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Pattern Is Movement

Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement are back with their first new music in five years, a 12" single on Hometapes with a new song, "Sucklin," on the a-side and a cover of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" on the flip. It's out digitally now and the vinyl will be out October 24. You can stream both sides below.

We already knew the band was playing CMJ with Hospitality at Glasslands on October 19 (tickets) but the've got a few more shows at the fest too. They'll play the Hometapes showcase at Union Pool on October 16 with Celestial Shore, Leverage Models, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, and Paperhaus ($10 at the door); and they'll also play Webster Hall on October 17, where they were added to the Menomena / Helio Sequence show (tickets).

All Pattern Is Movement dates are listed, along with streams of both sides of the new single, below...

Continue reading "Pattern is Movement releasing new single (stream it), add more CMJ shows ++ other dates"

Hospitality @ Brooklyn Bowl, Sept. 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Hospitality

Superior indie pop band Hospitality are busy working on their follow-up to their 2012 debut which is inching up on two years ago. No official word on LP#2 yet or a tour, but Hospitality will be coming out of show-playing hibernation for CMJ. They'll play Glasslands on Saturday, October 19 with Philly duo Pattern is Movement and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now. Hospitality will also be DJing a Merge Records night at Ace Hotel on Wednesday, October 16. Details beyond that are still to be announced.

Pattern is Movement, meanwhile, will also play a single release party Philadelphia's Union Transfer on October 24. Tickets for that show are on sale too.

The video for Hospitality's "Eighth Avenue" is below.

Continue reading "Hospitality playing CMJ w/ Pattern Is Movement, prepping LP"

DOWNLOAD: Takka Takka - "These Broken Chairs" (MP3)

Takka Takka at Littlefield in 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
Takka Takka

Last month (11/20), Brooklyn's Takka Takka released A.M. Landscapes, their first full length since 2008's Migration. The album was released through Ernest Jenning Recording Co. and was produced by Phil Palazzolo. You can stream the entire thing below and download a track, "These Broken Chairs," above.

Takka Takka will play a local show in early 2013 at Mercury Lounge on January 23 with Pattern Is Movement (who are also working on a new album), WIM and Future of What. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/5) at noon.

Album stream is below.

Continue reading "Takka Takka released an LP, playing NYC w/ Pattern is Movement (album stream, MP3)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Wye Oak

One night before they opened for the National at Beacon Theater, Baltimore's Wye Oak headlined their own sold out show at The Rock Shop on 4th Ave in Brooklyn to a crowd that included Sharon Van Etten who they shared a stage with at Beacon Theater one night earlier. Michael Azerrad says it was a great show.

The NYC shows marked the almost-end of a long year of touring for Wye Oak who have been out promoting the heck out of their 2011 album Civilian which landed them the #1 spot on AV Club's "Best Music of 2011" list.

Saturday night, 12/17, Wye Oak played their actual last show of the year in their hometown at the Ottobar with Pattern is Movement who also opened the Brooklyn show three nights earlier. More pictures from the Rock Shop, below...

Continue reading "Wye Oak & Pattern is Movement @ the Rock Shop (pics)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Explosions in the Sky @ Wellmont
Explosions in the Sky

Explosions In The Sky took the stage and ploughed through one and half hours of hugely dynamic, instrumental music. The band's signature "soft/loud/soft" style was truly effective--arguably more so than on record. Some drum sections from the band's new album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care were surprisingly brutal and heavier live, proving the band's mastery of dynamic range.

It was definitely the tracks from EITS' 2009 album All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone that got the most attention from the crowd. The band ended with "Your Hand In Mine" to a sea of hands in the air, and left the stage with squealing guitar feedback. -[CMJ]
The Antlers supported instrumental juggernaut Explosions In The Sky on 10/3 at Wellmont Theatre. Pictures are in this post, as is the headliner's setlist.

If you missed the openers, then make sure and swing on over to Webster Hall on December 10th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale, but hit regular sale at noon Friday (10/7). The show is one of a select few US appearances currently scheduled outside of their inclusion on the Weezer Cruise. Tour dates are below.

Explosions in The Sky will hit Europe with The Drift later this fall, but are now on the road with Baltimoreans Wye Oak. The Baltimore pair also has an NYC show in their near future, on 12/14 at Rock Shop with Pattern Is Movement. Tickets are on sale for the show that happens one day before they open for the National at Beacon Theater. Mostly EU, but also US tour dates for Wye Oak are below.

EITS's setlist, more pictures from Wellmont and all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Explosions in the Sky & the Antlers played Wellmont (pics), Wye Oak playing Rock Shop b4 National show (tix)"

DOWNLOAD: The Forms - Steady Hand w/ Pattern Is Movement's Andrew Thibaldeux (MP3)

The Forms
The Forms

The Forms, who we interviewed a few short months ago, have a double LP due on February 15th via Triple Down Records/Threespheres, with the CD coming through Ernest Jenning. Half of their release is their new Derealization EP which includes revisited/remixed works and features appearances from Matt Beringer (The National), Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), as well as members of Pattern Is Movement, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent and others.

The 2-disc set will also include the band's earlier Steve-Albini-produced opus, Icarus. Download "Steady Hand", a fresh look at "Bones" from Icarus above, and stream it below where you'll also find the full EP tracklist. EP opener "Fire to the Ground" with Matt Berninger has especially been stuck in my head since listening recently.

The Forms are scheduled to play NYC at Cameo Gallery on Saturday (12/18), one of a few dates that the band has on their schedule that includes a Boston date with The Dismemberment Plan. That Boston show is the day before The Dismemberment Plan plays to a sold-out Webster Hall in NYC twice (1/29 and 1/30).

The Dismemberment Plan have also added dates to their reunion tour which now includes three DC dates and a March one in Seattle.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "The Forms releasing 'Derealization', Dismemberment Plan add more shows (MP3 & tour dates)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Maserati - "Pyramid Of The Moon" (MP3 EDIT)

Maserati 2009
Maserati

Shrinebuilder and Maserati have very little in common, musically speaking. One relies on bluesy/sludgy riffage and post-metal roar, while the other is more concerned with muscling you out on the dancefloor. Yet both have absolutely incendiary live shows and now, both have killer songs called "Pyramid Of The Moon".

I've been a long-time fan of Maserati's spacey kraut-rock dancefloor-FONK and I'm excited for new material which will come soon in the form of a limited-edition 12" for "Pyramid Of The Moon". The song, and alternate version of the title track from the band's forthcoming album (!) Pyramid of The Sun, is available in edited form, for the first time, above, and will appear in all its extended nine-plus-minute glory along with a remix by The Field on the 12". Preorder it.

The new LP will include some of the final recordings of Jerry Fuchs, whose untimely passing left the band and the Brooklyn music community shaken. The LP, mixed with Justin Van Der Volgen (!!!, Out Hud, TBD) and Temporary Residence Limited founder Jeremy deVine (Sonna), includes collaborations with Steve Moore (Zombi) and will hit store shelves on 11/9. Make sure and check that out, it definitely cooks.

And speaking of !!!, openers have been announced for their upcoming 2-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Fol Chen and Midnight Magic open the 11/6 show. Onra and Pattern is Movement play support on 11/7. Tickets (including the 2-day pass) are still on sale.

Continue reading "Maserati MP3 from 'Pyramid of the Sun', Chk Chk Chk openers "

by Bill Pearis

Pattern is Movement @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Tim Grifin)
Pattern is Movement

There's a new indie rock party cruise in New York this summer: The BOAT. The maiden voyage is July 16 with Pattern is Movement and Glass Ghost, and then on August 27 it's BV faves Think About Life. Giving this more of a true cruise ship vibe, there'll be two performances a night for each date, 7PM (6:30 board) and 10PM (9:30 board). Shows are $15 for general admission or $30 for an open beer bar option. The BOAT sets sail from Pier 40 on the Hudson (Houston and West Side Highway).

We're giving away a pair of tickets to the July 16 show. Just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Boat Show" and we'll pick a winner at random. NOTE: These cruises are 21+.

This looks to be Pattern is Movement's only date on their schedule right now. Glass Ghost are also playing Brooklyn Bowl next Sunday (6/27) with Keepaway, The Babies and Hooray for Earth as part of the Northside Festival.

Think About Life also seem to be taking it easy this summer, playing a few Canadian festivals. After their cruise shows, they'll head to England to play the Bestival on Sept 13, and are scheduled to appear at this year's Iceland Airwaves on October 13. All Think About Life dates are below...

Continue reading "Think About Life & Pattern is Movement playing "The Boat" & other dates (win tix)"

The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

As Pitchfork reported, The Roots Picnic will be happening again this year at Philadelphia's Festival Pier on Penn's Landing, on Saturday, June 5th. ?uestlove announced part of the lineup via a Twitvideo (which you can see below), and it includes of Mayer Hawthorne, Clipse, the Very Best, Neka, Tune-Yards (a recent Questlove favorite), Das Racist, Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew, Pattern Is Movement, headliner Vampire Weekend and The Roots (with two side-projects, Black Thought's Money Making Jam Boys and ?uestlove with DJ Jazzy Jeff). He also says that the fest will be reuniting a certain black hat/gold chain (and it could be assumed, Adidas)-wearing hip-hop crew.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 5th at 10am.

Mayer Hawthorne headlines Webster Hall Thursday night (3/4).

Picture sets from last year's Picnic are here. Pictures from a 2009 show at Brooklyn Bowl that featured more than a few of the members of this year's lineup are here. See ?uestlove's video for yourself (where he also announces that it's the Roots' one year anniversary on Fallon - congrats!) below...

Continue reading "The Roots Picnic - 2010 date & initial lineup (Vampire Weekend, Clipse, The Very Best, Tune-Yards, Run DMC?)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Pattern Is Movement
Pattern Is Movement

Their new friends Dirty Projectors didn't jam with them, but plenty of others joined the Roots at their $10 show on October 1st at Brooklyn Bowl. Pictures and video below...

Continue reading "The Roots played Brooklyn Bowl w/ Talib Kweli, Pattern is Movement, Mayer Hawthrone & special guests - pics & video "

photos by Justina Villanueva

Shudder to Think

Shudder to Think had many different lineups while they were active from 1986-1998. Staying consistent with that, they've had varying lineups during this 2007-2009 reunion period as well. Frontman Craig Wedren has also has had many different musical projects since 1998, projects that maybe better represent where he is now than the one he just got back together. One of those solo-like projects, which he has performed with at Le Poisson Rouge and Joe's Pub in recent times, is a collaboration with the mini orchestra ACME.

With that background in mind, maybe last night's show wasn't actually too peculiar. First, Shudder to Think guitarist Nathan Larson wasn't at the show. The official reason was that he was busy with his other band (and wife in) A Camp. Oddly, A Camp doesn't/didn't have any shows scheduled, and Nathan has been a part of the reunion since the start. Second, after a first set of Shudder to Think songs, Craig switched the format of last night's show and actually did bring out, and perform with, ACME. Craig explained that he actually wrote the songs with Jefferson Friedman while STT was still together, so it still counted. None of this made it a bad, possibly final, show... just sayin'.

Shudder's last drummer Kevin March was the drummer last night (as he has been for the whole part of the reunion), and Shudder bassist Stuart Hill was nowhere to be found (same for the whole reunion). The show opened with old songs like A Vampire's Proposal, Lies About the Sky, and About Three Dreams and then seemed to segue into Pony Express material (still no Nathan).

But then came a surprise. Chris Matthews who was the original Shudder guitar player even before Nathan joined the band, came on stage for two songs, one being Red House, the other being Day Ditty (both songs he originally played in). The other guitarist in last night's band is the new guy who has been there since 2007. After the ACME bit they came back to rock again.... Overall they played for around two hours. Other songs included Gang of $, Lies About the Sky, Nine Fingers, She's A Skull, No Rm. 9 Kentucky, Love Catastrophe, X-French T-Shirt, and Hit Liquor... full setlist in the comments.

Hit Liquor is one of many songs that appears on the new Shudder To Think live album being released by Team Love soon. You can grab that track for free HERE.

Pattern is Movement and Blame the Patient opened the Bowery show. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Shudder to Think (sort of), Pattern is Movement & Blame the Patient @ Bowery Ballroom in NYC - pics & setlist "

DOWNLOAD: Shudder to Think - Hit Liquor (live) (MP3)

Shudder to Think @ Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shudder to Think

As previously mentioned, Shudder to Think are playing a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (9/2) with Pattern Is Movement and Blame The Patient. Tickets are still available, and I have a pair to giveaway (details below). Why should you go to this show? Two good reasons are:

  1. Bowery Ballroom is smaller than Webster Hall
  2. This will be the last Shudder to Think show.... for now anyway, or for the foreseeable future, or possibly forever (they won't commit to that last part, but they say they have no plans at the moment to keep it going.) (I obviously feel insecure about repeating the claim, but the email was titled "Shudder To Think Play Final Show in NYC on Sept 2")
They reunited at the end of 2007 and went on to play a bunch of shows in 2008 (including at Bowery and then at Webster Hall). On September 15th they're releasing a live album on Team Love. Two never-before-seen pro-shot live videos, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "Shudder To Think tonight - their FINAL show? ++ live videos"

Suzanne Muldowney (Underdog) @ the Mermaid Parade (more by Barry Yanowitz)
Underdog

Tickets are on sale for that Dan Deacon, No Age & Deerhunter show happpening at the Flying W Resort in Jersey (near Philly) on August 1st. They only cost $12. Then again, the Brooklyn show with the same lineup will be free.

Tickets are on sale for the Deerhoof show happening at Le Poisson Rouge.

Dungen is playing The Bell House with Woods on August 14th. Tickets are on sale.

Mickey Factz is playing SOB's on July 14th. Tickets are on sale.

Motörhead, Nashville Pussy, and Reverend Horton Heat play Roseland Ballroom on September 9th. Tickets are on sale.

Cafe Tacuba has a show coming up at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 28th. Tickets are on sale.

The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players played the OJ All Day Festival at the Brooklyn Lyceum over the weekend. They play a show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 2nd. Tickets are on sale.

Nicole Atkins and the Sea are playing the Bell House with Bird of Youth on August 6th. Tickets are on sale.

Last year, Bird of Youth opened for AC Newman at the Bell House. Nicole Atkins was playing as a member of his band at that show. This past weekend AC played the Clearwater Festival, and he has a free show coming up on Thursday.

Bird of Youth are also opening for Mark Eitzel at Le Poisson Rouge on July 18th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Grace Jones show at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for the June 25th St. Vincent show at the Bell House. St Vincent just toured with Pattern is Movement who are playing that same night at the Bell House's sister club Union Hall with Bell and Inlets. Tickets are on sale for that too.

Jimmy Gestapo of Murphy's Law celebrating his birthday aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise is a tradition that is happening again this year on August 12th. Tickets are on sale.

Q-Tip, Marky Ramone, The Misshapes, Junior Vasquez, and Paul Sevigny are all DJing the same event tonight (6/22).

Breakfast at Sulimay's reviewed Yo La Tengo and Raphael Saadiq. Video below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, Deerhoof, Dungen, Motorhead, Murphy's Law, Nicole Atkins, Bird of Youth & other tix"

photos by Tim Griffin

St. Vincent

"If you have been to enough concerts, you become familiar with the dynamic of the audience and the singer during small talk moments: They say something, the audience claps or laughs accordingly, and the space between the songs is filled up, nothing more to think about. Annie Clark is a friendly, funny person on stage, but last night, it seemed as though the audience collectively didn't know what to do when she addressed us. Awkward pauses, bad jokes from weird dudes in the back, lots of nervous laughter -- at some points, it felt like the entire room was on a bad first date with someone way out of our league.

Clark and her band of top notch multi-instrumentalists were excellent, but they did not entirely find their groove until about halfway through the show. " [Fluxblog]

Pattern is Movement and St Vincent, who, if nothing else, have violinist Daniel Hart in common, played the second night of their tour together at Webster Hall in NYC last night (5/20). All dates, more pictures from the show, and SV's setlist, below...

Continue reading "St Vincent & Pattern is Movement - now on tour, played Webster Hall in NYC - pics & setlist"

Cloud Cult @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
Cloud Cult @ Bowery Ballroom

today in NYC
* Bob Mould @ Joe's Pub
* Jeff Beck @ Irving Plaza
* Superdrag @ Bowery Ballroom
* Shahzad Ismaily @ Issue Project Room
* The Books @ Miller Theatre (Columbia)
* Lissy Trullie, US Royalty @ Union Hall
* Kayo Dot, Apollo Heights & Nymph @ Coco66
* Questlove (the fANtastic) @ (le) poisson rouge
* Enon, These Are Powers & The Forms @ The Bell House
* Jenny Scheinman, Nels Cline & S. Cardenas @ Blue Note
* Cloud Cult, Margot and The Nuclear So & So's, Ice Palace @ MHOW
* Team Genius, Action Painters, The Naked Hearts, Ill Ease @ Cake Shop
* Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin & Drew Danburry @ Mercury Lounge
* Borts Minorts, Uni and Her Ukelele, Rachel Trachtenberg, Griffin Point @ The Studio

Tonight's show at COCO 66 is a benefit for Yuko Sueta.

Yuko Sueta is a beautiful and gifted video artist, photographer, and writer. Yuko, age 36, is battling metastasized breast cancer. She currently has an intense pain condition as a result of spinal compression that has her bed-ridden and unable to work. She has undergone procedures to try to alleviate some of the compression and she is fighting hard to rebuild her strength.
We hope you will join us in our efforts to support our friend and provide her with an environment which can allow her to continue to be productive, creative and pursue wellness.
APOLLO HEIGHTS, NYMPH, and KAYO DOT are playing the show.

I always confuse the existence of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (from Missouri) with Margot and The Nuclear So & So's (from Indiana) - just based on their huge, confusing names (and other somewhat similar characteristics). Tonight the two bands both play in NYC.

Drew Danburry (from Utah) opens the Mercury Lounge show.

Pattern is Movement covered Beyonce for Daytrotter.

Youth Group are in the midst of their 3-city, 1-month US residency. Their new video is below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

photos by Lori Baily

These Are Powers

THESE ARE POWERS, the Brooklyn/Chicago based trio of future primitives have announced plans for a United States tour. The dates include select performances with Abe Vigoda, Bird Names and US Girls, and begin February 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrapping up on March 27 in Richmond, Virginia. Touring in support of All Aboard Future, available for pre-order from Dead Oceans on CD and LP. The vinyl is 180 grams, housed in a gatefold sleeve and includes a coupon to download the songs as MP3s. We would also like to extend an apology to Sarah Wilmer, whose gorgeous photograph was not credited on the LP.
These are Powers played their first of six NYC shows in a month last Friday (1/23). It was at The Bell House in Brooklyn with Ponytail and Pattern is Movement.

Their next NYC show is tonight, Friday January 30th, with Dan Deacon and friends AT The 1896 (NOT AT DANBRO). They also have shows coming up at the recently-almost-burned-down Monster Island, Manhattan's Less Artists More Condos, the record store Other Music, 92Y Tribeca, and many other places across the country. All dates and more pictures from last week's show, below...

Continue reading "These Are Powers - 2009 Tour Dates & Bell House pics"

Les ClaypoolPrimus's Les Claypool is calling "The Oddity Faire" a "A Mutated Mini Fest". You can also call it a tour with an interchanging set of openers that varies by date. In NYC the show is at Terminal 5 and the openers are Saul Williams, O'Death, and Secret Chief 3. The date is March 28th. Tickets are now on Am Ex presale, and go on regular sale on Friday.

Other openers for the tour are Mutaytor, Yard Dogs, and Devotchka. It's unfortunate that Devotchka is not also on the NYC date, but that makes sense since they can headline Terminal 5 by themselves and have their own show coming up at Webster Hall.

O'Death have also lined up a ton of other tour dates that don't include Les. They'll kick things off in Baltimore on January 29th and end up back in this NYC-area for a February 14th show at Maxwell's with Legendary Shack Shakers. Tickets are on sale. From there they go to Europe before meeting up with the Primus front-man back in the USA in March.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Les Claypool taking Saul Williams, Devotchka & O'Death on The Oddity Faire tour - 2009 Dates"

DOWNLOAD: Jennifer O'Connor - Here with Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jennifer O'Connor - Valley Road '86 (MP3)

Jennifer OConnor

I'm doing pretty good with my guesses so far. Still no Titus Andronicus, but Britt Daniel and Janet Weiss were there on night one, and Jon Benjamin (comedy) and Jennifer O'Connor (music) opened last night, Christmas Eve, December 24th, the fourth night of Hanukkah (there goes the theory that they don't repeat an opener) (btw, good job Anonymous | December 22, 2008 5:58 PM at predicting night three's special guest Yoni Wolf). Pictures of the show are coming soon. There were no other special guests.

That was Christmas Eve and today is Christmas, so what better time to mention the great new Christmas album called Peace on Earth : Vol. II. The charity holiday album features tracks by Jennifer O'Connor, Anathallo, Pattern is Movement, Marla Hansen, Oxford Collapse, Jason Collett, American Analog Set, and many others. Check it out. Jennifer's song is "Deck the Halls". You can hear it at her MySpace.

Jennifer's next NYC show is at Southpaw on February 14th with Mascott. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...

Continue reading "Jennifer O'Connor - opened YLT night 4, sings on Peace On Earth Christmas album, touring in 2009 (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Quasi
Quasi

This time of year is usually pretty slow, show-wise, but this seems to be an especially-packed week for shows. Here's some of the stuff I'm considering attending while I procrastinate on holiday gift shopping and doing all my year-end lists over on my own blog.

Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Crystal Stilts

Speaking of, while I haven't posted my Best Albums of '08 yet, I will tell you Crystal Stilts' Alight of Night did make the Top Ten. They're playing tonight (12/17) at Le Poisson Rouge and even though I've seen them more times this year than I'd like to admit (and will probably see them again later this week), I will probably be in attendance. They're opening for Bay Area neo-fokies Vetiver, whose new covers album, Thing of the Past, is rather lovely.

Vetiver
Vetiver

Hot Snakes
Hot Snakes

Also tonight (12/17), is that double-shot of ex-Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu/Pitchfork bands at Santos Party House: Obits, that's fronted by Rick Froberg; and headliners The Night Marchers, which features John Reis and two other members of Hot Snakes. I have to admit Obits is more of a draw for me, as the band also features Sohrab Habibion who used to front Edsel, one of my favorite bands from the '90s DC scene. Obits just released their debut 7", "One Cross Apiece," which I like a lot. Will there be a mini Hot Snakes reunion tonight? Probably not, but you can always hope for a Christmas miracle.

Plus Minus
Plus Minus

Speaking of '90s indie rock survivors, Thursday (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg is +/-, which is the band/solo project James Baluyut formed when Versus called it quits in the early part of this decade. Versus are playing shows again - and maybe recording new material (so I hear) - but +/- are still very much their own thing and going strong, having released their fourth album Xs on Your Eyes, back in October. Actually the whole line-up at MHoW that night is pretty great: Philly duo Pattern is Movement (who played a BV CMJ day party this year), Brooklyn indie royalty The Ladybug Transistor, and In Interview who I caught at NYC popfest back in June and who don't play nearly enough.

Also on Thursday (12/18): That A.C. Newman Get Guilty listening party at Stanton Public, which I originally thought was last week but wasn't. You can still RSVP for it at Insound. 8-10PM, free beer n' booze.

Sic Alps
Sic Alps

And last but absolutely not least, the can't miss show of the week has to be Saturday's (12/20) three floor-event at Knitting Factory curated by indie rock's original keyboard-drum duo, Quasi. Mates of State, Matt and Kim, etc, bow down to Sam Combes and Janet Weiss. The line-up is kind of staggering: awesome San Francisco garage rock duo Sic Alps (who I've plugged before), the aforementioned Crystal Stilts (a late addition to the bill), Jeffrey Lewis, Soft Circle (ex-Black Dice), plus films by legendary animator Sally Cruikshank (one of which is where Quasi got their name) and Craig Baldwin. Oh yeah, Marnie Stern is also playing. Tickets are $20, and worth it.

Continue reading "Quasi, Vetiver, Crystal Stilts, Marnie Stern, +/-, Hot Snakes, Sic Alps & more in This Week in Indie"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Pattern Is Movement - "Right Away" (MP3)

Pattern Is Movement

Pattern is Movement were some busybodies during CMJ. Among other things, they rocked the Brooklyn Vegan Saturday day party at Knitting Factory, got a couple mentions in the New York Times, and played one day of the Gothamist CMJ party series with Bell at the Bell House (Oct 22nd). At that show the duo was joined on stage by Daniel Hart aka mastermind behind The Physics Of Meaning who played right before them, and who also plays violin on their album. You might also recognize Dan (pictures below) as a member of St Vincent's band and John Vanderslice's band.

Philly's Pattern is Movement return to NYC tonight, Tuesday November 18th to play the Knitting Factory. The show is part of a mini-trek with Zach Hill and the hiatus-ing Subtle who are both also on the bill.

More CMJ pictures, and all Pattern is Movement tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Pattern is Movement - 2008 Tour Dates (Zach Hill), CMJ pics w/ The Physics of Meaning (Daniel Hart)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Zach Hill - "Dark Art" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Odd Nosdam - CIRCUS faux PREZ beats! (Sendspace Link)
DOWNLOAD: Odd Nosdam - MIXTAPE SUPER DELUX (Sendspace Link)

Zach Hill, Performance Attire May Vary...
Zach Hill

Spazzy drummer Zach Hill (Hella/Marnie Stern/Team Sleep/The Ladies) will be in town over the next two days performing "Necromancer" with Peer Pressure or, the second disc of the 2CD extravaganza known as Astrological Straits (out now on Ipecac). So what's "Necromancer" all about, and who the hell is Peer Pressure?

HELLO ! TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN INQUIRING ABOUT WHAT AND WHO "PEER PRESSURE" MAY BE IT'S ACTUALLY MY DRUM SET! HAHA THATS STRAIGHT TALK! IN THE FUTURE THIS MONIKER WILL MOST LIKELY DEFINE A COLLECTIVE OF HUMAN BEINGS PLAYING SONGS AND MY DRUM SET, BUT FOR THIS TOUR ITS A METAPHOR FOR THE DRUMS AND THATS ABOUT ALL I'M BRINGING AND ALL IM PLAYING. TO MAKE IT CLEAR SO THERES NO CONFUSION ABOUT MY UPCOMING PERFORMANCES I AM PERFORMING A 45 MINUTE NON STOP HEAVILY IMPROVISED RENDITION OF THE TRACK "NECROMANCER" OFF OF MY NEWEST SOLO RELEASE. THIS WILL BE ME ON DRUMS AND THE LAPTOP ON LAPTOP OR THE IPOD ON IPOD. I PLAN ON PERFORMING THE MORE SONG ORIENTED MATERIAL OFF THE ALBUM WITH A FULL BAND IN THE THE FUTURE BUT FOR MANY REASONS IT WAS UNREALISTIC AT THIS JUNCTURE. SO THIS IS HOW I WILL BE EXPRESSING MYSELF IN THE NOW ASIDE FROM THE SHOWS WERE ITS NOTED THAT I'LL HAVE SOMEONE AWESOME SITTING IN WITH ME! [Zach Hill]
Zach Hill WILL have "someone awesome sitting in" with him at the Knitting Factory in NYC on 11/18, namely Marco Benevento. Also on the bill: Pattern Is Movement and Subtle (their last tour "for some time", they are going on hiatus). Tickets are still on sale.

Hill also plays Death By Audio in Brooklyn with Fiasco the next day (11/19). Hill is also opening for the mighty Fantomas when they ring in the New Year, in San Francisco.

Speaking of Subtle, doseone and jel of Subtle (aka Themselves) will headline the "Anticon 3rd Annual 10-Year Anniversary" at NYC's Knitting Factory on December 18th with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?), Buck 65, Sole, Alias, Odd Nosdam + Jel, pedestrian + DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Odd Nosdam recently posted a free download of beats from 2002 - 2003 entitled CIRCUS faux PREZ beats! and a mixtape... Mixtape Super Delux. Download 'em and other MP3's above.

The Anticon flyer and all Zach Hill dates below...

Continue reading "Zach Hill tour dates, Subtle's hiatus, Anticon's anniversary"

Lightspeed ChampionLightspeed Champion

The Mae Shi @ Market Hotel, NYC (more by Leia Jospe)
The Mae Shi

The Carps @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC (more by Leia Jospe)
The Carps

Lightspeed Champion's last NYC show was headlining Bowery Ballroom on June 7th (which was the day after he played Conan O'Brien). He was not scheduled to play any shows during CMJ....until about an hour ago....

BrooklynVegan presents a show
@ Knitting Factory, FREE, All Ages, Saturday, October 25, 2008

12-3 $2.00 PBR special!

the lineup
12:00 (noon) Starfucker (main room)
12:15 All the Saints (old office)
12:45 The Carps (main room)
01:00 Howlies (old office)
1:30 Little Boots (main room)
1:45 Doug Gillard of Guided By Voices (old office)
2:15 Shout Out Out Out (main room)
2:30 Delta Spirit (old office)
3:00 Marnie Stern (main room)
3:15 Akimbo (old office) *
4:00 Made Out of Babies (main room) *
4:00 Takka Takka (old office)
5:00 Rival Schools (main room) *
5:45 Women (tap bar)
6:00 Trap Them *
6:30 The Mae Shi (tap bar)
7:00 Vreid (old office) *
7:15 Lightspeed Champion (tap bar)
8:00 Lemonade (tap bar)
8:45 Pattern is Movement (tap bar)

12-6 Finger on the Pulse DJing in the main room

No CMJ badges required. All three floors are all ages and FREE.
$2 PBR from noon-3pm.

* bands with an asterisk are for those just seeking the 'heavy'

Pattern is Movement @ Webster Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
Pattern is Movement @ Webster Hall

A video from Lightspeed's Bowery show is below...

Continue reading "Lightspeed Champion added to BV show @ Knitting Factory!"

DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Big Weekend (Delorean Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Real Slime (Mashepest Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lemonade - Sunchips (Ghosts On Tape remix) (MP3)

Lemonade

"Lemonade marries big beats with heavy psychedelic noises, while touching on elements of North African rai, dub, breakbeat, and samba and much more in their self-titled debut. The SF based trio (soon to be NYC trio) is comprised of childhood friends Callan Clendenin (vocals), Alex Pasternak (percussion) and Ben Steidel (bass)-did not have grand expectations for the project outside of exploring their shared vision of a place that they have never been: a fantasy landscape that is at once gritty and pristine, tropical and foreboding. Their trippy, pulsing self-titled debut is out now, Oct 21st, on True Panther records and its already received favorable mentions from RCRD LBL, Pitchfork Media, XLR8R, SF Weekly, Uncut, among many others. Hot on the heels of this much anticipated release, Lemonade is announcing the REMIXTAPE album this November as companion to their debut. The REMIXTAPE features contributions from Delorean, Lazer Sword, Ghosts On Tape, C.L.A.W.S, among others." [PR]
Lemonade are playing the BrooklynVegan party at Knitting Factory on Saturday October 25th, 2008. They go on at 8pm in the Tap Bar. All Ages. FREE.
@ Knitting Factory, FREE, October 25th

Main room
12:00 Starfucker
12:45 The Carps
1:30 Little Boots
2:15 Shout Out Out Out
3:00 Marnie Stern
4:00 Made Out of Babies
5:00 Rival Schools

Tap Bar <------------ announcing for the first time
5:45 Women
6:30 The Mae Shi
7:15 TBA
8:00 Lemonade
8:45 Pattern is Movement

There will also be bands playing in the Old Office (Knitting Factory's 3rd stage from noon-9pm as well). PLUS, it's not our party, but there is also a free day show in the tap bar that runs at the same time too (and anyone can also go to).

Lemonade are also playing Zebulon on Friday, Pianos later on Saturday (the True Panther CMJ showcase), AND going on tour with El Guincho in November and December. Assuming EG doesn't cancel, that means they Lemonade play (le) poisson rouge in NYC on December 2nd. All dates below....

Continue reading "Lemonade - MP3s, 2008 tour dates (3 CMJ shows, El Guincho)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Shudder to Think

Shudder to Think is an American Post-Hardcore/Alternative rock group. Formed in 1986, they released three albums on the Washington, D.C. Dischord Records label and have been labeled a punk band, though they drew upon a wide range of stylistic influences, including pop. Their music is characterized by a complex mix of these stylistic influences, as well as by technical precision and melodic virtuosity. Singer Craig Wedren's characteristic operatic singing style set the band apart from other post-punk D.C.-area bands. [Wikipedia]
Though they quietly made some appearances here and there over the past year, Shudder to Think played their first official NYC reunion show at Webster Hall on Saturday night (Oct 4, 2008). I unfortunately had to miss it, but Craig promised a "fucking amazing show". Was it? Openers were Pattern Is Movement and The Jealous Girlfriends. More pictures and the official setlist below...

Continue reading "Shudder to Think, Pattern is Movement & the Jealous Girlfriends @ Webster Hall, NYC - pics, setlist"

BSS fans @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
BSS @ Lolla

Although Broken Social Scene's next advertised NYC show isn't until October 24th, they will be playing one in the city for NYU students on September 4th with French Kicks and Pattern is Movement. You can also catch French Kicks at Bowery Ballroom with Passion Pit on September 24th. Pattern is Movement's next public NYC show is October 4th.

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