Entries tagged with: Meat Puppets
by Bill Pearis
photo: Meat Puppets @ Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Usually, the only place to see Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets together was probably on that one episode of MTV Alternative Nation from 1993 where both "Runaway Train" and "Backwater" were both played. But these two bands will be on the road together for the "Fly Over Tour" which hits NYC on June 20 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.
Though best known for ballad-y '90s singles, Soul Asylum were pretty fierce in the '80s, blending elements of Minneapolis' two most successful punks (Husker Du and The Replacements) and their older catalog (Hang Time and earlier) is well worth checking out. (Those '90s albums aren't bad either.) The band are currently working on a new album. The Meat Puppets, meanwhile, have perhaps stayed little more creatively active, having released a split and toured with Cass McCombs most recently.
All tour dates are listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
Meat Puppets @ Rough Trade - 11/1/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs brought their co-headlining tour to NYC over the weekend for shows at Rough Trade on Halloween and November 1. Meat Puppets headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. I caught the Meat Puppets set on the second night, which had them sounding excellent. They played plenty of the seminal Meat Puppets II (which turned 30 this year) and tons of other crowd pleasers. As they tend to, they stretched a handful of songs out into their Crazy Horse-style jams, and really locked into them. We don't have the exact setlist for the second night, but you can check out the night 1 setlist and a video below. If you were there, did you pick up the bands' new split 7"?
The Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs tour continues, hitting Austin for a BrooklynVegan-presented FFF Nites show with Meat Puppets' old '80s SST pals Dinosaur Jr on Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband. Flyer below.
Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show with Pallbearer, Eagle Glaw, Vattnet Viskar and Wrekmeister Harmonies that night at Elysium. Check out the full FFF and FFF Nites schedule here.
Updated Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs dates are listed, with the setlist and a video from Rough Trade, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
As mentioned, Cass McCombs is hitting the road with veteran cowpunks Meat Puppets for a co-headlining tour that includes two nights at Rough Trade around Halloween (October 31 & November 1) (tickets). For the occasion, Cass and the Meat Puppets are releasing a split single. Cass' side features two new originals, and the Meat Puppets cover The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and Texas Tornados' "Hey Baby (Que Paso)" on the flip. The latter's Kirk Kirkwood did the cover art (above) and you can stream a song from each side below.
Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Here's a cool pairing. Alternative rock godfathers Meat Puppets will be teaming up with the newer and consistently impressive songwriter Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour this fall. That tour includes a two-night stand in NYC at Rough Trade on Halloween and All Hallows Day (or Samhain, if you prefer). Meat Puppets headline on night 1 and they'll switch for night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II turned 30 earlier this year. Stream it, with a Cass McCombs video and a list of all dates, below...
The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).
One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.
In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.
Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.
Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.
Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.
And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Meat Puppets at Mercury Lounge in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Swamp punk vets Meat Puppets are still a very busy band. They recently wrapped up a spring tour which hit NYC twice in April, and are about to do a summer tour. They've now announced an East Coast run for the fall, which includes another NYC show happening on October 12 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing "Plateau" at Mercury Lounge in April, below...
Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.
photos by PSquared Photography
Meat Puppets @ Mercury Lounge, 4/3/2013
Legender cowpunkers Meat Puppets will release their new album, Rat Farm, this month (4/16) and are currently on tour in support of it. The tour stopped in NYC last night (4/3) for their first of two consecutive sold-out nights at Mercury Lounge. While the tour is promoting the new record, the Kirkwood brothers hit many of the high points of their 30-year career. Openers The World Takes (who also play with them again tonight) may be an unfamiliar name to some, but you may recognize their drummer as DJ Bonebrake of X.
More pictures from Mercury Lounge, including one of Meat Puppets' setlist, below...
Slop rock vets Meat Puppets are tentatively set to release their fourteenth studio album, Rat Farm, this spring (exact release date TBA). Around that same time, they'll be heading out on a US tour which brings them to NYC for shows at Mercury Lounge on April 2 and 3. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all upcoming dates and a live video of the Meat Puppets playing "Plateau" in 2011 below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)
Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.
Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.
The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).
Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.
The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.
Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to email@example.com.
Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).
Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?
PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."
The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.
Meat Puppets recently finished up a tour in support of their most recent LP Lollipop which came out this past April. After a couple dates with Soundgarden at the end of the month, the Meat Puppets will take a short break before playing a few more dates this fall. Their last string of dates never came through NYC, but this one will on November 4 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Meat Puppet Curt Kirkwood recently spoke to JSOnline about their tour and Nirvana, who they played with at Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance, and whose seminal album Nevermind celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Meat Puppets recorded a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Spin's new Nevermind tribute album, Newermind. The album also features contributions by EMA (who has shows coming up soon), The Vaselines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Amanda Palmer, Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood and others. The album will be available for free download on Spin's website starting July 26. Tracklist below.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, Universal is also releasing a deluxe edition of the album on September 19. The reissue includes a 4 CD/1 DVD boxset with rarities, B-sides, unreleased recordings, BBC radio appearances, and an unreleased concert on DVD.
Universal will also reissue 1991: The Year Punk Broke on DVD on September 6. The film documents a Sonic Youth tour with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. The reissue includes a bonus film titled (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, which features live footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
Meat Puppets dates and video of them with Nirvana at MTV Unplugged in 1993, below...
Over the past few months, we've been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together - exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden. It feels great. We have some cool new songs that we are going to record very soon. Thank you for all of the support!Until we hear that new material, we'll have to either settle for Live on I-5 (a new live album recorded in 1996) or catch Soundgarden on the road this summer! The reunited Seattle band will hit the road for select North American dates with support from Coheed & Cambria on some dates and The Mars Volta on others.
Loudest of Love,
Ben, Chris, Kim and Matt
Coheed & Cambria (who is also scheduled to play a free show at Williamsburg Waterfront) will join Soundgarden at both NYC-area dates, July 8th at Prudential Center in Neark and July 9th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. Tickets for Prudential Center and Jones beach go on Fan Presale at 9AM and 7AM PDT (aka noon and 10AM EST) respectively, while regular sale for both Prudential Center and Jones Beach kicks off at 10AM on 5/13. They also play Mohegan Sun in CT on July 6th and the Borgata in Atlantic City on July 14th. All dates are listed below.
The Mars Volta play the Atlantic City date, but neither of the NYC-area shows, so maybe they'll announce their own NYC show soon? Omar and Cedric last played NYC together in March.
In related news, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden recently contributed guitar to the new record by A Storm of Light, As The Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade. Check out that track/a recent interview with Josh Graham.
All tour dates, some with Queens of the Stone Age and Meat Puppets too, are listed below...
words by Rachel Kowal
Dent May @ BV-CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
A few nights earlier, I tried and failed to see Dent May at a late-night show, but I figured I'd give it another shot, so I headed over to the Cake Shop after the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at MHOW Thursday night, and was delighted to see that they were running on schedule. I thought I was tired at that point, but I've got to hand it to Dent May and his friend Bobby for their dedication to the cause. "We drove 20 hours straight to be with you. Our car got towed. We've been threw a lot of shit, and we love it," May said by way of introduction. A quick look at Bobby's zombie-like stare as he sat, waiting for the show to start, revealed just how tired he was. In addition to their lengthy sojourn to New York, it was their last show of the week and the third of the day. Luckily, their music is upbeat and undeniably catchy. When they started to play, they sprang to life, and many of the people in the audience began to dance.
Dent May doesn't have any more dates on his schedule, but he is on the lineup of the just-announced All Tomorrow's Parties curated by Animal Collective taking place May 13th-15th at at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, UK. Full initial lineup announcement below...
Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."
Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
Just as everyone at the SXSW Music Festival was finding their groove Wednesday, news of the death of Alex Chilton hit. "Austin's in shock about Alex," read one of the countless social media memes. On Saturday, heartsick Big Star fans got to hear Chilton songs performed by a cast of guest musicians sitting in on the regularly scheduled Big Star showcase, held down by the remaining members of the band's current incarnation, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow and Jody Stephens...The full setlist with more pictures and a video from the show, below...
But first a letter from Chilton's widow, Laura, who the 59-year-old musician had only recently married, was read by publicist Heather West [video below]...
...Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets lumbered through "In the Street," otherwise known as the theme song for That 70's Show. M. Ward of She & Him croaked an elegant "Big Black Car." Mike Mills of R.E.M. found his religion with "Jesus Christ." John Doe of X dispatched a crystal clear "I'm in Love with a Girl." And in what was the night's biggest surprise, Sondre Lerche provided an intense, harmonic "The Ballad of El Goodo."
And that's how it went for the entire hour and a half, with guest musicians including Chris Stamey, Chuck Prophet, Evan Dando, Amy Speace, the Watson Twins, Susan Cowsill, and original Big Star member Andy Hummel (who came in from Lithuania for the show) all getting a chance to pay tribute to Chilton. A rendition of the classic "Thirteen" was one of the final songs of the night, the lyrics of which encapsulated not only the special moment that was taking place in the storied Antone's blues club, but the entire SXSW Music Festival: "Rock & roll is here to stay/ Come inside where it's okay." [Rolling Stone]
The Neave: How was it playing alongside bands like the Meat Puppets and the Thermals? What artists or bands, if any, would you like to play/collaborate with in the future?The Shaky Hands' tour with their Kill Rock Stars labelmates the Thermals came to New York in May. They were also here for CMJ on the heels of their new record Let It Die, which came out in September. The new record's sound is less insistent punk (than their previous LP, Lunglight) and more classic-inspired bar rock.
Mayhaw Hoons of The Shaky Hands: To me, the Meat Puppets tour was the best of all time. We had done five shows with The Shins a few years back, and that was amazing, but I feel like we never had a good connection with the fans. They were playing places like the Greek Theatre; an awesome experience, but kind of strange for us. With the Meat Puppets, we were having great shows every night to the best music fans ever. Plus, getting to know the band was a dream come true.
Thermals fans were a bit harder to crack. They are rabid kids. Some nights were amazing; some nights it was crickets. They wanted to get to their beloved Thermals and crowd surf. Every audience is different, but The Thermals themselves were always great to be around, and as I said earlier, we had an awesome time on the road with them.
We would love to tour with the Puppets again. Other great bands would be Big Business, Tom Petty or, I don't know, Shakira?
All tour dates and Shaky Hands' video for new song "Already Gone" are below...
Meat Puppets have a slew of upcoming tour dates: In September, they go across the West Coast with Athens grunge-rock band Dead Confederate, who also joins them on on their October dates in the South (which include a Halloween-in-Houston show with Those Darlins). Meat Puppets then spend November touring the Midwest and East Coast before heading to NC & TN. They visit NYC on east coast leg of that tour for a show at Bowery Ballroom on November 25th. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 11th at noon.
In July, Meat Puppets opened some shows for Stone Temple Pilots which I think is as good a way as any to segue into a mention of "Alice in Chains" who played Irving Plaza in NYC last night (9/8)...
"New vocalist William DuVall (well at this point he's not really new anymore, but I guess he's new-ish) didn't just sing the phrase "Again and again and again" - he belted it, jumping up onto the monitors to give himself just a little extra boost in the rockstar god department. Then, as it came time for him to grunt and signal the start of the "Doo-doo, doo-doo" sing-along section (and sing along the crowd did), DuVall lept off the monitor and started pumping his fist in the air, prompting the audience to do the same. As he finally turned to face drummer Sean Kinney, Kinney started grinning; and then the grin spread across the stage like an infectious disease, and by the end of the song, guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez were smiling, too." [Metal SucksMeat Puppets' newest disc, Sewn Together, came out in May, and they played two nights at Mercury Lounge shortly after. The new-ish video for "Rotten Shame" off that record, videos from the Alice in Chains show, and all MP tour dates are posted below...
by Bill Pearis
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The Meat Puppets
While for many area music fans (especially ones, like me, who live in Williamsburg or Greenpoint) the Northside Festival is going to be the main attraction (by guide to Day One, HERE), there are a lot of other things going on. Even other festival type things.
You may already know about Todd P's Unamplified Acoustic BBQ 2009 which happens on Sunday (6/14) at Fort Tilden Beach, featuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 performers. As the weather's supposed to be partly sunny, high of 80, this could be a great way to spend the afternoon... and you could still make it back to catch some Northside Performances.
On Saturday (6/13) there's the Exit 44 Festival which will be held at Wonderland in Astoria, Queens. Headlined by Tigercity and Project Jenny, Project Jan, the fest also features Action Painters, My Teenage Stride, Schwervon!, The Specific Heats and more. (See the flyer below for a full list of bands. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the door.
The Meat Puppets are at Mercury Lounge this week - Thursday (still tickets available) and Friday. Their new album Sewn Together is the mellowest thing the band have ever released, but it's unmistakably a Meat Puppets album, with Curt Kirkwood guitar style, those distinctive harmonies and some really nice songs. (To be fair, the Meat Puppets have been pretty mellow since 1985's Up on the Sun.) And you know they're going to lean heavy on their classics -- Meat Puppets II, Up on the Sun, "Backwater." And getting to see them somewhere small like Mercury Lounge will be a real treat.
L.A.'s Fol Chen are playing their first-ever NYC show this Sunday (6/14) at Mercury Lounge. If you haven't heard them, there are a couple MP3s at the top of this post. There's a little bit of Grizzly Bear/Animal Collective density in their sound, but Fol Chen are poppier, sunnier, befitting a West Coast disposition. (They sorta remind me of Psapp if you know them.) Their debut, Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made, came out back in February on Asthmatic Kitty without much of a splash but the band have recently started to get more attention, especially in the UK, where the band are currently on a whirlwind, 6-day/7-show visit to London. The Mercury Lounge show will be them barely off the plane. Hope they won't be too jetlagged. Tickets are on sale.
That Mercury Lounge show is solid all around. Headlining are Brisbane, Australia's An Horse who recently released their debut, Rearrange Beds. It's one of those unassuming records that isn't particularly groundbreaking and doesn't hit you at first, but then you find yourself coming back to it a lot, or saying "oh what's this?" when it comes up on shuffle. Sort of the same reaction I had with Wye Oak, another seemingly unassuming duo. The sound is so simple you have a feeling they're going to be pretty good live.
An Horse are on tour with recent Merge signees Telekinesis whose self-titled record I also like a lot. Produced by Chris Walla, the album kind of feels like Merge's greatest hits all in one band: a little New Zealand pop, a little of Superchunk's anthemecism, solid pop hooks (take your pick of their roster)... it's good stuff. I didn't catch them the last time they were in town but may have to this time. In addition to the Mercury Lounge show, Telekinesis and An Horse also play Union Hall on Saturday (6/13).
A couple good shows at the Bell House this weekend. Friday night (6/12) is that Posies show where they're doing their classic 1993 album Frosting on the Beater in its entirety. New Zealand's lovely The Brunettes open and tickets are still available. The Posies will do it again at the Gramercy Theater on Saturday.
Then Saturday (6/13) at the Bell House is Columbus, OH-based webzine The Agit Reader's One Year Anniversary Party. Columbus, OH's Times New Viking are the official headliners, but the real draw of the show is their '90s lo-fi punk elders The Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, who began playing again a couple years ago after nearly a decade of inactivity. This will be thier first non-Columbus show since getting back together. In case you don't remember them, I defer again to The Trouser Press:
Most of the bands operating under the Luddite doctrine that's been dubbed "lo-fi" are quiet...sweet-tempered...pussycats even. This Columbus-spawned quartet -- the brainchild of former Great Plains frontman Ron House -- makes like that same pussycat injected with a goodly dose of the rabies virus, tearing apart the shabby confines of its 4-track studio with glee. The Slave Apartments (to use the shorthand preferred by the band) spent a few years releasing limited-edition singles -- including one that never went on sale at all; you had to write House directly with a good reason for him to send you one for free. The edition "sold" out quickly, and from the exhausting rush of Bait and Switch, it's easy to see why. House's high-pitched whine gives an oddly vulnerable edge to self-deflating tracks like "My Mysterious Death (Turn It Up)" and a reprise of the prior EP's "You Can't Kill Stupid" (which addresses the singer's early-'90s battle with cancer), while Bob Petric's splatter-punk guitar riffs action-paint the margins of pieces like the spot-on cover of "Cyclotron" (from the catalogue of Cleveland proto-punks Electric Eels) with unremittingly chaotic abandon. The topper, however, is the revolutionary screed "RnR Hall of Fame," which tosses verbal firebombs at the very concept of the Cleveland rock hall, advocating that someone "blow it up...before Paul Westerberg gets in." Bait and switch? Duck and cover is more like it.Other Agit Reader party attendees include fellow Columbus inhabitants El Jesus de Magico and the evening's only non-Ohioans, Hamish Kilgour's post-Clean band The Mad Scene. Tickets are still available.
As mentioned before, So Cow is swinging back through NYC before heading home to Ireland. In addition to the Monday show at Union Hall we already posted about, he's playing Sunday night at Brooklyn's newest DIY venue, Shea Stadium, along with Knight School, The Specific Heats and The Gusties.
And finally, moving slightly into next week, UK artist Esser makes his NYC debut at Le Royale on Monday (6/15). Those who follow the NME scene closely (very very closely) might remember Ben Esser as one third of short-lived group LadyFuzz. Looking like he stepped out of 1982, Esser mixes bubbly synthpop, 2-Tone ska, Lord Kitchener style calypso with a hint of '90s Britpop. He's been releasing a string of downloadable singles since last year, many of them were very good and one of which, "Headlock," made my Top Ten Singles of 2009. You can download it at the top of this post. All of those singles, and about four other songs, are on his debut album, Braveface, which is out now in the UK. I caught him at SXSW and despite some technical difficulties and playing under less than ideal conditions, he was pretty good. And the show at Le Royale is free with RSVP.
Videos, flyers, and tour dates after the jump...
by Andrew Frisicano
As previously reported, Meat Puppets have a new album coming out - their 12th full-length studio record - and two NYC shows scheduled on their May/June US tour which has since been fully announced. The NYC shows, June 11th (tickets) and June 12th (tickets) both at the Mercury Lounge, are on sale now (still no info on openers).
The band recently played SXSW. A video from that show, and all tour dates, below...
Meat Puppets @ Stubb's, Austin, TX (SXSW) - Mar 19, 2009 (andycarvin)
"After meeting back up with M, who had eaten dinner during her movie (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz), we dropped back into Le Cafe Crepe where I ate for the second time that day. We then headed on over to Antone's to catch the Doug Sahm tribute by various artists. First up was Jimmie Vaughan, who played 3 or 4 songs. When he left the stage, they began setting up for the next band (The Gourds), and M stayed here while I headed over to Stubbs to catch several acts there, beginning with the Meat Puppets. I was a big fan back in the late 1980's - early 1990's, but hadn't seen them in a long time. I believe this was my 7th time seeing them. They were still fun to see, although I thought the bass was mixed too loudly relative to everything else. :-/" [DNC Austin]The Meat Puppets set at Stubb's included the debut of some new material - material that can be found on their new album, Sewn Together - out May 12th on Megaforce Records. "Recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, Arizona in winter 2009, the album features the Kirkwood brothers, Cris and Curt, with drummer Ted Marcus." That same album-release day, Meat Puppets are playing an album-release show at The Mint in LA. One month later they'll be back in NYC to play two nights in a row at Mercury Lounge. Tickets ($16) for the June 11th & 12th shows go on sale Friday at noon.
Meat Puppets @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)
Stubb's in Austin is like Roseland Ballroom in NYC, except it's outdoors, it's conveniently located downtown near all the other venues, and you actually want to go see shows there (in my experience anyway). A lot of the "big" SXSW shows happen there. Last year Stubb's hosted R.E.M. and Motorhead. Metallica is still rumored to be playing there on the Friday night (which may or may not be the same show Jane's Addiction is or isn't playing). It's where the Decemberists will play their new album for the first time on that Wednesday, and it's where Andrew Bird is playing on the Thursday. PJ Harvey plays there that Saturday.
Each Stubb's bill has up to seven artists, and I think more than any other venue, they put together some... interesting combinations. Gomez is playing before Andrew Bird who is playing before Ben Harper. PJ Harvey and John Parrish are opening for... The Indigo Girls who are opening for... Third Eye Blind. AND, last but not least, The Meat Puppets are playing after... KATY PERRY. View the whole schedule, as it currently stands, at SXSW's site.
There are a couple of other big bands playing SXSW this year that I wanted to mention. The first is New York Dolls - they're playing Friday March 20th at 12:30 AM at Smokin' Music. The second is Echo and the Bunnymen - the UK band that recently headlined Radio City Music Hall have THREE official showcases scheduled in Austin, and they're scheduled to play the annual SPIN party at the 2500 (approx)-capacity Stubb's on Friday, March 20th, in the afternoon. Glasvegas, Passion Pit, Hot Leg (Justin Hawkins from the Darkness), Black Lips, and Cut Off Your Hands are also on SPIN's (invite only) bill.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Meat Puppets and Oakley Hall played their first of two NYC-area shows together, last night (12/11) at Maxwell's. Their NYC one is Saturday at MHOW. More MP dates HERE. More pictures from last night below...
"Oh Me by the Meat Puppets - In late 1993, when Nirvana played their famous "MTV Unplugged" show, they were on tour with Curt and Chris Kirkwood, the brothers who made up the heart of the Meat Puppets. At this point, Cobain was using pretty heavily, and barely made it through soundcheck. During the taping, the Meat Puppets joined Nirvana for three songs, all Meat Puppets originals.Hear it live, maybe, TONIGHT (December 11th) @ Maxwell's in Hoboken. Or try again Friday in Philly, or at the show Saturday (12/13) night in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Oakley Hall opens both NYC dates. "Oh Me" videos, and all Meat Puppets dates, below...
Each band gave a gift to the other that night: Nirvana, by bringing an influential but essentially underground band up to play with them; the Meat Puppets by basically surrendering those wonderful songs to Nirvana, specifically to Cobain. Obviously, having those songs on Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" album provided the Meat Puppets with some pretty fair publishing royalties (Allah be praised!). At the same time, thanks to that legendary concert, those songs become Nirvana's -- specifically they are associated with Kurt Cobain and that performance. That's got to be an honor for the Meat Puppets. But who knows, maybe it also stings.
I say this only because the originals are so good; indeed, my own preference is for them, especially the fully electric version of "Oh Me," with its fuzz and building distortion and feedback. Curt Kirkwood's soloing is so haunting and sad on this, growing until the sound is profoundly huge. It's a song that deserves to be heard, especially during a season that is supposed to be about giving."
[Charles Bock's holiday playlist of non-holiday treats]