Entries tagged with: Moonmen on the Moon Man
Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Breeders, Speedy Ortiz @ Webster Hall
Indie rock vets have been celebrating their sophomore LP Last Splash on tour this year, and they're doing one final run before the year ends which has them doing the album AND their debut Pod. Tonight's their second of two Webster Hall shows, and like last night's, sonic descendants Speedy Ortiz open.
Phosphorescent, Heaven's Jail @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Phosphorescent is about to wrap up a great year that's seen a pretty significant increase in critical and fan love for the band with a four-night sold-out run at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This is the third night, and like tomorrow, Heaven's Jail opens.
SISU, Lizzo, U.S. Girls, DJ Sheila B @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's line-up was curated by BUST and features gothy SISU (feat. half of Dum Dum Girls), the twisted Phil Spector-ism of U.S. Girls, and Minneapolis rapper Lizzo. Free!
Bobby Womack @ City Winery
R&B legend Bobby Womack, who released the terrific The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced in part by Damon Albarn) last year, is back in NYC for a three night stint at City Winery, this being Night 1. Tickets are still available.
The English Beat, Head, The Rudie Crew @ Irving Plaza
Though it's basically frontman Dave Wakeling and a bunch of hired hands at this point, there is no doubting the quality of The English Beat's three '80s albums (all very different and only the first is really ska).
Vattnet Viskar, So Hideous, Alekhine's Gun, Imperial Triumphant @ Acheron
It's an excellent night of atmospheric heavy music at Acheron tonight, notably with Vattnet Viskar whose Sky Swallower was one of the best US black metal albums of the year, and NYC's airy post-hardcore band So Hideous.
Brand New, The So So Glos @ The Paramount
Brand New haven't been the most road-hungry band as of late, but they're doing these very few (and very hard to get into) discography shows which have them playing two of their albums tonight in Long Island and the other two tomorrow in NJ, plus a bonus show in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
This should be a pretty fun show all around, with Dillon Francis, whose song "Without You" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was a pretty big hit in the dance world this year, plus fast-rising producer Cashmere Cat, and chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi. It's sold out and the same lineup does it again tomorrow (also sold out).
Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Beacon Theatre
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to Beacon Theatre for six holiday shows this weekend. There's one tonight, three tomorrow, and two on Sunday.
Darlene Love @ BB King's
A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is one of the most essential collections of holiday music in the modern pop era, and Darlene Love is one of the singers featured multiple times on it. She always celebrates the holidays here in NYC at BB King's at this year is no different. Tonight is her second of three shows at the venue this holiday season.
Zs, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, DJ Bubbles @ Trans Pecos
Cibo Matto have a new album and tour coming next year, but before that you can see one of their members, Miho Hatori, at this show at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave aka the old Silent Barn space). The experimental Zs are worth seeing too.
Light Asylum, Visuals, Agressiva @ Glasslands
If you like it dark, synthy, and gothy, then Light Asylum should be right up your alley.
RINGTINGTINGALINGS, Overlord, Moonmen on the Moon Man @ Cakeshop
Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon Man reunite for this festive holiday party that also features members of Air Waves, My Teenage Stride, The Hairs and more.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis
Hunters, The Immaculates, MMotMM @ Dead Herring, 1/26/2012
The South 5th location of Williamsburg DIY space Dead Herring went out in sweaty style on Saturday night (1/26) with sets from Hunters, The Immaculates, Moonmen on the Moon, Man and Necking. It was more of a party than a show, populated by much of the neighborhood's music community and onlookers hanging from nearly every possible spot in the apartment-cum-venue and it was as packed as I've ever seen it. While sad, the wake was very much celebratory.
UPDATE: The Village Voice reports that Dead Herring will reopen in a new location at N. 1st and Wythe. Good news!
More pics from Saturday's show are below.
Chelsea Wolfe @ Highline Ballroom (more by Greg Cristman)
Palma Violets @ Glasslands on Tuesday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Ultrabunny @ Lit Lounge
* Tift Merritt @ 92YTribeca
* The Pre War Ponies @ Barbes
* Never Sleep Alone @ Joe's Pub
* Nicolas Matar, Willie Graff @ Cielo
* Steve Lantner Quarter @ The Stone
* Body/Head, Sightings @ Union Pool
* Joe Morris Bass Quartet @ The Stone
* AB Soto, DJ Nita, Aviance @ 285 Kent
* Loudon Wainwright III @ Carnegie Hall
* Louts, Moon Hooch @ Best Buy Theater
* Black Taxi, Echosuite @ Public Assembly
* Iceage, Pharmakon @ Home Sweet Home
* Hilly Eye, Sleepies, Adaveta @ Glasslands
* Light Heat, Steve Gunn, Spacin' @ Cake Shop
* Femi Kuti & the Positive Force @ Webster Hall
* Walk The Moon, Pacific Air @ Bowery Ballroom
* Blues Control, Home Blitz, Illegals @ Shea Stadium
* Tonstartsbandht, People, Matt Sullivan @ Silent Barn
* The Stationery Set, The Doorbells @ Mercury Lounge
* No Way Josie, Ducky, Psychic Twin @ Cameo Gallery
* The Last Stand, Ensign, Brick By Brick @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Mile High DJ/VJParty @ Pianos
* Palma Violets, Country Mice, The Everymen @ 252 Norman
* Zammuto, Miracles of Modern Science @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Candy Hearts, Banquets, Model Airplanes @ The Grand Victory
* Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Bambara, Big Ups @ Death By Audio
* Chelsea Wolfe, King Dude, Starred @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Dough Rollers, The Juliets, Andrew James @ Bowery Electric
* Mark Marshall, Ryan Cavanaugh, THE BOOT HEEL DRAG @ Littlefield
* Right This Second, Ben Johnson, The Kissing Club @ Pete's Candy Store
* 6th Borough Project, The Revenge, Jaques Renault @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Chrome Canyon, Avan Lava (DJ Set), Little Daylight (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Hunters, Necking, The Immaculates, Moonmen On the Moon @ Dead Herring
* Annie and The Beekeepers, Jones Street Station @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
* Ecstatic Music Festival w/ Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Causing a Tiger, Face the Music @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Garden of Laughs w/ Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Robert Klein, Darrell Hammond + more @ Madison Square Garden
Tonight's the last-ever show at Williamsburg DIY apartment/venue Dead Herring. Go say goodbye and party down with Hunters, The Immaculates, Moonmen on the Moon, Man and Necking. $5 at the door. MMotMM just put up a video for their song "Republicans" and you can watch that below.
Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Darrell Hammond and many, many more will be yukking it up for charity Garden of Dreams Foundation tonight at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are still available.
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Hunters @ 92YTribeca, 8/16/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Williamsburg DIY space Dead Herring will be shutting it's doors for shows this weekend with a final-night blowout on Saturday (1/26) with Necking, The Immaculates and Moonmen on the Moon, Man -- the later of which will feature "all line-up" of the group who are defunct for all intents and purposes. Just added to the bill, though, are Hunters which makes the evening a little crazier. (And it will probably be crazy, given the circumstances.) $5 at the door and more info is here.
There is a show tonight (1/26) too, the "Dead Herring is Dead Variety Show" featuring Dave Hill and Shaina Feinberg, Corn Mo, Rachel Coleman and more. This show is also five bucks, the variety starts at 8:30 and more info is here.
The flyer for Saturday night's sendoff is below...
Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.
Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.
Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.
Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:
8:45 GO GO's$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:
Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies$5 with costume, $7 without.
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Valentine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Ace (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonmen on the Moon, Man - Hey Look, a Sweat Baloon Artist (MP3)
Hospitality (photo by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Happy Groundhog Day folks. As you may have heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we're getting six more weeks of winter. If that means the kind of winter we've had so far, I'm okay with that. I'm much more likely to head out and go see shows when not faced with the dreaded wintry mix. And there's lots of good shows this weekend, so let's get out there.
First up, the Hospitality record release party at Glasslands this Friday (2/3) (tickets still available). Their album came out this week on Merge, and I think makes a great case for not rushing things. Hospitality started playing about three years ago and released a CDR EP in the spring of 2009 that got them some notice. Most bands would've had an album out by the end of the year, but Hospitality took their time, honed their craft and became a really great live band. And the album is terrific, not a bad song in the bunch; winsome but there's some muscle in there too. You can stream the whole shebang at Merge's website or with Spotify.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum are The Darkness who are back for their first US tour in six years, playing Irving Plaza on Saturday (2/4, sold out) and Monday (2/6, still available). As stated before, I'm a huge fan of the Darkness' first album, 2003's near-perfect Permission to Land, which I picked as one of the best of the '00s. As a pop album. Justin Hawkins knows his way around a giant hook. After the overblown excesses of One Way Ticket to Hell (And Back) and Justin Hawkins' ill-advised Sunset Strip spandex group Hot Leg, the band seem to be back on track with new single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" which is a little more in the "Growing on Me" vein.
The Darkness' show at Bowery Ballroom back in 2003 was one of the most fun shows I've been to in the last ten years, and from YouTube footage of recent shows it looks like they've still got it. They are a kick-ass live band -- it takes skill to play "I Believe in a Thing Called Love's" solo whilst riding on your roadie's shoulders through the audience. (I hope they're still doing that.) Tickets are still available for Monday's show.
The Big Sleep
Hospitality aren't the only ones with a record release party this week. The Big Sleep released The Nature Experiments this week, their first album in four years and their record release show is tonight (2/2) at Knitting Factory. It might be their most melodic record to date, with more songs that have caught my ear on first listen than I remember them doing before. You can download two of the album's best tracks at the top of this post and the listen to the entire album at Spotify. The Big Sleep are touring as well, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
Moonmen on the Moon, Man
Still more record release party fun: Tomorrow night (2/3) at Cake Shop is a dual record release party for Moonmen on the Moon, Man and Glass Anchors who both have record coming out on the venue's subsidary Cape Shok label which finally seems to be in gear after a lot of promise but inactivity. MMotMM, which might feature members who work or even own Cake Shop, rock in an late-'80s/early-90s college radio kind of way. Their endearingly sloppy pop -- with a little punk and twang -- woulda been right at home on, say, Frontier Records, nestled in amongst Flop and Thin White Rope and Redd Kross. You can download a track from the EP at the top of this post.
Glass Anchors is the musical project of songwriter Annie Sicherman who I admit to not knowing much about but her Cape Shok EP is lovely, dusty folk pop. Says the press release:
Honing her songs in various bands over various years, soaring songstress Annie Sicherman brings us GLASS ANCHORS. The songs on her fledgling EP are plaintive, reflective, honest, and good. GLASS ANCHORS sounds best tearing up road (preferably dirt), the one to oblivion - right after you ended the longest relationship you ever had, the one you thought would last, the one with the proposal. That road can be in your head, but certainly GLASS ANCHORS has the ability to take you there every time... with Glass Anchors, we have the real Annie 3000%, no matter what road you're on.You can stream Glass Anchors' EP at the bottom of this post. The Cake Shop show also features Bright Lights, Overlord and Fergus & Geronimo.
That's the big stuff this week. A few more picks, day-by-day, are below of things not already covered here.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
LA's Classixx play the Popshop party at Santos with Workout and The French Horn Rebellion. You may know Classix from their remixes, like the excelent one they did for Phoenix's "Lisztomania." The group's new single is out this summer on a new label that's a joint venture from the Kitsune Maison folks and, I'm not kidding, the Cobrasnake.
Spacecamp, Mon Khmer, Romans and Skaters are at Bowery Electric. Spacecamp's new EP is pretty good, especially if you like a little Police in your pop rocks.
The Death Set, who I haven't seen play since maybe SXSW 2008, are at the Delancey. Always fun live.
by Bill Pearis
Is it too late to say Happy New Year to all of you out there? Probably. Okay, nevermind. It is a New Year though, and the rock machine is already in full swing. If you haven't spent all your money on tickets to the chickfactor fest (I can't tell you how psyched I am to see Small Factory) there's some good options.
Top of my list this weekend is the previously mentioned Stepkids show at Knitting Factory on Saturday (1/14). Their self-titled debut made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list (#36) and don't feel it got enough attention. I wrote:
Like The Bees, The Stepkids recreate a specific era of sound -- early '70s psychedelic soul -- with such skill you might think it was some obscure Fifth Dimension album or outtakes from Psychedelic Shack. That it works beyond an exercise is mimicry shows how talented these three are.And they are crazy talented. All three members write and sing and spent time playing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent before deciding to take a stranger path in music. I do wish they'd make a 15-piece Stepkids Love Unlimited Orchestra so they could really do the complexities of the album justice in a live setting, but what they accomplish as a trio is still pretty damn impressive. (A killer light show helps in that department.) They were great when they played our day party at Public Assembly during CMJ week during which we taped them doing an acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the Tom Sharpling-directed video for "Legend in My Own Mind" which is pretty funny.
Opening for The Stepkids are San Diego band Cuckoo Chaos who also play Friday (1/13) at Mercury Lounge with Country Mice. The band have toured with Anna Calvi and were last in town during CMJ. The band play an appealing take on afrobeat-y indie rock with nice harmonies. I do really like their song "Just Ride It" which is downloadable at the top of this post. If you like that one, check out their album Woman (listen on Spotify, buy at eMusic) and consider going to one of their shows this weekend.
Radical Dads at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, December 2011
A few spots above the Stepkids on my Albums of 2011 list (#29) is Radical Dads' debut, Mega Rama, which is nine tasty chunks of shouty/catchy indie rock wrapped up in one of my favorite sleeves of the year. They're also a total blast live, as evidenced by anyone who showed up early to the BV-presented show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar last month.
You've got your first chance to catch Radical Dads in 2012, as previously mentioned, Friday night (1/13) where they play Cameo Gallery. The whole evening's card is pretty stacked with local talent. Also playing are mellow folk pop band Backwords (stream their new album below), the sloppy pop of Moonmen on the Moon, Man and the electro-tinged stylings of Yanqui.
King Krule, last night at Mercury Lounge
I would mention the King Krule shows happening this weekend but as they're all sold out, you're either going or you're not. I thought he was good when I saw him at Glasslands during CMJ. He looks even younger in person, but that voice seems to be from someone 30 years older. Anyway, a few more weekend picks are below, day-by-day....
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins and many more play a Jonathan Toubin benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.
Next door at Public Assembly, the Juan Maclean and Com Truise are playing a party celebrating new MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back. Tickets were free with RSVP but list is at capacity.
by Bill Pearis
2011 is winding down, holidays are on the horizon and bands, for the most part, stop touring till the new year. Not quite yet, but things are starting to slow down significantly. Which is a good chance to check out local acts if you're still itching to go see some live music this weekend.
Quilt are not local but it's a short trip down from Boston they're making to play Glasslands tonight (11/9), the record release party for their debut LP which came out on Mexican Summer this week. Like a lot of music on the label, there's a laid-back psych quality to the music and, as Andrew Sacher noted previously, Quilt have an undeniable late '60s Haight-Ashbury vibe. Maybe a few less flowers in their hair, but it's there. This kind of stuff also evokes New Zealand comparisons too whether they've ever listened to the Clean or Tall Dwarves before or not. It's a terrific record and you can download two tracks off it at the top of this post and the whole thing is up on Spotify. I heard good things about Quilt's shows at CMJ too.
It's a pretty stacked bill tonight at Glasslands. Also playing are San Francisco's Lilac who appear to be jetting in just for this show. They've also got a psych-rock thing going on, but it's filtered more through '80s UK acts like Primal Scream, the Bunnymen and the Stone Roses. (Some Velocity Girl in there too maybe.) Organ-heavy and danceable. Lilac released their first EP over the summer which is pretty damn good and you can download the single "So Young" at the top of this post and watch the video below.
Also playing are instrument-destroying, '90s-loving locals Total Slacker who released their debut album, Thrashin', not too long ago. It's a little too '90s at times -- I'm surprised they don't have an Angelfire website -- but I can't deny it's a pretty fun record. The band they remind me the most of, and this is an obscure reference, is late '80s band Christmas who later morphed into Combustible Edison. There's a similar melodic and harmony style to what they did and Total Slacker do, not to mention a love of psychedelics. You can download album cut "Secret VHS Collection" at the top of this post (and watch the video below).
I'm Turning Into
Tomorrow night (11/10) at Union Hall is a band who doesn't get enough attention. I'm Turning Into have been around for a couple years, having moved up from the DC area and quickly ingratiating themselves into the Bushwick indie community. (Two of them became My Teenage Stride's rhythm section what seemed like almost immediately.) The band's Parcel of Marbles was released on cassette (and digitally) this summer and is appropriately low-fi given the release format. More in a Robert Pollard kind of way, than the more recent garage scene that people associate with the low-fi tag. I'm Turning Into have plenty of pop smarts and its eminently likeable. You can stream the whole of Parcel of Marbles at the bottom of this post.
ARMS released their new album Summer Skills this week and they play a record release party for it this Friday (11/11) at Glasslands. Earlier this year, Todd Goldstein described the record as a "sort of sci-fi breakup album" and that comes through, I think, even without focusing on the lyrics. The fat synths give the record an epic, widescreen quality. You can download three tracks from Summer Skills via ARMS' Bandcamp site and get the whole record from your digital retailer of choice. Physical release is still TBD.
Moonmen on the Moon, Man
And finally, Friday is November 11 which makes it 11/11/11 which is kinda cool and might "mean something" to numerologists. (Though not as much as November 11, 1111 did. That was a party.) To the folks at Cake Shop, it's an excuse to have 11 bands play in one night. You might expect an appropriate cover charge, but it's actually half that. Yes $5.50 gets you in, probably the first time ever the door will have had to deal with coins which should make the door person real happy. Amongst the bands playing are Cake Shop house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man who have been gigging around a lot lately and have become pretty good. If you like early '90s indie like Eleventh Dream Day or Madder Rose, check 'em out. There's a whole bunch of songs up on their Bandcamp page to listen to.
Cake Shop is still looking for that 11th band (or maybe its a surprise guest?) but the rest of the line-up is American Darlings, Celestial Shore, Mainland, Birdhand, Young Heel, Corsair, Edelweiss, Night Manager and Normally Important.
That's it for this week. A few day-by-day picks follow for shows not covered above.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
It's week two of Miniboone's Thursday's in November residency. If you go tonight you get a free copy of their just-released debut album, On Miniboone Mountain. You can download a couple tracks right now at their Bandcamp.
Bells at Cake Shop, photo by Caspar Newbolt
BELLS (mems Jawbox/Oxford Collapse) will play Bruar Falls on July 30th as part of a "rock and roil CRAB BOIL" at the venue. The show, headlined by Mcdonalds (who you can read more about here), will also feature a solo appearance from Bells member/cellist Gordon Withers. Gordon, who you may know for his cello Jawbox covers, now also plays with with J. Robbins in Office of Future Plans and with Zac Barocas in BELLS. Moonmen On The Moon, Man are also on the Bruar Falls bill which features a meal as described in the name of the show.
Office of Future Plans has three shows coming up, but still none in NY. They're listed below.
BELLS released their debut There Are Crashes EP last year, and are currently writing new material. Stream that EP and the Gordon Withers Jawbox covers LP below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Girls with English Accents (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Harder Than It's Ever Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - Girlfriend (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ty Segall - Caesar (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Baths - Nikki Don't (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Pogo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rayon Beach - The Memory Teeth (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dog Day - Synastry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dog Day - Wait it Out (Mp3)
DOWNLOAD: Deerhunter - Revival (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Versus - Invincible Hero (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: How to Dress Well - Ecstasy with Jojo (MP3)
Wild Beasts @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Just like the August bounty of tomatoes, corn and zucchini that can be currently found at your local farmer's market, we looking at five extremely fertile days of live music, much of it free. Take advantage now -- this crop is extremely perishable.
Wild Beasts are stopping in NYC tonight on their way back from Lollapalooza, playing Highline Ballroom. Their second album, Two Dancers, was my favorite album of 2009 and a year later I'm still listening to it. It's up for this year's Mercury Music Prize and if anybody is going to beat The xx it'll be Two Dancers. If you missed their shows last September, or their appearances here in February , don't miss them this time. Tickets are still available. The fluid interplay between the band is something to behold -- a real case of four people working as one mesmerizing whole. And those who still haven't gotten used to their vocal style, I say go see them live and everything makes more sense.
Domino Records is offering a free downloadable four-song EP featuring "We've Still Got the Taste Dancing on Our Tongues" in original and remixed form, a track previously only available as a Japanese b-side and an acoustic version of "The Devil's Crayon." The download widget is at the bottom of this post and expires August 14 so get on that. And do go see them live tonight if you can. Denmark's The Kissaway Trail and UK artist Lone Wolf are also on the bill.
Fergus and Geronimo
It's been a year since Denton, TX's Fergus & Geronimo were last in town, and while they haven't released anything new since last summer's initial flurry of singles, that should change soon. The band have signed with Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art who will hopefully be putting out a record sooner than later. In the meantime, UK label Transparent (who put out "Tell it in My Ear" last year) have offered up a new F&G track "Girls with English Accents" that you can download at the top of this post. Maybe a little more dreamy/folky and less soul-tinged than their previous output, it's still another winner from this excellent four-piece.
I saw them at 92-Y Tribeca last summer and thought they were terrific. Fergus & Geronimo play Cake-Shop tonight (8/11) with Radical Dads and Little Gold. They then play Saturday (8/14) at Don Pedro's with Liquor Store, Home Blitz, Moonmen on the Moon, Man, and Nashville's Pujol. That sounds like a party.
Also here from Texas this weekend are Austin's Rayon Beach who play Bruar Falls on Saturday (8/14) and Death by Audio on Sunday (8/15). Like a lot of the bands on Hozac Records (or bands from Austin for that matter), this trio fit under the psych/garage umbrella but there's a decided Brit bent to their music. Baroque garage, is that a thing? Think Syd-era Pink Floyd or The Pretty Things more than Woven Bones. Make no mistake -- Rayon Beach can and do get plenty loud. It's just sometimes with pinkies extended. Check out Memory Teeth's title track at the top of this post.
We're just getting started. Ty Segall and The Royal Baths are here from San Francisco, playing Cake Shop on Thursday (8/12) and Death by Audio on Friday (8/13). For my money, it doesn't get much better in the new garage scene than this guy, who has been cranking out records over the last two years. Amazingly, they're pretty much all good, and each record goes somewhere new. The latest, Melted, just out on Goner Records, adds some nice '60s paisley pop touches. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And he's great live.
The Royal Baths, meanwhile, are sort of the flip side to Ty's sunshine pop. I wrote before that they're "kind of bad trip acid rock, dark and seedy but not atonal. But it's definitely down the rabbit hole. In a good way." Royal Baths debut LP is due out on Woodsist in September and you can check out album track "Nikki Don't" at the top of this post.
Still more. Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers are back -- they were last here for the Northside Festival -- for two shows: Thursday (8/12) at new Williamsburg venue The Pyramids and then Friday night (8/13) at Cake Shop. The band have signed with Kanine records who will put out their first full-length, Silver, in September. You can check out the album's first single, "Pogo," in the popular MP3 format at the top of this post. If you dig C-86 inspired pop like Brilliant Colors or Liechtenstein, you should definitely seek this duo out. Absolutely worth seeing live and nice folks too.
Both shows Eternal Summers are playing have pretty stacked bills. The Pyramids gig is with Philly's Reading Rainbow, all-girl quartet Rescue Bird, the shambly goodness that is German Measles and the wistful surf of Family Trees; Friday's Cake Shop show also has new-ish Brooklyn duo Yvette, the tinny, witty pop of Knight School and Halifax, NS band Dog Day.
Dog Day are actually here playing two shows. They play Thursday (8/12) at Bruar Falls in addition to the Cake Shop show on Friday. It's been a while since Halifax's mid-90s indie explosion that gave us Sloan and Thrush Hermit, but Dog Day are helping put the coastal city back on the map. Led by husband-and-wife team of Seth Smith and Nancy Ulrich, the quartet make moody, melodic indie rock that is not too dissimilar from The Figurines or The Comas. Last year's Concentration was one of 2009's lost gems. There's two songs to download at the top of this post and I highly suggest you do. You might find yourself saying "why haven't I heard these guys before?" Normally a quartet, for these NYC shows Dog Day will just be a duo of Smith/Ulrich and they'll be testing out new songs for their upcoming album.
Savoir Adore @ Coco66 for Northside (more by Don Gochenour)
And last but not least, Friday is the last Seaport Music Festival show of the season but they are really going out with a bang with The Wedding Present and Savoir Adore. I'm told we're getting a full 90-minute set from the Weddoes pretty close to what they played at Bowery Ballroom back in April: a career-spanning "hits" set and then they'll play 1989's Bizarro in full.
I saw the Bowery Bizzaro show and it was fantastic, especially the stuff from Side Two of the LP, the long, jangle-on-speed workouts of "Bewitched" and "Take Me!" David Gedge may be 50 but he can still tear into his guitar like Thatcher was still in office. There's video of "Take Me" from Bowery at the bottom of this post. The hits set was peppered with a few new songs too, which I thought were pretty good.
Savoir Adore, one of my favorite new NYC bands of the last few years, are always good live. If you have yet to check out their self-titled debut from last year, you definitely should.
As if this wasn't enough, here are a few more picks by day that weren't already covered above:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11
Two of the best new bands of the last year -- Twin Sister and Oberhofer -- play Mercury Lounge with Ontario's MemoryHouse. Twin Sister and Memory House also play together on Thursday (8/12) at Monster Island Basement, the start of a two-week tour together. All dates at the bottom of this post.
At Coco 66 it's another installment of Show Off Your Sugar which pairs one band and one author to benefit 826NYC, a non-profit writing center for New York City students. Rock critic Chuck Klosterman reads and Here We Go Magic will rock.
photos by Tim Griffin
The Beets, from Jackson Heights
The Beets have at least
five six upcoming shows this summer, all in NYC, and one that is tonight (7/13) at Death by Audio with German Measles, Liquor Store, and Pink Reason. The flyer is below. They return to the same venue on August 15th with Tyvek, but before then play an all Beatles set at Shea Stadium, play at Silent Barn, and play on a boat. They also play the first free Jelly show at Rock Yard.
All dates, and a set of pictures and a video from that BV/Anso Day party at SXSW, below...
Fang Island and Dan Deacon are no longer sharing a bill at Cake Shop on Saturday, May 29th, one of the gigs that's a part of the venue's five-year celebration. That's because Dan Deacon's show has been moved up two nights to Thursday, May 27th, when he'll play with Eternal Summers, Big Troubles and Dustin Wong. (Dan also jams out in Red Hook Park on Tuesday, June 15th.)
Fang Island will instead be performing with Philly garage four-piece Univox on May 29th.
The Bundles' Cake Shop show earlier in the month ended up happening, but with the group playing as a trio comprised of Jeff and Jack Lewis and Anders Griffen (so, without Kimya Dawson and Karl Blau). A note Jeff sent us about the show, and the surprise one they played right after it at Sidewalk Cafe, is posted below.
Then, to close out the month-long celebration, on May 31st, Moonmen On The Moon, Man (the Cake Shop house band basically) will "play five times for five years," including a "1,825 song set, to represent every day of Cake Shop's last five years of live music." A video of that band playing the venue's third birthday, more details on the show, and other dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Broken Social Scene @ SXSW (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Aquarian Weekly: Where does Broken Social Scene go from here? Are there any cinematic soundtracks on the horizon?This weekend boasts an insane amount of awesome shows: Broken Social Scene, Beach House, The Clean, Caribou, Local Natives, Jonsi... of course they're all sold out. So I'm gonna try and suggest things to do that the more lackadaisical music fan can still get into. It's broken up by day...
Brendan Canning: We've got a lot of cinematic music in the can. There's a few movies we're working on while we do a month of touring and festivals to promote the record. We're involved with Daydream Nation, It's Kind Of A Funny Story, and This Movie Is Broken, which mixes Broken Social Scene live concert footage with a plot line that's half fiction thrown in. Now's the time to work hard, stay on top of things, and know this is our moment.
by Bill Pearis
Holiday Shores @ Pianos in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
For a while it didn't look like Saturday's (4/24) Bruar Falls First Anniversary show was going to be much of a party. The 1990s are stuck in the UK thanks to that pesky volcano, and German Measles canceled due to a death in the family.
To say they've recovered is a bit of an understatement. Check out the new line-up: Holiday Shores, Micachu & the Shapes, Beach Fossils, plus house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man. There's also DJs Peggy Wang (of Pains at Being Pure at Heart) and Shirley Braha (of NY Noise), plus balloons and a 1AM open bar. It should be mentioned that the show is FREE.
Holiday Shores will be running over to Bruar following their opening set at the Morning Benders show Brooklyn Vegan is presenting at Music Hall of Williamsburg (we added them a while ago, but didn't rush to announce it because the show was already sold out), that now also includes our Montreal friends The Luyas (who we added yesterday!). Meanwhile Micachu have been stuck in the U.S. also thanks to the volcano, and have been playing around NYC to keep themselves busy. Maybe you saw them last night at Mercury Lounge. And Beach Fossils are one of the areas best new bands, and put on a fun live show -- they were great last Friday at Bruar Falls, even with a substitute drummer.
Bruar Falls has become one of my favorite places to see a show (living two blocks from it doesn't hurt) and there's always a nice community vibe there. It's been a great addition to the Williamsburg music scene. Between the bands, the free booze, the balloons and the very affordable entrance fee, this should be a hot ticket even on a very busy Saturday night. You might want to get there early.
Speaking of Saturday, The Music Hall Show on Saturday with Morning Benders, Holiday Shores and The Luyas is sold out, but if you really want to go we're giving away a pair of tickets. Just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Morning Benders" as the subject. We'll pick a winner at random and be in touch with the lucky person tomorrow.
In other news, the 1990s show at The Bell House that was supposed to be tonight has been rescheduled for next Friday, April 30 (the whole show, not just the 1990s). Crystal Stilts, The Oranges Band (who just opened for the Hold Steady at Music Hall) and The Forgery Series (featuring Sohrab of Obits) will open. No word on whether the 1990s will play a makeup date for Bruar as well, but we'll keep you informed.
Check out a Holiday Shores video below...