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Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ Madison Square Park in June '08 (more by Chris La Putt)
Eli Paperboy Reed

The Brooklyn Soul Festival will take place at the Bell House on August 28th and 29th. Acts on the bill include Otis Clay, Barbara Lynn, Maxine Brown, Roscoe Robinson, and Hermon Hitson.

Two nights of full sets from legends of soul music from around the country, rarely seen individually, never before on the same bill together - backed by two of the most in-demand bands in soul music today. Before and after the live performances, top soul DJs from around the world (Germany, UK, Georgia, LA, and NYC confirmed so far) will spin the finest 45s for the dancefloor. Vintage clothing and record fair the afternoon of day 2! On the first night, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves will be the backing band (as well as playing some new songs from their forthcoming Capitol Records album), and on the second night, the Sweet Divines will be the backing band (as well as doing their own set).
Tickets for Day 1, Day 2 and two-day passes are now on sale. Full lineup, flyer, and some videos below...

Continue reading "2009 Brooklyn Soul Festival - 2 nights in August (Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & the Sweet Divines are the house bands)"

Harvey Danger

After 15 years, three albums, hundreds of shows, and far more twists and turns than we ever imagined possible, we've decided to put Harvey Danger to rest. The decision is totally mutual and utterly amicable. Everyone is very proud of the work we've done together, but we've also come to feel that our collaboration has--in a very positive way--run its course. We're all eager to try our hands at other projects, musical and otherwise. Chances are we'll all work together in one form or another; if we've learned anything, it's that you never know what will happen. Of course, putting an end to something we've been working on since our early 20s can't help being accompanied by a soupcon of melancholy. Nonetheless, as the Chambers Brothers remind us, time has come today. Rock bands have life spans, and Harvey Danger's has been longer, and more eventful, than even we would have predicted. [Harvey Danger]
The band's Farewell tour consists of six dates (currently). One of those will be Saturday, August 8th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Opening will be Jukebox the Ghost and Dave Hill's powerpop band Valley Lodge. Tickets are on sale.

The band previously played a "final show" in 2001, which led to a two year hiatus. Read the rest of Harvey Danger's goodbye note, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Harvey Danger is breaking up -- final tour dates (Bell House)"

Fountains of Wayne play the Bell House on Sept 15. Tickets are on sale.

DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - Luna (MP3)


UK band Fanfarlo will be bringing their new record, Reservoir, overseas in September. Currently the trip is only two shows (which might change). Their first gig on Monday, September 21st was originally scheduled to be at the Mercury Lounge. That's since been moved to the Bowery Ballroom... pretty good considering their last NYC gig was almost a year earlier and at Fat Baby. Tickets are on sale.

One day later, the band plays "the perfect place for them" -- the Bell House in Brooklyn -- on Tuesday, September 22nd. Tickets to that are on sale too.

Their new record, Reservoir (which is in heavy rotation over here), is no longer up as a $1 download, but you can pre-order the record on CD and LP, as well as a special edition, at band's website, all of which include an immediate download. Think David Byrne, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Arcade Fire. "Luna" from the album is posted above.

The group played their song "Finish Line," also from that record, live in a garden. A video of that, with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Fanfarlo - add Brooklyn show, move Mercury one to Bowery"

by Black Bubblegum

The Drones at SXSW (more by Faith-Ann Young)
The Drones

For a band from Australia, The Drones sure play in the US a lot (a good thing). And now comes word that The Drones have added a few more US shows surrounding their appearance at ATP NY 2009 (they played the upstate NY fest in 2008 too). That includes some West Coast shows, and a September 9th date at The Bell House in Brooklyn (two days before they play ATP) (no tickets yet - Tickets are now on sale.).

At ATP, The Drones' will be performing their 2005 LP Wait Long By The River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By (no word on whether they'll do that at other shows on the tour too). Also part of the 'Don't Look Back' segment of ATP (on 9/11): Suicide will perform their first LP, The Feelies will perform Crazy Rhythms, and Dirty Three will perform Ocean Songs. Tickets are still available.

Dirty Three also have a show scheduled for NYC around ATP NY, Bowery Ballroom on 9/13 (tix here).

The Feelies just finished up a three day residency at Maxwell's, and played an acoustic show at the Whitney.

The Jesus Lizard, who are performing on the Don't Look Back date of ATP NY but are not playing an LP in full, are also playing NYC, though their show is a couple of months later (November 16th). Tickets are still available. A second show is rumored, though still unconfirmed.

All Drones dates below...

Continue reading "The Drones - 2009 Tour Dates (NYC before ATP NY)"

St. Vincent @ The Bell House 6/25 (sneuffer)
St. Vincent

it's the first time i've seen annie perform in an outfit that wasn't all black. she opened with "marry me", which was fitting since several guys professed their desire to propose matrimony to the fair annie. she continued with selections from "actor", including "the strangers", "black rainbow" and "actor out of work". [sharock]
That pic and review are from St. Vincent's special "fan appreciation" show at the Bell House on June 25th. The gig came after a run of spring/early-summer shows that included Webster Hall on May 20th, Sasquatch Fest, Bonnaroo and an appearance on David Letterman.

St. Vincent is already back on the road. She plays a three-week European tour this July. She'll be back for All Points West on August 1st, then has assorted shows planned (including MD Virgin Mobile Fest), which lead up to her big October North American tour with Andrew Bird (who's played APW last year, and has many upcoming gigs, all below). There are no NYC shows on the St.Vincent/Andrew Bird schedule (yet?). The trip includes performances for one episode of the Austin City Limits TV show. Mark your calendar -- their sets will be broadcast via "PBS stations nationwide on October 24th."

All tour dates, with a dark but fairly-good-audio version of "The Stranger" from the Bell House show, below...

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Ida Maria @ Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Ida Maria

Ida Maria just played two NYC shows on June 12th and 14th (Bell House & Hiro Ballroom). Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker was at the June 14th show at the Bell House.

Some observations on Ida (pronounced "eee-DA") Maria's set on Sunday night at The Bell House.

1) Ida Maria stuffed smokeless tobacco into her mouth twice during the set.
2) She confessed to drinking champagne before the show but waited until the last song, "Oh My God," to pour water over her head. [video below]
4) The drummer played something suspiciously like a drum solo before "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked." It was really good.
6) I could probably watch Ida Maria scream for about fifteen minutes before getting bored. Actual words not necessary.

She's coming back this summer with shows scattered around the country in July and August including one taking place at Maxwell's on Thursday, August 13th with opener Franz Nicolay. Tickets are on sale now.

The above mentioned video, video blogs from Ida's June tour, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Ida Maria - more summer tour dates - Maxwell's on sale "

New York Burlesque Festival

The 7th Annual New York Burlesque Festival will be taking place Thursday, October 1st to Sunday October 4th. Festival venues include the Bell House, BB King's and Le Poisson Rouge.

The fest is being organized by NYC burlesque aces the Pontani Sisters (who performed June 25th at Santos) and Thirsty Girl Productions' Jen Gapay. Applications are currently being accepted for performers.

Three day VIP passes are on sale now. More info, with a video trailer of the 2008 fest, below...

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photos by Lori Baily

backstage shenanigans at the Bell House
Robyn Hitchcock

On Thursday [June 11th] I saw Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey - at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Ken Stringfellow of the Posies opened in a solo capacity; he was preceded by Takka Takka.

Despite owning at least eight of his albums, and enjoying them always, I'm not the world's biggest Robyn Hitchcock expert. But I was surrounded by people who were, and they rated it one of his better shows... [Tony Fletcher]

Robyn Hitchcock opened for the Decemberists at Radio City a day before that. Two days after the Bell House show, he performed at this year's Bonnaroo...
"This is the first festival I've really been to since seeing Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wright in 1970," [Hitchcock] tells Spinner. With his typical self-deprecating sense of humor -- we think that's what it is, anyway -- he recalls that after the massive Isle of Wright festival, as a performer he "decided to take a different tact and wherever there were going to be lots of people I'd be naught," says Hitchcock. "And, 40 years later, I'm beginning to reconsider my game. Should I do more public appearances where there are people? A lot of my colleagues in show business have answered with a vigorous nod -- 'Yes, Robin, play in front of an audience.'"

So Robin Hitchcock and the Venus 3 did indeed take the stage, to massive applause and in front of thousands...

That trend continues. His next show is at Glastonbury later this month. His next scheduled stateside gig will be at the Austin City Limits Festival in October. More Bell House pictures below...

Continue reading "Robyn Hitchcock (now playing festivals) played Bonnaroo & the Bell House w/ Ken Stringfellow & Takka Takka (pics) "

So Cow

"I aim to sum up something so neatly that my friend Muiris will go, 'Ah, nicely said,'" So Cow main man Brian Kelly told the blog Hi-Fi Popcorn last year. "I like the idea of someone listening and going, 'Ah, that's what I thought!" If you've ever been young and unlucky in love, the Irish multi-instrumentalist has a song that will strike exactly that kind of emotional chord. Like Television Personalities or the Clean [who have a new album coming out] at their most engaging, Kelly plays rickety guitar-pop that sounds homemade without feeling insular. So Cow compiles the best of Kelly's singles and self-released CDs so far, remastered by underground rock luminary Bob Weston. Sing-along hooks and scruffy charm abound. [Pitchfork reviewed the new LP today]
You've had a bunch of chances to catch Ireland's So Cow play live in the United States over the course of the past two months. Tonight (6/15) is your last before he leaves, and as previously pointed out, it takes place at the Bell House in Brooklyn with "new DFA signees Free Energy and '90s indie rock ifluenced Brooklynites Diehard". It also only costs $5.00.

A bunch of cool live videos were captured on other dates of the U.S. tour where So Cow, in addition to originals, was playing covers by bands like NoBunny and Television Personalities (who are referenced in the review above). Some of those videos are compiled for your viewing pleasure below...

Continue reading "So Cow live videos +++ last NYC show tonight (for now) "

DOWNLOAD: AA Bondy - When The Devil's Loose (MP3)

AA Bondy

A.A. Bondy's sophomore album, When The Devil's Loose, will be released September 1, 2009 on Fat Possum.

Recorded primarily in Water Valley, MS in April and May, When The Devil's Loose expands upon the stripped-down and stirring sound of his debut album, American Hearts. A full band now accompanies him on most tracks, lending a full, roomy sound to 10 haunting songs carried along by Bondy's lived-in voice. When The Devil's Loose sounds almost from another era, whether it's a quiet, spooky twang ("Oh The Vampyre"), lullaby-like ("On The Moon"), inflected with old-time R&B ("To The Morning"), or colored with traces of '60s pop (the buoyant "I Can See The Pines Are Dancing" and the melancholy, ethereal cadence of "When The Devil's Loose"). [PR]

Download the title track above!

Still out on tour with NYC's Holly Miranda, the pair played The Bell House in Brooklyn on June 6th, and AA was at the Sasquatch Festival not long before that. Videos from the Bell House & Sasquatch, all upcoming tour dates, and the new album tracklist, below...

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Michael and Michael

Executive produced by Black, Showalter, Jim Biederman ("Whitest Kids U Know," "I'm With Busey") and Lou Wallach, "Michael and Michael Have Issues" stars Black and Showalter in a new twist on narrative and sketch comedies that features the long-time comedic partners as the hosts of their own fictitious sketch show. Sketches will be interspersed throughout the narrative thread of each episode."
Michael and Michael is a new show that premieres on Comedy Central on July 15th. That same night, the State/Stella veterans "will perform comedy sets leading up to the live broadcast of the show" at The Bell House in Brooklyn! Tickets are on sale.

Last Thursday, M&M shot "a theater scene in front of a live audience". Videos below...

Continue reading "Michael & Michael Have Issues - on TV & live in Brooklyn"

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn and his band the Miracle 3 will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of Medicine Show with 2 shows in New York City and Los Angeles where they will play the classic album from start to finish for the first time. The Miracle 3--Steve's long-time band of Jason Victor, Dave Decastro and Linda Pitmon--did similar shows for The Days of Wine and Roses in 2001.

"Medicine Show is the weirdest, most idiosyncratic, nastiest, funniest and most revealing record the Dream Syndicate ever made," said Wynn in the liner notes from the record's 1991 reissue. "It's also my favorite." [Steve Wynn]

Tickets for that NYC show, to take place at the Bell House on June 27th, are on sale now. Clips of Steve and Dream Syndicate playing songs off Medicine Show back in the day, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: So Cow - Cassablanca (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Diehard - Christine (MP3)

So Cow

If you missed So Cow's four-night run at NYC last month, you're going to get one more chance to see them before he heads back to Ireland -- Monday, June 15 at the Bell House. Meanwhile, his tour is winding up with a sweep across California. This unassuming Irishman has made a lot of converts on this trip, so don't pass up this last NYC show for who knows how long. The Bell House show, which is only $5, also features new DFA signees (and ex-Hockey players) Free Energy and '90s indie rock ifluenced Brooklynites Diehard.

Video from a couple So Cow's U.S. shows and remaining tour dates after the jump....

Continue reading "So Cow continues U.S. tour - adds another Brooklyn show "

by Martin Longley

DOWNLOAD: Tortoise - Prepare Your Coffin (MP3)

Tortoise @ the Bell House in Brooklyn - May 30, 2009 (Ben Sisto)
Bell House

Less than a month before Beacons Of Ancestorship is released, Tortoise hit town for two highly contrasting gigs over a single weekend. First, they played a sold-out show at The Bell House, in Brooklyn's deserted Gowanus canal zone, then they climax the Bang On A Can marathon at the World Financial Center (tonight, 5/31). It's a return to full-on activity, as Tortoise's sixth studio album is effectively their first in five years. And now, their summer tour schedule is dawning.

Even though The Bell House is at capacity, this still doesn't make the gig uncomfortably crowded, particularly when taking advantage of the handy raised-bar area. The stage is kinda old-fashioned in its open-access bandstand look, allowing plenty of room for the massed multi-instrumentalist antics of Tortoise. All is in near-darkness, so the constant swapping of instruments isn't so disruptive or distracting.

Once at the vanguard of research into improvised roccolage, the quintet have become old established experimenters, whose former ramming together of cut-up elements now seems like a slickly-gliding fusion. Their sound is still their own, though: a unique mixture of rock, jazz, electro and minimalism, with all parts becoming Tortoisian once fed through their stylistic masticator.

Sometimes, the Tortoise output can become a tad stodgy, veering from nimble post-rock into behemoth prog. It's as though the band have become so familiar with its once-wild techniques that their results now sound too pre-formed, with all spiny encrustations smoothed into an aerodynamically efficient shape. At some points, they are sounding alarmingly like Yes. Most of the power surges as the Johns Herndon and McEntire coincide simultaneously on the drumkits, driving through interlocking beats inspired by samba, techno and the entire continent of Africa, sometimes during a single song. There's real marimba and a virtual vibes/percussion sample-trigger set-up too, ably deployed on the more minimalist stretches. The core Tortoise set lasts for an hour, but their enthusiastically-won encore stretches out for another 25 minutes, beginning with "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In", which also opens up the new album. It's the best tune of the evening, an immediate grower that's set to become a Tortoise classic. This is finding them at their techno end, and it's these moments, as well as their several headbanging rock-riffing cluster-outbursts that provide the peaks of the show.

If you miss Tortoise this time around, they'll be back again in July. Their new video for "Prepare Your Coffin" is below...

Continue reading "Tortoise played the Bell House -- Bang on a Can Sunday night"

DOWNLOAD: AA Bondy - There's a Reason (MP3)

Holly Miranda @ Mercury Lounge 2/18/09 (more by Tim Griffin)
Holly Miranda

Jealous Girlfriend gone solo Holly Miranda has been added to AA Bondy's June US tour. That includes the Saturday, June 6th show at Brooklyn's Bell House. Tickets are still on sale.

AA Bondy is in the process of finishing the follow-up to his 2007 debut, American Hearts, which was re-released in 2008 on Fat Possum. An MP3 from his debut is above; more news on the new disc to come. Bondy will also be at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo this year.

Holly Miranda comes off a string of NYC shows, including a CD release show at the Mercury Lounge for her self-released Sleep on Fire EP, which took place on May 5th (with Illinois).

A video of that release show at the Mercury Lounge, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda touring w/ AA Bondy - 2009 dates (Bell House) "

words by Eleanor Whitney and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

DOWNLOAD: The Secret History - It's Not the End of the World Jonah (MP3)

The Secret History
The Secret History

The New York City Popfest continued on Saturday night (5/16) with a packed line-up and packed house at Brooklyn's Bell House. Following openers Computer Perfection, California-based Eux Autres put in a super energetic set. From the persistent "bam bam bam" of the drums to the classic trade off of boy/girl vocals complete with girl group-esque harmonies, Eux Autres captured true the pop spirit of the festival. The were buoyed by trumpet playing from the Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson, Brooklyn's go-to musician for indie trumpeting.

The Secret History, who rose from the ashes of indie new wave darlings My Favorite, followed with pop melodies from the eerie, narrative driven side of the spectrum. Lead vocalist Lisa Ronson, clad in all black, and vocalist Erin Dermondy, clad in all white, were a glamorous site, but were too frozen at times for the dramatics the songs demanded as they invoked monsters and dead rock stars. Lisa's talents as a singer were best showcased during a cover of the Smiths' "Reel Around the Fountain," which singer and keyboardist Michael Grace, Jr. explained was "the reason he started writing pop songs and will never write a hit." At one point during the set Michael wore a tambourine as a halo, which served as a fitting popfest metaphor.

Following The Secret History's densely orchestrated anthems, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Pant Yell! played an enjoyably straight-ahead, indie rock set. It was heavy on the jangly guitar and three boys in the band wore their earnest hearts on their stripped sleeves.

The lineup's crown jewel were Swedish headliners The Radio Dept. in their second US appearance since 2003 (their first was one night earlier). The band delivered shimmering, dreamy pop with plenty of laptop-based layers and effects-laden guitars to keep Shoegaze fans satisfied. Their use of electronic, as opposed to live, drums made their set musically less energetic than the other bands, but the sound was still nice and full and the energy on the stage dynamic.

While from stage The Radio Dept. delivered down tempo, atmospheric pop with song titles like "I Wanted You to Feel the Same" and "The Worst Taste in Music" the sold-out crowd acted like they were at the indie-pop equivalent of an arena rock concert. The merest "thank you" uttered by the band brought forth roaring applause and cheers. While The Radio Dept.'s danceable beats and charming crush of sounds seem best suited for mild-mannered bopping, the activity of most of the crowd during their set, they also inspired fist pumping and ecstatic hand waving. After their one-song encore legions of fans rushed towards the stage to thank the band as they exited to howling applause. It was clear Brooklynites demand their pop and have high expectations for Swedish bands to deliver it. Thought their set felt short at 40 minutes, The Radio Dept. fans were not disappointed.

Pictures & videos from Day One, HERE. Day Two, HERE, Day Three, below...

Continue reading "NYC Popfest - night 3 pics & video (The Secret History, Radio Dept. Pants Yell! & more...) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - False Alarm (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Believe In Love (Live @ WOXY) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Complete Live @ WOXY session (MP3)

The Wooden Birds @ Mercury Lounge in April (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Wooden Birds

Like Lymbyc Systym, Andrew Kenny of The Wooden Birds and American Analog Set played on Her Space Holiday's XOXO album.

The Wooden Birds recently toured Europe and the US. That included three NYC shows in April, including one with Lymbyc System on April 10th at the Mercury Lounge, and a stop at WOXY to record a live session. The Wooden Birds' debut, Magnolia, is out now on Barsuk Records (An MP3 from that, above, with the WOXY session).

The Wooden Birds now have a new May/June US tour scheduled (with more dates to come). This tour includes a June 24th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn with Other Lives. Tickets are on sale.

Stillwater, Oklahoma band Other Lives, formerly Kunek, just released its debut as well. The self-titled release came out on tbd Records in April.

"When a band's instrumentation includes things like harmonium, vibraphone, electric harpsichord, mellotron, violin, cello, and lap steel, it's easy to feel intimidated; the combination of modern and analog instruments could make for a weird and cluttered orchestra, or a pretentious one at the very least. But Other Lives wield their cumbersome pile of apparatus gracefully, choosing instrumentations carefully, and using them to create a larger variety of feelings--on "End of the Year", the change from charming guitar-peppered opening movement to the darkened string-based middle section makes the song a story in and of itself." [Crawdaddy]
Check out some videos including one of Other Lives playing an acoustic version of "E Minor," a song off their debut, and all dates, below...

Continue reading "Wooden Birds & Other Lives (formerly Kunek) - tour dates"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Her Space Holiday - All You Demons (City Lights) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: City Light - New Kid Revival (Her Space Holiday) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lymbyc Systym - Carved By Glaciers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lymbyc Systym - Narita (MP3)

Her Space Holiday
Her Space Holiday

Her Space Holiday, the musical project of Marc Bianchi, is currently on tour across the US, his "first full US tour after a four year hiatus." That tour comes to Brooklyn's Bell House on Thursday, May 21st for a show with Lymbyc Systym and tourmates City Light. Tickets are on sale.

City Light is accmpanying HSH on most of the tour. In April, Banter Records released a HSH/CL split single, unofficially titled ("if i didn't feel sick, i wouldn't feel anything at all") to commemorate the trip, with each covering the other's songs. Both tracks from the single are posted above.

Her Space Holiday is planning a new LP for Fall 2009, with more tour dates to come in support of that. His last disc, XOXO Panda and the New Kid Revival, came out in October 2008 on Mush Records.

We're not sure who is currently in Her Space Holiday's band, but the band for XOXO included Andrew Kenny, as well as Mike Bell & Jared Bell of Lymbyc Systym, who are opening the Bell House show. That band also has its own US tour scheduled for July, which includes a July 18th show at Brooklyn's Union Hall. Lymbyc Systyem just released a new CD itself, a split-LP with This Will Destroy You called Field Studies, and a reissued its 2005 release Carved By Glaciers, both on Magic Bullet Records. The title track from Carved By Glaciers and "Narita" from Field Studies are posted above.

All tour dates (with HSH tour posters), and a video from talk between Her Space Holiday's Marc Bianchi and collaborator, artist PCP that took place on April 24th, 2009, below...

Continue reading "Her Space Holiday, City Light & Lymbyc Systym - MP3's & 2009 tour dates (Bell House Thursday)"

Ida Maria @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ida maria

Ida Maria is playing the Bell House on June 14th with Prayer For Animals & Aaron Behrens (Ghostland Observatory) & The Dirty Banquet. Tickets are on sale. Stay tuned for more dates as they are announced.

fancy new art & Times New Viking @ Market Hotel (c89)
Times New Viking

"So, just to get this out of the way: Market Hotel's new art installations make for some fucking awesome background shots. A bit less 'punk'/'DIY' than before, but way more art school dropout/middle school play about the inside of your stomach." [DARKWAVEVAWKRADARKWAVE]
Times New Viking played two NYC shows earlier this week: one on May 10th at the Market Hotel with Blues Control and Pink Reason, and another May 11th at the Bowery Ballroom with Vivian Girls and Stupid Party. MusicSnobbery said, the Bowery show "was a triple dose of low-to-no-fi garage rock as all the bands on the bill had three members."

With those gigs gone, the Bell House has announced that TNV is the "secret guest" at the Agit Reader's one-year anniversary celebration at the Brooklyn venue on Saturday, June 13th. Other acts include Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, the Mad Scene and El Jesus de Magico. Tickets are on sale.

Blues Control, who played with TNV on Sunday the 10th, has a short weekend tour coming up and NYC shows scheduled. Those include a Thursday, May 21st show at Coco 66 with Thrones, Lake and Popped Blimp; a Northside Fest appearance at the Shank with Kurt Vile, Grooms, Woods and Pygmy Shrews; and a set on June 21st at Goodbye Blue Monday's Make Music NY festivities. A new LP/CD from Blues Control is due in July on Siltbreeze.

One of Blues Control's last NYC shows was an opening gig for Animal Collective at NYC's Grand Ballroom in January. (FYI: Animal Collective is back in town now.)

All TNV and Blues Control tour dates, with a video of TNV playing two songs on Record Story Day '09 from their forthcoming Matador album, below...

Continue reading "Times New Viking played Bowery Ballroom & Market Hotel (with fancy new art) -- playing The Bell House (tix on sale) "

Bklyn Yard
Despite rumors to the contrary, the outdoor Brooklyn venue on the Gowanus canal (at the Issue Project Room's former address) will be open again this summer. Last year it was called The Yard. This year its new name is The BKLYN Yard (388 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY).

A few events have already been announced (below), and that includes the return of Sunday Best - the dance party happening at the venue every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. As an added bonus, this year they've secured the Bell House as a rain location. Full schedule and more details below...

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Eugene Mirman @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)
Eugene Mirman

Dates have been announced dates for this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which will take place September 17th - 20th at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Lineup and ticket info to come.

Last year's fest happened September 15th-18th, with events at the Bell House and Union Hall. Featured acts included Janeane Garofalo, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Aziz Ansari, Michael Showalter, Mike Birbiglia, Fred Armisen and many others.

Aziz Ansari, now an even huger celebrity thanks to a co-starring role in the new NBC TV series Parks and Recreation, will be back in NYC soon and will be making at least two appearances while he's here. The first is at Eugene Mirman's weekly Tearing the Veil of Maya show at Union Hall on Sunday, May 3rd @ 7:30 pm (tickets at the door) (Eugene won't actually be there though). The next is one night later at UCB as part of Leo Allen's weekly, late-night Whiplash show. Tickets to the latter are free, and you probably want to make a reservation.

Aziz's other upcoming appearances include the Sasquatch Festival, Bonnaroo, and a TBA DVD taping in NYC in "early June".

Mirman is currently on tour with Flight of the Conchords (which is why he won't be at Union Hall on Sunday), though he didn't jump on till after the group's two NYC shows.

Mirman also recently toured with John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. That show visited NYC three times: February 11th, March 11th, and April 15th (all three links have pics, one of which is reposted above). There remains a May 21st show hosted by Philly radio show World Cafe Live. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Speaking of John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), on Thursday, April 30th, he'll be performing at CUNY's Proshansky Auditorium on a bill titled "Collaborations/Elaborations: The Music of Daniel Felsenfeld." The event is part of the PEN World Voices Festival, and will feature Harding, Mark Z. Danielewski, Daniel Felsenfeld, Rick Moody, and others. Details on that below.

In addition to that show, Harding has his own UK tour coming up. He just did a reading/performance at the Union Square Barnes and Noble on April 27th.

Details on the PEN Festival show, with all upcoming Eugene Mirman dates and a video roundup of the comedian's recent activities, below...

Continue reading "2009 Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest dates announced ++ upcoming Aziz Ansari appearances in NYC"

Marnie Stern

Tonight's Ponytail / Think About Life show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is still exciting, but slightly less interesting (4/25). I'm not sure when it happened, but Marnie Stern was replaced by Real Estate on the 3-band Brooklyn bill. Tickets are still available.

Marnie Stern is instead now scheduled to open for Blonde Redhead at Old Dominion University in Virginia tonight, and her next NYC show is instead May 3rd at the Bell House where she'll share a bill with Tera Melos. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Herren & Lange as Savath Y Savalas
Savth y savalas

Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, will headline Brooklyn's Bell House TONIGHT (4/23), one of three upcoming NYC dates for Mr Glitch Hop.

Along for the ride at the Bell House is the duo of Roberto C Lange (collaborator and member of Herren's Savath Y Savalas project) and David Ellis (MoMa featured visual artist), Alexis O'Hara, GOD, Grade 13, Nine 11 Thesaurus, and Tiny Toones. The Bell House show will serve as a launch party for Radio23.org, a streaming audio site that will broadcast the whole thing LIVE. Tickets are still available. We also have two pairs of tickets to give away. Details below.

The second show lined up for Scott Herren will take place at MoMa on May 4th as part of their ongoing MoMA Monday Nights series. Tickets are $10 if you ride your bike to the museum that night or if you are a Flavorpill subscriber. Otherwise it costs $20.

The third, and possibly the biggest, is the NY installation of Barcelona's Sonar festival on May 12th in NYC:

Sonar is organising a day of special concerts and performances in New York in a very unusual venue in the city, the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), with a top class line-up that combines multimedia art ideas with experimental electronica and latest generation pop, and which includes... [installations by] both Catalan and American artists... [including] Marcel·lí Antúnez and ReacTable featuring Ikue Mori; the mysterious ambient of Balago; the soundtrack, performed live, by Árbol and Fibla for a film by Taiwan's Tsai Ming-Liang; the extravagant pop of Hidrogenesse; hip-hop in a trio format with the Del Palo Soundsystem; two sets by the Barcelona dj d.a.r.y.l.; the highly unconventional rhythm of the Americans (both ex-residents of Barcelona) DJ/Rupture and Prefuse 73; and visuals by No-Domain.
Free tickets are required, and the jump-off takes place at 8PM to 1AM in the Baryshnikov Arts Center NYC (450 West 37th Street, Suite 501).

You may have recently caught Prefuse 73 spinning some records at Other Music during Record Store Day.

Some videos, and contest details, below...

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