added a third show for our 20th anniversary / mirthday shindig - an early show for Friday, Dec. 4th at 7:30. In keeping with our theme of...um, having themes, this show will be the Meadowlands record, top-to-bottom. We'd tried setting this up last year to put that baby to bed, but it never really came together. This will be the one time you'll probably ever hear '13 months in 6 minutes' or whatever it is and 'ex-grille confection', although I think we tried that one live once. Anyway, thanks to the folks that requested this - very flattering.
Tickets here. More info on the other two shows [below].
And if you come by, maybe we'll pour some sherry and regale you with the story of the time we walked one end of Hoboken to the other, handing out demo tapes to every bar & club in town - including Maxwell's - in the hopes of securing one of the many lucrative live concert bookings that seemed just a lucky break away in the big city (that's Hoboken in this story). And how we were surprised to find most of the bars closed.
It turns out both that it was the evening of January 1st - you know, the day after the busiest tavern day of the year - and that we were jackasses. (It was also New Year's Day 1990 but that part of the story is more about how old we are, not how dumb we were.) And come to think of it, that pretty much is the story. Gaston, my son, it's not much of a story, true, but hey...
And forgot to mention that if you'll be attending the Dec. 3rd show, that also happens to be Kev's special birthday (starts with a 'four', rhymes with 'sporty'). And hilariously or sadly, depending, he's the baby of the band. Tempted to say BYOCake but if we get it together we'll have some there.
As always, thanks,
As it says above, tickets are now on sale for the third Wrens show at Maxwell's where they'll be playing "Meadowlands" from start to finish (Feelies style). The new show is an early show happening before one of the two previously announced shows (two shows in one night - Pixies style) which are now both sold out.
If you bought a ticket to one of the other two shows already, be warned that "one show will be all-request old wrens songs, one will be all new songs". That quote is taken from the letter the Wrens posted to their website last week. The letter also includes instructions on how to send in your your requests. You can read it below...
The Feelies @ ATP NY Day 1 on 9/11 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Feelies played three NY shows on ATP weekend (9/11-9/13). At ATP they played Crazy Rhythms in its entirety. Two nights later they ended the run at Southpaw in Brooklyn where they played two sets and lots of encores. I thought maybe one of those sets would be an encore presentation of Crazy Rhythms, but it wasn't. NYC Taper has the audio.
They didn't perform the album at Southpaw, but they will do it again: at Maxwell's on Saturday, November 21st. Tickets are on sale.
The next night (9/22), the Feelies open for Sonic Youth in Boston. Sonic Youth is also playing Beantown on Nov. 23rd, with Cold Cave opening. At SY's (sold out) NYC show on November 21st, the openers aren't too bad either - Dinosaur Jr. and Cold Cave again.
And speaking of performing full albums in NJ, Bruce Springsteen just announced that he'll be doing that too.
Videos from the Feelies' September weekend and all tour dates are below...
Screaming Females @ The Yard (more by Sarahana)
The NJ band's tour ends October 10th in Richmond. That gives them plenty of time to get back before CMJ when they'll probably next play some NYC shows. All dates below...
photos by Oren Loloi
The Horrors and Crocodiles played a September 17th show at Bowery Ballroom. The Horrors also performed at a fashion week party while they were here. If you missed them, both bands will be back within a month - their tour together ends with an October 16th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still on sale.
The Horrors' (post-Crocs) tour used to include a show at Maxwell's on October 17th, but that show has been canceled due to a newly-scheduled trip to Mexico that has the band playing in Guadalajara on October 18th.
Crocodiles shared a guitarist with Dum Dum Girls at their Woodsist Fest live debut, but that lineup doesn't look to be permanent. Dum Dum Girls' CMJ appearance and their late October shows with The King Khan & BBQ Show conflict with Crocodiles' upcoming European tour.
Updated tour dates for both the Horrors and Crocodiles and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom, below...
It's been five years since Greg Cartwright's Reigning Sound dropped their last full-length studio album, Too Much Guitar. Not that Cartwright has been resting on his laurels. The Reigning Sound backed Shangri-La Mary Weiss on her critically acclaimed comeback album, Dangerous Game, which was produced and largely written by Cartwright. The band performed with Weiss on tour, including an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Cartwright also produced, penned songs for, and played in The Detroit Cobras for a spell. All the while, the Reigning Sound toured the US on and off and released a couple of live albums, yet never managed to get into the studio to record. All the while, Cartwright stockpiled loads of new tunes.Love and Curses came out on In the Red Records in August. I also recommend you pick up their new disc "LIVE AT GONER RECORDS" which is also out now. As Goner Records put it includes a "Blastophonic run through some great covers, some great originals from Greg Cartwright!". Greg Cartwright also just put out a live solo record, Live At The Circle A, on September 15th on Dusty Medical Records.
Finally, late last year, the band entered Ardent Studios in Memphis and laid down a bunch of songs. Some months later, they went into Echo Mountain Studios in North Carolina and recorded a bunch more. In the end, the band had more than enough for two albums, and carefully whittled it down to the cream of the musical crop.
Love and Curses (title comes from Memphis TV horror host Sivad) is a return to the sound and style of the Reigning Sound's incredible Time Bomb High School. The band once again features a full-time keyboardist, Dave Amels, and has jettisoned the lo-fi approach used on Too Much Guitar in favor of a bigger, warmer studio sound. As with Time Bomb High School, Love and Curses strikes a balance between soulful rockers and beautiful ballads. The results are a rock 'n' roll album as near to perfection as any one is likely to hear this year. [Midhaven Mailorder]
And the group is finally getting around to touring behind these new releases. They play Goner Fest in Memphis this weekend (9/24-9/26), then hit the road in November. They'll be at Maxwell's on November 19th and Southpaw on Nov. 20th. Tickets to both Maxwell's and Southpaw are on sale.
A teaser for the new record, with album art and tracklist, and all tour dates are below..
"The Almighty Defenders self-titled debut will be widely available on September 22nd at your favorite independent record store and digital service provider. But for all you awesome people/Black Lips/King Khan & BBQ fans you can pre-order it now off the Vice Records store. As reward for your undying loyalty to Vice we are throwing in a bonus track, "Ghost With The Most" (recorded live at the Practice Space) when you pre-order the album off us.Two track from that supergroup's new album are also available above the cover art for free MP3 download.
Like winning? New Practice Space, new album, and bonus track? Whose Tuesday just stopped sucking? Oh, we will send you "Ghost With The Most" as soon as your order goes through!" [VICE]
Tickets are now on sale for a live Almighty Defenders show at Maxwell's on October 25th. The NJ date is right before King Khan and BBQ head out on a short tour with the Dum Dum Girls which brings them into NYC on October 30th and 31st. The Black Lips will be in NYC, opening for Yo La Tengo at Roseland, this Friday night (September 25th).
The above-referenced episode of VBS.TV Practice Space, can be watched below...