Entries tagged with: The Blow
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Blow / Zambri
Brooklyn venue Glasslands has less than a month left before the corner of S. 2nd & Kent is no longer a hub for live music in Williamsburg (Death by Audio and 285 Kent have already said their farewells), and this past Friday (12/5) they hosted The Blow, Zambri and Cookies. The Blow changed it up a bit from the kind of shows for which they had become known. It used to be Khaela Maricich putting on a show that was as much a concert as it was performance art, and with funny/endearingly awkward banter between songs. But this one was different, with both Khaela and her bandmate Melissa Dyne hunched over keyboards playing a less confrontational set -- one that was maybe not suited for a chatty crowd like the one there. Reviews have been mixed. One person said, "The Blow stripped down sounding absolutely beautiful underneath these 200 people's conversations," while another said, "The Blow kinda #blew tn ;(". Were you there? What did you think?
This was Zambri's first show in a while which pulled mainly from 2012's House of Baasa. You can check out pictures from the whole night in this post. Other upcoming shows at Glasslands before they close include How to Dress Well, Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Waxahatchee, Jana Hunter and more.
More pictures from The Blow's show below...
TR/ST @ Irving Plaza in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Glasslands is planning some cool shows for their final month. Among them is Toronto's Trust, who are now offically spelling their name TR/ST, on December 29. That show is with Klaus, SoftSpot, and a DJ set by Big Al. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 1 PM. TR/ST's last NYC visit was at Irving Plaza in September.
In addition to this and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart show on 11/24, some of the other just-announced Glasslands shows that all go on sale at 1 PM today include:
Ducktails play Glasslands on December 26 with friends Julian Lynch and Family Portrait (tickets).
The Blow @ MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Blow have been in NYC this summer making a new album, details still to come. New stuff might be played at The Blow's "Unplugged" residency which happens the first three Wednesdays in October at Union Pool. Say the band:
We are doing a series of experimental short sets on the first three Wednesdays in October at Union Pool in Brooklyn. These shows are a laboratory for working out new ways of performing electronic music live. We will be performing songs, just songs, from the extended Blow catalog.There will be different openers at each show:
Oct 1 with DJ DapwellTickets are just $5 and on sale now.
Oct 8 with DJ DJ Laura Dern/(aka Colin Self)
Oct 15 with Sadie Benning
In 2013, The Blow released their first new album in six years. Let's hope we don't have to wait as long for this new one. Flyer for the residency below...
The Blow @ MHOW, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While not as unexpected as My Bloody Valentine or Mazzy Star, The Blow released their first new full-length in seven years, which NPR's Bob Boilen just named his #1 album of 2013. One of the songs off The Blow, ""You're My Light," just got a remix by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and you can stream that below.
Meanwhile, singer Khaela Maricich just gave us her Top 10 of 2013. Most of it is music related, but there are art and TV choices in there too, and she provides commentary as well. You can check out that list below.
In other news, The Blow wrapped up their tour not too long ago and are already looking towards the next record:
We are in the west, taking a bit of a break. Soon, we will be even farther west, as far as one can go, and recording a new album. We won't stay west forever, the east will pull us back, we will just be here long enough to pretend that we are living in the seventies with a sailboat and a hammock and a lot of good parties in the hills.Let's hope we don't have to wait seven years for the next one.
Check out Khaela's Top 10 list and that remix below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Blow's Khaela Maricich & Melissa Dyne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While they have a new album out -- their first in six years -- and do perform songs from it and older favorites, seeing The Blow live has never been a standard concert experience. Khaela Maricich is more a performance artist who writes pop songs than anything else, with funny monologues and close interaction with the audience (sometimes purposefully awkward) being as much the point as The Blow's undeniably catchy tunes.
This was the case at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (11/10). With conspirator Melissa Dyne controlling the music from a platform in the middle of the main floor, Maricich crowd-surfed, danced around on stage, and popped a sculpted cluster of silver balloons. For those who don't mind a bit of the theatre (and enjoy likeminded Pacific Northwest types like Miranda July), The Blow's charms are many.
Austin's Love Inks, whose new album Generation Club is full of warm, minimal pop, opened the night. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.
It was a long time between albums, but Khaela Maricich returned this year with her first new album as The Blow since 2007. The self-titled album has all The Blow trademarks: minimally produced, highly melodic electropop with Maricich's twisty wordplay (and cool delivery) upfront. You can stream it at Spotify.
Seeing The Blow live is almost another experience entirely, part performance art where Maricich is capable of making a very intimate connection with the audience, often without aid of a band. (The Blow is now a duo, however, with Melissa Dyne being the other half.) The Blow's tour starts this weekend in Boston and heads West before circling back to wrap up in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 10 with Austin's Love Inks. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
Before the tour officially starts, The Blow will play in NYC on Wednesday (10/9) at The Kitchen as part of their Synth Nights series. Also on the bill are UK duo Big Legs, and Sexual Energies. Says Maricich, "It will be a short performance on our part, a
chance to see an incarnation of what we are up to before it changes a
bunch while we are out on the road." Tickets to Synth Nights are on sale now.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned on BV Austin, trio Love Inks are set to release their second album, Generation Club, on September 24 via Monofonus Press. Like their 2011 debut, the new album works the band's minimalist chams with lovely ethereal pop, produced just enough. You can stream "Solar Diary" over at MTVU and watch the video for the lightly pulsing new single "Outa Sight" below.
Love Inks will be taking the show on the road this fall, touring with The Blow. That includes the tour's final stop which happens in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 10. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The Blow @ Mercury Lounge, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, The Blow are releasing their long-awaited new album on October 1 via Kanine Records. They just released the first track from the self-titled record, "Make It Up." Minimal, thoughtful and highly danceable, it is unmistakably The Blow and you can stream it in this post.
Track stream below...
Remember how I was like, the blow is making a record and people were like really and I was like yeah and then it was like a year...We assembled songs out of grains of sand and it took a while (to make sand pix of our inner spheres). But it's real now, and public, tmrrow. THERE IS NO TURNING BACK - The Blow (via Twitter)Those tweets (which we strung together) were from yesterday and still no word on the long-awaited new record from The Blow but the day is early.
UPDATE: Well, the album announcement came today, but the album -- self-titled -- will not be out till October 1, via Kanine.
What we do know is that The Blow (founder Khaela Maricich and recent addition Melissa Dyne) will be playing NYC on November 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/24) at noon and the regular on-sale starts Friday (7/26) at noon. All Tour dates are are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Emily Wells - Mama Remixed (ZIP)
Emily Wells at Bowery Ballroom, April 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Emily Wells released Mama Remixed, which takes her entire album, Mama, from earlier this year and gives it a new spin. Says Emily:
I couldn't be more excited to announce the release of "Mama Remixed". In collaboration with 13 artists, each song from the record has been remixed and a few of them twice! With contributions from Lemonade, Jeremiah Jae, Ed Rodriguez of Deerhoof, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, Live Footage, Timmy Straw, The Blow... (just to name a few), I'm honored to be in such good company.You can download Mama Remixed for free above or stream it below. Emily is also out on the road touring with Dark Dark Dark. That tour hits NYC soon: October 12 at Knitting Factory (tix) and October 13 at Le Poisson Rouge (tix). All tour dates are listed below.
I hope you'll enjoy these and spread them around. We wanted to make something special to explore these songs further and to thank you for being so good to me and supporting my work.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Blow at Mercury Lounge 5/16/12
The Blow (aka Khaela Maricich) wrapped up a short Northeast tour at Mercury Lounge last night (5/16) with The Future of What. Khaela has been working with artist Melissa Dyne on the follow up to 2006's much-loved Paper Television, and used this tour to road-test new material. She says the album is "getting close to the finish."
Check out more pictures from her Mercury Lounge set and a video/demo of one of the new songs below.
The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Khaela Maricich aka The Blow will hit the road for a week in May and end up back in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 16th. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, March 30, at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday at noon. Khaela writes, "still recording, getting close to the finish, shows below to debut new songs." All dates are listed below...
The Blow at BV CMJ (more by Andrew St. Clair)
A Special Video Shoot Performance by The Blow.
(A performance of a video shoot, and a video shoot of a performance.)
Saturday April 9th, 7:30pm sharp.
Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY
Free. Capacity limited: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-show to be followed by dancing fueled by Spoolwork
photos by Andrew St. Clair
the Blow's Khaela Maricich
"Sometimes I feel like when I do the moves," the Blow's Khaela Maricich says toward the end of the night, dancing in front of a rapt audience at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, "certain members of the audience look at me like they could have me." She pauses a beat. "Could they have me? No." It's the most subtly bold audience confrontation I've ever seen someone attempt at CMJ, and it comes directly after the Screaming Females's Marissa Paternoster has just pretty much lit the stage on fire at the same venue, and there were probably people wondering about having her too. Now, hopefully, they're not. These are the acts that CMJ needs far more than they need CMJ, that we need far more than they need us. It restores your faith in this process, watching people do it right.Thanks to all the ticket and badge holders who stopped by the sold out BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and to the bands: Young Man, Suuns, Screaming Females (who should be headlining Webster Hall, not playing third on a bill at MHOW though I am very happy they did), The Blow, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Both Young Man and Suuns were a treat for those that got there early. I felt bad for the Blow a little, playing her one-woman show after the assault that was the Screaming Females, but naturally Khaela was not phased and did her thing on stage to the lovers, the haters and the confused alike. The Pains ended the night right with their sweet and shoegazey indie pop, two new songs included.
More pictures from the night, below...
The only place to catch the Blow during CMJ (that I know about), and coming up in NYC at all at the moment, is at the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (10/21). According to CMJ, who are correct, we'll be running on this schedule:
October 21st, 2010 @ MHOWTickets are still on sale for the Brooklyn show and we'll be letting in a whole bunch of CMJ badges. Also stay tuned to @bvCMJ where I'll be giving away at least one more pair of tickets.
08:00PM Young Man
09:30PM Screaming Females
10:30PM The Blow
11:30PM The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Oh, and the first 50 people in the door Thursday night will get a set of free EarPeace ear plugs (a $14.95 value).
After CMJ, on November 9th, Khaela Maricich (aka the Blow) will hit the road with Blair who also has some CMJ shows of her own including a Wednesday show at The Rock Shop with Beach Fossils, Cloud Nothings, Braids, Lesands, and Tape Deck Mountain. And that Friday show at Mercury Lounge with Nada Surf and many others.
Blair will also take part in a Halloween show for kids, one of two upcoming Kidrockers events...
Experience the music at the heart of the CMJ Music Marathon as Kidrockers kicks off the fall season with Eternal Summers and Big Troubles on Sunday, October 24th at 1PM at The Living Room.All Blair and The Blow dates below...
The following weekend, on Saturday, October 30th, Kidrockers is part of the NYC Parks and Hub TV Pumpkin Festival at The Central Park Bandshell with Chris Barron and Blair.
"The new location is a pristine secluded beach area called Raptor Point, at the North end of the main (decommissioned) runway of the abandoned airport, right on Jamaica Bay. Gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay, Mill Basin, and of the distant Manhattan skyline; and a pretty phenomenal sunset spot." - Todd P
C 3 P Blow (Khaela self portrait)
"We are The Blow" says solo singer Khaela, a fascinating oddball performer, self confessed spazz and absolute genius. Her whole set was brilliantly choreographed in such a way as to suggest spontaneous performance. Maybe it was. Cleverly pinned around the (very plausible) premise that she was asked to write some songs for an unnammed very feminine singer-not-known-for-her-singing who was in a very public lesbian relationship. I.e. LiLo. Though she doesnt want to talk about it because the project was shelved, she introduces all the new material as songs that Lohan would've sung, and they are all kinds of amazing, being both true to the pop nous found on The Blow's album Paper Television, while having the demo quality of something like a Lohan track, just short of everythingbuthekitchensink production.The Blow are one of the performers playing the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21st. Tickets are on sale now.
The performance was great on so many levels: Khaela's self deprecating humour, the ability to use simple props and dance so awkwardly and beautifully at the same time in the same way she that somehow managed to incorporate theory and performance so effortlessly."
[GayTimes, August 4, 2010]
Meanwhile, those on the west coast should catch the Blow at FYF Fest on Sep 4th.
Recent live video and more below...
TPOBPAH @ the 2010 Siren Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were destined to eventually play a BrooklynVegan show. I had them on the lineup of a SXSW day party in 2009, but they showed up late and never got to play their set. I tried to have them on a lineup of a SXSW day party in 2010, but they had to drop off before I even announced it (which is way better than cancelling after I announce it). Take three... I'm very happy to announce most of the lineup of the fourth annual official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase (the first was at Bowery Ballroom, then Music Hall, then Music Hall again). It takes place at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 (7pm doors).
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will headline the show (or "play last" as I like to call it on these showcases). Also on the bill: The Blow, Yuck, a special guest I can't announce yet, and as previously mentioned, Young Man! I'm really excited for this one and partially because of the special guest who I've also been trying to get to do a BV show for a while (that's about the only clue I can give until I can announce it - not that it's a good clue). Set times TBA.
UPDATE 1: Screaming Females are the special guest.
UPDATE 2: Yuck cancelled and were replaced by Suuns.
Tickets go on AmMEhx presale on Wednesday, 8/18, at noon. General sale starts the following Friday at noon. You can also get in with your CMJ badge (first come, first served).
For the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Yuck it will be one of three shows the two bands will play together (the others are Philly and Boston). All dates below...
words by Rachel Kowal
The Blow (via)
Khaela Maricich of The Blow walked on stage, bashfully said 'hello,' and started singing a new song A cappella. By the next song (crowd favorite "Hey Boy"), she began to warm up to the room - she broke out the dance moves and she began talking animatedly.
"This is The Blow's second show in New York since moving here," said the ex-Portland resident. She then launched into a series of intriguing claims with increasing enthusiasm. "So I got to write a song for a celebrity. Yeah I'm not bragging at all because the song's not going to come out [...] I can't tell you who it was, but you absolutely know who this person is. No question. But I very much doubt you ever listen to very much of her music." She proceeded to list off a number of descriptors that seemed to indicate that the mystery pop star was Lindsay Lohan, but in the end, she never quite spelled it out. Khaela played a number of new songs, many of which were allegedly from the unnamed celebrity's never-to-be-released album.
More than merely a singer-songwriter, Khaela is a performance artist and something of a comedian who makes it somewhat difficult to tell how much of her fantastical claims are true, and how much of the story is just a means to introduce material. Of course, her tongue-in-cheek matter of speech doesn't help matters. After talking at length about the unnamed celeb's power to transform society's view on lesbianism and establish new norms, Khaela suddenly said, "Unless I made that whole part up... you know when you can't tell?" Yeah, no kidding.
Seeing The Blow perform at Joe's Pub (a fancier venue with tables, candlelight, and fancy drinks) was a bit odd and almost disappointing. The seating precluded dancing - at least in the audience. Khaela herself was wildly entertaining on stage - both thanks to her theatrical stage banter and her spastic, fantastically awkward dance moves. For one song in particular ("Parentheses"), Khaela "turned up the feminine dial" and mimicked the unnamed celebrity who apparently liked to sing the song to her girlfriend. Khaela traded in her flats for a pair of dramatic gold high-heel sandals and tucked her sheer, over-sized shirt into a belt worn high on her waist to reveal some skin-tight black leggings. Within a matter of thirty seconds, she had transformed into an American Apparel model.
The Blow @ Joe's Pub - July 9, 2010 (Devyn Manibo)
The Blow's set was short - she played for just under an hour and opted out of a formal encore, saying, "I think the encore thing is really embarrassing... you know with the curtain thing." She concluded with the creepy but infectious "Come on Petunia," a love song fit for a psychopath (look up the lyrics).
At the end of the night, the veracity of Khaela's celeb story was still in question, but true or not, it certainly made for quite an entertaining evening. The setlist, a video from an older appearance at the same venue, and some European tour dates, below...
Marnie Stern will be one of the bowlers (but not one of the performers) at a Stereogum "Gumbowl" charity event tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. You can't watch her bowl yet, but you can go to the concert afterwards (that she is not playing)....
"While the doors have to be closed during the tournament in order to film it all for charitable posterity -- and be sure we'll present you with the footage -- we're celebrating afterward by throwing open the gates for a FREE CONCERT, headlined by Woods, and featuring an opening set from the 'Gum-beloved rising sextet Effi Briest, DJ magic from Ms. St. Vincent Annie Clark, and loitering by our celebrity bowlers, who may or may not still be wearing the sweet-ass bowling jerseys we're throwing on them. We want you there (if you're 21 or older (sorry, kids!))." - StereogumThey had an RSVP for the concert part, but now they just say "THERE WILL BE SOME "TICKETS" AT THE DOOR! COME EARLY IF YOU WANT IN. DOORS OPEN AT 9PM". Brooklyn Bowl is a big place. The flyer is below.
Other charity bowlers include The Blow (who has a show coming up at Joe's Pub), Nick Islands Thorburn Diamonds (who has 3 NYC shows coming up), Alan Neon Indian Palomo (who has multiple NYC shows coming), and Tim Les Savy Fav Harrington (who has a scheduled Brooklyn show too). The full list of bowlers is also below.
If you want to catch Marnie Stern play live, her next show will be at Glasslands on Friday, June 18th along with White Hinterland, Anni Rossi, Translations and True Womanhood. It's not free, but you get a discount if you RSVP to that here.
Anni Rossi will also be playing Pianos the night before (6/17).
More info on the Gumbowl and flyers are below...
The Blow @ Glasslands on May 13th (n. moena)
The Blow's May 13th show at Glasslands mixed older songs from Paper Television and before with new material set to come out later this year. Khaela will play another now-hometown show on July 9th at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale.
YACHT (ex-Blow)'s next NYC show takes place in August at South Street Seaport.
Another video from the Blow's recent show at Glasslands is posted below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Blow @ Great Scott in Boston
The Blow, recent NYC transplant Khaela Maricich's one-woman pop band, wrapped up a two-week stretch of tour dates with a sold out (and awesome) show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on Thursday (5/13). Also on the bill were Acrylics and Julianna Barwick (who played the National's High Violet Annex one night earlier).
Khaela performed songs that'll presumably end up on her forthcoming EP, which is due later this year. There's video of a new song and the Poor Aim: Love Songs tune "Come on Petunia" (which borrows a chorus from the Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic") posted below...
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh and Onlys
Last week, I focused on shows you could get into if you didn't get tickets to the weekend's many, many worthy shows. For this refreshingly informed and enthusiastic edition of TWII, all the exciting stuff (in my opinion) doesn't have advanced tickets. (Only one sold-out exception.) It's a pretty exciting weekend for music, so let's get into it.
San Francisco's fantastic Fresh & Onlys are back in town, playing Friday night (5/14) at Monster Island with Golden Triangle (who headline), The Babies and Coasting (who recently performed at that Chris Knox benefit). They also play Saturday (5/15) at Cake Shop with Liquor Store, Darlings, Girls at Dawn, and Xray Eyeballs (OJ from Golden Triangle's other band). Regular readers of this column, if those exist, know I'm a pretty huge fan of F&Os, but I really do think they're one of the best new bands out of the San Francisco scene. And one of the few bands whose quality nearly matches their hyper-prolific output.
Their latest EP, August in My Mind, is new on Captured Tracks and the band have releases due out this year on Hozac, Sacred Bones and In the Red, who'll be putting out the band's third album (within a year!). The band are already in town -- I ran into bassist Shayde Sartin on the street yesterday and he said the band were hoping to do some recording while here. They are hard workers!
I'm happy to report that singer Tim Cohen's arm has healed after a nasty break last summer that had him switching guitar for keyboards for all of their previous NYC shows. So the axe is back, though I'm gonna guess he'll play a little of both this time out. The MP3 for August in My Mind's "Diamond in the Dark" is at the top of this post. And if you can't see them this weekend, The Fresh & Onlys will be back for the Northside Festival in June.
Also this weekend: the American debut of UK band Veronica Falls, who play Glasslands on Saturday (5/15) with Crystal Stilts, Minks and Home Blitz ($12 and you need to RSVP); and then on Sunday (5/16) at Bruar Falls with Frankie Rose & the Outs, German Measles and The Surprisers ($8). Both shows are pretty killer, line-up wise. Veronica Falls are kind like a Fantasy League indiepop band. They met at a Comet Gain show (!), with members culled from short-lived but awesome Glasgow bands The Royal We and Sexy Kids, as well as the excellent-and-still-going Your Twenties. They owe lots to their ancestors -- a song like "Stephen" just has to be about The Pastels -- are mopey without being morose, and are just twee enough to be endearing. It's a delicate line, but Veronica Walls walk it perfectly.
Mind you, they've only released one single so far, the great "Found Love in a Graveyard" (downloadable above) with its killer cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes" on the flip, but there are few bands recently who've left me so hungry for more. Their second single, the Crystal Stilts-ish "Beachy Head," is pretty good too and due out next week. Hopefully they'll have copies with them at the shows.
If you can't make either show, or you like them so much you want to see them again, by all means come to Cake Shop next Thursday (5/20) when Veronica Falls play NYC Popfest along with Sweden's Leaving Mornington Crescent, the UK's Horowitz, the Sweater Girls from Los Angeles, plus winsome locals Dream Diary and Elephant Parade. We're going to be giving away a NYC Popfest festival pass...stay tuned to this channel for details!
And a few more shows, night by night:
by Andrew Frisicano
The Blow at Pulse in Miami in December (crissachappell)
Khaela Maricich (The Blow) has performed sparsely over the past year. In that time, she moved to NYC, and has been preparing performance art/pop music, which she did a bit of at Art Basel in Miami on December 5th. At that performance she claimed to be writing songs with Lindsay Lohan and went on to perform some of them.
Other recent performances include opening a handful of dates for Vampire Weekend in March, where she apparently told the same story, because the new songs from that show (captured on video below) are labeled "Lindsay Lohan demo" by whoever put them on Youtube (one imagines a fumbling for the camera phone at the mention of a celebrity's name).
She's also made a few one-off appearances around town, like at Joe's Pub for Our Hit Parade Best of the Decade Show on December 16th (she performed Eminem's "Lose Yourself") and at the Bell House Haiti Benefit in January, where her set included an acoustic-guitar-backed version of her own "True Affection." Videos of both of those are below.
Her upcoming shows include a short tour of the Northeast this May, where she'll continue working out the new material. There is a new LP in the works, and she's set to release an EP later this year. At the shows, she'll be joined by installation and sound artist Melissa Dyne, who'll focus on "accoustics, light, and spatial phenomena" (they performed at Baltimore's Transmodern Festival just last weekend).
The short tour starts in Buffalo on May 4th and ends with a Brooklyn show at Glaslands on Thursday, May 13th. The Blow's full schedule and the above-mentioned videos are below...
photos by Jonny Leather
'@Joslynm congrats on your pop culture trivia expertise!' - Pat Kiernan
"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.
All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.
More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...