Entries tagged with: Mon Khmer
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
"It is still tough to play it cool when a crowd goes as nuts as you guys did @glasslands last night. Thank you for an amazing show." - @CYMBLS_EAT_GTRS
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Glasslands 12/30/2014
Cymbals Eat Guitars headlined Glasslands' penultimate night (12/30) on Kent Avenue last night, and the venue was as packed as I've ever seen it. As the band mentioned in their above tweet, the crowd was indeed going nuts, at least the 75 or so nearest the stage. No crowd surfing, but a constant, simmering pit and lots of pumped fists. The band, who've been touring most of the last six months or so on the back of their great new album LOSE, were definitely feeding off crowd energy and were just terrific. Joseph D'Agostino was drenched in sweat by the third song. Before the encore, they brought up the Zambri sisters to sing, and Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux to play guitar, though he spent much if his time onstage bear-hugging D'Agostino. It was a very Glasslands moment.
The rest of the line-up was also very Glasslands, with Keepaway (who peppered their set with "Goodbye Glasslands" robot voice samples), Mon Khmer (who may have played the venue more than any other band), and Air Waves (Brian from Hospitality was filling in on bass). Everyone was in (and full of) good spirits. With all the new art they've put up everywhere, the place maybe has never looked better. The DJs for the evening were spinning Super Hits of the '90s which kept people lingering after CEG finished (and loudly singing along to Seal's "Kiss from a Rose"). Pictures from the night are in this post.
Tonight (12/31), Glasslands' New Year's Eve Party, is the last-ever night for the venue. which has been in operation since 2006. (And with that the block of Kent/S2 goes dark, musically.) Tonight's show, which sold out basically instantly, still has a mystery lineup but they have revealed tonight's set times: 9:30, 10:30, 12:05, 1:30. (Who are your guesses for the final lineup?) They also warn that everyone is on the will call list, so go early or be ready for a line. If you didn't get tickets and still want to say goodbye in person, after the bands finish at 2:30 AM the place will be open for anyone to stop by.
More pics from Tuesday's Cymbals Eat Guitars show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Knitting Factory - 12/12/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Cymbals Eat Guitars wrapped up their tour with Alex G (more on him here) over the weekend (unfortunately they had to cancel their Albany show though), hitting NYC on Friday (12/12) at Knitting Factory. It was the seventh NYC show they played this year in support of their great third album, LOSE, which takes the band in exciting new directions. They were great opening for Bob Mould in September, but seeing them headline on Friday to a packed crowd was really the way you want to experience these songs. Awesome show.
As discussed, CEG are touring with This Will Destroy You in 2015 (they're not on TWDY's NYC shows though), but before that they'll play NYC for yet another time in 2014. They've just added a show happening on December 30 at Glasslands, which will be the venue's second to last show before closing. Keepaway, Mon Khmer and Air Waves open. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, with the video for "Warning" from LOSE, below...
Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Hudson Mohawke @ Webster Hall (Red Bull Music Academy)
As a prominent Kanye collaborator and one half of trap duo TNGHT, Hudson Mohawke is one of the current leaders in dance music, and for good reason. Tonight he returns to NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Webster Hall.
Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps @ Knitting Factory
Veteran Japanaese psych band Acid Mothers Temple kicked off their North American tour in NYC back in April, and now they end it here as well.
World Party @ City Winery
Karl Wallinger is still working on the new World Party album but in the meantime is back in North America, testing out new songs and playing old favorites too. This is the first of two NYC shows.
The Memories, The Lemons, Street Gnar @ Death by Audio
Like your pop with catchy bubblegum melodies, minimal accompaniment, and even less production value? Tonight's show -- all three bands have affiliations with Burger Records -- fits that bill.
Saint Rich, Mon Khmer, Conveyor @ Glasslands
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.
Lower, Survival @ Home Sweet Home
Lower make moody punk not unlike their Denmark neighbors in Iceage who recently became their labelmates, seeing as Lower have signed to Matador for their forthcoming album. This is their first of two NYC shows this week.
Dinosaur Jr., Screaming Females, Creepoid @ MHOW
Unlike many of their reunited '80s/'90s-era indie rock pals, Dinosaur Jr basically picked up where they left off with their 2005 reunion, and with three quality records out since then they haven't looked back. They're also partially responsible for making guitar solos cool in indie rock, which makes openers Screaming Females a perfect fit. And Creepoid, who do justice to '90s slowcore, are worth catching as well.
James Murphy, Eric Duncan @ Output
Maybe it's not the most exciting thing when even your favorite band does a DJ set, but when LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy (who was a DJ before starting LCD) takes to the boards, we at least know we're in for a unique treat that usually includes a handful of obscure disco gems.
Lycaon Pictus, Relations, Forts, Strange Kids @ Pianos
Drawing from a variety of postpunk influences, Relations make dark-hued but catchy, danceable pop, as heard on their debut album, Songbirds. Tonight's the final show of their May residency.
Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, Yautja, Theories @ Santos Party House
It's a great triple bill at Santos tonight with thrash devotees Black Breath, Brooklyn's sludge/crust/black/etc rippers Mutilation Rites, and the impressively weird but punishing Yautja.
Belle Mare, Modern Merchant, Drone Ranger, Turnip King @ Shea Stadium
London native Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone met at a Brooklyn open mic, the two bonded and soon Belle Mare was formed. The duo's 2013 debut, The Boat of the Fragile Mind, has a spare, delicate sound, hinging on Bushell's hushed, fragile (yet soulful) vocals and the production adds a lovely air of mystery.
Kommandant, Goat Torment, Manticore @ Paper Box
Missed Maryland Death Fest? Get a mouthful of rotting leftovers via this show. Unfortunately, New Zealand's blackened death bruisers, Diocletian, are no longer playing it.
Honduras, Painted Zeros, Huge Pupils, O-Face, ONWE @ Silent Barn
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.
Gregory Brothers, The Key of Awesome @ Mercury Lounge
You might know know them by name, but you know their work. The Gregory Brothers are the ones behind Autotune the News, "Double Rainbow" and the "Bed Intruder Song."
Phil Lesh & Friends @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
We're sure The Grateful Dead are still loathed by many indie rockers out there, but not all. If you're at all interested, Phil & Friends put on great shows and the setlists are loaded with fan favorites.
American Sharks, Dirty Fences, Weird Womb @ Mercury Lounge
Last night, Texas stoner rockers American Sharks hit MHOW for an overload of riffs on their tour opening for Red Fang and Big Business. Tonight they take the headlining spot and it's a more garage rock-leaning bill overall that'll hopefully get the usually more staid Mercury Lounge crowd moving.
Slavve, EULA, Future Death, Fins @ Baby's All Right
It's gonna get loud at Baby's tonight with Brooklyn rock duo Slavve (members of Surfer Blood and Weird Wives), their Bloodmoss labelmates from Austin, Future Death, local noise rockers EULA and messy CT post-hardcore band Fins.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Alt-J at Glasslands - 8/7/12
UK band Alt-J played their second of two NYC shows (and first in Brooklyn) last night (8/7) at Glasslands, after having played Mercury Lounge a day earlier (8/6). Both shows were sold out, and like at the Mercury show, most of the crowd knew the words to every song. The setlist was similar to the previous night, playing 12 of the songs on their debut LP, An Awesome Wave (interludes and hidden track included), which comes out in America on September 18 via Canvasback.
Mon Khmer and SoftSpot opened the show. More pictures of all three bands are below...
The old '80s new wavey NMS logo / Reks
It's beginning to feel like this summer is just one never ending music festival. In addition to the Northside Festival, which begins in Brooklyn tonight, NYC will get another multi-venue festival next week with the recently revived New Music Seminar which runs from June 17-20 this year. Some of you out there may have lived (and gone to see shows) long enough in New York City to remember the fest's original incarnation which existed for a week every summer from 1980 to 1995. It was a little like CMJ, but more focused on live music, though there were industry panel discussions and the like too.
For the new version (which actually existed last year too in a very small form), badgeholders will have access to a number of industry talks and also a selection of live shows. Those shows include a free show at Tammany Hall on Tuesday (6/19), presented by eMusic, with Anamanaguchi, Hooray for Earth and Yellow Dogs. They also include the previously discussed Deer Tracks show at Pianos on Wednesday (6/20) with Mon Khmer, Nouela, and Crux.
Another notable one is REKS, Soul Khan, Maffew Ragazino, and The Doppelgangaz at Public Assembly on Tuesday (6/19). REKS released an album this year called Straight No Chaser, which was produced by Statik Selektah and features guest appearances from Action Bronson, Termanology, Slaine, and others. You can stream the whole thing below via spotify along with a video for album track, "Chasin'."
Deli Magazine is hosting a "best of NYC" fest at Brooklyn Bowl, Glasslands, the Cameo and Public Assembly Thursday May 13th-Saturday, May 15th.
The BK shows are headlined by Beach Fossils on Thursday, April Smith on Friday and The London Souls on Saturday. Tickets to the Brooklyn Bowl shows are on sale. Other tix are available at the door. The shows are split up roughly by genre, though that doesn't stop Talk Normal, Buke & Gass, Asa Ransom and Miniboone from sharing a bill on Friday night at Glasslands.
Talk Normal also plays Saturday at Knitting Factory with Parts & Labor, Soft Power and Guts For Garters (tickets). (And further in the future with Sonic Youth and Grass Widow at Prospect Park on July 31st.)
All of Beach Fossils/Frog Eyes/PGM dates and a flyer for Deli Magazine fest (which has its full schedule) is below...
"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.
Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."
If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...
"Micachu and the Shapes (and Olly) have been stuck in LA due to volcanobiotch. So we had some drinks and a brownie waffle." - Max Goldblatt
Micachu @ LPR in March (more)
Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to play the Ether Festival in London on Wednesday (4/21), but instead they'll take The Mary Onettes' spot at Mercury Lounge in NYC for a show the same day (TOMORROW). The Mary Onettes are stuck in Europe. Micachu is stuck here in the United States. Mon Khmer remains on the bill.
Stay tuned for more show details.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Deradoorian - High Road (MP3)
Dirty Projectors @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Between their set at Coachella and schedule of summer festivals (plus a September show at Terminal 5), the members of Dirty Projectors have found some time for solo shows around NYC.
Frontman Dave Longstreth DJs at Above the Auto Part Store's Haiti benefit on May 2nd along with Bjork, Battles' Tyondai Braxton and others. Todd P reminds us that "tix @ RECORD GROUCH RECORDS / OLD MADE VINTAGE | 1pm-7pm daily | 441 METROPOLITAN AVE @ MEEKER, BKLYN, NY | 908.246.1512"
Singer/multi-instrumentalist Angel Deradoorian joins Roadside Graves, Mon Khmer and a solo Andrew W.K. for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit at Santos Party House on Monday, May 3rd. Tickets are on sale. Her solo shows (not counting karaoke) have been semi-rare since the release of her solo EP, The Mind Raft.
Bass player Nat Baldwin has a show (solo bass with voice usually, or with a band) in Connecticut on April 20th, then a short tour planned for May 18th-22nd. That ends with a performance at Issue Project Room on May 22nd with peace, loving and banjoist Woody Sullender. Tickets are on sale. His third and most recent LP, Most Valuable Player, came out in 2008.
Nat Baldwin tour dates and videos are below...
by Bill Pearis
There's a lot going on this weekend but the show I'm most excited about this weekend is The Wedding Present who are in town performing their 1989 classic Bizarro in its entirety. They'll do it at Maxwell's on Saturday night (4/10, Sold Out) and then Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (not sold out) (4/11).
I won't lie: you're looking at a Wedding Present superfan. Like a lot of Americans, Bizarro was the first album I heard and is near and dear to me for that reason. (1991's Seamonsters is my all-time fave, though.) Bizarro is the peak of their early sound -- jangle pop played hard and very fast -- ten bashers that climax with the nearly ten minute "Take Me!" that might be the band's most manic song ever. Magnet asked frontman David Gedge, who turns 50 on April 23rd, a question I was wondering about.
Magnet:There's a lot of frantic guitar strumming on Bizarro, songs like "Kennedy" in particular. Twenty-plus years later, how worried are you that you might need frequent breaks during the shows?A little clarification: the band are doing the original 10-song UK version of Bizarro, not the 14-track U.S. CD version so don't expect them to play their cover of Pavement's "Box Elder." They are, however, playing about seven songs from throughout the band's career (and a couple new ones) before launching into the album.
David Gedge: I'm not going to deny that it's a challenge! With Bizarro, we took the original idea of the Wedding Present--namely, to play songs as fast and for as long as possible--to its logical conclusion. As a result, it's a collection of fairly extreme recordings, and obviously, we've never played them back to back like this before. Rehearsals have been more like training sessions for a marathon, but I have no doubt that we'll get there in the end.
Guitar-bass garage rock duos are a dime a dozen, but White Mystery from Chicago stand out and not just because siblings Alex and Francis are flaming redheads. (If they ever need to change their name, may I suggest Firecrotch?) Alex, formerly of Red Orchestra, has a soulful wail that she lets belt out at top register. They're also less blues-y than many of their brethren -- even without the singing nobody's gonna confuse them with The White Stripes, Thee Oh Sees, etc. Their self-titled debut is a lot of fun. And you just know -- you just know -- they're gonna be good live.
White Mystery play Don Pedros on Friday night (4/9) with Girls at Dawn, Medication, Lil Daggers, and The Psyched. They'll also play Cake Shop on Saturday with QXBXRX, Zbornak, and the Richie White Orchestra.
Sweden's '80s-inspired The Mary Onettes will be coming back to the United States for an 11 date tour this April. One stop on that will be an April 21st show at NYC's Mercury Lounge with Mon Khmer. Tickets are on sale.
The first two singles from their 2009 album Island are re-posted above, along with the record's third track, "Once I Was Pretty." A live video of that song and all tour dates are below...
Midnight Masses with Conrad and Jason of Trail of Dead
If it's February 2010 and a Wednesday, then odds are even that Midnight Masses are at Union Pool. The band began a weekly residency at the venue on February 3rd which continues this week (on Feb 10) with Mon Khmer and Light Asylum. Feb 17th includes Living Days (+TBA). Finally, they go out with a bang on Feb 24th, as the band will be joined by "the original lineup" of And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Conrad & Jason playing as a duo?).
Midnight Masses recently dropped "Red Ribbon Song (For Those Who've Gone)" for a name-your-price download. All proceeds will benefit the National AIDS Fund and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
All Midnight Masses dates, and a whole bunch of videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - three tracks from In the Wooded Forrest (link takes you to download page)
One of the nicest bands and most underrated bands in Brooklyn, Savoir Adore have been going for almost two years but just their debut album, In the Wooded Forrest, on Cantora Records. It's loaded with big pop hooks, clever productions and positive vibes. They are also a lot of fun live, which you can find out for yourself tonight (12/18) -- they play The Cantora Holiday party with French Horn Rebellion. It's $5 with RSVP, doors are at 11PM. You can also catch them at Mercury Lounge on January 14th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Core members Paul Hammer and Deidre Munro answered our year-end questionnaire...
DOWNLOAD: The xx - Basic Space (Micachu Remix) (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (MP3)
Micachu & The Shapes @ Siren Fest 09 (more by Chris La Putt)
Icelandic singer Bjork chats with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about some of her favorite artists and spins an eclectic mix of music. Hear selections from Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, the post punk duo Eyeless in Gaza, fellow Icelandic singer Olof Arnalds, The Pokrovsky Ensemble and the wildly eccentric, London-based rock group Micachu and the Shapes.The Micachu song Bjork picked for that session was "Golden Phone," the video for which is posted below.
[NPR, June 2009]
Now, Micachu & The Shapes are back in North America for a set of dates including two NYC shows coming up very soon. At the first gig on Friday, October 2nd, they'll be playing at Brooklyn's Littlefield with Julianna Barwick and Mon Khmer. Tickets are on sale.
The second gig, an October 3rd Wordless Music show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, will feature ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) who will be "performing string quartets written by Micachu (aka Mica Levi) and Jefferson Friedman. Tickets are on sale.
ACME plays another show the next week at Galapagos Art Space where they tackle the music of John Cage, Andrew Hamilton, Frederic Rzewski and Louis Andriessen. Tickets are on sale..
Before Micachu & The Shapes get to NY, they stop in Montreal where they will play a Pop Montreal showcase co-presented by BrooklynVegan (me/us). Also on that October 1st bill is Clues and Slim Twig. Check out the poster below.
All Micachu & The Shapes tour dates are below, with their "Golden Phone" video, a "special acoustic session in front of Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in August 2009" and a clip of Jefferson Friedman's "String Quartet No. 3," which ACME will be playing on the 3rd. Check them out...