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The Black Angels

"We got our name from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angels Death Song." As far as touring with bands with "black" in their names- The Black Keys and Black Rebel Motercycle Club being the two off the top of my head, it was really amazing to be able to tour with those bands. We'd always been big fans of them and when the opportunity presented itself to tour with these bands for the first time, I was like "wow, awesome." Obviously with Black Mountain as well. It wasn't until our first tour was booked that I'm like "man, we keep playing with these Black bands."" - Alex Maas
No black tourmates this time around, but the The Black Angels did have a nice mix of openers over the course of their 3-day Halloween run at Music Hall of Williamsburg which came to end on Monday night (10/31). We have pictures from the second show (10/30), which was with Spindrift and Dead Meadow (other Brooklyn show openers included Exit Music, Golden Animals and Psychic Ills). Spindrift dressed up that night, but the headliners saved their costumes for Halloween.

More pictures from the Sunday show below...

Continue reading "The Black Angels played three Halloween shows at MHOW ---- (night 2 pics w/ Spindrift & Dead Meadow)"

by BBG

photo by Jasmine Pasquill
Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills have emerged from their Brooklyn den of hallucinogens to confirm Hazed Dream, the band's latest LP and first for Sacred Bones, available NOW. The LP marks their first venture with Sacred Bones and it's their first long-player since 2009's Mirror Eye. Stream Hazed Dream in its entirety below, and check out the video for "Mind Daze" which rears its head for the first time here.

Psychic Ills will join Exitmusic in supporting The Black Angels at their third of three nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 31st (and yes, Psychic Ills will be in costume!). Tickets are still available for that and the other two Angels shows at MHoW which feature Spindrift & Golden Animals, and Dead Meadow & Spindrift on 10/29 & 10/30 respectively.

In addition, Psychic Ills will head next door one day later for the Dragonslayer: The Movie release party with Endless Boogie. No advance tickets are on sale for this 11/1 show at Public Assembly.

Check out the new Psychic Ills video, and Hazed Dream album stream below.

Continue reading "Psychic Ills released 'Hazed Dream', playing shows, have a new video (premiere)"

by BBG

Wooden Shjips at ATP NY 2010 (more by BBG)
Wooden Shjips

Warning! The following Wooden Shjips video is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for those who don't enjoy the spacey, psychedelics of Black Dice who is responsible for the visuals in this far-out mescaline-induced trip. "Lazy Bones" is a slice of retro-grade 70s hard rock, the focus of the band's recent LP West whose repress is currently up for preorder via Thrill Jockey. Head to the Thrill Jockey site for more snippets from West and head below for the fractals and noise of the "Lazy Bones" video, which makes its debut here.

As previously mentioned, Wooden Shjips hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 10th as part of a string of dates with Birds of Avalon. Tickets for MHoW are still available.

Wooden Shjips will spend their New Year's Eve in Austin (at the new Emo's East) with The Black Angels who play THREE NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in late October (Hallloween included). Tickets for all three dates (10/29, 10/30, 10/31) are still available.

WS video & dates below...

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Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow is confirmed for the bulk of the previously discussed tour with The Black Angels and Spindrift, but the band will also play an NYC-area show of their own while the Black Angels are holding it down in Brooklyn. In addition to their support appearance on 10/30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three Black Angels shows at the Brooklyn venue), Dead Meadow will play Maxwell's on 10/29. In other words:

Oct 27 - Black Angels w/ Dead Meadow & Spindrift in Philly
Oct 29 - Black Angels w/ Spindrift & TBA? @ MHOW
Oct 29 - Dead Meadow @ Maxwell's
Oct 30 - Black Angels w/ Dead Meadow & Spindrift @ MHOW
Oct 31 - Black Angels w/ Psychic Ills & Exit Music @ MHOW
Tickets are on sale for Maxwell's, and for all the Music Hall shows.

All Dead Meadow dates, updated Black Angels dates and some video from Roadburn is below.

Continue reading "Dead Meadow playing Maxwell's during Black Angels tour (updated dates)"

The Black Angels @ 4Knots (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Black Angels

The Black Angels have been no stranger to NYC lately. Their most recent trip included a headlining slot at the 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport, a NJ show at Maxwell's and a late-night free Spotify show at Mercury Lounge (same series Surfer Blood plays tonight). The trend continues in October when the Austin band returns for three more shows as part of a just-announced North American fall tour with Dead Meadow and Spindrift.

The NYC shows happen on October 29, 30, and 31 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and they'll mix up the openers for the Halloween run. Psychic Ills and Brooklyn's Exitmusic will both play the 10/31 show, and a special guest (TBD) will be at the 10/29 show, along with a set from Spindrift who also plays on 10/30 with Dead Meadow. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.

All dates and a video below...

Continue reading "The Black Angels announce fall tour, 3 nights @ MHOW (Halloween & Mischief Night included)"

photos by Chris La Putt & Amanda Hatfield

"Patrick from Titus Andronicus just jumped into the crowd!
They are so good live." - Nikki S

"Eleanor Friedberger's solo stuff = awesome!
She's owning the 4Knots stage right now." - Anna Hyclak

"Oberhofer are clearly having a blast at #4knots ...
Fun day so far, especially when cloudy." - Bill

"Davilla 666 delivering good Stooges-punk buzz.
Crowd surfing spotted #4knots" - Jason Gross

"I don't know who Davila 666 are,
but they're burning it down at #4Knots." - Brendan HIlliard

Oberhofer

The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival took place at South Street Seaport for most of the afternoon and early evening on Saturday (7/16).

Bands played on the usual Seaport outdoor stage while DJs were around the corner inside on Front Street (Dan Deacon and Yeasayer included). The festival was headlined by The Black Angels and Titus Andronicus and also included sets by Davilla 666 (pics HERE), Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), and Mr. Dream (but not Obits). 4Knots acted as the replacement for Siren Fest, which sadly is no longer happening in Coney Island. 4Knots' lineup wasn't quite as impressive as past Siren lineups which were spread over two much bigger stages, but the festival still left a pretty solid impact on the downtown Manhattan crowd.

Eleanor Friedberger (by Chris)
Eleanor Friedberger

4Knots was Eleanor's first show since releasing her solo debut Last Summer on Merge last week. According to New Beats:

"Aside from carrying a sound that kind of reminds one of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, some of the songs also possess a groove feel, particularly the mid-tempo "Glitter Gold Year." In addition to performing a majority of Last Summer's songs, Friedberger also threw in a few Fiery Furnaces tunes, including "Lost At Sea" and the punkish, power pop "Tropical Iceland.""
Catch Eleanor in NYC again when she opens for Deerhunter at Webster Hall.

The crowd was the biggest that Brooklyn's own Oberhofer has ever played to, according to Brad Oberhofer, and they seemed to make a bit of buzz while they were there.

"Oberhofer, yes. I'd forgotten how soft-loud-soft prog meets math they are, but so precise and vicious, and in the best way. Singer Brad Oberhofer, (once a lowly intern at Matador), is the amazing piece of gut-instinctual-movement-punk behind said band. While tuning, he mentions, "I'm not used to this, I'm used to luxury cars," and during the set, "This song is dedicated to my grandmother, and all your grandmothers and grandfathers too."

He says the right things to a crowd, and he and the whole band plays right along, and thus, it's a captivating show. Just listen to "Away From You" or "I Can Go", or any other track and you'll be transfixed." [Sentimentalist]

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Titus Andronicus (by Amanda)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus went on before The Black Angels, though according to the Village Voice, the upbeat punk crowd were possibly anticipating Titus even more.

"This was a Titus crowd, but how could it not be? The pier we stood on stands less than an hour's drive from the town of Mahwah, where frontman Patrick Sickles sings of spending his senior year on "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future." And if that wasn't enough, Sickles recalled a few Siren Fest memories between songs. I'm sure a few super-loyal fans were even using the show as an opportunity to even out the sunburn that coated the left side of their bodies as they screamed along to the free show the band played at the Williamsburg Waterfront on the other side of the East River a few weeks ago."
Black Angels pics HERE. More pictures and videos from the rest of the fest below...

Continue reading "4Knots Fest in pics (Titus Andronicus, Eleanor Friedberger, Oberhofer, Mr. Dream, Davila 666 & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Black Angels @ 4Knots
Black Angels

"The Black Angels, from Austin, play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it. It's the psychedelia of echo, stomp and incantation, of songs that sit on one chord and one beat to the point of hypnosis, with tendrils of bluesy, heavily reverbed lead guitar and wavery electric organ, and with lyrics like, "Rollin' fast down I-35/supersonic overdrive." The Doors and the Velvet Underground are the Black Angels' main models, merged for a haunted bicoastal drone, with glimpses of the Byrds, early Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators from Texas. It's an old, familiar sound that hasn't lost its effect." [NY Times]
The Black Angels headlined the 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on Saturday. A set of pictures from their NY Times-approved set are in this post. Davila 666 pics HERE. Other sets of pics from the free show are on the way.

The Black Angels play a free Spotify-presented show at Mercury Lounge late tonight (7/18). As previously mentioned, that show is first come, first served, but we're offering the chance to get guaranteed entry. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Black Angels). Be 21+ and include your first and last name. Winner will be picked at random soon. You can also up your chances of winning by entering for one of the pairs we're giving away to the same show on Facebook.

More 4Knots pics below...

Continue reading "pics of The Black Angels @ 4Knots, a chance for guaranteed entry to the free show at Mercury Lounge tonight"

The Black Angels @ MHOW in April (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The Black Angels

The Black Angels, who just played a show at Maxwell's last night (7/15) and are playing 4Knots as we speak (7/16), will play a free Spotify-presented late night show on Monday (7/18) at Mercury Lounge. Doors are at 11:30 PM and entry is first come first served. Everyone who enters the 21+ show will also get an access code for a free Spotify account.

Check out a video of the band playing a stripped down version of "Haunting at 1300 McKinley", below...

Continue reading "The Black Angels playing free show Monday"

Titus Andronicus last night @ Terminal 5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus (who played Terminal 5 last night with Okkervil River), Obits, and Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces) will join the previously announced Black Angels (who are listed as the headliner), Oberhofer, and Davila 666 on the lineup of the 4Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport on July 16th (from 1-8pm, rain or shine).

According to show sponsor Village Voice, this is the final lineup of bands, though more details are still TBA, like set times and DJS for the free outdoor show. 4Knots is the replacement for Siren Fest which is no longer happening in Coney Island.

Ted Leo isn't playing 4Knots, but he is playing a free kick-off show happening one week prior, July 9th, also at The Seaport. It'll be a 10th anniversary performance for Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.

Ted Leo recently played Chaos in Tejas, Europa and Maryland Deathfest as part of an even older band, Citizens Arrest. Citizens Arrest have a new EP out now via Coextinction Records.

The Black Angels have another show happening at Maxwell's on July 15th which goes on sale Friday.

Eleanor Friedberger also has a show coming up sooner as part of the Nothside Festival.

The 4Knots poster (as it looked before these bands got added), and all Ted dates, below...

Continue reading "Titus, Eleanor & Obits complete 4Knots Fest lineup"

The Black Angels in April (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The Black Angels

"It was a welcome sensory overload, ears full of rapturous music, eyes bright with swirling luminescence, inhaling with every breath the cloying smells of sweat and marijuana, every person crammed together, swaying as if one large amorphous being. They left you feeling lost, adrift in their music, tethered and grounded only by the rattling sensation that vibrated through the floors, walls, and ceiling from the beat. All in all, it was an intense experience that I am very glad to have witnessed." [Julia]
The Black Angels have scheduled a NJ show at Maxwell's on July 15 with The Sadies, the day before the Black Angels play the 4Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport. Tickets for the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (6/10) at noon.

The 4Knots lineup will also feature appearances by Davilla 666 and Oberhofer and still has more artists TBA.

The Maxwell's show is also one day before the Sadies play Brooklyn Bowl with Andre Williams. The Sadies then take a break until August when they play some shows with Jesse Sykes. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Black Angels playing NJ before 4Knots, with the Sadies who are touring too (dates)"

Davila 666 at Cake Shop (more by Chris La Putt)
Davila 666

The previously discussed 4 Knots Music Festival has announced its initial lineup. The Village Voice-produced free show at the South Street Seaport on July 16th, which is sadly REPLACING Coney Island's Siren Festival (RIP), will feature appearances from The Black Angels, Davila 666, Oberhofer, and more TBA.

The Black Angels will return from an Australian tour in time for that Seaport show, and have a few other upcoming shows scheduled in cities in the Southwest, and festivals like Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and Bonnaroo. All Black Angels dates are below.

Davila 666 played NYC three times in the past month, at Knitting Factory, Cake Shop and in a wrestling ring (no bullshit). The former show featured appearances from Hunx & His Punx and Shannon & The Clams. Download/stream entire sets by all three (from two separate dates) at The Empty Bottle in Chicago below, alongside all tour dates.

Continue reading "4Knots (which is replacing Siren Fest) announces initial lineup"

photos by Dana (DISTORTION) Yavin

The Black Angels

The Black Angels toured through town with Suuns over the weekend, hitting Bowery Ballroom Friday, and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (4/9)...

"The show on Saturday was their fifth area show in support of Phosphene Dream. For me, it doesn't get old. I get pumped up by listening to the albums all day. Even though I can anticipate the ebb and flow of the songs, it still seems like I'm experiencing it for the first time. The way they blend a song into Black Grease, the prolonged jams of Bad Vibrations, the spaces and fortitude of both versions of The Sniper -- that's some serious shit there. I'm so stupid during parts of the show that I mouth the guitar parts -- the "bwoowww, beeeouh, beeeouh."" [Music Snobbery]
None of Suuns, but more pictures from the Saturday show, and the BA setlist, below....

Continue reading "The Black Angels played Bowery & MHOW (pics, setlist)"

Psych Fest

The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels are happy to announce the dates, location and full festival lineup for Austin Psych Fest 4. The 4th annual festival will be held at Seaholm Power Plant from April 29 - May 1, 2011. Spanning the full range of the psych sounds, the festival honors the past while also magnifying the modern vanguard of mind-expanding music.
Tickets for the Austin feastival are on sale, and the full lineup is listed below.

Meanwhile, festival co-organizers and co-headliners The Black Angels are on the road with Sunns and play NYC twice this weekend (Friday at Bowery Ballroom and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg) (both sold out). All of their dates and their new video for "Haunting at 1300 McKinley" is below.

Austin Psych Fest artist Spectrum kicks off a tour later this month that includes NYC shows with Austin Psych Fest band Crystal Stilts at Le Poisson Rouge on 4/16 (tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/17 (tickets). Crystal Stilts' new LP In Love with Oblivion is due on 4/12 via Slumberland, but is streaming now in full, below. Updated dates down there too...

Continue reading "new Crystal Stilts album streaming, Black Angels on tour, Austin Psych Fest finalizes lineup (dates and schedule)"

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Rolling Stone announced today that Queens of the Stone Age will headline the magazine's South by Southwest showcase on March 16, kicking off four days of events at La Zona Rosa.

Queens of the Stone Age will be re-releasing their self-titled 1998 debut album on their own label, Rekords Records, in March, and their SXSW performance will launch the band's 2011 North American tour.

"We're excited to be doing another year of concerts at SXSW," said Jason Fine, Rolling Stone. "We can't think of a better lineup to help kick it off."

The Wednesday showcase lineup also includes The Black Angels, Mini Mansions, J Mascis and Beast Make Bomb (winner of the Converse Get Out of the Garage contest). The complete lineup for all four days of events will be announced next week.
Presale tickets for QOTSA's show at Terminal 5 in NYC are already sold out, but general sale begins Friday at noon.

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"

The Black Angels (more by Vincent Cornelli)
The Black Angels

Austin reverb fiends and tambourine/maraca addicts The Black Angels will hit the road with Suuns (who recently played NYC three times) and then Sleepy Sun for a North America tour that will include the previously discussed Austin Psych Fest 4, and two NYC shows: April 8 at Bowery Ballroom and April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (both with Suuns). Tickets for both NYC shows (Bowery, MHoW) go on AMEX presale Wed at noon (2/2) and regular sale on Fri (2/4).

UK psychedelic Spectrum (aka Sonic Boom) is also onboard for Austin Psych Fest 4, and has a NYC show scheduled as well: 4/17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wed at noon (2/1), and go on regular sale 48 hours later.

All known tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Black Angels touring w/ Suuns & then Sleepy Sun (2011 dates), Spectrum playing NYC & Austin Psych Fest too"

DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Practically Immaculate (MP3)

Santa

"The Black Angels and Reverberation Appreciation Society are happy to announce the dates, location and initial lineup for Austin Psych Fest 4. The 4th annual festival will be held at The East Side Drive In, an outside venue in the heart of downtown from April 29 - May 1, 2011. Spanning the full range of the psych sounds, the festival honors the past while also magnifying the modern vanguard of mind-expanding music. The festival grounds will feature a multi-stage setup and wide-open spaces for you to stretch out and enjoy live performances from these bands and many more to be announced."
Grab the free new Crystal Stilts holiday track above. Check out the Psych Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Crystal Stilts release a holiday song, playing Austin Psych Fest w/ Black Angels, Spectrum & more (MP3 & lineup)"

photos by Samantha Marble

DOWNLOAD: The Black Angels - "Telephone" (MP3)

Black Mountain
Black Mountain

[The Black Angels] opened [the Bowery Ballroom show] with "You On The Run," a head bobbing shoegazy track filled with Velvet Underground-esque drone replete with tambourines and fuzzy guitars... The Angels pulled songs equally from all three albums, slightly favoring their first, Passover...The band hit a stride with the last three tracks before the closer: "Young Men Dead," "The First Vietnamese War," and "Better Off Alone"--all from their first album. Black Mountain's Stephen McBean played acoustic on the last song of the set appropriately dubbed "Entrance Song"--A melodic trip with purposely-wobbly vocals and heart-thumping drumbeat. -[Death + Taxes]
Black Mountain and the Black Angels are still on tour, but completed their two-show NYC run last night, 11/4, at Music Hall of Williamsburg (where Angels headlined). The pictures in this post, from the Bowery Ballroom show the night before (where Mountains headlined), continue (with the Angels' setlist) below...

Continue reading "the Black Angels & Black Mountain played MHOW & Bowery Ballroom (pics & setlist) "

DOWNLOAD: The Black Angels - "Telephone" (MP3)

photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by BBG

The Black Angels

The Black Angels and Black Mountain should sue Danzig for defamation. The pair of retro leaning bands will hit the road for a string of dates during the exact same period that the Misfits mainman will head out for his Blackest of The Black tour. That tour doesn't even have one band with Black in their title!

Ah well, you won't see Danzig, Withered, or any of the other reported "blackest" folk at either Bowery Ballroom (11/3) or at the recently-added show happening at MHOW (11/4), but you will see Black Angels and Black Mountain. Tickets are now on sale for both shows.

In other Black news, The Black Angels made quite the impression on Letterman & Co in Their recent appearance on the show:

The Black Angels played the Late Show With David Letterman last night (9/8), and it's possible that no late-night host has ever been more enthusiastic about a band. The Austin psych-rockers trotted out "Telephone" from their new album, Phosphene Dream, and if you listen closely..., you'll hear Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra segue into the closing credits with its own take on "Telephone." They give it a house-band sheen that evokes mortgages and alimony payments more than psychotropic abandonment, but it's good exposure, nonetheless. -[Onion AV Club]
Video from the recent TV appearance is below.

The Black Angels' new album, Phosphene Dream, is out now (only $5.99 at Facebook) and in addition to their recent appearances on Letterman and at ATP NY, the Austin band played a private, invite/contest-winner-only show at Angel Orensanz Foundation in NYC on 9/7. More pictures and the setlist from that show, Big Ass Lens videos from that show, videos from a recent Gothamist House session, the Letterman video and all dates below...

Continue reading "updated BLACK ANGELS dates (2 in NYC), belated private show pics & videos (Big Ass Lens, Gothamist & Letterman)"

words and photos by BBG, more photos by Samantha Marble

Thurston & Jim @ ATP NY (photo by Abbey Braden for ATP)
Jarmusch

My 11 Most Notable Moments at ATP NY 2010 by Adrienne Day

(11) Book club with Samantha Hunt and Luc Sante. Apparently Nikola Tesla thought he was married to a pigeon. #ThingsIlearnedatATP

(10) Jim Jarmusch and Thurston Moore's silly but entertaining exchange about "weird New York"

(9) @janelerner's Mary-Poppins-like bag with its bottomless supply of comforts from home

(8) Sleep's defibrillating two-hour-plus set

(7) Blagdon Lake at dusk: http://twitpic.com/2m59gh

(6) Beak> opening with the terrific "Blagdon Lake" and keeping it surprisingly cohesive / groove-able for the whole set

(5) Injuries sustained while losing at air hockey: a heavily bruised knee and what feels like a torn rotator cuff

(4) Years of incontinence producing an unmistakably ripe aroma in Kutsher's front elevator

(3) Stooges scholarship ("Williamson should go back to designing computer chips"; "Iggy's slowed down a bit but still, holy shit")

(2) This little pumin has apparently already been featured on Brooklyn Vegan: http://twitpic.com/2m59bb

(1) no wifi as its own time warp, leading to in-depth convos and contemplative gazing on the lake

Our own ATP NY review now concludes with a recap of Sunday. If you're just joining us, start with Friday and then read Saturday, before continuing...

Ron Jeremy & new friend @ ATP NY Sunday night
Altar

How do you get out of a conversation with Ron Jeremy? It's 1:30 AM on Monday (Sunday night), my friends are talking to the porn legend, and all I can think about is rest. It's been a brutal weekend of fantastic performances, great conversation, contact highs, 30 packs of beer, fantastic people, not to mention great music. But by the end of Sunday (the final day of ATP NY 2010), I just needed some Zs.

After a day-opening set of psychedelia from White Hills on stage two (which I enjoyed though it didn't manage to give me the kick in the ass I needed), The Greenhornes held down my interest for what I caught of their set. The Detroit Cincinnati band's garage pop played to one of the biggest early day crowds that I had seen on all three days. Kurt Vile's garagey punk followed on the second stage, sounding much heavier live than I had anticipated.

Fucked Up was next on the main stage, so I made sure to secure a primo slot for the mayhem. Madman Pink Eyes, who sang 2/3 of the show from the crowd, did all of the following during his set in the Stardust Room: crushed a coke can like Stone Cold Steve Austin, sprinkled Cocoa Puffs on the crowd, smeared himself with Oreos, performed all of "Crusades" with a plastic bag on his head, laid down in the center of the crowd, instigated a group hug of 20-30 people, and took audience members on piggy back rides. After two days of festival madness, it was definitely the shot in the arm I needed. Vivian Girls, who followed them on the second stage, was a bit of a comedown, but then again who wouldn't be?

GZA's set was moved to later that night on stage two (which I would end up missing due to Altar), so his stage one slot was filled by comedian Hannibal Burress who had also performed Friday night. I missed his set and ended up catching Wooden Shjips' powerful psychedelic set on the second stage. There were many retro-leaning bands playing over the course of the weekend. My favorite sets in that category came from Dungen and The Black Angels. Powerful, trippy and fantastic.

With the lights down low, Hope Sandoval played xylophone and crooned with her enchanting voice to the Stardust Stage crowd. On any other occasion, I might have found the set mesmerizing, but at that moment another pick me up was needed and I surprisingly found that in Girls's sunny Elvis Costello brand of pop directly afterward. With all of the recent brutality (Fucked Up, Wooden Shjips, and in a much different way, um, Vivian Girls) it was a fun change to see the band run through tracks like "Laura" from their recent LP. Great set from this Cali crew.

T Model Ford
T Model Ford

Of all the artists walking around Kutshers during ATP weekend, the two that seemingly had the most fans/people clamoring to meet them were Sunday's curator Jim Jarmusch, and T-Model Ford. It didn't hurt that T-Model was apt to take his guitar out and play anywhere with a little battery-powered amp. The bluesman finally got his time under the lights of the second stage on Sunday night though, and the adoration continued, with people cheering while he tuned (multiple times).

Raekwon took the stage a touch late with an introduction from Ron Jeremy, running through the classic Wu material: "Protect Ya Neck", "C.R.E.A.M.", "Ice Cream", set opener "Motherless Child", "House of Flying Daggers" and many more. Though I nerd out to the tracks and even ODB classic-that-felt-like-set-filler-in-a-Raekwon-show "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" on the Stardust Room system, the set felt phoned in. Not to sound insensitive, but is a few-minute shout out to your grandfather who is buried in Monticello really necessary? GZA, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore watched the set from the sides of the stage.

I missed GZA's rescheduled set completely on the second stage (because of Altar), but he reportedly delivered a freestyle-heavy set. The Wu-tang rep later showed up at The Deep End Bar to greet the legendary Kool Herc who was DJing late-night...

GZA & Kool Herc ATP (Kory Grow)
GZA

Partway into [Kool Herc's] set, in walked Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, who had played a sort-of aggressive set at the same time as Altar (I went back and forth between the two.) ...in the presence of Herc, he was nothing but reverent. He nonchalantly stepped behind the turntables and said hello. ...It was one of those rare moments where you felt like you were seeing something rare and historic. GZA grabbed the mic and talked about what a legend Kool Herc was and thanked him before leaving.-
[Sadness Is Delicious]
After leaving Altar, I spent a good portion on my way out saying goodbyes to the many new friends I had made at ATP. The festival is more than a string of shows, a worn-down hotel, and a few too many beers; it's a community of like-minded and friendly people that I have not experienced anywhere else. ATP New York was tons of fun, and I spent a good portion of Sunday lamenting that my experience was almost over and I'd have to wait another year. But I'll definitely be there.

Pictures from Friday HERE and Saturday HERE, and the rest of Sunday, below...

Continue reading "ATP NY 2010 - Day 3 pics (Jim Jarmusch, Thurston Moore, Ron Jeremy, Fucked Up, Girls, T Model Ford, Raekwon & more) "

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Black Angels - No Satisfaction (Black Mountain cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Angels - Telephone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Mountain - The Hair Song (MP3)

The Black Angels at BV SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Angels

It's already been nailed down that The Black Angels are definitely on board for the super terrific ATP New York in Monticello this year (the last and final lineup was originally announced), as well as their jaunt with Black Mountain that will take them to Bowery Ballroom on November 3rd (tickets).

But besides those pair of unmissables, The Black Angels are also scheduled to play a secret show in NYC on 9/7, just days after that ATP appearance! The show is NOT open to the public, but we have 10 pairs of tickets available for giveaway! Details on how to win your way into the show (which will also have an open bar), and a free poster to go along with it (sorry you must be 21+ because of the open bar), are below.

All of the ridiculous touring and related hubub is directly related to Phosphene Dream, The Black Angels' new LP, due on 9/14 on Blue Horizon Records in 180 gram vinyl/CD/digital forms. Preorder it now.

Their tour-mates Black Mountain also have that NYC show at Knitting Factory coming up even sooner, August 30th to be exact. Tickets are still on sale. Grab an MP3 of Black Angels covering Black Mountain (which originally appeared on limited edition release a couple of years ago), above (along with a re-post of new songs from both of the bands' new albums).

More details on how to enter the contest, and some Black Angels video with all dates, below...

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Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
Kurt Vile

It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:

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DOWNLOAD: Black Angels - Telephone (MP3) (via)
DOWNLOAD: Black Mountain - The Hair Song (MP3)

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The Black Keys just left town. The Black Lips just arrived. This fall, the Black Angels are going on a co-headlining tour with Black Mountain. The NYC show is at Bowery Ballroom on November 3rd. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon. Meanwhile tickets are still on sale for Black Mountain's previously announced headlining show at Knitting Factory with The War on Drugs (8/30) which they're playing one day before they appear on Jimmy Fallon (8/31).

The Black Angels will release a new album entitled Phosphene Dream on September 14th. Check out new track "Telephone" above.

Black Mountain will release Wilderness Heart on the same day. Their new song "The Hair Song"" is also above.

All dates and both album covers below...

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Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Boris

There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...

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"Just saw Fucked Up tear it up at Emo's, with a cameo from two of the Wu Tang Killa Bees. That's gonna be hard to top" - mehan jayasuriya

"FUCKED UP: Frontman Pink Eye says Emo's was first place he ever went shirtless. "Fat guys everywhere felt a little bit skinnier."" - Rolling Stone

""GZA? He just couldn't make it," Killah Priest told BrooklynTheBorough.com later. "He told us to come and help him out. He'll be here though - somewhere - he'll be here.""

Fucked Up

"The first show I caught at South by Southwest was The Morning Benders at Emo's for the Brooklyn Vegan day party. I talked with Christopher Chu, the lead singer and while he was warming up near the stage, I snapped a few pictures. If you have not purchased Big Echo, their latest album it is worth the dinero." [Harmon Drive]
As previously mentioned, GZA didn't show up but Killah Priest and 9th Prince made a quick but special appearance on the main ("outside") stage at the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Austin, TX. The two stage party featured a Torche-headlined metal stage "inside", and great sets by YellowFever, The Morning Benders, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, The Black Angels and Fucked Up outside. Finger on the Pulse played tunes between sets.

The last few bands got slightly longer sets due to the gap in the schedule that GZA created. The capacity crowd enjoyed free Magic Hat beer, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Vitamin Water, Mr. Natural breakfast tacos, Nadamoo coconut milk ice cream, Daily Juice catering, Raw Revolution bars and Hail Merry granola. It was an amazing first day at the festival that was quickly followed by our official showcase right down the street at Club DeVille. More pictures from this stage (metal coming later), and a video clip of the Killah Priest part, below...

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