Entries tagged with: Rock n ROFL
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.
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.
$10 tickets are back on sale for The Plug Awards featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds...... and The Forms. The Forms also played a great set at our Rock 'n' ROFL party last night at Pianos (full coverage coming soon). More tour dates below....
Invite Them Up ended forever last night. More coverage coming soon, but in the meantime here's a picture of Bobby Tisdale hugging Demetri Martin as Eugene Mirman looks on in the background......
* photos by Marianne Ways
* ROCK N ROFL
* Jim White @ Union Hall
* Henry Rollins @ Warsaw
* Georgie James @ Union Hall (& Conan O'Brien last night)
* The Acorn & others @ Maxwell's
* Apes & Androids @ Hiro Ballroom
* The National & Phosphorescent are @ NYU
* St Vincent & Foreign Born play Music Hall
* Team Robespierre & friends @ Market Hotel
* Fred Armisen & Petra Haden @ Knitting Factory
* Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood @ Madison Square Garden
* Balkan Beat Box & Chin Chin @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Deer Tick & Phosphorescent (now listed as special guest?) @ Glasslands
(as if you didn't realize it by now), the very first "BrooklynVegan & Klaus Kinski" presents Rock 'n' ROFL is happening TONIGHT (7:30-midnight) @ Pianos. Three bands, seven comedians, one free beer, $10. Bobby Tisdale (pictured above) is hosting. Last night he hosted the last Invite Them Up ever (see photo above). All the other info is HERE.
Corduroy is a new monthly dance party at Cake Shop. That is also tonight, and Sparrow House (who isn't danceable, but nonetheless) is playing it at 11:30 pm.
Noise Pop is going on in San Francisco right now. Full coverage by Ryan Muir coming soon.
Phosphorescent (who played Union Hall last night w/ Bowerbirds & The Acorn) is playing NYU. I didn't research it, but he may not also be playing Glasslands. Or maybe he is. Who knows?
Thom Yorke called on governments and European Union to commit to year-on-year emission cuts. Video below. What else?
Music Slut: Many have likened your sound to Elliott Smith, Nick Drake & Jose Gonzalez amongst others. Do you find those to be fair comparisons?"This record" is called "On The Ground" and it's out now on Paper Garden Records. Frederick Foxtrott gave it a 7/9.
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.
ECNY award winner Joe Mande & Andrew WK (Anya Garrett)
7:30 pm - music by Peasant$10 admission includes a free bottle of Newcastle, three bands & seven comedians. Tickets will be available at the door. Check out a Joe Mande video below...
8:30 pm comedy by Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Bobby Tisdale, Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen, Pete Holmes & Joe Mande.
10:00 pm music by The Forms
11:00 pm music by Bear In Heaven
by Klaus Kinski
I was giddily reflecting upon the superiority of the comedy we've got scheduled for the premier installment of Rock n' ROFL (happening Thursday 2/28 at Pianos) when I realized that comedian and ROFL participant Pete Holmes has been grossly neglected on BV. My bust completely. Fellow ROFLers
Greg Johnson, Leo Allen, Dave Hill, Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler have all had their fair share of coverage. Yet Pete's presence here has been limited to mere show listings. Ew. Injustice.
I just want to take this opportunity to say for the record that Pete Holmes is one of the funniest, most energetic comedians I've seen. His infectious, ultra-hyper riffing has single-handedly resurrected some of the most abysmal comedy showcases. His acts feel very stream of consciousness, and sometimes veer into a scary self-depricating-why-am-I-a-comedian tangents that only urges his completely transfixed audience to sort of cheer him on. And if you've ever seen him hanging around a venue before one of his sets, you'd know he has one of the loudest, most infectious laughs ever. He's a phenomenon. As he will point out, he looks like he might the love child of Val Kilmer and John Ritter. He's been on VH1's best Week Ever. He's a cartoonist for the New Yorker. And he's been neglected by me. If ever there was a comedian on the 2/28 ROFL roster that can whoop the crowd into a frenzy, Pete's the man.
Leo Allen & Bobby Tisdale (will be together again Thursday night) *
* photo by Marianne Ways
Comedian Greg Johnson was all set to host our inaugural Rock 'n' ROFL party at Pianos tomorrow night (Feb 28, 2008) until he suddenly went ahead and 'pulled a Paul' (aka he has removed himself from the lineup), BUT DO NOT FEAR...... we are not only NOT cancelling the show, we have already confirmed a more than qualified replacement, and that is none other than Invite Them Up's own Bobby Tisdale.
Tonight (Feb 27) you can catch Bobby at Riffi co-hosting the very last Invite Them Up show EVER. Tomorrow catch him hosting Rock 'n' ROFL at Pianos. He'll take the stage around 8:30 - right after Peasantt finishes soothing our souls with his sweet sounds. Tickets include a free bottle of Newcastle.
P.S. Todd Barry will be on Conan O'Brien tonight (Feb 27)
7:30 - Peasant$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....
8:30 - comedy hosted by Greg Johnson
10:00 - The Forms
11:00 - Bear in Heaven (pictured above)
DOWNLOAD: The Forms - Knowledge in Hand (MP3)
Greg Johnson @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Jan 29, 2008 (Anya Garrett)
It is with an unprecedented amount of glee that I annouce a new monthly party brought to you by BrooklynVegan and I (Klaus Kinski) called BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski present Rock n' ROFL (or just "Rock n' ROFL" for short).
Taking place at Pianos in NYC (158 Ludlow Street at Stanton), the purpose of the show is to bring you a night of great comedy and music in an intimate setting. Our premiere installment will take place on Thursday February 28th, 2008, and will be hosted by ECNY Award winner Greg Johnson. There will also be comedy by Pete Holmes, Dave Hill, Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen, and maybe more TBA. Maybe. After the comedy comes two bands (approximately something like 8-10pm comedy, 10-12 bands). The first band is one of my favorites The Forms, and the second band will be announced soon. Your sides will hurt from laughing, your ears will hurt from the loud music, and your liver will hurt from all the booze you're going to drink. It's gonna be great! (ticket info TBA soon)
No members of Human Giant are performing at the premiere show - at least partially because they'll be out on tour.
Fred Armisen definitely won't be joining us either - at least partially because we uknowingly scheduled this show the same night as his own at Knitting Factory.
Can't make our show, but still want to see the Forms? Or you want to see them twice? Or you love Gothamist? Catch The Forms and Pattern is Movement at Union Hall on February 15th (13 days before our show).