Entries tagged with: Superchunk
The CBGB Festival starts today (7/5) and runs through Sunday (7/8) at over 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We've known that they were staging a big outdoor Times Square concert on Saturday (7/7) for a little while and guessed that Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Hold Steady were going play it. The whole lineup has since been confirmed. Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and The Hold Steady are in fact playing, and they'll be joined by Duff McKagan's Loaded, Upper West, Zulu Wave and GLINT. The stages will be on Broadway at 46th Street & 51st Street and the free show runs from noon to 6 PM this Saturday (7/7). In addition to the music there will be food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activities for people of all ages.
As mentioned, the festival kicks off today and Krist Novoselic will give the keynote speech at Landmark Sunshine Cinema at noon. Update: That happened. here's a picture:
Krist Novoselic giving keynote speech (photo via A.M. Saddler)
There's tons of other shows at CBGB Festival too, like the big lineup of punk veterans playing Bowery Electric tonight (7/5), which Richard Lloyd unfortunately had to drop off. Fidlar plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight (7/5) with The Pinz, The Suicide Bitches, and The Wicked Tomorrow (tickets). Plus, there's many more too.
Most of the other shows during CBGB Fest do cost money, and you can either buy tickets for individual shows (if not already sold out) or buy a music pass ($89). The full schedule with set times is online. There's also a film festival going on (schedule), panel discussions, and a "spirits festival."
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in Philly in 2011 (more by Colin Kerigan)
The Times Sqaure show also marks the last for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with guitarist Robbie Guertin who wrote to fans in an email:
Being a member of Clap has been an incredible experience, but I have decided to move on and see what's next. I will continue to make music with my other band, Radical Dads, pursue miscellaneous artistic endeavors, and also grow some vegetables. I am excited to see what else might come my way. Maybe some tomatoes?Hopefully he's got those tomatoes already planted or he may have to wait till next season. Radical Dads next NYC show is July 15 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Ovlov, Disco Doom, Dead Stars, and Green Is Green.
Meanwhile, after CBGB Fest, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will take a bit of a break and are then heading out on a tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes this September. That tour will see the band hitting up cities in the US and Canada, but unfortunately none in the Northeast. A list of all dates on that tour is below.
Not too much has changed on the CBGB Festival schedule since we last spoke, but we found out and have confirmed that the multi-day (July 5-8), multi-venue, multi-genre NYC festival will host a free, multi-stage event in Times Square on Saturday, July 7th. The outdoor Times Square show, in addition to live music, will also have food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activations for people of all ages. We can't say WHO is playing in Times Square, but we do know that unlike Fidlar, Redd Kross and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the following CBGB Festival bands are still venueless: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, and Superchunk. Stay tuned for more info.
That said, it's pretty impressive that they pulled this off and it's definitely a rarity to be able to host a big, outdoor event, let alone a rock show like this in Times Square. It has also proved me wrong, at least to the person I was talking to at NXNE in Toronto when I said, "they would never do anything like this in NYC".
Moss Icon at Chaos in Tejas (more by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan: You've announced "select live appearances" to be in the works. Outside of Chaos in Tejas, are there any other plans to do other select cities in the US? Baltimore? NYC?It seems that Moss Icon may have been jerking my chain a bit and already had shows in the works when we interviewed them earlier this month, including an NYC date supporting the great Bitch Magnet!
Moss Icon: We never actually said that, someone else did...but yes we'd love to. Alex & Zak have very young children so getting away is difficult. We may play NYC, or elsewhere, hopefully soon but time will tell.
Bitch Magnet was a post-hardcore band during the late 1980s and early 1990s who formed in 1986 at Oberlin College in Ohio and later moved to North Carolina... Lead singer Sooyoung Park later joined Mac McCaughan of Superchunk fame and Lexi Mitchell to form the band Seam. Post-Seam, Park also played guitar in Ee. David Grubbs, who was a founding member of Squirrel Bait, was briefly a member of the band while also leading Bastro. Orestes Morfin went on to drum for Walt Mink and God Rifle. Jon Fine formed Vineland and Coptic Light, and was briefly a touring guitarist for Don Caballero.Bitch Magnet's lineup of Fine, Morfin, and Park (the original recorded incarnation) reunited for ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas last year and played a handful of shows outside of that. Now comes word that they'll headline Le Poisson Rouge on October 25th with Moss Icon, their first NYC appearances in 20 years. Tickets are on sale. The show will be Moss Icon's sole East Coast performance for the forseeable future (according to the label).
Temporary Residence reissued Bitch Magnet's three LPs late last year as a limited edition 3LP package with a fair share of bonuses/unreleased tracks. The label also recently dropped the Moss Icon discography as well. Order both at their label store.
Check out video from the Bitch Magnet and Moss Icon reunions below.
Redd Kross in Chicago in May (more by John Yingling)
What would have been the great double bill of Superchunk and Redd Kross at Beekman Beer Garden (7/6) during CBGB Festival appears to be no more. Redd Kross are now scheduled to play Music Hall of Williamsburg that night (7/6) instead. That show is with The Men, who we first thought were playing CBGB Festival at Gramercy Theatre that night (7/6) but that turned out to be JD Samson's band MEN. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Wednesday (6/20) at noon.
Both Redd Kross and The Men are also part of the recently announced FYF Fest lineup.
As for Superchunk, the CBGB Festival schedule doesn't list them playing any show at the moment but Superchunk's tour dates do still list "CBGB Festival" from July 5-8. Stay tuned for more info on this.
Updated dates listed below.
CYHSY at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Sept 2011 (more by Colin Kerrigan)
Superchunk and Redd Kross aren't the only CBGB Fest show happening at South Street Seaport venue Beekman Beer Garden (where we hosted a Hold Steady show last year). Wyclef Jean headlines the venue on July 7 as part of the fest, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah do the same on July 8. It's also the location of the Spirits Festival which also happens July 8, but earlier in the day (2 - 6PM). No advance ticket info (or openers) for either Wyclef or CYHSY, but you can keep an eye on Ticketweb and/or try to get in with a CBGB Fest badge.
The CBGB Festival is happening at venues all over the city. Those venues include Webster Hall which will host two big hardcore shows, and Central Park Summerstage which will be home to Guided by Voices and more.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Redd Kross - "Researching the Blues" (MP3)
Superchunk at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Superchunk, who came back with a new album in 2010, have followed that release with a new single titled "This Summer." It's out today and comes with a cover of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" on the B-side. Only 1300 copies were pressed and are available in stores worldwide. Take a listen to the A-side over at Pitchfork. The 7" cover art is below.
Superchunk only have a few dates scheduled and one of those is in NYC as part of CBGB Festival at Beekman Beer Garden on July 6 with Redd Kross and Labor Pool. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketweb for any updates or use your CBGB Fest badge.
Redd Kross @ HoZac Blackout Fest on 5/19/2012 (more by John Yingling)
Speaking of Redd Kross, like Superchunk they were responsible for pioneering the pop punk sound that dominated the '90s, most notably doing so on their 1987 LP, Neurotica. The band reunited back in 2004, and now they're set to release their first new album of original material and it's with the same lineup they had on Neurotica. The new album is called Researching the Blues, and it's due out on August 7 via Merge (the label operated by Superchunk). You can grab an MP3 of that album's title track above, or stream it below. Though it's been a while, Redd Kross sound just as urgent on this new track as they do on their earlier records. Check it out for yourself. The album is available for pre-order at the Merge webstore and it comes with a free poster and button. Cover art and tracklist are below.
A list of all dates, that song stream, cover art and tracklist below...
Pitchfork Fest Day Three (Sunday, 7/17/11) was the day to go if you were looking to dance. The last day of the fest was pretty heavy on the electronic music with Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, HEALTH, Baths, Darkstar, and for something way chiller, How to Dress Well. The third day provided lo-fi masters Kurt Vile, Ariel Pink, and Deerhunter, and complete opposite ends of the hip hop spectrum with the abrasive and utterly offensive Odd Future and the this-must-be-from-another-planet rap of Shabazz Palaces. Day three was also the one chance to see a metal band (Kylesa).
Sunday was headlined by TV on the Radio. TVOTR, like Fleet Foxes who headlined the day before, have a wildly impressive double bill at Williamsburg Waterfront in September. Theirs is with Broken Social Scene on September 8. Tickets are still available.
Twin Sister played Sunday, and you can catch them for free in McCarren Park this Wednesday night (7/27).
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the idea of Superchunkplaying a song with Keith Morris or covering the Misfits would have been sneered at and scoffed upon as blasphemy. Though the North Carolina band has always been lumped in with an indie scene, Superchunk's power-pop has a definite bite to it, a fact that becomes much clearer on the live stage. Superchunk is a punk band and they ruled the FYF-presented show at House of Vans last night, tearing through fun covers of "Where Eagles Dare" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and bouncing like their shoes were spring-loaded.
Support for Superchunk was similarly strong. Lemuria opened the show, playing poppy punk-inflected ballads that owed debts to the headliner as well as other 90s greats like Velocity Girl and Breeders. OFF! know their way around a live show, and the band played a reliably raucous set that dipped into their split with Trash Talk and recent 4x7". Pitting was limited and though blood was shed on the floor of the mosh pit, it was reportedly nowhere near insanity that erupted during Ceremony. Cro-Mags/Fucked Up/Pissed Jeans? Wear a helmet.
Aside from the aforementioned covers that occupied 2/3 of their encore (the last 1/3 was "Hyper Enough" from Here's Where The Strings Come In), Superchunk's set touched on moments from their entire discography including their latest Majesty Shredding. It has been over a decade since I last saw this band and I am happy to say that besides some grey hair (a few lost ones), this indie mainstay is intact and as good as ever live.
We alrady posted one set of pictures. A second, along with the Lemuria & Superchunk setlists, is below....
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Here's a set of pictures from last night's House of Vans show, Keith Morris on stage with Superchunk included. A full review and second set of pics is coming momentarily. Check out the rest of these below...
Mac & Keith (photo by Andrew St. Clair)
We have a full post with pictures and review of last night's show at House of Vans coming, but meanwhile check out a video of 2/3 of Superchunk's encore, aka the part where (Off!'s) Keith Morris came out and performed Gimme Gimme Gimme (Black Flag) and Where Eagles Dare (Misfits) with Mac and band. It was pretty amazing (especially the Misfits part, no offense Keith). Video below...
photos from a House of Vans show in March (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As promised, House of Vans, which is located at 25 Franklin St in Brooklyn, is hosting free shows this summer. Stepping in just at the right moment to possibly fill the gap left by the loss of the Pool Parties, there will be six free-with-RSVP Vans House Parties between June 30th and August 25th.
The lineups for the first two FYF-presented, all-ages shows have been revealed, as have all six dates to hold (all of which are weekdays). No Age, HEALTH, Cults, and Ceremony play the Greenpoint venue on Thursday, June 30. Superchunk, Off!, and Lemuria will play on Thursday, July 14. The other dates, with lineups still TBA, are July 29 (a Friday), August 4 (a Thursday), August 18 (a Thursday), and August 25 (a Thursday). RSVP links are at their site, and note:
"In order to gain access to the free shows at the House of Vans this summer, you must RSVP to reserve a place on the list. RSVP links are listed under each show on this site.Meanwhile Cults are on tour and in NYC now (and playing Summerstage this summer too), and Off! will be here soon with Dinosaur Jr., Henry Rollins and Fucked Up.
Due to capacity restraints each event will be first come, first serve. A line will form in front of the building at 5pm, no line ups are allowed prior to that. There will be food and drinks inside, no outside food and drinks will be allowed in."
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
Art for the Superchunk/Coliseum split
Now that Coliseum has given their epic Goddamage EP a revamp (a must, if you don't have it already), the band is currently tearing up the streets of the EU with Rise Against. After returning from that trek, Ryan Patterson & the boys will hit the US highways/byways for a string of US dates that will include NYC twice: May 14th at Public Assembly with Gods & Queens & May 15th at Union Pool with The Austerity Program. Both shows are presented by BrooklynVegan/1000Knives.
Coliseum are waving their (black) flag in support of Record Store Day, and will team up with Superchunk to release a split 7" of Misfits covers. Limited to 2000 copies in three colorways (yellow, magenta, black), Superchunk will take on "Horror Business" while Coliseum tears down "Bullet". The 7" is not the first time that Coliseum has paid tribute to Danzig, as Coliseum teamed up with Doomriders in 2005 to record the Not of This World split of Danzig covers for Level Plane.
Coliseum is also teaming up with Burning Love (ex-Cursed, hitting the road with Converge in May) for another split, this time a live record recorded at the Atlantic in Gainesville, Florida in 2010. Sound Study Recordings will release the limited LP of 1000 copies, with a CD version due via Tee Pee with bonus tracks (and also limited to 1000). You can see the cover art for that, below.
All tour dates and some videos below...
photos by Tracy Allison, words by Erin Allison
Bright Eyes headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC twice this week. - March 8 & 9. Conor Oberst's Merge label-mates Superchunk and Wild Flag also opened both nights. I was there on the 2nd night which is also when the pictures in this post were taken.
Wild Flag, the all-girl group from Portland, comprised of Sleater-Kinney and former Helium members took the stage at 8pm for a rocking, half-hour long, six song set. Wild Flag also played The Rock Shop twice on March 5th.
If you would have told a younger Oberst at age thirteen that Superchunk would be opening for his band he would have "kicked you in the shins." The pop-punk band, who released their 9th album this past September, were equally enthusiastic to be opening for Bright Eyes, with singer (and Merge head honcho) Mac McCaughan telling the audience that playing a venue like Radio City alongside bands like Wild Flag and Bright Eyes "makes you feel part of something bigger."
As Oberst took the stage, members of the audience could be heard shouting "Welcome back, Conor!" Bright Eyes played a perfect mix of new and old music during the twenty-song set and three-song encore. The theme for the night seemed to be sexually explicit material, with a dash of family. Two songs were dedicated "to Nancy", the Bright Eyes frontman's mother. Oberst shared the stage with only Nathaniel Wolcott for "Ladder Song," and talked about Lent, telling all of Radio City that he had given up apologizing for the next 40 days. The politically active Oberst discussed the U.S. government trying to control the whole world and encouraged people to do what they can to make a change before playing "Old Soul Song".
There was dancing, tears, squealing audience members, and screams when Oberst jumped into the audience during the encore. Fans could not have been happier to have Bright Eyes back, and as it was eloquently put, "Coberst killed it." Free Gotham said:
"The highlight of the evening? I loved "Hot Knives," "Bowl of Oranges," "Lover I Don't Have to Love" and "Ladder Song," but the epitome of Bright Eyes had to be the performance of "Shell Games." Not only is this one of the best tracks off of The People's Key, it was without a doubt the best song of the night."The full setlists for both nights, more tour dates, some videos, and more pictures from night two, below...
"ATP Concerts are very excited to present the return of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum to headline and curate one of two festival weekends planned for December 2011 at Butlins, Minehead. After releasing what is now one of the most loved and critically acclaimed albums of the 1990s (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea), Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded before many of those who now love their albums had a chance to see the songs performed live, so Jeff's much anticipated return to the live stage this year will no doubt be a very special occasion for fans throughout the UK and worldwide.Ok, so Jeff is playing two Wordless Music shows in September followed by two NJ Portishead ATP-related shows at the end of September and the beginning of October (both sold out), and now at least two shows at his very own ATP in the UK in December. More shows are sure to come.
As well as headlining, Mangum will choose around 40 acts to play across the weekend on three indoor stages with a total festival capacity of around 5500 people. Mangum will perform more than once in the more intimate Centre Stage venue, although entry to only one show is guaranteed - he will be performing a solo acoustic set."
Jeff's initial UK lineup (listed below) includes A Hawk and A Hacksaw who (also contain a Neutral Milk Hotel member and) are also on the lineup with Jeff in NJ.
The full initial UK ATP lineup and more details below...
Conor Oberst (more by Chris La Putt)
Those hoping that Wild Flag might schedule a headlining NYC show on the day before they open for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall, are out of luck, but Wild Flag did add a 2nd NYC show, as did Superchunk. They will both open for Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall on March 8th (on sale soon) and March 9th (sold out). Bright Eyes also added a bunch more dates, and they are all listed below.
Wild Flag also added some more dates since we last spoke. All of their and Bright Eyes' dates, below...
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's (Hanukkan 2008) (more by Natasha Ryan)
Thanksgiving is not even a week past, but Hanukkah is already here and that means eight Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken. One for each night, they shed a sweet fucking setlist and opener and comedians and special guests and charities and mixtapes and who knows what. You never really know what you're going to get until it happens, but we can try and figure it out. Who will open each show?
Well, we already know The Parting Gifts are scheduled to appear on night two.
12/1 -Who else seems likely?
12/2 - The Parting Gifts & ?
12/3 - ?
12/4 - ?
12/5 - ?
12/6 - ?
12/7 - ?
12/8 - ?
The Greenhornes played Bowery Ballroom last night (11/30) and have nowhere to be until December 5th. Ted Leo kicks of a tour on 12/2, so if he's a special guest, it has to be tonight (12/1) or 12/5 (his night off). He's back in town on 12/6 to play Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers, but there's no way he could do T5 and Maxwell's in one night (and he's back on tour right after). The New Pornographers (AC Newman and Neko Case included) on the other hand have almost every single other night of Hanukkah free (and AC Newman's show with John Wesley Harding isn't until December 17th) (John Wesley Harding is free all days except 12/5).
Kurt Vile plays Knitting Factory on December 3rd and has all other days of Hanukkah off. Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone are playing Bowery Ballroom on 12/4 and Tarrytown on 12/6, but are free on 12/3 and 12/5. Nels Cline is in NYC on 12/6, and is free 12/7 and 12/8 (but it doesn't look like he'll be around the same time as the other members of Wilco unfortunately).
The Feelies have no conflicts or upcoming dates at all. Mission of Burma play Maxwell's and the Bell House in January, but you never know, maybe they'll come down for this too. Stornoway seems like a longshot, but they are in town on December 2nd and free 12/1, 12/6 and 12/7. Warpaint play Manhattan on 12/1, Brooklyn on 12/2, Philly on 12/3 and DC on 12/4, and then are free after that.
Titus Andronicus, who by the way are opening for Passion Pit at Wellmont Theater on 12/30, have to be in Florida to play a show with Superchunk on 12/4, but are otherwise free. Superchunk have from the time they finish that Florida show until 12/9 to get to Toronto to open for Broken Social Scene. Superchunk are next scheduled to be in NYC in March to open for Bright Eyes who recently popped up as a guest at a NYC show. Screaming Females, who opened for Yo La at Brooklyn Bowl recently, are recently home from Europe and totally free.
Jim Gaffigan is not the most likely comedian to show, but it would be a good warmup for his seven shows at Best Buy Theater. More likely are some mix of Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, John Oliver, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Mike Birbiglia, etc...
All the Maxwell's shows are long sold out, but Craigslist is hopping. Leave tips and more ideas in the comments. Tour dates for most of the artists mentioned in this post, below...
Ben Kweller just toured through NYC, hitting the Rock Shop in Park Slope for two performances on Saturday night (11/27). Those who chose the early show were treated to guest appearances by both Adam Green and John Shade (who has a show coming up with Mountain Man). Those who chose the late show also got Green and Shade, but won with an appearance by Conor Oberst who joined Ben for a rendition of Bright Eyes song "Another Travelin' Song." A video of that is below.
You might remember Bright Eyes as that band/project Conor led before he started calling himself by his actual name. You may remember seeing Ben Kweller and Conor Oberst play together on stage when Ben opened for Conor at Terminal 5 in 2008.
If my calculations are correct, it's been a bit over three years since "Bright Eyes" played NYC. That November 2007 show was at Radio City Music Hall with Thurston Moore and the Felice Brothers, and earlier that year Bright Eyes played seven nights in a row at Town Hall with special guests that included Britt Daniel, Ben Gibbard, and Ben Kweller.
On March 9, 2011 Bright Eyes will return to NYC and to Radio City Music Hall for a sort-of-all Merge Records bill that will include opening sets by Superchunk and Wild Flag (Conor put out a solo album on Merge and Wild Flag are signed to Merge too). Radio City tickets ranging in price from $25-$39.50 will go on general sale Saturday, December 4th, at 10am, but a presale begins somewhere on December 1st at noon for that show, and for Bright Eyes' only other scheduled gig: June 23rd at Royal Albert Hall in London. There's also an AmEx presale for the NYC show starting Wednesday at noon.
The UK and NYC shows will be in support of a brand new Bright Eyes album, that is coming out on Conor's label Saddle Creek on February 15th, 2011. It's called The People's Key...
"Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band's own ARC Studios, The People's Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.Full tracklist below.
Additional Bright Eyes players on The People's Key: Andy LeMaster, (Now It's Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream)." - Saddle Creek
The Radio City show is one day before Wild Flag (the Sleater-Kinney band) plays DC.
Ben Kweller opens for Pete Yorn at Terminal 5 on March 11th.
The Kweller/Oberst video, all dates, and the tracklist below...
Guided By Voices at Matador 21 (via)
"Anyone who walked into the popular casino during the three-day venture witnessed a culture shock like no other as hundreds of well-established, middle-aged rockers filled the building to see label legends Sonic Youth, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Guided by Voices and more. Performing inside the small and intimate Pearl, most of the bands were playing in Vegas for the first time.While NYers were fast asleep and trying to stay warm at 5AM, Matador 21 was officially coming to a close in the Las Vegas desert early Monday morning (10/4) with a two hour set from Guided By Voices. Over the course of a full-set and two encores, both Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez) made unscheduled appearances with GBV (as a stage-diver/crowdsurfers) as the band tore through classics like "A Salty Salute", "Tractor Rape Chain", "I Am A Scientist", and around 30+ (!) others.
"It has run smoothly but with a lot of help from the staff and all the people that are working for us," said founder of Matador Records, Chris Lombardi. "It's come together. We were very conscious of all the potential snafus that could arise and so far it's been fun."
Potential snafus were rife but any real problems were kept to a minimum during the first two days, besides Pavement's performance on Friday. Having paved the way for some of the most well-known artists of our generation, (think Weezer and Ben Kweller), the '90s rockers had continuous difficulties with their sound that caused problems both onstage and offstage for the band.
But that didn't seem to faze the crowd, which was made up of fans from all over the world, all who were more than ecstatic to see their favorite Matador artists. The festival went so well, actually, that it's kind of surprising." [The Rebel Yell]
The label's 21st anniversary party kicked off on Friday with sets from Pavement and Sonic Youth (who played the Hollywood Bowl in LA) along with Chavez, Fucked Up, Guitar Wolf (whose flights were delayed, forcing a late Friday night performance), and Harlem. Saturday featured a headlining set from Belle & Sebastian (who recently played Williamsburg Waterfront), in addition to Spoon, Superchunk, Cat Power, Perfume Genius, Come, Esben & the Witch, Cold Cave, and Girls. Collaborations seemed to be the order of the day: Yo La Tengo hopped on stage with The Clean, Hamish returned the favor, Ted Leo joined Liz Phair...
A selection of videos and setlists from the festival, below....
Caribou @ Governors Island over the summer (more by Andrew St Clair)
today in NYC
* Wollesonics @ The Stone
* Gary Smulyan @ The Stone
* Emily Wells, Shilpa Ray @ City Winery
* Caribou, Emeralds, ARP @ Webster Hall
* Ra Ra Riot, Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom
* Asher Roth, Gilbere Forte @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sugarlife, Oars, Pure Horsehair @ Bruar Falls
* Spacehog, The Alternative Outfit @ Maxwell's
* Little Gold, Exit Music, Columboid @ Union Pool
* Fennesz, The American Dollar, Bell @ Littlefield
* Darcy James Augue Secret Society @ Iridium Jazz Club (early & late)
* Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pavement, Times New Viking @ Central Park Summerstage
* French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Mighty Five @ The Woods
* Heavy Hands, Future Hunter, ELKS, Long Distance Poison @ Coco 66
* Laurie Anderson (performing 'Delusion') @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Larkin Grimm, M. Lamar, Seaven Teares, Opal Onyx @ Death By Audio
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Talk Normal, DJ Barry London @ Secret Project Robot
* Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, Outernational, Cerebral Ballzy @ the Bell House
* Theo Bleckmann (Hello Earth! The music of Kate Bush) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, Outernational, Cerebral Ballzy @ The Bell House
* Crocodiles, The Girls at Dawn, Reading Rainbow, Candy Claws @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dennis Padula Band, Emanuel & The Fear, Alfonso Velez @ Highline Ballroom
* Garotas Suecas, Ava Luna, Reverend Vince Anderson, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa @ Knitting Factory
Anvil are not playing Public Assembly tonight.
Band of Horses performed "Laredo" on Kimmel. Video below...
Superchunk performed "Digging For Something" on Fallon. Video below...
"i really wish superchunk would tour more often. one of the best shows of the year tonight at mhow." - jarid maged
"It was unclear just who was throwing the water balloons at last night's Superchunk show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but the band, back in town with Majesty Shredding, their ninth full-length record and first since 2001, were clearly tickled that their fans still had it in them.If you were feeling nostalgic last night (9/19) in Brooklyn, where would you go? You had at least two choices. Pavement was playing the Williamsburg Waterfront (one of their five area shows) and Superchunk was at the considerably smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (their third of three NYC shows) with openers Toddy Barry and Wild Nothing. Well, if you didn't have an advanced tickets to Superchunk, and couldn't get one at the door, at least after your choice was made for you, you could just walk a couple more blocks where Pavement had plenty of room (Pavement also ended early enough to see the headliners of both shows).
"You guys are rowdy tonight," singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan told the packed house of former teenagers halfway through the set, by way of congratulations. "Good for you."" [Capital]
Superchunk started their NYC run at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, also played a free in-store at Other Music earlier on Sunday and will play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT (9/20), so set your DVRs if you'll be out too late dancing to tunes chosen by Pavement's Bob Nastanovich at the Living Room. Set Colbert to tape too because that's the TV show Pavement will be on tonight.
Comedian and Music Hall opener Todd Barry, who took part in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest earlier in the weekend (and later Sunday night), sat in on drums with Superchunk for a Misfits song. Pics and video of that below.
More pictures, the Superchunk setlist, and video from both OM and MHOW (including one of Todd Barry playing "Horror Business" with the band), below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Flash a Hungry Smile (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Dreaming of Another World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - About My Girls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose & the Outs - Candy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Red Mass - Saturn (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tony Castles - Black Girls in Dresses (MP3)
Looks like there are still a few tickets to go see Mystery Jets tonight at Mercury Lounge now that the band have sorted out their visa issues after having to cancel last night's show (which I was going to go to). Frank at Chromewaves caught them in Toronto on Monday night:
Over the course of an hour, they split their set evenly between Serotonin and its predecessor, 2008's Twenty-One, and gave the respectably-sized crowd something to get boisterous about - which they did, right through to the soaring encore-closer "Dreaming Of Another World". Any concerns about what would happen to the rest of the tour were set aside in favour of just enjoying the moment.Looking through Frank's photos of the show, I was happy to see Mystery Jets aren't sporting any fashion disasters (see above) like when they played at Bowery Ballroom last year. That may sound superficial but it is distracting when a band you really like dresses like Blanche from Golden Girls. As I've said before, I was a huge fan of 2008's Twenty One and think their new one, Serotonin, is maybe better even if nothing on it quite reaches the highs of "Young Love" and "Two Doors Down."
If you're going, be sure to get there early for L.A.'s Dominant Legs whose new EP on Lefse records I like a lot. Any band that lists The Style Council as an influence is gonna grab my attention, at least enough to listen to it. They played last night at Mercury Lounge, their first NYC show, and reports on Twitter seemed to be pretty positive.
Frankie & the Outs @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mystery Jets' cancellation last night has thrown a wrench into my schedule. I had planned on spending the evening at Glasslands for the Frankie Rose & the Outs' record release party but now I'm gonna hope the show goes late enough that I can do both tonight (9/15). We'll see how this works out. If nothing else I can pick up the record a week early tonight at the merch table. It's a really good album that, if maybe a little economical in the lyrical department, definitely showcases Rose's ease with hooks and harmonies. Check out an MP3 of the single "Candy" above and you can watch the Carrie-inspired video for the song -- which just premiered -- at the bottom.
It should be a fun night all around. Light Asylum, who the Outs shared the bill for their first-ever show last Halloween, headline the party, with opening slots from psych mystics Mirror Mirror and Pigeon who I can't find any info on. (But there are at least three other bands currently called Pigeon so you might want to rethink the name.) MINKS were originally supposed to play but seem to have fallen off the bill.
Dum Dum Girls
I have to imagine Frankie's pals Dum Dum Girls will be in attendance tonight (you can spot Dee Dee in the "Candy" video near the end) if they can make it in time following the first of their three gigs opening for Vampire Weekend this week at Radio City Music Hall. I would kind of like to see DDGs there, actually, as their echo-y girl group vibe could sound amazing with the venue's acoustics. But I'm not gonna. I might, however, try to catch them on Saturday night (9/18) at Knitting Factory where they'll play with Girls at Dawn and Reading Rainbow. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut has stayed in constant rotation since coming out out in March.
While we're on the subject of bands with whom Frankie Rose used to play drums, Crystal Stilts finally seem to be getting around to making a second record. A new single, "Shake the Shackles," is due out on Slumberland Records on October 21, their first new material in 18 months. The band have struggled a bit post-Frankie, and the last time I saw them play live (Fall 2009 I think) they seemed pretty out of sorts. But both sides of the new single is good -- you can listen to it at the bottom of this post -- and hopefully they've really shaked those shackles and rebounded.
Red Mass @ M For Montreal 2009 (more)
What else? Montreal art punks Red Mass will be here this weekend for two shows: Friday at Party Expo and Saturday at Death by Audio. Both shows are with X-ray Eyeballs. Somewhere between the Damned's goth-tinged punk and Nuggets era psych-garage, Red Mass also bring a sense of theatrics to their live performances. Frontman Choyce (late of CCP Gangbangs) has no problem with high concept and brings the Red to the stage -- both times I've seen them, the band dressed entirely in shades of crimson. But the music still does most of the talking. If you like this kind of thing at all, Red Mass are not to be missed.
Red mass are on their first real tour of the States -- well, the East Coast -- and they'll hook up with King Khan & the Shrines along the way. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
And finally, Superchunk are here this weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (9/18) and MHoW on Sunday (9/19). Both shows are sold out, but you can still see them at Other Music on Sunday afternoon (1PM). I've also had good luck getting tickets at MHoW at the box office day of show, so if you're without a ticket it's worth a try.
Even if you don't get to see them, you've still got their seriously awesome new album, Majesty Shredding. No phoning it in here, this is classic Superchunk. Over at Emusic, Michaelangelo Matos wrote a great review of the record and the opening paragraph really nails it:
Superchunk sound like they've been listening to a lot of Superchunk. Well, of course -- what else would they sound like? But think about that for a second. Most bands slow down as they age because most people slow down as they age: Sonic Youth isn't about to start flirting with hardcore again; the Rolling Stones will never cut another "She Said Yeah." That's nature. But Superchunk 2010 could be easily mistaken for Superchunk 1991 -- the tempo hasn't moved and the scrappiness hasn't budged. And scrappy is what this band does.Majesty Shredding is loaded with classic Superchunk Moments, from new single "Digging for Something" (you've seen the video by now, right?) to the manic "Crossed Wires" (a 7" from last summer) to my favorite song, the anthemic "Hot Tubes." It's so great to see a band 20 years into its career knock one out of the park.
That's enough for this week. A few more picks for the week, of things I didn't cover above, day by day:
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 15
I've been listening a lot to this Translations digital single which you can download for free. Both "sides" are really good, kind of Flying Nun/GbV style indie. Haven't seen them live but they play tonight at The Woods in Williamsburg. It's a free show.
Power pop fans should head straight to the Rock Shop for Tommy Keene, Title Tracks and Valley Lodge.
Superchunk at South Street Seaport in 2009 (more by Chris LaPutt)
The Daily Tar Heel: What's different about Majesty Shredding as opposed to past Superchunk records?"Hyper Enough" indeed. Superchunk, not satisfied with a pair of soldout shows in NYC at Bowery on 9/28 and MHOW on 9/19 will play a FREE Other Music in-store show on 9/19 (SUNDAY) at 1PM and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on MONDAY (9/20).
Mac McCaughan: I think one thing that's really different..., we'd really written all together as a band just playing a lot in the rehearsal space, basically jamming until we had songs, and I would add lyrics on top of that. With the new record, ...I made demos of songs and sent them around to the band so they could hear them and come up with parts, and we'd just get together and rehearse a couple of times before recording. In some ways it's more like our first couple of records.
And the title is a joke that started when we were in the studio. We recorded all the songs live to tape, and the producer, Scott Solter - we were listening to playback with him to see if it was a take we should keep or if we needed to fix something, and so we started this joke where if we heard a fuck-up on our part, we'd say, "Oh, you can fix that with the 'Majesty Shredding' app in Pro Tools, right?" We joked that there was an app that would make everything sound awesome called "Majesty Shredding," and it ended up being the title.
Superchunk's Majesty Shredding (both the noun and the verb) will be showcased at all of the shows, and is available now in digital/vinyl/CD forms. One of those tracks, "Digging For Something", was recently given the video treatment by former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson, amd features appearances from John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), comedian Ted Travelstead, and The Love Language among others. Dig on that below.
Superchunk is on board for the Matador 21 shindig in Vegas at the beginning of October, and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance recently celebrated the same milestone for their own label, Merge Records (their 20th anniversary party was last year).
Videos and all Superchunk dates are below...