Entries tagged with: Mission of Burma

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by Jayson Green (of Violent Bullshit, Orchid, etc)

Jon Fine of Bitch Magnet, Don Caballero, 'Your Band Sucks', etc
jon fine

Unlike most rock memoirs, Jon Fine's YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) is not a tale of triumph. It's something much more relatable. His band, Bitch Magnet, never made it big. They never defied the odds and overcame. None of that mattered. They did it anyway. YOUR BAND SUCKS is a true window into why we make art at any cost even when it seems like the world doesn't care. Jon has been making weird, loud fucked up rock music for over thirty years in bands, along with Bitch Magnet, like Vineland, Coptic Light and Don Caballero. You can hear Jon talk about it in person with Ted Leo at McNally Jackson in NYC Tuesday May 19 at 6:30 PM. After that he'll be touring the country talking with people like Mark Arm of Mudhoney and Clint Conley of Mission of Burma. All of his live dates are listed at the end of this interview.

I recently sat down with Jon over a Meat Hook sandwich in his old neighborhood Williamsburg to talk about his truly excellent book.


BrooklynVegan: I was surprised when I read the book. I thought it was going to essentially be an anecdotal history of independent rock music...

Jon Fine: ...like Our Band Could Be Your Life.

BV: Exactly, or Please Kill Me, but this is not that. It's an intensely personal memoir about your obsession with rock music. Did you know right away that's how you wanted to structure it?

JF: I knew it was going to be a memoir, but the other books that have been written as memoirs about this time period were written by people who were famous. I knew I was not and kind of had to make a virtue out of that. I was interested in the bands that I knew, and I really liked, who weren't the big bands. I mean no one knows these fucking bands. People kind of know Slint very vaguely, but Bastro, Slovenly...you probably hate these bands.

BV: I hate some of them, but it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you like the bands or even if you know the bands because it's not about the bands necessarily. It's about you and your relationship/addiction to music.

JF: That was kind of what I was hoping for. To me this was a very interesting moment in American culture. This isn't the kind of book that gets into it like "and on this alternate version of 'Rocks Off' is the 8th take that they did in Montreux and you can hear Keith nodding off..." (laughs). You don't need that level of interest.

It's a really personal book. I couldn't think of any other way to write it. I didn't want to write a history because that's kind of been done, but at the same time I wanted to bring other people into it. I just really wanted to know what it was like for these other bands that were in this middle to lower tier with us. Most of them eventually have to stop doing it. The other rock memoirs from this genre, like Dean Wareham, Bob Mould, Juliana Hatfield they all kind of end with them still "doing it" in a fashion. With a lot of these bands in the book, we all had to stop because it wasn't an option to support yourself. I'm not talking about getting rich; I'm talking about paying rent and feeding yourself. Whether it's Anne Eickelburg of Thinking Fellers, or Mark Robinson of Unrest, or Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon of Pitchblende, you hit this wall in your thirties. I just find that really interesting and not just because it happened to me. I hope other people do too.

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photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

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Boston ska-core vets The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have a huge hometown show coming up, opening the Fenway Park stop of the Foo Fighters tour (also with Mission of Burma), and they'll go on a headlining tour right before that. Their tour is with support from Dropkick Murphys offshoot Street Dogs (who were also recently announced for Flogging Molly's 2016 cruise) and new-school ska band The Interrupters, whose 2014 debut album was produced by and features Rancid's Tim Armstrong, and also came out on Tim's label Hellcat Records. During that tour, the Bosstones also play the jam-band-oriented Long Island festival Great South Bay with Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship and more.

The run with Street Dogs and The Interrupters hits NYC on July 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Bosstones also play Punk Rock Bowling this month with Refused, Rancid, The Muffs, Murder City Devils, Discharage, Sick Of It All, and more. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones touring before Fenway Park show w/ Foo Fighters & Mission of Burma (dates)"


Boston punk/indie rock vets Mission of Burma will be playing a few East Coast shows this summer, including Philadelphia, Washington, as well as NYC at The Bell House on June 26 with "special guests." Tickets for NYC, Philly and DC are on presale right now. Tickets for those three shows then go on sale to the general public via Ticketfly on Friday (3/13) at noon.

Mission of Burma's next hometown show will be July 18 at Fenway Park opening up for Foo Fighters. All dates, plus a stream of their classic Vs. album, below...

Continue reading "Mission of Burma playing NYC, Philly and DC in June before opening for Foo Fighters in Boston (dates)"

Foo Fighters in Chicago in October (more by James Richards IV)

Foo Fighters put out their stadium rock album, Sonic Highways, earlier this month, and now they've announced a tour where they'll appropriately be playing stadiums. Following a NJ show at Susquehanna Bank Center (7/6), the Foos will hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. In order to "beat the bots" (aka scalper bots), there will be a box office-only presale for most dates starting Saturday (11/22) at 10 AM local time. You can visit the band's website for the complete list of box office locations. You'll just have to camp out for tickets like people did in the ol' days.

The NY and NJ shows, and other dates, are with the UK-loved rockers Royal Blood, but on a much cooler note, several other dates are with Mission of Burma (sometimes we need a reminder that Grohl actually does come from an amazing punk background). Their sold-out Chicago gig is also stacked with cool openers: Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun and Urge Overkill. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Grohl's amazing punk background, anyone remember that Nirvana interview where they're talking about playing at the same festival as Extreme, and when Krist Novoselic says "I'm not even really sure if they're aware that things can actually operate on a different level" regarding their way of musical life vs Nirvana's, Dave interrupts and says "I don't think they're aware of how much they SUCK!" Would the Dave Grohl of today, who says Lorde represents the Nirvana aesthetic, ever diss a mainstream rock band in a public interview like that?

Meanwhile, Extreme celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album Pornograffiti at a Long Island show on January 24. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/21) if you're into that sort of thing. We're pretty sure we're doing laundry that day.

Watch that Nirvana interview, with the list of Foo Fighters dates, below...

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Greys at Death by Audio in May (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Greys have never been shy about their '80s/'90s punk/post-hardcore influences. There's a song called "Guy Picciotto" on their Carpark debut, If Anything, and the band have now paid more respects to their influences by covering Mission of Burma's "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" in a new Daytrotter session. You can stream the new cover below.

They've also announced a tour with fellow Canadian punks The Dirty Nil. That tour hits multiple US and Canadian cities including NYC on August 18 at Baby's All Right with Hector's Pets and Washer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of rock bands on Carpark, Cloud Nothings and Speedy Ortiz recently announced tours too.

List of dates, with the MoB cover, below...

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The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.

Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2014 lineup announced (Replacements, Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang, Afghan Whigs, Danny Brown & more)"


Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

Continue reading "Sled Island 2014 initial line-up: St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt, Touche Amore, Rhye & more"

photos by P Squared Photography

Mission of Burma @ The Bell House - 2/7/14
Mission of Burma
Mission of Burma

Indie rock legends Mission of Burma are still going strong, and they just squeezed in a few Northeast US shows last week, including a stop in NYC at The Bell House (2/7) with fellow Northeast indie rock vets Speed the Plough. As always, they brought over 30 years of excellent material, with their 20+ song set reaching as far back as their 1981 debut EP Signals, Calls, and Marches and getting as recent as 2012's Unsound. They did two encores, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, their first encore concluded with a punked up take on both sides of The Beatles' 1966 pre-Revolver single "Paperback Writer" / "Rain."

Pictures of the show are in this post. Check out more, along with the setlist and a video of the Beatles covers, below...

Continue reading "Mission of Burma played The Bell House w/ Speed The Plough, covered Beatles' "Paperback Writer"/"Rain" (pics/video/setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

Bleeding Rainbow

Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow are set to release their new album, Interrupt, on February 25 via Kanine. On it the band pretty much dispose of the shoegazier aspects of their sound, leaving lean, mean melodic rock with a definite punk bent. They haven't shared any of the new album with the internet yet, but hopefully soon.

You may have heard some of the new album live -- the band played a few shows in NYC at the end of 2013 and have more planned soon. Their next show here will be at Death by Audio on January 17 with more bands TBA. (Did you know BR painted the "Yeah Right" [also the name of their last album] mural in DbA's main room?) Bleeding Rainbow will play their hometown on Saturday (1/4) at Golden Tea House as part of super solid bill that includes Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green and Hermit Thrushes. Then on February 8 they'll play Philly's First Unitarian Church opening for Mission of Burma (tickets). They'll also be playing the Savannah Stopover before SXSW.

Flyer for this weekend's Philly show is below...

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Mission of Burma at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they've announced what is currently a one-off opportunity to catch the indie rock veterans in NYC on February 7 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Stay tuned to see if other dates are announced.

Live video below...

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photos by Cory Dewald

The Replacements / Pixies
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 3

For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.

Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.

Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands will be is up on BV Chicago soon.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Riot Fest Chicago coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3 below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 3 in pics (The Replacements, Pixies, Best Coast, Against Me!, Suicidal Tendencies & more)"

photos by P Squared Photography

Mission of Burma @ Maxwell's - 7/28/13
Mission of Burma @ Maxwell's - 7/28/2013

Boston indie rock vets Mission of Burma, who have played Hoboken rock club Maxwell's many times over the years, returned on Sunday (7/28) for their last two shows at the venue (early and late). Like many of the bands playing one (or two, or three) last shows at the venue, the MoB guys had some kind stuff to say about Maxwell's on stage. Boston Globe reports:

"It was always such a welcoming place for Boston bands," said Burma bassist Clint Conley, who thinks MOB played at Maxwell's three times between 1979-1983. "It was a place for dedicated listeners. You'd play a big room in New York, like Danceteria, and that was a tremendous honor, but it was filled with trendy scenesters. You'd play Maxwell's and the people were there to hear you." He said the experience was no different Sunday. "There's no question love was in the room," said Conley. "Love was on stage, blasting at 110 decibels, and love was in the audience."
NJ.com adds that on stage Conley said, ""We liked coming here because this was always a safe place for weirdos."

We caught the late show (Moby caught one too), and pictures from that show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

They continue below...

Continue reading "Mission of Burma played 2 of the last shows @ Maxwell's (pics and setlist from the late show)"

Mission of Burma at Strawberry Fest 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Mission of Burma

We recently mentioned that Boston indie rock vets Mission of Burma would be playing one of the final shows at Hoboken venue Maxwell's on July 28. That show quickly sold out, but if you missed out on getting tickets, or just wanna pull a double header, they've since added an early show happening that day (6 PM). Tickets for the early show are on sale now.

In related news, Texas is the Reason are playing Maxwell's too.

Updated MoB dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mission of Burma sold out Maxwell's, adds 2nd show"

Mission of Burma at Strawberry Fest 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Mission of Burma

We were just wondering if Maxwell's would be announcing any shows in the empty spot this Monday, but we know for sure that they announced a show in the previously empty Sunday, July 28 spot. That day, Boston indie rock vets Mission of Burma will headline one of the venue's final shows. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Mission of Burma are also playing Chicago's Riot Fest, which just expanded its lineup to include Pixies, Joan Jett, and more.

All upcoming MoB dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mission of Burma playing Maxwell's (and other dates)"

photos by Lukas Hodge

Mission of Burma @ Strawberry Festival, 5/10/2013
Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma and Merchandise joined Library Time to play Strawberry Fest off of NYU's campus during the day on Friday (May 10th). The free show was one of two scheduled for the Merchandise guys, who performed solo sets at 285 Kent later that night.

Though Mission of Burma currently have no plans to return to NYC, Merchandise do, and with Milk Music and Destruction Unit to play Northside on June 15 at 285 Kent (tickets).

More pictures of MoB and Merchandise from NYU's Strawberry Festival are below.

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Merchandise on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Merchandise are here now, and getting geared up to play this afternoon's Strawberry Fest at NYU with Mission of Burma, followed by solo sets later tonight at 285 Kent (tickets).

In addition, the band dropped off a new short film for "Rush of Blood," available for viewing below. The film was "conceptualized, directed, and edited by frontman Carson Cox with an original score by guitarist Dave Vassalotti."

Merchandise will also be back in NYC to play Northside with Milk Music and Destruction Unit on June 15th at 285 Kent (tickets). All tour dates are listed below...

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Mission of Burma at Bowery Ballroom in January (more by PSquared Photography)
Mission of Burma

We just mentioned that Merchandise will be playing NYU's Strawberry Festival, which goes down on May 10 at LaGuardia Place from 12:30-4:30 PM, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. It's since been announced that post-punk veterans Mission of Burma will headline the festival, which is even more reason that this is going to be a good show. The bill also includes Library Time and one more TBA.

It's Mission of Burma's only North American date that we're aware of before the band heads over to Europe in June. Meanwhile, MoB member Roger Miller's old band Sproton Layer has shows coming up too, including one in NYC on July 26 at Mecury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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Sproton Layer at the Little Theatre, Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI. May 1970
sproton layer

Back in 2011 we talked to Mission of Burma's Roger Miller:

What's going on outside of Mission of Burma?

Well the group Sproton Layer, which was my band in 1969 and 1970, who was very kind of psychedelic, that album is getting reissued on a German psychedelic label called World in Sound and that's kind of exciting. I think they're going to do two CD's, and there's going to be a 20 or 30 page booklet with all these psychedelic drawings from when I was in high school.

That reissue of Sproton Layer's With Magnetic Fields Disrupted came out in 2011 and you can stream a track below. World in Sound will reissue Sproton Layer's second album, Press Your Hand and the Whole Room Fluctuates (recorded 1969-1971), next year.

Meanwhile The band (Roger and his two brothers, Laurence and Ben, plus a trumpetist) have gotten back together and decided to tour Sproton Layer this summer. Says Miller, "The band has decided not to drop acid again or run around in the woods smoking joints, but this should not keep them from delivering their very psychedelic sound in a convincing manner." Those dates include one in NYC at Mercury Lounge on July 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all known dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sproton Layer (Roger Miller of Mission of Burma's old band) reissuing second LP, reformed and playing shows (dates)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Mission of Burma at Bowery Ballroom - 1/18/13
Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma were just over in Europe for a tour and upon returning home they stopped in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (1/18) before playing a hometown show in Massachusetts on Saturday. They played a bunch of material off 2012's Unsound but also reached back to their Vs./Signals, Calls, and Marches period for tracks like "Dead Pool," "Academy Fight Song," and "Nu Disco," and they worked in a cover of The Stooges' "1970" before the encore.

The show was opened by Exclamation Pony, the new-ish project of Ryan Jarman (The Cribs) and Jen Turner (Here We Go Magic). More pictures of the show and both bands' setlists are below. You can also listen to audio recordings of MOB playing "1970" and "Good, Not Great" at Bowery Ballroom below, and download the entire show at NYC Taper.

Continue reading "Mission of Burma & Exclamation Pony played Bowery Ballroom (pics, audio, setlists)"

Mission of Burma at Prospect Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mission of Burma

Post-punk mainstays Mission of Burma are about to kick off a European tour in December, which begins with their appearance at the Shellac-curated ATP in the UK. Upon returning to the US, they'll be playing two just-announced east coast shows. First they'll play NYC on January 18 at Bowery Ballroom, and the next day (1/19), they'll play a show in their home state of Massachusetts at Cambridge's Sinclair. A fan pre-sale for both shows begins today (10/23) at 10 AM and tickets to the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale to the general public Friday (10/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/24) at noon.

Last month, Mission of Burma made a video for "Semi-Psuedo-Sort-of Plan" off this year's Unsound. Check out that video and a list of all upcoming dates below.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

today in NYC
* The Moving Sounds Festival
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pistol Annies @ Terminal 5
* Suzanne Thorpe @ The Stone
* Hunter/Gatherers @ The Stone
* Field Report @ Union Pool
* CMA Songwriter Series @ Joe's Pub
* PG Six, Ember Schrag @ Zebulon
* Amon Tobin, Holy Other @ Welmont Theatre
* Scott Kettner's Orgy in Rhythm @ Barbes
* B. Fleischmann @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Bennio Qwerty, Cosmonaut @ Glasslands
* Samo Soundboy, Jim-e Stack @ Glasslands
* Kansas, King's X, That 1 Guy @ Best Buy Theatre
* preview show @ Original Music Workshop
* Turbo Fruits, Roomrunner @ Mercury Lounge
* Paperdoll, The New Velvet @ Mercury Lounge
* Com Truise, Lusine, Michna (DJ) @ Art Directors Club
* Alberta Cross, The Ludlow Thieves @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ex Cops, Alia and Zoe sing jazz, James Levy @ Cameo
* Maximo Park, Zambri, Stagnant Pools @ Webster Hall
* William Elliot Whitmore, Samantha Crain @ City Winery
* Why?, Doseone, Serengeti @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* WIN WIN, Steel Phantoms, Behavior, Beast Patrol @ Pianos
* Catbirds, Rain Machine, Cathy @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Philip Jeck & Ted Riederer, Ken Montgomery @ Issue Project Room
* Desert Sharks, King Prom, Wet Nurse, Magnetic Island @ Cake Shop
* N Jetty M, Aaron Maine, Cameron Wisch, Celestial Shore @ Big Snow
* Hard Bodies, Money Now, Nice Purse, Hard Nips @ Shea Stadium
* Wax Poetic, Hess Is More, Love Trio, Clark Gayton @ (le) poisson rouge
* Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Jon Glaser, John Mulaney @ The Bell House
* Janeane Garofalo, Justin Silver, Christian Finnegan @ Eastville Comedy Club
* The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychic Paramount, The Vandelles @ Irving Plaza
* Roulette Celebrates One Year in Brooklyn - Anthony Braxton "Two Ensembles (NYC) 2012

Tonight is the first of two nights The Jesus & Mary Chain will be playing at Irving Plaza. Be sure to get there early for openers (and BV-faves) The Psychic Paramount. Tickets are still available. Check out the video for JAMC's 1990 single "Head On" below.

The fifth-annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival starts tonight at The Bell House with a stacked (and sold out) bill featuring Todd Barry, John Mulaney, Jon Glaser, and TBA special guests!

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A short film collaboration between Doveman and Tom Kalin is screening at BAM tonight. as part of "Tom Kalin Shorts Program". You can also watch the short film called "From Silence" (NSFW), below...

Hospitality, who'll play Bowery Ballroom in November, just made a revved-up video for their song "8th Avenue" and you can watch that below.

Mission of Burma also have a new video, theirs being the track "Semi-Pseudo-Sort-of Plan" and you can watch that below.

Check out the new vintage porn filled video from Icky Blossoms, below...

What else?

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Wild Flag/Mission of Burma at Prospect Park - 8/3/12
Wild Flag
Mission of Burma

This summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continued on Friday (8/3) with a great co-headlining double bill of Wild Flag and Mission of Burma, and support from a solo Ted Leo set. People began lining up in Prospect Park at least a half hour before doors opened and by the time Ted Leo began his set at 7 PM many of the chairs had filled up and others took more casually to the grass area in the back, some of who were sitting on free blankets provided by show sponsor Google Play (who also had a stage at Lollapalooza over the weekend).

The entire bill was made up of artists who have left a lasting stamp on indie rock, and all three were terrific as usual. Ted Leo's opening set included a number of Pharmacists songs, and he also revealed two new ones for the first time (one of which you can watch a video of below). He was both modest (he called a performance of one of the new songs "half baked") and in good spirits the whole time, cracking wtty jokes like, "This next one's for Park Slope, it's called 'The Little Smug Supper Club.'" (Though at the end of the song he said, "I shouldn't talk, I live in Brooklyn Heights.")

After Ted, Mission of Burma kept things going with a set which continued to prove, four albums into their post-reunion career, that they are still a necessary band. The new material is just as genuine as the early-'80s output and the band members are just as (or more) lively and youthful than many of the bands who took after them. Drummer Peter Prescott is playfully sarcastic while the other members keep a bit quieter with stage banter but create massive levels of noise with their instruments -- especially guitarist Roger Miller, whose playing is equally sloppy and noisy as it is precise and melodic, not unlike J Mascis who he likely had influence on.

Then Wild Flag closed out the night with a killer set made up mostly of material from their 2011 debut, including standout tracks like "Glass Tambourine," "Boom," and "Romance," plus deeper cuts like the always-intense "Racehorse," which was a bit less drawn out at this show than past performances, but still one of Carrie Brownstein's most shining moments in the set. They also mixed a few new songs into their set, like they've been doing at other 2012 shows. Upon returning for their encore, Carrie said that since they were in New York, one of the greatest places for music, they'd play some NY covers. The band then proceeded to bang out covers of Television's "See No Evil" and Patti Smith's "Ask the Angels," doing more than justice to both songs. A video of both covers is below.

The free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continue on August 10 with Little Dragon and Frankie Rose. More pictures and videos from last Friday's show are below...

Continue reading "Wild Flag, Mission of Burma & Ted Leo played Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park (pics, videos)"

Wild Flag at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Wild Flag

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's IFC show Portlandia is currently working on its third season, and if you want to see it in action, you can now go to Portland and see Fred and Carrie filming episodes for the new season (via Huliq). There's also an ongoing bicycle tour of where past and future episodes have been shot.

In related news, you can catch Carrie Brownstein in NYC TONIGHT (8/3) at Prospect Park where her band Wild Flag will play a FREE Celebrate Brooklyn show that they're co-headlining with Mission of Burma. Ted Leo will open the show with a solo set. Doors are at 6 and Ted Leo goes on at 7, followed by Mission Burma at 7:45 then Wild Flag at 9:15. Ted Leo, who plays in NYC a lot, is saying that this is his only hometown show until the end of October. It's also Wild Flag's only upcoming show except for FYF Fest, but Mission of Burma have a bunch of upcoming dates, all of which are listed below.

As mentioned, Wild Flag and Mission of Burma have a split 7" with WF's "Boom" and MoB's "What They Tell Me," which will be available exclusively at tonight's show. There's also a limited edition poster for the show which you can enter to win if you RSVP to the show's facebook event. That poster, the 7" cover art, streams of both songs from the 7", and a list of all dates are below.

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Wild Flag at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Wild Flag Pitchfork Fest

As you're possibly aware, Wild Flag and Mission of Burma are playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on August 3 with Ted Leo. To commemorate the show, the two headliners are releasing a split 7" that will be sold at the show, with Wild Flag's "Boom" on one side and MoB's "What They Tell Me"on the flip. Both songs are previously released but it's still a cool little keepsake. Look for it at the merch table. You can check out the single's cover art below along with a stream of Mission of Burma's contribution.

Wild Flag are taking it easy this summer. The Prospect Park show and FYF Fest in L.A. in September are the band's only two current upcoming gigs. Meanwhile, Mission of Burma's new album, Unsound, came out last week and the whole thing is streaming via Spotify. The band have a decent slate of tour dates coming up, all of which are listed below.

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