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Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic

Bachelorette and Here We Go Magic kicked off the 2009 Seaport Music Series in Lower Manhattan on Friday night (7/3).

Amazingly there was no rain and New Zealand's Bachelorette, after an earlier DJ set by Mike Wolf, started right at 7pm. Unlike at Cake Shop earlier this month, Annabel Alpers (the main force behind the band) played completely solo. I wasn't looking too closely at what she was using on stage, but at a minimum it was a keyboard, a laptop, a guitar and her voice.

"Her debut for Drag City, and second proper album, has been described by a couple of writers as a sort of quirky "bedroom pop." I wholeheartedly disagree. My Electric Family is expansive, radical, and ionospheric. Packed with reverb, sweeping moods, and surrealistic lyrical motifs, Bachelorette is way too large for any bedroom." [The Decibel Tolls]
Luckily the volume was loud enough - Bachelorette had no problem filling the large, outdoor space that is South Street Seaport.

Many were sitting, waiting in the wings, and still just showing up as the opener played. It didn't seem like it would be the most-packed concert the space has seen, which made sense since it was a holiday weekend, but by the time Here We Go Magic took the stage around 8:00, the crowd actually filled in nicely. Seaport Music producer Stephen Dima mentioned the same as he introduced the band. And this time it was a full band, and they sounded great...

"...they opened up with new songs that are not on their album, we asked Luke [Temple] what his plans are for the future of Here We Go Magic and he is excited and about to begin his European tour and he is currently working on the new album. He was really nice, he also has a nice butt." [My Heart's Beat]
Everyone seemed to agree (about the band sounding great). They were cheered to return for a short encore. Everything was over by 9:00.

Bachelorette was also scheduled to play a Rooftop Films show on Friday, July 4th. More pictures from the Seaport below...

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Here We Go Magic @ MHOW in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Here we Go Magic

We are free shows in New York City, down on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport.

No reservations or tickets of any kind are necessary.

All our shows start at 6pm with guest DJ's or sometimes early band sets if there's more than 2 bands on the bill - more value for you the free concert goer!

There are several parking lots within 1-2 block distance from the pier but we encourage you to take public transportation - it costs less and is better for the environment! [Seaport Music Festival]

Here We Go Magic and Bachelorette kick off the free NYC concert series tonight (7/3). Full, updated summer schedule, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: Kid Cudi - Dat New New (Viking remix) (MP3)

Kid Cudi @ Highline Ballroom in Dec (more by Leia Jospe)
Kid Cudi

New York's iconic Paper magazine celebrates the release of its summer music issue by hosting the biggest music event in its history -- a free concert featuring hipster-hip-hopper Kid Cudi, with prep-pop duo Chester French, and DJ sets by Brooklyn noise-rock legends Les Savy Fav.

The concert, Sounds Like Paper 2009 -- presented by Ray-Ban -- is slated to kick off at 5:30 p.m. this Friday, June 26, on the Pier 17 stage at The Seaport.

The flyer for that show is below, and Kid Cudi will be back his NYC on July 15th as part of his summer tour with Asher Roth. Tickets to that show at the Nokia Theater appear to be sold out. The tour runs up to Lollapalooza on August 7th, where both acts will perform. All dates below.

Viking's remix of Cudi's "Dat New New" is posted above. Cudi's debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, is scheduled to come out August 25th on Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music/Universal Motown.

Asher Roth, like Public Enemy, was among the artists who played the Roots Picnic in Philly earlier this month. A not-yet-published set of pictures from that show below.

Friday's free show is the second unofficial start to this year's free concert series at the South Street Seaport. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played a Bike Fest show there last week. Here We Go Magic and Bachelorette (who is also now playing a show on July 4th) kick off the River to River shows (the regular season) there on July 3rd.

Friday's flyer, "Five things you didn't know about Kid Cudi," the above-mentioned pics, and all tour dates, below...

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words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

"I gotta go! I'm gonna ride my bike right out of here," said Jon Spencer at the end of the Blues Explosion's blistering hour-long set at the South Street Seaport yesterday (6/17). Playing to the riding masses as part of the Bicycle Film Festival kickoff, JSBX reminded those who braved threatening skies and this enduring spring's chilly temperatures that - as one foam finger displayed - the 'Blues is #1.'

The crowd may have been smaller than most to pack the Seaport but the New York-based Blues Explosion might as well have been playing for every single person in Lower Manhattan. Judah Bauer on guitar (and a fiery harmonica during the encore, "Bellbottoms") and drummer Russell Simins charged from one song to another with traditional reckless abandon.

Opening for the locals were French four-piece, The Teenagers. Their mashup of punk, pop and electronics was fun though lead-singer Quentin Delafon pulled much of the attention away from the band as a whole. Climbing over speakers and through the photographer's pit and over the barricade, Delafon spent more time strutting around off the stage, or handing his microphone off to audience members than he did on stage, even forgetting his cue at one point.

More pictures below...

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DOWNLOAD: Bachelorette - Mindwarp (MP3)


"Annabel Alpers's debut album for Drag City (as Bachelorette) seems wholly devoted to her first uttered ground rule: "Daydream: Make sure it's good stuff." But though New Zealand's leading lady of bedroom pop is given to fanciful frolicking through lo-fi meadows, Alpers never mistakes daydreaming with checking out of reality entirely.

Quite the contrary: My Electric Family, even with all its electronic doodaddery, is a record concerned with locating something real in an increasingly virtual world. That its textures simultaneously subvert and enhance this hunt only attest to Alper's often witty stripe of smarts. The seething drone of "The National Grid" ramps sluggishly up, only to crest into a pistonesque march that's a lot more mechanical and plodding than its burgeoning energy would have you bracing for." [The Phoenix]

Bachelorette has arrived in NYC. Shows are June 15th (tonight) at Cake Shop, and tomorrow (June 16) at Union Hall. The Cake Shop show is with Lichens who we recently mentioned appears on a new Arthur compilation CD put together by Al from Om. Both shows are also with Pikelet who comes all the way from Australia.

If you miss these shows, Bachelorette is not going anywhere anytime soon. Annabel will continue touring the United States at least until July 3rd when she is back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport. All dates and some videos below...

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photos by Gabi Porter

The Teenagers

The Jon Spencer BLUES EXPLOSION and The Teenagers to Play FreeBikes RockConcert at The Seaport

Kick Off to New York City Bicycle Film Festival
Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m. Pier 17 Stage, The Seaport

The Teenagers were in NYC during the last CMJ (October 2008). During that time they played at least one show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We never posted the pics, so here they are... with more details about the Bike Fest and free show, below...

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Indie rock nostalgia continues this summer at South Street Seaport. The band Versus have been added to the free show schedule that already includes Polvo and Superchunk (who Versus are opening for on July 17th). Superchunk and Versus are also playing the XX Merge Festival in July. And...

"Versus still continued to tour occasionally but began a recording hiatus in 2001 after it broke up for a short period and Richard Baluyut relocated to San Francisco. The members afterwards moved on to other bands - James Baluyut and Patrick Ramos formed +/-, Fontaine Toups formed The Fontaine Toups and Richard Baluyut converted his solo acoustic project Whysall Lane into a full band. [Wikipedia]
...Plus/Minus are playing Mercury Lounge on June 18th. Versus are opening for them! Mascott and Gramercy Arms, who Mascott also plays with, are both also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.

All dates below...

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South Street Seaport

"It's simple really: Summer. Friday night. New York City. The first port in the new world hosting some of the best new music, as well as those established and influential artists you already know and love. All of this amidst the city's most inspiring views of tall buildings, historic ships and nighttime sky. All for FREE.

Get ready, cause summer is coming and with it another great line up on Pier 17 at the Seaport. Hard to believe we're entering our eighth season of summer shows but 2009 promises to be amongst our best.

Highlights this year include Superchunk, Polvo, Obits, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and well, pretty much every night is a highlight to us.

Our FREE, outdoor series runs every Friday night from July 3 to August 14. The music starts at 6pm with a Guest DJ and bands go on around 7pm. Join us downtown to take in the stunning backdrop and enjoy New York's best open air venue.

Seaport Music is presented by the River to River Festival."

Updated free NYC show lineup below...

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South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport - initial 2009 show schedule
June 13 (noon) - Children's Day
June 27 (7:00) - New York City Opera
July 03 (6:00) - Here We Go Magic & Bachelorette
July 10 (6:00) - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & TBA
July 17 (6:00) - TBA
July 20-30 --- Sitelines (see below)
July 24 (6:00) - Black Moth Super Rainbow & TBA
July 31 (6:00) - TBA
Aug 07 (6:00) - Moshi Moshi day w/ Casiokids, The Wave Pictures & Slow Club
Aug 14 (6:00) - TBA

NYC's summer-long Seaport Music Series, part of the River to River Festival is back with more free, outdoor concerts in 2009. The initial portion of the always-indie-heavy lineup is here - both above, and in more detail, below...

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photos by Jacob Blickenstaff


"There's plenty of retro, synth-driven pop here at SXSW. We've already discussed Little Boots and missed other acts such as Tigercity. Add the Casio Kids to the list, whose afternoon performance was their 10th in the last four days. They didn't look any worse for the wear, with colorfully light and sweetly infectious dance pop. More live than sampled, the Casio Kids shot vibrant keyboard tones through slicing guitar lines." [LA Times]
The BrooklynVegan co-sponsored Sweden Does SXSW party one day (afternoon) earlier was probably the Norwegian band's 8th show. They also handled that one (at Habana Calle) with nothing but smiles (as you can see in the pictures in this post).

It may have snowed yesterday in NYC, but that doesn't mean summer isn't fast-approaching. And that means lots of free shows at public places. One such place is South Street Seaport, and that's where Casiokids will be playing on August 7th. No other US dates scheduled at the moment, but I'm sure they won't come all the way over here to play just once (or if they do, it will be very unlike them). Stay tuned.

Casiokids were last in NYC right before SXSW, and before that it was for CMJ where, among other places, they played a show put on by the same people that do the shows at the Seaport. More SXSW pics and tour dates below...

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spectators @ South Street Seaport - Jan 30, 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport

Feb 5 - Anthrax, Valient Thorr, Black Gold & snowboards @ East River Park. TODAY:

3:00 PM - Gates open to the public
3:30 PM - Riders open practice - All 16 riders
5:05 PM - Valient Thorr Performance
5:45 PM - Red Bull Snowscrapers contest starts - 60 minute jam session
7:10 PM - Black Gold Performance
7:45 PM - Red Bull Snowscrapers Finals - Jam session - Top 8 riders
8:50 PM - Awards
8:55 PM - Anthrax Performance
Black Gold? More like Black Cold! (hehe haha)... One day later (tomorrow), Black Gold play outside again...

upcoming shows @ South Street Seaport (Ice)
Feb. 06 - Project Jenny Project Jan & Black Gold (DJ set)
Feb. 13 - The Kiss Off
Feb. 20 - Heloise and the Savior Faire'
Feb. 27 - TBA

"All Seaport showtimes are 7 p.m., and the concerts are free. Individuals wishing to listen to the shows from the ice and/or partake in the skating, pay a $5 admission fee and $7 for skate rental (cash only)."

P.S. an anonymous commenter by the name of "scot-free", left this message (new rumor): "i have inside info that chuck d is gonna play with anthrax tonight, see you fuckers in the mosh pit"

photos by Chris La Putt

Neckbeard Telecaster
Maxi Geil! & Playcolt

Neckbeard Telecaster and Maxi Geil! & Playcolt (who filled in for Grand Mal) were the bands that kicked off the first-ever season of Seaport Music Fest at the South Street Seaport on Friday (1/30)...

Slated for frigid Friday nights beginning January 30 and continuing through February 27, the Seaport Music Winter Fest will present New York City-area indie rock bands at a venue unlike any other in the city -- the outdoor ice rink adjacent to tall ships, skyscrapers and New York Harbor. Only strong-bodied, dressed-in-layers, die-hard indie music fans need attend.
More pictures of people braving the cold for rock n roll, below...

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Seaport Ice

The team behind the acclaimed summer Seaport Music concerts in lower Manhattan, are stirring up an intriguing musical cocktail -- on the rocks, if you will -- by presenting a five-week series of free outdoor concerts at Seaport Ice, the only ice skating rink in lower Manhattan.

Slated for frigid Friday nights beginning January 30 and continuing through February 27, the Seaport Music Winter Fest will present New York City-area indie rock bands at a venue unlike any other in the city -- the outdoor ice rink adjacent to tall ships, skyscrapers and New York Harbor. Only strong-bodied, dressed-in-layers, die-hard indie music fans need attend.

Brooklyn-based Neckbeard Telecaster and Grand Mal kick off the series on January 30. Neckbeard promises a "Calvacade of Stars on Ice," from its band of singing bearded men fronted by members of Dirty on Purpose (Joe Jurewicz) and the Shorebirds (Mark Ephraim). They deliver music that is part psychedelic, part country, and part glam.

Opening is Bill Whitten's "8.0-rated" Grand Mal, recognized for "dispensing classic riffs, bad attitude and stupid wisdom."

All showtimes are 7 p.m., and the concerts are free. Individuals wishing to listen to the shows from the ice and/or partake in the skating, pay a $5 admission fee and $7 for skate rental (cash only).

Made possible via support from The Seaport, General Growth Properties, Inc. (GGP) and Upsilon Ventures, LLC, the complete five-week series will be announced in the coming days.

Lockers and bag check services are available in the skating pavilion lobby.

Seaport Ice is locate on Pier 17 at The Seaport, and is accessible by the J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 at Fulton Street or the A, C at Broadway-Nassau

(King Khan and) BBQ @ MHOW, CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

today in NYC
* Fastball @ Maxwell's
* Jim Gaffigan @ Town Hall
* Arlo Guthrie @ Carnegie Hall
* Harry Connick Jr @ City Center
* Fishbone @ Knitting Factory
* Real Estate @ Cake Shop (free, late)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club
* They Might Be Giants @ (le) poisson rouge
* Devon Williams & The Feverfew @ Cake Shop
* Ewan Pearson & 2020 Soundsystem @ Studio B
* The So So Glos, Lidia Stone, Radiates & Banzai @ Silent Barn
* El Guincho & Prefuse 73 (both DJ sets) @ (le) poisson rouge
* Gang Gang Dance, Marnie Stern & 18th Dye @ Santos Party House
* Amazing Baby, MBAR, The Muggabears & My Best Fiend @ Mercury Lounge
* King Khan & BBQ Show, Golden Triangle & The Jacuzzi Boys @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

What do you think of Fishbone in 2008? They play Knitting Factory tonight.

King Khan is also at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday. That show is with Vivian Girls.

Dr. Lonnie Smith (master of the Hammond B3 organ) and Jim Gaffigan (comedian) also continue their multiple night NYC runs on Sunday.

The Game was born today in 1979.

Tina Turner hits MSG on Monday - the same night Snow Patrol play their small venue show at Bowery Ballroom.

"I feel like I invite music into my life rather than solicit it. I like peppering my career with very successful music as opposed to going out in a very highly competitive field and missing a lot to get the occasional hit. I have the luxury of doing that because film is my primary career." - says John Travolta on singing in Bolt.

They Might Be Giants play Apollo 18 in its entirety at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (early). El Guincho and Prefuse 73 DJ Le Poisson Rouge tonight (late). They Might Be Giants play Le Poisson Rouge again on January 31st. El Guincho plays Le Poisson Rouge on December 2nd.

The Real Estate show tonight at Cake Shop is a free late show after the 4-band bill Devon Williams is playing.

Todd P isn't currently listing any shows, but says, "...a bit of a quiet spell for me. Don't worry though, there are a whole lot of secret(ish) shows in the works, plus some much much bigger plans still in the early but very time consuming stages..."

The Christmas tree lighting @ South Street Seaport is today. The Big Apple Chorus will be there today and every weekend until Christmas. Ice skating and other (more fun) live music is coming to the Seaport soon too. Rockefeller Center's tree gets lit on December 3rd.

Jdimytai Damour, RIP

Video of Reverend Billy preaching in Union Square on Buy Nothing Day (Black Friday) (yesterday) below...

What else?

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Seaport Ice

Amid the visual splendor of tall ships, skyscrapers and New York Harbor, the new downtown ice rink opens November 28, 2008.

The Seaport Music Festival is producing weekly concert events rink-side through February! Check back for more info.!

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photos by Chris La Putt

Devin the Dude

Devin the Dude plays a show with Coughee Brothaz at Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight, Monday November 17th. His last NYC show was at the South Street Seaport for the East Village Radio Festival in September. That's where the pictures in this post came from. More of them, a video from the same show, and all tour dates, below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford


"In Norway, Casiokids' shows involve props, shadow puppets, papier mache heads, streamers and balloons, but judging by this show [at Cake Shop on Saturday] they don't need all that to make a great party. Armed with a bunch of bargain basement keyboards (most of which were, yes, Casios), homemade shakers (that I thought were bottles of some weird creamy drink till they started shaking them), and a whole lot of enthusiasm, Casiokids barreled through a 25-minute set -- once they finally got all their equipment to work. While I'm not so crazy about their 2007 debut, Fuck Midi!, they did mostly new material at Cake Shop and all of it was great. Poppier, funkier, better..... Casiokids, please come back soon!
[Bill Pearis]
Denmark's Kirsten Ketjser,the UK's Bearsuit, Casiokids, and Casiokids' friends from Norway Real Ones all shared a Friday afternoon bill at Seaport Music's 'On the Side' venue. More pictures of Casiokids from that show below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Real Ones

"I was actually concerned that Fat Baby, which holds about 75 people at max, would sell out and showed up way early [to see Fanfarlo]. It was fortuitous as I got to see Norwegian group the Real Ones who turned out to be one of my favorite surprises of the week. (Norway did very well at CMJ if you ask me.) Real Ones, who hail from Bergen, are kind of Jens Lekman-y, but in a David Byrne-meets-CSNY sort of way. Just lovely stuff and I had a giant smile on my face the whole time and bought two CDs. Also, they had a sitar player. So do you cart your own sitar from Norway or just rent it here?" [Bill Pearis]
I didn't get to see Real Ones, but I did find out they share a drummer (for CMJ at least) with Casio Kids who are also from Norway. I found that out when I tried to add CasioKids to Saturday's show at Knitting Factory and they couldn't do it because Real Ones had a show. CasioKids and Real Ones both played Friday's Seaport show with Kirsten Ketsjer and Bearsuit. Kyle said, "I did not expect a band from Norway to come out looking like a southern rockabilly band.... they played a song that featured the sitar - it seemed like some weird psychadelic 60's jam-band tune and the singer sounded a bit like Jeff Tweedy." More RO pictures from that show below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Bearsuit - I Thought You Said You Were Blind (MP3)


"The UK 6-piece band blew me away with their catchy tracks and shiny capes. They were clearly my highlight of the show, though the other bands all held their own." [Kyle]

"If there's any band that embodies the old punk ideal that anybody with ideas and a bit of imagination can make music, it's Bearsuit. On 2005's Cat Spectacular and this year's Oh:Io, they've shown themselves to be among the finest purveyors of explosive, schizoid, kitchen-sink indie pop, sort of like Los Campesinos! with more Deerhoof. And more BIFF! BANG! POW!: They played at Cake Shop wearing capes and face paint." [Marc Hogan]

"I had taken the kids in Bearsuit to be in something of the Los Campesinos! variety (clever, poppy, workin'-class-accented twee from Britain's young has seemingly become a genre) but when I arrived to catch their 6:30 set at Cakeshop I discovered that some of them were older (it was a six piece, even split in gender and age, it seemed), and that they sounded a good tic angrier. But still earnest (the central lyric of one cut being "we're gonna make it this time"), sincerety sabotagingly humorous ("that last song was about Michael Jackson commanding an army of bees") and fun (they were wearing capes and prone to thrust their hands in the air)." [Greg @ NY Press]

"Thursday, I went down to the South Side Seaport, and after getting terribly lost, I was only able to catch Bearsuit. The band was a fat waste of time musically. However, the band did tell a zinger related to technical difficulties:
'We're having problems with American Power.'
'A lot of people are.'" [KSCR Los Angeles]

More pictures from Bearsuit's Seaport show below...

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Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Kirsten Ketsjer

"My CMJ itinerary led to a surprising amount of expansive, musicianly progressive rock. Kirsten Ketsjer, a Danish trio, moved between long stretches of precise, perpetual-motion guitar patterns and bursts of punky rock. Women, from Canada, ambled from calmly intoned songs to meshed dissonant guitars to noise squalls. Pattern Is Movement, from Philadelphia, had passages of Broadway or operetta melody amid burly drum-and-keyboard workouts, and Villa Vina, from New York, veered between unison heavy-metal riffing and complex, meter-shifting counterpoint." [NY Times]
Did you get a chance to see Kirsten Ketsjer at one of their many CMJ shows last week? More pictures from their Friday Seaport show below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Vivian Girls @ EVRFest

Vivian Girls @ EVRFest

Their new official video is below the pictures and above the tour dates...

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photos by Chris La Putt

East Village Radio Fest

For a guy just sitting there pressing buttons on his home-made lap-based contraption, Dan Friel manages to put on a super satisfying show. His music speaks for itself, and if you have a good view, you can try and figure out what he's doing. Tonight (9/16) he's at Cake Shop in NYC. Recently he played the side stage at the East Village Radio Fest by the South Street Seaport. More pictures from that and more dates below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

ex-Vivian Girl, standing drummer Frankie Rose
Crystal Stilts

The Crystal Stilts are moody-sounding fuckers who make fabulous stripped-down garage-pop. Their mix-and-match post-punk ditties manage to sound both affected and effective at the same time; they're weirdly life-affirming and very fun. You want to dance when you hear them-- dance with a furrowed brow, maybe, but move around nonetheless. Singer Brad Hargett is from Brooklyn by way of Florida but sounds like he's from Manchester by way of Slough. The main thing I wonder when I listen to Crystal Stilts is why is it so hard to make exceptional garage-pop like this? [Pitchfork]
The Crystal Stilts played one of my favorite sets of the day on the side stage of the East Village Radio Festival on Sunday (9/7). Brad comes off like he doesn't care on stage, yet he draws you in and occasionaly gives a hint that he really is enjoying himself. His eyes roll back into his head, he does a little dance - it's hard not to watch what he'll do next even though he's barely doing anything. My biggest revelation was how much the Vivian Girls lost when Frankie their drummer decided to go full time with the Crystal Stilts. More pictures below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Shahzad Ismaily & Ólöf Arnalds
Olof Arnalds

Ólöf Arnalds's set time was 2:30 at the East Village Radio Festival at South Street Seaport on Sunday (Sept 7). That's when I planned to get there, so naturally I arrived at 2:50. Luckily I was still able to catch a couple of her instantly-recognizable songs from her 2007 Sigur Ros-produced album Við og við.

The crowd watching her was small, and included many random passerbys including tourists and some homeless dudes with 40's (the crowd filled in later by the time the Vivian Girls took the stage). That didn't stop Olof from seeming excited to be there. She even introduced one of the songs with a story about her younger sister who she wrote the song for twelve years ago. The song urged her sister to be creative, and now at 20 years old, she was just accepted into graphic design school. She asked us to give her sister (who I don't think was in attendance) a hand. We all clapped for her sister.

Kind of an Icelandic Joanna Newsom, Ólöf has the kind of voice people either love or hate. The Seaport security guard in front of the stage definitely seemed to be in the latter category. I like it, but I didn't see enough of her live show to say she was amazing. That said, I never wanted to see Joanna Newsom perform outside, and Ólöf is probably also better off in a darker enclosed room with great acoustics. Luckily she is playing two such places before she goes home to Iceland.

Tonight she performs her entire album at a special show at (le) poisson rouge...

On September 9, Skuli Sverrisson and Olof Arnalds and will debut their respective albums, Seria and Vio og Vio in full at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Seen as brother and sister albums, each was voted Best Alternative Album at the Iceland Music Awards as well as Record of the Year at Iceland's biggest daily newspaper, Morgunblaoio. Olof played an important role on Skuli's album Seria, singing her own lyrics on three songs as well as playing guitar, viola, charango, koto, and glass. Skuli in turn was influential in bringing the various players together to make Olof's debut album, Vio og Vio.

With Skuli living in NYC and Olof in Reykjavik, the two have been unable to bring their albums together in the live domain. However, Olof's recent addition to the East Village Radio Festival lineup offered them one day (9/9) in their disparate tour schedules to make this happen. Joining them on stage for this historic show will be a glittering array of guests including Laurie Anderson, Peter Scherer, Okkyung Lee, Hilmar Jensson, Shahzad Ismaily, and Nico Muhly.

I don't know how she met all those cool Americans, but I do know that Nico Muhly is friends with Sam Amidon and that Sam and Shahzad Ismaily are both Doveman band members. If you haven't noticed already, that was also Shazad and Sam playing her at the Seaport, and Sam is billed to play solo at her 3rd NYC show next Tuesday in a church with Kria Brekken (who has a connection to Olof through Mum).

In June she opened for Sigur Ros and Bjork in Iceland. Shahzad also played with her at that show. Tour dates and more Seaport pics below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Boris @ SSS

Postponed one day due to rain, Boris brought the rock to a tourist-filled South Street Seaport in NYC on Sunday night (from about 7:45 - 9:00 pm to be exact) (Sept 7, 2008). There were many Boris fans in attendance too - the tourists mostly stuck to the side. More pictures below...

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