Entries tagged with: Nuclear Santa Claust
by Andrew Sacher
As far as modern punk bands in the catchy, stripped-down, post-Ramones fashion go, Big Eyes are one of the best (and most underrated). Not just 'cause they've got the tunes, but also because if you've seen them live you know they're one of the tightest bands doing this kind of thing. This past fall, they dropped the "Local Celebrity" b/w "When You Were 25" single on Don Giovanni, which was a great example of the kind of power they have. We've now got the premiere of the Brendan McKnight-directed video for the b-side, which has clips of Kait Eldridge and the rest of the band messing around and finding various ways to perform the song (like substituting a tennis racket for a guitar). Check it out below.
Big Eyes also kick off a tour soon, which begins in NYC on January 21 at Cake Shop with Nuclear Santa Claust and Simpler Times. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Mean Jeans at Cake Shop in 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fat Wreck Chords turned 25 this year and they've been on a roll with signing cool new bands lately. This month they put out the great new album from Night Birds (who were added to Negative Approach's tour) and today they announced the signing of Portland garage punks Mean Jeans. They're planning a 2016 release for the followup to 2012's On Mars.
The very first show I ever went to was in 96 in Vienna, Austria to see NOFX, Weezer, and Lagwagon. I remember purchasing a Lagwagon ringer tee and putting it on immediately, because wearing a shirt of the band you are seeing is the cool thing to do. Especially since I hadn't even heard Lagwagon before. A year later I bumped into Chris Flippin outside of a show at that same venue and he brought me and my friends on the Lagwagon tour bus. We talked about how Blink-182 had dropped off the tour because they had to film the video for Dammit and about how the new album Double Plaidinum was somewhat of a departure from Hoss. Later that year I shit my pants* on the way home from a Good Riddance show. Many many years later I acquired Tré Cool's cell phone number and tried to trade it to someone for Fat Mike's cell phone number. I was denied. Needless to say, myself and the Mean Jeans are very excited to be joining the FAT family. It is 5:30am on our way to FEST so excuse the boring story, it's the best we got at this time of day.As he points out, the band are on their way to The Fest, which they'll play on Sunday (11/1) at Cowboys with the reunited Weston, Toys That Kill and more.
* I had borrowed my friend's pants that day so I guess technically I shit HIS pants...
After Fest their tour heads north and hits NYC on November 7 at Cake Shop with Paul Collins Beat and Nancy (great bill) and November 8 at Good Room with The Jeanies, Nuclear Santa Claust and Citizen Blast Kane. Tickets for Cake Shop and Good Room are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a stream of On Mars, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tournament at Grand Victory in 2014 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brooklyn punks Tournament play a lot around here. Maybe you've seen them with H2O and 7 Seconds, or with Coalesce and Coliseum, or with Gospel, or Kylesa, or Torche. Their next show is this Saturday (3/7) at Acheron with rock and rollers Greasy Hearts and Don Giovanni's Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets are on sale.
Tournament's new album, Teenage Creature, comes out April 14. The first single, "Sean's Place," is out now and it's a down-strummer with awesomely snotty vocals. Listen below.
Nuclear Santa Claust aren't the only Don Giovanni punk band playing NYC this weekend. Screaming Females play Silent Barn tonight (3/6) with Downtown Boys and Aye Nako (a few tickets at the door), and California X play Saint Vitus tonight with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing (tix at door).
Don Giovanni comedian Chris Gethard (who's also on Broad City) will be at a punk/comedy show on Saturday at Palisades with local bands Low Fat Getting High, Flagland and Washer, and comedy from Joe Pera and Shakir Standley, with appearances from Sefa, William Petrano and more. That's $5 at the door.
While we're talking about NYC punk shows this weekend, here's a couple more:
Brooklyn's Go Deep have signed to the trusty 6131 Records, who will put out their first full length this summer. They have a tour kicking off in their hometown this Sunday (3/8) at Grand Victory with Icarus, Husbandry and Risers. Tickets are on sale. Their debut EP, Counseling, came out in 2013 on Mayfly Records and it's 7 tracks of heavy, smart, and pissed-off hardcore. Stream it in full, with their list of dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory Brooklyn begin tonight, and here's a rundown of what they've got going on:
NIGHT 1 (February 6)
Tonight's headliners are '70s-style power pop trio Nude Beach, who put out their newest album, 77, on the label last year, followed by a new single this year (listen below). They've been playing around a lot lately (maybe you caught them at Bowery Ballroom last month), and they have two NYC shows coming up after this: Bowery Electric on 3/5 (free with RSVP) and The Bell House with White Hills in April.
Also of note tonight is The Hamiltons, a punk trio inspired by the Ramones and the film Dirty Work, who may actually be The Ergs. Listen to a couple tracks below.
Brooklyn's Mal Blum, one of the label's newer signees, has been a singer/songwriter in the local folk punk/anti-folk scene for a few years now. Maybe you've caught her with Noun, Allison Weiss, Worriers, Chris Gethard, Stephen Brodsky or at Tinderbox Fest. Her first Don Giovanni release should be out later this year, but meanwhile you can stream her 2013 album, Tempest In A Teacup, below.
Crow Bait, the Iron Chic-related alt-country/punk band who put out their solid debut LP on Don Giovanni last year, returned a few weeks ago with the Separate Stations 7" EP on Drunken Sailor Records. If you like jangly '90s alternative rock with a little twang in it, you should check this out. Listen below.
Tonight's bill is rounded out by one of NYC's longest-running DIY scene duos, Shellshag, NJ indie rockers Black Wine and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
NIGHT 2 (February 7)
Saturday's lineup is headlined by the great Amherst, MA band California X, who recently dropped their sophomore album, Nights in the Dark. The sludgy Dinosaur Jr-isms of their debut are still here, but this time they're a little overshadowed by a handful of '70s influences, pulling from that decade's hard rock, power pop, punk, and a love of twin leads. Stream the whole thing below.
Downtown Boys, another recent addition to the label, are a band you have to see live to fully experience. And if you haven't seen them, it's highly recommended. Head HERE to see what we've said about their shows in the past. They'll also be on tour with Screaming Females soon.
Nuclear Santa Claust have a new album, Je Ne Sais Claus, coming out on DG next week (2/10), and they'll have it on sale at the show too. Like their last album, lead single "Sayonara Baby" is indebted to early hardcore with a good dose of Ramones worship. Check it out below. You can catch them in NYC again at the Nate Gluck benefit with Night Birds in March.
Opening Saturday's showcase is the label's newest band Alice (who count music writer/Silent Barn booker Liz Pelly as a member). They announced their signing this week, and will release their debut album, Revenge Pop, later this year. You can listen to the reverb-ed out "Nightmare" below.
The rest of Saturday's lineup is noisy punk duo Pinkwash (mem Hume, Bleeding Rainbow), Lauren Measure's current band Worriers, NJ punks Brick Mower, and host Chris Gethard. Tickets are still available.
photo: Screaming Females @ DbA in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
NIGHT 3 (February 28 -- early and late shows)
The third and final showcase has a 6:45 and a 10:45 show, both with the same lineups. Screaming Females are headlining, and these are the record release shows for their upcoming sixth album, Rose Mountain, which a few great singles have already come out from. If you haven't heard them yet, check those out below with a recently-released live video (dir. Lance Bangs) of another new song, "It's Not Fair." Screaming Females also have many other tour dates, including Asbury Park in April.
The openers at both shows are political DC post-punks Priests, '90s-inspired melodic punks Tenement, and the garage-y Vacation. Those bands have a bunch of other dates together without Screaming Females, including a Hoboken show on 2/25. All dates are listed below.
Tenement are releasing a new rarities collection, Bruised Music Volume One, on March 10 via Grave Mistake Records, and Toxic Pop Records. You can check out the ripping "Spaghetti Midwestern" from that, below.
The early Knitting Factory show is sold out, but tickets for the late show are still available.
In other Don Giovanni news unrelated to their showcase, the label is putting out a collection from The Lookouts, the band that included Lookout! Records founder Larry Livermore, and drummer Tre Cool before he joined Green Day. The collection features guest appearances from Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Rancid/Operation Ivy's Tim Armstrong. Stream a track below.
Like their Gainesville counterparts, Hot Water Music, As Friends Rust doesn't give a damn what you think punk is about. They've broken it down to it's original components: raw emotion, no bullshit riffage, and hooks galore. In their reconstruction, they've produced two of my favourite EPs, and now, a contender for my favourite release of the year.The above quote is from Punk News' review of Gainesville '90s/'00s punks' As Friends Rust's 2001 debut album, the only full length they put out before breaking up a year later. The band's been reunited for a bit now, and they're finally set to play their first NYC show in 7 years on April 30 at Saint Vitus with UnWed (mem Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) and Pagan Girls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Their only other announced date so far is Groezrock.
Like their self-titled EP, and Fists of Time EP, this record combines aspects of punk, hardcore, and indie rock into a raw, angry sound that you must have known was from Gainesville. [Punk News]
There are some other good NYC punk shows coming up that we haven't mentioned yet too. Here's a roundup of those:
Folk punks Defiance, Ohio are going on their first tour in about two years, with High Dive and Will from Defiance's other band Purple 7. That hits NYC on March 18 at Shea Stadium, also with locals Milk Dick, making for an all-around great bil. Tickets for Shea go on sale at noon today (2/6). All dates are listed below.
You may know that a new NYHC book was published recently, and it's getting a release show on March 1 at Grand Victory with three veteran bands. The lineup is headlined by The Nihilistics, who Trouser Press called "a stupid, obnoxious hardcore band from Long Island [whose] album is pretty good." It also features reunion sets from the short-lived Altercation and The High & Mighty, whose first show in 30 years was at the old A7 (now Niagara) in December 2013. Tickets are on sale now.
Another veteran hardcore band hits that same venue when Gang Green play Grand Victory on April 18. That's with Antagonizers ATL and Drug Shock. TIckets are on sale.
A show much sooner at Grand Vic (and with much newer bands) is the Chumped / Roger Harvey show happening this Sunday (2/8). Since we last spoke, Timeshares (who recently put out a split with Luther that you can stream below) were added too. Never open, and tickets are still on sale.
After that show, Chumped head out with Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeff Rosenstock and The Smith Street Band, hitting NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show are still available.
The day after Sunday's Chumped show, you can get your punk fix at Bowery Electric (2/9) with NYC vets Murphy's Law playing with The Bowery Boys and Simon and the Bar Sinisters.
photo: Night Birds at Death by Audio in 2013 (more by Sarja Hasan)
Surf/skate punk lovers Night Birds headline a benefit for Ensign's Nate Gluck (who's sadly battling cancer) on March 29 at The Acheron with No Problem, Sonic Poison and Nuclear Santa Claust (who play the Don Giovanni showcases this weekend). Tickets are on sale. There's also a stacked Nate Gluck tribute in NJ a week earlier.
Get nostalgic for some older skate punk when Guttermouth play Saint Vitus on March 16 with Counterpunch (tickets); and again when Pennywise play Irving Plaza on March 27 with A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket (tickets).
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
And a new Screaming Females song...
Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three showcases in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. This year though, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.
NIght 1 (February 6) includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, with Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on) hosting.
Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice, also with Chris Gethard hosting.
Night 3 (February 28) includes Screaming Females (record release show for Rose Mountain), Priests, Tenement and Vacation.
Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).
Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...
Torche at IO-Northside 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Rentals, Mates of State, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Irving Plaza
Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals released their first album in 15 years this past summer via Polyvinyl which pretty much picked up where they left off (in a good way). Their labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and former Polyvinyl (current Barsuk) band Mates of State will both make for nicely matched openers.
Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat, Axxa/Abraxas @ Baby's All Right
It's an all Captured Tracks bill tonight, with Beach Fossils, their former bassist's solo project (Heavenly Beat) and Atlanta's Axxa Abraxas. This is the second of two nights at Baby's All Right for this lineup and the start of their tour.
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. There's also Minimal Wave cupcakes and a host of DJs -- Nancy Whang and Jonathan Toubin among them -- and tons and tons of records.
Fletcher C. Johnson, Boytoy, Las Rosas @ Rough Trade
It's also Cassette Store Day and you can celebrate the medium at Rough Trade with this free day show curated by the current kings of cassettes, Burger Records. For more CSD fun, there's a Tape Meet at 1087 Flushing.
I.U.D. (Lizzy from Gang Gang Dance), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, RatKing, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, tba, Fortunate Dad, DJ George Costanza, DJ Todd P @ MoMA PS1
The NY Art Book Fair is underway and this crazy diverse show happens as part of it with everything from psychedelia to rap to metal and still more.
Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.
Robert Plant (and the Sensational Space Shifters) @ BAM
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's the first of two BAM shows, part of Nonesuch Records at BAM.
Torche, Broughton's Rules, Descender, Black Black Black @ Saint Vitus
Torche are genuinely as down-tuned sludgy as they are addictively catchy and their shows are always a helluva good time. Don Cab/Blunderbuss-related math/post rockers Broughton's Rules are worth catching too.
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Metal Mountains, Tall Firs @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo focuses on melodic (and sometimes psychedelic) material with his current band The Dust. It's a little more straightforward than what he was writing SY but still excellent stuff.
Tape Deck Mountain, Slavve, Writer, Curelight Wounds @ Cake Shop
Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. Their tour together starts tonight here.
Shellshag, Crow Bait, Murmurs, Pretty Pretty, Magnets @ Death By Audio
All around great lineup for punk and punk-ish bands at DbA tonight with local DIY regulars Shellshag, Long Island's alt-country-ish Crow Bait and their current tourmates from Seattle, Murmurs, and Columbus, OH DIY punks Pretty Pretty.
Phaeleh, Different Sleep, M!NT @ Glasslands
UK producer makes more of his atmospheric garage on his new EP which came out earlier this week. Tonight's show should be heavy on the vibes.
Old Wounds, The Banner, Go Deep @ ABC No Rio
It's the second of two NYC shows on the IO-presented Old Wounds tour, and today the metalcore ragers will be joined by The Banner and Go Deep.
Kasabian, Bo Ningen @ Terminal 5
Swaggering UK band Kasabian are still at it, having just released new album 48:13 that finds them still rocking in a funky, Brit kinda way. If you're going tonight, do get there in time to see Bo Ningen's wuxia take on prog-metal.
The Giraffes, Radkey, Netherlands @ The Wick
From the early days of the Brooklyn scene, hard rockers The Giraffes are back together with original singer Aaron Lazar for this show.
John Zorn, Billy Martin, Flea, John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston @ Town Hall
The Strange & Beautiful fest, celebrating the music of Lounge Lizard leader John Lurie, comes to a close with this big tribute. Might Lurie, who's suffering from Lyme Disease, show up himself? We shall see.
Goldie, Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon, Dave Shichman @ Verboten
Legendary DJ Goldie sounds Timeless as ever almost two decades after that album was released. Tonight he wraps up a short US tour in NYC.
Global Citizen Festival w/ Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots, Tiesto @ Great Lawn at Central Park
Lots of big names are coming together for this year's Global Citizen Festival which goes down today in Central Park.
Nuclear Santa Claust, Thin Lips, Black Wine, Adam Finchler @ Shea Stadium
Two of Don Giovanni's great band, Nuclear Santa Claust and Black Wine, team with Philly punks Thin Lips and NYC anti-folk singer Adam Finchler for this bill at Shea tonight.
Fucking Invincible, Tiger Flowers, Hivemasher, Torrential Downpour + special guests @ The Acheron
Dropdead/Daughters-related band Fucking Invincible play a type of ultra-aggressive core that loves tossing '90s-styled jud-jud breakdowns into the maelstrom. Tonight they're joined by an equally heavy lineup all around, plus special guests are promised.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Nuclear Santa Claust at Europa in 2013 (more by Sarja Hasan)
NYC punks Nuclear Santa Claust are no strangers to playing around their hometown, but if you don't live here, you'll get a chance to see them this month as they'll be taking their show on the road for a tour through late May.
And if you do live here, you'll still get a few chances to catch them too. They play Lulu's tonight (5/2) with local art punks Pampers, plus Wet Food and FLYKYLZ. Then they'll be at Glasslands on May 20 with Nomads and Unicycle Loves You (tickets), and finally at Don Pedro on May 30 with Foster Care and Pleasure Industry.
Meanwhile, both Pampers and Foster Care will also play Saturday (5/3) at Union Pool with New Hampshire's LiveFastDie headlining.
All dates are listed, with a song stream, below...
Mt. Royal @ Baby's All Right, 3/19/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Shopping/entertainment destination Brooklyn Night Bazaar has announced a few more shows to it's upcoming schedule of free musical entertainment. So let's run through them, shall we?
On Friday, April 11 it's night of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law, and also featuring Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Mayor Creep.
The next night (April 12), they have Canadian band PUP (who just played here a couple weeks ago) for a co-headline show with Hunters, plus Big Ups too, making for a very fun Saturday night.
Canadian sisterly duo Tasseomancy (who we just wrote about) are part of an appealing bill on Saturday, April 26 that is co-headlined by Oberhofer and A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and also features Canon Logic and Mt. Royal. Meanwhile, Amanda X was added to the Total Slacker / Reputante show that happens the night before (Friday, April 25).
We already told you about the Screaming Females release party happening on May 16. The next night (Saturday, May 17) Swearin' and Radiator Hospital will play BKNB with more TBA.
This weekend at the Bazaar, it's Bronze Radio Return, Gem Club, The Suzan, and Alexandra Stewart on Friady (April 4) and then on Saturday (April 5) it's under-appreciated Irish band Ash, plus Run River North, Golden Suits, and Drop Electric.
As always, Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free.
"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil
"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez
"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly
Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.
Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.
As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.
Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.
Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.
All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...
Brooklyn post-hardcore "supergroup" UnWed (mems. of Hot Water Music, Primitive Weapons, Small Brown Bike) formed not long ago, played their first show at Saint Vitus in December, and announced that they'd put out their debut single on No Idea in early 2014. That single came out this week (1/7) and features "Made Of" on the a-side with "Pope" on the flip. Both tracks can be streamed below.
UnWed have also announced that they'll return to Saint Vitus on January 23 for another show there. They'll be joined by some other strong local acts, including Jersey punks Banquets and Ramones-inspired Nuclear Santa Claust. Pagan Girls are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now.
Flyer for the show, along with those song streams, below...
Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.
The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
photos by Sarja Hasan
Zero Boys @ Europa, 8/29/2013
Reunited Indianapolis punk band Zero Boys headlined Europa on Friady (8/29), supported by tourmates Night Birds as part of a round of dates together. The show featured local support from Nuclear Santa Claust and SpEd, and pictures from their appearance together are in this post.
As discussed, the next NYC show for the Night Birds goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall on 10/12 supporting Modern Life is War. MLIW just added ANOTHER show at Saint Vitus after the appearance at The Studio.
More pics from Friday's show at Europa below...
Noun, the project of Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster (whose birthday is today!), are set to kick off a U.S. mini-tour with Modern Hut this weekend. For live performances, Paternoster is joined by Miranda Taylor (Black Wine) on percussion and backing vocals, and they've got a The Kills-like setup going on. As discussed, you can catch the two groups at Death by Audio on August 9 with Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.
Noun are also the fourth band to appear in our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. Paternoster and Taylor played four new songs, and were accompanied by Mark Bronzino (Kicking Spit, Iron Reagan) on guitar. Big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya, Chris La Putt, and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn for the great video. You can check out the footage at the bottom of this post.
Speaking of Mark Bronzino, his band Kicking Spit are prepping their second album, Negative Feedback, for release on August 27 via Don Giovanni. They'll celebrate the LP with an August 22 record release show at New Brunswick's Ray Cappo's Cantina and also one at Death by Audio on August 23 with Shellshag, Black Wine, and Nuclear Santa Claust. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.
If you missed them, Ski Lodge was our first BV Studio Session, Field Mouse was the second, and Ex Cops was the third. There are more to come. Video footage and pictures from the Noun BV Studio Session, all tour dates, and a few song streams are below...
by Keith Marlowe
Night Birds @ Asbury Lanes, 7/13/2013
Last weekend Night Birds played some seriously packed and sweaty shows to celebrate the release of their scorching new record, Born to Die in Suburbia. People turned out and the boys didn't disappoint, shredding through a mix of classics as well as a bunch off the new album. They were joined by Canadian punks Omegas for all the shows, with Altered Boys, Paranoias, Give and Nuclear Santa Claust all joining on for different dates.
The weekend of shows kicked off on Thursday night (July 11), when the band played a full house in Philadelphia. The show went down in what was basically a kitchen, and Night Birds singer Brian admonished the crowd, "You should be grateful these people throw such awesome shows in their house, I don't even let people in my kitchen with their shoes on." The next night (July 12) brought the Birds to Brooklyn where Chris Gethard hosted the sweaty evening at Death by Audio. They closed the weekend out with a rowdy show at Asbury Lanes in New Jersey on July 13. Live video from that show is in this post.
Night Birds are playing three shows with fellow Grave Mistake labelmates Red Dons (from whom we just premiered a track) coming up, and next month they tour with the legendary Zero Boys, hitting Europa in Brooklyn on August 29 (tickets).
Full tour dates are listed, along with the Asbury Lanes video, LP stream and pictures from some of the openers on the tour, below.
Photos by Sarja Hasan
Night Birds @ Death by Audio, 7/12/2013
Night Birds celebrated their new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia, the only way they know how: with a raucous, all-ages punk show at Death By Audio last Friday (7/12) with Canadians Omegas, DC's Give and Nuclear Santa Claust. Chris Gethard acted as host for the evening. The show was one of two scheduled in the NYC area, as the Night Birds will head out for a string of dates with the great Zero Boys including a stop at Europa on August 29, again with Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets are still available.
More pictures of the surf-leaning punk band at their celebration, along with pictures of Omegas & Give, are below. Head below for a stream of the new LP too.
by Andrew Sacher
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Not long after that show,
Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).
Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.
For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.
Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.
Cali punk vets D.I. (who share[d] members with Adolescents and Social Distortion) are still kicking (they released the United We Slam EP last year) and they're set to go on a US tour this year. That tour brings them to NYC for a show at Brooklyn venue The Grand Victory on June 21 with Brooklyn punks Nuclear Santa Claust, Brooklyn queercore band Runny, and Agitator. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All D.I. dates are listed below.
Nuclear Santa Claust, whose solid new album, Order of the New Age, came out earlier this year on Don Giovanni, also have another local show a week later on June 28 at Acheron as part of a mostly-hardcore lineup including Iron Reagan and Dropdead, in addition to Agitator who also play the Grand Victory show with NSC. Tickets for the Acheron show are on sale now.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer, along with a live D.I. video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn punks Nuclear Santa Claust released their very solid album, Order of the New Age, this past February via Don Giovanni. You can pick up the album at the Don Giovanni webstore, but if you've still yet to hear the whole thing, the band recently let loose another album cut, "Government Issued Acid Trip." Like most of the album, it's a super heavy Ramonesy track and a real ripper. Stream it below.
As mentioned, NSC is playing a local show this Saturday (3/23) at Cake Shop with fellow Don Giovanni associates Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Lauren of The Measure. Admission for what should be an all-around great bill is $8 at the door. NSC recently announced another NYC show too, which happens on April 4 at Death by Audio with Bananazzz, 3Jane, Lilith Velkor, and the short film "I Hate Being Single." Admission for that one is $7 at the door.
Nuclear Santa Claust also have some other upcoming Northeast dates with New Brunswick's Kicking Spit. All of their tour dates are listed, along with that song stream, below...
Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
The Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcases begin TONIGHT (2/7) with the previously mentioned Death by Audio show, which features California X, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for tonight's show is $8 at the door. Then, the Don Giovanni fun continues with two consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg which feature Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on Friday (2/8) and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on Saturday (2/9). Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and a 2-day pass are still available.
In related news, Screaming Females are releasing a cassette of home recordings this weekend (2/10) and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release at Pitchfork. It features the track "Green Vapors," which was done with DG labelmates Shellshag.
Laura Stevenson is also releasing a new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni. You can stream the lead track, "Runner," at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, if you miss the showcases this week (or just want more), three of the bands playing -- Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Nuclear Santa Claust -- are teaming up again for a NYC show at Cake Shop on March 23 with Lauren of The Measure. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
And in even more related news, Miranda Taylor of Black Wine just interviewed Caroline Rue, Hole's first drummer, who played on their 1991 debut, Pretty on the Inside. Here's an excerpt...
The evolution of Hole's sound is, in my opinion, extreme. What do you think contributed to the sound/style changes over the years?And you can read the rest at Miranda's blog.
Well, first off, Courtney and I were the least skilled musicians and needed time to catch up with Jill and Eric. We hung out, listened to records, and they turned me on to the Pixies, which I had only seen the MTV video for "Here Comes Your Man." We became better players, so we were starting to refine our tool to do what we were intending.
Laura Stevenson song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Nuclear Santa Claust - "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)" (MP3)
Nuclear Santa Claust (via)
As mentioned, the annual Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcase is going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 and 9 with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on 2/8 and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on 2/9. Tickets are still available for night 1, night 2, or both nights.
Don Giovanni have also added a third night that Thursday (2/7) at Death by Audio with Nuclear Santa Claust, California X (who have a new record out soon), Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission is $8 at the door and the show flyer is below.
The DBA showcase is also doubling as a record release show for Brooklyn trio Nuclear Santa Claust, who will have their new record, Order of the New Age, out via Don Giovanni for that show. The album follows their 2011 self titled EP, and like on that EP, you can tell that NSC's two vocalists have picked up a few vocal tips from Joey Ramone, but they've amped it up to edgier levels more akin to the hardcore bands that formed in the Ramones' wake.
Nuclear Santa Claust aren't a backwards thinking tribute to the punk of yesteryear though. On Order of the New Age, they've been able to harness their older influences and use them to create bashing punk that pushes forward, rarely looking back. We've got a download of the album's first single, "Since I Woke Up (Berlin Wall)," which you can grab above, or you can stream it below, where you'll also find the album's cover art and tracklist.
Night Birds at House of Vans, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Night Birds join Lemuria & Parquet Courts in supporting Fucked Up at Warsaw on Friday (12/21, tickets), and as such we cornered Brian Gorsegner to ask about his 2012. The Night Birds frontman's journey through music in 2012 in handy list format is below.