Entries tagged with: Other Music
by Andrew Marinaccio
This Saturday (4/21) marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, and with it comes another chance to procure your favorite band's most exclusive (or oddest) musical releases yet. There will also once again be lots of in-shop events.
No matter where you are located (in the U.S., UK, Germany or Belgium) (like Chicago maybe?), you should be able to find a still-open record store near you that will be selling the good schwag and possibly throwing a party too. As we've been, we'll continue to highlight some of the NYC stores, along with what you might find in them.
Aside from selling fresh rarities, NYC's Other Music is celebrating with a live lineup of DJs featuring Four Tet, Black Dice, The Men (who appear on a Sacred Bones RSD comp), Ex Cops, and Wild Nothing. Other Music will exclusively sell Ex Cops's debut 7", "I Am the Lion, You Are the Lamb," which is relasing on their Other music label. Other Music is set to open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (which gives you time to hit other record stores who open even earlier, first).
Kim's Video & Music looks to attract the early birds with an 8 a.m.opening and live and/or DJ sets by MUSH1, X-ray Eyeballs, Prince Rama, and more. In addition to the gig there will be discount offers, "over 150" record store day exclusives, pizza and beer. Maybe you'll find a copy of the, a day late for 4/20, Lee "Scratch" Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub Limited Edition Box...
The West Village's Generation Records has a show of their own planned, with The Paul Collins Beat, Supertouch, Night Birds, and Joyce Manor performing, as well as DJ sets by Tom Scharpling, Three Chord Monte, Zachary Lipez, and Mikey Post. They will also be selling a variant of Supertouch's Lost My Way EP, which will feature shop-exclusive cover art. Generation Records is pegged on opening at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
Williamsburg shop Sound Fix will host Mates of State for a gig and meet-and-greet on Saturday night. The band's 2009 covers album, Crushes, will be released for the first time on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive. Sound Fix opens at 10:30 a.m.
Amid touring, Portugal. The Man, who have a RSD 7" of their own, are playing an in-store set this Saturday at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. The shop's also opening early at 8 a.m., and their stock's boasting reiusses of Graceland and Raw Power, as well as Iggy and the Stooges' LP picture disc of their ATP 2010 performance of the seminal album.
Long Island's Looney Tunes Records is featuring a trio of free acts by Grace Read, The Lumineers, and JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar, who are bringing their collaborative 7" "Waiting Room" exclusively to the shop. The show will start at 1 that afternoon, but shoppers can begin at 9 a.m. if they're "VIP Members" (to inquire what that means, check here). Doors will open to the general public at 10 a.m.
Local giant J&R Music World will house acts starting at noon, including Everest, Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty, and guitarist Doyle Dykes. The insitution will also demonstrate some tech to attendees, showcasing the features of the new audio software suite Roland R-MIX. Miles Davis' (who has a special Record Store Day compilation, "Forever Miles," planned for release) nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., will also be making an appearance.
Permanent Records in Brooklyn will host in-stores by Memoryhouse and Mattison.
Cake Shop says "the CAPESHOK RECORD MART back for one day only!" and are hosting a performance by the Hairs at 3pm.
Check Record Store Day's site or call your local record store to find more happenings.
Of course, there will be precious records found at a variety of independent shops across the country, including the more exotic collaborations that have been hyped as blog post oddities. Fiest and Mastodon's (or 'Fiestodon') will be releasing their split 7" featuring both acts covering songs from each other's 2011 studio releases, Metals and The Hunter, respectively. Listeners can look forward to hearing Feist's rendition of "Black Tongue" and Mastodon's turn on "A Commotion".
Mastodon also-- perhaps inevitably-- succumbed to the bidding of current off-kilter audio project warlocks The Flaming Lips for another split 7", where they'll cover the Lip's "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton." While the Lip's contribution to the baby pink record is their original track recording, fear not, for the band has a more outlandish and sprawling album ready for the big day. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the mistifying mega-collaboration they've been working on with Bon Iver, Prefuse 73, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, and more, features new tracks with the aforementioned guests including their previous work with Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt. And, as if the music wasn't enough, Wayne Coyne has been amassing the blood of his fellow collaborators to somehow infuse into the record. At the very least, Alan Palomo, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, and Kesha's blood could be in your copy.
St. Vincent plans on releasing a red 7" sided with two new tracks, "KROKODIL" and "GROT." Reportedly more guitar-driven and aggressive departures from her previous material, her debut of "KROKODIL" at Coachella attests to that, possesing a relentless savagery often only hinted at in her nervous yet controlled guitarwork. It also attempts to channel whatever demons she found covering Big Black for 'Our Band Can be Your Life.' You can download her Coachella performance of "KROKODIL" here.
Speaking of bands playing Coachella, Refused are putting out 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come as a limited edition colored LP on Record Store Day. Pair it with a yellow vinyl Snapcase 12".
Speaking of things to come, Record Store Day is also used to tease what's on the way. Garbage (who are paying a special Record Store Day visit to Austin) are releasing their first new physical single in almost ten years with "Blood For Poppies" in anticipation of their reunion album this spring. Public Image Ltd. came out of the woodwork to present an EP featuring their latest release of new material in 20 years, including single "One Drop." And Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is reissuing his side-project Tomahawk's entire studio output in a boxset designed with space for the band's upcoming summer LP.
Other RSD 2012 releases previously mentioned on BV include Nick Waterhouse/Allah-Lahs, Mark Sultan, Pussy Galore, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sigur Ros, Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches, Nobunny and Variety Lights. Others we haven't mentioned yet include the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Tortoise, The Hives, Wilco, Animal Collective, Beach House, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Destroyer, Jimmy Fallon, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Luna, M Ward, M83, Mclusky, Minus the Bear, Misfits (red, blue and clear vinyl), Ozzy, Phish, Ryan Adams, T. Rex, Tegan & Sara, The Clash, and many more. For a full list of RSD 2012 releases, with more info on each, check HERE.
For our Chicago readers, you can check out what your local record shops are up to this Saturday, including a BV Chicago-presented event at Saki, here.
Which releases are you most excited for this Record Store Day? Check out what NPR decided to highlight, like the previously mentioned Shabazz Palaces release, HERE. Watch Cris Brown give his annual Record Store Day show and tell, and other videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Ex Cops release their debut single "You Are a Lion, I Am A Lamb" this Saturday (4/21, yes Record Store Day if you've forgotten). It's an Other Music RSD exclusive, which isn't really surprising as it's the first release from the Other Music Recording Company, the just-launched label extension of the venerable East Village record store. Ex Cops will also be among OM's line-up of RSD DJs, that also includes Black Dice and Four Tet. It's a big day for Ex Cops. In addition to the single release and DJ duties, they'll also play Saturday night as well, opening for Memoryhouse at Public assembly.
Ex Cops started as a bedroom recording project for Bryan Harding, who used to front Hymns, and Amalie Bruun (also of MINKS), but soon grew into a full band. While the recordings released so far (including the OMRC single) lean toward a Flying Nun/Sarah Records indie vibe, live Ex Cops still lean toward early-'90s UK, it's a much fuller sound. I caught them last week at Pianos and was really impressed. You can watch a Bowery Presents: Live" video of Ex Cops doing (single b-side) "The Millionaire" at the bottom of this post.
As for Other Music Recording Company, the label is an imprint of Fat Possum and will also release Ex Cops' full-length debut in August. The label's only other announced signing so far is Shintaro Sakamoto who used to front Yura Yura Teikoku. The Ex Cops single will be an Other Music exclusive on RSD but comes out officially on Tuesday (4/24).
Click through for cover art and streams of both sides of the Ex Cops single as well as that live video.
Lee with Sarah from Talk Normal at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
As mentioned Lee Ranaldo will release his solo album, Between the Time and the Tides on March 20 via Matador. He'll be celebrating the release of that album with a free in-store on the album's release date, March 20 at Other Music at 9 PM.
As mentioned Julia Holter makes her NYC debut TONIGHT (3/6) at Le Poisson Rouge with Sarah Cahill. Julia will be joined live by Christopher Votek (cello) and Corey Fogel (percussion) tonight. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. If you can't make it to tonight's show, it will be streaming live on NPR.
While Julia's in NYC she'll stick around to perform solo in-store at Other Music on Wednesday (3/7) at 8 PM. Admission is free.
Julia Holter's excellent new album, Ekstasis, comes out on Thursday (3/8) via RVNG Intl. You can stream the entire thing on NPR and purchase the album in CD or 2xLP format at the RVNG webstore. Also check out the video for "In the Same Room" below.
Updated dates and video below...
DOWNLOAD: Laura Gibson - La Grande (MP3)
Laura Gibson's latest, La Grande, is out this week via Barsuk. The album, her third, also saw her in the producer's chair. As a press release reads:
"One reason the sound of La Grande is so purposeful is that, for the first time, Gibson remained in the producer's chair throughout its making, bouncing between home- recorded vocal sessions - piling as many as 15 Laura Gibsons on certain tracks - and proper takes at Type Foundry Studios alongside engineer and good friend Adam Selzer (M Ward, Norfolk and Western) and some great players including Calexico's Joey Burns, members of The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber) and The Decemberists (Nate Query, Jenny Conlee), clarinetist Jilly Coykendall, and the drumming duo Rachel Blumberg and Matt Berger (affectionately known together as "Blumberger"). Don't get the wrong idea, though. While La Grande 's stage is shared with some very special guests, Gibson is at the center of every last note; contributing bits of bass, guitar, piano, pump organ, vibraphone, synthesizer, marimba, even a marching drum.And, Laura will be heading out on a tour to celebrate. That tour begins with a free show at Other Music in NYC TONIGHT (1/23 at 8pm) and continues in Boston on Wednesday (1/25), but not before she makes a radio appearance on WFUV on Tuesday (1/24). After Boston it's Philly and Virginia, but then back to NYC for a show at Mercury Lounge and a radio appearance on WFMU. All tour dates are listed below...
The band will tour in support of the album next year starting with a week of album release shows in NYC. Things begin with an instore at Other Music on the album's release date (1/17). Then they play on January 18 at Pianos with Happy People and Tiberius,
January 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mission of Burma (they've been removed from the Music Hall bill), January 19 at Death By Audio with Grooms and Clouder, January 20 at Cameo Gallery with St. Lucia, and January 21 at Pianos with Dear Lions, Cemeteries, and The Everymen.
Then they head overseas before heading out on a proper North American tour in March which returns to NYC in April when they'll hit Knitting Factory on April 10 and Mercury Lounge on April 11.
All tour dates and a video below...
Fred Armisen @ NBC Experience Store in NYC - 12/4/2011 (photo by anthonyquintano)
Fred Armisen, who will be out on tour with Carrie Brownstein in January, has been making other promotional appearances lately including one in the NBC Store yesterday (12/4, one day after he was hanging with the Black Keys) and one during lunch, an autograph signing, at J&R today (12/5). On Sunday, 12/11, Fred will be at Other Music with his playlist, or something like that... Just check out the description below...
Caveman @ Mercury Lounge (more by Jessica Amaya)
Caveman, whose album CoCo Beware is out now physically, have a special free show tonight (11/22):
CAVEMAN IN-STORE IN-STORE PERFORMANCEThat's almost two month before their previously announced Bowery Ballroom show which is their only other scheduled show at the moment that isn't in LA. All dates listed below...
Caveman, one of our favorite new Brooklyn bands, dropped their excellent debut album this week, and this Tuesday they will be visiting the shop to grace us with one of their powerful, percussive live sets, and signing copies of CoCo Beware. Please join us for what is sure to be a stellar in-store performance!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 9PM
OTHER MUSIC: 15 E. 4th St, NYC
FREE ADMISSION | LIMITED CAPACITY
Real Estate @ Astoria Bohemian Hall - 10/15/2011 (photo by nadkisson)
Real Estate played a free record release show at Astoria Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden on Saturday (10/15). It was supposed to be their "ONLY NYC performance until their headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in November." They lied! I don't think they're playing the Domino CMJ show (like John Maus is), but you can catch them at Other Music in NYC tonight...
Real Estate have a new full-length dropping on Domino next week, and you can be the first on your block to grab a copy of this much-anticipated album, get it signed, and help the band celebrate their record release this Sunday night at 8 p.m. Real Estate will be performing live at Other Music and autographing copies of Days, so come by, buy and wave bye-bye before they take off on their world tour.Their tour starts 10/20 in Germany.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 @ 8:00 P.M.
OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street, NYC
Free admission | Limited Capacity
Girls at FYF Fest 2011 (more by Nathanael Turner)
In addition to previously discussed dates at Bowery Ballroom on 9/22 and and 9/23 (both sold out), Girls have added another, much more intimate NYC show. Girls will play an in-store show at Other Music on 9/21 at 9pm. Flyer is below. NOBUNNY and Papa are scheduled for both dates at Bowery Ballroom, but will not join Girls at OM.
Girls will release their great new LP Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 13. Stream it. Flyer and all dates are below.
Neon Indian at Governors Island 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Era Extraña, the upcoming album by Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) will be released next week on September 13 via Static Tongues/Mom + Pop. While you wait, you can stream the entire over at NPR. You can also listen to "Fallout" and "Polish Girl" HERE and listen to "Hex Girlfriend" below. The album is available for pre-order at Neon Indian's website.
The day of the album's release, Alan will DJ an instore at Other Music (9/13) in NYC. Admission is free and the event lasts from 6 - 8 PM. According to Other Music's site, Alan will also be "signing records and hanging with the fans all evening." After the instore, Alan will make his way over to Music Hall of Williamsburg to DJ the 826NYC Prom, which also features DJ sets by Yeasayer, BAIO, and CANT. Tickets for that are still on sale.
For Fashion's Night Out, which takes place in NYC on Thursday (9/8), the Philip Lim boutique (115 Mercer Street) will transform into a "Girls on Bikes stop" from 6 - 9 PM. It's "in the vein of a truck stop but for chic girls around town who ride bikes." Those who attend will be able to pick up tickets to see Neon Indian at the penthouse at the Mondrian Hotel in SoHo (150 Lafayette), where he will perform for an invite-only crowd later on in the night.
Updated dates and song stream below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
A few hours after their free show at Academy Records in Brooklyn, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks celebrated their new record "Mirror Traffic" with another free show at Other Music in Manhattan. Here are pictures from that one. They continue below...
Spokane, WA producer James Pants is kicking off a short NYC & California tour TONIGHT (8/16) at Glasslands. The Brooklyn show is with Psychobuildings, Airbird (aka Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin), Balloon, and an after-party with Co La. Tickets for tonight's show are available. The tour then hits up California for a few shows before returning to NYC on August 23 for an in-store at Other Music at 8 PM and August 29 for a live set on WFMU on Liz Berg's show from 9 AM to noon.
James released his self titled LP earlier this year via Stones Throw. Grab two MP3s from that above and check out the new Iasos-directed video for "Clouds Over the Pacific" below.
All dates and video below...
Malkmus @ Siren Fest 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Stephen Malkmus is playing two free acoustic in-stores on August 25 in NYC before he & The Jicks go on tour in support of their upcoming LP Mirror Traffic, due out August 23 via Matador. The in-stores are at Academy Records in Brooklyn at 6 PM and Other Music in Manhattan at 9 PM. Both performances will be followed by a signing and the chance to pick up the exclusive poster available only at the in-stores (pictured below).
As mentioned, the Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks tour hits Terminal 5 on September 26. Tickets are still available (no opener is listed yet). You can also pre-order the new album at the Matador webstore as CD/LP. All pre-orders come with a free poster.
Updated dates and flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
John Maus releases the We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves on Tuesday (6/28) the new Domino-related Ribbon Music label. The album is slightly more polished than his previous efforts, but still far more lo-fi than the new romantic artists John so heavily channels. John will play an Other Music in-store on June 28 at 8 PM in support of the album's release. He also plays Glasslands that same night (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on June 29 (tickets) as part of his tour with Puro Instinct.
John also recently made a video for "Head for the Country" directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford. Check that out, along with updated tour dates below...
Danish post-punkers Iceage are making their US debut at Northside Festival at the Stereogum/Sacred Bones showcase at Public Assembly on June 17 with Prurient, Anasazi, Cult of Youth, Lost Tribe, The Men, Pop. 1280, Yellow Tears and Wes Eisold of Cold Cave (DJ set). Tickets are now sold out, but you can try and get in with a badge.
After Northside, they'll stick around for a tour which continues into August and includes four NYC shows. They play an Other Music in-store on June 22. The show starts at 8 PM and admission is free. They'll also open for JEFF the Brotherhood at the previously announced 285 Kent Ave show on June 25. The headlining "special guest" is still TBA, though both bands play with Fucked Up in Boston a day earlier. Iceage will also play Cake Shop on August 20 and Secret Project Robot on August 21.
Iceage's debut album New Brigade is already out in Europe and will see a US release on June 21 via What's Your Rupture?. Grab the album tracks "Broken Bone," "White Rune," and "New Brigade" above. Check out the "New Brigade" video and the album artwork, tracklist, and all tour dates below.
Cults will play a free in-store at Other Music on June 6 at 8pm, the day before their self titled debut drops. They kick off a tour with Guards and Writer one day later in Philly, and then return to NYC the day after that to play The Box on June 8 (though no details were ever announced about this show and it was removed from their public tour dates. It's probably private?) and then the sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9. All dates are listed below.
The album is currently streaming on NPR, and will be streaming in the little MySpace player embedded below as of midnight PST tonight (6/3). Amazon is giving away the song "Go Outside" for free at their site.
Updated Cults tour dates and the stream widget below...
Head over to Other Music now to get your tickets for tonight (6/3). Listen to Ariel express his love for NY in a video from last night's show at Irving Plaza, below...
Sonic Youth at Prospect Park (more by Lori Baily)
We are truly thrilled to announce that Other Music will be hosting a record release party for Thurston Moore's fantastic new solo joint, Demolished Thoughts, produced by Beck Hansen for Matador Records. Thurston and his band will be performing at the shop at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 23, and signing records after. Please join us -- and, need we say, get here early! - Other MusicThe Other Music appearance goes down three days before Thurston Moore is scheduled to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg (on 5/20) with support from poet Eileen Myles and I Feel Tractor. Tickets are still available.
Kurt Vile & The Violators will play a sold out Bowery Ballroom on June 11th with Purling Hiss & Meg Baird, but NOT with Pissed Jeans who had to drop off the bill less than a day after it was announced.
All Kurt & Thurston dates, and the new video for Thurston Moore's "Benediction" from Demolished Thoughts, below...
Talib Kweli at Emo's during SXSW (more by BBG)
Talib Kweli is currently on the road in support of his new LP Gutter Rainbows, blessing Milwaukee tonight on his way toward the tour conclusion in Orlando inMay. Along the way he'll hit home base on April 28th by tagging both Other Music (to sign copies of Gutter Rainbows starting at 6PM) and SOB's later that night (tickets are still available). There he'll be joined by Fred The Godson and Jean Grae, the latter of which will also appear at Brooklyn Bowl with Pharoahe Monch on May 10th (tickets).
Kweli is also scheduled to play the previously mentioned free show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. All tour dates below...
JEFF the Brotherhood @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Matuto @ Barbes
* Gato Loco @ Barbes
* Busy P @ Hiro Ballroom
* Styx @ Beacon Theatre
* The Misfits @ Irving Plaza
* Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
* Mudd Club reunion @ the Delancey
* Drop The Lime @ Public Assembly
* Lucy Wainwright Roche @ City Winery
* Petty Fest 2010 @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Zeroes, The Waldos @ Bowery Electric
* Titus Andronicus & the So So Glos @ Matchless
* The Strange Boys, Natural Child @ Knitting Factory
* Diehard, Gross Relations, MiniBoone @ Shea Stadium
* Josh Abrahms, C. Spencer Yeh @ Issue Project Room
* Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bobby Long @ Terminal 5
* Fabulous Diamonds, Pigeons, Electroputas @ Union Pool
* Atlantic/Pacific, Brian Bonz, Frontier(s) @ The Bell House
* K-OS, Shadrach Kabango, Astronautalis @ Highline Ballroom
* Oh No Oh My, Boats, Estranged Estates, Street Chant @ Pianos
* Bebe Fang, Eklin, Future Shuttle, Family Portrait @ Glasslands
* Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields DJing @ Other Music
* Little Racer, Nite Flights, Fan-Tan, The Royal Chains @ Cameo Gallery
* Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Poirier, Toddla T, Serocee @ Santos Party House
* Mother Hips, Sean Walsh & The National Reserve, High Irons @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wild Nothing, Baths, Julianna Barwick @ Eisner & Lubin Auditorium (NYU Kimmel)
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Ninjasonik, Liquor Store, ELKS @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Shellshag, Hartwell Littlejohn & War Party, Dirty Excuse, Nuclear Santa Claus @ Bruar Falls
Petty Fest features The Cabin Down Below Band with Special Guests: Adam Green, Norah Jones, Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live, Nicole Atkins, Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Catherine Pierce, Jesse Malin, Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects, Reeve & Zane Carney, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne, Sammy James of the Mooney Suzuki, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells & Longwave, Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes, Mikki James, Hymns and more at Bowery Ballroom.
TONIGHT @ OTHER MUSIC
ALL OUR FRIENDS ARE IN NEW YORK: EXHIBITION OF STEPHIN MERRITT/THE MAGNETIC FIELDS-RELATED HISTORY, IMAGES AND EPHEMERA---
An exhibition in conjunction with the theatrical release of the documentary film Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, featuring photographs by Gail O'Hara, Emma Straub for M+E and TMF's guitarist-banjoist John Woo, among others. All Magnetic Fields-related items will be on sale.
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 5-7PM
SPECIAL GUEST DJ: STEPHIN MERRITT
OTHER MUSIC: 15 East 4th Street NYC
Celebrate Ninja Tune tonight at Santos Party House.
GWAR is on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Gary Wilson and School of Seven Bells were on last night.
The Strange Boys/Natural Child show at Knitting Factory tonight is one of the free Scion ones.
Did you see the double rainbow yesterday? Martin Bisi and others did. Videos below...
In case you missed it, Devo cancelled their whole tour.
Bruce Springsteen talks about "The Promise" in a video below...
Weezer's new video for "Memories", below...
Tim Kasher (frontman of Cursive and The Good Life) added an in-store performance at Other Music on October 5, the same day his debut solo LP The Game of Monogamy is released. This performance is part of his tour which also includes the previously mentioned show at The Rock Shop on October 6.
The video for his new single 'Cold Love' as well as updated tour dates, including an October run with Minus the Bear (whose tour continues into December), are below...
"i really wish superchunk would tour more often. one of the best shows of the year tonight at mhow." - jarid maged
"It was unclear just who was throwing the water balloons at last night's Superchunk show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but the band, back in town with Majesty Shredding, their ninth full-length record and first since 2001, were clearly tickled that their fans still had it in them.If you were feeling nostalgic last night (9/19) in Brooklyn, where would you go? You had at least two choices. Pavement was playing the Williamsburg Waterfront (one of their five area shows) and Superchunk was at the considerably smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (their third of three NYC shows) with openers Toddy Barry and Wild Nothing. Well, if you didn't have an advanced tickets to Superchunk, and couldn't get one at the door, at least after your choice was made for you, you could just walk a couple more blocks where Pavement had plenty of room (Pavement also ended early enough to see the headliners of both shows).
"You guys are rowdy tonight," singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan told the packed house of former teenagers halfway through the set, by way of congratulations. "Good for you."" [Capital]
Superchunk started their NYC run at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, also played a free in-store at Other Music earlier on Sunday and will play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT (9/20), so set your DVRs if you'll be out too late dancing to tunes chosen by Pavement's Bob Nastanovich at the Living Room. Set Colbert to tape too because that's the TV show Pavement will be on tonight.
Comedian and Music Hall opener Todd Barry, who took part in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest earlier in the weekend (and later Sunday night), sat in on drums with Superchunk for a Misfits song. Pics and video of that below.
More pictures, the Superchunk setlist, and video from both OM and MHOW (including one of Todd Barry playing "Horror Business" with the band), below...
interview by Billy Jones, FYF photos by Chris Juarez
Panda Bear @ FYF Fest - Sept 4, 2010
"Noah Lennox (born July 17, 1978) in Baltimore, Maryland known as Panda Bear, is an experimental musician and a founding member of Animal Collective. He chose the name "Panda Bear" because he drew pictures of pandas as artwork on the recordings he made as a younger musician. Lennox grew up in the Roland Park section of Baltimore, Maryland, and had attended high school in Pennsylvania. As a child and teenager, he played sports, mainly soccer and basketball, and had studied piano until he was eight and then cello. He later sang tenor in his high school chamber choir. At the age of 17 he began to listen to electronic music styles like house & techno and artists such as Aphex Twin, all of which became a huge influence on his later work" [Wikipedia]Panda Bear is currently making his way to NYC for a big headlining show happening on Governors Island Saturday night, September 11th (tickets are still on sale). On this past Saturday, September 4th, he played a set (that he wasn't too happy about) at FYF Fest in LA (pictures from that show are in this post).
On Monday he played the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Live Music Blog was there and said, "I left the concert speechless, completely in awe of what I just experienced. One of the best shows I've seen in a while." That's good news for those who were scared away by what they heard about the Pitchfork Festival.The Fox Theatre setlist is at the end of this post.
And it was right before that Oakland show (at the venue) that BrooklynVegan interviewer Billy Jones was able to get Noah, an ex-Brooklynite and father of two who currently lives in Portugal, on the phone for a few minutes. Their chat is transcribed in this post.
They talked about when Panda Bear's album is coming out (if you haven't heard, it's called "Tomoby"), whether Animal Collective is still a band, FYF Fest, 9/11, Governors Island opener Gala Drop, and much more. Read it below...