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Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ SXSW 2009 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Shilpa Ray

It was approximately a year ago that Shilpa Ray left her band Beat The Devil to focus on her own project with her own band that she calls Shipa Ray and The Happy Hookers. That would make 2009 not only their year, but their first year.

My own excitement for the band came right around January/February when I first heard their 8-song unreleased CD-R. Soon after that they accepted my invitation to play the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, and they've managed to keep busy all year. Shilpa ended up self-releasing their album, and she and her hookers have played numerous shows in NYC - too many to count, but they've included a Woodstock tribute at Castle Clinton, a residency at Pianos, and this year's CitySol festival. And they're ending the year strong. They just opened two NYC gigs for the Fiery Furnaces, are opening for Grant Hart of Husker Du this Saturday at 92YTribeca (12/19), and now have a glowing recommendation from Nick Cave.

Shilpa answered some questions about her year. Read them below...

Continue reading "an end of 2009 interview w/ Shilpa Ray "

Shilpa Ray

National Post: What new band gets you going?
Nick Cave: Have you heard of Shilpa Ray?

National Post: Who?
Nick Cave: F--k! I know someone new you don't. She plays the harmonium. She has a band called the Happy Hookers, I think they're called. She has a great voice, she writer great songs, great lyrics.

National Post: I love the harmonium.
Nick Cave: She's really good at it. But I'm not gonna write a book about Shilpa Ray...

Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers will open both Fiery Furnances shows this weekend in addition to the Grant Hart show happening the weekend after that. All dates below...

Continue reading "Shilpa Ray (now Nick Cave recommended) opening for Grant Hart, Fiery Furnaces + other dates "

Grant Hart

Husker Du's Grant Hart just released his first solo album since 1999's Good News for Modern Man. The record, Hot Wax, came out October 6th on Con D'or Records, and along for the ride were members of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion (who recently backed Vic Chesnutt).

Hart is currently on tour behind the new disc, and he plays NYC's 92YTribeca on Saturday, December 19th. Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale. One day later Grant appears at Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ.

About the new songs, Hart said, "the song 'Narcissus,Narcissus' is my first attempt at combining ancient Greek mythology and American rock-a-billy. By merging those influences with an ice cream truck atmosphere I think I have found a style that defines this period of my career. 'You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water' is one of the most organic rock and roll songs that I have ever written. It's style owes a lot to my devotion for patti smith. It was inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Panchen Lhama, who said of one candidate, 'he is the reflection of the moon on the water but he is not the moon.'"

Bob Mould also has shows coming up including 2 nights in a row in NYC.

Grant Hart album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Grant Hart - new album, tour dates, NYC show w/ Shilpa Ray"

DOWNLOAD: Kendrick Strauch - 48 Hour Fever (SENDSPACE ZIP LINK)

Issue 61 (out now) - cover by Aron Wahl of Big A little a

Showpaper, "the volunteer-run, free, and one-of-a-kind 'DIY' newsprint of concert, art, and film listings," is hosting a benefit for itself on Saturday, September 26th (7pm) at Kidd Yellin Gallery (133 Imlay St in Red Hook, Brooklyn).

The excellent musical lineup includes Your Nature, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Shilpa Ray, Rebecca Schiffman, Sarah & Michelle Cagianese, and Kendrick Strauch. Kendrick is the keyboard player of the now-broken-up Harlem Shakes. Earlier this year, before the Shakes left for tour with Passion Pit in May, Kendrick spent two days recording a cover version of the entirety of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell. All he used was "a beat-up piano and a dinky drum machine".

"So Fever to Tell by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is the best album to have sex to of all time. I can't play drums, I can't play guitar, and I'm not a banshee of a girl. But I wanted to cover it because I like it, and because I wanted to win a bet. So here is my impressionistic, masturbatory act of devotion. I recorded it in a noisy rehearsal studio with whatever was laying around. I only had two weekend days and a case of Sparks (which I supplemented with a bottle of Old Granddad Sunday) before I was leaving town, so now I know what my inebriated intuition sounds like. So I hope you like this Christmas Card to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Listen to the songs I put up, if you like them, I put a sendspace link where you can download the whole album" - Kendrick
Check it out above.

In addition to the music, there'll be artwork from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers, covers of the paper and other art and photos on display. A flyer and more info are below...

Continue reading "a show w/ Trachtenburgs, Shilpa, Your Nature, Rebecca Schiffman & Kendrick Strauch (Harlem Shakes) who recorded a whole Yeah Yeah Yeahs album (download)"

Twin Towers

Jay-Z @ Gramercy Theatre on 9.9.09 (more by Brian Ach/WireImage)

The Melvins @ Webster Hall in May (more by Ryan Muir)

tonight in NYC
* Jay-Z @ Madison Square Garden
* Ben & Vesper, Ortolan @ Sycamore
* Pomegranates, Phantogram @ Union Hall
* Gowns, US Girls, Noveller @ Cake Shop
* Shilpa Ray @ Rooftop Films on the LES
* The Cult (performing "Love") @ Terminal 5
* The Rapture, The Golden Filter @ Stone Pony
* All Tomorrow's Parties @ Kutshers Country Club
* Down, Evil Army, Weedeater & The Melvins @ Nokia Theatre
* Wild Beasts, Rifle, The Library Is On Fire @ Union Pool
* Telefon Tel Aviv, Hanne Hukkelberg, The Race @ The Bell House
* Nakatomi Plaza, The Reveling, The New Dress, Avec @ Shea Stadium
* Super Furry Animals, Real Estate, The March Fourth @ Highline Ballroom
* Wordless Music w/ Tim Hecker, Grouper, Julianna Barwick @ Miller Theatre
* Glenn Branca Ensemble, Paranoid Critical Revolution @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Spits, Woven Bones, The Heart Punchers, Cerebral Ballzy @ Knitting Factory
* The Intelligence, Golden Triangle, Wild Yaks, Arrington De Dionyso, Smarts @ Market Hotel
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Experimental Dental School, Reading Rainbow @ Death By Audio

All Tomorrow's Parties kicks off at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, NY. WFMU will be broadcasting live from the fest Saturday and Sunday. Many of the bands playing tonight will be performing an entire classic album live.

The Cult aren't playing ATP, but they're also performing a full album live in NY tonight.

Fucked Up aren't playing tonight, but they're also performing a full album in NY, and tickets went on sale today.

Super Furry Animals warm up for ATP with a show at Highline Ballroom tonight (and Maxwell's tomorrow). This one is opened by local boys Real Estate and The March Fourth.

Real Estate also have a show scheduled for Saturday at Silent Barn with Desolation Wilderness.

Melvins play ATP on Saturday. Tonight they're at Nokia Theatre with Weedeater who played a semi-secret gig at The Charleston last night.

Jay-Z plays a sold-out 9/11 benefit at Madison Square Garden. If you can't be there, you can watch it commercial free and live on Fuse (9pm). Two nights ago Jay-Z played a much smaller show at Gramercy Theatre.

The Rapture played a Fashion Week party last night. Fashion week continues tonight, but the Rapture won't be around for it. Tonight they're in Jersey for a show at Stone Pony with The Golden Filter.

Telefon Tel Aviv is back on the road. Tonight they play The Bell House with Hanne Hukkelberg and The Race. Tomorrow they're at Mercury Lounge.

Wild Beasts play the last of three NYC shows tonight at Union Pool with Rifle and The Library Is On Fire. Last chance!

Noveller, who is at Cake Shop tonight, has been announced as one of the openers for The Jesus Lizard's upcoming NYC shows. Jesus Lizard play ATP NY tonight.

Nakatomi Plaza is playing two final farewell shows this weekend at Shea Stadium which is the venue These Arms Are Snakes just announced an upcoming show at.

Wordless Music's series of shows at Columbia's Miller Theatre continues with Tim Hecker, Grouper and Julianna Barwick.

Austin band Woven Bones' big tour stops at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Also on the bill are The Spits, The Heart Punchers and Cerebral Ballzy. Woven Bones and The Spits also play Cake Shop on Saturday.

Knitting Factory is now on its third day as a music venue in Brooklyn. Les Savy Fav was the first band to play on Wednesday. Boss Hog (who also plays ATP this weekend) and Shilpa Ray was last night.

Shilpa Ray plays a probably-moved-indoors Rooftop Films show at 350 Grand Street @ Essex tonight (which is followed by an afterparty at Fontana's)

The Intelligence is in from Seattle to play Market Hotel with Golden Triangle, Wild Yaks, Arrington De Dionyso and Smarts. The Intelligence are also at Cake Shop on Sunday.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Experimental Dental School and Reading Rainbow are on the bill for the second night of The Maze at Death By Audio.

Good thing Glasvegas frontman James Allan was found, and good thing it was in NY because he and his band are set to open for Kings of Leon, not to be confused with Kings of Convenience, at the Izod Center on Saturday and again at Nassau Coliseum on Monday.

Glenn Branca Ensemble play with Paranoid Critical Revolution at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tomorrow Branca talks with artist Dan Graham. Glenn played PS1 last Saturday.

If it stops raining, PS1 is again an option for this Saturday.

A new episode of Breakfast at Sulimay's below...

Move over Grizzly Bear... Sunset Rubdown also has a new video out! That is below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday (September 11th)?"

photos by Tim Griffin

Those Darlins
Those Darlins

The first two-thirds of the show was utterly tension-free, with the band getting by on concept. The tragic "Mama's Heart" lacked punch, and "Little Darling Pal of Mine," a Carter Family cover, was sluggish. The songs later improved in direct proportion to how involved Kelley was. Her singing on "Who's That Knockin' at My Window" and "Hung Up on Me" was forceful, and when she switched to guitar for "Cannonball Blues," the band finally appeared in full color. (Kelley founded the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, in which Jessi participated.)

Still, the night's best moments came toward the end, when Those Darlins didn't appear to be worried about being a good band, or even a band at all. During "Shakin' All Over," Nikki brought an awkward male fan onstage for some cringeworthy dancing, saved only by her arched eyebrow. At the encore, "Fun Stix Party" devolved into a raucous, peppy shoutfest that was also the most technically flamboyant song of the night. And after the lights came up, Those Darlins set down their instruments, walked out onto the main floor and danced as the crowd filed out. It was the loosest they'd been all night. [NY Times]

Like they did at the BrooklynVegan showcase at SXSW this year, Shilpa Ray and Those Darlins shared a bill on Thursday night (6/9). The NYC show was at Mercury Lounge and also featured a set by Jon Spencer's band Heavy Trash. Those Darlins also played Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday (all dates HERE). More pictures from Mercury Lounnge below...

Continue reading "Those Darlins, Shilpa Ray & Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer) @ Mercury Lounge in NYC - pics & setlists"

DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)

Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Leia Jospe)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus
will be playing the Colt 45/Vice Magazine party at Glasslands on Thursday, July 9th (tonight). The band's MySpace reveals that The So-So Glos will also be appearing (though the show flyer, below, only lists a "special guest"). The show is free with RSVP, though there's limited capacity.

The So So Glos are also playing a show on Friday, July 10th at Southpaw with Those Darlins who play a show with Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray at Mercury Lounge tonight. All dates below.

Titus is also scheduled to play July 10th with Real Estate at the first of the Whitney Museum's four July rock shows. That's still happening -- the concert is free with admittance to the museum which is free from 6-9pm on Fridays - so it's a free show, but first come, first served.

The MySpace schedule for Real Estate, who just played in Brooklyn on July 4th, lists an additional NYC date for San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys. That show, the Mexican Summer/Insound party at Cameo Gallery on July 16th, can be added is not actually part of the Fresh & Onlys extensive upcoming schedule. The show is happening, but the Fresh & Onlys aren't playing it. Actually on the bill are Woods and Golden Triangle.

Or you can catch Woods and Real Estate a day prior (July 15th), when they play Wavves' first post-European-tour-cancellation show at the Bowery Ballroom.

A flyer for the Glasslands show, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus, the So So Glos, Real Estate, Those Darlins & other upcoming shows (dates)"


On July 10-12, 2009, Solar One, NYC's first green energy, arts and education center, will present Citysol, a celebration of urban sustainability and creativity in a mini music and arts festival.
The intial lineup for Citysol's free Saturday, July 11th concert has been updated. Full schedule of bands, with more info about the three-day NYC event, below...

Continue reading "Citysol 2009 (July 10-12) - full lineup (Dead Prez, Shilpa Ray, Fiasco, So So Glos, Rachel Trachtenburg, more...)"

photos by Maryanne Ventrice

Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers

You may have randomly come upon a band or two playing on the streets of Williambsburg this past long Northside Festival weekend. On Thursday, Pow Wow! was one of those bands. On Friday, many people on their way to the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg passed by a street performance by Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Those are the pictures in this post.

Shilpa also played a more official show (with Pow Wow!) at Spike Hill later that night, and as usual, there are plenty of chances to catch her and her band in the near future. Options include this weekend's Olive Juice Music Festival, a show at the Stone later in June, a gig at Southpaw on July 1st, the Heavy Trash/Those Darlins show at Mercury Lounge on July 9th, Citysol a couple of days after that, and then the Sly Stone tribute at Castle Clinton not long after that. All dates and more street shots, below....

Continue reading "Shilpa Ray - street show pics & more upcoming shows (dates) "

Jeffrey Lewis repping Olive Juice Music @ Mercury Lounge (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis
OJ All Day Music Fest

The OJ All Day music festival is an annual event put on by Olive Juice Music, a D.I.Y. label, studio, and online distributor, based in New York City, interested in helping people who are in the developmental stages of trying to do something with their art.

June 19th and 20th at: The Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY)

The 2009 lineup for OJ All Day includes The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Schwervon!, The New York Howl, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Ching Chong Song and many more.

Jeffrey Lewis, who releases his comics on Olive Juice and has cut many records with the label, won't be playing this year, but Dufus, who toured with Lewis earlier this year, will.

Full schedule, trailer, other videos and more info, below...

Continue reading "OJ All Day - 2009 Brooklyn Lyceum festival schedule, tix, info"

Fort Tilden

Sunday June 14th @ FORT TILDEN BEACH
:: each year we throw an informal, quiet party in a beautiful public place, w/
:: many diverse musicians playing two or three songs w/ no amplification
:: this year, it's on Fort Tilden Beach in the Rockways! best beach in NYC! [Todd P]
Schedule (subject to change) below...

Continue reading "Todd P's UNAMPLIFIED ACOUSTIC BBQ 2009 (at Fort Tilden)"


Since the closing of LES spot Tonic in 2007, The Stone has been one of the venues that's attempted to fill the void left by the experimental-music-friendly space.

Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.

Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.

Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.

Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.

Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.

Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...

Continue reading "Tonic owner returns, joins City Winery's Michael Dorf to curate John Zorn's club The Stone in June - full lineup"

DOWNLOAD: A Place to Bury Stranger/Holy Fuck: "Lovely Allen" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: APTBS/Holy Fuck: "To Fix the Gash in Your Head" (MP3)

APTBS @ MHOW - May 22, 2009 (photo by Tim Griffin)
Holy Fuck

"I've settled into a routine here at Death By Audio. I wake up at 8:30, do some Kundalini Yoga that I learned from Drew, make a huge breakfast, pack my PB&J sandwich for lunch, and bike the 8 miles to work. Then I arrive home around 8 pm and am too tired to make it past midnight, usually.

I guess I'd like to have some more time off. I really don't do anything for myself anymore. I don't play drums or saxophone or guitar, I put off all my circuit-bending projects, since both the altoid amp and the theremin are having problems that I don't feel like fixing. I have been writing sporadically, and I occasionally still do sound effects for Columbia students. I think I may leave this job after the busy season. Thinking about a cross-country trip, couch surfing with some friends. I can make it to Wisconsin from here, at least. I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to get the rest of the way.

Anyway, one of my roommates' bands played the other night with Holy Fuck at the Williamsburg Hall of Music [5/22]. They're called A Place to Bury Strangers, and before I lived here I had not listened to them." [Kleeb Verses the World]

Kleeb goes on to say that, "As far as the actual music, it's not really my thing. But I will say that A Place to Bury Strangers was one of the best live bands I've seen recently". Holy Fuck and APTBS also played Bowery Ballroom one night later (5/23). All HF dates HERE. Grab two APTBS/HF mashups, courtesy of Pitchfork, above.

Now that both of those NYC shows have happened, it has been officially announced that the secret guest at this Wednesday's Shilpa Ray show at Pianos (5/27) is in fact A Place to Bury Strangers. Death By Audio artists Coin Under Tongue and Sisters are also on the bill. Tickets are still on sale.

Shilpa Ray @ Santos (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Shilpa Ray

We already knew that Fiasco is one of the band's playing Citysol 09 on July 11th at Stuyvesant Cove Park in NYC (23rd St in Manhattan - all the way east). The confirmed lineup for that free show also includes Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Love Like Deloreans, Hi Red Center and Schwervon!.

The annual environmental festival runs from July 10th-12th at Stuy Cove Park with the concert day being the Saturday. Like last year, Digiwaxx will be curating the fest's hip-hop/funk lineup. We helped out with the whole lineup in 2007.

Fiasco will also be at Citysol's pre-fest youth benefit concert at Solar One (same location) on Saturday, June 13th.

The benefit concert on June 13th was conceived and curated by [Citysol's] 18-year-old high school intern, Corinne Monaco. The other confirmed bands on the bill are Starscream, Run Time Error, The Mighty Handful, Consumer Feedback, The Sediment Club, The Whisky Crusaders and Lorrain and Her Demons.
Fiasco is playing another show that same night at the Market Hotel with Mika Miko, the Strange Boys and Coathangers.

It'll be Shilpa Ray's second year in a row at Citysol -- she also played the 2008 fest. This year she'll also be playing the Sly Stone tribute at Castle Clinton just a fest days after on July 16th, and a just-announced show at Southpaw on July 1st.. Her May Wednesdays residency at Pianos continues on the 20th and 27th of this month.

The Stuyvesant Cove Park is not to be confused with the Stuyvesant Town Oval, which is hosting its own free shows throughout the summer. The schedule for that series includes Kaki King, Jay Reatard, the Budos Band (who played Citysol in 2007) and more.

Videos from last year's fest, with upcoming Fiasco tour dates (including one at a new space - with a familiar name - Shea Stadium) below...

Continue reading "Citysol 2009 lineup announcement (Shilpa Ray, Love Like Deloreans, Hi Red Center, Schwervon!, more) "

APTBS @ Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
A Place to Bury Strangers

"[A Place to Bury Strangers] opened with a sonic beat down, heavy guitar with effects unlike anything I have ever heard before; like My Bloody Valentine except with a drummer from Deerhunter. The drums were infectious, rolling into one another with blissful osculations of the cymbals being smashed. Playing behind the band were videos of 16 seconds loops of something from a snuff video. Notably a shot of pale woman with black lingerie and a hand (maybe her own) rubbing the outside of her thighs. The moments that transpired have been what I see when I blink from that day to this. It was psychedelic drums, with My Bloody Valentine layered guitars, and vocals of Joy Division." [Truer Sources of Sound]
Tickets are on sale for the Mark Kozelek show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Hank III and Assjack are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 24th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Patterson Hood (Drive by Truckers) shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale for the Suckers residency shows at Pianos.

Tickets are on sale for the Shilpa Ray residency shows at Pianos.

Especially of interest in the May 27th Shilpa show where "Secret Toy Surprise" is also on the bill.

Speaking of... special guests, don't forget that A Place to Bury Strangers are playing Less Artists More Condos on May 1st.

Also, tickets are still on sale for both APTBS, Holy Fuck, Crocodiles shows at Bowery and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Sly and the Family Stone @ Woodstock
Sly and the Family Stone

July 16, 2009 7:00pm

Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park at State Street Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra creates an evening that features the music of Sly & the Family Stone with special guests that include legendary Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and an array of vocalists including Sandra Saint Victor, Shilpa Ray and others. Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter, bandleader, arranger and composer who lives outside of musical convention. Join us for this one-of-a-kind show that pays homage to Woodstock's 40th anniversary year. Tickets will be distributed 2 per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00PM on the day of the show.

It would be great if Sly himself shows up at this event which is one of four Woodstock tributes that will happen at Castle Clinton this summer.. Sly and the Family Stone's actual performance at the actual Woodstock in 1969 is legendary. Check out the video below.

Another, much bigger Woodstock 40th Anniversary concert is hoping to happen in Prospect Park this summer.

Shilpa Ray also has many other shows coming up.

Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis are also playing a free show in Battery Park this summer.

Continue reading "a tribute to Woodstock & Sly Stone @ Castle Clinton in 2009"

photos by Bryan Bruchman, words by Andrew Frisicano

Shilpa Ray

For others, the concerns are more about day-to-day practicalities. As South by Southwest has grown bigger and more decentralized - this year it has twice as many acts as in 2003 - bands have been adding more and more performances to their itineraries, hoping to register the most impressions on the crowd. Shilpa Ray, an unsigned Brooklyn singer with a powerfully raw voice and a fierce technique on the harmonium, has eight showcases lined up, and for her the big question is simply endurance.

"It's a challenge: how good of a musician are you?" she said. "I wonder if I can do it, if I can sustain my voice for so long and stay consistent."

For her showcase at Club de Ville on Wednesday night, the audience included at least one record executive who said he was competing with another label to sign her. But Ms. Ray, who canceled a tour to make it to Austin, said she knew that even with a record contract success was far from guaranteed. And besides, she added, she is fine with roughing it at South by Southwest.

"Maybe in the past there were your pampered rock stars hanging out," she said. "But then there's the people like us who climb out of clown cars and try to make things work." [NY Times]

The Club de Ville show mentioned above was the Brooklyn Vegan SXSW showcase, where Shilpa performed at along with Bell, Loch Lomond, Those Darlins, Phosphorescent, and Deer Tick. It's also where the pictures in this post were taken.

Shilpa has a short spring tour scheduled for April. That includes two hometown shows: on Wednesday, April 8th, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers play Death By Audio (tonight) with Coin Under Tongue, My Education and Guisante. Then, they'll perform at a Benefit Concert For The Hearing Impaired at the Bell House on Wednesday, April 22nd with Depreciation Guild, Hooray for Earth, and Kino.

Shilpa also has a May Pianos residency on her schedule. She'll perform Wednesdays at the NYC venue, starting May 13th with Drink Up Buttercup, Wild Yaks & more.

Shilpa Ray is *also* on the bill for a Sly Stone Tribute Concert taking place July 16th at Castle Clinton. Presumably that will be a free show with a large cast of characters performing. Stay tuned for more details. All tour dates and more SXSW photos below...

Continue reading "Shilpa Ray - SXSW pics & 2009 tour dates (tonight @ DBA, a Pianos residency, CASTLE CLINTON & more) "

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Long Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Wild One (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Loch Lomond - Blue Lead Fences (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit (Willie Nelson) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bell - Echinacea (live on Fair Game) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - Coward Cracked the Dawn (Radio Edit) (MP3)


If you'll be in Austin for SXSW this year, especially if you have a badge, please stop by Club De Ville on Wednesday night, March 18th, 2009 for the official BrooklynVegan showcase (aka a show aka a concert with six bands that is officially a part of the overall South by Southwest festival). If you don't have a SXSW badge, this show will cost you a modest fee at the door. This is who we've got on the bill...

Starting things off. She hails all the way from Brooklyn... it's Bell who will have just finished a tour with Asobi Seksu. (8 PM)

Following Bell is Brooklyn's very own Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Some say Shilpa has gotten a lot of attention around here lately. That is true. (9 PM)

Loch LomondAfter Shilpa, it's Portland, Oregon's Loch Lomond (with special guests). You may have caught Loch Lomond while they toured the country with The Decemberists. The Decemberists just so happen to be playing across the street at Stubb's, a few hours later, on the same SXSW night. (10 PM)

Not to stereotype, but girl power continues with the fourth act of the night. This also marks the beginning of the "alt-country" portion of the evening. It's Those Darlins. Maybe you saw them on their current tour with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
(11 PM)

Next up... I've mentioned it a few times now: Phosphorescent will perform their/his new Willie Nelson tribute album, "To Willie", from start to finish . By the time this show happens, Phos will have done the same thing in Brooklyn, LA, and San Francisco. After SXSW, they may never do it again. (12 AM) Don't miss it...

...AND then, don't leave yet, because last but not least, Deer Tick (reunited with Those Darlins for the millionth time) are going to finish the night off. This closing performance feels especially special because this is the second year in a row that Deer Tick are playing the same showcase at the same venue, except last year their set time was much earlier. (1 AM)


NOTE: This is one of MANY SXSW events we planned, produced, or BrooklynVegan are just somehow involved in this year. I'll announce all of them ASAP, including the free day parties, and one more of them now...

Bill Pearis, currently best known for his weekly column "Week in Indie", will be representing BrooklynVegan.com on a SXSW panel about music blogs on Thursday, March 19th at 11am at the Austin Convention Center. The event is for SXSW badge holders only.

MP3's above. Videos below...

Continue reading "official BrooklynVegan 2009 SXSW stuff - showcase & panel"

words and photos by Faith-Ann Young

Shilpa Ray

Due to the snow, I suffered miserably to get myself to the Woodstock party at Santos Party House on Monday night. By the time I got there I had missed the first act Joanna Erdos and the Midnight Show.

Regardless, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy (male) Hookers are pretty much blowing my mind these days and this show was no exception. Shilpa has an addictive rasp that screams Fuck-all attitude... appropriate for a Woodstock-themed event. Santos, with its heart-shaped disco ball and neon psychedelic lights are a far cry from the sun-soaked open fields of Woodstock, but Shilpa did the best Woodstock she could - killer Hendrix "Fire" cover included, especially considering the crowd was pretty sober and there was definitely no one wandering around naked and tripping.

More pictures below...

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DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - Filthy And Free (MP3)

Shilpa Ray @ Bowery Ballroom 1/29 (by Ebru Yildiz)
Shilpa Ray
Shilpa Ray

Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple is currently at work on a documentary about the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Woodstock.

On this night, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers and the Midnight Show will both be interviewed and filmed for inclusion in this documentary. Each act will be doing some Woodstock covers. If you feel like coming dressed like a hippie, now's your chance...

Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers 10 PM
The Midnight Show 9 PM

$10.00 advanced tickets are on sale for tonight's show, or you can get them at the door. The show will be Shilpa's last before SXSW later this month where she and her Happy Hookers will be performing at the BrooklynVegan official showcase at Club De Ville on Wednesday, March 18th (full details on that shortly). After SXSW, Shilpa has another NYC show scheduled at Mercury Lounge with Efterklang. Those same dates listed below...

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DOWNLOAD: Slaraffenland - I'm A Machine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slaraffenland - Polaroids (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Efterklang - "Mirador" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Efterklang - Mirror Mirror (live) (MP3)

Efterklang @ Knitting Factory in 2008 (more photos by Zach Dilgard)

Danish band Efterklang:

...toured its 2007 album Parades for 14 months, performing 133 shows across the planet. This new North American tour will be the first opportunity to hear some of the band's new material being road-tested before they head back into the studio to record their third album, due for release in 2010.
Efterkland has four dates marked off for SXSW shows between March 18-21, after which the band will tour its way to NYC for a Saturday, March 28th show at Mercury Lounge with Shilpa Ray (tix on sale now).

In 2008, Efterklang joined fellow Danes Slaraffenklang (who will be at SXSW this year too) in touring US and Canada as The Danish Dynamite Tour, which included a NYC gig at Knitting Factory (5/28/08).

On the last show of that tour, the bands joined forces on stage to form "Slaraffenklang", releasing the result as a free four song EP, Danish Dynamite Live at Sono Festival 2008. The story behind the EP is posted below.

Efterklang also is prepping a live CD/DVD, which documents the band's September '08 performance of its Parades album accompanied by the the Danish National Chamber Orchestra.

EP story, some videos, and all of Efterklang's tour dates dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game (MP3)

photos by Jonny Leather

Harlem Shakes

Now officially a fan of the Harlem Shakes since listening to the new record, it was great to see them live back on Valentine's Day at Southpaw right after the rockin' set by Shilpa Ray (who is also a HS fan..)...

My pals the Harlem Shakes are gonna take the stage and they haven't played live in New York in two years! I'm so wired to see them again! I recently heard a track off their new record and so surprised with how much their sound evolved from their first EP. Though both styles are great, I have so much admiration for artists who constantly take risks and disregard formulas on how to be an artist. Shakes, if you're reading this your new sound is crazy awesome and I can't wait to see you guys live! It's been too long. [Shilpa Ray]
Overall a great, crowded, fun, and late night. As Shilpa pointed out, it was the first show Harlem Shakes had played in NYC in a while. The size of the crowd (it was very sold out), and the amount of cheering and dancing made me realize how many people were waiting for their return - and the new record isn't even out until March 24th (they apologized at one point for playing songs people may not have known).

Tonight at Webster Hall (2/25) they are the opener. Ends up they go on at 8pm, followed by Born Ruffians at 9, and then Tokyo Police Club at 10. Then they are opener again on the previously announced March 14th Bell XI show at Highline Ballroom. Then it's headliner again... Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a March 26th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The last one is in honor of their album that comes out two days before that.

Some more pictures from Southpaw, and all tour dates, below...

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SR photos by Jonny Leather

Fever Ray - out March 24
Fever Ray

Shilpa Ray @ Southpaw
Shilpa Ray

Move over Ox, it's the year of the Ray! (ha)...

In the Past few weeks, Shilpa Ray has kicked ass at Le Poisson Rouge, Mercury Lounge, Music Hall of Williamsburg (with the Duke Spirit), and Southpaw. More pictures from the Southpaw show below.

Fans of The Knife will not be disappointed by Fever Ray's haunting new album. Two official videos have been released so far (one yesterday). Watch them both below...

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photos by Zach Stern

DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray & her Happy Hookers - Filthy & Free (MP3)

Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray's voice is the MGM lion with the world's biggest thorn in its paw.

She calls her new group "Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers" (Ray's the only woman); if there's anything positive about the moniker, it's that it might inspire casual curiosity. Hey, made me look. But it's self-defeating, makes the effort sound like nothing more than a lame lark, a bad Wednesday night bar band. Other roadblocks to easy adoption: They do not have a website, but do have a myspace page. She's finally started selling her new eight-song CD at shows (there's currently no other way to purchase it), yet only plays one or two numbers from that recording in the band's live sets (We got "Filthy and Free" at Santos; the "Eyes" cover at [Mercury Lounge in January] and a goosed version of "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" at (I think) both [Merc and Santos Party House in December]; Ray might reserve quieter numbers for her occasional solo gigs). "My parents raised me to be incredibly humble and stupidly modest," she says. "I still hate them for that." [Heartonastick]

I would estimate she played at least four songs off that album at Southpaw on Saturday night, February 14th, 2009 (Valentine's Day AND Shilpa's birthday). I've been listening to the album on repeat since I got a copy a few weeks ago. Grab one MP3 from it above. Heartonastick has another.

Southpaw was packed, mostly I think, with fans of the Harlem Shakes who were headlining. It was late. I don't know exactly what time Shilpa went on, but I'd estimate midnight. That could have been a disaster - an opening band starting at midnight... a sold out venue full of people growing uneasy as they wait for the main act. But as far as I could tell, most in attendance - myself included - were more than happy to let Shilpa and band stay on stage for as long she wanted to. It's hard not to be captivated by her raging energy mixed with her Deborah Harry (Blondie) meets Janis Joplin singing style.

Spending at least half the time simultaneously attached to a microphone and an accordion-like instrument a harmonium that sits on a table in front of her, you can tell Shilpa is happy to be on stage. Though sometimes controversial ("I hope everyone [here on Valentine's Day and my birthday] goes home and gets herpes tonight... just kidding"), it's hard not to smile at all the words coming out of her mouth - whether in song or during stage banter. My favorite moments are when she leaves the multitasking necessary to operate the accordion harmonium behind (she has to pump it, hit the keys and sing all at the same time), and lets her voice and dancing be her only instruments.

Excited to be playing in front of such a large, appreciative crowd, Shilpa ended her opening set with a one-song encore that she self-deprecatingly pointed out was probably too bold of a move, but but she did it anyway. I was definitely happy for it.

Shilpa, who by the way you probably know best as the ex-frontwoman of Beat The Devil, is playing next in NYC TONIGHT (2/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. She is first of three on the Duke Spirit bill that Mobius Band are also playing. She also has shows coming up at the Sidewalk Cafe, Mercury Lounge, and at SXSW (stay tuned for exact details).

She played (Le) Poisson Rouge about a week before Southpaw. We were at that one taking pictures. More of them, the setlist, a video, and all upcoming dates, below...

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