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The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd Diciurcio)
Men

Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.

The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Men played Bowery Ballroom, touring with Nude Beach, playing The Wick with Obits (dates & new videos)"

Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Islands

Islands have been on the road in support of their new album, Ski Mask, and as discussed, their tour hits NYC on Sunday (10/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Brazos and Fat Tony (tickets). Their tour schedule had a gap right before this NYC show, which fell right during CMJ, yet they had no CMJ shows scheduled. However, they will be making one CMJ appearance, as they are the special guests at tonight's Flowerbooking showcase at Knitting Factory (10/19) with Obits, The History of Apple Pie, Kid Karate, Prides, and Flashlights. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your CMJ badge.

Set times for tonight below...

Continue reading "Islands on tour, are the special guest at tonight's Obits show at Knitting Factory"

by Andrew Sacher

Mary Timony (right) w/ Wild Flag at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Mary Timony

Punk supergroup Wild Flag, who released an excellent album in 2011 and did a ton of touring around its release, have been quiet this past year, but the members are still keeping busy. Janet Weiss made a new album with her band Quasi (whose tour hits NYC this weekend), and teamed up with some other drummers for Drumgasm. And Carrie Brownstein's always up to something, whether it's appearing on SNL or just working on more Portlandia.

Now, Mary Timony (who was also in Helium and Autoclave) is back out there with a new band called Ex Hex, which is also the name of her 2005 solo album that came out via Lookout! Records (via Spin). The band have released their first new song, "Hot and Cold," which is along the lines of her best contributions to Wild Flag, and is a great play on the "Crimson and Clover" riff (or the "Sweet Jane" riff or the "Fox on the Run" riff, depending on where you're coming from). Check it out below.

Ex Hex will play their first show this Thursday (10/10) at DC's Rock and Roll Hotel with Obits (ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes), Title Tracks (ex-Q and Not U), and Cane & the Sticks. Their only other announced date at the moment is DC's Shred Fest on 10/18.

UPDATE: Ex Hex will play their first NYC show as part of a BrooklynVegan CMJ party Saturday (10/19).

Obits also have other dates, a few of which are in NYC, including one this weekend.

Ex Hex song stream below...

Continue reading "Mary Timony has a new band, Ex Hex (stream a song)"

Judge

Earlier this week, we announced that Invisible Oranges is sponsoring Judge at Saint Vitus Bar on 10/11 and A389 Fest on 1/17 and 1/18, 2014 at the Baltimore Soundstage. Tickets for both go on sale today at noon.

For the Judge show, you can get your tickets here as soon as noon rolls around. For A389 Fest, keep an eye on Baltimore Soundstage's Ticketfly page.

If you're interested in attending either of these shows, we'd strongly recommend diving on the tickets as quickly as possible when they go live. The Judge tickets will likely be available for a matter of minutes, and the early bird passes for A389 are already gone. Since the Judge show is part of CBGB Festival, a few lucky folks with badges will be able to get inside as well.

Meanwhile, another Brooklyn show happening the same weekend as CBGB Fest, but not part of it, is Obits at The Rock Shop, which initially seemed like a CBGB Fest show, but isn't one.

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(photo via @william_rueben_helms)

On Saturday, Obits played a record release show at The Bell House for their third long-player, Bed & Bugs, which is out now via Sub Pop. If you couldn't make it to that show, the band will have a couple more shows coming up in NYC as part of their tour which starts next week. They'll be playing a tiny show on October 12 at The Rock Shop with openers Lame Drivers and Family Curse. Tickets are on sale.

UPDATE: Though it's true that the Rock Shop show is during CBGB Festival, and Obits are listed on CBGB Fest's website, that show is not actually part of CBGB Festival.

They'll also be here for CMJ, playing Knitting Factory on October 19 as part of the Flower Booking showcase that also features UK band The History of Apple Pie and Kid Karate. Tickets are still available, and if you've got a badge you can get in with that as well. They may have other shows as well -- day parties and the like -- so stay tuned.

If you haven't heard Bed & Bugs yet, you can stream it in full, along with a list of updated Obits tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Obits celebrated 'Bed & Bugs' at The Bell House, playing Rock Shop and CMJ on tour (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

History of Apple Pie

UK quintet The History of Apple Pie began two years ago or so as a home recording project for couple Stephanie Min and Jerome Watson but soon grew into a full-on band. Their MO: Mining the early '90s indie sweet spot between Pale Saints and Pavement, or maybe the point point where shoegaze met Britpop. You know, sugary harmonies and melodies are pulverized with distorted, swirling guitars, with hooks and noise finding equal sonic space. Original it is not, but they do it very well. The band released their debut album, Out of View, earlier this year and you can stream it below. The band will release a new single, "Don't You Wanna Be Mine?," on October 14 and you can stream that below too.

The band will be heading to NYC next month for CMJ. Their only confirmed show is the Flower Booking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 19 where they'll share the bill with Obits and Kid Karate. Tickets are on sale. More are sure to be announced as we get closer to the fest. Meanwhile, check out the album and single streams below.

Continue reading "UK band The History of Apple Pie released their debut album, ready new single, coming to NYC for CMJ (dates & streams)"

Berlin Festival

The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).

One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.

In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.

Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.

Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.

Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.

And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

What else?

CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

Continue reading "CMJ 2013 initial line-up released"

by Bill Pearis

Obits

As mentioned, Obits' third album, Bed & Bugs is due out via Sub Pop on September 10. It's probably their most varied album to date, but still a rager -- and maybe the best thing they've done yet. Obits already let us "Taste the Diff" and now we've got the premiere of the nicely twangy "Spun Out" which you can stream and/or download below. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion fills us in on the tune:

This tune was originally called "Black Ice" until we realized that there is an exceptionally mediocre AC/DC song and album from 2008 with the same name. So, instead of changing the name to a great Acca Dacca number like "She's Got Balls," we decided to go with "Spun Out." When I first wrote the intro guitar part that ends up sort of doubling the opening bass line, I was thinking of trying something like what Stuart Moxham does on Young Marble Giants' "Choco Loni," but then Rick came up with those buttery Duane Eddy chords, which gave it nice twist. And for music nerds, there's an interesting change in the outro, where Greg holds his bass loop from the chorus while Rick transitions from a picking guitar part to more of a rave-up and I add some rhythmic guitar stabs. We wanted to gradually increase the tension before the song finally falls apart. Also I really like Rick's lyrics on this one, which are as heartbreaking as a classic country song. It's easy to imagine one of the great Chuck's (Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels) singing "Want a change in lighting. Want a change for life. Each link on a bad road broken. Want a change for life."
As they've done for every album, Obits are playing a record release party for Bed & Bugs at The Bell House on September 21 and tickets are still available. The band have also expanded their fall tour a bit and updated dates are listed, along with the "Spun Out" stream, below.

Continue reading "listen to "Spun Out" from Obits' new album 'Bed & Bugs' ++ updated tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
CTTS

As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.

Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.

Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.

Continue reading "Gainesville's The Fest expands lineup (ALL, Circle Takes The Square, United Nations, Titus Andronicus & more)"

Bed & Bugs art
Obits

As discussed, Obits will play a record release show at Bell House on September 21 (tickets) in celebration of Bed & Bugs, the new LP due via Sub Pop on 9/10. The rest of the country will get to see them too, as they just announced a fall tour. All dates are listed below.

We now also get our first tidbit from the new album too, where the band invite you to "Taste the Diff." We detect hints of saffron, but let your palate guide you. It's streaming below.

Continue reading "Obits announce North American tour dates, release first song from new LP, 'Bed & Bugs'"

by Bill Pearis

Obits' Rick Froberg showing of the sights in Budapest (via @obits)
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Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu-related band Obits are currently in Budapest -- as you can see above -- as part of an Eastern European tour. (Where it's really hot currently, apparently.) That hasn't stopped them from announcing today that they'll release their third long-player, Bed & Bugs, on September 10 via Sub Pop. The album was recorded in Arlington, VA with old pals Eli Janney and Geoff Sanoff, and features a cover of Orchestra Ethiopia's "Besetchet" (the original can be heard on volume 23 of the excellent Ethiopiques series). You can check out the cover art, tracklist and a trailer for the album below.

While Obits haven't announced a full tour, they will be playing a record release show in Brooklyn at The Bell House on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, alongside album info and trailer, below...

Continue reading "Obits releasing 'Bed & Bugs' in September, playing record release show at The Bell House"

"Thank you, Brisbane!" - Obits Instagram
Obits

Like we've done with a lot of bands this year, we asked Brooklyn's Obits for a list of their favorite albums of 2012. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote back saying, "It usually takes some time to figure out if a record is really going to stick with me, so even though I liked what I heard from Beak, Disappears, Oneida, Pontiak, Royal Baths and Zomes, I'll submit my best of 2012 in a few years," and instead said, "since Obits is working on a new record, here are the Top 10 songs we will do our best not to directly rip off." You can check out that list, complete with YouTube clips for each one, below. Drummer (and onetime Girls Against Boys member) Alexis Fleisig also submitted "Top Ten Things I Completely Took For Granted This Year" which is below as well.

Sohrab, who also reformed his old band Edsel for a couple shows this year, also gave a rundown of Obits 2012 activity and what's in store for 2013:

Despite not putting out a full LP, we kept pretty busy. We released two 7"s - one on Sub Pop with 2 covers and another on a Spanish label called La Castanya with 2 originals on it.

And along with some east coast shows, Austin and Denver (a new US city for us), we went to Europe twice this year, getting to play in Greece, Portugal, Italy and Sweden for the first time. We also went to Australia, which was truly as cool as every band that goes there says it is.

On the horizon ... a couple NYC shows.

1. January 18 = Obits at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots (tickets).

2. January 19 = Obits at Cake Shop for a Norton Records benefit with The Psyched, Flying Teeth & Entartete (tickets).

3. Finishing our next album. We have bunches and bunches of song fragments in various stages. The next few months we will be deciding what's worth keeping or working on or tossing in the trash.

4. Going back to Europe in June. It'll be a combination of places we've been and haven't been, including Poland and Ukraine, which we're looking forward to.

Also, this year there were some Hot Snakes shows and an Edsel reunion & re-issues (http://www.comedyminusone.com/023.php), which was kind of unexpected. Next year there might be a handful more Hot Snakes shows, maybe an Edsel appearance or two (along with additional re-issues and tunes from the vault), as well as some Girls Against Boys activity.

Sorhab and Alexis' Top 10 lists are below...

Continue reading "Obits working on LP #3, list their "Top 10 songs we will do our best not to directly rip off" ++ other news"

DOWNLOAD: Obits - "You Gotta Lose" (MP3)
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Rick of Obits on stage with Hot Snakes at ATP NY 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Obits

Though Rick Froberg has been playing his fair share with Hot Snakes as of late, he's still left plenty of room for Obits. The band recently released a fresh pair of jams on a tour-only 7" during a Spanish tour. They've also curated and posted a a YouTube playlist of "random tunes kicking around in our heads" that you can watch below. And now comes word that the band has announced a pair of shows for us NYCers, the first of which will go down on 1/18 at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots. Tickets are on sale.

The second Obits date will go down on 1/19 at Cake Shop as part of a benefit for Norton Records. Joining the band will be sets from The Psyched, Flying Teeth, and Entartete. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the 1/19 show, then you can give directly to help out Norton.

Head below for the Obits video playlist, as well as a video on some of the devastation at Norton Records.

Continue reading "Obits released 7", made a playlist, announce shows (one is a Norton Records benefit)"

Edsel in the '90s
Edsel

As you may remember, much-loved and underrated '90s indie rock outfit Lotion are playing on Saturday (10/6) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Clinton-era group Edsel for whom this will be their first show in 12 years. It's a late show (doors 10:30) tickets are still available.

Despite what sounds like a fun late night reunion party, both groups have signed on for an afternoon show the next day (10/7) at The Rock Shop. Show is at 1 PM and tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, the last of Edsel's albums was just reissued via Comedy Minus One. That would be their 1995 album, Techniques of Speed Hypnosis, that the band recorded in Liverpool with Anjali Dutt and Andy Wilkinson whose noisy pedigree included Swervedriver, The Boo Radleys and My Bloody Valentine. Vocalist Sohrab Habbibion (now of Obits) offers up an entertaining recollection of making the album over at the CM1 site, which included spending a lot of time in the recording studio hangout room playing pool with Ian McCulloch. You can stream "Suits Me Fine" from the reissue below.

Continue reading "Lotion and Edsel playing Rock Shop matinee on Sunday after Mercury Lounge show; more Edsel reissues"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Edsel - Buckle (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Edsel - Draw Down the Moon (MP3)

Lotion at Knitting Factory 10/17/2011
Lotion

You may remember that '90s-era NYC indie rock band Lotion played their first show in 12 years last October as part of the Royal Flush Festival. The band have decided to make the reunion an annual event and this year's Lotion show happens at Mercury Lounge on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/15) at noon.

I went to last year's show which found the band surprisingly together, given that they had two weeks notice of doing it with members far-flung around the U.S. It was a really fun show. There's video of the band doing "Rock Chick" and "Feedback Queen" at the bottom of this post. With two months notice this year, who knows what may happen.

To make this a little more special (and a "holy crap!" show for some), Lotion have coaxed fellow Clinton-era rockers Edsel out of retirement who played their last show on Valentines Day 2000 at Brownies. Influenced heavily by Wire and other UK post punks, Edsel made dream pop with a decidedly DC-indie bent. The band for this show will be longtime members Sohrab Habibion (who is now in Obits), Geoff Sanoff, and Steve Raskin, plus Obits drummer Alexis Fleisig (filling in for Nick Pellicciotto and John Dugan).

Much of Edsel's back catalog has gotten the reissue-remaster treatment via Comedy Minus One. Last year saw The Everlasting Belt Co. and Detroit Folly, and their final and best album, 1995's Techniques of Speed Hypnosis (recorded in England with MBV engineer Anjali Dutt), will be out in time for the Mercury Lounge show. There are a couple Edsel MP3s you can download above and you can stream Detroit Folly via a Spotify app at the bottom of this post.

Video and streams are below.

Continue reading "Lotion playing Mercury Lounge in October, coaxed Edsel out of retirement to open"

DOWNLOAD: Phantom Family Halo - "White Hot Gun" (MP3)

photos by Adam Cantor

Sohrab Habibian & JG Thirlwell @ Joe's Pub
Brian Eno Tribute

The tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets went down at Joe's Pub on January 8 to a sold out audience (that included Bradford Cox). As mentioned when we first posted about the show, contributing musicians included Travis Morrison (of The Dismemberment Plan), Sohrab Habibion (Obits), Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds/Grinderman), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Paul Duncan (Warm Ghost), Dom Cipolla (Phantom Family Halo), and JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus). Pictures from the show, John Schaefer of WNYC included, are in this post. You can also look at the full setlist below.

Dom Cipolla's (who played the show) band Phantom Family Halo has a new album coming out, titled When I Fall Out, on February 14 via Knitting Factory Records. You can download the album track "White Hot Gun" above and stream it below. Phantom Family Halo have two upcoming NYC shows. One happens next week at Glasslands on January 16 with Our Mountain, Eraas, and Vensaire. Tickets are available. They also play Saint Vitus on February 11. Support TBA. Tickets are on sale.

More pics from the 'Here Come the Warm Jets' show, the setlist, and PFH song stream below...

Continue reading "Brian Eno was performed @ Joe's Pub -- pics & setlist (w/ JG Thirwell, Phantom Family Halo, Travis Morrison & more)"

photos by Erik Erikson

Ted Leo @ The Bell House
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Attention those in (army jackets in) attendance at the Bell House on 12/30:

"Tall guy in army jacket w a great smile, you danced next to me and my friend. You piled your black coat on my bag and coat.
Where did you go?
Does this ever work? I'm giving it a shot."
[Ted Leo at The Bell House - w4m (Park Slope )]
Attention Jonah:
you should call/email me so I can give my friend's number to your friend. She was waiting for him to ask.
Like you said "that should totally happen"
L [Jonah, we met at the Ted Leo show - w4m (The Bell House)]
The Ted Leo & The Pharmacists show at the Bell House on 12/30 with Obits, Ted's first of two end-of-year shows with crowd surfing comedian Kurt Braunohler, was full of missed connections. Here are some pictures. Ted, Kurt and special guest Sharon Van Etten also played Maxwell's on New Year's Eve.

More pictures & videos (including Ted doing Waterboys and MC5 covers) from the Bell House below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo & the Pharmacists played the Bell House w/ Obits & Kurt Braunohler (pics & videos)"

Ted Leo at Shea in November (more by Guy Eppel)
Ted Leo

As mentioned, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will be in the NYC-area for New Year's Eve to play The Bell House on 12/30 (tickets) and Maxwell's on 12/31 (tickets).

According to Ted, there are only a few tickets left for the Maxwell's show and they're going fast. He also mentions that a "*Special Very Exciting* GUEST" will be there. Who do you think it is? If you're going, please say hi to this person who tweeted at Ted that they're "going alone so a 'hi' would make their night."

Comedian Kurt Braunohler opens both shows. I wonder if he'll also end up at Maxwell's at all this week for Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows. I wonder if Ted will? Say "hi" to Kurt too if you go.

Obits open the Bell House show and will also play NYC during a short run of dates in March with UK band Fists at Cake Shop on March 17. Tickets are on sale now (yes, advanced tickets for Cake Shop!). All dates are listed below.

In related news, the Fugazi web archives were recently launched and you can check out a listening session with Ted Leo.

Ted's other band, Citizens Arrest, had to cancel their ABC No Rio show which would have went down this past Saturday (12/17) but Omegas, Mind Eraser, and Night Birds still played the venue. Check out pics from that show HERE.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo says a guest will be at Maxwell's on NYE; Obits opening Bell House show & playing March dates too"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Hot Snakes
Hot Snakes

"Last night i got to see one of my favorite bands re-unite. I thought i had seen the last of HOT SNAKES back on June 1st 2005 when i saw them at their last ever London UK gig. Then i really thought I'd never see them again at their final NYC show on August 9th 2005 at the Bowery Ballroom.

I was teased last year when OBITS and NIGHT MARCHERS played a secret gig together in Park Slope Brooklyn thinking for sure they would have to do an encore together as HOT SNAKES but no avail. Then i got word that at the same gig in San Diego they did in fact re-unite as HOT SNAKES leaving me with suspicions they would one day play again.

And finally last night on December 1st 2011 it happened at the Bell House in Park Slope Brooklyn. Word's can not describe how incredible every aspect of this show was. From old friends to the most perfect guitar tones to a phenomenal set list. Hat's off to you HOT SNAKES... well done!" [Justin Scurti]

And they do it again tonight! (at Maxwell's). More pictures from last night (12/1), setlist included, below...

Continue reading "Hot Snakes came back @ The Bell House (pics & setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Peaking Lights - All The Sun That Shines (MP3)
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Bruar Falls

It never fails, the week after CMJ I get sick. So here I sit, with a big cup of green tea and a stuffy head, writing about shows that I want to go to, but probably won't. But hopefully you are in better health. There's a lot of great options this weekend.

As you may have heard, two-year-old Williamsburg club Bruar Falls is closing November 1. I live pretty close to the place, have seen a lot of great shows there and am bummed it's shutting its doors. But for Bruar Falls' Last Week Ever, it's going out in style with a bunch of great shows. Tonight (10/28) it's The Beets, Tanks Amigo, the Beachniks and, just in time for Halloween, a Misfits cover band.

Saturday night (10/29) is for you punkers out there: Stalkers, Tough Shits, Ex-Humans and Dino's Boys. And then Sunday night (10/30) it's Dive, Shark?, Air Waves and Bright Lights. And then Halloween night (10/31) is the for real last night ever with Friend Roulette, Hunktronik, Clouder and KNTRLR.

A lot of these bands are BF regulars so I imagine there will be a palpable party vibe there all weekend long. I'll miss ya.

Peaking Lights
Peaking Lights

Tonight (10/28) is the NYC debut of Wisconsin husband and wife duo Peaking Lights whose alluring, dubby album 963 came out early this year on Not Not Fun but is getting wider distribution next month via Mexican Summer and Domino imprint Weird World. You can download a few tracks from the record at the top of this post.

A lot of the strange sounds heard on the album come via homemade instruments and effects boxes that Aaron Coyes makes in the basement of his and singer Indra Dunis' home. You can find out more about this via an episode of VBS TV's Soundbuilders which is streaming at the bottom of this post. After watching that, I'm curious to see how Peaking Lights will pull off a live show, what with all the delicate McGuyver-esque gear. But the record's great and I'm hoping for the best.

Radical Dads
Radical Dads

One of my favorite sets at CMJ was seeing Radical Dads at Bruar Falls on Saturday night and reminded me just how good they've become. In fact, I'd go as far to say as they're one of Brooklyn's best bands right now. Certainly one of the more unheralded. If you like Wild Flag, I urge you to check out RD's debut album Mega Rama which has a similar vibe but is much less hyped. There's a streaming player at the bottom of this post.

I'm happy to report that Mega Rama is getting a belated vinyl release in December via Loud Baby Sounds. You can pre-order it now. The album art is one of my favorite record covers of the year and have been dying to own a big 12" version of it -- not to mention getting to play it on my turntable. Also on the vinyl tip, Radical Dads also have a 7" coming out in December, "Skateboarding Bulldog," which you can stream or download via a widget at the bottom of this post.

But more than maybe anything I suggest going to see them live which you can do tonight (10/28) at Spike Hill where they'll play with Plates of Cake, Quilty,  and Conversion Party. Cover's only five bucks.

Star Slinger
Star Slinger

If glitchy dance music is more your thing, the weekend has two very good options. Star Slinger, who was supposed to play here in the spring but had to cancel, is finally making his NYC debut at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28). After a bunch of head-turning remixes and download tracks, Star Slinger recently released his first "official" single, "Dumbin," via Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound which you can stream or download at the bottom of this post.

After the MHoW, which also has SHLOMO and Shitego on the bill, you might want to swing over to 285 Kent where there's  a "secret guest" headliner. (G-Side and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire play as well.) Though not mentioned out-and-out, they do link to Star Slinger's website on the Facebook invite.

Gold Panda
Gold Panda

Then Saturday night (10/29), the Fixed party at Cameo has UK act Gold Panda who's been remixed by Star Slinger and is following up last year's excellent Lucky Shiner with his spin on the latest installment of K7!'s DJ Kicks series. In a bit of Brooklyn weekend synergy, GP's track "An Iceberg Hurled Through Northern Clouds" just got remixed by Peaking Lights and you can stream the remix of that below.

The Fixed party at Cameo also features Lemonade, Blondes and an open bar from 8 - 10. Gold Panda then heads the next day (ouch) to Moogfest in Ashville, NC.

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Saturday night has a pretty killer show at Glasslands. Obits headline and are still driving on the high octane tank of gas that is their second album, Moody, Standard and Poor.  Perhaps even more exciting, for some folks, is opener Office of Future Plans which is the new thing from Jawbox man J. Robbins.

Terry Malts
Terry Malts

And finally, a little preview into early next week. Don't forget that the Wax Idols/Terry Malts tour hits Cake Shop on Tuesday (11/1) and Shea Stadium on Wednesday (11/2) for a double dose of San Francisco style fuzz. As I wrote elsewhere on this site:

Wax Idols are the new group from Hether Fortune, who has spent time in Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires. Fuzz pedals crash into jangly guitars, vocals are high sneer but also full of harmony, and there's room for both girl group balladry and a tough cover of Wire's "Sand in My Joints." The band's debut, No Future, is out next month on HoZac and is quite good. You can check out "Dead Like You" from it at the top of this post.

As for the Terry Malts, their debut 7" on Slumberland from earlier this year is three quick blasts of sunny pop covered in a thick blanket of white noise. (Somewhere between '80s West Coast punk and C-'86 lies their sound.) It's the new project from most of the guys in Magic Bullets, a band that has been put in cold storage -- they played their final show August 24. They've got a new 7" out in about a month, and you can download "Distracted" from the first one at the top of this post.

Other bands on the Cake Shop bill are still TBA but the Shea Stadium show also features Sundelles, Habibi, and the ever-present Dive (if you haven't seen them yet, you're making an effort not to).

That's the main stuff. More daily picks are below.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

Pixies continue to tour their best album, Dolittle, tonight at Asbury Park Convention Hall with Surfer Blood opening.

Meanwhile... Tanya Donnely, who was in the original line-up of the Breeders (not to mention Throwing Muses and then Belly) is doing a show at Joe's Pub. She'll be aded and abetted by Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, writer Rick Moody, as well as Magnetic Fields cohorts Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol, plus Carrie Bradley who was also in the Breeders at one point (and folk rock band Ed's Redeeming Qualities).

Over at St. Vitus, it's an evening of dark sounds, with French minimal waver Frank (Just Frank), Bootblacks and Philly's Hot Guts.

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OFP

Office of Future Plans, featuring J Robbins of Jawbox and Government Issue, are set to make their NYC debut opening for Obits at Glasslands on October 29. Tickets are still on sale.

Other members of Office of Future Plans include Darren Zentek (Kerosene 454, Channels), Brooks Harlan (Avec, War on Woman), and Gordon Withers (known for his cello covers of Jawbox songs). Their debut album comes out this November via Dischord Records. Check out the tracklist below.

That tracklist, all dates, a recent live video, and a stream of the "Harden Your Heart" 7" below...

Continue reading "J Robbins' band Office of Future Plans schedule NYC live debut, releasing LP on Dischord"

Obits at Union Pool in April (more by BBG)
Obits

We recently mentioned that Obits have some dates coming up with Disappears this month. None of those shows are in NYC but Obits will play their own show on October 29 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale now.

The reuniting Hot Snakes, who are set to play ATP UK and said they might schedule East Coast dates, are also playing Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest as you may have noticed in the recently released lineup (so many bands, it's hard to process all at once).

All Obits dates and some videos below...

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by BBG

The graphic on the top page of the Hot Snakes website
Hot Snakes

After a tease almost exactly a year ago, Hot Snakes are officially back in business with a scheduled appearance at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas! The previously mentioned UK festival goes down at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead from 12/9 - 12/11 and features names that range from No Age to Archers of Loaf to Theo Parrish. Tickets are on sale. Hot Snakes will appear on the Les Savy Fav-curated day, with the other two days curated by Battles and Caribou (who will all perform at the festival). Full lineup is below.

So far, the single UK date is the only Hot Snakes date scheduled, but East Coast-ers look out....

"yeah, im super stokified on this. so far just ATP is confirmed. we are talking about maybe doin a couple more shows before hand. not sure where but not west coast. we will be hangin on the east coast so most likely out there or in europe.i will letchu know. don't know who is playin drums. trying to figure out the scheduling and who is up for it and what makes the most sense. please do not share your thoughts or preferences on the matter. not interested in suggestions. Night Marchers shows most likely will not coincide with this trip. good times." -[John Reis]
We'll keep you up to date...

Earlier today we mentioned that Obits also have a string of August dates scheduled with Disappears.

Fest curators Les Savy Fav have a NYC show coming up at MHOW.

Full ATP Nightmare before Christmas details and some Hot Snakes videos are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Gone Completely (MP3)

Dissapears

Disappears travel on a high-powered motorik freeway that seems to have few offramps, but the Chicago band are stopping in NYC for two shows as part of their tour with The Psychic Paramount. They play tonight (7/26) at Union Pool and Wednesday (7/27) at Cake Shop.

When Disappears last played NYC back in January, it was one of their first few shows with new drummer Steve Shelley. Even though his indie cred is beyond reproach, Shelley did have some big shoes to fill: original drummer Graeme Gibson's relentless basher style was pretty intrinsic to Disappears' frantic, hypnotic live show. Says frontman Brian Case in a nice interview over at the Voice:

Graeme and Steve are very different drummers. But they both come from the same place that's about doing what's best for the song, so that instantly eliminates a lot of "translation" issues, so to speak. There were a few songs we had to drop out of the set as they were clearly songs made for Graeme's style, but a lot of the new stuff wouldn't be suited to how Graeme plays, so it's just another step in evolution of the band. We've been lucky to have two really strong, distinctive drummers.
As good as that January show was, it was still felt transitional. Having had six months to vibe off each other -- and write a whole new album's worth of material togehter -- should hopefully have the band fully back in the groove. After their current tour, which hits the West Coast with Obits next month, Disappears head back into the studio to cut that third album for Kranky. You can stream a demo for one of the songs at the bottom of this post which sounds like they might be downshifting into a lower gear. If you haven't picked up this year's Guider or 2010's Lux, both are highly recommended.

All Disappears tour dates and the new song below.

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