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review & photos by Chris Gersbeck
Mission of Burma @ Maxwell's
I don't think I've missed more than a couple of New York City area Mission of Burma shows since I accidentally caught them at the Stillwell Stage at Siren Fest in '04. At that point in the band's history, they were still a somewhat recently reunited group, but clearly devoted to something more than just a few reunion performances. This was a group that was not so much reunited as they were picking up where they left off in 1983, anxious to write and record groundbreaking music yet again. Seven years and three (fantastic) full-length albums later, Mission of Burma have even further embedded their place in music history, a sort of indie music myth for our times.
So it goes without saying that these two shows, at Maxwell's on 1/28 and Bell House on 1/29 (both of which sold out) were met with excitement from the most devoted of Burma's fans. The band has become known for hand picking their opening acts, and in the case of these shows, they did an excellent job with both. New York City's Grandfather (not to be confused with Grandchildren) opened the Maxwell's show on Friday, a threesome with clear inspiration from Mission of Burma's unique timing and song structure. Their songs were dark, but meticulously written, with a heavy emphasis on rhythm. Grandfather's drummer, a highly energetic and precise musician, took on lead vocal duties as their guitarist and bassist flung themselves around on stage throughout their set. In hindsight, it made perfect sense when their guitarist told me before the show that Bob Weston and Steve Albini were behind their debut record. Check this band out (their next show is at Party Expo in Brooklyn 2/7/11).
Though I missed most of Buke & Gass's set at the Bell House on Saturday due to problems at the door, what I heard was great. A male-female duo from Brooklyn, both played seated, the percussion coming from a single kick drum stuffed with tambourines and a set of bells wrapped around the guitarist's ankle. Though highly melodic in contrast to Grandfather's set, you could tell why MoB tapped them to open, and they definitely had their share of fans in the crowd. Their next show is opening for Deerhoof at Europa, and then for Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson at the Stone.
Due to MoB's practice of choosing their setlists by committee just before hitting the stage meant getting two completely different sets between the two nights. The intimate (yet utterly explosive) Maxwell's performance initially consisted of later period Burma songs, opening with the Obliterati's "Donna Sumeria" and eventually hitting the Sound, the Speed, the Light's "1, 2, 3 Party!" and ONoffON's "the Setup". Smattered among the set was a slew of new material too, which is shaping to be yet another great set of songs from the band.
But their encore at Maxwell's is what made the crowd just completely lose themselves. As soon as Roger Miller began strumming the opening chords of "This Is Not A Photograph", the entire front of the stage became a group of pogo-ing lunatics. I don't think I've ever seen crowd surfing at a Burma show, and if you know the small space at Maxwell's you know there isn't much room to surf, but as soon as Clint Conley said, "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" a rather enthusiastic fan catapulted from the stage into the crowd and somehow remained elevated for much longer than gravity should have allowed. Following with B-side "Max Ernst" and closing with the anthemic "Academy Fight Song" left everyone wanting more; in fact most people refused to leave until the house lights came on.
Luckily another Burma performance was just around the corner. Their set at the Bell House on Saturday was filled with just as much energy as the night before, but relied more heavily on material from their 1981 EP Signals, Calls & Marches and their only proper full length before their breakup, Vs. Pete Prescott's shouts from behind the drumkit sounded just as aggressive as ever, while Clint Conley's overdriven bass made older songs like "Mica" and "Fame & Fortune" sound even more furious than their studio counterparts. As much as I believe "underrated" describes Mission of Burma on a number of levels, one of the greatest aspects of MoB that goes unnoticed may be Roger Miller's unique slide guitar technique, particularly when soloing on songs like "Spider's Web". Bob Weston on tape loops provided those iconic swirls of noise during and between songs, reminding you that the band's fourth member is just as important to the Burma sound as any of the members on stage. And how great is it that when they launched into their most well known song, "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" during the first encore, I hadn't even considered that it wasn't played in the set yet, or at all the night before. Overwhelming response demanded a second encore, which consisted of the opening track from Vs., "Secrets", and again ending with "Academy Fight Song". Something tells me that if Roger Miller hadn't jokingly said, "Thanks, please go home, now," the crowd would have stuck around for even more.
For more Roger, check out Chris's recent interview and check out Alloy Orchestra in NYC on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For more Bob, don't miss Shellac at ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park. For more Mission of Burma, check out NYC Taper's recording of the Brooklyn show, and the rest of our pictures from both NYC-area shows with setlists, below...
Roger Miller (Mission of Burma) @ Maxwell's (more)
"Of all the punk-inspired bands that came out of Boston in the early 80s, none were better than Mission of Burma. Arty without being too pretentious, capable of writing gripping songs and playing with ferocious intensity, guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, drummer Peter Prescott, and tape head Martin Swope galvanized the city's alternative rock scene, and despite a too-short existence, set a standard for excellence that has rarely been equalled -- a standard the band upheld when they unexpectedly reunited in 2002." [AllMusic]Mission of Burma has two announced shows coming up in the near future. On January 28 you can catch them at Maxwell's in Hoboken with Grandfather (tickets). On January 29 they hit the Bell House with Buke and Gass (tickets). A few days later Roger will be back for three more NYC shows with his less-punk trio Alloy Orchestra.
BV photographer and writer Chris Gersbeck caught up with Roger on the phone on Monday. Here's what they talked about...
Chris: How are you doing?
Roger: Pretty good, I'm in Vermont, I'm kind of in a mountainous area which is why my cell phone doesn't work.
We're excited to talk to you, thanks for doing this. Last time I saw you guys you were opening for Yo La Tengo for one of their Hanukah shows.
[laughs] That was pretty out of control.
How did that come about, I know the connection with Clint producing their debut, but do you all still keep in touch?
Yeah, we're friendly with them, we've played festivals with them and shows. There's a few bands around that I consider to be kind of like us in the sense that they started a long time ago and they still exist. You know, they aren't a new band, but they're still a band, they're a band of veterans that people respect and to some degree Burma is like that. Sonic Youth, Shellac, these are kind of people that are similar to us in my mind. Wire.
words and photos by Chris Gersbeck
Last night was night six, and Yo La Tengo played their fifth night of Hanukkah shows on Sunday (12/5), with their eight night stay at Maxwell's quickly coming to an end. I can only imagine the amount of exhaustion that comes from planning and rehearsing these shows, though you'd never know it thanks to consistently great performances from Ira, James and Georgia.
The legendary Mission of Burma, who just may be the greatest long-running live act of all time, were tapped to open the night. Playing almost entirely new material, along with a slew of covers including the Buzzcocks' "I Don't Mind" and the Wipers' "Youth of America", Burma continue to prove that they're one of the few, if not only bands to reunite and still produce material as innovative as in their heyday. And maybe I just haven't seen them live in a while, but Roger Miller's new hairdo is fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing them again in January.
Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac was the comedian guest of the night and his act was well received by the crowd. Cenac's stories were at times a bit convoluted, but the payoffs were definitely worth it. Apparently he and fellow correspondent John Oliver have a show coming in 2011 to follow the Colbert Report, which makes perfect sense.
It's kind of amusing that Yo La Tengo opened with the somber and mesmeric "Green Arrow", considering how intense their set would later become. Tearing through "The Room Got Heavy", Richard Hell's "I'm Your Man", and ending with "Mushroom Cloud of Hiss", Yo La's songs often collapsed into long, droning swells of feedback. Adding to the noise collage was Burma's tape-looper (and Shellac bassist) Bob Weston, who was sitting in with the band for the night, albeit from the soundboard. Manipulating YLT's vocals, guitars and percussion throughout, Weston added that unique quality that has become synonymous with Mission of Burma's sound.
All of this lent itself well to the encore, first with Roger Miller returning on organ to perform Jonathan Richman's "Astral Plane" with WFMU auction winner Jason Kaufman on vocals (who did a great job), then with MoB drummer Pete Prescott singing one of his and Weston's Volcano Suns songs (Weston came out to play bass on this one). Before long, Clint Conley also returned to the stage on guitar to perform as the supergroup I personally have dubbed "Yo La Burma". To say it was incredible to watch is an understatement. It's not too often you get to see things like this happen in such an intimate venue, so if you get the chance to check out any of the remaining shows, definitely do so.
More pictures from the fifth of eight crazy nights at Maxwell's are below.
As rumored, Mission of Burma stopped by Maxwell's this Hanukkah to be one of Yo La Tengo's eight openers. A full review and set of pictures from last night's show is coming soon, but meanwhile let's figure out what we've got so far:
12/1 - M. Ward, Todd Barry, Nash KatoSo who else will open and/or play with YLT on the final three nights?
12/2 - The Parting Gifts, Jim Gaffigan, members of The Feelies
12/3 - Jeff Tweedy, Eugene Mirman & Kid Congo Powers
12/4 - Syl Johnson, Jon Glaser, Peter Wolf & Ira's mom
12/5 - Mission of Burma & Wyatt Cenac
12/6 - ?
12/7 - ?? & Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal & ??
12/8 - ?
Well, "Anonymous | December 2, 2010 9:31 AM" says that Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric, who played Bowery Electric on November 12th, announced that they'd be at Monday's show "during their show near d.c." That comment was made four days ago. Since then Wreckless Eric made a surprise last minute appearance at Home Sweet Home Friday night. BUT, "Anonymous | December 6, 2010 11:10 AM" says "Tonight's opener is Mofongo, despite the apparent info that Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby would open. Perhaps Eric and Amy are the encore guests."
note that the proper spelling is: Mofungo
Last night's setlist is below...
Mission of Burma at FFF 2009 (more here)
Almost exactly one year after they last played NYC (on 1/29/10 and 1/30/10), Mission of Burma will return to play shows at Maxwell's on January 28th and The Bell House on January 29th. Tickets are on sale for both: Maxwell's, Bell House. They have no other shows scheduled at the moment, though they played Toronto at the end of October. A video from that gig below...
Las Vegas Weekly: As far as additions to the lineup ...Tickets go on sale at noon for the Guided By Voices show happening at Terminal 5 (with Blitzen Trapper).
Matador's Gerard Cosloy: We will be announcing, I would say at a minimum, three more bands. I would say they are not necessarily going to be the biggest bands in label history. They're gonna be bands tied more to the label's old days. Actually, in one case, someone very, very new as well. They're not gonna be headliners, let's put it that way
So no Boards of Canada, I assume?
That's correct, yes.
A lot of people are asking about Mogwai.
No, they have other stuff they're doing overseas at that time, which is unfortunate. We would have loved to have had them be part of this.
And Interpol has dates in Europe.
Yeah, that's correct.
Mission of Burma is also a no-go, correct?
Yeah, we did ask Burma and Roger [Miller] unfortunately has Alloy Orchestra commitments that weekend.
Rolling Stone reported Liz Phair as confirmed ...
Yeah, that I will neither confirm nor deny (laughs).
How tough was it getting Guided By Voices to reunite, especially with that lineup?
We just kept asking. We just kept asking. And I think ultimately Bob decided it would be fun.
Doug Gillard plays Bruar Falls tonight.
What was once an inconceivable notion - that Mission of Burma, one of Boston's most influential if short-lived punk bands, would someday return to the stage for a celebrated second act - has, amazingly, become a regular, if not exactly routine, occurrence.Mission of Burma released a new album in October which wasn't long before I last saw the band play live. They played Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 8th. Never-before posted pics from that great show are in this post.
Since reuniting in 2002 (with Bob Weston replacing sound effects/tape loop guru Martin Swope), Burma has been back longer than its original '79-'83 slash-and-burn across the sky lasted. The band has released three albums during this span - two more than the old Burma managed before flaming out after guitarist Roger Miller developed tinnitus due to the outfit's fearsomely loud shows. [Boston.com]
The two NYC shows were preceeded by two in Boston, one of which is reviewed at the Boston Globe link above. Their next scheduled shows are scattered through February, April and May. Those dates along with the video for their new song "1, 2, 3, Partyy", a video interview they gave to Dirty Laundry, and more pictures from FFF Fest, below...
JEFF the Brotherhood @ Death by Audio in April (more by Leia Jospe)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash comedy @ UCB
* It is It comedy @ Pianos
* Kate Havenick @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Good for the Jews @ Highline Ballroom
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Pat Martino & Eldar @ Iridium
* Rhett Miller, Jill Hennessey @ Housing Works Bookstore
* Wesley Willis's Joy Rides (film), Eric Lindley, Teenage Prayers @ Glasslands
* Split Lip/Chamberlain, Walter Schreifels, Atlantic/Pacific @ Bowery Ballroom
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Dinowalrus, Sisters, Coin Under Tongue @ Mercury Lounge
* Shark?, Dinosaur Feathers, Coyote Eyes, I'm Turning Into, Sherpas @ The Cameo
* eTown live radio show taping w/ Tori Amos & Jesse Winchester @ Grand Ballroom
* Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Blame The Patient, Jason Anderson @ The Bell House
Rhett Miller plays at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight with Jill Hennessey. He and his band, the Old 97s, play four quasi-New Year's shows at Dallas's Sons of Hermann Hall from Dec 27th-Dec 30th.
JEFF The Brotherhood opened for Ted Leo last night - tonight they headline the Mercury Lounge with Dinowalrus, Sisters and Coin Under Tongue.
The reunited Split Lip/Chamberlain play Bowery Ballroom (their only upcoming booked show) with fellow veterans Walter Schreifels and Atlantic/Pacific (Garrett Klahn of Texas Is The Reason).
Joly posted a new Jack Rose video he recorded in 2004. Check that out below...
Videos of Mission of Burma performing live on KEXP, below...
Mission of Burma @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Mission of Burma will play two nights in a row at Bowery Ballroom. The dates are January 29th and 30th. Tickets and two-day passes go on sale at noon. All dates and their new video for "1, 2, 3, Partyy", off their latest album "The Sound The Speed The Light", below....
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw Friday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Digital Primitives @ Zebulon
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Tanya Morgan, Black Sheep @ SOB's
* Tune-Yards, Dragons of Zynth @ Union Hall
* An Evening Without Monty Python @ Town Hall
* Akiko Yano, Will Lee, Chris Parker @ Joe's Pub
* Lights, Stars of Track & Field @ Mercury Lounge
* Wovenhand, White Hills, Silver Summit @ The Bell House
* Sufjan Stevens, Cryptacize @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Honorary Title, Good Old War, Cory Branan @ Maxwell's
* Lou Barlow & The Missingmen, John de Vries @ Mercury Lounge
* Ex-Humans, Human Eye, Liquor Store, VLC, Terrible Twos @ Don Pedro
* Bushwick Book Club: A Confederacy of Dunces @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* The Toxic Avenger, Mixhell, Franki Chan, Alex English @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Darlings, Snakes Say Hiss, Boogie Boarder, Tony Castles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Twilight Sad, BrakesBrakesBrakes, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Bowery
* Steve Martin & The Steep Mountain Rangers, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Carnegie Hall
Lou Barlow & The Missingmen and John de Vries (of Agitpop) play Mercury Lounge, kicking off what looks to be a solid week at the venue. There's Kurt Vile & The Violators tomorrow and Thee Oh Sees on Thursday (both with Still Life Still and others), then Pierced Arrows on Friday and Drummer (the Black Keys side-project) on Saturday. For all of those bands, minus Kurt Vile and Lou Barlow, it isn't their only NYC show. And Barlow will be back in November with Dino Jr.
Detroit's Human Eye spend their second night in a row in NYC.
A trio of UK acts The Twilight Sad, BrakesBrakesBrakes and We Were Promised Jetpacks play Bowery Ballroom. Their Southpaw show happened on Friday.
Steve Martin & The Steep Mountain Rangers bring bluegrass (and openers Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys) to Carnegie Hall. They play NJ's Wellmont Theatre next week.
Bushwick Book Club tackles John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces at Goodbye Blue Monday tonight. Acts include Herb Scher, Susan Hwang, Isaac Gillespie, Josh Deeter, Preston Spurlock, Laura Brenneman, Maria Sonevytsky, Matthew Varvil and Ben Berlin. A flyer is below.
Sufjan Stevens and Cryptacize move to Music Hall of Williamsburg for NYC show three of four.
The Roots are at Highline Ballroom.
Tune-Yards (Merrill Garbus of the recently broken-up Sister Suvi) plays Union Hall with Dragons of Zynth. She's going on tour with Dirty Projectors in November (incuding that band's 4 NYC shows at Bowery Presents venues).
Mission of Burma's new video for "1, 2, 3, Partyy!" is posted below. It's the first song their new Matador LP, The Sound The Speed The Light, out today.
Damian Abraham, of the Polaris Prize-winning band Fucked Up, goes record shopping. Video below.
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
photos by Bao Nguyen
"that guy from fucked up is fucking hot" - nicholas
On Sunday afternoon, the young and not-so-young of indie Brooklyn convened along the Williamsburg waterfront for the first of this summer's relocated Pool Parties concerts. For the last three years the shows were the miracle of McCarren Park Pool, turning a civic ruin each weekend into an instant oasis of loud -- loud music, loud fashion, loud shouts from the dodgeball court. But with McCarren booked for a $50 million renovation, the Pool Parties were moved to East River State Park, a seven-acre chunk of grass and concrete flanked by luxury condo buildings. (Kind of like McCarren, actually.) Would they still have the magic?The NY Times is not allowed to say "Fucked Up".
For the 6,000 or more who came out on Sunday for Mission of Burma, Ponytail, Jemina Pearl and a certain hardcore band from Toronto led by a big bear named Pink Eyes, the prevailing feeling about the new space seemed to be positive. But opinion was divided along two lines: those who considered its view and riverside breeze a delicious improvement, and those who found it nice but lacking the character of McCarren.
"I like this much better," said Sacha Chernoff, a teacher who lives in Carroll Gardens. "The water, the view -- it's beautiful." [NY Times]
crowded: yesVideos, reviews, and setlists from Sunday's show are HERE. The entire summer Pool Party schedule is HERE. The Mission of Burma pics (and info on a new album) are HERE. The rest of the pictures are below...
lines to get in: no
separate area for booze: yes
[Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:58 AM]
photos by Bao Nguyen
DOWNLOAD: Mission of Burma - 1, 2, 3, Partyy! (MP3)
On October 6, Matador will be releasing Mission Of Burma's fourth studio LP, The Sound The Speed The Light. Recorded in Boston with Bob Weston at the controls, the record is a departure from the pinned-needles roar of 2006's The Obliterati. The new album sounds far more spacious and dynamic. It is more or less divided into 4 sets or suites of 3 songs. Each suite explores a set of moods or colors, across the usual dizzying array of lyrical topics, from alcoholism to fleshly concerns.The album opener, "1, 2, 3, Partyy!" was also the band's opener at their Williamsburg Waterfront show on June 12th (the JellyNYC 'Pool Party'). An mp3 of that song is above. Pictures from that show are above and below.
Before the album's release, Matador will be putting out a 7-inch single on August 18th with two bonus tracks, "Innermost" and "Here It Comes."
The band has been keeping track of the recording process on their website. On March 22nd, they wrote," And we decided against a couple of album titles: 'The Only Band the Mutters' was one which we, after much deliberation, decided was too obvious. What about 'Mr. Spock?' Uh..."
Album and single artwork, with the rest of the Pool Party pics, below...
photo by Bao Nguyen, words by Andrew Frisicano
The first Jelly NYC Pool Party of 2009 went off under blue skies at the new Williamsburg Waterfront location. A more-than-6,000-strong crowd (according to the NYT) visited East River State Park for a four-band bill of Jemina Pearl, Ponytail, Fucked Up and Mission of Burma.
Baltimore's Ponytail began right at 4pm and blazed through a set of joyful, proggy pop. "Celebrate the Body Electric" came with a bout of crowdsurfing by singer Molly Siegel, who was in energetic top form.
Fucked Up's Pink Eyes was already undressing during opener "Son the Father" - before the end of the set he'd be down to just boxer briefs. The band's fans showed up to sing along and dance. Event security strained to keep the barricades - a good five-plus feet from the stage - in place despite the surging crowds. That didn't stop Pink Eyes from engaging those right up front; the singer was more than happy to pass the mic, give a high five or, in my case, grab your face and rub it in his bare chest. The band joked around on stage as they layered three-guitar riffs over the hook of "Black Albuno Bones," slow jam "No Epiphany" and the rest. The security got a shout out at the end for doing what looked like one of the day's toughest jobs.
Mission of Burma took the stage after an introduction from the requisite NYC politicians (BP Marty Markowitz even got part of his speech looped by MoB's Bob Weston) (video below). Weston manned the tape and effects from the sound booth, leaving the stage to guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley and drummer Peter Prescott, all of whom sang at times. The guitar tone was edgy and pointed, in a good approximation of the band's recorded sound, with the bass loose and under the surface.
The sun, which set right behind the band, backlit the stage and made it tough to see at times. But also provided a perfect chance to check out the area behind the stage. That space allowed a great view of the band and a closer look at the waterfront itself. A roar let loose when the crowd recognized the opening notes of "That's When I Reach For My Revolver." The band closed with "This Is Not a Photograph" and left with a wave of applause and looping static.
In the back of the park, Pool Party staple dodgeball was happening next to a 3-on-3 basketball game. The segregated beer area, a fenced in section along the left side of park, was one change mandated at the new space. For one, it made the area right in front of the stage less congested - not totally a bad thing on a sunny summer afternoon.
The next Pool Party will be on Sunday, July 19th with Magnolia Electric Co., Dirty Projectors and Crystal Antlers (who replace White Denim).
"The emails have been piling up and everyone's asking, "dude, what's up with the Pool Parties?" Well DUDE, so sorry to keep you waiting, but here at JELLY we've been working our asses off to bring you one of the greatest free concert series in history. The Pool Parties are going to be extremely crucial this year, "epic" or "amazing" as you people say these days. Seriously, eight weeks of FREE shows on the waterfront of Williamsburg? Does it get any better? You might be thinking "waterfront"? Yeah, in case you didn't hear the McCarren Pool's closed so get over it :) , and yeah we kept the name Pool Parties even though the East River's not at a pool, so what? We've still got DODGEBALL, basketball, DJ's, bands, burgers the works! We love you more than your parents ever could, and if you want to have fun and hang out with us this summer. [Full schedule below]. Bring your friends but please don't bring these things [pictured above]. As you can see below, underage drinking will not be tolerated. . You guys wouldn't do that though, so there's nothing to worry about. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!!" -JellyThe big news here is that they finally announced! As far as this year's lineup, well, we figured most of that out already. The Black Lips will also play the show with Trail of Dead, HEALTH, and Grupo Fantasma. Jemina Pearl is also on the bill of the first show on July 12th (Mission of Burma). Full lineup poster and a video below...
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic began as a side project by Roger Miller and Martin Swope, who were members of the Boston band Mission of Burma. They were joined by Rick Scott and Erik Lindgren for their debut recording, a self-titled EP, in 1983. With Mission of Burma dissolving at about this time, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic became a full-time band. The group released the LP Magnetic Flip in 1985 and an EP, Beat of the Mesozoic, in 1986. [Allmusic]Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are playing Mercury Lounge in NYC on July 24th (tickets), and KungFu Necktie in Philadelphia the next night (tickets).
Mission of Burma are playing the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 12. Birdsongs videos below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Mission of Burma in Maine
Mission of Burma + Fucked Up + Ponytail + free + Williamsburg Waterfront on July 12, 2009 = amazing. The show may be the first not-"pool party" of the summer. They'll then continue for 8 weeks, every Sunday, after that. We know that Simian Mobile Disco is DJing the free show at the outdoor Brooklyn spot on August 9th.
And we know there will be shows happening in the same location even sooner (Dirty Projectors) - ones that possibly cost money.
Back on January 25th of this year, Mission of Burma played a show at the SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine (Bryan Bruchman's new home). Fucked Up played the same venue one week earlier. Portland band Huak opened for MoB. More pictures from that show below...
by Ryan Barkan
Advertising agencies make lots of online commercials. You know, spots made not for television, but with the hope the brand's message will spread virally on the net in an organic way. Though lots of them never catch steam like a rickroll, the new Guitar Hero World Tour "Bike Hero" video has already been watched over one million times. The creative takes The Living End's "Prisoner of Society" and turns it into a live action, first person bike ride through the song's playable level in GHWT. It's a pretty cool idea with amazing execution and a slight bit of computer magic. Watch the video below.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Bishop Allen played two shows in NYC over the weekend. They are a band that has benefited from some key licensing placements in the last year. The band appeared and performed in the recent Michael Sera movie, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. Watch the scene below. The song they performed, "Middle Management", was also on the soundtrack and used in the film's trailer. They were also used in a commercial for Sony digital cameras late last year - watch the spot here.
Crayola goes indie-cool this holiday season with Dan Deacon and Lightspeed Champion songs in the campaign for the new Glow Station (via Pitchfork). Watch the spots below.
The new holiday commercial from LL Bean features "Valley Winter Song" by Fountains Of Wayne.
Danish band The Blue Van rock the soundtrack to the new Samsung Behold commercial. Watch below.
While enjoying college football on Saturday, I heard Nick Drake's "Place To Be" used in a promo spot for Michigan State. That video is below too.
I have a bunch of friends that can not get enough of the show Top Chef. Some of those friends are also crazy for the Foo Fighters (editor's note: with friends like that who needs enemies? JUST KIDDING. Actually that doesn't even make sense...). Those friends will be in heaven when TC goes "Foo Fighters Thanksgiving" this upcoming November 26th. The episode taped during a tour stop in Rochester, NY; the band will guest judge the few remaining contestants. Apparently, TC is Dave Grohl's favorite show.
You may have heard A-Ha's classic jam "Take On Me" before. It is/was a popular song and video. So popular, A.C. Newman is going to cover it for an upcoming Valentine's Day compilation for Starbucks. Even more so, you can take it on karaoke-style in the new video game by Microsoft, LIPS. The pretty clever commercial for the game uses the song as well. Watch it below.
The game's soundtrack also includes songs by The Police, Coldplay, Duffy, The Cure, Peter, Bjorn, & John, Radiohead, and more.
Nintendo DS and Wii players can now get their skateboard on while on the go with the release of EA's Skate It. The soundtrack contains tracks by Cut Chemist, Fujiya & Miyagi, Judas Priest, The Clash, Sly & the Family Stone, and more.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Mission Of Burma headlined the Rhapsody/Becks/IBM/McDonalds/Taco Bell party at Music Hall Of Williamsburg along with The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Dutchess & The Duke, and Jay Reatard (pics here). OK, so it wasn't all those sponsors. And granted, there was free Becks beer all night. .. but somewhere between the giant video truck parked outside, multiple video cameras in the audience and on stage, spotlights reading Rhapsody and Becks, and the swag, I found the corporate sponsorship of the show a tad annoying. But hey, I guess that's the price you pay when you are getting a line-up like this for five measly bills.
Unfortunately, I slid in a touch late (Sorry Jay, Dutchess, Duke) to see King Khan on stage with BBQ. Lots of very simple, garagey soul-inflected fun but frankly, I find his live show with The Shrines much more compelling. Not only is the music much more dynamic (and just as FUN), it gives King Khan much more breathing room to do what he does best... act like a horse's ass in ridiculous costumes. That said, you know King Khan isn't showing up in his civvies.... no sir e bob. King Khan was wearing a ridiculous sparked bikini bottom and a Stevie Wonder wig circa Hotter Than July. Good times.
The thing that shocked me the most about Mission of Burma (and I hope I am not coming off as an age-ist here - NOT my intention) is how much energy they have and how just plain amazing they are on stage... STILL. Lead guitarist Roger Miller's angular riffs were just awesome, and punctuated with swift headbutts of the microphone in between his pogo-ing. I enjoyed seeing these post-punk legends thoroughly.
MOB's setlist and more pictures from the show below...
by Bill Pearis
Sharon Van Etten
Even if you don't have a badge, CMJ (Oct 21-25 in NYC) can be overwhelming... especially these days with the proliferation of day parties, unofficial showcases and afterparties. Running around like a crazy person trying to catch everyone you want to see can be fun, but sometimes it's not such a bad idea just to pick one place and stay there. With that in mind, I've picked one day party and one evening showcase for each of the five days, as well as late night parties where applicable. The guide to Thursday (10/23) is below...
Mission of Burma @ P4K Fest 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Mission of Burma are headlining a Rhapsody party at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Thursday, October 23rd. That's during CMJ, but the show is not part of CMJ. Instead it is completely open to the public and only costs $5.00. Also on the bill: The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Dutchess & The Duke and Jay Reatard.
That ups the number of NYC-area shows Jay is playing that week to five (so far). There's also the shows at Santos, Bowery Ballroom, Glasslands, and Maxwell's. Amazingly, the Maxwell's show is the same night as this $5.00 Williamsburg show...
Jay Reatard - 2008 NYC Tour Dates
10-23 MHOW w/ Mission of Burma & King Khan & BBQ Show (tix on sale Oct 3)
10-23 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's (CMJ) (tix)
10-24 Bowery Ballroom ) w/ Violens, White Lies, Longwave & Japanese Motors (tix)
10-25 Glasslands w/ Amazing Baby, Women & Crystal Antlers (tix)
10-26 Santos Party House w/ Vivian Girls (tix)
King Khan & the BBQ Show also have NYC dates scheduled at the end of November. The Dutchess & the Duke are also playing the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase. More JR tour dates HERE. All (barely any) Mission of Burma dates below...
photos by Joseph Juechao Xu
dancing in the mud
and much more....
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
"Sun is falling down/Sky is falling down/Seasons falling down/Air is falling down," Boston art-punk legends Mission of Burma sang in "Weatherbox" Friday night, midway through the opening set of the fourth Pitchfork Music Festival, as their guitars, bass, drums and tape loops evoked the fury of bombs falling in the midst of an earthquake during a vicious thunderstorm.More pics below...
Thankfully, the real downpour stopped not long before the band officially opened the three-day festival in the West Side's Union Park. But it was an ominous message nonetheless, with the weather threatening to dampen souls if not spirits all weekend long at what has become the premier celebration of the musical underground in Chicago and the entire U.S.
It's easy to take shots at Pitchfork's opening-night "Don't Look Back" concept of bands performing one of their classic albums in its entirety and to dismiss it as a gimmick or cheap nostalgia. But as with everything else, it all depends on the music in question.
A long since gone-Hollywood Liz Phair performing "Exile in Guyville" or the reunited sorta-Smashing Pumpkins rendering "Gish" arguably are as sad as any state fair act. But a band like Mission of Burma is a different story: Its music was always far ahead of its time; it ended the first round of its career prematurely, in part because of guitarist Roger Miller's tinnitus, and the new albums it has recorded since 2004 have been every bit as good as "Vs." (1983), the subject of Friday's retrospective.
[Jim DeRogatis @ Chicago Sun Times]
photos by Lori Baily
Mission of Burma took the stage and singer bassist Clint Conley exclaimed "Let's get this out of the way . . . [opener] Neptune kicked our asses!" They launched into a few old tunes to warm up then busted into their 1981 EP Signals, Calls, and Marches. Highlights included "Academy Fight Song," "Max Ernst," and of course the highly covered "That's when I reach for my revolver." Roger Miller rocked like a twenty year old punker using some crazy custom pedals, which made his guitar screech and wail along side of Bob Weston's tape manipulations and Peter Prescott's precision drumming. The band had the crowd jumping up and down and signing along with all the tunes off Signals, Calls, and Marches. [kevchino]Mission of Burma played through full albums twice this weekend at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from night one (June 14, 2008) below....
Bradley: So how did the idea of running through each album over two nights come about? Obviously the recent Matador reissues played a part, but were you all into the idea initially, or was anyone resistant?Mission of Burma start their mini-tour of full album performances tonight in Boston (June 12). The NYC shows are June 14th and 15th. I have a pair to giveaway to each of the NY ones. For a chance at winning, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: mission). Include your first and last name, which show you would prefer (the 14th or 15th), and tell me which band named themselves after one of the albums that's being performed.
Clint Conley: The idea first arose when we were asked to do "vs" at the Pitchfork Fest. That seemed quite an honor, and an idea totally worth stealing and repeating. Seemed to me we were of like-mind on the matter.
Roger Miller: I can't recall exactly, but I think (MoB manager and Fenway Recordings head honcho) Mark Kates suggested it. It's that "Don't Look Back" idea that the ATP festival started, where bands perform their classic albums. It just kind of made sense given the reissues. We certainly would not have done this except that the reissues are coming out. Last fall we hardly performed any of the old stuff, because we were focusing on the new ideas.
You can still buy tickets too. All dates below....