Entries tagged with: The Bell House
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit (Willie Nelson) (MP3)
Phosphorescent are hitting the road in support of To Willie, their February 3 release on Dead Oceans. To Willie finds Phosphorescent digging into the Willie Nelson catalog, covering not classics, but deep album cuts. The songs collected on To Willie seem cracked from Phosphorescent's proprietary mold with Matthew Houck's unmistakable voice leading the way. They feel lived in, they feel weathered and they feel just like Phosphorescent.The NYC show that Phos is performing the the full album at, is the previously-announced February 28th Bell House show that is still on sale. Stay tuned for more details on the SXSW show.
On February 26, Phosphorescent kicks off a US tour in support of To Willie. In Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles and at a SXSW performance (to be announced), Phosphorescent will be performing the album in its entirety. Of course they will be playing selections from the album every night on tour, but wanted to give fans something special to celebrate the release of this album.
Willie Nelson (the actual one) tour dates HERE. Phosphorescent dates below...
photos by Jonny Leather
"Well BASICALLY, if you took the soundtrack to that game (which was SO AWESOME) turned it into a good looking band and added a lot more shoegaze to it, the result would be The Depreciation Guild. They even play in front of trip-y colored video screens which enhances the otherworld-ly quality of their music, and if you read the band credits, one of the members is listed as playing TOYS. How do I get a job like that?! I saw them play at our After The Jump showcase at the Knitting Factory and was so mesmerized I barely noticed when someone handed me a can of Sparks plus, so that pretty much says it all." [I Rock I Roll]If you haven't already, grab The Depreciation Guild's free album at their site. More pictures from their free Thursday night (1/8) show at The Bell House, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Bird & The Bee - Don't Stop the Music (Rihanna) (MP3)
The Bird and the Bee @ Spiegeltent (more by Gabi Porter)
In 2009, Blue Note Records-one of the world's most legendary labels-will celebrate two milestones when it commemorates both the 70th anniversary of the label's founding by Alfred Lion, as well as the 25th anniversary of its re-launch in 1984 under current President Bruce Lundvall, with a global celebration. In events befitting a label known for offering The Finest In Jazz Since 1939, the coming year will feature the music, imagery and legend of Blue Note with a range of multi-media offerings, including live concerts, special digital and physical re-issues and new releases, The Blue Note 7; an all-star tribute band of current jazz luminaries, book releases, festival honors, merchandise and much more.The Bird and The Bee have a show scheduled at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on March 7th. Tickets are already on sale. One day earlier the band is also playing a show in Brooklyn. Tickets are also already on sale for that.
Since its very first recording session on January 6, 1939, Blue Note has grown from a small independent label to become the world's premiere and longest-running Jazz label. Today, Blue Note boasts a legendary catalog that includes such Jazz icons as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill and Ornette Coleman. The label's current Jazz roster keeps the tradition going, and includes many of today's most important voices such as Patricia Barber, Terence Blanchard, Bill Charlap Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Aaron Parks, Dianne Reeves, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Cassandra Wilson. And under Lundvall's watch, Blue Note has tastefully broadened its music pallet beyond jazz to include such acclaimed artists as Priscilla Ahn, Anita Baker, Al Green, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and the bird and the bee.
The Bird and the Bee's new album Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future will be released by Blue Note Records on January 27, 2009. You can hear a track from that at MySpace. Grab their non-album, new cover of Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" above. All dates below...
by Bill Pearis
The Depreciation Guild
For fans of Shoegaze/Dreampop/etc, the Bell House is where you want to be tonight (1/8) for a free show with locals The Depreciation Guild, Dead Leaf Echo, and Luxa. I'm quite fond of The Depreciation Guild's most recent album, In Her Gentle Jaws, which you can download for free from the band's website. Mixing heavy and heavily-treated guitars with beats built on a Nintendo Famicom, they actually kind of remind me of me of Mew's dreamier moments. The Depreciation Guild are also going on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart next month so the rest of the country will get a chance to check them out too.
As for the other two bands on the bill, I'm not familiar other than checking out their respective MySpace pages, but Dead Leaf Echo have dreampop cred: their forthcoming album was produced by John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, Pale Saints), and they've had remixes done by Ulrich Schnauss. Luxa are a little more on the bliss-out side of things. No idea what any of these bands are like live, but you can't argue with the price. Also free: Brooklyn Lager from 8-9.
Keeping things Brooklyn local, My Teenage Stride play Union Hall Friday night (1/9). The band have entirely revamped their line-up in the last six months but when I saw them at Glasslands late last year they were good as ever. If you like Lloyd Cole, the Chills, The Wedding Present and other jangly '80s indie signifiers, you should definitely seek them out, if you haven't already. My Teenage Stride also play next Thursday (1/15) at Vanishing Point Studio in Bushwick.
It's already been mentioned that Michigan band Tyvek are playing three shows this weekend, one of which is at Market Hotel with Crystal Stilts. Also on that bill are Omaha trio Box Elders, who are not named after the classic Pavement song, or the tree, but the bugs that infested the house where two-thirds of the band (Jeremiah and Clayton McIntyre) grew up. (They claim they still have a snare with about 100 dead box elder bugs in it...eww.) So far the band only have one single, the excelent "Hole in My Head" which sounds a lot like New Zealand's The Clean to these ears. (Bonus points: the b-side is a cover of Redd Kross' "S&M Party.") The Box Elders are currently on a fairly extensive US tour but The Market Hotel show is their only NYC-area show so do check them out.
And finally, this weekend marks the premiere of FUTURITY -- a musical written by local retro-futurists The Lisps. As the Lisps' shows tend to be theatrical anyway, mixing elements of vaudville and Americana and other genres, it's no real suprise they had a musical in them. Here's the blurb:
FUTURITY tells the story of Julian Munro, a lowly foot soldier in the American Civil War with an overactive imagination and a dream to be a famous writer. Through the double narrative of Julian's wartime experience ripping up Confederate railroads in southwestern Virginia, and the grimly futuristic novel he writes along the way, the musical weaves an ominous and bizarre tale of destruction, creation, and utopianism. The protagonist of Julian's novel, The Inventor, devises an omnipotent steam-powered artificial intelligence that he sees as a panacea for all of humanity's woes. The story is largely narrated by Ada Lovelace, the famous mathematician and Julian's imaginary muse. The music in FUTURITY draws inspiration from every corner of traditional Americana and contemporary indie-rock to paint a quintessentially American scene of war, antiquity, technological hubris, and outmoded conceptions of futurity.Sounds kinda epic. FUTURITY is being performed both Friday and Saturday night at The Zipper Factory and you can get tickets here.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND: 2 Camper Van Beethoven shows
Videos, tourdates and other stuff for some the above groups after the jump...
photos by Tim Griffin
Okkervil River played a show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last night. (1/6). "Anonymous | January 7, 2009 8:02 AM" writes, "great show. much better than webster hall, although they didn't play westfall. wtf.". Chris Mills opened. More pictures below...
"...So much else is new and wonderful for us! We have a new record label, Kill Rock Stars. Not only has Kill Rock Stars released some of Portland's (and the Northwest's) best punk and indie records to date (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip), but the label has recently relocated to Portland, and is quickly filling it's roster with even more great Portland bands (Shaky Hands, Panther, Horse Feathers). The Thermals are thrilled to now be a part of this family as well. We were thrilled to be part of the Sub Pop family for six years, but we felt it was time to move on. We turned down a second contract from Sub Pop, lest you think we were dropped! You don't drop us, we drop you. Not you, personally. We love you! Seriously, you're the best.The Thermals are also playing a late show (11PM doors) at The Bell House in Brooklyn on January 31st before they go to Europe. $12 tickets go on sale this Tuesday at 3PM.
We have a new drummer as well. Westin Glass, formerly of Seattle's Say Hi, joins us (Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris) to complete the third (or so) live line-up of The Thermals. In addition to (again!) touring the UK with The Cribs this February, and playing multiple shows at SXSW in March, we will be touring the U.S. for two months, following the release of Now We Can See on April 7th. We'll be doing festivals in Europe and the U.S. all summer long, followed by a full European tour in the fall... - The Thermals
Speaking ot the Bell House, tickets are also still on sale for the Great Lake Swimmers show happening there on January 9th, plus The Mugs are playing there on January 17th and The Forms are playing there on January 18th.
All Thermals dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Everything With You (MP3)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have two upcoming NYC shows scheduled. The first is February 7th at Mercury Lounge which is also the first date of a tour the NYC band is going on with The Depreciation Guild. Cause CO-Motion! is also on the Manhattan bill and tickets are on sale. The second is March 13th at the Bell House which is the first date of a tour the band is playing on their way to SXSW.
Their self-titled album (pictured above) will be released in February 2009. Grab two tracks from it above. Check out a video, some pics from the show they played at MHOW with Bishop Allen in November, and all tour dates, below...
Eugene Mirman's new book The Will to Whatevs will be releaed on February 10, 2009. Coincedentally that is the same day he is having a party celebrating the release of the book at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Sarah Vowell is DJing, and John Oliver, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Paul F. Tompkins, and "more special guests" are also performing at the $15.00 show.
Also on Eugene's calendar: four headlining shows at Comix in January. Actually:
@ COMIX in NYCTickets are on sale for all of those shows.
Jan 02 (early) - Todd Barry
Jan 02 (late) - Todd Barry
Jan 03 (early) - Todd Barry
Jan 09 (early) - Aziz Ansari
Jan 09 (late) - Aziz Ansari
Jan 10 (early) - Aziz Ansari
Jan 10 (late) - Aziz Ansari
Jan 03 (late) - Todd Barry
Jan 16 (early) - Eugene Mirman
Jan 16 (late) - Eugene Mirman
Jan 17 (early) - Eugene Mirman
Jan 17 (late) - Eugene Mirman
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Kyle was one of the few who caught the show at the Bell House in Brooklyn last night (12/18). Bands on the bill were The Ballet, Bell, Claymation Velociraptor, Quinn Walker and Holy Hail. He says,
Claymation Velociraptor was my biggest surprise of the night. They came out in bear suits - apparently their normal thing - and played a freaking great set. A bit Chromeo-esque, but with a very dry sense of humor mixed in. The audience had a huge smile on their collective face throughout this set.He was also impressed with Quinn Walker, Bell's dancing skills, and Bell. He said she was...
...fantastic. A short set (40 minutes or so), but she played all of the songs off her EP which I love and at least one brand new song. Oh, we also sang happy birthday to Sarah. Apparently every performer there knew Sarah somehow. I don't know who she is.More pictures below...
photos by Lori Baily
12-18-2008 20:00 at SARAH'S BIRTHDAY @ the BELL HOUSE!!!! band set//dj set//cupcake setBell House also lists The Ballet on this bill, and It won't be the first time Bell played the venue named after her (not really) (the part about it being named after her). More Gummy pics below...
7th street between 2nd and 3rd Aves., BROOKLYN, Brooklyn,
W/ Holy Hail, Quinn Walker, Claymation Velociraptor, DJ Pumpkin Patch, DJ Dr. Ew, DJ BELLJAM WAFFLES
by Andrew Frisicano
Abigail demands "Respect" @ Ted Leo Karaoke @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
DJ List Christee @ SXSW 2008 (Stereogum)
Of Montreal already announced and sold-out its December 16th show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. The next day (Wednesday December 17th) Of Montreal will still be in Brooklyn at another event, but this time it will be a Kevin Barnes DJ set (DJ List Christee, actually) at The Bell House, as part of the Brooklyn venue's 1st Annual Holiday Karaoke & Dance Party. Kevin will DJ the dance party after the karaoke. The karaoke hosts will include comedians Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman and more TBA. Expect surprises (but don't be disappointed if there aren't any). Anyone can sign up to sing. Tickets are still on sale.
Looking for what to expect from Kevin Barnes? Here;s one possibility... He played SXSW earlier this year as Christee - and blog Optical Atlas described the performance, in which Barnes ended up actually playing and not DJing, as "an electric guitar-driven set [with] a couple covers and an Of Montreal song."
Afterward, Kevin gave Paste Mag a description of the act:
"I intended to do something really cool and come to SXSW and establish myself as this fantastic modern DJ. But then I didn't have time, so I established myself as a completely uninspired loser DJ. But I made up a DJ name, which I think is essential. I always think of these characters and give them names, and I like the name List. It's such a bizarre first name. They say you can't trust a man with two first names, like Peter George or something. But List Christee, you can trust her. She doesn't even have a first name."No stranger to karaoke, Of Montreal also acted as NY Magazine's live-karaoke backing band at their event at Studio B back in 2007. The latest event like it was just this month, and featured Ted Leo as the house band. That night made a star of Abigail thanks to her stunning rendition of "Respect" (picture above, video below). Want to see Abigail do that again? The Bell House is also promising she will be in the house on Wednesday.
"I don't even feel like it's a performance," Barnes says. "I'm not a DJ. I'm a real-time playlist arranger. A DJ pumps up the crowd and scratches and does creative stuff on the fly. I was basically just chilling and playing music. During my first set ever, I was an iPod DJ in Oslo at this little bar and they actually pulled the plug on me. 'We don't play that kind of music.' I was playing The Cure, Beck and things that were considered more mainstream by them. It is really humiliating to have the plug pulled on you, and then to have to do the cold walk of shame home with your iPod between your legs."
Video, flyer and all dates below...
photos by Leia Jospe
We've talked about tonight/Friday's show at the Bell House as one of many shows Loney Dear and Melpo Mene are/were playing in NYC, and we've talked about it as a birthday party. This time I'll call it a Takka Takka show (they are headlining), and it's one of two shows they have coming up. The other is January 10th at the BAM Cafe in Fort Greene. More picture from the BrooklynVegan show they played at Knitting Factory in October, and both of those dates again!, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Though not many people showed up, Friendly Foes played their first of two NYC shows, at the Bell House in Brooklyn, last night (12/9). The second show is tonight/Wednesday at The Studio at Webster Hall. More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: Nullsleep - Fearless Flight (MP3)
Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge. The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4--7, 2008 at The Bell House, and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.Performers include the notorious Bit Shifter and Nullsleep who also appears on my 2007 Christmas mix and who just released a new free EP. The full schedule and lineup, along with ticket info., is listed at Blip's site. A promo video and list of all artists (who do you recommend?) is below...
Highlighting the chipmusic phenomenon and its related disciplines, the festival aims to showcase emerging creative niches involving the use of legacy video game & home computer hardware as modern artistic instrumentation. Devices such as the Nintendo Entertainment System, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Nintendo Game Boy and others are repurposed into the service of original, low-res, high-impact electronic music and visuals -- sidestepping game culture and instead exploring the technology's untapped potential and distinctive intrinsic character.
The Blip Festival assembles nearly 40 practitioners selected from the chipmusic movement's expansive global underground, taking care to represent as many as possible of the genre's surprisingly diverse styles, geographical and technical scenes, communities, and traditions. The festival's concert program will be supplemented by daytime events to be announced, including workshops, presentations, and screenings. The Blip Festival's intended result is to provide a cross-section of a movement currently in explosive flux, teeming with artistic exploration, and poised at the cusp of global awareness.
"This weekend I had my face melted (a few times actually) down at the Larimer Lounge -- most completely by the duo El Ten Eleven, who were opening for Land of Talk on Saturday night. Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty make mindblowing sounds using just a drum set and fretless bass/double-necked guitar.Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty are also members of the San Diego-based band SoftLightes (who put out an album on Modular). My friend said, "I like El Ten Eleven more than Ratatat!"
With the help of about 27 different pedal and whirlygig deals on the floor, they loop layers of sound to create some amazing(ly fun) music. From the initial stirrings of even something like Pachelbel's "Canon in D," I've always found the slow build and denouement in any song to be fascinating, especially ones that focus on adding the layers of sound or noise and then taking them back." [I am Fuel, You are Friends]
Check out El Ten Eleven, TONIGHT, Wednesday November 26th, Thanksgiving-Eve at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The show was originally supposed to be at Union Hall, but was moved so more people could have fun. Castanets, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and Happy Anarchy are also on the bill.
Asthmatic Kitty is now offering "the entire full-length history of Castanets, from Cathedral (2004), to the haunting First Lights Freeze (2006), to the mystic In the Vines (2007) for just $15. And while supplies last, this bundle also includes a limited edition tour EP split with Shapes and Sizes."
El Ten Eleven are also playing a NYC show on Friday at 927Tribeca with Abigail Warchild. All tour dates and a video below...
John Oliver @ South Street Seaport (EV Radio Fest) by Chris LaPutt
MON 12/15: 7:30pm / $25This is at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THERE'S NO CHRISTMAS IN DARFUR!
A comedy benefit for Save Darfur. Hosted by Liam McEneaney.
GREG GIRALDO / EDDIE BRILL / ANDRES DUBOUCHET
and way more! PLUS: The Comedy Nerd raffle, with prizes from The Onion, Comedy Central, Comix, more... PRODUCED BY: Liam McEneaney and Jessica Flores
David Cross and Dave Hill are performing at another benefit at Knitting Factory on December 8th.
Dave Hill's next Explosion takes place at UCB on December 18th.
Mike Birbiglia stars in the new show Sleepwalk With Me.
Stella & Demetri Martin have cheap/small-venue shows coming up.
The holiday edition of Eugene Mirman's show Tearing the Veil of Maya takes place at Union Hall on December 7th ("on sale soon").
Sara Schaefer will be Conrad of Takka Takka's guest at "Outsmarted: The Music Trivia Night" at The Bell House on December 1st (free).
"HANUKKAH with HOT SAUCE!" is the name of a show at UCB on December 26th. Add it to the list of other Hanukkah-related events happening in NYC this year.
John Oliver opened for Yo La Tengo at one of their 2007 Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's. Watch a video from that show - John is discussing "alternative energy - below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
DOWNLOAD: The Rosebuds - Life Like (MP3)
The Rosebuds @ the Merge CMJ showcase @ Mercury Lounge
The Rosebuds are coming back to NYC to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 16th. Tickets go on sale December 1st at noon. Last time they were here was exactly a month ago to play a couple of shows during CMJ including one for their record label Merge at Mercury Lounge (10/25). Their new album Life Like is out now on Merge.
No openers have been announced for the Bowery show yet. Maybe they'll grab The Ladybug Transistor to play with them again, like they did at Bowery before, and like they did at the show they played at the Bell House during CMJ. ABC News was at that Bell House show. Video features are posted at their site called "The Mix". One video is of Wye Oak who also played that show, and who played with The Rosebuds again at the Merge showcase.
We already talked about the Merge show a little - The Music Tapes part anyway, and I gushed a bit about Wye Oak from one of their other CMJ shows at Pianos, but the rest of the Merge pictures were unpublished, until now... All of them and all Rosebuds and Oakley Hall tour dates, below...
photos by Leia Jospe
Yeasayer and Ponytail shared an NYU bill on Saturday night (11/15). Now Yeasayer are on tour, and Ponytail have a show scheduled at the Bell House in Brooklyn for January 23rd. It's all ages and openers are TBA. More pictures from NYU below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"the show, Newman's first solo show in 3 1/2 years, felt more like a party than anything else. And it was a good one. His band on Saturday, six-strong, included a violinist, a accordionist/trumpet player, and the lovely Nicole Atkins on backup vocals and percussion. I'm not sure that this is the official band that Newman will tour with next year once the album is out (surely Atkins won't be) but they seemed to have it together." [Sound Bites]Nicole Atkins, who headlined her own show at Bowery Ballroom just one night earlier, also appears on Newman's new album. More pictures from Saturday night's show (11/15) below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Pattern Is Movement - "Right Away" (MP3)
Pattern is Movement were some busybodies during CMJ. Among other things, they rocked the Brooklyn Vegan Saturday day party at Knitting Factory, got a couple mentions in the New York Times, and played one day of the Gothamist CMJ party series with Bell at the Bell House (Oct 22nd). At that show the duo was joined on stage by Daniel Hart aka mastermind behind The Physics Of Meaning who played right before them, and who also plays violin on their album. You might also recognize Dan (pictures below) as a member of St Vincent's band and John Vanderslice's band.
Philly's Pattern is Movement return to NYC tonight, Tuesday November 18th to play the Knitting Factory. The show is part of a mini-trek with Zach Hill and the hiatus-ing Subtle who are both also on the bill.
More CMJ pictures, and all Pattern is Movement tour dates, below...
Photos by Tim Griffin
words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night, election night, I made my way to The Bell House in Park Slope/Gowaus for what was sure to be a nervously excited crowd counting down the minutes until the new president was announced. I've only been to The Bell House once, but I can't imagine that the new venue has ever been more packed than it was last night. People came out in masse for the election coverage - so much so that they even turned people away at the door. I think I heard 500 people. Watching an election in a large group of like-minded individuals like that was truly overwhelming - especially when they announced Virginia and a bunch of people jumped on stage and gave everyone a beer shower.
After Obama gave his acceptance speech, things didn't calm down. Host Eugene Mirman said a few words congratulating our first "half-white president," and introduced The Blue Album Group, who rocked out, pretty much note for note, Weezer's Blue Album. Though a lot of people went home, those that were left drunkenly danced and celebrated. After the last note of "Only in Dreams" rang out, I grabbed a quesadilla from the Red Hook soccer field vendors - another big draw of the evening. It was delicious.
More pictures below...
Black Dice @ Market Hotel (more by Lori Baily)
==== FRIDAY 10/24 @ DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE ====This show at Danbro studios definitely looks like a good option for tonight, or to quote Anon 2:55pm "fuck all that. black dice / women / vivian girls / barr / ponytail is an unstoppable bill."
:: GROUND CONTROL TOURING / TODD P PARTY
:: BLACK DICE
:::: VIVIAN GIRLS
:::::::::: BARR ------------- yes, the return of the real BARR!
[ DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE ]
268 Meserole St @ Bushwick Pl | East Williamsburg Industrial Park, Brooklyn
L-Montrose, G-Broadway, JM-Hewes | ALL AGES | $8 | 8pm
Women are also playing the free BrooklynVegan show at Knitting Factory on Saturday.
Bell @ Sound Fix (more by Tim Griffin)
Gothamist party info below...