Entries tagged with: The A-Bones
To honor Joey Ramone (who would have turned 63 this year) and the Ramones (who celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band this year), the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash returns. Here's the details:
Following the tradition, this year's BASH will take place on May 19th, the actual date of JOEY RAMONES' birthday, which this year falls on a Monday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate "up-close-and-personal" setting than in previous years. The venue is located on the corner of the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs.TIckets to the 14th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are on sale now. Net proceeds will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
This year, the BASH is doing something truly unique by engaging fans via social media to participate in the event. The official artwork for the 2014 BIRTHDAY BASH was chosen through online contest submissions from local artists. Winner Marie Laferriere created the cartoon caricature of JOEY in his iconic on-stage persona (see illustration above). Additionally, one undiscovered NY based punk band will be chosen to perform at this year's BASH. The winner will be announced towards the end of April and details about submission can be found on the JOEY RAMONE Facebook Page.
Headlining the 2014 BIRTHDAY BASH will be The Joey Ramone Tribute Band featuring Cheetah Chrome, Glen Matlock, Sic F*cks, George Tabb, Mickey Leigh and surprise guests to be announced. Also sharing the bill are Andy Shernoff, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap, Gobshites, The Independents (a group JOEY managed), and The Bullys. The Masters of Ceremony will be John Holmstrom, Stig Stench, Monte Melnick, and Peter Aschner. Carrying on the 14 year tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will close the show. Additional surprises are anticipated but have not yet been revealed.
Flamin' Groovies @ Bowery Ballroom in July (more by PSquared Photography)
We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy which hit NYC on October 29. As you may remember, like most things in Red Hook, Norton Records' warehouse was hit hard. Thanks to the help of fans and volunteers, the label persevered and will celebrate the one-year anniversary of surviving the storm with a two-day "Norton Records Hurricane Sandy 1st Anniversary Blast" on November 15 & 16.
The November 15 show happens at Warsaw and features Flamin Groovies and The Sonics, with Daddy Long Legs and DJs Josh Styles and Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
The November 16 show happens at Brooklyn Bowl and features Reigning Sound, La La Brooks, and The A-Bones with The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins, and Bloodshot Bill. The night ends with an edition of Soul Clap & Dance-Off and Tickets to that show are on sale as well.
The Sonics were last here in April to play a Norton Records benefit at The Bell House. The Flamin' Groovies were here in over the summer, as were Reigning Sound (who also played a Norton benefit in January). A-Bones will also play The Bell House in October opening for 126.96.36.199.'s.
Flamin' Groovies will be playing a few other shows before the Norton Records party and those dates are listed below.
Austra at MHOW in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
CHVRCHES, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES have gone from playing Mercury Lounge in March to Terminal 5 tonight, all without an album out. That changes this week with the release of The Bones of What You Believe. Before they go on, XXYYXX will get your feet moving too.
Austra, Diana @ Webster Hall
Toronto goth pop band Austra now have two excellent albums under their belts, and anyone who's seen them knows their animated live show more than does them justice.
Lee Scratch Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Daedelus, Addis Pablo @ Le Poisson Rouge
Reggae legend Lee "Scratch" Perry is eccentric. Also undeniably brilliant. Doors for this show are at 10 PM, so don't expect him to take the stage until laaaaaate.
Las Rosas, The Wrong Words, The Young Sinclairs (members of Eternal Summers), Christines @ Cake Shop
Here's a crazy good bill for lovers of guitar pop. San Francisco's The Wrong Words make nervy power pop; Roanoke, VA's Young Sinclairs (who share a drummer with Eternal Summers) play superior, harmony-laden janglepop (stream a track below); and tonight's the first live show from new Brooklyn band Christines who definitely give off serious Felt vibes.
Spray Paint, Pampers, Degreaser, Beech Creeps @ Death By Audio
Austin, TX's Spray Paint make claustrophobic no-wave style garage, which pairs well with the distorted art punk of Brooklyn's Pampers.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
It's always a treat to get sweaty with Jon Spencer, especially a free tiny show like this.
Jonah Matranga, Psychic Friend @ Mercury Lounge
Far frontman Jonah Matranga has previously recorded solo music as Onelinedrawing, but for his new album he's doing it under his own name, and if the sound of this new song is indicative of what's to come, it sounds like he's going in an acoustic direction. Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is being opened by Psychic Friend, aka Will Schwartz (of Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower), who makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cassandra Jenkins @ Glasslands
Brooklyn folk singer Lady Lamb the Beekeper released an impressive new album this year, and she's spent a lot of time on the road in support of it. But now she's back home, and will play a local show tonight.
Mascott, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra @ Mercury Lounge
Mascott (aka Kendall Meade) just released her new EP, Cost/Ammount, and tonight's the release show and her first in two years. Playing in her band tonight are Doug Gillard and Jennifer O'Connor.
Portland Cello Project, Jolie Holland @ Le Poisson Rouge
This stringed ensemble turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. Last year's Homage features their arrangements of hip hop songs from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others.
Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash w/ Chris Thile & more @ The Bell House (2 PM)
The second annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash sees Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) joined by collaborator Michael Daves, Sarah Jarosz joined by Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith, and so much more for this full day of foot-stompin', finger-pickin' fun.
The A-Bones, Lenny Kaye, Andy Shernoff & more @ Bowery Electric
Bowery Electric hosts the Waggytail Rescue 10th Anniversary tonight with quality garage rock, punk, and the like from The A-Bones (who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), and more. More info and full lineup at the Facebook event. Next month, The A-Bones play The Bell House with The 188.8.131.52.'s.
Dessa, Sombear @ Bowery Ballroom
Doomtree's Dessa mixes it up between spoken word, conscious rap, and neo-soul, always making for an interesting show.
Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
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The 184.108.40.206's at The Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Japanese garage rock trio The 220.127.116.11.'s who famously appeared in Kill Bill and have also been putting out records for over two decades, are set to return to NYC this year to play a show on October 27 at The Bell House, the same venue where they played the Norton Records 25th Anniversary in 2011. That show is with Brooklyn garage rockers The A-Bones (who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member) and Guitar Lightnin' lee and His Thunder Band. Tickets for the show are on sale now. It's the band's only announced US date at the moment.
Speaking of Yo La Tengo and the Bell House, YLT also just announced three holiday shows they'll play at the Brooklyn venue this December.
Watch a couple 18.104.22.168's videos below...
Kurt Braunohler @ Williamsburg Park, 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Kurt Braunohler, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Ted Leo (musical guest) @ The Bell House
Kurt Braunohler just released his first comedy album -- on indie rock label Kill Rock Stars -- and is hosting a release party tonight featuring a cavalcade of comedy talent, plus indie rock's friend-to-funny, Ted Leo. Sold out.
Pete Rock Vs. DJ Premier @ East River Park (FREE)
Producer, rapper and DJ Pete Rock will be at East River Park for a Lyricist Lounge-sponsored turntable battle against Gang Starr's DJ Premier.
Skibeatz & The Sensei's, Nitty Scott, Smoke DZA, DJ Bice @ Mercury Lounge
Famed hip hop producer Ski Beatz is doing another of his Mercury Lounge shows tonight, and this one includes two of NYC's better local rappers, Nitty Scott and Smoke DZA. If you're into local hip hop, there's no better option than this one tonight.
Low Fat Getting High, The Can't Tells, The Teen Age, Realtions, Samsel & The Skirt @ Pianos
The Can't Tells' August residency at Pianos wraps up today, and among other bands, it includes promising Brooklyn punk band Low Fat Getting High, who are always worth catching.
Boyfrndz, Celestial Shore, Zula, Weekend Money @ Knitting Factory
Groove-oriented Austin trio Boyfrndz aren't too far, sonically, from Bear in Heaven, making spacy rock that you can dance to, too. You can stream their new EP, Natures, below.
Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Guerilla Toss, Advaeta, Bambara @ 285 Kent Avenue
Noir-tinged postpunks Advaeta are about to hit the road and are playing a kickoff show tonight. Things start loud with Bambara and end on a somber note with experimental/ambient Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk.
The Detroit Cobras, The A-Bones @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Vets of the modern garage rock scene, The Detroit Cobras are one of the few bands to work almost exclusively with covers and still retain cool cred. They're also vets of Rocks Off parties, and partying with them on a boat sounds like a fun late summer night.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ The Paramount
Late '70s/'80s pop/rock star Pat Benatar and her longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo bring the hits to Long Island for a show at The Paramount tonight.
Fred Frith, Laurie Anderson @ The Stone
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith (the man behind 1974's legendary Guitar Solos) is beginning his residency at The Stone tonight, which runs through September 1. For both the early and late shows tonight (8 PM and 10 PM), Fred will be joined by art pop mastermind Laurie Anderson on violin and keyboards.
Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.
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photos by Greg Cristman
The Remains @ The Bell House - 6/7/13
'60s Boston garage rockers The Remains came to NYC for a show at the Bell House on Friday (6/7) with '80s/'90s NYC garage rockers The A-Bones (who featured Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo and the owners of Norton Records). Both bands were introduced by Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith's band (who also just played). Pictures, including ones of the setlists (though The A-Bones replaced "Steady with Betty" with "Real True Love" on theirs) are in this post.
Mermaid Parade 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
No need to wait for Sunday's Gay Pride Parade to experience colorfully and barely dressed people marching down a NYC street in front of thousands of spectators. Saturday (6/23) is the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The parade starts at 2 PM on West 22nd St. between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk, but get there earlier for a good spot (and don't forget to leave time for the long subway ride).
This year's king and queen are comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling (Howard Stern Show) and actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, True Love).
As always, the parade will be followed by the Mermaid Ball, which starts at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. This year's ball features a Moby DJ set and live sets by The A Bones, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 and The Moto-Wrays, in addition to this year's king Jackie Martling performing in the Aquatheater, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, "real live mermaids," a laser light show tent and more. Tickets for the ball are available.
Meanwhile, Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island have begun and will continue every Friday (including tonight) through August 31. "For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street." The flier for this is below.
More Mermaid Parade details below...
words & photos by Keith Marlowe
Tandoori Knights @ the Bell House
I started the night, the fourth and final night of the the Norton Records 25th Anniversary celebration at the Bell House, watching Andy Shernoff from the Dictators playing an acoustic set in the front room. He ended with his hilarious zombie Jew song, based on Jesus's return to Earth.
The Figures of Light, who originally formed in 1970, played their classic proto-punk songs as well as tracks off their new album, Drop Dead, which was recorded this July in Brooklyn by the Gories' Mick Collins, who plays guitar in the band along with original members Wheeler Winston Dixon and Michael Downey, as well as Mark Natale and Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.
The Real Kids had to cancel due to illness, so another New Jersey band, the Swinging Neckbreakers filled in for them.
After them came the A-Bones, who feature vocalist Billy Miller and his wife, drummer Miriam Linna from Norton Records. They were joined at the end of their set Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flaming Groovies, who also played with the Daddy Long Legs the night before, and who played 'Teenage Head,' which was inspired by Kim Fowley when he was recording their record. Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, who played the celebration on Friday night as part of the Condo Fucks, was also playing guitar in the A-Bones. as he often does.
Tandoori Knights, a take-off on the British show Tandoori Nights were next. They are fronted by King Khan and Bloodshot Bill, and the band is a slightly slower, more melodic sound than the two are known for in their other projects, but they still kept the crowd moving until after 1 am, when Norton founders Billy and Miriam came out to thank everyone who had made the sold-out four day event such a success. Billy, Miriam, and King Khan also all made late night appearances on the first night of the fest.
The Sonics @ The Bell House
After they finished the thank-you's at nearly 1:45, the band everyone was waiting to see, The Sonics, took the stage. They had headlined a show Saturday afternoon at Maxwell's too. I didn't see that, but Sunday night they took the Bell House stage and just completely laid it down. I was really impressed. They played an hour and a half set that just kept picking up energy the entire time, hitting all their well-knows songs, like Strychnine, the Hustler, Boss Hoss, Psycho and climaxed with their first and best-known hit, the Witch, and tore right into a cover of Louie Louie they totally owned, probably playing it better and with more authority than any other band in the world is capable of doing. The biggest surprise to me was how good their new songs are. Usually a band reforms knowing that they have a catalogue that people celebrate and will pay to hear, and they can tour on that nostalgia factor, or write some songs that completely lack the chemistry that the original members once had. I've definitely groaned when a reunion band announces, "we're gonna play some of our new songs tonight." but the Sonics have hit the studio hard. The new songs, Cheap Shades, Bad Attitude, Don't Back Down, and Vampire Kiss were really tight, and would sound right at home on both Here Are the Sonics and BOOM. Their new record, 8, was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino and was released in 2010. It's great to see such an important band still touring and recording great songs......
More photos from the Sunday night show below...
"The Sonics? Wow!" - Anonymous | May 15, 2009 9:52 AM
Classic NYC garage rock label Norton Records will celebrate their 25th Anniversary over the course of four nights at The Bell House (Nov 10-13). The shows feature some pretty incredible artists, including most notably The Sonics, whose 1965 garage rock classic Here Are The Sonics is regarded by some as the first punk rock album. Norton Records reissued the album in 1999. The Sonics headline the last night (11/13) of the run. Tickets are on sale now for all four nights.
Tickets are also on sale for a daytime Sonics show happening November 12th at Maxwell's. You can hit this show and still not miss the show later that night at the Bell House. Sunday during the day is the Brooklyn Record Riot at Warsaw.
The Sonics need no introduction, but those not familiar should consider that Kurt Cobain said in a Nardwuar interview that "They got the most amazing drum sound I've ever heard. Still to this day, it's still my favorite drum sound. It sounds like he's hitting harder than anyone I've ever known." The White Stripes call them the "epitome of '60s punk," "harder than The Kinks," and say that "life becomes better after buying a Sonics record." Newer band Japandroids love them too, and say, "When you listen to it, even at low volumes, it sounds like it's blasting. And I like how you can feel they would melt your face if you saw them live." Don't sleep on catching them live. Last time they were in NYC was 2007. Who saw them at Warsaw? How was it? Check out videos from a December 2010 KEXP appearance below.
Fellow '60s garage rock vets ? and the Mysterians, best known for their 1966 single "96 Tears," headline the night before them. Other noteworthy bands include The Real Kids, led by John Felice of the The Modern Lovers, and The Randy Fuller Four. Randy Fuller was part of his brother's group The Bobby Fuller Four in the 1960s, who recorded the first successful version of the single "I Fought the Law," popularly covered by The Clash. Folllowing Bobby's untimely death in 1966 at age 23, Randy took over the group, which he renamed The Randy Fuller Four.
Reigning Sound, Mark Sultan (BBQ), The Condo Fucks, A-Bones, Flamin Groovies.... there are so many people on these bills, it's too much to list. Full lineup and some videos, below...
Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies w/ the A-Bones (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Similar to 2009, Roy Loney & Cyril Jordan of The Flamin' Groovies will reunite on stage with "musical accompaniment" by The A-Bones for two shows in two different countries this week. The first happens TONIGHT (4/21) at the Bell House in Brooklyn where The A-Bones will also play a separate set of their own and share a Norton Records family bill with Los Vigilantes and Daddy Longlegs. Tickets are still available.
Then it's on to a plane and to the UK for the proto-punkers who will play an Easter Sunday show as part of the LeBeat Bespoke Festival in London, England. Also playing that British festival (but today) is Eli 'Paperboy' Reed who also has a Brooklyn show in his future. The soulful guy will share a bill with Lily and The Parlor Tricks at Southpaw on June 6th. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below.
In other soul news, The Budos Band now have a NYC show scheduled. You can catch the instrumental Daptone ensemble when they play a free Summerstage show in Staten Island's Tappen Park on August 3rd. That's about a month and a half after they play the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festival in Atlantic City, and a couple of weeks before they head down to North Carolina for the Hopscotch Fest.
The A-Bones recently played a benefit at Union Pool in support of relief for Japan. How was that? Sometimes A-Bones member and full time Yo La Tengo member Ira Kaplan recently sat in with Obits at Generation Records on Record Store Day. Last night Obits played a different benefit at Union Pool, and pictures and a review from that one (in honor of Brendan Majewski) are on the way.
Tour dates and some videos below...
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host a Japan Benefit on April 10th (Sunday), and for $10 you'll get seven bands, a raffle ticket, and piece of mind in knowing that all proceeds go towards AmeriCares & Direct Relief International. Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens will headline the festivities, which will also feature The A-Bones, The Live Ones, Mighty Fine, The Dixons, The Back CCs, and The Underthings. There will also be DJ sets from WFMU DJs Dave The Spazz, Gaylord Fields, and John Funke, as well as DJ Kongress and DJ Shimmy. The show kicks off at 4PM. The flier and more details are below.
That's ten days before the venue will host the previous discussed benefit for the late Brendan Majewski of Orphan. Krallice, Obits, Mira Bilotte, and Dope Body are all on board for this $10 show, which kicks off at 8PM with all proceeds going back to the Majewski family to help pay for expenses. Orphan material will be reinterpreted by the bands playing the show. Flyer is below.
You can of course also catch Naomi Shelton every Friday night at Fat Cat too.
More details on the benefit shows, and their fliers are below.
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
The Ponderosa Stomp is now in its 9th year and has grown steadily since its origins as a backyard wedding party for festival founder Ira 'Dr. Ike' Padnos. The 2-day, New Orleans-based festival (that took place on Sept 24 and 25th this year) brings to the stage an amazing line-up of 'unsung heroes' and originators in the intermingled genres of country, blues, garage, rock n' roll, soul, swamp pop, rhythm & blues, and funk. Attendees experienced artists who actively recorded in the 1940's through the 1970's and 1980's delivering profoundly moving and authentic performances, providing a vivid glimpse into a world of music that might seem long-gone.
The Stomp is musically successful because it encourages artists to perform their original music and brings in talented and dedicated bands to support them. This year included many of the usual suspects (check out the review and pictures from 2009): New Orleans soul-blues veterans Lil Buck and the Top Cats, Western Music masters Deke Dickerson and the Eccophonics, Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts, The A-Bones, and Eve and the Exiles. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents debuted with La La Brooks of the Crystals who will be in NYC on October 20th when she plays a CMJ show at BB King Blues Club & Grill with Paula Valstein. Tickets are on sale if you don't have a CMJ badge.
The Stomp attracts a core audience of baby boomer soul and blues fanatics, rock-a-billies, Zoot-suiters, music writers, radio hosts, DJ's, record collectors, historians, WFMU-types, and a sprinkling of open-minded music lovers of varied backgrounds and ages. During the day, there are panel discussions between artists and respected historians, screenings of rare music documentaries and a record show. Even for the most die-hard, the sum total is a bit overwhelming. But Dr. Ike, an anesthesiologist by trade, seems to revel in the dazed and delirious look on people's faces at the end of 2 non-stop days. If you can keep your bloodshot eyes open, you'll see him floating from stage to stage with his airbrushed T-shirt that reads "Dr. Ike Stomped My Ass".
Pictures from both nights of the 2010 festval continue below...
DOWNLOAD: Mark Sultan - The Wind (Nolan Strong cover) (MP3)
Mark Sultan at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
King Khan and BBQ were originally scheduled to play shows this month, including one at the Bell House, but those were all cancelled and an October King Khan and the Shrines tour quickly showed up instead.
Now Mark 'BBQ' Sultan, who released his new LP $ via Last Gang Records (Metric's label) earlier this year, has an October tour of his own including an October 16th early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour ends with Mark opening a bunch of dates for Deer Tick.
Mark also has a track on a new Nolan Strong tribute album. Nolan was a 50's R&B singer, and his fans (other artists who contributed songs to the album) include Lenny Kaye, Reigning Sound, Gentleman Jesse, A-Bones, and the Dirtbombs. Order the album at The Wind Records. Grab Mark's track for free above.
Full comp tracklist, Mark's new NSFW video for "Status", and all tour dates below...
Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Gabi Porter)
Rock Off have updated their summer schedule of NYC Boat Cruise shows, which, like always, has focus on punk & garage (though there are other genres too). It includes Jello Biafra on May 29th, Electric Six on July 15th, Murphy's Law's annual Jimmy birthday show on August 12th, The Bouncing Souls on September 13th, and an August 2nd show with the Black Lips (who are in town much sooner a free but full RSVP-only show at Knitting Factory on April 29th with Pierced Arrows).
Other gigs includes Dam-Funk on April 24th (TONIGHT), Budos Band on June 11th, three NY Night Train parties, and The A-Bones on June 23rd. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. No ticket info for Bouncing Souls yet. Black Lips go on sale Friday, April 30th.
Punk and punk-like boat shows are listed below...
Raphael Saadiq is playing Terminal 5 on December 4th. Tickets are on sale.
Alberta Cross is headlining Bowery Ballroom on February 4th. Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon).
Violens and Acrylics share a bill at Mercury Lounge on December 9th. Tickets are on sale.
Slim pickins for New Years Eve shows in NYC this year. Mercury Lounge has The A-Bones opening for The Detroit Cobras. Tickets are on sale.
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) in NOLA
The above and below photos are from a show the Condo Fucks played with the A-Bones at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on April 27th.
At that gig, the A-Bones were joined by Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies. The next night, at the Ponderosa Stomp Festival, the A-Bones played as the backing band for Loney and Cyril Jordan (also of The Flamin' Groovies). That reunited combo comes to Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 23rd and Southpaw in Brooklyn on July 24th. Tickets for the Southpaw show and tickets for the Maxwell's gig are both on sale.
Yo La Tengo currently have three shows booked. The band plays Primavera Sound Festival tonight (May 29th) in Barcelona. The band opens for Wilco at Brooklyn's Keyspan Park on Monday, July 13th (tickets still on sale for that) and plays Pitchfork Music Festival's "Set List by Request" night on July 17th.
More pictures from New Orleans and all tour dates below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Ira Kaplan, The A-Bones + Flamin' Groovies
Among the resurrected bluesmen, rockabilly cats, garage rockers and soul shouters at the eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp were various "Littles," including Little Willie Littlefield, Little Joe Washington, Lil' Buck Sinegal -- not to mention Long John Hunter and Lazy Lester. Though each of these acts that held court at the festival (held April 28 and 29 at the House of Blues in New Orleans), and several others -- including a master's class given by newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson -- demonstrated the breadth and width of American music, one undisputed highlight was the Wednesday reunion of the two prime forces in the Flamin' Groovies, who played a set together for the first time since 1971.Pictures from Day One are HERE. The rest of Day Two, below...
Groovies frontman Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, who co-founded the Bay Area rock band in 1965, tore through selections from the three critically heralded LPs released before Loney's departure, with backing by Brooklyn combo the A-Bones (which featured Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboards and guitar, and, appropriately, former Flamin' Groovies Fan Club president Miriam Linna behind the drum kit). As Loney explains, "Cyril and I rehearsed in San Francisco and the A-Bones rehearsed in New York" -- yet this bicoastal convergence showed no signs of disconnect, jelling as if they were a long-estabished unit. [Spinner]
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
"Before Kansas City was recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Peggy Lee, the song was first released in 1952 as K.C. Loving by an obscure Houston pianist named Little Willie Littlefield.The Stomp is coming to Lincoln Center in July. More pictures from Day One of this year's New Orleans fest, Howard Tate (who has a NYC date of his own coming up) included, below...
The single became a regional hit in the Los Angeles area, where Littlefield was recording for Federal Records, but it would be up to Wilbert Harrison, Trini Lopez, James Brown and Hank Ballard to turn Kansas City into a top 25 hit on the national pop and R&B charts. Littlefield remained a fascinating, mysterious footnote to pop-music history.
The annual Ponderosa Stomp festival in New Orleans exists to bring such footnotes to life. This showcase for the semi-legends of rockabilly, blues and R&B was founded eight years ago by Ira Padnos, a local anesthesiologist and record collector who goes by the moniker of Dr. Ike and favors thrift-shop fezzes and Indian headdresses atop his unruly bush of dark curls. His extravaganza has grown from a local bar to this year's two-night stand at the French Quarter's House of Blues, with 37 sets spread out over two stages.
And so, on Tuesday, the first day of the eighth-annual Ponderosa Stomp, there was the 77-year-old Littlefield, dressed in a dark-blue brocade blazer and grinning with delight beneath his comb-over." [Jazz News]
by Andrew Frisicano
The record release party for that disc will be a NYC boat cruise show hosted by Rocks Off on Friday, July 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Even sooner, the A-Bones play a show at NJ's Maxwell's on Friday, May 8th with Roddy Jackson and The Memphis Morticians. Tickets for that show are also on sale.
Tickets are on sale for other Rock Off boat shows too. Ska bands the Slackers (June 27) and the Pietasters (August 15) and UK punks the Business (May 15) are some of the bands on the schedule so far.
Down in New Orleans, the A-Bones are playing a show with the Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) on April 27th. That's followed by appearances at the Ponderosa Stomp Festival in the same town on April 28th and 29th. NYC's own mini version of that festival will happen at Lincoln Center in mid-July. The A-Bones aren't currently scheduled to be a part of that, but the full line-up won't be announced until April 22nd.
More info on the new A-Bones album, all tour dates, plus videos including one with Ira from YLT on vocals and guitar, below...
photos by Zach Stern
DOWNLOAD: The King Khan & BBQ Show - Teenage Foetus (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The King Khan & BBQ Show - I'll Never Belong (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The King Khan & BBQ Show - Zombies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The King Khan & BBQ Show - Blow My Top (MP3)
King Khan & The BBQ Show played their 2nd of two Thanksgiving-weekend shows in NYC last night (Sunday, 11/30) at Bowery Ballroom with the A-Bones (a band that features Ira from Yo La Tengo as a member) and Vivian Girls (the makers of the 4th best album of the year according to Gorilla vs Bear). Their (KK & BBQ) next show, as just announced, is this Wednesday at the WIRED Store. Vivian Girls' next local show is New Years Eve at Wellmont Theater with Yo La Tengo. One of VG's other recent NYC shows didn't have King Khan on the bill, but he was also there.
King Khan & BBQ didn't release much this year, but King Khan and the Shrines did release "The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines" on VICE which at least one person thinks was one of the best albums of the year.
More pictures from Sunday night's Bowery show below...
Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboard (more by Jason Bergman)
The A-Bones is a garage rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band was formed in 1984 by Billy Miller and Miriam Linna, who had previously been the editors of Kicks, a pop culture journal, and the founders of Norton Records. The band, which was named after a song by The Trashmen, also featured Mike Mariconda, Mike Lewis (a founding member of both Boston's Lyres and Hoboken's Yo La Tengo), Bruce Bennett, Marcus "The Carcass" Natale, and Lars Espensen, with Miller, Linna, Bennett, Natale, and Espensen playing on the bulk of the band's recordings and for most of the band's touring life. Aside from recording three albums, two EPs, and roughly a dozen 45's, The A-Bones also performed as a backup band for acts such as Hasil Adkins, Ronnie Dawson, Cordell Jackson, The Flamin' Groovies' Roy Loney and many others. Though the band broke up in 1994, The A-Bones reunited in 2004 and continue to perform sporadic gigs in the US and in Europe, in their core line-up frequently augmented by Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on keyboard. [Wikipedia]The A-Bones - 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 7 - Maxwells in Hoboken w/ Magic Christian, New Jersey (TICKETS)
Sep 13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn w/ The Ettes and Nouvellas (TICKETS)
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Magnetic Field in Brooklyn is closing down, and this is sadly their final week of shows. Last night's show featured The A-Bones and special guests the Condo Fucks. Bryan Bruchman (aka Subinev) was there to document the action....
not to be confused with Fuck Buttons....
The Condo Fucks are playing Magnetic Field in Brooklyn Friday night (March 28, 2008). It;s one of the venue's last shows ever. Who are they? According to the club they are,
Of "Government Problem," "Fuckin' Gary Sandy," etc. fame.The other band on the bill is The A-Bones. Their show description reads...
Adieu Magnetic Field! Friday night of the final week for a venue that must shoulder much of the blame for us still being together. Say it ain't so!!!! We're extra jazzed to be playing with The Condo Fucks of "We're Moving In!" fame.And most interesting of all is this message from Matador Records:
Legendary Matador Recording Artists Return To The Stage This FridayAt first I thought of Stephen Malkmus because he has three NYC shows coming up, but he'll be in DC Friday night. Now I think it's got to be Yo La Tengo, or at least related to them somehow, but really I have no idea.
The Condo Fucks are supporting the A-Bones this Friday night at Brooklyn's Magnetic Field. Doors open at 8pm, there's an $8 cover and DJ Phast Phreddie will be spinning. Records, presumably.
Fuck Buttons are playing that night too, but at Bowery Ballroom.