Entries tagged with: Reggie Watts
Jamie Lidell / Marnie Stern
"As a sucker for daytime events, I headed to Williamsburg's Public Assembly around noon for a show curated by BrooklynVegan. First up (and by "first", I mean, "the first artist I woke up in time to see") was Ted Leo. Performing skeletal, solo versions of his Pharmacists material, Ted more than compensated for the sparse arrangements with furious strumming and hilarious banter. It was nice to see an older, established artist opening a free show designed to showcase rising stars; it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day. His hit-heavy set spanned the full-duration of career, touching on high-water marks like "The High Party" and "Bottled in Cork", and closing with a cover of Euro-dance phenom Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat". This was a perfect set to open the day, and my only recommendation is that the next synth jam he covers be "Chewing Gum", by Annie...Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.
...Closing the show, metal prodigy Marnie Stern dominated stage two, directly opposite neo-funkster Jamie Lidell headlining the main room. While she reveled in the loose atmosphere, dropping hilariously lewd stage banter and slamming PBR's, Lidell tried a throwback set reflecting his early, robotic Warp Records catalog." [MTV Music Blog]
Hopefully you got there early on Saturday to catch Morning Teleportation who went on when we opened the doors around noon. If so, you may have also grabbed one of the free EarPeace earplugs we gave out, and grabbed a free V-Spot empanada. Hopefully you also had your fill of the free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon and Magic Hat beer we were giving out, snacked on free Raw Revolution bars, bought a free t-shirt or poster for charity (email if you still want one - we have more left). If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream (if we can ever make it available for podcast, I will let you know).
Speaking of the bands, hopefully Titus Andronicus's short set didn't bum you out. And if it did, hopefully Big Freedia cheered you right back up.
Like for the Friday party, there are two sets of pictures for this one. The second one is on its way. The first one, along with a bunch of videos, continues below...
words & photos by David Andrako
"Everyone here looks like they are in a band. You guys are going to do great things for no money." -Big Jay Oakerson
Comedy Central held an invite/CMJ-only "Midnight Showcase" at Comix Comedy Club last night (10/21). The show literally began at midnight aned ran into Friday morning. It was hosted by Julian McCullough and featured sets from Big Jay Oakerson, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Anthony Jeselnik and Reggie Watts. Previously announced acts Joe Derosa and Bo Burnham didn't appear due to scheduling issues. The crowd greeted the news of Burnham's no-show with an audible groan, to which McCullough remarked "We'll we know who the underage table is at the club tonight."
The most remarkable set of the evening was Reggie Watts's which closed the show. Accompanied by his looping machine, Reggie worked through 20 minutes of beat-boxing, singing and even took the time to answer his phone and chat with a friend who called mid-set. Having seen Reggie at The Conflict of Interest show at REBEL NYC on Monday and several other shows over the last couple of months, it has become apparent that every set he performs is unique and while he may perform the same song at multiple shows, they almost always morph into a freestyle riff on a audience member or a callback to joke earlier in the evening. Be sure to check out him out at the BrooklynVegan Day party on Saturday at Public Assembly or later that night at Union Hall, or any time you get a chance.
More pictures from the show below...
by Klaus Kinski
When Rififi shuttered it's doors back in 2008, the part of my brain that required comedy in order for me to live also shuttered itself, though not completely. I did, and still do, continue to see comedy, but for some reason when the Rififi option was off the table, my zeal plummeted to a dangerous low and I psychologically couldn't overcome it. Melodramatic, huh? Yeah. Rififi exposed me to bazillions of comedians who to this day I still regard as favorites, but one favorite who I haven't seen much of since Rififi's closure is Nick Kroll.
Nick is part of a gaggle of comedians, including Jon Daly, Brett Gelman, and John Gemberling, who kill me not so much for their stand-up prowess (though, they don't lack in that department) but more for the insanely funny characters they come up with and perform as on stage and in videos.
Nick's characters include Bobby Bottleservice (1/2 of the Ed Hardy Boyz), a Rich Dick, and Fabrice Fabrice, among others. I cannot remember the last time I saw Nick live, so I was chuffed to see that he is doing two Comedy Central tapings at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 18th, early and late. These tapings will amount to a future 1 Hour Nick Kroll comedy special called Thank You Very Cool. I don't know what to expect, but I am hoping it will feature both stand-up and sketch material. Get your tickets! For serious.
In other, closer-to-now-shows-news, did you get your tickets to see Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, and Reggie Watts at NYU's Skirball Center this evening (10/21)? It carries with it a $25 price tag, but if you've got it spend it! You have to support your local favorites when they hit the larger stages people. Be loyal, not a dicknose. Oh, and you also might be able to get in to this one with your CMJ badge.
OK. Fine. I totally get it. You were a good pup and bought your tickets to tonight's comedy-free BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. That was a smart move, and I now see why you didn't buy your tickets to see Ms. Schaal, Mr. Braunohler, and Mr. Watts at Skirball tonight.
So, since you missed the show at Skirball tonight, you should be happy to know that you can still see Reggie Watts for FREE at the BrooklynVegan and Converse FREE Saturday Party that's happening at Public Assembly from 12:00pm - 6:00pm.
Once you've had your fill of beer and other free goodies Saturday, you and your buddies are going to hop in a cab and head over to Union Hall for the Heart of Darkness: A Night of Forgiveness and Salvation CMJ show that features Greg Barris, Reggie Watts (again!), Kurt Braunohler, Dave Hill (who's band Diamondsnake has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge), and Kristen Schaal. There will also be music by The You Are Forgiven Choir featuring Ariel East, Mother of Three and New Beard. Tickets are only $10 and are, inexplicably, STILL AVAILABLE.
So tonight, Tivo Night of Too Many Stars and rock your socks off with BV at the Music Hall. And then on Saturday, see a ton of comedy and music, drink for free, and go to bed happy for a mere $10.
flyers and videos below...
For those keeping count, BrooklynVegan will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday night, Public Assembly on Friday day, and Sunday night at Union Pool. Add to that list (as previously mentioned): Saturday day at Public Assembly. And for this one we teamed up with Converse to bring you the following stellar 100% FREE SHOW....
The date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
STAGE 1That's sixteen kick ass (yes, Big Freedia is performing) artists (including the DJ) in six free hours (yes, Ted Leo plays at 1pm). But that's not all... We'll have free alcoholic beverages (sorry, this event is 21+) and free food. And free EarPeace ear plugs to the first 50 people through the door (a $14.95 value). Get there for:
12:00 Morning Teleportation
01:00 Ted Leo (solo)
01:45 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
02:30 Wild Nothing
03:15 Titus Andronicus
04:15 Big Freedia
05:00 Jamie Lidell
DJ sets by SUNCELEb
* free EarPeace (while supplies last)No ticket or RSVP necessary. No badges. Just get there early and get inside. You won't need to spend any money, though we will have some schwag for sale to help raise some cash for Music Has Power (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Moby talks more about what that is in a video we posted in our Friday party announcement.
* free V-Spot breakfast burritos & empanadas (while supplies last)
* free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon (while supplies last)
* free Magic Hat beer (while supplies last)
* free Raw Revolution bars
Can't make it? We'll be streaming select sets live on Converse Radio. Tune in.
Converse is doing a lot lately to help support music, and has especially hooked up Brooklyn. You might have heard about this:
"Converse announced details for an unprecedented initiative that directly supports artistic creativity and the music community in a unique way through the opening of a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn, NY later this year. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio alongside a team of experienced local engineers at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide a platform for new musicians and directly help them overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career-affording studio time."Musicians should apply for free studio time at the Converse Rubber Tracks site.
Stay tuned to @bvCMJ for even more CMJ news and updates than you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com.
Thanks to: Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude Productions for the sweet flyer you see above, and to Vinny's Music for providing us with some sweet gear, and to Underground Press (who have their own day party on Thursday) for getting us some merch printed to help raise money for charity including screenprinted versions of the above poster that we'll have available at the show.
Some videos below...
words & photos by David Andrako
Nada Surf headlined The Syndicate's 12th Annual Pre-CMJ "Conflict of Interest" Party at Rebel NYC on Monday night (10/18). The free show, hosted by Allison Hagendorf also featured performances from Kitten, Oh Land, Bo Burnham, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Reggie Watts..
The club filled to capacity early in the evening as concert-goers took full advantage of drink specials, numerous giveaways and bags of free swag. Los Angeles band, Kitten kicked things off with a loud, noisy set that showcased lead singer Chloe Chaidez, who at just 16 years old, has a commanding stage presence. Oh Land aka Nanna Fabricius, the Brooklyn by way of Denmark electronic artist gave the second performance of the night. Nanna sang and played a six padded drum machine that was hooked up to a band of LED lights and topped off with balloons that had videos projected on them.
Bo Burnham, the 20 year old Youtube sensation who's first Comedy Central special aired last weekend "Words Words Words", greeted the audience with bags of candy and a 20 minute set of songs, poems and prerecorded bits. Burnham who calls himself "the best rapper in the world" has a cd/dvd of his special hit stores on the 19th of this month.
White-hot band of the moment, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (playing the first of 7 shows this week) took to the stage in their standard NASCAR Racing Suits and large JR JR light up letters behind them on stage. The Detroit based duo performed songs from their Horse Power EP as well as a pair of covers, Gil Scott Heron's "We Almost Lost Detroit" and The Beach Boy's "God Always Knows." Their brief set was a highlight of the evening.
Reggie Watts followed with his trademark looping, improvised, rapping, singing set to a welcoming crowd that included members of Nada Surf who were enjoying his performance from the soundboard area. Reggie managed to name check Oh Land and also made a point of mentioning the passing of Minneapolis rapper Micheal Larsen, aka Eyedea.
Headliners Nada Surf took to the stage just after midnight and lead singer Matthew Caws laughed that he and bassist Daniel Lorca held their first practice as a band in a rehearsal space upstairs at the club. The band was joined by Guided By Voices guitarist, Doug Gillard who played with the band for their entire 15 song, close-to-90 minute set.
More pictures from Rebel NYC, and the Nada Surf setlist from last night, are below.
DOWNLOAD: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love (MP3)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Nada Surf are one of the bigger (more popular) artists playing CMJ this year, and their sole official show is a headlining slot in a venue too small for them as part of showcase for their booking agent. Good thing for those that can't get in, there are more chances to see the band this week (at least one anyway).
The first of those chances happens Monday night, October 18th, at Rebel where Nada Surf will headline Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ 'Conflict of Interest' party. It is FREE with RSVP. Reggie Watts, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Bo Burnham, Oh Land and Kitten are also on the bill (Dale play the Mercury Lounge show with Nada Surf too).
Technically there are no more chances after that to see Nada Surf, but there's a rumor that they're also playing a TBA SPIN show, but not the same SPIN show Titus Andronicus is rumored to be playing.
Back to Dale: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (I wasn't a fan of their name, but it's growing on me) are actually playing at least seven times during CMJ. In addition to the two mentioned above, they're playing the previously mentioned Stereogum/PopGun show, a show at Cake Shop, a show at Bruar Falls, a show at The Studio with Jaill, and the BrooklynVegan day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday, October 23rd (set time and more details TBA). Stream some of their sweet tunes at MySpace, grab their DayTrotter sesssion, and get a free track at their Facebook..
All dates and some videos below...
today in NYC
* It is It @ Pianos
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Magma @ Highline Ballroom
* Nick Zinner @ Barnes & Noble
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Pavement member DJ set @ Living Room
* Sleigh Bells @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sea Wolf, Sera Cahoone, Patrick Park @ Knitting Factory
* Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride Duo, Powerdove! @ Zebulon
* Esben & The Witch, Mon Khmer, Grooms, Megafortress @ Glasslands
Pianos has free comedy every Monday too.
At Barnes & Noble:
Nick ZinnerunARTigNYC videos from Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, where futuristic bathing suits and other interesting outfits were on display, below...
Upstairs at the Square
Our monthly series continues with journalist Katherine Lanpher interviewing photographer and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who will discuss his new collection of photographs, Please Take Me Off the Guest List.
Monday September 20, 2010 7:00 PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
words & photos by David Andrako
Daniel Kitson / Jim Gaffigan
The first show of the evening was held at Union Hall and was billed as "Montreal Callbacks" - a reference to the Montreal Comedy Festival. Kurt Braunohler began the show with a brief set before he assumed the role of host for the evening. The night featured young stand-ups many of whom can be found performing weekly at clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mike Lawrence, Greg Johnson, Max Silvestri, Andrea Rosen, Ken Reid, Dan St. Germain and Hannibal Buress.
Highlights of the show included Ken Reid's set, which featured stories of his "white trash" childhood growing up in Massachusetts, Dan St. Germain's self depreciating tales of living in Brooklyn and Andrea Rosen recounting awkward encounters with celebrities and long lost friends. I caught the first few minutes of always great Hannibal Buress's set before heading off to The Bell House for the second show of the night.
Invite Them Up, the much beloved weekly comedy show that Eugene was involved with from 2005-2008 returned for a sold out performance at The Bell House. The show was again hosted by Bobby Tisdale, and featured performances by ITU co-host (and the host of the night) Eugene Mirman, A.D. Miles, , Maeve Higgins, Morgan Murphy, Reggie Watts, Daniel Kitson and special guest, Jim Gaffigan.
Jim Gaffigan, who headlines SIX shows at the Best Buy (formerly Nokia) Theater in December, was greeted with some of the loudest cheers of the evening and the fact that the comics from the earlier show had made their way down to The Bell House to watch his set from the back of the room speaks to his status as a massively respected comedian. His unannounced appearance strengthened an already packed show.
Daniel Kitson, the British stand-up and storyteller, ended the show with an hour long set that featured some impressive crowd work and allowed him to display his razor sharp commentary and lightning fast wit. After admitting that he "didn't have the professionalism to be a middle act," Kitson launched into quizzing audience members on their names and occupations only to later weave them all together in a freestyle rant comparing audience members to each other. In addition to his biting commentary, he wasn't afraid to display his vulnerability explaining that, "I'm quite lonely and I live alone. This is my chance to chat." He also addressed his stutter, which was apparent during his performance. At the age of 33, his stand-up act is impressive and made even more impressive by the fact that Kitson has turned down most television work in the US and Britain. He has performed both story shows and stand-up at the past eleven Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
photos by David Andrako
Fort Greene Park - Sept 14, 2010
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off tonight (9/16) at The Bell House and other venues. One of the performers you'll find on Friday's bill is the multi-talented Reggie Watts. Hopefully you have a ticket for that one though, because that is actually one of the two Bell House shows that is already sold out. Four of them, including the one Yo La Tengo is showing up at, still have tickets though.
You can also now buy a ticket for a comedic CMJ show taking place at Union Hall on Saturday, October 23rd, which also features Reggie Watts:
SAT 10/23: 8pm Doors / $10 ADV / $12 DOSYou can also try to get in to that, whatever it is, with your CMJ badge if you have one.
2010 CMJ Music Marathon
HEART OF DARKNESS: A NIGHT OF FORGIVENESS AND SALVATION
GREG BARRIS, REGGIE WATTS, KURT BRAUNOHLER, DAVE HILL AND KRISTEN SCHAAL
Music by The You Are Forgiven Choir featuring Ariel East, Mother of Three and New Beard
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and Reggie Watts played a free show in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on Tuesday night (9/14). According to David Andrako, the mixing of gospel and comedy worked out wonderfully. A set of pictures from that outdoor event continues below...
by Klaus Kinski
As I get older, I just I don't have the wherewithal to see as much comedy as I should. It's really depressing. There are so many goddamned GREAT comedy shows happening in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Queens that rather than pick one to go to, my brain shuts down and says "Just go home and watch Wheeler Dealers on the ole DVR, KK." It was easier to decide when Rififi was around. So thank Cod there's a yearly comedy festival in Brooklyntown that brings my ever flabbening body out of hibernation and reacquaints me with a sliver of the current roster of the greatest living comedians. That festival is the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and this year it takes place from September 16th - September 19th and will impregnate The Bell House, The Rock Shop, and Union Hall (or as I like to call them, the most annoying venues to go if you don't have kids or play bocce) with its comedy seedlings.
As with previous years, the 2010 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival brings together a supremely jaw-dropping group of comedians and performers. What can one expect? Oh, I don't know. Maybe (definitely) Emo Philips, Daniel Kitson, Jon Glaser, Max Silvestri, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Yo La Tengo, John Wesley Harding, Sarah Vowell, John Mulaney, and so many more I'm liable to puke with glee should I continue. What am I most looking forward to? Thanks for asking! I'd have to say it's a toss up between the bill Yo La Tengo falls on and a rare Tinkle performance (without Todd Barry, sadly)(although, Todd is opening for Superchunk at MHOW on September 19th, so that's something) (sold out though) (probably because Todd is on the bill).
The festival line-up will be tweaked, added onto, emboldened, modified, and made better as we make our way to the opening date, but have a gander at what's already planned below. In the immortal words of the person who put the roster together for me, "This is what's happening; but not everything that's happening". Ticket info to follow, but many shows will be on sale in advance. Also, please see a message from enfant terrible David Cross below...
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - Love More (MP3)
Margaret Cho, Reggie Watts, Jesse Baylin & Sarah Jarosz @ Bonnaroo (Bob I Am)
Though we already mentioned Sharon Van Etten's new record, and two upcoming NYC shows, there are more details out on both of those gigs. The first, August 2nd (tonight) at the Rock Shop, is the grand opening of the venue (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and features a now-announced guest. Opening will be folkie Portland, ME band Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Tickets are on sale.
Sharon's other NYC show (currently the only one before a September tour with Marissa Nadler) is August 7th at Bushwick Starr. Also on the bill for that are Springs aka Mike Visser, who has shows with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken coming up, and Comedy Central Records comedian Reggie Watts.
Reggie Watts will also be performing in Fort Greene Park on Tuesday, September 14th with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. The free show is the 2nd in a series curated by Other Music. The first happens August 10th in the same location with Dam-Funk and DJ Spinna. Flyer below.
Speaking of comedy (and there's more recent funny news here), Tracy Morgan will be doing two nights of stand up at Apollo Theater on September 24th and 25th, to be taped for his debut HBO special Tracy Morgan: Black And Blue. Tickets are on sale. He writes that "The special is going to be all the elements: fire, water, earth, air, the comedy bender, the Avatar of comedy experience."
Back to music, Sharon Van Etten recently sat down for a La Blogotheque session. Those videos and all tour dates are below...
Pee-wee Herman @ Radio City Music Hall
Man oh man! ANOTHER kickass show tonight!! How do we do it?! HOW. DO WE. DO. IT. I'll tell you how... By some more help from some great friends! Friends like PEE WEE HERMAN, JOHN KRASINSKI & ELI MANNING. Oh... And one other guest you might have heard of... A man by the name of...MAX WEINBERG!Conan O'Brien's second night (6/2) at Radio City featured different guests than the first. Those included Pee Wee Herman (who's coming to Broadway this fall), Eli Manning, John Krasinski and Max Weinberg, who joined the band & Conan for the closing cover of "The Weight." The tour continues on to Bonnaroo and ends June 14th in Atlanta. Videos from last night below...
It was really great seeing Max and catching up and everything. Max dropped by and was nice enough to sit in on our closing number, The Weight! Here's them going back out for the encore:
Annnnnnd.... That's all she wrote for the Legally Prohibited Tour in the Big Apple!! Thank you, New York. We had an absolutely fantastic time... And we hope that you had the same. Now, we load out, hit the showers, board the buses... And head on out to Boston! Oh, Boston. Board up the windows, lock down the kegs, and pray for daylight... BECAUSE HURRICANE COCO IS HEADED YOUR WAY! KAPOW! [Team Coco]
Conan O'Brien & Vampire Weekend @ Radio City Music Hall (TomChau)
"Conan O'Brien brought The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour to Radio City Music Hall Tuesday night for the first of two performances. By far, the evening's highlight was the surprise appearance of Stephen Colbert, who came out onstage to rib O'Brien for leaving New York to do The Tonight Show in Hollywood...Conan O'Brien was also joined by Vampire Weekend (good practice), Paul Rudd, and Bill Hadar at last night's show which was opened by Reggie Watts. Conan encouraged audience members to live tweet the show. Videos, including of the Colbert part, below...
...Their verbal tiff quickly escalated: "We're at Radio City, there's only one possible way to fight here," Colbert said with his face literally in O'Brien's face. "Anything that gets us to separate our noses and lips," O'Brien answered. "How about a good old-fashioned dance-off?" Colbert suggested. Cue "Pour Some Sugar on Me."
I would say Colbert was winning until he ruptured his hamstring. He was about to admit defeat when -- "Don't you dare, Stephen Colbert! Don't you dare! Don't you dare!" It was the voice of Jon Stewart booming from the back of the theater. (Even those of us in the last row of the second mezzanine who couldn't see him knew it immediately.) Stewart walked down an aisle to the stage -- wearing a red satin shirt, black pants, and a gold cummerbund -- as the audience exploded into a standing ovation. The fan reaction caught on the video says it best: "Holy f--ing s--!"... [EW]
Conan O'Brien earlier on the tour (steeveleenow)
tonight in NYC
* Conan O'Brien @ Radio City Music Hall
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's at Loews Regency
* DOM, Popo (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jay Electronica @ Red Hook Park
* Athlete, Carney @ Bowery Ballroom
* Diane Birch, Matt White @ Highline Ballroom
* Pendu Presents: Pendu Disco @ Glasslands Gallery
* The Damned Things, Static Summer @ Knitting Factory
* Le Sphinxx, Omega Jarden, Happy New Year, Follower @ Cake Shop
* The Futureheads, Hooray For Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Blessure Grave, White Ring, Passions, The Sabbath Assembly @ Santos Party House
* Blondes (DJ), Bearbot (DJ), Anamanaguchi (DJ), Sabrepulse (DJ) @ Santos
* Binary Marketing Show, Coltrane Motion, Glorious Veins, Graham Smith @ Bruar Falls
* Brahms, Class Actress, The Tony Castles, Baby Alpaca, Cool Places Sound System (DJ) @ Pianos
It's unfortunate that members of Anthrax now play with members of Fall Out Boy. At least tickets aren't even sold out for tonight's "The Damned Things" show at Knitting Factory.
Lizzy Borden was supposed to play the Bell House tonight, but it was cancelled.
Reggie Watts opens for Conan O'Brien tonight and tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall.
45 Grave played Europa on May 18th. A Punkcast video below...
Red Wire Black Wire played the Bushwick Rooftop Festival on Sunday. unARTigNYC Video velow...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Klaus Kinski
Joe Mande @ Club DeVille
2007 ECNY Emerging Comic Award winning comedian Joe Mande is a major favorite of mine, and he's no stranger to the Brooklyn Vegan Live Event Planning Committee (not a real committee). Not only was he on the bill of the very first installment of our epic comedy / music show Rock n' RoFL, Joe (who also performed at the Stereogum party on Saturday) was also one of two comedians to perform to a chatty crowd at the BrooklynVegan / DailyMotion SxSW Day Party on Friday March 19th, 2010. Tig Notaro was the other comedian on our show, and another personal favorite (you may know her as officer Tig on the Sarah Silverman Program).
I didn't realize until very recently that Joe has been working on a book and that it is set to drop on Tuesday March 30, 2010. The book, entitled Look At This Fucking Hipster, began as a modest Tumblr blog but quickly ballooned into a heavily followed phenomenon.
Look at this Fucking Hipster (LATFH.com) was born in April 2009 as a way to help author Joe Mande help his dad answer the question, "Is that a hipster?" Months later, with millions of followers and dozens of parodies, it has become a cultural phenomenon, referenced in media, newspapers, blogs, and more.To celebrate the release of the book (which you can get at Amazon), the March 31, 2010 installment of Totally J/K with Joe and Noah at NYC's UCB Theater will be devoted to celebrating its release with guests including Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal (who you can also catch this Friday, 3/26 at Karma Lounge), BEEAAAANNSSS, and MANY MORE. And don't forget that the UCB theater is a dark, dank, subterranean venue that always has $2 hipster champagne (PBR). So grab your mom's glasses, your tightest jeans, your daddy's Red Wings (that may have actually seen some hard labor in their past), and your terrible cassette tape / bird / star tattoos and join the fun!
Look at This Fucking Hipster is a collection of photos, snarky captions and short essays exploring--and, let's be honest, poking fun at--the wide world of hipster culture, from Williamsburg to Silver Lake and points between. Chapters cover types of hipsters, celebrity hipsters, hipsters through the ages, hipster love connections, and the next generation of hipsters (AKA hipster babies).
More pictures from our SXSW party, and a video of Joe interviewing Ben Gibbard at the Stereogum party (with Scott from Stereogum), below....
There are three chances to see the musical and hilarious Reggie Watts in NYC next week, and all three shows are being filmed for a Comedy Central CD & DVD.
12/13 - Bell House 8pm, $5 21+The Bell House show is the public portion of the annual Onion Holiday Party happening at the Brooklyn venue that night. The band Locksley is also on the bill, and tickets are on sale. Tickets are also on sale for the LPR show, and for the Galapagos show which also has Rory Scovel on the bill.
12/14 - Le Poisson Rouge 8pm, $5 21+
12/15 - Galapagos $5 21+
You can also catch Reggie at Comix on 12/22 as part of the John Roberts Holiday Show. Tickets available for that too. Reggie gets "Out of Control" in the video below...
Black Cobra @ The Charleston on November 18th (more by Chloe Rice)
tonight in NYC
* Hannibul Buress @ Pianos
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Darmstadt: In C @ Galapagos
* Sloan, Magenta Lane @ Maxwell's
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Diane Birch, Jaymay @ City Winery
* Nar, War Cubs, Hank & Cupcakes @ Zebulon
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Mike Stern @ Iridium
* Antibalas @ Winter's Eve Festival at Lincoln Square
* Father Figures, Jason Anderson, Partyface @ Cake Shop
* Pelican, Black Cobra, Disappearer @ Highline Ballroom
* Brian Setzer Orchestra, Imeida May @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* John Hollenbeck plays Hollenbeck + Meredith Monk @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Kidrockers w/ Right on Dynamite @ Winter's Eve Festival at Lincoln Square
* The Gay Blades, Fake Problems, The Weight, Gabriel The Marine @ Mercury Lounge
* Small Beast w/ Bee & Flower, And the Wireman, Paul Wallfisch, Pharmacy and Gardens @ The Delancey
Hopefully you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. This week is kind of slow (or maybe not), but there's still plenty to see.
The Pelican show happening at Highline Ballroom tonight was originally scheduled to take place on December 2nd.
Jaymay pops out of hiding to open a show for Diane Birch at City Winery tonight.
Antibalas also have other shows coming up and can be caught multiple nights a week in Fela! on Broadway
Opening at Cake Shop tonight will be Partyface, a guitar duo made up of Indigo Street and musical Shahzad Ismaily, the latter of which has collaborated recently with musicians from Doveman to Yoko Ono to Marc Ribot.
Percussionist John Hollenbeck will play with three diverse groups (a big band and two small ensembles) at (Le) Poisson Rouge to showcase his own compositions and those of Meredith Monk. Video is below.
Janeane Garofalo, Reggie Watts, Chris Gethard & Bob Powers are part of the free lineup of comedy at UCB tonight. It's the weekly 11pm Whiplash show. For free comedy much earlier in the evening, check out Pianos.
Reggie Watts returns to UCB on December 17th as part of Stripped Stories.
The NY Times recently saw Seth Meyers at UCB.
Singer Susan Boyle's new album makes UK chart history.
A video of Kria Brekkan working the accordion at Glasslands on Saturday (11/28) is below.
Some mean people superglued iPhones to sidewalks and videotaped people trying to pick them up. Video below...
Natasha Leggero & Morgan Murphy
1. On Wednesday night Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate [SNL] and I [Max Silvestri] have an especially spectacular Big Terrific for you all. It's almost too famous? We've got some special Halloween shenanigans planned (poisoned candy, knives, etc) as well as comedy appearances from Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, Funny People), Natasha Leggero (Tonight Show), Joe Mande (Best Week Ever), John Mulaney (Conan O'Brien, writer for Saturday Night Live), Andrea Rosen (Stella, Flight of the Conchords) and Reggie Watts (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). Are you kidding me? That is so crazy fun. Be there at 8pm at Cameo Gallery, located at 93 North 6th Street between Berry & Wythe in Williamsburg. It's free. The after-party will be something special too.That Cameo lineup is giving the UCB show (which also starts at 8:00 and has many of the same comedians performing) a run for its money!
2. What is funnier or more rocking than a museum? Literally nothing. I am very proud to be emceeing It Came From Brooklyn at the Guggenheim on Friday night
Islands @ Siren Fest 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
tonight in NYC
* Build @ Barbes
* The Poison Tree @ The Living Room
* Tanya Tagaq @ Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
* Chris Brokaw, Robbie Lee @ Issue Project Room
* Leisurely, Phil and the Osophers @ Bruar Falls
* The Breeders, Whispertown 2000 @ Bowery Ballroom
* Islands, Das Racist, Radical Dads @ The Bell House
* Naughty By Nature, FinaL OutlaW @ Mahoney Playground
* Soft Black, A Fermata, Dizzy Spells Martian @ Cake Shop
* Electric Six, Les Sans Culottes, Jemina Pearl @ Maxwell's
* Fieldwork w/ Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer @ The Stone
* Big Terrific w/ Max Silvestri, Craig Baldo, Joe Mande, Sean O'Connor @ Cameo
* Wild at Heart (film), Dinosaur Feathers, Briges & Powerlines @ McCarren Park
Free outdoor music tonight includes Naughty By Nature and FinaL OutlaW at Mahoney Playground in Staten Island, Tanya Tagaq at Lincoln Center Damrosch Park (she appears tomorro at the National Museum Of The American Indian Pavilion), and a screening of David Lynch's Wild at Heart at the McCarren park Summerscreen, with music from Dinosaur Feathers (6:30pm) and Bridges & Powerlines (7:30pm).
The Breeders and Whispertown 2000 play Bowery Ballroom for the second night in a row.
Electric Six and Les Sans Culottes, who play a boat tomorrow night, perform at Maxwell's tonight with Jemina Pearl who has a video shoot coming up in NJ which we'll be giving away tickets to (stay tuned).
The Poison Tree plays tonight at the Living Room.
The Poison Tree is Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter Steve Salad [of the King of France] and a rotating cast of collaborators borrowed from acts including The National, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and David Byrne.Reggie Watts "Wigging Out," below.
The new video from the Antlers for the song "Two" is also below.
by Klaus Kinski
Secret Wars @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
So we've got the Del Close Marathon happening this weekend (8/14-8/16) and we've got the New York Comedy Festival happening in November. And now it is with unbridled enthusiasm that I can achieve a comedy-festival-posting-hat-trick by announcing the EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL which is set to take over Brooklyn venues Union Hall and the Bell House from September 17 - September 20. OK, so we briefly mentioned the festival before, but with line-ups, showtimes, as well as venue and ticket info just released, it's time to spread the word.
Curated by the great Eugene Mirman, this year's festival has a gasp worthy line-up that is truly beyond belief and will feature stand-up, panels, videos, special guests, 'theme' shows, the occasional free drink, after-parties, and much more. The highlight of the festival for me are two Daniel Kitson headlining gigs at Union Hall. Daniel is a British Stand-up comedian who I've only had the opportunity to see once, but that one experience was epic. More monologuist than stand-up comedian, he is one of the smartest, funniest, most energetic and eloquent performers I have ever seen. We are blessed to have two chances to see him headline such an intimate room. Besides that, the festival boasts appearances by Reggie Watts, Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Bobby Tisdale, AD Miles, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Jon Benjamin, and many many more. And, of course, Eugene.
The schedule so far is below. According to the folks in charge, even more excitement will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!! Tickets for all shows go on sale
Sunday August 16 Saturday, August 15 at noon via Ticketweb (Bell House, Union Hall).
Full lineup and more below...
1. This Thursday's (Feb 26 @ 8pm) Big Terrific is our last show at Sound Fix ever! Isn't that so sad? Sound Fix is closing down, as you may have heard, to become an Urban Outfitters that only sells toe rings. Who even wears toe rings besides little babies? Ugh. I have been hosting shows there for over a year and this is very disappointing, but we're going to send the place off right. We're saying goodbye with some of our favorite guests ever: improvisational musical wunderkind Reggie Watts, one of the best stand-ups in New York and SNL writer John Mulaney, Videogum internet sexebrity and dear friend Gabriel Delahaye, all-star jokesmith Jesse Popp, and Brooklyn master storyteller DC Benny. This show will be funny and sweet and sad and please come help us say goodbye.Marissa Nadler plays the final Sound Fix in-store concert on Saturday.
2. Luckily, nothing can stop Gabe & Jenny and me and our love of attention. Beginning March 11th, Big Terrific moves to every Wednesday night at Cameo, a gorgeous new music/art/performance space behind the Lovin' Cup at 93 North 6th Street between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg. Still at 8pm, still free, just on Wednesdays now. And even closer to the train! We are super excited about this venue, and they are really committed to cool things. The show will be even better because now there is a green room for costume changes, and we can have live music. Are you even ready for how fun this will be? There's a SHOWER we can use. Tell your friends. Starting March 11th, Big Terrific is on Wednesdays. NOTE: this venue has nothing to do with the funk-inspired R&B outfit Cameo, though they do provide Gabe Liedman all his wardrobe.
[Max Silvestri] (who is not in the above picture)
The Future of Comedy Is Music (Max Silvestri video below...)
by Ryan Barkan
Duffy @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The cola war has been heating up globally in the last couple of months with music as the weapon of choice.
Pepsi's image rebranding campaign, including a new smile-esque logo, launched right after Christmas with a tv commercial featuring The Apples in Stereo song, "Energy". They then went deep during the Super Bowl, dropping a spot featuring Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am singing "Forever Young" as the beverage's new anthem.
Coke counters with a European spot for Diet Coke that features a playful Duffy doing things on her time during an encore break at a concert. In the commercial, she sings a cover of Sammy Davis Jr's "I Gotta Be Me."
When Sara Tate, a senior planner at the London advertising agency Mother, was asked to find a new face for Diet Coke, she knew what she didn't want. "Definitely no rent-a-face," says Tate, whose ad with Duffy will launch on British television, before rolling out across Europe. "We steered clear of yet another glamorous star with a six-figure fee who will promote anything if the price is right. The public is getting smart to that. We wanted someone who is well known, but not hugely famous. Someone who is on the rise, for whom fame is recent enough that they remember what it is like to have a regular life. Duffy was a perfect fit because, although she is extremely successful, she's still incredibly down to earth." [Via Times Online]Duffy has since cleaned up at the Grammys, at the British version of the Grammys, and - per Paul McCartney's request, recorded a cover of his song "Live And Let Die" for the new War Child Heroes comp that is released in the US this week. You may have heard the Beck/Dylan track from the same album, when it was played during the credits of last night's Oscars (more on the Oscars in a second...).
Coke's second attack is from Justice - Coke enlisted the duo along with Ed Banger Records' So_Me to design a glow-in-the-dark bottle and provide the soundtrack, their massive jam "D.A.N.C.E.", to a commercial. The bottle will be available in clubs throughout Europe. See the bottle in the commercial below.
The third assault from the Coke comes in their Full Throttle NHRA spots; three of the five have licensed songs: The Faces has "Blue Moon" by the Mavericks, The Machine kicks it country with Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues", and Left Behind features Operator Please's "Zero Zero."
The final wave occurred as I was writing this article. A one-two punch during the Oscars with both The Boy Least Likely To's "Be Gentle With Me" and Sea Ray's "Revelry" showing up in Coke spots during the telecast on ABC (no video available yet). For those not familiar with the band, Sea Ray broke up in 2005.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Dave Hill, A.C. Newman, Carl Arnheiter (elf) & Brett Gelman @ UCBNY (via)
"Exciting news for the East Village -- we've discovered that the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has designs on the former Two Boots Pioneer Theater space at 155 East 3rd Street. Alex Sidtis, directing manager of the UCB's current location in Chelsea, revealed to [NY Magazine] that the troupe is hoping to open an East Village outpost, depending on whether it can secure a tavern wine license (the theater will plead its case at a January 12 meeting of Community Board 3's licensing committee). The location will mean more stage time for its performers...The current NYC UCB Theatre is located at 307 W. 26th St. It's there that you can catch Leo Allen's weekly Whiplash show on Monday nights at 11pm...for free. This week (tonight) (11/5), Reggie Watts and Marc Maron will be two of his guests.
Sidtis loves the fact that the 99-seat theater has a lobby, and says of the layout, "It's a little different [than that of the Chelsea location]. The shows will be more presentational and less theatrical in nature." Phil Hartman, who built the theater a decade ago and still owns the adjacent Two Boots pizza parlor and video store, tells us "I love the theater and I'm pleased to think that it would stay alive as a theater and not get gutted and turned into something else."..."
Leo Allen's Monday night spot used to be held by Aziz Ansari and the Human Giant crew doing a similar type of comedy show with the same types of guests. Don't miss Aziz when he does a much bigger type of show January 9th and 10th at Comix. All dates HERE.
The above photo was taken at the UCB Theatre in NYC, on December 18th.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: SpaceKamp - Girls on Bikes (MP3)
This week's post is going to feel a bit like a clip show because I feel like I've talked about all these bands before, but still there's a lot going on in NYC.
Tonight (11/18) SpaceKamp are playing Williamsburg's Black Betty. As you may remember, this trio also back Adam Green (with whom they just got back from a European tour) when not making their own brand of extremely catchy '60s-ish guitar pop. So while they've only played a handful of shows as SpaceKamp, they've got many, many more under their belt together. And they've finally put songs on their on their MySpace page to check out, and there's one at the top of this post to download. (I've also got a different song over at my blog.) It's also the drummer's birthday tonight, so expect the show to be extra festive. Also on the bill: Joe and the Flying Spoons, featuring Dirty on Purpose's Joe Jurewicz as well as former members of Au Revoir Simone and Tralala. I've never seen either band before, so I'm looking forward to this one. (And full disclosure: I know members of each band, but I don't post about stuff I don't genuinely like.)
Previously on Lost
Thursday (11.20) there are three good options, the most interesting of which might be at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Previously on Lost claim to be the world's only "recap rock" band, who spent the first half of 2008 writing a song for every episode of ABC's island mystery series' fourth season -- you know, in case you missed it. And if you're jonesing for Season 4 to be released on DVD (Dec. 4) maybe seeing the whole shebang performed live will hold you over. The "Live Experience" features props and such -- I'm curious if they'll have a live smoke monster. Making the night all the more enticing is the incredible Reggie Watts who if you've never seen him do what he does live, it's reason enough to go. A couple of Previously on Lost videos are HERE.
Violens @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
Also Thursday is Violens at Mercury Lounge who are fresh off their European tour with MGMT. I was really impressed the last couple times I saw them (their show at the Seaport was especially good) and am hoping their debut album isn't far off as I've worn out their three-song EP. Word of warning: Violens can be monsterously loud. Bring earplugs. Also on the bill are two two local electronic duos: Telepathe and Picture Picture.
The Secret History
Over at Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos), we've got The Secret History and Mahogany. The Secret History is the new project from Michael Grace, Jr who used to front indiepop new wave lovers, My Favorite. This new project features most of his old band, but adds vocalist Lisa Ronson (unlike Mark or Samantha, her dad actually is late Bowie Guitarist Mick Ronson) to the fold. While the ties to the '80's are still there, especially the romanticism, The Secret History are bigger, more of a sweeping Roxy Music sort of feel. The band just released their debut EP, Desolation Town, on foppy Detroit label Le Grand Magistery. Meanwhile, Mahogany do classic shoegaze better than just about anybody else, writing great songs, are skilled with effects pedals and know how to put on a show.
Mahogany @ PopFest, Music Hall of Williamsburg
And speaking of Mahogany, the band's ever-morphing line-up has absorbed Blacklist's James Minor into the band. I mention this because Blacklist (of which Minor is still a major member) are playing on Friday (11.21) as part of Wierd Records' Fifth Anniversary party. The former goth in me still digs Bauhaus, the Bolshoi, Southern Death Cult, the Chameleons, etc. and Blacklist deliver the goods in that respect. Wierd Records, which could be described as a modern day equivilent to labels like Some Bizarre or Wax Trax!, began it's life as a weekly party at Williamsburg's Southside Lounge (later Home Sweet Home on Christie) and grew as it gained likeminded artists and musicians interested in the cold wave/industrial/noise, and yes, gothy side of pop. I don't know too much about the rest of the night's lineup but it includes Xeno and Oaklander, Led Er Est, and Opus Finis. I can only hope there will be strobes and smoke machines. Tickets are on sale. The flyer is below...