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photo: Peasant @ BV-CMJ 2008 @ Pianos (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

It breaks my heart to hear this news today. Damien DeRose, aka Peasant, has passed away. Schnitzel Records posted the following message around 3am Wednesday night:

It is with a very heavy heart to announce that we have lost a member of the Schnitzel family. Damien DeRose, aka Peasant, passed away last night. He touched us all with his beautiful music and we will miss him tremendously. R.I.P
Philly station WXPN has a longer obituary for the 30 year old Pennsylvania artist:
DeRose addressed difficult topics in his music very vividly, but it was not an act - he wrestled with drugs and drinking in his own life, and spent time in a Maryland prison following a 2013 arrest for burglary and possession of heroin. He kept in occasional touch with his fans, occasionally sharing tidbits about music he would eventually release - the new album he recorded with Joe Ugg in Point Pleasant.

After his release, DeRose refocused on his music and his recovery. He also dabbled in photography through colorful nature scenes on his Instagram page, which often incorporated light and shadow to stunning effect. In September, he shared new song lyrics touching on the experience of the last two years - "someday I know I'll be free / all the bad will be worth it to me" - and excitedly talked of proceeding through "three years of new and unreleased material."

He was even scheduled to play MilkBoy this Saturday, November 21st with Illinois, circulating flyers that read "Onstage for the 1st time in a very Long time." But he was reportedly admitted to Temple hospital on November 6th where he spent two weeks in a coma.

Damien's beautiful songs first came to my attention in 2008, the same year he then played a BrooklynVegan ROFL show downstairs at Pianos (with Bear in Heaven, The Forms, Dave Hill, Pete Holmes, Kristen Schaal & more) and a BrooklynVegan CMJ show upstairs at Pianos (with Phosphorescent, Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten & more). It's been a few years since I've seen or heard Peasant, but listening again now reminds me why I loved him in the first place. Rest in Peace, Damien...

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Cold War Kids, We Barbarians, and Best Make Bomb are playing a free show in NYC tomorrow...

Continue reading "We Barbarians playing free NYC show w/ Cold War Kids (THURSDAY), and Pianos"


today in NYC
* Stef Eye @ The Stone
* Matt Munisteri @ Barbes
* Miya Masaoka @ The Stone
* Grupo Los Santos @ Barbes
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gene Ween @ Mexicali Live (NJ)
* Sofia Coppola @ Apple Store SoHo
* Fran Healy, Foley @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ronnie Spector @ the Strand Theatre (NJ)
* Florence and the Machine Live on Letterman
* AwShockKiss, Make Out @ Mercury Lounge
* The Hundred in the Hands @ Death By Audio
* Jenny Slate, Joe Mande, Matt Fitzpatrick @ Coco66
* Life of Agony, Biohazard & VOD @ Best Buy Theater
* Jen Gloeckner, Mia Riddle, M Lamar @ The Bell House
* Mammal of Paradise, Glory Girls, Peasant @ Bruar Falls
* Christmas In Balthrop, Alabama @ Lincoln Center (free)
* Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party @ Europa
* California King, Earl Greyhound @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Starscream, Web Dating, Doldrums, Shark?, Moon @ Shea Stadium
* Job For A Cowboy, Skeletonwitch, Misery Index @ Santos Party House
* Computer Magic, Grandchildren, Soft Reeds, The Stationary Set @ Pianos
* Dan Peck Trio, Weasel Walter, Duchampion, Cancer Dance @ Silent Barn
* MiniBoone, The Gypsy West, System Noise, Bangladeafy @ Bowery Electric
* Apollo Heights, The Archive, Sweat Hearts, Hunters & Runners @ Lit Lounge
* Keepaway, Headless Horseman, Slow Animal, The Young Maths, Phury @ Glasslands
* Ryan Hobler, Wynn Walent, Matt Singer, Great Elk, Casey Shea @ The Living Room
* Kung Fu (featuring members of Raq, Deep Banana Blackout, The Breakfast, Jazz Is Dead, Allman Brothers) @ Southpaw
* Something About Death Or Dying (member of The Gaslight Anthem), Communication Redlight, Go Falcon!, I Hate Our Freedom @ Maxwell's

Trap Them is no longer playing Santos tonight, but do have a show coming up at Cake Shop in January.

Peasant appears at Bruar Falls tonight.

Steve Mason @ Knitting Factory is cancelled.

Check out This Week In Indie for more.

Singer-songwriter Wynn Walent has spent the past year or two doing humanitarian work in places like Haiti and South America. Sometimes he comes back to visit and plays a show with friends like he is doing at Living Room tonight.

Life of Agony and VOD play Best Buy Theater tonight (with Biohazard), and Starland Ballroom in January.

A new Radio Dept video for "Never Follow Suit" is below...

What else?

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Brooklyn DIY fest Hillstock will be returning this year for three days of music from June 11-13. It opens with a Friday show at Shea Stadium that features Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, the Eskalators, Ava Luna, The Toothaches, Fiasco and more. The second day is a backyard BBQ headlined by Aa, and the third is singer-songwriters on a rooftop.

Both three-day wrist bands ($15) and individual shows tickets ($7) will be available at the shows.

More info on tickets, venue locations, a full schedule of bands and videos from last year are below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Broken Social Scene

"I don't get to see these people. I don't see Leslie (Feist) any more. It's tough to see Amy (Millan) and Evan (Cranley) because they live in Montreal. Jimmy (Shaw) and Emily (Haines) have been on the road so much. They just came and we hung out in the studio for a few days in Toronto. Just to hang out was enough."

Broken Social Scene hasn't closed the door on collaborations, by any stretch. Metric's Haines and Shaw were invited onstage Thursday night to perform You Forgot It In People's show-stopping "Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl," while stretches of the show featured a six-piece horn section, the Beauties acting as a sort of all-male chorus line and vocal contributions from Jason Collett. [Toronto Star]

SXSW Day Two startedd out for me with a performance by Sharon Van Etten who was heartachingly beautiful at St. David's Sanctuary. Sarah Jaffe and band followed - great folk/rock songs. Over at Stubb's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw guesting on "Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl" with Broken Social Scene was the highlight of their show filled with new songs from the forthcoming record. Band Of Horses preceded and were great but their set was a bit short. Let's Wrestle (who didn't make it to NYC before Austin, but did make it to SXSW) during the day at Lovejoy's was loud and excellent. The Victorian Room at the Driskill Hotel was a perfect venue for Olof Arnalds and probably the most attractive setting for a show I've been to yet.

Some pictures and commentary from SXSW Day 1 HERE. Pictures from Day 2 continue below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2010 day 2 in pics & review (Broken Social Scene, Sharon Van Etten, Olof Arnalds, Let's Wrestle, Band of Horses, more) "

DOWNLOAD: Rocky Votolato - Sparklers (live in East Palo Alto) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phantogram - When I'm Small (MP3)

Phantogram @ MHOW during CMJ (more by Vincent Cornelli)

Andrew Kenny's band The Wooden Birds just got back from a tour with Great Lake Swimmers and will headline a close-to-home show at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (11/3). The soothing sounds of Peasant will open the show. Tickets are $10.00. Check out a recent video interview with the band below.

The Wooden Birds released their debut album on Barsuk Records earlier this year. Barsuk also recently put out the debut by Ramona Falls who just released a new video for the song "I Say Fever". You can watch that below.

Barsuk has two new releases scheduled for February 2010. Rocky Votolato's new album True Devotion will be out on February 23rd. "Sparklers" is one of the songs on that will be on that album. You can download a live version above. Rocky kicks off a tour in a couple of days, but not just any tour. He'll be playing in people's living rooms up and down the east coast. There's a NYC show in midtown Manhattan on November 6th. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

The other album Barsuk is releasing in February will be by Phantogram who just got done playing a few shows during CMJ including one at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The xx and School of Seven Bells. The album "Eyelid Movies" will be released on February 9th. Download the song "When I'm Small" from that album for free above. Phantogram is now on a tour of Europe, but will be back soon. They play a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 19th. All dates below...

Continue reading "Wooden Birds tonight, Rocky Votolato touring, Ramona Falls video, free Phantogram show & MP3 & other Barsuk news"

Cursive @ Union Hall (more by Natasha Ryan)

On March 1st, Saddle Creek and Cursive began offering Cursive's new album Mama, I'm Swollen as a digital download for only $1 through the Saddle Creek website, launching a special promotion to allow fans to buy the album early at a lower cost. For eight days, the new album was available as a digital download at a pro-rated price that increased by $1 each day (i.e., the price is $2 on March 2nd, $3 on March 3rd, $4 on March 4th, etc.). When the record hits stores on March 10th, the digital album will then remain at the regular price of $9.

The band will be on the road during March, playing eight shows around the release of Mama, I'm Swollen and leading up to multiple performances at SXSW.

The first of Cursive's eight pre-SXSW shows is the sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (3/9). The King Left and Peasant are opening. The second show, also sold out, is Tuesday at Bowery Ballroom where Bear Hands and Mañana are opening.

One of Cursive's SXSW performances will be at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Radio Room in Austin on March 19th (that Thao is also playing). More details TBA. Another one of their SXSW shows is the party The Van Pelt and Frodus are reuniting at. All Cursive dates below...

Continue reading "The King Left & Peasant are opening for CURSIVE who is playing a BrooklynVegan day party @ SXSW & other places"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Peasant - the Wind (MP3)


Peasant has announced a tour that includes stops to record for Daytrotter, WOXY, the new Laundromatinee (brought to us by the man behind My Old Kentucky Blog), and JamNow, as well as a few NYC shows. The last time I saw Peasant was his solo appearance upstairs at the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos during CMJ. Unfortunately it was during a crazy time, so I don't remember that much of his set... you kind of need to be sitting down and paying attention to his Elliott Smith-like jams. More pictures from that show, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Peasant - 2008 Tour Dates (Laundromatinee), BV CMJ pics "

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DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Nothing Hides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Doreen (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Japanese Motors - Single Fins & Safety Pins (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Peasant - Exposure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - It's Not Like (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - Warning (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Friendly Fires - Jump in the Pool (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Antlers - A Thousand Eyes (MP3)


ABOVE: You can download at least one MP3 from every artist playing the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos today (Oct 23, 2008). Which one do you like best?

Phosphorescent's video for "At Death, A Proclamation" below...

Continue reading "OCT23 PIANOS DAY MIXTAPE (17 songs to download)"


@ Pianos in NYC, full club, Thursday, October 23, 2008, FREE

time (PM), band, stage
12:00 Pretty & Nice (downstairs)
12:15 Twi the Humble Feather (upstairs)
12:45 Eagle Seagull (downstairs)
01:00 James Jackson Toth (upstairs)
01:30 The Muslims (downstairs)
01:45 Shad (upstairs)
02:15 Japanese Motors (downstairs)
02:30 Peasant (upstairs)
03:00 Friendly Fires (downstairs)
03:15 Sharon Van Etten (upstairs)
03:45 Crystal Antlers (downstairs)
04:00 Pwrfl POWER (upstairs)
04:30 Sebastien Grainger (downstairs)
04:45 Wye Oak (upstairs)
05:30 Phosphorescent (upstairs)

I already announced the downstairs stage. That's why the upstairs artists are bolded.

Check out James Jackson Toth's video for "Doreen", below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan CMJ day party @ Pianos - full, free lineup "

words by Klaus Kinski, photos by Elizabeth Weinberg

We had our first ever Brooklynvegan and Klaus Kinski present Rock n' Rofl at Pianos on Thursday February 28th, 2008. Aside from the noise coming in from the bar everytime someone opened the door and the lack of chairs for the comedy, I thought the show went really well. An ill (literally, as in he had the flu) Peasant started off the show with some surprisingly powerful folk music.

Rock n ROFL

Comedians Joe Mande, Dave Hill, Pete Holmes, Kristen Schaal, Leo Allen, and host Bobby Tisdale were really incredible. They brought such a great variety of videos and comedic material to the table. This was my first ever comedy showcase I felt honored to have such amazing talent on the bill, and especially to be playing host to host Bobby Tisdale who had just hosted his very last Invite Them Up at Rififi only one night earlier. It was a bummer Kurt Braunohler couldn't make it last minute (because a wizard turned him into a llama), but Kristen did a great job handling it on her own, and the world premiere showing of the new New Pornographers video that they both star in was an extra special treat.

Bobby Tisdale
Rock n ROFL

Continue reading "the next Rock 'n' ROFL is March 31st @ Pianos - save the date ++++++++++++ the pics from last time finally!"

DOWNLOAD: SYME - No Spark, No Heart (MP3)


We just listed a bunch of Norweigian bands playing the United States this week, but we forgot at least one: SYME. Not only are they also playing SXSW, they're playing Union HAll Brooklyn, NYC TONIGHT (March 10, 2008) - which if nothing else is a good enough reason to stick around after Peasant leaves the stage. Tour Dates below...

Continue reading "Syme are from Norway too & playing w/ Peasant (TONIGHT!)"

Peasant magazine

Music Slut: Many have likened your sound to Elliott Smith, Nick Drake & Jose Gonzalez amongst others. Do you find those to be fair comparisons?

Peasant: I do, but those artists have all had a few albums out. If you listen to this record, yeah it's pretty similar to some of the stuff they put out, but I think you'll be surprised by some of the other music I'm working on/have made in the past.

"This record" is called "On The Ground" and it's out now on Paper Garden Records. Frederick Foxtrott gave it a 7/9.

Peasant goes on at 7:30 pm @ Pianos tonight - perfect music for unwinding with your free Newcastle before seven great comedians take the stage. More tour dates below....

Continue reading "PEASANT - new album out now, Tour Dates, TONIGHT"

DOWNLOAD: Peasant - Exposure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Forms - Knowledge In Hand (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bear in Heaven - Bag of Bags (MP3)

BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski
Bear in Heaven

BV & KK present.....Rock 'n' ROFL -- TH, Feb 28, 2008 @ Pianos, NYC

7:30 - Peasant
8:30 - comedy hosted by Greg Johnson
10:00 - The Forms
11:00 - Bear in Heaven (pictured above)
$10 admission includes a complimentary bottle of Newcastle ale. Tickets are on sale. More info, the flyer (that was designed by Creek Bed Industries), and a video of The Forms covering Nirvana at Union Hall, below....

Continue reading "Peasant & Bear in Heaven playing ROCK 'n' ROFL + free beer"


If you missed one of the many shows Peasant played in NYC recently, you have another chance tonight - Wed Feb 13th @ Midway. It's a Stranded In Stereo party with The Red Romance, Apache Beat, and Chairlift are also on the interesting bill. Flyer and more tour dates below.....

Continue reading "Peasant - tonight in NYC & other 2008 Tour Dates"

DOWNLOAD: Peasant - Exposure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Peasant - Icy Deep (MP3)


Peasant (aka Damien DeRose) began a 5-night run of live shows in NYC last night at Cake Shop. I am mad at myself for not getting this up sooner, but at least he still has 4 NYC shows to go. I can blame the server upgrade for my slacking, and I can also thank Peasant for making the kind of music to help me calmly get through it. It's a good feeling to come across an artist you instantly like, sort of by accident. That happened to me with Peasant a few weeks ago when I randomly selected his CD "On The Ground" (out Feb 26 on Paper Garden Records) out of a growing pile of promos that I'm trying really hard to get through.

Elliott Smith was the first thing that came to mind - quiet, singer-songwriter. Peasant's bio helped me recognize the Simon and Garfunkel influence, and while we're comparing, might as well throw Neil Young's name into the mix.

Further research revealed that I am not the first New Yorker to become smitten, and that I should have been paying more attention during CMJ. Four more NYC shows, SXSW and other tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Peasant - 2008 Tour Dates (4 more NYC shows, SXSW), MP3"