Entries tagged with: Team Robespierre
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn dark synth duo Black Marble release their debut album, A Different Arrangement, next week (10/9) via Hardly Art. If you wear black on the outside because black is how you feel on the inside, or just love that early '80s minimal wave sound, this album should definitely appeal to those sensibilities. Check it out for yourself, we've got an early listen to a full stream of the album below.
No shows for Black Marble lined up currently but hopefully that will change soon.
Brooklyn's Black Marble have a show with a pretty solid local bill TONIGHT (2/27) at the Delancey with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, and Frank (Just Frank) (DJ). They play at 10 PM and admission is $6.
Black Marble, who you might recognize in the above picture from their last project Team Robespierre, also just made a video for "Backwards" off their Weight Against the Door EP which is out now digitally via Hardly Art. You can check that video out below.
If you miss Black Marble tonight, they've got some other upcoming NYC shows including one at Glasslands on 3/9 with TRUST and DZ Deathrays. They also open Light Asylum's record release party at Le Poisson Rouge on 5/3 with oOoOO. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the LPR show are still on sale.
Black Marble aren't playing SXSW, but their label Hardly Art is hosting 2 nights of SXSW showcases at Hotel Vegas this year. Black Marble aren't on either of those, but La Sera, Xray Eyeballs, K-Holes, Jacuzzi Boys, Seapony and others are.
Plastic Flowers and Frank (Just Frank) will be sharing a bill at the Delancey tonight for the second time in less than two weeks. They both opened for Eleven Pond at Glasslands on 2/16. How was that? Plastic Flowers say it was magical.
All Black Marble dates and the video below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, word by Andrew Frisicano
Here's the rest of the pictures from the House of Vans show on Thursday, August 18th (you've already seen the ones from Big Freedia and Tokyo Police Club). Team Robespierre played the opening set followed by Japanther; the two-piece is currently on tour and they have a bunch more NYC shows in September; dates below.
I missed both those bands (these things start around 7pm), but did arrive in time to see Against Me!, who put on an intense, highly entertaining show. Though their past few CDs have been less than exciting, the band hasn't lost a bit of its energy live. Even songs like "White Crosses" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," which come off way too polished and poppy on record, sounded at home along the older cuts that made up about half the set. Playing the hits was definitely a good move: early on, the highly sing-along-able "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" set the tone for the night.
The crowd was a combination of people psyched for the bands (and free beer) and people trying to figure out whether playing/attending a corporate sponsored show constituted "selling out." Still, for all the bitching I overheard, I suspect that Against Me! changed the minds of some people who had written them off.
More pictures, Japanther tour dates and Against Me set list below....
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Limiñanas - Down Underground (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gytters - Divebombers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wrong Words - Summer's Gone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Figurines "New Colors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The War On Drugs - "Baby Missiles" (MP3)
Band of the week is most certainly The Limiñanas (mainly because they haven't played here before) who are from France and play Death By Audio tonight (8/17) and Cake Shop tomorrow (8/18). I'll quote myself (from my Favorite Francophone Albums of 2011 list) again:
Evoking swinging Parisian scene of the mid-'60s (Gainsbourg, Dutronc, Ye-Ye, et al), The Limiñanas dance their way through 12 hits of groovy garage: fuzz leads, killer basslines, combo organ, smoky vocals. Perfect for your next Love-In.The band, signed to great Chicago label Trouble in Mind, are normally a trio but are joining forces on this trip with fellow Frenchies Gaz Gaz (who also play their own set) to make a seven-piece motorik garage superpower. Friends who saw them in Chicago last week were knocked out. (There's video from that show at the bottom of this post.) I implore you to make it out to one of these shows.
Both shows have their benefits. The Death by Audio also has The Gytters, a newish group fronted by Scott Rosenthal who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has spent time as one of The Beets ever-rotating list of drummers (he also produced their records). The duo make a slightly twangy brand of indie -- check out "Divebombers" at the top of this post. I was impressed when I saw them at Bruar Falls a few weeks ago. Also on the bill are great locals Diehard who are putting the finishing touches on their debut album.
The Cake Shop show on Thursday, meanwhile, features yet another Trouble in Mind band, San Francisco's The Wrong Words, who have more of a crunchy, late-'70s powerpop vibe to them. (And maybe just a little Thin Lizzy in there too.) Their self-titled debut is a boppin' good time -- you can download a track from it at the top of this post. If you can't make this one, The Wrong Words also play Bruar Fall on Saturday (8/20). Locals The Judy Blooms open the show.
The Wave Pictures
The Wave Pictures are visiting from the UK, their first time here since playing Sunday night of the 2010 Northside Festival. Dates have changed a bit since wefirst announced them. The band are now playing three shows in NYC: tonight (8/17) at Mercury Lounge, tomorrow (8/18) at Public Assembly and then next Thursday (8/25) at The Rock Shop. We at BrooklynVegan are big Wave Pictures fans, which I think most people who see them become. Here's what I wrote when they played our Pre-SXSW show in 2010:
Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.The band have a new album out, Beer in the Breakers, and is another fine example of Tattersal's tongue-twisting prose and snaky solos. But I still don't think any record has quite captured the experience of seeing them live. So I do hope you do so. You won't be sorry.
Emmy the Great
Speaking of artists that pretty much the entire BV staff loves, Emmy the Great is also here, playing the Studio @ Webster Hall on Thursday (8/18). She's an extremely charming songwriter and performer (and person in general) who can find humor in even the bleakest of situations without cheapening the emotions. Case in point her new album Virtue which deals with some major heartbreak. (She can also be just straight-up funny too.) And like The Wave Pictures, she's much better experienced in person than on record (though the new record is quite good).
I'm not sure if she's here solo or with her band or maybe just collaborator Euan Hinshelwood who has accompanied her before. He's got his own band, Younghusband, whose new single on Too Pure is teriffic (and nothing like Emmy's music).
Now we move to Denmark. Figurines were supposed to be here in June but the dates got pushed back to this week. They play tonight (8/17) at Knitting Factory and then an early show tomorrow (8/18) at Mercury Lounge.
The band's fourth album, which came out in Denmark last year, just got a belated but welcome American release. For those who found 2007's The Deer Wore Blue a bit wilfully obscure, the new self-titled album marks a return to the hook-filled indie rock of their 2005's Skeleton. You can download "New Colors" at the top of this post.
I haven't seen Figurines play since CMJ 2006 when they opened for Girl Talk. I thought they were fantastic then, I mix of various '90s influences (Built to Spill, The 3D's, Unrest) but processed through that eccentric Denmark filter than makes everything just a little off kilter. The one thing I really remember about that show was how tight they were. Figurines can really play.
The New Lines
And finally I'd like to highlight a local band I like a lot, The New Lines who play this Thursday (8/18) at Bar4 in Park Slope. Steeped in late '60s/early '70s baroque psychedelia and soundtrack music, it's all groovy rhythms and basslines, icy harmonies, analogue keyboards and vibrato. The band just released a split 7" with Still Corners which is a perfect match. You can download a couple songs for free via a Bandcamp widget at the bottom of this post.
I just love this kind of stuff -- I made a whole mix of it last week over at Sound Bites -- and The New Lines do it very, very well. No idea what they're like live, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
This is a really good week for music. Do go see some. In addition to the above highlights, there are even more shows I recommend which are listed below on a day-by-day basis.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
While I'm seeing The Limiñanas, I think the rest of the BV staff will be going to Chelsea Wolfe, Cult of Youth, and Planning For Burial at St. Vitus Bar. I am the black sheep.
Crystal Antlers will release their new LP Two-Way Mirror on July 19th. You can stream the whole thing now at Grooveshark. The band, currently in residency at The Echo in LA, will visit NYC in August to play a free show at House of Vans and another Brooklyn show one day day later, August 6th at Glasslands with Team Robespierre and Balkans. Tickets are on sale. All dates and a video for one of the songs off the new LP, below...
Bouncing Souls @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Bushwick Block Party (secret guest = Talib Kweli)
* Brooklyn Book Fest
* Todd P's Acoustic BBQ
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theatre
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Jason Darling @ Knitting Factory
* Robert Plant @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Strokes @ The Metropolitan Opera House
* Elliott Sharp (Flexagons) @ The Stone
* Marcus Gilmore, Lionel Loueke @ The Stone
* Up Died Sound, Black Crown, Hubble @ Zebulon
* Mountains, Lymbyc Systym & a bunch of authors @ Littlefield
* Junk Culture, Wish, La Big Vic @ Death By Audio
* The Alarm, The Funky Knights @ Highline Ballroom
* The Shining Twins, Grand Rapids, Papa @ Cameo Gallery
* Bad Brilliance, The Pendulum Swings, Tayisha Busay @ Coco 66
* Kim Thompson, Maria Chavez, My Gold Mask, Kiran Gandhi @ Cake Shop
* Penguin Prison, Gobble Gobble, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Zebra @ Glasslands
* Strapping Fieldhands, The Doozer, The Mad Scene, U.S. Girls @ Bruar Falls
* The Shalitas, Little Victory, Colin Schiller and The Reactions @ Knitting Factory
* The Bouncing Souls, Defiance Ohio, The Great Explainer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kurt Braunholder, Hannibal Buress, Mike Lawrence, Morgan Murphy & more comedy @ Union Hall
* The Flanks, Alex Battles, Dock Oscar, Kristin Andreassen, Brooklyn Jugs, The Roulette Sisters (Brooklyn Country Music Festival) @ Southpaw
Hannibal Buress performs his free comedy set at Knitting Factory tonight, but also appears in a show hosted by Kurt Braunholder at Union Hall.
Talib Kweli is the special guest at the Bushwick Block Party today. Other bands playing include Team Robespierre, Electric Tickle Machine, Shark?, Sweet Bulbs, Hunters, The Netherlands, Git Real, and Knifeshow.
Stay tuned to Todd P's site for the status of today's Unamplified BBQ. If it happens (which he says it is), you can see sets by Loud Objects, The Beets, Highlife, The Blow, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Aa, Oberhofer, My Teenage Stride, Real Estate, Tom Van Buskirk (of Javelin), Starring, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Fergus & Geronimo, PC Worship, The So So Glos, Dream Diary, Cassie Ramone, Family Portrait, The Girls at Dawn, Night Manager, Phonetag, Red Romans, Run DMT, Yellow Ostrich, La Big Vic, Blissed Out, Skeletons, Le Sphinxx, and more.
Jay-Z and Eminem play their first of two shows at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven - Glamourous Life 3 (mix) (MP3)
There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....
One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.
If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.
Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.
92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.
Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.
One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...
Spank Rock & Amanda Blank @ The Shank in March (by Tod Seelie)
"What went on inside soon became the stuff of legend, so much so that very few revelers were willing to go on the record for this story, even to admit they'd visited The Shank. Engel declined to comment specifically on The Shank's reputation as a drug den, but admitted to the obvious: "We weren't exactly policing things." Prerequisite hedonisms aside, the vast, windowless space seemed to radiate depravity from its very walls, from its unmarked entrance to the plank patrons had to traverse over murky waters to get to the much-abused bathrooms. "I bought the same jeans twice," explained Telli Gramz, also of Ninjasonik. "I like dirty white jeans, but these just got destroyed. The Shank will fuck your shit up."...A performance by Spank Rock and Amanda Blank and Ninjasonik also marked the end (of the day on the second stage) of this year's Siren Festival. Video of Lightspeed Champion (with a guest from We Are Scientists) playing at the recent Jon Wiley benefit at the Shank, and some other videos, below...
...According to many people I spoke to, the club's real decline started when Engel asked [Jonathan] Toubin to take a Saturday off and booked a one-off party thrown by promoters Bikes in the Kitchen. The evening began with sets from local party fixtures like Juiceboxxx, Ninjasonik and Team Robespierre, and culminated in a performance by Spank Rock and Amanda Blank."... [NY Press]
photos by Alex Reside
"Last night a whole lot of music fans packed themselves onto Pier 54 for the first concert in the Hudson River Park's RiverRocks concert series. The show featured three performances (wait, can I call a DJ set a performance? ok, fine I guess so). First up was Team Robespierre, a punk band from Brooklyn. They seemed a little off, but at least they were singing...which leads me to the next group Flosstradamus, a pair of DJs. The music was good, but it wasn't the right time or place for a DJ set. The pier was completely flat, so odds were that your experience at that point involved a dance-track backed view of the sunset. It wasn't much of a dance party where I was standing, half-way down the pier, but maybe they were appreciating the music up front. When Matt and Kim took the stage there were joined by two giant screens, which were used to project close-ups of the musicians as well as some animated patterns." [Second Doubles]Flosstradamus play again tonight/Friday at Studio B. More pictures from last night's show at the pier, below...
Matt & Kim @ Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Bao Nguyen)
Hudson River Rocks in NYC - July 9, 2009
6:30 Team Robespierre (added to the bill)
8:30 Matt & Kim
Flosstradamus are also playing one of the final shows at Studio B this weekend.
All Matt & Kim dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
NY EYE & EAR FEST II - JULY 9 - 12, 2009!The fest is a part II to the December event of the same name. The Fest's four days of music kick off at the Knitting Factory on July 9th. The bands there include Grooms, Liturgy and Love Like Deloreans (to name a few) with headliners Nymph and Neg-Fi. The fest returns to the Knit on Friday, July 10th, for a show with Magik Markers, Child Abuse and more. In addition to the venue's two floors of music, its already-creepy basement will be turned into a "Video Art Installation and a 7-hour Continuous Drone Room."
4 DAYS - 3 VENUES - 2 BOROUGHS
Knitting Factory & 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan & Death By Audio in Brooklyn
Pendu presents: NY Eye & Ear Fest II ... a massive 4-day New Music and Arts Fete showcasing some of the most exciting bands, artists, and filmmakers currently living and working here in NYC. In addition, NYE&E assembles a Record Fair featuring NYC-based Record Labels and Vendors selling LPs, CDs, 7''s, cassettes, lathes, comics, zines, stickers, and art prints.
The Fest then switches to the 92YTribeca on Saturday for a concert and a free record fair. Also at 92Y will be a program called "Women of NYCinema," with films and music from Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller), Liz Wendelbo, Rachel Blackwell and Dirty Churches. The vendors range from big names like Matador Records to the recently featured Journal of Popular Noise to notable jazz label ESP-Disk.
The fest's final, fourth day moves to Brooklyn for a closing party at Death by Audio. That lineup includes Murdertronics, Team Robespierre, Talibam!, Total Abuse and Drunkdriver.
Separate from the festival, on Thursday, July 9th the 92YTribeca will screen filmmaker Brendan Toller's I Need That Record, a documentary about the problems facing record stores around the country. It will be the NYC premiere of the movie that was getting some attention already all the back on Record Store Day 2008. The movie includes interviews with Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye, Mike Watt, Chris Frantz and more. Toller will be on hand for the showing. Tickets are on sale.
More details on the film (with video trailer) and the Ear and Eye Festival, below...
"For 4 years now Wham City has been organizing the WHARTSCAPE. What started as a summer warehouse party turned into a much bigger, multi-day outdoor festival with thousands of bands, performers, and folks traveling to Baltimore from all across the US and Europe.More info and full, 140 band lineup below...
Since, we organize this festival out of pocket and in our spare time, it is important for us to keep it comfortable and enjoyable for us to do. One thing we talked about at the end of last year's festival was shrinking it down slightly and having it feel more community based and familiar.
This year isn't focused around headliners, but mainly performers and friends that make up the community we tour, work and live in.
We are also greatly reducing the number of MEGA-PASSES (the 3 day pass ticket that grants you entry to every show and every day).
ONLY 300 Mega-Passes will be sold; this is the only guarantee that you can see all the shows.
Tickets will be sold to the individual shows, but it is strongly suggested that you buy a Mega-Pass, as it saves you money and assures you take in the entire poo-poo.
Whartscape will take place July 10-11-12 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art Studio Center Parking Lot, and Load of Fun.
We will begin selling tickets at 12 Noon, Monday, June 29th.
The Death Set on F Yeah Tour (more by Tod Seelie)
The Death Set, Team Robespierre and Ninjasonik are sure to wreak havok as they travel across the country together this March starting with a hometown (for most of them) show at The Shank in Brooklyn on March 12th. BUT FIRST, Catch The Death Set at the Loose Nukes party at the Delancey tonight, February 20th, with Royal Bangs. Loose Nukes is a new monthly party at the venue. Past performers have included, yep, Team Robespierre and Ninjasonik. All tour dates below...
Crystal Antlers @ Mess With Texas (more by Ryan Muir)
by Black Bubblegum
Bad Brains @ CBGB in 2006 (more)
Bad Brains frontman HR recently played a Rocks Off cruise and he will be one of many artists playing a show in NYC for CMJ. That show is at at Crash Mansion on October 21st which is the same day he releases his new solo album, Hey Wella, on DC Hardcore Records. The Arms, Goes Cube, Team Robespierre and Die! Die! Die! are also on the Crash Mansion bill. Tickets are on sale.
Team Robespierre @ McCarren Pool Sunday (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* James Murphy @ PS1
* TK Webb @ Glasslands
* Sunfold @ Mercury Lounge
* She & Him & Rosebuds @ Terminal 5
* Friendly Fires @ Santos Party House
* Spiritualized @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gang Gang Dance, Stars Like Fleas & Harmony Club
* The music of Johnny Cash @ World Financial Center
* Ghostland Observatory & Bear Hands @ Prospect Park
* Awesome Color & Knyfe Hyts @ Knitting Factory (free)
* Japanther & Team Robespierre @ Less Artists More Condos
more in a sec.
photos by Tod Seelie
DOWNLOAD: Circle Jerks - Live Fast, Die Young (MP3)
Matt & Kim
Assuming nothing else was cancelled, the F Yeah Tour should be reaching Buffalo tonight (July 6). The linuep for that one is The Death Set, Monotonix, Team Robespierre, Crystal Antlers & Totally Michael. The lineups change as the tour goes on. For NYC we have:
Saturday, July 12th - New York City, NY - EARLYSaturday July 12th is also that big show at the Yard. More pictures below....
w/ Circle Jerks, Dillinger Four, Matt & Kim & Team Robespierre
+ comedians Hannibal Buress & Josh Fadem
@ Highline Ballroom
Saturday, July 12th - New York City, NY - LATE
w/ Monotonix + Crystal Antlers
@ Loft Party TBA
Sunday, July 13th - Brooklyn, NY
w/ Circle Jerks, Dillinger Four, Matt & Kim, Japanther, Team Robespierre, Monotonix + special guest.
+ comedians Hannibal Buress + 1 more
@ Club Exit
photos by Tod Seelie
Matt & Kim
The F Yeah Tour
reaches The Triple Rock in Minneapolis tonight (July 2). Monotonix, Team Robespierre & Crystal Antlers are on that bill. UPDATE: Minneapolis was cancelled (see below). All other dates are still on though.Ten more days until they reach NYC. More pictures from the tour so far below....
You can get tickets for the July 13th "Circle Jerks, Dillinger Four, Japanther, Matt & Kim, Team Robespierre, Monotonix + special guest + comedians TBA" show. You can also still get tickets for the same show happening in Manhattan one day earlier. More details on the tour that kicked off yesterday in Baltimore, HERE.
28 shows in 28 days. June 17th - July 13th
F*%! Yeah Fest is an annual music/comedy/art festival held in Los Angeles at the end of each summer curated by 22 year old Sean Carlson and Keith Morris from The Circle Jerks & Black Flag. This year will be the fifth installment and it will take place in an outdoor setting in downtown LA on August 30th & 31st and will now be known as F Yeah Fest. It's been Carlson's goal for some time now to take the festival on the road, bringing the spirit of the festival to other cities, and now for the first time that dream has become a reality with the first annual F YEAH TOUR '08, featuring many bands and comedians that have become staples / favorites at the festival. The Fest will be touring in a 44 passenger '92 Bluebird Bus. The only goal for this tour is to have fun.The NYC shows are Circle Jerks, DILLINGER FOUR, Matt & Kim & Team Robespierre @ Highline Ballroom on July 12th (TICKETS), a Monotonix show at a TBA location later that night, and a show at Club Exit in Brooklyn the very next day with every single one of those bands. BrooklynVegan is an official F Yeah tour partner which means we'll be documenting their 28-day adventure in some form or another (stay tuned for exact details). All dates and lineups below.....
but the show is not there tonight....
photos by Leia Jospe
Teenagers w/ guests from the audience
The Teenagers (from France) and Team Robespierre (from Brooklyn) finished their tour together at Maxwell's (from Hoboken) on Saturday (May 10, 2008). Earlier in the month they played a show in Illinois....
Team Robespierre's secret to mayhem isn't a secret at all. Within moments of starting their first number, off from the stage jumped the band's lead singer, where he pranced around wailing as the microphone chord got tangled in amp wires (by the way, the term "lead singer" is used very loosely here: With Team Robespierre, the vocals are less singing and more non-metal shouting, and the "lead" part might be completely wrong, as all the members except for the drummer spent a considerable amount of time with their mouths on a mic). A quarter way into the set, three-fifths of the band was down with the audience. The keyboardist even took part, using the edge of the stage as his keyboard stand. I imagine this is a technique they use to recreate their natural habitat -- the illegal living-room venues in Brooklyn where the line between performer and audience is so porous and invisible it might as well not exist, where Team Robespierre is mildly renowned for turning run-down lofts and arty kitchens all sweaty and awesome. [North by Northwestern]Team Robespierre have two Brooklyn shows coming up and one actually is, sort of, in a kitchen. Those tour dates, and more pictures from the NJ show, below.....
photos by Leia Jospe
The Teenagers' performance at Mercury Lounge last time around was so-so. The thing that stuck with me the most was how "Nada Surf - Popular" their style of singing and talking was (not a good thing). That said, they're back and they've moved up the venue ladder with shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg (TONIGHT/Saturday) and Bowery Ballroom (Monday). They're also playing a free show at American Apparel in Park Slope on Sunday, and a show at Maxwell's in a week. All non-clothing store dates are with Team Robespierre. All dates, and more pictues from their February Cake Shop in-store, below....