Entries tagged with: Moon Hooch
by Caroline Harrison
Mike Doughty @ Webster Hall - 11/23/13
Mike Doughty played a pretty unusual show on Saturday night (11/23) at Webster Hall, the final night of his tour, with local band Moon Hooch. Doughty, former frontman for the defunct Soul Coughing, has a successful solo career. He's also avoided playing Soul Coughing songs at the vast majority of his solo dates. But Saturday's set was, start to finish, all Soul Coughing songs, that he also just re-imagined and released as a complete album.
Some time last spring I heard that Doughty was setting out to do this. He crowd-sourced the funding (very successfully) via PledgeMusic, and introduced the project thusly:
"After my memoir [The Book of Drugs, released in 2012], which was so full of darkness, I picked up a guitar and, by myself, played through the songs I wrote in the 90s -- between the ages of 20 and 29 -- to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was trying to say. I want to separate the songs from that darkness; maybe I can make them more like what I initially intended them to be."Soul Coughing will probably be included any list top ___ favorite musical artists anyone asks me to make, but for me a large part of that is the raw darkness that Doughty talks about, so it was with some trepidation that I listened to this new album (titled after all the songs he included, but for the sake of brevity, called "Circles Super Bon Bon"). It's not a bad effort--the songs are still undeniably Doughty, but something about the album hasn't clicked with me yet. I have a great deal of respect for Doughty's reasons for wanting to go back and re-record. But these songs don't exist in a vacuum--it's impossible for me not to compare them to the originals.
What I also understand is that I am never getting a Soul Coughing reunion. It's not happening. Doughty, in the previously mentioned memoir, described his relationship with the other members of Soul Coughing as a "dark, abusive marriage." This show was my opportunity to hear Soul Coughing songs--albeit reworked versions.
Doughty chose New York band Moon Hooch (who self-describe as "cave music", just an annoying way to say "house music but with instruments") to open for him on this tour. Moon Hooch is pretty inoffensive, and play club music with two horn players and a drummer. They're very technically adept musicians, and the crowd seemed to enjoy their set--which included a contrabass clarinet producing some dub-step WUBWUBWUBWUUUUBs and a surprise, brief appearance of a nude dancer.
Doughty's live set was mixed for me, as I expected. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience with only a few sour notes. The songs themselves are strong, so stripped-down renditions with live instruments only emphasized how artfully crafted the original compositions were. But Doughty's use of live sampling for other songs felt, especially in combination with the drum and bass, incongruous. Some of this may be that my tastes favor heavily layered, textured use of samples (I'm not the biggest fan of drum machines). Here, Doughty favored less weighty sounds in his sampling, leaning towards sounds that could have come from a Casio keyboard. He was also a little heavy-handed with the sample board: songs like "True Dreams of Wichita" got bogged down by the insertion of unnecessary noise; "Super Bon Bon" didn't benefit from the addition of what I could swear were jaw harp samples.
But regardless of my feelings for the new arrangements? I still heard some remarkable music. He opened with a track that didn't make it onto the re-imagined album--"Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago." The "encore" (Doughty made a point of saying he wasn't going to pretend to go backstage and then act surprised as he came back out for an encore) began with an intimate, solo rendition of "Janine." "Circles" is still as bouncy and catchy as ever. "Screenwriter's Blues" lacked some of the original acid, but I still shouted along with him as he spat, "and the radio man laughs because the radio man fucks a model too."
Mike Doughty will also be a guest at Bobby Tisdale's talk show on December 5 at Over the Eight.
Pictures of Saturday's show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlist, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"Oh! Forgot to mention. I saw They Might Be Giants in Prospect Park this weekend--for free!--and it was beyond wonderful." - Jessica Sinsheimer
Who doesn't like They Might Be Giants? Everyone came out for this super fun, packed show--I ran into coworkers and people from pool league and there were tons of families and little kids. A little boy and girl hoisted on their parents' shoulders were so cute with their dancing and high fives that I didn't even mind them blocking my view. I saw six hula hoops being carried around, but it would have been hard to find a spot with enough room to use them.Brooklyn's favorite geek rockers, They Might Be Giants, played the second to last Celebrate Brooklyn! show of 2013 at Prospect Park over the weekend (8/10) before the series fully wrapped up on Sunday with a live score for Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was rescheduled from 8/8). The big free outdoor show saw the band playing a 24-song set which included a handful of cuts from their newest album, Nanobots, and a number of older favorites too. Pictures (including openers Moon Hooch), the setlist, and a video from the show are in this post.
TMBG had five or eight musicians on stage most of the time, depending on whether the Tricerachops horn section was out. In the middle of the set, they stripped down to just a duo of John and John on accordion and guitar for "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" that dragged out the ending. Other highlights were "Doctor Worm," "Don't Lets Start," and a funny conversation with one of them using a robot voice. [Visible Spit]
TMBG have also since announced an international fall tour, which includes dates in the US and Europe. The new tour includes another NYC show happening on November 2 at Terminal 5. The description for the new tour reads:
Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG's boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. Don't miss this unforgettable show.The Terminal 5 show is also 14+ (even with a parent or guardian), despite most T5 shows being all ages. Tickets for that show are currently on Internet presale, an AmEx presale begins Wednesday (8/14) at noon, and the general on-sale begins Friday (8/16) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the pictures, video and setlist from Prospect Park, below...
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Oberhofer - Landline (live @ Snacky Tunes) (MP3)
Ex Cops @ South Street Seaport, 7/13/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned before that there was a Sandy relief benefit happening at Cameo on Tuesday (11/13) being presented by Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes folks (Greg and Darin Bresnitz). The benefit also doubles as the release party for Snacky Tunes Vol. 3, the the latest free, downloadable collection of live performances from their internet radio show of the same name that broadcasts on the Heritage Radio network (whose booth is in Roberta's back yard). The new volume includes songs from Wallpaper, Zambri, Spinto Band, Sinkane and Brad Oberhofer who performs a solo acoustic version of "Landline" which you can download at the top of this post.
The line-up for the Cameo release party/benefit has changed since we originally posted about it. Emil & Friends have dropped off the bill, replaced by Ex-Cops. Moon Hooch and Erika Spring with both be performing as well, as mentioned previously, and Computer Magic will be on DJ duty throughout the night. A $5 donation at the door gets you in (feel free to donate more) and all proceeds (as well as 10% of the bar, so drink up) go to the Red Hook Initiative. Updated flyer is below.
Meanwhile, Ex Cops have announced details of their debut album, True Hallucinations, which comes out January 22 via Other Music Recording Co. Produced by John Siket (Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead), the record shows off Brian Harding's strong songwriting chops (and the lovely vocals of Amalie Bruun) over the course of 11 jangly, just-hazy-enough songs that all get straight to the hooks. You can stream "James" from the album below and check out True Hallucination's cover art and tracklist.
by Bill Pearis
The Babies @ Glasslands, 6/6/12 (more by Tamara Porras)
There have been a lot of benefit concerts here in NYC to aid Hurricane Sandy victims and there are likely to be even more to come. There certainly are a lot of people who still need our help. Here are a few we just learned about.
The Babies record release show at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (11/13) we already alerted you to has become a Hurricane Sandy benefit of sorts. You can get $2 off the door with a donation for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Here's what's needed:
-Heavy duty cleaning supplies: bleach, industrial trash bags, contractor bags, brooms, mops, buckets, simple green, work gloves, gogglesYou can stream The Babies' new album, Our House on the Hill (out 11/13), in full over at SPIN and is really good, well worth a listen. The Babies have become a formidable live force too and, if truth be told, I like them more than either Vivian Girls or Woods (with whom they share members and I like just fine). We're also giving a pair of tickets away to this show (which also features Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and the Sundelles) and details are at the bottom of this post (And if you win, bring extra stuff!).
-Warm clothing, like heavy coats, gloves, hats, scarves.
-Diapers, baby food, bottles, formula.
-Food in general but specifically food that is appropriate for children (snack foods, cereal, rice, pb&j, bread)-
-Some places need flashlights & batteries, especially C or D.
Also on Tuesday in Williamsburg, the Finger on the Pulse / Snacky Tunes guys are throwing a Sandy relief benefit at Cameo featuring Moon Hooch, Emil & Friends and Erika Spring with DJ sets from Computer Magic. $5 at the door with 100% of the door and 10% of the bar going to the Red Hook Initiative. Flyer for the show is below.
Backing up a bit, on Sunday afternoon (11/11) at Matchless there's a benefit show with BV faves Heliotropes, DC bandShark Week, plus Zula, and Fantasmes. The party goes from 3 - 7 PM and is a $10 donation at the door. 100% door + 10% bar will be donated to New York Cares.
Shark Week are also playing another Sandy relief benefit the night before (11/10) at XPO 929 with Love Darling, and Clinical Trials. $8 at the door, more info here.
Flyers and contest details are below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...