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

AA Bondy @ Union Hall (more by Zach Stern)
AA Bondy

Americana guitarist/singer AA Bondy will tour North America this summer. That includes a stop at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday, June 6th. Tickets are on sale.

Bondy will also be at two of the year's biggest outdoor fests -- Sasquatch Festival in Quincy, WA, on May 23rd and Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, on June 14th.

AA Bondy -- formerly the frontman for Alabama rock band Verbena -- reissued his his great solo debut, American Hearts, on Fat Possum in 2008.

Check out a video of Bondy playing the title track off that album at a 2007 Mercury Lounge show, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "AA Bondy - 2009 Tour Dates (The Bell House)"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Wrens

"I'm having a really hard putting this show into words. I mean, how do you begin to write about being invited on stage to play a song with The Wrens at their sold out show on a Friday night in NYC? Seriously, what words can communicate that?

The words "thank you" come to mind first. Thank you to The Wrens. Thank you to Naomi for passing along my email to the band. Thank you to Kevin for getting in touch with me and offering to give me 5th Wren status for a night. Thank you to the rest of the band for letting me step on your stage. Thank you to the crowd at the Bell House for being so awesome." [100 Bands in 100 Days]

That quote is from Nick from 100 Bands in 100 Days who, after contacting the band before the show, was invited to join the Wrens on stage at the Bell House on Friday (4/10). That's him (the non-Wren) jumping in the picture above. Video of the same, and more pictures from the show (birthday party, cake and opener Amazing Baby included), below...

Continue reading "The Wrens (and friend) & Amazing Baby @ the Bell House in Brooklyn - pics "

by Bill Pearis


Last October, power pop legends The Posies performed their classic 1993 album, Frosting on the Beater, in Madrid, Spain. The band will be doing it again for a special, one-off performance at The Bell House in Brooklyn on June 12. Tickets are $18 and on sale now. It's been at least two years since the band has played New York, not that founders Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer perform often together as the Posies much these days anyway.

Frosting on the BeaterFormed in Bellingham, Washington, The Posies put out their first album, Failure, in 1988 on PopLlama which was also home to the Young Fresh Fellows, the Fastbacks and other bands from the Pacific Northwest. The Posies then soon signed to Geffen where they released three albums, including Frosting on the Beater, which was a hit on college and comercial alternative radio ("Flavor of the Month" and "Dream All Day" were kind of inescapable at the time) and is generally regarded to be their masterpiece. After getting dropped by Geffen after its 1996 follow-up, Amazing Disgrace, The Posies wen't back to PopLlama for a fourth album, 1998's Success, and then basically called it quits.

Founders Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer did occasionally get back together for shows here and there, and toured as The Posies in 2001, and recorded a new album, Every Kind of Light, in 2005 but have been quiet since. According to the band's website, this will be the first time ever in the U.S. that the band has played Frosting on the Beater in its entirety.

by Andrew Frisicano


In summer 2008, drummer Matt Schulz announced that he would be leaving Enon to pursue other interests. Afterwards he joined Holy Fuck as a touring member. Enon will tour for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009 with a replacement drummer before Schulz's replacement will be announced in early 2009. [Wikipedia]
Enon currently has three scheduled dates. One is at the Bell House tonight, Thursday, April 9th, with These Are Powers and The Forms. Tickets for the show are on sale (or get them at the door). All dates below.

These Are Powers also played the Bell House on January 23rd - one of the band's many 2009 shows. Check out their new video for song "Blue Healer," below.

Holy Fuck, mentioned above, is soon to be on tour, with two May NYC dates, both with A Place To Bury Strangers.

Enon's last record was 2007's Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds, on Touch & Go. That label, recently downsized, is home to Slint and Dead Child - two bands that feature guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Pajo, who announced in March on his Myspace that he "just started playing with the YEAH YEAH YEAHS and will be jamming with them on their their upcoming tour." He's currently tweeting about the band's London rehearsals. YYYs perform on SNL this Saturday (4/11).

Crystal Antlers' full-length Tentacles came out on Touch & Go on April 7th, and they just released a new video for their song "Andrew." Touch & Go writes, "The video was directed by Michael Reich of Videothing.com and will tie-in to a feature film that the band will be releasing later this year." Check it out below. Crystal Antlers is currently on tour, with its own pair of NYC dates coming up in May (one of which is at the Bell House).

Enon tour dates (with Bell House flyer) and These Are Powers and Crystal Antlers videos below...

Continue reading "Enon playing Brooklyn (tonight), David Pajo playing w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs (on tour), the new Crystal Antlers video"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees played two NYC shows over the weekend (both on the stage). Tim was at the band's Saturday, April 4th Bell House show with Excepter, Catatonic Youth Sightings, and Pink Skull. That gig was a launch party for FreeMusicArchive.org.

Then, Thee Oh Sees played a Sunday night (4/5) Mercury Lounge show with Skeletons, Child Abuse, and Zs. I caught that performance, which showcased John Dwyer & Co.'s reverbed out garage rock sound in a set of short, to-the-point songs. The psychedelic-punk vibe worked for the band who seemed to thrive on an element of danger - Dwyer frequently jammed the mic into his mouth squeaking lead-lines in a kind of manic breathing/barking gesture. The band plays without a bass guitar (they were the third band of the night to do so) which gave their sound a weightless, centered quality that could've been found just as easily on the tiny speakers of a portable turntable or an FM radio. Songs started with only a quick count off by singer/guitarist Dwyer, who traded barely-intelligible melodic fragments with co-singer Brigid Dawson over the steady, held-back drums of Mike Shoun. Other guitarist Petey Dammit layed a simple, hypnotic foundation for the reverberating sounds on stage. The band compressed that into a concise set, played one encore, and headed home to San Francisco.

Thee Oh Sees' newest record, Help, just came out on In the Red Records. The band has a set of West Coast dates planned.

All Bell House photos and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees played Mercury Lounge & the Bell House (pics)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Langhorne Slim @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Nathan Miller)
Langhorne Slim

Check out Langhorne playing songs live on Air America [Friday, April 3rd]!!!

3pm - Break Room Live

4pm - Doing Time with Ron Kuby

Tune in and then we will see you later that night at The Bell House in Brooklyn!!!!

Team Langhorne

Langhorne Slim plays tonight (4/3) at The Bell House in Brooklyn with Jason Trachtenburg (of The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), The Woes, and Sam Lowry.

Langhorne hits the West Coast at the end of May. All tour dates, with two videos from Langhorne's latest, self-titled record, which came out on Kemado Records in 2008, below...

Continue reading "Langhorne Slim - on the radio, Brooklyn tonight, other dates "

DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Love is a Wave (MP3)

Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Crystal Stilts

NYC's Crystal Stilts have four New York City-area shows on the horizon. The band, fresh off '09 shows in NYC, Europe, and a NYC-to-SXSW tour, will open for Comet Gain at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, April 12th. (Tickets are still on sale.)

Two weeks later, the band plays Maxwell's in Hoboken on Sunday, April 26th for MusicSnobbery.com's 4th Anniversary Party with Mahogany and Motel Motel. (Tickets are on sale.)

Then, Friday, May 8th, Crystal Stilts play a Deli Magazine/After The Jump show with Blank Dogs, Religious Knives, and Dinowalrus at the Bell House. (Tickets are on sale.)

Finally, after touring Europe at the end of May, Crystal Stilts will play a Cake Shop show with The Pains of Being Pure of Heart on June 18th.

The Crystal Stilts' Bell House show (5/08) is not to be confused with the
Crystal Antlers show happening three days later at the same venue. (Tickets for that show are still on sale.)

In between the two "Crystal" shows, the Gowanus venue will host Horse Feathers with Joe Pug on May 9th (tix) and Chairlift, Takka Takka and The Secret Life of Sofia on May 10th (tix). Chairlift has lots of other 2009 dates, too.

All upcoming Crystal Stilts tour dates and two live videos of the band from 2008 below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Robyn Hitchcock

In support of new album Goodnight Oslo, Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 are heading out on an April tour that includes a stop at New York's Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Now, Hitchcock has announced another NYC date. The new show is at the Bell House on Thursday, June 11th. Tickets are on sale now. The Brooklyn show is two days before the band's scheduled Bonnaroo appearance.

All dates and a collection of Hitchcock videos, below...

Continue reading "Robyn Hitchcock - updated tour dates, now with Brooklyn"

DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Let's Wrestle - I Won't Lie to You (MP3)

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris La Putt

Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart played the Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday, March 13th, with Let's Wrestle and Knight School.

Here the group played most of its album, faithfully rendered and with minimal flash. When not wringing notes out of his guitar, Mr. Berman delivered his words solemnly, helpfully leavened by Ms. Wang, whose high harmonies, even when faintly whispered, added necessary texture. So did her synthesizer, which was smooth and glassy on "Young Adult Friction" and needling and whiny on "The Tenure Itch." [NY Times]
This week, Pains visits SXSW, playing a bunch of shows including the BV day party on Thursday, Opal Divine's Freehouse on Thursday night and Emo's Jr on Friday - before touring at the end of April. The band has scheduled two NYC shows, so far, this summer: May 12th at the Bowery Ballroom (on sale now) and June 18th at Cake Shop with Crystal Stilts.

Let's Wrestle, whose NYC visit included a MHOW show (3/10) with Black Lips, are also in Austin, playing Thursday at Wave Rooftop, Saturday at Volume, and other places.

More Bell House pics below...

Continue reading "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Let's Wrestle & Knight School @ the Bell House in Brooklyn - pics"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Tim Griffin

Music Tapes

The Music Tapes visited NYC for two nights in March - Maxwell's in Hoboken (3/1, which I wrote about) and two days later at the Bell House (3/1), where Tim Griffin took pics (below) and wrote:

"The big event was when julian came out in to the audience and asked everyone to sit around him. I didn't catch all of what he was saying, as he was un-mic'd, but he handed out paper and pens to everyone (from a plastic camel attached to the end of a broomstick - of course) and asked them to write down a memory on a piece of paper, and that afterward we'd all go outside and burn it. Seemed nice enough. Until everyone was outside. 11 degrees feeling like -3 with the wind. Brrrr....as the fires 'raged' in the pot, Julian lined everyone up and they proceeded to run and jump over the burning paper in a pot. Admittedly it was all very engaging and charming, however ...we were outside for at least 15 minutes, which was more than enough to make my hands completely numb. I was grateful to go back inside, where Julian and Co. finished out the set and the evening."
In other Neutral Milk Hotel related news, A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Jeremy Barnes (ex-NMH like Julian from Music Tapes) and Heather Trost, will be touring as a four-piece, accompanied by Mark Weaver on tuba and Samuel Johnson on trumpet. They'll visit SXSW on Thursday, March 19, before opening for Andrew Bird, and then Wilco across North America, and then touring the UK in June.

AHAAH's fourth album, Délivrance, is set for release on The Leaf Label on May 18. Its first single, "Foni Tu Argile," comes out April 27th as a digital download and a "limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 10" singles, cut at 78rpm, with packaging that replicates the shellac records of old." (The song is streaming now at the band's Myspace. )

All Music Tapes pics (and setlist) and AHAAH tour dates below...

Continue reading "Music Tapes Bell House pics, a Hawk & a Hacksaw tour dates"

photos by Chris La Putt

the Bird and the Bee

"Last weekend I went to see The Bird and The Bee, and it was a fantastic experience from beginning to end. If you ever have the chance to catch them, don't miss it! I've played them a couple times in my podcasts, but Inara George and Greg Kurstin really put something special into their live performances.

The show I saw was at Zankel Hall, which is part of Carnegie Hall and just as beautiful as the main stage. The duo played several tunes from their latest album, Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future, which was OK by me, since that record is full of winners like the crazy-catchy Love Letter to Japan." [Whitney Matheson]

The Bird and the Bee played two NYC nights in a row on Friday and Saturday, first at Brooklyn rock club The Bell House, and then at the much fancier Manhattan establishment, Carnegie Hall. Chris La Putt was at both. The pictures below prove it...

Continue reading "The Bird & the Bee @ the Bell House & Carnegie Hall - pics"

by Black Bubblegum

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The Drones
The Drones

Call the Army! It's an invasion! Over the next two months, bands from Australia will swarm down (under) and barrage us with a ton of shows in North America including NYC ones at Pianos, Mercury Lounge, Europa, and The Bell House, and of course a bunch of performances in Austin for SXSW.

First up, The Drones have a new album entitled Havilah on ATP Recordings and the quartet is back in the USA in 2009, a scant six months after killin' it ATP New York and playing a string of NYC shows in 2008. The NYC shows are at Union Hall with The War On Drugs on 3/30 (tickets on sale soon) and at The Bell House on 3/26 (tickets on sale now).

The Bell House show is particularly interesting (especially if you aren't a vegan)

Admission comes with free BBQ courtesy of SHEEP STATION and one free drink. Featuring tons of amazing Australian bands like
There's also a similar Australian BBQ / music showcase happening in Austin during SXSW. Details on that, and all Drones dates below.

One of the bands on BOTH BBQ fests (NYC and SXSW), Youth Group, will release their new album The Night Is Ours on April 7th in the US. The crew has also laid out April residencies in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. The NYC residency is at Pianos every Tuesday in April (April 7, 14, 21, 28). Philadelphia is every Wednesday at the M room, and Boston is Sundays at TT Bear's. Full tour dates are below.

The GratesAnother band on both bills... it's the return of The Grates (pictured). They are touring the US around those dates and SXSW, including a show at Mercury Lounge on March 23rd with Sky Larkin (no tix), and one at Pianos with Micachu on March 25th (tickets on sale).

My Disco, an angular post-punk trio that worships at the altar of Albini so much that they named their band after a Big Black song, will tour the US with the not-Aussie Young Widows after their trip to the Lone Star state. Full tour dates are below, including a show at Europa on April 1st. Tickets are on sale.

The War On Drugs (not Australian) are currently touring Europe, but will hit the road in the end of March for a US tour that includes the NYC date mentioned above.

All tour dates for everyone below...

Continue reading "The Drones, The Grates, Youth Group & other Australian bands coming to NYC, SXSW & other places"

Kevin Whelan, Charles Bissell, Jerry MacDonald, Greg Whelan
The Wrens

CHARLES BISSELL OF THE WRENS: Well, there are so many easy jokes about how I'm perpetually a year or two behind music. I've not heard from so many of the current bands. You mentioned Fleet Foxes, I think I've only heard 3 or so songs by them, and that's because I saw them on Conan or something once. Part of me thinks, like you were saying, there's a bit of that nostalgia factor. I mean, really all music sounds like something that came before, but as you said, if you're not in that phase that most people eventually go into, that transition where they're going into finding your own music, which happens in your teens or early 20's or whatever. If you're not that way, it's hard not to become that crotchety old Muppet in the balcony, listening to Vampire Weekend and saying, "Oh, we liked that the first time...when we called it Graceland!" It's harder to get excited about stuff, but it's really cool to see people are getting excited about it.
Tickets are on sale for an April 10th Wrens show at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Amazing Baby open. That makes at least five upcoming shows total with SXSW and Sasquatch. All dates below...

Continue reading "The Wrens playing the Bell House & a BV SXSW day party"

photos by Fresh Bread

DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit (Willie Nelson) (MP3)


"My final stop on a Saturday night [3/28] of folk shows was Phosphorescent's homecoming at the Bell House. The show, in celebration of his recently released To Willie, found Matthew Houck and his bearded band of urban truck drivers playing the record in its entirety, a first for the Dead Oceans recording artist. The band was as tight as a new pair of boots, often rearranging, and elevating many of the more somber tunes into honky-tonk raveups complete with dueling guitars and whiskey fueled revelry, just the way Willie would've liked it. Reworked versions of "Reasons to Quit" and "Walkin", as well as party favorite "I Gotta Get Drunk", would have been as welcomed at a Barstow truck stop bar as they were at the Gowanus night club." [Chocolate Bobka]
Phosphorescent's new Willie Nelson tribute album To Willie was released on February 3rd. In addition to just regular old touring and playing, he scheduled four times to play the record from start to finish. The first was the above-described and pictured show that happened in Brooklyn on Saturday. The next is in LA, and then San Francisco, and then finally at the BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club De Ville in Austin on Wednesday March 18th. If you're in Austin, stop by!

More Bell House pictures, and a video from the show, below...

Continue reading "Phosphorescent performed 'To Willle' @ the Bell House in Brooklyn, Motel Motel opened - pics "

Willie Nelson

The previously announced April 4th Thee Oh Sees show at the Bell House in Brooklyn is doubling as the FreeMusicArchive.org launch party...

The Free Music Archive will combine the curatorial approach that stations like WFMU have played for the last few decades, and the community generated approach of many current online music sites. It'll be a valuable resource for those in search of legal audio; each track will have a clear set of rights associated with it, as determined by the artist, letting podcasters, bloggers, remix artists and music fans know what uses the artist will and will not allow. The project began here at WFMU, but we are just one of several curators who've been gathering audio for the Free Music Archive, freeing archival audio into the public domain, adding to the Creative Commons and building an open forum for participation that we're very excited to share with you. Stay tuned to our pre-launch blog for more previews and announcements as we get closer to launch.
Excepter, Catatonic Youth, and Pink Skull are also on the bill. $10 tickets are on sale. Tickets are also still on sale for the April 5th Thee Oh Sees show at Mercury Lounge.

Speaking of the Bell House, tickets are on sale for the May 7th Vetiver / Papercuts show. Tickets are also still on sale for the May 3rd Vetiver show at Bowery Ballroom.

Motel Motel have a show coming up at the Bell House too. They've been added as opener to the Phosphorescent / Mike Bones show happening there on February 28th. It's the show where Phos will be performing his entire "To Willie" album from start to finish, like he will... at the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase at Club DeVille in Austin on Wednesday night, March 18th (and he's doing it in LA and San Francisco too). Brooklyn tickets are still on sale. All Phos tour dates HERE.

Video of Thee Oh Sees playing at Cake Shop, below...

Continue reading "WFMU, Thee Oh Sees, Vetiver, Motel Motel, Phosphorescent"

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Hood Internet

The Hood Internet, best known for their clever mashups (some of which you can download above), are in town... Get Him Eat Him and Kleenex Girl Wonder play Union Hall tonight (2/21). French Kicks are at the Bell House. Then, after both, The Hood Internet are DJing the combined afterparty, which is also at the Bell House.

photos by Ryan Muir

Holly Miranda @ Zebulon
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda, known most for her part in the Jealous Girlfriends, has at least four NYC shows coming up. Tonight (2/13) you can catch her at Southpaw, part of the Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival, with Motel Motel, The Canon Logic, and Ro Agents.

Wednesday (2/18) she opens for White Rabbits at the the first of their two shows at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale. Ravens & Chimes are also on that bill. Bell and Polite Sleeper are the White Rabbits openers on Thursday.

Fast forward a month: Thursday March 12th you can catch Holly at Zebulon in Brooklyn (that's the venue I last saw her in, and where the pictures in this post came from). Tall Firs and Sharon Van Etten are also on that solid bill.

A month after that: Holly Miranda is opening for Nada Surf at the Bell House on April 15th. Tickets are not yet on sale.

Holly has a solo album coming out some time soon (probably when she finds a label to release it) . It was produced by TV On the Radio's Dave Sitek and Celebration's Katrina Ford. Holly said,

..its been a truly magical journey and a family affair, for sure. between katrina and dave producing, sean (of celebration) playing everything with ivory (including a pipe organ in baltimore we sent him to with a midi recorder), stewart and eric (from antibalas) killing it with the sax, trumpet and clarinet, and i think by the time we are done every member of tv on the radio will appear on the album..how sweet is that. plus katrina and i sing two songs together. OH and brendan (from ludlow lions) sings and plays on 'forest green oh forest green' ( a song we wrote together years ago)... there may still be a few guest appearances still to come.
More pictures and all dates below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf playing Bell House & other HOLLY MIRANDA shows"

photos by Tim Griffin

Mr. Brownstone
Eugene Mirman

You include actual examples from your own life growing up. How did you decide how much to divulge of your own background? "One of the things I liked about the book is that it's partially truth and partially a lie and it's not revealed except what you could believe reasonably to be true," he said. "I like the format of the book...I think that it's good to have real stories and things, and then also good to make lots of stuff up. It sounds like I will enjoy my book." [the comic's comic]
Eugene Mirman celebrated the release of his new book The Will To Whatevs with a sold out show at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Tuesday night (2/10). John Oliver didn't show up, but John Hodgman, Larry Murphy, Kristen Schaal, Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Barry, David Cross, and Guns N Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone did. In addition to their comedy sets, many of the comedians also joined the band on stage. More pictures from the night below...

Continue reading " Eugene Mirman's book party (David Cross, Hodgman, Schaal, Tompkins & Mr Brownstone) @ the Bell House, NYC - pics "

Obits @ Santos Party House - December 2008 (more by Jonny Leather)

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Cat Power show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg. You can still get tickets to the Apollo shows too.

Tickets are still on sale for the John Vanderslice / Mountain Goats show happening at the Society for Ethical Culture.

Tickets are on sale for a February 22nd Matisyahu show at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Obits are playing the Bell House on March 27th. Tickets are on sale.

The Whitest Kids You Know (comedy) are playing The Bell House on February 26th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Throbbing Gristle show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

Tickets are on sale for the Les Savy Fav show happening at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

See some other things that went on sale Friday.

Video of Obits playing live in East River Park over the summer, below...

Continue reading "Cat Power, Obits, Matisyahu, Mtn Goats & other tix on sale"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Thermals

Pretty & Nice, now with a new drummer, opened for the Thermals at the sold-out, late-late show at The Bell House in Brooklyn Saturday night (1/31). It really was late too. Joseph Arthur's set at the early show ran long. I got there a little before midnight thinking I had already missed Pretty & Nice, but instead I found a line to get in down the block with a club employee handing out cookies to everyone who was now forced to wait in the cold. P&N went on around 12:30. Thermals probably went on around 1:30. It was well worth the wait.

Kathy (bass and occasional vocals) and Hutch (guitars and vocals), also with a new drummer, tore through old and new material and two covers (Nirvana's Sappy and Saints by the Breeders). The band and the sound system sounded tight. Everyone (well, a lot of people) was bouncing up and down and politely bumping into each other to the indie/post/punk/rock music. There were also a few slower jams, and at least one Obama shoutout. Now I really can't wait to hear the new album - Now We Can See is out via Kill Rock Stars on April 7, 2009 (which is around the time Hutch said the band would be back in NYC).

As someone told me at the show, The Thermals last played NYC exactly, to the day, one year earlier (Jan 31, 2008 at Studio B). More pictures and both setlists (from Jan 31, 2009) below...

Continue reading "The Thermals & Pretty & Nice @ the Bell House - pics, setlist"

Pretty & Nice @ Pianos for BV CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Pretty and Nice

Tucked away in a basement somewhere on the outskirts of Boston, there is a secret lair filled with motley recording equipment, and a neatly organized cache of guitars, synths and other flashing electronics. The stockpile of gadgetry is owned and operated by three young gentlemen who call themselves Pretty & Nice.
Pretty & Nice will be opening for The Thermals at the Bell House tonight. It's a late show (starts at 11), and it's sold out. Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts play the early show in the same venue. Pretty & Nice play again in Brooklyn on February 5th. All dates below...

Continue reading "Pretty & Nice - w/ Thermals tonight & other 2009 Tour Dates"

photos by Lori Baily

These Are Powers

THESE ARE POWERS, the Brooklyn/Chicago based trio of future primitives have announced plans for a United States tour. The dates include select performances with Abe Vigoda, Bird Names and US Girls, and begin February 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrapping up on March 27 in Richmond, Virginia. Touring in support of All Aboard Future, available for pre-order from Dead Oceans on CD and LP. The vinyl is 180 grams, housed in a gatefold sleeve and includes a coupon to download the songs as MP3s. We would also like to extend an apology to Sarah Wilmer, whose gorgeous photograph was not credited on the LP.
These are Powers played their first of six NYC shows in a month last Friday (1/23). It was at The Bell House in Brooklyn with Ponytail and Pattern is Movement.

Their next NYC show is tonight, Friday January 30th, with Dan Deacon and friends AT The 1896 (NOT AT DANBRO). They also have shows coming up at the recently-almost-burned-down Monster Island, Manhattan's Less Artists More Condos, the record store Other Music, 92Y Tribeca, and many other places across the country. All dates and more pictures from last week's show, below...

Continue reading "These Are Powers - 2009 Tour Dates & Bell House pics"

Gordon Gano

"Gordon Gano (born on June 7, 1963) is the lead singer and guitarist from the band Violent Femmes.During a Violent Femmes hiatus in the late 1980s, Gano formed a gospel group called The Mercy Seat (band) with vocalist Zena Von Heppinstall, bassist Patrice Moran, and drummer Fernando Menendez. The group released one album in 1987 on Slash Records. Gano released his first solo album in 2002, titled Hitting the Ground. He shared vocal duties (singing in Portuguese) with Manuel Cruz, the lead singer of the famous Portuguese rock band Ornatos Violeta in the song Capitão Romance for the last album released before their break-up, O Monstro Precisa de Amigos in 1999. Gano also played violin[3] on Ben Vaughn's 1990 album Dressed in Black. Currently, Gano is writing, recording and performing with ex-members of The Bogmen, Billy and Brendan Ryan, under the name GanoRyan." [Wikipedia]
That Wiki entry probably needs to be updated because actually the band playing the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (1/29) is billed at Gordon Gano and The Ryan Brothers. Last time they played a show, that I remember, was March 10th at Mercury Lounge under the name "Hired Gun". They may have also played Knitting Factory in Manhattan since then too.

Tonight's (their first Brooklyn?) show is also chock full of interesting local openers. They are Corn Mo, The Lisps, and Drink Up Buttercup.

Gordon Gano and The Ryan Brothers also have a show coming up February 7th at The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ.

Camera Obscura

Show me you love me- Exclusive New Shows!

good afternoon
today was every shade of grey but thankfully there is some light at the end of the duvet.
I just wanted to tell you about some shows we've got coming up, first proper airing of the new songs...

London, The Lexington, March 16
Brooklyn NY, The Bell House, March 24

These are going to be pretty small, intimate sort of warm up shows. All cuddling and forgiveness. So if you want tickets you should probably
act soon. Also we are making the trip to SXSW and will let you know more details about that really soon.

Am being sad about John Updike and happy with Hanif Kuresihi's Something to Tell You, even if the cover is too embarrassingly bad to take out in public. Or maybe I just need therapy or something.

take care
Carey x

That message comes from Camera Obscura (thx Edie)

photos by Jonny Leather


Ponytail is a 4-piece art rock band formed in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on the label We Are Free. Their sound has been compared to Deerhoof as well as Ecstatic Sunshine, due to the band's experimental guitar work and unique vocal stylings. The band has toured internationally, with bands such as Battles, Hella, Don Caballero, High Places and others. They have released two albums, Kamehameha, and Ice Cream Spiritual. They were named "Best Live Band" by Baltimore City Paper in September 2007 and "Best Band" in September 2008.[Wikipedia]
Nick Masi and I had to put together this feature for our Sirius-XMU show at the end of December (it ran in early January). They asked us to name "Best Live Band of 2008" among other things. It's hard to pick stuff like that, but we finally agreed on Ponytail for that award too. I realize that some people think exactly the opposite.

Ponytail brought it to The Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday night (1/23). Download an ACOUSTIC session they did for Daytrotter (if you haven't already). See more pictures from the Brooklyn show and all tour dates, below...

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