Entries tagged with: Teen Beat Records
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Bloody Amateur - Companions (MP3)
photo by Rachel Greene
Over the last 15 years or so, Andy Comer has stayed busy in bands Tel Aviv (in the '90s) and Prosaics (in early 00's) but will release a solo album under the guise of Bloody Amateur on March 5 via Teen Beat. (Maybe you saw Bloody Amateur at the TeenBeat 26 Year Anniversary party at Maxwell's.) Recorded by Versus' James Balyut, it's a stark departure from his previous work, most of the tracks are as spare as they come, mostly just Comer's voice and brittle guitar work that may remind some of Wire (Colin Newman's early solo work, specifically). Says Comer about the album:
The record is about my trust in what, and who, I hold close. That thread runs through the songs--which are instinctive and direct--and into the choices I made, from working with Mark [Robinson, TeenBeat owner] and James to putting a painting by Michael Hainey on the front cover and a photo taken by wife on the back.While the album isn't out till March, we've got the premiere of "Companions" which you can download above or stream below. Album art and track list is below too.
by Bill Pearis
Unrest @ The Bell House
Doing anything besides swimming or laying in front of a powerful A/C unit hasn't been appealing this week, let alone going into some club or DIY venue with poor ventilation, but temperatures are dropping and there are a lot of fun things to do this weekend, so it's time to buck up, camper, and go see some rock.
As you may have previously read, tonight is the first show at new Park Slope club The Rock Shop. Curiosity is enough to get me there but for those who didn't get tickets to the TeenBeat 26th Anniversary show tomorrow can see The Rondelles play tonight for free. If you liked Elastica or Veruca Salt or fellow TeenBeat band Tuscadero, you should definitely clear some time to check out The Rondelles who sit nicely amongst their '90s peers. Broken up for nearly a decade, this might be your only chance to see them again (apart from tomorrow night). Also playing are The Love Loves. Did I mention it's free? The Rock Shop is supposed to have a very nice rooftop deck as well.
Tuscadero @ The Bell House
While I'm on the subject, I went to the first of the TeenBeat 26th Anniversary shows at the Bell House this past Monday (7/5) and it was a good time. Unrest were a little rusty at first but the muscle memory kicked in around "Makeout Club" and the crowd got into it, and the parade of classics ("Isabelle," "Cherry Cream On," "Cath Carrol") undeniable. But I'm pretty certain Tuscadero stole the night, with a lot of fans there just for them, psyched to hear "Dime a Dozen," "Dr. Doom" and others. Too bad they're not also on the bill for Friday's sold-out show. They've still got it.
True Love Always, who I'd never seen before, were good too. There's video at the bottom of this post from Monday's show. Must add that the merch table is pretty sweet too. I picked up a reissue of Unrest's Imperial F.f.r.r. on clear vinyl for only $10, and got a new version of an old Unrest t-shirt I used to own back in the day.
We've got two bands from Lawrence, KS in town -- Bandit Teeth and Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk -- playing three shows together: Friday night (7/9) at Cake Shop, a free show Saturday (7/10) afternoon at Union Pool and then Saturday night at Death By Audio. Both bands are worth checking out.
Bandit Teeth got their start in the late '90s but went on hiatus while singer Brad Shanks moved to NYC with his sister Courtney when their band Blood on the Wall took off. Brad moved back to Kansas a few years ago and reactivated Bandit Teeth with Zach Campbell of Rooftop Vigilantes. They're sort of sloppy, snotty and nasally -- not unlike the Jacuzzi Boys -- and you can check out "Encouragement" at the top of this post.
Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk features another Rooftop Vigilante, Oscar Allen, and put out records and cassettes at an alarming rate. Their hazy miasma of sound falls within the Altered Zones demographic but there is poppy song structures under the hiss and reverb. You can check out one of their more straightforward recordings, "I'm Not a Nintendo," at the top of this post.
Rooftop Vigilantes new album, Real Pony Glue, is due out hopefully before the end of the year. Closer on the horizon is a 7" single that should hit shops in late August or September.
UK band Wetdog are gracing us with another visit, playing Monster Island Basement Friday (7/9) with fellow Captured Tracks band MINKS (who I profiled last week), plus YellowFever (who are out of jail!), and Larkin Grimm. I caught Wetdog back in April at Glasslands and they are definitely worth seeing, definitely within that 1979 postpunk milleiu without sounding exactly like any band of that era. The drummer's minimalist playing style, one leg propped on top of the kick, was something else. The band are playing a few East Coast shows, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
And some day-by-day picks
THURSDAY, JULY 8 (TONIGHT)
In addition to tomorrow night's show, YellowFever are also playing Cake Shop tonight with Dream Diary (who have gotten really good), The Numerators, and Pterodactyl. Has anyone been to Cake Shop this week? Wondering if they've got their A/C working.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Rondelles - Please Shut Up (MP3)
the Rondelles @ Teenbeat 15th Anniversary @ The Black Cat, 3/9/00 (Brian Horner)
The Rock Shop, which has put up a bunch more shows since our last post on it, will be hosting a free first-look at the venue tonight (7/8). The best part is that it's also a first-look at The Rondelles, the reuniting Teenbeat band whose only other NY show is the sold-out Bell House show on Friday. The band, originally from Albuquerque, released two stellar LPs in the late-'90s/early-'00s plus loads of other collections, EPs and 7-inches. Their style of riot grrl-era punk, characterized by their drummer-as-keyboardist, was perhaps cleanest and most compressed on their Teenbeat LP, The Fox, which the song above is from. Others, like 2001's collection Shined Nickels and Loose Change, are more four-track basement-punk, with songs barely over a minute and covers that range from a church hymn to "Like a Prayer." They played a reunion show in 2007 in New Mexico, but their last New York show was most likely around their breakup in 2001 (drummer Oakley Munson went on to play in NY band the Witnesses). The Love Loves open.
More info on the band from Rock Shop, Rock Shop's entire July schedule, and live videos are below...
by Bill Pearis
If you didn't act quick enough to get tickets to the Unrest show at Bell House on July 9 (tickets sold out in an incredible two days), they've added a second Bell House date on Monday, July 5 and tickets are already on sale. But if you're a fan of Teenbeat (Teen Beat? Teen-Beat? They've changed the spelling more than once), whose 26th Anniversary is the reason for this tour, you're probably going to want to go to both, as the July 5th show -- which will be the first show of the tour -- features a completely different, and equally awesome, line-up of openers: Tuscadero, True Love Always and Jonny Cohen.
Tuscadero were one of TeenBeat's most loved bands, with '70s pop culture nostalgia lyrics set to ridiculously catchy punky pop. Their 1994 full length debut, The Pink Album, is a '90s inde rock classic which got remixed and reissued two years later when the band signed to Elektra. Check out "Hollywood Handsome" above. Tuscadero broke up in 1999 and haven't played since the 2005 the Teen Beet 20th Anniversary in Washington D.C. so this is a real treat.
True Love Always play bossanova-inspired indie pop and have been together, off and on, since 1995. Check out "Modesto" above. Jonny Cohen, who will play MC at many of the TeenBeat 26 shows has "been associated with Teen-Beat for over twenty years. He sings both humorous and thoughtful acapella songs. Not to be missed!"
The July 9 Bell House show features Versus, The Rondelles, Bossanova, and Cotton Candy (who play Friday as part of NYC Popfest). Below are a couple '90s-era performance videos of Tuscadero, plus all TeenBeat 26 tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Teen Beat Records is celebrating its 26th year of existence and in celebration, label founder Mark Robinson is getting the old band back together -- Unrest -- for a reunion tour, their first in 15 years.* The trio, including Bridget Cross and Phil Krauth, will play six East Coast shows, including two in the NYC area: July 7 at Maxwell's (tickets), and July 9 at the Bell House (tickets).
Robinson has had a number of bands since -- Air Miami, Flin Flon, Grenadine and, most recently Cotton Candy -- but Unrest is probably the band that people hold a special affection for. Formed while Robinson was still in high school, Unrest had its foundations in the DC hardcore scene but by the time Cross joined on bass/vocals in 1990, the band seemed to draw most of its influences from Factory Records and the C-86 scene. The band's finest moment, 1992's Imperial F.F.R.R., was tuneful, smart, funny, sexy and self-aware. You can download "Cherry Cream On" from it at the top of this post. The album's getting reissued on vinyl for this 26th Anniversary. Unrest broke up in 1994 and have only played once since -- at the Teen Beat 20th Anniversary show in 2005, though both Robinson and Krauth played on Cross' 2008 solo endeavor, Maybe It's Reno.
In addition to Unrest, the Teen Beat 26th Anniversary shows all have other bands from the label's history playing. Maxwell's will get The Ropers (who played last year's Slumberland anniversary shows) and former Aden guitarist Kevin Barker who now records as Curritruck Co.
The Bell House show is kind of a Teen Beat wet dream, with Versus (whose new album is due out on Merge sometime this year) also on the bill. Additionally we get a reformed, original line-up Rondelles, the criminally underrated late '90s band who played punky new wave in their teens in Albequerque, NM before moving to DC -- they had records out on Smells Like and K as well.
There's also a rare border crossing (and rare performance in general) from Vancouver, Canada's mercurial pop whiz Bossanova, whose 2006 debut on Teen Beat is kind of a lost gem. (Check out "Calvary" at the top of this post.) Robinson will perform double duty, also playing with Cotton Candy, the duo he formed with wife, Evelyn Hurley, who are an amusing mix of indie rock, performance art and late '70s commercial jingles.
Other shows on the tour will feature other Teen Beat acts, and the July 10 show at the Black Cat in DC will feature mini-sets from two seperate early Unrest line-ups. All tour dates and line-ups for each show, plus flyers and video are after the jump.