Entries tagged with: Nobunny
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Crazy & the Brains at Baby's in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NJ punks Crazy & the Brains are releasing a new single called "Brain Freeze" on November 25 and we've got the premiere of the intentionally grainy lyric video (dir. Brett Sullivan). The band inject classic punk of the Ramones/New York Dolls variety with a heavy dose of xylophone, and if that sounds weird to you, you just haven't heard how well it works. Watch the video below.
They're a super fun live band too, and luckily they have a few shows coming up including two in NYC and two in NJ. The first one here is opening the Nobunny show on Saturday (11/14) at Palisades with David Peel (tickets). And then they play a release party for the new single on November 20 at The Bitter End with The Funk Machine, Della Grove, Ellis Martin, Urban Coyotes, Shark Hat, and Orphan Jane.
As for those Jersey shows, they play the Jersey City stop of the Negative Approach / Child Bite tour happening 11/25 at The Funhouse, and they play the Bouncing Souls holiday show afterparty on 12/27 at the Asbury Yacht Club with The Scandals.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
Weirdo bubblegum garage rocker Nobunny will be touring this fall and his dates include a stop at Brooklyn's Palisades on November 14. Tickets are on sale now. All dates, including stops at Gonerfest 12 and Beach Goth 2015 are listed below.
No word on any new music -- it's been two years since Secret Songs: Reflections From The Ear Mirror, which you can stream below.
The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth Festival happens October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The Growlers play both days, and the lineup also includes Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, FIDLAR, Camera Obscura, Ghost, Juicy J, Warpaint, DIIV, Touche Amore, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Mix-A-Lot (seriously), Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Allah-Las, Del the Funky Homosapien, Subhumans, Wanda Jackson, The Adicts, together PANGEA, Moving Units, My Life With A Thrill Kill Kult, The 220.127.116.11.'s and more. Plus, one of the headliners is still TBA.
Tom Green is hosting it, and Pauly Shore is hosting a rap battle with Riff Raff. There's also Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, roller skating, a time machine, and more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below...
Gonerfest, Goner Records' annual music festival, will take place September 24-27, 2015 in Memphis, TN. This will be the 12th edition and the initial lineup includes Ultimate Painting, TY REX (Ty Segall doing T-Rex?), The Blind Shake, Nobunny, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Melbourne, Australia bands Pink Tiles, Cuntz, and Kid Convict & the Terrible Two, New Zealand's Salad Boys, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Timmy's Organism, NOTS, and more. A Golden Pass gets you into all shows and those are on sale now.
Gonerfest 12 initial lineup listed below...
by Bill Pearis
With his mask that is already all kinds of creepy (shades of Leatherface, no?), Nobunny seems born from a schlock horror movie. So it makes 100% sense for him to star in his own slasher flick, in this case an elongated video for his song "Nightmare Night" from last year's Secret Songs. Written and directed by Ardavon Fatehi and Jenny Messer, it's a well-shot, funny film that owes much to '80s horror (with a little Repo Man in there too) and features appearances by Colleen Green, as well as members of Mean Jeans. Just in time for Halloween, check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
LA trio Cherry Glazerr may still be in high school but they're already making a name for themselves, having released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records earlier this year. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face. You can stream the whole thing below.
The band will be making their first trip to NYC this summer, with two shows on the docket: July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 2 at Baby's All Right. with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets to Merc go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.
Speaking of Burger Records, the label's annual Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park on July 5 & 6 and features Thee Oh Sees, Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, OFF!, Reigning Sound, a reunited Milk n' Cookies, The Muffs, La Sera and more. Tickets are on sale and full two-day lineup below.
Cherry Glazerr have a couple other shows scheduled -- including one in Chicago after the NYC show -- and all dates are listed, along with the album stream and Burger Boogaloo lineup, below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
Black Lips / Coathangers / NOBUNNY / Burger
Burgerama III happened last month at Santa Ana, CA's The Observatory featuring a whole lot of bands on Burger Records' extensive, denim-clad roster. Day 1 (3/22) featured Black Lips and The Coathangers, both of whom played NYC last night (4/17) at Webster Hall and Baby's All Right, respectively. Day one also featured sets from sleazo punks The Dwarves, sleazo bubblegarage dude NOBUNNY, Detroit protopunk band Death, LA teens Cherry Glazzer, more bands, much crowdsurfing and general insanity. A belated set of pics from day 1 are in this post. And check out day 2 pics here.
More pics from Burgerama III Day 1 are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Wisconsin duo The Hussy are set to release a split 12" with Digital Leather on May 6 via Southpaw Records, and one of their contributions to that split, "WWDLD," is making its premiere in this post. It's a nice dose of noise pop with almost every instrument covered in a layer of distortion, but with catchy yelping vocals and a synth line that earn it the "pop" tag. You can check it out for yourself by streaming it below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Nobunny @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Ryan Barkan)
Bay Area weirdo Nobunny released his most recent album, Secret Songs, back in September. While staying in his bubblegum garage milieu, the LP is definitely his best-sounding record yet, and arguably his catchiest batch of songs to date. You can stream the whole thing on Spotify and check out the video for "Little Bo Bitch" and a horror-themed trailer for the album, below.
Nobunny is touring this winter and that includes a stop in NYC at Baby's All Right on February 5 with Wisconsin duo The Hussy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
Gap Dream @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
We mentioned briefly yesterday that Black Lips would be playing this year's edition of Burger Records' Burgerama fest which happens at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on March 23 & 24. Today, the Burger folks released the initial line-up for Burgerama III which is pretty killer if you're into the rock n' roll lifestyle the store/label has become synonymous with. Among the acts playing this year: Mac DeMarco, Death, FIDLAR, Nobunny, Gap Dream, Kool Keith (!), Allah-Las, The Orwells, The Tyde and loads more. Full lineup below.
Tickets for Burgerama III go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon PST.
Burgerama lineup, poster and a streaming Burger sampler, below...
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith, words by Bill Pearis
A skimasked Nobunny at Otto's Shrunken Head, 9/20/2012
Last night at East Village tiki bar Otto's Shunken Head, Sailor Jerry presented a night of garage bubblegum insanity with Nobunny, The Tough Shits and Bad Sports. Nobunny apparently misplaced his disturbing rabbit mask and performed with a skimask instead. Needless to say, the rum-fueled show was wild and sweaty. We've got a few pictures from his set in this post.
UPDATE: The Tough Shits didn't play, word is they couldn't get off work. It's tough being a band, these days.
Hopefully Nobunny has found his mask since, as he and Bad Sports play NYC again tonight (9/21) at Living Bread Deli (2 Knickerbocker) with Xray Eyeballs and Liquor Store. Nobunny and Bad Sports continue their tour Philly tomorrow (9/22) and cross the finish line at next weekend's Gonerfest.
If you haven't checked out Bad Sports, who are Nobunny's backing band on this tour, their 2011 Kings of the Weekend album is sneery, shoutalong punk a la the Ramones or early Damned and can be streamed below via Spotify. All remaining Nobunny/Bad Sports dates are listed below.
Nobunny at Bowery Ballroom, September 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Bubblegum weirdo Nobunny is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album for Goner records which will be out this fall. In the meantime, he'll be going on tour with stops in NYC at Otto's Shrunken Head on September 20 and Living Bread Deli on September 21. All Tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Nobunny's tour wraps up in Memphis for Gonerfest 9 which happens September 27 - 30. The annual blowout, put on by the great record store/label, features garage-leaning bands from all over the world including the Oblivians, Slug Guts, Bad Sports, White Mystery, Personal & the Pizzas, The Spits, and loads more. 4-day passes are on sale now and you can check out the full line-up and schedule below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
photos by Devan Council
Hunx & His Punx @ Mercury Lounge
"Though the Oakland-based thrift-store heartthrob's latest album, Hairdresser Blues, was a solo effort largely about personal catharsis and recorded without his Punx backing band, the garage-pop songs have a simple timelessness and filthy energy that's totally irresistible when played live by a razor-sharp four-piece band (including Shannon Shawof Shannon and the Clams on bass) dressed like background actors from John Waters's Cry-Baby." [NOW]Hunx brought his Punx, Shannon on bass and Justin Champlin aka Nobunny on guitar included, to NYC as part of an ongoing tour this past week. Their first stop: Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (April 4th) along with the-ever changing lineup of opening Nashville band Heavy Cream whose new Ty Segall-produced album is being released on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label soon. Two days later they Hunx played Glasslands in Brooklyn with Natural Child, but here are some shots from the Mercury Lounge show. More of them below...
Easter is almost here, and punk rock bunny Nobunny has two holiday treats for you to get ready. The 73-second pop nugget "At the Mall," off his forthcoming Record Store Day 7-inch MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL EP, is one (stream below). The other is the on the cover of that record. See if you can spot it below.
The masked rocker has a full-length due in June on Goner and no scheduled gigs coming up besides an April 8th show in Baltimore. Of that, he writes, "Here we am heading into the 2nd quarter of 2012 and NOBUNNY has only played 10 shows this year?!?! Why and what the who? Well, I wanted to make #11 special so I will be performing my 11th show of the year on the day of my 11th birthday!" Why the one-off? Nobunny alter-ego Justin Champlin is currently on tour playing guitar for Hunx. See them tonight at Glasslands with Natural Child.
Nobunny also has a 7-inch coming out May 8th on Suicide Squeeze, a label that's put out some mighty good 7-inches lately with releases (see Bleached, King Tuff).
The EP's cover and more info are below
My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.
I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.
More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...
San Francisco's Girls headlined two sold-out nights at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/22) and Friday (9/23). The band performed in a sea of floral arrangements, which seemed to make the connection between their poppy tunes and sunny '60s-era idealism. There was plenty of cheeriness ("Hunny Bunny," "My Love") from their new record, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. But the album has a darker side too: the metal thrashing of "Die," the whispered desperation of "Vomit," with its Dark Side of the Moon-style rapture at the end. The touring band, eight members strong with a trio of backup singers, vacillated between those two modes over the course of their 90-plus-minute Thursday night set.
Girls are excellent at mirroring the musical styles of the past, from surfy Beach Boys tunes to soulful McCartney-esque ballads. And frontman Christopher Owens seemed content to lets the polished sounds of the band take over, though the show's best moments featured him at his most bare. When Owens came back alone for the first song of the encore, "Jamie Marie," the crowd chuckled along at his rambling asides. The band came back to finish that song and play "Substance" and "Just a Song," completing the trio of sleepy send-offs.
In the role of the tortured frontman-down to the bleached blond hair and opiate addiction-Owens is a compelling presence that puts the band beyond being a mere nostalgia act. But the setlist Thursday night didn't really do him any favors. Front-loaded with hits like "Lust for Life" and "Laura," the second-half of the show dragged on, and reinforced the sameness of some of his songs.
Nobunny, whose First Blood is easily one of my top five album's this year, opened the show with a hilarious, grimy set. The opener, "Your Mouth," tipped the crowd off to his perverse humor, which continued with songs that included "(Do the) Fuck Yourself," "Blow Dumb," "I Am a Girlfriend," "Ain't It a Shame" and "You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll," a Nobunny-penned Hunx song that got the biggest reaction of the night.
The first band, Papa, made up of Girls' guitarist and drummer with a piano player and bassist, proved to be competent musicians, but the group just didn't have the songs to make the set enjoyable.
More pictures from Friday (the review is from Thursday) below...
Human Eye at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
As previously mentioned, Goner Fest is back for its eighth year in 2011. The Memphis, Tennessee festival will pack multiple noatable garage-punk bands over its four day span (9/22 - 9/25) including appearances from Gories, Human Eye, Ty Segall, Royal Headache, OBN IIIs, Straight Arrows, Coasting, Alarm Clocks, and too many others to name individually. Check out the official schedule and the show flyer below, and get your tickets now.
If you can't head down to Gonerfest 8, then you can still attempt to have your own version of it in NYC in the coming months. Check out some of these upcoming shows...
Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Human Eye will play Bowery Ballroom on 9/29 (tickets). An updated set of dates, that also include some shows with Stephen Malkmus for Ty, below.
Sydney's Royal Headache have multiple shows coming up.
Sydney's Straight Arrows do too.
And more imminently:
After a hiatus, America's most popular soul party, New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF is returning to its NYC home! Seaport Music Festival, Panache Booking, and Metropolis Vintage celebrate both the party's local return (resuming third Saturdays at Glasslands starting next month!) and the kickoff of NY Night Train's Thursdays at South Street Seaport's Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club with this one-off party under the stars!You can also catch James Chance in action TONIGHT (8/24) at the Manhattan Inn.
10pm-2am: dancing w/DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN
12am: DANCE-OFF for $100 grand prize and $75 at Metropolis Vintage w/guest selections by FINE WINE, hostess LAURA LEIGH, and a distinguished panel of local celebrity judges including:
- JAMES CHANCE (leader of The Contortions/James White and the Blacks)
- JUDY CHANCE (cultural hero/NYC legend)
- KEMBRA PFAHLER (leader of Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, performance artiste, actress, model, goddess, etc)
- LEAH FISHMAN (vocalist for Dansettes/Nouvellas)
- MICK COLLINS (vocals/guitar for Gories/Dirtbombs/etc)
RAIN OR SHINE! the beer garden is very well covered... 21+, $5
The Gonerfest trailer & schedule, poster designed by Per Byström, tour dates & more, below...
photos by Sarah Coulter
Nobunny @ Kniting Factory
"NOBUNNY IS MY NEW FAVORITE BAND. HOLY SHIT.Respect to Nobunny, if for no other reason than being described as "regal" in "black skivvies". Regardless of any official monarchical status though, Nobunny was definitely the king of Knitting Factory on Friday night (7/1). The garage rock band fronted by a crazy bunny headlined the Brooklyn venue with Shellshag as part of a pair of NYC dates with TV Ghost (a late show at Mercury Lounge played out on the following day). Pictures from KF are in this post.
If there were ever a band to embody a musical representation of my soul, it would probably be Nobunny. ...Their show at the Knitting Factory last night ...was hands down the best show I have been to all summer, if not since SXSW (perhaps even before). Nobunny himself had a stellar presence and looked absolutely regal in his leather bolero jacket and black skivvies." -[Midwestern Miscreant]
Nobunny is still on the road, playing Baltimore at Golden West tonight (7/5) and eventually hopping his/their way back to California by the end of the month. TV Ghost, who also played Philly with Nobunny, is finished touring for now. Shellshag play Cinders Art Gallery on July 8th. All Nobunny dates and more pictures below...
Goner Records' eighth annual Goner Fest is coming to Memphis, TN on September 22-25. According to a press release, the festival will include three evening shows at the Hi-Tone Cafe, two afternoon shows, and opening and closing shows at the Goner Records Shop. The first batch of artists has been released and includes Alarm Clocks, Icky Boyfriends, Ty Segall, Royal Headache, Black Sunday, Kitchen's Floor, Deaf Wish, Brides, and Straight Arrows. Golden Passes are on sale now.
Nobunny, whose album First Blood is out now on Goner Records is in NYC this weekend. He plays Knitting Factory tonight (7/1) with TV GHOST and Shellshag and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2) also with TV GHOST. More Nobunny dates HERE.
For more Friday night shows, check out "What's Goin on Friday?"
by Bill Pearis
Holiday weekends generally mean less bands of note playing in NYC which seems to be the case this year for the Fourth of July, but there is some great stuff happening nonetheless. First and formost for me are Canadian rock icons Sloan, who play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/29) and Knitting Factory tomorrow (6/30). If you missed it, I interviewed guitarist Jay Ferguson earlier this week which was a lot of fun. Here's him talking about playing Sloan's new fantastic album, The Double Cross, live:
It's fun, especially the first three songs on the record which are kind of a little mini suite that flow into each other. We play those right at the beginning, flowing together so it's a fun exercise to pull off. It's always fun to play the new songs. Maybe more fun for us than the audience. We've been around for 20 years and hopefully the audience is interested the new material but you hope you're not boring them. When Mick Jagger says, "Here's another new one from Bridges to Babylon," everyone goes to get a drink. Hopefully people will patiently listen until we play one of our huge hits from 1998.Sloan was one of the first things (second, specifically) I ever wrote about for this site and am pretty much a superfan. I've seen them play countless times and are one of my favorite live bands ever. If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and go to one of these shows, it's pretty much a guaranteed good time. Also, check out Sloan's rockin' version of Gary Numan's classic "Cars" that the band did for AV Club series Undercover. The video is below.
It is Independence Day weekend which means The Feelies at Maxwell's. These are now becoming the summertime equivalent of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows and there are three this year: Friday(7/1) and Saturday (7/2) which are both sold out and Sunday (7/3) which still has tickets.
In addition to the band's classic catalog -- and host of covers -- The Feelies have a new album this time out as you may know. Here Before is the band's first album in 20 years and finds Glen Mercer, Bill Million and the rest of the band picking up basically where they left off. But really, what else would you expect. It's a lovely album, probably most reminiscent of 1985's The Good Earth with the prevelance of acoustic guitars. That magic interplay between Mercer and Million is still there. This is an album for early evening Sunday back yard barbeques. And anyone who's seen The Feelies live since they got back together knows they've still got it.
And if you can't make the Maxwell's shows, The Feelies play Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23.
If you want to let it all hang out, maybe go see Nobunny who plays Knitting Factory on Friday (7/1) and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2). He will certainly be hanging out, most of him at least, as it's a rare show where he doesn't strip down to his tightie whities. The sleazoid schtick remains fun because Nobunny's songs are pretty undeniably catchy in a Ramones-y pop-punk meets Happy Days kind of way. As can be heard on last year's First Blood. Live shows remain unhinged. If you're in a Nobunny state of mind, it's a good time.
I do wonder about that mask, though. He does wash it occasionally, right? If you can wash it.
And if you're in an electronic pop kind of mood, Memory Tapes play a late show on Friday night (7/1) at Mercury Lounge. Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty teriffic. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And do check out the very cool video for "Yes I Know" at the bottom of this post.
And that's mostly it for this holiday weekend. Happy America! A few more picks -- and shameless plugging -- below.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
John Maus and Puro Instinct are at Mercury Lounge. I caught both last night at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young.
DOWNLOAD: TV Ghost - Wired Trap (MP3)
Metropolis Vintage's is hosting a punk and garage extravaganza, entitled Metropolis Fest 2, which is happening over two days in Brooklyn. Starting with a free show at Don Pedro on 5/20, the fun continues with a pre-party at Metropolis Vintage in Manhattan on Saturday, 5/21. That's followed by a big blowout later that night at Brooklyn Fireproof. Keep reading for more details and other upcoming NOBUNNY shows...
The always insane garage rocker in a bunny mask (and/or naked, etc) NOBUNNY will headline the second night of Metropolis Fest 2 at Brooklyn Fireproof. Also on that bill are White Mystery (their 5th of 5 NYC shows), Timmy's Organism (Timmy Vulgar from Human Eye and Clone Defects), Peace Killers (Jesse from Foster Care, Ex Humans), Johnny ILL Band (Chris from Terrible Twos), and The Psyched (Anthony from Tunnel of Love).
The night before at Don Pedro will feature performances from The Waldos (Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers), Marvin Berry & the New Sound, The Amputees, Cheesequake, Tiger Cage, and Fuck School. More details, including DJs, a flyer and the preparty, are below.
For NOBUNNY, the show is one of many he has coming up this summer. In June and July he'll be touring a bunch. That trip brings him back to NYC for two more shows, both with TV Ghost. There's Knitting Factory on July 1st (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on July 2nd (tickets). All dates are listed below.
TV Ghost meanwhile will be out on the road with The Spits in support of Mass Dream which came out on In the Red in April. Sample that album with an MP3 (above) and video & stream (below with all dates).
"Hail! Hail! America's favorite loopily leporine rock 'n' roller, Nobunny, is back with a new album, First Blood, and it's his catchiest batch of tunes yet. The melodious masked man kicks it off with "Ain't It a Shame," a bittersweet tale of a rocky romance in which Nobunny's lover has no choice but to endure his frequent indiscretions. He's just that damned charming. "Blow Dumb" is a Velvet-y tribute to all the things that make life worth livin'-"smokin' Copenhagen," make-out sessions and "burger breaks." In fact, First Blood never overstays its welcome and lasts about as long as a particularly adventurous mid-party burger run." - GonerGoner Records will release First Blood on September 21st. That's the cover art above. Nobunny will play a free show in NYC, courtesy of Scion, TONIGHT (8/25) @ Knitting Factory (RSVP). Jacuzzi Boys open the night. Flyer and all dates below...
by Bill Pearis
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.
Miracles of Modern Science
If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.
Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva), The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.
Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg -- for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.
At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.
The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.
While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.
Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.
The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.
They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.
A few more shows, night by night:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.
photos by Rachel Carr
All Leather, the dude (Justin Pearson) from the Locust, was supposed to play Market Hotel tonight. As you know, Market Hotel was closed and shows have been relocated - most to other Brooklyn venues, and one to a boat. $10 tickets are still available for tonight's show (Friday, 5/7) on the Half Moon. I don't know too much about the Dim Mak-signed All Leather (hence the procrastination that led to this last minute post), but at a minimum I wouldn't mind seeing the opener The Death Set out on the high seas.
All Leather was the opener at a show with with NoBunny and Japandroids at the Echoplex in LA earlier on his tour. Pictures from that show, with an All Leather video and all dates (most with Yip Yip) below....