Entries tagged with: Motel Motel
by Andrew Sacher
One of Ava Luna's multiple vocalists, Felicia Douglass, also leads her own band called Gemma. It's a duo with Erik Gundel, who used to be in Motel Motel, and it's a little more in the indie-R&B pop realm than either of the members' other bands. Their debut album, As Ever, comes out this week (10/2) via Inflated Records (pre-order), but you can hear it before then. The full stream premieres below.
Gemma will celebrate the album with a release show on October 7 at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn with Railings, Cookies and special guests.
by Bill Pearis
By day, Florida native David Levesque drives a school bus. In the off-hours, he records catchy tunes as Levek. You can check out two songs at the top of this post. Now a six-piece band, Levek is on a short tour that hits town this weekend, Saturday (3/5) at Cameo with Dinosaur Feathers, Motel Motel and ohnomoon, and then Sunday at Pianos with Unknown Mortal Orchestra who are touring with the Smith Westerns.
Levek will then play a few shows in his home state with neighbors Holiday Shores and Idiot Glee. What, no SXSW?
Meanwhile, Motel Motel are also playing Cake Shop tonight (3/4) with Shark? and Dinosaur Feathers. The band claim this weekend's shows are likely to be their last hometown gigs ever as they're going on "permanent hiatus." Before calling it quits Motel Motel are going on One Last Tour (with Dinosaur Feathers) that includes stops at SXSW.
All Levek and Motel Motel/Dinosaur Feathers tour dates are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Alcoholic Faith Mission
"...focus has always been an issue for Alcoholic Faith Mission, even when it comes to their name. The story goes that an inebriated Jensen and Solund were wandering the streets of their adopted New York home when they happened upon a neon cross emblazoned with 'Apostolic Faith Mission', words they drunkenly misread as Alcoholic Faith Mission and appropriated for their band - even if Dyslexic Faith Mission might have been more accurate. As a backstory it has many of the Bukowskiesque themes of the band's lyrics, but Let This Be The Last Night We Care actually sounds more like they were wandering pissed around Montreal and fell over a copy of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible rather than a neon crucifix. For Alcoholic Faith Mission's third album has much more in common with their Canadian counterparts like Broken Social Scene - and most obviously Arcade Fire - than it does with any band they've share a Brooklyn zip code with. That's not just because they've increased their membership - with fellow Scandinavians Kristine Permild, Laurids Smedegaard and Gustav Rasmussen now joining Jensen and Solund full time - but also because the expansion in personnel has been matched by an encompassing expansion in scope...." [Drowned in Sound]Denmark's Alcoholic Faith Mission was Amanda's highlight of the day on Tuesday, 10/19, CMJ Day 1. She caught them along with Freedom or Death, Kidstreet, Emmanuel and the Fear, Motel Motel, Young Mammals and Saadi at the Paper Garden Records day party at the Living Room.
Right before NYC, Alcoholic Faith Mission played Iceland Airwaves. Their next show is tonight (10/21) at Millcreek Tavern in Philly, and then back to NYC for one more CMJ show Saturday night (10/23) at Fat Baby.
More pictures from Living Room below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Field Music - Measure (MP3)
Field Music @ The Bell House in February (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Sunderland, UK's Field Music are bringing their pastoral prog back to the States for a short Fall tour, including a September 23 stop at Littlefield. They were last here in February, just before the release of their third album, Field Music (Measure), which is a shoo-in for my personal Best of 2010 list. A hodgepodge of recognizable (if mostly British) influences -- from Fleetwood Mac to '80s-era Yes to Fairport Convention -- all filtered through the the Brewis brothers' distinct style, the double-LP is a real tour de force.
The Brewises bring it live, too, as anyone who has seen Field Music play live can attest. Extremely skilled musicians, the brothers take turns on drums whenever the other is singing. (David is especially fearsome behind the kit.) The other two members of the band are no slouches either. This is likely to be Field Music's last U.S. tour till the Brewises make another record.
Opening at the Littlefield show are Motel Motel who most recently played the Jelly Rock Yard with Zaza. Speaking of the Rock Yard, you have two more chances to experience it this summer including this Saturday, 9/4, with Bun B, Big Krit, Curren$y and more
All Field Music tour dates, plus a couple music videos, are below.
So, remember those six free shows that are happening? Here they are....
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...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Octagon - Suicide Kings (MP3)
I wrote at length already about this week's Serena Maneesh shows. Now here are some other daily picks to take you through the weekend...
We're very excited to announce that Summerscreen 2009 continues tonight, Wednesday July 15th with a screening of EVIL DEAD 2.Note: the above picture is not of Motel Motel or Evil Dead (or Evil Dead 2). Rather it comes from the classic Motel Hell, which is probably the horror movie that Motel Motel should be playing before. That trailer below...
This year the films are screening on the blacktop in McCarren Park just above North 12th street (between Bedford Ave and Berry St) in Williamsburg.
Come early and bring a blanket or a chair to sit on while you enjoy live music, delicious food from local vendors--including DUB Pies, San Loco and Van Leeuwen ice cream--not to mention beer and wine from Six Points Brewery and Wine Australia!
Doors open at 6:00pm, with a happy hour from 6:00-7:30, followed by a live performance by MOTEL MOTEL at 7:30!! Please, no pets, outside alcohol, or glass inside the park.
photo by Ryan Muir
Gothamist: How did the band come together, and where did the name come from?Currently on a tour of the Carolinas, Motel Motel played a Northside Festival show at Public Assembly on Saturday, June 13th. Their next NYC show will be opening for the Harlem Shakes at Bowery Ballroom on July 1st. All MM dates and more pictures from Brooklyn, below...
Motel Motel member: Well, I was depressed and without any friends, like a lot of people are when they first move to New York. I met Eric Engel and Timo Sullivan at The New School in September of '06. All three of us were students there. That was the beginning of the band.
photos by Lauren Monaco
"Instead of having some form of a spring weekend like a lot of schools, NYU instead holds an event every year that has us celebrating... well, umm, strawberries.The bands were White Rabbits, Motel Motel, Golden Triangle, Teengirl Fantasy, and We Are The Arm. More pictures from Friday's fest below...
Maybe us hipsters should count our blessings. My friends at Penn State got a performance from Asher Roth. Coincidentally, my friends from Penn State generally enjoy college, drinking, women, and college. On second thought, it was a perfect fit.
Anyway, for the past 25 years or so, NYU has picked out a spring day, sectioned off a block or so, closed it off from traffic, and relentlessly force-fed unsuspecting students with several tons of strawberries. It's an experience, if only to check out/devour "NYC's Largest Strawberry Shortcake."
White Rabbits, Motel Motel, Golden Triangle, Teengirl Fantasy, and We Are The Arm are playing a free, afternoon show on Friday, May 1st. Details below...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Love is a Wave (MP3)
Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
NYC's Crystal Stilts have four New York City-area shows on the horizon. The band, fresh off '09 shows in NYC, Europe, and a NYC-to-SXSW tour, will open for Comet Gain at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, April 12th. (Tickets are still on sale.)
Then, Friday, May 8th, Crystal Stilts play a Deli Magazine/After The Jump show with Blank Dogs, Religious Knives, and Dinowalrus at the Bell House. (Tickets are on sale.)
Finally, after touring Europe at the end of May, Crystal Stilts will play a Cake Shop show with The Pains of Being Pure of Heart on June 18th.
In between the two "Crystal" shows, the Gowanus venue will host Horse Feathers with Joe Pug on May 9th (tix) and Chairlift, Takka Takka and The Secret Life of Sofia on May 10th (tix). Chairlift has lots of other 2009 dates, too.
All upcoming Crystal Stilts tour dates and two live videos of the band from 2008 below...
photos by Fresh Bread
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit (Willie Nelson) (MP3)
"My final stop on a Saturday night [3/28] of folk shows was Phosphorescent's homecoming at the Bell House. The show, in celebration of his recently released To Willie, found Matthew Houck and his bearded band of urban truck drivers playing the record in its entirety, a first for the Dead Oceans recording artist. The band was as tight as a new pair of boots, often rearranging, and elevating many of the more somber tunes into honky-tonk raveups complete with dueling guitars and whiskey fueled revelry, just the way Willie would've liked it. Reworked versions of "Reasons to Quit" and "Walkin", as well as party favorite "I Gotta Get Drunk", would have been as welcomed at a Barstow truck stop bar as they were at the Gowanus night club." [Chocolate Bobka]Phosphorescent's new Willie Nelson tribute album To Willie was released on February 3rd. In addition to just regular old touring and playing, he scheduled four times to play the record from start to finish. The first was the above-described and pictured show that happened in Brooklyn on Saturday. The next is in LA, and then San Francisco, and then finally at the BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club De Ville in Austin on Wednesday March 18th. If you're in Austin, stop by!
More Bell House pictures, and a video from the show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Motel Motel - Coffee (MP3)
Todd Barry in the Wrestler
Aziz Ansari was born today in 1983.
And a belated happy birthday to Yoko Ono who was born February 18, 1933.
If Pianos sticks to set times, you could potentially start the night with the free 8PM It is It comedy show . The lineup is Todd Barry (of The Wrestler), Chelsea Peretti, Kevin Williams, and Rob Cantrell. Then you could stick around for most of Ferraby Lionheart's set. It's his last residency show. Then you could jump in a cab and get to the UCB Theatre on 26th St. and see Leo Allen's free weekly Whiplash show. One of this week's guests is Patton Oswalt who just got done playing multiple nights at Caroline's.
As Todd told San Francisco Comedy Blog, he plays Mickey Rourke's boss at his day job. Mickey lost the Best Actor Oscar to Sean Penn at last night's Academy Awards which closed with a recorded cover of Bob Dylan by Beck. Mickey did win the Independent Spirit Award though.
Kate Winslet won best actress for The Reader. Nico Muhly composed the soundtrack to that movie.
M.I.A. did not win an Oscar.
Cheap Ballet tickets.
Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday.
Motel Motel were added to the upcoming Phosphorescent show.
The Free Music Archive will combine the curatorial approach that stations like WFMU have played for the last few decades, and the community generated approach of many current online music sites. It'll be a valuable resource for those in search of legal audio; each track will have a clear set of rights associated with it, as determined by the artist, letting podcasters, bloggers, remix artists and music fans know what uses the artist will and will not allow. The project began here at WFMU, but we are just one of several curators who've been gathering audio for the Free Music Archive, freeing archival audio into the public domain, adding to the Creative Commons and building an open forum for participation that we're very excited to share with you. Stay tuned to our pre-launch blog for more previews and announcements as we get closer to launch.Excepter, Catatonic Youth, and Pink Skull are also on the bill. $10 tickets are on sale. Tickets are also still on sale for the April 5th Thee Oh Sees show at Mercury Lounge.
Motel Motel have a show coming up at the Bell House too. They've been added as opener to the Phosphorescent / Mike Bones show happening there on February 28th. It's the show where Phos will be performing his entire "To Willie" album from start to finish, like he will... at the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase at Club DeVille in Austin on Wednesday night, March 18th (and he's doing it in LA and San Francisco too). Brooklyn tickets are still on sale. All Phos tour dates HERE.
Video of Thee Oh Sees playing at Cake Shop, below...
words & photos by Jonny Leather
If I had a reputation to gamble, I'd put it all on Motel Motel. I've said it all before, but this is a gifted band which equals the sum of all its parts. Each of the 5 members is a technically efficient musician that brings in different tastes and ideas. That in itself is the foundation for a good band with a unique sound. You put 5 guys influenced by the Pixies together, and you're gonna get a band sounding remarkably inspired by the Pixies. Motel Motel, on the other hand has influences all over the map, most noticeably classic folk, indie rock and even a bit of punk rock.
I've seen them quite a few times now, and every time I'm just a bit more blown away at their compositions. With each performance they seem to get tighter, and seem to add something else to make their songs even grander. Their first album "New Denver" was a great record, pretty much overlooked by the music media, but the new songs they are introducing to their sets are even more dynamic and ambitious. The guitars are bigger, the lyrics smarter, and they've very intelligently brought vocal harmonies into the mix.
Saturday night (1/31) they played Market Hotel in Brooklyn and just as always they played with a refreshing enthusiasm, taking a break midway through the set to wish guitarist Mickey Theis a happy birthday with a lit birthday cake.
While they haven't yet gotten the praise they deserve, 2009 could definitely see that change. Their next NYC show is February 13th at Southpaw - part of the BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn festival happening at multiple venues in the borough. The Canon Logic and Holly Miranda are also on that bill. More Motel Motel Market Hotel pictures, and a couple more dates, below...
Herman Dune & the Pratts @ Central Park Summerstage (everlovingpix)
Herman Dune, with Kelly Pratt and Jon Natchez as members of his band, will be touring Europe throughout November and December, but first they'll play two NYC shows which happen to be this Wednesday (11/12 @ The Bell House with Motel Motel) and Thursday (11/13 @ Highline Ballroom with Jolie Holland). All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Motel Motel - Coffee (MP3)
NIN @ the Izod Center (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Fred Thomas @ The Stone
* Fishbone on a boat
* The Giraffes on a boat
* Motel Motel @ Union Hall
* the opening of Hello Brooklyn
* Raphael Saadiq, Oneida, and Endless Boogie @ South Street Seaport
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, My Teenage Stride & Capstan Shafts @ Glasslands
* Portraits of Past, Ampere, Dead Letter Auction & Tropic of Nelson @ Death By Audio
Sonic Youth tomorrow.
Goodbye Blue Monday is hosting three free performances of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".
Happy Labor Day Weekend.