Entries tagged with: Nada Surf
The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...
Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf haven't released an album or gone on a full tour since 2012, having only done a few shows this past year including the Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary and a Yellow Dogs tribute in Brooklyn, while singer Matthew Caws also kept busy with his Julianna Hatfield collaboration Minor Alps. At the moment, they've got one show scheduled for 2014 too, happening in NYC on February 27 at The Bell House before Matthew does a few solo shows in Europe. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Nada Surf is also one of the many bands Doug Gillard has been involved in, and as mentioned, he plays NYC on Friday (1/10).
All currently announced dates are listed, along with a video, below...
In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.
Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.
Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...
Minor Alps / Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, recently hit the road with Volcano Choir, and they'll soon head back out with another new duo, Minor Alps (aka Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf). As discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. TIckets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Minor Alps' debut album, Get There, came out this week (10/29) via Barsuk. You can hear it on Spotify or RDIO. The recently-released video for album track "I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands" can be watched below.
Sylvan Esso's only release so far is the "Hey Mami" b/w "Play It Right" single. You can listen to both of those songs, along with their list of dates, below...
Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.
The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....
by Bill Pearis
Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws have been friends for a long time, and have sung on each other's records. But now the two have formed a new group, Minor Alps, who will release their debut album, Get There, via Barsuk Records on October 29. Not unlike the quieter moments on the last few Nada Surf Records, the album is appealingly mellow pop, with arpeggiated guitars, gentle electronics, and the occasional melotron. Mostly, though, it's about Caws and Hatfield's voices which sound pretty great together.
No songs have been released from the record yet, but Minor Alps will be touring this fall, including a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on November 20. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.
Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and MØ. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.
Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.
The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.
Nada Surf at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf have just announced a December tour of the East Coast and Midwest, ending with a two-night hometown stint in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/14 and 12/15. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, July 27 at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
There is also a Nada Surf fan presale on Wednesday that starts at 10AM, though you do need to sign up for their fan community to access it. A list of all upcoming Nada Surf tour dates and the video for recent single "Waiting for Something" are below.
Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...
Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.
But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.
Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Last month Nada Surf released their new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, and celebrated it with a sold out Bowery Ballroom show. That show was a one-off before their full tour this spring which hits NYC on April 7 at Webster Hall, which tickets are still on sale for. They've just announced another NYC show happening one day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon. An Horse have also been added as an opener to the tour and will play at both NYC shows.
Watch Nada Surf's appearance on Jimmy Fallon, their new video, and see photos from their Bowery Ballroom show here. Updated tour dates are listed below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Nada Surf @ Bowery Ballroom
If you missed the show, you have plenty of other chances to see the band in the coming months including one at Webster Hall. Their lastest set of dates is listed below.
Also below: video from their appearance on Fallon last night (including a web exclusive), a video of them being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, their brand new video for "When I Was Young", and a whole bunch of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (along with shots of openers Palomar and the setlist). Check it all out...
by Bill Pearis
The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.
Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.
The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.
My Best Fiend
A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.
The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.
And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.
You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.
Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!
That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.
Nada Surf @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Nada Surf's January 24th album release show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC is sold out, but the band just announced a full tour that includes another NYC show this Spring. The April 7th Webster Hall show and all new shows go on band presale on Wednesday. The NYC show has an AmEx presale starting that day too, and general sale begins Friday.
All tour dates and a song off their new album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (out 1/24 via Barsuk), below...
DOWNLOAD: Nada Surf - "When I Was Young" (MP3)
Nada Surf at Rebel NYC in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Nada Surf are releasing their sixth album of original material, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy on January 24 in the US. The album was produced by Chris Shaw (Super Furry Animals, Wilco) and features guitar contributions by Doug Gillard (formerly of Guided by Voices), who also played on Nada Surf's 2010 cover album, If I Had A Hi-Fi. You can download the album's single, "When I Was Young," at the top of this post and check out the artwork below.
Nada Surf are touring internationally in support of the album in early 2012. Only a few US dates have been announced at the moment, and one of them is in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on January 24, the day of the album's US release. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/26) at noon.
All dates and album artwork below...
by Klaus Kinski
Doug Gillard @ Irving Plaza NYE (more by Chris Gersbeck)
I got heavily obsessed with Guided By Voices after the demise of the "classic '93 - '96 line-up" which featured Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, and Greg Demos (a line-up that reunited in 2010 and has been blazing a sweaty, beer soaked trail across the US since) (this past weekend's Sasquatch Festival included).
I've now seen the classic line-up twice thanks to the reunion, but prior to that my live experience was always delivered by Robert Pollard, Nate Farley, Doug Gillard, Kevin March, Tim Tobias and, later on, Chris Slusarenko. I often had to be rolled out of those shows in a wheelbarrow, and memories of those shows are muddied and schizophrenic, but two things I always took away from a GBV experience was A) that I had had the time of my life and B) that lead guitarist Doug Gillard was, and is, easily one of the most agile guitar gods in rock 'n roll. I mean, forget about shredding and other wanky guitar-athleticism bullshit. What Doug brings to the table is a prodigal level of rock-solid, rock guitar purity and proficiency. Doug is an absolute master of his craft, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone out there these days who can get such a thunderous onslaught from his Les Paul and his amps. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find that your man Klaus has been following Doug's solo career with great interest and it is because of non-GBV-related Gillard news that I write to you fine people today.
Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), & Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart's entire catalog, from his 1966 debut "Safe As Milk" to his final record "Ice Cream For Crow", released in 1982.Captain Beefheart died on December 17, 2010 from complications from multiple sclerosis, so it's fitting that ALL PROCEEDS from this show (a reasonable $10) will go directly to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you can't make it to the show, watch the live stream. And consider donating to the MS Society.
Besides the MS/Beefheart show, there are many more opportunities to catch Doug live. Speaking of beef, on Saturday June 11th, get your non-vegan ass to the Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park at 1:00pm on Saturday June 11th. While you're feasting on various forms of carrion with gristle and BBQ sauce dribbling from your lips (editor's note: Klaus!), the band Bambi Kino will be performing. Bambi Kino features Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (Ex Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) and were formed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' first concerts in Hamburg Germany. Back in those days, the Beatles were essentially a cover band themselves, and Bambi Kino's setlist is culled from the Beatles' set list from back in those days. So it's like a cover band covering a cover band who were doing their own versions of the whole blues thing. And it's free! More about who's playing the Big Apple BBQ, HERE.
You can also catch Doug when he goes on tour with Tommy Keene and Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves. Doug recently wrote and recorded songs on Sally's upcoming 5-song EP "Transmit/Receive". Tommy is touring in support of his new LP, and Doug Gillard will have a new vinyl 7" he'll be promoting. The tour lands at the Rock Shop on September 10th, 2011. Complete tour dates below.
Oh, and before I forget... Doug is recording tons of guitar for the upcoming Nada Surf LP, which is due out in Fall of 2011. Look out for that as well as a tour in support of said LP. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws joined Doug on stage at Irving Plaza on New Years Eve when he opened for GBV.
Catch Guided By Voices, Wavves, and Surfer Blood during the Northside Festival on June 18th, yo.
Catch Bush Tetras (Cynthia Sley is also playing the Beefheart show) at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 10th.
Doug tour dates and the Beefheart flyer below...
Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!
Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.
Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.
And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...
raccoon in a tree (by Men in Black)
today in NYC
* It Is It @ Pianos
* Cold Soda @ The Pit
* Joe Budden @ SOB's
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* football @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub
* SHARE @ Issue Project Room
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Joachim Badenhorst @ The Stone
* the B-52's @ Ridgefield Playhouse (CT)
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Joel Harrison String Choir @ Joe's Pub
* The Love Below, Pharoah @ The Acheron
* Sleepy Doug Shaw, Ramble Tamble @ Zebulon
* Jorrit Dijkstra's Improvisation Pool @ The Stone
* Nude Beach, Nomos, The Men @ Generation Records
* Cannabis Corpse, Mutant Supremacy, Pyrrhon @ Union Pool
* Reagan Youth, Yuppicide, Beer & Cable, Agitator @ Europa
* Pretty Good Friends (Eugene Mirman & friends) @ Union Hall
* Hush Hush, Gates of Heaven, Computer Magic @ Bruar Falls
* Kudrow (of Bomb The Music Industry), Chewing On Tinfoil, Lenin Mccarthy @ Silent Barn
* Teardrops, American Sun, The Fish (members of Nude Beach), La Defense @ Death By Audio
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, Charles Bissell of The Wrens, Escape Directors, Carah Faye Charnow @ Maxwell's
Check out Nada Surf's new video for their cover of "Enjoy the Silence", below...
Nada Surf @ REBEL NYC (pre-CMJ) (more by David Andrako)
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Where there is a cause, there is Nada Surf. In addition to the acoustic set they're playing at The Rock Shop on December 14th to benefit Little Kids Rock (tickets are on sale), you can catch Nada Surf back at Mercury Lounge on December 15th to benefit Transportation Alternatives. Bambi Kino (who also play the annual Maxwell's Holiday Party on December 13th) and "Musicband" are also playing the Manhattan show which goes on sale today, 11/3, at noon.
Nada Surf's only other upcoming date(s) is aboard The Rock Boat which is probably not a boat you want to be on, though the organizers claim, "Sailing January 6-10, 2011 from Tampa on the Carnival Inspiration, The Rock Boat XI will go down in history as the greatest musical adventure of all time."
During CMJ, Nada Surf made three live appearances. One was an acoustic performance at "Levi's Workshop", one was the pre-CMJ Syndicate party (pictured above), and one was their main CMJ showcase which took place that Friday night at Mercury Lounge (one of the harder official CMJ shows to get into unless you had an advanced ticket- lines were down the block). We didn't have anyone at Mercury Lounge to review or take pictures, though Chris did stop by the same show earlier in the evening to catch Ume.
Two videos from the Levi's thing, below...
In their own words, "PALOMAR is playing a "benefits residency" every Tuesday [at the Rock Shop] from Nov 16-Dec 14, called 5 GREAT NIGHTS, 5 GREAT CAUSES. The band will play songs from their new, yet-to-be-released album, and have roped in some big names including Nada Surf, Charles and Kevin of The Wrens and many more." Other guests at the shows include Walter Schreifels, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman, and Robbers on High Street. Right now only $40 tickets are on sale. That gets you into all five shows. Individual show tickets will be on sale Friday.
Exact dates, full lineups, flyer, and more below...
words & photos by David Andrako
Nada Surf headlined The Syndicate's 12th Annual Pre-CMJ "Conflict of Interest" Party at Rebel NYC on Monday night (10/18). The free show, hosted by Allison Hagendorf also featured performances from Kitten, Oh Land, Bo Burnham, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Reggie Watts..
The club filled to capacity early in the evening as concert-goers took full advantage of drink specials, numerous giveaways and bags of free swag. Los Angeles band, Kitten kicked things off with a loud, noisy set that showcased lead singer Chloe Chaidez, who at just 16 years old, has a commanding stage presence. Oh Land aka Nanna Fabricius, the Brooklyn by way of Denmark electronic artist gave the second performance of the night. Nanna sang and played a six padded drum machine that was hooked up to a band of LED lights and topped off with balloons that had videos projected on them.
Bo Burnham, the 20 year old Youtube sensation who's first Comedy Central special aired last weekend "Words Words Words", greeted the audience with bags of candy and a 20 minute set of songs, poems and prerecorded bits. Burnham who calls himself "the best rapper in the world" has a cd/dvd of his special hit stores on the 19th of this month.
White-hot band of the moment, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (playing the first of 7 shows this week) took to the stage in their standard NASCAR Racing Suits and large JR JR light up letters behind them on stage. The Detroit based duo performed songs from their Horse Power EP as well as a pair of covers, Gil Scott Heron's "We Almost Lost Detroit" and The Beach Boy's "God Always Knows." Their brief set was a highlight of the evening.
Reggie Watts followed with his trademark looping, improvised, rapping, singing set to a welcoming crowd that included members of Nada Surf who were enjoying his performance from the soundboard area. Reggie managed to name check Oh Land and also made a point of mentioning the passing of Minneapolis rapper Micheal Larsen, aka Eyedea.
Headliners Nada Surf took to the stage just after midnight and lead singer Matthew Caws laughed that he and bassist Daniel Lorca held their first practice as a band in a rehearsal space upstairs at the club. The band was joined by Guided By Voices guitarist, Doug Gillard who played with the band for their entire 15 song, close-to-90 minute set.
More pictures from Rebel NYC, and the Nada Surf setlist from last night, are below.
DOWNLOAD: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love (MP3)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Nada Surf are one of the bigger (more popular) artists playing CMJ this year, and their sole official show is a headlining slot in a venue too small for them as part of showcase for their booking agent. Good thing for those that can't get in, there are more chances to see the band this week (at least one anyway).
The first of those chances happens Monday night, October 18th, at Rebel where Nada Surf will headline Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ 'Conflict of Interest' party. It is FREE with RSVP. Reggie Watts, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Bo Burnham, Oh Land and Kitten are also on the bill (Dale play the Mercury Lounge show with Nada Surf too).
Technically there are no more chances after that to see Nada Surf, but there's a rumor that they're also playing a TBA SPIN show, but not the same SPIN show Titus Andronicus is rumored to be playing.
Back to Dale: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (I wasn't a fan of their name, but it's growing on me) are actually playing at least seven times during CMJ. In addition to the two mentioned above, they're playing the previously mentioned Stereogum/PopGun show, a show at Cake Shop, a show at Bruar Falls, a show at The Studio with Jaill, and the BrooklynVegan day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday, October 23rd (set time and more details TBA). Stream some of their sweet tunes at MySpace, grab their DayTrotter sesssion, and get a free track at their Facebook..
All dates and some videos below...
Nada Surf at The Bell House (photos by Kurt Christensen)
Nada Surf will headline the Paradigm CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge in NYC on October 22nd. This is a really small venue for the band, and limited tickets are on sale now. Badge-holders will get a chance to get in too. Other bands on the bill are Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Francis & the Lights, Reptar, JBM, Blair, and Ume.
You might remember Austin band Ume from CMJ last year. They played the BV day party at Fontana's. At the time BBG wrote...
"Ume started the day with their poppy and suprisingly heavy take on 90s post-punk that is both powerful and charming. Outside of her devilish coo, Lauren is an enigmatic guitarist; all flailing hair, swinging arms, and wild movements. If this band didn't have such catchy songs, you'd probably be content just watching."At the moment the Mercury Lounge show is Ume's only CMJ show, but they have a day off on their nearly month-long fall tour. All dates are listed below.
JBM recently completed a tour with AA Bondy. AA Bondy plays a NYC show TONIGHT (10/6) with Diamond Doves and Dawn Landes who both played with JBM when he played Mercury Lounge in July. JBM, who played a BV CMJ party in 2009, currently has no other upcoming shows listed outside of the Paradigm Showcase.
All the other bands on the Mercury Lounge bill not only have upcoming shows, but other CMJ shows listed too. All dates and some videos below...
"I am playing an early show solo set (no band) at Mercury Lounge in honor of pal Doug Keith's new CD release party there, Tues. March 30th at 7:30 PM.Doug Gillard also has a show coming up at Death By Audio on Apriil 8th. All dates below...
Thrilled to be playing guitar in Nada Surf on some of their current tour dates. The NYC shows went well, and am also playing Philly, Boston, and Washington DC with them! I recorded on some tracks on their new LP of covers, " ifihadahifi " .
The guys and their crew and mgmt are just the best. Really!!!"
Nada Surf played the 2nd night of 3 full album shows at The Bell House on Friday night. On deck for the evening was "The Weight Is A Gift" followed by a set of covers and songs from their other albums.
John Roderick of The Long Winters opened the show. He definitely seemed to have the crowd more engaged than the opening set by Sondre Lerche the night before. Some were familiar with his music, but Roderick won over the rest of the crowd with his great in-between song banter. His humor was also on sale at the merch table, where he was selling a book of material culled from his twitter feed (@Johnroderick). Nada Surf joined him for the final song of his set.
Perhaps Matthew Caws was getting over his cold, or perhaps the Bell House provided a better atmosphere for the show, but Nada Surf seemed to have even more energy than they did the night before at Bowery Ballroom. Joined by John Roderick on background vocals, and Doug Gillard on guitar (also there the night before), as well as a rotating list of guests on keys, the band got the crowd bouncing for two long sets. During "Blankest Year" everyone shouted along, and a girl up front jumped on stage in her bra, waving her shirt before diving back into the crowd. That got the crowd going even more.
The second set, like the previous night, was a mix of old favorites and covers from their new all covers album. several songs were played again including Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence" and Bill Fox's "Electrocution". Oddly, they included no songs from "Let Go" (the album featured the night before at Bowery) despite shouts for songs from that album from the crowd. Nada Surf closed the show in the same fashion as the night before, with a cover of "I Fought The Law", this time joined by John Roderick, which brought it to another level.
They concluded their 3-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday. At that show they performed "Lucky". Their tour next brings them to Toronto, but NYC is the only place they were scheduled to play full albums. More pictures from Friday with the setlist, below...
Nada Surf played the first show of their sold out three night NYC run last night at Bowery Ballroom (3/25). Each night they will be playing one of their albums in its entirety. Last night was 2003's "Let Go", arguably the most "popular" album in their catalog.
The floor was already crowded when opener Sondre Lerche took the stage at nine. He played a great set covering a wide breadth of his material. The biggest issue with his set was that it was really hard to hear if you were more than halfway back, because of the ridiculously loud chatter from the people near the bar. The shushing by people who actually wanted to hear music at a show they bought tickets for did little to silence the loud talkers. I know Sondre was the opener in this case, but there's a bar downstairs, and plenty of other places people can talk. I wish people would have more respect for the artists on stage and go downstairs or shut up. If you aren't there for the music, why are you there? To be seen? So you can text people and update your Facebook status? To get an achievement on FourSquare? /end rant. (editor's note: :-) )
Nada Surf followed Sondre, and immediately went into Blizzard of 77, prompting a sing-along by much of the crowd. They sounded fantastic, despite the fact that Matthew Caws had a cold, and Daniel Lorca had a hoarse throat (evident on his vocals on "Là Pour Ça"). The band was also joined by a few special guests including Joe McGinty on keys.
"Let Go" is probably their most cohesive album overall, in that it has the proper ebbs and flows to bring you up and back down. This lent itself really well to a good concert setlist. Not too many up-tempo songs in a row, and no long stretches of slow songs. Songs like "Fruit Fly" start out mellow, and then really rev up towards the end. Every song from the album sounded just as good as, if not better than on record, with perhaps the exception of Daniel's vocals on Là Pour Ça, which he had a legitimate excuse for. After playing the album, they took a short break and came back for another lengthy set, to a slightly smaller crowd.
The next set featured songs from their new all covers album "If I Had a Hi Fi", which is currently only available at their shows. They played a cover of Depeche Mode's Enjoy The Silence, which (while totally recognizable as the DM song) definitely had the Nada Surf signature sound on it, turning into an up-tempo power-pop number. The crowd seemed to mellow out quite a bit during the covers, but when the band went back to their originals, they immediately got everyone's attention back. They played several songs from their other albums, including "Weightless", "Blankest Year", "Do It Again" and "80 Windows" and "Hyperspace" from The Proximity Effect. They closed the show with a raucous and faithful cover of (The Clash's cover of ) "I Fought The Law ", where Matthew Caws even sounded an awful lot like Joe Strummer with his vocals.
Anyone going to the Bell House tonight (3/26), or Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, is in for a treat. Pictures continued below...