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For our generation -- a shoulder demographic between Generation X and the millennials -- this was one of our movies, a film that managed, however oddly, to capture the ineffable feeling of being a (white, straight) quasi-alienated teenager in a very specific time. But Empire Records was no hit: It grossed a mere $250,000 in its two weeks in release in 1995. With a budget that topped $10 million, it's not difficult to do the math: Empire Records was an unmitigated, unequivocal flop.Cult '90s film Empire Records turns 20 this year, and in celebration of that, Williamsburg record store/venue Rough Trade NYC is dressing up as the Empire Records store from the movie for three 'Rex Manning Day' celebrations (presented by BBQ Films). The first happened yesterday, April 8, the actual date of 'Rex Manning Day' in the film.
Yet like so many artistic disasters that go on to become cult classics, Empire Records flourished when it was ignored. Kids like me saw it in the video store, watched it on cable, found a random VHS copy, and thought the charm was their secret.
...It was the movie's depiction of misfit teens -- and the interactions between them, all of which seemed so pregnant with exceptional meaning -- that resonated. These characters -- a good girl, a slutty girl, a gothy girl, an artist boy, an adorable weirdo, a beatnik, a too-cool rocker, a hippy stoner, a wannabe -- with whom nearly any high schooler could identify or toward whom they could direct their desire. [Buzzfeed]
BBQ Films are known for creating immersive film experiences and this one was no exception. As BBQ co-founder Gabriel Rhoads told the Village Voice, he wasn't even considering to recreate this film when when he visited Rough Trade in Williamsburg for the first time but things inside his head clicked and he realized it would make a great Empire. Rough Trade and Bowery agreed, so Rhoads and his production crew put together an event true to the spirit of the film. Actors dressed as Corey, Joe, Lucas, Rex, Debra, Gina, Mark, shoplifter Warren, and more mingled with fans who were often garbed similarly. Even without a ticket to the screening, there are a few portions of the event accessible to regular shoppers. It's possible to pop into a photo booth to get a picture with Rex, make some pins and get your head shaved (which at least a few people committed to on the first night).
The Empire Records screening occurred inside the Rough Trade venue, which was also where the real treat for fans of the film happened. During an intermission, the metal band GWAR rushed out to recreate the dream-video scene where Mark is with them and eaten by a worm. This time though "Mark" was a raffle winner selected earlier in the evening. But moments after this Mark disappeared, actor Ethan Embry, Mark in the film, was pulled from the worm, and he, Johnny Whitworth, who played A.J., and GWAR selected the next two raffle winners, including a "Warren" shoplifting package. The proceeds were directed to Opening Act, a charity that supports arts education in NYC schools. The culmination of the night was when local band ARMS (who also performed pre-movie) wrapped up their set of '90s covers with someone dressed as Gina taking the mic for "Sugar High", her big finale in the film.
ADVENTURE[s] was also on board to DJ for the evening. Rough Trade does it again tonight (4/9) and Friday (4/10), both of which are sold out. Pictures from last night are in this post and continue below...
As mentioned, in celebration of Empire Records' 20th anniversary, Williamsburg venue Rough Trade NYC will be turning into the Empire Records store on April 8 for an immersive "Rex Manning Day" that includes a screening of the film, live music, a head shaving station, a chance to be part of a scene re-enactment and more. Since we last spoke, they added a second date: April 9 at the same venue. Tickets for both go on sale today (2/20) at noon.
More info below...
by Andrew Sacher
You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.
There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.
In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:
Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.
On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...
Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!
Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.
Revisit some of those moments below...
As discussed HERE and then HERE, Freddie Gibbs was allegedly the target of a shooting outside and after his show at Rough Trade in Williamsburg on Monday night (11/3). As also mentioned, two people that were with Freddie Gibbs were the ones who ended up being shot, though both are doing ok. One was shot in the hand. One was shot in the leg. Ends up the one shot in the leg was in fact Freddie's tour DJ, DJ Izzo. As you can see in the above Facetime screenshot, he is all smiles as he chats with Keith Jenkins of The Pack. Keith posted the picture to Instagram with the following message:
ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE ! TALKED TO MY BROTHER @djizzo LAST NIGHT THEY SHOT MY MAN IN BROOKLYN LAST NIGHT GOT EM IN THE LEG HE STILL ALIVE AND DOING WELL THEY COULDN'T STOP A REAL ONE !!! THIS WAS RIGHT AFTER HE SHITTED ON THE WHOLE CLUB AND HAD ALL THE BAD BITCHES IN TEARS CUZ HE AINT WANNA TALK TO EM IF THEY WASNT GO PAY EM !! GET WELLRapper Lew Barnez also posted an Instagram message. It reads:
My cousin @djizzo got [shot] in da leg lastnight in NYC Hes in hospital RN so go follow him and wish him a speedy recovery!!!! THEY TRIED TO KILL MY NEEGAS @djizzo & @freddiegibbs ..#fuckboys get jealous and start shootin neegas wtf!!!!Get will soon DJ Izzo!
Meanwhile. Freddie Gibbs hasn't said much since we last checked in with him. No word on actual suspects or updates in the case either.
Rough Trade NYC is open again tonight with a show by Panama Wedding, Paperwhite and Royal Tongues. And hilariously, Thursday with Nick Jonas. We might stop by Friday night to check out Cold Specks or to Saturday night's sold out Alvvays show. We'll definitely be there Sunday for the free (with LP purchase) Gruff Rhys instore.
aftermath at N. 9th & Wythe (via)
Earlier today, we pointed out that a shooting went down at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg last night after Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs' show at the venue, and that he was the alleged target. Freddie meanwhile has confirmed tthat like his 2012 record, he's #StillLivin. With other tweets he further confirms he's good and that his tour DJ is too.
The NY Post article we linked to earlier has also since been updated and has more details on the situation:
Cops showed Gibbs pictures of the gunman, and another man seen inside the club with him, but the rapper didn't recognize either man.It hasn't been confirmed who the gunman was yet, but some people on Twitter have speculated that Jeezy, who Freddie had a major fallout with which resulted in death threats, was behind it. The Four Oh Five also said, "This could potentially stem from some beef between Freddie Gibbs and Young Jeezy, although absolutely nothing has been confirmed, of course, and I'm only putting two and two together."
Rough Trade doesn't have metal detectors and doesn't check customers for weapons, police said.
"They don't have metal detectors, they don't use wands," the investigator said, "nothing prevents somebody from bringing in a gun."
The gunman could have shot Gibbs inside, but instead opened fire when they were all outside.
"At one point, he [the shooter] was standing right next to you," the investigator said. "The opportunity was there if he wanted to shoot."
Others have guessed that Dipset's Jim Jones, who Freddie recently called out, saying "he a wanna be blood," was behind it. But when one person suggested that on Twitter, Freddie responded "na I doubt it he too pussy."
Above is a picture of the aftermath via Alex Esguerra, who wrote "Last night two guys got shot outside of #roughtrade literally outside our window. We watched the aftermath out our window." Another instagram via @leopoldof is captioned saying the entire block is closed. As of now, tonight's Noah Gunderson / Owen Beverly show at Rough Trade still appears to be on though. If you go, keep an eye out for the previously mentioned bullet holes that now decorate the venue's door.
Stay tuned for any more updates. Listen to "Still Livin'" below...
"U/D Brooklyn: 128 Wythe Ave Active Crime scene established in regards to 2 people shot, Both Aided in Stable Condition." - NY Scanner
Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A shooting went down at last night's (11/3) Freddie Gibbs show at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. Freddie Gibbs told the NY Post that they were going after him while he was sitting in a black GMC Denali outside the club. "They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me. I'm still alive," he said.
The article further reports that a law enforcement source said it was a single gunman who opened fire at 1:13 AM, and that two were shot. Both are believed to be part of Freddie's entourage, but the police have not identified them at this time (update: one was Freddie's tour DJ, DJ Izzo). Freddie told the NY Post that he took cover inside the venue after the shots were fired.
One person at the show posted the following message to Facebook last night: "rap shows,,, someone just shot up rough trade while we were in here. WTF!!! and the guy they were gunning for ran right behind the bar into the closet right near us!". Then: "we're all ok... bullet holes in the front door. someone had it out for Freddy Gibb I tell ya..."
The victims were both brought to Bellevue Hospital and are listed in stable condition.
Instagram video from the show below...
Though the more pedestrian "Fashion's Night Out" ended in NYC in 2012, the more high brow New York Fashion Week continues year after year and is back upon us once more. As always, that means lots of parties we can't get into, with performances by some of our most loved and hated musical artists. This year, as PAPER lists out in a handy guide, includes shows by Kiesza (tonight at a party co-hosted by Sophia Lamar, The Misshapes, Mike Nouveau and more -- -flyer above), Jarvis Cocker (tonight as part of a big extravaganza in Madison Square Park with Sofia Coppola, Angela McCluskey, Kalup Linzy and more --- see flyer above and HERE), Banks (tonight and tomorrow), Maluca (tomorrow), Pharrell (maybe?), secret guests and more. Unfortunately almost everything is invite only, but where there's a will, there's a way?
Banks' upcoming show at Terminal 5 is also going to be hard to get into (sold out), but you can try to get in to the much-more-public-and-practically-free Banks in-store at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on 9/9.
Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill are also in on the fun. They "have teamed to produce and write a one-act play for the fall New York Fashion Week presentation of Opening Ceremony's Spring 2015 line."
What else is happening? Leave tips in the comments.
The Guardian reports that Rough Trade will open a new shop in Nottingham, the "independent music chain will establish its fourth store, following last autumn's opening in New York."
As you know, the NYC shop, located in Williamsburg, is both a record store and music venue. Upcoming shows at the NYC venue include new Frenchkiss-signed Cold War Kids side project French Style Furs (who also play Mercury Lounge), the 5-year anniversary of 'Let's Play House' (free entry and beer with RSVP), Sub Pop-signed Seattle psych band Rose Windows, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (who relocated from Joe's Pub), a free Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens show (with Daptone DJs), and a free-with-purchase Gramercy Arms show.
Gramercy Arms, who we first mentioned in 2008 (the same year they last released anything and when we caught them at Bowery Ballroom with Nada Surf and Delta Spirit), "is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March. The group is releasing its second full-length record, The Seasons of Love, on Reveal Records on July 21st."
The Rough Trade show is their record release show and will feature: Kevin March (drums), Sean Eden (guitar), Rainy Orteca (bass), Carl Baggaley (keyboards), Claudia Chopek (violin), and Kendall Meade and Renee LoBue guesting on backing vocals. They have no other scheduled dates at the moment. You can watch their new video for "Always in Love", below...
photo by Dan Monick
Joyce Manor will release their much-anticipated third album Never Hungover Again on July 22 via their new label home of Epitaph, and from the sound of its two singles, we're in for more fast-paced melodic indie punk. As discussed, the band's tour brings them to NYC in September but they'll be here way sooner to celebrate the new record on release day (7/22) at Rough Trade NYC.
It's an in-store (doors at 6:30 PM, music at 7) and to get in you need to buy the record at the Rough Trade store that day. There's one other way to get in though, we're giving away a few pairs of tickets and details on that are below.
Their proper tour hits Bowery Ballroom on 9/15 with The Exquisities and Mike Bell & The Movies. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed, with the two song streams from the LP, below...
As mentioned, Peter Murphy has a new album, Lion, and is currently on tour with openers Ringo Deathstarr. Ahead of his June 9 Irving Plaza show (tickets), the goth icon will play an in-store at Rough Trade on Sunday afternoon (6/8). Entry to the RT show is free with purchase of his new album anytime that day before the show. The store opens at 11 AM, doors for the show are at 1:30 PM with Murphy on at 2 PM.
If you want to catch Ringo Deathstarr in a smaller room too, they play Baby's All Right on Tuesday (6/10) with Heaven, Harsh Vibes and Residual Kid.
In other Rough Trade in-store news, you can now buy The Orwells' new album which gets you into their RT in-store on Monday (6/9). The first 50 people who buy a record and guarantee themselves a place at the Rough Trade show, will also get a bracelet that gets them into a TBA afterparty.
The Antlers at Glasslands in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
The Antlers are releasing a new album, Familiars on June 17 via ANTI- and going on a tour with Mr. Twin Sister (fka Twin Sister) which includes a NYC show on July 26 at Webster Hall (tickets). However, sooner than that they'll play an in-store at Rough Trade NYC (6/17) at 8 PM on the album's release date. To get in, you have to purchase the new album from the Rough Trade store that day starting at 11 AM to receive wristbands. Each purchase comes with two wristbands (good for one person each).
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
tUnE-yArDs released her third album, Nikki Nack, this week via 4AD and though she's got a full tour with Sylvan Esso coming up that includes two nights in NYC at Webster Hall, she celebrated with some smaller release week shows including Rough Trade NYC last night (5/7).
The show focused almost only on the new album, playing most of its songs and only saving room for three cuts off its predecessor w h o k i l l, "Gangsta," "Powa," and "Bizness" (nothing from the first album). Admittedly, the new album wasn't hitting me like w h o k i l l did, but any doubts I had were gone once she played them live last night. Merrill is now joined by a pretty different band (besides longtime bassist Nate Brenner) that includes three backing vocalists, and it's really a different show than the w h o k i l l tour. Still, it's strangely complex and strangely accessible in that way tUnE-yArDs always manages to be.
She consistently has a way of pulling from several genres at once, and with her new backing vocal section, I kept getting a warped Motown vibe from the new songs that I didn't notice on the album. The new stuff made for some real standout moments too. "Rocking Chair" was a hell of an opener, and first single "Water Fountain" clearly had the crowd excited, smiling, and singing along maybe even more so than when she played her earlier material.
The show was opened by Olga Bell, who just over a week ago played her new Russian song cycle, Krai, with a full ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge, but this time was in solo mode and singing in English. (She did play a quick excerpt from Krai though.) Her set also included a cover of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" that, besides the vocals, bared little resemblance to the original but totally worked. Pictures of both Olga and tUnE-yArDs (including one of their setlist) are in this post.
tUnE-yArDs' tour with Sylvan Esso includes NYC shows on June 22 & 23 at Webster Hall. Night 1 is sold out but you can still get tickets to night 2. Sylvan Esso also play a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC at The Westway tonight (5/8). That's sold out.
More pictures from Rough Trade below...
Little Dragon @ Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Little Dragon's new album, Naruma Rubberband, is next week (5/13) and since our last post, a third single was released. You can stream "Let Go" and check out the band doing "Paris" live on The Queen Latifah show, below.
NYC can get the album a few days early AND see Little Dragon play live in a very small room when the band play an in-store at Rough Trade this Sunday afternoon (5/11). You need to buy a copy of Naruma Rubberband at the store on Sunday (it opens at 11 AM) which will get you a wristband to the show which starts at 2:30 PM. (Doors are at 2 PM.)
DOWNLOAD: Ought - Habit (MP3)
Montreal indie rockers Ought have been picking up some buzz for their debut album, More Than Any Other Day, which comes out this week (4/29) via Constellation Records (Godspeed You! Black Emperor). From the two songs that have been released from the album, "Habit" and "The Weather Song," it sounds like the guys in Ought may own a couple Talking Heads records. It also sounds a bit like the buzz bands of 2005, when bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Wilderness were making the blog rounds. You can hear those two tracks yourself, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Ought also have some shows coming up, including two in NYC. They play their first-ever show here on Saturday (5/3) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an otherwise all-NYC lineup of Pictureplane, LODRO, Truthers and Bodyparts (which, like all BKNB shows, is free); and Rough Trade NYC on June 20 with The Yum Dee Days and Savants. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (5/2) at noon.
All dates are listed, with those song streams and album info, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching
I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.
Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.
Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.
Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.
A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...
Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy really do not stop touring. They brought their ongoing tour to NYC for two shows earlier this month, and they already have plans to return THREE more times in the near future. As mentioned in our NYC Record Store Day Guide, they'll play the big FREE RSD in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (4/19) afternoon with Nothing, Hospitality, Fear of Men, Palehound and more. They're also sticking around Brooklyn that day for a midnight show at Silent Barn with Arm Candy (more info).
As we also mentioned today in our Northside Festival update, Perfect Pussy will return for a TBA Brooklyn show during that festival (6/12-15). Stay tuned for more info on that.
LCD's final show, MSG 4/2/2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Well, they didn't call it The Short Farewell. LCD Soundsystem's The Long Goodbye five-LP live album boxset of the group's final show (MSG, 4/2/2011) is being released on Record Store Day (April 19). And that goodbye is getting longer. As a leadup to that, an exhibit about the show/boxset will take over the exhibition room at Rough Trade NYC from April 7 - May 7. (That's the space that just had the Moog installation.) Here's what visitors can expect:
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will immerse attendees in the sounds, sights and emotions of the band's historic April 2, 2011 farewell, an epic near 4-hour tour de force hailed by New York magazine as "a marvel of pure craft" and Rolling Stone as a "staggeringly great night." LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will come alive in multiple dimensions via exclusive video, advance pressings of the album's five vinyl LPs laid out on five turntables, and a massive assortment of 4" x 6" prints of images by longtime LCD photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, many never before been seen--and all available for the taking and replenished weekly.The exhibit is free and open to the public, 11 AM - 11 PM nightly.
Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.
The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).
Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.
If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.
After four months of being closed for renovations and soundproofing (a mere week after they first opened), Rough Trade's music venue finally has the green light to reopen. Tonight (3/21) there's two shows: Rathborne and Streets of Laredo early (tickets), and How to Dress Well late (sold out). Saturday night (3/22) is Elysian Fields, Melvin Van Peebles Menage A Trois, and The Aspiring Me (tickets); and Sunday has Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in conversation with JG Thirlwell, which is free, followed by a book signing.
Other notable upcoming shows: The Allah-Las (3/27, sold out), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (3/28, sold out), and I Break Horses on 4/18 (tickets). Also upcoming is Ben Watt w/ Bernard Butler to which you can still get tickets (Joe's Pub is sold out), but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.
Full Rough Trade schedule is here. If you're going there, don't forget to check out the big Moog installation. Glad to have you back open, guys, and glad to not have to write "Rough Trade cancels/moves more shows" anymore.
Contest details below...
De La Soul recently gave away their entire catalog for free download in celebration of the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, and they'll continue that celebration with more new material, including a mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which will have all beats by the late, great J Dilla. They recently released one of those, "Dilla Plugged In" (which reworks "Plug Tunin'"), which you can listen to below.
Dilla will also be celebrated in NYC with the inaugural "NY Loves Dilla" concert at Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 23. The show will be headlined by Talib Kweli, and also features sets from Phony PPL and YC the Cynic, with host Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
That's one of three NYC shows the busy Talib Kweli is taking part in that week. He'll also be at a special edition of Soulive's 8-night Bowlive at Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. Also appearing that day is DMC of Run DMC, The Shady Horns and Alan Evans Trio (tickets). Talib then does a free in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on March 22.
Stream the De La Soul/Dilla song, with a message from De La on the upcoming material, below...
tUnE-yArDs has announced that she'll release her third album, Nikki Nack, which follow's 2011's excellent w h o k i l l, on May 6 via 4AD. You can preview it with a megamix of clips from the album, below.
She also announced some dates that include a few festivals (Sasquatch, Free Press Summer Fest, NXNE, Firefly and Pitchfork) and a NYC show the day after the album's release at Rough Trade (5/7), a much smaller venue than her 2012 show at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (3/5) at noon, and will probably go pretty fast.
All dates are listed, with the megamix, below...
Swearin' at Saint Vitus this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Looks like Rough Trade still needs a little more time to get their ducks in order, as two more upcoming shows have now moved to other venues. Swearin's show on March 7 with Even Hand and Certain Spiders will now happen at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- it's now an all-ages show and tickets are still available. Swearin' also play Cake Shop the night before (3/6) with Cassie Ramone (tickets).
The other move is Jungle's show on March 8 which will now happen at Knitting Factory (Wet are opening). While Knit is a bigger capacity venue, it's still being listed as sold-out (as is the Mercury Lounge show on 3/9).
The next show after those on Rough Trade's current schedule is The Damnwells on March 15 and that's sold out and staying put for now.
by Andrew Sacher
St. Vincent is set to release her much-anticipated self-titled album next week (2/25) via Loma Vista, but you can now listen to it in full ahead of its release date. It's streaming below (via The Guardian), or you can listen at NPR. It's got the arty eccentricities we've come to expect from St. Vincent, but it's also some of her most accessible stuff to date. Check it out.
As discussed, her tour hits NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5 (sold out), but two days before that she'll be doing an album signing at Rough Trade NYC (2/24). Head to that store starting at noon Friday (2/21) to get a wristband and then return Monday (2/24) to purchase the album and have it signed. The signing starts at 9 PM and space is limited.
Listen to St. Vincent below...
by Andrew Sacher
Kelela at MHOW during CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
R&B boundary pusher Kelela just followed her impressive debut album/mixtape CUT 4 ME with a new single, "The High." Like on her mixtape, she eschews typical R&B production in favor of working with producers of the IDM/bass/future garage/etc variety. This one, produced by Gifted & Blessed, is murky, downtempo and hardly melodic, and it serves as an excellent background for the atmospheric crooning Kelela does on the track. Listen to it below.
Kelela plays around NYC a lot, and she'll do so again, as she's just announced two US shows to follow her appearance at SXSW: one in LA and one in NYC happening on April 3 at Rough Trade with "special guests." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
The Flaming Lips are about to come to NYC to play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (tickets), and after that frontman Wayne Coyne will be going on a solo tour of record stores. It kicks off at Manhattan's Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 AM, and that's followed by an appearance at Brooklyn's Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day. All dates on the tour are listed below.
For Wayne's solo tour, he'll be selling an "extremely limited edition" of the Flaming Lips first EP, which was initially released in 1984 and at that point featured Wayne's brother Mark on lead vocals. Details via press release on what this edition of the EP will entail:
Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the 12" EP which is housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull; anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull contains a special Gold Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world.The Flaming Lips are also performing on The Late Show with David Letterman (which is filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre) on Thursday (2/6), celebrating Beatles Week.
The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group's homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.
Stream a track from the EP, along with all Wayne Coyne solo and Flaming Lips dates, below...