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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Loose Limbs - Red Hands (MP3)

Loose Limbs

While we wait for the new Seaport Music Festival website and the full (we already know the partial) line-up of who is playing this summer (and even more is listed below), you can check out the first vinyl offering from Seaport Music Records: a 7" from gargey Brooklyn trio Loose Limbs. (Seaport Music released a digital Christmas single last year you may remember.) You can download the A-side, "Red Hands," at the top of this post. The single was produced by Dean Baltulonis who did the new Hold Steady record.

There's a record release party tonight (5/6) at Bruar Falls where Loose Limbs will be playing with Matamoros, Imaginary Friends, and Ghost Trio. Loose limbs also play at the Knitting Factory on May 22 as part of the Eye and Ear Festival, and will open for Free Energy and Best Coast at the Seaport on July 23.

In other Seaport Music Festival news, it's just been announced that Austin bands Woven Bones and YellowFever play on July 2 as a warm up before the festival kicks in proper with Bear in Heaven and Zola Jesus on July 9. And So Cow has been added to the July 16 show with Thee Oh Sees and Golden Triangle.

YellowFever has also been added as opener to both of the final Voxtrot shows at Bowery Ballroom which happen towards the end of June.

Click through for the Seaport Schedule as it stands now -- I'm told there's more to come -- plus a flyer for the Bruar Falls show and all Loose Limbs dates.

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Neon Indian @ MWTX in Austin (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Neon Indian

Neon Indian will be playing with Avi Buffalo at their free South Street Seaport show, as part of the summer series there, on July 30th. The almost-full schedule of free Seaport Music shows will be announced soon, but it already also includes Best Coast, Thee Oh Sees, Bear in Heaven, YACHT, Zola Jesus and others.

UPDATE: Though announced in a set of Avi Buffalo tour dates, I was informed that Neon Indian is NOT playing South Street Seaport (I guess he was supposed to... but probably took a different summer show... stay tuned for who is playing and where Neon Indian is playing instead. sorry.)

Chad VanGaalen is playing with Avi Buffalo at the Seaport on July 30th.

Before then, Neon Indian opens one of Massive Attack's Terminal 5 shows, and has their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th. Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show (and for Terminal 5 too).

More tour dates for both are below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian NOT playing South Street Seaport (but Chad VanGaalen is) (plus other dates) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Zola Jesus - Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zola Jesus - Clay Bodies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zola Jesus - Smireye (MP3)

Zola Jesus @ Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Lori Baily)
Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus, singer Nika Roza Danilova who's been likened to Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie and Karin Andersson (check out for yourself above), has a few notable shows coming up this June and July. First, she's on the bill for NXNE in Toronto June 14th-20th.

After that, she comes to NYC for a show on June 19th at Glasslands.

Then later im the summer, Zola Jesus plays with Bear in Heaven at their free South Street Seaport show on July 9th. Bear in Heaven also play Terminal 5 with Metric on May 16th, and have a ton of tour dates (including some with Twin Sister), which are posted below.

Further, you can catch Zola Jesus supporting Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 on July 13th (and on a couple of their dates on the West Coast). Tickets are still on sale. That's around the same time Wolf Parade's new record, Expo 86, comes out on Sub Pop. The cover is below.

All tour dates for Zola Jesus and Bear in Heaven below...

Continue reading "upcoming Zola Jesus shows include Glasslands, South Street Seaport, Wolf Parade (new album cover) & more (dates) "

The Old 97's

Most importantly, [The Old 97's] have fun while they're performing. [Frontman Rhett] Miller brings an almost hyper energy to the stage, especially with renditions of "Great Barrier Reef," "Roller Skate Skinny," and "Big Brown Eyes." He intermittently turns the stage over to bassist Murry Hammond, whose softer vocals, typified by "West Texas Teardrops," provide a welcome contrast. The faster songs brought a contagious energy that caused us to jump around, singing along at the top our lungs. Meanwhile the slower, heartfelt ones gave us moments to pause, hold each other, and reflect on the music's evocative powers. I don't think it's possible to hear Miller sing "Question" and not want to hold your partner's hand. [InbetweenBlog]
The above review is from The Old 97's show at Stubb's in Austin last night (4/14).

The band has more shows coming up this summer. Those include three free shows in July: one in New York, one in Chicago, and in San Francisco. That NYC date takes place on Sunday, July 4th at South Street Seaport. The show is free, but it isn't one of the Seaport Music Series shows that happen on Fridays in July and August. Still no word on who will play the 4th of July show in Battery Park, also in lower Manhattan.

Recent videos of Rhett and crew and all tour dates are below...

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South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)

South Street Seaport, NYC (part of the River to River Festival)
July 02 - TBA
July 09 - Bear in Heaven & TBA Zola Jesus
July 16 - Thee Oh Sees & Golden Triangle
July 23 - Free Energy & Best Coast & Loose Limbs
July 30 - Avi Buffalo & TBA Chad VanGaalen
Aug 06 - YACHT & TBA

Also, "The annual Children's Day at the Seaport culminates with the spectacular Target Fireworks, featuring a special performance by The Apples in Stereo accompanied by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. During the day, families can enjoy performances by Gordon from Sesame Street, Angelina Ballerina, and more, while meeting their favorite storybook characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, and Madeline. (June 26) "

And, there will be a July 4th show with the Old 97's.

Free Energy @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Dominick Mastrangelo

There is much touring in DFA band Free Energy's future including that series of Daytrotter Barnstormer dates with Nathaniel Rateliff and others, the Pitchfork Festival, and three weeks on the road with Jukebox the Ghost which brings them to Bowery Ballroom on May 29th. Tickets are on sale. Miniature Tigers, who open a portion of that tour, are also on the NYC bill.

We'll also get the chance to see Free Energy this summer when they play a free show at South Street Seaport with Best Coast on Friday July 23rd, part of the annual Seaport Music Series that kicks off on July 2nd (that day's lineup and the rest of the summer's will be announced, at least in part, soon). Best Coast, who are also playing the Pitchfork Fest, recently passed through NYC and played to packed houses at Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Free Energy tour dates w/ Jukebox the Ghost, co-headlining Bowery, playing South Street Seaport w/ Best Coast, more"

by Bill Pearis

Immaculate Machine
Immaculate Machine


BrooklynVegan's got two parties tonight. Black Bubblegum is hosting an official metal showcase tonight at Fontana's (which happens right after our day party at the same venue), and we've also got the teeny tiny Loft Space party that is sold-out at this point.

One of the bands playing the loft party is Victoria Canada's Immaculate Machine, who may or may not have the lineup pictured above...

...To make life even more tricky for the band, vocalist and keyboardist Kathryn Calder, one of the remaining original members, has had to absent herself from touring after the terrible news of her mum's diagnosis with motor neurone disease; although Lynn Calder very sadly died earlier this year, Kathryn was not with the band this evening. Indeed, the touring line-up looked very different from the line-up advertised on the band's web presences, two boys apparently replaced by two girls.

So, amid confusion that appeared to verge on turmoil, could the band deliver the goods live? It turned out they very much could... [John Kell, Oct 20, 2009]

Immaculate Machine also play early-ish tonight (8:30) at the equally tiny Fat Baby for a showcase for their label, Mint Records. They've got trio of Canadian bands playing, most of whom rarely seem to make it down to America. Or, the East Coast at least -- most of their bands tend to be from Vancouver. In addition to Immaculate Machine, there's the garagey Pack A.D. and Hot Panda, who I caught last year at CMJ and are pretty good. The Mint Records showcase is also a good place to pick up their great fanzine, A Taste of Mint, which always features at least one classic Narduwar interview.

And a bit off the beaten path, the folks at the Seaport Music Festival are putting on a great showcase at their Seaport on the Side gallery space (corner of Front and Beekman). The line-up, which runs from 7PM - Midnight, includes Montreal's We are Wolves, the Danish electro sounds of Spleen United, and UK hip hop act Man Like Me. UK pop artist Dan Black was supposed to play but cancelled and has been replaced by Sweden's Moonbabies who played a killer opening set at yesterday's Brooklyn Vegan day party. Do go see Moonbabies if you can. They also play earlier in the night (8:30) at Crash Mansion.

One of the many, many highlight's of yesterday's Brooklyn Vegan day party at Piano's was JEFF the Brotherhood who put on an absolutely kick-ass closing set. Tonight, they've put together a showcase for their label, Infinity Cat, featuring a slew of Nashville bands: Heavy Cream, Natural Child, Denney & the Jets, Daniel Pujol, as well as Brooklyn's Sisters.

And, of course, JEFF who you should really try and see this weekend at some point. If there was one thing missing at Pianos yesterday, it was the smoke machines Jake and Jamin tend to use (Pianos doesn't allow them) and I have a feeling they'll be in full effect tonight.

And lastly, fellow Brooklyn blog Chocolate Bobka has teamed with Underwater Peoples and twosyllable records for a pretty great night of music at The Delancey, including Holiday Shores, Real Estate, Frat Dad, Pill Wonder and more. They're also promising free moonshine, which sounds a bit deadly to me but, hey, it is Friday night.

Daytime highlights HERE. Hip Hop highlights HERE. Fliers, a Moonbabies video, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2009 - Bill's Friday nighttime picks (Immaculate Machine, Infinity Cat, Seaport Music & more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

John Fogerty

"A free concert-I only realized it was going down thins morning and hemmed and hawed about going---and then bit the bullet and went.

Meeting up with Lucy Anne who was having a abd day, we went to dinner then walked to the seaport where we stood waiting for the concert to start. A few minutes before it did some guy dressed in black cam walking by about five feet away- It was Fogerty looking like Johnny Cash.

A few minutes later he started playing with Linda Ronstadts's When will I Be loved. I walked Lucy to Brookstone before heading back to the concert which was very crowded.

He played lots of Creedence- and I either missed Down on the Corner or he didn't play it.
Everyone was singing Centerfield which he played on a guitar shaped like a bat.
He did a wicked good cover of John Denvers's Ain't it good to be Back Home Again.
His Fortunate Son had everyone screaming.
He alternated Bad Moon and Bathroom (pointing to the right) in the lyrics
I Loved Looking out My Back Door.
I loved Rock and Roll Girls

And you can't believe how loud a crowd can sing and how spastic white people can be then what happened during Proud Mary.Who needs to talk in tongues. (actually there was lots of white guys proving they can't dance tonight)

Excellent concert" [dbborroughs]

More pictures from last night's (9/2) free John Fogerty show at South Street Seaport, below...

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UPDATE: This show happened. THE PICTURES ARE HERE.

by Bill Pearis

The Seaport Music Festival may have had it's last show of the season when School of Seven Bells and The XX played last Friday, but there's one more Seaport Music show happening: famously cantankerous rock legend John Fogerty will play on September 2 at 7PM. Like all Seaport shows, it's free. He'll also be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman (9/3) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (9/8) around that time.

That same week, Fogerty releases his new covers album, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, and it's a callback to his first solo album, 1973's The Blue Ridge Rangers, which found the former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer doing covers of country and gospel classics. The Seaport show will be the first time he's performed these songs live, but he'll be doing his own songs as well. His band for this show is a who's who of pros too: Kenny Aronoff (drums), Billy Burnette (guitar), Jason Mowery (fiddle/mandolin), Matt Nolen (keyboards/guitar), Hunter Perrin (guitar), David Santos (bass), and James Pennebaker (pedal steel).

A few Fogerty and classic CCR live performance videos after the jump...

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photos by Chris La Putt

The School of Seven Bells

"The xx, a four-piece from the United Kingdom, were a competent enough opening band, with interesting song structures and crystal-clear guitar lines. However, we haven't seen a more morose crew of characters in a while, and the fact that all four of them stood rooted to their positions on stage throughout the performance made them a less than inspiring live act. Still, their wistful vocals and rhythmic drum machine beats were enough to keep most the crowd entertained and happily spaced out.

School of Seven Bells, appropriately, were the highlight of the night. Only consisting of three members -- twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and The Secret Machines' Benjamin Curtis -- the ethereal, full-bodied sound they established on their debut LP Alpininisms shone through uncommonly well. Live, their sound is similar to that of dream-pop godfathers Blonde Redhead -- unsurprising considering they've toured together -- but School of Seven Bells manages to get a lot more done in their live show." [20 Watts]

Friday night's show (8/14) was the final free Seaport show of the summer. Reminisce HERE. More pictures from Friday below...

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photos by Tear-N Tan


The final act was the one I knew the least about, Casiokids an electronic funk outfit from Norway. The drummer came out wearing an enormous monkey head and then things got strange. Every other European band I've seen this year has looked miserable in the surprisingly mild summer here. Casiokids came out with members wearing a crushed velvet suit, a yellow sweatshirt and long sleeve shirts. Looking online their country's average high is 69 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Add that to the high energy show, it's really kind of impressive.

The music the band played was long drawn out funk stompers that had the whole pier dancing. A few members of the band shared the singing duties, but all of their voices were so fragile and crystalline when laid over the driving grooves underneath.

Around the midway point, Rebecca from Slow Club came out and added percussive duties and re-energized everyone in the crowd and in the band. Charles donned the full monkey suit and danced around with a tambourine to everyone's enjoyment. [King of the Gigabitches]

UK label Moshi Moshi's 10th anniversary tour visited NYC's South Street Seaport on Friday, August 7th. Casiokids, Slow Club and The Wave Pictures made up the triple-bill. Photos and videos of the show (including the Casiokids+Slow Club collaboration desribed above) are below...

Continue reading "Casiokids, the Wave Pictures & Slow Club (Moshi Moshi tour) @ South Street Seaport - pics & video "

photos by Oliver Lopena

Yo-Yo Fest 2009

"World-class yo-yo talent takes the stage deep in the heart of the Big Apple! The 2nd Annual International Yo-Yo Open and New York State Yo-Yo Contest brings the world's best yo-yo players to the Big Apple for a day of entertainment, education, and eye-popping yo-yo ability. This international yo-yo showdown will draw competitors from all over the world.

In addition to watching head-spinning yo-yo tricks and the crowning of this year's New York State and International Open yo-yo champions, visitors can check out live music, DJs, breakdancers, jugglers, and spin-top and diabolo performers, and mini-contests and giveaways -- as well as try out the best in yo-yo equipment for beginners and experts." [official description of the event]

More pictures from Saturday's South Street Seaport show, below...

Continue reading "Peelander-Z & the world's best yo-yo players in NYC - pics"

Peelander-Z plays at 4:30.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Finn Bikkjen! (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Verdens Storsteland (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Avocado Baby (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Just Like a Drummer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slow Club - It Doesn't Have to Be Beautiful (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slow Club - Because We're Dead (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The XX - Basic Space (MP3)

Slow Club in the crowd @ the Moshi Moshi showcase, SXSW 2009
Slow Club @ SXSW

There is one unmissable show this week, in my opinion, and it's a free one: Friday's Seaport Music Series (8/7) with three excellent bands from the Moshi Moshi label: Casiokids, Slow Club and The Wave Pictures. This is part of a tour celebrating the UK label's 10th Anniversary that kicks off in full tonight in Toronto (8/5). Moshi Moshi, and their influential Singles Club, has launched the careers of Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Kate Nash, Lykke Li, Au Revoir Simone, Friendly Fires , Florence and the Machine and others.

I'm well documented as a big Casiokids fan and these Norwegians are a lot of fun live (like when they played a BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this year). There's a couple MP3s at the top of this post, including their brand-new single "Finn Bikkjen!" (Though "Fot I Hose" is the real jam, also above.) I've also written about Slow Club before who are one of the most charming bands I've seen this year. Their album might be a bit twee for some, but I dare anyone not to be won over by their live show. They were at SXSW too (picture from one of their shows above).

But I am super excited for The Wave Pictures who'll be making their U.S. live debut at the Seaport. Their album Instant Coffee Baby made my Top 20 Albums of 2008, to which I wrote:

Wave Pictures' frontman David Tattersall has the angst of Hefner's Darren Hayman, and the witty wordplay of the Morrissey ("My tongue is on the run and it's only just begun" may be this year's "Bigmouth Strikes again."), and band play it fast and loose like early Modern Lovers. Tattersall's vocals may be too idiosyncratic for some at first, but so were Moz and Hayman's probably, so keep listening, because they're excellent! And if you like this, there's about five more albums where that came from. (And if the Hefner comparisons intrigue, Tattersall and Hayman have a bluegrass band too. Don't wince, it's good too.)
The Wave Pictures have a new album out, If You Leave it Alone, which is nearly the equal of Instant Coffee Baby. The band have almost played here at least three times only to drop out, but I'm told they're really going to play this time. And it's not just NYC that's getting them: The Moshi Moshi Road Trip features all three bands, though some dates don't feature Wave Pictures and some don't have Casiokids, but any permutation of the three is still a good time. Check the tour dates below to see which bands will hopefully be near you on this tour. Weather looks to be nice, but the Seaport fest folks have said that if it does end up looking like rain... it will move indoors, locale TBD. But let's hope for sunny skies.

The Wave Pictures
The Wave Pictures

Joe Pernice plays Bowery Ballroom on Friday (8/7) as part of his book tour promoting his enjoyable debut novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop which I just finished reading. It's about a twentysomething slacker as he tries to figure his life out in mid-'90s Amhurst, Mass. There's not a lot of plot, it's more a snapshot of a time a lot of us have been through (or will soon), but he gets the details right and there's a lot of well-observed humor, as well as a lot more filthy talk than I was expecting. It also features a cameo (I know that's not the right term) from Lou Barlow (who has a new album coming out and tour dates announced). While it's not about a musician per se, music figures heavily into the characters lives and Joe has just released a companion album with covers of some of the songs written about in the book, including The Dream Syndicate's "Tell Me When It's Over" and Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces," all done in that lush, breathy style Pernice is known for. There's also a Sub Pop single out this week credited to the fictional band Young Accuser who also figure into the story's proceedings. Confusing I know, but it'll make more sense once you read the book. Which I recommend you do. The Bowery Show will feature songs from the It Feels So Good album but I'd imagine he'd throw in some Pernice Brothers songs as well. Tickets are still on sale.

the xx
the xx

And finally, this Friday (8/7) is the first of UK band The XX's many upcoming NYC shows at Mercury Lounge with Philly's '80s-rockin' Free Energy. I've been listening to the XX's self-titled debut a lot lately, and I dig the minimalist approach they bring to their songs which reminds me a little of Young Marble Giants with a twangy Chris Isaak thing going on too. There's a lot of space in their songs and that breathing room is nice in today's climate of over-processed, over-compressed recordings. You can download their new single, "Basic Space" at the top of this post. Will they be any good live? One would think you wouldn't play six shows in a week without being able to make an impression with an audience but I guess we'll find out soon enough. Their show at Bruar Falls on Saturday is free, and they're also opening for School of Seven Bells at next week's final Seaport show of the season. And five shows in between. The August 13th show at MHOW is with Friendly Fires who they'll be back in the States in November and December for some more touring. A December 5th Friendly Fires show at Webster Hall was announced yesterday (though the opener wasn't listed), but then disappeared. Stay tuned to see if that comes back.

Tour dates for all the bands in this post and select video after the jump...

Continue reading "Wave Pictures, Casiokids, Slow Club (Moshi Moshi on tour), Joe Pernice, the xx & more in This Week in Indie (part 2)"

DOWNLOAD: Polvo - Beggar's Bowl (MP3)

Polvo @ Brooklyn Bowl - July 31, 2009 (backharlowroad)

Philly Weekly: During the time Polvo was inactive, did you ever have a sense that the band would someday get back together in some form or for some reason, or did you feel like it was permanently over?
Ash Bowie: I didn't really have a feeling about it one way or the other. We never ruled out playing together again, but I don't think any of us were counting on it. Actually, I thought it was pretty unlikely.

PW: When you talk to fans after shows, are there a couple of questions that keep popping up? What do people generally have to say or want to know when they approach you?
AB: Sometimes people tell us how far they traveled to see us play. Otherwise, just questions about what our plans are and things like that. I've just started to realize how hardcore some of our fans really are. The response so far has been amazing and kind of surreal.

On Friday, July 31st, Polvo played a Seaport Music show that ended up happening at the Brooklyn Bowl (not the only show that got moved to the venue this weekend). Obits opened the Friday show that happened around the time Jay-Z was closing out the first night of All Points West in Jersey City.

And the Polvo reunion continues. They're currently putting the finishing touches on In Prism, their first studio album since 1997's Shapes, set to come out September 8th on Merge (who are also releasing a new album by Lou Barlow soon). "Beggar's Bowl" from that Polvo album is posted above.

The band played the XX Merge festival in July, not long before the Brooklyn Bowl show. On September 24th they will play the the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale.

More tour dates from the band, the In Prism tracklist, with re-posted videos from Friday's show, below...

Continue reading "Polvo played Brooklyn Bowl w/ Obits, playing the Bell House (tour dates) ++ new Merge record on the way (MP3)"

Due to rain. Obviously. :(

UPDATE: It looks like this show will be moved has moved.

The xx

The XX, four young, sullen-faced youths dressed in black, have that alluring band-as-a-gang aura about them. They spent their youth at south-west London's Elliott School (fellow alumni: Four Tet, Burial and Hot Chip) obsessively tinkering with instruments in the music room before signing a deal and self-producing their album in their record company's back office.

At first glance, you'd expect them to make basement rock'n'roll songs serrated with guitar feedback, but they're more interesting than that. For starters, they're fronted by a boy/girl combo - Romy Madley Croft (guitar) and Oliver Sim (bass) - whose interplay lends their debut an intimate tension. Along with bandmates Baria Qureshi (keyboards/guitar) and Jamie Smith (programming/samples), Croft and Sim craft languid, sparsely arranged love songs that recall atmospheric 80s acts such as the Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star. Better still, they betray their south London roots: gentle, plaintive melodies are framed by minimal beats that nod to dubstep and R&B. [Guardian UK]

The xx's debut record, conveniently called xx, will come out October 20th via Young Turks/XL Recordings (just to keep it straight: the xx is releasing xx on xl).

In August the band is visiting NYC for a bunch of shows. As previously announced, they're opening for School of Seven Bells' South Street Seaport show on August 14th, but they're here at least a week before that. Their first NYC show comes on August 7th when they play the Mercury Lounge with Free Energy, Sean Bones and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (tickets). Then, they play Bruar Falls on the 8th, Monkey Town on the 10th, Pianos on the 12th, and Music Hall of Williamsburg with Friendly Fires on August 13th. I wouldn't be surprised if they add even more.

The video for the band's song "Crystalized," with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The xx - debut album on XL, video, lots of NYC shows (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Twin of Myself (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Twin of Myself (Go! Team remix) (MP3)

Black Moth Super Rainbow

"Eating Us is the fourth album by Pennsylvania based band Black Moth Super Rainbow released on May 26, 2009 on the CD format. With a running time of just under 36 minutes, it is the shortest full-length release by the band to date. The album was released in a limited-edition "hairy" version, which includes synthetic hair inside the CD's inner sleeve, and also in a regular "super jewel" casing. The "hairy" version was sold-out before the album was even released due to pre-orders." [Wiki]
Both songs available for download above are from that new album. A triple bill of Black Moth Super Rainbow (here from Pittsburgh), Blank Dogs, and Dan Friel (of Parts and Labor) played the weekly free show at South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Friday night (7/24). More pictures from the show, and more BMSR tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Culver City (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever - Joe Brown (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Harder Than It's Ever Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Kids - Hey Boy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coconut Coolouts - Party Jail (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Seaport Music Festival Sampler (Zip)

YellowFever @ Death By Audio - July 22, 2009 (by Bryan Bruchman)
Yellow Fever

There are a lot of out-of-town bands I'm looking forward to seeing this weekend, and luckily they're all playing more than once, and many are sharing the same bill.

First is Austin duo Yellow Fever who I have caught a few times in the last year and they are really something special I think. I wrote this the first time I saw them: "Their sound couldn't be more spare -- usually just drums, the simplest guitar (often just single notes, not chords), and Jennifer Moore's understated, kinda haunting voice. It's that space in between the instrumentation that makes them so special. It's a little bit like Young Marble Giants if Beth Orton was the singer instead of Alison Statton." My only complaint would be they are slow on releasing records, but I look forward to hearing new stuff from them while they're here. They played last night at Death by Audio, where Vivian Girls said this via Twitter: "Yellow Fever were amazing tonight! Don't miss their other NYC shows this week." So, yeah, don't miss 'em -- you've got four more chances, including tonight at Cake Shop. All dates HERE.

Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus and Geronimon

While we're in the Lone Star state, let's talk about another duo, Fergus & Geronimo, who are from Denton, TX and are playing two NYC shows this weekend. Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly are also in such Denton bands as Wax Museums and Teenage Cool Kids respectively, bonded over a love of '60s pop, Motown and psych-rock (a Texas specialty). Those influences come through loud and clear in their music, most of which is, at this point, only available on their MySpace, which was enough to get interest from Tic Tac Totally, Transparent, and Woodsist all of whom will be putting out their records. The Woodsist 7", "Harder Than It's Ever Been," is out now and you can download the A-side at the top of this post. It's a 1:47 pop gem, one of the best of its kind since Box Elders' "Hole in My Head." This is super-catchy stuff, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them this weekend.

Fergus & Geronimo, who are a five-piece when they play live, are at 92 Y Tribeca on Friday (7/24) with Crystal Stilts, Portland's Little Claw and Memphis' Magic Kids who I'll get back to in a second. They also play Saturday (7/25) at Market Hotel, also with Magic Kids, as well as YellowFever and the ever-present (and very good) Beets (who have a tour coming up with the Vivian Girls). Tickets are still on sale for Friday's show.

Magic Kids
Magic Kids

Now onto Magic Kids. They're from Memphis and I first heard of them from a MySpace bulletin from Girls who played a show with them and enthusiastically raved about them. There's not a lot of bio info out there, but there seem to be a lot of them, and they clearly love '60s pop: Beach Boys, The Association, Tommy James & the Shondells, etc. The band have a record coming out sometime on Goner (home to Ty Segall and Box Elders and others) and you can download their single "Hey Boy" at the top of this post. They play Cake Shop tonight (7/23), that 92 Y Tribeca show tomorrow (7/24) and Market Hotel on Saturday night (7/25).

Personal and the Pizzas
Personal and the Pizzas

Also this weekend we've got a couple West Coast bands, both of whom love a good slice, neither of whom seem to mind a little extra cheese, and they play together at Silent Barn on Friday and Cake Shop on Saturday.

Looking like greasers and sounding like New York 1975, Personal & the Pizzas originally hailed from New Jersey but now seem to call San Francisco their home. I'm not sure that there's a whole lot you need to say about these guys, you see their name you hear one song and you kind of know whether you're gonna like it or not. Maybe not for a whole album, but tracks like "I Don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza" or "Brass Knuckles" would add flavor to any mix, and you just know they'll be fun live. Pizza Slayer interviewed them:

PS: Do you have pizza at all your shows? How does it enhance the experience?

P&P: Everybody loves the pie!! We probably order it like half and half..we're usually pretty broke so it's kinda hard to shell out like 70 or 80 bucks just for the love of it, but we'll do it. We don't care. Everyone loves Pizza and Pop. One time we was all dressed up in haWaiian shirts and coconut tits and all, and then we ordered some a them hawaaiian pizzas and then that delivery chic delivered the pies to us while we was playin with them shirts on and and she didn't know what the hell was goin on.

Meanwhile, Coconut Coolouts are from Seattle and feature not one but two stand-up drummers which would be enough to get me to the show. That and their songs are a lot of fun, sort of bouncy party garage rock and I'm pretty sure they have more songs about Pizza than P&Ps do. For a little more on them, I defer to my blog source for Seattle, The Finest Kiss:
The Coconut Coolouts remind me of the Nuggets box set, where there are so many great bands with seminal songs on those cd's that I had never heard, it's hard to believe that the bands weren't bigger than their regional popularity. The Coconut Coolouts will likely be on on a Nuggets comp sometime in the year 2040 and people will be wondering why they had never heard of these guys with classics like Spinaround, Coconut Weekend, Party Jail and Stickup. Apparently they sometimes dress in banana costumes for gigs, no bananas were on stage but they were throwing out lifesavers saying they were acid.
Personal & the Pizza and Coconut Coolouts have a split tour "Pizza Army" 7" that you'll wanna pick up at the merch table. Both NYC shows and a bunch of their other tour dates are with Tyvek.

Coconut Coolouts
Coconut Coolouts

A few more shows of interest this weekend. Black Moth Super Rainbow make their second Seaport Music series appearance on Friday (their first was in 2007 opening for Fugiya & Miyagi), this time headlining. Their latest album, Eating Us, was produced by Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips, MGMT among other things) and is pretty good. Opening will be low fi electro goths Blank Dogs whose new album, Under and Under, on In the Red Records I like a lot. They are also a band that benefits from good sound, something the Seaport has brought to every show this year. (Here We Go Magic in particular sounded stellar.) Also playing is one-man experimental band Dan Friel. Between the three acts there's gonna be a lot of temperamental old synthesizers, patch bays and homemade equipment on the Seaport stage -- let's hope it doesn't rain. I should also mention that Seaport Music has a "digital mixtape" you can download via Insound that features 15 of the acts playing this year, including all three of this week's acts (plus Superchunk, Casiokids and more). Download link is at the top of this post.

And don't forget Sissy Wish has added another show while in NY -- she plays Union Hall on Saturday night. She's better than her name.

Tour dates and video after the jump...

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photos by Chris La Putt

'Superchunk were awesome. I couldn't believe how much energy they had onstage. But Versus were good too.' - ]Anonymous | July 18, 2009 9:21 AM


"Twenty years of Superchunk. Twenty years of Merge Records. Mac MacCaughan and Laura Ballance, co-founders of both, have got to be feeling pretty good about things. And they certainly weren't at a loss for energy on Friday night. Following a great set from Versus (a sometimes-Merge band that's back at it after quite a few years off), Superchunk hit the gas and never let up.

As the sun disappeared behind the looming skyscrapers of the Financial District and mist thickened over the East River, the band laid down a set of songs from all over their two decades of existence. Though the Seaport has the potential to kill rock 'n' roll vibes with its touristy surroundings, Superchunk was immune to any such bumming-out. Instead they chugged, jumped, squealed and shouted like they were trying to blow the roof off of some smoky and sweaty midsized club.

And, indeed, they even seemed close to blowing the roof off of the dark and cloudy Manhattan sky, as a few errant rain drops hinted at an impending downpour. Fortunately, the deluge held off long enough for the band to bust out an encore of "Slack Motherfucker," a killer finale for a refreshingly spirited show." [John Ruscher]

More pictures and some videos from Friday's free show, below...

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a shot from the 1st Pool Party (last week) (more by Bao Nguyen)
Pool Party

Chances of rain aside, the free show prospects for this weekend are amazing. Tonight/Friday its the South Street Seaport (with Superchunk and Versus), Saturday is the Siren Festival in Coney Island, and Sunday brings Dirty Projectors, Magnolia Electric Co, and Crystal Antlers (not White Denim) to the Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party.

Alternatively, Saturday also offers the the African Festival in Prospect Park, and Q-Tip and friends at Central Park's Summerstage.

Video of Magnolia Electric Co performing live (recently) (including one with The Avett Brothers), below...

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Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport 7/10 (more by Tim Griffin)
Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Since their Seaport Music show on July 10th, Pains of Being Pure at Heart have updated their tour schedule to include an NYC show at Webster Hall on October 3rd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, July 15th at noon. General sales starts Friday, July 17th at noon.

Pains' tour dates, listed below, take them around North America in September and October. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Depreciation Guild will be joining them on that tour, including the Webster Hall show.

The band also has a short West Coast tour scheduled between their stops at Pitchfork Fest (in Chicago July 18th) and Capitol Hill Block Party (in Seattle July 25th).

Videos from their Seaport show, and a new Pitchfork.TV "Don't Look Down" video with Cymbals Eat Guitars playing on a NYC roof, with all tour dates, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Agit Reader: Have you found it difficult to be a band in New York? Given the deluge of music that's here, is it hard to make your mark?

Alex Naidus: We haven't thought of it that way. Other than having to pay for cabs to get to a show, it's fun to be a band in New York. If we started a band with the idea of "making it" then it would be hard, but we just like to play and have fun.

Peggy Wang: In New York, you're lucky because even if you play music that's not trendy or popular, there's still a niche. It's been nice to play a few shows and get momentum where people come see us play. We never had to play Fat Baby, like the last band I was in that had to play there. It's also nice because, while there's so many bands, there's quite a few bands with whom we fit and can play shows. There's always lots of options as far as bands to play with and venues.

Kip Berman: I know there's difficulties with practice space and the logistics of it, but in terms of the scene and culture being supportive of what we do, it's been great. I think of bands that play in other cities that are really good, but don't have other bands to play with and they feel really isolated. Here in New York there's other like-minded people that come to our shows and we go to their shows. It feels like a really good community.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Alex, Peggy and Kip) headlined Friday's free show at the South Street Seaport (a NYC venue, much, much larger than Fat Baby). More pictures from that show below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday (MP3)

Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Bell House in March (more by Chris La Putt)
Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart headline a free show at South Street Seaport in NYC tonight (7/10). Zaza and Ribbons open. Zaza member Danny Taylor has done production work for Pains. Zaza member Jennifer Fraser used to be in The Warlocks. Ribbons, like Zaza, is a Brooklyn based duo - not to be confused with Ribbons aka 'jherek bischoff' who has played in XIU XIU, The Dead Science and Parenthetical Girls.

Last week the Seaport Music series kicked off with a July 3rd Here We Go Magic and Bachelorette show.

All Pains of Being Pure at Heart tour dates, below...

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School of Seven Bells @ Sasquatch Festival (more by Chris Graham)
School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells will head out on a headlining North American tour this fall. A bit earlier, the group is scheduled to play a free Seaport Music show on Friday, August 14th with The xx (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play the Seaport this Friday, July 10th).

As for the tour, it includes a stop at Austin City Limits Festival on October 2nd and a tour-capping NYC, CMJ show on October 23rd at Webster Hall (The Drums also just announced a CMJ show). No ticket info for the NYC date, but partial tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, July 10th. A limited number are also available through a Ducat King pre-sale.

The group, composed of ex-members of the Secret Machines and On! Air! Library!, has been on tour almost constantly over the past year. They toured with M83 in fall 2008, which included a gig at Webster Hall. They followed that up with a Mercury Lounge show in December. The band warmed up for their winter tour with a January show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, then returned to the venue with tourmates Fujiya & Miyagi in February.

Most recently, the band played the Bowery Ballroom on June 12th as an end to its spring touring with Bat for Lashes, White Lies and Black Moth Super Rainbow. They wrote about the show on their blog:

bowery ballroom was the most perfect end of tour show we could've imagined, and we want to say thank you to all of our NYC people for coming out and making it a ridiculously sold-out night. luckily, bowery kept selling tickets way over capacity, so a few more people could catch the show.
School of Seven Bells' 2008 debut, Alpinisms, is being re-released through Vagrant Records/Ghostly International on July 14th.

All tour dates below...

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